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wildoates
11-03-2009, 05:13 PM
Two cases of scotch left by Ernest Shackleton a hundred years ago (http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/environment/090909/shackletons-whisky?page=0,0).



This spit of black volcanic rock that juts out along the coast of Antarctica is an inhospitable place. Temperatures drop below -50 Fahrenheit and high winds cause blinding snowstorms. The only neighbors are a colony of penguins that squawk incessantly and leave a pungent scent in their wake.

But if you happen upon the small wooden hut that sits at Cape Royds and wriggle yourself underneath, you'll find a surprise stashed in the foot and a half of space beneath the floorboards. Tucked in the shadows and frozen to the ground are two cases of Scotch whisky left behind 100 years ago by Sir Ernest Shackleton after a failed attempt at the South Pole.
You can't help but love that.

Medsen Fey
11-03-2009, 05:23 PM
hmmph!
If they were mead drinkers, they'd have succeeded. ;)

Oskaar
11-04-2009, 02:37 AM
.....and left empty bottles instead of full ones!

wildoates
11-04-2009, 12:22 PM
That's the spirit!

errrr...

BBBF
11-04-2009, 02:32 PM
That's the spirit!

errrr...

Don't whine. You gave it your best shot.

Medsen Fey
11-04-2009, 06:01 PM
But if you keep trying, you'll gin up something.

Kee
11-04-2009, 06:53 PM
Must we go there? We Beer-ly got through the last pun thread.

wildoates
11-04-2009, 07:05 PM
Yes, yes, Kee, we must...because here we have proof that if you keep things bottled up for 100 years you'll eventually blow your cork and whoowhee...then watch how snow will fly.

Medsen Fey
11-04-2009, 07:28 PM
Especially in distill of the night - the long, dark, cold, antarctic night - you need rye wit to keep you sane. Heck, even us subourbon dwellers need to cut loose.

afdoty
11-04-2009, 08:34 PM
There's a Mead for speed when the MoonShines on those long cold nights. Ahhhhhhhhhh

Dan McFeeley
11-05-2009, 04:14 AM
And with global warming, you'd have to call this whiskey "water of life",

Kee
11-05-2009, 02:41 PM
Well, if we must, then I'll stop wine-ing about it.

AToE
11-05-2009, 03:17 PM
And with global warming, you'd have to call this whiskey "water of life",

That a Dune reference?

(otherwise I'm stumped as to the pun...)

wayneb
11-05-2009, 04:43 PM
uisce beatha (Irish) -> usquebaugh (Middle English) -> whiskey = water of life

Kee
11-05-2009, 04:57 PM
uisce beatha (Irish) -> usquebaugh (Middle English) -> whiskey = water of life

LOL. You're three levels above me. I went with the Dune reference as well.

wildoates
11-05-2009, 08:04 PM
Water of life it is, and I'd ask y'all to raise a glass of it or whatever you have on hand in memory of my mother-in-law, who just passed on about an hour ago. Rest in Peace, Bev.

clink

It's been a hard couple of weeks...I need some self-medication about now.

afdoty
11-05-2009, 08:52 PM
Water of life it is, and I'd ask y'all to raise a glass of it or whatever you have on hand in memory of my mother-in-law, who just passed on about an hour ago. Rest in Peace, Bev.

clink

It's been a hard couple of weeks...I need some self-medication about now.

Sorry to hear, Jenn, Clink.....drink up you.

Medsen Fey
11-05-2009, 09:13 PM
Your family will be in our prayers.

Kee
11-05-2009, 09:30 PM
Water of life it is, and I'd ask y'all to raise a glass of it or whatever you have on hand in memory of my mother-in-law, who just passed on about an hour ago. Rest in Peace, Bev.

clink

It's been a hard couple of weeks...I need some self-medication about now.

You have my condolences. I'll keep both of you in my heart.

wildoates
11-05-2009, 11:24 PM
Thanks, everyone!

Oskaar
11-06-2009, 04:11 AM
Sincere condolences to you and yours.

wayneb
11-06-2009, 11:16 AM
Let me add my sympathies, too, Jenn. It is very difficult to lose someone that you are close to (whether through family ties or friendship), and unfortunately that is happening with greater frequency to those of us with more than half a century of "experience."