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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Drunk husbands and knobbly-stick wielders beware… your days could be numbered….
Hmmm…. I smell a life-insurance scam here….
The croc was framed!
Now that’s what I call enforcing the smoking ban…
Apparently it’s motivational…
Self micro-waving pork anyone?
Dachshunds are untrustworthy at the best of times. Cats, on the other hand, always pay their dues.
Apparently a three course meal there could cost you an arm and a leg….
Jumbo entirely justified in throwing her across field.
I prefer pickled gherkins…
Creates urgent need for eau de Cologne…
It’s perfectly normal in Australia, apparently.
Police were surprised to raid a house and find the decorated Christmas tree was not as it seemed…
Fights aids. Apparently.
Caught on CCTV.
What other weird stories did I miss?