Fidget Spinners in motion

Fidget Spinners See Mass Confiscation in Germany

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Ah yes, the massively popular fidget spinners that act as a spinning diversion for the kids who clearly don’t have enough distraction in the endless supply of apps waiting to be played on their phones, tablets, e-readers, laptops and games counsels, met their challenger when Germany confiscated over 39 tons of toy in the month …

Sources: Associated Press

Photo: Sedki Alimam

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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German Passport Handing

German Travelers to U.S. May Be Forced to Surrender Passwords

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Airport customs is already a mess for travelers entering the US, and while the Trump administration has been successful at creating headlines with the extreme vetting of Middle Eastern visitors, a new round is said to be under consideration that would impact some of America’s top ally nations, including Germany. The new …

Sources: the Wall Street Journal,

Photo: Metropolico.org [Flick]

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Celebrating Easter in Germany

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

After a long winter, Easter in Germany for many families is the first time to celebrate outdoors. A variety of traditions and customs provide fun activities surrounding Easter… the greatest feast of Christianity. The Easter festival is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. Easter …

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Dear Tante Lene: How Should I Tip In Germany?

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

Dear Tante Lene, “For good service, I will gladly pay a tip… but how much is appropriate in Germany? And what do I do if I was not satisfied?” Your nephew, Sam H.   Dear Sam, To tip is not only polite in many service occupations but appreciated.  In Germany, restaurant …

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Dear Tante Lene: What’s the Story On Germans Digging Up Old Graves?

By Darlene Fuchs on Email

Dear Tante Lene, “Is true that graves, in Germany, are dug up after a certain amount of time to make room for another deceased person?” Your favorite niece, Kathleen   Dear Kathlene, Because of space limitations, German cemeteries began reusing graves approximately 200 years ago. Most German cemeteries allow their …

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Understanding The German-American Generation Gap

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Anyone who has been involved in a German-American club or organization has probably heard the question come up on what can be done to get younger members involved. Some find a way to make it happen but most do not. I’m sure we all have our ideas as to what …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Official German Customs App Now Available for iOS and Android Smartphones

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Germany’s Ministry of Finance has released a specialty app for Android phones and the iPhone that will help travelers coming into Germany find out what items can be legally brought into the country.  The app covers all the basics and allows users to enter in the quantity of certain allowed …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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The Local Compiles a List of 12 Humorous German Sayings

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

The German news in English site, the Local, has made up a list of 12 funny and somewhat odd sayings that are common in German culture.  Some of the sayings are a little out there, so I would love to hear from our readers which sayings they have actually heard …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Customs and Miscellanea

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Below are some differences between the way things are done in Germany vs the United States.  These little bits of info may help you avoid confusion on your next visit to Germany.  If you have one that we missed, please share it with us in the comments.  I’m sure there …

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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