Thursday, May 05, 2016

It's "Git Yer Load On" Day in Deutschland

Today is Father's Day (Vatertag) in Germany. This is the day when male Germans tend to get wrecked. I once had an old law professor, Tom Feeney, who told his eager students that you weren't drunk "until the same legs that carried you into a place won't carry you back out." Okay, Tom, you've just described German Father's Day.

Today, alcohol-related traffic accidents likely will multiply by three as virtually all male Germans will get jointly drunk. It's traditionally the most dangerous day of the year to be on the streets in Germany because it is Father's Day. The tradition always coincides with the Christian Feast of the Ascension of Jesus -- but Germans have a very particular understanding of how to celebrate being a father, it seems.

German men traditionally meet up in large groups that are equipped with at least one carefully decorated carriage filled with beer. They then descend on a day-long hike with their very own beer vehicles, but few make it to the end.

Why my people ever left, I don't know.

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