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20 February, 2013

Those Norwegians Sure Love Their Wood

Reality TV in Norway is much different than ours is. Here people sing, eat bugs, or get into fights. Over there people stack cordwood.

The TV program, on the topic of firewood, consisted mostly of people in parkas chatting and chopping in the woods and then eight hours of a fire burning in a fireplace.

That just sounds thoroughly Norwegian. But wait! There's more!

Yet no sooner had it begun, on prime time on Friday night, than the angry responses came pouring in.

“We received about 60 text messages from people complaining about the stacking in the program,” said Lars Mytting, whose best-selling book “Solid Wood: All About Chopping, Drying and Stacking Wood — and the Soul of Wood-Burning” inspired the broadcast. “Fifty percent complained that the bark was facing up, and the rest complained that the bark was facing down.”

He explained, “One thing that really divides Norway is bark.”

One thing that does not divide Norway, apparently, is its love of discussing Norwegian wood. Nearly a million people, or 20 percent of the population, tuned in at some point to the program, which was shown on the state broadcaster, NRK.

Friday night prime time TV in Oslo is people chopping wood, stacking it, and then burning it. The program was 12 hours long - four of people chopping and eight of wood burning. Wisconsin Public TV should do something like this. A live broadcast from Stoughton.

The article doesn't say but I'm betting no dumb socialites in bikinis with their tits hanging out were featured.

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|| Palmer, 10:35 AM

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