Fireplace TV Captivates Norway Audience (From our “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” file)

For those who think that modern cable television doesn’t offer viewers enough options, there may be an answer in a recent television broadcast in Norway.

The Reuters News Service reports that Norwegian public broadcasting network NRK ran a 12 hour long broadcast in February showing only a burning fireplace. The broadcast was reportedly accompanied by “color commentary” by “firewood specialists,” along with tutorials on fire-making and cultural segments.

The idea for the marathon log burning television show apparently came from a best-selling book by Lars Mytting, reputedly Norway’s biggest firewood celebrity. His firewood book, “Hel Ved,” has sold approximately 130,000 copies in the past year, more than any other title in Norway except Fifty Shades of Grey.