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You Too Can Eat Like A Finnish Child

School lunch isn’t too tasty or exciting in America — at least not in my experience — but Finnish school lunches are certainly intriguing compared to our square pepperoni pizzas. If you’ve always wanted to try a school lunch from the country that first offered free lunches to all students, then you’d better head to [...]

Air Guitar World Championships

Now that we’re done with the Olympic Games, we can finally focus on the important thing: the 2012 Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland. American (USA! USA!) Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard won gold, [...]

Laser Etched Sausage of a Hockey Player

Hockey, sausage and lasers–three wonderful things that belong together. Aapo Mattila etched this portrait of Timo Jutila, a famous hockey player from Finland. Link -via Tasteologie

No Thanks: Why Denver Turned Down the 1976 Olympics

Successfully snagging hosting duties for the Olympic Games is one of the toughest things a city can do. Here in Chicago, we just spent nearly $50 million on our bid for the 2016 Summer Games, and even that eight-figure budget couldn’t grab the rings. Of course, that $50 million pales in comparison to [...]

11 Product Names That Mean Unfortunate Things in Other Languages

Once in a while, an international company will come out with a new product, brand name or slogan that gets, well, seriously lost in translation. One famous example is Mitsubishi’s unfortunate 1973 decision to name its new SUV the “Pajero,” which translates in Spanish to “wanker.” Here are 11 more tragic, hilarious, and definitely off-color examples [...]

Dog: Baby’s Best Friend by Preventing Infections

Woof! New research shows that a dog is not only man’s best friend, it can also be a baby’s best friend … by preventing infections: The study, posted online Monday and based on 397 children who lived [...]

A Brief History of the Wife Carrying World Championships

EPA/MARKKU OJALA/LANDOV It’s probably the most painstaking, heart wrenching, and stress inducing test of dedication a marriage can face. But the reward at the end is pretty sweet. At the annual Wife Carrying World Championships in Sonkajärvi, Finland, male competitors race around a track hauling their female partners on their backs. Winner takes home his wife’s weight [...]

Celestial Lights

Celestial Lights is an absolutely gorgeous stop motion video clip by Ole C. Salomonsen of Arctic Light Photo about the northern lights. Ole filmed the video in the northern parts of Norway, Finland and [...]

7 Stories of People Who Refused to be Limited (in 2012)

Is it just me, or are there more and more global news stories about disabled people accomplishing feats that would be quite newsworthy for able-bodied people? I believe it is happening more and more, as modern attitudes about those who’ve had physical setbacks change to reflect reality. People termed “disabled” have always had the will [...]

Angry Birds Theme Park

Love Angry Bird but wish that there’s a bit more you can do than fling digital birds around on your smartphone? Well, now you can fling your body around in this Angry Birds Land theme park in Finland. Angry Birds Land includes [...]