RAT AND LOBSTER
Maine's state symbol is without a doubt the lobster. In Berlin, it's the bear, and you see evidence of it throughout the city. There are bear statutes everywhere. However, I would argue that Berlin's real symbol is the rat. It is estimated that Berlin has five rats for every person in the city. With a population of 3.4 million, that means there are approximately 17 million rats living among us. How many wild bears does Berlin have? None, I imagine.
But why the rat? Every city has its share of these cute furry creatures. Why should Berlin have the prestige of being known as rat city? The simple answer: they are both so similar. The rat like Berlin has a history of being viewed as dirty and even evil. Both have survived wars and plagues; yet, they are resourceful and nothing keeps them down. They survive and even thrive.
DRUGSA couple of weeks ago, I needed some Aleve (Naproxen Sodium). I recently had knee surgery and the doctor recommended Aleve as an anti-inflammatory drug to help reduce swelling. In the USA, Aleve is an over-the-counter drug that is easily obtained. That is not the case in Europe.
In the UK and in Germany, a doctor's prescription is needed to get the drug. In Norway, it's a bit easier to get, but there is a catch. Aleve is only approved for sale, as a non-prescription drug, if it's used for the relief of menstrual cramps. In other words, the pharmacist will sell the drug but only for its approved use. Well, long story short. I bought the Aleve, and I feel great.
Last, but not least. There's this urban myth that claims President Kennedy's famous statement: "Ich bin ein Berliner" means "I am a jelly doughnut," and not "I am a Berliner." I asked a few natives what the statement really means. Well, the answer is not that simple. To a native Berliner, President Kennedy's statement did mean "I am a jelly doughnut," but only to people familiar with Berlin slang. A "Berliner" is known in Berlin as a jelly doughnut or jelly roll, but only in Berlin. In other parts of Germany, the statement means a person from Berlin. I hope this settles this burning question.