History Main / GermanicEfficiency

10th Mar '17 9:31:00 AM CosmicFerret
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* The German [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football team]]. They've only missed qualifying for UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup twice, and that was because they couldn't enter (the Depression meant they couldn't afford to send a team to the 1930 World Cup, while the lack of a national federation and ongoing partition meant they weren't eligible for the 1950 World Cup). Of the eighteen times they have qualified, they've reached the last eight or better seventeen times[[note]] The lone exception came in 1938, when Switzerland eliminated them in the first round of a straight knockout tournament.[[/note]], the last four or better thirteen times, and the final eight times, all tournament records. Their four titles are second only to Brazil's five (while tying [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter the only team the Germans regularly lose to]], Italy). They've also qualified for ten UEFA {{European Championship}}s (every one since 1972), reaching the semi-finals eight times and the final six times, winning three of them - again, all tournament records (the last shared with Spain).

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* The German [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football team]]. They've only missed qualifying for UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup twice, and that was because they couldn't enter (the Depression meant they couldn't afford to send a team to the 1930 World Cup, while the lack of a national federation and ongoing partition meant they weren't eligible for the 1950 World Cup). Of the eighteen times they have qualified, they've reached the last eight or better seventeen times[[note]] The lone exception came in 1938, when Switzerland eliminated them in the first round of a straight knockout tournament.[[/note]], the last four or better thirteen times, and the final eight times, all tournament records. Their four titles are second only to Brazil's five (while tying [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter the only team the Germans regularly lose to]], Italy). They've also qualified for ten UEFA {{European UsefulNotes/{{European Championship}}s (every one since 1972), reaching the semi-finals eight times and the final six times, winning three of them - again, all tournament records (the last shared with Spain).
15th Feb '17 8:08:44 PM jamespolk
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* In ''No Man's Land'', which deals with the civil war in ex-Yugoslavia, a UN officer tells another "We're being sent a German bomb disposal expert. Ours are busy. He should arrive at 1530. It is 1530." [German guy arrives] "''Pünktlichkeit''."

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* In ''No Man's Land'', ''Film/NoMansLand'', which deals with the civil war in ex-Yugoslavia, a UN officer tells another "We're being sent a German bomb disposal expert. Ours are busy. He should arrive at 1530. It is 1530." [German guy arrives] "''Pünktlichkeit''."
27th Jan '17 1:44:43 AM morane
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* The paper sizes commonly used in Europe, or more or less anywhere outside North America, first caught on as the German DIN 476 standard for paper sizes. The basic [[http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-paper.html sheet size]] has a side ratio of 1:sqrt(2), the only ratio where halving the paper yields two halves with the same ratio again. The A0 sheet has area of one square meter, 841 by 1189 millimetres. A1 is that sheet halved, A2 is A0 quartered, etc. A4, the most common European paper sheet, thus has an area of 1/16th (1/2^4) of the area of A0. The B series for printing books are the geometric mean between consecutive A series sheet sizes. And, finally, C series are the geometric mean between A and B sized of the same number, used for envelopes. Envelope size C4 is designed to contain an A4 sheet.

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* The paper sizes commonly used in Europe, or more or less anywhere outside North America, first caught on as the German DIN 476 standard for paper sizes. The basic [[http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mgk25/iso-paper.html sheet size]] has a side ratio of 1:sqrt(2), the only ratio where halving the paper yields two halves with the same ratio again. In mathematics, this setting is called the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_ratio silver ratio]]. The A0 sheet has area of one square meter, 841 by 1189 millimetres. A1 is that sheet halved, A2 is A0 quartered, etc. A4, the most common European paper sheet, thus has an area of 1/16th (1/2^4) of the area of A0. The B series for printing books are the geometric mean between consecutive A series sheet sizes. And, finally, C series are the geometric mean between A and B sized of the same number, used for envelopes. Envelope size C4 envelope is designed to contain an A4 sheet.
27th Jan '17 1:36:50 AM morane
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** Subverted by Nico Rosberg, who is a German national, but ethnic Finn. Not that Finns themselwes weren't any less awesome...

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** Subverted by Nico Rosberg, who is a German national, but ethnic Finn. Not that Finns themselwes themselves weren't any less awesome...
27th Jan '17 1:36:06 AM morane
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** Subverted by Nico Rosberg, who is a German national, but ethnic Finn. Not that Finns themselwes weren't any less awesome...
24th Jan '17 7:05:49 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* ''Literature/Victoria'' features a highly dystopian post-apocalyptic future, with various [[DividedStatesOfAmerica American successor states]] (nearly all of them nasty) fighting over what remains of the country. Next to the protagonist nation, Victoria itself, the most efficient and potentially dangerous of them is the openly and blatantly [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi-wannabe]] state in the Midwest, manned by people of German and Scandinavian descent and run by a fanatic named [[FamousNamedForeigner von Braun]].

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* ''Literature/Victoria'' ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' features a highly dystopian post-apocalyptic future, with various [[DividedStatesOfAmerica American successor states]] (nearly all of them nasty) fighting over what remains of the country. Next to the protagonist nation, Victoria itself, the most efficient and potentially dangerous of them is the openly and blatantly [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi-wannabe]] state in the Midwest, manned by people of German and Scandinavian descent and run by a fanatic named [[FamousNamedForeigner von Braun]].
24th Jan '17 7:04:33 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* ''Literature/Victoria'' features a highly dystopian post-apocalyptic future, with various [[DividedStatesOfAmerica American successor states]] (nearly all of them nasty) fighting over what remains of the country. Next to the protagonist nation, Victoria itself, the most efficient and potentially dangerous of them is the openly and blatantly [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazi-wannabe]] state in the Midwest, manned by people of German and Scandinavian descent and run by a fanatic named [[FamousNamedForeigner von Braun]].
9th Jan '17 1:36:17 AM DeepRed
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** It's important to note that German football, stereotypically, is usually contrasted to Latino football: no pretty tricks of star players, only mechanical precision and relentlessness. One reason for the success is an overhaul of the youth system in the early 2000s.[[note]]this was a response to disastrous showings at the decades's first European Championships: in 2000, Germany scored only a single goal and failed to advance past the second round ''as defending champions''; and in 2004, the team who had been World Cup runner-up two years prior fell in the group stage with no victories, including a 0-0 tie with ''Latvia''; to show how investing in young players paid off, 2008 had the Germans going to the final, which they lost to Spain[[/note]]

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** It's important to note that German football, stereotypically, is usually contrasted to Latino football: [[TechnicianVersusPerformer no pretty tricks of star players, only mechanical precision and relentlessness.relentlessness]]. One reason for the success is an overhaul of the youth system in the early 2000s.[[note]]this was a response to disastrous showings at the decades's first European Championships: in 2000, Germany scored only a single goal and failed to advance past the second round ''as defending champions''; and in 2004, the team who had been World Cup runner-up two years prior fell in the group stage with no victories, including a 0-0 tie with ''Latvia''; to show how investing in young players paid off, 2008 had the Germans going to the final, which they lost to Spain[[/note]]
9th Jan '17 1:34:32 AM DeepRed
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* Dirk Nowitzki became a very curious case in the NBA in regards to this. His style of basketball is very different from the standard seen in America - he never showboats, he does not risk fouls, he does not make flashy moves - but he can score practically ''anywhere'' within range of the basket. And draw a foul in the process. He also rarely misses free throws.

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* Dirk Nowitzki became a very curious case in the NBA in regards to this. His style of basketball is [[TechnicianVersusPerformer very different from the standard seen in America America]] - he never showboats, he does not risk fouls, he does not make flashy moves - but he can score practically ''anywhere'' within range of the basket. And draw a foul in the process. He also rarely misses free throws.
9th Jan '17 1:21:39 AM DeepRed
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*** The [=MP5=] submachine gun.

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*** The [=MP5=] submachine gun.gun, which is popular among American {{SWAT Team}}s.
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