Who Said The Germans Don't Have A Sense Of Humour?

@Janey1966 (24126)
Carlisle, England
March 9, 2010 8:43am CST
If you click on the link below you will know what I mean. Personally, I think it's a great idea although it is dependant on whether or not you have 50 Euros (or equivalent) to spend in the first place. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8556915.stm?ls As with the Car Scrappage Scheme (that started in Germany) no doubt it will catch on over here in the UK...and beyond maybe? Who knows! Let me know what you think about it. Something needs to be done about the potholes, that's for sure but what? It's a big problem now, especially after all the frost we have had this winter....and we had loads of potholes before it started! Haha!
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@vandana7 (66896)
• India
9 Mar 10
Hi Janey, that is brilliant! I bet the German who thought of it was as straight faced as a straight face can get. :) I was once told that Germans laugh at a joke three times. First time, it is because everybody laughs and they dont want to look conspicuously dumb. :) The second time, because they really understand the joke. :) And the tird time they laugh at themselves for laughing without understanding the joke the first time round. :) Well, as long as they exercise those muscles, who can complain. :) As to sense of humor, I am the one who doesn't understand some of the jokes. So may be I might just have some German genes there.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 10
Haha! What do you think about the idea of sponsoring your own pothole though? Do you think it will catch on as it is a genuine story...it's on the BBC so it has to be lol.
@vandana7 (66896)
• India
9 Mar 10
Come on Janey, we are greate at plagiarizing. :) Lifting such brilliant ideas is simpler - there are no copyrights. he he.
@vandana7 (66896)
• India
9 Mar 10
I think we have enough people who would be willing for that sort of thing. We are good with graffiti on historical buildings. We might as well have a bunch of lovers doing that for each region. :) See how much the idea has inspired me. :)
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
9 Mar 10
Warum denn nicht? (Why not?) I guess if your tax dollars aren't enough to cover it, you have to get creative....
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 10
Haha! Thanks Dawn.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
10 Mar 10
I've seen these "Sponsored By" Notices on sections of road while visiting in the US..is that a similar sort of an idea? You sponsor a road and have some input into it's maintenance and upkeep?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Mar 10
Must be, only you get to sponsor a smaller part of the road...
@pandaeyes (2068)
9 Mar 10
I see,you buy the hole and then they fill it so it is gone. Then your name is there for about 5 minutes till it gets worn off. If it was April the first I would think it was a tease. I think maybe our road tax should pay for some guys to drive around with a tarmac lorry and jolly well fill in the holes. Of course long ago ,they used to get the convicts out there with hammers and piles of rocks and I guess they did a good job but that is probably looked at as unkind these days .
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 10
Thanks for your response. Unfortunately, it's down to local Councils to repair the potholes and not all of them have enough money in their budgets to cover all services...potholes were considered a low priority before the severe weather, therefore got neglected (it's either that or a few frontline services would go). This penny-pinching has now backfired on them due to the frost affecting the tarmac and lifting it so the problem is even worse and there isn't extra money to deal with it. Something needs to happen and soon because Driving Instructors now are told to ask their students to swerve around the potholes. Not good.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
9 Mar 10
Hello, Janey. Yes, German organisation at its best. They certainly do have a sense of humour. Several years ago we were on holiday in Spain, and there was an international band contest in the resort. The German band was staying in our hotel, and it was the same time that Germany beat Czechoslovakia in the European Championship. We remarked that they seemed to take it for granted they would win, whereas if it had been England, all the Brits would have been jumping up and down and shouting. With that, the band went to fetch their instruments and gave a rousing rendition of the Queen hit 'We Are the Champions.' Not to be outdone, the Brits started humming 'The Dambusters March,' and making like aeroplanes around the hotel terrace. The Germans started laughing, and some of them even joined in with us. The drink probably helped, but a good night was had by all.
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 10
Well there you go. Germans at their most humourous best. Love it. There's nothing like a party to loosen everyone up...and that includes the Brits!
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
9 Mar 10
Interesting idea, I'd like to see if it actually works. My name etched in a pothole, hmmm, think I'll run down and buy one immediately. Thanks for sharing.
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 10
Yes, I like it too. I love that Mayor, he looks so happy doesn't he? Probably really chuffed with himself coming up with such a genius idea lol.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
9 Mar 10
hey why not? it would make the road look a lot nicer for sure. i know germans have a sense of humour, i am married to one and the church we go to is german!
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@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 10
Really? Good for you my friend. People who know me will realise that I'm not having a go at Germans...it's just that they don't smile a lot but there again I think the Brits are getting that way 'cos we moan all the time lol.
@Jargoness (1193)
• Israel
9 Mar 10
That. was. absolutely. brilliant. Is it really working? I want it here in Italy as well
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 10
Thank you! Glad you like it. As far as I know it's working. Good ideas like that usually do. However, it doesn't look like the biggest Town in the world but we are quite rural here so I'm sure it could work well...anywhere if enough people signed up for it. I suppose you could contact your Council and send them the video link? Could make them think about things if nothing else.
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@Jargoness (1193)
• Israel
10 Mar 10
Hmm.. I don't think they'd understand the video. It's sad to say this, but there aren't a lot of Italians who can understand/speak English.. and those in our Council are usually more ignorant than the rest of us. Lol. Perhaps I could try to add the subtitles
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
10 Mar 10
Well, I'm ashamed to say that English is the only language I speak so I suppose I'm guilty as anybody of not learning other languages. The subtitles thing may work, good idea!
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
12 Mar 10
some "hole" sale shopping - oooo the PAIN, the PAIN!!!
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
12 Mar 10
Haha! Very good, I like it!
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@udayrao2 (782)
• India
10 Mar 10
Who says the Germans do not have a sense of humour- I am hearing this for the first time ( except for the war-time Hitler & his Nazis) - I spent many years in Germany as a student then again on work for a couple of years and some of my & my family best friends rill today are German families as well- not only they are humorous but they are sincere as friends and are hard working too. I had even attended an outdoor fun filled event there where they called participants from the public ( it was heavily attended & crowded in that city event) for some fun- sports - it was televised - and the events were very funny- you needed a good humour filled brain to think of such fun!! And by the way, Janey, I will read that link of BBC later Bye
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
10 Mar 10
Actually, the two go together which is why I posted the video. Never mind, at least you like the Germans, which is great news!
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
10 Mar 10
Maybe THIS is what they'll be using for the Job! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/scotland_video_and_audio/8083560.stm
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
10 Mar 10
Wayhay, I like it! Give me one of those machines and I'll blast the whole of Cumbria with it! Haha! Thanks for sharing!
@BarBaraPrz (20561)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
9 Mar 10
Well, that's one way to go about it.
@Janey1966 (24126)
• Carlisle, England
9 Mar 10
Never in a million years would I ever come up with a brilliant idea like that. Trouble is though, there are so many potholes here that it would take a lot of "sponsoring" to sort them all out. All the posh streets would get done and the rest would just have to "swivel" lol.
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