In pursuit of my Greenland reader, I have decided to learn a bit more about their country. What I found was pretty fascinating, so hopefully you’ll enjoy it as well.
1. The USA lost a nuclear weapon in Greenland.
In the deep north of Greenland, the USA built Thule Air Base with permission from Greenland’s government in the 1950’s. The strategic location allowed the USA to monitor for nuclear missiles that might be launched from the USSR toward the USA over the North Pole. So, Thule was equipped with nuclear capabilities in order to strike quickly, should the need arise.
And that’s all good fun, until someone crashes a plane loaded with four nuclear weapons, which is what happened in 1968. In the cleanup after the plane crash, only three of the weapons were recovered. Despite extensive efforts to find and recover the fourth, it likely remains buried in the ice. It’s like a super-deadly surprise for future generations, when my generation is finished melting all the polar ice.
2. The USA once tried to buy Greenland from Denmark.
Before we started filling up her frozen north with nuclear debris, the USA tried to buy Greenland from Denmark in 1946. Denmark wouldn’t have any of it though. Think of how silly Texas would feel if it wasn’t even the second largest state anymore. (Don’t worry Texas, we still love you.)
3. Greenland could eat us for a snack.
And we taste like Ranch dressing.
4. 1 out of 4 Greenlanders has attempted suicide.
I’m not going to make light of this because it is a hard thing to lose friends and family to suicide. This one just saddens me.
5. The waters off Greenland are home to a predator even more frightening than the goblin shark.
The Greenland shark is larger than a Great White, can live for up to 200 years old, and regularly dines on polar bears and moose. Forget Australia being the world’s deadliest place. Greenland is steeped in frightening creatures.
So, now that I have more of an appreciation for Greenland, I’d really like to do an interview with a Greenlander. Let’s see if I can make that happen.