Fun German Facts


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1. WWI allied soldiers would fire thousands of rounds at random over the German trenches to boil the water in their machine guns to make tea.
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2. German mothers-to-be have ‘roast dinners’ not ‘buns’ in their ‘ovens’.
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3. In order to destroy German tanks, Soviets used suicide bombing dogs that were trained specifically during WW2.
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4. German was once the second most widely spoken language in the U.S.
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5. Most German men sit while they pee and are taught that standing to pee is unhygienic.
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6. BMW had to recall their GPS system because male German drivers were refusing to take directions from a female voice.
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7. Einstein’s last words were spoken in German to a nurse who didn’t speak German and are lost for ever.
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8. In German, things don’t ‘sell like hot cakes’, they ‘go like warm rolls’.
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9. The word "nightmare" derives from "mare" a goblin from Germanic folklore which rides people chest while they sleep.
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10. Police dogs are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but more recently Hungarian.
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11. The word 'bagel' is derived from the German word 'bougel,' meaning 'bracelet,' coming from the Yiddish 'beygl.'
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12. What was first printed by the Gutenberg press? It's thought that the first printed item from the press was a German poem.
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13. Fearing a German invasion, in 1940 Alan Turing converted his assets into silver ingots and buried them in Buckinghamshire. He spent the rest of his life failing to find them.
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14. 'Schlimmbesserung' is a German word to describe an effort to make things better that actually ends up making things worse.
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15. Most German men sit while they pee and are taught that standing to pee is unhygenic.
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16. Germans are the most forgiving when it comes to infidelity with 35% of singles saying they could forgive their cheating partner.
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17. "Fremdscham" is the German word for vicarious embarrassment — being embarrassed for someone else.
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18. Gurkentruppe is German for ‘losers’: literally, an ‘army of cucumbers’.
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19. Gift is German for ‘poison’.
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20. Arvind V. Mahankali won the Scripps Spelling Bee last night by spelling 'knaidel,' a Yiddish term of German origin meaning 'dumpling.'
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21. The German word for "nipple" is "brustwarze" which literally means "breast wart."
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22. "Backpfeifengesicht" is a German word for a face that badly needs a punch.
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23. Germans have a word for tramp stamps 'Arschgeweih' '” Which literally means, 'ass antlers.'
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24. A German U-boat sank due to a toilet malfunction.
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25. The German phrase Eierlegende Wollmilchsau, literally, ‘egg-laying wool-milk-sow’, describes a woman who can do anything.

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