How to Explore Your Cultural Heritage

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Reader Comments (52)

No. Definitely not. There are no other parallels that could be drawn, nor inferences which could be made.



April 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGermany


April 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Ever tried a Haxen?

April 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLukkai

I particularly like the word mettwurst. Meat sausage. It really says everything it needs to right on the name.

April 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWetcoaster

Brilliant job on the book, Scott. Fantastic piece of writing.

April 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJosh Wondra

So knackwurst is basically a word that describes the German population?

April 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Czech food is basically German food with more caraway seed.

April 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSnails

My high school german teacher was particular insulted when he thought I called him a 'cheese kransky'.

Be careful how you enunciate you meat-product related insults.

Scott, awesome work withe the novel. You have to get the Audiobook version out ASAP. Wil Weaton does great voice work, that is if Shatner is unavailable...

April 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAussiePhantom

huh huh huh, he said "homogenous"

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLockeZ

Where are you from Wetcoaster?

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRB

Hey baby, wanna see my Feldkieker?

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMe

As a German American I can concur that sauerkraut is a horrible way to introduce you to the food. We also eat cabbage fresh from the garden. We also pickle red cabbage, and serve it as a side dish.

Oktoberfest is basically our holiday to try to get people to give us other stereotypes.

"Look, Heinz is drinking too much, We Germans are such drunks. Oh and look, the fraulines are wearing skimpy clothing, we must all be whores. Please stop mentioning the war. Oh look, an angry German, we have such douchebags, we even named our dukes douches."

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlfred

I find this to be brilliant. Also I have to go call someone a knackwurst.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacheMan

The full saying is "Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise." I wonder how it came about that it was shortened, which gives it quite a different meaning. Here's the entire poem:

To each his sufferings: all are men,
Condemned alike to groan;
The tender for another's pain,
The unfeeling for his own.
Yet ah! why should they know their fate?
Since sorrow never comes too late,
And happiness too swiftly flies.
Thought would destroy their paradise.
No more; where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Gray

If I ever open a gay bar, I shall call it "The German Buffet."

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Walters

Incidentally, it is a royal pain in the ass to get your novel in Germany. Curiously I can purchase about anything at or and get it shipped to Germany, but not e-books. Yeah, modern technology...

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu el Mot

Panels three and four had me struggling not to laugh out loud in the office, really funny.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

One day you'll have to do a panel or whole comic about Hasenpfeffer - good old rabbit stew

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKevin A Kunreuther

Thanks for the Czech food warning, Snails.

The Germans seem to think that everything can be improved by adding a pig to it.

I, personally, thank that everything could be improved by adding a velociraptor.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Scott, halfway through the book and enjoying it immensely. Reading it using Kindle for C64!

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertroy

Apparently, there are different types of "Knack" sausages I have never heard of, so I just looked it up:


The third image shows a sausage as described in the comic, but it is says that this type is Austrian. The first image shows what I have known under the name "Knacker", or "Berliner Knackwurst". So it seems that Knackwurst is a very regional thing (here is a Knackwurst from Bavaria: [[Regensburger Würstchen]])

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterderari

That's "aN euphemism" in panel one.

/me runs away giggling.

Right up there with "an collectible," am I right? ~Missy

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhenry

Now, now. There are also potatoes. Boy, oh boy, are there ever potatoes. If they complained more, they'd almost be the Irish.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Reminds me of when my German class went to the Essenhaus in Madison. We had a lot of fun making jokes about the sausage and male waitstaff in leather shorts.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSir Baggs


April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR. Dan

@Wetcoaster: No, that would be "Fleischwurst", which also exists. "Mett" is raw minced pork.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBesserwisser

Henry: it is correct as written. A/an us determined by sound, not letter.

An hour, a US Senator, etc.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Loved the book! Already bought two more Kindle copies for my friends.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStorvik

Henry, it is a euphemism. The first letter is a vowel, but the first sound is a long U which starts off with the consonant of a y.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt S

Henry: That's "aN euphemism" in panel one.

No, it's "a euphemism." The controlling factor is the pronunciation, and "euphemism" begins with a consonant "y" sound.

You knackwurst, you. :)

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeanF

Bought the book immediately, but then spent 15 minutes removing the DRM. I love to buy books and support authors, but want to read it on my device (a Kobo).

Just my two cents.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary

To be honest, lederhosen are a typical bavarian folk-outfit. As a someone from northern germany i am always a little grumpy to have this strange clothing connected to the me and the rest of our country. ;)

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaSch

Ach, ist mir doch alles Wurs(ch)t!*

* Literally "Pah, everything is sausage for me!", meaning "Pah, I don't care at all!"

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBird of Prey

Another German saying:
"In der allerhöchsten Not, schmeckt die Wurst auch ohne Brot!"
("In highest possible distress, the sausage tastes even good without bread!")

Now that I think about this, we Germans do indeed have quite a number of sayings and figures of speech involving sausages... (And even more about pigs!)

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBird of Prey

Ah, there's a restaurant in town that serves a large hot dog called a "Monster German Weiner."

The staff there (friendly folks) have heard or told most every pun imaginable...

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Incidentally, it is a royal pain in the a** to get your novel in Germany. Curiously I can purchase about anything at or and get it shipped to Germany, but not e-books. Yeah, modern technology...

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu el Mot

Funny how it seems to me that Scott is always grateful and humble for his (much-much-much)much-deserved success, yet 'brilliance is never an accident' could not be a better way to describe his work, and I couldn't think of a better person to coin such an appropriate phrase.

Ok, now to beg Amazon Canada for a homogenous, flat-pounded tree in the shape of a book for a release date...

CreateSpace, a branch of Amazon, says they ship internationally. ~Missy

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarl

I have never tried sauerkraut. My father's first job in high school (outside of the farm) was working in a sauerkraut factory. His advice: Never eat anything that can eat a stainless-steel shovel.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

Scott, triple congratulations, on your book, on this strip for its own humor, and on the strip's ability to inspire some of the funniest comments I have ever seen on your site!

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOlde Edo

Don't know where snails opinion about Czech cuisine comes from. Yes, there is some usage of caraway seed in it (though less than in Swiss cuisine for example). But other than that, the statement is just plain wrong. At least for the parts of Bohemia I've got relatives in/from (I'm half Swiss half Czech living in Switzerland myself).

And while we're at annoying and wrong clichés: Cuckoo clocks are NOT from Switzerland! As in not at all. They're from certain parts of southern Germany.

April 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLukkai
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