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TPR's 2009 Scandinavian Tour--UPDATE: Linnanmaki
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Postby Nrthwnd » Wed Jul 08, 2009 6:44 pm

Where is that red-ponchoed guy... anyway, Chuck?


Awesome parks, even in the rain - the buffet at the LegoLand park was cool. And plentiful. And quite good.

And that river falls "tour" at Somerland Syd was..... oh well, it's too bad a lot of the guys on tour didn't actually do the ride, hmm? It made eventually getting (sort of) soaked kind of worth it, in a twisted non-pc kinda way, lol!

The rain on these tours really makes us work our butts off with what we can do in such weather, especially when the coasters are still available, lol. Damn we're good TPR Tourists!

Another great ongoing TR, Chuck.
Thanks in advance for more more more!

(Edit to add the LegoLand boat cave tour was pretty fun, too. All them pirrrates and swabbies an' lefties and.... it was cool.)
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Postby cfc » Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:47 pm

Chapter 6: During the Deluge, Part 2--Farup Sommerland & Tivoli Friheden

We achieved new levels of wetness (and not in the fun way) at our next stop. This was a another two-park day, starting with Farup Sommerland.

Farup is like the coolest summer camp ever: rustic setting and buildings, plenty of chances for bodily injury, which don't involve a machete-wielding maniac in a hockey mask (I think that's an upcharge); and, of course, rides (never had rides at my old summer camp). Seriously, Farup is a beautiful, nicely maintained park that isn't afraid to run most of its attractions in the pouring rain.

Imagine that.

There's a good assortment of stuff here, including an obstacle course over leech-infested waters (not kidding here), speed boats (which aren't an upcharge), and these coasters:

Lynet--I think Gerstlauer is on the way to becoming my favorite ride manufacturer. First, Fulch at Hansa, and now this launcher at Farup. This little ride packs a wallop, with some nice airtime hills and a few surprises for first-time riders. ERT on this sucker was great (even in the rain).

Falken--GCI recently did some retracking work on this S&S woodie, but couldn't quite solve all its problems. Robb summed this ride up perfectly: "Fun-fun-fun, shuffle-shuffle-shuffle, fun-fun-fun, shuffle-shuffle-shuffle." I think the former cancels out the latter, for the most part--I enjoyed Falken (especially when the "Sword of Power" came into play).

Mine Expressen--You know, Vekoma makes a pretty dang good kiddie coaster. This one was a little better than average.

Flagermusen--This is a rather painful spinning mouse that doesn't really spin. But at least it's themed to bats. Bats are cool.

Next up was a brief stop at a aomewhat more "urban" park, Tivoli Friheden. This is a nice, family-oriented place that, nevertheless, had one of the most intense attractions anywhere--the SCAD freefall tower. The coasters were an oddball bunch:

Cobra--This is the "off-brand" inverted that derailed shortly after debuting last year. Well, it's back together now. It's better than your average Vekoma SLC, but still not very good.

Orkanens Oje--This is a standard Pinfari looper. You'll wonder how much chewing gum and baling wire is needed to hold it together.

Tyfonen--Another nonspinning spinner. Ho hum.

Dragen--A Wacky Worm with dragon trains. OK for what it is.

Friheden has a pretty good dark ride--a hotel full of serial killers! It's a bit beat up, but most of the gags work and the opening "elevator" gag is great. Plus, while there, you can "eat the American Way" at "Mr. Big's."

Here's a look at a soaking wet day. The picture quality isn't the greatest, but the staff at both parks were--thanks for a great day!
Hey there, Druids! Just because you follow an ancient pagan religion doesn't mean you have to look drab while doing it--not when there's new DruidWear! Robes and hoods in all colors of the rainbow!
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Hmm--relative humdity looks to be about 200% today.
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Like a little rain is going to stop us!
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Mike, you look like dry cleaning.
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Prepare to feel as though you are being stung by thousands of bees.
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Oh my god! Someone forgot to check those poor animals' restraints! They're all gonna die!
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And off go the TPR Druids to the High Temple of Lynet.
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I guessed it's themed to a logging train gone amok, or something,
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OK, why is there a picture of a kid in the smoking area? Who installed these "Hags" cans--the American Tobacco Association?
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The mysterious TPR Druid mass begins.
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Everybody begins the chant: "O-o-o-o-o-o-o . . .
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. . . cr-a-a-a-a-a-a-p!"
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Who would've thought paganism could be so much fun!
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Yes, this is like a Druid orgy for coaster enthusiasts.
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Hey, who needs Stonehenge?
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We got Lynet!
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Now that's what I call a mass!
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Farup provided sandwiches and hot coffee for our next ERT session on . . .
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. . .Falken!
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As you can see, the rain contiunes to fall.
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But we care not, for WE HAVE THE POWER!
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Find the masked wrestler.
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"Aw, it ain't that wet! Bring it on!"
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"Pass the sword! Pass the sword!"
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"We're passing the sword! We're passing the sword!"
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"Hmm," thinks Kristen. "If I had the Sword of Power, I would show them all! Yes, sweet, sweet vengeance would be mine!

"If I ever needed vengeance for something."

More to come from Farup.

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Postby cfc » Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:15 pm

Hello again, Druids! We at DruidWear would like you to keep this in mind:

Stonehenge--cold and gray.
DruidWear products--hot and sassy!

We now return you to Farup Sommerland.
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Now that is one big slug. Perfect day for him, though.
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"That ERT session was so cool, but so long! I can't hold it any longer! Ah-h-h-h-h . . ."
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And now, another attraction you'll probably never see at a U.S. park.
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Here's your chance to reenact the boat chase from "The World Is Not Enough" or "Live and Let Die." (Just pick your favorite Bond.)
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"What are you? Some kinda doomsday machine?"
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"I could so kick Pierce Brosnan's ass."
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"Bleah! Bleah! I'm a bat! Aren't you terrified?"
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Hey! Pull down that lapbar before ya get hurt!"
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Er, Mark--do you realize you're sitting next to a psycho?
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And the rain continues to fall. Yet I was stupid enough to ride this.
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Here we see an ancient British custom dating back to the days of the Celts. The "Alpha Male" is taunting a would-be challenger with a sharp object, such as a pointed stick or, in this case, a brolly.
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Somebody help Fran before he's swept away! Or else he may miss . . .
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. . . lunch . . .
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. . . and beer!
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OK, here is the most insane attraction at Farup--the maze and obstacle course. In the rain.
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"Hmm--this is a Sword of Power, not a Compass of Power. Where the hell are we?"
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Cry havoc . . .
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. . . and let the mayhem begin!
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Just before he was decapitated by a tree.
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"Me crawl in hole! Haw, haw, haw!"
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"No. It's better if I can't see what I'm doing."
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Thoughtful host that he is, Robb dries off the monkey bars.
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Larry found his own way across.
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On the way out, one last look at Lynet . . .
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. . . and Falken. Thanks for the great day, Farup--off to Friheden.

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Postby cfc » Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:33 pm

Just because you're a Druid, doesn't mean you can't look stylish.

DruidWear--look hot at your next Solstice festival!

And now, Tivoli Friheden.
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So, just what is there at Friheden, anyway?
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Well, there's enormous underwear, . . .
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. . . this forbidding structure, . . .
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. . . and, of course, coasters, such as this Pinfari death machine.
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Grit your teeth, everyone . . .
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. . . and hope that the chewing gum holds!
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Phew! Made it!
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And now, Cobra, courtesy of . . .
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. . . Sartori! ("It stays on the track, or double your money back.")
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It does have comfortable, cool-looking trains.
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"Yes--it is a good day to die."
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Yeah, that looks a little messed up . . .
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. . . but it wasn't as rough as, say, Mind Eraser at SFA.
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"Well. That certainly was . . . different."
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Remember--no spinning!
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"Pass the . . . oh, cut it out!" One more set of pics to come.

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Postby cfc » Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:46 pm

DruidWear would like to announce it's new line of formal attire: DruidTux! Yes, tuxedo versions of those classic robes we all know and love, available for sale or rental!

And what do you have to wear under your DruidTux? Not a damn thing!

We now return you to Friheden.
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Look, Scottish Steve! It's another dark ride!
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Yes, Steve's enthusiam for this type of attraction is, indeed, infectious.
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Don't worry--Lou will protect you.
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Why, isn't this just so cozy and domestic.
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Of course, some suburban housewives can be sort of scary.
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"Hey! Occupado here!"

"Sorry--we'll wait."
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And now, for a mere $10 American, Friheden will take you up about 140 feet or so, . . .
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. . . dangle you from a cable, . . .
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. . . then drop you into this enormous net!
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The net was absolutely soaked! It was like dropping into a swimming pool.
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You know what you need after freefalling over 100 feet? A big box of fried stuff from Mr. Big! (Seriously, I got a "small" box of fried chicken that probably held two or three pounds of food.)
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Always nice to meet a fellow American when traveling in a foreign land.
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Yeah, I did the SCAD Tower, and I got the shirt to prove it. That's all for now.

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Postby ginzo » Sun Jul 12, 2009 1:48 pm

Great memories. I remember a hot Danish chick ride operator on the kiddie coaster at Tivoli Friheden telling me, as I struggled to fit into the restraint, "This coaster; it is for children!"
"There's nothing wrong with it. It just needs some tweaking,"

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Postby cfc » Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:14 pm

Chapter 7: After the Deluge--Djurs Sommerland and Tivoli Karolinelund

Well, I had just about all my clothes rung out by the time we rolled on to our next two parks. My sweatshirt required a whole extra day to finish drying, though. At least we didn't have to dress like Klansman or Druids when we visited Djurs Sommerlund.

Djurs was one of the most anticipated parks of the tour. Like Farup, it's has the vibe of an enormous summer camp, complete with elaborate playgrounds, plenty of chances for bodily injury, and three well-themed areas: to the Wild West (what, again?), the jungles of Africa, and, aye, pirates.

And how many summer camps come with Intamin goodness? The park has only three coasters, but one is plenty when it's . . .

Piraten--This is the first Intamin megalite I've ever ridden, and it delivers nearly as much of a punch as its larger cousins, like Expedition GeForce. Arr, thar be plenty of airtime despite yer being lashed to the rigging like yer ridin' out a typhoon! And he who don't fancy the pyrate themein' be a poor excuse fer a lubber, sez I! [Pirate Mode disengaged.]

Thor's Hammer--This is a slighly disappointing Gerstlauer Bobsled. It just isn't in the same league as Tripsdrill's, but the station is nicely themed, if you're into big, hairy guys with hammers.

Karlo's Taxi--It's a Wacky Worm. Karlo must be some sort of freak.

The flume and rapids rides are pretty good (nicely themed), and Chico and Poachers is a very odd combination of Disney's Jungle Cruise and Phantasialand's Hollywood Tour.

Tivoli Karolinelund is another small, urban park--more of a credit stop, actually. But it seems to have a good local following (a bunch of high-school jazz bands were performing while we were there), and it makes for nice evening out. There's a good dark ride and interesting selection of flats, but the coasters aren't particularly special:

Boomerang--The name says it all--standard-issue Vekoma (not the best, not the worst).

Looping TL59--This was probably the roughest Pinfari of the trip.

Caterpillar--Once again, it's our old friend the Wacky Worm. The TPR takeover of this thing was actually pretty hilarious.

Here's a look at an enjoyable, dry day.
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And now, a word from our sponsor. "Let's face it--once you take away your guns, knives, clubs, and vacuum cleaners, you nearly hairless bipeds are no match for your average housecat! Ya got no teeth! Ya got no claws! And ya couldn't outrun or outjump your average Basset hound! That's why you need the Angus McNasty School of Self-Defense! Are you ready to get as McNasty as you can be?"
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Ah, that's better!
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Everyone nice and dry? (Not to mention sober?)
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"Hmm--now where is that Wacky Worm?"
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Hey, here's another chance to get hammered, folks!
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Behold the Sacred Inverted Hidden Mickey of Thor!
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"From the rainbow Bridge of Asgaard! Where the booming heavens roar! You'll behold in breathless wonder, the God of Thunder, Mighty Thor!" Everybody sing it! Excelsior!
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Nice place ya got here, Mr. Thor.
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Yeah. Nice landscaping.
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And with the Thunder God's blessing, ERT began.
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Crash! Of thunder. 'Cause it's Thor's ride.
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"I see your hunger for a fortune/Could be better served beneath my flag . . ." Arr! Belay that Emerson, Lake, and Palmer bilge! This be Piraten!
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"Arr! Love, excitin' and new!/Come on board! It be expectin' you!/The Love Boat . . . arr!"
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Dead men smell no snails! Avast, that don't sound quite right, even though dead men can't smell. Well, they do smell, but they can't smell, if ye takes my meaning, matey.
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Are ye lashed in good and tight, lad? Thar be rough water ahead!
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Hoist high the Jolly Roger!
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And remember, pirates don't say "whe-e-e-e-e!"
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Pirates say "Ar-r-r-r-r!"
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Fire as yer guns bear!
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"Aye, it be too late to alter course now, mates . . ."
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Arr! Ruddy Disney lawyers! Laid a cease-and-desist order on my pirate talk, they did!
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Did they not see me quotation marks? I'd a given the lubbers full credit! Draw yer cutlasses, lads! Time to teach 'em a wee bit about "fair use"!
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Avast! The park be open now! Blast!
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So, the ERT be over. Aye, and fine ERT it were! Thankee, Djurs!
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What are you gawkin' at? Get that craft shipshape! We sails with the tide!

More to come from Djurs Sommerlund.

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Postby cfc » Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:35 pm

Hello--Angus McNasty here, and I could rip your face off before you even knew I was in the room! That's why you need to defend yourself the McNasty way!

Here's lesson #1: Always carry a ball of yarn. When you're confronted by a cat, just toss the yarn, allowing it to unroll. The cat will instantly become confused, then playful. Then you run like hell!

Stay safe!

Back to Djurs Sommerland.
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Hmm--I didn't know that the chilly Colorado flowed through Denmark.
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I really have to review my geography.
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This is the line for the . . .
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. . . Wacky Worm! Yes, the Wacky Worm. It's like Piraten for little kids . . .
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. . . and cheap credit whores.
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Djurs will now take you back to Old Mexico.
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Just look at the beautiful countryside . . .
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. . . and colorful friendly locals.
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"Hey, gringo--you got a cigarette?"
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Hmm--it appears we have some "colorful" locals of our own.
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Now here is a strange attraction to find in Scandinavia.
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Yes, it is a very nice Wave Swinger.
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And it's rather "patriotic."
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Ride it, or the terrorists win!
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It's wetter waiting in line than it is riding the swings.
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I think "y'all" is Danish for "Have a nice day," or something. More to come from Djurs.

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Postby cfc » Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:13 pm

Let's face it, when you lack teeth and claws, you're just not going to last long in the cat world. And your world will be "Cat World" one day. It's only a matter of time.

So, here's another way you can appease, er, defend yourself from your feline overlords.

Lesson #2: Always carry a can of Fancy Feast. When confronted by aa gang of aggressive cats:

1. Pull can from pocket.
2. Grasp pull ring with index finger.
3. Pull ring, open can.
4. Check that ring! Make sure it's on the index finger. If so, discard it.
5. Throw can of Fancy Feast at feline attackers.
6. Run like hell the other way as they feast!

Simple, isn't it? Back to Djurs Sommerland!
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The following story is true. The names have been changed to protect the innocent.
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This is Chico--a sweet, innocent-looking chimp. But behind that huggable exterior beats the heart of a sociopath. A killer.
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"You know a chimp named Chico?"
"No, but we know a chump named Rico."
"Don't get cute with me, gentlemen."
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"I'm on a one-way trip to hell, baby!"
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Not even Albert Einstein, the Father of Modern Physics, is safe from Chico and his gang.
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"Hey, Einstein! E = MC THIS!"
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"Chico? Hmm--no officer. I don't know no Chico. And I don't know what happened to that, who was it, Eisenstein dude, either. Yeah, what do I care about some Russian movie director?"
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"Hey, no one disses the Father of Montage when Chico is around!"
"Aghh! Chico! I didn't mean it, man!"
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Soon Chico was out of control. No one in the jungle was safe.
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Even his old boss, Kong, was scared to death of Chico.
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But, as his type always does, Chico had one fatal weakness. Banana daquiries.
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Yeah, it's a story I've seen a million times. Chico was on top of the world--but it was a long fall to the gutter.
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Yep--it's another obstacle course.
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Me Larry. Me swing big rope.
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Me Dave. Me pull groin muscle.
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Me Divv. Me need little help here.
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Perhaps you guys in the net would like to be alone for a while?
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Here's how they hoop it in England.
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And here's how they hoop it in Scotland.
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Arr, and here be one last look at Piraten, because it does an old seadog's heart good. We drops our anchor at Karolinelund next.

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Postby cfc » Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:34 pm

So, to review, what are the two things you need to defend yourself from an aggressive cat?

1. Yarn
2. Food

Yeah, you can't really defend yourself--you can only make the cat happy and hope for the best.

And you heard it here first at the Angus McNasty School of Self-Defense. Good luck, meat bag!

Enjoy this look at Tivoli Karolinelund.
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Just in case you forgot where we were going.
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What happens in Karolinelund stays in Vegas.
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And now, the cleverly named "Boomerang."
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Old-school Boomerang, too.
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You know what it's like.
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Yep--it's "looping," alright. Couldn't very well do anything else.
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Will their joy be short-lived?
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"Well, it's not a Boomerang, but I guess it will be OK. Right, Dave?"
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Nice paint job though--very fresh looking.
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Hmm--this is really putting the structural integrity of the Wacky Worm to the test here.
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Karolinelund also provided some unexpected ERT on the ghost train, too. Thank you!
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I blame the electromagnetic field generated by a supernatural entity for the blurriness of this photo. Just look at the stream of ectoplasm following them! Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Ghost Hunters on the Sci-Fi, er, SyFy Channel!
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"Hmm--I not getting anything on my EMG meter. Nope. No ghosts here."
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Big Grinning Death's Head says, "Peace out." Thanks for a nice evening, Karolinelund!


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