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"Despite the fact that explorers and great travellers tend to be hard-headed and practical, many of them sensed a ghostly companion on their travels. Marco Polo was one of the first to describe this. During the 13th century, he crossed the Lop Nor desert on the way to China, and told the following spooky tale:"When a man is riding by night through this desert and something happens to make him stop and lose touch with his companions...then he hears spirits talking in such a way that they seem to be his companions. Sometimes, indeed, they call him by name..."Other explorers have also written about this feeling. Despite the failure of Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic journey- his ship broke up in the ice -the written account of it, South, has become famous. T.S. Elliot was inspired by it when he wrote The Waste Land.Shackleton wrote:"I know that during that long march of 36 hours over the unnamed mountains and glaciers it often seemed to me that we were four, not three."Explorer Steve Martin and his two team mates even made "the 4th man" an official member of the party when they were crossing Greenland! Even though there were only three men on the expedition, they felt a fourth presence who always walked to the left of the party. They called him Fletch and he even got into the recent books. "It was a bit of a joke, but having a fourth member along meant you could always blame something on Fletch!" Martin says.Despite feeling his presence constantly, Martin never actually saw Fletch.It is unlikely that so many serious explorers were lying. Were their minds affected by the difficult conditions experienced during their travels, or could there be another , more mysterious explanation?" este urgent!