If only she had been the caterer…
These WWII reenactment people see absolutely nothing wrong with having a Nazi dinner party and apparently have all kinds of justifications for why it’s harmless and even necessary. Yeah, sure…whatever helps you sleep at night. My biggest question is: why in the world would ANY German restaurant host an event like this? Seriously.
Fancy Midwestern Restaurant Hosts Nazi-Themed Dinner Party
When you head out to Minneapolis’ premier German restaurant, Gasthof zur Gemütlichkeit, you expect brats and bier and kraut. You might not expect the Third Reich. But then, Christmas is a time for special celebrations.
City Pages got an anonymous tip last week in the form of a photo that appeared to show a Nazi hootenanny at the convivial Teutonic eatery. This week, they heard from a reader who was at the Sieg Heil hoedown—and there’s a perfectly good explanation!
“All of the German [re-enactment] groups in Minnesota have a Christmas party because we don’t typically have events going on in the winter,” Boorom says. “It’s just like any club that has a party. Because they dress up like Germans from World War II, it’s cool to go to a German restaurant, eat German food, and drink German beer.”
Well, we got back into town on Friday night after 15 hours of flights and several more hours of just waiting around, either in lines or in terminals. I’m just now starting to feel somewhat normal again, and am going through the photos (1300+) to pick out the best ones to upload. Had the time of my life over there and hope to go back next year!
Some quick things I noted during our travels:
- The popped-collar look is REALLY big over there. Very very scary.
- Germans just loooooove KFC and Burger King.
- Amsterdam has more H&M stores per block than hash bars.
- EVERYBODY smokes.
- U.S. airlines have banned stick deodorant, despite what the TSA says.
- Mushrooms are really really really really really really really amazing. Really.
- You can go to a fast-food counter and order pizza with a side of fries.
- People in Amsterdam bundle up even on the most humid and muggiest of days. Maybe they don’t sweat?
- A surprisingly yummy discovery: Currywurst.
- Madonna puts on a hell of a good show, especially under the influence of certain baked goods.
It was also nice to be on a “news fast” for a couple of weeks. I didn’t read any newspapers, click on any stories, or watch any T.V., so it was interesting to come back and see all the drama about rampaging killer spinach and bigmouthed Popes. I was a little bummed about the Crocodile Hunter dying, annoying as he was at times…at least he didn’t get chomped by a croc, hmmm?
Also, you know you’re back in Seattle when the year’s first moderate rain hits and people suddenly forget how to drive. “Oh, rain! What do I do? I think I’ll slow to a crawl, just in case.” My first day back to work began with a 1.5-hour standing ride on a crowded, steamy bus that should have taken only 20 minutes…and it was only sprinkling outside.
Anyway, blah blah blah. I hope to have some pics and some notes about the trip done by next week, and maybe some blogstuff before that!
Holy shit! This is just unbelievable: guess which American company has bought its way into being the official beer of the World Cup, an event normally dominated by German beers? Who would dare such a thing, especially since Germans consider this company’s product to be “the worst beer on the planet”? Why, only a company with loads of cash and balls of steel. Enter Budweiser, the king of loathsome lager, the master of merciless marketing.
The American lager has secured a near-monopoly of beer sales inside World Cup stadiums and within a 500m radius of the grounds, supplanting more than 1,270 domestic breweries.
Absolutely stunning. And oh, those Germans are angry. You don’t fuck with Germans and their beer, you just don’t go there. They’ve been making it for centuries, they know how to do it right, and they know how they like it. Arrogant American beer companies who make horse-piss “beer” (using rice, for Christ’s sake!) should not be able to buy their way into stuff like this, it just isn’t right. Can you say “corporate imperialism”?
Those dirty, dirty German cavepeople! How dare they they carve these filthy, nasty objects for such
pleasurable unholy acts! The ladies at church will be shocked to read all about these depraved and perverted people inserting stone thingies into their primitive…thingies.
A sculpted and polished phallus found in a German cave is among the earliest representations of male sexuality ever uncovered, researchers say.
The 20cm-long, 3cm-wide stone object, which is dated to be about 28,000 years old, was buried in the famous Hohle Fels Cave near Ulm in the Swabian Jura.
The prehistoric “tool” was reassembled from 14 fragments of siltstone.
Its life size suggests it may well have been used as a sex aid by its Ice Age makers, scientists report.
“In addition to being a symbolic representation of male genitalia, it was also at times used for knapping flints,” explained Professor Nicholas Conard, from the department of Early Prehistory and Quaternary Ecology, at Tübingen University.