Category: Sweden

When ‘Sheldon’ pondered IKEA

Posted by – December 30, 2008

Gary Tyrrell posted his rundown of webcomic buys for the year, and I have to say, I’m a bit envious of the guy for acquiring this hilarious Sheldon strip from January 16 of last year. I can now thank Dave Kellett for forever hearing IKEA furniture model names in Italian/Jersey accents inside my head from here on out.


Sheldon does IKEA

Click to see the full strip © Dave Kellett

Landmark first BriPhone post

Posted by – October 2, 2008

In celebration of my successful upgrade to the new WordPress, which now allows me to blog remotely from from the BriPhone, here are 3 Top Five lists commemorating tonight’s VP debate, my team’s kickball loss several hours ago, and (in the spirit of this blog) my favorite Swedish films of all time — in ascending order.

All Time Most Entertaining People to Watch Argue
5) Mike Gravel
4) My old roomate Suds
3) Ron Paul
2) John Cleese
1) Preacher Dan

Best Sporting Matches I’ve Seen Live
5) Ashleigh vs. Amy @ boxing outside my apartment senior year
4) Mark Phillippoussis vs. Greg Rusedski @ Wimbeldon
3) Me vs. a 14-year-old nationally ranked Swedish girl @ table tennis (I lost)
2) Chicago Bulls (with Jordan and Rodman) vs. Cleveland (with fat Shawn Kemp)
1) UIUC basketball vs. Wake Forest my senior year

All Time Favorite Swedish Films
5) Sunes Sommar
4) Fanny och Alexander
3) Det sjunde inseglet
2) Tystnaden
1) Mitt liv som hund

Hero of the Week: Anonymous 78-year-old Swede

Posted by – June 30, 2008

According to this BBC article, a drunk 78-year-old Swedish man attempted to row all of the way from Helsingor in Denmark to Helsingborg in Sweden. I’ve taken the ferry between those two cities, and it’s a hefty ride even by motorized vehicle — about 3 miles, BBC says.

Apparently he didn’t have the crowns for a ferry and opted to steal a dinghy to propel himself home on instead. Unfortunately for him, he fell asleep halfway out and drifted back to Denmark. I give him 5 gold stars for effort though. It’s one thing to steal a car, but something entirely different to steal a rowboat at the age of 78 and have the arms to cross the Oresund Strait. Only in Scandinavia.