Finnish ‘Jackass’ Just Reinvented the Mechanical Bull

Involves a wood harvester, near-amputation

By Alex Lauer

 
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27 February 2017

Finland is known for a few things: the cold, Santa and the Dudesons.

If you don’t know the latter, they’re basically Finnish Jackass. You might recognize the four — Jukka Hildén, Jarno Laasala, Jarno “Jarppi” Leppälä and Hannu-Pekka Parviainen — from Jackass 3D or their own shows on Spike TV and MTV. Now, they’ve made their way to YouTube with a new show Meanwhile in Finland. The first episode? “Forest Machine Rodeo.”

You can watch it above, but the forest machine in question is a Ponsse ScorpionKing wood harvester. They take down a tree in less than 10 seconds, strap a saddle on it and take turns seeing how long they can hold on. It’s like an old-fashioned American rodeo, but instead of worrying about a bull goring them, they just have to worry about being thrown a couple stories to the ground or pulled into a machine that rips apart trees like string cheese.

Seem a little intense? You're not wrong. Host Jarppi’s other nickname is “no thumb” because he lost that digit on his right hand to a polar bear/motorcycle stunt/power tool

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