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The most miserable place on Earth


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...sort of inspired by the Weather thread.
 
 
Verkhoyansk, Russia.

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/verkhoyansk-russia-most-miserable-place-2014-2

 

...Verkhoyansk, with a population of about 1,400, is part of an area dubbed 'Stalin’s Death Ring'. This is where Stalin sent his political exiles and before that the Czars too.

 

Houses sometimes snap in two when the ice beneath them weakens and shifts a little.

 

Drinking water is delivered by tractor in the form of ice, for cash payment.

 

With January temperatures corresponding to the average annual temperature on Mars, no one can stay outside for more than 15 minutes. The only way to prevent death from exposure is to wear the pelts and skins of animals that live above the Arctic Circle -- and to keep moving. Wood fires in roadside huts and car engines kept running throughout the day provide respite to anyone forced to spend time outdoors.

 

If all that wasn't terrible enough, the town was attacked by a "super pack of 400 wolves" in 2012, Roland Oliphant of The Telegraph reported, "forcing locals to mount patrols on snow mobiles until the government could send in extra help." The agriculture ministry claimed that the wolves killed 313 horses and over 16,000 reindeer in 2012.

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