Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A Germane Issue

We are delighted to note that we have had a lot of German readers this week. To make our Teutonic friends feel properly welcome, we thought we'd share some English humour involving hammy German accents and toilets. Alles klar, here's an extract from Blackadder (which, we must not forget, starred Stephen Fry as the unforgettable Colonel Melchett), season 4, episode 4!

(Captain Blackadder and Private Baldrick have been shot down and captured by Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron.)
von Richthofen 
So! I am the Red Baron von Richthofen and you are the two English flying aces responsible for the spilling of the precious German blood of many of my finest and my blondest friends. I have waited many months to do this.

[von Richthoven kisses Blackadder on both cheeks.] 

You may have been right, Balders. Looks like we're going to get rogered to death after all. 

Do you want me to go first, sir? 

[von Richthofen laughs.] 

von Richthofen 
You English and your sense of humour. During your brief stay I look forward to learning more of your wit, your punning and your amusing jokes about the breaking of the wind. 

Well, Baldrick's the expert there. 

I certainly am, sir. 

[von Richthofen laughs.] 

von Richthofen 
How lucky you English are to find the toilet so amusing. For us, it is a mundane and functional item. For you, the basis of an entire culture.
Roger that.

For these people the toilet is the basis of an entire culture

Watch Baron von Richthofen strutting his stuff here.

Related Reading
Some German Toilet Paper Trivia
The German Existentialist Toilet Is, Perhaps, Here
Arachne-Philia and German-Induced Euphoria

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