Monday, 24 February 2014

Frozen poop chisels and roast tarantulas on a stick: my night at the Explorer's Club

Frozen poop chisels and roast tarantulas on a stick: my night at the Explorer's Club
Feb 24th 2014, 14:58, by Ben Popper


Above the fireplace in the trophy room of the New York Explorer’s Club is a large oil painting of Peter Freuchen, one of the club’s legendary members. During one of his many arctic adventures an avalanche buried him beneath several feet of snow. "Luckily, he remembered that the native people often used the frozen excrement of their sled dogs to make tools," explained William Roseman, the club’s executive director and our tour guide for the evening. Freuchen quickly moved his own bowels, then cooled and crafted a chisel from his icy poop, using it to dig his way to freedom.
"Unfortunately, during the long trek back to camp he suffered severe frostbite and was forced to amputate and eat part of his own leg for sustenance, which is...
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