Treking Poles, Sledges, 1600lbs of Pork, and 12 Cases of Whiskey

In January 1908, Shackleton and his team built a hut on the Antarctic continent to serve as a base for an attempt on the South Pole.  They spent 9 months in that hut with temperatures reaching -58F.  Luckily, 1600lbs of pork, 100lbs of mustard for that pork, >100 packs of crackers, and plenty of golden pancake syrup accompanied them in that hut.  To that list, was 12 cases of MacKinlay’s Rare Old Whiskey.  I know you are trying to figure it out in your head…it is 16 bottles per month, a little over 1 bottle per man per month.  Well apparently two cases were not fully utilized, so to speak.  An archaeological team uncovered the lonely cases of scotch while excavating around the site of the hut.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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