A stork shot by a hunter in Germany in 1822 was found with a Central African spear piercing its throat, providing scientists with the first evidence for long-distance bird migration. countrylife.co.uk/nature/…
When Germany invaded Belgium in World War I, King Albert I took personal command of the Belgian Army. He led his army for 4 years, fighting alongside his troops, while his wife, Queen Elisabeth, worked as a nurse at the front. His 12 year-old son, the Crown Prince, also fought in the ranks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
β€œBlack Forest Ham” comes from the Black Forest region of Germany, where it was originally coated with beef blood to give it its dark color. leaf.tv/articles/differen…
The Japanese film Battle Royale (2000) is banned in South Korea and took 11 years before it was released in the United States and Canada. The film was banned in Germany in 2013, but this was later overturned. Quentin Tarantino considers Battle Royale to be one of his favourite films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Inmates of a nazi labour camp in northern Germany's marshes were banned from singing political songs, so they wrote a "soldier" hymn to themselves being "peat bog soldiers". When the SS made them perform it at the "concentration camp circus" the anti-nazi song was so catchy, the SS sang along. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
After a Polish Admiral of German descent JΓ³zef Unrug was taken prisoner during WW2, his former Imperial German Navy friends came to visit him. Unrug refused to speak German with them, saying that he had forgotten that language in September 1939 the day Germany invaded Poland en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
Today I learned of Friedrich Kellner’s diary titled β€œMy Opposition”, consisting of 10 volumes, 861 pages, and 676 individually dated entries from September 1939 to May 1945. His diary offers a glimpse at what an average German citizen might’ve known of during the height of Nazi Germany’s power. timesofisrael.com/what-di…
Today I learned of the Weihnachtsgurke, or Christmas Pickle tradition of German-Americans. It's a pickle ornament hung on Christmas trees. While claimed to be a tradition from Germany, it's more likely that it was an American invention from the 19th century that has since been exported to Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
90 farting cows started a methane fire in Germany which burned a barn down time.com/2301/90-farting-…
Today I learned of the Edelweiss Pirates. A proto-hippie youth group in Germany which fought Nazi's as they frolicked through the countryside playing guitars and singing Anti-Nazi folk songs at campfires. They sheltered escaped concentration-camp prisoners and Allied soldiers in a program of armed resistance. bust.com/living/194688-ei…
The people of East Frisia in Germany drink more tea than anyone else in the world, at 300L per person annually. dw.com/en/its-tea-time-ho…
Today I learned of Prince Charles Edward, a grandson of Queen Victoria and grandfather of the current King of Sweeden. Although was born and educated in England, he fought for Germany in WWI and lost his British royal titles. He later became an active member of the Nazi party and joined the SS during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Captain America #1, with its iconic cover of Cap punching Hitler, came out a year before the US entered WWII. At the time most people did not support war with Germany, so Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, both Jews, received death threats. However, the Mayor of New York was a fan and pledged protection. cbr.com/the-history-behin…
Today I learned about KyffhΓ€user Hill in Germany, the legendary resting place of Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, who died in 1190. According to legend, Barbarossa is actually asleep in a hidden cavern, sitting motionless at a stone table, and will emerge at his county's hour of greatest need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyf…
Josef Mengele, a.k.a the Angel of Death, was a Nazi physician who conducted human experiments on prisoners. He escaped Germany and gained a foreign residence permit in Argentina and returned to Germany to visit his family with a passport just 11 years after Nazi Germany fell. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Baldur von Schirach, the first head of the Hitler Youth in Nazi Germany, was half American and was a descendant of two signers of the Declaration of Independence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
In 1938 nazi Germany began an expedition to challenge Norwegian claims in Antarctica, primarily for control of whale oil; a hotly desired commodity for the production of margarine. The story has since developed into a conspiracy theory about secret nazi ice bases supported by alien technology youtube.com/watch?v=Rs0Za…
Today I learned of William Colepaugh, who upon being discharged from the US naval reserve defected to Nazi Germany in 1944. Trained as a spy, he was landed ashore at Gulf of Maine by an U boat. He voluntarily surrendered after partying with the money meant for espionage activities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned about how Germany made homosexuality a crime in the late 1800s, which wasn't enforced until the Third Reich started the Holocaust and imprisoned gay men. Even after liberation, many gay German men still lived out their imprisonment, some as late as 1970. The law wasn't repealed until the 1990s. history.com/news/pink-tri…
The Roaring 20's were called the "Golden 20's" or "Goldene Zwanziger Jahre" in Germany as it was also a period of rapid economic growth, expansion of liberal ideas, and spurt in the field of arts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gol…
In 2017 a 100kg, Royal Canadian Mint made (but privately owned) gold coin dubbed the "Big Maple Leaf” was stolen from Bode Museum in Germany. It has a face value of $1 million but by weight was worth $4 million. cbc.ca/news/entertainment…
The Stab in the back myth was an antisemitic conspiracy theory, widely believed and promulgated in right-wing circles in Germany after 1918. The belief was that the German Army did not lose World War I en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
In Germany, burial plots are leased by the family of the deceased for 10-30 years. If the lease is not renewed, the deceased's remains (if applicable) are exhumed and either moved or buried deeper in the plot and the plot becomes available to be leased for another grave. germanpulse.com/2012/10/1…
In Germany you can be punished by up to one year in prison if you don't help someone who's in danger or has had an accident lewik.org/term/15890/omis…
Then Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek had such great admiration for Nazi Germany that he sent his adopted son to join their military during the occupation of Austria. shanghai1937.com/a-chines…
Volkswagen was sued by the Czechoslovakian car maker Tatra before WWII because the KdF-Wagen (the original Beetle) was so similar to the Tatra 97. Porsche was willing to settle but Hitler said he would "would settle the matter." After Germany invaded Czechoslovakia, T97 production was stopped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tat…
Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun, made home movies that detail her life as the first woman in Nazi Germany. theguardian.com/world/201…
The probably oldest continuously operated fast food restaurant has been serving Bratwurst in Germany for over 850 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg…
The modern Christmas tree originated in western Germany. They combined the Adam and Eve idea of the β€œparadise tree" with various Christ symbols (like candles, figurines and stars). By the 16th century the Christmas pyramid and the paradise tree had merged, becoming the Christmas tree. britannica.com/plant/Chri…
Today I learned of the Saar Offensive of 1939. With the bulk of the Wehrmacht committed in Poland, French forces temporarily enacted a plan to invade Germany that would have resulted in German surrender in "one or two weeks." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saa…
Today I learned about Petra, a black swan from Germany that has fell in love with a pedalo that looks like a swan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Today I learned of King Bansah, an African king that lives in Germany and work as a mechanic at the same time that rules his kingdom in Ghana. vice.com/en/article/exq8p…
In 1975, a nudist beach opened in West Germany on the border with the East. Visitors sought to have nude photos taken below a looming East German watchtower, and West Germans noted "a lot more movement on that watchtower" once the beach opened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inn…
Today I learned of Alaska's Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area, which is the largest county-equivalent of the United States. At 147k sq. miles, it is a similar size as Germany -- despite only having a population of 5,588 people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuk…
One Canadian tank, nicknamed "Bomb," never missed a day of service from when it landed in Normandy on D-Day until the surrender of Germany, firing over 6,000 rounds and taking two enemy hits across France, Belgium, and the Netherlands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bom…
"How to Win Friends and Influence People" was a smash-hit in Nazi Germany, much to the author's surprise. He thought the idea of being smooth and charming wouldn't go well with the Nazi worldview. He wrote that he would rate "butter higher than guns as a means of winning friends". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How…
Spain has been in the wrong time zone for 7 decades. Spain's dictator Francisco Franco set the country's clocks an hour ahead in World War II in order to be aligned with Nazi Germany, and the change was never reverted. npr.org/sections/parallel…
The city of Trier, Germany, sold 0 euro banknotes with Karl Marx's portrait printed on them in 2018, commemorating Marx's 200th birthday, having been born in the city. money.cnn.com/2018/04/19/…
Germany is permanently forbidden from expanding its territory, even in the event a foreign state/country asked and/or voted to join Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Raccoons are not native to Germany. They were brought there in the 1920s for their pelts. During World War II, an Allied bomb hit a raccoon farm wall, allowing a dozen or so to escape. Today, German cities are being overrun by millions of raccoons! dw.com/en/raccoons-take-t…
The Swiss Banking Act made it a criminal offense to disclose the account information and activity of Jewish clients to Nazi Germany affiliates during World War II en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
In 1917 an American filmmaker was arrested because his movie was "undermining the war effort against Germany." slate.com/news-and-politi…
Today I learned about the Christmas pickle. A supposedly German tradition, where you hide a pickle in the Christmas tree and whoever finds it first gets a reward. Apparently this is a well known tradition in the US, but not of German origin and in fact completely unknown in Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Nazi Germany secretly paid its generals vast sums of money to ignore the holocaust en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
The 1980 film Airplane! was released as "The Incredible Journey in a Crazy Plane" in Germany; "The Craziest Plane in the World" in Italy; and some variation of "Is There a Pilot on This Plane?" in France, Croatia, and Peru oversixty.asia/entertainm…
Today I learned about Kaspar Hauser, a teenager who randomly appeared in Nuremberg, Germany in 1828, claiming to have been brought up in an isolated cell. He was taken care of by the local nobility, went through several assassination attempts, and got killed under mysterious circumstances in 1833. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kas…
, when Germany surrendered at the end of WWII, huge celebrations broke out on the streets of London. Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister secretly left Buckingham Palace to join the crowds outside, with Elizabeth describing it as "one of the most memorable nights of my life" britishlegion.org.uk/stor…
The Blue Peacock project wanted to store nuclear mines in Germany. If the Soviets invaded, the bombs would be detonated. One technical problem was that a mine's electronics could fail because of the cold. One proposed fix was to use live chickens, as their body heat would prevent this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Before the "robber barons" of late 19th-century capitalism, there were robber barons or "robber knights" in medieval Germany who were feudal lords who levied extortionate taxes or road tolls, some resorting to open banditry and piracy: robbing merchants and kidnapping people for ransom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned about the Disgrace of GijΓ³n, a Football (Soccer) match between West Germany and Austria so bad, the German TV Commentator refused to comment the game at one point, the Austrian TV commentator asked people to change the channel, and Spain's newspaper printed the match in their Crimes Section. footiecentral.com/footbal…

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