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(Stuff.co.nz)   What is the world coming to when you get fired from your Antarctic job just for organizing a harmless jello wrestling match?   (stuff.co.nz) divider line 61
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2009-02-06 12:05:08 PM  
put jello in your anus
 
2009-02-06 12:05:15 PM  
It's farking Antarctica! Anything you can do to avoid going crazy seems like a plus to me.
 
2009-02-06 12:06:53 PM  
Jelly. What jello?
 
2009-02-06 12:07:24 PM  
Blues_X: It's farking Antarctica! Anything you can do to avoid going crazy seems like a plus to me.

it may have been inappropriate but it was better than the time the norwegians brought over that thing they found in the ice
 
2009-02-06 12:07:47 PM  
At 45 below, Jello wrestling is a life-or-death battle on a field of colorful, deadly, fruit-flavored daggers.
 
2009-02-06 12:09:28 PM  
tlchwi02: Blues_X: It's farking Antarctica! Anything you can do to avoid going crazy seems like a plus to me.

it may have been inappropriate but it was better than the time the norwegians brought over that thing they found in the ice



But if they had some jello wrestling, maybe Wilford Brimley wouldn't have freaked out so badly.
 
2009-02-06 12:09:31 PM  
There are no names in the Article.

Damnit.
 
2009-02-06 12:10:06 PM  
You can't apply business behaviour rules to an academic setting.
 
2009-02-06 12:12:16 PM  
Blues_X: It's farking Antarctica! Anything you can do to avoid going crazy seems like a plus to me.

Seriously. Let's hope they never get around to investigating astronauts in space. Who knows what the fark they're up to.
 
2009-02-06 12:12:40 PM  
How many names do the Inuit have for Jello?

\Oh wait, wrong cap.
 
2009-02-06 12:12:43 PM  
tlchwi02: Blues_X: It's farking Antarctica! Anything you can do to avoid going crazy seems like a plus to me.

it may have been inappropriate but it was better than the time the norwegians brought over that thing they found in the ice


Wow you're in a revisionist mood...

The Norwegians didn't "bring" it over, they tried to stop it from coming over but the American station commander shot the Norwegian trying to stop the thing.
 
2009-02-06 12:13:20 PM  
Blues_X: It's farking Antarctica! Anything you can do to avoid going crazy seems like a plus to me.

I had a friend that regularly went down there on an ice breaker. The biggest danger for them was absolute boredom.
 
2009-02-06 12:13:33 PM  
i50.photobucket.com

The "Fun Nazis" approve!

//hotter than nude jello wrestling in Antarctica.
 
2009-02-06 12:13:36 PM  
The incident also led to an urgent all-staff meeting where the US Antarctic Programme workers were read the riot act and given a stern lecture on their collective moral failure, with other activities involving nudity cited as further examples.

www.wyvern.org
 
2009-02-06 12:14:23 PM  
You know, it costs a lot of money to build down there. So I'd imagine that the buildings are rather cramped to more efficiently make use of the space. I bet they just didn't have the room for this.
 
2009-02-06 12:16:08 PM  
Another staff member, who has done five stints at McMurdo, said all the fun was being sucked out of working in the Antarctic.
 
2009-02-06 12:16:46 PM  
Wanted in connection with Jello Wrestling
www.geekshow.us
 
2009-02-06 12:17:51 PM  
sxacho: You know, it costs a lot of money to build down there. So I'd imagine that the buildings are rather cramped to more efficiently make use of the space. I bet they just didn't have the room for this.

The researchers working down there are like sailors on a boat that goes out to sea for months at a time, without the military discipline.

Wait, military discipline? This article goes full retard.
 
2009-02-06 12:19:24 PM  
Henry Malmgren laughs at these petty shenanigans
www.computerworld.jp
 
2009-02-06 12:19:49 PM  
SurfaceTension: other activities involving nudity cited as further examples.

There's activities like skinny dipping in the arctic, making newbies run naked from one building to another, etc, etc.
 
2009-02-06 12:21:06 PM  
I have seen this before, where the damn jarheads in charge have no clue about the reality of psychology and morale; it doesn't matter that they were only in the core for a handfull of years over three decades ago, they still think that the world revolves around their military brainwashing, and that the whole of business should be done on their strict, no-fun allowed rules.fark that.

Damn ex-mil lunatics like that were probably lucky that they didn't get fragged back when they were actually in charge of a unit, much less now, leading a band of mostly bored genius civilian specialists.

Some times in order to promote discipline, you have to allow for a little organized chaos; work hard, play harder.
 
2009-02-06 12:21:18 PM  
Man. that's cold.
 
2009-02-06 12:23:04 PM  
Another staff member, who has done five stints at McMurdo, said all the fun was being sucked out of working in the Antarctic.


How bad is that? "You suck the fun out of Antarctica!" I mean, damn. That's gotta be one hell of an insult.
 
2009-02-06 12:23:50 PM  
netweavr: SurfaceTension: other activities involving nudity cited as further examples.

There's activities like skinny dipping in the arctic, making newbies run naked from one building to another, etc, etc.


Yeah, my dad wintered over in '82 or '83 (I was very young). He did the polar bear plunge or whatever they call it down there.
 
2009-02-06 12:25:16 PM  
Now the Europeans know how to spend a winter in Antarctica.

And be careful -- if you click that link you may have lost an afternoon's productivity.
 
2009-02-06 12:26:17 PM  
Dire: Wow you're in a revisionist mood...

The Norwegians didn't "bring" it over, they tried to stop it from coming over but the American station commander shot the Norwegian trying to stop the thing.


lighten up francis
 
2009-02-06 12:26:40 PM  
Was it green Jell-o?

Then he was probably fired for calling someone a "Limey"
 
2009-02-06 12:27:15 PM  
Unless there were claims of sexual harassment, or something like that, your just being an asshat for firing someone for having some fun.

If anything the organizers should be commended for morale building.
 
2009-02-06 12:33:09 PM  
Wait, shouldn't this guy get the hero tag?
 
2009-02-06 12:33:13 PM  
This is very irresponsible journalism. How can you write an article like this if there aren't any pictures?
 
2009-02-06 12:33:39 PM  
img166.imageshack.us
 
2009-02-06 12:39:40 PM  
When Jello wrestling is outlawed, only Outlaws will wrestle in Jello.
 
2009-02-06 12:50:57 PM  
FTA "Every trip, there are more and more rules, restrictions and guidelines that seem designed to take all the life out of the place and make it more like a unionised auto factory."

Ask for a bailout
 
2009-02-06 12:51:29 PM  
Came for The Thing references.

Leaving very satisfied.

/maybe we at war wit No'way?
 
2009-02-06 12:53:04 PM  
Blues_X: It's farking Antarctica! Anything you can do to avoid going crazy seems like a plus to me.

Totally agreed! Who has a Popsicle stick shoved so far up their arse that they object to a little fun?

Guess they would really object to this unofficial Antarctic activity (NSFW language)...
 
2009-02-06 12:53:31 PM  
This is nothing to laugh about. Survival in the Antarctic, even during the summer, is a matter of excruciatingly careful management of resources. Food, fuel, recreation--it doesn't matter. If you're not going to use something in the most efficient manner possible, you might as well just throw it away. It's no consolation to die of hypothermia because you ALMOST managed to make your heating oil last.

The amount of Jello required for even a modestly fun wrestling match could have been used to make hundreds, perhaps thousands of Jello shots. WHAT WAS THIS CRAZY MAN THINKING?!
 
2009-02-06 01:11:47 PM  
Was that wrong? Should I not have done that?
 
2009-02-06 01:12:23 PM  
Contrary to popular wisdom, apparently there ISN'T always room for Jello.
 
2009-02-06 01:12:50 PM  
TFA says jelly, not jello. Is this a NewZealandism, or did they really use jelly? Seems kinda sticky.

/Disappointed to see no jelly wrestling at the Pasadena Fark party
//Ok, maybe I'm not
 
2009-02-06 01:15:55 PM  
Come on, it's Raytheon Polar Services. Raytheon could suck the joy out of a sunny day. Pretty soon these guys will be lined up to borrow the one remaining sidearm for a little semi-auto Russian roulette.
 
2009-02-06 01:20:41 PM  
sxacho: You know, it costs a lot of money to build down there. So I'd imagine that the buildings are rather cramped to more efficiently make use of the space. I bet they just didn't have the room for this.

bbcard1: Contrary to popular wisdom, apparently there ISN'T always room for Jello.

Here I was waiting for someone, anyone to come along and say it, but noooooooooo. It had to be you. Out of all the jello threads in all the world, why did you have to come into this one and crush me, hurt me, pin me to the ground and rip out my heart? I hate you. I HATE YOU!
 
2009-02-06 01:23:08 PM  
Come on, it's Raytheon Polar Services.

Bingo. Antarctica is a corporate state run by a corporate services company. You have no rights, it is a company town.

The US courts treat Antarctica as a US territory for tax purposes, so you have to pay your taxes, but the same courts say it ISN'T US territory when it comes to enforcing worker rights.
 
2009-02-06 01:28:32 PM  
You had me at Jello.
 
2009-02-06 01:31:08 PM  
(though the Polar Plunge just hours before the jello event had plenty of nudity but no-one got fired or reprimanded for doing that!

Been there..done that. But we never had anything close to jello wrestling when I was there (98-00 building 120)..Most of the 'women' that were there had mustaches and big hands (it takes a manly kind of gal to want to go there..) The kiwi chicks down the road at Scott were pretty hot though.

/good pay, good food, no weed (but plenty of cheap booze at 'Southern Exposure'-who's only door cruelly opened up towards a blinding sun at 2 am, and few women...
//got my patches and hats so probably wouldn't go back
 
2009-02-06 01:44:57 PM  
Not surprising. Yup, the higher-ups do their damnedest to suck the fun out of life down there. Yet, they have a rugby game every year with a far greater potential for injury...go figure. But they will reprimand and/or fire you for some really ridiculous reasons...

Oh, and Pinky's right about Scott Base...
 
2009-02-06 01:46:36 PM  
erewhon: Come on, it's Raytheon Polar Services.


THIS.
 
2009-02-06 01:47:52 PM  
I blame this all on lawyers who have a talent for sucking the fun and cash out of everything.
All rules and overreactions like this have their root in the legal system.
 
2009-02-06 01:51:43 PM  
radinator: TFA says jelly, not jello. Is this a NewZealandism, or did they really use jelly? Seems kinda sticky.

Jello vs. jelly
 
2009-02-06 01:53:28 PM  
I think this depends highly on the people wrestling. If it was manbearpig, then yes - firing (squad) is appropriate.
 
2009-02-06 01:53:53 PM  
Hatman013: erewhon: Come on, it's Raytheon Polar Services.


THIS.


THIS again.
 
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