84 Efficient Facts About Germany That’ll Surprise You

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1First aid training

First aid training

First aid training is required to get a driver’s license in Germany, in order to ensure that in the event of an accident other drivers will be able to help.

2. Germany aims to abandon fossil fuels by 2050 and generate 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources.

3. In Germany, your baby's name must be the one on a pre-approved list.

4. In 1561, there was a celestial phenomenon over Nuremberg. There was a reported incidence of a great space battle over Germany in the middle ages. It is said that there was even a crash landing outside the town.

5. Bars in the Veltins-Arena, a major football ground in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, are interconnected by a 5-kilometre (3.1 mi) long beer pipeline.

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6Baby boom

Baby boom

Hosting the 2006 World Cup caused Germany to experience a baby boom. Nine months after the football competition, the birthrate in Germany was up to 30% higher compared with the same period in the year before.

7. In Germany, there are fake bus stops outside many nursing homes to prevent confused senior citizens from wandering off.

8. Germany has one of the most progressive waste disposal systems in the world, in which nearly 70% of waste is recycled and most of the remainder is clearly incinerated to generate power.

9. Every autumn you can exchange chestnuts and acorns against gummy bears at the HARIBO factory in Germany because the founder was a passionate hunter and wanted to give even poor children the opportunity for some free sweets

10. In 2009, archaeologists unearthed the oldest musical instruments ever found, flutes that inhabitants of southwestern Germany laboriously carved from bone and ivory at least 35,000 years ago.

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11Availability of McRib

Availability of McRib

Germany is the only country in which the McRib is available all year round

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

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

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16Wuppertal Suspension Railway

Wuppertal Suspension Railway

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

17. 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).

18. 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."

19. 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.

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

21Nuclear weapons sharing

Nuclear weapons sharing

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.

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

23. 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.”

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

25. 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.

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