Comment On Salmiak Attack

Ever since the first Free Sticker Week ended back in February '07, I've been sending out WTF Stickers to anyone that mailed me a SASE or a small souvenir. More recently, I've been sending out the coveted TDWTF Mugs for truly awesome souvenirs. Nothing specific; per the instructions page, "anything will do." Well, here goes anything, yet again! (previous: Surprise!). [expand full text]
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Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:14 • by HopelessIntern (unregistered)
I just dont understand anglos' hatred of salmiak. As a norwegian, I love the stuff. Some of the ones there like Tyrkisk Peber (danish, mind, not finnish) and Lakrisal is stuff I grew up with. I used to binge on the stuff, it is also good to dissolve in vodka to make a tasty drink called "turkish vodka" "black vodka" "koskenkorva" or simply "turk" loosely translated.)
Don't eat alot at once, especially on an empty stomach. Salmiak, in essence, is ammonium chloride and a diahhretic. A friend of mine (oddly, an American..) loved it, ate too much, and spent painful hours on the toilet.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:20 • by Santa (unregistered)
Gotta love that dark blue Tyrkisk Peber(not the "firewood" ones)!

Tip: Crush them, put them in a bottle of vodka, put the bottle in the dishwasher so all of the peber melts, put the bottle in the fridge and finally drink when it's nice and cold!

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:22 • by Tom_fan_36 (unregistered)
Hey! Hands off!!! Salmiak is the best invention after the wheel (ok ok, almost)!!! I was converted to it 6 years ago (just moved to Denmark, a friend of mine before the movie invited me to try those tasty candy skulls. I lost the first 30 second of the movie...).
I will never come back to that s... of "sweet licorice". LOL
:-)

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:24 • by wictor (unregistered)
They forgot the most important salmiak products: the salmiakki kossu (salmiak booze) and salmiakki possu (salmiak flavored pork).

Bignum currency

2010-02-26 09:26 • by Quirkafleeg (unregistered)
The numbers shown are 100 milliard and 10 billion. The numbers named are 100,000,000,000,000 and 10,000,000,000,000,000,000.

I don't hold out any real hope of most people getting this right these days, though…

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:26 • by amischiefr
300345 in reply to 300340
HopelessIntern:
I just dont understand anglos' hatred of salmiak. As a norwegian, I love the stuff. Some of the ones there like Tyrkisk Peber (danish, mind, not finnish) and Lakrisal is stuff I grew up with. I used to binge on the stuff, it is also good to dissolve in vodka to make a tasty drink called "turkish vodka" "black vodka" "koskenkorva" or simply "turk" loosely translated.)
Don't eat alot at once, especially on an empty stomach. Salmiak, in essence, is ammonium chloride and a diahhretic. A friend of mine (oddly, an American..) loved it, ate too much, and spent painful hours on the toilet.


Ok so, its made of chemicals that make you violently ill if you consume too much of, and you can't understand why people not from your backwoods shack of a country don't like it?

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:29 • by HopelessIntern (unregistered)
300346 in reply to 300345
Never did I say violently ill. You get diahhrea. Alcohol is an example of something that can make you violently ill.

Secondly, "backwoods shack of a country"? Ok dude. Lets compare something like average internet speed with Norway and your country. Then we will see who turns out looking like a hillbilly.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:30 • by Tom_fan_36 (unregistered)
300347 in reply to 300345
Never experienced such a problem, probably that american friend was too sensitive... :-D

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:31 • by Tuxie (unregistered)
Ok so, its made of chemicals that make you violently ill if you consume too much of, and you can't understand why people not from your backwoods shack of a country don't like it?
That's right!

Regards,
A salmiakki loving Swede

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:32 • by HopelessIntern (unregistered)
300349 in reply to 300347
Tom_fan_36:
Never experienced such a problem, probably that american friend was too sensitive... :-D


Possibly. Or ate monstrous amounts... I remember being told as a kid to not eat too much, but I ate to my heart's content and never got the shits. I guess just one of those things, like dont swim after you eat. I do it all the time, dont see a problem

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:33 • by SR (unregistered)
I've never heard of salmiak. Needless to say it's top of my shopping list if they ever send me to Norway again.

Every day's a school day!

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:33 • by Tom_fan_36 (unregistered)
300351 in reply to 300348
Tuxie:
Ok so, its made of chemicals that make you violently ill if you consume too much of, and you can't understand why people not from your backwoods shack of a country don't like it?
That's right!

Regards,
A salmiakki loving Swede


+1 :-D

Re: Bignum currency

2010-02-26 09:36 • by douglas (unregistered)
300353 in reply to 300344
Quirkafleeg:
The numbers shown are 100 milliard and 10 billion. The numbers named are 100,000,000,000,000 and 10,000,000,000,000,000,000.

I don't hold out any real hope of most people getting this right these days, though…

Good luck with forcing your One True Way on the entire United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, and a bunch of other countries.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_and_short_scales

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:36 • by Anonymous (unregistered)
300354 in reply to 300346
HopelessIntern:
Never did I say violently ill. You get diahhrea. Alcohol is an example of something that can make you violently ill.

Secondly, "backwoods shack of a country"? Ok dude. Lets compare something like average internet speed with Norway and your country. Then we will see who turns out looking like a hillbilly.

The Yanks can hardly talk, they're not even allowed Kinder Eggs. In the US it's illegal to put non-edible products inside a foodstuff for the precise reason that the fat bastards shovel it down their throats so quickly that each and every one of them would choke to death. Chew your damn food, neanderthals.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:37 • by Tom_fan_36 (unregistered)
300355 in reply to 300349
"don't swim after you eat" it's clearly a children control tactic without any scientific base, like in the case of salmiak&salted licorice ;-)

Re: Bignum currency

2010-02-26 09:38 • by Zecc
300356 in reply to 300344
Quirkafleeg:
The numbers shown are 100 milliard and 10 billion. The numbers named are 100,000,000,000,000 and 10,000,000,000,000,000,000.

I don't hold out any real hope of most people getting this right these days, though…
I'm from a country that uses long scale too, but that doesn't mean I automatically assume that short scale is incorrect.

They're just different systems, that's all.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:40 • by Quirkafleeg (unregistered)
300357 in reply to 300349
HopelessIntern:
I guess just one of those things, like dont swim after you eat.
Once you've eaten, it's always “after you eat”.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:41 • by HopelessIntern (unregistered)
300358 in reply to 300354
Anonymous:
HopelessIntern:
Never did I say violently ill. You get diahhrea. Alcohol is an example of something that can make you violently ill.

Secondly, "backwoods shack of a country"? Ok dude. Lets compare something like average internet speed with Norway and your country. Then we will see who turns out looking like a hillbilly.

The Yanks can hardly talk, they're not even allowed Kinder Eggs. In the US it's illegal to put non-edible products inside a foodstuff for the precise reason that the fat bastards shovel it down their throats so quickly that each and every one of them would choke to death. Chew your damn food, neanderthals.


LOL I did hear this as a rumour once (and it is true, you cannot find kindereggs there, I know because I smuggled alot in for people...)
That is a truly amusing fact.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:45 • by TarquinWJ
300359 in reply to 300357
Quirkafleeg:
Once you've eaten, it's always “after you eat”.
Just as long as you don't feed them after midnight. Like the next morning.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:46 • by SR (unregistered)
300360 in reply to 300354
Anonymous:
The Yanks can hardly talk, they're not even allowed Kinder Eggs. In the US it's illegal to put non-edible products inside a foodstuff for the precise reason that the fat bastards shovel it down their throats so quickly that each and every one of them would choke to death. Chew your damn food, neanderthals.


You owe me a new keyboard

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:47 • by HopelessIntern (unregistered)
300361 in reply to 300357
Quirkafleeg:
HopelessIntern:
I guess just one of those things, like dont swim after you eat.
Once you've eaten, it's always “after you eat”.


I thought someone might pick me up on that wording. I used it as shorthand because that saying changes from 15 minutes to 45 minutes to 3 hours...

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:52 • by V (unregistered)
300362 in reply to 300354
Anonymous:

The Yanks can hardly talk, they're not even allowed Kinder Eggs. In the US it's illegal to put non-edible products inside a foodstuff for the precise reason that the fat bastards shovel it down their throats so quickly that each and every one of them would choke to death. Chew your damn food, neanderthals.


Actually it's a completely different problem then our national obesity. It is that we tend to rely on the rules to protect us instead of ourselves, and then we get paranoid about things like child safety and they become buzz words and then lobbyists use that paranoia to become popular. So in this case, it was a law made under the pretense of keeping children safe, because the parents can't do it.

We're screwed up and most of us are self hating but our problems are more complex then you're making them out to be.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 09:54 • by Danny V (unregistered)
You couldn't get me to eat that much Salmiak for all the money in the world. Not even for 100 MILLION DOLLARS! What's that? A million dollars isn't exactly a lot of money these days? Well I might consider it for One... Hundred... BILLION (Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe) DOLLARS!

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:02 • by Mike (unregistered)
300365 in reply to 300354
Anonymous:
HopelessIntern:
Never did I say violently ill. You get diahhrea. Alcohol is an example of something that can make you violently ill.

Secondly, "backwoods shack of a country"? Ok dude. Lets compare something like average internet speed with Norway and your country. Then we will see who turns out looking like a hillbilly.

The Yanks can hardly talk, they're not even allowed Kinder Eggs. In the US it's illegal to put non-edible products inside a foodstuff for the precise reason that the fat bastards shovel it down their throats so quickly that each and every one of them would choke to death. Chew your damn food, neanderthals.


Hiring any software engineers? There are times I wonder if I want to stick around this place, especially as I watch our national debt. Why can no one just buy what they have money for?

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:06 • by Dataflashsabot (unregistered)
Hmm, is that Alex in that picture? :)

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:12 • by Sinobell (unregistered)
They sent you Lejona and Pantteri ! I love those, not only are they salmiakk, but also a bit smoked. I need a penpal in Finland. If i ever find anything that we norwegians have that the finish don't.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:14 • by HopelessIntern (unregistered)
300368 in reply to 300367
Sinobell:
They sent you Lejona and Pantteri ! I love those, not only are they salmiakk, but also a bit smoked. I need a penpal in Finland. If i ever find anything that we norwegians have that the finish don't.


A sense of humour? ;P

(just kidding Finns)

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:14 • by aagg (unregistered)
The calculator/pen wierd thing is actually a small trick box. If you continue rolling over (like after opening the case), the blue and silver will change places.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:14 • by WhiskeyJack
Well, I don't know about salmiak, but ThinkGeek.com totally swindled me with their packages of bacon-flavoured bubble gum. I bought the case 3-pack thinking it could be kinda fun, and now I realize it's all a big practical joke. They probably laugh at the poor suckers every time they pack one of those into a shipping cart.

They taste horrible. It wouldn't be so bad if they actually tasted like bacon. No, these things are like what I imagine burning rubber would taste like. I put the unopened packages anonymously onto a prize table at an event, and the next time I saw them, a couple of 10-year-old kids were going around trying to trick their friends into eating them.

Blechh!

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:22 • by tee-kay (unregistered)
Alex, don't feel too bad. At least no one's sent you any mämmi yet...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mämmi.jpg

Doesn't it look delicious? :)

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:24 • by anon (unregistered)
That Holiday Inn card probably uses RFID. My university has keys like that, too, and they are RFID'd.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:40 • by the beholder (unregistered)
300374 in reply to 300340
HopelessIntern:
Don't eat alot at once, especially on an empty stomach. Salmiak, in essence, is ammonium chloride and a diahhretic. A friend of mine (oddly, an American..) loved it, ate too much, and spent painful hours on the toilet.
It sounds soooo tasty. Would it go well with a cup of cyanide?

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:46 • by HopelessIntern (unregistered)
300376 in reply to 300374
the beholder:
HopelessIntern:
Don't eat alot at once, especially on an empty stomach. Salmiak, in essence, is ammonium chloride and a diahhretic. A friend of mine (oddly, an American..) loved it, ate too much, and spent painful hours on the toilet.
It sounds soooo tasty. Would it go well with a cup of cyanide?


I aliken it to things like Marmite, Vegemite etc. (both of which I cant stand, its a cultural thing, I guess).
I tried having breakfast at an american's house (I lived there for 6 years) and the sugar, my god the sugar....Pancakes, syrup, lucky charms, eggo waffles....I was buzzing hard, and crashed an hour later. Never again.

Where I am from, breakfast is some bread with maybe a piece of salami or cheese on it, and a cup of coffee. Unless it's sunday, when we might have "English breakfast" (a fried egg, bacon, possibly beans, and toast).

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:50 • by golddog (unregistered)
Note the expiration date on the 100 billion Ziwbabean note (right below the "100 hundred billion dollars" text).

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:50 • by pekka (unregistered)
300378 in reply to 300343
wictor:
They forgot the most important salmiak products: the salmiakki kossu (salmiak booze) and salmiakki possu (salmiak flavored pork).


The salmiakki kossu is partially visible on the right side of the Domino box.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:53 • by Gil (unregistered)
In case you were wondering, the Hebrew on the 3-D spectacles reads "Three dimensional navigation", and the train tickets are both one-way, adult tickets one from Petah Tikva (Segula) to Tel Aviv and one from Tel Aviv (center) to Petah Tikva.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:57 • by Dutchie (unregistered)
300380 in reply to 300340
We eat alot of salmiak in the netherlands too and i totally love lakrisal.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 10:57 • by Anon (unregistered)
I always thought it'd be fun to get a 1 billion Zimbabwe dollar note and have it framed.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 11:01 • by Anon (unregistered)
300382 in reply to 300358
HopelessIntern:
Anonymous:
HopelessIntern:
Never did I say violently ill. You get diahhrea. Alcohol is an example of something that can make you violently ill.

Secondly, "backwoods shack of a country"? Ok dude. Lets compare something like average internet speed with Norway and your country. Then we will see who turns out looking like a hillbilly.

The Yanks can hardly talk, they're not even allowed Kinder Eggs. In the US it's illegal to put non-edible products inside a foodstuff for the precise reason that the fat bastards shovel it down their throats so quickly that each and every one of them would choke to death. Chew your damn food, neanderthals.


LOL I did hear this as a rumour once (and it is true, you cannot find kindereggs there, I know because I smuggled alot in for people...)
That is a truly amusing fact.


Rubbish, of course you can find Kindereggs here. They are not very common, but try some of the more specialty candy or international food stores.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 11:04 • by john (unregistered)
300383 in reply to 300363
as an english dude i gotta protest. I canno get enough salmiak and have a bottle of the alcoholic version which is have to say .. is mighty goood.

salmiak is great ... love it. much better than the crappy sweet liquorice that passes in this country.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 11:06 • by Marvin the Martian (unregistered)
I applaud the mission of foisting the noxious sweets onto unsuspecting (soon to be ex-)acquaintances.

My supervisor had a reputation of passing on such bags while listening to presentations, being oblivious to the retching mass around him --- people take one, pass bag on, then try to eat them; their retching too late to warn the next victim.

I think you need a Lutheran mindset to fully appreciate them [I can't]; this explains why they're eaten in both Holland and Scandinavia.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 11:11 • by Anonymous (unregistered)
300385 in reply to 300382
Anon:
HopelessIntern:
Anonymous:
HopelessIntern:
Never did I say violently ill. You get diahhrea. Alcohol is an example of something that can make you violently ill.

Secondly, "backwoods shack of a country"? Ok dude. Lets compare something like average internet speed with Norway and your country. Then we will see who turns out looking like a hillbilly.

The Yanks can hardly talk, they're not even allowed Kinder Eggs. In the US it's illegal to put non-edible products inside a foodstuff for the precise reason that the fat bastards shovel it down their throats so quickly that each and every one of them would choke to death. Chew your damn food, neanderthals.


LOL I did hear this as a rumour once (and it is true, you cannot find kindereggs there, I know because I smuggled alot in for people...)
That is a truly amusing fact.


Rubbish, of course you can find Kindereggs here. They are not very common, but try some of the more specialty candy or international food stores.


I never said you couldn't physcially get them, I merely pointed out that they are offically banned as per the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938. I'm not making this up you know - let's be honest, you couldn't make up something this bloody stupid!

You stay special, Yanks!

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 11:20 • by Anon (unregistered)
300386 in reply to 300385
Anonymous:
Anon:
HopelessIntern:
Anonymous:
HopelessIntern:
Never did I say violently ill. You get diahhrea. Alcohol is an example of something that can make you violently ill.

Secondly, "backwoods shack of a country"? Ok dude. Lets compare something like average internet speed with Norway and your country. Then we will see who turns out looking like a hillbilly.

The Yanks can hardly talk, they're not even allowed Kinder Eggs. In the US it's illegal to put non-edible products inside a foodstuff for the precise reason that the fat bastards shovel it down their throats so quickly that each and every one of them would choke to death. Chew your damn food, neanderthals.


LOL I did hear this as a rumour once (and it is true, you cannot find kindereggs there, I know because I smuggled alot in for people...)
That is a truly amusing fact.


Rubbish, of course you can find Kindereggs here. They are not very common, but try some of the more specialty candy or international food stores.


I never said you couldn't physcially get them, I merely pointed out that they are offically banned as per the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938. I'm not making this up you know - let's be honest, you couldn't make up something this bloody stupid!

You stay special, Yanks!


Yeah, don't put non-edible things in food. What were they thinking?

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 11:22 • by Mmmm, zoute drop (unregistered)
I was going to join in the mocking of salmiak eaters, but after looking up what salmiak is, I released that I had been eating it for years under the Dutch name.

How can you not love it? You get your salt-fix without actually eating any sodium. Mmmm salt.

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 11:33 • by alegr
I want those billion dollar notes. Somebody selling those souvenirs here in US?

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 11:39 • by Anonymous (unregistered)
I give up, what is that "hands-free appliance which actually needs to be held in hand to operate" thing?

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 11:41 • by Anonymous Coward (unregistered)
Alex, that's actually a pretty good photo of the salmiak (wooden table and all). Any chance you could release it on a Creative Commons license so it can go on the Wikipedia article?

--
Note from Alex: consider it released to Creative Commons! That's all I have to do, right?

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 11:45 • by Travis (unregistered)
Actually, according to the current exchange rate, that note is worth $276,319,425.25 USD. Congratulations, you're rich and can now retire!

(yes I realize that this theoretical amount is not possible because the Zimbabwean dollar was canceled because of the 5 billion percent increase in inflation last year, but still really cool to be a millionaire in theory)

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 11:46 • by ikkeDankser (unregistered)
300397 in reply to 300340
HopelessIntern,

It's just an acquired taste, that's all. I lived in Danmark for two years and was introduced to salmiak licorice. To me, it tastes like Windex, a window cleaner that is popular in the U.S.A.

On the flipside, I was surprised to find that Danes hate peanut butter and think root beer tastes like medicine. They also thought any candy or gum with menthol was "alt foer staerk".

Recaptcha: Consequat - of no consequence whatsoever

Re: Souvenir Potpourri: Salmiak Attack

2010-02-26 11:49 • by Anonymous Coward (unregistered)
300398 in reply to 300372
tee-kay:
Alex, don't feel too bad. At least no one's sent you any mämmi yet...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mämmi.jpg

Doesn't it look delicious? :)

OMG that looks horrible!

"Mämmi is made from water, rye flour and powdered rye malt, seasoned with dark molasses, salt and dried, powdered Seville orange peel."

Wait, that sounds rather tasty...
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