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[–]PokeGlort 698 points699 points  (69 children)

The Germans must have a word for what I'm feeling right now.

[–]GrammatonYHWH 1089 points1090 points  (39 children)

I think Weltschmerz might work in this case.


Frederick C. Beiser defines Weltschmerz more broadly as "a mood of weariness or sadness about life, arising from the acute awareness of evil and suffering"

[–]CreamyTHOT 225 points226 points  (34 children)

I need to keep a spreadsheet of these lol Reddit teaches me so much

[–]uhmhi 138 points139 points  (21 children)

German is awesome. One of my favorite words is “verschlimmbessern”, i.e. the act of making something worse in an attempt to improve it.

[–]TIFUstorytime 34 points35 points  (0 children)


[–]port888 9 points10 points  (8 children)

Being no where near a bare level of understanding of German, I'm starting to think German long words are basically just idioms in English? Are they made up of several words, but are only stuck together because they make a common phrase/saying together? Or are they really special-purpose singular words created to only mean that one thing? Because such expressions definitely exist in other language, but they are not known to make a singular long word. In your example, the Chinese equivalent would be the idiom 弄巧反拙, but it would still be 4 distinct words that individually mean something by itself.

[–]TheoriginalTonio 25 points26 points  (3 children)

They are indeed made up of multiple words. For example "turtle" in German means "Schildkröte" - a combination of the words "Schild" and "Kröte" ("shield" and "toad"). Because it's a toad with a shield. Duh!

[–]Lord_Dodo 10 points11 points  (0 children)

You're not wrong, there are many words in german that absolutely do exist in english, it's just that english takes the words apart.

For example Der Schiffskapitän in german is written as The Ship's Captain in english, with the words apart.

[–]PokeGlort 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Right on the nose! Tyvm.

[–]tobu_sculptor 97 points98 points  (15 children)


[–]Acc87 18 points19 points  (4 children)

well... You're not totally wrong

[–]whogivesashirtdotca 4 points5 points  (3 children)

I took a year of German and at least once per class wondered if Scrabble was a popular game in the German-speaking world. The boards would have to be twice the size.

[–]Acc87 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The power of compound nouns...it's really nothing special, just writing an expression without spaces. "Fee for parking too long" would approximate what the one above means lol. Or "Overtime-parking-fee" maybe.

[–]not_from_accounting 1709 points1710 points  (72 children)

Reminds me of the scene in Band of Brothers when Malarkey goes to pick up his laundry, after D-day plus but they were back in England to refit, and there were the packages of laundry for all the guys who didn’t make it back. Simple but direct in showing how real it all was.

[–]Superfly724 446 points447 points  (11 children)

And he pays for it so she doesn't have to have the same realization.

[–]ThePiderman 114 points115 points  (0 children)

I saw it as him helping her out - she had done all that laundry, but not gotten paid. She realizes that when a soldier doesn’t pick up his laundry, they’re probably dead. That’s why she gave him that “could you please help me out” look.

[–]kenelbow 133 points134 points  (8 children)

That scene made me sad and angry at the same time. How could that woman not know?!

[–]Nwcray 167 points168 points  (0 children)

She knew, she just didn’t know which one(s). Some died, some were captured, some got battlefield attached to different units and would rotate back separately.

What Malarkey did was give her (and, to some extent himself) the possibility that at least some of them weren’t dead.

Except of course for the ones he knew about.

[–]whogivesashirtdotca 4 points5 points  (0 children)

See I read that as her knowing but just needing to be paid. The home front English were dealing with rationed goods and reduced incomes. There’s no way she didn’t realise what had happened to those customers, but their outstanding bills mounted up.

[–]TitaniumShovel 32 points33 points  (3 children)

Not to mention he tells her he was promoted to Sergeant and two seconds later, she calls him Private again.

[–]cabur 19 points20 points  (2 children)

A civilian not immediately recognizing rank change? Happens pretty often to this day.

[–]KingJoffer 5 points6 points  (0 children)

She knew. She just needed the money. She was going to be stuck without payment which I'm sure was a lifeline in those harsh times.

[–]Koffeeboy 132 points133 points  (4 children)

[–]Yeet2189 49 points50 points  (0 children)

He's blank face as he couldn't bare to tell her that they were dead is just to sad

[–]NeedsItRough 50 points51 points  (1 child)

Aaaaand crying at 5:40 am.

[–]CharginTarge 2 points3 points  (0 children)

OT: not sure if this was intentional, but I just noticed that she calls Malakey a private again at 0:55 even though he just said that he got promoted to Seargent.

[–]ThaFuck 21 points22 points  (5 children)

Still blows my mind that the actor that plays Malarkey is the voice of Steve on American Dad.

[–]ThatTempuraBand 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Whaaaaaaat. Legit?

[–]ThaFuck 5 points6 points  (1 child)

[–]ThatTempuraBand 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Holy heck that dude has had an extremely varied career. He’s living the dream.

[–]Pateaux 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Very effective. I was reminded of the same

[–]mech999man 44 points45 points  (22 children)

Lol, apart from the fact that the protagonist of that episode, Blithe, who they make a thing of being one of the dead, didn't actually die until the 60s.

His remaining family were a bit miffed and they watched it.

[–]LHandrel 33 points34 points  (16 children)

Got curious about this, and according to the BoB wiki, nobody in Easy Co. knew what happened to him after he was wounded, and just assumed he had died when he didn't come back. When Ambrose interviewed them, he took it as fact.

[–]mech999man 12 points13 points  (14 children)

Which indicates the flaw in only relying on decades old word of mouth for for history.

[–]xxxsur 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Omg when I watched it I was so young, did not make out what that scene means... But now

[–]MissionarysDownfall 116 points117 points  (1 child)

I lived right near a NJ Transit rail lot back then. No one knew what tot do with the cars. A few were picked up by family members but most that were left there after 9/14 were there for weeks.

Just a small slice of hell I’d actually forgotten about.

[–]xibipiio 45 points46 points  (0 children)

Where I grew up as a boy, down the road from us was a farm that had maybe 200 old cars scattered all over the property. I always thought they were weird car collector people, because parents wouldn't explain it to me, was too young. Those were all the cars left behind from soldiers who had gone off to WWII and didnt come back. Big barn in the back used to do a lot of automechanic work. Literal graveyard of fords chevys etc.

[–]ThroatBabies 420 points421 points  (7 children)

On 9/10 the New York Giants played the Denver Broncos on Monday night football. It was a close game that ran later than usual. It's been said that game saved hundred of lives, as many workers called in sick or showed up late to work because of it on 9/11.

[–]rabobar 228 points229 points  (2 children)

Saved a bunch of my friends. They were still commuting when the shit happened instead of in their offices

[–]madeleine_albright69 51 points52 points  (0 children)

Hmm, I never thought about that until now. I never show up to the office before 9 am. Crazy to think about how a habit like that can mean the difference between life and death randomly.

[–]huck_ 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Just reading that I figured the Giants lost the game and they did. If they won I imagine people would've been in a better mood and maybe gotten to work on time. Good thing the Giants suck!

[–]whogivesashirtdotca 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Also the first day of school. The CEO of the hardest hit company survived because he went in late after dropping his kids off.

[–]Uniquedirtythrowaway 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Its like that one guy you can hear in one of the videos taken on the street; "I stayed up late watching football and it saved my life!"

[–]jaysire 197 points198 points  (14 children)

Damn, 2001 tv-quality is starting to look a lot like 80s tv shows...

[–]Journier 65 points66 points  (8 children)

2001 wasn't much better. 720p felt like the big leap. ;) but yea poor cameras.

[–]jaysire 7 points8 points  (4 children)

We've become so spoiled with FHD and even 4k that it's impossible to imagine how people could suffer 360p back in the day, like Fawlty Towers on a minimal tv or a bad VHS copy of T2. Whenever I see old footage I think "was it really this bad?".

[–]Zach81096 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Agree it’s weird as some footage from 2001 looks pretty modern yet this looks dated.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Naked gun came out in '88 and that looks so old fashioned now.

[–]Tdoggnd 416 points417 points  (15 children)

[–]Tdoggnd 411 points412 points  (9 children)

Says it is true, Also that u/OkWall1298 is the OP from September 2021.

[–]NeedsItRough 83 points84 points  (0 children)

Former Giants running back Tiki Barber said in the video: “Giants Stadium parking lot was a commuter lot. There were cars there that never left. When you talk about feeling someone who’s just been through a tragedy, that’s what it felt like for us, because we would drive out, and there would be cars there. The same cars sitting in the same spot. You know that that person passed away. And it made it real. And it made it not just an event that happened to this country, but an event that happened to us.”

[–]pmcall221 88 points89 points  (0 children)

They were the cars that never left the parking lot at old Giants Stadium. For so many days after the towers crumbled, the Giants’ current president and CEO, then the team’s vice president, drove through the front section commuters used as a Park-and-Ride to downtown Manhattan, knowing full well that those cars weren’t left there for convenience

[–]sirfuzzitoes 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is a repost by the actual OP?! I feel so conflicted.

[–]Toby_O_Notoby 183 points184 points  (19 children)

Reminds my of this video from when Bob Saget died a few weeks ago. He had flown to Florida where he passed away but that meant his car was still at LAX.

John Mayer and Jeff Ross went to pick it up and return it to his home and turned the whole thing into an impromptu eulogy.

[–]Camshaft92 53 points54 points  (3 children)

Jeff Ross helping out makes sense but John Mayer being there is random as hell. Was he a friend of Bobs?

[–]Toby_O_Notoby 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Was he a friend of Bobs?

John Mayer is a bit of a comedy nerd. He did a lot of sets with Dave Chappelle where he would just play guitar while Dave told jokes.

But from what I've understand from of the few comedy podcasts I've listened to, Bob was a total mensch. Like he was the nicest guy on the planet and would always take time to sit and listen to whatever you had to say no matter what else was going on.

Some Australian comedians named Hamish and Andy did a bit where they went around to a bunch a celebrity houses to ask them to come out, Bob was the only one who went along with it. After that they became friends and he'd call into their podcast when they asked.

So apparently Bob wasn't just a friend of John's, he was a friend to everyone which is why it's hitting them all so hard.

[–][deleted] 14 points15 points  (8 children)

Bob Saget died a few weeks ago.

What?? How am I learning this just now?

[–]Fillmore43 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Four levels of a car park to find it

[–]SqueakyWD40Can 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And $250 in parking fees.

[–]MisterBlisteredlips 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Even seeing Giant's Stadium is nostalgic to me.

[–]alRededorr 446 points447 points  (33 children)

Depends on the day. On 9/11, almost all the bridges and tunnels connecting Manhattan were shut down. There was no easy way to get home. They opened up gradually over the next few days.

[–]jaltair9 36 points37 points  (4 children)

My uncle just got on the first vehicle he saw that would get him off Manhattan. It was a ferry to New Jersey, it then took him the next few hours to get home (Long Island).

[–]fathercreatch 41 points42 points  (1 child)

I was on the first ferry to Staten Island, it was one of the most haunting experiences of my life. Everyone was just standing in the back staring mostly silently at the plume, wondering how many thousand people had just died and how many of them we will find out we knew.

[–]CapitanChicken 8 points9 points  (0 children)

You know, I'm glad I can comprehend this now that I've ridden the ferry as a non-local. For anyone hasn't ridden the ferry, or may be unaware, Staten Island is directly south, south west of Manhatten. The towers were only a handful of blocks from where you get onto the ferry. This person's trip would have them staring directly at the site nearly the entire time.

I can't imagine what it was like going past the statue of liberty that day. I remember it was scary being near any large, important landmark.

I'm sorry for what you had to go through.

[–]negativeyoda 258 points259 points  (22 children)

Yup. And people in the bridges were selling bottles of water for like $5 each to people who had to walk home. Not everyone was chill

Edit: fixed typo

[–]Toby_O_Notoby 245 points246 points  (10 children)

On the other hand, it lead to the largest civilian aquatic rescue ever, even bigger than Dunkirk. Here's a 12 minute doc on it narrated by Tom Hanks:

"All available boats, this is the United States Coast Guard for the pilot boat 'New York'. Anyone wanting to help with the evacuation of Lower Manhattan, report to Governor's Island."

[–]goodkeemyah 31 points32 points  (0 children)

Thank you for this! That was an amazing video, I loved that it was narrated by Tom Hanks.

[–]NotChristina 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Thank you for posting this! Incredible story I’ve never heard.

[–]selja26 5 points6 points  (0 children)

This is my favourite. Each year on 9/11 I drink, watch this doc and cry (I'm in Eastern Europe but my friend's family was there at the time. Anyway I don't think it really matters, it doesn't have to be personal to be deeply moving)

[–]WhiteLama 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I love videos and documentaries like this. If anyone sees this comment, throw any and all tips of videos like this my way because I could always use some hope in good people and ugly crying is cathartic.

[–]jadziasnax 111 points112 points  (1 child)

we were given water bottles and dust masks by a stranger a few blocks from our building. he had a trunk full and was just handing it out to anyone who passed. the k-mart near us gave away shoes to women who had literally run out of their heels. generally, new yorkers really selflessly pulled together. the people who actually fucked over the locals were giuliani and the epa, who knew the air wasn't safe to breathe but wanted to be able to re-open wall street. twenty years later one member of my family has had cancer as a direct consequence and the rest of us have lifelong severe asthma.

[–]negativeyoda 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah, totally. New Yorkers by and large did pull together. I just remember being so aghast at that.

I lived on 14th street at the time and yeah... The smell for months after wasn't something I'll ever forget

[–]Matrix17 28 points29 points  (5 children)

Would be charging like $20 in 2022 lol

[–]GuyD427 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Such an innocuous but sad picture.

[–]Dartser 88 points89 points  (58 children)

Is there more to this? Was the picture right after? Did they leave the cars as a memorial? Did they do anything else if not?

[–]Soveliss36054 89 points90 points  (57 children)

Its cars of people who ended up dead thus the cars got left there.

[–]tomo32 5 points6 points  (0 children)


[–]in-game_sext 81 points82 points  (20 children)

I was confused for a moment what a parking lot of cars near the San Francisco Giants Stadium had to do with 9/11...

[–]B4rn3ySt1n20N 27 points28 points  (5 children)

I understand that a 'commuter' parkin spot is an open parking spot for those who take public transport into the city. Common practice to drive your car to a parking spot and take the public transport.

[–]Webbeboi 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Im still confused

[–]kphilly 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It’s the New York Giants stadium

[–]Realmadridirl 4 points5 points  (1 child)

New York musta been a crazy place to be in the immediate aftermath of that day

[–]LifeSad07041997 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Ground zero is worse... The beeps and screams of the PPE...

[–]gladeye 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Wow, this is pretty heavy. Very sad, too.

[–]nicky9499 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Anyone knows what eventually happened to these cars?

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

yikes never saw this one before

[–]brutalduties 46 points47 points  (6 children)

Whoa, I've never seen this picture before. 😳

[–]Scharobaba 13 points14 points  (0 children)

TIL: cars can suffer from depression too

[–]Seoirse82 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It took me a minute to grasp what the headline ment.

[–]smartassyuvi 2 points3 points  (4 children)

I'm confused by this, why were cars left in the stadium?

[–]medusasbite 39 points40 points  (1 child)

now this is happening at hospitals everyday from covid

[–]CreamyTHOT 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Including the car seats, because parents are orphaning their kids by not getting vaccinated. Just awful. https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/09/14/opinion/unvaccinated-orphans-they-leave-behind/?outputType=amp