Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Romain Mesnil : Naked in Paris

French pole vaulter and silver medalist during the 2007 World Championship Romain Mesnil lost his sponsor Nike last year.

In an attempt to create attention and secure a new sponsor he is running around Paris naked, passing tourist spots such as the Seine and Montmartre.

Could this ever happen where you're from?
Gotta love the French!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Jason LeRoy Savage and how America got more prudish.

29 year old Jason LeRoy Savage from Michigan has pleaded guilty and been convicted to 90 days in prison for having sex with a car wash vacuum cleaner.

According to mlive.com,
"Savage said the ordeal was humiliating and "has been overwhelming." He said people stare at him, he's afraid to come out of his house and he can't find a job."
I'd say the media would have to take the blame for that one - publishing his full name, photo and even home address.

The judge in the case stated;
"Savage brought national, night-time jokester humiliation and worldwide embarrassment to the Great Lakes Bay Region by having sex with a vacuum hose in a Thomas Township car wash."

Granted, it probably shouldn't be a regular thing. And you definitely shouldn't do it in public. But all I can say is; if I were a guy I'd wonder what a vacuum cleaner would feel like, and it probably wouldn't take me 29 years to find out.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Albino bear Salt and brother Pepper

No, it's not a polar bear, it's albino brown bear Salt and her brother Pepper.

The cubs were born nine weeks ago in Polar Zoo in Bardu, Norway. At birth they weighed approximately one pound, but are growing rapidly.

They are getting used to being around humans, and the caretakers say they get plenty of hickeys when the cubs mistake them for their mother.

Although the white colour may be great camouflage, the cubs are still too young to stay out in the snow long, and the albino Salt is very sensitive to light. She may develop more health problems than her brother, but as of yet she is almost as strong.

During this spring people will be able to go to the park to see the cubs. Albino animals, such as the albino elk discovered a couple years ago, seem to fascinate people. Plus, they're very cute!

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Talking about threesomes and whether they're a good idea while you're in a relationship, Mike, 19, from Australia says;

"It's not really cheating because you won't see the two guys again, and what you don't know can't hurt you. I reckon it's only cheating if you see the person again."

What do you think?

Results: Teenager Audio Test

How many could hear the sound?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Virgin's Dilemma

“I want the first time I have sex to be special so I wouldn’t want it to be a quickie."

18 year old Alina hopes her first time will be with her future husband, "a gentle, respectful and generous man".

How to make sure your first time is special, the one time you'll always remember, with the guy you'll never forget, in three easy steps;

  • Get a certificate stating you are really a virgin.
  • Get a confirmation that you have no STIs.
  • Simply sell your virginity on a German dating site to pay your college tuition fees.

The lucky man, this gentle, respectful and generous man who pays to have sex with a virgin will naturally be perfect marriage material; they will fall in love and live happily ever after.

Yeah, this sounds like a great plan...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Playing Tour Guide

I got to play tour guide again last week when a friend came over from Scotland. We walked around for a couple days, the sun even came out and the view from Fløyen, this tiny little mountain, was great (no clouds!).

It's been a while since I stayed up half the night talking, and I already miss the ravioli with spinach and cheese in spinach-cream sauce at this little place called Baran (which really needs a new design for its page..).

Now I just need to figure out a way to make the IKEA-bed fit back into the storage room, and how to fix the springs of my own.

Good times.

Dreaming Donald

Last night I dreamt my brother was throwing away books. And not just any books - Donald Pocket books! I was screaming at him, how could he just throw them away?

I read my first copy of these when I was 8 and we were going away for a weekend with relatives. We'd always had the magazines and I've always loved Donald. My brother was 5 at the time and when he got a little older he started reading them too. Years later he threatened to sell his to a friend and I bought them from him.

Now all the books (which I haven't dared count) are stored in boxes under my bed at home. Every time I come home my sister has a stack of them in her room (I think because when I come home she knows she can just dump them in my room and she won't have to put them away), and I still get a Christmas edition from Santa every year.

So what does the dream mean? Not to analyze too much but the obvious conclusion seems so be that I'm reluctant to give up on my childhood (didn't need a dream to tell me that).

Those books weren't the only things my brother was throwing out, and I think it was significant it was him. He's all grown up, got a job, moved in together with his girlfriend (and I have a feeling it won't be long before they start *ick!* reproducing).

I wouldn't want the roles to be reversed, I couldn't handle being tied down like that. But he has grown up a lot faster than me, and I just don't want to lose my baby brother...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Happy, TX?

For some reason Google insists on telling me the weather for Happy, Texas.

It remembers the account I want to sign in with, the podcasts I used to listen to. It knows I am in Norway, and it shows me Norwegian news and web pages.

But weather? Texas.
I change it to Bergen.
Still stuck at Texas.
I wait a couple hours, check again and reload a few times.

Finally Bergen!

Although.. looking at the reports, I really should have stuck with Texas...

Friday, March 20, 2009


I've asked my parents several times why and how I got my name, and every time they tell me they don't really have an explanation, when I was born that was just meant to be my name.

Today I learnt my name is part Hebrew and part Persian, and means "gracious child of light".

I'm rather happy with the origins of the name, even though my parents never knew its meaning :)

you can check what your name means.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Damage Reports

I reported the bugs in the dryer and the flood on the 3rd floor veranda (cigarette butts and were covering the floor and clogging the drain) to the student organization (SiB) last night.

We report it on their web page, and we can check back in to see if they've done anything about it. And it's always fun to see what other people report:

  • The toilet seat is cranky and little by little turning into a rocking chair.
  • The wooden chair in my room is shaking because of lose nails of the legs.
  • You need to make a solution about the water problem. Our skin is getting damaged because of the water.
  • I want replacement for my study chair, bobbs and shower cocks for use in my room.[I'll bet you want boobs and cocks in your shower...]
  • The kitchen light blow out this morning.
  • The hot plate is degraded and bumps time to time and very risky.

Sometimes SiB write exactly how they solved a difficult problem;
  • Lamp under the ceiling doesn't work
ii i[solution: "we put the light bulb in....."]

You gotta love those exchange students :P

Sunday, March 15, 2009


I was just in the laundry room downstairs taking some clothes out of the washing machine. Before putting them in the dryer I removed some lint - most people don't seem to that and sometimes there's a lot.

This time there were some black lumps in it, the colour of lint naturally depends on the colour of the clothes so nothing strange there. I try and take some out when, wait... Lint isn't supposed to move, is it?

Ewww! Gross!!

It's not black lint, it's hundreds of half-dead mosquitoes with broken wings and legs walking around and lying in lumps in there! What can the last person using this possibly have done with their clothes??

*flashbacks to horror stories from Uganda about people who came home with bugs in their luggage and had the spread all over the house*

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Obama's little Mozart

In the series Obama's cute helpers, I now introduce Jon Favreau. He's been working for Obama as a speechwriter since 2005.

In 2007 he joined the Presidential campaign as chief speechwriter, where Obamas senior adviser nicknamed him Mozart because he's "just this young, creative genious".

Cute or what?

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Prostitute? Me?

I was walking up the stairs from the bridge where two men were sitting, they had a few bottles in front of them and seemed to be drinking. When I were a couple meters from them one said "ooh here comes one [something or other].

They mumbled a little between them, said something I couldn't hear, and as I walked past the other said "how much do you want for an hour?"

I'm not sure if I should be flattered or offended, so I decided to go with the first.

Still, I can't help but feel it's a little like mistaking Winnie the Pooh for Bamse, the world's strongest bear...

Chicken sandwhich please, hold the massacre.

While having breakfast I always check my emails and the news, it's the only part of my day that can be labelled routine. Let's see what's happened in the world today.

10 dead after teen shooting rampage at German school
A 17 year old former student dressed in military gear opened fire on the school Wednesday morning, leaving so far 10 dead and several more wounded. After an intensive manhunt the shooter is reported dead.
(edit: while I've been writing this post, numbers of dead have risen from 10 to 16)

Alabama rampage leaves 11 dead
A 27 year old man shot and killed 11, among them five family members including his mother and grandparents. As he was fleeing he killed random strangers along his way. Others are injured and numbers of dead may rise. The shooter finally turned the gun on himself.

5 human heads discovered in ice chests in central Mexico
The victims' eyes were taped shut and the heads had been severed only a few hours before they were discovered, a police statement said. The tops of the ice chests were inscribed with messages."Like these, I am going to finish everyone," says one.

Attacker hurls grenade near Kiev station, seven wounded
An unidentified attacker on Wednesday hurled a grenade through the window of an office linked to Kiev's main railway station, wounding seven people.

Spain commemorates Madrid train bombings
Five years later, the 191 people who died are not forgotten. Ten bombs in four trains in the southern part of Spain's capital Madrid killed close to two hundred commuters on the morning of March 11th 2004.

Nothing like a good massacre to start your day...

Monday, March 09, 2009

Chat Box

Those of you who use this one might have noticed that we sometimes get cut off or it just won't respond.

I don't know if it's because of google and gtalk, or if it's my connection there's something wrong with.

Either way, I hope it'll sort itself out and you'll keep saying hi when you visit :)

Friday, March 06, 2009

Shoplifter? Me?

I was coming back from my exam when I stopped by one of those $5 shops looking for batteries. When I couldn't find any and left, a man came running after me wanting to look in my purse.
"Oh. Sure. Do I look that suspicious?" "Yes."

He then said I had seen him and gone straight out of the shop. I'd also shifted the straps of my purse on my shoulder so I'd probably put something in it. Then he told me a few times to show my purse in the register every time I leave from now on.

He glanced at my now-open purse, and told me again how suspiciously I was acting. Quite frankly I was too shocked to do much so finally I just said "Sir, yes sir!", saluted him and left.

What was my crime? What made him notice me? What made him suspect me of having dishonest intentions?

I'd said "Hi" and smiled as I'd walked past him.

That's it.

He wouldn't have noticed me if I'd just ignored him like everybody else. But I didn't. I was nice.

Why do some people find it so provoking when others are being nice to them?

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Teenager Audio Test

Train Horns

The Teenager Audio Test generates a sound generally only heard by people under the age of 25. Typically the longer you listen to it, the more annoying it gets.

It has been used as a deterrent device to keep teenagers from loitering in malls and shops, and sounds similar to a buzzing mosquito.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

I hate exams!

Why do I always try to squeeze eight weeks of work into the last two days, and end up doing anything but what I'm supposed to as an attempt to avoid thinking about how much trouble I'm in?

What's the worst time not to have made your bed?

The day your bedroom wall disappears?

3 or 4 people are still missing after a building collapsed in Cologne, Germany. Due to the giant hole in the ground they have to stabilize the area before going in.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Building Collapse in Cologne, Germany

In Cologne, Germany a building housing the city archives collapsed this afternoon. People could feel something vibrate and many were able to get out before hearing a rumbling noise, according to witnesses something that sounded like a train. Seconds later the area was covered in dust.

Parts of a neighbouring building also collapsed, and two buildings away apartments had cracks in their ceilings. Construction work was being undertaken at the subway line under the building, but a spokesperson has said they have no knowledge of any work that could have caused this.

Several people are still missing.

Hope they get as many as possible out alive, but it looks like it would be a miracle if nobody died. Reminds me of something that happened in Guatemala a couple years ago.

- And is it just me or does that house look a lot like a doll house, opened up like that? Carpet hanging off the front and everything..

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Christian the Lion

...and people say animals don't have feelings...

Pushing Daises - The Norwegians

Pushing Daisies has an episode titled "The Norwegians"!
Season 2, Ep 10: The Norwegians
Ned, Chuck, and Emerson finally meet their match when three rival Norwegian detectives start to get in their way.

Two men and a woman arrive: Magnus Olsdatter, Hedda Lillihammer, and Nils Nilsen... The detectives are skilled Norwegian forensic experts who were fired when Norway's murder rate dropped.

Thank god for The Pirate Bay!