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There Was an Election in Finland, You Wooden Spoon!

The first round of the Finnish presidential election is over. I happened to surf the Finnish news sites through Google translate (don’t ask). The results resemble some sort of machine-generated mildly dadaistic art.

First, let’s look at the results. Spongebobs did quite well, although didn’t make it to the second round. Spongebob Väyrynen to, is a veteran politician and had attempted to reach presidency before. He did great work but in the end lost, albeit with quite a narrow margin, to Mr. Haavisto,.

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Spongebobs in the Finnish presidential elections

Spongebobs in the Finnish presidential elections

There were two female candidates, both of whom did not gather a lot of votes. The female candidates were thus equally balanced, you wooden spoon!

"Female candidates were equally balanced, you wooden spoon"

So how did the happy victor of the first round celebrate? He went to meet his campaign people, who got all excited and chanted the wrong names:

Sauli, Boris, Boris

Sauli, Boris, Boris

None of that stuff is in the original text. The Finnish name for Spongebob Squarepants is Paavo Pesusieni, so Google Translate helpfully makes all Paavos become Spongebobs. The “wooden spoon” – I’ve no idea where that comes from. Likewise for the Boris, Boris part. It’s not in the original text. In the original text it says how the crowd chanted “Sauli, Sauli, Sauli” – perhaps Boris is the equivalent name to Sauli? One can only guess.

Stay tuned for round 2 of the election.

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