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European Lawn Games

“I think that among the peoples constituting geographic groups, like the peoples of Europe, there should be some kind of federal bond. It should be possible for them to get into touch at any time, to confer about their interests… That is the link I want to forge” Aristide Briand, 1929 It’s summer time and you want to go out and enjoy your afternoon playing exotic games in a parc? Or it’s a sunny Saturday and you wanna meet your friends and play lawn games like Europeans? This article is just for you! Join Europe’s huge playground where you’ll be able to

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European Willies

“European offices are naked all the time” Michael from TV series The Office The ‘old boy‘, the ‘longfellow‘, the ‘bratwurst‘, the ‘pink oboe‘, the ‘trouser snake‘, the ‘love whistle‘… Europeans do not lack creativity when it comes to referring to their manhood. Part of the everyday language, these words are – so to speak  – on everyone’s lips. For many Europeans, though, a simple expression is not enough to thank their partner in glory – they want to reward their essential accessory to all kinds of exploits, this source of pride (and occasionally prejudice), by granting it a personality of

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European Creatures

“We cannot aim at anything less than the Union of Europe as a whole, and we look forward with confidence to the day when that Union will be achieved.” Winston Churchill EuropeIsNotDead already published an article on European monsters, and it seems that you rather enjoyed it. It’s true, we sometimes have a passion for bad boys and vile creatures. It may have something to do with our inner gothic selves… But what about nice and harmless creatures? The ones we would love to host in our houses or set off for an adventure with? The ones we tend to disregard because they

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European Drama Movies

“That grand drama in a hundred acts, which is reserved for the next two centuries of Europe—the most terrible, most questionable and perhaps also the most hopeful of all dramas”. Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche was right when he said that the grand Drama was European. He certainly didn’t designate cinema at that time, but let us use his statement for this topic. Europe is indeed full of great movie directors, some of them having a great success internationally. Once the national frontiers crossed, Europeans find in their neighbors cinema a huge variety of drama movies, always depicting the society as it

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European Simon Says

“We cannot, either in our homes or in our schools, give a good education to our children without teaching them the United States of Europe” Charles Lemonnier, 1872 Let’s be honest, we all remember this game from our childhood memories… This was before video games and long before smart phones and social media. Don’t pretend you forgot “Simon says…”: this game sweetened your Wednesday or Saturday afternoons when you didn’t know what to do with your friends. You remember: one player took the role of “Simon” and issued instructions to the other players, which had only to be followed if

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European New Year Traditions

“I am a free man. I feel at home everywhere in Europe” Gerard Depardieu New Year’s Eve is approaching, and you are wondering how you could best celebrate it? This article is for you! All you need is Turkish red underwear, Danish old plates, Polish horse-drawn sleighs or Moldovan bear costumes. You don’t have any of these? Never mind, you can still opt for the Macedonian mud costume or the Dutch birthday suits! But please, be assured that you’ll be expected to first-foot in Scotland, yodel in Switzerland and climb trees in Slovenia. Unless you feel particularly introverted and you’d prefer

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European Tooth fairies

“There has been a great list of players who cut their teeth in Europe.” Peter Uihle There are all across Europe small creatures active in the weird business of collecting teeth. Thesemysterious creatures work under cover and usually strikeat night, when everyone is already asleep. Their existence is a secret for most, even if their reputation worth just as much any other famous Christmas character, popular monsters or well-known superheroes. Some think these creatures are fairies, others argue they are mice, some support they are crows and few even say they are leprechauns. But all of them can remember the times when they were little and when their milk teeth started to fall

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European Nationality-Related Idioms

“In our modern time, it is necessary to have the European spirit” Madame de Staël  Yes, we all know: “every road goes to Rome” and “it was not built in a day”. These proverbs can be heard all throughout Europe… But Europeans also have specific sayings and idioms related to other European nationalities and they are extremely funny. If French people propose you “to go make yourself see at the home of the Greeks“, they are not inviting you for a nice trip to Greece…  When Spaniards “pretend to be Swedish“, they just pretend to be ignorant… When Romanians “steal the German’s pipe“, they are

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European Anthems

“Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity” Robert Schuman National anthems rose to prominence in Europe during the 19th century, but some originated much earlier. For better or for worse, national anthems accompanied European countries during the most enligthened moments of their history, as well as the most nationalistic periods of the European history. But national Anthems are full of surprises and learnings. Did you know for example that the oldest national anthem in the world is the Wilhelmus, the Dutch anthem, written

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European Placeholders

“Europe, this morning, I am thinking of you like a child who awakens.” Charles Plisnier Sometimes you just can’t cotton-pickin’ remember what something’s called. Sometimes it’s a lot of times. And sometimes you just don’t know the proper name of an object. What do you do in these moments? You use a placeholder of course! Europeans are particularly inventive in this respect and have plenty of amazing and sometimes suprising words. Would you guess who says “Oojamaflip” and “Thingamabob“? Which country replaces unknown names by “Duppeditt” and “Snurrepipperi“? Who the hell invented “Riistapuu“? Or what’s wrong with “Hogyhívják“? EuropeIsNotDead already

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