The Situation in Sweden (Was: Dengar Tell Us More)

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By Black_rabbit on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 - 12:15 pm: Edit

I bet there are endless examples of this in all cultures that come into contact. The misinterpretations are my favorite.

You see white guys on action movies screaming 'lets rock and roll!' before they shoot up a bunch of bad guys.

It's much funnier when you remember that it means 'to have sex in a car.'

Picture Arnie saying 'come on, you bastards, let's have sex in my car.'

By Pikkle on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 - 07:38 am: Edit

Oh yeah, I hear all the high school kids talking
like that... another example of white America
selectively adopting from other cultures
without actual acceptance... see "Rock and

By Daedelus on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 - 07:06 am: Edit


By Martin on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 - 03:47 am: Edit

"Ghetto" is white trash slang for something being junk or worthless or stupid or whatever something bad. It's like: "My stupid car broke down again! That thing is so ghetto!" Or, "What do you mean you don't sell Kamel Red Lights? Why are you so ghetto?!" Or perhaps, "What?! Denny's is out of coffee, again?! This place is fuckin' ghetto!"

Truely a useful adjective.

It would be very appropriate to refer to Hill's as "Ghetto Absithe"... it fits the definition perfectly. So next time you're at a party and someone brings a bottle of Absinth King you can say to him, "Get that ghetto shit the fuck outta my party! You must be crazy bringin' that shit up in here, bitch!"


By Pikkle on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 06:04 am: Edit

Hmm... smaller population, fewer large cities,
fewer ports of entry... plus socialist countries
always seem to have a bloated civil servant force.
How many customs agents do you think there
actually are in Lapland by the way? Never
know when a Finnish reindeer might be
smuggling some heroin over the border...
Mr. Chong, you are the silliest of them all.

Well, what ever the case is about this carriage
return biz, I've no clue, most people don't care
to read my posts anyway so when you see the
really narrow one, you know it's me and you
can just scroll on by. And I'm not so sure I
understand the part about Macs in the ghetto...
I live in a pleasant smallish town near a
university. All I know is I turn it on, and it

By Martin on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 03:00 am: Edit

I'm using IE and mine aren't like that. I'm sure many other Forumites use it too. I think the problem is IE running on a Mac. I think Gate's & Co. intentionally make all their Mac ports ghetto just to make Macs look bad. huh huh huh.


By Dengar on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 12:34 am: Edit

When it comes to checking passports, asking questions etc. to people who're travelling, the Swedish customs are very laid back compared to some other contries. When it comes to packages I've no personal experience (yet), but I think that Lugers description was accurate.

By Admin on Tuesday, January 23, 2001 - 12:06 am: Edit

The shortened carriage returns only occur using IE.

By Bob_chong on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 09:55 pm: Edit

Oh you're right, a smaller population wouldn't
be easier to control would it? Silly me.

Yes, you are silly. What matters are demographics and borders. I'd say that a homogenous nation of pale Lutherans with a 5400 km border is "easier to control" than our mongrel nation with a 32200 km border.


By Pikkle on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 07:09 pm: Edit

Well I am using Internet Explorer, a wonderful
MICROSOFT™ product...

By Daedelus on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 07:04 pm: Edit


he said "taint"


By Daedelus on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 07:03 pm: Edit

It's not a Mac thing, as I am on a 450Mh G4 DP, and I can't for the life of me figure out how Pikkle does that!!!!!


By Martin on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 06:43 pm: Edit

See... Macs ARE tainted!


By Pikkle on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 06:22 pm: Edit

Oh you're right, a smaller population wouldn't
be easier to control would it? Silly me.
Carriage returns? I do nothing of the sort... for
some reason this is what happens
automatically with what's presented to me...
perhaps it's a Mac thing... anything else
displeasing to you this evening Mr. Chong?

By Bob_chong on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 06:09 pm: Edit

Actually, your reasoning is laughable, Pikkle:

"It would seem logical that since Sweden does not have a large population, it would be easier to scrutinize such packages more closely."

That assumes that all countries have the same amount of customs agents, regardless of actual population. Using this logic, Lichtenstein must be a bitch to get stuff into.

BTW, why do you put "carriage returns" in every line of your posts? Type away and let the forum software handle the wraparound duties, man.


By Pikkle on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 05:42 pm: Edit

It would seem logical that since Sweden does
not have a large population, it would be easier
to scrutinize such packages more closely. All I
know is that when I traveled there, I was quite
easy to pass through the border without so
much as a looksee. That was including
getting off the plane from Amsterdam as well.
I don't remember going through any customs
back and forth from Copenhagen, which I did
a dozen times as well. This was kind of
disapointing since I wanted to get a bunch of
stamps in my passport.

By Artemis on Monday, January 22, 2001 - 01:14 pm: Edit

But now it's my friend Luger, the original 13th warrior, and an esteemed former member of this forum, doing the telling. Someone wondered in Dengar's thread, what the absinthe situation is in Sweden. What follows are Luger's own words on the subject, verbatim:

To the wondering members of the Forum:

IMHO it is like this.

Absinthe was never banned in Sweden. The supply simply dried out when it got banned in France. It never was very popular here anyway, but a Swedish company made its own Vodka by distilling herbs in the thirties.
Such a still can be seen in the "Spritmuseum" in Stockholm. One of the most (in Sweden) famous writers, August Strindberg, is supposed to have aquired a taste for Absinthe, while he lived in Switzerland in 1883. IIRC he wrote a bit about drinking Absinthe in his Novel "Röda Rummet". And although he didn´t get mad, he ended his days
in 1912 with a "mental imbalance".

Some years ago alcoholic drinks with a higher ETOH content was classified as narcotics, but that is not the case today. So if you are going to import Absinthe to Sweden, it should be the same procedure as with any alcohol.
Since Sweden unfortunately is a member of the EU, any Thujonelimits should apply here too, but it is uncertain if any custom official is aware of that.

>From the outside of EU:
Expect all parcels to be opened, and if you have not declared very clearly on the outside of the parcel, that it contains alcohol, it will be confiscated. You will notice because the package will not arrive. No explanation will be given.
If you however declare it as alcohol, it should slip through, but you will then pay taxes, and it is a high tariff. I have not cared to find out the exact amount.

>From the inside of EU:
This is obviously the case if you order from SC.
You still are compelled to pay import taxes, but since Swedish customs are not allowed to open parcels unless a crime is suspected (as smuggling alcohol ), there ought to be no problem. Of course the parcel have to be declared as something else, and it should not be shaped as a bottle :-). So if you send the package inside the EU, the risk is very low. Even if it is declared as alcohol, the risk that someone will notice is low.

But of course, custom personell are only humans. Some are good, and some are bad. If a package disappears, too bad!

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