Once it was just lonely penguins getting lucky in Antarctica, but now a scientist has proved that Tinder works in the tundra.
The geolocation-based dating app, reportedly popular among Olympic athletes in Sochi, made a match for a lonely researcher working amid the ice floes in Antarctica.
The scientist, who chose to remain anonymous lest his broadband privileges at the U.S.-funded McMurdo Station be revoked, claims that he logged on to the app “for fun” one lonely night.
He had previously been using Tinder in the States. And once embedded on Antarctica’s Ross Island, his scientist’s drive for discovery kicked in and he fired up the app. At first, there were no matches, but when he extended the app’s location radius, he found a potential date.
“She was actually in her tent in the Dry Valleys when we matched,” the anonymous scientist told New York Magazine. “She was quite literally camping in Antarctica, went on Tinder, and found me. It’s mind-blowing.”
While she was closer than anyone else on Tinder, she was still a 45-minute helicopter ride away … and she was scheduled to leave the continent the next day. That meant that while the pair matched, they couldn’t meet up. But the scientist hasn’t given up on the dream of finding someone to warm his bed in the frigid climate.
Tinder doesn’t keep statistics on its users in Antarctica, but the company believes that this is, probably, the first polar vortex of love matching.
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