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...the Swedish cosplay championship will air! You will be able to watch it via this video link and see a countdown to when it begins. No english subtitles that I know of, but I bet it will be interesting anyway. Some of the judges are from other countries. So I guess some english will be spoken. :)

Five hours later… » 2/21/15 10:53am 2/21/15 10:53am

There is a Predator-themed house for sale in Sweden, and it looks crazy

You know what this house needs? More fictional alien trophy hunter masks. It really ties the whole place together, don't you think? » 11/12/14 11:55am 11/12/14 11:55am

Scientists Compete to Hide Bob Dylan Lyrics In Their Research Papers

A group of Swedish scientists with a lot of time on their hands have spent the last 17 years competing to see who can sneak the most Bob Dylan lyrics into their research papers. » 9/29/14 4:02am 9/29/14 4:02am

The White Walkers from Game of Thrones may be invading Stockholm

Or else HBO has really stepped up its viral marketing, because this obsidian dagger-filled glass case has popped up just outside the Swedish city with no explanation. » 2/20/14 9:40am 2/20/14 9:40am

Watch people blown about by a powerful wind storm

Earlier this week, Storm Ivar left tens of thousands of homes without power in Sweden. It also huffed and puffed against folks walking around downtown Ålesund, Norway, threatening to blow them away. » 12/14/13 3:00pm 12/14/13 3:00pm

Most superhero, science fiction and fantasy movies would fail Sweden's new ratings system, which calls for movies to pass the Bechdel Test (two women talking to each other about non-man-related subjects) in order to get an "A" rating. » 11/08/13 12:17pm 11/08/13 12:17pm

The secret reason for Sweden's lack of child-eating gnomes revealed

Seattle-based band King Luan posits there are no gnomes in Sweden in their amazing song "There Are No Gnomes in Sweden," and if you'll listen to it, I think you'll agree that their evidence is quite compelling. Truly, it's the most informative music video since we learned what the fox says. » 10/07/13 3:20pm 10/07/13 3:20pm

Adding a hairy coat to a building to capture wind power

Looking for an alternative to turbines for capturing wind energy, Belatchew Arkitekter has proposed adding a hairy addition to Stockholm's Söder Torn. It would serve as more than an architectural toupee, capturing energy through the movement of all those tiny straws. » 5/18/13 9:30am 5/18/13 9:30am

The world's biggest, craziest Battlestar Galactica LARP is happening…

If you enjoy live-action role-playing, are a Battlestar Galactica fan, or regularly hear "All Along the Watchtower" in your head, you'd best start looking for plane tickets to Sweden immediately. In March of next year, the city of Gothenberg will be host to an absolutely insane LARP called The Monitor Celestra."… » 11/29/12 1:20pm 11/29/12 1:20pm

Swedish woman charged for sexing herself with human skeletons

Fair warning: Potentially unsettling images after the jump. Then again, you're reading a post about necrophilia; what did you expect? No judgement. Just saying. » 11/20/12 8:00am 11/20/12 8:00am

How the Quest for the Perfect Calendar Accidentally Created February 30

A year is almost exactly 365 days...almost, but not quite. For millennia, people have tried to create calendars that account for that "not quite" bit. It's why we have leap days and why, just once, there was a February 30. » 2/29/12 9:01am 2/29/12 9:01am

World's largest scale model of the Solar System spans the length of…

Want to take a road trip through our solar system? Warm up your Volvo and point yourself toward Stockholm, where a 950-km scale model of the solar system begins. You can tour Sweden while getting a sense of our solar neighborhood's scale. » 2/04/12 7:30am 2/04/12 7:30am

Mercury in Stockholm. Image by , licensed under the . The original Venus…

A breathtaking aurora from Earth's largest geomagnetic storm in almost…

Late last Sunday, the Sun unleashed an M9-class solar flare, showering Earth with subatomic particles that gave rise to one of the biggest geomagnetic storms in recent history. The resulting aurorae, which were even brighter than usual in the planet's northernmost latitudes, were an absolute marvel to behold. » 1/27/12 8:35am 1/27/12 8:35am

Vacation like a Bond villain in this invisible room near the Arctic…

If you're a discerning evil zillionaire looking to get away from it all, the Mirrorcube hotel suite in the Swedish forest is a wise choice. Some well-placed mirrors + a seemingly floating cube = the final word in "No Solicitors." » 5/29/11 11:15am 5/29/11 11:15am

Firework-armed drone prowls the Swedish forest for unlucky balloons

We've seen tiny flying drones build structures; now watch David Windestål's tricopter hunt hapless hydrogen balloons in snowy Sweden. The drone isn't autonomous, but I imagine it'll be once it grows bored with inflatable prey. [RC Explorer via Engadget] » 1/30/11 4:05pm 1/30/11 4:05pm

A road trip to Europe's UFO memorials

Looking to get way off the beaten path on your next vacation? Check out Europe's UFO memorials in Ängelholm, Sweden and Emilcin, Poland. They're only a 15-hour drive away from each other! » 8/29/10 11:30am 8/29/10 11:30am

46 Swedish RPG character cards from throughout the ages

Even if you can't read the language, these old Swedish RPG cards are pretty darn neat. The collection ranges from 1982's Drakar och demoner to modern RPGs. The below cards have a lot of karisma. [Via Piruett. Thanks Magnus!]
» 8/16/10 6:40am 8/16/10 6:40am

A Giant Oarfish, The Sea Serpent Of Yore, Washes Up In Sweden

A specimen of the 11-foot-long giant oarfish - the world's longest bony fish - was found yesterday in Bovallstrand, Sweden. The fish, also known as the "king of herrings," hasn't been seen in Sweden in the last 130 years. » 5/12/10 10:49am 5/12/10 10:49am

Robot Beats Man In Sweden, Grabbing His Head and Shaking Him

A Swedish industrial worker was attacked by a malfunctioning robot two years ago in Sweden, and has this week won a lawsuit against the company that owned the vicious bot. Apparently, the man tried to fix the robot, which was designed to lift rocks. But he failed to turn the robot off first, and it grabbed him by the… » 4/27/09 3:11pm 4/27/09 3:11pm