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In 1471, in Basel, Switzerland, a chicken laid a brightly colored egg and was put on trial for being "a devil in disguise." After being found guilty, the chicken was burned at the stake.
It wasn't 1471, it was 14:21. Yesterday.
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In Switzerland, it is illegal to mow your front lawn while you're dressed as Elvis. ( also on http://www.leftlion.co.uk/articles.cfm/id/22 )

If ever get a lawn here in Switzerland..thats the first thing I will do..get the Elvis suit, wig, platform shoes and sunglasses out..and mo to tune of 'Jailhouse Rock'...if one can 'mo to that tune'...
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Swiss army knives are red so they can be seen in the snow.
The real Swiss army knives are very slim and silver with a little red and white cross on them.

Just saying...
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Old 19.11.2010, 11:27
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Ok I'll bite: There also was international pressure to respect Austria's territorial integrity after it was defeated in World War I.
That is why this side of the Rhine Vorarlberg is known as Kanton übriggeblieben. (Kanton leftover)
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Ok I'll bite: There also was international pressure to respect Austria's territorial integrity after it was defeated in World War I.
Austria lost huge chunks of territory in the peace agreements following WW2.
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Old 19.11.2010, 11:30
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When someone mentioned me for the first time that Switzerland has a navy, I found it funny. Of course it just seems to consists of small patrol boats so it makes sense.
I believe the Swiss Navy also has a proper sea-going frigate which is based in Genua according to a special arrangement with Italy.
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Old 19.11.2010, 11:32
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Switzerland has the most hospital beds per 1000 people.
( 5.8 beds per 1000 people while the average in Europe is 4.6 ).
That's an easy one, seeing Switzerland has a considerable number of private clinics treating well-off private patients from all over the world. Many locals probably couldn't even afford to go there.
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The real Swiss army knives are very slim and silver with a little red and white cross on them.

Just saying...
No they arent. here is the evolution of the knife
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No they arent. here is the evolution of the knife
Hmm, then my flatmate needs a new knife to go with his new machine gun - there's a reason I said REAL Swiss Army knife. The gun is kept under the bed by the way. Still haven't figured out where the ammo is though...

ETA: Here's what the new Swiss Army knife looks like. Not very pretty. And definitely not red.
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Yes you need one to adjust the sights.
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If you leave your house in sweatpants, people stare at you as if you just came out of an institute.

So true!!! I even like to go get my mail or throw out the trash in my pajamas I get the meanest looks from my neighbors!
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The real Swiss army knives are very slim and silver with a little red and white cross on them.

Just saying...
What you mean is the "ordnance army knife". The one I got at the end of military service, just as the others who had their last EK, is black, no red flag, but within a silvery field the remark "Mi Kp II/52", and according to the captain of the unit is the "most real" Swiss army knife possible
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Hmm, then my flatmate needs a new knife to go with his new machine gun - there's a reason I said REAL Swiss Army knife. The gun is kept under the bed by the way. Still haven't figured out where the ammo is though...

ETA: Here's what the new Swiss Army knife looks like. Not very pretty. And definitely not red.
The picture proves that the old tradition will of course be continued, that the soldiers will have the ordnance knife always with them, but will have a GOOD army knife in real use which includes the bottle opener
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Hmm, then my flatmate needs a new knife to go with his new machine gun - there's a reason I said REAL Swiss Army knife. The gun is kept under the bed by the way. Still haven't figured out where the ammo is though...
I heard they have to take the gun home, but are not allowed to take home any ammo - since it's so hard to buy ammo in Switzerland, that'll prevent them using their guns outside army time ...
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Old 21.11.2010, 01:21
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I heard they have to take the gun home, but are not allowed to take home any ammo - since it's so hard to buy ammo in Switzerland, that'll prevent them using their guns outside army time ...
I do not know whether it still is the case but believe it IS . And that is that you at the end of a WK/EK take a closed conserves-box of ammunition with you home which you have to hand back at the next WK/EK . You however can purchase test ammunition when going to the "obligatorische" shooting and nobody checks whether you actually use this ammunition. And so you have the possibility the put some stuff aside per year.
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I do not know whether it still is the case but believe it IS . And that is that you at the end of a WK/EK take a closed conserves-box of ammunition with you home which you have to hand back at the next WK/EK . You however can purchase test ammunition when going to the "obligatorische" shooting and nobody checks whether you actually use this ammunition. And so you have the possibility the put some stuff aside per year.
What is a WK/EK?
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What is a WK/EK?
Sorry

> There first is the RS (Rekruten-Schule/recruits-school" of 4 months
> Then come, over a decade 8 WK (Wiederholungs-Kurse /repetition-courses of 3 weeks each (plus 3 days if you are "preparation-detachment")
> Then an UK (Umschulungs-Kurs / re-instruction-Course) of 2 weeks, as you will change the force for the EK, for example from the artillery to the "Mineur-Truppen" (in charge with the detonation-infrastructure)
> and finally, stretched over another decade, an EK (Ergänzungs-Kurs / supplementary course) of 2 weeks and 3 EK of one week each
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The structure and lengths of EKs differ depending on units etc.
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I believe the Swiss Navy also has a proper sea-going frigate which is based in Genua according to a special arrangement with Italy.
I'm not entirely sure that the Alinghis qualify as either "proper" or "sea-going"

And, IIRC, their anti-aircraft/submarine/missile capabilities also probably don't quite live up to contemporary "frigate" expectations.*

But they did win the America's Cup a couple of times - thus making the Swiss the Greatest Seagoing Nation Of All Time... as any Swiss will tell you




* For example, having to leg it mid-battle and head to the nearest harbour when the orange lights flash can seriously hamper one's fighting credibility.
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I'm not entirely sure that the Alinghis qualify as either "proper" or "sea-going"

And, IIRC, their anti-aircraft/submarine/missile capabilities also probably don't quite live up to contemporary "frigate" expectations.*

But they did win the America's Cup a couple of times - thus making the Swiss the Greatest Seagoing Nation Of All Time... as any Swiss will tell you




* For example, having to leg it mid-battle and head to the nearest harbour when the orange lights flash can seriously hamper one's fighting credibility.

The thing about Genova is NOT a military affair, but the commercial fleet of Swiss ships on the oceans, looking like this
13 Schüttgutfrachter (freighters for goods poured into the bulk)
15 Stückgutfrachter + Containerschiffe) (container-ships + conventional cargo ships)
7 Tanker (für Erdöl und Gas) (tankers for oil and liquefied gas)




The so-called Swiss Navy is a small force of patrol boats in order to secure the lakes, particularily the CH sections of Bodensee (Lake of Constance) and Genfersee (Lake of Geneva). The boats look as follows







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Hmm, then my flatmate needs a new knife to go with his new machine gun - there's a reason I said REAL Swiss Army knife. The gun is kept under the bed by the way. Still haven't figured out where the ammo is though...

ETA: Here's what the new Swiss Army knife looks like. Not very pretty. And definitely not red.
The older one was silver.

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