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(Huffington Post)   The record for the world's narrowest street is in jeopardy because of... yes, fat tourists   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 44
    More: Amusing, Spreuerhofstrasse, Royal Albert Hall, Guinness Book of World Records, The Guardian  
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2012-07-16 10:35:04 AM  
Wow. I'm so fat the only way I'd squeeze through there would be with a ton of butter and some dynamite.
 
2012-07-16 10:56:24 AM  
As HuffPo is naturally sparse on information, you have to go to the Guardian article to find the actual reason:

But Reutlingen's top attraction is in danger of losing its Guinness Book of Records status because the wall of No 9 is leaning dangerously into the passageway due to bulging, water-soaked beams. If the gap is no longer passable, and the building cannot be shored up, then it can no longer be considered a street, and its unique status will be revoked. A decision on whether it will be closed has to be made by next year. "Let's face it, if you can't pass down a street then it's no longer a street," says Tanja Ulmer at the tourist office. "There would be no fun left in it then."

Best line:

Some locals are known to refer to the Spreuerhofstrasse Spalt (gap) when they go on diets. As in "once I can fit through the Spreuerhofstrasse Spalt I'll be down to my desirable weight".
 
2012-07-16 11:55:56 AM  
Fat guy in a little street
 
2012-07-16 12:14:03 PM  
Can a hot dog be thrown down it?
 
2012-07-16 12:16:32 PM  
It looks to me as though this is more about the street itself getting narrower than about tourists getting bigger.
 
2012-07-16 12:17:03 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

/in before octomom jokes.
 
2012-07-16 12:17:33 PM  
This is a Paris Hilton allegory, isn't it?
 
2012-07-16 12:17:54 PM  
Spreuerhofstrasse is the name I've given my wang. Because it's also 12 inches...
 
2012-07-16 12:18:14 PM  

Millennium: It looks to me as though this is more about the street itself getting narrower than about tourists getting bigger.


never let the truth get in the way of a good story
 
2012-07-16 12:19:25 PM  

Mad Scientist: Spreuerhofstrasse is the name I've given my wang. Because it's also 12 inches...


... and plenty of fat people visit it?
 
2012-07-16 12:19:30 PM  

sulco: Can a hot dog be thrown down it?


Ask subby's mom.
 
2012-07-16 12:19:33 PM  
But tourists from Asia and America flock to inspect the alley, adorned at each end with the sign "Narrowest street in the world" in German and English.

I think we know which type of tourists are the ones having problem passing through and whining the most.
 
2012-07-16 12:20:53 PM  

Mad Scientist: Spreuerhofstrasse is the name I've given my wang. Because it's also 12 inches...


wide?
 
2012-07-16 12:22:42 PM  

Valiente: This is a Paris Hilton allegory, isn't it?


If it was "The World's Dankest Tunnel",I'd agree.....
 
2012-07-16 12:23:58 PM  

ChipNASA: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 480x444]

/in before octomom jokes.


If thats the dispanser, you can keep your Pezz buddy.
 
2012-07-16 12:24:16 PM  
Maybe I don't keep up on the Huffington Post, but did anyone else notice the Cracked link on it?
 
2012-07-16 12:25:33 PM  

Mad Scientist: Spreuerhofstrasse is the name I've given my wang. Because it's also 12 inches...


Oh, I thought it was because you have the world's narrowest penis.
 
2012-07-16 12:28:07 PM  
Subby? It's amazing how you can 'hear' between the lines.

I listened to the video and NOT ONE WORD was mentioned about 'fat tourists'.
Much was said about the buildings leaning in, though.

I guess that's German for 'fat tourists'...
 
2012-07-16 12:31:19 PM  
How is this even a "street"? You really think we can't find any buildings closer together than 12" anywhere else in the world?
 
2012-07-16 12:31:46 PM  

douchebag/hater: Subby? It's amazing how you can 'hear' between the lines.

I listened to the video and NOT ONE WORD was mentioned about 'fat tourists'.
Much was said about the buildings leaning in, though.

I guess that's German for 'fat tourists'...


Kind of like "Co-Prosperity Sphere" is Japanese for "rape and torture and enslave and do experiments on and rape everyone"?

/comfort women, my arse.
 
2012-07-16 12:37:11 PM  
What makes this a street? Obviously no vehicles can go down it. If street means walkway, then there are thousands of similar gaps between houses that people can walk on. Is it simply a matter of slapping a street sign on it and calling Guiness?
 
2012-07-16 12:38:48 PM  

skrame: What makes this a street? Obviously no vehicles can go down it. If street means walkway, then there are thousands of similar gaps between houses that people can walk on. Is it simply a matter of slapping a street sign on it and calling Guiness?


who are the ad wizards that came up with this?
 
2012-07-16 12:39:37 PM  
img413.imageshack.us

'Miserable fat belgian bastards.'
 
2012-07-16 12:47:09 PM  

skrame: What makes this a street? Obviously no vehicles can go down it. If street means walkway, then there are thousands of similar gaps between houses that people can walk on. Is it simply a matter of slapping a street sign on it and calling Guiness?


I think it's a street because it's been officially named and recognized by the government or something.
 
2012-07-16 12:51:10 PM  

MrHappyRotter: Mad Scientist: Spreuerhofstrasse is the name I've given my wang. Because it's also 12 inches...

Oh, I thought it was because you have the world's narrowest penis.


th160.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-16 12:53:29 PM  

skrame: What makes this a street? Obviously no vehicles can go down it. If street means walkway, then there are thousands of similar gaps between houses that people can walk on. Is it simply a matter of slapping a street sign on it and calling Guiness?


That's what I thought and then went and looked up street. Apparently this fits as alleys are subsets of street as well as roads are a subset which is where the wheeled vehicles travel.

Despite the definition, I still say it isn't a street as it is used in modern times so they can suck it.
 
2012-07-16 01:09:54 PM  

Benjimin_Dover: skrame: What makes this a street? Obviously no vehicles can go down it. If street means walkway, then there are thousands of similar gaps between houses that people can walk on. Is it simply a matter of slapping a street sign on it and calling Guiness?

That's what I thought and then went and looked up street. Apparently this fits as alleys are subsets of street as well as roads are a subset which is where the wheeled vehicles travel.

Despite the definition, I still say it isn't a street as it is used in modern times so they can suck it.


I saw an article that explained that it was designated a street after a fire in the 1700s wiped out the town, but the people who built the buildings essentially built into the street. In the 1800's it was upheld that since you could walk down it, it was a valid street. They've never had to rethink it until now.
 
2012-07-16 01:24:43 PM  
Been to the top of the tower?

This scene from In Bruge seems relevant.
 
2012-07-16 01:42:17 PM  
Why won't this be a street anymore?

You guess it....

userserve-ak.last.fm
 
2012-07-16 02:09:58 PM  

RenegadJew: Why won't this be a street anymore?

You guess it....

[userserve-ak.last.fm image 252x297]


Germans are pleading with their hero to please, come help them. Their hero of course being: 4.bp.blogspot.com

Why is he their hero? because germans love david hasselhoff.
 
2012-07-16 02:18:08 PM  
Wow, rule 1 of website design should be: "Don't make noise unless I tell you." farking auto-play videos.

//1st world problems...
 
2012-07-16 02:42:30 PM  

skrame: What makes this a street? Obviously no vehicles can go down it. If street means walkway, then there are thousands of similar gaps between houses that people can walk on. Is it simply a matter of slapping a street sign on it and calling Guiness?


Plus the government has to own and maintain it. Most other small gaps between buildings are owned by the owners of one of the buildings. Therefore it can't be a street.
 
2012-07-16 02:43:42 PM  

the_foo: How is this even a "street"? You really think we can't find any buildings closer together than 12" anywhere else in the world?


Where I'm from this is a street.
golancourses.net
Streets don't necessarily need to be fit for vehicles, they are public right-of-ways.

/I can squeeze through 8-3/4" without bruising my sternum. That street is plenty wide.
 
2012-07-16 03:32:48 PM  

ChipNASA: 1.bp.blogspot.com


This is the grossest thing I've ever seen. Are they for sale?
 
2012-07-16 03:45:55 PM  

downstairs: skrame: What makes this a street? Obviously no vehicles can go down it. If street means walkway, then there are thousands of similar gaps between houses that people can walk on. Is it simply a matter of slapping a street sign on it and calling Guiness?

Plus the government has to own and maintain it. Most other small gaps between buildings are owned by the owners of one of the buildings. Therefore it can't be a street.


Aah, that answer makes sense. Thanks.

Also thanks to davidphogan and others who answered.
 
2012-07-16 03:54:58 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: the_foo: How is this even a "street"? You really think we can't find any buildings closer together than 12" anywhere else in the world?

Where I'm from this is a street.
[golancourses.net image 375x500]
Streets don't necessarily need to be fit for vehicles, they are public right-of-ways.

/I can squeeze through 8-3/4" without bruising my sternum. That street is plenty wide.


You sound.... um.... damn it.

You sound skinny.
 
Rat [TotalFark]
2012-07-16 04:15:28 PM  
Whoever is in second place must be gearing up for the big Guiness unveiling right about now...anybody know who's in second? Anyone?

© Hello? Is this thing even on?
 
2012-07-16 04:55:13 PM  
It would be cool if Goole Street View photographed this manually and offered it.
 
2012-07-16 05:22:02 PM  

downstairs: It would be cool if Goole Street View photographed this manually and offered it.


It would probably look something like this. But it would have a cool factor...

www.freewebs.com
 
2012-07-16 07:07:31 PM  

Witchyman: The Irresponsible Captain: the_foo: How is this even a "street"? You really think we can't find any buildings closer together than 12" anywhere else in the world?

Where I'm from this is a street.
[golancourses.net image 375x500]
Streets don't necessarily need to be fit for vehicles, they are public right-of-ways.

/I can squeeze through 8-3/4" without bruising my sternum. That street is plenty wide.

You sound.... um.... damn it.

You sound skinny.


Pfft. i'm 40 pounds heavy and can get through any space that'll admit my head+ 1 inch.
 
2012-07-16 11:28:44 PM  

skrame: Also thanks to davidphogan and others who answered.


You're welcome, and here's one of the articles I read: Link
 
2012-07-17 03:50:30 AM  

Benjimin_Dover: skrame: What makes this a street? Obviously no vehicles can go down it. If street means walkway, then there are thousands of similar gaps between houses that people can walk on. Is it simply a matter of slapping a street sign on it and calling Guiness?

That's what I thought and then went and looked up street. Apparently this fits as alleys are subsets of street as well as roads are a subset which is where the wheeled vehicles travel.

Despite the definition, I still say it isn't a street as it is used in modern times so they can suck it.


You should try traveling in Europe. There are plenty of streets which are too narrow for cars but which are still used by modern vehicles. The oldest part of Rome -around the Pantheon- is especially good for streets which are so narrow that they're used by pedestrians and motor scooters, usually at the same time, and as a bonus they have no sidewalks.
 
2012-07-17 09:31:40 AM  
If life was like Pixar's Cars and (most)American tourists were vehicles:
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-17 09:34:25 AM  

ChipNASA: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 480x444]

/in before octomom jokes.




Put that away and never show that image again. Please. Farking Christ, why would you do that?
 
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