August 24, 1960

On this date in in 1960 the lowest temperature in world history was recorded. Temperatures measured at the Vostok, Antarctica research station dipped to -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit (-89.2 degrees Celsius). On this same date the temperature at the equator of Mars was a balmy 71 degrees Fahrenheit. When the researchers at the Vostok station were informed that Mars was warmer than were they were, Dr. Vladimir Lovshansky said that Vostok was positively tropic compared to his ex-wife’s heart, which also explained why he was happy to be conducting research in Antarctica during its winter time.

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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