January 14, 1911

On January 14, 1911, Roald Amundsen’s polar expedition landed upon the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer of polar regions and was the leader of the first team to reach the South Pole in December 1911. It was rumored that Roald had uncovered an ancient mysterious fossilized bone from a tribe of cannibalistic Inuits that lived off the eastern coast of Greenland in 1906. The bone was etched with uncypherable runes. Amundsen stated that the tribe of Inuits wouldn’t allow him to take the bone, but did allow him to make a paper etching of it. Amundsen claimed to have finally decrypted the etching in 1909. He refused to divulge what the runes said, other than it was a strange ratio upon which the universe operated. He then put together his team for the South Pole expedition. Amunden’s team was the first to reach the South Pole on December 14, 1911. While he appeared happy to have been the first, his crew said he was strangely disappointed. As though he was expecting something to happen or be there that wasn’t. Amundsen returned home and made other polar expeditions, both in the South and North pole areas. He disappeared in 1928, while exploring the Barents Sea north of Norway.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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