Wednesday, August 22, 2007

More weirdness Danes say sorry for Viking raids on Ireland
More than 1,200 years ago hordes of bloodthirsty Viking raiders descended on Ireland, pillaging monasteries and massacring the inhabitants. Yesterday, one of their more mild-mannered descendants stepped ashore to apologise.

The Danish culture minister, Brian Mikkelson, who was in Dublin to participate in celebrations marking the arrival of a replica Norse longboat, apologised for the invasion and destruction inflicted. "In Denmark we are certainly proud of this ship, but we are not proud of the damages to the people of Ireland that followed in the footsteps of the Vikings," Mr Mikkelson declared in his welcoming speech delivered on the dockside at the river Liffey. "But the warmth and friendliness with which you greet us today and the Viking ship show us that, luckily, it has all been forgiven."

Whew. Now everyone can get on living.

BTW, I'd like to take this opportunity to formally apologize to anyone whose ancestors may have been unduly discomforted by my ancestors.

Seems like a great way to pick up Amerindian chicks in a bar. "Say, I'd just like to say, I'm awfully sorry. . . ."

UPDATE: Had to do with this story.