Asterix: the gall
Telegraph View: German neurosurgeons have catalogued and analysed
the hundreds of head injuries suffered in Asterix. Is Tintin next?
By Telegraph View
7:07PM BST 15 Jun 2011

April 1 having been and gone, and the Germans having recently been shown to be the world's least humorous nation, we must assume that their study of Asterix comics, published in the scientific journal Acta Neurochirurgica, is an entirely serious affair. It catalogues and analyses the hundreds of head injuries suffered – chiefly by Romans, pirates, Goths and sundry other non-Gauls – in the course of Asterix and Obelix's spirited defence of their tiny village. The scientists marvel that these traumatic incidents were rarely fatal, although amnesia was an frequent consequence. Perhaps they could turn their attention next to the exact circumstances under which criminality becomes so epidemic as to force a city's police force to turn to a bat-suited vigilante – or the mystery of how a boy reporter from Belgium could ever afford the travel insurance.

Asterix the Gaul: 'Paf!'
Comments (vich you vill be paying ze attenshun to):
You just won't get German humour if you don't know what you're looking for.... It's not exactly Vill of ze Visp you know!
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