facts about germany

This is random but I just really wanted you guys to know that in Germany we call chick-peas “Kichererbsen” which literally translates to giggling peas and I hope imagining a bowl full of happy giggly peas makes your day a little brighter

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little-known fun fact about Germany: our job offers don’t appear on companies’ websites or in papers, but printed on a handful of randomly selected products that you have to hunt down in supermarkets if you’re looking for a job.

should you be so lucky to check out with such a product, all you have to do is consume it, scribble your CV onto it and put it into the nearest pfandflaschenautomat to apply

The new ambassador for Germany

Hello dear community.
My name is Nathalie-Victoria, NIkki for short, and I will, from now on, act as the passive ambassador for Germany in the Hetalia community.
Hobbies include writing, languages, rp and taking notes to just about everything. My second account is @ask-the-icelandic-little

As already implied, I am from Germany, was born and live here, and since Hetalia I got way more interested in my country as well and now love to research about the different cultures from Hamburg to Bavaria and would be happy to share.

I would be happy to teach more about my nation then just the World War 2 part of history everyone already knows, about our history before and after and, if interest is there, also a bit about the germanic tribes if you would like. About our culture as well, food, drinks and more! 
One of my main goals will also be to teach everyone interested a bit of german, since I have often enough seen wrong use or slightly messed up words in fanart and fanfiction already.
I wont blame you for that, “German language, difficult language” is even a figure of speech here in Germany, but we can always do better!
I have already translated some phrases for the writer @worldcakecakecake and plan to do so in the future as well, whenever a question should arise!
Whenever you need an accurate translation of every so small word, I would be happy to help!
With that, at the end of my introduction, I will leave you with some small facts about Germany for now.

1.) The in America known “german” tradition of the Chirstmas pickle actually isnt german at all! It was made up by german settlers when they first arrived in America, that may be, but nobody in Germany will have an idea what you are talking about when you ask them about it!
2.) Bavaria = Germany. In most cases, even here, the first things people think about when Germany is mentioned are Lederhosen, Oktoberfest, Weißwurst beer in one liter glasses.
That, though, are only the most common Bavarian things! You will never see anyone in Hamburg celebrating Oktoberfest, or, for that matter, seeing Bavaria as part of Germany in the first place.
The north is very different from the south and was way more under Prussian influence, while Bavaria is, culture wise, closer to Austria actually.
3.) A short fact, but Hamburg is the city (/state) with the most bridges in all of Europe, topping even Amsterdam and Venice!

I hope with that I could give you all a small look into Germany already and hope for good work together!

Best wishes,
Nikki.

Fun (or rather not so fun) fact about Germany: 

Good Friday is a so called “silent holiday” here. From today 6PM until Saturday (in some areas even until Sunday/Monday) we aren’t allowed to dance in public, celebrate in public, have concerts with non-Christian music, have sport events, work in the garden or use vacuum cleaners, shop, or do anything else that might disturb the dignity of Good Friday.

So much for Germany being free of religious influence. We have one of the worst theocracies there are.

Another 5 Random Facts about Germany

* Germany is known for its rich forest cover. The Zugspitze, at 2,962 m, is its highest mountain. There are more than 400 registered parks and zoos in the country, the Berlin Zoo being the oldest zoo in the world.

* German is the 3rd-most commonly taught language worldwide and it is the official language of 5 countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein.

* German people are the world’s 3rd-largest beer consumers after the Czechs and Austrians. (2012

* Germany has a highway or autobahn network of about 8,000 miles. In many places there are no speed limits, although it is “advisable” not to exceed 130 km/h or go below 60 km/h. If you run out of gas on an Autobahn, you could get fined. You cannot stop, turn, or park your vehicle on the highway unless it’s an emergency. It’s against the law to overtake another vehicle from the right side. If you want to go slow, stay in the slow right lane. 

* Football/soccer is Germany’s most popular sport - the German Football Association is the largest association of its kind in the world. 

More facts here. 

Comparing the alt-right to Nazism may be hyperbolic — but it's not ridiculous

“To my mind, the most troubling fact about Nazi Germany is that the Holocaust wasn’t committed by a super army of moral monsters — though it’s comforting to believe that. Of course the act itself was monstrous, but many of the ordinary people who participated — the low-level soldiers and the guards — were otherwise sane and functional human beings.

The lesson there is that an entire country or people, no matter how educated or advanced or cultured, can be led into an abyss given the right stew of ideas and conditions.”

Read his full feature here

— Sean Illing

TATINOF Berlin (2.30 pm)

Before we could even go inside: Everyone sang “The Internet Is Here” and “Danger Men At Work” like literally the whole crowd

The show:

1. Many, many, many, many hellos

2 Dan thanked the audience for not being quiet because that would have been awkward.

3. They appreciated our singing (We heard you singing, it was awesome)

4 Dan had to name 3 facts about Germany: 1 Capital of Germany (best European country at the moment); 2. It’s freezing cold and Phil failed his tweet becaues he could have said “Brrrlin” instead of “Brrmany”; 3. The people of Germany speak German

5. Phil spoke German (”Ich bin Phil und du bist wunderbar”) and Dan questioned it (”Did that make any sense??”)

6. They mounted the lion and the llama (Dan: Even though English is not your first language you can peer pressure)

6. Introduction to the story (same as in the movie)

7. Phil started to sang the song and everybody(!) joined

8. The 7 second challenge!! 

The same Audience task as in the movie but it sounded better with our European accents (qoute by Dan)

Dan: Rap about Germany (nailed it)

Phil: Count from 10 backwards in German (failed it)

Dan: Dab with your legs (nailed it)

Phil: Rap four lines from Dan’s disstrack (failed it)

Dan: Highfive ten people from the audience (nailed it, he did 17 actually)

Phil: Imitate Dan’s first video in German (nailed it)

ALL OR NOTHING!!(dun dun duuun)

Dan: Turn into a dolphin and swim to the other side of the room (obviously failed it, but it was a good dolphin impression though)

9. The Amazing Phil

Well first of all, Dan said “I’m not saying ‘Dad’ as I did in the last show” and when Dan got angry and wanted Phil to give him the cloth in his suit, the cloth was very long and rainbow-coloured (PRIDE FLAG!)

10. Weird kid

The first two were the same as in the movie but instead of telling the story about his “American mum” Phil told the story about how he told everyone his real dad is a french gangster and that when a girl asked his mother about it, his mother told everyone that he is part french #amazingmum (picture where “…totes french” was written in Comic Sans and another picture with Phil’ french name “Phil Ratousse” was written on)

Audience stories:

“I had a relationship with a statue” (2 out of 5)

“I used to think that there were actual people in a CD so I never skipped a song” (3 out of 5)

“ I used to chew my doll’s clothes because I wasn’t allowed to chew chewing gum” (4 out of 5)

“I used to have a sheep plushie and I imitaed it by eating gras” (4 out of 5)

“I used to walk like a horse until I was 5″ (4 out of 5)

“I used to eat butter with my fingers”(5 out of 5)

11. Uncle Dan’s support hotline

We named the llama “Merkel”

Dan: spoke German twice (”Hallo” and “Guten Tag”)

(Not the right order)

How can I stop being awkward?

I’m wearing all black and my parents don’t like it

I want my senpai Brendon Urie to adopt me (Dan formally noticed everyone in the audience)

Dan drinks beer (manliest man alive)

I moved in with my best friend and she’S annoying me alreday

Jesus supporters always run away from me, am I possesed? (Dan: Jesus has the best fandom)

John Cena

Rick Roll

12. Crafty Corner:

gnom with Phil’s show shirt, pride hat and #meme on the back

Phil trash no.1 shirt made out of a trash bag

The Amazing Plant Is Not On Fire with Phil as Alladin and Dan as Jasmine (Dan took it because Phil kills plants)

Horse-Moth painting

Actual ladders EP (everybody did the ladder hands)

BONCA-award for “Best dads of the year” (We’re all their adopted children)

Book of Fanarts

13. Phil tries singing again and again everybody joins

14. Timetravelling as in the movie

15. Dan’s existential crisis

16. Fanfiction:

(Phil had to pull out the car)

We chose ‘pirates’( Phil bullied Dan because he is left-handed so Phil got the hook, their parrot was broken(too long in the microwave))

then space ( Phil killed an alien with a lightsaber and the world exploded, Dan and Phil are the only two humans alive(!))

and then french girl (sadly)

17. Do the dishes

18. Dil (many worshippers)

19. Dil’s speech ( when he talked about Phil the whole audience did heart hands, *aaawwww*)

20. The song!!! (everybody joined and we all had glowsticks and Phil was so surprised he stopped singing for a millisecond; soo many heart eyes!!)

21. Highfive with jump

22. They said good-bye and left

!During the show were so many anecdotes and comments on Germany and the language!


Hope you have a better impression about the show now!

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Top 10 Awesome Facts About Germany

“In this video we’ll take a look at the history and traditions of Germany.”

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Serious and funny facts about Germany by Namibians

Facts about Germany - Urbanism, Architecture, and the Use of Space - Part 1

The earliest urban centers in what is now Germany were established by the Romans on or near the Rhine, often on the sites of pre-Roman settlements. Examples include Mainz, Trier, and Cologne. In the Middle Ages, older and newly founded towns became centers for commerce and for the manual trades, which were organized in guilds. Towns developed distinctive forms of social organization and culture, which set them off from the agrarian world of peasants and nobles. Some, called “free imperial cities,” enjoyed the protection of the emperor and concomitant political and economic privileges. Others were directly subordinate to territorial lords, but still tried to gain or maintain a degree of autonomy.

By the early modern period, the most important commercial centers were the Hanseatic towns or cities of the northern coastal regions, the Rhenish towns, and the southern German towns, such as Augsburg, Würzburg, Regensburg, and Nuremberg, which were located along trade routes leading to the Mediterranean. There was often a sharp distinction between commercial cities, such as Leipzig, and court cities, such as Dresden. Up until the nineteenth century, however, the urban populations were very modest in size. In 1800, only Berlin and Hamburg had more than 100,000 inhabitants.

In the course of the nineteenth century, Germany experienced the forms of internal migration and urbanization that are typical of the transition from an agrarian to an industrial society. Industrial centers such as Leipzig, Berlin, and the Ruhr Valley grew dramatically in the second half of the century. Essen, in the Ruhr Valley, had 10,000 inhabitants in 1851 and 230,000 in 1905. The inadequate living conditions in the burgeoning cities were a major impetus for the workers’ movement, which led to the formation of unions and working-class parties, most notably the Social Democratic and Communist parties.

anonymous asked:

Omg I just found your blog, and it's the best thing I've ever done! Can I ask you a question? I've been trying to this one interview for ages and everyone has gods of it... You used in for one of your facts? About Germany & boxes having flask drives of an intimate gig they did? Sorry if this is confusing but?

wow thank you! And here is a link to the video you are looking for! x

(watch the video and you will understand this gif)