Punctuality, order and diligence. All of that are supposed to be typical german virtues. But, is that really true? We wanted to know what is real typical german, and then we found out some real suprising things. “The German” is believed to be puncutal on the minute He is reputed to be the worldchampion in drinkin beer, loving garden goblins and supposedly combine bathing shoes with white socks. But is all of that really “typical german”? The Germans are conscientious! This is not even a clichè. According to a study, about 90% of the germans say that about theirself. Thats why we stay at red pedestrian lights … even there isn’t driving a car. Eventually it is illigal to cross a red light. By the way: Germans longest red pedestrian light-time is at a traffic light in Stuttgart. There you might be standing about 5 minutes. In almost every travel guide about Germany you can read: “The German is on time” At least thats right for the “Deutsche Bahn” [German railway] 95% of the trains are on time or have less than 6 minutes delay. But it can be even more punctual. In japan, the trains have an average delay from just 6 seconds. Another cliché. The German “bureaucracy”. Allegedly their is no other country in the world, with that many rules and laws like we have here. Maybe thats why we have such that high paper consumption. In one year, everyone of us is using 247 Kg [544 lb]. This is equal to a book with about 500 pages per day. So, bureaucracy and the associated paper-warfare is typical german! When we talk about the german food, we have to mention the sausage. With round about 1500 sausage variations we are the worlds number one at the suasage choice. Just like the bread. 500 sorts. No one bakes more. By the way: According to international travel guides, for lunch, you should wish us “einen guten Appetit” [Enjoy your meal] It is THAT clishé about us germans. We love beer! Drinking it at any time and much of it. But that’s not really true, because actually the most beer is drunk in the czech republic. A typical german virtue: Order. And that is even applied at the “smallest room”. While the americans for example just crumple their toilet paper… the most germans fold it. Neatly and clean… before they use it. Brass music and swaying to it, thats really popular for the tourists in germany. But, the german guy doesn’t really often listen to this kind of music. In the charts of the most sold CD’s, Volksmusik [folk music] is just on the second-last place. On third place: Classical music. On second place: Rock music. And most popular in germany: Popmusic at first place. At home the german likes it comfy. Every year we spend about 390€ [413$] for our furniture. No other nation is spending more. The classics are the wall unit, the TV-table, the computer area, and… the rubber tree. A german invetion: The garden goblin. There are about 20 million copies in germany. That’s also the population of australia. Every third copie of the in germany produced garden goblin is sold to abroad. There is even a international federation for protection of the garden goblin. We love it, to receive packages. Every year we spend about 246€ [260$] into the mail-order business. More than any other country in the world. We order products, test them and if we don’t like them, we’ll send them back. And that’s why we’re also world leader at return delivery. We have the highest return rate of all countries. We are very reliable in payment. Not later than after 8 days we pay our bills. In the most other european countries they need at least 12 days. Our collecting qualities are invincible. Especially plastic bags. Because we don’t like it to throw away things, we can maybe use again, we use a plastic bag up to 6 times. Per year everyone of us just consumes 65 plastic bags in average. Italians need 6 times more. And at the end we don’t just throw the plastic bag away… we use them as trash bag. Perfect! … just like our waste seperation Over 90% of the germans, seperate their trash. Paper, plastic and general trash All of that will be neatly sorted and then throwed away. But just though if the trashcans stands right in front our doors. Are they further way, some don’t seperate their waste. For foreign tourists, the many colerful trashcans in germany, are a real point of interest. Back to our red traffic light. For everyone who have enough of waiting, in some cases it is allowed to cross even a red light. Maybe because of a faulty the red light is staying too long, then you can cross. But … lawyers recommend to wait at least 5 Minutes.