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(Reuters)   Group of German women use so much spray deodorant in the bathroom of a youth hostel that it set off a fire alarm and brought the local fire brigade rushing to the rescue   (today.reuters.co.uk) divider line 57
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2007-02-12 12:58:55 PM
You've got to give them a break. Europeans are new to this "personal hygiene" thing.
 
2007-02-12 01:20:30 PM
"German women" and "too much deoderant" are not phrases you normally see together.
 
2007-02-12 03:33:47 PM
I'm pretty sure I saw this movie.
 
2007-02-12 04:51:18 PM
"Of course you dont' see the phrases 'German women' and 'spray deoderant' together often," said Encyclopedia Brown smugly as he continue to lord his brilliance over the admittedly dim-witted staff of the Stop N' Plop International Hostelry.

"And you won't see the phrases together in my report either because obviously THE GERMAN WOMEN WERE SMOKING AND USING SPRAY DEODERANT TO COVER THE SMELL THUS SETTING OFF THE FIRE ALARM."
 
2007-02-12 07:09:47 PM
Perhaps they should just take a bath...
Instead of covering it up.
 
2007-02-12 07:09:51 PM
I think that's commonly known as a "grad student shower" yes?
 
2007-02-12 07:11:40 PM
This would never have been a problem in France.
 
2007-02-12 07:11:56 PM
In my experiences, it is German men who don't care so much for the deodorant. The German women I've met haven't been stinky.
 
2007-02-12 07:12:07 PM
Oh yeah, since when did they start putting smoke detectors in a bathroom? Either the code is different over there or someone did something real weird.

/seriously, I used to engineer fire alarm systems for a living, so I'm getting a... aw, farkit
//next time you're in a public restroom, look... bet you $20 there's no smoke detector, only outside elevators and stairwells, unless the building isn't sprinklered
 
2007-02-12 07:12:09 PM
I submitted this with an amusing headline.

\continues drinking and filing nails
 
2007-02-12 07:13:12 PM
www.fearnfun.com
 
2007-02-12 07:14:16 PM
"Hopefully the girls will get by with a little less spray next time," said Buttgereit.

Buttgereit?
My German is rusty, but that almost sounds like "Butt Ride".

Either way, humorous taken in its context.
 
2007-02-12 07:14:58 PM
Vee have vays of making you use der correkt amount of deodorant.
 
2007-02-12 07:18:18 PM
"The Aristocrats!"
 
2007-02-12 07:18:20 PM
2007-02-12 07:14:58 PM The_Sponge [TotalFark]

Vee have vays of making you use der correkt amount of deodorant.


Now get into ze showers. Raus!
 
2007-02-12 07:19:26 PM
Did the Unlikely tag take the day off???
 
2007-02-12 07:21:53 PM
Sounds like Axe (over)usage in the middle school boy's locker room...

/ah the memories
 
2007-02-12 07:24:34 PM
Your search - german women spray deodorant - did not match any documents.
 
2007-02-12 07:29:25 PM
noneyourbase

Sounds like Axe (over)usage in the middle school boy's locker room...

No lie...I've been unfortunate enough to be using the bathroom in a locker room full of middle-school boys changing in from swimming. The Axe was practically condensing and dripping down the walls...had to stagger out choking and coughing. Even worse, I was not set upon by a crowd of love-crazed women afterword. Middle schoolers are useless.
 
2007-02-12 07:31:10 PM
err.."afterwards".
 
2007-02-12 07:32:38 PM
just_dis_guy: Oh yeah, since when did they start putting smoke detectors in a bathroom? Either the code is different over there or someone did something real weird.

My high school has them to deter smoking cigarettes and weed in the restroom...of course it doesn't stop anyone, but that's beside the point.
 
2007-02-12 07:32:50 PM
Wouldn't be the first teenagers to overdose on deoderant, perfume or aftershave.
Sometimes you have to be careful not to suffocate by the dropped oxygen levels in the wake of a horde of teenagers passing by.

/glad "Davidoff Cool Water" seems to be out of fashion with them if it hasn't been qualified as a chemical WMD
//there were people who had liter bottles of a cheaper knock-off of it - and they weren't afraid to use them!
 
Pav
2007-02-12 07:35:27 PM
Deoderant sets off fire alarm?

I highly doubt it.

But I do recall several occasion where I have sprayed deoderant to cover up other things that would set one off.

Could the fire officials really be that stupid?
 
2007-02-12 07:35:34 PM
German Women deodorant?


I call shenanigans
 
2007-02-12 07:40:27 PM
Pav: Deoderant sets off fire alarm?

I highly doubt it.

But I do recall several occasion where I have sprayed deoderant to cover up other things that would set one off.

Could the fire officials really be that stupid?


It's possible if they were using photoelectric detectors (as opposed to ionization detectors, which are a little better at discriminating between smoke and a simple generic substance that obscures light)

Of course, it is also possible that they were passing around a big fat blunt, and when the fire alarm went off they went crazy with the reek-b-gon.

/fire alarm geek
 
2007-02-12 07:40:48 PM
...and brap wins the thread.
 
2007-02-12 08:10:45 PM
as someone who as actually lived in berlin... its no myth that german girls stink. im talking like white people sour milk smell. if you find one that has been "americanized" (traveled a lot or gotten schooled in the US) you can find an exception there. most girls in berlin however, shower but once every 3 days.

before i lived there, i really didnt know why this was so. you come to soon find out that its because everyone is mostly poor and they dont like to waste anything. they think showering every day wastes water. i got this straight from the horses mouth. you go visit their flats and all their lights are off. if you even leave their tv on while you go out and get a bite to eat, theyll get pissed. they take their cordless house phone off the charger when its fully charged so it wont continue to suck electricity.

weird people, these berliners. but they slowly grow on you like mold and you learn to love them. if youve never been to friedricshain district of berlin, you havent lived!

/ich bin ein berliner!
 
2007-02-12 08:14:58 PM
No wonder you lost the war of proper hygiene.

/ Ya farking hairy Nazi armpit biatches....LOL
 
2007-02-12 08:15:08 PM
Please, if German girls are using deodorant the world is better off. Live with the smoke alarm occasionally going off.
 
2007-02-12 08:25:56 PM
Teens' heavy deodorant use sets off alarm

ftfy, Reuters.

/sheesh
 
2007-02-12 08:27:48 PM
"You have hair in your ass. I have hair in my nose. We will braid them together." Not obscure.

just_dis_guy

.....//next time you're in a public restroom, look... bet you $20 there's no smoke detector


I used a public restroom earlier today with a smoke detector. And a big sign saying it was a federal crime to disable it. You can pay me the $20 by sponsoring me for 4 months of Ultra Fark. Where was the smoke detector you ask? On a 737 but you still owe me the $20.
 
2007-02-12 08:30:22 PM
France surrenders.
 
2007-02-12 08:32:15 PM
Our building had to be evacuated 6 months ago because some woman sprayed too much air freshener in the womens bathroom. This was an 8 story building. Over 100 people all knowing you passed a burrito from two days ago really spectacularly. Not fun for her.

She transferred to Manhattan the next week.
 
2007-02-12 08:33:57 PM
drharmful
......
/ich bin ein berliner!


You're a doughnut? I had a cousin who thought he was a chicken. His family was going to get him cured but they needed the eggs. Neither obscure.
 
2007-02-12 08:54:54 PM
type "GGG" into your P2P of choice and see what kind of deodorant German women really like
 
2007-02-12 08:57:45 PM
German wimmen? And deodorant?
img.fark.com
 
2007-02-12 08:59:25 PM
Mmm, jelly doughnut.

/Ich bin kein Hamburger!
 
2007-02-12 09:07:42 PM
Kornstalx: Buttgereit?
My German is rusty, but that almost sounds like "Butt Ride".


i2.photobucket.com
/Q & D
 
2007-02-12 09:09:28 PM
OscarTamerz
You're a doughnut?

urban legend

/kennedy said it right
 
2007-02-12 09:11:30 PM
Where are the pictures of hot German women?!
 
2007-02-12 09:13:30 PM
silly women, abundance of deodorant may cause bush fires in the bathroom...
 
2007-02-12 09:15:24 PM
Bullshiat, Europeans don't use deodorant
 
2007-02-12 09:44:54 PM
Kennedy did NOT say it right. In German, one is saying basically,"I am Berlin citizen." It's the same in other types of nouns, like a profession, i.e., "Ich bin Lehrerin" means, "I'm a female teacher." There is no "ein" involved.

/The point is that Kennedy tried
//But not hard enough
///Mmm...doughnuts...
 
2007-02-12 09:45:53 PM
I lived in a dorm my first two years of college whose smoke alarms would be set off by hair spray. Not a "covering up other shiat" issue; I watched it happen.
 
2007-02-12 09:46:02 PM
Gee, happens all the time in the college dorms. People use too much hairspray, or spray deodorant, or anything, and since they're wired to cause the fire department to respond when they go off, of course they show up.

Wow, this is really making the main page?
 
2007-02-12 09:51:48 PM
just_dis_guy: Oh yeah, since when did they start putting smoke detectors in a bathroom? Either the code is different over there or someone did something real weird.

They do in some bathrooms in North America, especially in shared residential facilities. I fsomeone's hair dryer shorts out and starts a fire, that's what the smoke detector is for. Also, it keeps people from smoking in the bathroom if the building is a non-smoking building.
 
2007-02-12 09:58:41 PM
drharmful
/ich bin ein berliner!

Ich auch. Und zwar ein "Eingeborener".

And I have (almost) never met those girls you describe.
OTOH you mentioned Friedrichshain(-Kreuzberg?)..which is the part of Berlin (maybe Germany) with the biggest student-hippy-environmentalist-Peta-stoner-anarcho-communist demographic one can find.

everyone is mostly poor and they dont like to waste anything.
Don't forget environmental protection is a very important issue in Germany. The Green party got more than 13% of all votes in Berlin; they even won in Kreuzberg, getting more than 40% of the votes.

they think showering every day wastes water. [..] all their lights are off. if you even leave their tv on while you go out and get a bite to eat, theyll get pissed. they take their cordless house phone off the charger when its fully charged so it wont continue to suck electricity.

Though it sounds like you ran into hardcore ecologists, poor people or cheap "very fiscally conservative" people I have to say:
Except for the showering bit, I don't see anything wrong with switching off stuff if I go out for more than taking out the trash.
I see no point - besides wasting energy - in having the TV on for an hour while I'm not there.

It will probably make you laugh that I have power sockets with switches because lots of stuff has no off switch anymore and will only go (mostly unnecessary for me) to stand-by if you don't pull the plug.

Some examples:
PC uses 15 Watt in stand-by * lets say 20 hours/day * 365 days = ~110kWh
with 15.5 Cent per kWh that is about 17 Euro or 22$ per year.

Depending on the quality of your PSU and your peripherals (especially and old monitor or printer) this can even be more; some printer models alone consume more power than that (some bigger network color laser will eat more power in stand-by than a Gamer PC while playing 3D stuff; found one with 250W stand-by(!) consumption).

A Hifi stereo might also consume between 10-20 Watt doing nothing. Same goes for old TV sets.

I saw some calculations that Germany could easily get rid off two nuclear power plants if it weren't for stand-by energy consumption.

/saved easily more than 60 Euros/year (hey, more than a year of TotalFark) by replacing the old Linux PC with a WLAN router
//geek with wattmeter and calculator, not (hardcore) ecologist
///showered three hours ago ;-)
 
2007-02-12 10:15:00 PM
When I was a teenager, I traveled through Europe and stayed at a lot of hostels. I remember one group of people setting off a fire alarm with spray... but not by using too much.

They had built a flamethrower by taping a lighter in front of the nozzle. Fortunately, they got their comeuppance - the law at the time was a fine for false alarms... 100 pounds PER TRUCK.

Four fire trucks showed up.
 
2007-02-12 10:15:13 PM
Haven't the Germans ever heard of showers?

/Oh wait....
 
2007-02-12 10:39:01 PM
U2hansolo
Kennedy did NOT say it right.

Yes he did.
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Though what you say is correct as well.
While being perfectly understandable, saying "Ich bin eine Lehrerin" will sound a little bit odd in (almost) every conversation because "eine" is not necessary.
It will sound a little bit like "I'm one (of the) teacher(s)".

But using "ein" in his speech was actually very good.
It added a substantial "I'm one of YOU" vibe with a pinch of "just like you" to it.
I don't think anyone would have found anything wrong with it.

Also, nobody from Berlin will call those "jelly doughnuts" "Berliner". :)
In Berlin they are always called "Pfannkuchen" (pan cakes).
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