Grossstadtgeflüster ist eine deutschsprachige Elektropop-Band aus Berlin, die sich musikalisch zwischen Elektropop und Elektropunk bewegt. Die Texte drehen sich oft um Themen wie persönliche Freiheit und ein Leben abseits der Norm. Albums:
2006: Muss laut sein
2008: Bis einer heult!!!
2010: Alles muss man selber machen
2013: Oh, ein Reh!
2015: Fickt-Euch-Allee (Episode 1)
2016: Ich boykottiere dich (Episode 2)
The “Hessians” were German auxiliaries in the 1700’s, contracted for military service by the British government. They took their name from the German state of Hessen-Kassel, where many of them originated. The British hired them for combat in several 18th century conflicts, but they’re mostly associated with combat operations in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783). About 30,000 Germans fought for the British during that war, making up 25% of the troops the British sent to America. They entered the British service as entire units, fighting under their own flags, commanded by their usual officers, wearing their existing uniforms. The largest contingent came from the state of Hessen, which supplied about 40% of the German troops who fought for the British. This led to the use of the term Hessians to refer to all German troops fighting on the British side, a form of synecdoche. The rest were rented from other German states. Patriots presented them as foreign mercenaries with no stake in America. Many of the men were press-ganged into Hessian service. Deserters were executed or beaten. Hessian prisoners of war were put to work on local farms.
Germans have a reputation for being orderly. Even when traffic accumulates on German roads, there’s a system in place to keep the order: the Reißverschlusssystem.
This word means “zipper system”, but it has nothing to do with the system that keeps your clothes together. This type of “zipper system” is used to merge two lanes into one when there is a lot of traffic.
Imagine this: you’re in stop-and-go traffic on a major road. Another road merges into yours. During normal traffic conditions, you would continue driving and have the right of way. When traffic is heavy, however, you would use the Reißverschlusssystem – a system of orderly turn-taking that allows two lanes of traffic to merge into one. In this system, cars from both lanes take their turns moving forward and give way to the car in the other lane (first one from the left lane, then the right, then the left again). This creates a pattern that resembles the interlocking teeth of a zipper, thus the terminology.
The zipper system allows the smooth transition from two lanes into one. Without the zipper system, traffic from the main road would continue driving and cars from the merging lane would struggle to get in. This system only works if cars begin to merge in the spot where the two lanes become one (the start of the zipper). When cars merge too soon, it disrupts the zipper system. In order for this process to be smooth and without the stop-and-go, cars must also travel at relatively similar speeds.
The Reißverschlusssystem is used in other countries as well, but Germany is unique because you will actually see street signs ordering the implementation of the Reißverschlusssystem. So for our American friends traveling to Germany, make sure you remember this word if you plan to rent a car! Don’t be that person who steps on the the accelerator when it’s your turn to give way to a merging car.