Man Without Qualities

Sunday, August 01, 2004

And Just What Ther Heck Does This Tell Us About Middle Aged Finns?


The story goes as follows: two boys go riding a motorcycle or skiing downhill without a hat of any kind. The weather is extremely cold, and after some frolicking, the boys start to suffer from a headache. The aching gets worse and worse, until they are forced to visit a doctor. The doctor tells them their
brains have been frozen solid, and they have exactly twenty minutes left to live. They die agonizing deaths.

Middle-aged Finns are eager to spread this story whenever possible.

And yet most of them seem like such nice people.

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