Alright, I’m going to keep it short and light today, seeing as I went a little bit overboard last week. So instead of getting into the pros and cons of Copenhagen vs. New York, I would much rather talk about how much Denmark is represented in people’s everyday life (especially now that they made the Danish flag an emoji in the latest iOS update).
Did you know that Lego is Danish? Skype was also invented by a Danish guy. The fairy tales behind Disney movies such as “The Little Mermaid” and “Frozen” were written by Hans Christian Andersen almost 200 years ago. Actors, such as Mads Mikkelsen,who plays Hannibal in, well, Hannibal, and his older brother Lars Mikkelsen who plays Viktor Petrov in the latest season of House of Cards are really starting to make a name for themselves in the film industry. Not to mention, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau whom plays Jaime Lannister on Games of Thrones. The Danes are taking over!
It isn’t all good though. We are also the country that brought you the horrible song “Barbie Girl” that terrorized the 90’s. Not to mention the letter “æ”, which American teenagers now thinks is acceptable to use when writing/texting/snapping about “bae”. Let me just put this out there once and for all: “Bæ” in Danish means shit. And not as in “oh, you’re the shit”, just plain shit. Stop it, please.
And while we are going over the Danish language, I would like to take this opportunity to move this conversation offline. That’s right kids, it’s time for a competition. Whomever can walk up to me and pronounce my first name right wins $20 and an additional $10 if you are able to get the last name right as well. Only catch is, you only get one try, so make sure it is a good one. I will of course repeat it to you again and again, if requested, but you only get one attempt to win the cash (and more important, a shoutout in one of my future blog posts).