Lithuania, Apocalyptica, Finland, Conan O'Brien

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Location of Baltic states

Just a bit of randomness. I came across a video yesterday on Lithuanian landscapes here:

Some might recognize that song as One by Metallica. It's played by a Finnish group called Apocalyptica, which is a group of professional cello players that first came to prominence with a CD of Metallica cover tunes played on the cello. Recently they've moved from simple cover tunes to their own songs, and here's one of them live:

Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn't include this video of Conan O'Brien's trip to Finland:

The reason he made it was because of this:
After meeting Finnish actor/director Lauri Nurkse on October 11, 2005, O'Brien discovered that he was popular in Finland, and began a long running joke that he resembles the first female President of Finland, Tarja Halonen. After joking about this for several months (which led to the recurring segment "Conan O'Brien Hates My Homeland" and his endorsement of her campaign), O'Brien traveled to Finland and appeared on several television shows, and met President Halonen. The trip was filmed and aired as a special.
The best part of the video starts from about 3:55 in, as O'Brien instructs the visitor to the country on how to say "welcome to Finland" in Finnish (hint: it's not even close to Finnish).


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