BrainSkip 7 – What have the Germans ever done for us?

BRAINSKIP 7 – WHAT HAVE THE GERMANS EVER DONE FOR US?

So, in the week that Ireland ceases to be a republic and now has all the the sovereignty of Liechtenstein, it’s time for us to reflect on what sort of cultural shift is about to take place as we align ourselves with our new paymasters.

FUN FACTS ABOUT GERMANY –

There are over 82 million people there.

(This is how the www.Fun Facts about Germany kicks off, I’m not kidding!)

DOWNFALL PARODIES

Ok, so Germans hate it when we bring up the ‘H’ word…and I don’t mean Hangover, Economic or otherwise, but if it wasn’t for our little moustachioed friend, we wouldn’t have the film “Downfall” and if we didn’t have Downfall, we wouldn’t have all these wonderful parodies of it, including this one, where Hitler discovers he’s been banned from Xbox Live.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lreKS6DGBMM&feature=related

TIMETABLES

We will have to come to terms with the fact that trains will no longer depart “soon enough” after we get to the station.

CRAZY TV QUIZ SHOWS

They literally roll eggs like bowls while wearing chicken hats. God be with the days when we’d watch the lovely Theresa Lowe on Where in the World and think it was exotic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8tWP81qIYM&feature=related

RUN BRIAN RUN

Ok, so Germany may have given us Metropolis and Das Boot, and other great films, but if there’s any one we should be watching right now it’s Run Lola Run, where the heroine gets a chance to change her choices and ultimately gamble everything on one spin of the wheel to save the day. The only difference between this and Ireland is that she wins!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta1Sn6MtC9w

OKTOBERFEST – DRUNKEN BRASS BAND

If there’s any common ground to be found between the Germans and the Irish, it must be in Beer, and the fact they have an entire festival dedicated to it, which gives you the opportunity to see a drunken brass band! Perhaps, this is why their economy stayed stong, how can you lose? It’s a Beer Festival. Beer. Festival! This is why we’re the slop bucket of Europe!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12APdwFKPdc

COMEDY

The number of German comedians in the last few years has exploded. There’s now at least 3.

But here’s the original and one of the best, Henning Wehn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRFMz3wrCIw

WOLFENSTEIN 3D

Before Call of Duty or Medal of Honour came along, Before Avatar was even a Smurf in James Camerons eye, there was Wolfenstein 3D, the first ever major first person shoot em up. It’s so dated now, but god it was amazing back in the day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C00n4rDUMNo

IRELAND – FOR SALE

And to seal the deal this week, here’s the ad for the Sale of the Republic of Ireland as listed on Daft.ie


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