We saw major growth on German Pulse during 2012 thanks to the loyalty of our readers. During the year we were hard at work bringing you great articles on a wide variety of topics. In fact, once this post goes public, it will mark our 371st post this year. That is more than one post for every day! Our readership has also seen tremendous growth this year with an almost 800% growth in views over our 2011 numbers. We couldn’t be happier.
As we say goodbye to 2012, we thought we would follow along with the “look back at 2012” trend by highlighting some of our most read articles from this past year. Who knows, there may be something you missed out of the 371 posts this year. We hope you’ve enjoyed the content on German Pulse in 2012, and we can’t wait to share all of the great new things we have in store for our readers in 2013.
1. Mother’s Day in Germany and the United States
Mother’s Day has been celebrated in Germany since 1923, since 1917 in Switzerland, 1918 in Finland and Norway, 1919 in Sweden and in Austria since 1924. The day is a holiday in honor of mother and motherhood. In Germany, Mother’s Day was finally established by the Association of German Flower shop owners, displaying posters “Honor the mother” stressing that it was a day that flowers were the desired gift. Read the full story
2. German Film Team Helped Visualize Felix Baumgärtner’s Record Breaking Freefall
Millions were glued to their computers and TV sets on Sunday when Felix Baumgärtner jumped from the edge of space to skydive more than 128,000 feet and become the first human to break the sound barrier without being inside an aircraft. Chances are you were one of the viewers that watched as the 43 year old from Austria made the jump. Read the full story
3. German Medal Winners at the 2012 Summer Olympics, 3 Part Series
We broke down every German medal winner during this year’s Summer Olympic games in London and it was a hit with our readers. Germany pulled off a great 5th place finish with their smallest team in over 20 years. This 3 part series is a timeless recap of every German athlete that took home either a Gold, Silver, or Bronze medal in 2012. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3
4. Tatort – A Notably German TV Series
Do you already know where you will be next Sunday? Well, I do. My wife and I, while traveling to Germany for the holidays, were watching Germany’s long-running TV Series “Tatort” on a screen in a “Tatort” fan bar where watchers can vividly investigate the cases with like-minded people over a glass of wine or beer. Read the full story
5. Shitstorm Voted Top English Contribution to the German Language in 2011
The Anglicism of the Year contest is organized by the University of Hamburg linguist Anatol Stefanowitsch to recognize English’s contribution every year to the German language, and this years winner was “Shitstorm”. This word was widely used by Germans in reference to the messy financial crisis in Greece and the Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s plagiarism scandal. Read the full story