Taking a moment out from singing along to ‘Arbeit neun bis füenf,’ a feisty German language version of Dolly Parton’s 1981 hit about the forty hour working week, Otto Neuman was perplexed by a news item, referencing his musical tastes.
Having stopped at a red light, he’d paused the CD player and turned on the radio and just happened to catch the entertainment news segment. While his fellow carpool travelers laughed incontinently, Otto expressed his disenchantment at the study’s findings, in the conventional way.
The station reported on a new study that found the only thing worse than listening to country music, was listening to German language cover versions of country music.
“Scheisse!” he exclaimed, violently smacking the steering wheel of his BMW. “Was ist das?” Temporarily unable to speak, his colleagues flailed their arms, in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent him from saying another word. “Facking bastardz,” he swore at them, but their ongoing respiratory difficulties, prevented them from replying.
“Arschlöcher,” Otto muttered under his breath, as he drove away from the lights until one of them at last, was able to speak for all of them.
“Play ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ in German again,” he gasped, causing another avalanche of wheezy guffaws and high pitched giggling, “that one always kills me?”