Random weirdness for the week of Aug. 4, 2015

divingbear

Time for another full-blown hoax related to “climate change.” Despite what much of the world now thinks, this polar bear most definitely did not make a record-length underwater dive in Svalbard in a desperate search for food due to a lack of ice floes carrying tasty seals. This animal is a stock photo from some unspecified time and place, which is one of many being circulated by the media instead of the video showing the actual dive that’s kinda boring because it’s from a boat some distance away. Rinie van Meurs, a tour guide, told CBC he usually sees bears hide behind chunks of ice to hunt their prey, but in this case the underweight animal had no such option. It’s one of numerous instances in recent years of polar bears feeding on new species, in new areas and/or becoming more aggressive when humans try to scare them off…

beerbrewing

It’s possible there’s something besides the beer party Friday night: But we don’t expect anyone to take part, or at least remember they did. Photo courtesy of Svalbard Bryggeri.

If you don’t drink beer, then the place you most definitely want to be at 6 p.m. Friday is Coal Miners’ Cabins, where designated drivers will be a much-loved group as Svalbard Bryggeri is throwing a party for its debut of the first-ever full-strength suds to be brewed in the archipelago. The microbrewery, which endured a six-year political struggle to overcome a ban on manufacturing alcohol in Svalbard, supposedly was planned a “soft” opening with an official debut ceremony during Longyearbyen’s Oktoberfest at the end of September (yeah, we know that’s kinda weird too, but let’s not stray from the subject). Safe to say, since news of the brewery and opening party is being reported worldwide this week, it now appears the “unofficial” opening will be anything but silent…

By the way, despite our snarky caption above, there actually is something else going on Friday night, but it might not be a good choice for those getting a bit too much good cheer during the beer bash. Leif Jone Øberg, an opera soloist from Copenhagen, is performing at 8 p.m. at Huset. It’s just a few hundred meters from the party, so hopefully no designated driver is needed, but resist the intoxicating urge to sing along…

Finally, it might be fun to accuse this guy of consuming too much of his own product as Roger Karlsen, commercial director of the Mack brewery in Tromsø, is continuing to insist his company remains the “real” world’s northernmost brewery. “There is a big difference between an industrial brewery and a microbrewery, so this is not resulting in our abdicating from the throne,” he told the online newspaper iTromso.

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