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  1. Swedish TV Host Starts Fire Live on Air While Frying Cheese Doodles for Some Reason

    The Muppets would be so proud.

    Today is Cheese Doodle Day, evidently, so this morning Nyhetsmorgon host Jenny Strömstedt asked her viewers for tips on how to best "prepare" them (because I guess just eating them out of the bag with your greasy cheese-stained fingers isn't proper in Sweden). Then her co-host suggested she try to flip them in the air while frying them over a stove, and everything worked out for the best. Wait. Is the best supposed to be on fire?

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  2. A Swedish Reality Show Hunts Down Online Trolls Jay and Silent Bob-Style

    To Catch a Redditor?

    They're going to skip the ass-kicking part, though.

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  3. Fans of Pippi Longstocking Protest the Removal of Racial Slurs From Children’s Show

    If you're getting sentimental for derogatory terms, it's time to check your privilege.

    Pippi Longstocking, the heroine of Astrid Lindgren's books and a 1969 TV show, helped popularize "girl power before it was known." And now the nine-year-old, a cultural icon in Sweden since the first book was published in 1945, has received a much-needed modern update to remove racial slurs and reflect Sweden's diversity—and fans are not happy about it.

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  4. Sweden’s Gaming Industry Might Consider Adding “Sexist” Labels To Games

    How soon can we move to Sweden?

    Welp, guess the social justice warrior dystopia is here! Time to pack up, everyone. Great work!

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  5. This High-Tech Haircare Ad Would Make Your Commute Way More Awesome [VIDEO]

    My hair looks way worse than this after waiting for the subway in the morning.

    Subway advertisements are generally pretty lame - unless you're in Stockholm, apparently. Haircare company Apotek installed some hi-tech sensors into the monitors projecting their video ads on subway platforms, and the results are mind-blowing. Because, there's wind, and... you're right, that was terrible. Anyways, just watch the video.

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  6. Swedish Cinemas Are Integrating the Bechdel Test Into Their Rating System

    A Series of Fallopian Tubes

    When deciding what movie to go see, moviegoers are used to a rating system providing them with a few basic facts. The level of violence in the film, for example, and whether there’s sex or cursing. Now theaters in Swedish cinemas have added something new to their ratings system: Whether the film passes the Bechdel Test.

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  7. Amazingly Complex Battlestar Galactica LARP Plots Jump to America

    Yeah, this is about LARPing, and it's totally awesome.

    A Battlestar Galactica-inspired live-action role-playing game that featured 140 characters, detailed costumes, and the interpersonal conflicts and relationships that defined the rebooted Galactica took place in March on a retired naval destroyer in Sweden, which is pictured above. Yes, all of this happened before, and its creators want it all to happen again in the United States.

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  8. Language Police: Google Kills Swedish Word Meaning “Ungoogleable”

    Near the end of last year, the Language Council of Sweden released its list of the newest words added to the Swedish language, one of which is the delightful term "ogooglebar" -- seriously, just try to say it out loud without smiling -- a word that translates as "ungoogleable." Turns out, Google had a problem with that term, and just the idea that they might have to talk to Mountain View's lawyers was enough to get the language council to back away from "ogooglebar," denying it official status as a word in the Swedish language.

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  9. Seal Pup Gets Lost In Swedish Forest, Is Rescued By Kindly Hunter

    Need something to brighten your Monday morning? A seal pup's life basically turned into a Disney movie this weekend when the adorable critter got lost discovered in a Swedish forest, four miles from the open sea it calls home. Don't worry, though! A good-hearted hunter found the pup and returned it to its home, demonstrating that every once in a while, things just end up working out the way you hope they will.

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  10. This Just Got Real: Swedish Police Raid Call Of Duty Session

    When a ten-person strong team of Swedish police officers responded to an emergency call over the weekend, they didn't know what they were in for, but considering the details they had to go on -- the caller's description of the situation stated had included the sound of gunshots and frantic cries for help -- they can be forgiven for expecting the worst. Happily, rather than  gruesome abbatoir they may have anticipated, the officers were instead confronted with... a group of teenagers playing Call of Duty.

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  11. Loophole Closed: Sweden Extends TV Tax To Computer and Tablet Owners

    TV taxes, or license fees per television set, are pretty common throughout Europe, providing funding for many large public broadcasters across the continent, such as the much-loved BBC. This week, though, Sweden updated their structure for collecting the television tax to reflect how more and more people actually watch TV, which is not on their TV. With that in mind, the television tax will now apply to any citizen with a computer or tablet as well.

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  12. Lady who Drove a Train into a House, I am Impressed

    Meanwhile...

    We frequently find ourselves impressed by the accomplishments of women around the world here. Whether it's Sunita Williams being a total boss in space, the consistently awesome winners of Google's Science Fair, or Anne Hathaway diverting a creepy question. But it's safe to say this is a slightly different kind of impressed. Less... in awe, and more... grudgingly respectful? Anyway, a Swedish cleaning lady drove a train into an apartment building and no one was injured.

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  13. Angry Swedish Teenagers Riot Over Instagram Sext Account

    Sometimes riots happen. Sometimes Swedish teenagers send sexy pictures to each other. Sometimes riots happen because Swedish teenagers send sexy pictures to each other. That's what happened when a group teenagers swarmed the school of a girl accused of posting sexy pictures on Instagram. The riot also spilled over to a local mall, scaring unwitting holiday shoppers. Rioting teenagers in a mall is exactly what old people at malls are afraid of.

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  14. Pirate Bay Co-Founder Facing New, and Somewhat Vague, Fraud Allegations

    As if his new life in a Swedish prison for allegedly hacking the tax records of Swedish company Logica weren't bad enough, The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg ("anakata" to his pirate friends) is now facing additional suspicions of aggravated fraud and attempted aggravated fraud. While the they are currently considered only "suspicions" and not "charges," that's all officials need to detain someone indefinitely because that's how they do things in Sweden.

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  15. Swedish Nuclear Plants Host Surprise Activist Slumber Party, Intruders Avoid Detection for 28 Hours

    Nuclear plant security is one of those things that pretty much everyone agrees on. In essence, it's probably a bad idea to let just anyone wander around a nuclear facility without proper clearance. Just wanting security to be without faults doesn't make it that way, unfortunately. After around 70 Greenpeace activists swarmed two nuclear plants in Sweden, six managed to avoid security overnight by hiding out on rooftops. In fact, plant owner Vattenfall claimed that all the activists had been detained and their security measures had worked.

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  16. Swiss Cows to Send Texts When They’re in Heat, Probably Still Qualifies as Sexting

    There seems to be a trend going on where we'd rather our livestock electronically warn us of things rather than actually checking in on them. For example, sheep might soon warn their shepherds of attack via text. Not content to let sheep get all the cool gadgets, Swiss dairy cows are about to get in on the action too. Due to the fact that it can be difficult to discern when a cow is in heat, sensors attached should be able to take measurements and alert farmers by text so they know when to inseminate the critters.

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  17. Survey Tricks Folks Into Crafting Compelling Arguments Against Their Own Opinions

    If you've ever read comments on, say, a political website, it can appear that folks in general really aren't willing to see any viewpoint other than their own. They can almost seem incapable of fathoming how someone could hold an opinion opposite the one they have. As it turns out, people actually are a lot more flexible than that, and not in a yoga kind of way. Well, maybe also in a yoga kind of way, but not just. Researchers in Sweden managed to get people to support opinions opposite of the ones they originally held by tricking them into thinking they supported them in the first place.

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  18. First Web Index Declares Sweden Winners of The Internet

    the internet is serious business

    Sweden, you have earned the first "official" World Wide Web bragging rights. As reported by CNET Asia, the newly-crafted Web Index shows that Sweden is better than the rest of us at using the Internet. How is such a thing measured? The five-year survey of global web usage was conducted by Sir Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web Foundation, and uses a variety of factors to determine how the Internet is being used to impact growth and development in 61 countries. This includes tracking the number of users, strength of a nation's technological framework, and counting broadband connections, but also looking at the much more nebulous factors of "political impact" and distribution of information across networks. Secondary data was gathered from multi-lateral organizations such as the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, and yes, Wikipedia.

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  19. Sweden Grants $59 Million in Aid to Cambodia After They Agree to Deport Pirate Bay Founder

    Correlation is obviously not causation. That said, the suspicious series of events surrounding the arrest of Gottfrid Svartholm, one of the founders of popular torrent site The Pirate Bay, does give room to speculation. After his arrest, Sweden wanted to deport the man from Cambodia, but there's no standing extradition treaty between the two countries. The two apparently came to some kind of agreement, as Cambodia has since agreed to deport Svartholm. Fresh on the heels of this news, it's been announced that Sweden will provide a $59 million aid package to Cambodia for "causes of democratic development, human rights, education, and climate change for two years."

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  20. Pirate Bay Founder Gottfrid Svartholm Arrested in Cambodia

    Gottfrid Svartholm, the internet's pirate king, was arrested in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, on Thursday. Svartholm, better known by his handle, Anakata, is the founder of everyone's favorite torrent provider, The Pirate Bay. Mr. Svartholm, age 27, has "technically" been on the run since he was sentenced to one year in prison in Sweden for his involvement in creating The Pirate Bay. I say technically because Svartholm hasn't really been running; he simply refused to return to his ancestral homeland after receiving his sentence. Svartholm did not return to Sweden for his trial due to an illness that kept him bed-ridden in a hospital.

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