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(3 News New Zealand)   Historic explorer tweets from beyond the grave. MAGGOTS COMING OUT   (3news.co.nz) divider line 37
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2009-11-26 01:15:58 PM  
If Billy Mays were alive today, he'd say, "LET ME OUT OF THIS FARKING BOX!"
 
2009-11-26 02:36:30 PM  
I'm confused. I like to think of myself as somewhat worldly, but I am at least sure that I'm not a complete ignoramus. Hence my query: Who the fark is Robert Falcon Scott? One of the most famous explorers? How long is the list?
 
2009-11-26 02:40:54 PM  
deadapostle: Who the fark is Robert Falcon Scott?

Apparently, he led the second expedition to the South Pole, but is most famous for being the first person to allegedly make it to the South Pole before dying on the way back.
 
2009-11-26 02:52:58 PM  
Gabe approves.
 
2009-11-26 02:58:10 PM  
Who the fark is Robert Falcon Scott?

Someone I would not have taken on a picnic. The guy was suicidal.
He did not allegedly get there first - Roald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen was first at the South Pole. Now he was a great explorer.
Anyone dragging sledges in the Antarctic was crazy.
 
2009-11-26 02:58:45 PM  
deadapostle: Who the fark is Robert Falcon Scott?

cdn1.ioffer.com
 
2009-11-26 02:59:13 PM  
BRAIINNSSS...
 
2009-11-26 03:05:09 PM  
Ok maggots are coming out

/i'm a twitter rotter!
 
2009-11-26 03:06:50 PM  
There's a play about the expedition called Terra Nova. Our theater group did it in college.Don't know if it actually happened or was the product of the playwright's imagination, but there's a scene where Amundson tells Scott that the problem with the British explorers was,"You treat your animals like gentlemen, and your gentlemen like animals." They were starving, but didn't eat the dogs.
 
2009-11-26 03:13:39 PM  
Robert Balloon Scott? Who's that guy?
 
2009-11-26 03:30:33 PM  
gardenfreshtomatoes: There's a play about the expedition called Terra Nova. Our theater group did it in college.Don't know if it actually happened or was the product of the playwright's imagination, but there's a scene where Amundson tells Scott that the problem with the British explorers was,"You treat your animals like gentlemen, and your gentlemen like animals." They were starving, but didn't eat the dogs.

i bet the dogs would have eaten them.
 
2009-11-26 03:35:25 PM  
Seriously, you septics have never heard of Scott of the Antarctic?
 
2009-11-26 03:35:52 PM  
gardenfreshtomatoes: There's a play about the expedition called Terra Nova. Our theater group did it in college.Don't know if it actually happened or was the product of the playwright's imagination, but there's a scene where Amundson tells Scott that the problem with the British explorers was,"You treat your animals like gentlemen, and your gentlemen like animals." They were starving, but didn't eat the dogs.

They were British, damnit. Got to keep a sense of propriety.

/just going out for a walk...
 
2009-11-26 03:37:55 PM  
gardenfreshtomatoes: There's a play about the expedition called Terra Nova. Our theater group did it in college.Don't know if it actually happened or was the product of the playwright's imagination, but there's a scene where Amundson tells Scott that the problem with the British explorers was,"You treat your animals like gentlemen, and your gentlemen like animals." They were starving, but didn't eat the dogs.

If memory serves me right, the competing Norwegian expedition relied primarily on dog sleds. Scott's transport plan included a mishmash of dogs, motor transport, and horses. His horses proved to be ill-suited to the environment, and the motor transport wasn't able to cope either.

Amundson he was competing against was an expert dog handler - Scott didn't have much of a clue and delegated the purchase of horses to a guy who didn't know much about them.

According to the wiki, Amundson took offense to a toast celebrating his Antartic polar first "to the dogs."

/Where's the clip from Red Dwarf where Rimmer says the bit about Oates as recorded in Scott's diary is a fiction by Scott, who probably ate him? I'll go digging through youtube for a link.
 
2009-11-26 03:57:54 PM  
rabidferret: gardenfreshtomatoes: There's a play about the expedition called Terra Nova. Our theater group did it in college.Don't know if it actually happened or was the product of the playwright's imagination, but there's a scene where Amundson tells Scott that the problem with the British explorers was,"You treat your animals like gentlemen, and your gentlemen like animals." They were starving, but didn't eat the dogs.

If memory serves me right, the competing Norwegian expedition relied primarily on dog sleds. Scott's transport plan included a mishmash of dogs, motor transport, and horses. His horses proved to be ill-suited to the environment, and the motor transport wasn't able to cope either.

Amundson he was competing against was an expert dog handler - Scott didn't have much of a clue and delegated the purchase of horses to a guy who didn't know much about them.

According to the wiki, Amundson took offense to a toast celebrating his Antartic polar first "to the dogs."

/Where's the clip from Red Dwarf where Rimmer says the bit about Oates as recorded in Scott's diary is a fiction by Scott, who probably ate him? I'll go digging through youtube for a link.


Scott's was a scientific expedition rather than an exploratory one, until he heard that Amundson was planning to beat him to the pole. Hence his poor preperation.

/The thing you have to remember about about Captain Oats... Captain Oats was a prat. (new window)
 
2009-11-26 04:07:18 PM  
Damn you subby, I just ate Thanksgiving dinner, now I've got that scene from Poltergeist in my head.

farm3.static.flickr.com
anytime anyone mentions "maggots" I think of this scene. Still amazed that the damn movie got off with a PG rating.
 
2009-11-26 04:08:43 PM  
art.penny-arcade.com
 
2009-11-26 04:19:50 PM  
I didn't know the maggots were gay....
 
2009-11-26 04:30:07 PM  
Bloggus Caesari was a similar idea (and most likely a better read).
 
2009-11-26 04:48:27 PM  
aerojockey: I didn't know the maggots were gay....

Randolph Scott was.
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2009-11-26 05:07:11 PM  
img341.imageshack.us
 
2009-11-26 05:34:25 PM  
Stupid...
 
2009-11-26 06:42:33 PM  
Great Scott! (new window, with bonus Italian subtitles).
 
2009-11-26 07:27:30 PM  
wookiemonster: Damn you subby, I just ate Thanksgiving dinner, now I've got that scene from Poltergeist in my head.


anytime anyone mentions "maggots" I think of this scene. Still amazed that the damn movie got off with a PG rating.


Poltergeist got a PG rating??? *checks IMDB* WTF? It was originally R-rated but they somehow got it down to PG. Wow. That scares me even more than the movie itself.
 
2009-11-26 07:46:46 PM  
I did not need the mental image of someone pooping maggots, which is what I got from the headline.
 
2009-11-26 08:10:53 PM  
He may have been woefully under-prepared and pretty much doomed from the start, particularly in a race against Amundsen (who damn well knew what he was doing. Oates said as much in his letters home), but I'll be damned if the guy and his crew doesn't have one of the most magnificent memorials on the face of the Earth.

tiger.gsfc.nasa.gov

(The cross says "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield" with the names of the 5 men. I don't know how to upload my own pictures up here...there are a lot better shots of the cross than this one.)

/hot like Ob Hill is not...temperature-wise that is
 
2009-11-26 08:36:08 PM  
Oh, damn. I LOL'd farking hard.

/would LOL again
//LOLs coming out
 
2009-11-26 10:26:54 PM  
Friday, November 27th 2009
Still dead.
 
2009-11-26 10:46:19 PM  
 
2009-11-27 06:26:10 AM  
Best dead tweeter

@Drsamueljohnson

Example tweet:

"Overdraft (n.) Short Length of Rope that a BANK does employ both as a Lead, a Rein & a NOOSE for its Customer"
 
2009-11-27 06:49:15 AM  
Scott was going to bag the Pole, but when he found out Amundsen was there he instructed his people to put the emphasis on science as a way to save face if they were beat. Scott never bothered to learn to ski, to drive dogs or to understand what how to prevent scurvy. He had no idea what would be best for a sledging diet, packed for teams of four and then decided to take a fifth man in the Polar party. This threw rations off for the remainder of their time on the ice. Due to Scott's inattention, or because he delegated the job to someone who had no experience their expedition rations didn't provide enough calories to support them so malnutrition set in. He had no method for laying and marking supply depots, so often they were hunting for a depot with no food in case they didn't find it. He didn't really know what to do with the motor sledges and didn't bring the man who'd built them. One of the sledges sank in McMurdo Sound because nobody knew how to read the ice. The other one broke down after about 150 miles and just sat there because there was nobody who could fix it. His malnourished, non-skiing, scurvy ridden party is dragging 200 pounds of rocks on the sledge, all in the name of science. Meantime Oates had an old wound from his service in the Boer War, and the wound was opening again. His feet were frostbitten black because the boots were poor. He couldn't pull the sledge, could barely walk and the others couldn't pull the sledge with him on board.

Amundsen made it look easy, but it took twenty years of work to do it.
 
2009-11-27 07:41:12 AM  
This isn't about gay slipknot fans ?
 
2009-11-27 03:23:43 PM  
There was an old Masterpiece Theater mini-series called "The Last Place on Earth" (from the book by Roland Huntford) that really deflated the Scott legend. Scott was indeed criminally unprepared, negligent, and generally incompetent.

Available at Netflix: http://www.netflix.com/Movie/The_Last_Place_on_Earth/70092287?strackid=d16fe3862 46d05c_0_srl&strkid=681650337_0_0&trkid=222336

Well worth seeing!
 
2009-11-27 06:09:05 PM  
Foxie299:
Scott's was a scientific expedition rather than an exploratory one, until he heard that Amundson was planning to beat him to the pole. Hence his poor preperation.

/The thing you have to remember about about Captain Oats... Captain Oats was a prat. (new window)


A winner is you!

/late I know
 
2009-11-28 02:43:35 AM  
If it was me, I'd have whacked Oates over the head with a frozen husky, and then eaten him.

"February the First, bludgeoned Oates to death while he slept, then scoffed him along with the last packet of instant mash."


/The thing is, about Captain Oates; the thing you have to remember about Captain Oates; Captain Oates... Captain Oates was a prat.
 
2009-11-28 02:46:09 AM  
Foxie299:
/The thing you have to remember about about Captain Oats... Captain Oats was a prat. (new window)


You're a total smeghead.

/Who is full of win.
 
2009-11-28 05:11:35 PM  
Naman: wookiemonster: Damn you subby, I just ate Thanksgiving dinner, now I've got that scene from Poltergeist in my head.


anytime anyone mentions "maggots" I think of this scene. Still amazed that the damn movie got off with a PG rating.

Poltergeist got a PG rating??? *checks IMDB* WTF? It was originally R-rated but they somehow got it down to PG. Wow. That scares me even more than the movie itself.


It's because at the time, PG-13 didn't exist, and there's no nudity in the movie.
 
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