Since I'm half Norwegian, this story caught my attention:
One dark night outside a small town in Wisconsin, a fire started
inside the local toyhauler manufactering company and in a blink of
an eye it exploded into massive flames. The alarm went out to all the
fire departments for miles around.
When the volunteer fire fighters appeared on the scene, the toyhauler
company president rushed to the fire chief and said: "All our secret 2007
model design files are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be
saved. I will give $50,000 to the fire department that brings them out intact.
But the roaring flames held the firefighters off.
Soon, more fire departments had to be called in as the situation
became desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president shouted out that the
offer was now $100,000 to the fire department who could bring out the
company's secret files. From the distance, a lone siren was heard as
another fire truck came into sight. It was the volunteer fire company from
the nearby Norwegian rural township, composed mainly of Norwegians over the
age of 65. To everyone's amazement, that little run-down fire engine roared
right past all the sleek newer engines that were parked outside the plant.
Without even slowing down, it drove straight into the middle of the
inferno. Outside, the other firemen watched as the Norwegian old timers
jumped off right in the middle of the fire fought it back on all sides. It
was a performance and effort never seen before.
Within a short time, the Norske old timers had extinguished the fire
and had saved the secret files. The grateful toyhauler company
president announced that for such a superhuman feat he was upping
the reward to $200,000, and walked over to personally thank each of the
brave fire fighters.
The local TV news reporter rushed in to capture the event on film,
asking their chief, "What are you going to do with all that money?"
"Vell," said Ole Larsen, the 70-year-old fire chief, "Da first thing ve
gonna do is fix da brakes on dat focking truck!"