Entries Tagged as 'Germany'
Though this may look like the the bloody rantings of a serial killer, Tino in Stuttgart, Germany says this was simply his flatmate’s way of stating his displeasure at the ongoing lack of parity in toilet-paper purchasing.
(Tino’s rough translation: YOU ASSES[,] BUY SOME TOILET PAPER.)
And my favorite part…
related: Comrades, take notice!
Tags: Deutsche · Germany · heart · roommates · toilet paper
As it happens, our entire technical staff (a.k.a Eric) recently completed a Ph.D in computer science and took a job at the newly formed Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in picturesque Tübingen, Germany. (That’s right kids, if you work hard, and get your doctorate in computer science, you too may one day be qualified enough to host a found-content blog!)
Upon arriving at MPI’s Tübingen campus, Eric immediately felt at home. Specifically, he spotted some encouraging signage right next to the second floor elevator in one of MPI’s buildings.
Besides being a powerful testament to Southern Germany’s deep love of hiking, this health conscious posting also highlights the institute’s international reach. As you can see, the note itself is actually a photograph of a sign that was originally posted at (by?) Korea University*.
Of course walking down a single flight of stairs is hardly an inconvenience, particularly since the stairs in question are literally across from the elevator and lead directly to the building’s main entrance. The folks on the third floor, however, have a different perspective on the situation. Posted next to the third floor elevator is this rather charming reply.
Finally, from across the Atlantic, students at the University of Virginia have brought to light an additional concern surrounding the classic elevator vs. stairs debate. The following note, spotted by Trisha, was placed by the stairs of her UVA apartment building…along with an entire box of fat-free vanilla pudding.
Needless to say, the pudding was gone by the end of the day.
Tags: Charlottesville · college life · elevator · Germany · hey fatty · rebuttals
Paul has lived in his apartment in Berlin for 15 months, but this note is the first time he’s heard a single complaint about his door. Especially annoying, Paul says, is the fact that it’s anonymous, “even though it could possibly have been written by only one of two people,” and that it’s written in English, “which most expats would consider an insult.”
Just another example of how — no matter smiley faces you sprinkle throughout — your oh-so-courteous anonymous note is probably just going to leave everyone more “pi**ed off.”
related: Wie bitte(r)?
extra credit: “Greetz” [urbandictionary.com]
Tags: Berlin · Clearly a non-native English speaker · comma diarrhea · door-slamming · neighbors · noise · opening/closing · pointlessly self-censored profanity · sad face · smiley
You’re a zookeeper. You’re sick of answering the same damn question all day long. How do you handle it?
Well, there’s the PC approach…
The pedantic approach…
And then there’s my personal favorite, the German approach.
(Thanks to Gina in Cincinnati, Sarah in Los Angeles, and Andrea in Berlin for their submissions!)
related: Don’t die; it’s expensive
Tags: animal welfare · Berlin · Deutsche · Kentucky · most popular notes of 2010 · New Jersey
As our submitter Peter points out, the residents of Berlin — with their trademark Berliner schnauze — are not known for mincing words. But this sign, found at a coffee shop of sorts in the U-bahn station Kottbusser Tor, takes that characteristic Berliner directness one step further.
Peter’s rough translation: “Anyone who doesn’t buy anything PLEASE leave the store!!! Thanks.” (That’s at least one request we haven’t seen at a Starbucks…yet.)
related: Danke!!! [for the sarcasm]
Tags: "customer service" · Berlin · Deutsche · more aggressive than passive
Which clip art catastrophe raises the most new and troubling questions in your mind?
Is it exhibit a, from New York’s West Village?
(Think about the designer’s thought process here for a moment. Why the sunglasses? And not just any shades…but electric blue? Ditto, the sunflower.)
Exhibit b, From a casino in Cambodia?
(Does no crossed out mean…yes?)
Or exhibit c, from a pharmacy in Berlin?
(Trust me: speaking German is no help here.)
If you can’t decide, remember that your first instinct is usually the best choice (um, except when it’s not).
related: clip art crimes
Tags: Berlin · Cambodia · clip art catastrophe · Deutsche · dogs · New York · you be the judge
Octavio in Munich says that his landlord (who shares the same apartment) is a regular high priest of paternalistic little — the entire flat is covered with them. On the bathroom wall, for example, this glorious collage is what stares back at those seated on the throne. (Altogether now: “holy shiße!”)
must turn the light OFFFF!!!
use the toilet brush!!!
Tags: bathroom · Deutsche · landlords and property managers · lighting · Munich · toilet · turning on/off