A few fun facts I have learned since being here:
– Germany is the second largest beer consumer in the world.
– Europe’s largest economy is Germany
-Germany has over 400 kinds of bread
-The Christmas tree tradition originated in Germany
– Germany has won the Soccer World Championships 3 times. Here is a patriotic German Soccer song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmza81pII8o)
-Some nicknames for FC Bayern Munich include Der FCB, Die Bayern, and FC Hollywood.
-There are three types of High School: Hauptschule (lowest), Realschule (average), and Gymnasium (highest). which most likely influence where you go after school (trade school or university).
-BMW originated from Bayern [De Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft]
-Lederhosen are not common to wear outside of Bavaria, unless it is Carnival. People WILL look at you quite strange.
-Carnival is one of the largest holidays in the South of Germany (Cologne/Küln). The 11th of the 11th Month (November) literally becomes a “living carnival” where everyone wears costumes and celebrates.
-Germany has been united since that 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell.
-North Germany is mostly flat, whereas the South has many hills and mountains.
-Til Schweiger, the “German Brad Pitt,” is even born one day after Pitt.
-70% of German highways have no speed limit.
-Oktoberfest starts in September.
-About a quarter of all American citizens claim at least partial German ancestry.
Comment if you learned anything new!