anonymous asked:

It is a common misconception that Vikings were somehow more violent than any other ethnic group in Medieval Europe ... the only difference between the Vikings (or Norse) and the rest of Europe is the Vikings attacked almost exclusively from sea, and the rest of Europe attacked from land -- that is the only reason why people were so scared of the Vikings ... because there was little warning that they were coming. Stop targeting Viking culture!!! IT's Just a TV Show! Get a life!!

As you say: it is a TV Show and it has to make do that for all Western Christian Europe Viking sails spelt bad news. This is not about Viking culture; it is about raiding in pillaging.

Just like we do not confuse German culture with the events between 1933 and 1945. We do not debate of the musical achievements or the refined wood carvings here.

We com to grip with Concentration camps and the countless brutal killings Spain, Frankia (in its acceptance of a French0Germanic continental empire_ Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England suffered and probably Italy and Greece and North Africa.

Either you accept Real history and the witnesses accounts or you are a history revisionist. Should you be the latter, I suggest kindly you stop contacting me. I have no patience for these people.

There is a nice French word for standing in line waiting for something: »queue«. In the French origin it means »tail« and in the past it would even describe a »penis« (12th century). It derives from the Latin dialectal word »coda« which means »tail«, too.

»Queue« is a cool example on how the Germanic languages adapt loan words into their own system. 

  • The English language adapted the complete word without changing the spelling, BUT totally changing the pronunciation.
  • The Swedish language adapted the complete word as well, though it doesn’t look like the origin. To maintain the French pronunciation, they changed the spelling.
  • The German expression for »the line you stand in waiting« is »Warteschlange« and literally translated means »waiting snake«. There is no verb in the German language like in English »to queue« or in Swedish »att köa«. In German you have to say you »stand in snake« or »wait in snake«. But Germans also know the word »queue«, it is a »billiard cue«.

Did you know that queueing is not normal at a bus stop in Germany? While the first person that arrives at a bus stop in Sweden or in England establishes the queue, there is no similar behavior in Germany. When a bus arrives at a stop, all people run towards the entrance, irrespective of the order of appearance at the stop. The Germans have a very cool name for the picture that establishes, when everybody runs towards the door. They call it »human bunch of grapes« (Menschentraube = knot of people).

Pronunciation for Queue in French, Queue in English, Kö in Swedish, Billard Queue in German, Warteschlange in German und Menschentraube.


Prussian virtues.
  • Austerity or Thrift (German: Sparsamkeit)
  • Bravery without self-pity (German: Tapferkeit ohne Wehleidigkeit) “Lerne leiden ohne zu klagen.” Translation: “Learn to suffer without complaining about it.”
  • Cosmopolitanism (German: Weltoffenheit)
  • Courage (German: Mut)
  • Determination (German: Zielstrebigkeit)
  • Discipline (German: Disziplin)
  • Frankness or Probity (German: Redlichkeit)
  • Godliness, coupled with religious tolerance (German: Gottesfurcht bei religiöser Toleranz) “Jeder soll nach seiner Façon selig werden.” Translation: “Everyone shall be blessed according to their own belief.”
  • Humility or Modesty (German: Bescheidenheit)
  • Incorruptibility (German: Unbestechlichkeit)[3]
  • Industriousness or Diligence (German: Fleiß)
  • Loyalty (German: Treue)
  • Obedience (German: Gehorsam) “Seid gehorsam, doch nicht ohne Freimut.” Translation: Be obedient, but not without frankness.
  • Punctuality (German: Pünktlichkeit)
  • Reliability (German: Zuverlässigkeit)
  • Restraint (German: Zurückhaltung)
  • Self-denial (German: Selbstverleugnung) The German author and soldier Walter Flex (1887-1917) wrote “Wer je auf Preußens Fahne schwört, hat nichts mehr, was ihm selbst gehört.” Translation: “He who swears on Prussia’s flag has nothing left that belongs to himself.”[4]
  • Self-effacement (German: Zurückhaltung) “Mehr sein als scheinen!” Translation: “Be better than you appear to be!”
  • Sense of duty or Conscientiousness (German: Pflichtbewusstsein)
  • Sense of justice (German: Gerechtigkeitssinn) Jedem das Seine or Suum cuique
  • Sense of order (German: Ordnungssinn)
  • Sincerity (German: Aufrichtigkeit)
  • Straightness or Straightforwardness (German: Geradlinigkeit)
  • Subordination (German: Unterordnung)
  • Toughness (German: Härte) “Gegen sich mehr noch als gegen andere.” Translation: “Be harder against yourself even more than you are against others.”
Dirndl Dress Dilemas (A cultural overview)

I had doubts about wearing my dirndl in America because even though I grew up in Germany where a lot of people still wear dirndls to festivals and stuff, I know how sexualized my cultural dress has become in America (and how just plain ignorant people can be). This is messed up guys. Just think about it–if I wore a Sari (traditional Indian dress), no one would give a care. I’ve seen men wearing kilts without a care and women wearing kimonos for special occasions. They’re accepted and respected here. But I show up in my dirndl and these are just a few of the reactions I’ve gotten: 

“Wow, showing some cleavage?" 

"Are you dressed as some kind of bar wench?" 

"You’re being embarrassing.”

“I like your medieval costume." 

"Hey look it’s Snow White!" 

That’s because the American vision of a dirndl is this: 

We even had a similar version stuck to the door of my German classroom in American high school, perpetuating the ignorance. This stuff is why when I say, "I’m going to wear my traditional German dress for halloween,” this is what they picture. 

So let’s raise some awareness folks. 
THIS is a traditional german dress. A dirndl.

And it might look old fashioned and a bit sexy, but that’s not an excuse to call me ‘wench.' 

Someday I want to be able to wear my dirndl in America without embarrassing my friends. 

Another 5 Random Facts about Germany

* The Berlin Wall fell in 1989 - over 20 years ago.

* Berlin has the largest train station in Europe. 

* There are over 150 old castles all over Germany.

* Germany borders 9 countries - Denmark, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, and Poland.

* Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes.

German Culture and Traditions

Tradition and Values:

Germans place a high priority on structure, privacy and punctuality. The German people embrace the values of thriftiness, hard work and industriousness. There is a great emphasis on making sure that “the trains run on time.” They are enduring people who struggle for perfectionism and precision in all parts of their lives. The do not admit faults, even teasingly, and seldom hand out compliments. At first their attitude may seem unfriendly, but there is a powerful sense of community and social integrity and a yearning to fit in.

Germany’s Greeting Method:

The greetings in this culture consist of the most common the handshake. The man is to wait until tell women puts her hand out before shaking it. Also crossing someone else’s handshake is inappropriate. Some gestures used in this culture are not chewing gum in public it is inappropriate. Talking with your hands in your pockets is disrespectful. Instead of crossing the fingers for good luck they simply squeeze their thumb.

Language of Germany:

Languages are German that is the official language, Deutschland  and the other two are Bavanrian and Halle, and they write in English.

How women and men are treated in Germany’s Society:

Men and woman have differently roles; males need to listen more, aggress less, and cooperate more. Husbands of working women are supposed to do an equal share of the housework and child care. Women do most of the housework, and they take care of the children. Women think they are doing too much housework, so they want men to be less aggressive.

Religion of Germany:

Christianity remains the dominant religion, with about 50 million, or 62 percent, identifying themselves as Christian. This group is split about evenly between Catholics and Protestants. The second largest religion is Islam with 4 million observers, making up 5 percent of the country’s total population, and that is followed by Buddhism and Judaism.

Business Culture of Germany:

The need for uniformity spills over into the business life of Germans. There is a loyal faithfulness to hierarchy and decisions are often made by a small group of leaders. Meetings are high controlled, and since opinions have often articulated in advance, there is not much patience for conflicting perspectives or discussion. There is a high regard for engineers in Germany, as evidence by the country’s accomplishments in the automotive industry. Due to this high level of respect for hands-on-expertise, businesses have a tendency to be headed by technical experts rather than lawyers or those with financial backgrounds. Workers at all levels are judged seriously on their ability and diligence, rather than interpersonal skills. Communication with coworkers as well as outsiders tends to be direct and not always diplomatic.

Sports and Recreation of Germany:
Germany is a world leader in tennis, track and field, cycling and swimming is very popular and almost every town has a public swimming pool. The national sport is soccer; Tennis is also popular, thanks to players such as Boris Becker, who was the youngest unseeded player to win at Wimbledon. He has since won a number of major tournaments, including two more at Wimbledon. Steffi Graf has won many women’s tournament. In winter, skiers flock to the German Alps. Germany has many popular ski resorts that attract skiers from around the world. Germans excel at winter sports, and have won Olympic gold medals for lunge, bobsled and speed skating. Enthusiasts to enjoy almost any sport. Windsurfing and sailing are enjoyed. Cycling is another popular thing to do


Dating and Marriage in Germany:

The dating in Germany is different than that in the United States. They each pay for their own food and entertainment unless a special occasion. Legal marriages are performed by the city hall religious ones are optional. Young people may often live together before or instead of marriage. Germany has built its reputation on careful planning and exacting engineering values, it’s no surprise that this bleeds into nuptials as well. An engaged couple is required to give the government six weeks’ notice before their wedding. But once the party starts, it’s not unusual for it to last up to three days. The legal part of the proceedings is the civil ceremony and can be as simple as the bride, the groom and the official. Next comes the wedding gala, and this is where the fun really begins. Guests bring old dishes and toss them at the couple’s feet, the shattering glass signifying good luck. This is called Polterbend, which means “an evening with lots of racket.” Once all of the dishes have been broken, the couple sweeps up the shards to symbolize that nothing in their marriage will be broken again. Another German wedding tradition happens when the wedding guests caravan the bride’s belongings to her new home, where the groom greets her with beer.


The German custom, the funeral takes place 3 to 4 days after the person passes.  For the funeral service, relatives, friends and acquaintances gather in front of the mortuary and then accompany the deceased together with a priest and ministrants, in black and violet robes respectively.  The coffin is placed in the church in front of the high altar.  The priest says the requiem at the coffin, sprinkles it with Holy water and uses incense.  While the bells are tolling, the coffin, accompanied by the mourners is taken to the open grave and four pall-bearers lower the coffin into the grave.  The priest then gives a short speech.  Next the priest says some prayers and begins the prescribed ceremonies. 

Holidays and Celebration in Germany:

Germany celebrates many of the traditional Christian holidays, including Christmas and Easter. German Unification Day on October 3 marks the reuniting of East and West Germany and is the only federal holiday. While the country’s big beer bash is called “Oktoberfest,” its starts each year on a Saturday in September and ends 16 to 18 days later, on the first Sunday in October. The tradition started in 1810, with the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

This is the TEUFELSTISCH, “Devil’s Table”, in the middle of the Pfaelzer Wald, Rhineland-Palatinate, just south of Kaiserlautern in southwest Germany.

And it has a legend which is almost suitable for Halloween.

Once upon a time the Devil traveled through the Wald, which was the biggest forest in Germany, and by evening he had become tired and hungry but was unable to find anywhere to sit down to eat, so he tore off two huge slices of rock to create his own table and chair.

Having finished his meal the Devil took the chair with him for the next time he wanted to stop, but left the 46 feet, 14 meter, high table, so the following day all the villagers were shocked to find an enormous mushroom shaped table had appeared overnight.

Which they knew could not have been created by any mortal hand.

But the rather less romantic explanation is that erosion created the Teufelstisch over millions of years, and the table top is a sandstone plate lying on two columns of rock. Weighing 300 tons it is the most famous rock formation in the Pfaelzer Wald, and was first climbed in 1922.

A now 6 meter, 20 foot, high fir tree has been thriving on the Teufelstisch’s “table top” since the early 20th century.

please take a moment to imagine the Federation version of Eurovision as @swordfern and I have envisioned it, in a post-DS9 peaceful future:
-Bajor does something very soothing with hand percussion and like…. background eurythmy dancing but the lyrics are utterly heart-wrenching.
-Betazed is always a fan favorite- they really get into the pop ballads and impressive choreography, and of course aim to inspire ~feelings~
-Romulans do the super intimidating acts like that one song about Moscow Germany did one year.
-Klingons just do fucking opera every time, with intense choreography, generally involving weaponry.
-Andorians do… whatever the andorian version of death metal is. imagine andorian headbanging. with those antennae. imagine.
-the new Cardassian Republic, when it finally gains admittance, is intensely earnest and a bit disco. No one really knows how to react to this.
-Vulcan sends one person with a Vulcan lute and they play an extremely logical arrangement extremely well, with no dancers or any illogical frippery… and they repeat this each year. No one ever votes for Vulcan.
Learn German On Reddit With These 22 German Subreddits
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It can be a silly place sometimes. But it might help you lean German and have some fun, as well!

Differences between America and Germany

Am I the only one who obsesses about differences between countries? On occasion of my return from the annual America trip, here are some:

  • Everything in America is further apart. And I don’t so much mean distance between towns, which are roughly the same in MA vs. Hesse. But there’s more space to distribute in America. Houses always are divided by at least a couple of meters with a yard between. Streets are way broader, particularly inside of towns. There’s way more unused land, while here, almost everything is urbanized, with a sense that every meadow, field, forest belongs to somebody and is used for something. I gained new appreciation for serial killer movies in America, where it is much easier to be kidnapped while hitchhiking without witnesses, or to dispose of a dead body in a forest.
  • Everybody in America drives very slowly, but nobody is very good at it, and half the cars wouldn’t survive the next TÜV (annual mandatory car check up), never mind the streets are in constant repairs due to big holes left by the last winter, so you actually end up feeling safer speeding across the Autobahn with 200 km/h while the occasional Mercedes rushes past. 
  • As a woman, you quickly develop an instinct to not start random conversations with random men, “might be construed as flirting, this could be unsafe, let’s get the hell out.” In Germany, I talk to absolutely everybody. It’s usually fun, and nobody ever has a gun. I feel like German men should know this. Women on the Internet are not complaining about you guys. They’re complaining about the other guys. I’m sorry you’re getting accused of things you never did wrong.
  • American food is not ideal. It’s something about how it’s processed. I eat twice as much in America as I do in Germany, with a distinct sense that my body can only make use of half of it. Can’t live off American Fruit Loops, it’s not possible. Funny enough, this also concerns vegetables and fruits, which are bigger in America but apparently don’t contain more vitamins. On the upside, you guys have strawberries in March. 
  • Which brings me to diners. (America has them) And cafés. (Germany has them) And bakeries. (America thinks it has them, just like it thinks it has candy, but no. Fudge doesn’t count. On the upside, though, America has seafood! And cupcakes.)
  • Even the white-washed town of Northampton, MA has more diversity than a major German city, it’s much less boring to look at people’s faces.
  • There is absolutely no difference between the Bruins / Habs rivalry and the rivalry between any two German soccer clubs. None. 
  • American waiters are scared people. Very scared people. You can see in their faces when they first approach your table how they’re checking you out for potential threats. Even in upscale restaurants, you can observe them easing up throughout the night upon realizing that you’re not gonna get them fired for a minor lapse of judgment. Forced, desperate cheer hangs in the air of every food establishment so thickly that you can almost smell it. They panic if you tell them to choose the salad dressing / side dish for you. (I’ve learned that “get me what most people order” works pretty well in that way) German waiters barely bother to make eye contact or to fake a good mood. However, if you make to many changes to the dish as proposed on the menu, the chef might appear and quiz you if you’re really sure that you want fries with that, because nobody has ever wanted fries with that, and that’s just not how that dish is properly eaten, and they cannot guarantee the quality of that dish if it is served with fries, and they really think you’re getting it wrong. 
  • Sometimes there are news reports about storms and tornadoes destroying half of an American town. That is very shocking until you realize that most of American cables (electricity, phone) run above ground, traffic lights are fastened to the poles by threats of wire, and almost all houses are built without stone, so if, say, a truck loses a wheel and it crashes against your wall, there’s gonna be a fucking hole in it. I’m gonna go on a hunch and say the fairytale about the three pigs who built houses out of straw, wood and stone, the stone house pig being the only survivor, isn’t very popular in America. It’s not hard to destroy half of an American town, is what I’m saying. Who’d have guessed?