So THAT’S why polar bears are grumpy.

Obvious, really:

Polar bear origins: Polar bears have Irish ancestry, suggests DNA study

No whiskey in the Arctic Circle.

Moe Lane

PS: …Hey, I’m 15/16th Boston Irish Catholic, buddy.  I’m allowed to make stereotypical jokes about drunken Irishmen. :shrug: Besides, it’s God’s own truth that the Irish do get cranky without their whiskey.  And beer.  And… well, what do you have handy, anyway?

Any treaty that keeps you from century-old Scotch…

…is by definition a BAD TREATY.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A beverage company has asked a team to drill through Antarctica’s ice for a lost cache of some vintage Scotch whiskey that has been on the rocks since a century ago.

The drillers will be trying to reach two crates of McKinlay and Co. whiskey that were shipped to the Antarctic by British polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton as part of his abandoned 1909 expedition.

The New Zealanders have agreed to try to retrieve some bottles, although the rest must stay under conservation guidelines agreed by 12 Antarctic Treaty nations.

A human being put that whiskey there; human beings should be able to dig it back up. And then drink it – except for the sample needed for SCIENCE!, so that we can then reverse-engineer the process and have it whenever we like.  Because that’s what AMERICA is all about.

And, err, SCOTLAND.

Via @baseballcrank.

Moe Lane

PS: I’m not seeing a consensus online about how the stuff will taste after a century frozen in the Antarctic, but damned if there aren’t a lot of people prepared to volunteer to be test subjects.