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(The Sun (Ireland))   You can live on this remote icy island off the coast of Norway ... but you can't die there   ( thesun.ie) divider line
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2018-03-10 04:26:55 PM  
Is their sheriff a good sheriff or a bad sheriff?
 
2018-03-10 04:34:14 PM  
And you have to have a job because fark you no slackers.

I wonder if they "do" tourism?
 
2018-03-10 04:46:08 PM  
Woohoo! Eternal life!
 
2018-03-10 04:51:13 PM  
On this island, I am immortal!
 
2018-03-10 05:04:10 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Is their sheriff a good sheriff or a bad sheriff?


He's a creepy motherfarker who feeds rapists to bears.
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2018-03-10 05:52:40 PM  
I looked it up wondering wtf anyone would live there in the first place (coal).

Now it's a big place for scientists and Northern Lights tourism.  Crazy way of life.

And they even limit the amount of booze you can buy?

What else is there to do but drink, fark, and look up at the sky every now and again?
 
2018-03-10 06:05:33 PM  
What's the penalty for an infraction?
 
2018-03-10 06:13:00 PM  
"The island's climate is so arctic that in the 2000's, scientists, morbidly fascinated by the discovery, tested corpses buried there who succumbed to the 1917 influenza virus - and to their amazement, retrieved live samples of the virus."

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2018-03-10 06:18:27 PM  
You're not my supervisor!
 
2018-03-10 06:57:23 PM  
So the Tooth Fairy has upgraded from a castle to a whole Island?
 
2018-03-10 06:57:30 PM  
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2018-03-10 07:00:29 PM  
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2018-03-10 07:01:14 PM  
Yeah, I saw a documentary about this place.

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2018-03-10 07:02:44 PM  

henryhill: [static.next-episode.net image 568x416]


I hate you.
 
2018-03-10 07:04:32 PM  
"For months of the year, there is no sunlight at all - from dawn until dusk, there is just darkness. "

I'm not sure I understand all I know about that.
 
2018-03-10 07:09:46 PM  
I like Stanley Tucci but I got bored with Fortitude pretty quickly
 
2018-03-10 07:10:11 PM  

slackananda: What's the penalty for an infraction?


I hear they have the life penalty.
 
2018-03-10 07:14:57 PM  

slackananda: What's the penalty for an infraction?


You get brought back to life, obviously.
 
2018-03-10 07:15:48 PM  

TheDirtyNacho: I like Stanley Tucci but I got bored with Fortitude pretty quickly


First season: OK
Second season: bad
 
2018-03-10 07:27:49 PM  
Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? Localized entirely within one city?
 
2018-03-10 07:48:04 PM  
Here's a short video about the place...pretty interesting
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2018-03-10 07:58:19 PM  

joaquin closet: "For months of the year, there is no sunlight at all - from dawn until dusk, there is just darkness. "

I'm not sure I understand all I know about that.


That would mean that there is no dawn nor dusk. No wonder so much good Black Metal and its ilk comes from that region...
 
2018-03-10 07:58:47 PM  

slackananda: What's the penalty for an infraction?


Don't you mean "infarction"?
 
2018-03-10 08:29:34 PM  

slackananda: What's the penalty for an infraction?


Immediate deportation.
 
2018-03-10 08:36:57 PM  

Ruthven13: joaquin closet: "For months of the year, there is no sunlight at all - from dawn until dusk, there is just darkness. "

I'm not sure I understand all I know about that.

That would mean that there is no dawn nor dusk. No wonder so much good Black Metal and its ilk comes from that region...


You may want to use a dictionary - see "dawn", "dusk" and "darkness".

Obviously you're not into classical...
 
2018-03-10 08:48:42 PM  
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Months without sun, and residents are never dead. Sounds like an ideal getaway.
 
2018-03-10 08:49:55 PM  

FNG: And they even limit the amount of booze you can buy?


Depends on the limit. If they're like most Scandinavian people, heavy drinking is considered normal. If the limit is something like 4 L / month, I could get by.

OTOH: Cats are banned to protect the Arctic bird population and visitors are expected to take their shoes off in virtually every building, not just people's homes.

I'm good with that. Cats are cool, but destructive when they can breed unchecked, and you don't want a bunch of people tracking snow and mud inside anyway.
 
2018-03-10 08:56:01 PM  

Ruthven13: joaquin closet: "For months of the year, there is no sunlight at all - from dawn until dusk, there is just darkness. "

I'm not sure I understand all I know about that.

That would mean that there is no dawn nor dusk. No wonder so much good Black Metal and its ilk comes from that region...


The stars of the long night sky would most amazing.

You could walk to the bar by starlight alone, no problem.

It would make Dark Sky America look dull by comparison
 
2018-03-10 09:00:19 PM  
Why do I even click on links from The Sun?  Who submits links from the sun????

Of course people die there, how could you be "not allowed" to die?  farking Sun and their bullshiat "news"
 
2018-03-10 09:02:20 PM  

henryhill: [static.next-episode.net image 568x416]


Was surprised to discover the sheriff is Berric Dondarrion.
 
2018-03-10 09:11:08 PM  
Local residents?
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2018-03-10 09:20:37 PM  

Barfmaker: Woohoo! Eternal life!


I know, makes me wonder why everyone doesn't do this.

Mind you now I'm tempted to go there and commit suicide.
 
2018-03-10 09:21:20 PM  
I have a strange attraction to places like that. This one in particular. My friends say I must have been a whaler in a past life (exhibit A: my exes)

It would be an interesting place to visit, just to say you have. It's an open territory, citizens of signatories to the Svalbard treaty have the right to live and work there, though there's not much unless you're a scientist or miner.
 
2018-03-10 09:25:01 PM  
Seems kind of irresponsible to advertise that there are live strains of a deadly influenza living in their remaining graveyard, that's begging for a visit from a Bond villain.
 
2018-03-10 09:37:11 PM  

shastacola: Seems kind of irresponsible to advertise that there are live strains of a deadly influenza living in their remaining graveyard, that's begging for a visit from a Bond villain.

THAT

strain isn't deadly anymore. Most everyone is immune to it as it is the ancestor of the even more virulent strains going around today. The slightest change in a virus that makes it go from regular flu, to pandemic flu is why they want to study that strain and other strains.

If you could take the flu strain that was going around this year ( the one that put me on my ass for 2 weeks and felt like crap for nearly 2 months ) back even a decade or so, you'd kill nearly everyone. It's a constant game of evolution cat and mouse.
 
2018-03-10 09:38:09 PM  

zepillin: Ruthven13: joaquin closet: "For months of the year, there is no sunlight at all - from dawn until dusk, there is just darkness. "

I'm not sure I understand all I know about that.

That would mean that there is no dawn nor dusk. No wonder so much good Black Metal and its ilk comes from that region...

The stars of the long night sky would most amazing.

You could walk to the bar by starlight alone, no problem.

It would make Dark Sky America look dull by comparison


Can I have some of what you are on?
 
2018-03-10 09:41:00 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Is their sheriff a good sheriff or a bad sheriff?


I got that reference
 
2018-03-10 09:52:30 PM  

Ruthven13: : joaquin closet: "For months of the year, there is no sunlight at all - from dawn until dusk, there is just darkness. "

I'm not sure I understand all I know about that.

That would mean that there is no dawn nor dusk. No wonder so much good Black Metal and its ilk comes from that region...


above the artic circle, you get 4 months the sun never sets and 4 months of darkness. The other 4 months you either get constant dawn/dusk or very short days and nights.

you loose all concept of day and night after a few days. The first time you drive home at 2 am and its sunny is a wtf day. The winter is even worse when it's 2 pm and it's still dark and you are not going to see the sun for a month or more. Gets real depressing.

zepillin:
The stars of the long night sky would most amazing.

You could walk to the bar by starlight alone, no problem.

It would make Dark Sky America look dull by comparison


The skies are awesome when it is dark and the sky is clear. It's almost always overcast in winter. If you can brave the cold and aren't afraid to possibly ice up your lenses. the nice deep cold makes the air quite still. Very little heat in the atmosphere to distort the air or your telescope.
Nothing like in FL, where the sky is roiling like an oven open in the early evenings and having to deal with the humidity, even on a cold ( 40F low, 60F high ) winter night.
 
2018-03-10 09:58:00 PM  
My sister went there for her honeymoon. Loved it.
 
fek [TotalFark]
2018-03-10 10:21:03 PM  
The global seed vault is there. Right by the airport.
 
2018-03-10 10:31:12 PM  
Why, will the island sink into the sea?

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2018-03-10 10:37:57 PM  
This actually kinda makes sense, they do allow cremations, just not burials because they found live viruses in hundred year old corpses.  They also don't have a hospital or retirement home because they don't have the population to sustain either.

What doesn't make sense is why anyone would live there.
 
2018-03-10 10:44:50 PM  
Do they have something like the American Democrats there?  They see a problem (bodies don't decompose) so they come up with a law that bans dying there instead of being buried there. Nice work, legislative dooshes.
 
2018-03-10 10:49:39 PM  

electricjebus: This actually kinda makes sense, they do allow cremations, just not burials because they found live viruses in hundred year old corpses.  They also don't have a hospital or retirement home because they don't have the population to sustain either.

What doesn't make sense is why anyone would live there.


Mining, science, and at least a few crazy people who love remote islands and being on the edge of the world.
 
2018-03-10 10:56:35 PM  

Ambivalence: On this island, I am immortal!


Immortal in a frozen wasteland.

fark that shiat.
 
2018-03-10 10:58:47 PM  

gerbilpox: [img.fark.net image 348x463]
Months without sun, and residents are never dead. Sounds like an ideal getaway.


That wasn't a particularly good movie - although it had excellent sound design.
 
2018-03-10 11:12:26 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: Is their sheriff a good sheriff or a bad sheriff?


The Sheriff is a N-BONG!

/What? The Sheriff is a N-BONG!
//Norwegian. Damnit! The Sheriff is a N-BONG!
///How does the bell dude do that?
 
2018-03-10 11:13:43 PM  

hissatsu: henryhill: [static.next-episode.net image 568x416]

I hate you.


That's what you get for typing an them fancy words.
 
2018-03-10 11:14:30 PM  

aseras: It's almost always overcast in winter.


Gives me the sads : (
 
2018-03-10 11:19:44 PM  
A whole article about Svalbard without one mentioning Svalbard.
 
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