April 23rd, 2012


Yo ho hooo! And a pint of beer!

How Beer Saved the World (+imdb)
Blurb: "Did you know that beer was critical to the birth of civilization? That’s right – beer.
Scientists and historians line up to tell the amazing, untold story of how beer helped create math, poetry, pyramids, modern medicine, labor laws, and America.
It turns out beer is responsible for, like, all the greatest things on earth. Learn more about what beer did for you.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC8SdkufNBo
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdkqatEtVXg
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkoXGfXkgAk

Sorry Discovery Channel, but as significant beer might be for the development of humanity, that's not all there is to civilizations! Don't forget toilets with running water! This piece of... bubblerish (I've just invented a new word if you hadn't noticed), is just one huuuge infomercial in favor of the beer industry! Have you seen any other scientist ever mentioning beer as a foundation factor for empires and preserver of humanity? Yes? Where? Frankly, I was expecting something more sober!

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Türkmen from the parallel society

Congrats! Effective from today you have German passports. But in order to become real Germans, you have to behave like Germans: you have to eat pork; you have to go to Majorca at least once a year; and you have to sit at the TV every Monday evening and watch Tatort. The favorite German TV show.

So imagine two elderly Turks, who came to Germany as youngsters and had waited for hundreds of sleepless nights to get the holy red passports. Now with a sense of fear, joy and anxiety at the same time, they sit there and stare into the future. What does it hold for them? The pork they can somehow cope with, despite their religious restrictions. The overcrowded Spanish resort - they'll survive it. But Tatort!? Come on, why the cruelty?

The above scene was a funny way that the German movie "Alemannia" used to present many of the prejudices that have plagued already three generations of Turks and Germans (and Austrians) who've cohabited on the same territory in Western Europe for decades. The movie made many theaters go silent, embarrassed by the hyperbolized and yet very real misunderstandings between the two cultures.

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