Country Profile: 60 Facts & Figures About Germany

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51Casablanca movie

Casablanca movie

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

52. 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.

53. 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.

54. 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.

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

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56Syphilis disease

Syphilis disease

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."

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

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