Wednesday, May 21, 2008

things i learned in germany

1. The Rhine flows north, which is why the Swiss feel free to swim in it.
2. An ear infection is best treated by wrapping a halved onion in gauze and pressing the cut side against the ear.
3. A chimney sweep brings good luck, as does a pig.
4. It is bad luck to have a birthday party before the birthday.
5. Say hello to everyone when you get in the elevator, and goodbye when you get off.
6. Ditto the doctor’s waiting room.
7. The most popular German pet name is »Schatz«, which means „dear.“ After that come the animal pet names: Maus (mouse), Hase (bunny or rabbit), Bär (bear) or Spatz (sparrow).
8. Goebbels’ wife killed their children.


Valerie Loveland said...

I like how the pet names are other animal names (especially sparrow).

SarahJane said...

i like that, too. Spatz is a sweet word.

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