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April 30, 2010 2:28 PM   Subscribe

And you thought Germans didn't know how to have fun.

Brought to you by the lovable billionaire nutjobs of Liebherr, here's another little jewel.
posted by Cobalt (32 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Slowest movie chase scene EVAR.
posted by GuyZero at 2:33 PM on April 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Fun."
posted by ColdChef at 2:36 PM on April 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


Great, now I need commentators in German for every exciting thing in my life.
posted by poe at 2:39 PM on April 30, 2010


Just for a little background, this was a bet in the (very popular) show "Wetten Dass".

(And the guy in the Liebherr is actually Austrian.)
posted by ClarissaWAM at 2:39 PM on April 30, 2010


Liebherr, doesn't that translate to Mister Love?
posted by wcfields at 2:45 PM on April 30, 2010


And the reason he wasn't wearing a hard hat is that it would not have saved him?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 2:45 PM on April 30, 2010


wcfields - check the title of the post
posted by mannequito at 3:18 PM on April 30, 2010


That's some high quality TV right there, and I mean that sincerely. One question though: How did he get down?
posted by soundofsuburbia at 3:40 PM on April 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


One question though: How did he get down?

Off a duck.
posted by komara at 3:41 PM on April 30, 2010 [3 favorites]


And now, joke number one!
posted by Meatbomb at 3:43 PM on April 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


*stöhnen*
posted by soundofsuburbia at 3:43 PM on April 30, 2010


That water dropping vid was awesome.
posted by oddman at 3:48 PM on April 30, 2010


The Germans seem to have an affinity for construction vehicles. I was reminded of this FPP and Empath's comment within.

I recall hearing about a German theme park where patrons could "play" with heavy machinery. Haven't heard much since, unfortunately.
posted by banwa at 3:52 PM on April 30, 2010


(And the guy in the Liebherr is actually Austrian.)

You know who else was actually Austrian?
posted by Hlewagast at 4:39 PM on April 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


banwa: "The Germans seem to have an affinity for construction vehicles."

indeed, guten morgen Klaus! (NSFW gore).

I think my sense of humor must be an illicit German refugee, because I found this thing hilarious (especially the fact that the narrator was standing directly under the machine, and the triumphal fireworks spinning of the treads at the end).
posted by idiopath at 4:54 PM on April 30, 2010


#if you want to be a record breaker#
posted by subbes at 6:41 PM on April 30, 2010


And you thought Germans didn't know how to have fun.

Dear Metafilter,

AUSTRIA IS NOT GERMANY
posted by dunkadunc at 6:53 PM on April 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


(They even say the guy's from Niederösterreich.)
posted by dunkadunc at 6:55 PM on April 30, 2010


Ok, Austria, sorry. Österreich Über Alles!
posted by Cobalt at 7:20 PM on April 30, 2010


(or at least that's how some of them would like it to be!)
posted by dunkadunc at 7:33 PM on April 30, 2010


"Die Frage ist, Will er fall down, oder will er ... not?"
posted by donpedro at 8:32 PM on April 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


May I suggest a visit to the German Comedy Ambassador to the UK?
posted by quarsan at 10:57 PM on April 30, 2010


Who would've ever thought earth moving machinery could be zo verry zexy and interesting....grrrr.....

For some mysterious reason I have a Liebherr refrigerator that came with my apt. and it is indeed, pretty badass. I think it's made in Austria, anyhow, that display of hair-raising tractor acrobatics was very impressive, but am I the only one who gets a sorta nervous watching heavy machinery and listening to overly enthusiastic Germans??
posted by Skygazer at 1:18 AM on May 1, 2010


What a bugger.
posted by sour cream at 1:23 AM on May 1, 2010


am I the only one who gets a sorta nervous watching heavy machinery and listening to overly enthusiastic Germans??

Yes, I think you're the only one.

Besides, the show was filmed in Vienna. You were watching enthusiastic Austrians.
posted by cmonkey at 2:24 AM on May 1, 2010


So much nicer than some stupid gas-guzzling monster truck smashing cars. More, oh, intelligent? Orderly? Graceful?
posted by Goofyy at 2:27 AM on May 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


LOLGermans?
To clarify, the show is German and extremely popular. The guy is Austrian. The scene takes place infront of the town hall of Vienna, Austria infront of Austrians.
The concept of the show is not to provide lulz but to have people suggest difficult feats and have other people (and celebrities) bet on whether they'll manage or not.
Personally, I find this particular challenge and the show concept as a whole quite awesome and way more interesting than Oprah or Jay Leno.
And yeah. LOLGerman stereotype = tiring. AustrianGermanMashup = tiring. YouKnowWhoElseWasAustrian = tiring. US humor?
posted by Omnomnom at 7:51 AM on May 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


(the vehicle runs on biofuel btw. I didn't realise Liebherr has those.)
posted by Omnomnom at 7:56 AM on May 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


AUSTRIA IS NOT GERMANY

BUT YET THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AUSTRIANS ARE ALSO GERMAN, BECAUSE THE WORD "GERMAN" CAN REFER TO EITHER A POLITICAL NATIONALITY OR AN ETHNICITY OR BOTH.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:38 AM on May 1, 2010


AUSTRIA IS NOT GERMANY

Purely by historical accident.
posted by Meatbomb at 8:41 AM on May 1, 2010


BUT YET THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF AUSTRIANS ARE ALSO GERMAN, BECAUSE THE WORD "GERMAN" CAN REFER TO EITHER A POLITICAL NATIONALITY OR AN ETHNICITY OR BOTH.

Except that these days it usually doesn't. It was a popular distinction in the thirties. If I heard an Austrian saying what you did I'd suspect he is either a historian or an Anschluss fan. (Do you have any data on the percentage of Germanic Austrians? I suspect there's quite a lot of Slavic blood mixed up with it by now.)
posted by Omnomnom at 9:04 AM on May 1, 2010


The whole "Austrian vs. German" argument is completely pointless, considering that this was in "Wetten Dass", a programme which is a collaboration by the German, Austrian and Swiss public televisions, and is presented by the hairtastically German host Thomas Gottschalk (briefly shown in the clip joking with the Spice Girls about the German word for excavator: "Bagger").
The challenges in "Wetten Dass..." very often involve heavy mechanical equipment, so it's fair to say that the whole Germanic area has a fascination for such stuff. And, quite frankly, who doesn't?! (Disclaimer: this poster studied mechanical engineering in a German university.)
posted by Skeptic at 9:49 AM on May 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


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