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Launching money into space

Launching money into space

The guy in charge of the ASIM program was asked just that, and this was his response. It was the most Danish answer he could possibly have given.

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5th of April

Could have been Matt Damon

Could have been Matt Damon

NASA asked some Swedish scientists what to do with a dead person on Mars, and this is what they came up with.

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15th of March
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Every time

Every time

Every time someone talks about free this or that in the Nordic countries an American will pop his head up and yell "It's paid for with your taxes" without fail.

The thing about people not having to live on the street. Of course we have homeless people, but the system is such that you pretty much have to choose to live on the street. I once worked with a guy who also worked with homeless people and he told me that the people you see on the street are the ones who can't handle being part of society at all. The government doesn't want people to live on the street and there's help to be had, but some people just can't cope with modern life. Living in a house means you have responsibilities like bills and if you have a mental illness someone shows up at your place every week expecting you to take your pills, and that's too much for some people so they just leave. The guy didn't say any of this with any kind of judgment btw. He understood why some people might choose to turn their back on society.

I have friends and family with mental health problems who can't work and some can't be trusted to save money for bills, so the government make sure to put some of the money they receive every month aside for them so they can pay rent and won't have to go without heat or water. They try to keep a roof over everyone's head.

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2nd of March

Someone for Everyone

Someone for Everyone

There's this "loud obnoxious American tourist" stereotype. Obnoxious? Rarely. Loud? Yes, every time. A lot of Americans who come to Scandinavia comment on how silent it is, while the Scandinavians around them are thinking "It's not silent. You're just talking so loudly you can't hear the crowd around you"

Luckily for American's there's always the Icelandic people. This isn't a stereotype as such, but anyone who has lived next to Icelandic people know how loud they can be (and I have lived next to MANY), so it's no wonder that Americans tend to love them. Icelandic people also tend to be more "walk up and talk to people" types which fits the American culture quite nicely.

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19th of January

Return of the lovable dork

Return of the lovable dork

You would not believe how much I've missed Regular America. He's a well meaning buffoon which is why I loved and used him so much. He does stupid shit but is never mean spirited, and throughout the year I kept having ideas for comics, thinking "This would be PERFECT for Ameri- No wait, if Trump America does it it will seem horrible"

So yeah, this is me going "fuck this shit!" and bringing him back. Trump's foolery will be handled by the skin-blob from now on.

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5th of January
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Two fools in a restaurant

Two fools in a restaurant

I can't take credit for this observation. Plenty of people have defined the two types of comedy this way, and I'm just spreading it further.

Yes, that is the normal Brother America. It didn't feel right to use Trump America for this. It would have given it a different meaning than intended.

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14th of December

Long distance relationship

Long distance relationship

We are many.

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30th of November

White on white hate crime

White on white hate crime

Ah Poland. Europe's punching bag.

That's also why it doesn't make sense to talk about white and black culture outside of USA because the cultures are so different from country to country in Europe and there's a pecking order going on amongst white people. Even people from, say, the Middle East will rarely say "You white people" but rather "You French/German/Norwegian/and-so-on people"

Now, is it racism? It depends on how much you buy into the idea of race. A Dane who hates Swedes wouldn't call that racist, but people from Eastern Europe start to look different enough that it's often called racism, and in a way that plays into the negative feelings too. It's complicated.

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3rd of November

This is Halloween

This is Halloween

We've all seen the photos of the terrifying turnip lantern. People back in the day were scary as hell.

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26th of October

Everything is possible when you don't believe

Everything is possible when you don't believe

My friend went to the US and the people over there asked her this question.

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19th of October