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16 5, 11:27pm
Yeah, castles, lederhosen, and Oktoberfest are all Bavarian things that Americans think are generally German. BTW, since my ancestors are from Frankfurt, that makes me a sort of a Frankfurter.
Fun fact: Cinderella's Castle in Disney's Magic Kingdom is largely based on King Ludwig II's
Another fun fact, but it takes some setting up: In Russian, they call cabbage soup щи, "shchi", pronounced "shchee". That first letter is a unique sound in Russian that's approximated with "sh" (as in "shirt") and "ch" (as in "cheese") run together in English. In German, the "sh" sound is spelled "sch", and the "ch" sound is spelled "tsch"; therefore spelling the Russian word for the soup with German letters comes out as "schtschi". The last tsarina of Russia was an Austrian princess who was married off to the Tsar. She hated the Russian people and they returned the favor - one of their jokes was that Tsarina Alexandra was so stupid, she had to use eight letters to spell a two-letter word.