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.