Secret Nazi

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OMG, Secret Nazi...
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Original YTMND:
[ OMG, Secret Nazi Forest
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Secret Nazi is a fad characterized by a picture depicting a swastika (or any Nazi reference) in an unexpected place, accompanied by a flashing black-and-white photo of Adolf Hitler and the song "Heute Ist Mein Tag" by Blümchen.

The fad is based on a group of larch trees planted in an evergreen forest near Zernikow, Germany in the 1930s. In the autumn, the larch leaves would change color creating the an aerial image of a yellow swastika against a green background. The design went largely unnoticed until the 1990s, and was finally obscured in 2000. A BBC news article about the elimination of the swastika inspired OMG, secret Nazi Forest in September 2005.

The fad has come to encompass YTMNDs that do any of the following:

  • Photoshop the German forest so that the yellow leaves create another image
  • Recreate the yellow swastika in other places
  • Point out other actual instances of unexpectedly tolerated or unnoticed Nazi references

Originally other Secret Nazi YTMNDs would imitate the news-article format; nowadays any hint of a swastika or other Nazi reference is enough. Traditionally, the title of such fads takes the form "OMG, secret Nazi ____," after the original site.

OMG, Secret Communist...

In the PTKFGS universe, "OMG, Secret Nazi..." is replaced by "OMG! Secret Communist...," dedicated to unexpected hammer-and-sickle symbols and accompanied by a flashing picture of Soviet premier Josef Stalin. As with the Secret Nazi fad, Secret Communist YTMNDs are fairly simple to make, making this one of the most prolific variations of either Secret Nazi or PTKFGS.

To parallel the use of German singer Blümchen in the Secret Nazi fad, the Secret Communist fad uses the music of Russian duo t.A.T.u. Initially "All the Things She Said" was the song of choice. However, a grassroots movement soon started persuading the fad's participants that the Russian-lyrics version of the song ("Ya Soshla S Uma") would be a more appropriate counterpart of "Heute Ist Mein Tag," which is sung in German. The fad is somewhat divided those who actively complain when the English version is used and those who don't care enough to change to the Russian.

Secret Nazi videogame

A sub-fad of "Secret Nazi...", called "Secret Nazi {insert game here}" or "Hitler VS. Jesus". It features Hitler and Jesus commpeting in a videogame, first showing a swastika somewhere, but Jesus remakes it to a cross, Hitler starts flashing, and Jesus wins the game. It started with a YTMND called "OMG, Secret Nazi Tetris!!".

External Links

"German forest loses swastika," BBC News, December 4, 2000