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2011-09-20 11:03:47 AM  
When I was 18 years old or so I went on a family trip to Transylvania. (Yes, really, family is Hungarian and it used to be a part of Hungary.) The funniest thing about it is how Dracula is to Transylvania what Mickey Mouse is to Disney World in that you'd see Dracula stuff everywhere, from scary postcards to cutouts at restaurants to the "Dracula Club"... you get the idea. So coffins don't surprise me at all.

/amazingly didn't go to Dracula's castle while in Transylvania
//roads were so awful I'm in no rush to go back either, unfortunately
 
2011-09-20 01:49:50 PM  
Hello. My name Peggy.
 
2011-09-20 01:53:10 PM  
I bought one, but it was full of dirt when it arrived. It seemed kind of old, but in good condition. I also understand that the entire crew of the boat it was shipped on fell ill and died and I've been seeing some wierd dogs in the neighborhood lately.

++ would buy again
 
2011-09-20 01:54:52 PM  

rudemix: Hello. My name Peggy.


t0.gstatic.com
 
2011-09-20 01:56:19 PM  

Andromeda: When I was 18 years old or so I went on a family trip to Transylvania. (Yes, really, family is Hungarian and it used to be a part of Hungary.) The funniest thing about it is how Dracula is to Transylvania what Mickey Mouse is to Disney World in that you'd see Dracula stuff everywhere, from scary postcards to cutouts at restaurants to the "Dracula Club"... you get the idea. So coffins don't surprise me at all.

/amazingly didn't go to Dracula's castle while in Transylvania
//roads were so awful I'm in no rush to go back either, unfortunately


Majority of people living Transylvania were always Romanians. As a result, as soon as the people actually had a say in which country the region would belong to, they chose to be part of Romania at end of WW2.

And if you haven't been to Romania since they joined the EU, you'll be surprised by the conditions of the roads, especially in Transylvania. Not saying that they are as good as in USA but they are a vast improvement over what was there before. Even Top Gear did a segment on a road in Transylvania and said that it is the best road ever built... and they were driving high end cars.
 
2011-09-20 01:57:09 PM  
But will they make me a viking ship for my funeral?!
 
2011-09-20 02:02:45 PM  
One coffin! Two coffins! Three coffins Four coffins! Five coffins! Ah ah ah!
 
2011-09-20 02:07:37 PM  
Pennsylvania 6-5000!
Transylvania Dis-count coffins!
 
2011-09-20 02:08:51 PM  
The No Reservations episode from thre was hilarious. Zamir is gold on that show.
 
2011-09-20 02:09:03 PM  
How to ensure the coffins are single use only? Any ideas?
 
2011-09-20 02:09:58 PM  
www.internationalhero.co.uk
/relevant to his interests
/goodnight out there... whatever you are!
 
2011-09-20 02:20:45 PM  
Rent them by the night?
 
2011-09-20 02:20:46 PM  
Andromeda, did you wind up anywhere near Wallachia? Because I'd love it if you were able to verify a fascinating take I could only read up on.

From what I've learned, Vlad III (the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula) made a legend for himself by being a sadistic mass murderer. That's the part a lot of people are vaguely aware of. The twist I heard is that he's more of a folk hero in Transylvania. According to the most credible historical accounts, Vlad played a great (but losing) game with a very bad hand. His small kingdom was threatened by the Ottoman Empire (ironic because they originally installed him as a figurehead), his allies hung him out to dry and the country was infested with corrupt nobles. Many of his "victims" were entrenched nobles (who were more loyal to Ottoman protection than their own people) and Turkish invaders, and he actively played up his reputation of cruelty in letters to his enemies because frankly he couldn't realistically hold off the Turks with military strength alone. When he was eventually invaded he couldn't stop it and organized his own resistance which put up an downright heroic fight and was eventually stopped by running out of money. Seeking financial aid from his allies, he was eventually betrayed (his allies pissed away the money the Pope gave them to help Vlad) and imprisoned. After his release ten years later, he died in battle trying to take back his kingdom from Ottoman Ghazis.

The part I'm most eager to verify is if the locals know his true legacy (not a given if they're anything like Americans). Sound like an absolute badass; most countries would be lucky to have such a ruler.

As for the merchanidizing, that's a cheap way to boost an economy. Just ask Mel Brooks.
 
2011-09-20 02:28:04 PM  
Morty Gleckman approves.

/we won't stiff you at Kasket Karnival!
 
2011-09-20 02:30:01 PM  
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Unavailable for comment.
 
2011-09-20 02:36:14 PM  

Maxor: How to ensure the coffins are single use only? Any ideas?


put one of those red-when- wet type strips that they use in cellphones in them. Have it trigger a color change on the chemical compounds of embalming fluid as the body decays.
 
2011-09-20 02:37:28 PM  

dragonchild: Andromeda, did you wind up anywhere near Wallachia? Because I'd love it if you were able to verify a fascinating take I could only read up on.

From what I've learned, Vlad III (the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula) made a legend for himself by being a sadistic mass murderer. That's the part a lot of people are vaguely aware of. The twist I heard is that he's more of a folk hero in Transylvania. According to the most credible historical accounts, Vlad played a great (but losing) game with a very bad hand. His small kingdom was threatened by the Ottoman Empire (ironic because they originally installed him as a figurehead), his allies hung him out to dry and the country was infested with corrupt nobles. Many of his "victims" were entrenched nobles (who were more loyal to Ottoman protection than their own people) and Turkish invaders, and he actively played up his reputation of cruelty in letters to his enemies because frankly he couldn't realistically hold off the Turks with military strength alone. When he was eventually invaded he couldn't stop it and organized his own resistance which put up an downright heroic fight and was eventually stopped by running out of money. Seeking financial aid from his allies, he was eventually betrayed (his allies pissed away the money the Pope gave them to help Vlad) and imprisoned. After his release ten years later, he died in battle trying to take back his kingdom from Ottoman Ghazis.

The part I'm most eager to verify is if the locals know his true legacy (not a given if they're anything like Americans). Sound like an absolute badass; most countries would be lucky to have such a ruler.

As for the merchanidizing, that's a cheap way to boost an economy. Just ask Mel Brooks.


Most Romanians view Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) as a hero not only for standing up to the Ottoman Empire but also for killing and impaling the corrupt nobility. Not saying that he didn't do some evil things (like bathing in the blood of young adults which he tought would prolong his life) but overall he's viewed in a positive light. Only two other rulers are more "popular" in Romania and those are Stephen the Great (kicked ass in Moldova and built a ton of monestaries that are worth a trip much more than the "Dracula Castle") and Michael the Brave who was the first Romania ruler to unify the country, although briefly - ruled all of Wallachia, Moldova and Transylvania for 1 or 2 years.
 
2011-09-20 02:45:22 PM  

olapbill: Maxor: How to ensure the coffins are single use only? Any ideas?

put one of those red-when- wet type strips that they use in cellphones in them. Have it trigger a color change on the chemical compounds of embalming fluid as the body decays.


Tamper-evident security tape should take care of that.
 
2011-09-20 02:45:35 PM  
Getting a kick out of this while eating a nice Placinte and drinking a cold bottle of Timisoreana. You can have the Mamaliga.
 
2011-09-20 02:45:43 PM  

ddam: dragonchild: Andromeda, did you wind up anywhere near Wallachia? Because I'd love it if you were able to verify a fascinating take I could only read up on.

From what I've learned, Vlad III (the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula) made a legend for himself by being a sadistic mass murderer. That's the part a lot of people are vaguely aware of. The twist I heard is that he's more of a folk hero in Transylvania. According to the most credible historical accounts, Vlad played a great (but losing) game with a very bad hand. His small kingdom was threatened by the Ottoman Empire (ironic because they originally installed him as a figurehead), his allies hung him out to dry and the country was infested with corrupt nobles. Many of his "victims" were entrenched nobles (who were more loyal to Ottoman protection than their own people) and Turkish invaders, and he actively played up his reputation of cruelty in letters to his enemies because frankly he couldn't realistically hold off the Turks with military strength alone. When he was eventually invaded he couldn't stop it and organized his own resistance which put up an downright heroic fight and was eventually stopped by running out of money. Seeking financial aid from his allies, he was eventually betrayed (his allies pissed away the money the Pope gave them to help Vlad) and imprisoned. After his release ten years later, he died in battle trying to take back his kingdom from Ottoman Ghazis.

The part I'm most eager to verify is if the locals know his true legacy (not a given if they're anything like Americans). Sound like an absolute badass; most countries would be lucky to have such a ruler.

As for the merchanidizing, that's a cheap way to boost an economy. Just ask Mel Brooks.

Most Romanians view Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) as a hero not only for standing up to the Ottoman Empire but also for killing and impaling the corrupt nobility. Not saying that he didn't do some evil things (like bathing in the blood of young adults which he tought would prolong his life) but overall he's viewed in a positive light. Only two other rulers are more "popular" in Romania and those are Stephen the Great (kicked ass in Moldova and built a ton of monestaries that are worth a trip much more than the "Dracula Castle") and Michael the Brave who was the first Romania ruler to unify the country, although briefly - ruled all of Wallachia, Moldova and Transylvania for 1 or 2 years.


I should also add that Vlad the Impaler is not viewed in a good light by those of Hungarian, Austrian or German descent. The country at the time was ruled through nobles by the very small population of "outsiders" that owned the land. Vlad's heavy hand with the nobles sparked a lot of hatred from the rich class.
 
2011-09-20 02:47:52 PM  

3StratMan: Getting a kick out of this while eating a nice Placinte and drinking a cold bottle of Timisoreana. You can have the Mamaliga.


Mamaliga is my favorite food and I'm glad my wife makes it very well. It's like cornbread from the South except it's not sweet. I eat it with a little butter, cheese (salty) and sour cream. Doesn't get much better than that and it's very cheap.
 
2011-09-20 02:47:59 PM  

OhioKnight: Pennsylvania 6-5000!
Transylvania Dis-count coffins!


Came for this reference. Thanks.

/I vahnt a goohd day's sleep
 
2011-09-20 02:48:15 PM  

mama2tnt: olapbill: Maxor: How to ensure the coffins are single use only? Any ideas?

put one of those red-when- wet type strips that they use in cellphones in them. Have it trigger a color change on the chemical compounds of embalming fluid as the body decays.

Tamper-evident security tape should take care of that.


well that's no fun. may as well go with the white "return in 15 days for refund if seal not broken" stickers from Gamestop then.
 
2011-09-20 02:59:33 PM  
files.blogter.hu
 
2011-09-20 04:33:41 PM  
Her boy builds coffins...he'll build one for you.
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hot like Flo
 
2011-09-20 04:43:40 PM  

ddam: 3StratMan: Getting a kick out of this while eating a nice Placinte and drinking a cold bottle of Timisoreana. You can have the Mamaliga.

Mamaliga is my favorite food and I'm glad my wife makes it very well. It's like cornbread from the South except it's not sweet. I eat it with a little butter, cheese (salty) and sour cream. Doesn't get much better than that and it's very cheap.


Sorry. I can't doctor it up enough to be able to do more than a few bites of it. Usually cheese helps anything in my book, but it doesn't help the Mamaliga enough for me.
 
2011-09-20 04:54:37 PM  

3StratMan: ddam: 3StratMan: Getting a kick out of this while eating a nice Placinte and drinking a cold bottle of Timisoreana. You can have the Mamaliga.

Mamaliga is my favorite food and I'm glad my wife makes it very well. It's like cornbread from the South except it's not sweet. I eat it with a little butter, cheese (salty) and sour cream. Doesn't get much better than that and it's very cheap.

Sorry. I can't doctor it up enough to be able to do more than a few bites of it. Usually cheese helps anything in my book, but it doesn't help the Mamaliga enough for me.


It doesn't really surprise me that outsiders don't like mamaliga but for us that were born in the area it's the most basic food. Think of it as steamed rice from asian cuisine. As a matter of fact, my wife who is from Moldova (the country not the region in Romania) doesn't like steamed rice.
 
2011-09-20 04:59:41 PM  

ddam:
And if you haven't been to Romania since they joined the EU, you'll be surprised by the conditions of the roads, especially in Transylvania. Not saying that they are as good as in USA but they are a vast improvement over what was there before. Even Top Gear did a segment on a road in Transylvania and said that it is the best road ever built... and they were driving high end cars.


Egads - when I was there a few years ago nearly every road was under construction. It took 12 hours to get from Suceava to Sighisoara (Vlad's birthplace).
That entire trip was the stuff of nightmares, but I had some seriously unforgettable experiences that I wouldn't trade for anything.
With that being said, there's no way in hell I'd go back.

/Would visit Hungary, though.
 
2011-09-20 05:07:30 PM  

ISpeakBlob: ddam:
And if you haven't been to Romania since they joined the EU, you'll be surprised by the conditions of the roads, especially in Transylvania. Not saying that they are as good as in USA but they are a vast improvement over what was there before. Even Top Gear did a segment on a road in Transylvania and said that it is the best road ever built... and they were driving high end cars.

Egads - when I was there a few years ago nearly every road was under construction. It took 12 hours to get from Suceava to Sighisoara (Vlad's birthplace).
That entire trip was the stuff of nightmares, but I had some seriously unforgettable experiences that I wouldn't trade for anything.
With that being said, there's no way in hell I'd go back.

/Would visit Hungary, though.


Every road was under construction because it was one of the requirements to join the EU. In order to facilitate trade with other EU countries, Romania had to get it's roads up to a certain standard which they did. They clearly concentrated on the main commerce roads and it shows as roads in major cities still suck yet from what my friends still in Romania tell me, trips outside the city are on much better roads.
 
2011-09-20 05:18:01 PM  

ddam: ISpeakBlob: ddam:
And if you haven't been to Romania since they joined the EU, you'll be surprised by the conditions of the roads, especially in Transylvania. Not saying that they are as good as in USA but they are a vast improvement over what was there before. Even Top Gear did a segment on a road in Transylvania and said that it is the best road ever built... and they were driving high end cars.

Egads - when I was there a few years ago nearly every road was under construction. It took 12 hours to get from Suceava to Sighisoara (Vlad's birthplace).
That entire trip was the stuff of nightmares, but I had some seriously unforgettable experiences that I wouldn't trade for anything.
With that being said, there's no way in hell I'd go back.

/Would visit Hungary, though.

Every road was under construction because it was one of the requirements to join the EU. In order to facilitate trade with other EU countries, Romania had to get it's roads up to a certain standard which they did. They clearly concentrated on the main commerce roads and it shows as roads in major cities still suck yet from what my friends still in Romania tell me, trips outside the city are on much better roads.


Were all of the Scooby-Do ghost town apartment blocks and housing developments also a requirement to join the EU? It's like the American Dream died a lonely death on the outskirts of Bucharest. :-(
 
2011-09-20 05:25:28 PM  

ddam:
Most Romanians view Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) as a hero not only for standing up to the Ottoman Empire but also for killing and impaling the corrupt nobility. Not saying that he didn't do some evil things (like bathing in the blood of young adults which he tought would prolong his life) but overall he's viewed in a positive light. Only two other rulers are more "popular" in Romania and those are Stephen the Great (kicked ass in Moldova and built a ton of monestaries that are worth a trip much more than the "Dracula Castle") and Michael the Brave who was the first Romania ruler to unify the country, although briefly - ruled all of Wallachia, Moldova and Transylvania for 1 or 2 years.


Actually....more than Vlad participated in drinking the blood of young adults - a hell of a lot more. I'm reading this book and it's blowing my friggen mind:
ecx.images-amazon.com
It's a history of corpse medicine and incredibly well researched. I highly highly recommend it.
 
2011-09-20 05:57:42 PM  

ddam: 3StratMan: ddam: 3StratMan: Getting a kick out of this while eating a nice Placinte and drinking a cold bottle of Timisoreana. You can have the Mamaliga.

Mamaliga is my favorite food and I'm glad my wife makes it very well. It's like cornbread from the South except it's not sweet. I eat it with a little butter, cheese (salty) and sour cream. Doesn't get much better than that and it's very cheap.

Sorry. I can't doctor it up enough to be able to do more than a few bites of it. Usually cheese helps anything in my book, but it doesn't help the Mamaliga enough for me.

It doesn't really surprise me that outsiders don't like mamaliga but for us that were born in the area it's the most basic food. Think of it as steamed rice from asian cuisine. As a matter of fact, my wife who is from Moldova (the country not the region in Romania) doesn't like steamed rice.


Outsider? Never considered myself an outsider. Both of my Father's parents and my Uncle came over from Romania in the early 1940's, and my Grandfather was one of the founders of the Romanian Radio Hour on WJBK radio in Detroit in 1944. Sarmale and Mamaliga was weekly fare in our house. My favorite was the Placinte they made at the annual Romanian Picnics we used to go to at Transylvania Park in Hazel Park. There actually is a controversy between 3 of my Aunts as to what kind of cheese my Grandma put into her Placinte.

And the Mamaliga we always had was more like a type of grits, in slab form.
 
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