March 8, 2013 |
The "Dude Perfect" of kicking footballs -- Havard Rugland of Norway -- is trying to get a job in the NFL without having played the American version of football. Rugland is known as "Kickalicious" since his video of trick kicks went viral last year. Rugland, who has been working out in La Jolla with former NFL kicker Michael Husted, makes an amazing array of kicks through the uprights from incredible distances and angles, not to mention trick kicks into garbage cans, baskets, into a boat on a lake, etc. The biggest problem with the video is that he takes a big run at the ball during lengthy kicks and is often holding the ball or having a friend toss it into the air. He's rarely taking a two- or three-step approach and kicking the ball off the ground, which is necessary in the NFL. At 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds, though, he has plenty of power in his leg to attract the attention of Husted and NFL personnel.
February 20, 2013 |
Ride enthusiasts are already drooling over a multi-launch roller coaster coming to a Swedish amusement park that promises six inversions and a series of near-miss encounters with other rides dotting a wooded hillside terrain. Photos: Projekt Helix megacoaster at Liseberg Dubbed Projekt Helix, the $30-million coaster is set to debut in spring 2014 at the Liseberg amusement park located outside Gothenburg, about equidistant between Oslo, Norway, and Copenhagen, Denmark, along Sweden's west coast.
January 24, 2013 |
Edvard Munch would be 150 this year, and his most famous (and famously lampooned) artwork, "The Scream," has inspired an offbeat tourism campaign. Visitnorway hopes to make the world's longest "scream" film in honor of the artist's milestone birthday. The tourism agency has produced a few minutes of screams (exhilarating, exciting, blood-curdling, take your pick) and encourages folks from around the world to add their voice via webcam or video to the existing film. Folks can scream anywhere, any place, any time, and post their entry on the tourism website to become part of the film.
December 26, 2012 |
The theme park industry will take a deep breath in 2013 after the launch of several landmark attractions and with more groundbreaking projects on the horizon. The last few years have seen several theme park additions that have altered the industry landscape and set attendance records -- from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure to Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure. The future promises even more theme park innovation in the form of Shanghai Disneyland in China and Avatar Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.
August 26, 2012 |
On Friday, a Norwegian court ruled that Anders Behring Breivik, who mowed down 77 people in a bombing and shooting rampage in Oslo in July 2011, was sane. It was a verdict that many had waited for, one ensuring that the cold and loveless man who carried out the country's worst bloodbath since World War II would be held responsible for his actions and not dismissed as a helpless victim of his sick mind. It was also the verdict that Breivik himself wanted. He loathed the idea of incarceration in a mental facility, a fate he called "worse than death," and insisted during the 10-week trial that his fertilizer bomb and machine gun were necessary instruments to stop what he viewed as a creeping Muslim takeover of Europe.
August 16, 2012 |
Rivals Netflix and HBO will soon go head-to-head in Scandinavia. The two companies announced within hours of each other late Tuesday and early Wednesday that they plan to launch in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Netflix said it would debut by the end of 2012. HBO did not provide a specific date. Netflix has been aggressive about expanding into international markets. The service launched in Canada in late 2010, in Latin America one year later, and in Britain and Ireland this year.