Bizarrely enough, there are some people who accuse Germany – indeed the entire German speaking region – of being boring.
In fact, Germany, Austria and Switzerland are incredibly quirky, fascinating and downright weird. You just have to know where to look.
I have pulled together a collection of some of the stranger news stories about the region from 2010, just to illustrate how mind-bendingly bizarre the Germanic world can be.
The pub in Austria which is shaped like a rectum
OK, so Austria is sometimes described as the arse-end of nowhere… this must surely refer to the Bar Rectum in Vienna. A pub which is shaped like a giant anus. Don’t ask me why. Apparently it’s art.
Buy a Thuringian pothole
Are you still searching for that perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything? Well, here’s something they probably don’t have – a Thuringian pothole. You can add your own personal message to it, if you like. The only thing you can’t do is gift wrap it and take it home.
Artificial glaciers grown in the Black Forest
Worried about global warming? Fret no more… German scientists have found out how to grow artificial glaciers to boost tourism and provide alternative water supplies. I’m thinking of creating my own Alpine ski resort in my back garden actually.
F*cking Hell Beer
The residents of the most famous village in Austria are up in arms because a German brewer has started producing a light beer which uses their name. The F*cking mayor is not amused. In fact the whole F*cking community is up in arms.
Three year old visits the afterlife – lives to tell the tale
There can’t be many three year olds who have visited their dead relatives, but this nipper from Brandenburg popped up to see his great-grandmother.
German woman abandons drunk husband in Austria
As you do. The bit I liked about this story was the reaction of the police – suggesting she make her husband and the dog swap seats in the car next time…
German pensioner attacks bus driver with knobbly stick
Regulars on this blog will know that I am a fan of the correctly wielded knobbly stick – though I should stress that attacking the bus driver with one on the German Autobahn is inadvisable for a number of reasons.
Scientists create emotionally sensitive men
Drunk husbands and knobbly-stick wielders beware… your days could be numbered….
Man from Saxony marries his dying cat
Hmmm…. I smell a life-insurance scam here….
German police arrest a perfectly law abiding crocodile
The croc was framed!
Man dangles his neighbour from balcony for smoking cigarette
Now that’s what I call enforcing the smoking ban…
Bundesliga stars made to train in pink leotards
Apparently it’s motivational…
Radioactive boar increasing in Germany
Self micro-waving pork anyone?
Dead dachshund dodges paying its TV licence
Dachshunds are untrustworthy at the best of times. Cats, on the other hand, always pay their dues.
A Berlin restaurant for cannibals asked diners to donate body parts for the menu
Apparently a three course meal there could cost you an arm and a leg….
Elephant exonerated for attack on Jena woman
Jumbo entirely justified in throwing her across field.
Berlin museum opened a dramatic exhibition of pickled animals
I prefer pickled gherkins…
Tanker of Dutch pig manure explodes in Köln
Creates urgent need for eau de Cologne…
Dropping pants in public is OK in Germany – but only if you’re Australian
It’s perfectly normal in Australia, apparently.
Oh Cannabis tree
Police were surprised to raid a house and find the decorated Christmas tree was not as it seemed…
Penis boxing game developed
Fights aids. Apparently.
Bad Santa lives in Germany
Caught on CCTV.
What other weird stories did I miss?