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Social Media Detox

It’s that time of year again. I will be disconnected for 3 weeks and it’s going to be GREAT as usual!

Anything posted here is pre-scheduled! So if I’m not commenting on things, well…. that’s why.

Being disconnected also means I see no news at all unless it’s in Italian, of which I understand only about 25%. This makes things fun because I can make the news anything I want by filling in context clues for the words I don’t understand.

“3 out of 10 people OWN LEMURS
“Mount Everest climbers encounter SHARKS.”
“Farmers are using SQUIRRELS to TAKE OVER THE WORLD.”

This used to be how I read the Swedish news before I learned Swedish. And honestly, I still miss a few words from time to time. But that makes life interesting. “Swedish forests filled with WHALES.”

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Mouse crime is way up!

How have I not heard about this?

Now, I heard about the small mouse restaurant in Malmö a year or more ago and thought that was brilliant. But apprently, the mouse community in Malmö has grown, and of course more mice means more problems…. or hiliarous news stories that are part of a really ingenious scavenger hunt.

Quote from the article, which you can read here

With their new immersive detective mystery Mustisk (Mousterious), the Malmö collective AnonyMouse have taken their mouse-themed street art in an ambitious and gently satirical direction.

If you’re in Malmö, I strongly encourage you to help solve this mystery!

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Well, that’s a relief

While looking through CNN headlines, I often notice articles sandwiched in between news of war and sickness, such as this one.

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Was this really a thing? Or was the reporter just out of ideas and repeated something someone said at a party? It seems you could write a lot of articles this way:

Peanut Butter Hedgehogs not actually a Snack in Belgium

New Boss at New Jersey Target Rumored to be Alien from Neptune

Not only do I wonder how this made the front page of a well-established news agency, but also, is this how stupid the world is becoming?

Rumors of Increasing Number of Gullible Morons are Unfortunately True

Actual news story or “It” promotion?

I can’t be the only person who sees this headline on CNN and wonders if someone just really wants to promote the new Stephen King “It” movie remake.

(Also, before posting this story, I had to add a category to my post. I went with “parenting,” as it’s good parental skills not to let your kid play with clowns in the woods or sewers.)

 

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Why Sweden is awesome

Today’s news story in The Local about police letting a suspect go ‘because it’s Friday’ has inspired me to go back and put a list of other news stories (yes, all true) illustrating just a few things that make Sweden pretty awesome:

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Best news my son’s heard all week

My youngest has been suffering from a bad cold with a strong cough all week. This article couldn’t have come at a better time for him.

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Swedish news is the best

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Fermented herring

This was on The Local today.

Umm…. I don’t think the world was asking, nor do they care to know.

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Do I *like* crime?

I follow the Stockholm Police Twitter account on my feed to keep up with what’s happening. They’re very good at reporting what’s happening around town. Today a major street by our neighborhood had to be shut down temporarily because a moose wandered onto it.  Being a Texan, even after 15 years in Sweden, it’s still exotic to have news stories about “moose on the loose!” So I clicked the star (or like) on that particular story.

But it felt weird to “like” something that was probably a huge problem for the police and a major traffic jam for afternoon drivers. Then I thought about the other stories the police post about people stealing or drunk drivers that they pull over. Am I supposed to click that I like those? What message does it send? That I’m happy they caught someone? Or “Woo-hoo! Stealing motorcycles!” I hope they would understand it’s the former, but I generally just don’t click anything so there won’t be a misunderstanding.

I couldn’t resist the moose though.

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More DISASTER Strawberry news….

It seems I missed this story in The Local over the weekend. When I say Swedes take their strawberries seriously, I really mean it. And no, it’s not a joke. It’s a real story.  Forget stealing cars or purses…. strawberries are the hot commodity here.

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A distaster of Swedish proportions

This headline is in The Local Sweden online news today.

Once again, if this is the biggest disaster Sweden faces, I’m glad to live in this country.

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The latest in boot theft news

“Burglar breaks into Cavender’s Boot City, steals boots”

This headline is in the Houston, Texas news today.

I don’t know why this makes me laugh, other than the question, Well, what else WOULD he steal?

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My own magazine

I have to read a lot of online magazines for my job. So many of them are the same. Then I start thinking about writing my own online magazine. Much like a blog I guess.

What would I call it to get people’s attention? The Awesome Gossip Report.

Top stories: Just awesome stuff, like how I heard the building I work in has giant nutra-rats living in the basement. Or how to turn a character on RollerCoaster Tycoon into a Monster Truck and roll over customers.

I’d give the latest in “Keeping up with the kids.” The top trends in 1st – 4th grade.  This week it’s “Five Nights at Freddy’s,” a new game to play outside called “Blood Potato,” and Digimon is making a comeback.

In food news, cucumbers are really cheap this week. And “How to NOT make dry lasagne.”

What am I missing? Not much more than these other online magazines I see.  I guess I need annoying advertising on the side. Maybe I can at least get AWESOME sponsors like “bacon bowl” or “Hamburger bed.”

You’d subscribe, right?

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Am I too cynical?

I have to read food news for my job. The headline for one said, “Make your own cheese with only 2 ingredients!”

I do that all the time. Milk and laziness.  Done.

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Beaver attack!

These are always my favorite stories around here. But I still have never seen a beaver! I’m always looking for them. Everyone says they’re around. I go to the nature reserve and look in the small lakes, I go to parts of the city near the water where they’ve been spotted.  Still never seen one!

Anyway, here’s an attacking beaver story. My favorite part of this is the small caption under the picture that reads, “Not the beaver in question.”

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Fridges around the world!

Well, it seems I’ve made world news by simply posting people’s refrigerators from around the world.

This week I’m in charge of @sweden, the country’s national account, and I decided to post a picture of what was in my fridge.  I find it interesting to see what’s in someone’s fridge in another country, so I thought people might like it.

Apparently, they did. 🙂  I got so many people sending me pictures of their refrigerators, so I retweeted them so everyone could join in.  Making friends through food!

Now if I could only be invited to dinner at some of those houses that were well stocked. hmm….

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/02/fridges-of-the-world-unite/386138/

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Abba reuniting?

C’mon.  I can’t be the only one who thought that when they saw the headline.

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Important news from my email

Pizza Seasoning time running out!

This important message was in my inbox this morning.  I’m so glad they warned me.  It’s a good thing I have email so I can keep on top of the latest news.  And it’s a good thing I have a blog so I can share these important messages with you.

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Our short attention span

On CNN yesterday.  Is this really the only way to get people interested in economic news these days?
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Naked neighbors

“My neighbor is naked – What should I do?”

This is the headline I read today in the paper after reading a magazine that had an article called, “Can you be kicked out of your home for being naked?”

Once again, I love that this is the big story everywhere in Sweden.  Other countries have war, famine and economic troubles.  Sweden has too many naked people walking in front of their windows.  I actually don’t see why the news is so surprised by this.  It’s pretty much what I expected when I moved here.

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