by Frode Øverli
— Aah! Good to be back at work, but my world is it rough!
— Like you wouldn’t believe!
— So there’s no possibility of you, in nothing but your white lab coat, giving me the treatment I deserve?
— Good night!
— Good night, Doctor No!
by Børge Lund
— Don’t you see that you’ve been taken in by pastel colors and play-coffee cups?
— I think it tastes great.
— That’s because it’s all packaged! Attractive and simple, but costs an arm and a leg!
— Sounds a bit like Apple…
— Hey, hey, Nico! You hear that? And now you’ll dismiss it all in some arrogant way!
by Nils Axle Kanten
— OK, let’s take “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” with the “Smoke on the Water” intro one more time!
— No! You always choose the songs. No fair!
— I get to chose all the songs all week. Daddy gave me permission!
— Huh?! How come?!
— Because Mom let you decorate the practice room!
Han Ola og Han Per
by Peter J. Rosendahl, with new translations by John Erik Stacy
— But what should I do today then?
— Suppose you start killing the potato bugs. I will fix up the sprayer for you and mix up some poison.
— “Sprayer”—“poison”—Can you imagine what that is?
— Oh boy! Oh boy! How it’s full of them.
— [Patriotic song] “How lovely is my fatherland, the sea-surrounded Norway”—
This article originally appeared in the August 9, 2019, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.