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    The Real Indiana Jones


    http://www.mumbojumbodaily.com/the-real-indiana-jones/

    I find this character really interesting:

    Born in 1867 and disappeared in 1925 while searching for what he called “The Lost City of Z” with his son, Jack, Col. Percy Fawcett is the inspiration for the character Indiana Jones.

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    Fawcett’s expeditions were mainly limited to South America, in countries like Bolivia, a wild and lawless place at the time. For his now fabled final journey, Fawcett set out to find an ancient lost city, which he simply referred to as “Z” for simplicity.

    After studying numerous manuscripts and legends, Fawcett became convinced that the lost city was located in the unexplored Mato Grasso region of the Brazilian jungles. He even went as far as to leave a note saying that if they should not return, no one should come and get them lest they suffer the same fate as he and his comrades.

    The fate of Fawcett was never rightly determined. Since his disappearance there have been no less than 13 separate expeditions to find him, or his remains. No fewer than 100 individuals have died on these journeys, with the last expedition in 1996 being held hostage by Kalapalo villagers before being released.

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    I've seen a documentary on this guy, and also seen him on the History channel show "Vanishings." One ballsy guy, for sure.
    I just could never figure out why he bought into the 'lost city' legend being situated in the middle of the jungle surrounded by tribes of hostile local natives without much if any indigenous technology noticeable past or present...I guess we all have our dreams, and we'll pursue them come hell or high water. I suppose he liked the adventure more than anything, and maybe finding the lost city wasn't paramount.
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    btw, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is just ending on the SciFi channel, and "IJ and The Last Crusade" is coming on in a few minutes, Mountain time.
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    wouldn't that be the Mayan place?
    oh well

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