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Everything you thought you knew about Sweden is wrong!
Let's talk about that.
♪ (theme music) ♪
Good Mythical Morning.
One of the privileges of doing this show
is that we get to do it for an international audience.
- Like you. - That means there's people
all over the world who watch Good Mythical Morning,
and that is a beautiful thing. But here's something that we have noticed.
A lot of times we talk about other cultures
and we comment on other countries outside of the United States of America.
And you know what happens? We get things wrong.
And you people out in the comments land let us know how wrong we are.
You get things wrong. I've never gotten anything wrong.
I got to say we both get things wrong.
And there's this interesting thing, that when you have an international audience,
there are these cultural sensitivities.
You get things wrong, you get blasted for it.
We want that to end now!
At least as far as Sweden is concerned.
So we have brought in a Swedish expert to clear things up
about misconceptions that we have and Americans have about Sweden.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the show Mr. Felix PewDiePie.
(Rhett) Whoo woo hoo!
Oh, hey, I was just hanging out here.
Yeah, you're just hiding behind Rhett.
(Rhett) Take a seat.
So you're, like, right in the middle.
- Okay. - This is your seat.
This is an honor. Thank you so much.
This is an honor? Really?
Well, I'm the Swedish expert. That's like my goal with YouTube.
Well, you brought...
I've been trying to be the Swedish expert all along.
- Go ahead and belly up to the bar. - Sorry.
That's how we do it in this country.
We get close to the microphone.
- And, like, totally shoulder to shoulder. - Okay.
I don't think we have to touch shoulders.
That's a little weird. I want to relax a little bit.
Yeah, we want this to be...
We don't get this close in Sweden, but I'll make an exception, 'cause you know...
Okay, so we've already learned something.
-Don't use spoilers here. -Personal space fear in Sweden is...
- Larger. - We're in it right now.
You're way beyond the line, man.
- We shouldn't be touching, like, arms? - No, that's not okay.
Really? My knee was touching your knee too.
Making eye contact in the subway-- that's just, like, the biggest no-no ever.
What do you look at?
You just pretend that there's no people.
Like, do you look up? Or down? Or anywhere but anyone's eyes?
Yeah, exactly. Anywhere but the eyes-- nipples, genitals, whatever just--
- I'm just sayin'. - Like my own?
- Yeah, that's probably better, yeah. - Others.
- Okay. - Yeah.
- Thanks for clearing that up. - You're very welcome.
Now, I'm assuming you're an expert on everything Swedish.
- Pretty much everything, yeah. - Because you have so many subscribers.
That's how it goes, I think.
- There's an algorithm for that. - That's the logic.
And I think one of the things that you're an expert on is, for instance,
Swedish things are not Swiss. That's something that a lot of Americans say.
- Yeah, that's very offensive. - They're like, you speak Swiss?
- That's stupid. - Thank you.
Haven't you heard it? Haven't you heard that?
- All the time. - All the time!
It's not Swiss. That's Switzerland.
I say like-- oh, they're like, oh, you're from Sweden.
So you like chocolate or whatever? 'Cause Swisses like chocolate.
- We don't even know what chocolate is. - No, no, no, we've got our
- wrong stereotypes correct today. - Good. That's good.
And we're going to start with IKEA.
Is all the furniture in Sweden in everyone's home from IKEA?
Absolutely. Absolutely.
- That's what I thought. - All of it, 100%.
- 110%. - I wouldn't go that far.
But, I mean, people will raise some eyebrows if you don't have IKEA furniture.
'Cause here's my theory. My theory is that here in the United States IKEA is like,
Oh, I got this thing from IKEA. Isn't that awesome?
But in Sweden it's like, oh, you got that from Walmart?
It's like... is not IKEA the Walmart of Sweden?
Or it like still kind of like, no, we like it?
- Seriously. - That's a good point.
Like, do you have IKEA furniture? Well, you don't live in Sweden anymore.
- Mm-hmm. I used to have IKEA furniture. - You live in London, right?
- Uh, U.K. - Okay.
Well that's London, but Brighton. I live in Brighton now.
Um, but you lived how many years in Sweden?
- You own Sweden, right? I mean, you... - I own Sweden?
Not financially. I mean, you've lived there long enough to own knowledge of it.
Yeah, yeah, I'm the Swedish expert. I thought we talked about this.
- Yeah, yeah, so IKEA-- is it... - I'm backtracking at this point.
high class or low class?
- Or just like middle of the road? - Oh, that's low class.
-Oh, it is? -Yeah, it is, yeah, sorry.
See? I knew that. I knew that was right.
- See, but the-- - It's like students go to IKEA
or new young couples or I don't know.
- So same as here? - Yeah.
Only people who are desperate for something to sit on go to IKEA.
We love meatballs. We go there for that. You guys like meatballs?
- I do. - Specially IKEA meatballs.
We don't put horse in them.
- (laughs) Well... - That happened.
We pretend that that's not a thing.
What horse?
I heard about there was some horse in the meatballs over there.
Have you ever eaten horse?
I mean, I guess I have, because I eat IKEA meatballs.
- Right? - Yeah, see?
-But the largest IKEA in the world is-- - I mean, no, I haven't.
- I would never. - Okay.
- For the record. - For the record, yeah.
- It's in Kungens Kurva in Skärholmen. - Wait, what?
- Please say that again. - Which is south Kungens Kurva.
- (laughing) What the heck? - It's the largest IKEA in the world.
- I can't even tell what you just said. - Really?
- I'm reading it off of my notes here. - It's so far off.
- Wait, can I please see it? - How would you say that?
- Oh... oh my god. - Read that Kungens Kurva.
In Skärholmen
It's, like, only funny to me. I'm sorry. Uh, Kungens Kurva, yeah.
Yeah, what is that?
That's Kings Curve. Kings Curve.
And the largest IKEA in the world is there 594,000 square feet.
- Oh (beep) - (Link) Has four floors.
- (PewDiePie) (Beep) - You've never been there?
- That's legit. No, I haven't. - That's the picture right there.
I feel like I'm less Swedish now for not going there.
Well, you should go there. Now what about the Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show?
You love him? Right?
You as a people.
I feel-- (laughs) I feel like I should be offended, but I'm really not.
Yeah, I mean this is very cultural insensitive.
- But that's the whole point. - Yeah.
It's to just get it all out of our systems and correct it
at least as far as Sweden is concerned.
Okay. Are we watching this?
(speaking gibberish)
- Have you seen this guy before? - I have a couple times.
I imagine this how the Swedish sound to you guys pretty much.
As a kid, I was taught through this guy this is Sweden.
(chuckles) I mean, it's not that far off, I would say.
You can confirm that is an accurate portrayal of Swedish chefs?
Of a Swedish chef, yes, I would say that.
That makes horse meatballs?
- But you know... - Yes.
But was there an awareness of this guy on The Muppets
growing up in Sweden?
Like, when did you find about this guy?
- From Americans. - Okay.
They want to know about it. I actually--
Like in YouTube comments, that was the first time you heard about it?
- I think so, yeah. - Really?
I...I'm terrified of Muppets. It's a long story.
Yeah, I stay away.
- But do you... - We'll save that for ear biscuits.
But do the Swedish people, do they have a disdain for the Swedish chef?
Are they like, oh man, that Swedish chef.
That stereotypical Swedish chef. We hate him and what he represents.
Or are they like, no, that's pretty much... yeah.
We don't really get offended in Sweden.
- Period - No.
- Ever - That's good.
You can try to offend me, whatever.
What about this five-week vacation?
Oh that's a-- that's amazing.
- (laughs) - That's for real?
Yeah, that's for real.
Everybody gets a five-week vacation?
I think it's six.
- Really? - Yeah.
- It's moved to six already. - You bumped it up.
And if you... you get a lot of pregnancy hours too-- no, days.
I mean, months. Yeah, you get, like, nine months, you know?
You get a lot of time to get pregnant, huh?
They give you time to get pregnant.
(laughs) Well... no, no.
- Take some time off. - You have six hours...
- Come back-- when you're pregnant. - ...to procreate.
- No, when-- that's maternity leave. - Maternity leave.
- Whatever. - Yeah.
Many business close down for the month of July.
Everyone takes some or all of their five weeks of their entitled annual holiday.
- 'Cause here-- - Wait, I'm so lost. Wait.
Here, it's like, okay, you got holidays you can take.
You've got time you can take. But people don't take all of it.
- In two weeks, if you're lucky. - Really?
But my notes tell me the entire month of July
is when the five week thing--
- It's like Sweden shuts down in July. - Yeah.
It's just people are getting pregnant.
- Not working. - Exactly.
Yeah, I would say so, yeah. That's when most people--
'Cause we-- Sweden kind of sucks.
- The weather is awful. - Really?
Yeah, it's terrible. And it's only good in July.
So people take time off in July.
- Why should we be working now? - Exactly.
But have you taken five weeks?
You're a YouTuber. That means you don't take any vacations.
(chuckling) Right.
No, I never had, like, a full-time job like that.
So no, I never got to do that.
- Okay, but do your friends quit working? - I usually work that month actually.
- Yeah. Yeah, they do. - Okay, and finally--
Is that weird?
Well, it's just-- I mean, we work a little bit harder.
That's all. That's all that is.
- (laughter) - We're pretty amazing.
- We try. We have to try harder. - No, I wish--
We could learn from you definitely. We shouldn't work as much.
We should take a five-week vacation; I'm all for it.
Last thing-- waffles.
We love waffles here. You guys seem to really love waffles there.
So much so that apparently there is a waffle day.
- It's a holiday? - Yes.
Is this something that everybody knows about and celebrates?
- Yeah, it is. It is. - Tell us about it.
Well, my grandma always reminds me, and she always cooks waffles for me.
- Felix, it's Waffle Day. - It's amazing.
What is that is Sweden? Swedish?
What is that in Swiss?
Not funny.
- Oh, I'm sorry. - Not funny.
I'm going to do it anymore.
Felix, det är svammel dag.
Sounds like you said the waffle dog.
It's not the same thing.
Felix, the waffle dog is here.
That means it's Waffle Day.
That sounds pretty good, actually. I'll have some of that.
Remember that culturally insensitive stuff you were saying at the top?
You're like stepping right in that.
I told you I'm just getting it out of system.
But I told you we don't get offended, so it's okay.
- Yeah, he can't offended. - Yeah, so just go nuts.
- My notes tell me that's March 25th. Am I right?
- I think so, yeah. - Okay, and--
I told you my grandma reminds me so I don't keep that right.
And you have candy that imitates waffles.
- It's not even that you just eat waffles. - Wait, what?
- You have candy that's like waffles. - Stroopwafel, right?
- What? - I don't know. I saw it one time.
-We've had it shipped to us before, stroopwafel.
What? What the hell?
It looks like a waffle, but it's, like, wafery candy stuff.
- Hmmmm. - Like you go into a gas station
and it's like, oh, that's a waffle. Nope, it's candy that's shaped like waffle.
- It must be Switzerland. - I want to see this.
Yeah, it must be Switzerland. Those damn Swiss.
Um, okay. But there is a Waffle Day.
- Again, something we... - I did eat them all. I'm sorry.
Were they good?
- Something we could learn from you. - Yeah.
We need to undervalue IKEA furniture,
we need to celebrate Waffle Day, and we need to have five-week vacations.
I think we've learned a lot here.
- We accomplished quite a bit. - Yeah, I think so.
- I'm glad you feel like that. - I definitely do.
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You say, "You know what time it is."
You know what time it is.
Hi, I'm Simon at Stockholm University.
It's time to spin the centrifuge
and also the Wheel of Mythicality.
We don't have a Waffle Day in this country,
but we do have Waffle Wednesday on the Rhett and Link Instagram.
So make sure you follow that.
And if you're one of the very few people on earth
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Also click through to Good Mythical More.
- What is this? - Oh god. No.
Swedish tasties. We're going to be eating these.
How did you get these?
From Sweden, we have mythical beasts there.
- We'll thank them later. - That should be interesting.
Link narrates everything Rhett does.
As you can see, the Rhett creature
has moved the wheel, and he's tasting the most
famous person on YouTube.
He's, uh, he's tasting him and finding that he indeed
tastes like waffles.
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