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I am Jouko Otsola

Michael Matola
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Jouko — The brave wise man in the Finnish epic Kalevala
Otsola — Home of bears

http://www.visitfinland.com/campaigns/finngenerator/public/en/

What's weird about this is that my last name occurs as a Finnish last name and it did not return it back to me. (I don't have Finnish heritage. My last name occurs as a surname a in a couple of different languages.)

In fact, it renames some famous Finns:

Alvar Aalto -> Kaleva Järvi
Eliel Saarinen -> Ahti Halla
Henry Wong
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I am ... Kaleva Hongisto...

Henry Kaleva


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Martin Vajsar
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My inner Finn is named Ahti Harju. However, the inner Finn inside my inner Finn is Viljo Kettunen. His inner Finn is Kaleva Tähti. On the next iteration we get Terho Mäki. At this point, I already feel like I was shopping in Ikea.

Is there an ultimate inner Finn? The one who is his own inner Finn? I wonder.

Or perhaps an entire circle of inner Finns? (http://xkcd.com/903/ - read the tooltip)
Jesper de Jong
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ILMARI — The heroic smith in the Finnish epic Kalevala
KETTUNEN — Foxy

Regards,
Ilmari Kettunen


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Jayesh A Lalwani
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THE GENERATOR HAS SPOKEN.
FROM NOW ON YOU ARE CALLED:
Jouko Ahtisaari
JOUKO — The brave wise man in the Finnish epic Kalevala

AHTISAARI — Island of the god of water
Jesper de Jong
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I found a cycle of inner Finns! It took a while...

Jesper de Jong
Ilmari Kettunen
Ilmari Kangas
Terho Harju
Ilmari Lehtinen
Väinämö Marjala
Touko Sinivuokko
Sampo Kuusi
Ilmari Porola
Tapio Kallio
Seppo Pakkanen
Viljo Sammalkorpi
Otso Lampi
Seppo Ranta
Ohto Vettenranta
Ahti Koski
Pyry Sammalkorpi
Tuisku Petäjä
Kaleva Sinivuokko
Touko Aalto
Ilmari Halla
Ilmari Kukkamäki
Väinämö Ketonen
Terho Kukkamäki
Väinämö Viljanen
Ukko Mesikämmen
Touko Kuura
Sampo Kotiranta
Ohto Korpela
Viljo Ranta
Väinämö Manner
Ukko Joutsen
Väinämö Mesikämmen
Jouko Jokela
Otso Metsälä
Pyry Kangas
Jouko Hirvelä
Jouko Lahti
Terho Merimaa
Kaleva Petäjä
Tuisku Aalto
Viljo Otsola
Tuisku Susi
Ukko Hirvelä
Tapio Porola
Terho Kukkamäki
Väinämö Viljanen
Bear Bibeault
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OHTO — A bear, king of the forest

LAMPI — Pond


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Matthew Brown
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Otso -€” A bear, king of the forest

Mesikämmen - One of many synonyms to bear

They certainly do seem to have a thing about bears, these Finns.
Chan Ag
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Pihla Männistö

PIHLA — Rowan tree
MÄNNISTÖ — Home of pine trees

This is interesting.
Paul Clapham
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Matthew Brown wrote:They certainly do seem to have a thing about bears, these Finns.


The usual Finnish word for bear is "karhu", though. (I know this because my first pair of cross-country skis were Karhu brand from Finland and they had a picture of a bear on them. Also that's what Google Translate says.)
chris webster
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I am Jouko Jokela.
I guess the Jouko's on me....


No more Blub for me, thank you, Vicar.
Paul Clapham
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Barack Obama is "Otso Rinne".

Justin Bieber is "Seppo Mansikkamaa".
Matthew Brown
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Paul Clapham wrote:The usual Finnish word for bear is "karhu", though. (I know this because my first pair of cross-country skis were Karhu brand from Finland and they had a picture of a bear on them. Also that's what Google Translate says.)


According to Wikipedia (Finnish_paganism):
...it is theorised that the bear was such a holy animal that it was forbidden to depict it. Also, the bear's name was almost forbidden to say, so many euphemisms were developed. The most usual Finnish word for bear in modern language, karhu, is just one of the many euphemisms, and it means "rough fur." Among the many names of bear otso is probably the original "real" name, as suggested by the wide spread of the word otso and related words amongst many of the Uralic languages. Many euphemisms for bear are local.
 
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