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Reindeer Pregnancy Test

How do you find out if a reindeer is pregnant? You could do a blood test, but that won’t tell you if the fetus is alive or dead. If you really want to know, you pin the reindeer on the … Continue reading

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Reindeer in the Arctic

I’ve always wanted to go to Svalbard, a Norwegian territory in the High Arctic. Even before I read The Golden Compass, which takes place in a parallel universe in which Svalbard is the kingdom of the armored bears. If you … Continue reading

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Sumatran Tiger Cubs are as Cute as You’d Imagine

This was my plan for Monday: Read up on a subject I haven’t covered in a while. This is what actually happened: I was starting on my stack of reading when I saw a post from the local blog DCist … Continue reading

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Eating Whale Meat in Norway

Today at Last Word on Nothing I have a little essay about eating whale meat. This spring while I was living in Sweden I had a lovely visit with my friend Veronica and her family in northern Norway. I took … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Slovak National Museum

In the spring of 2011, I managed to hit up three natural history museums in about two weeks: Prague, Vienna, and Slovakia. Prague’s was a delightful old hulk of a building, filled with rows and rows of cases and labels … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Polar Museum

Tromsø is really far north. It’s a beautiful city centered on an island in northern Norway, about 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The Polar Museum in Tromsø, run by the University of Tromsø, has its focus even farther … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Polaria

Polaria in Tromsø, Norway, is the world’s northernmost aquarium. When you spend time in northern Norway, you see a lot of world’s northernmost things. The world’s northernmost brewery is around there somewhere. In Svalbard this April I took cash out … Continue reading

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Airport Polar Bear

After my wolverine posts, I’m considering a new series on taxidermy in transportation buildings. This polar bear welcomes visitors to Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard, in the Norwegian High Arctic. So in addition to “walking on belt is prohibited” … Continue reading

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Monetize Your Dog Walks

Look–some clever person in Kiruna, Sweden, found out a way to turn walking the dog into income. I saw this in the train station. Genius, right? You have to walk the dog anyway–why not make money while you’re at it? … Continue reading

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Wolverine, Again

There were some complaints after my blog post about a stuffed wolverine in a train station that you couldn’t actually tell the wolverine was in a train station. Fortunately, I passed through Narvik again and got to take another crack … Continue reading

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