Germans are know to be innovative and strong in engineering. Many of our everyday inventions are Made by germans. Could you still imagine driving without an airbag, living without computers or not having a car at all? Although the car is probably the most famous there are many more German inventions that changed this world…
First Built in a Mercedes S-Class in 1981; world standard up to date. Well, I really don’t want to imagine how many lives this invention has saved.
1897 Bayer developed this stunning new drug, which relieved pain and had relatively low side effect. Obviously a great combo for a new drug. Barely two years later Bayer is selling this drug around de World.
3. The Automobile
I really can’t see myself taking a horse or having to walk a coupple hundred miles for vacation (although I love walking). I guess most of you can’t either. Well thankfully the two German engineers Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz invented the first working automobile in 1886 and later on one of the greatest car brands of all time (Mercedes-Benz). Funnily enough, back in the days Germans weren’t as car-enthusiastic as they are today. When Daimler and Benz first went public with their invention, Germans labeled this car as “too loud, too fast, too dangerous” not realizing they were standing in front of a world changing innovation.
4. The Autobahn
I guess that this isn’t really something that surprises any of you: the Autobahn is German. It is a common myth that Hitler has invented the Autobahn. Acutally this was just propaganda the first Autobahn was built in 1932 in Cologne – one year before Hitler took power. Want to know more about the Autobahn? Check out Six other Myths about the Autobahn. Interestingly enough the German Autobahn later served as a model for many other Highway system around the World (e.g. the US Interstate system). For some reason they just forgot the “no speed limit thing” …
5. Book Printing
And here we have an other history changing invention – the Book printing. Invented in 1450 by Johannes Gutenberg made books and therefore education accessible for the common people.
This is probably the invention with the biggest impact. Konrad Zuse invented the first Computer in 1941 in Berlin and named it Z3. That computer doesn’t even come close to what we have today. Z3 didn’t have any hard drives instead it had to punch holes into a film that could store up to 64 Words. Still, this was the birth of a machine changing the everything we knew on this earth
7. Gummy bears
Those sweet little bears which come in all sizes, colors and shapes originate were created by Hans Riegel, founder of HARIBO, in 1920. If you have HARIBO gummy bears in your country and haven’t tried it yet you are defiantly missing out on something. Go ahead and taste it you’ll be amazed!