I saw a McDonald’s sign advertising an “Artic Shake,” which sent a chill down my spine.
You see, many people misspell Arctic as Artic. Artic stands for either the Art Institute of Chicago or the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, but not that invisible circle that runs at a constant latitude of 66° 33′ 44″ north of the Equator. That would be the Arctic Circle.
Here’s how to remember it: There are four C’s in the Arctic Circle. Actually, there are eight seas located within the Arctic Circle: Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea, East Siberian Sea, Laptev Sea, Kara Sea, Berents Sea, Greenland Sea, and the Norwegian Sea. Many of these seas are good oil and gas plays.
The Arctic Circle is the southernmost point that experiences 24 hours of visible sun = a polar day on June 21 (summer solstice) and 24 hours of polar night with the sun just below the horizon on Dec. 21 (winter solstice). That’s why they call the Arctic the “land of the midnight sun.”
The similar invisible circle in the southern hemisphere is the Antarctic Circle, which also has four C’s. It is located at 66° 33′ 44″ south of the Equator.
That McDonald’s sign reminded me of the following personal anecdote. The last dog my husband purchased was an Alaskan malamute. When filling out the purebred paperwork, he named the dog “Gypsy of the Artic Nights.” When I was filing said paperwork in the file cabinet, I noticed the spelling error and had a proper fit. Because we would have to pay another
registration fee to correct the spelling, he decided to leave it as it was.
Gypsy was a good dog, very patient with the young boys, but shed handfuls of fur each Spring. She was an indoors dog because wearing such a fur coat in a typical Houston summer was brutal. But she enjoyed pulling the boys in the red wagon when we went for walks in the neighborhood.
Gypsy died in her sleep of old age about 10 years ago. We took her to the vet to be cremated, as I refused to bury her under a tombstone with the word Artic on it.