Carl Sagan thought that other civilizations could be recognized even from space, by the presence of perfectly straight lines!!
Americans abroad often feel like ET, somewhere out there, lost, looking for straight lines, surrounded by blood-sucking aliens, who speak in tongues and think that "4th and down" means gulping your 4th beer in one swallow.
Yet, recognizing a civilized country is easy for Americans! All you have to do is NOT to look for straight lines.
Wherever you go, just look for the signs of the American Embassy!
This institution in charge of spreading American culture and values around the globe
THE GOLDEN ARCHES
perfect in it heraldry "Gules, a capital M, Or"
There is of course the big competitor, char-broiled delicious, yet, horrible in heraldry,
In order to help this search I have embarked on a private project with my lady Margerite.
Whenever we, as travelling SCAdians, as 1 American and 1 Bavarican which equals 1 1/2 Americans, we are always on the lookout for "Fine Scottish Food". Afterall, as American you always wonder what you are going to get on the Autobahn, especially in strange places like Hessen, Nord-Rheinwestfalen and even Brandenburg. As Bavarican I am off even worse! Not only am I venturing forth into the northern countries, where people wear a big foot on their head to shade themselves, but no, I am also wondering what I am going to get to eat in this place. Now, I even live there, in Hessen, where they have no holidays and people warm themselves by wrapping their large ears around them.
Anyway, I digress. Have you ever noticed how there are no signs on the autobahn, showing you which services and restaurants you will find at the next exit?
This stroke of marketing genius has yet to penetrate into this rather thick-headed culture :-)
But, don't worry, Max and Margerite have decided to help.
Below you will find a list of McDonald's and Burger King restaurants, which you can SEE from the autobahn.
Yup, that's the requirement.
As good Americans we wouldn't stand for having to travel further than a few hundred feet to the next source of food. And god forbid we'd have to walk!
So help prevent cultural starvation of your fellow Americans in this wild country. Support your autobahn fast food restaurants and help prevent foot sores from walking too far for food.
All are welcome to share in making this database grow, but there are two simple rules you must follow.
1) You must have seen the restaurant from the autobahn! Just because your saw a sign telling you there is one, does not count. It might be too far!
2) You must have travelled there yourself - no looking it up in the McD database, at their website
To report "new sightings", just mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org