Walter Ekrem, 13, was confronted by a pack of wolves on the way home from school in Rakkestad, Norway. Remembering that one should try to scare the animals rather than run, he yelled, waved his arms, and cranked up some Creed on his mobile phone.
From Spiegel Online: "The worst thing you can do is run away because doing so just invites the wolves to chase you down," Walter told TV2. "But I was so afraid that I couldn’t even run away if I’d wanted to." Eikrem said he was able to drive away the wolves by playing the song "Overcome" by the American hard-rock band Creed. "They didn’t really get scared," Walter said. "They just turned around and simply trotted away."
“I grew up admiring Sweden because it managed to be rich and socialist at the same time, two things I believe everyone ought to be. Coming from a country where no one seemed to think it particularly disgraceful that a child born with a brain tumor could be allowed to die because his father didn’t have the wherewithal to pay a surgeon, or where an insurance company could be permitted by a state insurance commissioner to cancel the policies of its fourteen thousand sickest patients because it wasn’t having a very good year (as happened in California in 1989), it seemed admirable beyond words that a nation could dedicate itself to providing equally and fairly for everyone, whatever the cost." – American author Bill Bryson, Neither Here Nor There [via reddit]
An internet video featuring naked Swedish high school students frolicking with farm animals and riding tractors on school property is nothing out of the ordinary for Sweden, according to the school’s principal. “This kind of thing happens all the time,” the school’s principal, Peter Gustavsson said.“There’s nothing wrong with being naked. That’s still allowed.”
While Gustavsson remained relaxed about the film, there were a couple of aspects of the cinematic work which bothered him, in particular the discrepancy between the amount of skin shown by the young women relative to the young men. “From a gender perspective, the film is out of balance. These girls are good students, capable students – they don’t need to be running around naked to prove anything,” he said.
If you have a really, really, really slow day…
…why not watch a complete 7-hour-long train ride through Norway set to electronic music? ;)
We Shall Overcome (original title: Drømmen) is about 13-year-old Frits who has fallen out of favour with the headmaster of his provincial school. The year is 1969. The world is changing rapidly and corporal punishment has been banned. The tyrannical headmaster, however, hasn’t bothered to notice.
Frits spends his summer holidays watching the family’s first television, and is influenced by the winds of change. Martin Luther King’s speeches and dreams of a better life have armoured Frits with courage and the desire for rebellion. When the headmaster steps over the line during punishing Frits, the boy takes up battle against the authorities. The story is based on actual events.