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I've never understood this phenomenon in 'Schland, but i admit to cracking up the first time i watched it Silvester 2001/2002. Partly because it's truly dumb slapstick done brilliantly, partly because the premise is so absurd... and partly because i couldn't believe my in-laws were simply guffawing.

(My father-in-law had been in a Russian prison camp for many years after the war, as a doctor even caring for the guards. My mother-in-law spent her teenage years in a British confinement camp in Tanzania. They likely appreciated the absurdity.)

Haven't seen it every year since, but when i do, i can't tell if i'm laughing at myself or the show.

Part 1 (a year later)

Original version complete

and especially crafted to wish ET a Happy New Year, the Sarkozy Merkel Version



"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 05:14:12 PM EST
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Perhaps i laugh because millions of Germans across generations keep watching it together. or maybe no one watches it anymore, what do i know... except it's still being shown this year.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun Dec 30th, 2012 at 05:16:46 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 05:29:56 AM EST
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Same procedure as every year, Mr. afew.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Mon Dec 31st, 2012 at 06:18:01 AM EST
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