Flogsta Scream

Flogsta is a neighbourhood in the western outskirts of the Swedish city of Uppsala. Most of its inhabitants are students attending Uppsala UniversityEvery evening at 10 p.m. the “Flogsta scream” may be heard, when students scream collectively from windows, balconies and roof tops. There is controversy over how the tradition started. Some locals say it was simply a stress reliever, which started during exam times and then became a daily occurrence. Others say it started in remembrance of a student who committed suicide in the 1970s.

However it started, or whoever started it – it’s damn strange. I like the idea of screaming to let go of stress… but as someone who has lived in Cape Town her entire life, the noon day gun still gives me a fright! Can you imagine what would happen if people started screaming at 10pm every night? AND What happens if you’re really in danger and you need help, everyone would think you were just playing along? It’d certainly be a good night to murder someone…

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