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Mysteeri Vaeltava Teletapit (The Mystery of the Wandering Teletubby) #transmedia #antitransmedia #Finland #teletubbies

I'm on vacation, I'm still jetlagged and there are two major hurricanes currently wreaking havoc in the world. Time for a fun, temporary fit of inanity, you know, to take the mind off of things.

My girlfriend (Mira, she's Finnish) and I arrived in Helsinki just in time for "The Night of the Arts", which is a pretty cool and slightly bizarre cultural event that happens right in the heart of the city. Basically, young people cruise around carrying twelve-packs of Koff (the Budweiser of Finland) and get into some interesting stuff: dancing, drawing, playing music, basket weaving, peoplewatching, what have you.

I came across this DJ, who had to have been the slowest spinmeister I have witnessed anywhere in the world... And then this mysterious Teletapit -- a lean, mean, green machine who enters the scene right at the last couple frames of the video.

Is there a story here? Who knows?!

After doing some local research, it appears that this dude is a real meme.

Mysteeri Vaeltava Teletapit (The Mystery of the Wandering Teletubby) #transmedia #antitransmedia #Finland #teletubbies
We know he lives right here in Helsinki, he appears to work at a logistics company and he really likes Patrick Roy. He also might be a government operative.

Mysteeri Vaeltava Teletapit (The Mystery of the Wandering Teletubby) #transmedia #antitransmedia #Finland #teletubbies

But is he a reincarnate who invented the opening theme for The Teletubbies? (

Kuka keksi alku musiikin teletappeihin?

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Welcome to the mystery of the wandering Teletubby!