Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ich möchte auch ein Spieß werden!

Ok, so there is this ad on TV in Germany at the moment that I find particularly funny.

There is a Dad and his approx 10yr old Daughter sitting outside watching people and things go by. Every now and then the little girl says that someone or other had this cool thing, and someone or other had that cool thing. Each time the father responds with "Spießer".

The little girl, because it is the response to everything that she thinks is cool, then says to her Dad "Wenn ich älter bin, will ich auch ein Spieß werden!". The father proceeds to choke on his coffee... But why?

"Spießer", which the father kept using, means that someone is "bourgeois" (which I had to look up in an English dictionary), or simply common or materialistic.

The little girl's response in English is "When I am older, I want to also become a 'Spieß'!" - meaning that she also wants to be materialistic...or so she thinks.

But here is the problem, "der Spieß" means a spit, or a skewer. So basically the little girl has said that she wanted to be "spit roasted"...if you know that term, when it has nothing to do with roasting meat over hot coals... :) No wonder the Dad nearly choked himself on his coffee!

Anyway, I find it kinda funny.


I've been around the world and I, I, I...

I've been around the world and I, I, I
I can't find my baby!
I don't know where, I don't know why
Why he's gone away!

One of our friends had a pic on her blog site showing how much of the world she has seen, so I thought I would give it a crack too. Results below:

create your own visited countries map

Only 8% of the world in around 33% of my life. Better get my arse into gear.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

WTF, Leute!

Ok, Germany just recorded it's warmest November on record in the last 100yrs, Icebergs are floating off the coast of New Zealand, and it has been snowing in Australia. Has the world gone retarded or what? Next thing you know, England will win the Ashes, the USA will pull out of Afghanistan and Iraq, and Australia will get a Labor federal government!

Na ja, anyway. Quick question for you. Which of the following products will allow you to reach into the toilet to retrieve a lost ring, and end up with a dry hand?

  1. Hair Gel
  2. Baby Powder
  3. Waterproof impregnating spray

Answer at the end of this post.

Now for those who like the pics, here are some that we took of an old Roman Fort, not far from Frankfurt. The fort originates from 200AD or something like that, and was reconstructed in the 1800s by one of the German Kaisers.

The ruins of the Roman Baths...where men would get naked and cuddleThe front gates...
Belinda and ex-colleague Anna lookin' for da N.M.EA hungry tree...or it looks like a fat man's belly hanging over his belt

Ok, so the answer is 2) Baby Powder. If you sprinkle enough (a couple of centimeters thick worth) on top of the water, then as you reach through the powder into the water it builds a barrier around your hand that the water cannot get through.

PS: 1 month and counting.


Friday, November 10, 2006

It's gettin' colder

So, today I walked to the supermarket to get some bread, and had the following clothing on the top half of my body:

1. Singlet (you know it's getting cold when I start wearing them)
2. Long-sleeved t-shirt (Timberland)
3. Hooded jumper (Roots, Canada)
4. Hockey Jersey (UNH, silver, 3rd jersey)
5. Thick jacket (grey, timberland)

And I was still a little cold. I checked and they said that it is 10C, which I don't believe for a minute. But they also show the "it feels like" temperature, and it apparently feels like 2C, which is a lot more like it.

Am I counting down the days until I come home for Summer? HELL YEAH!