Sweden v. Metallica (Parts I & II)

Sweden declares heavy metal a public health problem:

A Swedish man is to receive sickness benefits for his addiction to heavy metal music.

The lifestyle of 42-year-old dishwasher Roger Tullgren from Hässleholm in southern Sweden has been classified as a disability by the Swedish Employment Service, which has agreed to pay part of Tullgren’s salary, and his new boss has given him special dispensation to play loud music at work.

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Apparently disabled is no longer a medical term. This guy sounds like real employee of the month material. They’re lucky to have him.

Tullgren says he has always had difficulty holding down a job, mainly because he is absent most of the time.


Only two month ago, a Swedish couple petitioned their government to name their daughter, Metallica.

In Sweden, both first names and surnames have to be officially approved. On the banned list are “offensive, unsuitable or inappropriate” titles, as well as those which might “cause discomfort for the one using it”.

Michael and Karolina Tomaro have already baptised the six-month-old headbanger but, despite a ruling by Goteburg’s County Administrative Court that there was “no reason to block the name”, came unstuck when they “tried to register the name with tax authorities before applying for a passport”. Officials didn’t much like the Metallica tag, and sent the case to a higher court for consideration.

Karolina Tomaro bemoaned: “We’ve had to cancel trips and can’t get anywhere because we can’t get her a passport without an approved name.”

Which proves, once again, that Swedes love metal.

Worst Lullabye Ever:

Later that month, the government relented. The Metallica Tomaro World Tour can proceed as planned.

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The Wall Street Journal analyzes the nascent baby-naming industry helping parents brand their newborns.


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