Archive for the 'Ja sowas!' Category

Goat vs emu

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

Sidney the emu and Snoopy the goat are having a bit of an argument in the pasture. Unser Emu Sidney und Snoopy die Ziege hatten neulich einen kleinen Streit.

We live in the future

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Boston Dynamics is at it again. I am sure we’ll get used to this, but right now it’s a bit creepy. At the end, after it gets up, I fully expected it to go after the guy. Faszinierende Technik, aber emotional schon etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig. Ich dachte an Ende, nachdem sie aufsteht, dass die Maschine auf […]

German Humor

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Yeah. That’s funny. That’s BMW’s idea of an April Fools joke (in 2011). An M3 pickup “Ute” style with a 420Hp V8. In 2013, Top Gear sent their Aussie correspondent to Bavaria to test drive this joke. He had a good laugh! And a bit of a scare, too.

300000 miles

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Today, on my way to take Julia to school, my 1991 Mercedes 300D completed 300,000 miles (482.803 KM). Funny – the odometer rolled over at Brightleaf Square, right before the 11foot8 bridge!

Valentinstag in Deutschland

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Schönen Valentinstag, liebes Deutschland! Reporter: Sie haben doch bestimmt eine Liebste Zuhause … oder ‘nen Liebsten? Passant: Ich weise diese Unterstellungen zurück!! Unterstellungen sind ein journalistischer Trick … Ich könnte schwören dass ich bei dem Alten mal Untermieter war! “Der Globus dreht sich!” Fantastisch!

Life in Norway

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Is this what the natives do in Norway during those long winters? They drink and swim in the frozen fjords? This guy is nuts! And his videos are really entertaining and well crafted. By far the best storytelling I have seen on YT in a while. Was machen die Norweger während der langen Winter dort? […]

The Good, the Bad and Some Ugly Crashes

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Time for a new truck crash video compilation. This is the Sergio Leone remix of the 2010 truck crashes at the Gregson St. railroad trestle. Enjoy! Es ist mal wieder Zeit fuer einen Kompilationsfilm der LKW-Enthauptungen an unserer beruechtigten Eisenbahnbruecke hier in Durham in North Carolina. Diesmal ist der Film Sergio Leone gewidmet undf seinem […]

The revenge for Wembley in 1966

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Yes – undeniably England was robbed yesterday. Of one goal. Not of a game, probably.  But it was also an amazing, fateful decision that brought back football history and the moment when Germany was robbed. Not just a goal, but possibly the title, at Wembley stadium in 1966 at the Worldcup final when a goal […]

An odd thing that happened in an odd place

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Ping-pong balls are useful. Historic evidence: A Japanese freighter had been torpedoed during WWII and it’s at the bottom of Tokyo Harbor with a large hole in her hull. A team of engineers was called together to solve the problem of raising the wounded vessel to the surface. One of the engineers tackling this puzzle […]

The little brewery that could

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

… but doesn’t want to. A tale from the Black Forest in Germany. Once upon a time, in 1791, to be exact, some Benedictine monks in the Black Forest decided to wean the folks in the nearby village off their beloved Schnapps (brandy). Folks were just drinking too much, and often things got out of […]

Wal Mart chokes on German consumers

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Wal Mart is throwing the towel in Germany! Looks like they’ll sell their 85 German stores at a loss of $1Billion to Germany’s largest retailer Metro. I despise Wal Mart, and I find an odd sense of satisfaction in the news that German stubborn attitudes brought Wal Mart, the death star of retail, to its […]

Merkelchen has a visitor

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

President Bush is visiting (de) Angela Merkel’s home district in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The cute, historic town of Stralsund is under siege: all cars had to be removed to lots outside the town, gutters are welded shut, mailboxes sealed, stores cannot open, and residents are even prohibited from opening their WINDOWS in July! […]

German spies helped US invasion

Monday, February 27th, 2006

The NY Times has a story about an odd bit of information from pre-invasion Iraq: apparently German spies in Baghdad provided pretty important information about the Iraqi defenses to the US-led invasion forces. Two German intelligence agents in Baghdad obtained a copy of Saddam Hussein’s plan to defend the Iraqi capital, which a German official […]

Cynical sellout

Sunday, January 8th, 2006

I am really torn when I ponder the pre-holiday sellout by Germany’s ex-chancellor Schröder to Putin’s little racket Gazprom. Which is the bigger scandal? His cynical, middle-finger-in-your-face exit from the public arena? Or is it even worse that it is apparently perfectly legal to conduct foreign policy for the German people for seven years while […]

Schwampel tot

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Das politische Frankenstein Monster starb sofort, als man die Zutaten ins Reagenzglas verzweifelter Machtpolitik zusammen mischte: In dem Punkt waren sich die Spitzen von Grünen und Union einig: Nett sei es gewesen, dass man überhaupt einmal zusammen saß. Das war fast alles, was die Sondierungsrunde der drei Parteien heute als Ergebnis vorzuweisen hatte. Die Jamaika-Koalition […]


Sunday, September 18th, 2005

Und jetzt? Der Deutsche Wähler hat ein klares, deutliches “Ähh – weiss ich nich!” ausgesprochen. Die Deutschen Politiker saufen Wahlsekt statt Realitätswasser und erklären sich rundherum zum Sieger. Frau Merkel knirsch mit den Zähnen (macht die eh immer) and erklät den Sieg, Herr Schröder grinst (macht der auch immer) obwohl Rot-Grün verloren hat. Die Polit-genies […]

Oohmpah-oompah — Ka-ching!

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

O’zapft is! at the mother of all beer orgies, the oohmpah fest to end all oohmpah fests. With two mighty strokes the mayor of Munich drove the tap into the barrel of beer and handed the first beer to the Ministerpräsident (Governor) of the Free State of Bavaria. The natives went wild! Especially the Japanese, […]

Das ist alles?

Thursday, August 11th, 2005

Seit 1. August gilt jetzt also die neus Rechtschreibung – fast überall. Da dachte ich mir dass ich mir das mal genauer anschaue muss. Über Jahre war das ja ein Riesentheater und ich war also auf ein paar Überraschungenn gefasst. Die Überraschung war dann allerdings dass die sogenannte “Neue Rechtschreibung” tatsächlich nur eine handvoll Änderungen […]