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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2020 10:35 p.m. PST

"The Terra Nova Expedition is amazing. It is one of the few times in written history where we have the extraordinary instance of direct comparison. By that, I mean, we had two separate teams attempting to reach the same goal, at the same time, with catastrophically different results. Terra Nova cannot even be said to be a cursed expedition, but it was certainly doomed. Every single decision made by Captain Robert Scott (the British leader of the trek) directly led to the tragic end to their journey. In contrast, Roald Amundsen, the Norwegian leader of the other expedition, not only succeeded completely, but he is actually less spoken-of, less written about, and less-remembered than Scott DESPITE the fact that he was the first man to ever reach the South Pole. You can ask why that is, but its pretty obvious. History loves itself a good train-wreck, and Amundsen's dangerous trek went off without a hitch due to excellent planning and preparation. Booo-ring…"
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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 6:37 a.m. PST

Got me. As soon as I read "doomed expeditions" I started thinking of Athenians at Syracuse. These are mostly exploratory expeditions, but to be consistent with that, he should have left out Darien and the Donner Party.

Redcurrant05 Apr 2020 10:39 a.m. PST

I would also include every Scotland expedition to the World cup or European Football Championships.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 3:43 p.m. PST



Robert le Diable06 Apr 2020 4:36 a.m. PST

Hey! Watch it, pal! Unfortunately, I have to agree with you.

Glasgow: where the word "pal" is not necessarily friendly.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2020 11:32 a.m. PST



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