Never come between a starving Norwegian and his cheese doodles (video)

Norwegian Aleksander Gamme is returning from a South Pole expedition, hungry and hoping that he may have stashed away some food buried in the snow on his way in.

Then he finds it.

Double pack of cheese doodles!

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The video is in Norwegian, with English subtitles (once the video starts, hit the cc button at the bottom right and turn on the subtitles). But the guy’s accent is so sing-songy Swedish-chef adorable, you’ll love it.


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  • Z

    I could easily listen to him talk for hours, what an amazing language and accent! I may not have understood a word he said but this little Black chick is very happy right now :) the way he said “cheese doodle”… Be still, my heart.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Ost Döödles!!!!!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Ain’t that the truth! I look back at my early twenties hitch hiking through the Afgan desert and marvel at the beauty of naivety.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I was more foolish and reckless in my younger years.

  • SL Abrin

    I cannot imagine Viking invaders with that sort of battle cry. Unless, of course, cheese doodles littered the shores of Saxon England.

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    This NEVER gets old.

  • HeartlandLiberal

    I am reminded of this classic Muppets video. The Swedish Chef makes popcorn.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvDvTnTGjgQ

  • HeartlandLiberal

    Just a week or 10 days with two other guys backpacking and hiking part of the Appalachian trail can have the same effect. Plus you then get stared at and spoken to like a zoo specimen when you take a break at access points on the trail where only the day trippers drive in by car, like Clingman’s Dome. While taking that break, we ran into a friend from where I had worked years earlier before moving away 500 miles to a different state, who had driven up from the city where I had known him previously. Sheer coincidence, he and his family were making a driving tour.

    Doubt that sort of thing would have happened to this guy where he was.

  • Drew2u

    I’d be nervous about solo-hiking; I’d want somebody else there in case of emergencies.
    I once took a 13-mile day hike with college friends and even though I was with other people, I packed as if I may need to survive out there for a week, lol.

  • Drew2u

    plus they can be set on fire for an emergency fire starter! (I’m assuming they’re the same fatty content as those corn curl chips).

  • Drew2u

    Heresy! ;)

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Around day five, I’m not only answering myself, I’m saying, “Huh?”

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Me neither. It usually began around Day 5 for me, especially if the hike was difficult.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    “sing-songy Swedish-chef adorable”

    You have never spent eight hours at one of my husband’s family reunions.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    It didn’t even take three weeks for me to start having some wonderful chats with myself.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Have you checked the calories on cheese curls / doodles? Nobody’s gonna want a nice, nutritious bran muffin when out on the ice.

    Fat, carbs, salt, and intense flavor (even if artificial). His other finds — the gummy candy, Mentos, and cheese — all full of calories. Just the thing one needs on that kind of expedition.

    Aleksander also appears to have been alone out there. Trust me, when out solo on a difficult trip, one becomes somewhat squirrelly after a while. Been there, done that. In fact, after one particularly rough trip in the Adirondacks, having had no human contact at all for nearly three weeks, I literally had to remember how to interact with people and to stop talking aloud to myself for every odd thought that crossed my mind.

  • Tatts

    Cheez Doodles are nothing but air. Why would anyone take them all the way to Antartica? They take up so much space for so little nourishment.

    On the other hand, he seemed to be a little baked, so maybe the Cheez Doodles were planned as an after-toke snack.

    Or maybe it’s just that the south pole does that to people. Admiral Byrd took two and a half tons of Necco Wafers to the south pole in the ’30s. Maybe he was a stoner too.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I had to turn them on. But they’re there.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody happier to find some bags of cheese doodles.

    I absolutely love how incredulous and over-the-top joyful he was when he kept finding more and more goodies in his stash there.

    Reminds me a little of one time I was out on a solo wilderness hike. Didn’t even have my dog with me on that one, just me and a seriously overweight pack. And it was raining. Raining and raining and raining. I was soaked to the bone. The worst of it was my feet, in that my boots were soaked and so were my socks.

    As I’m sitting there in my tent in a miserable evening, trying to warm myself with a candle-lantern (it was useless to try to start a real fire) in the very bottom of my pack I found a ziplock bag. And in it were a dry pair of socks and underwear.

    My squeals of joy could be heard for miles, I feel certain.

    Then I found the spare canister of butane fuel I thought I’d forgotten, and thus had been conserving my camp stove to the absolute minimum of use.

    Dry socks and underwear, and soon a steaming hot cup of cocoa. All was well in the world.

  • Cletus

    Didn’t see no subtitles, but, of course, he had MENTOS!

    (Oh, you have to turn subtitles ON!).

  • http://heimaey.us/ heimaey

    Norwegian and Swedish are mutually intelligible anyway. I feel like I heard this on an NPR podcast or RadioLab.

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