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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 10:58 am    Post subject: Ferdinand Porsche, Mexico and the Titanic Reply with quote

An interesting story I read about the other day might be worth telling. Everyone knows about the Titanic, the "unsinkable" British pile of crap that sank on it's maiden voyage. But, one thing I found out, and thought to be remarkable, involved some peculiar players, to say the least. It seems there has always been this weird connection between Germany and Mexico, perhaps because of the geographical proximity of Mexico to the U.S.A??? I don't know. Anyway, what most people don't know was that the Titanic had a load of freight in the bowels of the ship that was also lost to the briney deep.

Ferdinand Porsche (pronounced poor-shaaaa, not poor'shhh) was the father of the air cooled Volkswagen, we all know that, but early in his career he worked for the German firm Daimler. While there he developed a car called the Maja, named after Mercedes Jellinek's younger sister, Andrée Maja (or Maia) He also worked with and was friends with Klaus Hellmann who later became famous for marketing his own brand of mayonnaise. This is where it gets interesting. The el president'e of Mexico, Guereillomo de la Pena had taken a trip to Europe and had met Porsche and had wanted a car of his own to take back to Mexico. The car was to be shipped to the sea coast town of Vera Cruz of the Atlantic side of Mexico. Vera Cruz is a beautiful town and famous for delicious fish tacos. At the time tomato based salsas were not prevalent in Vera Cruz, but instead, by happenstance they used some of Klaus Hellmann's mayonnaise, sour cream and enough peppers to make a condiment for the tacos. They called the delicious salsa, Blanco Salvaje pico de gallo. Which means, peck of a wild white chicken, or something like that.

This is where the Titanic comes in. (was that an ironic pun?) The Porsche/Daimler car along with 1500 cases of the Hellmann mayonnaise were loaded on the Titanic bound for New York. The next port of call was to be Vera Cruz, Mexico. Crazy right? The great ship, of course, never made it to New York. Upon hearing of the tragedy, Mexico's president and the mayor of Vera Cruz, Enrique la Famillio Dezi Arnez Bellyfarto called for a national day of mourning in perpetuity and we now know that eternal day as .......



keep going down



keep going...


EL SINKO DE MAYO.

Which is coming up, by the way.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Ferdinand Porsche, Mexico and the Titanic Reply with quote

OK that's funny, I was gonna call BS until I got to the end.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:13 am    Post subject: Re: Ferdinand Porsche, Mexico and the Titanic Reply with quote

Laughing Bravo!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 10:19 am    Post subject: Re: Ferdinand Porsche, Mexico and the Titanic Reply with quote

Gotta love a bad pun! Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 6:52 am    Post subject: Re: Ferdinand Porsche, Mexico and the Titanic Reply with quote

Air-Cooled Head wrote:
Gotta love a bad pun! Laughing


That's a great story,I like it. One thing you mentioned which always chaps my ass is the mispronounciation of the name Porsche. You need look no further than one of the company's commercials to hear it pronounced correctly as a two syllable word. In fact I saw a license plate frame on a Porsche that said just that. Very nice don't know if it will educate any dipshits that continue to mispronounce the name,nice sentiment though. Another name that gets hacked, Jaguar. Pronounced Jag you are. This is the correct English way not the more common redneck derivation "Jag wire" which again is all too common. Their are others not as prevalent like Alfa Romeo mispronounced with the last name being pronounced as in Romeo and Juliet. So you can either be perceived as a Rube or a car guy the choice is up to you.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Ferdinand Porsche, Mexico and the Titanic Reply with quote

Audi is another that is always mispronounced. Ow-dee is correct, odd-ee is not.
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