German hyperinflation after WWI was so bad by 1923 the US dollar was worth 4.2 trillion marks (before the war it was about four marks). Restaurants even stopped printing menus because by the time food arrived prices had gone up. One guy ordered coffee at 5000 marks, the second cup cost him 9000.
In 1979, two families escaped East Germany in a homemade hot air balloon. They flew for 28 minutes at −8 °C (18 °F) with no shelter as the gondola was just a clothesline railing. They landed just 10km (6.2 mi) from the border. The escape was planned out over 1 and 1/2 years and took 3 attempts.
The owner and only resident of this ghost town Lucin, Utah is a former Prague University engineering student who at 24 escaped the Iron Curtain in 1984 using his DIY glider powered with a 600cc Trabant engine, and landed undetected at Vienna International Airport.
In medieval Germany, married couples could legally settle their disputes by fighting a Marital Duel. To even the field, the man had to fight from inside a hole with one arm tied behind his back. The woman was free to move and was armed with a sack filled with rocks. The man had three clubs at his disposal. If he touched the side of his hole during combat, he would forfeit one of his clubs. Whoever lost the battle would be put to death.
In 1916, the German Empire allowed citizens to take passport photos with their dogs.
In September 1989, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pleaded with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev not to let the Berlin Wall fall and confided that she wanted the Soviet leader to do what he could to stop it. She (and the French President) were fearful that a unified Germany would disrupt the “balance of power” in Europe.
The seal “made in Germany” was created by the British Parliament in 1887 to warn consumers that a product was of poor quality.
German prisoners of war in the U.S during WWII were allowed outside camps without guards solely on the honor system. No prisoner ever ran away.