Rude runes in Norway

Medieval people were not as different as their modern versions when it comes to rude language and  graffiti, a fact discovered by a team of archaeologists in Oslo, Norway who came across three double entendre characters carved in runes on a piece of wood denoting either the first letters in the ruinic alphbet or Fuþ, the Old Norse word for the female genitalia. (photo)

While amused, the archaeologists feel the medieval "tagging" brings researchers closer to life in the Middle Ages.

“The fact we find this interesting has to do with that scripture means we can get closer to the ancients. It’s a snapshot of something a person from medieval times scored into a piece of wood. But as for this word, it's as simple as that dirty language sells,” archaeologist Egil Marstein Bauer at NIKU tells The Foreigner.