RARE CAN OF COKE, CHEWING GUM FOUND IN ANTARCTICA
Japanese researchers stumbled upon a rare can of Coke and packs of chewing gum that had been frozen in Antarctica for more than 50 years, and have brought the items back to Japan, according to a Mainichi Shimbun report
The Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition's wintering team discovered the can of Coca-Cola and Lotte Co.'s Cool Mint Chewing Gum in September 2020.
The items were taken to Antarctica by an expedition team more than half a century ago, and their rare package designs do not exist anymore.
A ceremony to give the goods back to each manufacturer was held at the National Institute of Polar Research in the city of Tachikawa in Tokyo on April 15, and participants celebrated the return of the products.
The Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition's 61st wintering team, which conducted missions between November 2019 and February 2021, made the discovery.
Four team members happened to find a cardboard box, with the words "emergency food" written on it, buried in snow while they were making a route for crustal movement observations at a place called "Mukaiiwa" about 5 kilometers east of Japan's Showa Station on the Antarctic continent.