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Screw Burns Night, Up Helly Aa is here! It’s a Viking festival held in Lerwick celebrating Viking influence in the Shetlands and Orkneys, those bits of island Scotland that are practically Norway.

Bunch of lads dress up and parade through the town and then burn a Viking longship. Duuuuude.

I don’t know who does their costumes, but they’re clearly professional and from the same source. The boys look fabulous.

Abe Vigoda, dead at last. Abevigoda.com updates for the first time ever. Congratulations, Howard Devore. A short round, but not the shortest round ever. See you back here Friday for Dead Pool Round 81.


Comment from Gromulin
Time: January 26, 2016, 8:23 pm

Anyone have Abe Vigoda in the DP? He’s FINALLY left the building. I wonder how many years that website was up? Seems like since the mid-90’s at least.

Comment from mojo
Time: January 26, 2016, 9:06 pm

(shakes fist)

Comment from dissent555
Time: January 26, 2016, 10:58 pm

Up Helly Aa sounds awesome. Must be a helluva fun party.

Sorry to hear about Abe. RIP, man. Sorry my pick didn’t beat him, and not just for the fabulous prize either. So be back next round.

Comment from mojo
Time: January 27, 2016, 12:27 am

“Viking suit of armour “??

Comment from Steamboat McGoo
Time: January 27, 2016, 12:38 am

Abe Vigoda. I guess God couldn’t “get him out of it for old times sake”, either.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: January 27, 2016, 12:56 am

This was my first thought when I saw the news on the innerwebs this morning, wondering which lucky stiff finally got the Vigoda dick.

T’wasnt I, sadly.

Comment from dissent555
Time: January 27, 2016, 1:05 am

@ mojo –

Here’s what the Viking Answer Lady has to say –

Comment from Pupster
Time: January 27, 2016, 2:08 am

In case you missed it, Stoaty:


Comment from P2
Time: January 27, 2016, 2:38 am

Damn the luck….. I’ve picked Abe a dozen times…….

Comment from Davem123
Time: January 27, 2016, 2:44 am

Very impressive costuming.

Did they need to get special dispensation to carry such large pieces of ironmongery about with them? I thought that lock-blade pocket knives were illegal in the UK, let alone such fine axes, swords and such.

Comment from mojo
Time: January 27, 2016, 3:14 pm

@ dissent555

The Sutton Hoo find was seriously impressive, an entire longship as a coffin and grave goods to turn Charlemagne green with envy. The helmet/crown is gorgeous.

Comment from mojo
Time: January 27, 2016, 3:17 pm

Ah: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo

Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: January 27, 2016, 5:55 pm

I attended a wedding on Hoy and was lucky to survive the festivities.

Comment from McGyver
Time: January 28, 2016, 1:34 am

Vikings had Stormtroopers?

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