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Bernd das Brot - Erfurt, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 50° 58.685 E 011° 01.745
32U E 642440 N 5649348
Quick Description: 7 feet tall statue of one of Germany's most popular TV puppets.
Location: Thüringen, Germany
Date Posted: 4/7/2015 1:34:31 PM
Waymark Code: WMNN7K
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 3

Long Description:

We dedicate our 1000th waymark to our travel mascot and the namesake of our geocaching name: Bernd das Brot.

Bernd the Bread (or Bernd das Brot in German) is star of one of Germany's most popular TV series. The show has been running for 15 years now and has been awarded a number of German TV prices.

Bernd's popularity in Germany can be compared to that of, for example, Kermit's popularity in America. However, if Kermit is famous for always being upbeat, Bernd is the opposite: he is severely pessimistic and depressed, which, we are sorry to say, is a main ingredient of the German soul. His outlook on life comes in quotes like "My only hope is that it won't get worse. But it will. Every time you think it can't get any worse - it gets worse. Worse than worse. Worser worse."

Words like "Worser worse" (schlimmerschimm) have become common German prases, testament to the popularity of this odd character.

The "Bernd das Brot" TV Show is aired on KI.KA (Kinder-Kanal = Children's Channel) which has its headquarters in Erfurt, Thuringia. THe statue was dedicated by KI.KA as a thank you to the City at the 10th anniversary of the TV-Channel on July 8, 2007. It is located next to the town hall, at a side door, which hosts an office of the TV Channel.

In 2009, a group of pranksters kidnapped the statue. They even left a vidieo on youtube (unfortunately no longer available) in which Bernd claimed having developed Stockholm Syndrom and asked the authorities to not to rescue him, because "anything is better than being a TV-Host."

He was eventually discovered weeks later in an abandonend building and returned to the TV-station. And so, his nightmare continues...

If you want to find out more about this hillarious charakter, check out this sub-titled Video or visit our homepage, which hosts the Only Bernd Fanpage in English Language.

Our little travel mascot on top of Big Bernd Bernd and his biggest fans (us)

Character Type: TV

Character originator: Thomas Krappweis, Bumm Film, Munich, Bavaria

Internet Link: [Web Link]

Address or Location:
In front of an Office of the German TV-Channel KI.KA near the Erfurt Town Hall at 1 Fischmarkt, Erfurt, Germany.

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