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Polar Poet

1911: Captain Robert Scott’s Antarctic expedition celebrated midwinter on 22 June with a slap-up meal and a special issue of The South Polar Times, to which photographer Herbert Ponting contributed his thoughts on the best way to use their reindeer-skin sleeping bags:
On the outside grows the furside, on the inside grows the skinside;
so,
If you turn the furside outside, as you say it grows on that side,
Then your outside’s next the skinside, which for comfort’s not the right side;
on the other hand, if you
Turn the outside, furside, inside;
Then the hard side, cold side, skinside’s, beyond all question, inside-outside.

Source: Herbert G. Ponting, The Great White South (1921), pp. 140–1

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