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This Bizarre Object Sits Alone At The South Pole

Scientists trekking across one of the most remote spots in the entire planet, the South Pole Of Inaccessibility, stumbled upon a bizarre sight standing alone atop the endless sea of ice and snow: the bust of Vladimir Lenin.

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They found that it sat on the chimney of cabin buried below the ice.  In December of 1958, Soviet scientists responded to the US’s construction of the Amundsen-Scott station at the South Pole by building their own research station in the Antarctic’s most remote spot.

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Before they left, they fixed a bust of Vladimir Lenin atop the chimney.  Over the years the snow and ice built up and covered everything but the bust.

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This bizarre relic of the Soviet Union continues to sit staring off into the frozen tundra.  Lou Albershardt, one of the scientists that recently re-discovered the bust, said they could see it from a long way out, weeks before they reached it.  They all speculated on what the bust might have been made out of; marble or concrete.  “You wouldn’t believe it. He’s plastic,” he said.

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Legend has it that if you dig down through the ice and into the remains of the cabin, you’ll find a golden visitors book to sign.

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Today Lenin continues to stand proudly and alone in the South Pole Of Inaccessibility, 57 years after it was built and 91 years after his death.

Sources: slightlywarped, stuff.co.nz