The USSR expected to win the final of the 1957 Ice Hockey World Championships, held in Moscow, but lost to Sweden. The organizers did not have the Swedish national anthem ready for the medal ceremony, so the Swedish players sang a drinking song and it was broadcast over the PA system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
Today I learned about Helga de la Brache. A woman who grew up in lower class circumstances but succesfully posed as a Swedish princess for years. Convincing even the Swedish royal family who gave her a pension and "furniture befitting a princess." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
The Swedish maker of Jeppson's MalΓΆrt was free to sell the "medicinal" spirit in Chicago during prohibition, since law enforcement concluded no-one in their right mind would drink it recreationally. mashed.com/228928/the-unt…
Swedish Fish are (most likely) lingonberry flavored en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
In 1961, as the 17th century Swedish war ship Vasa was being lifted from the sea, statue of a runner was found on board, momentarily baffling scientists. It was placed there as prank by Finnish students on their way to party in Stockholm. ayy.fi/en/student-culture…
Today I learned about the GΓ€vle Goat, a 3 ton annual Christmas display in the Swedish town of GΓ€vle that has been a target for vandals since the tradition started. Damaging the goat carries a minimum 3 month prison sentence and vandals have gone as far as hacking into the security cameras to disable them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GΓ€v…
In 2001, four Swedish teenagers were convicted of treason for throwing a strawberry cream cake at King Carl XVI Gustaf en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Today I learned of a Pre-christian Swedish Tradition called β€œYear Walking,” which allowed the β€œYear Walker” to know future events such as people’s deaths, crop yield, and natural disasters. academia.edu/9403910/He_m…
Today I learned about Carl Emil Pettersson, a Swedish sailor who shipwrecked on an island inhabited by cannibals in 1904. He was captured and taken to a local king, whose daughter fell in love with him. He married, had nine children with her, and became the king after his father-in-law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Today I learned of 17th cent. Swedish Queen Christina who surprisingly abdicated her throne. Very bright, and a lover of arts, she almost bankrupt Swed. in her extravagance. Speculators suggest her abdication was a result of her proclivity towards "men's pursuits," wearing men's clothing and refusal to marry. headstuff.org/culture/his…
Generally speaking, a Dane speaking Danish can understand and be understood by Norwegians speaking Norwegian, and Swedes speaking Swedish. This is because the languages of Scandinavia are considered "mutually intelligible". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nor…
Logistics is a 2012 Swedish film is the longest film ever made with a duration of 51,420 minutes (857 hours or 35 days and 17 hours). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Log…
Parts of modern day Pennsylvania belonged the Swedish colony of New Sweden. It was established during the Thirty Years' War, when Sweden was a great military power. It existed from 1638 to 1655 during the Second Northern War, when it was incorporated into the Dutch colony of New Netherland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
The "Swedish Bikini Team" were all American en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swe…
The Swedish Cancer Society had to use diagrams with square breasts to avoid Facebook auto-censoring. theguardian.com/technolog…
Swedish car maker Koenigsegg was inspired to make his first car after watching Norwegian stop-motion film FlΓ₯klypa (EN: Pinchcliffe) Grand Prix en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koe…
52% of Swedish households are single person ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web…
Although the Swedish Chef is normally portrayed with bare human hands, he has a set of muppet-glove hands for photo shoots americanhistory.si.edu/co…
Today I learned of Anonymouse - a Swedish design collective that created miniature mouse-size establishments (e.g. model restaurants or a gas station) and placed them in ordinary city streets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ano…
After ABBA won Eurovision, a Swedish reporter accused them of winning with "a song about how 40,000 people died!" theguardian.com/music/201…
In 2018 the Swedish Air Force successfully extinguish a forest fire by dropping a bomb on it popularmechanics.com/mili…
Today I learned about the Swedish Vipeholm experiments, where disabled people were experimented upon to find the reason for tooth decay. The experiments were sponsored both by the sugar industry and the dentist community, in an effort to determine whether carbohydrates affected the formation of cavities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vip…
A Swedish adventurer and mountaineer named GΓΆran Kropp made a solo ascent of Mount Everest without bottled oxygen or Sherpa support in May 1996, for which he travelled by bicycle alone from Sweden and back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C…
The Chang Tang region, which is spread over 1600 km (990 miles) in the Tibetan Plateau, is home to the nomadic Changpa tribe, with almost half a million people. However, they are often difficult to find - a Swedish explorer reported not seeing a single person in 81 days while crossing Chang Tang interestingengineering.co…
Today I learned about Elisabeth "Lisbetha" Olsdotter (died November 1679), a Swedish woman executed on a number of different charges after having dressed as a man, served as a soldier, and married a woman. skbl.se/en/article/Elisab…
Thanks to a Swedish tax law regarding costumes, ABBA’s stage clothes were outlandishly-designed on purpose. As long as they were impractical for everyday wear, the group’s outfits were tax-deductible. wtop.com/news/2014/02/abb…
Today I learned about SS Baychimo, a Swedish built 1,322 ton cargo steam-ship that was left abandoned by its crew in 1931 due to fear of sinking. Surprisingly, Baychimo did not sink, but instead drifted around as a ghost ship for nearly 40 years without a crew, she was last seen in 1969. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish botanist made time-telling possible through flowers by making a Flower Clock, a clock consists of flowers based on their opening and closing time. amusingplanet.com/2019/07…
These famous international chocolate brands: Milka (German), CΓ΄te d'Or (Belgian), Toblerone (Swiss), Cadbury/Frys/Green & Black's (all British), Freia (Norwegian) and Marabou (Swedish) are all owned by US food giant Mondelez en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
In 1964, a Swedish art gallery displayed 4 paintings by unknown artist Pierre Brassau. Every single art critic praised the β€˜avant-garde’ work- except one, who said, β€˜only an ape could have done this’. In fact it was all a hoax by a journalist and 'Brassau’ was actually a 4-year-old chimpanzee. hoaxes.org/archive/permal…
In 1746, a Swedish king tried to prove coffee was unhealthy by having one man drink large amounts of coffee and his identical twin drink the same amount of tea everyday for the rest of their lives. Both twins outlived the doctors in charge of the experiment and the king himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
Today I learned about a Swedish journalist who exhibited a series of paintings made by chimpanzee, under the pretense that they were the works of an artist called Pierre Brassau, to test whether critics could tell the difference between modern art and the work of a chimpanzee. Most critics praised it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie…
The Swedish pop group Abba received royalties in the form of oil commodity rights from the Soviet Union in order to sidestep restrictions surrounding the ruble. bbc.com/culture/article/2…
Today I learned about Hillary and Castro, a pair of Cuban Crocodiles that belonged to Fidel Castro, then a cosmonaut, then the Moscow zoo, then a Swedish aquarium, where they attacked someone during a crawfish party in 2019. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cub…
Between 1628 and 1814, the Caribbean island of Tobago changed hands 33 times - it was variously held by the Dutch, the Curonians (a Duchy in modern-day Latvia), the English, the French, the Spanish, and the Swedish en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tob…
In 2020 Sweden discovered that one of their intelligence officers, who had worked at NATO HQ, and was the FSB liaison, had been faking his credentials for 18 years and was not in fact a Major in the Swedish Army. businessinsider.fr/us/swe…
The US state of Delaware started out as a Swedish colony. colonialswedes.net/Histor…
Today I learned of Eric Erickson, a Swedish businessman who pretended to be devoted to the Nazis, but was really a spy for the American military. He made more than 30 trips to Germany between 1939-1945. He mapped out oil refineries that were later bombed. His family had disowned him for β€œsupporting” Hitler. military.wikia.org/wiki/E…
The SKOR candy bar is supposed to mean 'brittle' in Swedish. But that's with the ΓΆ spelling. As it is, it just means 'shoes' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sko…
Because of Marie curie's affair with Paul Langevin, Swedish Academy of Sciences tried to dissuade her from coming to Stockholm to receive her Nobel prize(1911) so that the "adulteress" should not shake hands with the Swedish king. independent.co.uk/news/sc…
In 2005 war games, a Swedish submarine called HSMS Gotland was able to sneak through the sonar defenses of the US Navy Aircraft Carrier Ronald Reagan and its entire accompanying group, and (virtually)sank the US Aircraft carrier on its own and still got away without getting detected. nationalinterest.org/blog…
Today I learned of Tillie Anderson; the Swedish seamstress-turned-undisputed women’s cycling champion of the 1890s, who won all but seven of her 130 races before women’s races ceased in 1902. She was inducted into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame in 2000, 35 years after her death at age 90. outsideonline.com/2314716…
Today I learned of BjΓΆrn Again, a parody band of Swedish pop group ABBA. They sing in "Swenglish" and use the stage names of Agnetha Falstart, Benny Anderwear, Frida Longstokin, BjΓΆrn Volvo-us, Rutger Sonofagunn, and Ola Drumkitt. They've played private parties for Bill Gates, Russel Crowe, and Vladimir Pootin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj%…
Today I learned about Axel Wenner-Gren, a Swedish multimillionaire who established a private island residence in the Caribbean. Rumors during WWII suggested he was giving safe harbor to German U-boats and he was investigated by British intelligence. It is believed Ian Fleming partially based Dr No on him. dissentmagazine.org/onlin…
ABBA's famous outfits were chosen because of Swedish tax law. If they bought cloths for performance they could get a tax deduction, but they had to prove they couldn't be worn on the street. According to BjΓΆrn "we looked like nuts [...] Nobody can have been as badly dressed on stage as we were" theguardian.com/music/201…
In 1961 Swedish marine archeologists were about to salvage the wreck of the Vasa, warship sunk in 1628 near Stockholm. The night before the ship was to be raised from the water, Finnish student divers planted a statue of Finnish elite runner Paavo Nurmi to the ship as a practical joke. urheilumuseo.fi/en/exhibi…
The languages with the highest number of words are Korean, Finnish, Swedish, Icelandic, English, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Dutch, and Tamil. Korean has ~300,000 more words than Finnish, more than double the number of words in English, and more than triple the number of words in German en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
On the 3 of September 1967 Swedish traffic switched from the left to the right side of the road. The event is known as "Dagen H" (Swedish for H Day), H standing for HΓΆgertrafikomlΓ€ggningen, or the Right-Hand Traffic Diversion. realscandinavia.com/this-…
Ten elements have been found in the mineral ore extracted from a modest feldspar mine in the small village of Ytterby on the Swedish island of ResarΓΆ. At least four of these elementsβ€” Yttrium (Y), Erbium (Er), Terbium (Tb), and Ytterbium (Yb)β€”are named after the village. amusingplanet.com/2017/08…
The Swedish Navy was chasing around fish farts thinking it was a Russian Submarine rbth.com/science-and-tech…

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