7 absolutely amazing things that have come out of Finland

Posted Nov 21, by Jose Duarte [+]

In Finland, there’s a heavy metal band for children.

You’re never too young to rupture your ear drums. Hevisaurus is a Finnish heavy metal children’s music band, who dress in dinosaur costumes. The band was started by Thunderstone drummer Mirka Rantanen. Their first album, Kings of Jurassic Metal, was on the Finnish Album charts for 10 weeks.

Now, you’ll never guess where this band came from. According to the Hevisaurus back-story, the band members were hatched from five metal eggs that had lain buried in a mountain from 65 million years in the past. Lightning and witch spells apparently unearthed the eggs and brought them to life.

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October 13th is International Day for Failure. A new holiday intended for people to share stories of failure and learn from them.

The goal of the people organizing this event is to have it be an internationally-recognized holiday by 2020. The main purpose of the holiday is for people to share their failures in order to learn from them. 

The holiday was created in Finland in 2010. In 2012 it has expanded to over 17 different countries, their goal is for it to be worldwide by 2020. In 2011, their campaign got over 30 public figures in Finland to talk about their failures. They managed to reach 1/4 of the population with their media coverage. 

There's a list of things to do if you wanna participate. Apparently one of them is to take a picture using the Fail pose. Check out an example on the right. I'd say it's pretty appropriately named. 

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Finland issues traffic ticket fines based on how much money you make!

Finnish tradition is to fine according to gross income. For years, this was based on the honor system. Finnish police would ask the person pulled over how much they made per year, consult a table, and fine them accordingly. 

The police hated it, though, because they were constantly lied to about how much people made. So, recently they got new high-tech tools for calculating traffic fines. Well-to-do Fins are pretty upset at the new hefty fines they are receiving. 

Motorists started protesting and complaining about the prices. It wasn’t fair that they were charged on their gross income instead of their net income. So, in 1999 the government made major changes, including basing fines on net income. 

The biggest change was that the police can use their cell phones to tap into official public records and find out motorists’ income. The changes have allowed for fines to be more accurate, much to the dismay of the motorists. What do you think? Is this a fair system to use when fining, or is it unfair, or does it invade privacy too much?

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Finland will soon have an Angry Birds theme park!

Those little birds seem to be taking over everything in the last few months. Their most recent conquest is a new Angry Birds Land in Finland's Sarkanniemi Adventure Park! The area has 12 rides, an adventure course and themed food outlets.

Unlike the counterfeit Magic Kingdom in China, the game makers, Rovio, helped the theme park come up with the experience. Of course, since they're working so closely with the game, you'll be able to play Angry Birds in special demo pods, and meet and greet the red bird, the blue bird or the nasty pigs.

Check out more pictures at the source, and tell us in the comments: if you could get a theme park made of your favorite videogame, which one would it be? For me, it would definitely be a Super Mario theme park.

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The longest movie ever is over 10 days long!

It's called 'Modern Times Forever' and it's an experimental film that was projected on the side of the Stora Enso building in Helsinki, Finland.

The film shows the decay that would happen to that building over thousands of years, compressed into a 'shortened' 10 day sequence.

The film took the crown away from the previous longest film, Cinématon. That film was a project by the director where he gave his friends each 3 minutes to do whatever they wanted. That film ran for 167 hours.

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The director of Nokia received a speeding ticket for 116,000 euros (roughly $152,725) in Finland.

In 2002, police caught Anssi Vanjoki breaking the speed limit on his Harley Davidson. In Finland, fines for traffic violations are based on the offender's income. Vanjoki's fine was an estimate of how much he would make in 14 days, based on his income in 1999. In 1999, he made 14 million euros (over $18 million).

Vanjoki appealed the fine, saying that the 1999 figure was inaccurate, and his income dropped considerably between 1999 and 2002.
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A 5,000-year-old piece of chewing gum was discovered in Finland.

The gum was actually tar made of birch bark. Ancient Neolithic humans used to chew birch bark tar in order to treat gum infections. Discovered by a 23-year-old archaeology student, the gum still has visible tooth imprints!
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