On September 23, 2009, former prime minister of Libya Muammar Gaddafi attempted to abolish the nation of Switzerland, by proposing a division of the country between France, Italy, and Germany. content.time.com/time/wor…
Syphilis has had many names throughout history: In Germany, it was the "French Disease." In France, it was the "Italian Disease." In Holland, it was the "Spanish Disease." In Russia, it was the "Polish Disease." In Turkey, it was the "Christian Disease." ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
, JΓΌrgen Hinzpeter was the the only journalist to film massacres during the government supression of the democratic uprising in the South Korean city of Gwangju in 1980. His footage was delivered to Germany and broadcast worldwide. In 2000s, he was honored by South Korea for his efforts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C…
In 1994, David Hasselhoff toured across Germany to promote his album. That same year, he performed a concert on TV to help his singing career in America. On the night of the concert, O.J. Simpson was involved in his car chase and viewership of the concert was much lower than expected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Switzerland finally dismantled last Cold War-era explosives from a bridge leading to Germany. They built such defenses to protect the country in the time of invasion! nationalpost.com/news/swi…
In WWII, the Japanese ambassador to Nazi Germany became one of the Western Allies greatest and highest-level sources in Berlin, offering up information on the invasion of the Soviet Union, German defenses at the Atlantic Wall, and more...without ever knowing his cables had been decrypted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hir…
Today I learned of Oskar Speck, who kayaked from Germany to Australia. He set off from Ulm in 1932 to seek work in Cyprus, but soon left to 'see the world'. Upon arriving in Australia in 1939, Speck was detained due to the outbreak of the Second World War. adventure-journal.com/201…
While on tour in Germany in 2002 Liam Gallagher and his bodyguards were beaten up. They claimed it was the Russian Mob. It was actually a group of estate agents. contactmusic.com/liam-gal…
Germany built one aircraft carrier during ww2 which was discovered in 2006 260 feet below sea level en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
There was a youth movement against the Hitler Youth in Nazi Germany. historylearningsite.co.uk…
Doctors were seven times as likely to join the Nazi Party as other employed men in Germany tabletmag.com/sections/hi…
In 1980 Marienetta Jirkowsky became the youngest and last woman killed attempting to cross the Berlin Wall. Fleeing East Germany with a friend and her fiance she was shot by border guards and died at the age of 18. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Speyer wine bottle, unearthed from a Roman tomb found near Speyer, Germany, is considered "the world's oldest existing bottle of wine". The bottle has been dated between 325 and 350 AD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
There are secret bunkers all over the UK that were to be used as resistance bases if Germany had been successful with Operation Sealion the invasion of Britain.The special units only had a projected life expectancy of just twelve days. bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-3794…
Today I learned of the Oster conspiracy where members of the Abwehr wanted to use a negative response from Britain in the Sudeten Crisis to arrest Hitler on the grounds of of endangering the safety of Germany and its people. Despite being made aware of the plot, Britain sided with Hitler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ost…
The name of "Germany" in the Navajo language means "Metal Cap-wearer Land", referencing the distinctive wartime steel helmets. In Plains Cree, it is "Among the Steel Helmets", and in Lakota, it is "Bad Speaker Land". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
Today I learned of Gunther PlΓΌschow, a WWI German aviator, escaping from the siege of Tsingtao, he smuggled himself across China, through Japan, and into the US. Captured in NYC, sent to a POW camp in Britain, he broke out and escaped to Germany, after visiting the British Museum and taking souvenir photos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun…
Today I learned about Bhagat Ram Talwar an Indian spymaster -code named- Silver who was essentially the only known example of a QUINTUPLE agent having spied for Germany, Italy, Japan, USSR, and Britain during WW2 openthemagazine.com/loung…
Today I learned of Nazi Germany's "Rally for Peace", which was a 10 day political celebration meant to reiterate Germany's desire for peace in Europe that was canceled on short notice as Germany's unprovoked invasion of Poland began the day before the rally's planned start date. wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuremb…
Germany's first mosque, called the WΓΌnsdorf mosque, was built in a POW camp during WWI. specifically in 1915. the camp itself was named "Half-moon camp" and housed around 5,000 allied Muslim POWs and it was intended to convince them to wage a holy war against the UK and France. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
In 2001 a Chinese steel firm purchased an entire shuttered steel mill from Germany for its scrap price, disassembled it, shipped it back to China, and reassembled it. Production was resumed in less than two years. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-…
Due to Chinese espionage and infiltration in Nazi Germany in WWII, the Chinese under Chiang Kai-shek's government were able to warn Stalin that Germany was planning to attack the Soviet Union in the spring of 1941, several months before the commencement of Operation Barbarossa on June 22, 1941. defenceindepth.co/2016/06…
Today I learned about Klaas Faber, a Dutch-German Waffen-SS execution squad commander who was convicted for the deaths of 22 people, After escaping Dutch prison to Germany he got a citizenship because of Nazi laws and despite extradition requests by the Dutch government, he died in Germany a free man in 2012. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kla…
In 2012, a survey in eastern Germany (regions formerly part of East Germany/GDR) was unable to find a single person under the age of 28 who believed in God theguardian.com/commentis…
Oettinger Brewery does not advertise, uses company-owned trucks, & their brewing process is highly automated. This allows them to keep beer prices low whereby they were the best-selling beer in Germany from 2004-2011. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oet…
"Made in Germany" was used in the UK as a warning of allegedly inferior German products. Over time, they turned out to be of excellent quality, establishing the brand as a seal of quality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad…
Today I learned of Operation Cornflakes in WWII, the OSS (predecessor of the CIA) as part of their psychological warfare campaign would drop fake mail in Nazi Germany that included a skull overlay that resembles a portion of Hitler’s jaw having been "eaten away". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned about the Nazi program to develop nuclear weapons. The program suffered from a lack of scientists, as the politicization of research in Nazi Germany had pushed most scientists to flee to the United States. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
Simone Segouin was a French Resistance fighter in WWII that was only 18 when Germany invaded. She took part in large-scale missions, such as capturing German troops, derailing trains, and other acts of sabotage. And she is still alive and just celebrated her 95th birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
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…
Mussolini was so jealous of Germany's gains in Europe, he warned Belgium and the Netherlands about the oncoming German invasion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
In other countries New Zealand, Belgium, Germany, etc. have their own exotic β€œAmerican” food isles in grocery stores alot like how America has Mexican and Asian isles in their grocery stores (I lived in America for all of my life obviously) foodbeast.com/news/americ…
West German footballer Paul Mebus played only one World Cup match, the 3-8 defeat to Hungary in 1954. After that match, the manager caught Mebus singing under the shower. In face of the harsh defeat, the manager saw this as unacceptable, and Mebus was never again selected for West Germany en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Chinese checkers is neither a variation of checkers nor did it originate in any part of Asia. It was created in 1892 in Germany with the name β€œSternhalma.” It was later marketed in America under the name β€œHop Ching Checkers” plansponsor.com/trivial-p…
There are two seperate and incompatible power grids in Japan. East Japan (Tokyo) is powered by 50hz generators and West Japan (Osaka, Kyoto) is powered by 60hz. As early companies looked for AC current options, the east ordered their generators from Germany, the west ordered from America. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
When the Monty Python team was taken to Germany to find things to write comedy about there, they were taken straight from the airport to Dachau concentration camp youtu.be/xIUKSK-Uf-E
At the Volkswagen Autostadt in Wolfsburg Germany, there are two towers of cars. New cars can be ordered from here and they are transported from the factory to this tower via an underground tunnel, and are then lifted into a parking spot until the customer takes delivery. interestingengineering.co…
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/…
The Nazi Party's paramilitary organisation, the SA, was so large it made up over 6 percent of the entire population of Germany at that time encyclopedia.ushmm.org/co…
The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) had a massive coffee shortage in the 70s. As such, the SED (Social Unity Party) contacted Angola, Cuba, and especially Vietnam, to trade weapons for high quality coffee beans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Today I learned about the Wittmoor bog trackway, two historic corduroy (wooden log) roads, discovered in 1898 in Hamburg, Germany. Dating of the logs used to construct the road reveal they were cut down in 330 AD during the Roman Empire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
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…
Curves on the autobahn in Germany are banked to facilitate high speed driving auguszt.de/english/VZ/aut…
Today I learned about β€œDinner For One” a 1962 British comedy TV sketch that has become a very popular New Years viewing tradition in Germany, Austria, and in Scandinavian countries while remaining obscure in its native country. wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinner…
Today I learned of the Witten Women's Protest. In November 1943, the women of Witten demonstrated against Nazi policies of restricting them to their evacuation areas. Hitler relented in January 1944 and reversed the policy. This was one of the few successful non-violent protest in wartime Nazi Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
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…
In October 1923, Germany experienced a 29,500% hyperinflation (roughly 21% interest per day). The hyperinflation in October 1923 produced banknote denominations of 100 trillion Mark. At the end of the hyperinflation, these notes were worth approximately Β£5 sterling or $24 USD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
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…
Between 1933 and 1945 that Nazi Germany executed 16,500 prisoners by guillotine, 10,000 of these executions took place during the last year of the war (between 1944-1945). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
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…

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