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Children, choose your character

Children, choose your character

I know this isn't the season for this at all, but while I was in Sweden for NärCon I learned about the Påskkärring, who was explained to me as an easter witch who isn't really a witch but kinda is anyway.

Children dress up as her and go ask for sweets. Boys can dress up as her too, but have the option of dressing as an old man if they want. From what I was told the witch costume is still the most popular for all genders though because it's more traditional.

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Let's Party

Let's Party

You do not understand how much I love Kopparberg.

On The Faroe Islands it's a bit of a problem that alcoholics steal hand sanitizer and drink it. They do it because alcohol for drinking is so damn expensive on the islands. How they are not all dead is one of life's great mysteries.

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21st of July

Big Bad Wolf

Big Bad Wolf

We just got our first wolf family in Denmark in 200 years, and the first thing some politicians want to do is kill them.

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14th of July

Bad Weather

Bad Weather

My Faroese housemate's mother told me stories about the winter storms on the Faroe Islands. They blow roofs of buildings and cars into the sea, but you know it's really bad if the sheep start blowing around.

You see, the sheep are so good at predicting storms they hide well ahead of time, so if the wind can pick them up it's BAD.

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Gay Old Time

Gay Old Time

Those who messed around during their youth shouldn't throw eggs at pride parades.

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30th of June

Germany didn't agree to this foolery!

Germany didn't agree to this foolery!

It's an ancient tradition in Denmark to light huge bonfires on midsummer's eve to ward off evil, but in the 1920's people started placing a witch made of cloth and straw on the bonfire. It's believed that the bonfire will give her an extra magical push that'll help her fly all the way to the Brocken mountain in the Harz region of Germany where she can party with all her witch friends.

Nobody knows for sure, but it's speculated that the idea to place a witch on the bonfire was a suggested by German workers in Denmark, and that's why they fly to Germany.

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23rd of June

Whiners

Whiners

Do they even have any real complaints!?!

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16th of June

Remember your safeword

Remember your safeword

Turned on yet?

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9th of June

Rare Goods

Rare Goods

So yeah, that is an actual thing in Iceland
https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2017/may/31/icelandic-publisher-prints-books-full-moon-burns-them-tunglio

Thanks to Heather Jochens on Twitter for the link.

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