Why this town requires residents to remove their appendix to live there
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Apparently you must have an appendectomy in order to become a permanent resident.

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Thought leaving your heart in San Francisco was hard? Try your appendix.
Everyone figuratively leaves a part of themselves behind during a move, however, one Antarctica town requires prospective residents to literally have their appendix removed before settling there.
That’s right, an appendectomy is one of the prerequisites for everyone — including children — to live in Villas Las Estrellas, one of two civilian settlements on the frozen continent where people can reside for years instead of weeks or months, the BBC reported.
Located in Chile’s Frei base on King George Island, the outpost only boasts 100 inhabitants max, predominantly researchers and military personnel. However, those with longer-term contracts often bring their entire families — sans appendixes — to the Spartan settlement, which consists of a post office, a small school, a bank and other rudimentary facilities.
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Villas Las Estrellas
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Preemptive appendix extraction might sound like some sadistic initiation ritual, but it was implemented for a good reason, as the Mirror reported. The nearest hospital is 625 miles away from the northernmost tip of the island, which can spell bad news for anyone suffering from appendicitis — an affliction that requires immediate surgery to prevent it from becoming life-threatening. The limited health care options are also why people are discouraged from getting pregnant during their stay.
And these aren’t the only precautions people take while living in Villas Las Estrellas. As temperatures can plummet below -100 degrees Fahrenheit, citizens are required to stay indoors or risk freezing to death.
“This winter we could not leave our home for weeks,” said Sergio Cubillos, the Chilean commander of the local air force base.
This is why most people only reside at the colony during the summer when the mercury hits a “balmy” 36 degrees Fahrenheit.
And don’t think of bringing your pet pooch along to keep you warm: Dogs are banned on the island to prevent them from transmitting diseases to the local wildlife.
Despite the austere environment, Villas Las Estrellas boasts many tourist-friendly attractions, most notably its penguins, which are famously gregarious due to their protected status.
Tourists are also invited to go on ski and snowmobile expeditions, as well as travel to nearby Bellingshausen to learn about polar auroras and glaciology, Atlas Obscura reported. The base even has internet access, although it’s reserved for the school’s three computers.


My how times have changed.
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Why has the BBC put that in its "futures" section? Typical communist fascist media love anything controversial.
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