February 29, 2012

I couldn't make this stuff up

So I was doing a little research for a short travel article on Finland. I was looking into the Lapland region and getting some info on it through Wikipedia.

That's when I saw the traditional Coat of Arms for the Finnish Lapland region. And was LOVING it.

Let's go over why this coat of arms might just be the best Finnish thing ever.



1. Are those canon balls? Black pearls? Ball bearings? I don't care, they look good up there. But let's be honest, that's not where anyone's focus is.

2. The Laplanders took the saying "walk tall and carry a big stick" to a whole new level. Look at that thing. How is he even carrying it? It's literally almost as tall as he is. I get it, you Laps are strong!

3. No, he can't be. Is he pointing to his six-pack?? How great is that!? I mean, he does have some mighty sculpted abs. I bet he works out. And now that I am thinking of it, The Situation could be part Laplander and not even know it.

4. Maybe you weren't aware, but Lapland is in the freakin' arctic circle. That's a place that you need clothes, no matter the season. But not the Laps. No way. This one here is sporting a mini little loin cloth and is not one bit phased by the -40F air around him. I'm sure the Laplanders might get cold, but they'd be darned if they are going to show any kind of weakness on their coat of arms.

(and I forgot to label his Grizzly Adams beard. That rocks too!)

Yesterday was Finnish culture day here, and although I didn't get to write a post on it, I thought this might be just as good.

Enjoy your leap hump day. And don't try that move at home.
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45 comments:

  1. i want abs like that. and i want to eat reindeer sausage for the rest of my life. i dont know why i said that. i just figured people living in lapland eat a lot of reindeer.

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  2. hahaha can't even handle it - this is awesome! I want a flag in my room, that might be weird though - but if I lived in Finland I would DEFINITELY have a flag in my room.

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  3. The evolution of abs...loooooves! Strongly men with abs of steel and beards of steel wool! For love of culture, no!?

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  4. oh my... i am laughing, yes out loud... those aren't cannon balls... they are shiny boy balls. they must collect them. and how did they get my permission to use my likeness for the rest. i just look scrumptious in my green speedo... yes i said "scrumptious"... deal with it.

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  5. I'm mesmerized by the webbed toes.

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  6. Who is this guy and what did he do to deserve a place on a coat of arms?

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    1. You'll have to ask the German guy who designed it.

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    2. Aw man, you took all the mystery out of it! Haha, thanks for the link :)

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  7. hahah..hilarious!! He look like something taken from the stoneage mixed with Tarzan! Couldnt look less Finnish:)))

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  8. And his right foot is webbed! Lappers are awesome.

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  9. This reminds me I need to make a Nerd Coat of Arms. And that mini skirt is very appropriate for the weather.

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  10. That is pretty funny. Yes, WHY is he wearing a mini loin cloth?

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  11. Hey! It's been soooo long! I went mia from the blogger world for awhile, but am back now. So excited to come back on here tonight(when the rest of my house is sleeeping...my favorite time of the day*sigh*} & get caught up on you, the hubs, hockey & finland!! This post is awesome...you are still so funny!!

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  12. I guess there is a reason they call him the "Wild Man". Probably some ancient dude who went to a wild party, lost his parka, and came home wearing holly leaves. That's gotta hurt. There are oodles on images online but no really good story so I'm going with mine till I hear something different from the government.

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  13. Perhaps those are bowling balls? Or representative of the man's "one-eyed snake" that is also smiling...?

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  14. I wonder why he looks so angry? If I was on a coat of arms I'd be all smiley!

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  15. Weird only the top part of the picture comes up for me....so I can't see the guy at all. Damn it!

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  16. I told you, reply to each and every comment is beyond me :)
    @Megan - well you should move to Lapland then. I heard they all do P90X up there, haha :) And for sure they eat reindeer too. I'm sure they love all this stereotyping
    @Alex - I do too! How cool would that be. If I was a Lap, I'd be totally proud of this :)
    @Morgan - haha, totally for the love of their culture. Just embodies everything you think it would
    @Jeremy - hahaha, now I am laughing at YOUR comment. You should totally sue them for using your likeness ;)
    @LeighAnne - What?? HOW did I miss those. There is just too much going on here.
    @Tony - just lifted his shirt, and they were like "OK, you win"
    @Mrs K - haha, isn't it?? I had a feeling you would say that, lol
    @Trucking - I need to go back and add that on the numbers. Maybe it helps him swim in the frozen lakes??
    @Josh - In your Nerd coat of arms, will you feature a man in a mini skirt as well? lol
    @Kristin - haha, thanks. I had to share!
    @Kyria - no idea. Just to show how bad-a he is, I guess.
    @Sherri - Hi lady! How are you?? Good to hear from ya! Have to jump over to your site and see what you have been up to as well.
    @SFlaGuy - Um, that's their national story, how did you know?? haha :) I like it
    @Heather - well, they do like bowling here. Haha, you would write that.
    @Nota - He is so angry looking. Furrowed brow and all!
    @Loerzels - Oh no!! Click on the link above and it should take you there. You won't be disappointed :)

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  17. Hahaha! I think you'll find the balls are prototype for truck nutz!!! That's such a cool coat of arms - makes me feel ashamed we've just got a dull old kangaroo and emu on ours!!! Thanx for the laugh, have a great weekend!

    AND ... I'm sure there must be SOME RED pix you can share with my readers ...

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  18. OK my bloggy friend. You and all your frozen fans need to head over to SFlaGuy.blogspot.com and be amazed. I really need one of your patented snarky comments. Next time you are freezing your tukus, I guarantee you will be thinking of how hot your South Florida blog buddy is.

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  19. Deer sausage is fantastic!! Such a good post. Have yourself a great weekend!

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  20. LOL That guy is HAWT! WHO came up with this and WHO thought it was a good idea?!

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  21. LOL that guy reminds me about this:
    swr3.de/spass/comix/Unterschie­d-zwischen-Lappen-und-Waschlap­pen-Eine-Frage-der-Einstellung­/-/id=47438/did=630228/jgkojb/­index.htm

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  22. Am I the only one concerned that the cannon balls (or whatever they are) may fall down on top of him?

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    1. They're pearls. It's a crown of a countship.

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  23. haha- just like Minnesotans, "once the temperature is over 35 degrees, you can wear SHORTS not pants." um, not so much...

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  24. I can only see half the photo even though I keep refreshing:-( BOO. Your commentary cracks me up, though- that is quite the talent that you can make someone laugh even though they have no idea what you are talking about!

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  25. Lol that's amazing! It could be a 6th grade art project too. Just think...everyone who reads this will imagine the leap hump day move, and whether or not it's possible.

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  26. Ha ha, "pointing at his six-pack" :D
    That coat of arms is truly awesome! I love the dude's expression. He looks like someone's bullying him, and so he's going "No, I'M the scary, menacing one! I really am, look at me!"

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  27. Ha! I love it! Go Laplanders!

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  28. Now that is epic! Love it!!!

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  29. Hey Ltl TexGFN - where the heck r u ? Hockey Season must be over - have you migrated ?
    Or perhaps on holiday n home ? Love the Coat of Arms - too funny !
    YIKES - Hope we hear from you soon - miss your blogs

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  30. It's just too bizarre to be anything but awesome.

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  31. Humped enough for the day? Plz, leap ahead to the next post!

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  32. I guess you're dead. Well, at least the Zombie Wednesdays will be legit.

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  33. HEY! Ya'll rock. I'm not dead, just was dead tired of blogging. But I plan on making a (semi) come back this week. Can I just say that I love ya'll for checking in! ;)

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    1. Keep on ...trucking?

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  34. THE ROCCE is long one.
    He flipped with FLOPME- MEESE- CARTER.
    And that's that ROCUNROL with ROVE- GER.
    AMILEGST did the KIDDOMP on the DOMPR- RICK the PRICK.
    So did SUMANDO-10.
    And that's a RED_ KILLER with OBLEEZZ .
    TEXAS- LOUISIANA- TELLEDATE .
    They got it all about EXISA- EQISA- EQUINE.
    GERIZZO .

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  35. Hi there, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  36. While I totally understand blog-blahs setting in, just wanted you to know that you are sorely missed.

    Hope all is well!

    Hugzzzz!

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  37. I think loin cloths need to come back into fashion...
    No? Maybe not.

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  38. Hey, I miss you, come back to bloggyland for just a quick visit. Hope everything is okay!

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  39. Hey there Folks:
    Thanks for the note and looking forward to MONDAY
    Smiles n Chuckles
    hope you still have same email - sent note to that
    Cheers ltl T and Big T :)

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Whoomp, there it is!