Category: Germany

Germany has the only tree in the world with its own mailing address. It’s known as the Bridegroom’s Oak, and it receives about 1,000 letters per year from singles looking for love. Anyone can take letters from the tree and respond. It’s estimated the tree is responsible for over 100 marriages.

Germans celebrate Father’s day by having men pulling wagons filled with beer into parks and drinking until they pass out.

German airplanes “Stuka” did not make that screaming sound when diving because of their engine, but because they had small fans attached to the front of their landing gear that acted as siren. This will “weaken enemy morale and enhance the intimidation of dive-bombing”.

Photo :  Deutsches Bundesarchiv / wikimedia

In Germany, while waiting for the green light to cross the street, you can play table tennis or ping pong with the person who is waiting on the opposite side of the street.

Gustav Gerneth, a German man who was born in 1905 (when Germany was still ruled by Emperors), was 12 at the end of WWI, 40 at the end of WWII, 84 at the fall of the Berlin Wall, and is still alive at 113 years old.

Photo :  Stredic / wikimedia

In Germany, it is illegal to kill any animal that is a vertebrate “without proper reason” like the animal being ill or a danger to humans. Because of this, all German animal shelters are no-kill.

Giving the Nazi salute in Germany could result in a six-month prison sentence.

Photo : German Federal Archive

Hitler used an arson attack on the German parliament to justify taking away most civil liberties in Germany, including habeas corpus, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, the right of free association, public assembly and the secrecy of the post and telephone.

Photo © Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-H1216-0500-002 / CC-BY-SA

Some bars in Germany are connected by a 5 km (3 Mile) beer pipeline.

During WWII, over 34,000 German POWs were held in prison camps in Canada. The Canadians treated the POWs so well that many of them eventually immigrated back to Canada after the war.

Photo : PC/Bibliothèque et Archives Canada/Frank L. Dubervill