Random weirdness for the week of Sept. 8, 2015

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A research drone that looks like a torpedo. Yeah, this is going to end well. A sail buoy seen here during a test in waters near Bergen, will supposedly “revolutionize the monitoring of ocean and atmosphere,” according to Lars Hole, a senior researcher at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, in a column for Aftenposten. The water drones can self-operate at sea for months and can more safely take measurements in dangerous areas, such as near a glacier, than manned vessels. They’re also cheaper and less disruptive to wildlife, he wrote. But while describing the buoys’ uses at length, there’s no elaboration about how some drones “look almost like torpedoes” which, given certain military tensions in the area lately, may be a questionable design choice…

We’ve already reported on one UFO sighting this week, but we could be greeting some aliens of a very different kind if the Green Party gets their way. They’re hoping to send refugees seeking asylum in Svalbard which, while many have called that legally and environmentally impractical, is strange for one other reason: the anti-refugee Progress Party suggested the same thing recently. We’re assuming the parties don’t have the same motivations.

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Mark Sabbatini

I'm a professional transient living on a tiny Norwegian island next door to the North Pole, where once a week (or thereabouts) I pollute our extreme and pristine environment with paper fishwrappers decorated with seemingly random letters that would cause a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters to die of humiliation. Such is the wisdom one acquires after more than 25 years in the world's second-least-respected occupation, much of it roaming the seven continents in search of jazz, unrecognizable street food and escorts I f****d with by insisting they give me the platonic tours of their cities promised in their ads. But it turns out this tiny group of islands known as Svalbard is my True Love and, generous contributions from you willing, I'll keep littering until they dig my body out when my climate-change-deformed apartment collapses or they exile my penniless ass because I'm not even worthy of washing your dirty dishes.
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