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Odds for Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Ridiculousness

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Alright, Europe! It’s almost time for the event of the year, EUROVISION 2017! Last year’s tumultuous event was full of shocking moments that left many fans stunned- except, of course, for my dear readers who were prepared for pretty much anything thanks to the handy betting odds I made. So what can we expect this time around? More chaos? More craziness? MORE WIND MACHINES?! Read on to find out more.

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Your German Easter Schedule

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If there’s one thing Germany knows, it’s the importance of holidays. On these “Feiertagen” you might mistake what used to be a busy Altstadt street for a set off the newest season of “The Walking Dead: Europe” (might even find a few Walkers/drunks, depending on the holiday!). But when it’s Easter- the country basically shuts down for four days. So what can you do as a poor foreigner looking for something to ease the boredom? Read on!

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How is Your German Friend Feeling?

Believe it or not, Germans are not generally known for expressing their emotions well. That’s a shame- because lately there’s been a lot of events that may leave you wondering, “How does my German friend feel about this?” To that end I’ve developed a handy guide which should hopefully clear up any confusion you might have. Enjoy!

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George Schorschi’s Tips for Flying International

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As any seasoned international traveler can tell you, flying sucks- and it isn’t getting better.  Times have changed since “Home Alone 2”: Macaulay Culkin is no longer adorable, the idea that Donald Trump is someone you’d take direction from is laughable, and you can’t show up 30 minutes prior to your departure and still expect to board. Airlines have decided that flying is an experience everyone can have, but with the caveat that you are no longer people but rather cargo. And guess what? As long as you keep looking to pay the lowest price possible that isn’t going to change! So when you plan your upcoming international flight, keep these tips in mind to make the best of it.

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Odds for Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Ridiculousness

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Get ready, Europe (and Australia, somehow)! This Saturday it’s time for EUROVISION, that magical TV event where only the best performers from the continent get together to honor the ancient gods of music, ABBA. If you haven’t seen it before- it’s a bit like American Idol, except instead of having to impress three judges you have to impress the entire European population. Each group represents their country and then patiently waits in the “VIP Lounge” for the scores to come in. Who will win? Well you can find the odds for that here– but WHO CARES?! The real reason we watch Eurovision is for the ridiculousness which comes with it. And so, for that reason, I present to you the odds for Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Ridiculousness!

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Trump and Sanders: And Now For Something Completely Different

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A lot of my foreign friends are flabbergasted about the recent news of Donald Trump being the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party. As an American, I’ve been asked a lot about it because many simply don’t understand how it could have happened. How did this man get so far? What would it mean if he was elected? He can’t be serious about building a wall along the Mexican border, can he? But the biggest question was who the heck would support a man like this? I recently found a lot of these answers- by actually engaging in a discussion with a Trump supporter.

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The Böhmermann Affair: One Small Step For Jan, One Giant Leap for German Comedy

 

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Congratulations, Germany! While you have been notoriously known for lacking a sense of humor and having seriously terrible comedy, you’re finally in the big leagues. The Böhmermann Affair is your chance to shine- a satirical piece which criticized a foreign leader, tested the boundaries of an outdated law, AND has gained worldwide attention! This is an amazing opportunity not just for your culture, but also for your country, to break the stereotypes holding it back and really make a mark- so let’s make sure you don’t screw it up.

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Both Sides of the Fence: Confessions of an Immigrant

 Lately it seems that the big concern in Europe and the USA has been immigration. It is a significant and divisive issue which seemingly everyone, from the most educated on the matter to the least[1], has an opinion on. The truth of the matter is that immigrants are people which are looking for a better life (or at least the chance for one) in another country. The complaint of the anti-immigrant crowd that they are all criminals trying to steal our jobs or rape and murder is incorrect and unjust. How do I know this? Because I used to be part of the anti-immigrant crowd.

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Trumping: The Donald Trump Drinking Game

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In Thursday’s Fox News Republican Debate[1], also known as “rich white bigoted men talk about what poor white bigoted men care about”, there was one rich white bigot which stood out the most: Donald Trump. And as much as I am loathe to give any attention at all to what was clearly an attempt by Fox to get viewers[2], the things Trump said were just… phenomenal. My God- how the hell is this individual serious?

So while we wait for him to eventually reveal he’s pulling some sort of Andy Kaufman/Steven Colbert-esque long game to show just how ridiculous the political system in the United States has become, here’s the rules to my official[3] “Trumping: The Donald Trump Drinking Game”.

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