Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Is Antarctica Colder than the North Pole?

I'm in a good mood. I looked out the window this morning, and for the first day in at least a week, the thermometer read 10 degrees ABOVE zero, instead of 10 degrees BELOW.

I heard on the radio yesterday something about a woman crossing the Antarctic on skis. She travelled completely solo across the entire continent. In 59 days, I think. Maybe it wasn't the entire continent, just a portion. The radio mentioned that she skiied around crevasses, over mountains, and across the Ice Shelf. (I realize that in this day of Google I have no excuse for posting a vague recollection of something that I "heard" about . . . with a few clicks of the keyboard, I could bring you the exact details along with several links to original sources. Let's just pretend that it's 1982 and computers are still huge units stored in underground rooms that require special government codes to access.)

I thought to myself, there really are only two types of people in this world. One type likes to ski across Antarctica. The other type likes to sit in front of her fireplace, sipping hot chocolate topped with those special peppermint marshmallows that her mother sent, refusing to Google answers to her many questions, such as, Isn't Antarctica the largest of the seven continents? Is Antarctica an actual land mass or just a big chunk of ice? Like, if the globe warmed, I mean REALLY warmed up, would most of Antarctica just melt away and be left as a tiny little island? Pfft. Anyone could ski across that.

Dinner last night: chicken egg rolls, pork egg rolls, rice


Stef said...

I do know that Antarctica is the largest desert on Earth! I learnt that whilst sitting on my posterior watching Up All Night :D

Unknown said...

Make that three types of people. Those who enjoy opening all their windows on this gorgeous 74 degree January afternoon and wearing flip flops 365 days a year.

LisaDay said...

I am with you as a Type 2 person.

Hold the marshmallows.


Karen M. Peterson said...

I hate the cold and snow, but I totally want to trek across Antarctica.

Kim said...

Hey! I saw that same episode!