Represent (something) as being larger, better, or worse than it really is.
I have learned the awkward way that some people just favor darker humor than others in the land of ideas. This came to be a surprise as I had thought stereotypically Germans can be quite dry or cold on the surface (depending on where you are). Once you get to know German they will certainly start to say…
Ohne Dich ist alles doof – A well befriended German
An example of ,,Dark-Humor” in Hannover
Not to mention I have a hunch this mindset is fostered early on from a young age…Exhibit A: Max und Moritz a classic fairy tale of two naughty boys who end up getting backed alive for their pranks