News, but not the serious kind
The most protected folks on Earth
- the new HBO John Adams series on DVD
- books and movies about early Antarctic exploration
- 20 sets of Trivial Pursuit
- 16,500 condoms
Yeah, it’s the condoms. There are only about 125 people there now, so the math suggests total debauchery. But the supply is supposed to last all year, even after the sun rises again on August 20. The manager of the base station says condoms are given free to staff. Everyone knows everyone, so it’s embarrassing to go buy them. Maybe even more embarrassing to be the only guy who doesn’t ask for some….
A foraging Emperor penguin preens on snow-covered sea ice around the base of the active volcano Mount Erebus, near McMurdo Station, the largest U.S. Science base in Antarctica, in a 2006 photo. REUTERS/ Deborah Zabarenko