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(The Atlantic)   Of all the clubs in the world, the 300 Club may be the toughest to join. To become a member you have to endure a swing of 300 degrees F, starting in a 200 deg sauna in Antarctica and then running, naked to the South Pole and back   (theatlantic.com) divider line 51
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2014-01-08 10:40:47 AM
THAT'S MADNESS!
 
2014-01-08 10:49:41 AM
I met one of those guys once.

He told me that one of them tripped on the run once, and apparently at that temperature you stick to the ice a-la A Christmas Story. His words about what you do then? "One guy grabs each arm, you ignore the screams, lift, and run."
 
2014-01-08 11:24:57 AM
men are really weird
 
2014-01-08 11:24:58 AM

scottydoesntknow: THAT'S MADNESS!


Madness? THIS. IS. ANTARCTICA.

//or maybe you were going for a Lovecraft thing?
 
2014-01-08 11:26:22 AM
I thought this might be about Disneyland's Club 33

/carry on
 
2014-01-08 11:28:04 AM
I'm thinking that would cause uncomfortable problems for parts of my body.
 
2014-01-08 11:30:36 AM

DirkTheDaring: I'm thinking that would cause uncomfortable problems for parts of my body.


At those temps, even Johnny Holmes' junk would retract into his abdomen.
 
2014-01-08 11:32:40 AM
Manscaping could kill you. It's probably why Brazil lacks an Antarctic station.
 
2014-01-08 11:33:24 AM
i have this image of running with one hand over my junk and the other over my mouth or nose or ears... in the snow... in 100 degrees below... and then i think, wait, they start in a 200 degree sauna!?!  I've cooked a tenderloin at that temperature!
 
2014-01-08 11:34:08 AM
I'm mildly impressed that the wide fluctuation in temperature doesn't immediately strike them dead.
 
2014-01-08 11:34:21 AM
White People Solutions.
 
2014-01-08 11:36:16 AM
25.media.tumblr.com
Shhh! Just let them be...
 
2014-01-08 11:36:56 AM
Putting yourself into life threatening temperatures naked isn't normal...

But on science it is.


Talk to your kids about the dangers of doing science.
 
2014-01-08 11:39:01 AM
They should just throw some boiling water into the wind like normal people.
 
2014-01-08 11:40:37 AM
My club is harder - go to every planet, chat to God and get a lock of their hair, marry Jesus, shag his mum, and solve the meaning of life. All before breakfast. On a Tuesday.
 
2014-01-08 11:40:44 AM
First, you gotta get there.
 
2014-01-08 11:41:44 AM
I've seen where people have warmed up in hot-tubs, and then cooled off by rolling in snow.
This seems just a bit more extreme.


Much in the same sense that BASE-jumping off El Capitan is just a bit more extreme than hopping off my front porch while holding an empty garbage bag.
 
2014-01-08 11:42:23 AM
Well, the admission requirements are tough, but there doesn't seem to be any limit on the number of members. Any person who travels to running distance of the South Pole could in principal survive the initiation ordeal.

I would say the Bullingdon Dining Club at Oxford is harder to join because of exclusivity (which is dedicated to horse racing, Upper Class Twittery, and cricket). You have to be born a nob. Membership is limited to about 10, IIRC. Most of the members seem to get to be Prime Minister of the UK, another small club with only a handful of members alive at one time. Living (ex?) members include Dave Cameron (PM), Boris Johnson (Lord Mayor of London) and Dave Osborne (Cabinet Minister).

The Skull and Bones, more or less the American (Yale) equivalent of the Bullingdon Club, is similarly dedicated to dining, hooliganism and exclusive power politics. Living members include the two George Bushes and John Kerry.

Of course, a lot of people would sooner endure the initiation to the 300 Club than a meeting with a member of either of these UCT institutions.
 
2014-01-08 11:43:24 AM
Reminds me when I was a kid sleeping over at a friend's house, they had a jacuzzi.  We'd run around his house in the 2 feet of snow then jump back into the nice hot jacuzzi.  Probably wasn't good for the skin, but kids will be kids.
/not naked you sickos
 
2014-01-08 11:44:01 AM

cgraves67: I'm mildly impressed that the wide fluctuation in temperature doesn't immediately strike them dead.


That's what I was wondering too. I know polar bear plunges can cause heart attacks, and those aren't anywhere nearly as extreme a temperature differential as this insanity.
 
2014-01-08 11:44:31 AM
I'm gonna start my own 300 club, with blackjack and hookers!
 
2014-01-08 11:45:13 AM

Lady J: men are really weird


8 did in in the article, equally split between men and women.

PEOPLE are really weird :-)
 
2014-01-08 11:56:16 AM
It might be easier to get one of these:

www.bowling200.com

/not mine
//mine's from when it was still called the ABC
 
2014-01-08 11:56:25 AM
"I'm serious, babe. I'm not trying to get freaky. The doctor said it's the only way to make sure the frostbite doesn't get worse."
 
2014-01-08 12:05:20 PM

Arkanaut: scottydoesntknow: THAT'S MADNESS!

Madness? THIS. IS. ANTARCTICA.

//or maybe you were going for a Lovecraft thing?


Nah, 300 reference. Even though I messed it up. Forgot it's "THIS IS MADNESS!"
 
2014-01-08 12:09:25 PM

brantgoose: Well, the admission requirements are tough, but there doesn't seem to be any limit on the number of members. Any person who travels to running distance of the South Pole could in principal survive the initiation ordeal.


Well, there is a limit to the number that can be admitted in any given year:  The temp at Amundsen/Scott doesn't drop to -100o F until the Antarctic winter, after all the 'explorers', tourists, summer scientists, etc. are gone and only the "winter overs" are left.  Average low temp there is -81o F in their coldest month, July, so it takes below average temps even at the pole for them to do this.
 
2014-01-08 12:18:38 PM
imageshack.com
 
2014-01-08 12:24:06 PM
www.freedomsphoenix.com
 
2014-01-08 12:25:50 PM
worldsstrongestlibrarian.com
Well, it certainly shows that he's committed, or at least he oughtta be.
 
2014-01-08 12:26:07 PM
93 C? That's a little on the warm side. 85 is much more reasonable.
 
2014-01-08 12:40:45 PM

Thudfark: 93 C? That's a little on the warm side. 85 is much more reasonable.


Yes but the 281 degree club just doesn't have the same ring.
 
2014-01-08 12:43:02 PM

Lady J: men are really weird


FTA:
When the timing and temperature were right one weekend in 2001, Bjella recalled, he and eight others-"pretty equally split, men and women"-went up to the second floor of the dome,"

Perry remembers one unlucky couple from his second winter at the South Pole: "[They] both suffered some minor frostbite-she on her nipples and he on the tip of his weenie. Fortunate for her, I had gone outside to do a weather observation and saw them heading from the pole back to the station. She was moving very slowly and had probably become mildly hypothermic. I gave her my parka and helped her get back inside.
 
2014-01-08 01:15:01 PM

QifutuWahuta: cgraves67: I'm mildly impressed that the wide fluctuation in temperature doesn't immediately strike them dead.

That's what I was wondering too. I know polar bear plunges can cause heart attacks, and those aren't anywhere nearly as extreme a temperature differential as this insanity.


What does having sex with white haired bears have to do with temperature differentials and heart attacks?
 
2014-01-08 01:23:21 PM

QifutuWahuta: cgraves67: I'm mildly impressed that the wide fluctuation in temperature doesn't immediately strike them dead.

That's what I was wondering too. I know polar bear plunges can cause heart attacks, and those aren't anywhere nearly as extreme a temperature differential as this insanity.


Water is a far better heat conductor than air.  A minute in cold air is the equivalent to a few seconds in cold water; in math terms, it's 0.6 vs 0.025 W/(m·K), or roughly 24:1 in terms of heath transfer.  So, a three-minute run would be equal to being in -100 degree water for less than 9 seconds.

That's also why the 200-degree sauna is important: building up a massive excess of heat in the body so that there's more to bleed off before the body hits a critical low temperature.
 
2014-01-08 01:47:42 PM
Of all the clubs in the world, the 300 Club may be the toughest to join stupidest I've ever heard of.
 
2014-01-08 01:52:48 PM
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Just don't forget your flamethrower!
 
2014-01-08 01:56:31 PM
Eh... Never did any time at Pole - they would've asked me to stay for a winter over and there's no way I'm willing to give up 14 months of my life like that. We used to jump off the pier at Palmer Station (South America peninsula side of the continent) into the water (-4 to 0° C water temp), swim around the pier and run for the hot tub at station (prolly low 100° F water?) whenever the boat left. Most of us wore clothing...
 
2014-01-08 02:12:38 PM
God must love crazy people, because he made so many of them.
 
2014-01-08 02:29:02 PM
Scientific research money is being well spent
 
2014-01-08 02:42:42 PM
Did the COOL tag fall through a crevasse?
 
2014-01-08 04:19:08 PM
t0.gstatic.com

Couldn't find a bigger copy that wasn't blocked at work.
 
2014-01-08 04:55:09 PM
I've known four people (three physicists, one astronomer) who've done the South Pole thing, so I've known about the 300 Club for a while now.  Like, 10 years or something.

/physics hipster
 
2014-01-08 04:55:51 PM
By the way, how did this not get the "cool" tag, Subby?
 
2014-01-08 04:58:49 PM

Lady J: men are really weird


I know a woman who did it.
 
2014-01-08 05:05:39 PM

colinspooky: My club is harder - go to every planet, chat to God and get a lock of their hair, marry Jesus, shag his mum, and solve the meaning of life. All before breakfast. On a Tuesday.


Then, head here for breakfast:

24.media.tumblr.com

/Though, of course, everyone knows your meaning of life challenge has already been solved, and the answer is 42...
 
2014-01-08 05:06:51 PM

Contrabulous Flabtraption: Scientific research money is being well spent


The South Polers I know were working on IceCube (formerly AMANDA).    You only have to work 8 hours a day or so; what are you going to do with the rest of your time?
 
2014-01-08 06:52:45 PM
I actually did the final connections to the sauna in the new station but I was only there in the summer. The safeties have to be bypassed to get the sauna up to 200 degrees.


// interesting fact.  More people have have been to the top of Everest than have spent a winter at the pole.
 
2014-01-08 08:36:24 PM
I don't care to belong to any club that would have me and my member.
 
2014-01-09 06:53:45 AM
My favorite picture from my time at the Pole has the construction crew posing with their carhartts around their ankles. One of the guys has a strategicly placed shovel, but there is some very nice, if goosebumped, flesh on display.
It's been long enough that I have forgotten the names of the gentlemen in question.
 
2014-01-09 09:34:39 AM
How long could a person stand the exposure to that temperature without the sauna?
 
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