http://news.google.com/newspapers?n...9MlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=B_wFAAAAIBAJ&pg=5410,1795860 January 14, 1926. Man Suffocates to Death in Cold York, Jan. 14 -- Swelling of the thymus gland in his throat due to the extreme cold Monday morning caused the death of George C. Young, a farmer of New Freedom, this county. He was suffocated when the swelling cut off his breathing. At 5 o'clock Monday morning the mercury stood at 2 degrees below zero in that locality. Young went to his barn to do his chores and, on feeling his breath being shut off, rushed back to the house, told his wife he was choking and died in a few minutes. Physicians said the cold cause the swelling. Last week a 17-year-old girl in Worcester, Massachusetts, choked to death when the thymus gland in her throat swell as a result of fright. Poor guy. I suppose this doesn't happen more often since our winters are getting warmer, perhaps this is a blessing in disguise.