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A little more Berlin, two stories

August 20, 2007 am31 8:13 am

1. There were really cool safe sex ads in Berlin, on the streets and in the subway (U-bahn and S-bahn). The tag line was “gib AIDS keine chance” I think, I think, instead of “eine chance” (Give AIDS no chance, instead of Give AIDS a chance). And the illustrations were, well, vegetables. In condoms. One poster had slightly elongated potatoes. Protected. Here’s two others:

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There goes this blog’s pure G rating (via Mingle quiz). But the ads were really prominent; they looked effective.

(story 2, also brief, below the fold —>)

2. I’m just retyping this one straight from my travel journal. It helps explain why I wrote this other post.

…I walked [my friend] [to a meeting for research] then cut through Heisenheide (Neu Köln park) on the way back. Large, tree-y, with a grand meadow. On the way out, I saw mint, touched it [planning to tear a leaf and smell it], but it turned out to be a stinging plant. Youch. That was 2½ hours ago, and the tips of 2nd and 3rd left fingers still hurt…

It wasn’t a tickle sting, but like very sharp needles. And it wasn’t itchy; it was painful. I barely touched the leaf when my middle finger felt it, and I pulled away. The sharp sting spread down the finger, and a few moments later I noticed it on the next finger. Washing didn’t help. The pain faded after a few hours, but wasn’t completely gone until morning… I should know trees (and plants!) better. I didn’t brush into this one; I reached down to touch it.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. JBL permalink
    August 20, 2007 pm31 11:30 pm 11:30 pm

    Sounds like nettles — not a fun plant at all. (I once sat down in a patch of them and had my whole arm stinging for hours.)

  2. August 21, 2007 pm31 6:15 pm 6:15 pm

    Thought nettles would sting, not hurt. Right, stinging nettles, not hurting nettles? And why did they look like mint?

    I’ve heard of people cooking nettles to make them edible. Am I making this up?

  3. January 2, 2008 am31 6:26 am 6:26 am

    Ein fohes Neues jahr!

  4. January 2, 2008 am31 6:40 am 6:40 am

    Uh oh, I need help. “fohes,” not “frohes”?


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