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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 12:22 am    Post subject: Finland L&H Race Reply with quote

I saw this on the television news this morning. It was a foot race from Finland. The participants were husbands and wives. The husbands carried their wives over their shoulders. They ran with them and dumped them into some water. One of the participants [the wife] was wearing a Stan Laurel rubber or plastic mask. The husband was also wearing a mask. It was hard to see, but I assume it was an Ollie mask. Both participants were dressed in black and white stripped prison uniforms [similar to the boys uniforms worn in "Second Hundred Years"].
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 12:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is an annual and traditional event in Finland. Nbody really knows the origins, but it is very popular and given wide TV coverage etc. Sometimes, the participants do dress up in costume, but the striped kit is more or less the traditional garb. Nice to hear masks of The Boys were being used this year. Just don't ask me what Laurel and Hardy is in Finnish! The only Finnish word I know is "saippuakauppias", which means "soap salesman". It is supposed to be the longest palindrome in the world.
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