Wednesday, August 24, 2005

A little prophylactic humor 

It's no huge secret that the Europeans are a lot more open about the nuts and bolts of human sexuality than Americans. For example, you can buy a kids' edutainment CD-ROM Der kleine Professor erforscht den Körper ("The Little Professor Explores the Body") in which there is a segment on reproduction featuring sperm racing (Spermien-Rennen, in German). Don't believe me? Check it out:

Just don't hold your breath waiting for Reader Rabbit to offer up anything similar for the American kiddies!

There is a huge ad campaign over here to encourage the use of condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS. Everywhere you go, eye-catching posters remind you to "mach mit!" These posters boldly feature colorful condoms in clever scenes, such as the following:

(Weltsprache="World language")

Or how about this one, "for little angels and devils":

My favorite though (and the one I see every time I go to the mall) sports the slogan "Gummi, Bärchen!" Now in order to get the humor here, you have to understand that our "gummy bear" comes from the German term Gummibär, which literally translates to "rubber bear."

Now THAT is truly a rubber bear:

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