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, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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