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Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Fun Facts

Fun Facts - Germany 

1.  As previously mentioned, the Germans are serious about recycling.  Hagen says they even "recycle" cemetery plots!  Your family "rents" the plot for a certain number of years (usually 15) and if they don't want to pay for more, your remains are dug up and respectfully disposed of so that they can make room for the next "tenant"!

2.  If you do not sort your trash and recycling properly you are considered a litterbug and will get the "red sticker of shame" ;o) which stinks cause it means you have to resort everything!

3.  There are a bunch of snakes in Germany, but only two are poisonous.  Though, I don't know how dangerous you can consider them, as they each have to bite you over seven times in a row to cause any serious problems.  Mostly it'll just sting.  Still, I'm staying clear of all snakes, as is always my practice :o)

4.  On December 6th, St. Nicholas Day, the children put their shoes outside the door and St. Nicholas comes and fills them with treats and small gifts if they've been good.  If not, uh oh ;o)  The saying goes "Remember, remember the 6th of December" and is sometimes used by desperate parents to keep their kids in line throughout the year.  (c.f. Santa Claus is watching to see if you're naughty or nice, etc.) 

5.  Angela Merkel is the current Chancellor of Germany (like the President).  She is the first woman to hold this office!


  1. Gotta love recycling cemetery plots! I'd rather just skip with the burying all together thank you......

  2. did you get a red sticker of shame?!?!?!

  3. No ma'am! I'm a good American. The only thing I learned I was doing wrong in the recycling department was bagging my paper/cardboard. Apparently it's supposed to go loose in the container.

  4. They do the 6 of December thing Spanish speaking countries on this side of the globe to. My Spanish teacher does it to her kids (she grew up in the Dominican Republic)

  5. So...I'm curious to find out how they realized you have to be bit 6 or 7 times for the bite to be serious? Did they have a person stand there and continue to get bit? "Welp, that's number 4 and your vitals are still fine. Let's give it another try." ;)

  6. Steph! I had to read that sentence six times before I understood you ;o) but sweet... we should do it in our family now!

    Nicole... I have no. clue. But I like your thinking ;o)