Thursday, October 13, 2016

Random German Facts

  • We can all “thank” Germany for Daylight Savings Time – it was first implemented here in 1916 (April 30 to be exact) during World War I.
  • Germany ranks 3rd amongst countries with the highest recycling rate (1st is Switzerland, 2nd is Austria), and while ridiculous in the beginning it all makes sense now!
  • The Gutenberg Bible was first published in Mainz, which is only 30 minutes away from us, in 1450s.
  • Ulmer Munster is the world’s tallest cathedral at 161.53 meters or 530 feet; it is also about 3.5 hours away from us and is on our “to visit list.”
  • The longest German word ever published has 79 letters.  And yes, German words are kind of crazy  - they just put words together deleting the space between them to make up a new word.  Or at least it feels that way!
  • Germans invented gummy bears.  They are super popular here!
  • German Autobahn has no speed limit only on 65% of it; all together it’s 11,000 kilometers.
  • There are over 1,500 kids of wurst; we haven’t tried more than 20 of them and even that might be a stretch.  I’d say our favorite is Frankfurter and Curry Wurst.
  • Read about this so can’t say that it’s 100% true - since prostitution is legal in Germany, disabled citizens get a stipend to pay for sex.  Apparently, there are also training centers where prostitutes learn to work with disabled.  Say WHAT?!? 
  • In America, you can usually pick your child’s name and you only have to worry about your friends and relatives comments.  In Germany, you must be able to recognize whether a child is a boy or a girl based on name.  Apparently, sometimes it means that you might have to give your child 2 or 3 names of you want to go with different.  I am not sure what they do in case of Maxwell Sophia or something where one name is for a girl and one for a boy.
  • If you get a taxi in Germany, you will most likely be in either Mercedez-Benz or Audi.
  • Weird fact but it’s not illegal to escape from prison in Germany because it’s “a basic human right to remain free.”  It is, however, illegal to assist in escape.
  • Oktoberfest actually starts in September.
  • The first two versus of German national anthem are illegal because they are associated with the Nazi regime, so Germans only sing the third verse.


Anonymous said...

Hi Masha! Fun to read, thanks! It's a good thing you have not tried the "kids" of wurst! Glad to know your life is thriving. Miss you and wish you the best this year!


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