Inspired by a list of things about what every man should try by Menshealth.com I decided to put together a list of our own together about Otaniemi.
1. Otaniemi has its own beer laboratory!
Yeap it’s true, we do our research on just about anything – not like there wouldn’t be enough field testing during Vappu around here, but 365 days a year. Since 1959 we have been passionate about keeping our beer top quality and fresh. Immo-yeast innovated here in 1980′s made the second fermentation last from 2-3 weeks to 2-3 days making sure the supply of the country’s favorite alcoholic beverage is always ready for a sunny days increase in consumption.
2. We research, a lot!
In total about 8 million hours worth a year, in years that is 913 years of research a year. But then again it’s nowhere near the numbers of Farmville – but then again I guess your virtual eggplant really does need harvesting?
3. We set the time around here!
The official time of Finland is set in Otaniemi – MIKES, The centre for metrology and accreditation makes sure everybody stays on time over here, so next time your fifteen minutes late, check your watch when you pass Mike at Tekniikantie 1 from the outside clock, or online.
4. We have our own Nature reserve!
If you see people walking around with binoculars and rubber boots, no they are not lost or delusional. Our very own Laajalahti Nature Reserve in the northern part of Otaniemi is one of the best places in the metropolitan area to go bird watching. If you like that sort of things…
5. We have zero Elephants! And clean water…
True, there are no elephants in Otaniemi, but Finland’s fresh water reserves are clean and we get drinkable water more pure than the fancy bottle water from the Alps straight out of the tap. But to elaborate on the importance of elephants to the fresh water situation I’ll let Mauri do the explanation (video below)