Wednesday, March 31, 2010


I am not completely convinced that this is not some stupendous wind up.

"Famed global warming activist James Schneider and a journalist friend were both found frozen to death on Saturday, about 90 miles from South Pole Station, by the pilot of a ski plane practicing emergency evacuation procedures.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing", recounted the pilot, Jimmy Dolittle. "There were two snowmobiles with cargo sleds, a tent, and a bright orange rope that had been laid out on the ice, forming the words, 'HELP-COLD'."

One friend of Prof. Schneider told ecoEnquirer that he had been planning a trip to an ice sheet to film the devastation brought on by global warming. His wife, Linda, said that she had heard him discussing the trip with his environmental activist friends, but she assumed that he was talking about the Greenland ice sheet, a much smaller ice sheet than Antarctica.

"He kept talking about when they 'get down to chili', and I thought they were talking about the order in which they would consume their food supplies", Mrs. Schneider recounted. "I had no idea they were talking about Chile, the country from which you usually fly or sail in order to reach Antarctica."

Apparently, while all of Prof. Schneider's friends were assuming that the July trek would be to Greenland, during Northern Hemisphere summer, his plans were actually to snowmobile to the South Pole - which, in July, is in the dead of winter.

Mr. Dolittle related how some people do not realize that, even if there has been warming in Antarctica, the average temperature at the South Pole in July still runs about 70 degrees F below zero. "Some people think that July is warm everywhere on Earth."


The wife sounds sharp!


Medusa said...

Leighton Smith called it a hoax on the radio this morning.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Ya think the pilot's name might be a bit of a clue?

Was he flying a Mitchel helicopter?

Off a ship?

Barnsley Bill said...

glad I gave myself an out on the first line then.

KG said...

"Jimmy Doolittle"?

Medusa said...

Looking forward to what gonna be on offer tomorrow who's gonna be sucked in?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Woops. Dunno where I got the helo from!

Murray said...

Fake but should be accurate.