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  1. Magnus Carlsen Drew Against a Guy in a Red Bodysuit Because Sometimes Chess Is Real Weird

    You're never going to guess who's in the suit! (Unless you're really into Norwegian winter sports.)

    World chess champion Magnus Carlsen is currently challenging his entire home country of Norway, and one challenger was the guy on the right, who chose to wear a full, head-to-toe red bodysuit. The game came to a draw, but the real question here is, "Who's the guy in red?" The answer is surprising (especially if you're not Norwegian.)

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  2. Sorry, Internet. It Turns out That Video of a Meteorite Falling Past a Skydiver Was Just a Rock

    "I got a meteorite!" "I got a rock."

    Last week, there was a video flying around the Internet of what geologists and members of the Norwegian Meteor Network thought was a meteorite in "dark flight" nearly hitting a skydiver. Unfortunately for our hopes and dreams, they've now concluded with their crowdsourcing effort that it was just a rock. Thanks a lot, Internet.

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  3. Norway’s “Piipshow” Bird Bar Is the Cutest Reality Show Ever

    Duck Dynasty has nothing on these little guys.

    Now, you can see what this nature thing is about without ever having to go outside. Norwegian broadcaster NRK is live streaming Piipshow, an adorably voyeuristic look into the lives of regulars at a tiny bird bar and the belligerent squirrel that loves to ruffle their feathers.

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  4. Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder Movie Has Norwegian Children Show off Their Fartbending Skills

    I grew up in the wrong country.

    I don't know what kind of special burritos they're feeding kids in Norway, but they're flying around under the power of their own farts. At least, that's the premise of Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder, which is like Legend of Korra's Meelo and The Rocketeer mashed together into what is probably the perfect children's movie.

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  5. Is the Norwegian Curling Team Wearing Illegal Pants? (Probably Not, We Hope)

    A curling team once bit my sister.

    In addition to being a sport that involves brooms and sweeping, curling also has surprisingly strict rules about what constitutes a proper uniform for the sport (you know, so people remember that it is a sport). As it turns out, Norway's Olympic team might be in trouble, and all because of the funky-fresh pants they're styling.

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  6. [Updated] Ylvis Unveils New Video Called “Massachusetts,” Then Immediately Deletes It

    What the fox actually says is "THE INTERNET IS FOREVER, CHUMPS."

    Last evening, everyone was excited that the Norwegian comedy team behind the now annoyingly ubiquitous "What Does The Fox Say?" video had released a new video about the wonders of the great state of Massachusetts. Then, inexplicably, the official TV Norge Youtube channel deleted it overnight. What gives?

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  7. What Does the Fox Say? This Bizarre Music Video… Uhm… I Just… I Don’t Even Know

    I think I have less of an idea of what a fox says after seeing this.

    I have a six-month-old daughter, so I'm deep in the trenches of "the [animal] says [noise]," so seeing this insane music video by Norwegian musicians Ylvis first thing this morning is pretty thoroughly messing with my head. I'm like 80% sure I'm dreaming right now. Take a look, then try to convince me this is real life in the comments section.

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  8. Norwegian Road Tunnel Closed by 27 Tons of Flaming Goat Cheese

    In what's bound to be one of the defining events of our generation, a Norwegian truck burst into flames after it's cargo -- about 27 tons of goat cheese -- caught fire. One day, your children will ask "Where were you, noble elder, when the Great Cheese Fire of 2013 struck?" Hopefully, you'll be able to say you were nowhere near the scene, because the truck and its payload have produced a dangerous mixture of toxic gasses that may leave the traffic tunnel it was driving through closed down for weeks.

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  9. Spying on Unsuspecting Moose With a Quadcopter’s a Norwegian Pastime [Video]

    Winter is a notoriously dull time of year for many people living in Norway, since there's not much one can do when everything is covered in a white blanket of snow. That is aside from the country's time-honored recreational activity: Sending out quadcopters rigged with video cameras to spy on the local moose population. Do they appreciate this unsolicited attention? Probably not, as moose are incapable of human levels of speech, but that should by no means stop you from watching some Norwegians laughing at a curious moose as though it were some cheeky Monty Python sketch.

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  10. Real Life Moby Dick Spotted, Proves Everything From Books is Real

    All books are real! That's what we're taking away from the story of a rare white whale, just like Moby Dick, being spotted. To be fair, this is a humpback whale, and the one in Moby-Dick was a sperm whale. Also, these pictures were taken near Norway, and the whale that inspired Moby-Dick was in the Pacific Ocean, but this is still really exciting for literature geeks everywhere.

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