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May 17th - Constitution Day in Norway

In honour of the day.

This entry was originally posted a year ago. I am reposting it for the benefit of thsoe interested, and have modified it as appropriate.

To start off, is a song that, while not the actual national anthem, still is one of the most popular national songs in Norway. It is sung to the tune of Obligasjonsmarsch No. 2, a marched composed in Sweden as part of a campaign for warbonds. The two first verses were written for a variety-performance in Oslo during WW2, but the German censorship-authorities rejected the song, as being too national and potentially revolt-inciting. This of course led to the song being an underground hit. In the days following the liberation in May 1945 a third verse was added. The song is easy to sing, and is a regular at this time of the year.

Norge i rødt, hvitt, og blått - Norway in Red, White and Blue

Hvor hen du går i li og fjell,
en vinterdag, en sommerkveld,
ved fjord og fossevell,
fra eng og mo med furutrær,
fra havets bryn med fiskevær,
og til de hvite skjær,
møter du landet i trefarvet drakt,
svøpt i et gjenskinn av flaggets farveprakt.
Se, en hvitstammet bjerk oppi heien
rammer stripen av blåklokker inn
mot den rødmalte stuen ved veien;
det er flagget som vaier i vind!
Ja, så hvit som det hvite er sneen,
og det røde har kveldsolen fått,
og det blå gav sin farve til breen,
det er Norge i rødt, hvitt og blått.

Where-e'er you go 'mongs hills and peaks,
a winterday, a summernight,
by fjord and waterfalls;
from moors and fields with pinetrees tall,
from sea-side lands with fishing-towns,
out to the wave-beat isles,
you're greeted by country in tri-coloured suit,
Veiled in reflections of the colours of the flag.
See, that white-trunked beech in the hill,
makes a frame for the stripe of bluebells,
'gainst the the readpainted house by the highway,
it's the flag fluttering in the breeze!
Yes, as white as the white is the snow,
and the evening-sun's given the red,
and the blue gave it's colour to the glacier,
it is Norway in red, white and blue.

 
En vårdag i en solskinnsstund
På benken i studenterlund
der sitter han og hun,
to unge nyutsprungne russ,
to ganske nylig tente bluss,
i tyve grader pluss.
Hun er som en gryende forsommerdag
som farves av gjenskinnet fra det norske flagg.
Ja, så hvit som det hvite er kjolen,
og så rødt som det rø' hennes kinn,
hennes øyne er blå som fiolen,
hun er flagget som vaier i vind.
Han har freidig og hvitlugget panne,
og en lue i rødt har han fått.
Med en lyseblå tiltro til landet
står vår ungdom i rødt, hvitt og blått.

A spring-day in a sunny break
On a bench in the studentpark
they're seated, him and her.
To young and budding russ this year,
two quite recently ignited flames,
in 20 degrees heat.
She is like a dawning for-summer day,
coloured by reflections from norwegian flags.
Yes, as white as the white is her dress,
and as red as the red is her cheek,
and her eyes are as blue as the violet,
she's the flag fluttering in the breeze.
He's bold with a tall and white-fringed forehead,
and a cap in the red is his own.
With a faith bright and blue in the country
our youth stands in red, white and blue.

 
De kjempet både hun og han!
Nå lyser seirens baunebrann
utover Norges land.
Mot himlen stiger flagg ved flagg
som tusen gledesbål i dag
for alle vunne slag.
Det knitrer som før over hytte og slott
et flammende merke i rødt og hvitt og blått.
Som et regnbuens tegn under skyen
skal det evig i fremtiden stå.
Se, det glitrer igjen over byen
i det røde og hvite og blå.
La det runge fra gaten og torget
over landet som nordmenn har fått:
Du er vårt, du er vårt, gamle Norge!
Vi vil kle deg i rødt, hvitt og blått.

They fought and strived, both he and she!
Now beacon-fires of victory
shine across Norway's lands.
Towards the sky rise flag by flag
as thousand joylit beacons today
for all battles won.
Now sparkles again over cabin and palace
a flaming beacon in red and white and blue.
As a rainbow-like beacon under the clouds
let it forever in the future remain.
See, now it sparkles again o'er the city
in the red and the white and the blue.
Let it resound from the streets and the townsquares
o'er the country which Norwegians have received:
You are ours, you are ours, dear old Norway!
We will dress you in red, white and blue.




Norway's first national anthem, however, was a less formal affair. Composed in the 1700s by young student-poet Johan Nordahl Brun, it doubled as a drinking song in Det Norske Selskab, a sosciety of Norwegian students in Copenhagen (where the only university in the Danish-Norwegian twin-kingdom). A French noble-woman visitng Trondheim in the early 1800s heard it performed, and noted that it "expressed some national sentiment, to put it mildly!"

For Norge, Kjempers Fødeland - For Norway, birthcountry of Giants

For Norge, Kjempers Fødeland,
vi denne Skaal vil tømme!
Og naar vi først faar Blod paa tand,
vi sødt om frihed drømme.
Dog vaagne vi vel op engang
og bryde Lænker, Baand og Tvang.
For Norge, Kjempers Fødeland,
vi denne Skaal udtømme!

For Norway, Birthcountry of Giants,
we this Toast will empty!
And when we first get our Blood in a boil,
we sweetly of liberty dream.
Though we will someday wake up
and break Chains, Ties, and Force.
For Norway, Birthcountry of Giants,
we this Toast will empty!


Hver tapper Helt, blant Klipper født,
vi drikke vil til Ære!
Hver ærlig Norsk, som Lænker brød,
skal evig elsket være!
Den vrede Livvagts Vaabenbrag
forklarer trolig Nordmænds Sag.
Hver ærlig Norsk, blant Klipper født,
vi drikke vil til Ære!

Each Hero brave, amidst Mountains born,
we will drink to his Honour!
Each honest Norwegian, who Chains broke,
will for ever be loved!
The wrathful Lifeguard's crackling Guns,
most likely explains Norwegians' Grievance.
Each Norwegian true, amidst Mountains born,
We will drink his Honour!


En Skaal for dig, min kjække Ven,
og for de norske Piger!
Og har du En, saa Skaal for den!
Og Skam saa den, som sviger!
Ja, Skam saa den som elsker Tvang,
og hader Piger, Vin og Sang!
En Skaal for dig, min kjække Ven,
og for de norske Piger!

A Toast to you, my jolly Friend,
and to Norwegian Lasses!
If you have One, then a Toast to that,
and Shame on he, who fails us!
Yes, Shame to he who loves to force,
and hates Lasses, Wine and Song!
A Toast for you, my jolly Friend,
and for Norwegian Lasses!


Og nok en Skaal for Norges Fjæld,
for Klipper, Sne og Bakker!
Hør Dovres Ekko raaber Held,
for Skaalen tre Gang takker.
Ja, tre Gang tre skal alle Fjæld
for Norges Sønner raabe Held!
Endnu en Skaal for dig, mit Fjæld,
for Klipper, Sne og Bakker!

And yet a Toast for Norway's Peaks,
for Cliffs, Snow and hills pleasant!
Hear Dovre's Echoes cry Good Luck,
for its Toast thricefold thanking.
Yes, thrifold three all Mountains will,
for Sons of Norway cry Good Luck!
Still yet a Toast for you, my Mountain,
for Cliffs, Snow and hills pleasant!





To the same tune, the poet Henrik Wergeland, regarded as the father of the Norwegian May 17th celebrations, wrote words to make a children's national anthem; it was a big project of Wergeland's to make the celebration.

Vi ere en Nasjon vi med - We are part of this Nation, too (The Children's National Anthem)

Vi ere en nasjon vi med,
vi små en alen lange,
et fedreland vi frydes ved,
og vi, vi ere mange.
Vårt hjerte vet, vårt øye ser
hvor godt og vakkert Norge er,
vår tunge kan en sang blant fler
av Norges æres-sange.

We are part of this Nation, too,
Though we are but one ell tall
in our land we have our joy
and we, we are plentiful.
Our heart it knows, our eyes they see,
How fair and lovely Norway is
Our tongue has ken of one
of Norway's songs of honour.


Mer grønt er gresset ingensteds,
mer fullt av blomster vevet
enn i det land hvor jeg tilfreds
med far og mor har levet.
Jeg vil det elske til min død,
ei bytte det hvor jeg er fødd,
om man et paradis meg bød
av palmer oversvevet.

More green the grass is nowhere seen,
More full with flowers powdered,
than in the land where I content
my life with parents have lived.
I will it love until my death,
I change will not my land of birth,
though one would give me Paradise
with palmleaves as a cover.


Hvor er vel himlen mere blå?
Hvor springer vel så glade
de bekker som i engen gå
for blomstene å bade?
Selv vinteren jeg frydes ved,
så hvit og klar som strøet med
all stjernehimlens herlighet
og hvite liljeblade.

Where can you see a sky more blue?
Where do ther run more jolly
streams than those that meadows cross
where flowers drink their water?
Even the winter gives me joy
white and clear as though covered in
the glory of all starlit skies
and argent leaves of lilies.


Jeg ikke vil for fremmed vår
min norske vinter bytte,
og fremmed slott ei nær forslår
imot min faders hytte.
Han sier han er der så fri.
Det ei så nøye fatter vi,
men noe godt er visst deri
som verd er å beskytte.

I will not for a foreign spring
trade in Norwegian winter,
foreign palaces are no match
for my father's cabin.
He says he feels so free when there.
It's not a thing particular,
but something good there is therein
that it is worth protecting.


Gid jeg da snart må blive stor
-jeg har så lenge biet-
at tappert jeg kan verne for
min faders dyre frihet!
Og skulle noen vel med makt
få fedrelandet ødelagt?
Hvert liv, min fader jo har sagt,
er til dets frelse viet.

Give that I soon may come of age
-I have for so long waited-
that bravely I may be a guard
for my father's freedom.
How may anyone with force
undo the country of my birth?
Each life's, my father told me so,
to its salvation wedded.


Det leve da som gran og fyr,
de sterke, eviggrønne,
som stjernene bak sine sky'r
er alltid like skjønne!
Kom vår og høst, som alltid før,
med blomster for min moders dør
med gyllent korn på faders stør,
som vil du dem belønne.

Long may it live, like sproose and pine,
the strong and ever green pines,
just as the stars behind their clouds
always will beautiful stay!
Come spring and fall, just like before,
with flowers for my mother's door
weith golden sheaves for father's barn
as you wish to reward them.


Aftenposten shows readers' pictures of the celebrations around the country last year.
Aftenposten shows readers' pictures of Norwegian May 17th celebrations abroad last year.
Pictures from May 1945.

There will likely be no new pictures from Aftenposten this year, due to the ongoing nationwide newspaper-strike. NRK has some albums out, however.

The parade is headed by four police horses, experienced horses that are not upset by large crowds. This year the horses so honoured are Frigg, at 20 years of age, Frøy, Vidar, at 21 years of age, and Viljen, of 20 years. The horses are followed by the Staffband of the Armed Forces. Behind comes the Police Commissioner of the police of oslo, and the deputy commissioners of the various police stations in Oslo. Behind follow the Mayor of Oslo and the May 17th Committee of Oslo, which organises the celebrations. Then comes the parade of children - this year amde up of 106 schools, many with their own marching-bands. This year, the first school in the Oslo children's parade is Oppsal Comprehensive, which this year celebrates it's 50th anniversary. As the 71st school in the parade came Gran Comprehensive, whose celebration this year was marred, as racists threatened to bomb the children while in the children's parade. For a some time the school considered not participating, but it decided to go ahead after all. The pupils, teachers, and parents turned out in force - they were joined by the Minister of Education, showing the government's support.

The rear of the parade will be brought up by the Band of HM the King's Guard's, some three hours later. The parade moves up Karl Johan's Street, main street of Oslo, which this day is crowded by tens of thousands of spectators, past the Parliament, where the parade salutes the President Speaker of the Parliament, and up to the Royal Palace, where the parade salutes and is saluted by HM the King, HM the Queen, HRH the Crown Prince, HRH the Crown Princess, and, briefly this year, Princess ingrid Alexandra, still in her first year of life.

NRK picture-gallery of Princess Ingrid Alexandra when HRH the Crown Princess took her to the Palace Balcony
NRK picture-gallery of the performance of the Drill-platoon of HM the King's Guard

May 17th, Constitution Day in Norway, is primarily a children's day, something which goes back to the efforts by Norway's great poet Henrik Wergeland (1808-1845) and the Nobel Literature Prize Laureate Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832-1910; author of the Norwegian National Anthem). While Wergeland wrote the children's anthem, and created a tradition for children being part of the Constitution Day celebrations (not to mention instituting celebrations at all of the Norwegian constitution which was signed May 17th 1814), Bjørnson was part of the staff at the school whose Head Teacher P Qvam in 1869 organised the first children's parade in Oslo - Bjørnson arranged the parade in 1870. Until 1906, the parade in Oslo walked past a dark and closed Royal Palace, as the Swedish Royal Family was less than keen on these celebrations, to say the least. When we gained independence and our own King, however, the Royal Family took part of the celebrations in the capital.

This day being a children's day - treated in part as a children's celebration of the nation's birthday - means that most children get to decide what to have for dinner, and they are allowed to completely ruin their apetite, and stuff themselves with hot dogs, ice-cream lollies, popcorn, waffles, chocolate and candy, soda, candy-floss, chocolate cake, cream pie, wheat-buns, etc. until they're bursting at the seams. Then they get refills. There are, following the parade, also arrangements at the different schools, with various traditional children's games - sack-races, potato- or egg-races, and similar.

A very noticeable part of any Norwegian Constitution day is the russ, students of Upper Sixth taking part in traditional debauchery marking the end of their time in the lower education-system. The last few schools in the parade in Oslo are Upper Secondary schools, and the russ from those schools traditionally crawl on their knees past the palace balcony.

NRK picture-gallery of the celebrations in Harstad

Picture-series of aspects of russ-celebrations, with English captions, dating from last year.
Picture-series of May 17th past and present, including russ, with English captions.
Picture-series of fire aboard a russ-bus last year, captions in English.

The russ-celebrations taking place in late April and early May each year (normally lasting about three weeks), are celebrations by (with some exceptions) the students graduating from Upper Secondary School (equivalent of US High School). The celebrations are not particularly graceful, and for most participants they can probably best be described as being quite soaked. Traditionally the celebrations end after May 17th (Constitution Day), when the exam-period begins in Upper Secondary begins (while us poor university- and college-students have been going at it since the beginning of the month). While one is a russ, it is customary to wear the russ-outfit, which in the basics consists of a coloured peaked (i.e. with a black patent sunscreen) cap, overalls or a boiler-suit in the same colour (but with a number of ironed-on slogans or clip-art), sometimes combined with a decorated once-white labcoat, and often a bamboo cane. In most cases, except blue-russ, the cap also has a long string with a tassel. It is customary to use the string to record, with knots, or badges made of various objects, various more or less daring capers one has performed in the period (there's a translated set of rules below - various schools will have different rules).

The russ is also colour-coded, according to what track of upper secondary school they attend. The colours are:

Red: All tracks with main-focus on general academics (the tracks include General Academics (GA), GA with sports (if people foresee a future working as coaches, referees, or similar), GA with music (for people who want to study music), etc.)
Blue: Business- and trade-track
Black: "Hard" vocational tracks, such as auto-mechanics, carpentry, electronics, etc.
White: "Soft" vocational tracks, such as cook, waiter, etc.
Green: Agricultural tracks
Yellow: Don't know what track this represents, but I do know they exist - quite possibly this represents the tracks devoted to creative and performing arts.

In addition there is orange and pink russ. Orange is used by those leaving compreensive school (tenth grade - upper secondary comprises years 11 to 13 for GA tracks, abusiness/trade, and agriculture, and years 11-12 + 2 years apprenticeship for vocational tracks), but most comprehensive schools have outlawed this, as (1) it tends to involve just as heavy partying as for the russ proper, and (2) they tend to be rather brutally hazed by red and blue russ if caught. Pink is for kiddies leaving kindergarden to go to school.

The time as russ at the end of one's time in Upper Secondary School tends to be one marked by a lot of partying, and a lot of pranks, to be able to put knots and objects in the string+tassel of the cap.

One tends to also have people buying old cars, have them painted in the russ-colours of choice, and given a name; and the vehicles often have highly modified interors (if a box-van, perhaps a bar, or sofas and tables, etc.), and larger ones often have greatly enlarged stereos (often rented). In the areas around the larger cities (particularly Oslo), it is particularly popular to rebuild old buses for the purpose, fitting them with absurdly large music-fittings; 2003's most expensive project cost the involved 10-15 students around US$150,000 - they'd taken up jobs after school and saved money all three years in upper secondary school towards this project. The stereos rented can be very expensive; in the below linked report on one such bus catching fire, the stereo they'd rented had a value of US$450,000. The reason for these stereos is that when they gather for outdoor parties, they use the buses for providing music, and there is in the cities a considerable prestige involved in having the best bus.

Russ in a school (or in a town, if there are several schools in town) also have a single-edition paper - it normally has a name which is a parody on the name of a known newspaper, and contains mock newsarticles, as well as short humourous presentations of this year's russ, adn the teachers, and the important other staff at school (particularly librarian), with the russ-names (bynames officially given each russ as a joke on some particularity of his/hers; many places the russ-name is painted on the peak of the cap with white-out liquid). Teachers don't get caps, but the russ will select a russ-Mom and a russ-Dad from particularly loved members of the school's staff (librarians tend to figure high on that list, somehow - perhaps because they always help the students, adn don't give grades), and these get a cap, and are initiated at the same baptism where all other russ get their caps with the names on.

Russ also have russ-cards - these are a bit like business-cards, but more gaudy in colours (based on which colour russ you happen to be), and have a photo, name, address, and also some motto (I had several in Latin - someone I know who was a russ in 2003 had a short text in the language of the Drow of D&D), and often some cryptic abbreviations marking which actual or imagined peergroups one considers oneself a member. It is enormously popular among kids in elementary school to collect such cards

The below translated article says a bit about the background of the russ-celebration.



The modern history of russ dates back to 1905. It does, however, have nothing to do with the dissolution of the union with sweden that year, but it was then, [98] years ago, that the red russ-caps were first taken in use. The tradition of russ is however a lot older than this - but though we Norwegians did not invent this tradition, we seem to be the only ones who have held on to it!

The word russ comes from the Latin term «Cornua Depositurus», which translates as «putting away one's horns». In earlier times there was no university in Norway. During the union with Denmark it was therefore necessary for young Norwegians to go to Copenhagen, if they wanted to study at a university. To be matriculated at the university in the Danish capital, one had to pass a socalled student-exam, called Examen Artium. When grading was done, each candidate had to go up to the office of the censor. Each candidate would wear a loose «horn» on his forehead, and if he had passed his Artium, this «horn» would be removed. «Cornua Depositurus» was for conveniece abbreviated to rus. It then became natural in Norway to add an "s", making the word RUSS. Ludvig Holberg did this abbreviation already in his 1725 comedy «Erasmus Montanus».

Henrik Wergeland is regarded as the father of the russ here in Norway. This is why he is honoured by the russ every May 17th. Whether it is true or not is unknown, but it is said that the reason Wergeland caught the bout of pneumonia which killed him in 1845, was that he insisted on going out to celebrate May 17th with the students that year - even though he already was sick and at risk for pneumonia. The Norwegians did bring the «horn»-tradition to Norway, as universitites opened here early in the 1800s. In Denmark, however, the tradition slowly withered away. In 1904 German students came to Norway, and these wore red caps. The next year, in 1905, these caps were adopted by 3rd-year gymnasium-students in Oslo (gymnasium being that time's term for upper secondary school, and gymnasiasts the term for the students). Later this «cap-disease» spread to other gymnasia which had been created around the country, but in the beginning only boys adopted the caps. In 1916 the blue-russ was also a fact, as business- and trade-gymnasia of two years duration were created.

In 1919 the first red-russ paper was published, and the russ of that year were considered to by highly immoral. In 1931 the first blue-russ paper saw light of day, being published in Oslo. Then as now, it was called "Aftenpåtten" (Oslo's premier broadsheet newspaper is called Aftenposten, which means The Evening Post; Aftenpåtten translates roughly as The Evening (Chamber-) Pot). In 1934, the russ first adopted its now common cry «Chickelacke». Four years later , in 1938, the red-russ paper «Sagbladet» ("The Sawblade", mocking major newspaper Dagbladet - "The Daily Newspaper") was actually confiscated; it contained among other things a large and fear-inspiring article about Germany (under Hitler) invading Norway. In 1939 the paper of the Oslo-russ was yet again confiscated, while the russ of 1940 had precious little to celebrate....

Russ-traditions change a bit from place to place in our wide and long country, but in many ways the celebrations are molded over a similar pattern. It is however most intence in Oslo and Akershus provinces. The symbolism in the knots in the caps of the red-russ certainly is similar wherever in Norway you come. The Blue-russ uses other rules (by tradition the blue-russ may not have a tassel in their caps!).




Below is a sample set of rules for how to acquire knots or objects to tie into the string of the cap. While some points, such as staying awake for a given period, or kissing a police officer, buying condoms using only sign-language, or putting learner-driver signs on a police car, are universal across the country, other points will be more individual to the school.

ETA: In 2004 the russ at one school in Trondheim has disappointed, angered, and saddened me greatly, as one method bywhich a knot might be gained, was to beat up a homosexual. Once this became known in the media, the rule was removed at the order of the russ central board of Trondheim, but by that time it was already printed in the programmes distributed to the students.




Notes on the translation:
This set of rules is from a place where there are several schools at a single place. They therefore have a russ school board for the russ at each school, coordinating activities for russ at that school only, as well as a russ central board, which coordinates activites for russ from all schools in the town.

When it says 1st-year student, it means a student in the 1st year of Norwegian upper secondary school - i.e. the equivalent of a sophomore in US High School (freshmen being the equivalent of the students in the last year of Norwegian comprehensive school). As I understand the British system, the equivalent is a 5th-former, with the russ being the equivalent of Upper 6th formers.

Where necessary, I have included short explanations.


Rules
- A russ school board member or two witnesses must be present to approve single knots.
- A russ school board member must be present to approve double knots and badges.
- A central board member must be present to approve triple knots.
- It is not permitted to vomit or similar during the attempts.
- A whole schoolday is defined as at least 6 school-periods of 45 minutes and breaks.
- One school-period is a single 45 minutes long period under teacher-control.
- The champagne-cork must be witnessed and ealuated by two central board members.
- A dare can only be taken/credited once.
- Errors of interpretation are solely the responsibility of the attempting person.
- Cheating will result in the russ-cap being scalped (i.e., the string and tassel being cut off).

ALL KNOTS AND BADGES ARE TAKEN SOLELY AT THE RESPONSIBILITY AND LIABILITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL PERSON ATTEMPTING THE TASKS!

Single knots
- Stay awake for 24 hours.
- Fool around (sexually) with a 1st-year student.
- Eat half a gallon of ice-cream during one school-period.
- Sit under the desk for a whole school-period.
- Eat three sugar-iced jelly donuts in five minutes without licking around your mouth.
- Eat half a pound of milk chocolate in five minutes.
- Lick a 1st-year student's leg.
- Perform a 10 minutes long concert in the main pedestrians-only shopping-street on an instrument you don't know how to play.
- Colour all your hair the same colour as your russ-outfit.
- Invite a 1st-year student to the cinema, and carry through on the invitation.
- Do on-stage entertainment for three minutes before a movie begins at the cinema.
- Boy lunch for a russ school board member.
- Eat two garlic-wedges during 1st period of the day.
- Buy US$4-6 worth of petrol, and pay only by depositing empty bottles.
- Spend time with a russ school board member continuously from 08:00 to 24:00.
- Have lunch in the middle of a roundabout.
- Dance, sing, and/or perform striptease in the school cafeteria with other russ during lunch-break.
- Tell on people too young to be at a pub/bar.
- attach an L-sign to the back of a police-car. (An L-sign is a square white sign with a big red L on it; they have to be used to show that a car is driven by a learner driver)
- Drink 60 oz/1.5 litre of soda and eat US$6 worth of candy during one school-period.
- Kiss someone working at x-club (apparently a local pub/bar, possibly something to do with topless waitresses).
- Chew a whole package of hubba-bubba chewing-gum for a whole school-period.
- Bake the principal a cake.
- Steal the school-lunch of a 1st- or 2nd-year student and eat it.
- Down a 12oz/0.33litre beer/cider or a 18oz/0.5litre bottle of soda in a single swallow, while having two tampons in your mouth.
- Buy beer/cider/soda for a russ school board member at a russ-pub.
- Walk through the school-yard of an elementary school in the full russ-outfit during a break (and get stampeded by kids who want the cards).
- Guide (be a tourist-guide) a scheduled public trasnportation bus for 5 minutes.
- Use the back of another student as notebook for a whole school-period.
- Place ad in local newspaper about your engagement to marry someone the same sex as you.
- Participate actively in a school-period for lower-year students.
- Participate actively and consistently give completely wrong answers to all questions in a whole school-period.
- Wear a bicycle/motorbike helmet for a whole school-day.
- Talk a different dialect or a different language for a whole school-day.
- Wear no clothes under your russ-outfit for a whole school-day.
- Dress with clothes of the opposite sex for a whole school-day.
- Place yourself as a display dummy/mannequin in a shopwindow for at least 5 minutes.
- Berate and yell at a statue for 5 minutes.
- Ride an escalator up and down 50 times.
- Eat a McDonalds Happy Meal in 3 minutes while playing with the toy.
- Eat 6 Kinder-eggs in 10 minutes, including building the toys (Kinder-Eggs are a German candy - eggshaped and -sized shells of white and milk chocolate, containing a plastic capsule with a small toy you can build).
- Walk backwards for a whole schoolday.
- Wear pyjamas and slippers a whole schoolday.
- Pretend to be injured while in a great gathering of people.

Double knots
- Be awake for 48 hours.
- Walk through the main pedestrians-only shopping-street with a vacuum-cleaner on a leasg, pretending it is a dog.
- Buy lunch for a central board member.
- Earn 73 kroner and 50 øre, no more and no less, by polishing shoes with a toothbrush.
- Enthusiastically read a pornographic magazine on a bus or other public venue, liviing yourself into it, for 3 minutes.
- Buy a central board member beer/cider.
- Take a teacher of the opposite sex for a dinner-date
- 15 russ parade behind a complete stranger for at least 5 mintes.
- Spend time with a russ central board member continuously from 08:00 to 24:00.
- attach a "for sale"-notice to a policecar/ambulance/firetruck.
- Run 50 times around a light-pole, and then down one litre (one quart) of kefir/sourmilk in one swallow.
- Moon in front of a newsstand.
- Get a kiss on the mouth by a russ central board member.
- Get the signature of a male russ central board member on your boob.
- Send a 1 page long love-letter to a female russ central board member.
- Give a rose and read a self-composed poem to a stranger.
- Kidnap 15 russ from a different school, getting signed russ-cards as proof.
- Spend a night in a tree, from 24:00 to 07:00.
- Visibly wear sexy underwear with nothing under it for a whole phys.ed.-period (normally defined for lower body only - you can wear regular training-clothes on the upper body).
- Buy condoms/tampons at the pharmacy using only signlanguage or body-language.
- Have a complete picnic in the middle of a roundabout, with reclining chairs, picnic-blanket, and food, for at least one hour.
- Bathe in a kiddie-pool outside the school's main entrance in the middle-period break (most upper secondary schools have the Tuesday middle period as a break).
- Sweettalk the staff in the kebab-place into giving you a free kebab.
- Spend the whole night in a trafficed roundabout, from 24:00 to 07:00.
- Run around the school wearing only underwear.
- Storm the school-cafeteria at another school with a squirtgun while wearing a balaclava.
- Do not speak for a whole schoolday.
- Fill your mouth with the contents of five packs of Fisherman's Friend (very strong throat-lozenges).
- Hug all the teachers you see at school the whole day.

Triple knots
- Stay awake for 72 hours.
- Drive russ central board member home after a russ-event.
- Kidnappe 25 russ fra fremmed skole med russekort med underskift som bevis.
- Skinny-dip with russ of opposite sex for at least 10 minutes.
- Take a russ central board member out for a night on town, your expense.
- Run nude around the police station some time between 24:00 and 06:00.
- Stay sober between May 16th and May 17th.
- Go on polar expedition through town on skis.
- Walk nude through the main pedestrians-only shopping-street during shopping-hours.
- Spend a whole day wearing only swim-suit, swim-cap, swimming-goggles/-mask, inflated arm-rings, inflated bathing-ring, and flippers.
- Spend intimate night with a russ central board member.

Badges (except for colours on screens, these are things to be tied into the string on the cap)
Badges which must be aproved by russ central board member:
- Silver colour on the cap's sunscreen/peak: sex with russ central board member.
- Gold colour on the cap's sunscreen/peak: sex with russ central board president.
Badges which can be approved by at least one russ school board member:
- Red condom: have had sex with red-russ.
- Red condom: have had sex with blue-russ.
- Black condom: have had sex with a russ school board member.
- Doggie-treat: crawl into a grocery-store on all four, sit in front of dog-food for 5 minutes while barking at it, then crawl out again.
- Farris botlecap: eat a whole package of Frisk (very strong breathmints, which make Tic-Tacs feel unflavoured by comparison) and down 0.5 litre/18oz of Farris (un-flavoured mineral water).
- Goldfish-crisp (common snack in norway, shaped like a fish): walk through the main pedestrians-only shopping-street with a dead fish on a leash, and talk to it enthusiastically.
- Candy-lipstick (some form of candy shaped like lipstick): kiss all members of the opposite sex on the russ school board on the mouth during a single schoolday.
- Plastic fork: sleep over unnoticed in the garden of a teacher, and offer him/her breakfast the morning after.
- toy sheriff's star: end up having to spend the night in the drunk's arrest (if police encounters people so drunk they can't name themselves, or similar, they can bring them in and put them in a cell overnight for their own safety, releasing them the next morning - it does not go on any form of record).
- Pine cone: have sex in a tree.
- Wooden stick from an ice lolly: go on a swim in river/lake/ocean before May 1st.
- Burnt match: brought in by police (for some other reason than just being overly drunk)
- Tampon: borrow tampon by random passer-by on the street or from a teacher.
- A link of chain: neck with fellow russ of the same sex for at least 2 minutes.
- Lock of hair: allow drunk fellow russ to cut your hair
- Showerhook from shampoo-bottle: walk into gas-station wearing only a bath-towl, with wet smudged mascara under the eyes, and wet hair, asking for shampoo (has to do with a TV-commercial for a chain of gas-stations about a year back).
- White bow: necking with a russ school board member.
- Silver bow: necking with russ central board member
- Gold bow: necking with the president of the russ central board.
- Pirate's eyepatch: run a pirate taxi operation following closure of russ-pub on a tricycle. Minimum of 3 paying customers required.
- Stump of rope: be tied together with fellow russ of the opposite sex for 24 hours, using handcuffs or rope.
- Sprig of spruce: sex outdoors in nature.
- Toycar: drive 10 laps around a roundabout.
- Norwegian flag: hoist your russ-outfit up a flag-pole, and run around it nude 10 laps.
- Menthos-wrapper: run through the back-seat of the car of a stranger, flash the package of Menthos, and smile brightly (and gods, do I hate that commercial!).
- Newspaper-clipping: cause media to write something positive about russ.
- Eplemost-label (eplemost is bottled applejuice): spend the entire time as russ sober.
- Cigarette-filter: ask someone for a cigarette, and then break it in two.
- Kiddie-pacifier: neck witha 1st-year student in a break in middle of school cafeteria for at least 2 minutes.
- 1-krone coin: pay for one crate of beer/soda/cider with only 1-krone coins (it iwll cost several hundred kroner).
- Lego policeman: kiss a police-officer.
- Salt-herring candey (soft black licorice-flavoured candy covered with salt, and shaped like fish): sit 15 minutes fishing out of manhole-cover in the main pedestrians-only shopping-street while singing.
- Whiskas catfood label: Eat a whole box of Whiskas dry catfood without drinking.
- Red card: drink alcohol every day for a whole week.
- Vaseline box-top: Walk hand in hand with fellow russ into a pharmacy and by vaseline, without wearing russ-outfit.
- Barbie-doll head: Go on a "date" with inflatable male or female doll.
- Sodastraw: Advertise for redpop outside a liquor-store for 15 minutes.
- Bell: answer all questions with the Jeopardy-method for a whole school-day.
- Japp candybar (Japp is the label used for Mars candybars in Norway): move, without damaging(!!), a teacher's car at least 10 metres, while humming the Japp-song (from a tV.commercial).
- Chalk-candy: kiss a teacher.
- Smørbukk toffee: wash the car of a teacher.
- Postage-stamp: rent video of Postman PAt (British TV children's series), and down a shot of liquor each time he misses the gear when changing.
- Key: spend the whole period as a russ in celibacy.
- red feather: Collect 500 kroner for a charity.
- White feather: Collect 1000 kroner for a charity.
- Letter-cracker of letter L: participate in the Great Russ-car Day
- Champage-cork: Original and inventive prank.

Drinkingbadges
- Soda bottlecap: Drink a whole crate of soda (24 0.5-litre/18oz bottles) with 3 other russ in a public toilet in 4 minutes.
- Tou beer bottlecap: Drink one crate of beer or cider (24 0.33-litre/12-oz bottles) in 12 hours.
- Whine-cork: Drink one bottle of whine (0.7 litres/25oz; minimum 9% strength) in 15 minutes. (Can be harmful to health)
- Hard liquor bottlecap: Drink one bottle of hard liquor (0.7 litres/25oz) in 4 hours (Harmful to health!).
- Paracet-box: Achieve the Tou beer bottlecap, the whine cork, and the ahrd liquor bottlecap within 48 hours (very harmful to health!!).

Eliteruss
The title Eliteruss lets you carry a skull in the tassel, and a star on the cap's screen.
There are three ways of becoming an eliteruss:
1. Achieve 70 knots or badges.
2. Achieve the champagne-cork or the newspaperclipping + 60 knots or badges.
3. Achieve the champagne-cork and the newspaperclipping + 50 knots or badges.
Persons achieving this will be officially named eliteruss!



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