Graduation is one of the most special times of any student’s life. It’s the realisation of all your dreams and the dawn of real life, taxes and not being able to afford the rent.
The best way to mark this is by having a big party and enjoying yourself to the utmost.
Of course, this sort of fun should be handled sensibly, but it’s rare to see statements given out warning graduates how to have fun without causing any accidents.
That’s exactly what has happened in Norway this week as the Scandinavian nation gets ready for the annual post-graduation tradition known as ‘Russ’.
The party, which can last for close to a month, sees high school students literally run wild in the streets, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, stripping nude and having sex on roundabouts.
Quite where the compulsion to engage in intercourse on such a location came from isn’t quite clear, but it would appear to have something do with the rituals and challenges that the various schools have adopted over the years.
However, we don’t really need to explain to you why venturing out to an island in the middle of a busy road is incredibly dangerous, but the Public Road Administration in Norway decided to remind all those randy students.
In a statement titled ‘No to sex on roundabouts’, the former Norwegian minister of transport, Terje Moe Gustavsen, wrote:
Everyone understands that being in and around roundabouts is a traffic hazard.
It may not be so dangerous for someone to be without clothes on the bridge, but drivers can get too much of a surprise and completely forget that they are driving.
He’s got a point. The last thing you expect to see when navigating a roundabout is two teens doing something that is very NSFW. Or NSFD, as the case may be.
There is a more important reason for this statement and it isn’t just the Norwegian government trying to prevent kids from having fun.
Every year during the Russ, students drive around in vans painted different colours. But due to the nature of the revelry, accidents involving the vehicles would sometimes happen, resulting in the deaths of students who are aged just 18 and 19.
Remember kids. Have fun responsibly and don’t have sex on a roundabout.