It’s a shame that X-Men Origins: Wolverine is one of the worst superhero films ever made, because it also contains one of the best superhero films never made: right there during the opening credits.
In the first couple minutes of Origins, we’re treated to a montage of Wolverine and Sabretooth fighting alongside one another through a series of battles plucked straight out of your 10th grade history class. They survive an infantry charge during the American Civil War, a nighttime raid on German trenches during WWI, Omaha Beach during the D-Day invasion, and even their own execution during the Vietnam War.
Screw a two-hour movie – that’s an amazing TV series. Wolverine and Sabretooth, surly, stubbled, almost literally grizzly immortal soldiers bantering their way through every war in history – and also claw-mauling Nazis. Plus, for long-term drama: Comic book readers know these literal brothers in arms eventually become bitter enemies – imagine experiencing that heartbreak firsthand, after binge-watching several seasons of manly super-bonding. Instead, we got the worst possible version of Deadpool: One literally without a mouth. Whose brilliant idea was that? And how fucking fired are they? We hope it’s “a lot.”
ranking “german accents”/”the german language spoken” by hollywood actors (who are or are not german)
1. michael fassbender in x-men first class and the others can he have an uuuuhhhhh no mercy in this ranking because he was born in germany, i will not accept “but he was raised in ireland” as an excuse, seldom have i heard a name as german as Michael Fassbender. but his german speaking was pretty good, i gotta say (in that Bl*t und E*re scene where he kills the old naz*s)
2. christoph waltz in anything hes ever been in is An Austrian adn should not have been counted
3. the dude who played nightcrawler in xmen apocalypse 10/10 a very flamboyant portrayal of the german akzent, loved it, had a great time
4. daniel brühl as zemo in civil war? i watched that one in german, actually, and all characters had a very believable german speakings. but i jus watched an english scene and i guess…..i guess daniel brühl is An Actual German who can and does Speak German from time to time
5. alicia vikander cast as german british spy in codename uncle, who is actually swedish ???? there was barely an accent there or did i not witness the Whole, also as a swede, whomsts language is somewhat similar to german,,,, well,,, the complete german sentences in all german were very uuhhhhhh not fooling mine auditory canals
6. kinski no
7. michael bully herbig in that one asterix movie he didnt talk but i suppose his accent woulda been authentic
8. jennifer lawrence in xmen apocalypse as far as i recall she had a few german lines girl…
9. the rest of the cast that wasnt german in codename uncle i have 0 idea what they said because they were mushing their words, i guess, trying to sound authentic…. but next to the real crisp german speakings of the actual germans, well, what can i say, mmmmmm….. Subtitles On, my friends
10. michi fassbender in inglorious basterds the most ethnic man gets another mention and he does a good german accent and does speak german well in that film. you can hear that his “ch” and some of the “e” and lots of “r” arent Natural but theyre pretty good but alas, hes an uuuuhhhhh double passport guy, a languagetaur so to speak. does get called out on his accent tho.
11. me in a film my class once did high authenticity, even went as far as to include a slight dialecticity even, of sorts, very good, probably the best german accent done on film. maybe not hollywood but close
12. til schweiger in inglorious basterds not convincing, very nasal
13. Diane Heidkrüger (Diane Kruger) also in inglorious b but also in general is it just me or is her accent sometimes weirdly off, idk my guys
14. sandra bullock starring as Herself in Real life girl that girl sure speaks german! almost accent free
15. i heard kate winslet does a german accent in Der Vorleser but i didnt watch that movie but she won an oscar so i trust that her accent was spot on
16. elliot in that one episode of scrubs an american: ahaha let me do a german accent an american: *angry shouting* me: (:
Many cultures have had some form of a gun-blade combination due to the fact that they are extremely versatile out on the battlefield. The most famous form would be the bayonet that was used during the Crimean War and the American Civil War. The Germans were also known for their axe guns and a lot of these are preserved in the Historisches Museum in Dresden, as seen above.
German-made Junkers Ju-87B Stuka dive bombers, part of the Condor Legion, in flight above Spain on May 30, 1939, during the Spanish Civil War.
The black-and-white “X” on the tail and wings is Saint Andrew’s Cross, the insignia of Franco’s Nationalist Air Force. The Condor Legion was composed of volunteers from the German Army and Air Force.
This is a model of a Dornier Do-17p that served with the German Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. But to me, it’s so much more than that.
This was the first model I built after moving into my girlfriend’s house. That woman is no longer my girlfriend, she’s my fiancée! And in less than a year she’ll be my wife. But us being together, me moving in and me putting that ring on her finger would not have happened if I hadn’t passed the test over two years ago. That “test” was ensuring I met the standards of my fiancée’s 126lb German Shepherd, Gunter. Gunter had been known to growl and bark and snarl at other men that my wonderful woman had gone out with before she met me. Hell, Gunter even put on such a show of force that one man was literally denied entry into the house. But the first time I met Gunter, he was absolutely cool with me. He not only welcomed me into the house, but didn’t leave my side the whole time I was there. As the relationship between his human and myself blossomed, Gunter was there every step of the way. After over two years of being with my bride-to-be, I’m proud to say that Gunter is my dog as well!
So after about a month of living with the woman who changed my life forever, I decided to make use of the all but abandoned workshop in the basement. One of the many former homeowners was a carpenter, and I found that this was the perfect place to build models! I chose to build one of the toughest kits in my stash: an RS Models 1:72 scale Do-17p. This kit fought me nearly every step of the way. Large gaps that seemed to eat filler putty, vague instructions, and decals that disintegrated when they were submerged in water all tried my patience. But I persevered. I went from being frustrated to being determined. It was also the first kit I ever built that utilized resin parts and photo-etched metal parts. Before I knew it, I had a wonderful model airplane on the workbench in front of me!
Simply building it wasn’t enough. I was proud of overcoming the kit’s shortcomings, and I wanted to show it off in the new home I was living in. I decided to build a diorama for it. I had a small jar of sand from Spain that my friend Bergo had brought back from her semester abroad, and I decided to use that as a dirt road for the diorama. I went a bit insane with my dremel, and drilled a ton of bullet holes in the top of one of the engines. Smoke streaks and battle damage were added to the aircraft during the weathering process. I purposely left one of the landing gear doors off so I could make it look as though it was ripped off when the plane crashed through the wooden fence I made out of toothpicks. I sanded one of the tires down and drilled a hole through it to make it look flat, and it did a great job making the plane sag to one side. Luftwaffe ground crewmen and a pilot were glued to the top of the model railroad grass I sprinkled onto the board.
The diorama needed something else though. It needed Gunter.
As I rummaged through a box of 1:72 scale farm animals, I was delighted to find what looked like a small German Shepherd. I immediately started painting it, using my pooch as a reference. I then painted up some sheep to give Gunter something to chase after, and attached them all to my diorama.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since I’ve built this plane and diorama. But I’m reminded of it every time I look into my display cases. It’s always there…..A testament to overcoming a tough project, and a monument to my love of aviation and most of all, my dog.
Although the day is supposed to celebrate Mexican heritage, it has become Americanized — that is, hijacked into another excuse to party, eat, and drink, all while getting sweet discounts at some restaurants. (It is so Americanized, in fact, that it’s actually celebrated more in the US than in Mexico.)
The origins of the holiday go back to, as one would expect, Mexican history. But Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day (September 16), as many people believe. It is, instead, a day commemorating an important battle after Mexican independence.
These details might not seem crucial to your partying needs. But the origins are an important part of the Mexican heritage many Americans are supposed to be celebrating today — and give some insight into why this uniquely Mexican-American holiday is now celebrated in the US.
Let’s be clear: Mexican Independence Day is September 16, 1810, the beginning of Mexico’s revolution against Spain. It is not Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Mayo does, however, have roots in Mexico’s struggle with another European power.
In 1861, Mexican President Benito Juárez declared that his country couldn’t afford to pay its debts. This, as one would expect, did not please the countries that had made loans to Mexico — and Britain, Spain, and France sent naval forces to Mexico to secure their debts.
Britain and Spain managed to negotiate the issue peacefully. But the French, ruled by Napoleon III, decided to invade, taking over the country and setting up a monarchy led by an Austrian archduke.
But before the French managed to take over the country for several years, Cinco de Mayo gave Mexicans a glimmer of hope: When the French approached the town of Puebla on May 5, 1862, their army lost to a badly outnumbered and out-armed group of Mexican soldiers.
The Mexican victory was short-lived, and France eventually advanced to the nation’s capital and took over. But the win still turned into a symbol of Mexican resistance, helping sustain an independence movement that would go on for the next few years.
Driven by the spirit of Cinco de Mayo and with American support, Mexicans eventually — in 1867 — toppled the French-installed government and put Juárez back in power.
So how did Cinco de Mayo go from celebrating a struggle for Mexican liberation to a US holiday?
It goes back to the US and Mexico’s close ties — linked by proximity, a struggle against European imperialism for independence, trade, and immigration. (There’s also the US’s imperialism in Mexico.)
These close ties were also real in 1862, the year of Cinco de Mayo and second year of the American Civil War.
The Panzer I was a light tank produced in Germany in the 1930s. The name is short for the German Panzerkampfwagen I (“armored fighting vehicle mark I”), abbreviated PzKpfw I. The tank’s official German ordnance inventory designation was SdKfz 101 (“special purpose vehicle 101”).
Design of the Panzer I began in 1932 and mass production began in 1934. Intended only as a training tank to introduce the concept of armored warfare to the German Army, the Panzer I saw combat in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, in Poland, France, the Soviet Union and North Africa during the Second World War, and in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Experiences with the Panzer I during the Spanish Civil War helped shape the German armored corps’ invasion of Poland in 1939 and France in 1940. By 1941, the Panzer I chassis design was used as the basis of tank destroyers (Panzerjäger I, second to last pic) and assault guns (Sturmpanzer I, last pic). There were attempts to upgrade the Panzer I throughout its service history, including by foreign nations, to extend the design’s lifespan. It continued to serve in the Spanish Armed Forces until 1954.
Do you happen to know anything about gang culture? I've been doing some research about it, and if you had anything to add that would be fantastic for me! (Thanks so much even if you can't answer <3)
So, there are different types of gangs, each with their own subculture. In the US, we have a history of three types: Street gangs, the mafia, and biker gangs. Biker gangs I honestly know nothing about, and the mafia I only have a basic knowledge of culture-wise. Street gangs I can help you with, and I’m going to assume that’s the kind you meant, since that’s what most people mean when they talk about gangs sans qualifier. And then I have no idea what you do or don’t already know, so I’m going to give just a large overview, which means this is going to get… long. Very long. Prepare yourself.
Keep in mind when reading this that I am referencing street gangs in the United States. Though the social factors that lead to gangs can be applied outside of the US, and the theories I discuss are used in sociological studies outside the US, the majority of my info is on gangs inside of it. So while you may be able to take this information and apply it elsewhere, just know that not everything will carry over, as every society has a unique social history and idea of social deviance.
Why we have gangs:
There’s a pretty specific social setting that needs to occur to create street gangs. First, you need an influx of people to the cities. This creates an overabundance of people with not enough available housing, leading to fights for resources (namely homes and jobs). This is how we get turf wars. Historically, street gangs were not necessarily criminal - they weren’t involved in the drug trade, they didn’t rob people, they didn’t extort businesses (like street gangs that become the mafia do) (Howell and Moore 2010). Before the Civil War, street gangs were just groups of people (usually youths) fighting to protect their homes from outsiders.
Second, there needs to be a great amount of immigration from other countries, or a second wave of inner migration that’s largely non-white. The first street gangs (I’m still talking pre-Civil War here) were immigrants - Irish, Brits, Germans. They came over here, found themselves subjected to a ton of discrimination by white Americans, and were forced to take low-income factory jobs and live in the slums (we’d call them the projects or ghettos now) (Howell and Moore 2010). They didn’t have much in the way of resources, and so fought to keep whatever they did have - this is how you get small neighborhood-sized street gangs. The second wave of street gangs were Poles, Italians, and Jews, who, again, came in such mass numbers the cities (particularly NYC) could not keep up with the demand for housing. Immigrants were put into tenement houses, where the conditions were horrid.
Now, when the ethnocentrism in the US started to change from “only these certain white people are allowed” to “okay we’re chill with all white people (except for Jews), but you non-whites gotta stay in your designated areas (including Jews),” that’s when these inner-city slums started having mostly black and Latino populations. Before, during, and directly after the Civil War, there honestly wasn’t a large black population outside of the south, and most Hispanics and Latinos were still in the southwest. (Freed slaves that hadn’t already escaped to the north were largely stuck in the same situation they were in before emancipation, tbh, but that’s a whole other post.) It wasn’t until about the 1940s/1950s that large amounts of Southern black folks started moving north, to NYC, Chicago, Boston, Philly, etc. Like the white immigrants before them, they were segregated to slums, the areas that the white population didn’t want. This was also around when there was a large migration of Latinx from the southwest to other cities in the US, who were pushed into the same places.
By this time, most of the old gangs and the mafia had died out, or at least started to, as white immigrants found themselves able to move up the social ladder in legitimate instead of deviant ways.
Which brings me to the third need: In order to have street gangs as we know them today, there needs to be deviance. Deviance is a broad spectrum of theories, so I’ll just talk about the one that’s most important for understanding street gangs: Strain Theory by Robert Merton.
Strain Theory states that when there is a societal goal (think the American Dream here), people will react to it in one of five ways: Conformity, Innovation, Ritualism, Retreatism, and Rebellion. The important ones in terms of street gangs are innovation and retreatism.
Innovation is when a person or group of people still want to achieve the social goal (in this case, of having financial security), but they have rejected the socially accepted means of achieving that goal (going to school, getting a high-paying job, etc.). Street gangs that involve themselves with the drug trade, robbery, intimidation, etc., are innovators. They have accepted the social goal to obtain and keep a lot of money, but they know there’s no chance they’ll achieve that goal through socially accepted (“legitimate”) means, so they came up with their own.
Retreatism is when a person or group of people go “screw it” and throw both the socially accepted goals and socially accepted means out the window. The most common examples of this in a subculture are certain homeless people and beggars. The most common examples of this in a counterculture (a subculture that actively goes against the morals, values, and goals of the large culture) are cults, but some street gangs also fit into it. In the case of a retreatist counterculture, though, the group will have to come up with their own socially accepted goals and the socially accepted means with which to obtain them.
Creation of gang culture:
Whether your street gang is more innovative or retreatist, both of these will result in them creating a counterculture in their respective area (whether it’s a single neighborhood or a whole section of a city) where people are socially conditioned to follow suit. This gets into Cultural Deviance Theory by Clifford Shaw and Henry McKay, which states that being in a lower socioeconomic areas in inner-cities correlated with race and ethnicity (note: correlation is not causation! It just means there is a significant relationship, not that one causes the other). Those living in these areas then created their own unique culture, with their own values, morals, goals, and sense of what is deviant and what isn’t, and they pass down these ideas to their children.
Now, getting into the specifics of current gang culture… most gangs are made up of youths, somewhere between the ages of 14-25 (Howell and Moore 2010; Wood and Alleyne 2008; Vigil 2003). Obviously there are outliers, like in the book Monster, Sanyika Shakur I believe states that he and/or his peers were recruited to a gang as early as age 10? I haven’t read that book in a really long time, so don’t quote me on that. But after mid-20s, most people either leave gangs to reenter society, are in jail, or dead. The life expectancy of a gang member is not very high. Most gangs are made up of men, though that has been changing in the last 15 or so years - it’s very rare to find a gang that is a mix of genders, but female gangs are on the rise, which suggests gang violence is less of a masculine aggression-issue and more of a lower-class aggression issue (Vigil 2003).
There are also studies coming out that suggest that actual financial status of a family is less of an indicator of gang involvement in youth than parental involvement in children’s lives (Wood and Alleyne 2008). However, and I don’t have a source for this off the cuff, but other studies show that the amount of time parents are able to devote to their kids (helping with homework, talking to them, even just eating dinner with them) has a direct correlation to socioeconomic status - those in the middle class have more time and energy than those in the lower class, who usually work more than one job. However, generally speaking, high social ties don’t necessarily lessen the existence of gangs - if you’re surrounded by gangs, and the norm in your social circle is to become part of the local gang, chances are you will join (Morenoff, Sampson, and Raudenbush 2001).
Still, it’s important to remember that just living in an area with high gang violence does not necessarily mean that youth will join a gang - “Youth who live in disorganized neighborhoods (i.e., with a high turnover of residents) and who have psychopathic tendencies (i.e. higher levels of hyperactivity and lower levels of anxiety and pro-social tendencies) are five times more likely to become gang members than youth without this configuration of traits” (Wood and Alleyene 2008:106). And the more heterogeneous (or, the more racially diverse) the area is, the less likely it is that youths will join or start gangs (Morenoff et. al. 2001). When people are racially and ethnically segregated into areas, it brings a lot of problems with ethnocentrism, which leads to a lot of interracial violence.
My last note on gang culture is that, though the media would have us believe that they tend to be overly violent, that’s not necessarily the case. There’s this cool theory called Interaction Ritual Chains by Richard Collins that discusses this a lot, that actual violence is a statistically rare occurrence. People make fronts and threats far more than they actually engage in violence. The homicide rates in and between gangs, for example, is directly correlated to the level of “collective efficacy,” or the local community’s ability to control the behavior of those in the community, and violence is more likely to occur as a response to other violence or serious culture deviation (Morenoff et. al. 2001).
As such, the gang-related violence that happens tends to be pretty specific. Life-threatening in-gang violence is low, but life-threatening violence between gangs of different racial backgrounds is also low. Most crime in general tends to remain intraracial (within the same racial group - white on white, black on black, etc.). While territory is important to gangs, and constructs much of the violent encounters between gangs, the fact is that gangs are more likely to run into other gangs of the same race than other gangs of different races.
That’s my basic overview on gang cultures. Honestly, a lot of the culture specifics will depend on where the gang is situated and who is in it, but from this hopefully you have a good idea of how gangs are socially created and what drives them. If you have any more specific questions, feel free to ask.
Sources: Howell, James C. and John P. Moore. 2010. “History of Street Gangs in the United States.” National Gang Center Bulletin 4:1-25. Morenoff, Jeffrey, Robert Sampson, and Stephen Raudenbush. 2001. “Neighborhood Inequality, Collective Efficacy, and the Spatial Dynamics of Urban Violence.” Criminology 39(3):517-559. Vigil, James. 2003. “Urban Violence and Street Gangs.” Annual Review of Anthropology 32:225-242. Wood, Jane and Emma Alleyne. 2008. “Street Gang Theory and Research: Where are we now and where do we go from here?” Aggression and Violent Behavior 15:100-111.
And if you want more personal looks at gang and inner-city violence, check out these: Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence by Nikki Jones
okay kids listen up - your German aunt Natalie (dat me) is gonna tell you about that beetle
* yes I mean that blue fucking beetle in the masterpiece “Captain America - The First Avenger That Had To Go And Kiss Sharon What The Heck Steve”
* I’m telling you this cause I drive that lil piece of shit car through good old Germany every day and it’s not fun okay
* first of all it’s a “Käfer” not a beetle if I gotta hear one more German say biiitel in that “what is English” voice I’m gonna
* so yeah that car? No. Why. Steve wHY
* it’s Steve Sam and Bucky Baby right? Right. Let me tell you these three men are SUFFERING
* Bucky? Just forget about him. Lost the feeling in his legs two hours ago, hits his head on the roof every time (every. time.) there’s a bump in the road THIS MAN HAS HURT ENOUGH GODDAMNIT
* no for real the backseats weren’t built for humans let alone the motherfucking winter soldier
* Stevie and Sam darling can’t be more comfy either like shit this car is TINY
* that stuff Sharon “let’s touch lips” Carter got you there? Good luck getting that in the trunk. TheTrunk™ that’s apparently built for one single egg-shaped thing. No one knows what that thing is. Everything that is NOT that thing won’t fit
* It just. Doesn’t fit. :)
* THE GEARSHIFT OKAY like “let’s escape?” - NO how bout no cause the gearshift is stuck sorry Steve you wanted to what? Drive?? Backwards???? Nah man. This thing is stuck into the next century and you better not use your super soldier mojo like the only thing you’ll manage is to break the handle clean off
* THERE ARE THREE MORE THAN GROWN MEN IN THIS CAR AND IT’S SUNNY OUTSIDE YOU DON’T GET IT THEY ARE COOKING IN THIS TIN CAN LIKE THE FUCKING INSTANT RAVIOLI THEY ARE
* trust me. Boiling heat. They started building real air condition after that car thanks VW
* did I mention that? It’s not fast?? Like? At all?? Like? You wanna drive on a fucking highway for more than 5 minutes with some kinda decent speed and this thing will need a day nap after. Let’s remember they’re literally escaping from iron man lol
* YOU DONT GET IT. THIS IS LITERALLY. THE MOST. IMPRACTICAL CAR. IN THE WORLD. UGH
* at least it has a fuckin flower vase next to the fucking steering wheel cheers Steve Rogers good luck with that you iDIO T
Ta-da! Hopefully this is full of something interesting for everyone out there. I can think of more little drabbles and fics floating around tumblr but I am too tired to search them out right now, so as always feel free to share and add!
Rare gold damascened Spanish pocket pistol presented pilots of the Condor Legion by the Spanish Civil War Luftwaffe Association. Comes with matching cigarette case. During the Spanish Civil War the Germans supported the Nationalist Regime, using the war as an opportunity to test their weapons and gain combat experience for their soldiers and airmen.