During his three-year journey through the Northwest Passage beginning in 1903, Roald Amundsen learned to adapt to harsh polar conditions. The Norwegian learned to ski, appreciated the essential role of dogs in polar travel, and adapted to some native Inuit practices. Above all, it was learning to think small—in terms of ship size and crew—and to travel light , that helped him to beat his rival explorer, Englishman, Robert F. Scott to the South Pole by over a month. Scott, who considered Amundsen an interloper with a passion for chasing records, died with his four-person crew eleven miles short of their food depot.

Government officials refused to turn Guiteau's body over to his family or to bury it. They had other plans. Army physicians stripped the corpse of all tissue, tendons, and organs with the intention of slaking the public's anger over the assassination by publicly displaying his skeleton. Admission was to be free. Sensibly, this was never done. Doctors did, however, progress as far as producing a cleanly bleached skeleton. The surgeon general, C. H. Crane, took custody of the dismantled bones and is supposed to have secretly disposed of them. However, historians believe that the bones, divided among several metal trays, are in the huge storage vaults of the Army Medical Museum. [See the link below for the final answer to Guiteau's final resting place.]