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While sorting through some boxes I found the first story I ever wrote about Apple Inc. Considering how much time I’ve spent writing about Apple since then I thought I’d do something a little meta and write about writing about Apple for the first time. I wrote more words about the story than appear in the original story itself. Anyway, have a look.
“Look at the open second-floor window between shutters in this photograph, and you will see two little boys. President Theodore Roosevelt’s widow, Edith, identified one of them as her husband at the age of 6, looking down from his grandfather’s Union Square mansion onto the coffin of the assassinated Abraham Lincoln on Broadway in New York in April 1865.”
More from Michael Beschloss at The New York Times Upshot blog.
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Naturally, you can’t see it in the US. It’s called “Alt For Norge” which means “All For Norway,” and puts Americans of Norwegian descent — which includes me — on a series of misadventures in Norway. They generally don’t speak the language, and for the most part are like most Americans, unaccustomed to international travel. So in the home market, it serves the purpose of entertaining its viewers by exposing newcomers to local customs. At the same time it reminding them that a lot of the stereotypes of the “ignorant American” are both intact, yet can be defeated by a healthy dose of exposure to the culture of their ancestors. I for one found it hilarious. There’s a little narration that you won’t understand unless you speak Norwegian, but practically everything else is in English. In the segment below, the remaining contestants — several competing for a $50,000 prize and a meeting with their existing relatives in Norway have by this point already been eliminated — are learning to swear. Since its Norwegian TV and not American TV, all the English swear words are included so wear headphones