July 12, 2002
Those crazy Germans

So yesterday I read this thing about German Autobahn Driving. It seems that they drive at over a hundred miles per hour and there is only a recommended speed limit, not an actual limit, and this "recommended" speed limit is blatantly ignored by both the public and the police. It also seems they drive like they do in France, where if you're not hauling ass in the fast lane they get very upset and start honking their horns, flashing their high beams and tailgating you so that you are so intimidated you shamefully move to the slow lane while they zoom ahead giving you the finger.

Apparently they call people who linger in the fast lane "Auto Schlange" or car snake, and when asked what's the difference between a real snake and an auto snake they say, "On a real snake the ass is in the back" (knee slapping silliness, "Oh those Germans!")

Posted by nuala at July 12, 2002 12:00 PM

Interesting point of view. Especially about driving "Schlange" and "like in France". I must object to being compared to the French - in France a car is a means to get from A to B, whereas in Germany, the car is the beloved sun! The French do not care about dirt or damage, which is why driving with a French License Plate grants you a respectable space between zou and a German car (and by the way, we normallz do not show the finger, whereas the French actually do that). Oh, and a Schlange means "snake", yes, but it is also our word for "queue" or "line-up" (we do not have an alternative word for that). Auf Wiedersehen!

Posted by: Crazy German in Canada on February 1, 2003 08:55 AM

Er Komme de mid de Mache!!!??

Posted by: Auf Frankzen Duf on June 18, 2003 07:16 AM

Ich werde einen Hund kaufen, weil meine Katze zu viele Mause in meinem Haus bringt. Und Lauren Bausch hat meine Eire gegessen!

Entschuldigen Sie, bitte. Heute ist meine Arbeit zu langeweilig. Und auch ist mein Deutsch kaput, denke ich.

Posted by: holohan on June 18, 2003 10:59 AM

talking about speed limits, i dont know where americans get that thing about only having "recommended" speed limits. but we actually have them, the real ones, with signs and everything, and yes, the police enforces them...and if you feel like not doing so, wait for two weeks and you might get a nice pic of you in the mail...just dont be too happy about it, cause this one ugly pic of you driving on the german autobahn is really expensive;)!!! no cop will chase you, germans dont do that, we have little cameras hidden everywhere... so be careful!!!
but thats just a little advice from a german missing to dive on the autobahn b/c she's stuck with ametrican highways...
ps: yes, im a mean german, at least tats what they tell me around here!!! luv ya, chaz!

Posted by: caimira on September 21, 2003 10:30 AM

you crazy germans! :)

Posted by: bob on November 3, 2004 10:27 AM