- Germany’s territory covers about 137,850 sqm (slightly bigger than Montana).
- The biggest city is the capital Berlin with 3.4 mill inhabitants (Hamburg: 1.74 mill, Munich: 1.26 mill).
- Germany consists of 16 states, 3 of which are city states (Hamburg, Berlin, Bremen).
- Germany shares borders with Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.
- One of the world’s top exporters, with the main exports being cars, machines and chemical products.
- 18 is the universal age of consent.
- There are 9 to 13 holidays (varies from state to state).
- Employees get 20 to 30 days paid vacation per year.
- The population growth rate is -0.033 – more of a decline rate.
- 34% of the population are Protestants and also 34% are Catholics.
- Johannes Gutenberg developed a technique to print with movable type around 1450.
- Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit developed precise thermometers and the scale still used in the US.
- Robert Koch discovered the anthrax bacillus (1877) and the tuberculosis bacillus (1882) for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize.
- Karl Benz built the first automobile in 1886.
- Emil Berliner’s patent for a gramophone was granted in 1887.
- Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered X-rays in 1895 and was awarded the very first Nobel Prize in Physics in 1901.
- Karl Ferdinand Braun developed the cathode-ray tube in 1897.
- Rudolf Diesel built the first diesel engine in 1897.
- Melitta Bentz didn’t enjoy coffee grounds in her cup. So in 1908 she develops the coffee filter.
- Konrad Zuse invented the first programmable computer (the Z3) in 1941.
- The state Hesse has a death penalty in its constitution, but Federal Law prevents its use.
- The biggest festival is called Oktoberfest, but starts in September.
- The price for a liter beer at the Oktoberfest 2007 will be 7.70 to 8.00 Euros.
- There are about 300 sorts of bread and over 1500 sorts of sausage in Germany – but not one decent barbeque sauce.
- Everyone who owns a tv has to pay 17.03 Euros per month for public tv.
- Prices of books are set by the publisher, not the retailer.
- Germans are the World Heavyweight Champions of recycling.
- Why heavyweight? Because they have the fattest asses in all of Europe.
- Germans are known for their “Bratwurst”. But their favorite fast food is the Doener Kebap.
- During WWII the Germans couldn’t get Coca Cola syrup. So, the threw together everything juicy they could find and called it Fanta.
(since you’re always asking)
- Germany has an autobahn network of more than 7600 miles.
- 65% of the autobahn has no speed limit.
- Autobahns may only be used by powered vehicles that have a maximum speed exceeding 60 km/h.
- If you get caught running out of gas on an autobahn, you get fined.
- No, the Autobahn wasn’t Hitler’s idea.
“To the English I say this: be grateful for the Germans. Were it not for them, you would be the most hated people in Europe.”
(Simon Munnery, Attention Scum)
I just received an email from a reader, who informed me that the “Germans are the fattest Europeans” study has used the wrong data. I read it up and, although my ass backs the story up, it indeed might be wrong.
Revised fact: Germans are one of the fattest nations in Europe. Another title I didn’t win. I feel so inadequate. (Thanks to Johta for the tip ;-))