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August 13, 2008 11:41 AM   Subscribe

Share your innermost feelings with Dalsfjord, Norway.



Telemegaphones are tall loudspeaker sculptures that automatically answers incoming phone calls and projects the sound of the caller's voice into its immediate surroundings.

via The Rock Salt.
posted by mecran01 (35 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite

 
If a MeFite shouts "WHAT. THE. FUCK. MATT?" in a forest and there's no one there to hear him...?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:47 AM on August 13, 2008


Related
posted by roll truck roll at 11:50 AM on August 13, 2008


Well, now a bunch of Norway knows my opinion on dogs. (Spoiler: They're cute.) I typically don't really go for things like this -- they elicit a mild "huh" most of the time -- but this goes just far enough to be awesome, but stops before it becomes annoying (at least, to someone who doesn't live near the megaphones).

Off-topic: Roll truck, your Lolbuttsville leads me to this urban dictionary gem:

lol butts

Literally translates to "I am laughing because I just now remembered that butts exist," but meaning depends on usage- can be an insult, a compliment, an observation or a question.
Frank: "Hey, I just joined a frat."
Paul: "lol butts"

Shawna: "Do you like my new haircut?"
Paul: "lol butts"

Paul: "lol butts"
Steve: "I agree."

Paul: "lol butts"
Steve: "No, we lost it a few weeks ago."
posted by Damn That Television at 11:56 AM on August 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


Dear Norway,

Prepare to be RickRolled.

Sincerely,

The Internet
posted by shmegegge at 11:59 AM on August 13, 2008 [5 favorites]


RICOLA!
posted by ShawnString at 12:05 PM on August 13, 2008 [4 favorites]


Me: Ricolaaaaaaaaaaaa!
Norway: You know that's actually a Swiss product.
Me: Ricolaaaaaaaaaaaa!
posted by dhammond at 12:05 PM on August 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


Goddamnit, ShawnString. You've bested me yet again!
posted by dhammond at 12:06 PM on August 13, 2008


I, for one, am enjoying dismissing pesky co-workers by suggesting that they "tell it to the fjord."
posted by doift at 12:16 PM on August 13, 2008 [17 favorites]


Noise pollution, or art?
posted by Tehanu at 12:22 PM on August 13, 2008


Men jeg snakker ikke noen Norsk!
posted by dunkadunc at 12:22 PM on August 13, 2008


Hi Norway. This is Dmitri. Look, I really enjoyed meeting you the other night and I don't just say that to anyone. Unlike a lot of the other Scandinavian countries, you really knew how to carry yourself. It was obvious we connected. Here's what I'm going to suggest. I'm going to suggest we meet for coffee in the next few days, and really get tot know each other. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you, so I'm really looking forward to it.

(next day)...

Um, Norway? This is Dmitri again. Listen normally I don;t call back as it's not my style, but I though we really connected. Let me tell how I operate, because I have a lot of other countries who are very interested. I want to give you a chance, Norway, I really do. Let me just let you in on who I am: I make a lot of money, I work hard, I play hard, and I turn away a lot of countries. I'm a real catch, and I'm really good in bed. So give me a call and let's meet.

(two days later)...

Norway: look, I'm into playing games. I'm giving you one last chance because I liked you. I don;t know if your entire country has caught a terminal illness or what, but I'm offering you a real opportunity to get something special going here, and I do not appreciate the games. So I'm giving you one last chance here. Let's get this thing going.

(next day)...

OK, Norway, that's it. You had your fucking chance. A lot of countries would kill to get a piece of me. But you totally blew it, and I can only assume you're totally messed up and probably just a slut with mental health issues. So, yeah, you really blew it, Norway; your loss. goodbye.

(next hour)...

Norway? It's me, Dmitri. Look maybe I was too harsh in that last message. I'm thinking you may have reasons, like you're busy at work, in which case I understand. Maybe we got off on the wrong foot here, but I'm willing to see this thing through. Give me a call and we can work something out. I'm counting on you Norway; I really am.
posted by ornate insect at 12:25 PM on August 13, 2008 [10 favorites]


Nowegians already know what I think.
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:35 PM on August 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Hmm, now I know what do do with my leftover Skype credits. :D
posted by Phalene at 12:36 PM on August 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


This reminds me of one of my favorite Burning Man projects. There was a lit, old-school phone booth with a sign on the top that said "Talk to God!" and you picked up the phone, and there was a dude on the other end who'd give advice, hear prayers, take confession, or be mysterious, A la God. It was sufficiently zomg. Then, continuing on your walk, about 100 yards away, there was a little house with a dude sitting on the porch, taking the calls. Oh, there's God. Cool. What's up, God.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:44 PM on August 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


I'm going to Norway soon. Not knowing Norwegian geography at all, I had to map this place. I'm happy to say I'll be going nowhere near it.
posted by gurple at 12:55 PM on August 13, 2008


Disembodied, anonymous voices spilling stream-of-consciousness confessions, half-truths and swear words into an unattended, sparsely populated valley in pretty much the dictionary definition of the middle of nowhere.

There is a broader point to be made here about the beauty and futility of human endeavor - but I lack the wherewithal to make it properly.

Maybe, as doift points out, I'll go tell it to the fjord.
posted by Jofus at 12:56 PM on August 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


I PUT put put put ON on on on MY my my my ROBE robe robe robe AND and and and WIZARD zard zard zard HAT hat hat hat...
posted by ardgedee at 1:06 PM on August 13, 2008 [6 favorites]


Metafilter: Disembodied, anonymous voices spilling stream-of-consciousness confessions, half-truths and swear words into an unattended, sparsely populated valley in pretty much the dictionary definition of the middle of nowhere.
posted by mecran01 at 1:08 PM on August 13, 2008 [4 favorites]


Forget Norway.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 1:23 PM on August 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


I'd love to see/hear one of these outside the White House.
posted by amyms at 1:27 PM on August 13, 2008


Nor way! WAY!
posted by optovox at 1:28 PM on August 13, 2008


I'd love to see/hear one of these outside the White House

Some kid in Iceland managed to get through.
posted by ornate insect at 1:33 PM on August 13, 2008


This actually reminds me a bit of the Mojave phone booth. (There's a good write-up about it in the LA Times.)
posted by Upton O'Good at 1:44 PM on August 13, 2008


Hmm...so let me get this straight. A bunch of Swedish artists erect a loudspeaker to blast the eardrums of some peaceful Norwegians with Internet trash talk? Fascinating...
posted by Duug at 1:47 PM on August 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


A M00se once bit my sister ...

No realli! She was Karving her initals on the m00se

with the sharpened end of an interspace t00thbrush given

by Svenge - her brother-in-law - an Oslo dentist and

star of many Norwegian m0vies: "The H0t Hands of an Oslo

Dentist", "Fillings of Passion", "The Huge M0lars of Horst Nordfink".
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 1:53 PM on August 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


And in a similar vein, The Aurland Lookout....
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 1:59 PM on August 13, 2008


I like how their logo looks like an uplifted middle finger.

But what's the point of this? To see if we can get Norway to hate us as much as the rest of the world? Ok, being US-centric there. How about, to see if Norway will hate the rest of the world as much as the rest of the world hates the US?
posted by cjorgensen at 2:31 PM on August 13, 2008


"(There's a good write-up about it in the LA Times.)"

Please note my site about the phone booth -- linked in that ancient article -- no longer exists. That's okay, my site was pretty bad.

I'm given to understand the phone booth also no longer exists.
posted by majick at 2:36 PM on August 13, 2008


I'm happy to say I'll be going nowhere near it.

I was in Norway in July. We were not terribly far from it. I'm ashamed to say if I'd known about it then I may have tried to bully my friends into going there, calling it, and recording ourselves...

(still finding it a bit weird tho... esp. "...and the village of Dale below" - really?? that must suck)
posted by ClarissaWAM at 3:34 PM on August 13, 2008


This is sooo my new fake phone number.
posted by nudar at 5:25 PM on August 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


CITIZENS OF NORWAY! THIS IS DENMARK - THE KALMAR UNION HAS BEEN RESTORED - FROM THIS DAY FORWARD YOU ARE ALL DANISH CITIZENS - YOU WILL ALL SPEAK DANISH - YOU WILL PAY TAXES TO THE DANISH GOVERNMENT - ALL SKIING IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN - REPORT TO YOUR LOCAL COUNTY OFFICE FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS - THAT IS ALL - ALL HAIL DENMARK!
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 5:25 PM on August 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


...and the village of Dale below" - really?? that must suck

I can't help picturing it as populated chiefly by elderly, slow-moving souls in heavy, homespun woollens, walking unsteadily towards the shops, raising their heads and blinking at the echoes of Internet catchphrases from afar.
posted by Countess Elena at 6:52 PM on August 13, 2008


I can't help but picturing some bored longhaired teens from the town, shivering in the snow and forest in their jeans, leather jackets, and bullet belts, taping the echoes of Internet catchphrases from afar to use as samples on their latest Black Metal opus.
posted by spinifex23 at 10:05 PM on August 13, 2008


Shit.

I lived there for two years.

Wonder if it's the Swedes' revenge on Dale for being such an unforgivably unfashionable small town?
posted by monocot at 12:27 PM on August 14, 2008


Mynd you, m00se bites Kan be pretty nasti ...
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 2:00 PM on August 14, 2008


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