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Snowshoer Burned Money for Warmth

They say money can't buy you love, but in some cases it can be a real lifesaver. The snowshoe hiker who was trapped for two nights on snowy Mount Rainier told reporters he survived by burning cash to stay warm. Yong Chun Kim, 66, was rescued on Monday after enduring freezing temperatures and eight feet of fresh snow. An experienced snowshoer, Kim wasn't equipped with overnight gear, but he made the best of his resources, burning leaves and socks in addition to $1 and $5 bills, and using the fire to cook rice. Though it took nine hours to dig Kim out from a snowbank, he was in such good condition that medics sent him straight home rather than to the hospital.