Version: 1.6 From: Lee Choquette <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 24 Nov 92 11:58:18 MST
I got the idea for this article from one about the US presidential debates posted in rec.humor.funny last month. I've also seen such games for several different TV shows. Now I introduce...
THE SOC.CULTURE.NORDIC DRINKING GAME
You need a supply of your favorite drink (aquavit, koskenkorva, a glass of vodka in a pitcher of Pommac, whatever) and a stack of articles from soc.culture.nordic, if your local pub doesn't have Usenet. Read through the articles, and take a drink (sip) each time one of the following conditions is met:
An American asks what "canulla" means. Two drinks if a Swede responds
and can't figure out what the word is.
- A heated argument erupts over whether Vikings had horned helmets, or where
Santa Claus lives. Take an additional drink for each week the thread
continues. The whole glass if someone draws a color-coded graph of which
Internet domains believe Vikings had horned helmets.
- Someone complains about software that strips the eighth-bit. Two drinks
if it's not someone from Iceland.
- Someone criticizes the Swedish king. Two drinks if s/he mentions the
Norwegian prime minister or the 1994 Winter Olympics in the same
- Someone relates an anecdote demonstrating the kindness and earthy humanity
of the Norwegian king or his father. Two drinks if it involves mass
- You hear about the Danish prince who doesn't use mass transit. Two drinks
if it's a story about a new crash.
- There's an article about Olof Palme again. Drink the whole glass if
someone actually talks about Palme's life or beliefs, not just his death.
- An American asks about an obscure Scandinavian band, and the conversation
somehow shifts to Vikingarna and how awful dansband music is. Two drinks
if someone confesses to having played Vikingarna on a jukebox.
- Jungle animals are on the loose in Finland. Two drinks if the topic turns
to alcoholism in Finland.
- Russian submarines are detected in the Stockholm archipelago. Two drinks
if the topic turns to alcoholism in Sweden. Three drinks if it turns to
drunk tourists in Copenhagen.
- A genealogist to the group asks about a place one of his/her ancestors came
from, and for a couple of weeks we talk about how to translate län and
kommun into English.
- An American asks what this newsgroup is for, and unwittingly sparks a
flame war over the meanings of "Scandinavia" and "Skandinavien." Two
drinks if the debate is instead over whether sports comes under culture.
- The Great Whaling Debate resumes. Two drinks if it doesn't continue
beyond a single article.
- Swedish-speaking Finns are referred to as aristocrats. Two drinks if a
Finland-Swede refers to his potato-farming ancestors.
- A Finnish-speaking Finn complains about mandatory Swedish classes. Two
drinks if s/he can't write in Swedish despite the classes.
- We face the age-old question, "Why 'Italien' and 'italienare,' or
'Förenta staterna' and 'amerikanare,' but 'Finland' and 'finländare'?"
- Finns in Sweden are portrayed as the victims of racism, ethnic
cleansing, or genocide. One drink for each of the following words
or phrases you see:
- home language or hemspråk (2 drinks for "skolbyråkratisk term");
- Forest Finns, skogsfinnar, or Värmland (2 drinks for Nätti-Jussi);
- Tornedal Finns (2 drinks if someone disputes that they are Finns);
- Nazi Germany, Holocaust, or the like; or
- Hasan B. Mutlu.
I hope I didn't offend anyone by this game. I mean it as a good-natured (self) parody of this newsgroup.
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The line of flags is modified after a picture at det Åländska skoldatanätet.
This page was last updated September 1st by Johan Olofsson <email@example.com> of Lysator.
The following note was attached to the top of this game:
(I'm including this already classic article by Lee Choquette in the FAQ.
Posted some years ago, it has stood the test of time pretty well, which I
suppose tells something quite fundamental about the nature of this newsgroup.) Sorry, I reformatted it to the bottom, because it didn't work with my layout.