The Secret German Invasion

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No wonder everyone else I know speaks German, too.

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    1. The Reich survives!

      I read this when it was originally released, and was a bit surprised.

      But then I thought about it and about 80% of the people I knew had German family names.

      Whats even funnier is that with all of this German ancestry, you still cannot get a decent plate of Sauerkraut in the US. Or Blaukraut. Or Weißwurst. Damn. Getting hungry.

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    2. Hitler has only got one ball…

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    3. Ancestry: “American”? (and yes, I see “American Indian” right under it). Were these the counties where most people just didn’t know?

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    4. @HoChunk:
      I’d have put “American” for mine because my ancestry isn’t predominantly any of those. I’m more of a mutt. :/

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    5. What’s wrong with saying “American” as an ancestry? Generations of my family dating to pre-1800’s have lived in America as Americans. They came from Germany, but I don’t identify my ancestry as German

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    6. Nobody finds it odd that the largest population of Puerto Ricans is in… (wait for it)…. Puerto Rico!!

      My father’s side of the family came from Germany. They moved to one of those light blue counties in north-western Ohio.

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    7. @Staplegun: I’d have to agree with you. while my father’s side was predominantly German, my mother’s side was straight British. So really what does that make me? other than American? My parents were born here, I was born here.

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    8. I’m mostly German, as far as I know. NC doesn’t have any German counties, mine is “American” 😐

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    9. “Ancestry” implies either a nationality or ethnicity you identify with. If you were born, grew up in, moved to or lived/currently live in America and want to call yourself an American, fine, but unless you are a full-blooded American Indian, you or your ancestors came from somewhere else.

      IN BEFORE SOMEONE TRACES US ALL BACK TO MITOCHONDRIAL EVE & THE RIFT VALLEY IN AFRICA

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    10. I find this difficult to believe. This makes shows the county I live in to be mostly German while most of the last names here are POLISH! I go to my kids school functions and the program you receive reads like a Polish-fest! (BTW, my last name is Scotish. IF IT AIN’T SCOTISH, IT’S CRAP!)

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    11. @HoChunk: I see what you’re saying, but just for the sake of argument, if 1/2 my family is German and the other 1/2 is British – what do I say my ancestry is? German-British?

      Realistically, when asked I would answer “German” since I carry my father’s last name…. which is a derivative of a name that was originally French.

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    12. this chart is bullshit and overrated. ofcourse when the americans defeated the nazi they made a big baby boom with germany but still!

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    13. The huge German influence on US ancestry has little to do with the Nazis and WWII. Check your history books again.
      Most people who think they’re of German descent are actually tied back to Prussia and the other German states each with their own kings, dukes etc.

      At the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence there were more Germans and German-Americans than Englishmen that realistically it would have made more sense to make German the national language. Imagine the differences in international policy!

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    14. Prior to the signing we were a British colony. Britian wouldnt have allowed an en masse influx of non servile peoples into the country.

      After we got out on our own two legs, the flood gates opened up.

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    15. The British royal family is German.

      Just sayin. Look it up…tis true!

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    16. god WHY must there be something that reminds me of germany every day?????????????? πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

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    17. @TrikYodz:
      Was ist los Schlampe? Magst du nicht Deutschland?

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    18. @vincent.ex2: Goering has two but they are small…

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    19. @vincent.ex2:
      Himmler also had two, but no guts. That’s why they switched to gassing Jews instead of shooting them.

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    20. To clear up any confusion, this map simply shows the national that had the highest percentage claiming it’s heritage.

      For example, if in West Virginia you have 39% of people claiming American, 25% of people claiming German, 14% claiming “Get offa my lawn!” with a shotgun, and 12% falling into other categories, than that portion of West Virginia is marked as American heritage.

      @dege: Dude, it was a joke. No one honestly believes this is a secret German. Drink less coffee.

      @Nimbo: You may want to actually look that up. German first arrived in Jamestown in 1608, and a mass influx of immigrants from Germany started coming in 1680. You may ‘believe’ Britain wouldn’t have allowed that, but that doesn’t make it true.

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    21. @Paul_Is_Drunk: *secret German invasion

      Man, maybe I need to drink coffee.

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    22. Damn me for living in Germ Country.
      Ye olde one, that is…

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    23. @Sticky: Dude, that’s not how it goes…

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    24. @Paul_Is_Drunk: Sometimes it’s hard to tell when you’re joking. πŸ™‚

      I was going to say, it’s only a secret if you weren’t paying attention in high school history classes. πŸ˜€

      Like probably most Americans, I’m a mut: part Dutch, part French, part American Indian, part Austrian (not Australian!), part Welsh… which is the “direct” ancestry. My family name is Welsh, but that part of the family is so far back that it’s one of the smaller percentages of my ancestry.

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    25. I am also of German descent, on my father’s side. My mother’s family is a mix of Dutch and English. I can trace my father’s name back to 1750.

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    26. Lies! All lies. None of this happened. Only a handful of Germans ever came to the US, and then Canada. It’s just that everyone really liked these Germans, and so some people took on German names. Some of them didn’t bother to look them up in the dictionary, and ended up with silly ones like Schuller (School Boy or Girl), or Hitler.

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    27. Goddamnit. Did anyone else notice the concentration of people who have “American” ancestry live in the worst white trash/redneck/hillbilly/retard states? I’m not saying that everyone who put “American” down for ancestry is an idiot, but I see how that assumption could be made. I’m a Tennessean myself so I’m right smack in the middle of it all. Although if they include illegal mexicans in the 2010 census map there should be a shit ton of pink in the area mentioned. As for my own ancestry it would be English, but I do have German on my mother’s side.

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    28. The original 13 colonies were British, but west and north there were French, Dutch and prolly more I can’t think of. Where I live in West Virginia there are a lot of German surnames in town, but in the mountains it’s mostly mostly Scottish. It was weird at first; hubby is German and I’m Welsh/British, in NYC there were so many different nationalities that we didn’t look like most of the people we were around, moving to WV, we discovered that everyone looks like us (only more inbred).

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    29. Ich bin ein Berliner Biyatches

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    30. everyone in the kentucky area is still american because everyone in kentucky is so inbred.
      as i like to say, “your mom’s mom is your dad’s mom ‘cuz you’re from kentucky”

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    31. well i think this proves that americans were from the beginning, too lazy to pick up a shovel and farm
      though technically, i think this portrays ‘Germanic’ in general, like dutch, swedish etc
      i do know a swedish girl whose family is up in Nebraska

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