Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Hunger Games in Switzerland #2

I must kill 24 people in a Swiss reality TV show, or they will cut off my supply of pizza, beer, and wine. My name is Andrew Girardin. This is my story.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 09, 2012

The Hunger Games in Switzerland

For your entertainment and delight...
My awesome new comic - The Hunger Games in Switzerland!

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Friday, April 06, 2012

Nice Things About Switzerland #2: Political Posters

I already blogged about the SVP and their mad racist posters. They're the ones with black sheep kicking white sheep out of the country and minarets that look like missiles.

But there's more to Swiss politics than xenophobia. There's also something approaching real democracy. This results in frequent referendums on issues ranging from 'Can Nestlé use the Alps as advertising hoardings?' and 'Should we dump 24 foreigners a year into a forest and make them kill each other?' to 'Should Swiss children be taught to stand in front of escalators and train doors so you have to shove them out of the way if you want to get anywhere?' (Results: no, yes, and yes, respectively.)

I know it's referendum time when I walk through the local train station and see a new batch of posters with the word JA or NEIN on it. It's fun to try to guess what the referendum is about.

Which leads me to this:

Sexy hookers leaning into my car? Ja, baby! JA!

Almost as strange is the real meaning of the poster. They wanted people to vote for something called a 'sex box' where prostitutes would have a kind of shelter to ply their trade in by night. The shelter would retract into the ground by day. A complicated issue, but fun to talk about when you get to say 'sex box' five times a minute.

More Nice Things About Switzerland here