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|Motto: Never Eat Yellow Snow|
|Controlling Power||Santa Clause|
|Surrounding Countries||Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Canada, USA|
|Area||14,056,000 km2 (5,427,000 sq mi)|
The Arctic Ocean is a vast, mostly frozen, expanse of water around the North Pole of Planet Earth. It is one of only 6 recognised oceans in the world along with the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Southern Ocean and Billy Ocean.
For most of the year, the Arctic Ocean is covered with a cap of ice, a so called ice-cap. The ice-cap appears to be shrinking year on year although it is unclear whether this is a good or a bad thing. Climate scientists and former vice presidents tend to say it is a bad thing and we are causing it but talk show DJs say that’s just hippy talk which many see as a convincing counter-argument.
Increasing weight is being given to the idea that as the world is facing a water shortage, the polar ice-caps are a source of fresh water so if we increase our efforts to warm the planet, we will melt the icecaps and send some lovely fresh drinking water from the Arctic to the grateful Africans. For more information, please see article in Global Warming.
Although desolate, some people do inhabit areas on the edge of the Arctic Ocean. Some like the various peoples that make up the Eskimo peoples such as the Inuit have been stuck there for generations but others, Westerners such as Americans and Canadians choose to live there, a fact God himself fails to understand.
edit GeographyThe Arctic Ocean is surrounded by the northern extremes of EuropeGreenland, Russia, Canada and Alaska. It is the smallest and shallowest of the world’s oceans and some argue that it should be regarded as a sea although most agreed that the world has more important things to think about so at the date of writing this article, it is an ocean.
For many years, little was known of what lay beyond the Arctic Circle. People generally did not worry about this area, surmising that would be cold, barren and not worth the effort of further exploration. It wasn’t until the early twentieth century when explorers were fast running out of things to explore that people ventured further north and found that it was indeed cold and barren, and after losing many men, it was indeed not worth the effort.
The habitually frozen seas ensure the temperatures remain subzero all year round. It is not possible to underestimate how cold it is. Even with protective clothing, male genitalia will shrink inside the body, with testicles being found as far north as the larynx. For half the year, there is not even a sunrise, it remains dark for the whole of winter and when the sun does rise, it doesn’t set for the whole of summer. It is therefore unsurprising that people who live in this region go a little bit mental and trigger happy.
Top of the food chain in the Arctic Ocean is the polar bear. These crafty critters are at home in the ice and snow, outfoxing their unsuspecting prey by closing their eyes and covering their noses, rendering them completely invisible. They mainly eat seals and such but will happily eat a human if he happens across a drunken Alaskan in the snow. Another famous Arctic animal is the walrus. It is often commented that penguins are only found in the Antarctic. This is because in the north, penguins once existed but evolved greater size, tusks and a moustache to protect itself against predators, becoming what today is known as the walrus.
edit Natural Resources
In spite of its outward appearance, the area is rich in oil and minerals. As technology has improved to enable these resources to be reached, tensions do run high between competing nations. The Russians, although not usually ones to rock the boat, recently sent a submarine to the ocean floor and planted a flag in what was labelled as an act of provocation by Santa Clause, who has his own lucrative oil exploration interests from his North Pole HQ.
The fun-sized people of Japan, not content with removing all whales from their own seas see the Arctic Ocean as an untapped resource for their blubber-loving excesses. They hunt whales there for scientific purposes, the science being a quest to answer the question of how many whales can a population-dense island nation consume in a year. The working hypothesis is ‘lots.’
edit Natural Hazards
The Arctic Ocean is a harsh mistress and there are many ways that it will kill its inhabitants. The following are the most common hazzards but are by no means exhaustive
- Polar Bears: Will eat you given the first opportunity.
- The Cold: Will depress you and then slowly kill you
- Permanent Winter Darkness: Vampires will feast on you with gay abandon given the lack of sun.
- Permanent Summer Sunlight: You will not sleep for weeks causing severe psychosis which inevitably leads to murder and/or suicide.
- Yellow Snow: Never eat yellow snow.
- Amorous Walruses:They will attempt to copulate with you. If you survive being gouged by the tusks and the massive penis, you will be left disappointed that he never calls you again.
edit EskimosThe Eskimos are indigenous people of the Arctic Ocean coastal areas such as the Inuit, famed for living in igloos although they only do this now for the tourists. They are one of the few native populations not to have been wiped out by the resource hungry white man, largely due to the fact that their was nothing worth raping or pillaging, although the newly accessible mineral riches are slowly changing this and ethnic cleansing is only a matter of time.
They look cute and cuddly with their chubby, rosy cheeks and their snugly fur heads, one is tempted to tickle their bellies saying “cootchy cootchy coo.” This is not advisable, their Disney appearance belies an angry interior and they will not hesitate to kill you, their souls long ago lost due the rigors of living in such a god forsaken place. The Eskimos have one hundred and fifty different words for snow due to the importance of this in their everyday lives. In the same way, the white man has a similar number of words for penis.
edit White Folk
Where as the Eskimos pretty much have to be there, white Westerners bizarrely choose to come and live in the area. Some come for the fishing industry, others come to work on the oil fields. None live to a particularly old age as they are poorly adapted to the harsh environment. Many turn to drink in lieu of any other entertainment which in beneficial to the polar bears who feast on these inebriated unfortunates.
edit Santa Clause
Santa Clause lives with his Director of Operations, Mrs Clause in his North Pole Industrial Complex (NPIC). The increasing number of children in the world has meant an aggressive approach to sourcing raw materials to meet the demand. This has, as outlined previously, drawn him into the standoff between Polar nations in determining mineral rights. The NPIC is staffed by elves (which is a euphemism for a slave workforce of dwarf Eskimos.)
edit See Also
|Arctic Ocean ~ Indian Ocean ~ Martian Ocean ~ Mediterranean|
|Ocean Connery ~ Pacific Ocean ~ Phlegmatic Ocean ~ Russian Ocean|