Archive for April, 2006


April 1, 2006

Today I read in the papers…

…that there will be a 20 km/h speed limit for bicycles in parts of Stockholm.
…that Carl Linnæus was actually born in 1706, not 1707 (the error probably stems from as far back as 1753, when the Julian calendar was abandoned for the Gregorian one) and so the big celebrations planned for next year will happen this year instead.
…that the recent Archbishop election may have to be declared invalid, since the previous Archbishop’s sister was one of the candidates. A never-repelled law from the late 17th century decrees that if possible, the position of Archbishop of Uppsala should remain within the family of the previous Archbishop. So there should never have been an election — Rev. Hammar should automatically succeed her brother.
…that on Monday when analogue TV transmissions cease in the Uppsala area, one can still watch analogue TV using one of a number of secret frequencies. (To find out these frequencies, send a SMS to the local paper.)
…that the Pope made a flying visit to a school in southern Sweden the other day.

April, April, thou stupid herring. (Yep, that is what we say in Swedish — it’s true!)