Weird History Getting Down On The South Pole: Sex And Nightlife In Antarctica  

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People who live in Antarctica date, party, and do crazy drunken stunts like everyone else. They just inhabit a different environment. It's normal to wonder what it's like in Antarctica on a daily basis. Life is pretty much the same as it is anywhere – just extremely cold. Even dating in Antarctica isn't as complicated as you might think, though it typically occurs without the help of dating apps.

It's pretty eerie to camp out in a place shrouded in darkness for half of the year, but people who live and work in Antarctica appreciate the continent's unique beauty. They certainly manage to keep themselves entertained.

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Sharing Your Lettuce Could Signify A Romantic Connection

As odd as it might sound, feeding a lover salad greens is a sign of true love in Antarctica. In an interview with Cosmopolitan, American base resident Keri Nelson described falling in love at the South Pole. She and her husband met at an inter-base party; they walked together under the stars, meeting halfway between their respective stations.

Nelson also saved some of her share of the American base's greenhouse-grown vegetables, since her husband's base didn't have any fresh greens. She recalled:

We would feed each other bits of lettuce. That was a romantic thing to do in Antarctica in the winter, like, "Oh, there's fresh food and I will share it with the person that I really like." It was really cheesy but lovely.

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People Use Grindr, But Not For Hookups

Many scientists venture to Antarctica on research ships to learn more about the region. One passenger on a National Geographic expedition revealed the app Grindr is common, even though hookups are not. Instead, Grindr gives the LGBTQ+ community an outlet for socializing, and a way to exchange travel tips.

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Summertime Is The Best Time For Dating

Even though only a few thousand people live in Antarctica, relationships form there fairly often, especially in summer. The weather is still cold, but the sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures encourage new romance. After the winter season begins, all but a few hundred essential workers leave the bases, drastically limiting the number of potential partners.

Unfortunately, finding love is especially rare for some Antarctic bases. A member of the Australian base confirmed the overall lack of romantic fraternization, regardless of the season.

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Some Scientists Successfully Use Tinder

In 2014, an American scientist managed to find a Tinder match in Antarctica. He didn't expect to find anyone, but to his surprise, he discovered a match camped out in a field, 45 minutes away by helicopter. The man and woman both swiped right and briefly met in person a few weeks later.

Although Tinder doesn't maintain statistics for Antarctica, it's assumed the two scientists completed the continent's first match.