Silly cow: Silly questions about Switzerland

Newly Swissed: Some silly (but real) questions about Switzerland

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Dimitri Burkhard tackles some surprising Swiss-centred inquiries, from grasshoppers to Hooters.

Every question is a good question. That's what they tell you in school, but we could not believe some of the silly questions about Switzerland posed on a website dedicated to, uhm, answering questions. So in an attempt to entertain, we are taking a stab at providing our own answers!

General confusion

Q: Who discovered Switzerland?
 A: Archeology shows that Stone Age hunters have been living in Switzerland already before the last Ice Age. The Old Swiss Confederacy was founded in the first days of August, 1291 (hence Switzerland's national holiday is celebrated on August, 1st).

Q: What country is Switzerland in?
 A: Unless we're talking about Little Switzerland, NC, I don't understand your question.

Q: Is Belgium in Switzerland?
 A: It depends on your definition of "Belgium" and "Switzerland".

Forgivable questions (seriously, though?)

Q: What is the square footage of Switzerland?
 A: We're not that small, thanks.

Q:Who is the king of Switzerland?
 A: The only king in Switzerland is Burger King!

Q: Are there grasshoppers in switzerland?
 A: Yes. Both the insect kind as well as the soccer team kind.

Q: Are there gorillas in Switzerland?
 A: Stop it now...

Sweden vs. Switzerland (once and for all)

Q: Is Sweden the same as Switzerland?
 A: I think you've answered your own question.

Q: Is Sweden a part of Switzerland?
 A: Not in the past, not now, and not in the near future...

"I'll have a royal with cheese" (or "Swiss cheese"?)

Q: Is Swiss cheese made in Switzerland?
 A: Yes, some of the Swiss cheese made in the world is made in Switzerland. There are some Swiss cheese products that are made in the USA. ChaCha Again soon!

Q: Was Swiss cheese invented in Switzerland?
 A: Yes, Swiss Cheese originated in Switzerland. It was first mentioned by a 1st century historian who called it "cheese of the Helvetians", one of the tribes living in Switzerland at the time.

Q: What is the swiss name for swiss cheese?
 A: That's actually a good question! There are many names for the many cheeses made in Switzerland, but none of them is "Swiss cheese"!

Q: Do you know if Switzerland have a lot of chocolate?
 A: Chocolate? No way, there is barely any chocolate in Switzerland... (tears open a bar of Lindth and chuckles)

Q: What country makes the best chocolate Belgium or Switzerland?
 A: I assume this is a rhetorical question.

Pretty much unforgivable questions

Q: What is the postal code for Switzerland?
 A: Huh? Are you serious?

Q: Is it illegal to chew gum in Switzerland?
 A: Nope! This is not Singapore...

Q: Are Swiss Army knives invented by the Swiss?
 A: Yes! Why else would they be called that?

Q: Is Switzerland and the Netherlands countries?
 A: No, they're banana republics!

Q: Where is the Canadian boarder located in Switzerland?
 A: I can't take it anymore!

BONUS: We didn't even know that!

Q: What is something about Switzerland that most people don't know?
 A: In Switzerland, it was once against the law to slam your car door, and every citizen is required to have access to a bomb shelter.

Q: What is the name for the holes in Swiss cheese?
 A: The holes in Swiss cheese are called eyes. Swiss cheese with no holes is sometimes referred to as "blind" cheese.

Q: How do the holes in Swiss cheese get there?
 A: The age-old question... I am not legally allowed to tell this Swiss secret though!

Q: Is there a Hooters in Switzerland?
 A: Apparently, there are three Hooters franchises in Switzerland.

Q: Why does everybody love Switzerland?
 A: Find out here!


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Reprinted with permission of Dimitri Burkhard. Newly Swissed is a lifestyle blog about all things Swiss: Culture, design, oddities and tourism.

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1 Comment To This Article

  • MM posted:

    on 8th May 2012, 04:12:12 - Reply

    It's not illegal to chew gum in Singapore, the law in Singapore does not forbid that. What the law forbids is IMPORTING gum in Singapore.