Salmiak Attack

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  • HopelessIntern 2010-02-26 09:14
    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.
  • Santa 2010-02-26 09:20
    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!

  • Tom_fan_36 2010-02-26 09:22
    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
    :-)
  • wictor 2010-02-26 09:24
    They forgot the most important salmiak products: the salmiakki kossu (salmiak booze) and salmiakki possu (salmiak flavored pork).
  • Quirkafleeg 2010-02-26 09:26
    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…
  • amischiefr 2010-02-26 09:26
    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?
  • HopelessIntern 2010-02-26 09:29
    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.
  • Tom_fan_36 2010-02-26 09:30
    Never experienced such a problem, probably that american friend was too sensitive... :-D
  • Tuxie 2010-02-26 09:31
    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
  • HopelessIntern 2010-02-26 09:32
    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
  • SR 2010-02-26 09:33
    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!
  • Tom_fan_36 2010-02-26 09:33
    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
  • douglas 2010-02-26 09:36
    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
  • Anonymous 2010-02-26 09:36
    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.
  • Tom_fan_36 2010-02-26 09:37
    "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 ;-)
  • Zecc 2010-02-26 09:38
    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.
  • Quirkafleeg 2010-02-26 09:40
    HopelessIntern:
    I guess just one of those things, like dont swim after you eat.
    Once you've eaten, it's always “after you eat”.
  • HopelessIntern 2010-02-26 09:41
    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.
  • TarquinWJ 2010-02-26 09:45
    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.
  • SR 2010-02-26 09:46
    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
  • HopelessIntern 2010-02-26 09:47
    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...
  • V 2010-02-26 09:52
    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.
  • Danny V 2010-02-26 09:54
    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!
  • Mike 2010-02-26 10:02
    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?
  • Dataflashsabot 2010-02-26 10:06
    Hmm, is that Alex in that picture? :)
  • Sinobell 2010-02-26 10:12
    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.
  • HopelessIntern 2010-02-26 10:14
    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)
  • aagg 2010-02-26 10:14
    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.
  • WhiskeyJack 2010-02-26 10:14
    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!
  • tee-kay 2010-02-26 10:22
    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? :)
  • anon 2010-02-26 10:24
    That Holiday Inn card probably uses RFID. My university has keys like that, too, and they are RFID'd.
  • the beholder 2010-02-26 10:40
    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?
  • HopelessIntern 2010-02-26 10:46
    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).
  • golddog 2010-02-26 10:50
    Note the expiration date on the 100 billion Ziwbabean note (right below the "100 hundred billion dollars" text).
  • pekka 2010-02-26 10:50
    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.
  • Gil 2010-02-26 10:53
    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.
  • Dutchie 2010-02-26 10:57
    We eat alot of salmiak in the netherlands too and i totally love lakrisal.
  • Anon 2010-02-26 10:57
    I always thought it'd be fun to get a 1 billion Zimbabwe dollar note and have it framed.
  • Anon 2010-02-26 11:01
    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.

  • john 2010-02-26 11:04
    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.
  • Marvin the Martian 2010-02-26 11:06
    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.
  • Anonymous 2010-02-26 11:11
    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!
  • Anon 2010-02-26 11:20
    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?
  • Mmmm, zoute drop 2010-02-26 11:22
    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.
  • alegr 2010-02-26 11:33
    I want those billion dollar notes. Somebody selling those souvenirs here in US?
  • Anonymous 2010-02-26 11:39
    I give up, what is that "hands-free appliance which actually needs to be held in hand to operate" thing?
  • Anonymous Coward 2010-02-26 11:41
    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?
  • Travis 2010-02-26 11:45
    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)
  • ikkeDankser 2010-02-26 11:46
    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
  • Anonymous Coward 2010-02-26 11:49
    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...
  • Dennis 2010-02-26 11:50
    Apparently, based on the brand name on a couple of the packages, salmiak is an aphrodisiac.

    From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

    must \must\, musth \musth\(m[u^]st), a. [Hind. mast intoxicated,
    ruttish, fr. Skr. matta, p.p. of mad to rejoice, intoxicate.]
    (Zool.)
    Being in a condition of dangerous frenzy, usually connected
    with sexual excitement; -- said of adult male elephants which
    become so at irregular intervals, typicaly due to increased
    testosterone levels. -- n.
    (a) The condition of frenzy.
    (b) An elephant in must.
    [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
  • Big G 2010-02-26 12:01
    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?


    Here's a cup for you: http://www.poisonmugs.co.uk/
  • Anonymous 2010-02-26 12:02
    Anon:
    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?

    Funny how the entire rest of the world manage to cope with the non-edible portion of the product without requiring federal legislation to protect them. What I don't understand is this - if you guys can't handle "non-edible" elements to your food, how the hell do you stop yourselves from eating the packaging?
  • RogerWilco 2010-02-26 12:26
    Marvin the Martian:
    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.

    The Dutch are mostly Calvinists and Roman-Catholics, not Lutherans. And traditionally they consume peppermints.
  • Elmo 2010-02-26 12:35
    Achtung!

    I work far away from home, meaning Finland, on a small island in Thailand. Fortunately there are people who come over here every now and then, so they can bring us some salmiak and rye bread. You my dear sir, are a lucky man with all that candy...
  • Anon 2010-02-26 12:41
    Anonymous:

    Funny how the entire rest of the world manage to cope with the non-edible portion of the product without requiring federal legislation to protect them. What I don't understand is this - if you guys can't handle "non-edible" elements to your food, how the hell do you stop yourselves from eating the packaging?


    So you'd be okay with say, a candy filled with gravel? And there's a difference between inside and outside or are you too thick to understand that distinction?
    Bare in mind that the Germans (and nobody loves Kinder Eggs more than the Germans) nearly banned them a couple of years ago:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/08/germany.foodanddrink
    If they didn't already exist, do you seriously think somebody could introduce Kinder Eggs today and not see the EU have a cow about it?
    This is a real instance of the US being ahead of the curve (and the legislation greatly pre-dates the introduction of Kinder Eggs).
  • RBoy 2010-02-26 12:52
    Yes, but you rather dumbly have to remove the pen holder side of things. Once you've done that, it becomes the jacob's ladder of calculators.
  • Chris 2010-02-26 12:53
    hands-free appliance which actually needs to be held in hand to operate

    I think you use both hands to shove it as far inside yourself as it will go, then one hand to switch it on, then no hands as you cling to your pillow.

    But why the data cable? Are we digitizing our agonies / ecstasies now? Oh I get it. This lets you have cybersex when your partner is 1000 miles away.
  • Sir Twist 2010-02-26 12:54
    I'll be happy to take any of the salmiak you can't otherwise get rid of.

    -- another American who likes salmiak
  • Anonymous2 2010-02-26 13:01
    Point! Anon!
  • ping floyd 2010-02-26 13:04
    What is it with Zimbabwe money? Do they need such large bills because they are very bad coders and it's more convenient to buy bad code offsets with the 10 trillion dollar bills?
  • O Bamma 2010-02-26 13:14
    ping floyd:
    What is it with Zimbabwe money? Do they need such large bills because they are very bad coders and it's more convenient to buy bad code offsets with the 10 trillion dollar bills?

    They voted for "hope" and "change" and the new government printed tons of free money and gave it away, revealing once again that the true value of paper money is as kindling for your fireplace.
  • sino 2010-02-26 13:40
    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.
    Get your damn teeth fixed, before you complain about those as can eat, my dear ex-imperial SUBJECT.
  • enim 2010-02-26 13:47
    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.
    Nope, you're wrong.

    There are a minimum of eight stores on my commute that carry them. I've seen them in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Charleston, and Miami.

    So, while what you mention *is* amusing, it qualifies more as a "factoid", than a "fact".
  • aw 2010-02-26 14:26

    snus comes to mind...
  • Brad 2010-02-26 14:29
    I'm envious. I've tasted one kind of salmiak in my life, and I liked it. There's absolutely nowhere to get the stuff here in Denver.
  • aw 2010-02-26 14:34
    Need to find some salmiakki? Here you go
    http://www.suomikauppa.fi/index.php?cPath=24_36
  • Count 2010-02-26 14:38
    Anonymous:
    I give up, what is that "hands-free appliance which actually needs to be held in hand to operate" thing?


    It plugs into a Nokia cell phone (older models) and is considered to be a "hands-free device" in the eyes of the law here which says that it's absolutely forbidden to talk on the phone while driving unless some kind of hands free device is used.

    I think that I might know a product that contains some salmiak but doesn't taste as strong as the all-salmiak thingys. Perhaps I should send some...
  • Phill 2010-02-26 14:45
    The tooth isn't from a deer, maybe a wild boar?
  • amischiefr 2010-02-26 15:08
    Anon:
    Anonymous:

    You stay special, Yanks!


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

    Anybody complaining that Americans are stupid because we don't put toys in our food is just fucking retarded. Honestly, is that really the highlight of your life: Finding a stupid 25 cent toy in a piece of chocolate? Wow, hear that Americans? We're SO MISSING OUT ON THE 25 CENT TOYS!!! Oh, and apparently, to be OT, on snacks that give you the shits. Awsome, if I want to spend 2 hours on the shitter I'll just eat some Taco Bell thank you very much.
  • bob171123 2010-02-26 15:38
    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.


    I sure hope Alex knew that. Otherwise, we might be getting a lot of Classic WTFs for a while!
  • the beholder 2010-02-26 15:55
    Big G:
    the beholder:
    It sounds soooo tasty. Would it go well with a cup of cyanide?


    Here's a cup for you: http://www.poisonmugs.co.uk/
    Those mugs are awesome. Thanks for the tip.
  • AnonJr 2010-02-26 15:55
    Santa:
    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!


    Enough vodka will make (almost) anything worthwhile...
  • AnonJr 2010-02-26 15:57
    Phill:
    The tooth isn't from a deer, maybe a wild boar?


    Was the latter a hint?

    CAPTCHA: enim - didn't he retire?
  • ContraCorners 2010-02-26 15:58
    Anonymous:
    Anon:
    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?

    Funny how the entire rest of the world manage to cope with the non-edible portion of the product without requiring federal legislation to protect them. What I don't understand is this - if you guys can't handle "non-edible" elements to your food, how the hell do you stop yourselves from eating the packaging?

    ummmmm... packaging...{drools}
  • JamesQMurphy 2010-02-26 16:25
    Anonymous:

    Funny how the entire rest of the world manage to cope with the non-edible portion of the product without requiring federal legislation to protect them. What I don't understand is this - if you guys can't handle "non-edible" elements to your food, how the hell do you stop yourselves from eating the packaging?


    We don't. That's why every package of silica gel in our electronic packaging contains the phrase, "Do not eat."
  • Kos 2010-02-26 16:40
    Hah, coincidences! It was yesterday when I have tried Salmiak for the first time. Well, to be precise, it was Salmiakki Koskenkorva (a pitch-black liquor), and it tasted so good that it actually managed to suprise me quite nicely. Make sure to try it some time!
  • Trax 2010-02-26 16:57
    We got plenty of stuff like that in the Netherlands too, including a couple of the things in this collection such as Lakrisal and Tyrkysk Peber (which I also like). But yeah, unless you're constipated, don't eat too much of the stuff since salmiak and licorice act as a mild laxative. ;)
  • ted 2010-02-26 17:08
    Chris:
    hands-free appliance which actually needs to be held in hand to operate

    I think you use both hands to shove it as far inside yourself as it will go, then one hand to switch it on, then no hands as you cling to your pillow.

    But why the data cable? Are we digitizing our agonies / ecstasies now? Oh I get it. This lets you have cybersex when your partner is 1000 miles away.


    A whole new meaning of embedded system!
  • ted 2010-02-26 17:09
    JamesQMurphy:
    Anonymous:

    Funny how the entire rest of the world manage to cope with the non-edible portion of the product without requiring federal legislation to protect them. What I don't understand is this - if you guys can't handle "non-edible" elements to your food, how the hell do you stop yourselves from eating the packaging?


    We don't. That's why every package of silica gel in our electronic packaging contains the phrase, "Do not eat."


    It burns like hell if you eat it. Better to dump the package into a cup of water and it will start popping out (some several feet into the air).
  • Adriaan 2010-02-26 17:32
    RogerWilco:
    The Dutch are mostly Calvinists and Roman-Catholics, not Lutherans. And traditionally they consume peppermints.
    Which is why it was so refreshing to see the R-C church on the Heuvel in Tilburg on display here at TDWTF. The peppermints are to keep you awake through the hour-long sermons in the Calvinist gatherings - and there are three gatherings each Sunday that you're supposed to attend. Which makes an R-C mass seem like a refreshing 45 minute breezer.
  • ATL UK Expat 2010-02-26 17:33
    Where in ATL can you get Kinder Eggs? I really need those things.
  • Paul 2010-02-26 18:10
    enim:
    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.
    Nope, you're wrong.

    There are a minimum of eight stores on my commute that carry them. I've seen them in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Charleston, and Miami.

    So, while what you mention *is* amusing, it qualifies more as a "factoid", than a "fact".


    No, really, it is true. Shows that some USA-ians don't know their own laws...

    http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/archives/2009_news_releases/dec_2009/12112009_4.xml
  • Wiggly Woo 2010-02-26 18:16
    Paul:

    No, really, it is true. Shows that some USA-ians don't know their own laws...

    http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/archives/2009_news_releases/dec_2009/12112009_4.xml


    And remember that this country which is so safety conscious that it will ban chocolate with obvious non-edible stuff encased in it (not embedded in it), allows pretty much anyone to carry guns around whenever they want.

    And they don't see what's wrong with that..

    (Note that their 'nothing non-edible inside anything edible' rule also means that British style Easter eggs, eg containing a packet of Cadbury's Buttons, would also be banned, as the Buttons would be in their own (non-edible) packet).

    There is a big difference between banning embedding non-edible stuff (which makes sense) and banning enclosing non-edible stuff (which only makes sense for people who are eating too quickly to pay attention to what they are doing).



  • bob171123 2010-02-26 18:23
    Wiggly Woo:
    Paul:

    No, really, it is true. Shows that some USA-ians don't know their own laws...

    http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/archives/2009_news_releases/dec_2009/12112009_4.xml


    And remember that this country which is so safety conscious that it will ban chocolate with obvious non-edible stuff encased in it (not embedded in it), allows pretty much anyone to carry guns around whenever they want.

    And they don't see what's wrong with that..

    (Note that their 'nothing non-edible inside anything edible' rule also means that British style Easter eggs, eg containing a packet of Cadbury's Buttons, would also be banned, as the Buttons would be in their own (non-edible) packet).

    There is a big difference between banning embedding non-edible stuff (which makes sense) and banning enclosing non-edible stuff (which only makes sense for people who are eating too quickly to pay attention to what they are doing).




    If you really want to see the effects of safety conscious politicians, visit a McDonald's in Bloomberg's NYC.

    Oh, and food safety and guns safety are two completely different types of safeties. It's like apples and oranges.
  • NSCoder 2010-02-26 18:26
    I keep forgetting to send you random crap, but when I do, I'd be glad to take some of that delicious salmiak off your hands, along with a sticker.
  • dkf 2010-02-26 18:35
    bob171123:
    If you really want to see the effects of safety conscious politicians, visit a McDonald's in Bloomberg's NYC.
    Given that most people here aren't about to head to NYC, even for the chance to figure out WTF you actually meant by that statement, would you care to explain which parts of safety culture in those establishments is so deserving of ridicule? Are the trays labelled as being not edible or something?
    bob171123:
    Oh, and food safety and guns safety are two completely different types of safeties. It's like apples and oranges.
    Yeah, don't point loaded papayas at people you don't intend to kill. Oh, wait; what's in that tropical fruit salad...?
  • Spectre 2010-02-26 18:47
    Anonymous Coward:
    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?


    No, because there are several Creative Commons licenses. You need to choose one. I think Wikipedia wants the Attribution-ShareAlike version.
  • Zemm 2010-02-26 18:58
    Anon:
    Yeah, don't put non-edible things in food. What were they thinking?


    How do you guys go eating fruits with seeds in them? You can't exactly call the seed of an avocado or mango edible. Are those banned too? I suppose most Americans only eat take-away/processed food so it's probably a moot point.
  • Tuuli Mustasydän 2010-02-26 20:37
    Santa:
    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!

    No need for dishwasher; if they're sufficiently crushed, just gently agitate it for a while :)
  • Mcoder 2010-02-26 21:03
    alegr:
    I want those billion dollar notes. Somebody selling those souvenirs here in US?


    First Alex got the Bad Code Offsets, now The Daily WTF is increasing the value of Zimbabue Dollar more than a trillion times! (Whatever trillion happens to mean for you.)

    When is he going to put an end on climate change?
  • Quirkafleeg 2010-02-26 21:33
    dkf:
    Yeah, don't point loaded papayas at people you don't intend to kill. Oh, wait; what's in that tropical fruit salad...?
    Disarmament in progress…?
  • Noone Really 2010-02-26 21:57
    Packaging not edible??? What are you talking about? If it weren't for the McDonald's wrappers and sacks, where would we get our roughage and fiber?
  • Brent 2010-02-27 01:13
    Yep, years ago I came back to town after being away for a couple years to find that my friends had discovered salt licorice thanks to a Dane they had befriended in my absence. It wasn't long before they tried to get me to eat some in hopes that I'd react badly. What they'd forgotten is that my mother's side is from the Netherlands (Frisian to be exact), so I'd been eating the stuff since I was a kid.
  • NoOneOfConsequence 2010-02-27 05:01
    As an American, I can say with great shame that the truth is you would probably be better off eating the packaging instead of most of what we pass off as "food".
  • Zog of Arrl 2010-02-27 05:33
    Salmiakki rocks! Great stuff! That, sauna, copious amounts of alchohol and 24hrs daylight (in summer), oh, plus the family :-) keeps me in Finland.
  • Not Given 2010-02-27 06:23
    You make Salmiakki sound almost like bad thing.

    The delightful liquorice must not be slandered.

    And it's the real stuff too, supermarket liquorice is crap.

    Was the salmiakki vodka included?



  • Tore 2010-02-27 15:01
    I'm a Norwegian. Lakrisal is absolutely delightful, and highly addictive. If the store hadn't closed one minute ago, I probably would've gone out and bought one.
  • Piotrek 2010-02-27 15:17
    I like it too! I'm from Poland and whenever I can I buy tons of salmiak. It's hard to get in Poland. Everybodo I know says, that it's awful - I love it!
  • Piotrek 2010-02-27 15:37
    Yeah...
    Today you might be able to buy a computer for this and tomorrow - might not be enough to buy a lollipop (check Zimbabwe's inflation rates)
  • e john 2010-02-27 15:48
    JamesQMurphy:
    Anonymous:

    Funny how the entire rest of the world manage to cope with the non-edible portion of the product without requiring federal legislation to protect them. What I don't understand is this - if you guys can't handle "non-edible" elements to your food, how the hell do you stop yourselves from eating the packaging?


    We don't. That's why every package of silica gel in our electronic packaging contains the phrase, "Do not eat."


    mmmm ... silica gel.
  • angelone 2010-02-27 16:53
    zomg! bassie en adriaan!
    i watched this as a child, even tough i didn't understand a word :)
    but dutch channels were the only ones the antenna on my small tv could receive :D
  • Ian 2010-02-28 01:10
    When you get to the Fisherman's Friend Salmiakki look out.

    I've been told that you Americans don't have Fisherman's Friend down there. They're probably the most foul, albeit effective, cough drop (I use them when I need them, although anyone who says they LIKE them is a liar. I like what they DO, namely clear my sinuses in under 30 seconds). Combined with Salmaik, you could probably commit a war crime with them.
  • SeanJA 2010-02-28 04:28
    Ok... so why does the bank note have one giraffe mounting the other one?
  • facilisi 2010-02-28 09:26
    SR:
    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


    You shouldn't eat those either.
  • Quirkafleeg 2010-02-28 10:12
    facilisi:
    SR:
    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
    You shouldn't eat those either.
    This one might just melt a bit. Maybe you should eat it?
  • Some Guy 2010-02-28 15:16
    Anon:
    So you'd be okay with say, a candy filled with gravel?

    Well, I'm perfectly ok with a peach that's filled with the bit you can't eat and potatos where you don't eat the green leafy bits, so yes, I believe that if someone tried to sell me candy-coated rocks, I could master the fine art of "don't eat the bit that's a rock".


    Anon:
    If they didn't already exist, do you seriously think somebody could introduce Kinder Eggs today and not see the EU have a cow about it?

    You know, I honestly never expected "the EU would do it too" to be the best possible defense of the US legislating Kinder Eggs.
  • Ari 2010-02-28 17:00
    I saw that salmiak filled chocolate from Fazer in a shop a few days, didn't have money on me and can't wait to try it!

    I'm Icelandic and I enjoy me a bit of salmiak every once in a while.
    Americans don't even know how good licorice is, but then you should taste the crap they call licorice. Proper licorice contains LICORICE root extract, and usually a little bit of salmiak. Sometimes aniseed as well. American licorice only seems to contain gelatin, sugar, red or black food colouring and some flavoring material to make it as obnoxiously sweet as possible.
  • Caffeine 2010-02-28 17:08
    We had a German guy at work who complained that the flavouring sachet that came with his wasabi peas was a bit distasteful.

    Turns out oxygen absorber isn't a very pleasant flavour...
  • Flying Finn 2010-02-28 17:43

    Anybody complaining that Americans are stupid because we don't put toys in our food is just fucking retarded.


    Actually mostly we think you are stupid because you tend to get all worked up about insignificant shit.
  • The Old Wolf 2010-02-28 21:24
    Had no idea that there was such a spectrum of salmiakki and that the palatability was so varied.

    Used to think the Serbian 500 Billion Dinar note was the largest ever printed. Zimbabwe has reached new heights...
  • omnom 2010-03-01 01:41
    All your writing about salmiak made me hungry for some. So I went to the store, and I found the most awesome thing ever: Chocolate bar filled with salmiak paste :D
  • Severity One 2010-03-01 01:54
    bob171123:
    Oh, and food safety and guns safety are two completely different types of safeties. It's like apples and oranges.

    True, I'm yet to see the first Kinder Surprise that fires armour-piercing rounds.
  • Coder 2010-03-01 03:56
    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!


    Hang on, if you can't put small toys into food, what about that American institution Cracker Jacks? or, on a more technical note, does that mean there was never a Capt'n Krunch whistle?
  • f0dder 2010-03-01 04:44
    Tyrkisk Peber and Lakrisal can't really be compared with the normal Salmiakki stuff. You really ought to try out those two... and if you don't like the Tyrkisk Peber by itself, do as already suggested: mix with vodka :)
  • Matthijs 2010-03-01 04:55
    Paul:
    enim:
    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.
    Nope, you're wrong.

    There are a minimum of eight stores on my commute that carry them. I've seen them in Seattle, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Charleston, and Miami.

    So, while what you mention *is* amusing, it qualifies more as a "factoid", than a "fact".


    No, really, it is true. Shows that some USA-ians don't know their own laws...

    http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/archives/2009_news_releases/dec_2009/12112009_4.xml

    Note the italic part of the article, not only are kinder egs illegal they are deemed so dangerous they are seen as a terrorist threat.

    ...CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country...
  • TK from Finland 2010-03-01 05:31
    I must admit that the US laws are turning out to even more ridiculous than I could have ever imagined. The comments mentioned the fruits with inedible seeds in them, how come these are not terrorist threat yet?

    <offtopic>
    Nevertheles of the terrorists, don't let the outlooks of Mämmi let you down. Some Finns love the stuff (me included, just add a bit of cream and sugar.. mmmmm..) while others dislike it. As someone said, it's like Marmite in UK. Some foreign mates loved Mämmi and some didn't get around the fact that it looks like poop.
    </offtopic>

    Anyway, what I wanted to say is that everyone should try mixing grinded original Fisherman's Friends with vodka. That stuff is the best I've ever tasted when it comes to candy flavoured vodka. I use 2-3 sachets to a 0.7 litre bottle, and the finer the candy dust, the quicker the drink is ready. Good for students etc. as one can use the cheapest vodka around...

    Happy "eating" with the Salmiakki foodstuff!
  • Howie 2010-03-01 05:45
    Regarding the black vodka (I thought it was called Sma Gra) - ffs don't forget that it's *still* vodka afterwards. The worst hangover I've ever had was the result of making up my own vodka+tyrkisk peber concoction for a party.

    Woke up after dark the next day, on the bathroom floor, with no real recollection of the last few hours of the night before.

    It does taste very nice though :-) I only ended up making my own after a Danish friend introduced something called 'Double Up' at a festival - basically a ready-made Sma Gra. Good campfire drink.
  • Danielle 2010-03-01 07:18
    I have had the unfortunate experience of Salmiak when I bought it out of a vending machine on my first trip to Finland, thinking it would be black currant sweets, boy was I wrong!
    So when I returned 8 years on I brought a some back to introduce to my unsuspecting friends.
    One year on, I have lost a few friends and still have half a box of salty liquorice delights in my possession to use on some one who may get on the wrong side of me!
  • Raw 2010-03-01 07:40
    As for the salmiak, try the Lakrisal first. It's a good starter for someone not used to salmiak, as it has more of a spicy taste than a pure salmiak taste. Strongly recommended.
  • Someone You Know 2010-03-01 07:50
    Coder:
    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!


    Hang on, if you can't put small toys into food, what about that American institution Cracker Jacks? or, on a more technical note, does that mean there was never a Capt'n Krunch whistle?


    "Inside food" != "inside a box that also contains food".
  • Another Finn 2010-03-01 07:59
    same here, luckily I have turkish pepper at home.
    Amount of salmiak in that picture, would last about 1-2 month.

    By the way they sell Salmiak alcohol in liquerstore here in finland so you don't have to made it your self(unless you want to).
  • Rope 2010-03-01 08:42
    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.


    Well, according to CIA "Norway is the world's third-largest gas exporter". So, when winds are favourable, just pass some gas in our general direction and I'll send you some salmiakki.
  • deafen 2010-03-01 08:54
    ... but Salmiyuck! has made it to Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salty_liquorice
  • Spudley 2010-03-01 08:56
    The scary thing about those Zimbabwe bank notes is just how quickly the economy went out of control.

    The 100 Trillion Dollars bank note is from *AFTER* they re-issued the currency by knocking off a bunch of zeros. Twice. And it still managed to inflate back up to the mega-trillions.

    I have a 1 Zim Dollar note at home, printed just before it went out of control. It is dated 2005. I keep it under a magnet on my fridge as a reminder of how precarious our financial security really is.

    A friend of mine who visited Zimbabwe (and also provided the 1 dollar note) told me that in the cities, he could have picked up billions of dollars that were just left lying in gutters. No-one bothered to pick them up because in the time it would take you to bend down and pick up a single note from the ground, it would have lost more than half it's value. The inflation rate is running to four or five digits.

    No-one in Zimbabwe uses cash any more. For transactions that absolutely require it, they'll use South African Rands, US Dollars, or GB Pounds. For everything else, they're simply bartering with each other.

    You'll be very lucky if you can get a bank outside of Zim to give you Zim dollars. For a start, even most banking systems can't cope with the ludicrous number of zeros. Plus, any bank exchanging Zim dollars would lose most of their money in the time it would take to exchange it.
  • Jan Høgh 2010-03-01 09:31
    Only regular Piratos, where's the SUPER Piratos?

    A large bag of Supers kept my brother and I liqurified during a 3-week stay in Uganda. One of our hosts had the courage to try, so we gave him a quarter-piece, and told him "it's okay to spit it out, if you don't like it!"

    He spat.
  • PITA 2010-03-01 10:17
    Anonymous:
    Anon:
    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?

    Funny how the entire rest of the world manage to cope with the non-edible portion of the product without requiring federal legislation to protect them. What I don't understand is this - if you guys can't handle "non-edible" elements to your food, how the hell do you stop yourselves from eating the packaging?
    You aren't supposed to eat the packaging?
  • PITA 2010-03-01 10:28
    SeanJA:
    Ok... so why does the bank note have one giraffe mounting the other one?
    Because showing two people boffing might be considered untasteful?
  • PITA 2010-03-01 10:29
    Ian:
    When you get to the Fisherman's Friend Salmiakki look out.

    I've been told that you Americans don't have Fisherman's Friend down there. They're probably the most foul, albeit effective, cough drop (I use them when I need them, although anyone who says they LIKE them is a liar. I like what they DO, namely clear my sinuses in under 30 seconds). Combined with Salmaik, you could probably commit a war crime with them.
    We have Fisherman's Friend here in New York. Tastes awful but they work.
  • PeriSoft 2010-03-01 11:05
    JamesQMurphy:
    Anonymous:

    Funny how the entire rest of the world manage to cope with the non-edible portion of the product without requiring federal legislation to protect them. What I don't understand is this - if you guys can't handle "non-edible" elements to your food, how the hell do you stop yourselves from eating the packaging?


    We don't. That's why every package of silica gel in our electronic packaging contains the phrase, "Do not eat."


    We shipped some big (in a 3x3x3 meter crate) machines via sea freight, and had to put what appeared to be five-pound bags of desiccant in the crates. I wanted to print and apply big labels saying, "DO NOT EAT", but didn't have time...

    In other news, I tried some Salmiak when I was in Finland. Given that I've never really liked licorice that much to begin with, and don't tend to add salt to my food, the result was pretty much a foregone conclusion.

    I still really like Finland, though, and I have no idea why. I dislike cold weather, love hot and muggy weather, I recoil at saunas, and I don't drink. But for some crazy-ass reason, I like Finland.
  • vtcodger 2010-03-01 11:59
    The tooth might well be from a fossil from a marine vertebrate -- possibly a whale. I used to have one similar to it from a Miocene deposit near Bakersfield, CA.
  • operagost 2010-03-01 12:04
    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.

    No, it's because of the runaway, progressive, nanny-state-ism.
  • operagost 2010-03-01 12:08
    Wiggly Woo:
    Paul:

    No, really, it is true. Shows that some USA-ians don't know their own laws...

    http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/archives/2009_news_releases/dec_2009/12112009_4.xml


    And remember that this country which is so safety conscious that it will ban chocolate with obvious non-edible stuff encased in it (not embedded in it), allows pretty much anyone to carry guns around whenever they want.

    And they don't see what's wrong with that..

    Because it's a freedom issue, not a safety issue. After all, most countries let people walk around with sharp pencils or screwdrivers (for now).
  • Christopher Masto 2010-03-01 12:43
    Don't eat it all at once. I found this on the Intergraph:

    Patients receiving [ammonium chloride] should be constantly observed for symptoms of ammonia toxicity (pallor, sweating, retching, irregular breathing, bradycardia, cardiac arrhythmias, local and general twitching, tonic convulsions and coma).
  • goes where? 2010-03-01 12:52
    Are these Haribo Piratos? You mean you get their real stuff and we get the children's stuff in old Germany? On Purpose eh?

    The glycc acid in liquorice also somewhat messes with steroid chemistry. And by somewhat, we mean the warning labels are there for a reason. Don't tell the EU or they'll ban everything.

    Luckily there are brands of 'liquorice' available that contain no liquorice at all, only ammonia. If you get these little rhombus x [0,1], some of them white, some black, you may want to read what they are actually made of .. at least I didn't find any liquorice.
  • Swedish tard 2010-03-01 13:08
    My gods! Look at all that lovely salmiak wasted on an unbeliever. :( So sad.
    Im gnna have to send you a tin of surströmming.
  • Tim 2010-03-01 13:29
    While not exactly in ATL there is an international market in Kennesaw that sells them. They across Barret from Car Max.

    Patak Meats (http://www.patakmeats.com/Welcome.html) used to sell them but I haven't visited in about a year. I'm not sure if they still carry them but they always had a nice selection of imported candies.
  • [FIN]VX 2010-03-01 15:12
    Anonymous Coward:
    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...

    Well, it's eateable if you mix it w/ sugar and cream. But we don't send it abroad, specifically not to US, 'cause they would probably try to invade Finland after suspictions of WMD.
  • One way to download your BASIC programs... 2010-03-01 17:29
    I'm fairly sure I typed in more than one BASIC program from that exact issue (and many others) of Creative Computing into my Apple ][ as a kid. I couldn't believe my dad's professorial coworkers just put these magazines outside their offices "for free"! One of them simulated the riveting adventure of a mail route with accompanying dogbites (all in text, of course!)
  • Quirkafleeg 2010-03-01 20:20
    Ian:
    I've been told that you Americans don't have Fisherman's Friend down there. They're probably the most foul, albeit effective, cough drop (I use them when I need them, although anyone who says they LIKE them is a liar.
    I like the original ones, so I must be a liar. (I don't buy them very often, though.)

    I tried one of the sugar-free ones once. It seemed somehow… weak. Flavour-free and all that. (Then again, a lot of sugar-free junk has a lot of aspartame instead. That lends its own ‘flavour’…)
  • Jonathan Wilson 2010-03-01 21:06
    I saw a computer mouse shaped like a bar of chocolate the other day. Looked ugly as sin and would no doubt have been hellishly uncomfortable to use :)
  • WW 2010-03-02 03:41
    Anonymous:
    Anon:
    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?

    Funny how the entire rest of the world manage to cope with the non-edible portion of the product without requiring federal legislation to protect them. What I don't understand is this - if you guys can't handle "non-edible" elements to your food, how the hell do you stop yourselves from eating the packaging?


    The law against non-food items in food isn't actually directed at toys. It's meant to prohibit adulterants, such as chalk in milk (it used to be done to make watered milk look milkier). But anyone living within the reach of the EU bureaucrats ought to know what happens when a bureaucracy gets a little power: They apply it as widely and as unreasonably as possible. See: Brussels. So "no chalk in the milk" gets expanded to to "no prizes in the candy". If you're not supposed to eat it (even if nobody ever would, it's illegal.

    And the people who have rules for the minimum and maximum curvature permitted in a banana have no standing to criticize anyone else's bureaucracy.
  • Bellinghman 2010-03-02 05:15
    WW:
    And the people who have rules for the minimum and maximum curvature permitted in a banana have no standing to criticize anyone else's bureaucracy.
    It's nice that that the EU has no rule for minimum curvature of a banana, then, innit?

    (Not that I have ever seen a full straight banana - must be the supermarkets that ban those.)
  • betlit 2010-03-02 05:22
    why is the magazine showing the most interesting front page covered almost entirely? :)
  • dylansmrjones 2010-03-02 06:17
    Howie:
    Regarding the black vodka (I thought it was called Sma Gra) - ffs don't forget that it's *still* vodka afterwards. The worst hangover I've ever had was the result of making up my own vodka+tyrkisk peber concoction for a party.

    Woke up after dark the next day, on the bathroom floor, with no real recollection of the last few hours of the night before.

    It does taste very nice though :-) I only ended up making my own after a Danish friend introduced something called 'Double Up' at a festival - basically a ready-made Sma Gra. Good campfire drink.


    Well, the actual spelling is "små grå" or "smaa graa" (if you don't have access to Danish characters). But yes, it is very much vodka no matter the amount of "tyrkisk peber". But great taste.

    Captcha: dolor - a terrible curse
  • Jan Høgh 2010-03-02 07:31
    Swedish tard:
    My gods! Look at all that lovely salmiak wasted on an unbeliever. :( So sad.
    Im gnna have to send you a tin of surströmming.


    I think sending surströmning in the mail should be classified as an act of war, and a crime against human rights.
  • Bellinghman 2010-03-02 07:35
    Jan Høgh:
    I think sending surströmning in the mail should be classified as an act of war, and a crime against human rights.
    I suspect it actually is illegal under postal regulations, at least those of countries that have to worry about it.

    (Anything that comes in tins that bulge that much is something I don't want to spend any time near. Happily, it's not something on sale in your typical British supermarket.)
  • Anon 2010-03-02 09:51
    Some Guy:
    Anon:
    So you'd be okay with say, a candy filled with gravel?

    Well, I'm perfectly ok with a peach that's filled with the bit you can't eat and potatos where you don't eat the green leafy bits, so yes, I believe that if someone tried to sell me candy-coated rocks, I could master the fine art of "don't eat the bit that's a rock".


    Don't be so fuck obtuse, of course it doesn't apply to fruits because nobody puts the inedible part in it, it occurs naturally.

    Some Guy:

    Anon:
    If they didn't already exist, do you seriously think somebody could introduce Kinder Eggs today and not see the EU have a cow about it?

    You know, I honestly never expected "the EU would do it too" to be the best possible defense of the US legislating Kinder Eggs.


    The US didn't legislate against Kinder Eggs, the law pre-dates the invention of Kinder Eggs by about 50 years. It's just nobody bothered to legislate an exception, which is just as well because the chocolate in Kinder Eggs is shit and the toys are crap. Either way, the law is rarely enforced (on Kinder Eggs) which is why it's easy to get hold of Kinder Eggs if you have the desire to disappoint some child with crap chocolate and a crap "toy".
  • DES 2010-03-02 09:57
    HopelessIntern:
    Salmiak, in essence, is ammonium chloride and a diahhretic.


    There is no such thing as a “diahhretic”. There are diuretics, which increase urine production, and laxatives, which induce bowel movement (but not diarrhea, which is a medical condition characterized by uncontrolled bowel movements and severe dehydration).

    As for the composition of salmiakki, it's simply liquorice with salt and ammonium chloride. The laxative effect comes from the liquorice, not from the ammonium chloride or any other additive.

    Finally, Koskenkorva is just a Finnish brand of vodka. They make a drink based on vodka and salmiakki, but saying that vodka with salmiakki is called Koskenkorva is like saying white rum with lime is called Bacardi.
  • tomppa 2010-03-02 11:24
    even better than Tyrkisk Peber with vodka is using Fisherman's Friend instead. That stuff is just too good.
  • HopelessIntern 2010-03-02 11:44
    DES:
    HopelessIntern:
    Salmiak, in essence, is ammonium chloride and a diahhretic.


    There is no such thing as a “diahhretic”. There are diuretics, which increase urine production, and laxatives, which induce bowel movement (but not diarrhea, which is a medical condition characterized by uncontrolled bowel movements and severe dehydration).

    As for the composition of salmiakki, it's simply liquorice with salt and ammonium chloride. The laxative effect comes from the liquorice, not from the ammonium chloride or any other additive.

    Finally, Koskenkorva is just a Finnish brand of vodka. They make a drink based on vodka and salmiakki, but saying that vodka with salmiakki is called Koskenkorva is like saying white rum with lime is called Bacardi.


    Thanks for clearing that up. I only had Koskenkorva once at a Finn's house when I was drunk. I tend to make turk myself.

    As for the vocabulary, English is not my native language so I apologise, the word I was looking for was "laxative", though I do believe ammonium chloride does have a laxative effect.

    Someone higher up ^ said he thought it tasted like Windex, and you would be more correct than you probably thought. The active ingredient in Windex is ammonia, which gives it the strong smell. Salmiak, as stated, is ammonium chloride; there you go.
  • DES 2010-03-02 14:49
    HopelessIntern:
    As for the vocabulary, English is not my native language so I apologise


    My native language is the same as yours.

    HopelessIntern:
    Someone higher up ^ said he thought it tasted like Windex, and you would be more correct than you probably thought.


    TRWTF is how that person knows what Windex tastes like...
  • Volker A. Brandt 2010-03-02 14:51
    Too bad they couldn't send you the Salmiakki ice cream they have in Finland.
  • Doug 2010-03-03 02:51
    I guess that rules out all non-pitted stonefruit... oh, and steaks!
  • nerfer 2010-03-03 15:03
    KinderEggs can be found discreetly in some import stores, but officially they are banned and there's been TV news reports to that effect (after which the local Polish deli pulled it off their shelf for a year). Until we found that source, we would bring them back by the dozen whenever we visited Europe.

    Interestingly, I had a friend (smart engineer) who was eating a fruit roll-up and complained that it was hard to chew, like plastic. We asked him if he was separating the roll-up from the plastic sheet it was wrapped in. Turned out he was eating it from the end like a taco. That's what they should ban, not an egg with a clearly distinct toy inside.

    How did they ever get away with the prizes in Cracker Jack or cereal boxes?
  • Fyodor Soikin 2010-03-06 22:52
    Funny how you refer to Salmiak as "the stuff". It sure seems to have some special meaning to you, duuuuuude. :-)
  • pawz 2010-03-11 19:40
    So, let me get this straight...

    Guns are ok, but toys in chocolate are banned.

    Are you sure you didn't somehow just confuse the two by accident when you were legislating ?
  • AnonymoysWriter 2010-03-17 13:34
    pawz:
    So, let me get this straight...

    Guns are ok, but toys in chocolate are banned.

    Are you sure you didn't somehow just confuse the two by accident when you were legislating ?


    Guns are for freedom but toys in chocolate are dangerous.

  • Chris 2010-03-22 13:12
    I'm eating as much Styrofoam as I can before the new laws come out.
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  • Umlimo 2010-08-30 23:02
    OK, so that stops you ravening Yanks from eating the packaging... what stops you from eating the silica gel?
  • Don't like it either 2010-10-08 13:08
    ikkeDankser:
    To me, it tastes like Windex, a window cleaner that is popular in the U.S.A.

    Actually I think salmiak is also added to some detergents.

  • hoodaticus 2010-10-09 21:06
    Anonymous:
    Funny how the entire rest of the world manage to cope with the non-edible portion of the product without requiring federal legislation to protect them. What I don't understand is this - if you guys can't handle "non-edible" elements to your food, how the hell do you stop yourselves from eating the packaging?


    You mean, we're not supposed to eat the packaging?
  • Satu 2011-05-08 03:08
    Hi, Alex

    Do you need more salmiak yet? If so, I am sure there are many people that would happily contribute.

    I love your blog, it is very entertaining. I thank you for this source of amusement! I bet this blog has put the sales figures up here in Finland. One cannot read and not buy some of the delicacy right away.

    I am looking forward to your new posts!
  • Enon 2011-09-16 09:31
    Well, considering it was our government that mandated that BS regulation, it's not a representation of the rest of our country. There are actually some of us in this ocuntry that are a)open-minded b)not complete idiots c)do not hate other countries d)and try not to make broad generalizations. Having worked on cruise ships with several different countries, the one common thing that I find from every country is their ability to poke fun at another country(the U.S. certainly included). I even spent two years in England and while the majprity of the people that were there were quite nice, I occasionally ran into the thick-headed, shit-talking, wankers that referred to every American as either a yank or septic.

    Now that point is made...every country has food that appears odd to another country that did not have it growing up. Hell, just look at some of the Asian stuff that's out there. Overall, I have tried Salmiak and think it's pretty unique. I didn't hate it, and it would probably take a few more times of eating it to get used to the taste.
  • claraetrix 2012-02-17 07:16
    >>Well, it's eateable if you mix it w/ sugar and cream. But we don't send it abroad, specifically not to US, 'cause they would probably try to invade Finland after suspictions of WMD.<<

    The Kurds gassed by Hussein had more than just suspicions, Skippy. Or didn't the indiscriminate wiping out of entire villages give you pause on the subject? And if you were allowed twelve years to hide your WMDs before the invasion began, as did the UN in buying time for Iraq, maybe even you Finns could figure out a place to ditch the stuff.
  • Brad 2012-06-21 12:23
    Just came across this. I love salmiak and it's not available *anywhere* in the Denver metro area. That spread you have before you is like a gold mine to me.