While Marianne was here, I was browsing the internet (I know, right?) and bumped into a Norwegian hip/clever/funny t-shirt company called Probat… and promptly fell in love. It probably had something to do with the geeky Norwegian grammar t-shirt Marianne proudly showed off*. Grammar nerds in every language, people! I love it!
The important thing to note is that one of her brothers gave her the t-shirt… I think a geeky/nerdy products are even better when received as a gift.
Another Probat design I thought you (my priceless readers) might particularly enjoy is this one:
This fine mustard-yellow pillow cover translates to “Never trust a man without a mustache” and features an image of Tom Selleck. Hot! Though I’m still trying to figure out why the topic of mustaches is so popular right now. And whether “moustache” is simply the Canadian/British spelling or whether it specifically refers to a waxed, brushed and mighty fine handlebar mustache**.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like you can buy and ship any of Probat’s products from their main website to the US. There is a sister site called Norwegian Tees that has a small selection of designs that can be shipped here, but they’re fairly expensive for t-shirts—$29 plus $9.99 shipping. This one’s on my wish list, though: the Ostehøvel t-shirt. I feel that I, too, could be that sexy when wearing it. Norwegians invented the cheese slicer, you know.
*There are two words for “when” in Norwegian, you see. One is mostly past tense and means “that one time” while the other is more present/future/repeat occurrences. People mix them up all the time. This shirt clears it all up on a pleasant Kelly green background!
**My dad had a mighty fine handlebar mustache for a little while when I was a young teen—yes, because he’s just that awesome.