How burning money -- literally -- saved Dominik Podolsky's life

Euro burning
Euro burning

First he shouted for help; then he burned the paper tissues he kept in his pocket; then, he started in on the business cards and restaurant receipts.

It was nearly six hours after he'd found himself stranded on the "down" side of a ski lift on the Austrian Hochzillertal resort that Dominik Podolsky turned to the Euro notes in his pocket. He lit them on fire, one by one, about 100 Euros in all and was just barely fighting off hypothermia, dangling about 30 feet above the ground.