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81 Super Interesting Facts To Blurt Out In The Middle Of Dinner With Your Family
The voice of Mickey Mouse and the voice of Minnie Mouse got married in real life!
By Terri Pous

1. German chocolate cake is named after a guy named Sam German, not the country.

2. Almost as many people were killed by guillotine in Nazi Germany as in the French Revolution.

3. The creature that kills the most people every year isn’t snakes, sharks, or even other humans — it’s the mosquito.

4. The Sun City Poms is a cheerleading squad in Arizona that only people 55 or older can join.

5. “What in tarnation?” is literally just another way of saying, “What the hell?”

6. Chainsaws, the horror-movie murder weapon of choice, were invented for aid in childbirth😊.

7. There’s an island in Japan you can visit that’s inhabited only by friendly bunnies.

8. There are actually more public libraries in the US than McDonald’s.

9. The last letter added to the English alphabet wasn’t Z — it was the letter J.

10. In 1518, a “dancing plague” took over the town of Strasbourg, France.

11. People wore fake moles (or “beauty patches”) made of velvet, silk, or mouse skin in the 18th century as a fashion statement.

12. Before the invention of color TV, 75% of people said they dreamed in black and white. Today, only 12% do.

13. A female architecture student prevented a Manhattan skyscraper from collapsing in the 1970s when she caught a massive design flaw.

14. It’s illegal to own just one guinea pig in Switzerland because they get lonely.

15. Wombat poop is cube-shaped.

16. The British royal family isn’t allowed to play Monopoly.

17. Popcorn wasn’t always a beloved movie snack — in fact, prior to the Great Depression, movie theaters hated popcorn.

18. Paper bags aren’t any better for the environment than plastic ones.

19. In the 19th century, experts warned women about a disease called bicycle face, which meant getting stuck with the awkward faces they made while biking.

20. Until the 1980s, it was illegal for a woman to drive a car down Main Street in Waynesboro, Virginia, unless her husband was walking in front of the car waving a red flag.

21. The voice of Mickey Mouse and the voice of Minnie Mouse got married IRL.

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  • Brits: *colonize and subject India and Pakistan to famines that coasted the lives of 100 million people, run the country like a megacorperation, and continues to rob the labor and resources of the country till today which makes them want to travel to the UK for a less horrible life*
  • Brits: Why can't Indians go back to their own country?
  • Germans: *Invite Turkish workers as part of a program to help rebulid infrastructure in the 60s*
  • Germans: Who let all these Turks in?
  • Americans: *literally conquers mexico*
  • Americans: why there so many Mexicans here?
  • germans: ok, so our country is called Deutschland
  • the french: got it. the country of Allemagne
  • germans: that doesn't even sound like it
  • the english: oh no, we got it, it's Germany
  • germans: not even close
  • the polish: it's Niemcy, right?
  • germans: how are you each getting it wrong in a completely different way
  • danes: Tyskland
  • lithuanians: Vokietija
  • germans: ...
  • germans: anyone else?
  • finns: Saksa
  • germans: you know what? sure. whatever

The Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year is an annual cycle of seasonal festivals, observed by many modern Pagans. It consists of either four or eight festivals: either the solstices and equinoxes, known as the “quarter days”, or the four midpoints between, known as the “cross quarter days”.

The festivals celebrated by differing sects of modern Paganism can vary considerably in name and date. Observing the cycle of the seasons has been important to many people, both ancient and modern, and many contemporary Pagan festivals are based to varying degrees on folk traditions.

In many traditions of modern Pagan cosmology, all things are considered to be cyclical, with time as a perpetual cycle of growth and retreat tied to the Sun’s annual death and rebirth.

Yule/Winter Solstice: a festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later undergoing Christian reformulation resulting in the now better-known Christmastide. A celebration the beginning of longer days, as this is the shortest day of the year in terms of sunlight. 

Imbolc: the first cross-quarter day following Midwinter this day falls on the first of February and traditionally marks the first stirrings of spring. It is time for purification and spring cleaning in anticipation of the year’s new life. 

For Celtic pagans, the festival is dedicated to the goddess Brigid, daughter of The Dagda and one of the Tuatha Dé Danann.

Among witches reclaiming tradition, this is the  time for pledges and dedications for the coming year.

Ostara/Spring Equinox: from this point on, days are longer than the nights. Many mythologies, regard this as the time of rebirth or return for vegetation gods and celebrate the spring equinox as a time of great fertility.

Germanic pagans dedicate the holiday to their fertility goddess, Ostara. She is notably associated with the symbols of the hare and egg. Her Teutonic name may be etymological ancestor of the words east and Easter.

Beltrane: traditionally the first day of summer in Ireland, in Rome the earliest celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times with the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers, and the Walpurgis Night celebrations of the Germanic countries. 

Since the Christianization of Europe, a more secular version of the festival has continued in Europe and America. In this form, it is well known for maypole dancing and the crowning of the Queen of the May.

Litha/Summer Solstice: one of the four solar holidays, and is considered the turning point at which summer reaches its height and the sun shines longest.

Luchnassad/Lammas: It is marked the holiday by baking a figure of the god in bread and eating it, to symbolize the sanctity and importance of the harvest. Celebrations vary, as not all Pagans are Wiccans.  

The name Lammas (contraction of loaf mass) implies it is an agrarian-based festival and feast of thanksgiving for grain and bread, which symbolizes the first fruits of the harvest. Christian festivals may incorporate elements from the Pagan Ritual.

Mabon/Autumn Equinox: a Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. The name Mabon was coined by Aidan Kelly around 1970 as a reference to Mabon ap Modron, a character from Welsh mythology. Among the sabbats, it is the second of the three Pagan harvest festivals, preceded by Lammas / Lughnasadh and followed by Samhain.

Samhain: considered by some as a time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, and it often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets, and other loved ones who have died. In some rituals the spirits of the departed are invited to attend the festivities. It is seen as a festival of darkness, which is balanced at the opposite point of the wheel by the festival of Beltane, which is celebrated as a festival of light and fertility.


For Club and Country: Mesut Özil (for Germany and Arsenal FC)

“He is a top-class player, honestly. I would- rather than talking about him, I would rather watch him play again. If you love to watch football, you love to watch Özil.” Arsène Wenger, Arsenal FC head coach

“If you were expecting Özil to be super aggressive and to be running miles and miles from side to side and to show great enthusiasm and aggressiveness, this is not Mesut. If you are waiting for somebody where every time he touches the ball, the ball smiles. Every time he makes a pass, the ball goes with the right direction, the right speed, the right intensity, this is Özil.” - José Morinho, Manchester United FC head coach

My favourite part of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang though

is that it is 144 minutes long. And for the first two thirds of that it is a perfectly fucking normal movie. 

Like there’s a whole ninety minute movie which is like an inventor who loves his two kids and he wants to get them the thing from the junkyard that they want because it’ll be sold to be destroyed soon and he tries to make money but he can’t and he meets the sweetmaker’s daughter and he doesn’t like her and she doesn’t like him but then they get closer and it looks like the car his kids wanted is going to be ruined but then he accidentally makes a sweet and he and the sweetmaker’s daughter try to sell it to the sweetmaker but then it backfires and he’s sad because he’s going to disappoint his kids but he decides he can’t let them down and he goes out and is able to get the money at the fair and he rebuilds the car and takes his kids and the sweetmaker’s daughter on a day out in his newly fixed up car and he and she are flirting on the beach and the kids really like her and trying to push them together and like wow this must really be wrapping up soon and THEN PIRATES AND THE CAR IS FLYING???? INDENTURED INVENTOR SERVANTS???  AND WE ARE NOW IN SOME GERMANIC COUNTRY WHERE CHILDREN ARE ILLEGAL AND THE CHILDCATCHER AND THE TOYMAKER AND THE KING IS TRYING TO MURDER HIS WIFE AND THERE'S AN ARMY OF ANGRY CHILDREN???? haha well that was strange well let’s just drop the sweetmaker’s daughter off at her house I wonder if they get together

11 strange things about living in Germany.
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Moving to another country is exciting, but challenging. Cultural differences become more visible and you have to adapt to a different way of life. 

Here are the top things I found strange about life in Germany. 

1. Bureaucracy 

I thought Mexico was very bureaucratic, until I lived in Germany. Do you need to open a bank account in Germany? Are you a foreigner? you’ll need two weeks. First you need to ask for an appointment, then submit all the paperwork and wait until every single document, number and statement comes through the mail. Registering yourself at the local office? three days minimum. Germans know this and always complain about it. On the upside: Germans are very efficient and most things will be done right the first time.

2. Nothing is open on Sundays 

In Germany most restaurants, supermarkets and stores are closed on Sundays as most people use this day to relax or be with their family. Most Cafés are open though and there are lots of parks where you can take a walk.

3. Cash only 

The first two weeks I was in Germany I had lots of problems with my bank: I could pay with my card but I couldn’t withdraw cash from the ATM’s. This wouldn’t be a problem in most countries but German businesses rarely accept cards and when they do it is usually an EC Card issued by a German bank. Credit cards are not a big thing in Germany and most stores, bars and restaurants are “cash only”. 

4. People will tell you what to do 

Germans are very forward when giving advice and they will try to make you understand that the best way to do things is "the German way". When Germans are sick they drink ginger tea, so you must also drink ginger tea. Got a zit? rub some German ointment on it. For Germans their cars, beer, technology and everything Deutsch-made is the best (and it kind of is). I got told to “cover up” twice while walking from the gym to my house wearing shorts in the Winter so be ready to get free advice when in Germany. 

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5. Don’t jaywalk 

Germans are very anal about this. Most people will wait until it is their turn to cross the street. If you cross before the Ampelmann turns green, there is a possibility you will be yelled at. It is vital for Germans to set a good example for children so people disregarding order deserves a good dose of public scolding. Just be civil and wait until it is your turn. 

6. Internet censorship 

In 2011 several foreign exchange students received fines for watching porn online ignoring Germany’s strict copyright laws. Streaming video is not always illegal, but still many youtube videos and websites are blocked and downloading illegally can get you fined with a couple hundred euros. 

7. Remembrance

German cities and towns are full of beautiful buildings and monuments honouring historic moments, great people and also victims of Nazi persecution. Signs with the names of the most famous concentration camps with a big “Remember” on top can also be found outside several train stations. Other common sights are the Stopelsteine which are small golden squares found on sidewalks with information of people killed or sent to concentration camps during WWII. 

8. Planning ahead

Germans love to plan ahead. You should have seen the face of my friend’s mom when I told her I had come from Mexico and had not yet found an apartment to live in Berlin. I ended up finding a place a week later but Germans tend to plan everything with lots of anticipation. Germans are not big on being spontaneous and feel more confortable when everything is carefully planned.

9. Beer is everywhere (and is everything) 

Germans love beer. Legal age for drinking is 16 and people can drink just about anywhere: the subway, streets and university cafeterias. It is common to see people sipping beer at 11 a.m. and on the train heading back from work. Broken bottles are a common sight on weekends and passed out people laying in their vomit inside the train becomes part of the occasional scenery after a couple of months (in Berlin). 

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10. Disinfecting food

My friend Valeria who is also Mexican and has lived in Germany for over two years now told me how she looked everywhere for fruit and vegetable disinfectant when she first arrived, but couldn’t find it. Germans don’t use it. Need to wash vegetables? fill the sink with water, throw the vegetables in and stir a little. In Mexico people usually take fruits and vegetables, place them in water and then add some drops of chlorine, iodine or other chemical to disinfect, so that was a strange thing I had to adapt to. 

11. Germans are the nicest people you’ll ever meet

I needed to end the list by saying that Germans are some of the nicest people I have met. The occasional douchebag is present, but Germans will go out of their way to explain things, show you their culture and cook for you. Germans will stuff you with their food, speak English to you when you have trouble getting your point across and buy you a beer when you need someone to talk to. Something I noticed as well is people buying extra loafs of bread for the homeless and young children helping the elderly cross streets, and most of all… Germans are fun! 

  • Italy: thanks for helping me bake cookies, Liechtenstein~
  • Liechtenstein: of course, Mister Italy~ I'm happy to help, especially with baking~! I made one for bruder too~!
  • Italy: veh~ Let's not waste time! I can't wait to give it to Germany and Japan-
  • Liechtenstein: ahem...
  • Italy: hm? Yes, Liechtenstein?
  • Liechtenstein: we need to clean the kitchen first, and make it much, much, MUCH cleaner than when I arrived~
  • Italy: e-eh?


“Promise me you won’t do anything stupid.” - “I cannot make a promise that I cannot keep. Stupid is in my nature.”


For Club and Country: Per Mertesacker for Arsenal FC and the Germany national team

“…for the next months my clear focus is to give everything as a player for the club. I am looking forward to the things lying ahead of us, short- mid- and longterm”

German Vocab: Countries and nationalities (+languages) - Europe

Europa - Europe

Albanien - Albania 🇦🇱
der Albaner (m) - Albanian
die Albanerin (f) - Albanian
Albanisch (n) - Albanian (language)

Andorra - Andorra 🇦🇩
der Andorraner (m) - Andorran
die Andorranerin (f) - Andorran
Katalanisch (n) - Catalan (language)

Belgien - Belgium 🇧🇪
der Belgier (m) - Belgian
die Belgierin (f) - Belgian
Französisch, Flämisch, Deutsch (n) - French, Flemish, German (languages)

Bosnien-Herzegowina - Bosnia and Hercegovina 🇧🇦
der Bosnier (m) - Bosnian
die Bosnierin (f) - Bosnian
Bosnisch bzw. Serbokroatisch (n) - Bosnian i.e. Serbo-Croatian

Bulgarien - Bulgaria 🇧🇬
der Bulgare (m) - Bulgarian
die Bulgarin (f) - Bulgarian
Bulgarisch (n) - Bulgarian (language)

Dänemark - Denmark 🇩🇰
der Däne (m) - Dane
die Dänin (f) - Dane
Dänisch (n) - Danish (language)

Deutschland - Germany 🇩🇪
der Deutsche (m) - German
die Deutsche (f) - German
Deutsch (n) - German (language)

Estland - Estonia 🇪🇪
der Este (m) - Estonian
die Estin (f) - Estonian
Estnisch (n) - Estonian (language)

Finnland - Finland 🇫🇮
der Finne (m) - Finn
die Finnin (f) - Finn
Finnisch (n) - Finnish (language)

Frankreich - France 🇫🇷
der Franzose (m) - Frenchman
die Französin (f) - Frenchwoman
Französisch (n) - French (language)

Griechenland - Greece 🇬🇷
der Grieche (m) - Greek
die Griechin (f) - Greek
Griechisch (n) - Greek (language)

Irland - Ireland 🇮🇪
der Ire (m) - Irishman
die Irin (f) - Irishwoman
Irisch (Gälisch), Englisch (n) - Irish (Gaelic), English (languages)

Island - Iceland 🇮🇸
der Isländer (m) - Icelander
die Isländerin (f) - Icelander
Isländisch (n) - icelandic

Italien - Italy
der Italiener (m) - Italian 🇮🇹
die Italienerin (f) - Italian
Italienisch (n) - Italian (language)

Kosovo - Kosovo 🇽🇰
der Kosovar (m) - Kosovar
die Kosovarin (f) - Kosovar
Albanisch (n) - Albanian (language)

Kroatien - Croatia 🇭🇷
der Kroate (m) - Croat
die Kroatin (f) - Croat
Kroatisch bzw. Serbokroatisch (n) - Croatian i.e. Serbo-Croatian (language)

Lettland - Latvia 🇱🇻
der Lette (m) - Latvian
die Lettin (f) - Latvian
Lettisch (n) - Latvian (language)

Liechtenstein - Liechtenstein 🇱🇮
der Liechtensteiner (m) - Liechtensteiner
die Liechtensteinerin (f) - Liechtensteinerin
Deutsch (n) - German (language)

Litauen - Lithuania 🇱🇹
der Litauer (m) - Lithuanian
die Litauerin (f) - Lithuanian
Litauisch (n) - Lithuanian (language)

Luxemburg - Luxembourg 🇱🇺
der Luxemburger (m) - Luxembourger
die Luxemburgerin (f) - Luxembourger
Luxemburgisch (n) - Luxembourgish (language)

Malta - Malta 🇲🇹
der Malteser (m) - Maltese
die Malteserin (f) - Maltese
Maltesisch, Englisch (n) - Maltese, Englisch (languages)

Mazedonien - Macedonia 🇲🇰
der Mazedonier (m) - Macedonian
die Mazedonierin (f) - Macedonian
Mazedonisch (n) - Macedonian (language)

Moldawien/Moldau - Moldova 🇲🇩
der Moldawier/Moldauer (m) - Moldovan
die Moldawierin/Moldauerin (f) - Moldovan
Moldawisch/Moldauisch/Rumänisch (n) - Moldovan/Romanian (language)

Monaco - Monaco 🇲🇨
der Monegasse (m) - Monégasque
die Monegassin (f) - Monégasque
Französisch (n) - French (language)
(Monegassisch (n) - Monégasque [language])

Montenegro - Montenegro 🇲🇪
der Montenegriner (m) - Montenegrin
die Montenegrinerin (f) - Montenegrin
Montenegrinisch, Serbisch (n) - Montenegrin, Serbian (languages)

Niederlande - Netherlands 🇳🇱
der Niederländer (m) - Dutchman
die Niederländerin (f) - Dutchwoman
Niederländisch (n) - Dutch (language)

Norwegen - Norway 🇳🇴
der Norweger (m) - Norwegian
die Norwegerin (f) - Norwegian
Norwegisch (n) - Norwegian (language)

Österreich - Austria 🇦🇹
der Österreicher (m) - Austrian
die Österreicherin (f) - Austrian
Deutsch (n) - German (language)

Polen - Poland 🇵🇱
der Pole (m) - Pole
die Polin (f) - Pole
Polnisch (n) - Polish (language)

Portugal - Portugal 🇵🇹
der Portugiese (m) - Portuguese
die Portugiesin (f) - Portuguese
Portugiesisch (n) - Portuguese (language)

Rumänien - Romania 🇷🇴
der Rumäne (m) - Romanian
die Rumänin (f) - Romanian
Rumänisch (n) - Romanian (language)

Russland - Russia 🇷🇺
der Russe (m) - Russian
die Russin (f) - Russian
Russisch (n) - Russian (language)

San Marino - San Marino 🇸🇲
der San Marinese (m) - Sammarinese
die San Marinesin (f) - Sammarinese
Italienisch (n) - Italian (language)

Schweden - Sweden 🇸🇪
der Schwede (m) - Swede
die Schwedin (f) - Swede
Schwedisch (n) - Swedish (language)

Schweiz - Switzerland 🇨🇭
der Schweizer (m) - Swiss
die Schweizerin (f) - Swiss
Deutsch, Italienisch, Französisch, Rätoromanisch (n) - German, Italian, French, Romansh (languages)

Serbien - Serbia 🇷🇸
der Serbe (m) - Serb
die Serbin (f) - Serb
Serbisch bzw. Serbokroatisch (n) - Serbian i.e. Serbo-Croatian (language)

Slowakei - Slovakia 🇸🇰
der Slowake (m) - Slovak
die Slowakin (f) - Slovak
Slowakisch (n) - Slovak (language)

Slowenien - Slovenia 🇸🇮
der Slowene (m) - Slovene
die Slowenin (f) - Slovene
Slowenisch (n) - Slovene (language)

Spanien - Spain 🇪🇸
der Spanier (m) - Spaniard
die Spanierin (f) - Spaniard
Spanisch (n) - Spanish (language)

Tschechien (Tschechische Republik) - Czechia (Czech Republic) 🇨🇿
der Tscheche (m) - Czech
die Tschechin (f) - Czech
Tschechisch (n) - Czech (language)

Türkei - Turkey 🇹🇷
der Türke (m) - Turk
die Türkin (f) - Turk
Türkisch (n) - Turkish (language)

Ukraine - Ukraine 🇺🇦
der Ukrainer (m) - Ukrainian
die Ukrainerin (f) - Ukrainian
Ukrainisch (n) - Ukrainian (language)

Ungarn - Hungary 🇭🇺
der Ungar (m) - Hungarian
die Ungarin (f) - Hungarian
Ungarisch (n) - Hungarian (language)

Vatikanstadt - Vatican City 🇻🇦
der Vatikaner (m) - Vatican
die Vatikanerin (f) - Vatican
Latein / Lateinisch (n) - Latin (language)

Vereinigtes Königreich - United Kingdom 🇬🇧
der Brite (m) - Briton
die Britin (f) - Briton
Englisch (n) - English (language)

Weißrussland(Belarus; amtlich) - Belarus(official; colloquial: “White Russia")🇧🇾
der Weißrusse/Belarusse (m) - Belarusian
die Weißrussin/Belarussin (f) - Belarusian
Weißrussisch/Belarussisch (n) - Belarusian (language)

Zypern - Cyprus 🇨🇾
der Zyprer (entire island)/Zypriot (Greek-speaking part) - Cypriot
die Zyprerin (entire island)/Zypriotin (Greek-speaking part) - Cypriot
Griechisch, Türkisch (n) - Greek, Turkish (languages)