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  • World's first pocket watch

    3 5.77%
  • Cars (BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, VW...)

    26 50.00%
  • World's first petrol/gasoline engine, diesel engine, motorcycle and Jet engine

    16 30.77%
  • World's first light bulb, TV, LCD screen

    13 25.00%
  • Electric & electronic goods (Siemens, Bosch...)

    10 19.23%
  • Classical music (Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Wagner, Strauss...)

    26 50.00%
  • Philosophy (Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger...)

    22 42.31%
  • Beer

    14 26.92%
  • Sauerkraut & sausages

    8 15.38%
  • Aspirin & other pharmaceutical products

    9 17.31%
  • Dogs (dachshund, german shepherd, doberman, rotweiler...)

    7 13.46%
  • Other (please specify)

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    Greatest German contributions to the world ?



    To continue the series (after Japan, Belgium and the Netherlands), let's now consider the most substantial German contributions to the world.
    Last edited by Maciamo; 17-03-11 at 12:11.

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    philosophy, classical music, dogs, beer

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    classical music, beer and cars....

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    I put philosophy mainly because i really enjoy nietzche's writing and am looking forward to read the others, hegel and goethe and the rest.....

    second i would put cars most defenetely and lets not forget that the man responsible for the conception of the rotary engine, used today by mazda in the RX series, was a german .

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    BMW, Audi and being the absolute best in the car industry.

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    Cars, classical music, philosophy and other. I missed beer for some reason, so put an extra point there.



    Other being the electronic and industrial music coming out of Germany and it's surroundings, like (early on) Kraftwerk, and (later on) DAF, Nitzer Ebb, Front 242 (belgian), Laibach (slovenian), Rammstein.


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    cars, the best in the world from far imo (i own a vw, my father an audi ), beer (i drown in beer each time i go to germany ), classical music (the austrians have a part of the credit aswell), speedlimitless highways

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirJeannot
    cars, the best in the world from far imo (i own a vw, my father an audi ), beer (i drown in beer each time i go to germany ), classical music (the austrians have a part of the credit aswell), speedlimitless highways
    Yes, I agree with cars too. (Although I own a Toyota Yaris, which I bought recently, and I love).
    My parents own a Volkswagen Passat, which is a great drive.

    I also love Mercedes, BMW and Audi, however, too expensive for me....I prefer my Toyota Yaris.

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    I find it difficult to vote on this for some of the items mentioned due to the fact that Germany didn't really exist as a unified country until the mid 19th century and some of these items predate Germany. What area are we talking about here? Mainly Prussia or some of the smaller states that existed? Plus I have always thought that beer was more Czech than German.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss_apollo7
    Yes, I agree with cars too. (Although I own a Toyota Yaris, which I bought recently, and I love).
    My parents own a Volkswagen Passat, which is a great drive.

    I also love Mercedes, BMW and Audi, however, too expensive for me....I prefer my Toyota Yaris.

    I thought u had a lupo?

    Btw, a consideration for car buyers, skoda is good, chzech owned by WV, and not expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycernius
    I find it difficult to vote on this for some of the items mentioned due to the fact that Germany didn't really exist as a unified country until the mid 19th century and some of these items predate Germany.
    That's true to a degree, but up to Napoleon the "Holy Roman Empire (of German Nation)" existed. You could say everybody living on the territory of the empire was/is German, although perhaps I would confine that to the part of the population that actually spoke a German dialect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duo
    I thought u had a lupo?

    Btw, a consideration for car buyers, skoda is good, chzech owned by WV, and not expensive
    Not anymore, you are right about VW. Sold.
    But now I have a Toyota Yaris....BRAND NEW!!!! I bought it and it was delivered to me in April....I have had it for only about a month now. I will show pictures soon to post. It is metallic blue - and I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss_apollo7
    Not anymore, you are right about VW. Sold.
    But now I have a Toyota Yaris....BRAND NEW!!!! I bought it and it was delivered to me in April....I have had it for only about a month now. I will show pictures soon to post. It is metallic blue - and I love it.

    I guess congratulations are in order

    I hope you do lotsa fun drivin around in your new Yaris

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duo
    I guess congratulations are in order

    I hope you do lotsa fun drivin around in your new Yaris
    Thank you....

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    VW Beetles, Beer, Eccentricity, they do it almost as well as the English. :)

    Oh yeah, and you gotta love their breeds of dogs.

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    No brainer ...

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    .... and (...dear sweet lovely...) Elke Sommer ! (O.K. ..... I'm older than some of you other guys ...!)

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    I forgot to mention ....

    ME !

    Had it not been for WWII ........

    You lucky people, you !

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    I chose Philosophers. Gottlob Frege is my favourite.

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    Having what has happened in the past, they've been able to make many films using stories that relate in someway, i would agree in this being a contribution.

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    But isn't Karl Marx jewish? Wouldn't Marx's philosophy be an indirect Israeli contribution?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zauriel
    But isn't Karl Marx jewish? Wouldn't Marx's philosophy be an indirect Israeli contribution?
    No, why ? There was no Israel when Marx was writing. Not all jews associate themselves with Israel, many jews see Israel as an abhorration. Marx was not a beleiver and he had even renounced his jewish backround, therefore that makes him a german philospher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duo
    No, why ? There was no Israel when Marx was writing. Not all jews associate themselves with Israel, many jews see Israel as an abhorration. Marx was not a beleiver and he had even renounced his jewish backround, therefore that makes him a german philospher.
    If many jews see Israel as an abhorration, then why are many Jews living in Israel and calling their country Israel?

    I know but that is why I asked if it is INDIRECT jewish/Israeli contribution. I didn't say "direct" Israeli contributionss

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zauriel
    But isn't Karl Marx jewish? Wouldn't Marx's philosophy be an indirect Israeli contribution?
    'Jewish' is a religion, or an ethnic origin, not a nationality - Marx was a Jewish German, just like Steven Spielberg is a Jewish American - I don't think we would ever say Spielberg is a great Israeli filmmaker.

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