A salvaged window house in Christiania, Denmark.
From Tiny House Blog:
A town within a city, a rebel neighborhood within a well-ordered society. This is Christiania (Freetown), Denmark, a small community smack dab in the middle of Copenhagen, Denmark. Within this community are tiny houses, built by hand and with whatever materials are within reach. Christiania began in 1971 as an occupation of disused army barracks in the southern portion of Copenhagen near a lake. The 900 or so freethinking individuals who inhabit the area are a self governing community who refuse to pay taxes to the Danish government, run their own businesses and schools, live without cars on unpaved roads, build their own houses, restaurants and civil buildings and even have their own currency.
- Kura skymning (verb) - To huddle together in the gloaming, preferably around an open fire and read books and tell stories to each others.
- Skarsnöknaster - the sound crusty snow makes when walked upon.
- pulkbacke - a hill that you would bobsleigh down.
Necropants in the Holmavik Witchcraft Museum
Necropants are a method that a sorcerer used to get rich in old Iceland. With agreement prior to death, the sorcerer exhumed the corpse of a man and flayed its skin, in one piece, from the waist down. It was believed that the necropants would spontaneously produce money when worn, as long as the donor corpse had been stolen from a graveyard at the dead of night and a magic rune and a coin stolen from a poor widow were placed in the dead man’s scrotum. After tanning, the sorcerer wore the skin like a pair of pants. As soon as he stepped into the pants they will stick to his own skin. A coin must be stolen from a poor widow and placed in the scrotum along with a magical sign, written on a piece of paper. This reputedly attracted more coins and hence the sorcerer became wealthy. Before his death, the sorcerer had to pass the necropants to another. He did this by having the new owner place his right leg in one side of the pants whilst the sorcerer still has his left leg in the other. In this way, the power of the pants would pass from one individual to another.
The Museum of Witchcraft and Sorcery in Iceland has a pair of necropants on display.
Þjóðveldisbærinn Stöng is a reconstructed viking-era Long house or farmstead in Iceland. It is a replica of the building which was buried under volcanic ash in 1104 following the eruption of the volcano Hekla.
The reconstruction was built in 1974 as a part of the national celebrations of the 1100th anniversary of the settlement of Iceland in 874.
Letter Of Note of the Day: A terse letter penned by Ingmar Bergman in 1960 to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences upon learning that his film, Wild Strawberries, had been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Screenplay category.
It lost to the Rock Hudson/Doris Day romcom Pillow Talk.