Contrary to popular belief, this is not a still photo from a horror movie. It's a raised footprint. That's right, a footprint that is raised instead of depressed. When you step in incredibly cold snow, the snow gets compressed and hardens. Then the wind blows the loose snow away, leaving the once sunken footprint standing hard and frozen above the surface. Crazy!
"Due to severe winter storms, twenty-four-hour darkness, and extreme cold, all aircraft traffic to and from Antarctica is discontinued for the winter season. Antarctica's winter season runs from mid-February through late August; so if you decide to stay the winter in Antarctica, you'll be staying for the duration. And from February until late August, there's no outside support at all." - From the American Museum of National History interviewwith David Nold, a safety engineer with Antarctic Support Associates.
The Vernadsky Research Station in Antarctica is home to the southernmost bar in the world. Owned by the Ukraine, the watering hole makes its own vodka using locally-sourced glacial ice. The drink cost $3 a glass or it's free with a donation of a woman's bra. Sounds like the most Ukrainian thing ever.
There's a tradition in Antarctica called the "300 Club."
When the temperature hits 100 degrees below 0, you jump into a 200 degree sauna, then run out into the cold with or without your clothes on, to experience a sudden temperature difference 300 degrees. Hence, the "300 club." Now, that's a club I don't want a membership to!
It's impossible to grow anything like crops or trees. The incredibly high altitudes make breathingdifficult. The windchill is lethal. It's very dry and constantly windy. Other than that, cool place to visit.
Antarctica is not only the home to world's biggest sea spiders, it hosts the MOST of them, too.
Due to high amounts of oxygen in the water, sea creatures can get huge in Antarctica.
Contrary to popular belief, this picture of a "giant sea spider" that has been making waves through the web since 2013, isn't an actual Antarctic sea spider, it's a hoax! It's actually a "Facehugger" from the movie Alien Vs. Predator. But as you can see, real sea spiders are just as scary.