If you are learning about a a new country there is nothing more entertaining than an FUN FACT! When I get a postcard I do two things: First I look the place the card comes from up at wikipedia and then I explore the web for fun facts!
So now I am gonna post some little fun facts about my country: GERMANY!
1. Germans are crazy about their beer
Germans really do love beer; they rank second in world-wide beer consumption per person after Ireland. Bier is officially considered a food in Bayern, where the normal size beer glass, the Mass is 1 liter.
Germans like beer so much that they even have an expression with it: Das ist nicht mein Bier, meaning “That is none of my business!”
There are more than 1,200 breweries producing over 5,000 brands of beer.
2. Germany is colorful!
Same-sex couples are allowed to adopt in Germany – any form of discrimination against gay and lesbian people is illegal, also. Berlin is the third biggest gay city in Europe, with an estimated 300,000 gay and lesbian residents. Marriage however is STILL not allowed, although you can have something similar called partnership.
3. Germany – land of poets and thinkers
Germany is sometimes known as ‘the land of poets and thinkers’ – or “das Land der Dichter und Denker”; Bach, Einstein, Beethoven and Goethe were all German, alongside composers Händel, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Wagner and R. Strauss. Some of the world’s greatest German philosophers include Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Karl Marx, Nietzsche and Heidegger.
Also, Germany boasts some of world’s most famous inventions – you can thank the Germans for the light bulb, the automated calculator, and the automobile. That’s not all – the Germans are also credited for the discovery of insulin, the invention of the clarinet, the pocket watch, television (partly), paraffin, petrol/gasoline & Diesel engines, the automobile engine, differential gear and other important devices, X-Ray, the motorcycle, MP3, the jet engine, the LCD screen and the Walkman! You are welcome rest of the World! ;D
4. German remains the language with the most native speakers in Europe
besides Germany having the largest population in the EU, the German language was once the lingua franca of central, eastern and northern Europe.
German is the official language of 5 countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. It is also spoken in Northern Italy and the French provinces of Alsace and Lorraine.
5. JFK the jelly donut
When JFK visited Berlin, he infamously said “Ich bin ein Berliner,” which also translates to “I am a jelly donut.”
True story 😀
6. There are over 150 castles in Germany
Everyone knows at least one castle! The Bavarian castle “Neu Schwanstein” was the model for Cinderellas castle from the Disney Movies!