De Speld (The Pin) is a Dutch news satire website. The website publishes satirical articles and videos parodying the style and content of regular news outlets. De Speld was founded in 2007 by Jochem van den Berg and Melle van den Berg (no relation). Since its inception, the website's office has been in Amsterdam. In 2014 and 2015 De Speld was the 'most viral website' of The Netherlands.
De Speld has published a small number of its articles translated into English.
Great satire, not reality of course. Actually the actor attached his rope to a public toilet near the chanal in Amsterdam. The Dark green metal thing next to the chanal. Amsterdam can be crowded and therefor if you are there like in other large cities plan your toilet visits.
Pieter, very funny. In Poland people are very serious right now. The covid cases are increasing, but there are also street protests because of the new law depraving women of abortion in case of the fetus being heavily defected. I wish the situation in Poland was less difficult, but it feels that everybody is really affected by inability of people to communicate and the government forcing people their laws.
This was pre Covid 19 humor Jaga. In very difficult times people have Gallows humor like this Dutch Jewish Joke.
The Dutch Jew Moos in Amsterdam is reading the antisemitic SS newspaper Storm on a street bench which is prohibited for jews. An angry Dutch Nazi approached him. Why are you reading our newspaper you stupid Jew.
Moos replies; When I read this newspaper I read that the jews control the world, are very rich, powerful, jews occupy many places and thus they are very influential. I become happy reading this SS newspaper. When I read the newspaper of the Jewish council I read that we are prohibited to go to public parks, that we have to give up our radio’s to the Nazi authorities, that we are prohibited to cycle, prohibited to go to restaurants, libraries, theatres, cinemas and public places. I know and see that we are poor. That is why I like reading Storm. This is Holocaust gallows sense of humor folks.
Source: Rabbi speaking for Christians for Israel about the differences between bible reading by christians and jews. He starts with the Joke:
It reminds me a little bit of my Polish uncles brilliant ironical sense of humor about the communist authorities, ordinairy Poles and the terrible conditions they lived under. Also Gallows sense of humor.
Their communal supply of food and ammunition exhausted, an international group of hunters are fleeing through the forest with a pack of wolves on their trail. The wolves are gaining on them, and someone has to be sacrificed. The hunters draw straws. The Englishman loses. Stiff upper lip and all, he remains behind. But the wolves, unappeased by scrawny British meat, are soon In hot pursuit again. Now the Frenchman is sacrificed, but such gourmet fare only whets the wolves’ appetites. The German goes next. but even this heavy eating fails to sate the voracious wolves. Now only the Hungarian and the Pole arc left. The Hungarian starts to make a little speech to the effect that one of them must go through the revolving door of life, but the Pole interrupts him with a self‐assured “Not to worry!” and opens up one side of his overcoat to reveal a machine gun, with which he annihilates the wolves.
“But‐but‐but,” the relieved Hungarian sputters, “why didn't you produce it earlier?”
The Pole opens the other flap of his overcoat and takes out a bottle of vodka. “Five men on one bottle.” he explains. “Too many.”
'Real Polish jokes'' are far from the ethnic insult humor that circulates in America, says Timothy Wiles, director of the Polish Studies Center in Bloomington, Ind. ''Poles sometimes tell similar jokes, but they substitute Russians, Communists or the police for the ridiculed Pole in the American versions.''
Most Poles tell jokes that stem from ''keen observations of the absurd elements in even the most tragic circumstances,'' says Cezary Mendelius, a recent Polish immigrant.
''Polish jokes border more on mockery or black humor,'' he explains, because Poles funnel into their jokes their frustration with a repressive society.
Wiles agrees, saying Poles use jokes to shield their nationalism. ''They may not be able to strike back physically,'' he notes, ''but they can certainly defeat their enemy with their wit.''
Poles also realize that humor acts as a ''safety valve, an outlet'' against dire depression and total submission, says the Indiana scholar.
''After nearly each crisis in the eighties, Poles worrief that the consequences may be too tragic to ever joke about,'' Wiles says. ''So far, nothing has stopped them from laughing at themselves and their situations.''
-- An elderly lady breaks her hip on an icy street. A Communist official wants to take her to a party hospital, but she is not a party member. He tempts her to join so she can have ''the best of everything--not only medical care, but a comfortable apartment, plenty to eat. . .'' The stubborn Polish lady cuts him off: ''Please Comrade--I fell on my butt, not on my head.''