Entries Tagged as 'Berlin'
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