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August 4, 2017

Strange But True!

Q. “Thou shalt not die,” the Norwegian village of Longyearbyen proclaims. What could they possibly mean by this and how would they enforce it?

A. With a population of 1,500-2,000, the village is one of the northernmost places on Earth with permanent residents, says Dan Lewis in his book “Now I Know.” It is well within the Arctic Circle, with polar bears roaming everywhere and temperatures never reaching what people would call “warm.” “That point led to the ban on dying.”

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