Date: January 17, 2020 01:57AM
In Skellefteå, Föreningen för Mörkrets och Kylans (the Friends of Darkness and the Cold), holds an annual swimming race after they chop through 20" of ice. They promote the virtues of melancholy at an anti-festival called the Melankoliade.https://www.darkandcold.com/en/
In case you didn't know, Norway is a place. And "Norwegian" should not be used to describe all of the people in Scandinavia. They are not all from Norway. Some are from Sweden and places like that. IKEA is the result of strict Scandinavian Lutheranism that eschews ornament.
Mad King Christian VII allowed a German dude named Struensee to run Denmark (that too is not Norway), for a couple of years. The king wanted more time to wear a mask at night and fight with the police. He thought he was a changeling. He also enjoyed masturbating in public.
During that time, Struensee had the king sign all sorts of stuff giving Danes complete freedom of speech; the abolition of torture; no more serf type business; a ban on slave trading in Danish colonies; and a complete freedom of the press. He did other stuff, too.
Struensee ended up being beheaded, quartered, castrated, and his body parts were weaved through the spokes of cartwheels that were then put on poles. They did the same to his friend who supposedly bit the king's finger.
Needless to say, the reforms were rolled back.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/17/2020 01:59AM by Beth.