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Definitely not a weirdo
You guys actually did invent the bagpipes as a form of psychological warfare. They were originally used to sound like the cry of some sort of evil spirit and terrify the enemy. They also happen to make decent musical instruments when used properly.
Bag pipes are awesome.

 17053 Best Of, Fri, 5th Oct '12 1:23:03 PM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
No, you have to hate it. It's like the French with their accordion music and the Irish with their Riverdance. Oh, and Americans with songs that sound like this. You observe it, associate the whole country with it and then hate every aspect of it. That's how international cultural cooperation works.

If that's not how it works anymore, I'll have to learn everything about the whole world again. Except that I still won't have to learn anything about Finland 'cause no one's heard of us even though I'm shouting about us all the time. And I'm not going to learn anything about Sweden 'cause it's Sweden.

(Oh, hello, new people; hope you enjoy the open, loving atmosphere here. No hostility, no unnecessary generalisations or hatred of other cultures. Welcome, welcome.)
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. - Douglas Adams
Finland is awesome too. :D

 17055 Inhopelessguy, Fri, 5th Oct '12 1:27:23 PM from Birmingham, Greater Europe Relationship Status: Less than three
Psych Lad
Best Of, you know all the location-y stuff. Do we have any tropers from the PRC?

Its difficult to explain it. But why use words when I can touch you and make you feel it...?

And Sweden is awesome too. :D

 17057 Inhopelessguy, Fri, 5th Oct '12 1:30:33 PM from Birmingham, Greater Europe Relationship Status: Less than three
Psych Lad
Sweden gave us Ikea.

Finland gave us Nokia (and Nokia Maps, which is pretty bloody brilliant).

Too awesome.

Its difficult to explain it. But why use words when I can touch you and make you feel it...?

 17058 Best Of, Fri, 5th Oct '12 1:30:58 PM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
I don't have access to a database of where everyone's from, if that's what you mean. I pay attention whenever someone mentions where they're from (including in their location tag.) I don't really know why.

I have a vague recollection that there were some tropers back in IJBM who claimed to have been from the PRC, but I don't even remember what names they used here, 'cause I don't think I ever saw more than a couple of posts from anyone who claimed to be from there.

And now some regular troper that I've been talking to for years is going to step up say that that they're from the PRC and point out three dozen posts where they mention it that I replied to with a quote.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. - Douglas Adams
 17059 Telcontar, Fri, 5th Oct '12 1:34:39 PM from England
Terradorablyfying
I would claim to be from PRC just for fun, except I don't even know what that stands for. tongue

Sweden is great. I may be biased in that regard, though!
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 17060 Inhopelessguy, Fri, 5th Oct '12 1:35:45 PM from Birmingham, Greater Europe Relationship Status: Less than three
Psych Lad
People's Republic of China, Peony.

Not to be confused with the Republic of China (Taiwan).

Its difficult to explain it. But why use words when I can touch you and make you feel it...?

 17061 Best Of, Fri, 5th Oct '12 1:36:20 PM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
Kinkajou is from China, according to the troper map. There were others, but that's the only name I recognise. (Well, Martello's tag was also in China, but it was a US military installation where he was stationed and I don't think that really counts.)
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. - Douglas Adams
 17062 Inhopelessguy, Fri, 5th Oct '12 1:38:31 PM from Birmingham, Greater Europe Relationship Status: Less than three
Psych Lad
0_0

We're allowed in China? Don't we spread western ideals that may undermine the great one-ness and unity of the Chinese state that is all-glorious?

Its difficult to explain it. But why use words when I can touch you and make you feel it...?

 17063 Best Of, Fri, 5th Oct '12 1:40:28 PM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
[up]We've never been blocked in China, as far as we know.

@Telcontar: You should've told me that before. I've probably wasted some friendliness on your cursed Swedish blood.

I don't want to ruin the joke by explaining it, but just to be sure: yes, I'm joking. Nordic people (with the exception of Swedes) are supposed to hate Sweden. That's just how it is. That said, sometimes they do deserve it. If you don't believe me, just look at the Swedish football and ice hockey teams and count how many times they get goals from lucky shots that weren't even meant to go in. A disproportionate number of all luck in sports is wasted on the Swedish.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. - Douglas Adams
 17064 Telcontar, Fri, 5th Oct '12 1:44:31 PM from England
Terradorablyfying
@Besty: Would you be highly offended if I told you I only recently discovered that Finland is not in fact another name for the Netherlands? *cowers*
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 17065 Best Of, Fri, 5th Oct '12 1:47:51 PM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
How the hell could it be another name for the Netherlands... It's got nothing to do with the Netherlands. What.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. - Douglas Adams
 17066 Telcontar, Fri, 5th Oct '12 1:51:01 PM from England
Terradorablyfying
Hey, in my highly distorted mental map of Europe I had Finland and the Netherlands placed next to each other. I knew there was only one country in the area, so I determined they must be the same place, 'specially as the Netherlands has more than one name already (I am gonna be really embarrassed if it turns out Holland is in a different location).

...No, I don't know why either.
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 17067 Best Of, Fri, 5th Oct '12 1:56:39 PM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
Holland isn't the same as the Netherlands. It is part of the Netherlands.

The Netherlands is to the North-West of Germany and North of Belgium. Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are often called "the Low Countries" because of their elevation.

Finland is located between Sweden and Russia, North of Estonia (with the Gulf of Finland, which is part of the Baltic Sea, between them) and to the South of the northeasternmost bits of Norway.

The Nordic countries are Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. If you want to associate them (us) with some other region of Europe, I think the most sensible association is with Britain, as Britain used to be ruled by Nordic invaders.

edited 5th Oct '12 1:57:42 PM by BestOf

I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. - Douglas Adams
 17068 Telcontar, Fri, 5th Oct '12 2:02:50 PM from England
Terradorablyfying
The question is, do the Nordic countries want to rule us again?
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Definitely not a weirdo
And I thought people from my country were bad at geography.
 17070 Inhopelessguy, Fri, 5th Oct '12 2:08:35 PM from Birmingham, Greater Europe Relationship Status: Less than three
Psych Lad
@ Normz. Nah. Some children can't name the other European capitals.

Its difficult to explain it. But why use words when I can touch you and make you feel it...?

 17071 Best Of, Fri, 5th Oct '12 2:09:57 PM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
I'm always shocked when I find a European who can't locate or even list the Nordic countries or the former European members of the USSR or the member states of the EU. All the way through the Finnish education system there's nothing that you learn about as much as European history and geography. Well, maybe Finnish, but that's it. You have less Finnish history than European history in the Finnish education system, and that's how it should be.

I can sort of understand that someone would have a hard time learning the very small countries like Liechtenstein and Andorra, or if someone had some trouble identifying the former members of Yugoslavia, I can almost get that. But there's no excuse for a European not even knowing where, say, Hungary, Belarus and Latvia are.
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. - Douglas Adams
Definitely not a weirdo
I'm just being mean.
 17073 Speedchesser, Fri, 5th Oct '12 2:11:51 PM from somewhere between denial and the color blue. Relationship Status: Tsundere'ing
The most sinister gentleman.
The European capitals are easy! Shanghai, Oregon, Canada, Hamburg, Lemonade, The Joker, Chernobyl, the number 7, San Fransisco, 1989, and Atlantis! Does anyone really not know those?

edited 5th Oct '12 2:24:19 PM by Speedchesser

I play Xanatos Speed Chess. I usually lose in three moves.

TV Tropes is not a ninja academy.
 17074 Inhopelessguy, Fri, 5th Oct '12 2:14:55 PM from Birmingham, Greater Europe Relationship Status: Less than three
Psych Lad
Do you include Britain in that? Because, like, you know how my countrymen feel about you Continentals.

But I can name most of the capitals!

Ummm...

Prague, Helsinki, Stockholm, Lisboa, Madrid, Berlin, Paris, Bruxelles, The Hague (or Amsterdam, depending on what you define as a capital), Luxembourg, Rome, Warsaw, London, Dublin, Vienna, Budapest, Athens, Bucharest, Sofia, Riga...

Ummm. I forget the rest. I can only name 20/27.

Its difficult to explain it. But why use words when I can touch you and make you feel it...?

 17075 Best Of, Fri, 5th Oct '12 2:16:04 PM from Finland Relationship Status: Falling within your bell curve
FABRICATI DIEM, PVNC!
Now that I've upset myself by thinking about European ignorance of geography, at least I can bounce back by reminiscing about some of the FB and Twitter quotes I saw from across the pond when Russia invaded Georgia. (If you don't remember that or didn't see any of that hilarious stuff, there were Americans (though I assume most of them were joking) going "OMG, Russia has invaded us!" because they didn't know that when people mention Georgia they don't usually mean the US state of Georgia.)
I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day. - Douglas Adams
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