8 German Things That Aren’t in the US!

when I first saw kinderwurst in the
grocery store in Germany I had to do a double take because I didn’t believe
what I was actually looking at.. hey guys what’s up it’s Kelly again and welcome
back to my channel I lived in Germany for 18 months and I moved back to the US
about eight months ago and just as when I was living in Germany and noticing the
absence of a lot of American things I was used to seeing now that I’m back in
the US I’m noticing the absence of some German things so for today’s video I’m
going to talk to you guys about eight different German things that I never see
in the US first up is Spezi I learned when I was living in Germany that
Germans are not shy at all about mixing drinks together even when it comes to
their beer and while this isn’t unheard of in the u.s. the Germans do it way way
way more and with so many different types of drinks for example I’ve never
seen an American mixing two different types of sodas together unless it’s some
kid going ham at the soda fountain machine at a restaurant while his mom
isn’t paying attention but Germans will mix orange soda with coke and that’s
exactly what Spezi is and Spezi isn’t even the only type of
mass-produced drink with this combination. Coca Cola also makes an
orange and coke mix called Mezzo Mix and then there’s a bunch of grocery
stores that have their own generic brand versions usually called Cola mix. I
bought this Spezi at a German specialty store near where I live in DC in fact
you can tell that it’s an imported product because it has this label to
translate all of the German that’s on the can into English but you wouldn’t be
able to walk into a normal grocery store in the US and buy Spezi or Mezzo mix
or Cola mix at all because we don’t have it. in fact I’m willing to bet that if I
walked outside and talked to the first hundred Americans I see and ask them hey do you know what Spezi is I would get a hundred people telling me no I don’t
know what that is and also why are you talking to me? i don’t know. the second German thing that you never see in the u.s. is a TV tax. in Germany every single household has to pay a special tax that goes
towards financing Germany’s public channels. back before I think 2013 only
Germans who owned a TV or radio had to pay this tax but it became too difficult
for the government to track down who actually owned a TV and a radio and then
with the popularity of personal electronic devices like smartphones and
tablets and iPads and so on it became too difficult for the government to
accurately tax people so they just kind of did a broad stroke tax and now every
single household has to pay whether or not you even use the public channels. the
flat fee is 17,50 euro a month which comes out to 210 euro a year. we don’t
have a TV tax in the u.s. most of our content on TV and radio is
commercialized and so it is funded through advertisements. we do though have the Public Broadcasting Service or PBS which is public programming and while it
does ultimately receive funding from Congress every year through our taxes we
don’t pay a Direct TV tax like you have in Germany. when I first moved to Germany I was told that I needed to buy a parking disc and I had no idea what that
was. this is a parking disc and you need it to be able to park in certain time
restricted areas in Germany. you basically park and then set this wheel
to your arrival time and you’re able to round up to the next half hour, then you
set it on your dashboard or you hang it on your windshield with these little
suction cups like I have on mine and then you have to leave the parking space
within the maximum amount of time you’re allowed to park there plus your arrival
time so if you show up to a parking spot at 8:00 and that’s what you set your
little wheel at and the maximum amount of time you’re allowed to park in that
parking spot is two hours you have to leave by 10:00 because 8 plus 2 is 10. I
was really thankful for the person who told me to get a parking disc because I
used it all the time not just in Germany but all throughout Europe as I was
driving around and if I remember correctly you didn’t
have to pay to be able to park at these specific types of parking spots so the
accountability for making sure that you leave within the max permitted time was
through the disk. we don’t have parking disks in the u.s. we usually only have
parking meters or pay machines that give out dashboard tickets with the time you
must leave I printed on them. okay there is a thing called kinderwurst in
Germany which I have never seen in the u.s. kinderwurst is basically sliced
meat that is shaped in two different forms like a smiley face or a bear and
it’s done to appeal to children. when I first saw kinderwurst in the grocery
store in Germany I had to do a double take because I didn’t believe what I was
actually looking at. I’ve never seen something creatively done with sliced
meat before and it seems to be pretty popular given how much of it is in stock
in the stores and Misha told me that there’s a German comedian who even
referenced kinderwurst in one of his jokes where he was talking about how his
girlfriend still had someone to talk to when she’s in the kitchen and looking in
the refrigerator because all of the meat smiley faces looking back up at her. I
feel like the way I just explained it made it sound even weirder than it
already is. we have all different kinds of sliced
meats in the US but I’ve never seen meat be dressed up like this. for another meat
centric topic – Germany has a dish called Mett which is essentially minced raw pork
often served on a roll with salt and pepper and some other seasonings and
often onions and this was strange enough but it got stranger because there is a
thing called a Mettigel which is a Mett Hedgehog which is exactly what it sounds
like. you take this minced raw pork and you form it in the shape of a hedgehog
where you have either onion slices or pretzel sticks as the spikes of the
Hedgehog and then the eyes and the nose are formed with olives. I’ve never seen
anything like it before in my entire life. in fact I’ve always been told never ever eat raw pork so the whole concept of mett just completely bewildered me so much so that I never tried it. I’m sorry to admit
it but I just never could mentally commit to trying mett. it took me 30 years
to finally try scrapple which is coincidentally another pork dish and
it’s really popular where I’m from in Pennsylvania. so I think by hesitancy and weariness for trying Mett could be assumed. but I’m
gonna try it guys I promise I’m going to try Mett when I go to Germany here
shortly and I’m putting it out there on the internet so that I absolutely have
to follow through with it because everybody knows that’s the healthiest
way to be held accountable. I’ve talked about this in a few of my other videos
but it is something that we don’t have in the u.s. which is a national ID.
Germans have a national ID and it is compulsory starting at the age of 16.
it can be used as almost like a passport for Germans to be able to travel freely
throughout most of the countries in Europe as long as they have their
national ID and even a few countries outside of Europe. it includes basic
information about the holder like their name and their birth date and their
address and then there’s also some physical description of them like their
eye colour and their height. we don’t have a national ID in the US. the closest
thing we have to a national ID is our passport but most Americans who don’t
travel outside of the US aren’t going to own a passport,
so our driver’s licenses are usually what people will show as a form of
identification. there are some other forms of ID that you can get in the US
like just a plain photo ID but again, it’s not compulsory and it’s not uniform
across the country so it’s not like this national ID like you have in Germany. we
also don’t have a quiet law in the u.s. it varies from town to town in Germany
but generally speaking on Sundays you’re not allowed to do noisy activities like
mowing the lawn or using a really loud vacuum cleaner or
washing your car except for in designated areas and I’ve even heard of
some people getting complaints from their neighbors for holding a barbecue
or a grill party. this also extends to nights on weeknights not just Sundays
and then also on holidays. fortunately I never had any issues with the quiet law
but I have some friends and their experience tell me that Germans take
this very very seriously. in the US we don’t have this quiet law. maybe the
least of your apartment specifies quiet hours or your homeowners association has quiet hours or maybe the hotel you’re staying in will specify some quiet hours,
things like this but nationally we don’t have you know any sort of law or
regulation or even social expectation for you to be quiet on a Sunday. in fact,
I would say that Sunday is a really popular day for people to go out and get
some lawn work down and do chores so this whole quiet law thing is something
you would never see in the US. all right last one guys kindergeld is something
you would never see in the u.s. kindergeld is an allowance that Germans who
have children are entitled to and I think it’s about an average of 200 euro
that they’re paid monthly depending on how many children and it’s deposited
right into their bank account. in the u.s. we don’t have any sort of child
allowance. the closest thing we have to kindergeld is a child tax credit. so you
can claim your children on your annual taxes and it can reduce your federal
taxes by up to $2,000 per child. all right guys that’s all I’ve got for you
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100 thoughts on “8 German Things That Aren’t in the US!

  1. hi, thanks for the video. Say "shpaytsie" for Spezi (not shpettsie) …regards

  2. Personally I think eating RAW FISH (like sushi) is more dangerous than eating Mettbrötchen 😂

  3. my thougts: Paulaner-Spezi is good, but has nothing to do with the "original" spezis…i thougt "kinderwurst" comes from the US (like many decadent things) ;-))) and: thank god, "Mettigel" is only eaten regional…didn´t know that stuff before i came to Rhine-Valley….(pfui Teufel!)

  4. The TV tax brings enough money for 6 blockbuster productions annualy -and it gets used for low quality programms for old people.

  5. We also don't have enough Germans in the U.S. In fact, we have too many of everyone else that aren't European. Europeans please come to the U.S. and make it more…diverse.

  6. "it became too difficult for the gov" lmfao xD made my day 😛

  7. Quiet time isn't taken too seriously. Like everything in every country, it depends on your neighborhood and on your relationship to the neighbors. I never had any noise are BBQ complaints, and my neighbor also mows the lawn on Sunday – it's polite to ask everyone affected though 🙂 Generally it's about who is willing to talk to their neighbors and who runs straight to the authorities right away 🙂 So I am guessing, since you've lived here for quite some time, you will have noticed that Germans are a lot less stuck up than you'd think they'd be.

  8. Public Channel "tax".
    It is not a tax and it is not only for TV. It`s for radio too.
    There are big problems with this. The "companies" the money goes to are more or less privatly run and the pay, as well as multible pensions and other benifits are there way higher than you get in the real "privat" industry or if you work for the/a state (the pension bouble is so big that EVERY other company would have gone bankrupt quite a while ago).
    It is widely known that the big mainstream parties kind of control it and that a lot of positions go there to old politicans and to political active people (usually members of a party) and one can see this in the content provided although all the things there should be neutral by law (which it isn`t). They are brainwashing and have been caught to show fake news (especially in regards to war like actions other countries supposedly have done. The "cultural" part of them pushes a refugee/migrant positive and anti conservative and anti political right agenda.
    Recently they even got a propaganda handbook written by an US american scientist who based her studdies on Göbbels/Goebbels what the people know which don`t rely on them for any information.
    The sports program provided by them is also a big problem.
    In all it`s more or less a "good old guys" club.

    Hmmmm…. Mettbrötchen.
    Versuche mal Handkäs/Handkäse mit Essig, Öl und Kümmel und Lewerkäs/Leberkäse/Leberkäsbrötchen vom Metzger.

  9. Your video is quite interesting. As for mixed drinks, my personal favourite is half coke and halftonic water; notto be bought ready made. And now a question concerning human beings in the US. Do Americans really ask: “why are you talking to me? ❗️WHY ❓why do Americans say such rude thing?

  10. You do neither have Mett (grounded raw pork meat) nor Igel (hedgehogs), so why should you have Mettigel? And moreover you do not have Eichhörnchen (red squirrels), the most beautiful squirrels in the world!

  11. Das ist auch der Grund warum die nicht in der EU sind, die haben ja nichtmal ein Bandmaß ,dass 8 Meter lang ist …die wissen doch was so ein Kran wiegt !?

  12. U forgot the most important thing, only availlable in Germany, no other Nation has this: no Speed limit on the Highway….absolutely no, even half lightspeed is legal, if your car can…

  13. Mettigel is the best! But you need to drink a lot of beer before… Grüße aus Deutschland 🍻

  14. fun fact: the word "spezi" is used in the bavarian region for "friend"

  15. 6:10 if you want to pronounce the Mett igel more accurately, just say Matt-Eagle 😀

  16. Hi Kelly, just found your Video and it was funny to watch. But there is one thing which you said wrong when talked about "Spezi" the special Thing about Spezi is, that it is, not like MezzoMix or SchwipSchap, Spezi doesn´t use Orange SODA mixed with Coke, Spezi is OrangeJUICE mixed with Coke 😉

  17. Kindergeld is not for the kids but for the family/parents that have kids – paid by the government – and try Tatar as well (grounded raw beef)

  18. Pronounciation is Speeezi (long E, not short E). The minced pork hedgehog (german: Mett-Igel) is prounced Mett-Eagle (long EA). Raw minced pork and beef isn't a health risk, as long as it minced fresh. Packed minced meat from the supermarket however should never be eaten raw.

  19. I like you, but wish german stupids would talk about life the way you do… ;-?

  20. U pronounce Spezi not very well. It is with a pronouned, long "e". More like "Speeezi". 🙂

  21. The Mettbrötchen is the way best german invention of all times. Also known as "german sushi"

  22. Other things common in Germany you don't have in the US: 1.) H-Milch – packaged milk which doesn't require refrigeration before opening 2.) chocolate with alcohol (Rumkugeln, Mon Cheri, Ritter Sport Rum-Traube-Nuss, Weinbrandbohnen and so on) 3.) Quark 4.) Tempo Taschentücher (paper handkerchiefs in small packages, you use kleenex boxes instead, but those are kind of difficult to carry around in a purse or pocket)

  23. The hedgehog is just a kind of artistic freedom and therefore not very representative for Germany. Also the "Kinderwurst" is a kind of saussage i dont see very often. Its just Mortadella in the for of animals. I am pretty sure you can also find it in the us when you're looking long enough 😉

  24. I don't like Mett, but seeing foreigners freaking out about it is my favorite thing

  25. I love how you just call it a "TV tax", because that's effectively just what it is. When I call it a tax or argue it should be an actual tax, people get upset.
    The problem is, there is a whole industry of people living off this form of government-backed extortion. The idea a few decades ago was that there should be "unbiased" media coverage backed by public funding. One of various holy cows when it comes to the European perception of democracy. So criticizing it is at least subtly perceived as anti-democratic.
    Of course it's perhaps the least fair of all German taxes, since you just pay the same amount regardless of income or consumption.

  26. Im german and never saw a "Mett-Igel" lmao. ( Probably because I hate mett, its disgusting, but who cares)

  27. We also don't have real Brezels (Pretzels) in the US. Sorry, that garbage you see at the mall is NOT a Pretzel. Then again, German's don't know how to make proper donuts. Their Dunken Donuts shop in Germany is BLAH! You also can't get some good Jimmy Dean Sausage for breakfast here in Germany. So, Touche on both sides of the pond. You do get a small personal Passport card nowadays in the US, but you don't have to have it.

  28. Muslims & Jews: Dont eat pork
    Americans: Dont eat raw pork
    Germans: Raw Pork party platter Hedgehog

  29. I see…
    Most of these not only in Germany, but in whole europe. I'm not from Germany, only part of my family, but we like some type of raw meat here as well, smiley faced ham in childhood and also everybody have national id card (whole eu have this) and I can drive a car anywhere with my id and driver license in the eu. They even can check everything less in minute. I was living in some countries. Most of eu country don't name it as tv tax, but actually you can't watch any public television channel without paying for them. Haha Hidden fees yey. And so goes on. Oh my favourite the noise regulation, yep, again more like eu thing. Various law have in eu for the noise, here some city have the absolute bann, most of city regulation is similar to Germany. Firstly neighboors/officers ask you nicely, in cases also handle to you nice cheque. 😂

  30. germans pay for governmental brain wash (they are forced to pay) and are even happy to get "reliable info". this is hilarious.

  31. I lived in the US for 14 days, that was enough for the rest of my life. Nie wieder!!! In dem Urlaub wäre ich besser nach Uganda gefahren.
    Oder nach Burkina Faso oder Äthiopien oder in die Mongolei. Der Amerikaner wird diese Länder gar nicht kennen.
    Denn der durchschnittlich gebildete US-Amerikaner hält ja Dänemark für die Hauptstadt von Schweden.
    Ganz lustig fand ich, als eine dicke Amerikanerin sich bei der Besichtigung von Neuschwanstein beschwerte, dies sei ja wohl
    eine unverfrorene Kopie von Cinderellas Castle in Disneyland. Das muss man sich echt mal vorstellen!
    Die ganzen komischen Getränke am Anfang, hab' ich noch nie getrunken. Vielleicht bin ich gar kein Deutscher, und hab's noch nicht gemerkt.
    Aber ich bin 53 Jahre alt. Wenn viele Leute so'n Mist trinken würden, hätte ich doch was gemerkt. Kleine Kinder, oder was???
    Kinder trinken Limo der Cola. Wir trinken Korn, Aquavit oder Bier. Oder halt Kaffee oder Tee.
    And please!!!!! Put the chewing gum out o' your mouth while you speak. It's awful. Get adult, child.

  32. Spezi and MezzoMix can be found at World Market. Not all world markets have them but checking online helps. They charge out the butt for it though. It’s goooood

  33. I dont pay this "TV tax" because its no tax. Over 2.000.000 Germans deny this fraudulent tax!
    If you do not pay, you'll go to prison or the gov. makes you financially broken. It is the biggest injustice in Germany and actually illegal.

  34. Why you dont tried the delicious Mett? You never tried sushi before? Mett is really delicious! But dont do this in the US! Its specially treated meat.

  35. The ID is useless. Just the passport matters. I dont have an ID.

  36. 1. US lacks QA as well, when comes to many many services. In whole Europe i never have any worries that what I've just bought (e.g. some food) might be harmful, or not within proper hygienic standars produced.
    2. Kein Kindergeld? Wow… still, the average American has more kids than the avg. German.

  37. Tja seht Ihr über die GEZ Gebühren lacht sogar Ihr Amerikaner.

  38. Taxes on TVS and radio? If they did that in the US, you would have a riot!! Raw pork? No way! You could get a parasite unless it very carefully processed.

  39. All European countries issue their citizens a national ID and they have to have it to be allowed to enter the building where voting ballots are filled out.

  40. Aldi needs to stock kinderwurst in the US my kinder would love it!

  41. The American thing to do is to not even learn how to properly or even closely pronounce a term that you're going to present to other Amercians. It's about respect, and English is the only language whose speakers do this perpetually by default. Metty-Gell, my äß!

  42. You have to try mett lots of onion salt pepper it is heaven I make it for myself since my husband is English and does not like raw meat xx

  43. So cute…. "Spezi".😂
    In German Speeezi…..
    You must the "e" longer speaking.
    But your Video is really cute 👍😊.
    Alles Gute für die weitere Zukunft hier in Deutschland.

  44. 9 you dont have harzt4.. you dont work the State depending money for rent and life

  45. The monthly office potluck with my colleagues is Mett. The potluck always take place at Friday because then we have a whole weekend to let the smell of onion and spice out.

  46. Tbh i am from Germany too but we dont have mett in Bavaria, but the way u pronounce it is very funny

  47. Dear Kelly, one hot tip. Don't pay the TV tax, it's not nessearry. No "Pupslochschmuser" can you force to pay that! ;o)

  48. I have never seen Paprika chips here. Maybe something for a future list.

  49. Mett is not like raw meat at all its more like a paste with little bits in it tastes a bit like bacon

  50. I am new to your channel, and as a travelling german (been to the US twice thanks to an old school friend who emigrated to Colorado and I have also been to Australia and several other europena countries) I have to thank you for your views on my country. It is amazing how much we can learn of ourselves from people who visit us (as well as visiting other countries ourselves).

    But regarding the "Rundfunkbeitrag": It is not a "Tax". Taxes (at least according to the German definition) are just put into the general money the gouvernment can spend. A "Beitrag" (Contribution) is exclusively limited to the cause it is raised for. So in this case the public TV stations. They are (in theory) independent of gouvernment and politics, but (due to how representatives are elected, e.g. politicians in many cases) not entirely so. The educational and informational programms are doing quite a good job though, but sports coverage (essentially football, or soccer as you americans call it as well as Olympia) is unneccesary.

    Anyway: Thanks for your views and keep up the good work! Had a lot of "a-ha" moments already :). (Both for the US as well as Germany :D)

  51. Here in ENGLAND we have a TV licence when you buy a TV you must give your name and address that is handed over to the TV LICENCE PEOPLE if you don't have a licence and caught using the TV you will be fined. We also have the BRILLIANT N H S and GREAT EMERGENCY SERVICES

  52. The tone of her voice makes me want to put a bullet in my head….i am out

  53. Well that smiling meat is horrifying. It would reduce my 1am snacking. Im not opening the fridge at midnight if my food is going to be smiling back at me.

  54. quiet law does not exist.it was abolished after the end f weimar republic resp. 3rd Reich.

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