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The Stories Within Pictures #11: October’s BBQ

Many times you could not really believe some silly jokes based on stereotypes or some other fake features. When Penny heard the silly joke about Finnish people and weather in Finland, she just laughed, but did not believe that actually a part of it might be even truth.

photo by erikagrendel

The joke tries to explain the Finnish weather and it goes like this:
+15°C / 59°F: People in Spain wear winter-coats and gloves. The Finns are out in the sun, getting a tan.
+10°C / 50°F: The French are trying in vain to start their central heating. The Finns plant flowers in their gardens.
+5°C / 41°F: Italian cars won’t start. The Finns are cruising in cabriolets.
0°C / 32°F: Distilled water freezes. The water in the Vanda River (in Finland) gets a little thicker.
-5°C / 23°F: People in California almost freeze to death. The Finns have their final barbecue before winter.
-10°C / 14°F: Brits start the heat in their houses. The Finns start using long sleeves.
-20°C / -4°F: The Aussies flee from Mallorca. The Finns end their Midsummer celebrations. Autumn is here.
-30°C / -22°F: People in Greece die from the cold. The Finns start drying their laundry indoors.
-40°C / -40°F: Paris start cracking in the cold. The Finns stand in line at the “grilli-kioski”.
-50°C / -58°F: Polar bears start evacuating the North Pole. The Finnish army postpones their winter survival training awaiting real winter weather.
-60°C / -76°F: Korvatunturi (the home for Santa Claus) freezes. The Finns rent a movie and stay indoors.
-70°C / -94°F: The false Santa moves south. The Finns get frustrated since they can’t store their Kossu (Koskenkorva vodka) outdoors. The Finnish army goes out on winter survival training.
-183°C / -297.4°F: Microbes in food don’t survive. The Finnish cows complain that the farmers’ hands are cold.
-273°C / -459.4°F: The Finns start saying “Perkele, it’s cold outside today.”

It was cold, rainy and gray weather outside, but as well it was time for Penny to finally meet his friends. She was invited for some BBQ dinner in his place, although she could not really believe that it would be a real barbecue. The thermometer was showing 5°C and the calendar was pointing on the 25th of October. ‘No, there must be a mistake,’ she told herself, put on some warm clothes, a hat, a scarf, a thick jacket and gloves and went out.

However, when she appeared in his little backyard garden, she saw that preparation for BBQ was in full swing. Pinkish salmon and some mushrooms nicely wrapped in bacon were already on grill. Beer bottles and cans were everywhere as well as his smiling friends. She looked again on the thermometer (just in case, to see if hers was not broken), but still only 5°C. So she went back into the kitchen to help with some dill potatoes and to warm herself a bit.

“Hey. I heard that you are an Erasmus student here in Helsinki,” said one of his friends holding a can of Czech beer. Penny was cutting fresh dill, focused on her work so that she would not cut herself or someone else.
“Yeah, I am,” she replied.
“What parties did you have so far?”
“There were quite a lot of parties actually. I was really surprised,” she stopped cutting dill, put the knife on the table and continued talking, “there was the sauna party, movie night, some karaoke parties…, but I went just to the sauna one.”
“That’s sad,” he replied and it looked that he really meant it as something horribly sad.
“Well, I simply didn’t have time for it.”
“That’s sad. There is always time for a party. Always! ALWAYS.” He replied with a wide smile, offered her gin and tonic and added, “Can you let me know, when and where is the next party?”
Everybody started to laugh.
“Of course.”
“Cheers! Kippis!”

Food was really great and being very close to the grill and hot air around it, Penny felt even quite warm, or maybe the drinks and the fact that she was with her man did their part.

Photo and words by Erika Grendelova. Originally from Slovakia, Erika now lives in the Czech Republic and travels a lot to UK and Finland. Read more articles from her series here.The joke can be found also on here

written by erikagrendel

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