See? Germans ARE fun!

When I was fifteen, I lived in Berlin for almost six months. Many of you, I’m sure have witnessed various stereotypes of the German, but this one, by Colonel Harry Flashman (George McDonald Fraser) is one of the best descriptions:

German states circa 1850’s:

“The Germans are different altogether. If I was not an Englishman, I
would want to be a German. They say what they think, which isn’t much
as a rule, and they are admirably well ordered. Everyone in Germany
knows his place and stays in it, and grovels to those above him,
which makes it an excellent country for gentlemen and bullies. In
England, even in my young day, if you took liberties with a working
man you would be as likely as not to get a fist in your face, but the
lower- class Germans were as docile as n*****s with white skins. The
whole country is splendidly disciplined and organized, and with all
their docility the inhabitants are still among the finest soldiers
and workers on earth – as old Bismark has shown. The basis of this
is, of course, STUPIDITY, which you must have in people before you
can make them fight or work successfully!”

When living, in Berlin, I found also that the stereotype of Germans having no sense of humour was totally inaccurate. They’re hilarious! As the following three videos prove rather soundly. Volkswagen have taken guerilla marketing to a new level with their Fast Lane series, in which they attempt to recreate the fun of the fast lanes on the Autobahn (which, FYI, have no speed limits) in everyday situations. The results are hysterical!

This one’s my favourite:


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