The Town Where It Is Illegal To Die

March 16, 2018

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There are some strange laws in the books across the world.  For instance, it is illegal for a preacher to eat garlic or onions before delivering a sermon in New Hampshire, It is illegal to use profanity in front of a dead body which lies in a funeral home or in a coroner’s office in Columbus, Georgia and it's illegal for idiots to vote in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  However one of more stranger laws in found in a town of 2,000 residence in the remote Norwegian town of Longyearbyen.  It is illegal to die there!  The town is on a archipelago about half ways from the mainland of Norway and the North Pole and since 1950, you are not allowed to die there, even of natural causes.  As odd as it may sound there is a pretty good reason for it.  Because of its proximity to the North Pole, it is frigid. It is cold and dry that buried bodies become frozen and do not return to he Earth.  The town is mostly made up of coal miners who must endure darkness for four months at a time with zero difference between night and day for nearly three of those months. The law was enacted because the frozen bodies were easily discovered by the 1000 or so polar bears who roam the area.  More recently in 1998, scientists exhumed corpses of those who died in the 1918 flu pandemic and they were able to retrieve live samples of the deadly virus. So to protect against animals and disease they made it illegal for any more people to be buried in the local graveyard. Jan Christian Meyer, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology say that If you seem to be about to expire, every effort will be made to send you to the mainland.” Even expecting mothers are shipped off to the mainland for delivery!

SOURCE: Men's Health

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