In any decent pub in a German town, especially when students are among the customers, you will find a wall next to the entrance or the counter with numerous free postcards on it, advertising parties (both political and, hm, wild), radio stations, pizza services, web sites, concerts, theatre plays, razors, bands, other pubs, whatever you like and whatever can be advertised with a witty picture or slogan. Or with a less witty picture or slogan. They are testimony to German society trying to catch its own attention.
The cool ones have been collected by my flat mates Janine and Maximilian. They put them up in the kitchen, the corridor, and the bathroom. With their permission I will present them to you, one each week.
The first one I picked because Maximilian said it would be “everyone’s favourite”. So here comes creepy no. 1:
The heading in gothic letters says: “Hunger for Solidarity”
A not-too-pretty naked guy on an armchair. With socks. Does it really take that much to gain the media-flooded Germans’ attention? At least it is effective. Sitting on the loo, your gaze will inevitably find this card and stick to it. You wandering “Why?”
The websites advertised on it are presenting an organisation helping to coordinate national and international projects with humanitarian goals, coordinating manpower = needing people showing solidarity (as I understood it on the superficial brief look).
As to the “Why?”:I suspect this card wants to be a joke: this guy is obviously in need of solidarity. I’m sure he feels lonely and weird. That would of course mean that the catch doesn’t have much to do with the message of the organisation. Better ideas anyone?
PS: I promise postcards presented in future will be more pretty.