• Germany's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Fake census forms probe drug consumption and penis size

The Local · 11 May 2011, 15:56

Published: 11 May 2011 15:56 GMT+02:00

It is not clear whether the fake forms are an elaborate joke or an attempt at satire, but have been reported in Hesse, Lower Saxony and now Berlin.

The forms the same as the official version, and have been arriving since Monday, when the genuine census was sent out, according to daily Berliner Zeitung.

Initially the only distinguishing factor is that the fake census forms are delivered to mailboxes without an envelope. The questions seem genuine at first, but soon begin probing into some more-than-personal areas which don’t feature in the real thing.

One question asks participants, “which drugs do you take?”, giving them the option to tick boxes marked with options including LSD or cannabis.

Another delved into medical history, asking “have you ever undertaken a breast or penis enlargement procedure?”

“These questions were all entirely fictitious, we wouldn’t ask anything like that,” said Klaus Voy, Census Project Manager at the Brandenburg-Berlin Office of Statistics.

“Those opposing the census might have preferred it if we’d asked such questions, as it would have fuelled their argument.”

With the real census coming under fire from privacy advocacy groups for asking questions about immigration background and religion that are beyond EU requirements, some featuring on the joke census concerning “sexual orientation” may not initially appear fake.

Story continues below…

The first results of the real census will be released in the autumn of 2012.

The Local/rm

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

17:28 May 11, 2011 by trash head
bawahaha

Nice one ! Could be from me.
18:49 May 11, 2011 by Englishted
Well mine is 12inches but I don't use it a rule.
19:07 May 11, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
to prove a point, they also should have asked

"On a scale from 1 to 5, how gullible do you consider yourself?"

;-)
01:48 May 12, 2011 by DavidtheNorseman
The real question is how many will be sent in to the Census Bureau and the information dillegently recorded and filed...LOL
08:40 May 12, 2011 by nz101
ha ha. Love it, good to know there are still some people out there with a sense of humour !
09:26 May 12, 2011 by Angry Ami
Well if they really must know

20 x 6 :-P
12:20 May 12, 2011 by Simon_Kellett
@iseedaftpeople> "On a scale from 1 to 5, how gullible do you consider yourself?"

Sorry, my Englisch is not good: what does "gullible" mean? (I can not find it in my diktionary.)
12:31 May 12, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
@Simon Kellett:

nice try ;-)

But in case you do want to know-

according to Random House Webster's College Dictionary:

gullible, adj. - easily deceived or cheated; naive; credulous.
13:08 May 12, 2011 by Dashcroft
angri ami: mine's the same - in inches!
13:31 May 12, 2011 by Englishted
12:31 May 12, 2011 by iseedaftpeople

@Simon Kellett:

nice try ;-)

But in case you do want to know-

according to Random House Webster's College Dictionary:

gullible, adj. - easily deceived or cheated; naive; credulous.

So like F.D.P. voters really.
13:46 May 12, 2011 by maxbrando
I believe that the real problem is that many, many Germans will think the fake form is the real one, and that the already intrusive German is just being itself!
14:16 May 13, 2011 by n230099
OK...that's funny!
23:29 May 13, 2011 by derExDeutsche
it would have found a closely linked correlation between penis size and drug consumption. individuals with larger penis' consume more drugs.
16:18 May 17, 2011 by Yousufzai
Interesting Questionnaire and Form . But can any body tell me that what size of Penis the people (esp. Girls) in Deutschland likes?
Today's headlines
Ansbach suicide attack
Isis says Syrian bomber in Bavaria one of its 'soldiers'
Photo: DPA

The Syrian asylum seeker who blew himself up outside a music festival in Germany was a "soldier" of the Isis, the jihadist-linked Amaq news agency said on Monday.

Merkel's refugee policy was 'reckless': Left Party leader
Photo: DPA

The attacks carried out by refugees over the past week show accepting large numbers of refugees brings "significant problems", the party's chairwoman said on Monday.

Ansbach suicide attack
What we know about the Ansbach suicide bomber
The attacker's rucksack. Photo: DPA

He had had his asylum application rejected and had twice attempted suicide, say authorities.

Ansbach suicide attack
Ansbach suicide bomber confirms Isis loyalty in video
Police remove evidence from the bombers residence. Photo: DPA

The man who blew himself up in Ansbach, Bavaria, on Sunday evening, injuring 15 people, recorded a video in which he pledged his allegiance to terror group Isis.

Top 10 German firms with the highest-paid employees
Photo: DPA

Want to know which companies shell out the most for salaries?

How will Germany change after string of bloody attacks?
A policeman in Ansbach on Sunday evening. Photo: DPA

Within seven days Germany has been hit by four bloody attacks on innocent people on its streets and in a train. What does this unprecedented string of murders mean for the country?

After attacks, minister rejects blanket suspicion of refugees
Thomas de Maiziere. Photo: DPA

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere on Monday cautioned Germans against indiscriminately branding all refugees a security threat after a rash of attacks over the last week.

What we know about the Reutlingen knife attack
Police arrest the attacker. Photo: DPA

... and what we don't.

Munich shooting
Police arrest possible accomplice of Munich gunman
Mourners in Munich. Photo: DPA

Authorities in Munich believe that a friend of the teenager who murdered nine people at a Munich shopping centre may have known about his plans.

Ansbach suicide attack
Suicide bomber attacks bar in Bavaria
Photo: DPA

A Syrian migrant set off an explosion at a bar in southern Germany that killed himself and wounded a dozen others late Sunday, authorities said, the third attack to hit Bavaria in a week.

Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
DPA
Gallery
IN PICTURES: How Munich responded to shooting spree
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
Lifestyle
10 rookie errors all Brits make when they arrive in Germany
National
Bavaria train attack: Were police right to shoot to kill?
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
National
How to get German citizenship (or just stay forever)
Sponsored Article
Five things Americans should know about voting abroad
Technology
Brexit will turn Berlin into 'Europe’s startup capital'
Travel
Six soothing day trips to escape the bustle of Berlin
International
'Germany needs to make UK come to its senses'
Features
Six odd things Germans do in the summer
Sponsored Article
Why expats choose international health insurance
Travel
These 10 little-known German towns are a must see
Features
How two gay dads cut through German red tape to start a family
Sponsored Article
Health insurance for expats in Germany: a quick guide
National
Five things to know about guns in Germany
Sponsored Article
Avoid hidden fees when sending money overseas
Culture
10 things you need to know before attending a German wedding
National
Eight weird habits you'll pick up living in Germany
Lifestyle
Six reasons 'super-cool' Berlin isn't all it's cracked up to be
Sponsored Article
Why Swiss hospitality graduates are in demand
Society
Only one country likes getting naked on the beach more than Germany
Lifestyle
23 ridiculously fascinating things you never knew about Berlin
Sponsored Article
Why you should attend an international job fair
Culture
8 German words that perfectly sum up your 20s
Lifestyle
Can't make it past the door at Berlin's most famous club? Help is at hand
Business & Money
Why Frankfurt could steal London's crown as Europe's finance capital
Features
6 surprising things I learned about Germany while editing The Local
Culture
Five sure-fire ways to impress Germans with your manners
10,700
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd