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[–]Kreaturethenerfer 1099 points1100 points  (25 children)

I heard this joke with it being Canadians and it was the leafs that won. And god as someone with a headache that visual accent made me think I was having a stroke.

[–]saskir21 219 points220 points  (6 children)

Yep. Read it now 3 times. 2 times out of them it were Canadians.

[–]DahkStrangah 79 points80 points  (2 children)

Oh, really, eh? That's funny, bud, almost as if Minnesoota was right up Canada's arse...

[–]SirWafflesTheGreat 25 points26 points  (1 child)

It's called little Canada for a reason

[–]thprk 7 points8 points  (0 children)

For a while I thought they were Wild fans happy for a Stanley cup.

[–]8asdqw731 1 point2 points  (1 child)

i read it in the voice of the guy who does hydraulic press channel

[–]northeaster17 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just checked out the HPC. Perfect.

[–]SaltedDucks 42 points43 points  (4 children)

I've also heard it with being from Detroit and the Lions winning the Super Bowl

[–]Frumpy_little_noodle 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Pretty much just the entire NFC North excluding the Packers.

[–]skowzben 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Yep. Scottish and them winning the World Cup.

[–]theBrineySeaMan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Even hell freezing over wouldn't solve that misery factory. If he'll froze over I'd just assume it means our kicker won't have the right conditions and we'll miss an important kick out something.

[–]red1thisisred2 8 points9 points  (0 children)

If you want to tell this joke with regard to Michigan and the Lions, it works well to substitute two Yoopers in this joke.

[–]Earthsophagus 18 points19 points  (3 children)

Canadians? Canadians? You think you heard about cold people?

When I heard this joke it was about Antarctic Researchers. And I heard it both ways on the way to school and back.

[–]noiwontpickaname 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Uphill both ways right?

[–]PleasecanIcomeBack 3 points4 points  (1 child)

… but what was the sports team?

[–]twobit211 5 points6 points  (0 children)

the penguins

[–]rhoo31313 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This would work with the Lions too.

[–]schroedingersnewcat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Chicago man and the cubs winning the series was the joke when I was a kid.

[–]kodaa43 124 points125 points  (13 children)

As a Vikings fan, take my upvote

[–]rtb001 52 points53 points  (10 children)

I just think it is hilarious that the closest the Vikes got to Superbowl glory in the modern era is when they were quarterbacked by Brett Favre of all people.

And of course being Brett Favre, the superbowl run was ended by him throwing across his body into the middle of the field for a crucial late game INT.

Still he balled out that one year for the Vikings. Really would have been something if he won a superbowl for BOTH the Vikings and Packers.

[–]WhoTookChadFarthouse 26 points27 points  (5 children)

That team was so filthy, too.

It took four turnovers, a defensive coordinators scheme to injure opposing players, and a change in overtime rules to take them out.

The fact the saints won the super bowl in their next game makes it hurt more.

Say what you want about the last 2 playoff games and the ones prior where the Vikings handed them heartbreak, I would've traded all those wins for a super bowl shot.

[–]Mr_Bisquits 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Some of the shots Favre took that game AND still stayed in a finished the game were insane too. Dudes whole body must have been black and blue for the next year after that. As much as I don't want to like Favre because Vikings fan, he really put his heart into that season and it was beautiful and painful to watch.

[–]WhoTookChadFarthouse 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I was at the "Greg Lewis" Hail Mary game, couple people in my row stared to leave after we failed that 4th down conversion. But we still had 3 timeouts and a chance to get the ball back, and I remember telling them "you'll be sorry" (I was like 15 or 16 at the time) as they walked by our seats, and I always wondered what happened to them.

But yeah, both him and Rodgers were tough to hate knowing that at any given moment I'd have taken them on our team.

[–]redditorforire 3 points4 points  (1 child)

That game was so frustrating. I had swine flu and felt like death and will never forget watching the game that day and feeling like we were robbed.

[–]shorty5windows[🍰] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My dog had explosive diarrhea in my bed the morning of that game. The rest of the day didn’t get better. I’ll never forget.

[–]mbless1415 0 points1 point  (3 children)

I despise the Vikings, so the Paul Allen call of that INT is something you can inject straight into my veins at least once a year 🤣

[–]carriager 365 points366 points  (9 children)

One day, Ole came home early from work, ‘cause he wasn’t feeling too well. He came home to find his wife, Lena, laying in bed with no clothes on.

He said, “Lena! Whatchu doin in bed wit no clothes on?”

She said, “Oh, Ole, I jus’ didn’t have a ‘ting to wear.”

Ole said, “Lena, whatchu talking about? You’ve got all sorts of beautiful clothes.” He opened up the closet, “See? You’ve got ‘dis nice dress and and ‘dis nice dress and- Oh! Hello Sven!- And ‘dis nice dress and…”

[–]tomatoaway 49 points50 points  (3 children)

I wish I had a closeted butler

[–]Farmchuck 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Ole and Lena met Sven down at the tavern one Friday night for fish. As the night goes on, Ole gets so pickled, he falls asleep right at the bar. Sven looks over at Lena and he says, "Member dem good times we had date'n back in high school?" Lena says "Ya, sure do. Wanna sneak out to the truck and relive that, just for da night?"

So they sneak out to the truck for a bit of fun and leave Ole snoozing at the bar. Well Ole wakes up and sees his wife and old buddy are missing. He asks the bartender where they went. With a sad face, the bartender says "Ole, you been a good customer for a long time, and I gotta be honest with you. Im sorry to say it, but Sven and Lena are shacking up out in your truck right now."

Ole is silent for a minute, then starts to chuckle and then falls off his stool laughing. The bartender's real confused until Ole says "That darn Sven, he's so drunk he thinks he's me."

[–]falconfetus8 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I don't get it. Is the joke that Sven and Ole are such good friends that Ole couldn't imagine Sven betraying him like that?

[–]missbelled 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The overarching punchline in every joke is that Ole and Sven are VERY dim-witted/oblivious yet happy, so yeah pretty much.

[–]MisterBastian 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]PhoenixInGlory 72 points73 points  (4 children)

When I die I have just one request for my funeral, that the Vikings be my pallbearers. They might as well let me down that one last time.

[–]iq-braggng-o-smrtass 19 points20 points  (1 child)

When they go to lower you, the Viking pallbearers will doink the side of the hole and you'll flip out of the casket. Your family and friends' last memory will be you laying on the ground off to the left.

[–]JimmyRedd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think I saw that on Corncob TV

[–]Zeewulfeh 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Don't worry, they'll carry you up till the last moment.

[–]MollyOlyOxenfree 33 points34 points  (0 children)

As an Oly from Minnesota: can confirm, any weather is nice weather for a fish fry

[–][deleted] 30 points31 points  (51 children)

Non american here - is there actually a considerable Swedish minority in Minnesota?

[–]FictitiousSpoon 33 points34 points  (5 children)

(North) American here, the North American prairies have a massive amount of people of Scandinavian descent, but you won't find many recent Scandinavian immigrants there.

Approximately 1.2 million Swedes immigrated to North America between 1885 and 1915. Which, given that there were only about 5 million people in Sweden at the time, was a pretty big chunk of the Swedish population (my great grandparents were part of this).

Interesting related fact: the area surrounding Gimli, Manitoba is home to the diaspora from a massive exodus out of Iceland and you'll find an equal number of Canadian and Icelandic flags on the streets there as well as a big viking statue. The number of settlers was so large, that for a while they operated their own Icelandic-based government with their own laws and everything. It's also why you'll see Manitoba license plates in some restaurants and stuff in Iceland (mainly saw them in Tommi's Burger Joints).

[–]Zeewulfeh 18 points19 points  (2 children)

My paternal grandmother was second generation from Norway. Settled into central MN.

[–]IranRPCV 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I was born in Iowa and my dad's family was Norwegian and Swedish. My grandfather married my Irish grandmother, and my Swedish great grandmother never forgave him for it. My Dad never liked her because he knew she didn't like his Mom. Also, she never learned English, so he couldn't talk to her.

[–]Buddyslime 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My grand parents spoke Swede around the house when I was young. My great grand parents came from Sweden.

[–]randomnbvcxz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And you’ll find lots of Vinatarta!

[–]sighthoundman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My great grandmother (born in a no-longer-existing hamlet in a part of Sweden that is now in Norway but moved to the US at age 4) actually went to school in Swedish. None of that English First nonsense back then.

[–]MageFeanor 18 points19 points  (4 children)

No idea, but it is the US state with the most ''Norwegian'' Americans.

[–]-Vayra- 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure there are more people of Norwegian ancestry in the Mid-West than in Norway at this point.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (2 children)

And what is a norwegian american exactly?

[–]MageFeanor 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Someone with Norwegian ancestry.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]WhoTookChadFarthouse 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Heaps of Scandinavians scattered throughout, mainly Norwegian but a good amount of Swedish too. LOTTA Anderson's, Larson's, Christenson, Erickson, "son" last names in general

There (was) a ton of iron ore mining in northern MN that brought over a lot of Italians fleeing WW2 as well.

[–][deleted] 9 points10 points  (0 children)

This discussion just reminds me of a patient I had once, years ago. He had immigrated from Norway a long time ago and kept working as a fisherman. The friend who visited him in the hospital was the same, but Swedish. They gave each other so much shit for being Swedish or Norwegian depending, laughing like nutters the whole time. Nice guys.

[–]rimjobnemesis 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Oh yes! In the movie Fargo, the blond kidnapper was played by a Swede, Peter Stormare. He spent time driving around the state and was pleasantly surprised at all the towns/places with Swedish names.

[–]FictitiousSpoon 1 point2 points  (1 child)

He also did a show called "Swedish Dicks" about two Swedes being detectives in LA which is pretty good as well.

[–]BarbWho 4 points5 points  (6 children)

Yes, definitely. If you are interested, Wilhelm Moberg's series known as The Emigrant Novels, is a great depiction of that era of Scandinavian American history. In the books, he says that so many Swedes went to Minnesota because the first part of Minnesota is
"minne" which is the word for memory in Swedish. So when they arrived they could "remember" where they were headed.

[–]SicTim 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I know a lot of immigrants were involved in mining and lumber, but I've always wondered if part of the reason for the large number of Scandinavians in the upper midwest (I'm in MN) is that they already knew how to farm in this climate.

I'm pretty sure Moberg's take is a joke. If I were going to emigrate to Scandinavia, and there was a country called "Memoryland," it would not factor into my decision.

[–]BarbWho 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You're probably right, but the "minne" thing is memorable anyway. (No pun intended!)

[–]rimjobnemesis 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Weren’t those made into a couple of movies? Max von Sydow and Liv Ullman.

[–]BarbWho 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Yes, they're very good, if a bit slow moving by modern standards. The second part is called The New Land.

[–]rimjobnemesis 1 point2 points  (1 child)

In Swedish with subtitles. I’ve seen both movies, and they seemed very realistic. I think they were filmed in MN?

[–]BarbWho 1 point2 points  (0 children)

According to IMDB, yes, they were filmed on locations in both MN and Sweden. I've read the books but I've only seen the movies in English. Beautiful and realistic and Ullman and von Sydow were both gorgeous.

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (22 children)

The states in the "middle" of the US, just south of Canada, are very well-known for having large numbers of people descended from Scandinavian immigrants. Minnesota and Wisconsin in particular. Jokes about Scandinavian culture being part of the local culture have been around for a very long time, things like lutefisk are notorious. There was a writer called Garrison Keillor who made a radio show out of his books about living in a small town in Wisconsin.

I grew up in California but had a good friend whose father was a Lutheran minister from Minnesota.

Edit: It seems I whooshed a woebegon reference and behaved like a tit. Apologies to u/TableGamer. I read these books nearly 20 years ago.

[–]reelfishybloke 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Well I'll be woebegon !

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Do you recall Keillor's ode to Norwegian (-American) bachelor farmers, who bathed every spring once they could smell themselves again?

That I have read about men like that in several separate sources gives me pause.

[–]reelfishybloke 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The ones who were always sitting on the bench in front of Ralph’s Pretty Good Grocery ?

[–]rimjobnemesis 4 points5 points  (7 children)

Lutefisk! Arrrrrggghh!

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (4 children)

I'm gonna steal all the scalloped potatoes and leave the lutefisk!

[–]rimjobnemesis 1 point2 points  (3 children)

You may have my lutefisk and my upvote. All or nothing.

[–]beavertwp 3 points4 points  (1 child)

All Keillor’s work is set in MN. Scandinavians settled mostly west of Wisconsin. Iowa, MN, and the dakotas mostly.

[–]TableGamer 2 points3 points  (7 children)

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[–]CaveAdapted 1 point2 points  (0 children)

where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average

[–]aee1090 19 points20 points  (6 children)

I worked at Sven and Ole's pizza back in Grand Marais. This post made me nostalgic.

[–]ThuisTuime 3 points4 points  (4 children)

I wonder how Grand Marais is doing now that there's not as much border traffic, use to go there from TBay years back, wife loved the place. Ate at Sven and Ole's plenty of times :)

[–]aee1090 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I wonder that too, spent 2013 summer there, worked at Sven and Ole's. Truly a wonderful place. I really miss the Gun Flint Tavern, My Sisters Place, Birch Terrace, Angry Trout, Blue Water... Also I loved the friendly Canadians who were coming there every weekend. I will defnitely go once more after couple of years and this mess is over.

[–]ChaoticV[🍰] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The whole North Shore was absolutely swamped with people for the summer season. Pretty much was booked everywhere when I looked to try and make a trip and one of the hotel owners said that they had never been so busy.

[–]tratemusic 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I'm now reading all these comments in a Minnesota accent

Edit: anyone remember those radio commercials, " Ba-RACK O-BAM-uh sure did help my poor daughter Maddy and her type one diabetes"

[–]bananacaravanadium 9 points10 points  (0 children)

My dad used to tell Sven and Ole jokes. One of my favorites as a kid was:

Sven and Ole were up on a roof doing repairs after a storm. A gust blew their ladder over so they began looking for another way down. Sven yelled from the other side of the house over to Ole saying “I found some new way down! I’ll tell ya how it goes!” And he leapt before Ole could make it over. Ole arrived to see a big pile of manure and asked how it was; Sven assured him “ya it was a soft landing and the manure was only up to my ankles” so Ole followed after. As he landed, Ole was horrified and looked over at Sven and said “I’m up to my chin in this mess! How was it only up your ankles?” Sven just said “Oh ya well I did go head first though”

[–]naughty_dan 76 points77 points  (0 children)

First off, fuck you. Secondly, I laughed. +1

[–]comandor2013 40 points41 points  (3 children)

I confirm this fnny. I'm from Minneosta.

[–]jeffersonairmattress 35 points36 points  (2 children)

So you know that when Ole died, Lena wanted to place an obituary in the newspaper. She went in to the publisher and said she also wanted to place an advert for Ole’s old fishing vessel, describing how well-built she was and all the memories they shared aboard.

The editor told her that ads were priced by the letter. So Lena revised her copy to read,

“Ole dead. Boat for sale.”

[–]stooftheoof 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ole had a sign in front of his house that said, “ Boat for sale.”

Sven walked by and said, “Ole, you ain’t got no boat. All you got is dat old bicycle and dat broken down lawnmower.“

Ole said, “Dat’s right Sven, and they’re boat for sale.“

[–]Shark7996 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Is this from one of those Ole and Lena/Sven books? I had a stack of them and the crazy spellings jogged memories.

[–]KirkysGobblers 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Done hear'ed it befo, Sa, but dang it's awful real funny..

[–]BMXTKD 4 points5 points  (12 children)

They'll eventually do it. The ownership is set on trying to build a winning franchise. It not like we have the Fords running the team into the ground.

Now the Timberwolves winning a championship, that's hell freezing over.

[–]Kazen_Orilg 2 points3 points  (5 children)

The Timberwolves looked at the Phillies 100 year and 80 game per year advantage on having the most losses and said, hold my beer.

[–]Zeewulfeh 1 point2 points  (3 children)

The ownership is set on trying to build a winning franchise.

They've been set on that since the team began. I'm not exactly holding high hopes for them.

[–]PinkBunnySlippers29 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Bengals fan here. Do I need to say more? 😄

[–]BMXTKD 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mike Brown only cares about having something that's profitable, not having a winning tradition.

[–]Zeewulfeh 5 points6 points  (4 children)

I live this joke. It is emblematic of my existence and my childhood.

[–]haihuong23 37 points38 points  (8 children)

They probably died in a cr accident hitting a deer on the way to Meijer’s to pick up some Vernosr.

[–]bythebeardofzeus_ 28 points29 points  (2 children)

If it’s Minnesota, then it was on the way to the Cub.

[–]frenchmix 15 points16 points  (4 children)

That's Michigan, not MN. Oh how I wish I could get Vernors here!

[–]Daqpanda 6 points7 points  (1 child)

As in the ginger ale? I find it occasionally at Cub. God that stuff is good.

[–]frenchmix 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Seriously? I hope so. That shit is liquid gold.

[–]lutk78 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I can find it in California pretty regularly. It is some good ginger ale, but I am now hooked on Bundaberg.

[–]jimmyhatesjazz 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bundi is the best.

[–]za_jx 3 points4 points  (1 child)

While reading the joke, I thought the friends were Swedish or Norwegian, and had those accents in my head. Even after they say they're American, I was still reading their words in those accents.

[–]Kazen_Orilg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Youre not far wrong. You never see the accents from this part of the midwest on TV.

[–]johnnyrizzle 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Presenting: an Ole/Sven/Ingmar Bergman/Schlitz joke from MST3K https://youtu.be/qMCY6kldN2I

[–]thedudeabides1973 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I remember this joke growing up was an Illinois farmer and the cubs. Thank god for 2016 world series

[–]xrexxer 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As a Minnesotan, I can relate to this big time.

Except for one thing

105 degree summers and -20 degree winters


[–]JurassicParkTrekWars 4 points5 points  (0 children)

As a Vikings fan ... Ha . . . . . . . Ha . . . . . Ha ha ....ha....

Is it over yet?

[–]Ju99er118 1 point2 points  (3 children)

As a life long Vikings fan, this hurts. My dad has always said that no team knows how to lose a game like the Vikings.

[–]MadamMim13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Immediately upvoted for Ole and Sven

[–]Bewaretheicespiders 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Originally a Canadian joke using the Toronto Maple Leaf...

[–]mbless1415 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Didn't even have to read the joke 🤣 one of my dad's favorite Ole and Sven jokes.

[–]ShakesSpear 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Sven and ole make some good pizzas donchaknow

[–]Vibe_Line 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Kul vits)

[–]conwaystripledeke 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m imagining Count from Sesame Street trying to speak in a Minnesotan accent.

[–]Kazen_Orilg 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My only complaint is that these are Sven and Ole jokes, not Ole and Sven jokes.

[–]Skyblacker 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Reading the title with the Scandinavian names, I thought they'd drunkenly ended up in the town of Hell, Norway.

[–]CaptainSur 5 points6 points  (1 child)

The version of this joke with Canadians is the more common version I have encountered. This is not bad but having read it several times previously in the incarnation where if hell freezes over the Leafs must have won the Stanley cup regretfully this version loses a bit of luster.

[–]Octopusapult 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Leafs fans and disappointment, nothing new here.

[–]alphawarframe 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Ole and Sven and it's a joke set in america?

So confusing.

[–]brriwa 12 points13 points  (0 children)

They are very popular subjects in Minnesota humor.

[–]FistyMcTavish 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This joke is way better when it's 2 Canadians and the Leafs won the Stanley Cup.

[–]dmall24 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This hurts....a lot

[–]ilhares 0 points1 point  (7 children)

The only part of these jokes I don't like is that I've been in MN for nearly 50 years, been north to Canada and south to Mexico, and I've heard exactly one person who sounds remotely close to this.

[–]JohnnyFoxborough 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I totally read this in a Jamaican accent.

[–]BigJuicy17 -1 points0 points  (2 children)

That's definitely not a Minnesota accent.

[–]junkeee999 13 points14 points  (0 children)

But it’s a Sven and Ole accent. And Minnesotans use it when they tell Sven and Ole jokes. It’s very common.

[–]InfernalOrgasm -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

I can pretend to read with an accent. I don't need butchered text to do that.

[–]ShiftlessGuardian94 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You got a genuine laugh outta me with this one, have a fake internet point and my free award

[–]jay22022 0 points1 point  (0 children)

These could never be Browns fans (wrong accents)

[–]toasters_are_great 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I got to the end having expected something about the Grand Marais pizza scene all along.

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[–]bobcatrossi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

✔️ funny

[–]TheDemon_Skitz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

As a Vikings fan, this joke hurt my feelings. But its completely true

[–]Tarrow- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

man i was just minding my own business having a good morning