Often, the border between West and East Berlin used to pass directly to homes. So, in most cases, the entrance was on the eastern side, and the windows looked out to the West. When building of the Berlin Wall started, many residents used to jump from the windows to the street, where they were caught by Western firefighters or just regular city folks.
The picture captured a similar case. 77-year-old Frieda Schulze tries to escape from the window of a house, which is located in the eastern sector of Berlin. East German secret service officers are seen in the windows, who are trying to pull her back.
“Kevin” is seen in Germany as a low-class name. In a phenomenon known as “Kevinismus”, those with the name reportedly experience discrimination; a joke claims that “Only druggies and East Germans are named Kevin”.
Germany once refused to sell a French imported liqueur, stating public health and safety concerns that the low alcohol percentage would cause people to build up a tolerance towards alcohol.
In a German village called Fuggerei the rent hasn’t been raised since 1520, it costs only 88 cents to live there for an entire year.
In 1923, Germany’s hyperinflation was so high, the exchange rate went from 9 marks to 4.2M marks to $1 USD. One German worker, who used a wheelbarrow to cart off billions of marks that were his week’s wages, was robbed by thieves who stole the wheelbarrow but left the piles of cash on the curb.
After trying for a decade, Wal-Mart withdrew from Germany in 2006 because it couldn’t undercut local discounters, customers were creeped out by the greeters, employees were upset by the morning chant & other management practices, & the public was outraged by its ban on flirting in the workplace.
Donald Duck has a huge cult following in Germany. Belonging to the society “D.O.N.A.L.D”, fans (known as Donaldists) hold annual meetings, have lectures, and have even infiltrated respected German newspapers, where they’ve inserted Donald quotes only other Donaldists would understand.
Between 73% and 100% of all individuals with schizophrenia living in Germany between 1939 and 1945 were sterilized or killed. Today Germany does not show deviation from first world levels of schizophrenia.
There is a traffic light in Germany that has been red for 28 years.
East Germany lives on – as a tiny island off Cuba. In 1972, Fidel Castro gifted the island to East Germany. The island was not addressed in the 1990 reunification, and as such is still technically East German territory, even though the nation no longer exists.