Avast, ye slimy interlopers!

Yesterday we all received the following email:

“Subject: King Neptune sends you an important message
From: Neptune, King (Guest) Date: Sat 19:31

Avast, ye slimy interlopers from the Northern Realm! I, King Neptune – Neptunis of the Romans, Poseidon of the Greeks, Ruler of the Seven Seas, Brother of Zeus and Hades, Caretaker of Davy Jones’ Locker, Lover of Amphitrite and many (many!) other Nymphs, Procreator of Penguins and Petrels, Keeper of the Briny Trident, Father of Theseus and Polyphemus, Master of All Things Moist and Salty (and also God of Earthquakes) – have detected your Unclean Presence in the Southern Ocean. You will be called upon to account and atone for your misdeeds: fouling and polluting my pristine Polar World. Conduct yourselves with discretion and respect. My eyes are everywhere. You will hear from me again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again… and again…”

Long story short, we’ve crossed below 67 degrees South, which means we’re officially in the Antarctic Circle. And any time you cross a circle (Antarctic, Arctic, or Equator) on a boat you must pay a tax of sorts to King Neptune. This basically boils down to the veteran circle-crossing sailors (“Shellbacks”) forcing the new kids (“Polliwogs”) to do stuff such as hair-cutting, swimming with the icebergs, and this thing called “The Whale’s Belly” (but I won’t spoil the entire surprise for anyone who may someday become a Shellback). Yup, I’m pretty much in a big floating fraternity. It will be nice to be on the other side of the hazing rituals this time around.

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