Sir, A Polar Bear Is Eating Your Socks

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On April 6, 1909, American explorer Robert Peary and his “first man” Matthew Henson1 reached the geographic North Pole – supposedly.  Frederick Cook also claimed to have reached the Pole, but a year prior.  However, both claims were heavily debated for many years.  At the time, many felt that Cook never made it to the Pole.  And in 1989, evidence suggested that Peary didn’t reach it either, but he probably came closer.

Thankfully, all socks survived.


1. the first African-American arctic explorer