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Yesterday my boyfriend and I were taking a train to Santa Barbara and a few rows in front of us there was a group of people who I would guess to be Amish though I wouldn't think that the Amish would ride a train like that. The men and boys had straw hats and the women had white bonnets. The men had long beards along the jaw line and they spoke in a non-English language of some sort. My boyfriend thought they could possibly be some sort of Orthodox Jewish? Any ideas what they could be?
It's actually a type of German (Dutch/Deutsche) which has survived since all the middle-European immigration to the States way back when.
Also, people from Wisconsin and Minnesota all talk with weird half Swedish accents for similar reasons (like in Fargo - "Yup").
yeah i just thought it was a neat example of how americans are like lol wtf about non-mainstream stuff and cultures.
when did penn dutch arrive? i think it's pretty cool that the hutterites only arrived in canada 125 years ago. they're quite interesting. quite a good film http://www.nfb.ca/film/the_hutterites
like at one point there were as many Gernman-language newspapers in the Mid-West as English ones, and there was no certainly that English would become the dominanat language.
and it only become the officaial federal language a few years ago.
but not really. since i never said it was a vote on english being the official language. but this makes sense now.
electric-powered trains: probably not
diesel locomotives: not sure. maybe?
they were pretty sociable though and talked like normal americans, so maybe they were only DRESSED as Amish and pretending to be Amish
never really considered that until now
They must have made it across or over the sea in some powered fashion. So yes they can.
Where when they're 18 or so they're encouraged to leave the community for a year, and try life outside. So they all get drunk, have awkward sex, realise the real world sucks then go back to the community they've grown up in for the rest of their lives.
You seem to know a lot about it you pervert.
These ones got off at Salt Lake City so I assumed they were just starting a holy war with the mormons.
This is an 'I've been on holiday' thread.
how's married life?
still up for the Cambridge beer fest on 28 May?
the ticket inspectors are hot on that shit.
but they disintegrate at speeds of over 10 miles an hour so they choose not to.
Seen some use the am track in America. Went to visit the Amish good few years back with a friend of the family, they don't use buttons. Mad bastards.
I imagine they don't use those buttons either.
pretty sure theres a lot of lever action in Witness.
it seems like madness
are you mental?
what about pulleys? there's no way they can build houses without pulleys (see Witness also).
please, nobody answer him
he'll just keep asking if the Amish can use door handles or pins or fuctc etc.EeT,CCCC
You should have been here when I was discussing American toilet seats with zxcvbnm.
Not a fan.
I don't know about the Amish and trains and that stuff, but HEY! Hope you had a corking honeymoon!
You up for the Cambridge Beer Fest?
It's the girlfriend's birthday that weekend and I have massive romantic plans!
(or, at least I plan to have massive romantic plans)
Nice to meet mrs sadpunk - hope you both had a good day all those weeks ago.
We really enjoyed it - we did dancing and stuff! :D