Why Dying is Illegal in Longyearbyen, Norway?

 

In Longyearbyen, Norway it’s illegal to die.
Longyearbyen is just so interesting and it’s so cold in there. Longyearbyen is so insanely far north that by going over the North Pole, it’s closer to Barrow, Alaska than Milan, Italy. It’s so insanely far north that the sun does not rise for four months in the winter and it stays up for four months in the summer. It’s so insanely far north that the average winter temperature has warmed six degrees in the past 30 years.

For how far north it is, Longyearbyen is a surprisingly large town, over 2000 people live there. In fact, there is no larger town further north than Longyearbyen. Because of this, Longyearbyen has the northernmost university, cell tower, circus, art gallery, bowling alley, swimming pool, bus station, gas station, commercial airport, department store, bank, fire station, ATM, Toyota dealership, bar, and kebab restaurant in the world.

It’s a legitimate town, but it’s still 1,200 miles north of Oslo so there are some quirks. For one, polar bears live there too and they occasionally eat people, which is bad, so it’s actually illegal to leave the Longyearbyen area without a gun. Possibly for related reasons, there’s also a monthly limit to how much alcohol one can buy at 24 cans of beer, 2 bottles of liquor, and half a bottle of the fortified wine. While local residents carry an “alcohol card” to track their quota, visitors have to present their airline boarding pass from their arriving flight at the liquor store. Longyearbyen even bans cats to save the local population of arctic birds. They just love baning things, but now for the clickbait dying is illegal in Longyearbyen.

As you can probably tell, Longyearbyen is no beach resort. The average temperature in February is one degree Fahrenheit so things tend to freeze and to sty frozen. In places as cold as Longyearbyen, there is what’s known as permafrost. By splitting this word into two, you can get a sense of what it means. “Perma” means permit me to show you how to put thi]s word into Google so you can find out that permafrost is where the ground stays below freezing permanently. While it may rise above freezing above ground, places with permafrost, such as Longyearbyen, will always be below freezing below ground, which happens to be where you put dead bodies. The same principle that keeps your chicken nuggets edible for years on end in the freezer does the same to bodies not to keep them edible. While it may seem pretty great for bodies to not rot away, it’s not. You see, in 1918 a few people got the flu – about half a billion to be exact – in what came to be known as the Spanish Flu Pandemic. Of the up to 100 million individuals who died, 11 were in Longyearbyen so they established a graveyard that looks like this. When you put a corse into a giant underground freezer it turns out that you don’t just preserve the body, you also preserve the viruses inside the body and so lurking below Longyearbyen are some of the only active samples of a flu strain that killed 5% of the world’ population, which is actually quite useful. Researchers still don’t fully understand why the 1918 flu was so deadly and they don’t just have samples lying around, so these bodies buried in the arctic permafrost potentially hold some of the clues that could stop a future global pandemic, but in the meantime, you really don’t want diseases that could obliterate future civilizations just laying a few feet underground preserved for eternity, and Longyearbyen agrees so that’s why death is now illegal in this small Norwegian town. If you’re near death, you’re flown down to the mainland to live out your final days and if you die unexpectedly, there’s no space for you here.

 

People Share “Unwritten Rules” of the Society That Everyone Should Follow, and Here Are 20 of Them

In order for us to function in a healthy society, there’s a set of unwritten rules we have to follow. Those are one of the things that no school teaches you, and at some point, you have to learn that yourself. Some call them good manners, some call them rules, or maybe just common sense.

However you name it, society has a rule book that ‘forces’ people to behave and be good to one another. In order to do that you have to be aware of these “unwritten rules”. Therefore, today we will share some with you.

One Reddit user asked a question: “What is one ‘unwritten rule’ that you believe everyone should know and follow?” And there were quite some people who shared their wisdom with the internet. People were listing things that should be common knowledge but for some reason aren’t, and it’s about time everyone learned them. Therefore, scroll down below to check out this list of “rules” we compiled for you. And if you know another one that hasn’t been mentioned, make sure to share it with us in the comment section.

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If I show you a picture on my phone, don’t go swiping sideways.- Soft-Problem

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Don’t watch loud videos on your phone at a restaurant. Can’t believe this isn’t common curtesy anymore. –

penguinmanbat

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If you borrow something, give it back in the same condition.- Ryastor

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If someone is giving you a ride you should be ready at the door before they get there. It’s so rude to have someone waiting on you when they are doing you a favor by picking you up. –Thatweirdboringdude

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Let us get off the lift/train before you try to barge on ffs – Melassia

7.

The last one to go to bed has to turn the light off. –Rebeca2277

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When you have a complaint with a retail store or business, please remember that the person you are speaking too (or yelling at sadly) is just the one that happened to pick up the phone or is standing at the till. they likely have nothing to do with what went wrong and have little sway in what can be done to help. They don’t need to be yelled and screamed at for something they did not do or is under the control of a corporate office/higher up.- sebastianrileyt2

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If someone is wearing headphones and is clearly keeping to themselves, leave them the fuck alone!-

Thetiredregular

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Put the shopping cart back where it GOES! –brock0124

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If you want to go for a hike and listen to music, come with earphones or headphones. Don’t blast loud music. – AgeOfWomen

12.

Quit pissing on public toilet seats. – kpeterson159

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When someone else is paying the bill you shouldn’t order something very pricey (it’s understandable if something expensive is the only thing you are able to eat) –yomomma1000

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The “wave” of thank you when someone lets you in while driving in traffic. Its just polite – dishyboii

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Double flush if you must. Nobody wants to see your poop crumbs. – jdward01

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Wear deodorant if you are out in public. –kyogre120·

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If someone can’t fix an aspect of their appearance in five minutes or less, don’t mention it.- greentea2727

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PERSONAL SPACE (even when not in a pandemic) – keri112493

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