For your information, we fought off Soviet Union during the Winter War in 1939-1940, with half the man power and hundreds of times less tanks and aircrafts. I know it sounds too awesome to be true, but, but…
Unfortunately, no – even though I went to college less than an hour away.
I’ve lived near Watts Towers for ~17 yrs now and haven’t visited it either.
I think that it is an unconscious preservation tactic – it wouldn’t take much of a nudge to get me started on obsessively creating something like this… (I would likely use concrete like Mr. Dinsmoor)
Finland also developed and perfected the self-igniting molotov cocktail. No lighter required. I can’t possibly dislike a country that feeds my pyromania thusly:
Notice the long magnesium-phosphorus storm match you can ignite with a small stone, or the head of the match on second molotov cocktail for a double dose of sticky fire. Very tidy and highly effective.
Finland’s tram rules seem to be exactly the same as Seattle’s “walking on the street” rules. IE:
Don’t greet others
Don’t make eyecontact
No touching. Ever. Never. Touching is an act of aggression, and a despicable behavior. High fives are especially violent.
See someone who obviously needs help? It’s best to keep your nose out of their private life, and swiftly walk past ignoring their struggle.
See that beggar/homeless person? No you didn’t. They don’t exist. Carefully keep them out of your line of sight.
ETA: the last two are specific observations of Seattle. Seeing as Finland has a higher human development index than pretty much anywhere, I’d expect that there either actually are no homeless people, or that others are willing to help them.
Yeah, that’s the general idea. In the countryside it’s different, but in cities… don’t look, don’t touch, definitely don’t talk to stranger. It’s not because of any “stranger danger”, we just don’t do small talk. Though I have to say, if a tourist is asking for help, most Finns will gladly help, and most speak such fine English that you’ll get the help you need. We just don’t talk to other Finns. We also do kind of ignore beggars easily, but we don’t have many actually homeless people as such.
I was just a few weeks ago dragging a huge amount of luggage from a bus station to my home, wondering why Finns have to be like this and never help a stranger out, when at the end a kind man helped me carry my luggage the rest of the way. It made me happy.
But to the point, which is that Finland is awesome.
I’ll have to admit something; every time someone outside our country mentions us, we get so fucking excited about it. It is a weakness. I think we as a country just have bad self-esteem and are looking for the approval of other countries (not that we need to exist, mind you!).
Conan O’Brien, oh he supports us.
Tarja Halonen was a great president. Funnily enough, Niinistö is our president now. We came really close to having a gay Green Party president, though!
They might be overstating his influence here, but… well, when he visited Finland, I went to the airport to see a glimpse of him and DON’T JUDGE ME.
Here the episode where he visited Finland; it really says a alot about us a country:
I’ve actually always wanted to visit Finland. It’s quite objectively the happiest place on earth (according to statistical evidence, the incontrovertible kind). I want to see how the magic kingdom stacks up against a whole country
Although these days, I fear my American passport may be held against me, what with all the wars my country’s been waging, and all the idiots in congress, and our last president wasn’t the sharpest tool in the box of safety scissors.
Canadian accents are easy to imitate, but pretending I had as good a primary school education as a Canadian can’t be done.
ETA: Conan “meddling” in the Finnish election seems very American as well. We can’t keep our hands out of other people’s business, pretending we’re the world police and such