"Kon-Tiki" was the name of a wooden raft used by six Scandinavian scientists, led by Thor Heyerdahl, to make a 101-day journey from South America to the Polynesian Islands. The purpose of the expedition was to prove Heyerdal's theory that the Polynesian Islands were populated from the east---specifically Peru---rather than from the west (Asia)as had been the theory for hundreds of years. Heyerdahl made a study of the winds and tides in the Pacific, and by simulating conditions as closely as possible to those he theorized the Peruvians encountered, set out on the voyage.
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SIX MEN ON A RAFT ACROSS THE PACIFIC! (original print ad - all caps)
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Did You Know?
At the point of 2010, no one of the Kon-Tiki's members still alive: Torstein Raaby
died in 1964 in Greenland by heart condition while he trying to get North Pole (he was 45). Erik Hesselberg
died in 1972 in Larvik, Norway, by heart condition (he was 58). Herman Watzinger
died in 1986 in Peru by natural causes (he was 70). Bengt Danielsson
died in 1997 in Tahiti, by deterioration in his health (he was 75). Thor Heyerdahl
died in 2002 in Colla Micheri, Italy, by a brain tumor (he was 87). Finally, Knut Haugland
died in 2009 in Oslo, Norway, by natural causes (he was 92). See more
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