>One dark night outside a small town in Minnesota, a fire started > > > inside the local chemical plant and in a blink it exploded into massive > > > flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments from miles > > > around. When the volunteer fire fighters appeared on the scene, the > > > chemical company president rushed to the fire chief and said, "All of > > > our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They > > > must be saved. I will give $50,000 to the fire department that brings > > > them out intact." > > > But the roaring flames held the firefighters off. > > > > > > Soon more fire departments had to be called in as the situation became > > > desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president shouted out that the > > > offer was now $100,000 to the fire department who could bring out the > > > company's secret files. > > > > > > From the distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came > > > into sight. It was the nearby Norwegian rural township volunteer fire > > > company composed mainly of Norwegians over the age of 65. To everyone's > > > amazement, the little run-down fire engine, operated by these > > > Norwegian's, passed all the newer sleek engines parked outside the > > > plant.....and drove straight into the middle of the inferno. > > > Outside the other firemen watched as the Norwegian old timers jumped off > > > and began to fight the fire with a performance and effort never seen > > > before. Within a short time, the Norske old timers had extinguished the > > > fire and saved the secret formulas. > > > > > > The grateful chemical company president joyfully announced that for such > > > a superhuman feat he was upping the reward to $200,000, and walked over > > > to personally thank each of the brave, though elderly, Norske fire > > fighters. > > > > > > The local TV news reporters rushed in after capturing the event on film > > > asking, "What are you going to do with all that money?" > > > > > > "Vell," said Ole Larsen, the 70-year-old fire chief, "da furst thing ve > > > do is fix da brakes on dat damn truck!"