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Swimmer plans record North Pole swim [to highlight global warming]
Reuters ^ | May 28, 2007 | John Joseph

Posted on 05/28/2007 10:10:14 AM PDT by Zakeet

A British adventurer is planning to highlight the effects of global warming by becoming the first person to swim at the North Pole and break his own record for the coldest swim.

Sporting just a cap, trunks and goggles, Lewis Gordon Pugh will swim 1 km (0.6 miles) in water at a temperature of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius on July 15, a dip he expects to last 21 minutes.

Such a swim would have been impossible as little as 10 years ago because the water would have been frozen, Pugh says.

"Most people have no idea that you can find patches of open sea at the North Pole in summer," said Pugh, who set the record for the coldest human swim off Antarctica at 0 degrees Celsius.

"I can't think of a better way to show that climate change is a reality than by swimming in a place that should be totally frozen over. I hope it will ... put pressure on the leaders of the G8 summit to cut carbon emissions dramatically," he said in a statement.

Climate change is expected to be high on the agenda at a meeting of the Group of Eight leading industrial countries in Germany next month.

Last year Pugh broke his own world record for the longest ice water swim by covering 1.2 km in a fjord in the Norwegian mountains, staying in the water for 23 minutes 50 seconds.

Any normal person would hyperventilate, suffer extreme shock and drown within minutes of jumping into near freezing water, but Pugh -- nicknamed the Polar Bear because of his ability to withstand freezing temperatures -- is made of sterner stuff.

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1 posted on 05/28/2007 10:10:17 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Well isn’t that special.


2 posted on 05/28/2007 10:11:26 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Zakeet
I thought this was going to be about Ted Kennedy.

Nevermind.

3 posted on 05/28/2007 10:13:43 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Zakeet

There is something very odd about this man. This would kill your average person in a few minutes, if that long.


4 posted on 05/28/2007 10:14:25 AM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: Zakeet
Such a swim would have been impossible as little as 10 years ago because the water would have been frozen, Pugh says.

Not true but I suspect he knows this. When I was in elemenary school we learned about the shifting ice and how cracks (Leads) open and close all the time.
5 posted on 05/28/2007 10:14:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Manic_Episode

I’ve been refreshing to see to how many posts it would take for him to be mentioned. :-)


6 posted on 05/28/2007 10:14:52 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Zakeet

“”Most people have no idea that you can find patches of open sea at the North Pole in summer,” said Pugh, “

Duhhhh!

Who’da thought ice MELTS in the SUMMER.


7 posted on 05/28/2007 10:16:09 AM PDT by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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To: Zakeet

What about “shrinkage?”


8 posted on 05/28/2007 10:17:09 AM PDT by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: Zakeet
Such a swim would have been impossible as little as 10 years ago because the water would have been frozen, Pugh says.

"Most people have no idea that you can find patches of open sea at the North Pole in summer," said Pugh, who set the record for the coldest human swim off Antarctica at 0 degrees Celsius.

Ah, the sound of the clueless elitist...who while proclaiming that most people have no idea that you can find patches of open water at the North Pole, also doesn't realize himself that it's not simply a recent development.

9 posted on 05/28/2007 10:17:36 AM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Zakeet
This article sounds like it's phase 1 of a Darwin Alert post.

He'll probably be devoured by a polar bear.

10 posted on 05/28/2007 10:18:00 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: Zakeet

He probably freeze to death.


11 posted on 05/28/2007 10:21:17 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: Manic_Episode

I thought it was too I was wondering how they were going to get the Oldsmobile up to the North pole.


12 posted on 05/28/2007 10:27:57 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I'm gonna vote for Fred. John Bolton for VP.)
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To: Bigh4u2

Didn’t the submarine Nautilus surface at the North Pole?


13 posted on 05/28/2007 10:33:34 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo (Earth - Taking care of itself since 4.6 billion BC)
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To: Zakeet

Teddy is going north?


14 posted on 05/28/2007 10:35:12 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: Zakeet
"A British adventurer." ROTFL!

It must be nice to not have to work for a living like the rest of us.

15 posted on 05/28/2007 10:36:01 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Mexico! The number one importer of poverty to the United States.)
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To: Manic_Episode
I thought this was going to be about Ted Kennedy.

LOL! Living in his home state and old enough to remember what happened, I too thought it was about "the swimmer"!

16 posted on 05/28/2007 10:37:29 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (My House is Guarded By A Shotgun 3 Days A Week.... Guess Which Days.)
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To: Zakeet
I think this guy should prepare first by reducing his carbon footprint dramatically.

Easy and free, and it is even carbon-credit neutral! Bang head faster for more power.

17 posted on 05/28/2007 10:38:24 AM PDT by M203M4 (What I wanna see is a pro-war ("kill the bastards") Ron Paul. Pacifism is suicide.)
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To: HIDEK6
"He'll probably be devoured by a polar bear."

I don't think so. Global warming killed all but two. And they are stranded on an iceberg. I saw the picture.

18 posted on 05/28/2007 10:42:31 AM PDT by trek
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To: freekitty

my money is on that he freezes to death.


19 posted on 05/28/2007 10:42:41 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: samtheman
Look at the amateur!


20 posted on 05/28/2007 10:42:44 AM PDT by UnklGene
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To: Zakeet; indylindy

Ah, swimmers! The 'other white meat'!

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21 posted on 05/28/2007 10:44:22 AM PDT by TommyDale (More Americans are killed each day in the U.S. by abortion than were killed on 9/11 !)
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To: BurbankKarl

what a moron. Sad part is that the general population of the planet is sooooooo uneducated that they will believe ANYTHING they are presented.


22 posted on 05/28/2007 10:47:00 AM PDT by sonic109
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To: Zakeet

Stupidity is deadly.


23 posted on 05/28/2007 10:48:09 AM PDT by agent_delta
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To: Zakeet

17 years ago in April (not July), we had an exercise in the arctic, which included trips over the pole. There were plenty of leads open in the ice then.

In fact, we had to go rescue some Norwegians who thought it would be great fun to walk to the pole. The ice broke up enough where they panicked and called for help.


24 posted on 05/28/2007 10:50:20 AM PDT by ex-NFO
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To: freekitty
He probably freeze to death.

Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes.

25 posted on 05/28/2007 10:58:06 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Zakeet
It’s Deja Vu again. A few years ago one of the major newspapers (New York Times?) ran a hysterical article announcing that open water has been seen at the North Pole. Later they ran a correction stating that not only has it happened before but it has happened quite frequently over recorded history.
26 posted on 05/28/2007 11:00:11 AM PDT by Dan Evans
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To: Zakeet

Polar Bear Club and groupies do this every year in Lake George, NY. They’re not in the water for very long, that’s for sure.


27 posted on 05/28/2007 11:00:23 AM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: sageb1
"Polar Bear Club and groupies do this every year in Lake George, NY. They’re not in the water for very long, that’s for sure."

PBC has members in Alaska, too. New York doesn't have a corner on stupid. Most times, even in summer, the water is just enough above freezing to keep it from freezing. HOWEVER... I suspect that the melting ice in the Arctic has provided enough fresh water in some areas to raise the temperature to freezing, or just above.

(Silly me: If I use salted water to freeze my ice cream, I'm sure not going to try swimming in it...)

28 posted on 05/28/2007 11:16:57 AM PDT by redhead ("If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking." -- Patton)
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To: Zakeet
"I can't think of a better way to show that climate change is a reality than by swimming in a place that should be totally frozen over."

That's nothing! I can top that! I can walk around West Texas where there use to be ocean!

29 posted on 05/28/2007 11:20:34 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Zakeet
Every now and again, there are melt ponds at the north pole. Usually they are only about 6 inches deep.

There is a north pole webcam if you want to watch the progress of this year's north pole melt. I don't trust the enhanced-software-generated graphics from the satellites that have been put out by the global warming crowd. I only trust real pictures or my own two eyes now.

North Pole Webcam

Looks pretty cold at the north pole today.


30 posted on 05/28/2007 11:54:17 AM PDT by JustDoItAlways
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To: NewHampshireDuo
Didn’t the submarine Nautilus surface at the North Pole?

Yes, as well as dozens of others over the last 50 years since the Nautilus did so in 1958.

Here's a picture of the USS Skate and USS Seadragon in 1962. Notice the open water to the left of the picture... in 1962.


31 posted on 05/28/2007 11:56:21 AM PDT by SilentServiceCPO
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To: CheyennePress
"There is something very odd about this man."

A classic understatement.

32 posted on 05/28/2007 12:06:19 PM PDT by dogbrain (memo to self: Don't drink from toilet; it's where liberals wash their hands....)
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To: NewHampshireDuo; SilentServiceCPO
My old boat surfaced at the pole, but that was quite some time before I was aboard.
I wonder who's funding this venture?
33 posted on 05/28/2007 12:10:45 PM PDT by dogbrain (memo to self: Don't drink from toilet; it's where liberals wash their hands....)
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To: Dan Evans

Does anybody expect that this jomoke will actually do what he says he’ll do? He’s already gotten the publicity he wanted. He’ll be given a tv crew to accompany him up north and broadcast his ravings, then when he funks it they’ll give him more free publicity.

It’s the same old story.


34 posted on 05/28/2007 12:16:43 PM PDT by CivilWarguy (CivilWarGuy)
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To: dogbrain
"I wonder who's funding this venture?"

The bus ticket alone must cost a fortune.

35 posted on 05/28/2007 12:17:59 PM PDT by norton
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To: UnklGene

That`s a pretty neat picture.

One brave photographer.

Shackelton got pretty close to the South Pole in a sailing
ship,must have been some open water in 1914.


36 posted on 05/28/2007 12:22:21 PM PDT by 31M20RedDevil (Duncan Hunter / Fred Thompson,)
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To: norton
Probably NOT a full-sized bus, if you know what I mean....
37 posted on 05/28/2007 12:22:30 PM PDT by dogbrain (memo to self: Don't drink from toilet; it's where liberals wash their hands....)
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To: Zakeet
"Most people have no idea that you can find patches of open sea at the North Pole in summer," said Pugh,

Not since the Northwest Passage froze over at the beginning of the Little Ice Age. It's getting back to what it was, although who knows if the trend will continue until the Northwest Passage is open again.

38 posted on 05/28/2007 12:25:22 PM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Treaty)
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To: Zakeet
"Such a swim would have been impossible as little as 10 years ago because the water would have been frozen."

Now's a good time to do it, in case it turns out to be Global Cooling instead.

39 posted on 05/28/2007 12:50:43 PM PDT by Savage Beast (Of all that I have accomplished, the thing that I am proudest of is that I have a good heart. ~Oprah)
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To: HIDEK6

“He’ll probably be devoured by a polar bear.

Why would a polar bear want A stiff, frozen human when there are tasty live seals to munch on.


40 posted on 05/28/2007 1:03:12 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: Zakeet

Hey Swimming dumbass! Global Warmign is supposed to be YEAR ROUND! Lets see you swim it in Winter! My tagline says it all!


41 posted on 05/28/2007 3:02:54 PM PDT by Bommer (Global Warming: The only warming phenomena that occurs in the Summer and ends in the Winter!)
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To: Zakeet

He sounds like an upcoming candidate for a Darwin award.


42 posted on 05/28/2007 3:07:41 PM PDT by ContraryMary (New Jersey -- Superfund cleanup capital of the U.S.A.)
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To: Zakeet
Sporting just a cap, trunks and goggles, Lewis Gordon Pugh will swim 1 km (0.6 miles) in water at a temperature of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius on July 15, a dip he expects to last 21 minutes.

Will he also, however, make sure his skin is completely coated with some type of oil or cream to insulate his skin against the effects of the frigid water? (and very conveniently fail to mention this to anyone.)

43 posted on 05/28/2007 3:17:40 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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Why would a polar bear want A stiff, frozen human when there are tasty live seals to munch on.

Polar bears crave fat. So a seal with all its insulating fat would be a much more tasty meal than some lean British swimmer. Al Gore, on the other hand, would make the polar bears drool if he tried this global warming stunt.

44 posted on 05/28/2007 3:18:41 PM PDT by CommerceComet
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To: Zakeet

He will need a wet suit and an very full bladder.


45 posted on 05/28/2007 3:21:53 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: sageb1
I went swimming in the ocean once on Christmas day. Would this count to join the polar bear club? We stayed out for about an 90 min. I must find out if San Juan Porta Rico has a polar bear club.
46 posted on 05/28/2007 3:34:16 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ( Spelling long words makes my head hurt.)
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To: Zakeet

The Great Global Warming Swindle
http://www.channel4.com/science/microsites/G/great_global_warming_swindle/index.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXc9H5JSyow&mode=related&search=


47 posted on 05/28/2007 8:32:15 PM PDT by TrebleRebel
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To: Zakeet

Any possibility this jackass will drown...???


48 posted on 05/29/2007 3:20:21 AM PDT by JB in Whitefish
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To: Zakeet
Amateurs!


49 posted on 05/29/2007 10:57:51 AM PDT by UnklGene
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To: freekitty

I hope he doesn’t eat 1/2 an hour before he gets into the water... he may cramp.

I hope that his swim is cut short due to fridged water.


50 posted on 05/29/2007 11:13:55 AM PDT by Holicheese (I love shrimp and grits.)
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