The most protected folks on Earth

June 9, 2008

It’s winter in Antarctica, and the residents are ready for months of total darkness. Quick quiz: among their last supply shipments were…

  • 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….

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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

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What else do they have to do?

Posted by Charlene | Report as abusive

So Cool!!

Funny story. I’m going to feature this on my blog under “wierd news”.

Apparently, they don’t just give each other the cold shoulder.

Posted by Shawn Hendricks | Report as abusive

Well, you know what they say, when it’s that cold out, you can never have too many layers!

“Work in romantic Antartica – where every day is Humpday!” (with weekends off for golf, by my calculations).

Posted by Mark H | Report as abusive

Damn — that’s where my shipment got to.