Loyal reader E. Philp was in Schleiz recently and noted this butcher shop sign for Touristenblutwurst, or "Tourists' blood sausage." This foodstuff, if we may call it that, is apparently an East German specialty, and its literally blood-curdling name routinely mystifies even other Germans (g). It belongs, with Presssack, to the family of German meat products composed of large chunks of cow or pig whose original biological functions are unsettlingly recognizable.
The general consensus seems to be that tourists' blood sausage is not actually made from the blood of tourists (although if it were, I'd prefer Brazilians, for obvious reasons). Yet, the butcher's behavior was anything but reassuring. Philp reports: "We entered the store to verify that yes, Touristenblutwurst was on sale. Ten minutes after we photographed this, the
sign was taken down – the butcher closed at 11 am on a Saturday!"
And really, how would you tell if it were tourist blood? Take it from me, there's no better way to ruin a romantic picnic in Schleiz than by spitting out moist chunks of congealed tourist blood onto your significant other's flimsy burnoose and proclaiming: "Good God, I recognize the all-too-familiar taste of boiled human blood. It's made of people. Touristenblutwurst…is…people!"