Thursday, August 12, 2004

The Roots of the Hans Island Dispute 

A mysterious reader named JQ pointed me to a November 1994 article from the Toronto Star which sheds some insight into the ongoing squabble:
A cairn in the centre of Hans Island hides a cache of Canadian Club whisky. Or, the story goes, of Danish aquavit.

The uninhabited island between Canada and Greenland is our last frontier. Canada and Denmark both claim it.

So Canadians and Danes who visit the place keep up a friendly rivalry, swigging each other's stock and replacing it with the national brand in what must be the world's chilliest fit of claim-jumping.
I've always said it: there's nothing like hard alcohol to help cool a hot temper.

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