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Back in 1958, West Germany’s most famous ventriloquist, Heinz Norplant, became the first person to ever use a car as a ventriloquist dummy, choosing a brand-new Opel Kapitan to be the host of his short-lived talk show, Das Chaos Des Kapitäns, a play on the term “Captain’s mess.” The show was cancelled after four episodes when it was realized that Norplant would end every interview with his guests by undertaking a long, detailed description of what he guessed their genitals looked and felt like.


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“West Germany’s most famous ventriloquist”
The diction here implies that West Germany had a large and competitive market of ventriloquism, which I love deeply.