23 April, 2008

Finland Day

Today is a special day here at TBNN. We are declaring this day "Finland Day." "What's so special about Finland?" you ask. Well, for one, I'm here right now, which makes this the first time in the history of the world that a representative of TBNN has ever been to Finland. Still need more convincing? Well, Finland also has Dr. Pepper, and any country that sells Dr. Pepper is worthy of a day of honor. That still not enough?!? Well, did you know that Aarne Urvas is from Finland? "Who's Aarne Urvas?" you ask. Well he's a guy I know from Finland, not particularly famous, but a nice person.

All this to be said that from now through Friday I am resting and hereby have no intentions whatsoever of posting. Yes, we have excellent internet at the hotel where we're staying. Yes, I'll probably actually have free time on my hands, but truth be told I just want to rest and be with my family without having to stress about writing something funny.

So for today on "Finland Day" feel free to post your favorite things about Finland in the comments.

15 comments:

Jeff said...

Being 1/4 Finn - I must say that such an attitude requires SISU on your part!

THe best part of being FINN - "Wearing Purple on St Urho's day and mocking the IRISH for their Pagan celebration of St Pat."

Blessings!

crazycapte said...

I like Finland's fine fjords.

The Brain said...

Top for me is consistently coming in the top few countries for least corruption (see Transparency Int'l annual reports).

Follow that with being the country of Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen and being one of the most wireless countries in the world (including being able to pay for petrol with your cell phone).

Stefan said...
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Stefan said...

I work with a bunch of talented colleagues in our Finnish office, three of whose names are Jari or a variant thereof.

And a lot of hockey players come from there. So, hurray for Finland!

Timotheus said...

Sibelius's 'Finlandia' is one of the finest classics ever written.

MarieP said...

Did you know that Finland was almost named Finneyland?

This near-catastrophe happened around the same time the Republic of Palau considered changing its name to Pelagau. But this tiny country decided that "Pelagau" sounds way too much like "Paraguay."

Besides, they did not want to end up like the Philippines (often spelled "Philippians") or Armenia (often spelled "Arminia").

So, all this to say, I am glad that Finland is called Finland and not Finneyland!

Jerry Boyce said...

Finland.......Finland?

Sorry, never heard of it.

HAHAHA

2trees said...

The mountains so lofty, the treetops so tall...

fletch said...

it's not france...

Brother Slawson said...

Back in 1991, I choose to believe that there is not a Finland. Therefore, Finland is not real for me. Though, I will admit that it may be real for you.

Stefan said...

Yeah, people keep telling me they're from this place Finland and I see it in atlases, and Tom claims to be there...but c'mon, has anyone really seen it? How can we know it exists? Therefore, I choose to ignore the testimony of witnesses, and believe that it does not exist. Life is much simpler that way (in the short term).

Daryl said...

Oh...it is real...for I was once priviledged to spend 5 days there in 1993, although whether in the body or out of the body I do not know.

I will say it's beautiful...as some define beauty (me included)

If you believe enough, you can go there, after all, they believe enough for what they speak sounds like the tongues of men and of angels...

P.S. Saku Koivu rocks!!!

Grant said...

Finland has some awesome metal bands. Its probably the combination of dark winters, vodka, and getting invaded by Russia every few decades.

Darrin said...

Finn Crisps are my favorite crackers. They're made Vaasan & Vaasan up there somewhere.