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Norwegian Kid Scares Off Wolves With American Music

Norwegian Kid Scares Off Wolves With American Music (photo)

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You’ve heard of music soothing the wild beast, but in Norway kids also use American hard rock to ward them off. 13-year-old Walter Eikrem was walking home from school along a wooded road when he was confronted by four wolves in Rakkestad last week as reported by Der Spiegel.

“The worst thing you can do is run away because doing so just invites the wolves to chase you down,” young Walter said, recalling his mother’s advice. “But I was so afraid that I couldn’t even run away if I’d wanted to.” Luckily, Walter had Creed loaded up on his Sony Ericsson, so he pulled out the ear buds, cranked the volume and let the unappealing hard rock blast at the wolves while he yelled and waved his arms at them — until overcome with the noise, the pack left him alone.

Creed’s lead singer Scott Stapp was flattered to hear the news about his band’s 2009 single, “Overcome,” and it’s role in saving he day. “It’s crazy how it may have fended off those wolves,” Stapp told THR. “I’m just really glad the boy is alive and safe. His mom is probably the hero with good survival advice not to run.”

But the wolves may have simply been disgusted. “They didn’t really get scared,” Walter admitted to Der Spiegel. “They just turned around and simply trotted away.”

Apologies in advance, here’s the music video for the song:

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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

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Cancel it!

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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