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(Oddity Central)   Imagine needing to have your appendix removed just to be able to live in your city? Welcome to Villa Las Estrellas, a small Chilean settlement in Antarctica   ( odditycentral.com) divider line
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2018-09-14 12:31:13 AM  
It's too late in the evening for me to go through all the logical fallacies here.
 
2018-09-14 02:58:21 AM  
Well, Villa Las Estrellas was founded in 1984, during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, as a way to consolidate Chile's presence in what was then called the "Chilean Antarctic".

They still call it that. It's included in the weather report on TV stations in the morning. They start in Arica, at the border with Perú, and hit the major cities going south all the way to "La Antartida Chilena."

The Chilean government offers considerable financial incentives o settlers willing to spend a few years in this remote community, and some find them hard to resist.

They did that with a lot of communities in Chilean Patagonia to decentralize the military and have more of a presence in places like Coyhaique, Puerto Aysén, Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, and Antarctica just in case those argentino soldiers had too much chicha fuerte one night and decided to invade some penguin territory on the other side of the Andes.
 
2018-09-14 05:10:41 AM  
i just found out i have a lethal disease. been nice knowing you farkers.
 
2018-09-14 05:13:00 AM  

some_beer_drinker: i just found out i have a lethal disease. been nice knowing you farkers.


Seriously?
 
2018-09-14 05:16:16 AM  

foo monkey: It's too late in the evening for me to go through all the logical fallacies here.


Dude !   At the South Pole it is always Fo-Twenny
 
2018-09-14 05:27:22 AM  
Villa Las Estrellas was founded in 1984

And yet a Google search for the town name and the word "appendix" shows 19 articles ... all from within the past week.
 
2018-09-14 05:31:16 AM  
ish
 
2018-09-14 05:47:52 AM  
For people not seeing the reason for this, (or anyone wanting to waste time with an interesting read), I recommend reading up on Leonid Rogozov, who had to remove their own appendix due to being caught in a similar situation. As far as I recall, he was the basis for that requisit for most permanent residents/scientists.
 
2018-09-14 06:05:08 AM  

ObviousBear: For people not seeing the reason for this, (or anyone wanting to waste time with an interesting read), I recommend reading up on Leonid Rogozov, who had to remove their own appendix due to being caught in a similar situation. As far as I recall, he was the basis for that requisit for most permanent residents/scientists.


I remember that story. And I won't argue with the appendix removal condition, mine tried to kill me when i was 10 years old.
 
2018-09-14 06:45:17 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: Villa Las Estrellas was founded in 1984

And yet a Google search for the town name and the word "appendix" shows 19 articles ... all from within the past week.


That...probably isn't a coincidence.
 
2018-09-14 06:48:43 AM  

ecmoRandomNumbers: Well, Villa Las Estrellas was founded in 1984, during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, as a way to consolidate Chile's presence in what was then called the "Chilean Antarctic".

They still call it that. It's included in the weather report on TV stations in the morning. They start in Arica, at the border with Perú, and hit the major cities going south all the way to "La Antartida Chilena."

The Chilean government offers considerable financial incentives o settlers willing to spend a few years in this remote community, and some find them hard to resist.

They did that with a lot of communities in Chilean Patagonia to decentralize the military and have more of a presence in places like Coyhaique, Puerto Aysén, Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas, and Antarctica just in case those argentino soldiers had too much chicha fuerte one night and decided to invade some penguin territory on the other side of the Andes.


My dad's family is from Bolivia. They managed to flee most of that BS.
 
2018-09-14 06:52:17 AM  
Now I can't get the Villa Allegre theme song out of my head.
 
2018-09-14 07:05:46 AM  

hoodiowithtudio: some_beer_drinker: i just found out i have a lethal disease. been nice knowing you farkers.

Seriously?


Think he's talking about having an apendex
 
2018-09-14 07:36:06 AM  
farkin A! That's my retirement community. Had mine removed a couple years ago and want to go down waaaaay south. It'll get warmer by the time I get there, likely not even freezing most of the year. Hopefully Apophis knocks us off axis and it'll definitely be a great place then.
 
2018-09-14 07:42:34 AM  

Rusty Shackleford: Now I can't get the Villa Allegre theme song out of my head.


How about something impressive then...

Rush - La Villa Strangiato
Youtube eK1hmDpa8bo
 
2018-09-14 08:15:56 AM  
They should probably do gallbladders too.
 
2018-09-14 08:17:12 AM  

lindalouwho: ObviousBear: For people not seeing the reason for this, (or anyone wanting to waste time with an interesting read), I recommend reading up on Leonid Rogozov, who had to remove their own appendix due to being caught in a similar situation. As far as I recall, he was the basis for that requisit for most permanent residents/scientists.

I remember that story. And I won't argue with the appendix removal condition, mine tried to kill me when i was 10 years old.


For me, it was ladies and Jim Beam, back in 1973.
 
2018-09-14 08:47:06 AM  

hoodiowithtudio: some_beer_drinker: i just found out i have a lethal disease. been nice knowing you farkers.

Seriously?


See Appendix B...
 
2018-09-14 08:48:17 AM  
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That's Leonid Rogozov doing his self-appendectomy. He lived almost 40 years after that. Absolutely legendary
 
2018-09-14 09:03:55 AM  

aseras: They should probably do gallbladders too.


Do they explode so quickly? I know a guy who lived with a golf ball sized stone for over a month before he was able to get it removed. According to TFA there is a hospital with a general surgeon who can handle nonemergency procedures.
 
2018-09-14 09:18:37 AM  
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2018-09-14 09:47:05 AM  
It looks like a decent place to live.  There are probably no dope smokers there and no crime.
 
2018-09-14 10:10:38 AM  
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2018-09-14 10:23:17 AM  
"Family life in Antarctica is very calm and pleasant because we spend much more time together than before"

I dunno lady. To me that sounds like recipe for murder.

Spending time together != being locked up in the same container from months.
 
2018-09-14 10:58:10 AM  
Might as well remove wisdom teeth too.
 
2018-09-14 12:29:15 PM  
It is not hard to search Facebook for his name, he is doing just fine.
 
2018-09-14 12:29:44 PM  
oh geeze, wrong thread.
 
2018-09-14 01:33:24 PM  
I would think this rule limits the amount of reading material they can bring.
 
2018-09-14 01:53:51 PM  
Meh- there are cemeteries all over the world where you have to have your whole body removed before you can live there!
 
2018-09-14 01:54:41 PM  
Does this actually make sense?

There are endless numbers of possible medical emergencies that could happen, from strokes to infections to heart attacks and everything else.  Are appendix problems that much more common that it makes sense to focus so much on this one?
 
2018-09-14 05:16:53 PM  

2chris2: Does this actually make sense?

There are endless numbers of possible medical emergencies that could happen, from strokes to infections to heart attacks and everything else.  Are appendix problems that much more common that it makes sense to focus so much on this one?


I think it's because the appendix is relatively easy to remove and is entirely vestigial that they focus on it, plus the fact that the appendix can get real bad real fast.
 
2018-09-14 08:14:25 PM  

ramfan1701: 2chris2: Does this actually make sense?

There are endless numbers of possible medical emergencies that could happen, from strokes to infections to heart attacks and everything else.  Are appendix problems that much more common that it makes sense to focus so much on this one?

I think it's because the appendix is relatively easy to remove and is entirely vestigial that they focus on it, plus the fact that the appendix can get real bad real fast.


There was some talk relatively recently of the appendix not actually being entirely vestigial. Apparently it can safely hide sufficient quantities of your natural gut bacteria that it acts like a reboot disc when some event attempts to wipe out your gut biome. So clearly you can live without your appendix, but it isn't quite as useless as was generally thought.
 
2018-09-14 09:05:37 PM  
I am not a Dr but arbitrarily removing the appendix does not seem like it should be the focus.  Why not instead require that all the folks living there have normal blood pressure and  cholesterol numbers.  Death by heart disease is a lot more common than needing an appendectomy.  In addition, there is more time to respond and transport with a appendicitis patient than with a heart attack patient.
 
2018-09-14 09:12:20 PM  

aseras: They should probably do gallbladders too.


I was just reading about how some unfortunate people are born with two or even three gallbladders. Which explains that woman who insisted a gallbladder had grown back after surgery, I guess the reality was there was more than one to being with.

On the other hand, some lucky souls are born without one at all.
 
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