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“I do not believe anybody on Earth has a worse time than an emperor penguin.”

An interpretation of a passage from Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s memoir, The Worst Journey in the World, which was first published in 1922. Cherry-Garrard accompanied Robert Falcon Scott on his failed Terra Nova Expedition to Antarctica in 1910. He was tasked with collecting the eggs of emperor penguins, which scientists at the time believed might prove an evolutionary link between birds and reptiles. He returned from the expedition in 1913. Scott froze to death in Antarctica on March 29, 1912.

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Jason Novak is a cartoonist in Oakland.

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