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Fun fact: Widerøe is the largest regional airline in the Nordic countries. We've had a simply adorable piece of their travel advertising in the queue for weeks. Copyranter called it "the best airline spot I've seen in a long time" and insisted that "the casting, the acting, and most importantly, the idea [are] all perfect." AdFreak gushed that the commercial "triumphs" and "almost makes you believe in magic." This, friends, is the very definition of easy content.
But then we came across this other bit of travel advertising, from Japanese travel site Jalan. In this one, a cat karate-chops a watermelon. That's not the weirdest part of the commercial either, by far. There's also a monkey rolling by an indifferent kitten. On a beach ball. Of course on a beach ball. Buzzfeed turned part of the video into an animated gif. Of course an animated gif.
The United Nations released its list of the best countries to live in yesterday, and Norway came out on top for the sixth year in a row. Americans may be a bit miffed about coming in at eighth place, but for Norwegians, it's all about victory right now. Then again, we just read this, so you never know what another part of the population is thinking. Norway is notorious for its "culture of whining." Whining, church burning, etc.
The lowest ranked countries were Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Mali, Sierra Leone, and Niger. While travelers will certainly find those countries tough, Norway isn't a piece of cake for the traveler, either. It's expensive! Residents, however, enjoy high incomes and levels of education. As for the rest of the list, Iceland was named the second-best country to live in, followed by Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, Japan, and the United States.
· Norway ranked best place to live for 6th time [Seattle Times]