Weekly Roundup: Smoke Too Much and You’re Out

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs


What happens if you smoke too much in Germany?  You may just find yourself evicted from your apartment if it bothers the other tenants, so make sure you’re friendly to your neighbors.  Check out that story in today’s Weekly Roundup, along with stories on big babies, evil surveillance animations, and the golden voice of Werner Herzog.

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“German court upholds eviction of smoker” – DW

thumb-smoker-evicted“A German court has agreed that the owner of an apartment should be able to evict her tenant over his smoking habits.  The district court in Düsseldorf on Wednesday said that it should be possible for an apartment landlady to evict the 75-year-old tenant, Friedhelm Adolfs, because of his smoking…”


“German animation explains the evils of ubiquitous surveillance” – Boing Boing

thumb-surveillance-animation“‘Überwachungsstaat – Was ist das?’ is a short animation narrated in German (with English subtitles) that does a very good job of explaining the evils of mass surveillance. Being German, the narrator is allowed to make comparisons to the Nazis without invoking Godwin’s Law, which turns out to be surprisingly useful…”


“What is DFB-Pokal? An Explanation, Preview, & Review” – German Information America

thumb-dfb-okal“There are probably many Americans that don’t know what DFB-Pokal (German Cup) is, so we decided to put together this article for fans of German fussball living outside Germany.  What is DFB-Pokal? It is a German knockout football cup competition held annually. 64 teams participate in the competition…”


“Werner Herzog’s Kickstarter Video Is the Best Thing You’ll Watch All Day” – New York Observer

werner herzog“With so many Kickstarter projects popping up every day, it’s getting almost impossible to make yours stand out. Luckily for one cash-strapped chef, Werner Herzog is a big fan of his salt. Seriously. Angelo Garro, an Italian-American chef based in San Francisco, is seeking $30,000 to produce and distribute his organic salt, “Omnivore,” nationally…”


“German baby Jasleen born 13.5 pounds without C-section” – CBS News

thumb-big-baby“A new baby girl has tipped the scales in Germany and may have entered herself into the record books. An image released by the Associated Press shows baby Jasleen, who came into this world on July 25 weighing roughly 13.47 pounds (6,110 grams) and 22.5 inches (57.5 centimeters) long. She was pictured in the intensive care ward of the University Hospital in Lepzig, Germany…”


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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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