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06.10.08 | Comment?

Condom Dress?Perhaps this will be the fashion in Antarctica this winter? A condom dress...

How does this strike you? 132 condoms per person. This supply is intended to last through the winter months for the skeleton crew of 125 scientists who stay in Antarctica’s McMurdo Station during the complete darkness. One thing is sure, they’ll all have the opportunity to be “safe” as they entertain themselves during the dark, long, and cold winter….

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – One of the last shipments to a U.S. research base in Antarctica before the onset of winter darkness was a year’s supply of condoms, a New Zealand newspaper reported Monday.

Bill Henriksen, the manager of the McMurdo base station, said nearly 16,500 condoms were delivered last month and would be made available, free of charge, to staff throughout the year to avoid the potential embarrassment of having to buy them.

The base only has a skeleton staff through the long winter.

“Since everybody knows everyone, it becomes a little bit uncomfortable,” Henriksen told the Southland Times newspaper.

About 125 scientists and staff are stationed at McMurdo base, the largest community in Antarctica, during the winter months when there is constant darkness.

The first sunrise will occur on August 20 and McMurdo’s population will start to increase again in September when supply flights resume, peaking at more than 1,000 during the summer period.

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