Secret Scandinavian Singers: Exposed!

They are among us, sneaking undetected among singers who sound as American as can be: Scandinavians! It's happened several times in the past few months -- I've started listening to a certain artist, and only weeks later, much to my surprise, will I discover that they're actually Swedes or Danes or Finns. It's a testament to their language skills, certainly -- most grow up speaking a few different languages and learn English in school. I spent a week in Denmark a few years ago, and one evening hung out with a twentysomething kid who for the longest time I thought was an American frat boy studying abroad -- until he told me he was from Greenland, of all places. I felt so mono-lingual!

Check out Swede Kristian Matsson, AKA the Tallest Man on Earth, who could not sound more American. Some are even calling him the second coming of Bob Dylan:

Or Jose Gonzales, also a Swede.

Or there Sondre Lerche, from Norway:

Sondre Lerche - To Be Surprised (Live on Late Night with Conan O'Brien) from Sondre Lerche on Vimeo.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are singers like Jonsi, from Iceland's Sigur Ros. Now THIS is how you let people know you're Scandinavian!

Jónsi - Go Do from Jónsi on Vimeo.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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