I have finally discovered why only intelligent and well behaved Germans travel abroad.
This week going through Düsseldorf airport looking for my departure gate, I came across the following sign
Now, as a mother of three school children I am obviously familiar with this sort of thing. Just as I’m relaxing after work, one of them will inevitably come and push a piece of paper covered in impenetrable equations under my nose and say:
“Can you help me with number 4b? I’ve got to work out the value of x.”
I now know why they teach this stuff in German schools. It’s so that your kids can find their way through airports in later life. A little further on I saw this:
This one’s obviously a bit trickier – but I can see the point of setting difficult algebraic problems in an airport situation. I mean, a nation doesn’t want its ignorant unwashed lager-louts to head off to the world’s holiday resorts and disgrace themselves does it? Clearly there is a German government plan to stop the hoodlums from flying, simply by making it impossible to solve the mathematical problem which will lead them to work out the number of their departure gate. Only well educated, intelligent Germans will represent the nation abroad, and everyone else will be under the impression that there are only nice clever Germans.
Now, I must dash… does anyone know which gate I’m flying from?