100 Interesting Facts About Germany

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76 15 Unexploded bombs

15 Unexploded bombs

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


77. 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.


78. 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.


79. Albert Einstein was among 5,000 plus individuals who signed a petition to overturn Germany’s ban on Homosexuality.


80. 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.


81 Askari

Askari

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.


82. The streets in Northeast Minneapolis were named after the U.S. presidents in order of their election to help new residents from Poland, Ukraine, Lebanon, and Germany prepare for citizenship exams.


83. 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.


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


85. 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.


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86 Nerve gas

Nerve gas

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.


87. 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.


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


89. Syphilis had been called the “French disease” in Italy, Poland and Germany, the “Italian disease” in France, the “Spanish disease” by the Dutch, the “Polish disease” by Russians, and the Turks called it the “Christian disease.”


90. 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.


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91 Argentina

Argentina

In 1913, Argentina was the world’s 10th wealthiest nation per capita, the country’s income per head was on a par with that of France and Germany, and far ahead of Italy or Spain.


92. Many European zoologists believed that birds hibernated under the sea or flew to the moon in winter until 1822, when a stork was found in Germany with an arrow from Central Africa embedded in its neck, providing the first clear evidence of migration.


93. 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.


94. Charlie Chaplin put up the 2013 equivalent of 25million USD of his own money to finance his anti-Nazi film The Great Dictator while the US was still at peace with Nazi Germany.


95. When faced with long-range rockets from Nazi Germany, the British used their double agents to make the Nazis think the missiles were falling short. The Nazis then hit areas miles over their targets for much of 1944.


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96 Prescott Bush

Prescott Bush

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.


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


98. 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.


99. 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


100. 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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2 COMMENTS

  1. There was no truce between UK and Germany, but the soldiers in the trenches made a aggreament, not to fight

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