#TetrisChallenge: these photos of Dutch emergency vehicles’ contents will make your day

Enter #TetrisChallenge. Emergency vehicles are often objects of mystery, toolboxes on wheels that whizz around the roads with a purpose and an air of mystery: who is making that curious sound? Where is it going? And what could be the emergency? 

Well, we can’t answer any of those questions, but thanks to a craze that has been sweeping Europe of late, we now know exactly what is inside those vehicles, removing just a little bit of the mystery surrounding them.

How? The most visually pleasing, neat, and organized photos you’ve seen all day. Yep, we guarantee you’ll love them, or at least find them somewhat aesthetically pleasing.

What is the #TetrisChallenge?

The #TetrisChallenge first started in Sweden when Swiss police shared a birds-eye view of the contents of a police car, all laid out in the most satisfying way. The resulting photos are reminiscent of a play set purchased in a toy store (is that why we love them so much?), with tiny objects and dolls laid out in a ‘What’s in the Box’ fashion.

The best part? They ‘aint toys. Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts, we’ve scoured the web for the best Dutch #TetrisChallenge images for your viewing comfort.

The Breda police force is credited as the first Dutch team taking part, and we gotta say we wholeheartedly approve:

So well, in fact, that they challenged multiple other emergency outlets to the task. Who’s up for it? Oh yeah, the ROYAL ARMY. BRING IT ON:

From there, the pictures really started flowing in on social media. Fire trucks, ambulances, and sea-rescue teams all began flatlaying like mad. Mad, we say!

Some of the vehicles were really, really tiny:

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Wij konden natuurlijk niet achterblijven. Hier een versie van een surveillancemotor! (Motoragent was daarvoor afgelost door de late dienst?‍♂️) ○○○ #police #politie #cops #tetrischallenge #lawenforcement #dh247 #politiealphenaandenrijn #politienederland

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While others were, well, a little bit bigger:

In the end, everyone wanted to place objects perfectly on the ground, lay on the pavement, and have a photo taken from above. Kids these days!

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Tetris_challenge : hulpdiensten delen de inhoud van hun wagen. Hier doen wij graag aan mee. Want wij zijn er trots op wat er in onze ambulance ligt. Wij dagen onze collega's ambulances uit hetzelfde te doen ? ———————————————————- #whatsinside #tetrischallenge #auto #dierenambulance #vrijwilligers #vrijwilligerswerk #dierenambulancewoudeberg #dierenlot #playmobil #politie #ambulance #brandweer #rijkswaterstaat —————————- @janleenbaan @jasmijn_strootman @nadiaflorijn @beusde @corine_mulder @gemwoudenberg @renswoude @gemeente_scherpenzeel @gem_heuvelrug @nos

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What is knolling?

Flat lay pictures have been around forever, while Instagram spun them into celebrity-status (where would we be without images of a Macbook, pot plant, and latte taken attractively from above?).

Knolling, however, takes it to a whole new level. In fact, you probably love knolling pictures without even knowing their hilarious name. It’s literally taking objects, arranging them neatly, and then taking a picture from above. Brilliant, but simple.

The concept has actually been around since 1987, but only gained celebrity status from around 2010 onward. There’s a brilliant article on the history in knolling if you wanna know more.

What did you think of these super-organised images? Did they make you feel like everything was right with the world? That you’re in safe hands with the Dutch emergency services? Or are you a cold person with no heart? Let us know in the comments below!

Feature Image: @waBredaTuinzigt/Twitter

Samantha Dixon
Sam isn’t great at being Dutch. Originally hailing from Australia, she came to study in the Netherlands without knowing where the country was on a map. She once accidentally ordered the entire ice-cream menu at Smullers. She still can’t jump on the back of a moving bike. But, she remains fascinated by the tiny land of tall people.


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