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2012-07-13 09:24:49 AM  
#11: It's bad luck to invade Russia.
 
2012-07-13 10:06:43 AM  
www.geekologie.com
 
2012-07-13 10:06:57 AM  
Superstition or myth I dunno, but they believe you will get sick if you walk around without shoes on. Something about covering the soles of your feet helps you avoid colds.
 
2012-07-13 10:07:56 AM  
11. Having the worst website design in the entire history of the internet.
 
2012-07-13 10:10:31 AM  
Is homeopathy on the list?

These are lame superstitions compared with some of the crap Americans come up with. Not so much a melting pot, more like a breeder reactor of superstition and folklore.
 
2012-07-13 10:10:46 AM  
Luckily we're enlightened so we can laugh at their silly superstitions from our buildings that don't have a 13th floor.
 
2012-07-13 10:13:47 AM  

KeelingLovesCornholes: Superstition or myth I dunno, but they believe you will get sick if you walk around without shoes on. Something about covering the soles of your feet helps you avoid colds.


I was told by my Oma that this only applies to months with an r in the name.
 
2012-07-13 10:14:35 AM  
I have a feeling that the picture of the stocking would follow the lead of those old MGM cartoons wher the curtain would raise up halfway to show a sexy leg, the raise further to reveal a dog face.
 
2012-07-13 10:14:51 AM  
Christianity suspiciously absent.
 
2012-07-13 10:16:18 AM  
i expected much more twisted shiat from the folks who gave us books filled with tales to scare the bejesus out of kindergartners.
 
2012-07-13 10:17:18 AM  
"Everything works better when poop's involved" strangely absent.
 
2012-07-13 10:17:38 AM  
11. Adolf Hitler was just a misunderstood, but really nice guy.
 
2012-07-13 10:18:41 AM  
List fails without "Germans believe they are responsible for millions of deaths some 60 years ago."
 
2012-07-13 10:21:56 AM  
They got the old ladies part right, that's for damn sure.
 
mhd
2012-07-13 10:25:34 AM  
1. Yup, although without top hats, it's pretty hard to recognize them nowadays.
2. Huh? (And I'm from hardcore beer country)
3. I'm also from hardcore Stammtisch country and haven't seen this. Knocking instead of applause I've seen, but mostly in an academic setting.
4. Huh? Those funny northerners...
5. Huh? We're getting a bit medieval now...
6. WTF?
7. Never heard about that, either.
8. New to me, but does make sense.
9. Doing that with garters seems almost international.
10. Okay, finally something I've seen.
 
2012-07-13 10:26:21 AM  
I always wondered why it was that sweeps were considered good luck. Every new years I'd get Marzipan figures of the following:

A chimney sweep
pig (or a gold coin sticking out of a pig)
ladybug on a leaf

What's up with the lady bugs?
 
2012-07-13 10:26:26 AM  

THX 1138: Luckily we're enlightened so we can laugh at their silly superstitions from our buildings that don't have a 13th floor.


I've never understood this. numbering the floor 14 dosen't make it so. But telling people there isn't a 13th floor somehow makes then forget how to count
 
2012-07-13 10:26:30 AM  
No beach towels on chaise lounges?
 
2012-07-13 10:28:39 AM  
Do they hold their breath when the pass Pearl Harbor?
 
2012-07-13 10:29:08 AM  
1: Chimney sweeps
2: Toasting with water
3: Knocking on the Stammtisch
4: Theatrical spitting
5: Gift knives
6: Doorstep dog
7: Lucky coin
8: Evil old ladies
9: Wedding stockings
10: Bread and salt for a new home

1. check
2. never heard of it
3. semi-check; didn't know there was a superstition connected with it, just thought it was a custom
4. never heard of it; then again, I've never been a stage actor
5. never heard of it
6. never heard of it
7. check; though it was more common for a Pfennig found in the street to be referred to as a lucky one
8. never heard of it
9. never heard of it
10. read about that somewhere


/ guess I'll have to hand in my citizenship
// or maybe I just don't know any superstitious people
/// or some of those superstitions are a regional thing
 
2012-07-13 10:29:30 AM  
How do I read this?
 
2012-07-13 10:31:44 AM  
I've heard a few of those, or variations, around here. Possibly a lot of German immigrants in this area.

I've heard:

Knock wood - So the devil doesn't hear you and make whatever stupid thing you just said reality.

You can't give someone a knife, you have to sell it to them for a penny, or you'll cut them out of your life.

If you give someone a purse or wallet you have to put some money in it or they'll go broke.

I heard a lot of other superstitions growing up too.
 
mhd
2012-07-13 10:31:57 AM  

KatjaMouse: What's up with the lady bugs?


Nature's pesticide, thus considered a virtual blessing in agriculture. It's not accident that it's named after "Our Lady Mary", both in English and German (Marienkäfer, lit. "Mary's beetle").
 
2012-07-13 10:32:37 AM  
1-Chimney sweeps are repositories of good luck everywhere.
2-Never, ever say "cheers," or "Prost," with water in Germany.
3-When greeting your German drinking buddies, instead of waving, you should knock on the table.
4-German actors spit on each other's left shoulders - though only once they're in costume.
5-Giving a German knives as a gift means that you are wishing them and everyone in their household injury and death.
6-?

The site died on me
 
2012-07-13 10:34:19 AM  
mhd
3. I'm also from hardcore Stammtisch country and haven't seen this.


I've seen this a lot in Oberfranken.
 
2012-07-13 10:35:20 AM  
#12) Du. Du haast. Du hast mich. DU HAAST MICH!!
 
2012-07-13 10:35:23 AM  

The Voice of Doom: 1. check
2. never heard of it
3. semi-check; didn't know there was a superstition connected with it, just thought it was a custom
4. never heard of it; then again, I've never been a stage actor
5. never heard of it
6. never heard of it
7. check; though it was more common for a Pfennig found in the street to be referred to as a lucky one
8. never heard of it
9. never heard of it
10. read about that somewhere


1. Toasting with water is actually taboo throughout most of Europe. Bathing with it is frowned upon in France.
9. This is the origin of the American custom of the groom removing the bride's wedding garter and tossing it over his shoulder to his groomsmen. Whoever catches it is damned to be the next to marry.
 
2012-07-13 10:36:41 AM  

Ecobuckeye: KeelingLovesCornholes: Superstition or myth I dunno, but they believe you will get sick if you walk around without shoes on. Something about covering the soles of your feet helps you avoid colds.

I was told by my Oma that this only applies to months with an r in the name.


My Opa told me the months-without-an-R-rule applied to abstaining from eating clams and oysters.
 
2012-07-13 10:36:55 AM  
maggoo
The site died on me


deslided just in case
 
2012-07-13 10:37:38 AM  

maggoo: 1-Chimney sweeps are repositories of good luck everywhere.
2-Never, ever say "cheers," or "Prost," with water in Germany.
3-When greeting your German drinking buddies, instead of waving, you should knock on the table.
4-German actors spit on each other's left shoulders - though only once they're in costume.
5-Giving a German knives as a gift means that you are wishing them and everyone in their household injury and death.
6-?

The site died on me


Refresh the page and the dumb ad goes away leaving the savory goodness of the next photo.
 
2012-07-13 10:38:46 AM  
No "Try to take over the world twice a century"?
 
2012-07-13 10:40:04 AM  

maggoo: 2-Never, ever say "cheers," or "Prost," with water in Germany.


The USAF taught me you toast with water IF, and only if, you're remembering the dead, otherwise, it's verboten. The father of the USAF, Henry Harley Arnold, was Pennsylvania Dutch (which is a bastardization of "Deutsche").
 
2012-07-13 10:40:24 AM  
www.thelocal.de
12.- Some Germans are into poop porn.
 
2012-07-13 10:42:04 AM  

IXI Jim IXI: No "Try to take over the world twice a century"?


That's not a superstition, that's more like a chore.

/It seem they're closer to that these days
//Although they seem more benevolent now
///Would not mind some german beer, and the autobahn
 
2012-07-13 10:44:26 AM  
Some of these extend beyond just Germany and probably have roots in Roman traditions. I've certainly heard the one about never gifting someone a wallt without money in it. While people around here don't do the gift of bread and salt I know that is an ancient custom.
 
2012-07-13 10:44:27 AM  
Theatres are of course famously superstitious places, mainly because theatre people are, by and large, irrational, self-absorbed lunatics.

Having worked in the theater, I can attest to this. Actors are the most superstitious people I've ever seen.

/Don't even think about Shakespeare's "Scottish Play"
//Or whistle
 
2012-07-13 10:44:48 AM  
Wenn sie glauben an dinge, die sie nicht verstehen und sie leiden unter Aberglauben ain't the way...
 
2012-07-13 10:46:28 AM  
#11 fear of air conditions and open windows.

This fear of the so called zuglüft among central Europeans drives me absolutely nuts living here.

They literally believe a slight breeze can cause all sorts of horrible ailments.

And the mold. Oh god the mold
 
2012-07-13 10:47:19 AM  

indoorplant: [www.geekologie.com image 450x334]


Why that is I don't even...
 
2012-07-13 10:49:52 AM  
Why does so much lame-azz shiat from The Local get greenlit?

The Local.... pretty much sucks
 
2012-07-13 10:51:33 AM  

KeelingLovesCornholes: Superstition or myth I dunno, but they believe you will get sick if you walk around without shoes on. Something about covering the soles of your feet helps you avoid colds.


That might explain the pairing of socks with sandals.
 
2012-07-13 10:52:12 AM  
"Click here for the best German superstitions!"

Damn it, subby.

"Sorry... We have a temporary technical glitch. Some splendid people are doing their best to sort it out and we will be back with you shortly. These things happen - even in Germany."

Damn it, crappy website.
 
mhd
2012-07-13 10:53:43 AM  

quick_thinkfast: They literally believe a slight breeze can cause all sorts of horrible ailments.


It does waste money, and being cheap bastards...

Most common superstitions nowadays are pretty international/new agey: homeopathy, acupuncture, dowsing etc.
 
2012-07-13 10:55:26 AM  

quick_thinkfast: #11 fear of air conditions and open windows.

This fear of the so called zuglüft among central Europeans drives me absolutely nuts living here.

They literally believe a slight breeze can cause all sorts of horrible ailments.

And the mold. Oh god the mold


Is this related in any way to fan death, I wonder?
 
2012-07-13 10:56:57 AM  

IXI Jim IXI: No "Try to take over the world twice a century"?


Who would you rather have run the world: Americans, or Germans?
 
2012-07-13 10:57:32 AM  
A link to a link to a slideshow. Prepare for the wrath, subby.
 
mhd
2012-07-13 10:59:03 AM  

grinding_journalist: Who would you rather have run the world: Americans, or Germans?


Wouldn't the French, the British and the Dutch also be candidates, statistically speaking?
 
2012-07-13 11:00:28 AM  
The article leaves out these gems:

"taking cold showers strengthens the immune system" what a load of fark
"leftover mushrooms are poisonous" when/how does that transformation happen?
"sitting on the ground will result in a bladder infection" I think this applies to wearing shorts out of season, too

Also, saying [the equivalent of] 'happy birthday' before the date is a big taboo. It's like you've wished death upon them.
 
2012-07-13 11:00:56 AM  
Helmut's Grannies
 
2012-07-13 11:01:02 AM  

THX 1138: Luckily we're enlightened so we can laugh at their silly superstitions from our buildings that don't have a 13th floor.


I've been in some office buildings in china that are only about 15 floors but the elevator buttons go up to 30 because they skip so many damn numbers.
 
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