7 things you probably didn’t know about Oktoberfest

It is likely common knowledge across the globe that Oktoberfest involves German pride and beer. Of course, there is a lot more to it than that. Here are a few things you may not know about Oktoberfest, from the Oxford Companion to Beer:

  1. Oktoberfest actually starts in September. For practical (i.e., weather) reasons, the festival was moved forward in the calendar from early to mid-October to the last 2 weeks of September in the 1870s. The festival now runs the last 2 weeks of September into the first weekend of October. 
  2. During Oktoberfest, Oktoberfestbier sales amount to 6.5 million 1 liter servings, enough to fill an Olympic-sized pool! 
  3. Only the large breweries that brew inside Munich’s city limits are allowed to deliver beer. Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, owner of “Kaltenberg-brewery,” tried to bring his own beer to Oktoberfest, all in vain. 
  4. No beers except those brewed by authorized large breweries of Munich are allowed to be labeled “Oktoberfest" beer. 
  5. Oktoberfest is not just a beer festival and showcase for Munich’s breweries; it is also a pop-up amusement park. The popular funfair features some spectacular fairground attractions, from roller coasters to a real flea circus with live fleas performing amazing tricks, only able to be seen through a magnifying glass. 
  6. The festival actually originated as a wedding party. In 1810, Bavaria’s king Maximilian I. Joseph organized a 2-day festival to celebrate the wedding of his son, Crown Prince Ludwig (later Ludwig I) to Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. 
  7. Oktoberfest is a 200 year old tradition, discontinued only in times of war and cholera.

Image credit: Collage Bavaria by Anja, Public Domain via Pixabay.


Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Revealed 

Today at the “Mondial de l’Automobile” event in Paris, Chairman of the Porsche Executive Board Mondial de l’Automobile was proud to unveil the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The hybrid version of the Panamera is synonymous with a high level of comfort and maximum efficiency in the luxury segment. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid combines a 2.9-liter V6 biturbo engine with an electric motor to deliver a system power of 340 kW (462 hp).

Thanks to the improved lithium-ion cells offering an increased capacity, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid offers an electric range of around 50 kilometers in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) – a real increase compared with its predecessor. The model delivers power and fuel consumption figures of 2.5 l/100 km and 15.9 kWh/100 km respectively in the NEDC for plug-in hybrid models. And yet the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is also a sportscar among the luxury saloons: The all-wheel Porsche achieves a top speed of 278 km/h and delivers a system torque of 700 Nm from stationary without hesitation. The four-door hybrid sportscar breaks the 100 km/h barrier in just 4.6 seconds. 

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barbex  asked:

The Nutella debate!! It is alive!! Families have fought over this, people have stopped talking to each other for hours because of it -- it's the great linguistic debate at german breakfast tables. If you see the word as of latin descent, then it's "die" for the female -a ending and it's "das" if you consider the substance as an object. There is no correct answer. But one thing is for sure: "Wenn Du glaubst es geht nicht mehr, dann löffle das Nutella leer."

Oh, so… wow, that cartoon actually reflected a real thing that happens and not a joke? Blimey! 

It’s funny that you mention whether the word’s of Latin descent or not in the “die”/”das” debate, because Italians invented it and it’s feminine in their language (but then I don’t think they have the neutral article like German does, so…) Also, what does that last saying mean? Google Translate couldn’t help me, and my German ability is even worse than my French and Chinese language abilities, unfortunately… 

But anyway. Thanks for clearing that up! (Sort of.) As I said earlier, I LOVE foreign languages and language-related things, so this is all fascinating to me. 

Eating carrots doesn’t make you see better. Your body does convert beta- carotene into vitamin A, but it’s not enough to enhance the vision of the average person. The myth comes from WWII, when the British tried to hide their new radar technology by tricking the Germans into thinking their pilots had developed ‘night sight’ from eating large quantities of carrots. Source