On Satire Bits: Vol. 26

It was one of those head-shaking nights on the golf course. Oh well … it happens. Meanwhile, let’s move on to a mid-week dose of satire.

The debt European debt crisis is not new news by any means, however, leave it to The Onion to discover some of the measures individual countries are taking. Any favorites?

Austria: $5 surcharge every time anyone in the world watches The Sound of Music

Italy: Suspending all sewage and trash pickup services, effective 1993

Greece: Government to lay off thousands of government-employed anti-government protesters

The Netherlands: Releasing part two of Anne Frank’s diary

Finland: Increasing one of those European-sounding taxes, like the GATT, or the VAT, or the SCRAT, or whatever

Andorra: Tourism board charged with really getting the word out there about Andorra.

Poland: World War II–related tours now cost the usual price plus whatever is in one’s pockets and also that watch

Portugal: Quietly breaking away from Spain in the middle of the night and floating across the Atlantic in search of a better life

Germany: Subtly reminding the rest of Europe what happened last time they faced hyperinflation

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36 thoughts on “On Satire Bits: Vol. 26

  1. I’d like to add one, a surcharge every time the French close the borders with a strike.

    While we lived on the Swiss/French border there were strikes for (and I am NOT MAKING THIS UP) (1) Christmas bonuses for the unemployed; and (2) vacation pay for the unemployed.

    Great non-work if you can get it.

  2. I have just heard that Mario Monte is trying to get provinces in Italy to amalgamate……This will be very interesting. He is trying to get Pisa and Lucca to work together…..mortal enemies. There is a saying in Lucca – “Better a death in the family than a Pisano at the door.” and I am sure Pisa would have something similar. This could be interesting. I can’t wait to get back to Italy in Setpember to watch the fireworks.

  3. I think all the Onions have something going for them, but “Germany: Subtly reminding the rest of Europe what happened last time they faced hyperinflation” is my winner because it’s funny and because it just might happen. Sooner or later they have to get fed up bankrupting themselves with continual bailouts to other bankrupt and badly managed states??
    PS: I’m no expert, but if you could keep your head a bit steadier I think your golf might improve ;)

  4. You can’t win ‘em all, Frank. Better luck next time. I wonder when South Africa will make the Onion list. There’s plenty for them to have a go at here, but I guess Africa doesn’t even feature. :D

  5. I think Portugal might be closer to doing so than you realise. And the Onion missed one key additional tax – visiting politicians’ gaffe, 5 euros a whack. (Heck, Mitt might actually bail Italy out single-handed! ;) ) And what about poor little Luxemburg? Maybe adding a charge for every map sold, to include a pin with a flag stuck into the map to mark their place? I never COULD find them on a globe, as a kid. :D

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