A riot erupted at a school in Gothenburg, Sweden after an Instagram account began uploading pictures of teenage girls along with their names and purported sexual exploits. Police estimated around 600 angry students assembled at Plusgymnasiet high school to confront who they suspected was behind the Instagram account, and a number of lampposts and automobiles in the vicinity were vandalized as a result.
The latest holiday catalogue released by Sweden's toy retail chain Top Toy is making some buzz for breaking the gender-role stereotypes in its product pages, which features girls with Nerf guns and boys with doll houses and Hello Kitty. According to Jezebel, Top Toy's gender-swapped catalogue may have been inspired in part by the widespread debate over the issue of gender equality that has been ongoing for the past few years in the Scandinavian nation. Hat tip goes to The Mary Sue.
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It was only a matter of time before Sweden's democratic experiment of a Twitter account, @Sweden, imploded into a PR nightmare -- a different citizen takes over the handle every week, with very little oversight (or apparently, vetting) from the Swedish government.
This week's empowered Swede is Sonja, a single mom who took advantage of her kids' nap time today to ask @Sweden's followers:
"Whats the fuzz with jews. You can't even see if a person is a jew, unless you see their penises, and even if you do, you can't be sure!?"
Naturally, her ignorance of history, social graces, and the fact that she currently represents an entire country has garnered all kinds of criticism -- and unfortunately, prompted further follow-up tweets from the clueless 27-year-old, culminating with this gem: "The question seems to be sensitive and complicated. And a little bit…..… infected. So…. yes. See you later, I have stuff to do!"
VisitSweden, the company in charge of the account, says Sonja's tweets won't be deleted. According to the social media manager: "We are laying a puzzle showing a multifaceted and genuine image of Sweden. One piece at a time — curator by curator, tweet by tweet. We focus on the big picture and not on any single tweet."
Involuntary Dye Job of the Day: Blond Swedes from the town of Anderslöv had their hair involuntarily dyed green after a plumbing problem resulted in a high concentration of cooper in their shower water.
Officials initially believed the water itself was to blame, but tests showed the copper levels were normal.
It was eventually discovered that pipes and water heaters in Anderslöv's newer homes were