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2009-12-31 11:39:09 AM
Here's how it works there:

The Icelandic mountain rescue and coast guard are almost exclusively funded by donations in the form of fireworks purchases, which are tax-deductable.

The average Icelandic family will purchase between $1000 and $3000 of really big fireworks and spend the better part of New Year's Eve and well into the next day blowing shiat up.

Of course that was in good times. With the banking failures and massive debt piled on them, this year might be considerably less festive.
 
2009-12-31 11:48:33 AM
Oh noes! They're gonna melt all the ice!
 
2009-12-31 11:59:16 AM
Am I the only person who is completely unaffected by the sight of fireworks? Even as a kid, I was like, "meh."
 
2009-12-31 01:03:39 PM
Howie Spankowitz: Am I the only person who is completely unaffected by the sight of fireworks? Even as a kid, I was like, "meh."

It's because you have no soul.
 
2009-12-31 02:17:58 PM
markie_farkie: Of course that was in good times. With the banking failures and massive debt piled on them, this year might be considerably less festive.

They just agreed to pay out 40% of their GDP to people who lost money in the collapse. Methinks they will be using molotov cocktails and burning Parliament this year.
 
2009-12-31 02:35:53 PM
NewportBarGuy: They just agreed to pay out 40% of their GDP to people who lost money in the collapse. Methinks they will be using molotov cocktails and burning Parliament this year.

Not as of yet.. It might be sent to a public vote by the president:

Link (new window)
 
2009-12-31 03:01:29 PM
Howie Spankowitz: Am I the only person who is completely unaffected by the sight of fireworks? Even as a kid, I was like, "meh."

Perhaps you need to visit Sydney, Australia at the end of this year.
Sydney NYE 2009/2010 show from 7 hours ago (new window)
 
2009-12-31 03:40:58 PM
SushiJoe:

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Oh noes! They're gonna melt all the ice!

Neat show. Though not that spectacular, firework displays are neat in DFW since most of the suburbs have their own. If you're somewhere in the middle there is 360° of fireworks.
 
2009-12-31 03:42:18 PM
I've never been a huge fan of fireworks but I do think they are cool. But a video of fireworks? That crap is just lame to me. Fireworks are one of those things that you have to see with your own eyes. The vid just got boring within about 5 seconds.
 
2009-12-31 04:32:30 PM
Cool fireworks though you couldn't tell from the lousy out of focus shaky video.
 
2009-12-31 05:06:55 PM
markie_farkie: Here's how it works there:

The Icelandic mountain rescue and coast guard are almost exclusively funded by donations in the form of fireworks purchases, which are tax-deductable.

The average Icelandic family will purchase between $1000 and $3000 of really big fireworks and spend the better part of New Year's Eve and well into the next day blowing shiat up.

Of course that was in good times. With the banking failures and massive debt piled on them, this year might be considerably less festive.


I'm up here in the north in a small town and the local fireworks show was still pretty good. Just waiting for the real thing to start in a couple of hours. Probably not going to be as good as watching the last one I watched in Reykjavík.
 
2009-12-31 05:25:25 PM
If you're in the vicinity, head to Louisville, Ky two Saturdays before the Kentucky Derby for Thunder Over Louisville. Next year, it'll be on April 17. Largest fireworks display in North America. 8 400-foot barges loaded with fireworks.
 
2009-12-31 05:40:34 PM
markie_farkie: Here's how it works there:

The Icelandic mountain rescue and coast guard are almost exclusively funded by donations in the form of fireworks purchases, which are tax-deductable.

The average Icelandic family will purchase between $1000 and $3000 of really big fireworks and spend the better part of New Year's Eve and well into the next day blowing shiat up.

Of course that was in good times. With the banking failures and massive debt piled on them, this year might be considerably less festive.


Thanks for the info, I've seen a few videos like this and always wondered about that. Fireworks are expensive enough in mainland Europe, I don't even want to think what they would cost in Iceland.

arcas: If you're in the vicinity, head to Louisville, Ky two Saturdays before the Kentucky Derby for Thunder Over Louisville. Next year, it'll be on April 17. Largest fireworks display in North America. 8 400-foot barges loaded with fireworks.

Fun show, but basically an all you can eat buffet. Not much artistry to the show.

ecmoRandomNumbers: Howie Spankowitz: Am I the only person who is completely unaffected by the sight of fireworks? Even as a kid, I was like, "meh."

It's because you have no soul.


This.

/pyrotechnician
//not working on NYE
 
2009-12-31 06:34:06 PM
All I could think of watching that was that it needed Peter Arnett describing the scene via satellite phone.

/lawn, off, and so forth.
 
2009-12-31 08:16:11 PM
Howie Spankowitz: Am I the only person who is completely unaffected by the sight of fireworks? Even as a kid, I was like, "meh."

Perth has a big Australia Day fireworks shindig every year. January 26.

It's sponsored by a radio station and it's supposed to be choreographed to the music. So a lot of peeps bring a radio and a lot of them have them cranked right up, even PA systems. A hundred thousand plus line the river and various vantage points, plus a large flotilla of boats in the river.

At the very very start of one firworks display many years ago, Phil Collins In The Air Tonight was playing, and up went this beautiful, solo, red firework.

I was waiting for it to explode but it didn't.

Up and up it went. All by itself. I was waiting for the rest of the show to really crank up but it didn't. Just Phil Collins and this red firework. Absolutely awesome. Genius choreography.

Er, anyway, it turns out the show wasn't due to start for a couple of minutes and it was some drunken yahoo on a boat who shot off a distress flare.

By the end of the night there were farking distress flares FARKING EVERYWHERE! Piss funny.

Of course the water police and various piggy agencies were not amused and there were multiple warnings of jail / fines if there was a repeat the next year.
 
2009-12-31 08:25:50 PM
markie_farkie: Here's how it works there:

The Icelandic mountain rescue and coast guard are almost exclusively funded by donations in the form of fireworks purchases, which are tax-deductable.

The average Icelandic family will purchase between $1000 and $3000 of really big fireworks and spend the better part of New Year's Eve and well into the next day blowing shiat up.


If that's true, that's very cool

/no offense..I just take things I read on fark with a grain of snark
 
2009-12-31 09:23:27 PM
I think I saw some airburst artillery in there.

/cool town is cool
 
2009-12-31 09:31:08 PM
New Year's Eve Fireworks, Iceland 2009

New Year's Eve Fireworks, Iceland 2010
 
2009-12-31 10:17:44 PM
Tyranicle: New Year's Eve Fireworks, Iceland 2009

New Year's Eve Fireworks, Iceland 2010


Although that video totally sucked at least you used a tripod
 
2009-12-31 10:32:10 PM
Zentelis: markie_farkie: Here's how it works there:

The Icelandic mountain rescue and coast guard are almost exclusively funded by donations in the form of fireworks purchases, which are tax-deductable.

The average Icelandic family will purchase between $1000 and $3000 of really big fireworks and spend the better part of New Year's Eve and well into the next day blowing shiat up.


If that's true, that's very cool

/no offense..I just take things I read on fark with a grain of snark


No he's right about that. There are also people that spend way more. I remember hearing about some guy on the news a few years back who spent so much that he couldn't legally keep the fireworks at his house. It was a purchase worth tens of thousands of dollars.
 
2009-12-31 10:32:37 PM
ABQGOD: Howie Spankowitz: Am I the only person who is completely unaffected by the sight of fireworks? Even as a kid, I was like, "meh."

Perhaps you need to visit Sydney, Australia at the end of this year.
Sydney NYE 2009/2010 show from 7 hours ago (new window)


Would have been cool if not for the Black-Eyed Peas song. Bleh.
 
2009-12-31 10:41:45 PM
Airfoilsguy: Tyranicle: New Year's Eve Fireworks, Iceland 2009

New Year's Eve Fireworks, Iceland 2010

Although that video totally sucked at least you used a tripod


I was shooting for a sarcastic representation of Iceland's dire economic situation.

\not my video
\\should of used this one
 
2010-01-01 02:29:00 AM
Arseland? VIET FREAKING NAM!
 
2010-01-01 08:20:55 AM
My life savings paid for that
 
2010-01-01 01:19:06 PM
Howie Spankowitz: Am I the only person who is completely unaffected by the sight of fireworks?

most likely.

/I think they have a pill for that.
 
2010-01-02 04:45:08 AM
Well that ices the cake. Public services paid for by buying fireworks that are tax deductable. I guess I will have to move to Iceland.

/I love to shoot fireworks.
//If you dont like fireworks, you obviously never lit anything better than a sparkler.
 
2010-01-02 11:39:07 PM
Skarp-Hedin approves.
 
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