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11th Oct '17 3:00:48 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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17th Aug '17 8:10:50 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Parodied and lampshaded in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' by the [[MoeAnthropomorphism character representing the Netherlands]] who's described as a depraved chain-smoker, apparently is somewhat of a {{lolicon}} and uses some kinds of 'shady drugs', whatever they are. Hilariously, a recently translated strip featuring him showed a profile shot of him with his nostrils missing, leading to comments that he may have done some damage to them with his habits...

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* Parodied and lampshaded in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' by the [[MoeAnthropomorphism character representing the Netherlands]] who's described as a depraved chain-smoker, apparently is somewhat of a {{lolicon}} {{lolicon|AndShotacon}} and uses some kinds of 'shady drugs', whatever they are. Hilariously, a recently translated strip featuring him showed a profile shot of him with his nostrils missing, leading to comments that he may have done some damage to them with his habits...
30th Jul '17 10:57:59 AM staticat09
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There is at least a grain of truth in this, since the Netherlands does have fairly lenient soft-drug laws and a thriving sex industry... and the Dutch do eat far more mayonnaise than most countries. However, Amsterdam is hardly more liberal than other major cities in Europe,[[note]]The most liberal drug laws in Europe are actually in UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} and UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic, where most drugs are decriminalized in personal-use quantities[[/note]] and in many aspects more restricted. Holding an open can of beer on the street is officially illegal (although it will rarely if ever get you a fine), smoking a joint outside is frowned on by the locals. The red light district doesn't differ all that much from the ones in, say, Brussels or Hamburg, except the prostitutes in Amsterdam at least look happier. Magic mushrooms have been banned (though the mayor flat-out refuses to order police raids to check and [[ExactWords truffles are not banned]]), and marijuana is actually only decriminalized rather than flat-out legal, meaning you simply won't be fined. And the sex museums, dildo shops and weed shrines? That stuff's just for tourists. The city has no stoner subculture to speak of--you either smoke or you don't, but it doesn't make you part of a social group--and most of the true hippies are stranded Americans looking for some change. Mentioning weed to most people over 50 and/or Christian gets the same reaction as it would in the States. As for the wooden shoes: nobody really wears them anymore. There are some small rural villages (e.g. Spakenburg) where people still occasionally dress in traditional clothing, of which wooden shoes can be a part, but the only other places you'll see the things are kitschy souvenir shops.

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There is at least a grain of truth in this, since the Netherlands does have fairly lenient soft-drug laws and a thriving sex industry... and the Dutch do eat far more mayonnaise than most countries. However, Amsterdam is hardly more liberal than other major cities in Europe,[[note]]The most liberal drug laws in Europe are actually in UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} and UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic, where most drugs are decriminalized in personal-use quantities[[/note]] and in many aspects more restricted. Holding an open can of beer on the street is officially illegal (although it will rarely if ever get you a fine), smoking a joint outside is frowned on by the locals. The red light district doesn't differ all that much from the ones in, say, Brussels or Hamburg, except the prostitutes in Amsterdam at least look happier. Magic mushrooms have been banned (though the mayor flat-out refuses to order police raids to check and [[ExactWords truffles are not banned]]), and marijuana is actually only decriminalized rather than flat-out legal, meaning you simply won't be fined. And the sex museums, dildo shops and weed shrines? That stuff's just for tourists. The city has no stoner subculture to speak of--you either smoke or you don't, but it doesn't make you part of a social group--and most of the true hippies are stranded Americans looking for some change. In fact, the Netherlands has a much lower rate of cannabis use than the United States. Mentioning weed to most people over 50 and/or Christian gets the same reaction as it would in the States.States.


As for the wooden shoes: nobody really wears them anymore. There are some small rural villages (e.g. Spakenburg) where people still occasionally dress in traditional clothing, of which wooden shoes can be a part, but the only other places you'll see the things are kitschy souvenir shops.
2nd Jul '17 12:44:48 PM twilly999
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* Interestingly the 2007 film ''Nightwatching'' plays this trope completely straight despite being set almost 400 years ago during the Dutch Golden Age. Amsterdam is depicted as a WretchedHive infested with murder, corruption and [[spoiler:child ]]prostitution, sadly this was TruthInTelevision during the time period.

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* Interestingly the 2007 film ''Nightwatching'' plays this trope completely straight despite being set almost 400 over 300 years ago during the Dutch Golden Age. Amsterdam is depicted as a WretchedHive infested with murder, corruption and [[spoiler:child ]]prostitution, sadly this was TruthInTelevision during the time period.
2nd Jul '17 12:40:39 PM twilly999
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* Interestingly the 2007 film ''Nightwatching'' plays this trope completely straight despite being set almost 400 years ago during the Dutch Golden Age. Amsterdam is depicted as a WretchedHive infested with murder, corruption and [[spoiler:child ]]prostitution, sadly this was TruthInTelevision during the time period.
19th Jun '17 7:05:54 AM chuck88
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* '''Sex, Drugs & Democracy''' is a documentary film that explores Hollands liberal attitude towards drugs, prostitution, porn, sex education, and homosexuality making the argument that it has not increased crime rates and otherwise negatively effected Dutch society.
10th Jun '17 8:51:46 AM HighCrate
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* One game of ''Greatest Hits'' in ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' started with Drew Carey taking suggestions for "a city where you would go to have a great time". Amsterdam is one of the suggestions called out, and judging from the players' and even the audience's eventual reactions, [[GenreSavvy they all know what kind of time one would have there.]] Sadly they went with Paris. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKqC8verxPM 2:30 here.]]

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* One game of ''Greatest Hits'' in ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' started with Drew Carey taking suggestions for "a city where you would go to have a great time". Amsterdam is one of the suggestions called out, and judging from the players' and even the audience's eventual reactions, [[GenreSavvy they all know what kind of time one would have there.]] there. Sadly they went with Paris. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKqC8verxPM 2:30 here.]]
26th Mar '17 4:31:51 PM StarTropes
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* On ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', [[DaChief Director Vance]] has a {{flashback}} to his first mission to Amsterdam, where he met [[BadassIsraeli Eli David]] enjoying some hashish. He also visited the red light district, though he was less interested in the hookers than he was in the Russian hitman who wanted him dead.
21st Jan '17 8:06:37 AM thatother1dude
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The rest of UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands is just one field of tulips after another with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Rotterdam odd windmill]] here and there; from the way people talk about it, you'd figure the Netherlands and Amsterdam were different countries.

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The rest of UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands is just [[LandOfTulipsAndWindmills one field of tulips after another with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Rotterdam odd windmill]] here and there; from the way people talk about it, you'd figure the Netherlands and Amsterdam were different countries.
14th Nov '16 2:11:57 PM Jake
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROr5uMpBDnk "American in Amsterdam"]] by Music/{{Wheatus}}, which may or may not be BasedOnATrueStory, is pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. It doesn't go very well for the participants.
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