In the 1930s, the US spent $300.000 ($5,5 million adjusted for inflation) to built massive car with the goal to cross Antarctica. Only to discover upon arrival that the tyres didn't work in the snow, and the whole thing was abandoned after 140 km (driven in reverse). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Antarctica hasn't got any rivers. All of its 'rivers' are technically meltwater streams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Metallica did a concert in Antarctica setting a world record for being the only band to play all 7 continents. They used headphones instead of amplifiers to preserve the environment there. youtu.be/2Hi2u98VKxc
No single country owns Antarctica. Instead, it is governed by a group of nations in a unique international partnership. The Antarctic Treaty, 1959, designates Antarctica as a continent devoted to peace and science. It is also the only continent without an indigenous human population. antarctica.gov.au/about-a…
Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Antarctica and New Zealand are the only countries in the world with no native or wild snake populations. irelandbeforeyoudie.com/w…
The sheet of ice that covers most of Antarctica is, on average, a mile thick or more (1.6 km), comprising 90% of the world's ice and more than 70% of its fresh water. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cli…
Argentina and Chile sent pregnant women to Antarctica to have their babies there. All to strengthen their claim on the continent. iceberg.co.nz/world-recor…
Today I learned of the Wilkes Land Crater, an asteroid that hit Antarctica 250 million years ago and was 2.5 times larger than the Chicxulub asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs. wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilkes…
In 1913, The Daily Mail suspected its competitor The Daily Standard was copying its news stories. The Daily Mail published a hoax article claiming the SS Waratah had been discovered in Antarctica. The Daily Standard also published the story and added a statement from the harbourmaster en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Anyone who moves to Villas Las Estrellas, a settlement in Antarctica, must first have their appendix preemptively removed because the nearest hospital is over 600 miles away. bbc.com/future/gallery/20…
The continent of Antarctica was originally going to be called Australia, until the colonial authorities in Sydney took the name for their continent. After that Antarctica had no official name for over 80 years until the 1890s. It was just referred to as the Antarctic Continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
At Antarctica's Troll station, operated by Norway, during their summer (November to February), the time zone used is UTC+0, while during their winter (March to October), the clock is moved forward two hours, to UTC+2, which is Norwegian summer time mm.icann.org/pipermail/tz…
There is a 795 square mile, trapezoid shaped area of land between Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil that is the only piece of unclaimed land in the world outside of Antarcticaβ€”though since 2014, claims have been attempted by an American, an Indian programmer and a Lebanese-American. amusingplanet.com/2018/02…
New Zealand has an official Wizard. He was initially threatened with arrest because of his antics, but after being named a living work of art and performing a successful rain dance during a drought, the PM named him The official Wizard of NZ, Antarctica, and relevant offshore areas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
New Zealand has the eleventh longest coastline - between Antarctica and China en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 2013, Metallica performed in Antarctica just to break a record and be the first musical act to perform on all 7 continents. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Five 100-year-old crates of Mackinlay whiskey were discovered encased in ice in Antarctica in 2006. The whiskey was abandoned in a hut during the Shackleton expedition, and it was perfectly preserved below decades of ice accumulation. noted.co.nz/archive/archi…
Staff at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica have an annual tradition of back-to-back viewings of The Thing from Another World (1951), The Thing (1982), and The Thing (2011) after the last flight has left for the winter io9.gizmodo.com/these-sou…
There is a valley in Antarctica called the 'Dry Valleys' which scientists consider to be the closest of any terrestrial environment to Mars, and which hasn't received any rain in almost 2 million years. nasa.gov/multimedia/image…
There is an Antarctic dialect of English, which has developed among researchers in Antarctica who have their own slang and speech patterns. Since this is one of the few linguistically isolated areas in the world, it is being used to understand how dialects originate. scientificamerican.com/po…
In 1938 nazi Germany began an expedition to challenge Norwegian claims in Antarctica, primarily for control of whale oil; a hotly desired commodity for the production of margarine. The story has since developed into a conspiracy theory about secret nazi ice bases supported by alien technology youtube.com/watch?v=Rs0Za…
The world's longest maritime chase lasted 110 days which started near Antarctica and ended on the equator. macleans.ca/news/canada/t…
Villas Las Estrellas, a settlement of around 100 people in Antarctica, requires everyone (adults and children) who live there long term to have a preemptive appendectomy. While there are a few doctors there, none of them are specialized. The closest major hospital is over 600 miles away. bbc.com/future/gallery/20…
Metallica was the first band to perform on all seven continents by performing live and un-amplified (to protect the environment) in Antarctica. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
In 1971 a Hercules LC-130 crashed after take-off in Antarctica. 17 years later, the plane was repaired and put back into service; renamed β€˜The Phoenix’. southpolestation.com/triv…
Antarctica wasn’t confirmed to exist until 1820 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vos…
In Antarctica, research centers "heat their refrigerators" to avoid food from over-freezing and allow for thawing to take place and much of the food served to researchers is often expired. youtube.com/watch?v=pzlA9…
The largest animal native to Antarctica that is purely terrestrial is the Antarctic midge, at 2-6mm in size. It also has the smallest known insect genome. nature.com/articles/ncomm…
Today I learned about the Antarctica Treaty, which 54 countries are a part of, states that it’s primary purpose is β€œto ensure in the interests of all mankind that Antarctica shall continue forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and shall not become the scene or object of international discord." scar.org/policy/antarctic…
Argentina sent a pregnant woman to Antarctica, had her give birth there, and used the baby to reinforce its territorial claims atlasobscura.com/articles…
Antarctica has two holidays, Antarctica Day (anniversary of the signing of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959) and Midwinter Day en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
There is a mountain range in Antarctica named after the inventor of malted milk. He financed polar missions and provided them with malted milk, which is lightweight, nutritious, and nonperishable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
There are 41 peaks in the United States (and one in Antarctica) referred to as "Black Mesa." The one referred to as Black Mesa by the USGS map is in New Mexico at coordinates 32Β°10β€²27β€³N 106Β°46β€²29β€³W. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Today I learned about monito del monte (Spanish for "little monkey of the mount"), which is not a monkey but a marsupial that look like mice. These little Chilean guys are descendants from the first marsupials. Marsupials showed up first in South America and traveled to Australia through Antarctica. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
In 1902, Scottish explorers went on an expedition to Antarctica, and they brought along a piper, who was tasked with maintaining morale. He played the bagpipes in full Highland dress next to a penguin (which was tethered to a large pot packed with snow), but the penguin was sleepily indifferent mentalfloss.com/article/9…
A 100-year old fruitcake was found in Antarctica, in 2017, and was almost edible. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
In 1940, American explorers attempted to drive to the South Pole in a 56-foot vehicle carrying a plane and 6,000 gallons of fuel. Once in Antarctica, the combination of the vehicle's weight and smooth tires made it nearly impossible to drive on snow and ice and it was abandoned. thedrive.com/news/33433/t…
Penguins in Antarctica live on top of 10,000 years of penguin guano youtube.com/watch?v=9NGVk…
A ship crashed and sunk on its first trip to Antarctica, it was named MS Explorer. nbcnews.com/id/21935099/n…
Double bassist & composer Garth Stevenson accidentally summoned twelve Sei whales that swam next to the boat he was performing on during a four-day open sea crossing between South Georgia & Antarctica. He also casually did a duet with a seal! wanderlust.com/journal/mi…
A South African man plans to tow an iceberg from Antarctica to provide drinking water to 4 million people. After facing droughts limiting water usage, the 125 million ton, 70 story tall iceberg would supply 20% of Cape Town’s water needs for a year. getpocket.com/explore/ite…
The the lowest naturally occurring temperature on Earth was measured to be -148/-100 degrees Fahrenheit/Celsius, recorded in tiny valleys near the top of Antarctica’s ice sheet news.agu.org/press-releas…
There is a bust of Vladimir Lenin in Antarctica, which was originally placed to face Moscow by the Russians, but was later changed to face Washington D.C by the Americans, and then Moscow again. southpolestation.com/triv…
The main celebration of the year in Antarctica is Midwinter, celebrated by winter staff across all research stations on June 21st regardless of nationality. One tradition involves cutting a hole in the sea ice and taking a plunge. coolantarctica.com/Commun…
There are huge, diverse 'kelp forests' underwater stretching for thousands of miles, found around coastlines on every continent except Antarctica. Darwin said of their ecosystem "I can only compare these great aquatic forests with the terrestrial ones in the intertropical regions." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel…
Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth. Researchers have revealed almost 100 volcanoes below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica. Despite volcanic eruptions may not reach the surface, it could melt the ice from beneath and destabilise it theguardian.com/world/201…
Today i learned that Antarctica has its own banknotes, however they are not legal tender anywhere youtu.be/EBGHh6wlqsw
All Australian doctors who plan to stay in Antarctica during the winter must have their appendix removed in case of an unexpected rupture. antarctica.gov.au/about-a…
On December 8 2013, Metallica became the first band to play on all 7 continents with a concert at Carlini Station in Antarctica. youtube.com/watch?v=2Hi2u…
The iconic picture of Earth coined, 'The Blue Marble", was the first picture that viewed the entire planet as a whole and was only possible due to the sun being behind the Apollo 17 crew. Originally, the image was South up with Antarctica on top, but NASA flipped it to be more recognizable. theatlantic.com/technolog…

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