As we know, last month NSF brought hordes of Distinguished Visitors to McMurdo and Pole, some for IPY in general, some specifically for the New South Pole Station Dedication Ceremony. The DVs included State Department representatives, Congressmen, network TV crews, and all manner of Aides, Assistants, Secretaries, and Chairs, many of whom asked well-researched questions and were bright and curious in approach. Then there were the others:
- One Congressman peed on the exterior wall of a hut in a Specially Protected Area.
- One DV gave a speech at the SP Dedication in which he both referred to “McHurdo Station” and to Antarctic polar bears.
- One Congressman asked if there was a golf course. A local lackey asked a different Congressman if those in their group were enjoying themselves and the Congressman replied, “We’re having a great time, except for one, because he’s a pretty serious golfer.”