by Frode Øverli
— Yeees! Lovely goal, Pondus!
— Nifty! Swell! Group Hug!
— NO! NOO! NOOO!!!
by Børge Lund
— A river?? What’s it doing here – in the middle of the wilderness?
— Jump in it! Remember you were a marine in the military…
— Kjell! You bloody liar!
by Nils Axle Kanten
— First question in Bjarne’s Rock and Roll Bar Trivia: What was the title of the debut record of the Electric King Poodles from 1973?
— Uhh…I should probably know this.
— Who was the bassist from the same band?
— Should’ve taken this one…
— Yup, you should’ve! But I’ve got it!
— Again, same band: Name their one song that was played on the Norwegian top hit list.
— Totally blank…
— What—and how much—were you smoking at the time? We’re talking about your old band!
Han Ola og han Per
by Peter J. Rosendahl, with new translations by John Erik Stacy
— Look here ola, I got an order to clean up a nest of moonshiners here north in the county. What do you think of that?
— Gee whiz!
— But how can we find out if it is moonshine?
— Oh we have to taste it.
— Yes then, this here is moonshine.
— Same over here.
— “Yes we love this country”
This article originally appeared in the December 13, 2019, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.