Tinder, that dating app that I can't be bothered to understand, has officially made its first match in Antarctica! This is the most important thing to happen to the continent since Captain James Cook's ships first crossed the Antarctic Circle in 1773!
From The Cut:
On a lonely December night at Antarctica's McMurdo Station, an American scientist conducting research there decided to log on to Tinder — "just for fun." He'd been using the mobile dating app in the States for a few months, and wanted to see if there were any available women out on the loveless tundra. At first, no profiles showed up. But when he expanded the app's location radius, he found someone: another researcher, working at a deep field camp a 45-minute helicopter ride away from the base station. He swiped right, indicating his interest, and a few minutes later, they matched.
Both parties involved declined to reveal their true identities, not because they don't want the prestige that comes with being the first couple to ever be matched on Tinder from within the world's coldest and least inhabitable climate, but because they were worried about having their internet privileges revoked.
According to the scientist, the pair did eventually meet, but did not hook up. Antarctica is the place of missed connections and romantic opportunity, it would seem. These guys know what I'm talking about.
A quick correction: the original post on The Cut states that the gentleman involves was an American scientist and the woman was a fellow researcher. This is inaccurate as he is a actually penguin and she is a seal.
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