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post #16 of 110
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Originally Posted by aportnoy
30 45 is stalking me like I'm the bitch in The Ring #3.

LMAO
post #17 of 110
May 10th is a great day for a birthday-

they burned books, a tad too late for being VE-Day and the the Nazi-'union' was set up...

I know because I share the birtday- fancy way of saying so.

And I got really hammered yesterday night, as that was when everyone was doen with their exams as well- I think I had more champagne than water in the last two days... Didn't seem like such a smart idea this morning (afternoon rather and until now), but you know how these things work.
post #18 of 110
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Originally Posted by Hanseat
May 10th is a great day for a birthday-

they burned books, a tad too late for being VE-Day and the the Nazi-'union' was set up...

I know because I share the birtday- fancy way of saying so.

And I got really hammered yesterday night, as that was when everyone was doen with their exams as well- I think I had more champagne than water in the last two days... Didn't seem like such a smart idea this morning (afternoon rather and until now), but you know how these things work.
Are you in one of those duelling fraternities?
post #19 of 110
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Originally Posted by RJman
Thank you for the surreality.

Sigh. Less than two months before I turn 30.
So will you have your butterflies on that day?
post #20 of 110
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Originally Posted by LabelKing
So will you have your butterflies on that day?
Is that some weird Zemblan custom?
post #21 of 110
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Originally Posted by RJman
Is that some weird Zemblan custom?
No, we have peacocks and swans. The Persians taught us that.
post #22 of 110
No way, I'd go into a schlagende Studentenverbindung though they are full with Lawstudents like myself and are around the traditional universities in the south (I'll be going to Freiburg University, which has the reputation as being the best university in humanities in Germany and an excellent renomee in law- plus plenty of attractive female med-students, a lot of sun, great food and beer/ wine, snow in the winter and all that).

I'm currently considering joining a more liberal fraternity for the cheap living, plus it's very hard to find apartments in those towns but also for living in a 'community' of interesting people [kind of boring being around only law- and business-students though- but I don't like the 'we will take care of these kids together'-apartment-sharing communities either] that you will meet for the rest of your life once a year as a big 'family' of all former members.

It is a real misconception many people have about studentenverbindungen in Germany though that they are all right-wing (that's moreso the case in Austria- let's just say this 'dude' was austrian and they should have expelled him from the country after the Kapp-Putsch in 1923, but I'll stop there).
There are fraternities that have black members, members of turkish heritage and so on- most are just big communites that want to preserve some traditions (like rowing, binge-drinking, dancing lessons, cocktail-parties, proper attire and manners).
Only a small fraction of those frats actually still duells and they wear heavy protective gear during that (only your cheek can be cut, which is the case with about 1/5 of all those who did their, usually 5, duells). You want to watch out not to be messing with the guys from the Deutsche Burschenschaft though- these are the guys that gave the fraterniteis the bad reputation.

If you think I made those little references to Nazi history because I'm a right-wing nut; I'm not (member of the liberal FDP since I was 16). It's just that a) not many other intesting things happended (the plastic yogurt cup was introduced in Germany on a 10 may...) and b) I just a had a history exam (see the memers pictures).
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That got me thinking I need a Barbour jacket to check another item off the 'every law-stuent has to have a- list'.
post #23 of 110
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Originally Posted by Hanseat
...like rowing, binge-drinking, dancing lessons, cocktail-parties, proper attire and manners
Sounds like a group several of us might want to join!
post #24 of 110
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Originally Posted by Dakota rube
Sounds like a group several of us might want to join!
No offense, but as far as I know the verbindungen, whether they're schlagende or not, they're much like US college fraternities, only more cultured and civilised. It's German Trad, in the best sense. (I think the Nazis actually ended up banning them for being less than cooperative, btw.) Edit: And Happy Birthday, Hanseat!
post #25 of 110
They were banned mostly for being bastions of democracy (that's why historically duelling was so important- very few people were allowed to cary weaposn back in the day of feudalism; most verbindungen were created after 1848 in a wave of revolution going thought he country- didn't really work out though but in the first german parliament in the Paulschurch in Frankfurt soemthing like 1/3 of all members were active students in the 'verbindungen'). In short: the verbindungen were outposts of liberalism (with varying degrees, of course). I'll have to check them out first though- you're not a member of them for the first year, only then they decide about your 'future' in the frat...
post #26 of 110
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Originally Posted by Hanseat
They were banned mostly for being bastions of democracy (that's why historically duelling was so important- very few people were allowed to cary weaposn back in the day of feudalism; most verbindungen were created after 1848 in a wave of revolution going thought he country- didn't really work out though but in the first german parliament in the Paulschurch in Frankfurt soemthing like 1/3 of all members were active students in the 'verbindungen'). In short: the verbindungen were outposts of liberalism (with varying degrees, of course). I'll have to check them out first though- you're not a member of them for the first year, only then they decide about your 'future' in the frat...

Any of them linked to the Edelweißpiraten?
post #27 of 110
Nope, those kids were more in the age of 14- 18.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edelweiss_Pirates
post #28 of 110
Umm, no pirates to go with it, but happy birthday Stuttjukken! Hope the bus is treating you well.
Best
Tom
post #29 of 110
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Happy Birthday operation expat! I'm not sure what tiger meant but if it's nice and only mildly suggestive I second his wishes...
post #30 of 110
I do not suggest mild things. Happy Birthday Sara
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