I was sitting in a 6-hour class last week, when I heard some of my fellow students talking about much “Müller” is in them. For a second, I thought they were talking about genealogy. But no, they were talking about the Müller Meter.
ZDF, a German TV broadcaster, created the “Müller Meter” – a 15-question test to see how people compare to the average German.
Wie viel Müller steckt in Ihnen?
Sind Sie die/der Durchschnittsdeutsche?
Since I was the only foreigner in the room, everyone thought it would be pretty funny for me to take the test as well. The other students were about 50-60% Müller, so they were all surprised when I told them my result.
That’s right, I am 70% Müller! And people always worry about foreigners integrating. I fit the German stereotype more than many of my friends.
The funniest part of the quiz for me was the German living room. Did you know the average German has a coffee table, a floor lamp, a shelving unit (or entertainment center? I’m not sure how to translate Schrankwand), an orchid, curtains, and woodchip wallpaper in their living room?
We have four of the six items, including the horrible woodchip wallpaper (Raufasertapete), but I think it’s next to impossible to find an apartment in Germany without it.
The day after my class, I was hanging out with my friend from Lithuania, who moved to Germany around the same time I did (we actually met in German class). Curious about how a fellow foreigner would do, I had her take the test as well.
She is even more Müller than me! Crazy to think that a country’s population can be so heterogeneous, that a 15-question quiz isn’t an accurate representation of all its citizens (/sarcasm). Still, it’s fun to try 🙂
And make sure to tell me how much Müller is in you in the comments below!