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Old 21.07.2009, 12:49
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The sign to Rapperswil always raised a smile, me thinking the inhabitants spoke in rhyme. It's actually a rather pretty town to visit.

Long ago, I was in an old-fashioned restaurant in Copenhagen and had to go to the bathroom. 'H' or 'D' on the doors - thought H stood for Hausfrau and so opened the door - too many standing urinals, oooops! Made a quick retreat; good thing no gentleman was there to be unduly surprised.
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Old 21.07.2009, 13:02
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Re: Funny Things

this is how a colleague, first time in German world, interpreted the loo signbords:
(da)men and her(ren).

thankfully it was after office hours
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Old 21.07.2009, 13:09
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Everytime I drive past Bern I see sign for a place called "Bumplitz"
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Old 21.07.2009, 13:16
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Re: Funny Things

There was a thread about town names sometime in the past.

But ones that stick out for me every time are

Wangs (SG)
Tinizong (GR)
Cunter (GR)
Dongo (Lake Como, Italy)
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Old 21.07.2009, 13:22
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My favourite one like this I saw many many years ago ... it was a cruise with a live band on board, and the slogan was, "fahrt mit musik" ...
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Re: embarrassing moments as an adult.

The other day i was in a store trying on clothes i was looking for a new outfit (going out tonight for dinner) my kids were also with me and was looking at toys as i went to the cabin, it had a black curtin and was not hidden from the shop floor, anyway i heard my kids shouting mummy i was about to shout i am here when my daughter said look there is mummy i thought to myself how the hell does she know i am in this cabin, when she shouted i can see you, from outside the cabin the curtin was see-through because of the sunshining in i have never got dressed so fast in my life.
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Old 27.03.2010, 18:22
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Re: embarrassing moments as an adult.

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The other day i was in a store trying on clothes i was looking for a new outfit (going out tonight for dinner) my kids were also with me and was looking at toys as i went to the cabin, it had a black curtin and was not hidden from the shop floor, anyway i heard my kids shouting mummy i was about to shout i am here when my daughter said look there is mummy i thought to myself how the hell does she know i am in this cabin, when she shouted i can see you, from outside the cabin the curtin was see-through because of the sunshining in i have never got dressed so fast in my life.
Could you share with us, which shop it was ?

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Old 27.03.2010, 18:53
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Re: embarrassing moments as an adult.

once , as a very young hare, was performing in a venue that wasnt blessed with decent dressing rooms , so decided to change in my car in a secluded car park.
got down to pants only , it was a nice hot evening and thought , no harm done i'll whip them off and get the clean ones on pronto , but stood up in order to facilitate quick change.
now stood in car park no pants , no anything , when a voice shouts "stop there , police " ......yep the car next to mine which previously was my cover , had been used by a gang of shoplifters and i was now being watched by a group of police officers the leader of whom was quite a scary female.
got away with it ( this time ) and was allowed to continue.

not so lucky on another occassion when halfway through a play a friend and i went for a quick pint.
got told by the barmaid that "your sorts arent welcome in here "...and refused service.finally chucked out by landlord.
just because we were in full stage make up, and dodgy outfits , and looked a bit suspect.

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Old 27.03.2010, 18:58
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Re: embarrassing moments as an adult.

This happened to a friend of mine (no, really!) Anyway, she had just been intimate with a guy for the first time and couldn't help but notice the fact that he wasn't particularly well endowed. Some time later he commented on the fact that he had problems with his 'hang up', whereupon she asked 'oh what, you mean about your small wixxy?', to which he replied (aghast) 'No, my dyslexia'.
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Old 27.03.2010, 18:59
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Re: embarrassing moments as an adult.

While I was posted in Asia we came back to Europe and arranged to meet an acquaintance of mine during a brief stop in one of the cities on our itinerary. We decided that time would be short and that there were things we would rather do. From the lounge, while waiting for the flight I wrote an email saying that we had had to change our itinerary and would not be visiting his city after all and how sorry I was that we would not be able to meet up.

Our flight was called and we made our way to the gate. We got into the bus taking us to the plane and, large as life, there was the buddy that we had been supposed to meet up with.

I think I talked my way out of it, but boy was I embarrassed!!!
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Old 27.03.2010, 19:00
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Could you share with us, which shop it was ?

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What so you can go and spy on the ladies changing i don`t think so
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Old 23.04.2010, 14:04
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Re: embarrassing moments as an adult.

This is not me but one of my friends...he collided accidentally with a woman in COOP, and instantaneously told her Danke...the woman was completely bemused and left..my friend later got hold of his composure and realized he actually meant to say sorry in German..

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Old 23.04.2010, 14:26
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This is not me but one of my friends...he collided accidentally with a woman in COOP, and instantaneously told her Danke...the woman was completely bemused and left..my friend later got hold of his composure and realized he actually meant to say sorry in German..

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Over in France last Summer, stopped at a nice restaurant for lunch. Walked in past a large table of locals & in my best French accent I said "Bon Soir" - They all automatically answered "Bon Soir" & then there was a long silence when we all looked at each other & wondered why we had said good evening at lunchtime.
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Old 23.04.2010, 14:30
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Everytime I drive past Bern I see sign for a place called "Bumplitz"
But did you go as far as Wankdorf?
Edit: and funnily enough, I currently work in Bumpliz and will soon move to a new job in Wankdorf.
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Old 23.04.2010, 14:35
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Over in France last Summer, stopped at a nice restaurant for lunch. Walked in past a large table of locals & in my best French accent I said "Bon Soir" - They all automatically answered "Bon Soir" & then there was a long silence when we all looked at each other & wondered why we had said good evening at lunchtime.
This always gets me, there must be a secret code between Francophones as to when you make the switch. I said "Bonsoir" to my neighbour at 4pm last week, she replied "Bonjour". A few moments later I passed an elderly couple, said "Bonjour" and got the "Bonsoir" response.
Obviously the secret jour/soir switch had occured in those few precious moments.
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Old 23.04.2010, 14:39
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Re: embarrassing moments as an adult.

A lovely anecdote my mother tells about when she moved to England with my father in 1957. Her English was virtually non-existant at that time (she was 26). Anyway, my dad started playing golf eventually, and my mum used to walk with him over the course. At the bar afterwards, one of the club ladies asked my mum whether she played, and she replied in her very German English: oh no, I just like to look for my husband's balls......
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Re: embarrassing moments as an adult.

ok.. little history.. I'm American... my wife is English...

shortly after we first met we are sitting somewhere chatting with a friend of hers, also English and they were being very mean and teasing me over something. I can't recall what but I had enuf and teasingly said:

"careful or you're going to get your fannies slapped"

I found out shortly after what fanny means in "english" ( in "american" it's just bum )
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ok.. little history.. I'm American... my wife is English...

shortly after we first met we are sitting somewhere chatting with a friend of hers, also English and they were being very mean and teasing me over something. I can't recall what but I had enuf and teasingly said:

"careful or you're going to get your fannies slapped"

I found out shortly after what fanny means in "english" ( in "american" it's just bum )
My wife was in a party in California once and almost slapped the guy who told her she had a "cute fanny".
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ok.. little history.. I'm American... my wife is English...

shortly after we first met we are sitting somewhere chatting with a friend of hers, also English and they were being very mean and teasing me over something. I can't recall what but I had enuf and teasingly said:

"careful or you're going to get your fannies slapped"

I found out shortly after what fanny means in "english" ( in "american" it's just bum )
My wife always used to wonder why so many eateries and pies shops were named Fannies' this, or Fanny's that or what have you, but was too appalled to ask.

We had a similar conversation around the correct name of the "Fanny Pack" as it used to be called in the US. I don't use that term anymore.

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Old 23.04.2010, 14:50
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Re: embarrassing moments as an adult.

A German friend of mine was learning Swedish. There are two words in Swedish that sound quite similar, samtal (conversation) and samlag (intercourse). Now, you can imagine the result if one wants to compliment a female friend during a dinner party and to tell everybody, what a nice long interesting conversation he had with this girl eariler...
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