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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

It's a little know fact that cheese was first invented in Switzerland to double up as furniture. That's why it's made in those huge wheel shapes, so that during the time it takes to mature, it can also be used as a chair, or a poof.
I find that remarkable.
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Church bells were not always for religious purposes. They were invented in Switzerland as a call to cows. This was such an effective way of bringing them in to milk that the farmers decided to use church bells to communicate with all their farm animals. Which is why they are contantly ringing.
I find this remarkable.
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Old 05.08.2009, 09:22
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

I can't help thinking that Wollishofener has forgotten the title of this Thread somewhere along the line.
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6)… And I have been living in this country for more than 5 decades.
Maybe the very fact that you have lived here for so long has made things which seem ‘remarkable’ to newcomers, ‘normal’ to you.
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A) the word "Handy" is not English but Swiss German and means mobile phone…
B) "Handy" does not mean practical here but otherwise is the name of a cleaning device of Migros, so why should anybody think about "practical"
The word Handy is used for a Mobile phone and for a washing-up liquid in Switzerland. OK. We’ve worked out what the Swiss mean by the word. But to an English speaking newcomer, it is a crazy misuse of an English adjective. When I look the word up in the dictionary I find just that. handy = nützlich, praktisch.

The Brits do the same when they use the word ‚mobile’ which, I believe (DB where are you?) to be an adjective too but this Thread is about things which we poor ex-pats find remarkable.

When I first came over, I found the fact that Cinemas put large notices to tell us where we were not allowed to go out of the room most odd.
"NOT AUSGANG" . How stupid.
For the folk who live in the Romandie, it really means ‘Emergency Exit’ but on seeing the word 'NOT' my brain promptly switched languages.
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It's a little know fact that cheese was first invented in Switzerland to double up as furniture. That's why it's made in those huge wheel shapes, so that during the time it takes to mature, it can also be used as a chair, or a poof.
I find that remarkable.

You can also fit them to your daughter's little bullock cart and go for an aromatic ride around the 'hood.

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I posted this on another thread but I think it's remarkable how this business doesn't give a damn about customers... they're not worried about the number of people coming to their cafe to find this confusing opening hours...
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When I first came over, I found the fact that Cinemas put large notices to tell us where we were not allowed to go out of the room most odd.
"NOT AUSGANG" . How stupid.
For the folk who live in the Romandie, it really means ‘Emergency Exit’ but on seeing the word 'NOT' my brain promptly switched languages.
This made me laugh. I never thought it could be interpreted that way Longbyt
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Old 05.08.2009, 11:14
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

After living in England for two years, we came back and parked our car in the designated spot right under the notice "CARS". When we returned to drive away, we were shattered to see that every other parking place was being used by a 'coach' = 'Reisebus'= 'Car' in Swiss German! Oh the shame of it.
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Old 05.08.2009, 11:21
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

Seeing "Tageshit" on restuarant menus still makes me giggle
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Old 05.08.2009, 11:28
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50-something: Interesting but true that Swiss leisure cyclists have caused a world shortage of lycra.
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

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20. Movies are shown with intermissions, regardless of length.

(Or is it only here in Bern that we are stuck in 1982?)
ha ha ha, here in Basel too! It was like a Giant question mark landed in my face when I was watching Star Trek that day!!!
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Old 05.08.2009, 11:44
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

Being incorrigible Swiss rules breaker especially when it comes to recycling ... I always throw the plastic bottles away where I find it suits me. Lately I saw lots of dustbins at our local tennis club with tags attached reading keine PET... My first instinctive association was a burial place for some kind of domestic animals or dead birds which one could not dispose of in these containers. NO DEAD PET! Soon I realized what it was I know... but chemistry never was my favourite subject

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Church bells were not always for religious purposes. They were invented in Switzerland as a call to cows. This was such an effective way of bringing them in to milk that the farmers decided to use church bells to communicate with all their farm animals. Which is why they are contantly ringing.
I find this remarkable.
That's a great snippet. I^d always assumed that the bells at 6:20 am were an alarm call for people, and explains another long bell ringing session 12 hours later.

(At my last house in the UK "Rush Hour" consisted of a road full of cows )
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No. 743: Seeing 'Pain Surprise' available at Migros...
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So the Swiss could learn..... eventually.
Definitely. Many would say that the change in the UK came about because holidays abroad became affordable for the masses and discovered new tyes of food, but my theory is that it was due to a far bigger change in society and office culture - longer working hours, having lunch at your desk, longer commuting times etc.

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Twenty five years?! Please. Some of the EF members are quite young.
Eh? I am simply pointing out that the UK was much more dire, and not really so long ago. A cheese sandwich typically came with no choice of cheese, and the only option was onion or no onion; brown bread if you were lucky, but all too often a choice between white sliced bread or a roll, and that was it.

Or are you just being a cheeky monkey and reminding me of my age?
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Or in the works canteen the "Tageshit Menu" (Hit / bargain menu of the day).
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A cheese sandwich typically came with no choice of cheese, and the only option was onion or no onion; brown bread if you were lucky, but all too often a choice between white sliced bread or a roll, and that was it.
Not entirely on topic, but does anybody have fond memories of the cellophane wrapped sandwich rolls that pubs used to have behind the bar: Cheese and onion, ham or, er, well, that's it, really.

They'd probably been there for a few days, and were inevitably hard and chewy on the outside, and soft and soggy in the middle (especially if you were lucky/unlucky enough to get a shred of lettuce in there...), but they went perfectly with a pint of Pedigree and a bag of scratchings.

Ah, fond memories! They'll never capture those at Pret a Manger...
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ha ha ha, here in Basel too! It was like a Giant question mark landed in my face when I was watching Star Trek that day!!!
You know what? My other half and I have incorported the 'Swiss intermission' into our DVD viewing - great time for serving dessert!


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Eh? I am simply pointing out that the UK was much more dire, and not really so long ago. A cheese sandwich typically came with no choice of cheese, and the only option was onion or no onion; brown bread if you were lucky, but all too often a choice between white sliced bread or a roll, and that was it.

Or are you just being a cheeky monkey and reminding me of my age?
Cheeky monkey. Notice I didn't say "some of us..." I'm closer to your age than 25.


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Seeing "Tageshit" on restuarant menus still makes me giggle
Whenever I see that, I tell whomever is with me: "Look! They're so honest, advertising their Crap of the Day."
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

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Not entirely on topic, but does anybody have fond memories of the cellophane wrapped sandwich rolls that pubs used to have behind the bar: Cheese and onion, ham or, er, well, that's it, really.

They'd probably been there for a few days, and were inevitably hard and chewy on the outside, and soft and soggy in the middle (especially if you were lucky/unlucky enough to get a shred of lettuce in there...), but they went perfectly with a pint of Pedigree and a bag of scratchings.
Swiss sandwiches are worth a mention. One main ingredient, sometimes a slice of egg and the obligatory pickle. There must be Swiss sandwich making regulations that every bakery follows.
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20. Movies are shown with intermissions, regardless of length.

(Or is it only here in Bern that we are stuck in 1982?)
Actually, that happens in Holland too. First time I experienced it, I figured that it was an intermission when I realised that I was the only one who was about to stomp to the ticket counter demanding a refund, whilst the rest of the patrons just calmly sat in their seats, chatting away.
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Re: Top-10 Things Foreigners find Remarkable about Switzerland

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A cheese sandwich typically came with no choice of cheese, and the only option was onion or no onion; brown bread if you were lucky, but all too often a choice between white sliced bread or a roll, and that was it.
I'll take a Cheese Ploughmans Bap over one of these cold, soggy Curry Poulet Sandwiches in Migros or Coop anytime

No. 744: There's no sweet Popcorn in Cinemas over here. Only salty.
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