My Global Food Challenge

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Zip Facts about Germany:

  • In Bavaria, beer is officially considered a food and Germans are the second largest consumers in the world. Germany boasts 1300 beer breweries with 5000 kinds of beer.  To order a beer, Germans use their thumb instead of their index finger
  • Germany has the world’s oldest brewery (Weihenstephaner), tallest cathedral (Ulm Cathedral), first protestant university (University of Marburg), two biggest clocks (in Baden-Wurttemberg), oldest savings bank (in Oldenburg), oldest motorway (German Autobahn), and the biggest train station (Lehrter Bahnhof)
  • The longest word published in the German language is Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (79 letters, meaning subordinate officials of the head office of the Danube steamboat electrical services). The longest technical word in English describes a family of proteins (189,819 letters, “titin” for short), and the longest non-technical word is the 34-letter “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”
  • The term “ecology” was coined by the German biologist Ernst Haeckel in 1866. Austria, Switzerland and Germany are the world’s most conscientious recyclers
  • When answering the phone, Germans use their surname as a greeting instead of “Hi” or “Hello”

Germany oehlenAlbert Oehlen,Untitled” (1994)

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