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For university students seeking answers not likely to be asked on other campuses, here’s a biggie: How many can squeeze into the “wagon” of a snowcat for what may be the longest daily commute in Svalbard?
The answer appears to be 17, which fortunately is the same number in a group visiting the Kjell Henriksen Observatory (KHO) recently to study the Northern Lights and other atmospheric phenomena.
“That’s why I’m here, because it’s a passion,” said Katie Ann Herlingshaw, one of the students, in a Euronews story published last month. “This’ll give me some credits towards my PhD but I don’t really care about the credits, I’m here for the science, for the Northern Lights.”
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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.