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Prankster wraps girls’ dorm room in tinfoil

Two girls at a Norwegian boarding school came back from a weekend break to find their bedroom covered from floor to ceiling in tinfoil, as a schoolmate got his revenge for an earlier practical joke.

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Eighteen-year-old Magnus Løvland hatched his glittering plan after a group of girls bound him from head to toe in masking tape last autumn. They then carried him to the boys’ halls of residence at the Christian boarding school in Lyngdal, southern Norway, where they left him lying helpless on the floor, newspaper Fedrelandsvennen reports.

Although Løvland admitted he was grudgingly impressed by the girls’ prank, he quickly decided he needed to teach them a lesson.

Last weekend, with the girls away, Løvland got hold of their key, enlisted the help of two friends, and set to work. He derived his inspiration from a TV show he watched recently about a school for astronauts, where one of the rooms was covered in aluminium foil.

The financial cost of the enterprise soon exceeded his expectations, with the 60 rolls of foil setting him back 1,200 kroner ($200). But he absorbed the cost and papered on, convinced that the look on the girls’ faces when they opened the door would be priceless.

And he wasn’t disappointed. In fact, prank victims Trine Josdal (17) and Hildegunn Gyland (16) were so amazed by their schoolmate’s handiwork that they still hadn’t removed the tinfoil from their room by Wednesday.

“We got a shock when we entered the room,” Josdal told local newspaper Agder.

“Everything, and I mean everything, was covered and papered with silver foil. Everything from toothbrushes to light switches, chairs, desks and beds.”

As news of the dazzling silver chamber spread through the school, fellow students soon began dropping by to see it with their own eyes.

“There has been a veritable exodus to our room. But we’ll have to get it in order again soon. We’ve spent the last few nights in a neighbouring room,” Josdal said.

While the girls had a sense of humour about the unwanted redecoration, they have already vowed to plot sweet revenge, and Løvland conceded he was worried.

“They’ll have to go some way to top this. But these are some devious girls, so I don’t feel totally safe,” he told Fedrelandsvennen.

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Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration will need to clear up more than 1,000 trucks worth of stones and rubble it left near the stunning UNESCO world heritage listed Nærøyfjord.

Norwegian road authority in hot water for dumping rocks near UNESCO-listed fjord
Nærøyfjorden near to where the Norwegian Public Roads Administration left behind more than 11,000 cubic metres of rocks. Photo by Arian Zwegers on Flickr.

Fly-tipping and rubbish dumping are typically associated with rogue tradespeople and cowboy builders, but it’s the Norwegian Public Roads Administration that is being asked to clear some 11,250 cubic metres of rocks it left near a UNESCO listed beauty spot.

The breathtaking Nærøyfjord in Aurland municipality, south-western Norway, is a landscape conservation area meaning its protected and, therefore, the rubble shouldn’t have been left there.

“This is a blister. We will clean up after ourselves,” Stig Berg Thomassen, project manager for the road authority, told NRK.

The rocks were left behind following a project to upgrade the nearby Gudvanga tunnel.

Thomassen said the mess was left in the conservation area because it wasn’t clearly marked as off-limits.

Nærøyfjorden has been listed as a landscape conservation area since 2002, and the site was added to the UNESCO world heritage list a few years later in 2005.

READ ALSO: You can now get married at this famous Norwegian beauty spot

The municipality in Aurland has given the road authority until December 17th to clear the mess. The mayor for the municipality said the road authority would begin to clear up the remnants of its building project as soon as possible.

The stones won’t be going far, though and will only be moved around 50 to 100 metres along the road to where the conservation area ends.

Project manager Thomassen has admitted that the situation could have been avoided with better planning.

“Yes, we should have probably have done that (prepared better). The situation is as it is, so we just have to clean up. It won’t take long to move the rocks. The Stones will only be transported 50 to 100 meters,” he confessed.

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