For the past 40 years, as the clock strikes 10, students in the neighborhood of Flogsta in Uppsala, Sweden stop studying, procrastinating, meeming, and doing whatever it is that students do. They open their windows, throw their heads back and begin to scream. Loudly and collectively for almost ten minutes, with the energy of rebels and the righteousness of people trying to keep a tradition alive.
While nobody is quite sure how the ritual started, like all good urban legends, it has two completely different versions. According to one theory, the Flogsta Scream started as a way to honour a student who committed suicide in the town. Others believe that it started as a way of relieving stress during a particularly tough exam season in the 1970s, and just never stopped.
Coincidentally, the 1970s was also the same time that the concept of Primal Therapy enjoyed a brief spell of popularity. Championed by celebrities like John Lennon, the therapy was based on reliving childhood pain, and releasing it by screaming. It was eventually written off as a trend due to lack of studies to substantiate its effectiveness.
Meanwhile, in Finland, Mieskuoro Huutajat, The Shouting Men's Choir has turned screaming into an art form. Born out of long boring winter nights, an odd sense of humour, and lots of vodka, the men's choir screams in such unison that it almost sounds like music. In fact, their boisterous rendition of the patriotic song The Northern Native Land reached the Top 10 of the Finnish music charts.
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