Where does Stephanie find these things?  I'm four days late but have to share this anyway.  If their country is no longer quite as pristine as when I visited 40 years ago, it's not the fault of these intrepid and dedicated Swiss!

Or, if you wish, in Russian, Dutch, or Italian.  Enjoy!
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Listening more closely, the one I thought was Swiss German and the one I have as high German are the same—except that the latter has subtitles—despite being separate videos with different tags. I'm guessing they're both high German with some Swiss German in the background.

Posted by SursumCorda on Sunday, April 05, 2009 at 5:50 pm

You are correct, though it can be pointed out that the high German is spoken with a prominent, but understandable Swiss accent. It's great to know the Swiss enjoy this kind of humor!

Posted by Janet on Monday, April 06, 2009 at 2:27 am

The "news" was also spread via newspapers, and apparently 28'000 people registered to take the aptitude test. I first thought that proved that not only were we capable of funny pranks, but also that the portrait in the spoof film was closer to reality than one would like. However, signing up for the aptitude test also means entering a drawing for a vacation in Switzerland, so I can see why someone might enter...

Here is a report on the April fools joke, along with three upcoming posters that are also quite funny, and here is the competition - albeit in German.

Posted by Stephan on Tuesday, April 07, 2009 at 1:06 am

I did enjoy testing my multiple choice test taking skills; back in high school I threatened to take the ETS Achievement Test in a subject I knew absolutely nothing about, just to prove what a skilled test-taker could do. I got the first three questions right, but it took me two more tries to get all questions correct. At least I've increased my German vocabulary: I now know what ein Putzbesen is. Not hard if you remember that "besom" is an old word in English for broom.

Los gehts I recognized from HIPPO.

Posted by SursumCorda on Tuesday, April 07, 2009 at 7:00 am

We (Jonathan) took the test, and got the "false" answer to "would you climb this really high cliff". It was humorous that they gave a "false" response, since the answer was "true" in what he would do.

I liked the email they sent in response to the test, saying, "thanks for applying and enjoying our joke, of course, we don't really need mountain cleaners..." I wonder how many emails and resumes they got wondering how to sign up.

Posted by Jon Daley on Wednesday, April 08, 2009 at 10:24 am
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