Meet the 14-Year-Old Girl Who Plans to Complete the 'Polar Hat Trick'

Most 14-year-olds are focused on tasks like mastering algebra. Jade Hameister, a teenager from Melbourne, Australia, dreams of conquering the Arctic and Antarctica. According to the BBC, Hameister hopes to become the youngest person ever to cross the North Pole, South Pole, and the Greenland Crossing—a feat called the “Polar Hat Trick.”

Hameister will embark on three separate trips over the next two years. Next week, she will leave for Oslo for four days of preparation and training, Mashable reports. Then, she’ll be flown to a temporary base, where she’ll begin her trip to the North Pole. Hameister will ski across more than 140 miles of frozen Arctic Ocean to reach her final destination, dragging a sled the entire way. The entire excursion is expected to take about three weeks.

In April 2017, Hameister will attempt the Greenland crossing, and in the summer of 2017 she’ll tackle the South Pole. If Hameister completes each leg of the journey, she will have covered 1243 miles.

But the active teen is no stranger to high-intensity endurance sports. She competed in triathalons and hiked Mt. Kosciuszko—Australia’s highest peak—all by the age of 6. However, Hameister's inspiration to complete the Polar Hat Trick came from the time she trekked the Everest Camp when she was 12. There, Hameister met an Icelandic woman who had skied the South Pole alone, as well as the first woman to summit Everest without oxygen. Inspired, Hameister began planning her own journey.

Hameister has spent the past year preparing for the polar hat trick, attending a survival skill training camp in New Zealand and learning how to ski. However, she won’t attempt the grueling trips alone. She will be accompanied by her father, Paul, the 12th Australian to climb the Seven Summits (including Everest) as well as Eric Phillips Oam, the Australian polar explorer who, along with his partner, was the first Aussie to ski both the North and South Poles, and Petter Nyquist, a cinematographer who will film Hameister’s journey for a National Geographic documentary. The documentary will air in July as part of a series on adventurous young women around the world, The Herald Sun says.

Feeling inspired? Learn more about the Hameister in the video above, follow Hameister’s journey on Instagram, or visit her website for more information.

[h/t BBC]

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The Most Popular Netflix Show in Every Country
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If you're bored with everything in your Netflix queue, why not look to the top shows around the world for a recommendation? recently used Google Trends data to create a map of the most popular show streaming on Netflix in every country in 2018. The best-loved show in the world is the dystopian thriller 3%, claiming the number one spot in eight nations. The show is the first Netflix original made in Portuguese, so it's no surprise that Portugal and Brazil are among the eight countries that helped put it at the top of the list.

Coming in second place is South Korea's My Love from the Star, which seven countries deemed their favorite show. The romantic drama revolves around an alien who lands on Earth and falls in love with a mortal. The English-language show with the most clout is 13 Reasons Why, coming in at number three around the world—which might be proof that getting addicted to soapy teen dramas is a universal experience.

Pot comedy Disjointed is Canada's favorite show, which probably isn't all that surprising given the nation's recent ruling to legalize marijuana. Perhaps coming as even less of a shock is the phenomenon of Stranger Things taking the top spot in the U.S. Favorites like Black Mirror, Sherlock, and The Walking Dead also secured the love of at least one country.

Out of the hundreds of shows on the streaming platform, only 47 are a favorite in at least one country in 2018. So no hard feelings, Gypsy.

Roadside Bear Statue in Wales is So Lifelike That Safety Officials Want It Removed

Wooden bear statue.

There are no real bears in the British Isles for residents to worry about, but a statue of one in the small Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells has become a cause of concern. As The Telegraph reports, the statue is so convincing that it's scaring drivers, causing at least one motorist to crash her car. Now road safety officials are demanding it be removed.

The 10-foot wooden statue has been a fixture on the roadside for at least 15 years. It made headlines in May of 2018 when a woman driving her car saw the landmark and took it to be the real thing. She was so startled that she veered off the road and into a street sign.

After the incident, she complained about the bear to highways officials who agreed that it poses a safety threat and should be removed. But the small town isn't giving in to the Welsh government's demands so quickly.

The bear statue was originally erected on the site of a now-defunct wool mill. Even though the mill has since closed, locals still see the statue as an important landmark. Llanwrtyd Wells councilor Peter James called it an "iconic gateway of the town," according to The Telegraph.

Another town resident, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Telegraph that the woman who crashed her car had been a tourist from Canada where bears are common. Bear were hunted to extinction in Britain about 1000 years ago, so local drivers have no reason to look out for the real animals on the side of the road.

The statue remains in its old spot, but Welsh government officials plan to remove it themselves if the town doesn't cooperate. For now, temporary traffic lights have been set up around the site of the accident to prevent any similar incidents.

[h/t The Telegraph]


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