I was giving a Frankfurt tour to two Japanese friends. They arrived at 6.30am so we had a whirlwind morning tour of the city. As we approached the centre, we saw this van. All three of us stopped to watch it. The little hooks pull the levers and the bottoms of the three compartments open to all the glass falls out.
A German man approached us. “You’ve not got these where you’re from?” he asks.
“Well, I’ve not seem anything like this in Japan, and I’m not sure what we do in England” I replied.
“You want to know something weird? Look at how the coloured glass is separated in the boxes. When the bottoms are opened, they all fall in together! So there really is no reason to separate them from the start!”
I would never have thought of that…