9. It’s bad luck to wish someone “Happy Birthday” in advance
There’s a saying that sums up the German mentality nicely – “Du sollst den Tag nicht vor dem Abend loben”, or “You shouldn’t praise the day before the night.” It means don’t be sure of something until it happens, because then it won’t happen. So wishing someone a happy birthday early could mean they won't have one, or more precisely, that they'll die.
10. Germany is eliminating nuclear power plants
After Fukushima, Angela Merkel’s government announced it would close all nuclear power plants by 2022. Germany’s made a commitment to develop renewable energy instead. A decade from now, kids will be watching "The Simpsons" and wondering what kind of place Homer works at.