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There were things like old kicksleds and dozens of wood pallets that show Longyearbyen is a bit of an odd community. And then there were things that were just odd.
About 140 people picked up tons of trash ranging from dead Christmas trees to styrofoam bits to construction debris during a citywide cleanup on Tuesday. Items like the pallets that are commonly used for snowmobile parking are common signs of the lifestyle in the world’s northernmost town, but other debris revealed lifestyle choices that left some residents cold.
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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.