“The one who doesn’t remove the lint will die!” Posted by Tibor on Dec 4, 2009 in Culture
Different cultures different food. Different countries, different way of thinking. Have you ever thought about how you can contribute to your own country’s cultural life? Well, the Swedish comedian David Batra, actually has. He had collected post-its for many years, from Swedish laundry rooms (tvättstuga) all across Sweden, which later led him publishing this fantastic book called “Den som inte tar bort luddet ska dö.”
We don’t necessarily like conflicts in Sweden and we have some awkward ways to deal with them. However, everyone agrees that conflicts are bad. But the 21st century is really ours, since you don’t have to put yourself into an unpleasant situation. We have Internet, Messenger and hey! We have even the laundry room. We don’t have to deal with each other and no way can you ever find a person who left the message for you. And let’s be honest it is also cheaper than therapy. If you are an experienced one in the game you might have a post-it in your pocket when entering the laundry room. Bröderna Brothers had an old track, it went something like this: “Take my wife, take everything but damn not my washing machines”. And now we have also a book about it.
I remember many times getting post-its without any name on them. “You have left your clothes in the dryer, when it was my turn!”or” You can’t book 3 machines at the same time, it is in the rules!”. But somehow I never got a message like “Hey! I took your laundry time I am so sorry!”. Because we all know it is unforgiveable. It can be really irritating with planning and preparing all week for washing your clothes. And then someone took it. Besides it is one of the worst excuses foreigners can think themselves hearing from Swedes: “Oh, I am so sorry I can’t meet you tonight I have booked some washing machines”. But if you have lived in Sweden for quite some time you will have complete understanding on this matter. Nothing to joke about! And let´s face it; who buys (honey I am having a headache) anymore?!
Finally, let me introduce you a Swedish expression regarding things you shouldn’t worry about. I-landsproblem, which basically means (a tiny problem made into a huge one in the developed countries). I am collecting such problems, so if you have any examples, please let me know. Some examples:
“Oh God. Not again. There is only 500 SEK bills in the cash machine.”
“Excuse me, but can I get a bendig straw?”
Tack för mig!
Top Ten things to get stuck in the washing machines in Sweden are:
2. Plastic cards (bus cards)
3. Steel nails