A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

July 5, 2017 | 8 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting

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How is World War II taught in German Schools?

When you grow up here and you are still rather young, you get the sense that you (as in Germans) fucked up in the past and its a lingering feeling but you are too young to understand or make sense of it.

As in you might wave to someone with your right arm and hold it up to long and someone scolds you for it or a parent quickly tells you to lower your arm and they try to tell you why.

In short Every german Student has at least 5+ years of history that is either directly or indirectly about WW2 and it’s effects on the world we live in today.

I can only speak of my personal experience which to make this easier to understand was 4 years in the Grundschule, followed by 6 years on the Realschule and topped of by 2 years on the FOS. (currently studying but there is no real impact)

Of these 12 Years i had History lessons starting at 6th grade officially. Something you quickly learn is that the education system at least where i was, had a very heavy focus on WW2 and the DDR (google Berlin Wall if in doubt).

We had 2 years in which we had the whole history from the Stone-age? to the Great War (WW1). the next years we intensely learned everything from the stability of Germany after WW1, the Nazis rise to power and WW2 itself.

When i mean intensely I mean we started in the 1920’s and worked ourself towards the war staying at specific events for long periods of times, such as the “Hitlerputsch” and later the “Kristallnacht”.

The war itself was explained from one front to the next and we jumped alot, but the largest fokus was on the “German Perspective”. We learned about Partisanen, Yugoslavia, the Pacific War, etc. later.

We had debates and where shown dokuments or videos about each topic.

Looking back what struck me as weird, was we coverd WW2 in large parts and there where hints here and there about the warcrimes, but they waited till 9th Grade and then unloaded a shitton of information on us stretched over months. (maybe they thought we where to young before)

I felt ill more than once after the X video was shown to us in which mass graves or Detention Camps where shown.

I visited the Concentration camp Dachau (and another smaller camp) with my school and there was a heavy focus on us knowing what exactly happend there, starting with numerous videos on people entering the camp and the piles of bodies.

I know it wasn’t meant as such by the Teachers, but you feel like a piece of shit, walking through a place in which countless lives have been ruined by your ancestors and you feel that weight, or it comes back. I still feel shitty whenever someone calls me a Nazi or accuses the Germans of being racist war criminals.

All in all i feel it was important that we had such a big focus on it, since i honestly believe in the statement, that those who don’t learn about history will repeat it.

In a nutshell, you know how Americans always say ‘Never forget’ when it comes to 9/11? Most Germans are like that with World War 2 and the holocaust.

 

 

What’s it like to go to the Orgy Dome at Burning Man?

The night we went to the orgy dome, the line was super long. I didn’t realize there was such a process to getting in. We were interviewed to make sure we were sober enough to consent and [to check] that we understood all the rules. Verbal consent is necessary to begin play with other groups and to introduce new activities. If you ask if you can play with a couple, you’d still need to ask, “Can I touch your breasts?” “Can I go down on you?” “Can I fuck you both in the butt?” Consent is an active process and can be removed at any point.

I’m glad they have that entry process, but I hadn’t expected them to take it so seriously. It’s like the DMV: You get a number, then you talk to one guy and take a test on the rules, then you wait some more. We’d done some molly and ketamine (not a full dose, just a bump). Waiting in line for an hour sober would have been horrible, but I guess I would have preferred to have been more sober during the experience so it’d be easier to come.

Inside, the main space has mattresses on either side of a main walkway. I was comfortable right away — once you see a lot of other people having sex, it becomes pretty easy to feel like you can do it too.

We got right down to business; you aren’t supposed to sit around and watch, because that would be creepy. I need a lot of concentration to come, and it wasn’t happening. Honestly, sex after a week and a half on the playa is not really all that sexy. My thighs were chapped from riding my bike, which kind of made some of the sex a bit uncomfortable. I also had an ingrown hair from trying to shave in my tent without enough soap and water, and I was self-conscious about that too.

The boys Eiffel towered me, meaning I was on my knees between them, giving one oral sex while the other penetrated me from behind. Then we got the idea for them to double penetrate me, which we hadn’t done before, but we didn’t have the lube required and gave up pretty fast.

The guys used a vibrator on me when we got back to camp later, and that did the trick.

– Aly

 

 

What is the greatest military weapon in all of history?

What if I told you there was a weapon that would allow mere hundreds to conquer vast millionsA weapon so mighty, it made 1 soldier worth 300 enemies combatants. A weapon that could make 1 man worth 30,000. A weapon that left death and devastation in its wake, showing no mercy and wiping out entire armies, populations, and even entire races. A weapon that has shaped history, brought down empires, and annihilated millions.

This weapon enabled warriors numbering in the mere hundreds to conquer the greatest empire the American continent had ever seen to that day, an empire with an army of 300,000 fearsome warriors.

It allowed 1,000 people to conquer 30,000,000 — a weapon so great it helped make up for a 1:30000 disadvantage in total manpower.

It’s a weapon so powerful it has wiped out millions, killing 90% of the indigenous populations of the North and South American continents.

A weapon rooted not in technology or military strategy, but in biology. A weapon carried innately by certain soldiers which allowed them to obliterate those who lacked the proper protection.

You’ve probably guessed it by now.

What I am referring to is smallpox, a terrible biological weapon that made some of the most crushing and overwhelming conquests in history possible.

In 1519, Hernán Cortés landed in the Yucatan Peninsula with a small host numbering only in the hundreds. Within just two years, he entered Tenochtitlan, capital of the once-mighty Aztec Empire. He entered a city that had been devastated by smallpox — the disease even killed the Aztec Emperor Cuitlahuac. His victory was complete. The same story happened throughout the Americas, notably with Pizarro and the Inca Empire in South America.

Let’s examine the effects and effectiveness of Cortés mightiest weapon:

– Michael Tan

 

 

 

How do judges determine who wins a boxing match?

Professional Boxing

The scoring system used in professional boxing is called the 10-Point Must System. These are the basics for scoring a round:

While you’d probably do well relying on the eyeball test to determine the winner of each round, it helps to know what a judge is looking for. These are the things that help determine which fighter won a round:

If a fight goes this distance, the result is determined by the scorecards. Here are the possible outcomes:

Amature Boxing

Method of Scoring

 

 

 

What is it like to live in a small town in America?

That really depends on your definition of “small town.”

Under 10,000 Residents

You’ll find fierce school rivalries, usually centered around sports or music. These rivalries will still be held by adults, and since there’s rarely anything interesting happening in town, the annual “Big Game” – the sporting match held between the two largest schools – will be regarded as the most important event of the year. One newspaper will cling to life, its subscription base mainly consisting of people who haven’t yet discovered the Internet. The town’s mayor will often pretend to be a big-shot politician, and the police force will be particularly harsh on motorists who are just passing through.

Under 5,000 Residents

There will be one public school and one private school, and the student bodies will regard one another as being both alien and unfairly privileged. Although there are still too many people for everyone to know everyone else, gossip will travel like wildfire and rumors will be all but infinitely persistent. The favorite pastime of young adults will be using drugs, and the favorite pastime of older adults will be attending church.

Under 1,000 Residents

Drugs, church, and two restaurants that are owned by people who hate each other. The town mayor is also a plumber, and he’s sleeping with the divorcée who claims to have been an actress. Most of the town gossip is centered around the one guy who never interacts with anyone else (save for out of necessity). According to the townsfolk, he’s either a celebrity in disguise, a guy in witness protection, or an alien.

Under 500 Residents

That’s not a town, that’s a commune. Don’t drink the tea.

Under 100 Residents

Keep driving.

– RamsesThePigeon 



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