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    Ten crazy German rules

    Germans rarely find a rule they don't want to embrace. There is a saying in the country: "Everything is forbidden; apart from that, do what you like". Here are some of the more quirky Teutonic laws:It is against the law to deny a chimney sweep access to your home if he demands it

    1) It is illegal to build an office without a view of the sky.

    2) It is an offence punishable with a fine and points on your licence to run out of petrol on a motorway.

    3) A "quiet time" is observed between noon and 3pm when it is forbidden to mow the lawn, wash cars, play loud music or hammer nails.

    4) It is forbidden to hand washing out on Sunday.

    5) A pillow is classified as a "passive weapon" and hitting someone with one can lead to charges of assault.

    6) It is illegal to wear a mask while on strike.

    7) It is illegal to tune pianos at midnight.

    8) You can be fined 20 euros for calling someone an "arse" but 5,000 euros for calling an official a "little Hitler".

    9) It is against the law to deny a chimney sweep access to your home if he demands it.

    10) It is illegal to have the ashes of your loved one stored in an urn at home after cremation.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...man-rules.html
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    Following this link further I ran across this little tidbit. It's hard for me to believe the German people would accept this.

    Germans told to stop eating so much schnitzel and bratwurst
    German officials have ordered the country to eschew their traditional meat-heavy diet of schnitzel and bratwurst in favour of lighter Mediterranean-style fare in order to help the planet.


    Last Updated: 6:21AM GMT 23 Jan 2009

    German cuisine is renowned for its heavy reliance on animal products, but the country's federal environmental agency has ordered Germans to eat meat only on special occasions.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...bratwurst.html
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    German cuisine is renowned for its heavy reliance on animal products, but the country's federal environmental agency has ordered Germans to eat meat only on special occasions.
    Newsflash: The "Mediterranean" diet as popularly understood is heavy on seafoods, olives, hot house veggies (during most of the year), and refined grains.

    While I have no doubt the Germans can make polenta and noodles with the best of them, I wonder how they are going react to plundering the sea and constructing zillions of energy-intensive greenhouses in order to grow tomatoes, peppers, and thin-skinned squashes in January.
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