Graduating high school students known as russ have decided to drop one of their many dubious distinctions handed out during their spring partying season. They’ll no longer award a knot in the tassels of their student caps for having sex in a roundabout, at least not in the inland community of Ringsaker.
The russ (roughly pronounced “roose”) were enjoying another sudden burst of international infamy this week after news bureau Reuters reported on the state highway director’s warning that any roundabout sex among russ would create a traffic hazard. The prank has been around for years, along with many others that can earn knots for the often drunken russ.
“The state highway department has taken this up and there’s been a lot of fuss in the media,” Kine Berge, vice president of the russ in Ringsaker, told state broadcaster NRK on Friday. “We understand that it can go against traffic laws.”
They’re not giving up another challenge for the russ, though, who can still earn a knot if they run naked across Mjøsbrua, the bridge over nearby Lake Mjøsa. “That’s a traditional knot that many people have earned,” Berge said. “It’s a fun tradition we want to preserve.”