Amazing Facts About Germany

There is a 500-year-old Beer Purity Law still in effect in Germany. It was decreed on April 23, 1516, by Munich’s Duke Wilhelm, protecting the country’s beer drinkers from contaminants, chemicals and any other additives that unsavory merchants might have thought of adding.

During a 2012 study done in eastern Germany, the researchers could not find a single person under the age of 28 who believed in God.

There is a water bridge across the river Elbe in Germany. It is 1km long, 34m wide and allows cargo ships to cross the river.

There are hundreds of thousands of unexploded Allied bombs in Germany. An average of 15 bombs is discovered daily.

When a Russian man's family (Vitaly Kaloyev's family) died in a 2002 plane crash over Germany, he tracked down the air traffic controller (Peter Nielsen). He felt that he was responsible and murdered him in front of his family. For this, he spent 3 years in a Swiss prison, then returned home and was appointed as a deputy to a government ministry.

In Germany, Father’s Day is celebrated by the group of men going hiking with one or more smaller wagons filled with wine or beer and traditional regional food. Many use this day to get drunk, and alcohol-related traffic accidents multiply by three on this day.

Many of the actors who played the Nazis in Casablanca (1942) were, in fact, German Jews who had escaped from Nazi Germany.

Nazi Germany stockpiled huge quantities of nerve gas during World War II. It was ultimately never used since Hitler was told (incorrectly) that the Allies had their own supply of nerve agents.

There is a water park (Therme Erding) in Germany that has banned women from using an extreme water slide because it has caused genital injury to 6 women.

East Germany created its own cola drink. Vita-Cola’s sales almost disappeared after the fall of the Berlin Wall brought Coke and Pepsi into the East. It is still the most popular cola in Thuringia, making the German state one of the few places in the world where Coca-Cola is not the leader.

In Germany, when a kid becomes an adult at age 18, it can get rid of all its debt by offering its debtors everthing its owns at that point. The young adult is relieved from all other debts they can't pay back so that no young adult has to face a life in debt for things they did as teenager.

The seal “made in Germany” was created by the British Parliament in 1887 to warn consumers that a product was of poor quality.

Since Costa Rica was not at the Treaty of Versailles, they have been at war with Germany since WWI, and are technically still at war.

There is a suspended monorail (Wuppertal Suspension Railway) in Germany that was built in 1897 and still moves 25 million passengers annually.

After WWII, the CIA recruited Nazi war criminals, who had worked on mind control/brainwashing techniques in Germany, to assist them with their own mind control experiments on unwitting US citizens.

Germany passed a legislation in 1985 that made it illegal to deny the existence of the Holocaust.

Burma-Shave once offered a free trip to Mars in exchange for 900 empty Burma-Shave jars. One man (Arliss French) duly collected 900 jars and was sent to Moers, Germany (they pronounced "Mars" instead of Moers).

In medieval Germany, married couples could legally settle their disputes by fighting a Marital Duel. To even the field, the man had to fight from inside a hole with one arm tied behind his back. The woman was free to move and was armed with a sack filled with rocks.

In 1981, a tenant was evicted in Germany after spreading Surströmming (fermented Baltic Sea herring) brine in the stairway. The landlord was taken to court, where he brought a can of Surströmming as evidence. After being opened, the court unanimously ruled in his favor because of the smell.

Franz Stigler, a German ace fighter pilot who risked his life to spare and then save the lives of 9 Americans by escorting their injured B-17 bomber out of Germany. The incident would later be called "the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II."

In 1953, Johnny Cash, while working as an Air Force radio operator in Germany intercepting Soviet broadcasts, was the first American to report the death of Joseph Stalin.

Throughout the 1930s, Hollywood allowed the German government to censor films in the U.S. and around the world that were unflattering towards Germany or the Nazis.

In 2013, a bank worker in Germany fell asleep on his keyboard, with the number ‘2’ key pressed, causing him to transfer 222,222,222 euros on a transfer that should've been worth only 62 euros. A co-worker was later sacked for not spotting the error.

In Germany (and other parts of Europe) there are brass plaques set on the sidewalks in front of the former homes of people who fell victim to German Nazism.

A man named Timothy Ray Brown was cured of HIV in Germany via a bone marrow transplant from a donor whose gene mutation made him immune to HIV. That gene is relatively common in Northern Europe. Researchers have speculated that the gene is the result of natural selection during diseases similar to smallpox or Black Death.

East and West Germany division can still be seen from space, each side using different types of light bulbs.

George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany and the family was later sued by Auschwitz survivors.

In 2010, an elderly man named Cornelius Gurlitt in Germany was investigated for having large sums of cash and since he was unemployed and with no obvious means of income, in September 2011 the prosecutor obtained a warrant to investigate his small flat in Schwabing, Munich. In late February 2012, when checking the premises, they discovered more than a thousand pieces of art, with a present estimated value of up to €50 million. The artworks were suspected of being looted by the Nazis around World War II.

The city of Hamburg, Germany banned K-Cups after deeming them "environmentally harmful".

In 2005, a TV show piloted in Germany called Sperm Race. Twelve male competitors donated their sperm to be sent to a lab in Cologne. At the lab, three doctors then observed the sperm as they “raced” toward an egg with a bit of chemical encouragement. The man with the fastest sperm won a new red Porsche, but the race never aired on TV.

During World War II, USA sent former major league baseball catcher and OSS agent Moe Berg to attend a lecture from Dr. Heisenberg. Berg was armed with a pistol and had orders to shoot Dr. Heisenberg if his lecture indicated that Germany was close to completing an atomic bomb.

Germany builds about twice as much cars as the U.S. while paying its workers twice as much.

Under NATO nuclear weapons sharing, the United States has provided nuclear weapons for Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey to deploy and store. Since all U.S. nuclear weapons are protected with Permissive Action Links, the host states cannot arm the bombs without authorization codes from the United States Air Force.

In the 1960s, Germany decided to retroactively pay pensions to African soldiers that served in the imperial colonial army. Claimants were handed a broom and ordered in German to perform the manual of arms. Not one of them failed the test.

In 2003, PETA offered $15000 to the city of Hamburg, Germany to change its name to Veggieburg.

A woman named Veronica Seider from Germany, had vision 20 times better than an average person. She is able to identify people from more than a mile away.

The Pennsylvania Dutch aren’t actually Dutch, they are German. Upon arrival, they were saying “Deutsch” which is German for, well, German. Germany in their native language is “Deutschland.” English speaking Americans just assumed they were saying “Dutch.”

In 1140, when the Weibertreu Castle of Germany was defeated by King Konrad III, the women of the castle were granted free departure and allowed to take what they could carry. Thinking quickly, the women carried the men on their backs. The king kept his word and let the men live.

In Hamburg, Germany, there is a Food Additives Museum dedicated to the emulsifiers, stabilizers, dyes, thickeners, preservatives, and flavorings in our everyday foods. The exhibit explains the history and current landscape of food additives in an informational rather than political way.

There is a population of radioactive wild boars in Germany, caused by Chernobyl disaster and their number is rising.

Fanta21 was invented in Nazi Germany because of the difficulty faced by the company in importing Coca-Cola syrup during the war.

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