Christmas, Antarctica style

Think your holiday was nuts? You should check out what those wacky research scientists way, way down south get up to. At the United States' McMurdo Research Station, home to 1,000 of the world's foremost ice experts*, Christmas got a little kooky this year. Some highlights:

  • Complaints of "inappropriate touching" were made against a Santa who had posed for photographs on a decorated snowmobile;
  • A staff member, suspected of drunk driving, raced along an icy road in a four-wheel-drive vehicle chased by a fire engine before she was intercepted; and
  • A worker had to be flown out to a hospital in Christchurch, over 5000 km away, after his jaw was broken in a Christmas punchout with a fellow staff member. Deck the halls, indeed.

Man, good times. Of course, all the offending parties will be disciplined for their bad behaviour. I kinda hope they get off easy. I mean, it's the freakin' South Pole. What the heck else is there to do than drive drunk, grope your coworkers, and beat each other senseless? If it were me, I'd have already gone bat shazbot insane.


McMurdo Station: Now officially the funnest place on earth! Photo by Gaelen Marsden.

*You may recall that McMurdo scientists were crucial in determining that ice is, in fact, frozen water.