10.06.2008

The oldest ski in the world

In the year 1938, when Jaska Repo was digging a ditch, a strange-looking tree stub emerged, attracting his attention. It was approximately 154 cm long and some 15 cm wide, resembling the nose of a ski. It had been cut off by the turning plough wheel, being very rotten and brittle. Most of the ski was left in the ground until later. The National Museum of Finland became very interested in the finding, since it was thought to be the oldest ski in the world. The ski has been dated to 3245 BC by using radiocarbon method. So the ski is over 5000 years old and it is the oldest founded ski in the world!

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9/10

The blaze of Tuntsa

In 1960, God in his wisdom deemed it appropriate to burn down part of the forests of Tuntsa. I was asleep, when Fire Chief Yrjö Tervo came to rouse me by knocking on the window. He said that I needed to get up and go to Tuntsa to put out a fire. I had no choice but to go. I drove to Kota-Antti,...