Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Top Ten Differences Between the U.S. and Sweden

10. Swedes play football, while Americans play something else. (After watching the U.S. team in the World Cup, it's clear that American soccer and Swedish football are NOT the same sport).

9. Sweden thinks it's not part of the European Union, while the U.S. thinks Canada is part of the U.S..

8. Swedes know the difference between Sweden and Switzerland, while Americans don't really care as long as someone continues to manufacture cuckoo clocks and good chocolate.

7. Swedes go to Paris, while Americans go to Paris, France (as opposed to Paris, Texas).

6. Sweden has fish eggs in a toothpaste tube, while the U.S. has cheese in a spray paint can (and yes, it is actually called Easy Cheese).

5. Swedes put salt on their licorice, while Americans put salt on their french fries.

4. Americans work 50 weeks a year for two weeks of vacation, while Swedes work two weeks a year for 50 weeks of vacation.

3. An American in Sweden is an expat, while a Swede in America is a turnip (and a Danish is a pastry).

2. Health care in Sweden is free, while if you break your arm in the U.S., you pay your other arm and a leg to fix it.

1. Swedes eat rotten fish, while Americans throw it away.


Anonymous Batus said...

rotten fish, yumyum! ;)

12:21 PM  
Blogger eff said...

You're really caught up with the fermented herring, aren't you?

Methinks you actually have a secret fantasy (possibly of the naughty kind) that involves fermented herring, but you're too embarrassed by it to ask "Steve" to fulfil it. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, know what I mean, know what I mean...

As if cheese in a spray can isn't something to view with surprise and disgust. I actually think that, if it was possible, all foods would be available in aerosol cans in the US. And it would keep forever, too. "I have this ham-in-a-can that's left over from 1958, want some?"

12:42 PM  
Blogger Joe Tornatore said...

good list

2:39 PM  
Blogger Me said...

Cheese as spray is just as hilarious as the 50 weeks of vacation.
Nice list!

10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Sweden and US soccer/football. I am betting you are twenty something...thus the truncated memory with regard to a "whole" 4 years ago.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Djävulens Barnbarn said...

Tré cool.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Ms.Take said...

lol.. true so true. Well, most of it anyway.

And Eff - now admit it, if you weren't Swedish, wouldn't you be caught up in the wholle idea of eating fermented herring too?

Example: In Island, they eat "pissed shark" - sadly enough it's exactly what it sounds like...

They catch a shark, dig a hole in the ground, put the shrk in it, urinate on it, cover it up with soil and then leave it there, fermenting in urine, for just over a year. Then they dig it up and eat it.

I kid you not, it's the national dish...

11:43 AM  
Blogger eff said...

Inuits always call dibs on the seal eyes, apparently it's a delicacy.

I don't eat Surströmming, I don't like the smell and I haven't even tasted it. People eat all sorts of weird things all over the place. Twinkies, seal eyes, fermented herring...

I don't see myself getting caught up with what people eat anywhere, really. I didn't know they ate pee-marinated shark in Iceland, but I'm not surprised. Urine is a good disinfectant...

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Kakan said...

Interesting =)

2:43 PM  
Blogger Curiosa said...

eff, twinkies are not that weird...

7:52 PM  
Blogger Farbror Willy said...

Sorry to disappoint you, but this "piss on shark in Iceland" thing isn't true. I'm not completely familiar on how they prepare the shark for eating, but I think they let it lie (perhaps in a hole in the ground) for quite some time and then hang it up to dry. No pissing involved.

The piss myth probably originates from that the shark meat is full of urea which then breaks down into ammonia when it is fermenting, creating a rather nice smell.

I never eat it though. I have however tasted surströmming, exactly one bite's worth. That was quite enough.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is some of the dumbest shit I've ever read I wish I had the 5 minutes of my life back that I spent on reading it.

1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canada WISHES they were a part of the U.S.

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems like you don't know a shit about Sweden!

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was honestly way off...where are you even from? Have you been to either of these places? I'm from the U.S. and an exchange student to Sweden. The U.S. definitely doesn't think that Canada is apart of it. We wouldn't be proud of it(no offense to Canada, that's just how it goes). No football is not the same but we do have the sport it's just called soccer. It's probably good to do some research and mention that. Just some advice, make sure you know what you are talking about before you post it.

2:36 AM  

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