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A while ago I speculated on why Americans and Europeans perceive temperature so differently. I pointed out that the United States is a much hotter country than many Europeans realize. A recent study has suggested that there is a strong... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at German Joys
Section 25 of the State Hunting Law in Northern Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) provides (g, my translation) (4) Those who are entitled to protect hunting conditions (Jagdschutz) are permitted: 1. To detain persons who enter a hunt area without permission or who... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at German Joys
European friends often mock me for my aversion to raw meat. 'So American', they say, fingering their monocles and twirling their mustaches. But I defend my disgust for raw animal flesh. Mankind realized fire made meat good thousands of years... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at German Joys
Open Culture looks at a documentary (above, NSFW) on East German sex: The documentary proposes that, for all its deficiencies, the German Democratic Republic actually put forth a remarkably progressive set of policies related to such things as birth control,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at German Joys
The new batch of photos from the inimitabe Internet K-Hole is up on tumblr. Curator Babs welcomes submissions -- in fact one of the new photos is from my personal hoard (can you guess which one? No, not the one... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at German Joys
“We always end up doing the thing we are second best at.” - Proust. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at German Joys
The usual suspects (feminists and Christians) are lobbying for Germany to ban prostitution. They're not likely to get very far -- the current government is only contemplating punishment for men who knowingly hire women who have been forced into prostitution.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at German Joys
Since the price of a university education in the U.S. has been climbing for decades just as quality crumbles, some Americans are looking with interest at German universities. Rebecca Schuman at Slate makes some cogent points: Last week, Lower Saxony... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at German Joys
Soylent liquid meal replacement, 'a functional simulation of food', is now a thing: ‘According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, people spend about 90 minutes a day on food,’ Rhinehart explained. That figure is an average that includes grocery... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at German Joys
Oslo, Norway is out of the bidding for the 2022 Winter Olympics, in part because of the demands of the International Olympic Committee: [T]he International Olympic Committee is a notoriously ridiculous organization run by grifters and hereditary aristocrats. Norwegian citizens... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at German Joys
Doubtless someone has already responded to this video with something like: 'OMG this is so dangerous, bears shouldn't be encouraged to hang around humans, they could turn on you at any moment and kill you with their razor-sharp claws.' Bullshit.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at German Joys
A few years ago I bicycled around the Allgäu, a succulent part of Germany on the border between its two large and influential southern states, Baden Württemburg and Bavaria. Gentle hills, meter-wide brooks, and frothy South German baroque churches. I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at German Joys
[Photo of a poster suggesting that the $100 million for one fighter could build 1 soccer field, removate 1 public swimming pool complex, build a kindergarten, and provide 900 low-cost apartments: 'We can only spend our money once!'] Jacques Shuster... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at German Joys
in a clear, rippling baritone by Fritz Stavenhagen over at the German Poetry Project. An example, Gottfried Benn's Blaue Stunde. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at German Joys
Last week I paid a visit to the 'Regierungsbunker,' (Government Bunker), a massive underground complex located near Bonn (West German capital until reunification) which was intended to shelter surviving members of the West German government from a nuclear attack. The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at German Joys
Over on Facebook, Dan asks in a comment: 'Gibt es eine Theorie, warum Amerikaner weniger kälteempfindlich sind? Diese eiskalten klimatisierten Räume überall. Im Sommer nie ohne Schal in die USA reisen. Bei 15°C rennen sie mit T-Shirt rum.' In English,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at German Joys
Neues Deutschland (New Germany), the former official press organ of East Germany now turned left-wing journal, reports (g) on a poll of Germans from both the West and former East on their attitudes toward reunification. A few of the more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at German Joys
43 Israeli intelligence officers in Unit 8200, Israel's NSA, recently signed a letter refusing further service, citing their constant surveillance of the private lives of Palestinians: In a telling admission, one reservist said he first questioned his role after watching... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at German Joys
As I noted, I now post mainly to Facebook. This blog is a hobby, not a business, and I only have spare time in which to maintain it, so I am not going to waste time copying identical content from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at German Joys
The average German has €123 in their wallet at any time, and 80% of German transactions are paid for in cash. Quartz delves into the psychology: One explanation is that, as researchers have found, memories of hyperinflation have quite a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at German Joys
From Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential: Butter. I don’t care what they tell you they’re putting or not putting in your food at your favorite restaurant, chances are, you’re eating a ton of butter. In a professional kitchen, it’s almost always... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at German Joys
Johannah King-Sluztky, citing Schoenberg and Weill, sort of argues that Sprechstimme is white people rap: Rap-talk-singing is as white as it gets, but it doesn't have to ironize or foil blackness. White people rap-talk-singing pre-dates hip hop by seventy years,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at German Joys
The BBC has a short piece on Faust, who were supposed to be the German Beatles but turned into something more rich and strange: However, a second stroke of fortune befell them when Richard Branson, young head of the fledgling... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at German Joys
Here in the West, we are all benefiting from an unprecedented, steady drop in many kinds of social dysfunction, including crime and teen pregnancy. And it's likely to continue. The explanation, I'm increasingly convinced, is the fact that the West... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at German Joys