Oktoberfest is here, but Americans won't start celebrating until next month because no one can understand why a holiday named Oktoberfest would start in September!  (This article explains the reason and the History of Oktoberfest!)

Sometimes I feel sorry for ze' Germans.  Oktoberfest reinforces the American prejudice that all Germans must be beer-guzzling lederhosen-clad or dirndl-wearing party-goers when in fact, the German culture is so much more!  However, before I can feel TOO SORRY for Germany, I remember ALL the crazy American stereotypes I saw while living abroad!!!  It was amazing/funny/a tad annoying how the "American image" was used in marketing everything from cheese to carnival games!

Here are a few of the examples I found of U.S.-American imagery used in German products.  What do you think?  Leave me a comment!

Happy travels and safe flying!
~Jenn

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I don't know about you, but I've never seen BBQ-Curry flavored fries in the United States.
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I think someone thinks Toast means Cheese! This product is from Austria, but I found it in a German supermarket!
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"The Giant Hamburger" food stand at a festival in Stuttgart.
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American Style Nails!
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American Pancakes for less than 1 Euro!
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Want to win a stuffed Snappi doll? Try out this Super Bowl carnival game!
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Nothing symbolizes freedom better than Lady Liberty holding the pieces of a Skee Ball game!
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This really IS the bread that most Americans buy. I miss my German bakeries and freshly baked loaves of Pumpernickel!
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(Upper Left) Uncle Sam wants YOU to watch the live boxing.
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Not just any jeans....these are red, white, and blue! They must be American!
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Josh Martin
09/21/2015 19:40

I like the Statue of Liberty holding the skee ball, lol. Also, that's quite a deal on the "American" pancakes. I wonder what makes them American? Perhaps they are drenched in delicious syrupy freedom!

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Angela Martin
09/23/2015 20:36

Haha! Stereotypes are so funny! It is interesting how other countries see us. I remember seeing American peanut butter, it was a tiny little jar and had a big flag on it. I had never known that PB was mostly american!

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10/13/2015 10:33

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