German Advent Calendar Features Serial Killer

German Advent Calendar Features Serial Killer

A cartoon advent calendar for kids, sold by the city of Hanover in Germany, has a tiny drawing of local serial killer Fritz Haarmann, who murdered 24 people during the 1920s. He’s holding a meat cleaver and peeking out from behind a tree, while happy men, women, and children enjoy the holiday all around him. He’s one of 24 famous people from Hanover who appear on the calendar; “It’s part of our history,” says Hans Nolte, the director of the town’s tourism board.

http://consumerist.com/2007/07/16/with-last-months-acute-droppoff/

With last month’s acute droppoff in American consumer spending, “Geiz ist geil” could be posed to become the next hot German import. [NYT]

United Airlines: Sorry We Lost Your Cat in the Cargo Hold For 3 Weeks

United Airlines: Sorry We Lost Your Cat in the Cargo Hold For 3 Weeks

    A 12-year-old orange tabby cat named “Pumpkin” is said to be doing well, after going three weeks without food or water in the cargo hold of a passenger jet that flew from England to Germany.

Jell-O Causes Biohazard Scare

A quivering, offal-like pool of cherry-flavored horse gelatin caused authorities in Germany to declare a biochemical emergency.

Walmart Retreats From Germany

Walmart Retreats From Germany

NYT reports Walmart wants to close its German stores, after years of failing to crack the Teutonic market.

Daimler CEO Gets Bad Customer Service From Own Company

Daimler CEO Gets Bad Customer Service From Own Company

Last week, DaimlerChysler CEO Dieter Zetsche went unannounced to a German MercedesBenz dealership, only to have the receptionist have him cool his heels for 45 minutes. He eventually asked to speak to the manager and was told he was busy.

After Losing Student’s Money, Citibank Badgers Him

Joseph is an American student stranded in in Germany after his meagre monies just got jacked via a Citibank security breach, one that Citibank would like to blame him for.

German Burger King: Nation of Aryans, Idiots

There’s two requirements for making an ad in Germany. One: near-graphic sex. Two: the sex is thwarted by the promise of an inane consumer item.

German Girl Has Skills

Oh, we really shouldn’t post this German optometrist commercial…

Bike Safety Ad That’ll Crack Your Skull

Bike Safety Ad That’ll Crack Your Skull

“Be careful when transporting fragile goods,” reads the copy.