Featured category: The poles

The first people born in Antarctica, the polar parka made from animal guts, the town without appendices, and a mysterious death at the South Pole.

Three people can lay claim to being the first born on a continent.


Up near the Arctic Circle, various peoples make waterproof parkas out of seal, walrus, or otter intestines.


Villa Las Estrellas
Chikomario / Public domain

You cannot move to Villa Las Estrellas, on an island at the end of the Antarctic Peninsula, unless you first have your appendix removed.


South Pole dome
Allan Timm, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In 2000, in the middle of the polar night, an astrophysicist mysteriously died at the South Pole.

For more about the secrets, surprises, and mysteries of the far north and the far south, begin here:

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