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The World Is A Horrible Place So Let's Go To The Most Remote Locations On Earth

If you need me, I'll be waiting out this wretched summer at my POLE OF INACCESSIBILITY.

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Ever have one of those days/weeks/months/seasons where you wish you could zap off to a place so remote, so desolate, that no one could talk to you and there is definitely no WiFi?

Turns out there's actually a scientific definition for these places. Ready for it? It's perfect: Pole of Inaccessibility.

What a name, right?

There's several different types of Poles Of Inaccessibility. Continental ones are defined as the spot on each continent that is farthest away from any ocean, and the Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility is the point farthest from any dry land. The northern pole is in the Arctic ocean; there's a southern pole too, but it's just in Antarctica.

It's all a little confusing but keep in mind these aren't "real" things. Sure, scientists have measured them out, but it seems like it's more of a hobby for Gore-Tex'ed up adventurers who want to make a big point of going somewhere that is Hard To Get To. These knuckleheads are too busy making their own GORP and applying SPF lip balm to worry about the whys and the hows.

Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility, aka "Point Nemo"

Located between South America and New Zealand, it's just a bunch of water. BUT! Google Maps does a cool thing where they sort of watermark the word "Point Nemo" into the satellite image.



There's a few different theories about the exact location, based on different ways of measuring, but they're all relatively near to each other. But let's just say it's this most popularly accepted one, in China near the border of Mongolia. Ahhhhh look at this long expanse of land. So peaceful, so quiet. Let's just go there.

Northern Pole of Inaccessibility

BRRRRRRRRRR. This is located in the middle of the Arctic ocean, further from land than the geographic or magnetic North Poles (they're different, not sure which one Santa lives at tbh). [The satellite image of the map just looks like boring ocean, so let's look at some icebergs.]

Are you feeling refreshed already? Well feel free to unhook your bra because NO ONE is going to bother you at best one.....

Ugh, even in the most desolate and remote place on Earth, you can't get away from people talking about politics. Might as well stay home.

Katie Notopoulos is a senior editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Notopoulos writes about tech and internet culture is cohost of the Internet Explorer podcast.

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