Skip to comments.Can of fermented fish, stuck in roof eave, is raising a cabin's roof
Posted on 02/11/2014 5:42:30 AM PST by JoeProBono
TRYSIL, Norway, A 25-year-old can of fermented herring is swelling in the eaves of a Norwegian cabin and is literally raising the roof, its owner said.
Cabin owner Inge Haugen said the forgotten can of "surstromming," an odorous Swedish delicacy left over from a 1990 party, is stuck in the eaves of his Trysil home and the bulging container has raised his roof 2 centimeters (about 4/5 inch).
"We had three cans. We ate two and my husband took the third and put it up under the roof because we had eaten enough. Then he forgot about it," Bjorg Haugen said. "There's going to be a gruesome smell."
News of a "disarmament" of the can set for Feb. 18, involving fermented herring expert Ruben Madsen of Sweden's Surstomming Academy, has caused hundreds of people to notify Haugen they intend to watch in person, the Swedish news website TheLocal.se reported.
"There are going to be more people here than there were at Barack Obama's inauguration," Haugen said with a laugh.
Madsen, though, said the aging can poses no risk to the public.
"There really isn't any risk of an explosion. Some fermented herring might come spurting out when we open it, and yes, it will smell," Madsen explained.
Are things really so slow in Norway that opening a can of rotted fish will draw a crowd?
quisling eponym: a traitor who collaborates by serving in the invaders puppet government
How drunk was her husband that he thought the perfect place to store surstromming was under the eaves?
And......wait for it......a Norwegian who went over to the Nazis.
Take it out and shoot the can with a .357. I love shooting swollen cans.
I bought a can of fresh crab meat from the deli and instead of putting in the fridge, put it in the pantry. About a week to ten days later I had the good fortune of finding it. The can was doubled and about to burst at the seams. I delicately picked it up like picking up a bomb...and carried it out side. I then threw it into the lake behind our house. Just before the can hit the water it exploded.
The Lutefisk Wars
Perfect food to honor Black Heritage Month. No one can say you are “reicis” if you do it. Can’t use fried chicken or watermelon anymore!
Black pudding blood sausage.
Reminds me of a story I read awhile back. Couple divorcing, bitter fight over house, one of them got creative( whoever lost the house, I forget) and packed the hollow curtain rods with seafood. The stink drove the winning spouse crazy, nothing worked to deodorize the house. Eventually they found the cause. NOTHING stinks like rotting seafood.Evil but brilliant revenge.
Franks paranoia rages on as he checks the Swamp for booby traps. However, his suspicions may be confirmed when he sees two locals burying a large container just outside camp limits. Franks rounds up some enlisted men as a makeshift bomb squad and searches out the buried container. Fearing a powerful explosive, the container turns out to be a kimchi pot, one of millions buried all over Korea.
I just added him to my LinkedIn.
Born Friday 13 February 1948. Father (Norwegian) Priest in Methodist church and Mother (Swedish) Professional Mother always present when needed and still are.
Ruben is married, has 4 grown up children (3s, 1d), 3 grandchildren, 2 brothers, 1 sister.
Started as a professional clown 22/2 1972. Awarded with State cultural price 1978. Clown of honour at USSR State Circus School in Moscow 1982.
He has toured in all Scandinavia and Nordic Countries including 2 times in Faeroe Island, 7 times in Iceland [photo] and 6 times in Greenland [photo]; visiting 47 places giving 94 performances touring with dog sledges, helicopters and boats. [The film: "Like a Fly] Also (several times), toured in USA, England, Scotland, Holland, Poland and Soviet Union (Russia, Georgia, Yalta, Siberia, Baltic States).
He is the only western circus performer / Clown that worked in a USSR Circus production, touring in Soviet Union periodically during years 1988 - 1993. [photo]
Clownen Ruben has also participated in classical drama festivals like;
Reykjavik Arts Festival,  Festspelen in Bergen Norway,  Jelenia Gora Festival Poland, Stockholm Water Festival Sweden and many more.
For several years Clownen Ruben works as a consultant for several companies like; Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, Scandinavian Cellulosa AB (SCA), state, province and regional administrations. More. Titled: "Company philosopher".
He builds company cultures and upgrades systems for employees; Motivation, participation, quality, communication and more.
Ruben lives on Ulvön. A tiny little secluded island (5m1m) in North Sweden where, during summer, he runs the prestigious Anrika Café Måsen (Café Seagull).
He also produces "Surströmming" (fermented herring) which is a sybarite and very special north Swedish delicacy.
Ruben holds the title "Preses" as President of SurströmmingsAkademien. [Fermented Herring Academy]
His idea of life quality is; Working maximum 4-5 month a year. Rest of time reduce costs by; Fishing, hunting, picking mushrooms and berries. Cut wood for heating. Cook, eat and drink well. Visit friends. Climb mountains [hobby] and participate in emotional / cultural / philosophical activities. Ruben is very, very much in love in his wife Agnetha
Best opened under water.
Interesting. He left his role as “Company Philosopher” off his LinkedIn bio.
Seems the glass is half full of snaps, Akvavit???
You can only tolerate it that way and supply yourself with beer as well as a chaser. The first and ONLY time I was introduced to this “specialty” of raw “food” I threw up even flushing it down with snaps/beers.
May I then please have some gravad laks, or smoke Salmon instead.
I think the word you are looking for is Schnapps. As for the rest, LOL! You make the whole surstromming ‘experience’ come vividly to life. Thanks for the insight. (And just think how strong that fish had to be, to actually raise the roof. The best comment on the whole thread was, ‘how drunk did the man have to be to think under the eaves was the best place to store surstromming’.)
That is my father inlaw, just add a beard.
They need to put a couple open cans in the “Black House to chase out this whole criminal administration!!!
Lol. The thought did occur to me, when I saw the man carrying the can with special equipment, while wearing a gas mask, that surstromming could be weaponized. Allow the cans to ferment to the point of near-explosion. Then lob a few hundred of them into the enemy camp. The opposing forces will be temporarily incapacitated by nausea/vomiting, allowing the attackers to sweep in and clean up unopposed.