My dissertation advisor Terry Irwin used to say that Cambridge changes are so named because that’s the only way things ever change at Cambridge. Evidently so, since two blackboards have just surfaced in a Cambridge basement with century-old, never-erased chalk sketches of penguins by polar explorers Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton. (Story here; conical hat tip to LRC.) They’d better get those things under glass pretty quickly, I reckon.
You can see a close-up of the drawings here. Evidently Scott was a bit better at drawing than Shackleton was.
I venture to say that that’s perhaps the only respect in which Scott was better than Shackleton. Check out these excellent, and reasonably accurate, docudramas of the marvelous Shackleton, who heroically brought his crew through against impossible odds without losing a single man, and the odious Scott, whose arrogance and incompetence led himself and his men to a needless death.
I hope the upcoming Mountains of Madness movie captures something of the feel of these two great films (only with more shoggoths, of course).