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11 Things You Didn't Know About Oktoberfest

11 Things You Didn't Know About Oktoberfest

When fall arrives, we default to a few annual milestones. It is the return of heading back to school, tailgating, and of course, incredible fall food. But for some, fall isn’t just a celebration for leaf peepers. The end of summer marks the beginning of another time-honored tradition folks look forward to all year: Oktoberfest.

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Whether you are of German descent or just love the heck out of seasonal beer, when Oktoberfest rolls around you’re likely ready to have fun. Oktoberfest is more than just a celebration where you don dirndls and munch on bretzels. It is actually the beginning of a huge festival that really celebrates the cultural traditions of the German (particularly, Bavarian) people.

Oktoberfest began as a wedding celebration and horse racing festival that slowly grew over time, and today seems to be growing with more and more fervor. As many as five to seven million people attend this festival every year in Munich from all over the world; there are amusements, agricultural attractions, and of course, a ton of food and beer. Folks eat lots of of delicious, authentic roasted pork, piles of wurst, and of course schnitzel, all while enjoying a beer from one of Munich's six major breweries.

Whether you are traveling to Munich this year to celebrate in a tent or are hosting an Oktoberfest party in your backyard, there are a few quirky historical facts worth learning. So “Prost!” und “Zum Wohl!” Here are some fun facts for you to toast to at your Oktoberfest celebration.

Oktoberfest Isn’t in October

Oktoberfest did begin in October (Oktober in Germany) but it didn’t stay there. The 16-day festival moved to September as the popularity of the celebration grew, since it begins to get quite cold in Bavaria in October. It typically begins around the September 20 and ends during the first weekend in October.

It’s a Bavarian Thing

People often think that Oktoberfest is a custom celebrated by the entirety of Germany. And while people all over the country do celebrate it, it really is a reflection of uniquely Bavarian culture, music, and food.

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11 Things you didn’t know about Sriracha sauce

Sriracha sauce has become a culinary phenomenon. It’s a little spicy, a little sweet, a little tangy and a little savory all wrapped up into a vibrant red sauce. Many people have tried it, many restaurants serve it, but few know a lot about it.

At this point, just about everyone has heard of Sriracha hot sauce. A blend of red chilies, vinegar, garlic, sugar and spices, Sriracha sauce is both hot and haute, as it finds its way into more A-list events than a movie star and more five-star dishes than a celebrity chef. Still, there’s a lot to learn about this sauce.

1. Why’s it called Sriracha?

Good question. According to the documentary Sriracha, the name comes from the sauce’s home village of Si Racha, Thailand, where it was invented in the 1930s by a woman named Thanom Chakkapak. She wanted a sauce that tasted amazing with the seafood from her home village.

2. There are several types of Sriracha sauce.

While Sriracha sauce can trace its lineage back to the 1930s, what Thanom Chakkapak created was actually a little different than what Americans call Sriracha sauce. Her sauce was thinner and sweeter, and the U.S.-produced version, by necessity, is made from vastly different chilies. The original version uses Thai peppers, while the American strictly uses red jalapeños grown near Sriracha’s U.S. factory.

3. Beware Tabasco’s version.

Many companies have tried to capitalize on Sriracha sauce’s popularity by producing imitators, including Tabasco brand. Don’t be fooled. Green cap, bright red color, white rooster &mdash that’s genuine American Sriracha sauce, which is what you want even if it’s not genuine Thai Sriracha sauce.

4. Sriracha sauce is an astronaut.

Several years ago, Sriracha sauce blasted into space after NASA decided the spicy condiment was perfect for tongues deadened by the altitudes of space.

5. Where’d the rooster picture come from?

Founder of Huy Fong Foods, producer of American Sriracha sauce, David Tran’s Chinese zodiac sign is the rooster. So, according to the Sriracha documentary, Tran asked a street artist to draw a rooster, which later ended up on the bottle.

Tran has not spoken with the artist since and has forgotten his name.

6. By the way, did you know its nickname is cock sauce?

We really, really, really hope it’s because of the rooster image. If not, we don’t want to know.

7. Huy Fong Foods doesn’t market Sriracha sauce.

Sriracha sauce is so popular that Huy Fong Foods doesn’t need to market its product. The world found out about it and continues to push the product for the company.

8. Sriracha sauce is often said to improve everything, even glue.

9. Still, Sriracha sauce is not America’s favorite condiment, no matter what they say.

Sriracha sauce sells about 20 million bottles a year. In contrast, Heinz ketchup alone sells 11 billion packets of ketchup each year. Plus, if you search for condiments or sauces on Google or Amazon, Sriracha sauce is not the top result. According to Amazon, the most relevant result for sauce is plain tomato sauce. The most relevant result for condiments &mdash when you get down to actual condiments &mdash is the traditional blend of Heinz ketchup, mustard and relish.

Still, not all hope is lost. Three music videos pop up if you search for “sriracha music video,” while ketchup has only two.

10. Despite its reputation for fieriness, it’s only about 2,000 Scoville units.

That makes it less hot than a jalapeño. Still, somehow the spicy sauce manages to produce some pretty fantastic flames without trying too hard.

11. McDonald’s serves Sriracha sauce (and will put it on strawberry pie).

Chalk this up to a big internet rumor, but McDonald’s does sell Sriracha sauce. It also serves strawberry pie. The jump to Sriracha-strawberry pie, while terrifying and disgusting, isn’t too far.

11 Things You Didn't Know About Chuck Hughes — Chopped All-Stars

Chef Chuck Hughes and basket, as seen on Food Network’s Chopped All Stars, Season 14.

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Janet Rhodes, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

FN Dish is counting down to the Season 3 premiere of Chopped All-Stars by introducing a competitor every day. Sixteen competitors including Food Network and Cooking Channel talent, renowned chefs, Chopped judges and celebrities are competing for a chance to win the title of All-Stars Champion and a $50,000 donation to charity. Watch the premiere on Sunday, April 7, at 9pm/8c and keep coming back to FN Dish for exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes previews.

Chuck Hughes is the host of Chuck’s Day Off, Chuck's Week Off: Mexico and Chuck's Eat the Street on Cooking Channel. He's also appeared on Food Network's The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs. Chuck is the chef/owner of Montreal hot spots Garde Manger and Le Bremner. When he's not busy in the kitchen you can catch him on the ice playing hockey, but could you ever think of this tattooed chef as a ballet dancer? Find out more things you didn't know about Chuck in his Q&A below.

What's your Achilles' heel ingredient, one that you hate to work with or encounter in someone else’s dish?

What dish or ingredient will we never catch you eating?

What was your most memorable meal? What, Where, Who? Details, please.

CH: On a surf trip to El Salvador with buddies – we discovered oysters when we were in the ocean and we just started smashing them on a rock and slurping them back. Worst oysters – best memory.

CH: Have to name just one? Any sweet and salty combo, like peanut butter and chocolate, or ice cream.

Is there one dish that you always order out and never make at home?

CH: Not a fan of kitchen tools. A sharp knife is the best way to go.

If you weren't in food, what career would you have liked to have tried?

CH: NHL professional hockey player or ballet dancer.

CH: Homemade chocolate chip cookies with Maldon salt and a glass of whole milk at room temperature.

CH: My chefs – James Baran at Garde Manger and Danny Smiles at Le Bremner.

11 Things You Didn't Know Your Slow Cooker Could Do

In other words, why the slow cooker will never, ever, go out of style.

When it comes to kitchen appliances, we understand you’re protective of your counter or cabinet space, and the slow cooker isn’t the easiest unit to store. Although economical, it’s a bit of a commitment. Do you really eat that much soup anyway?

We’re here to report: It’s worth it.

And if you’ve already acquired one, it’s time to see exactly how much this multi-purpose gadget can do for you.

The slow cooker is a kitchen power tool, creating deeply-flavored dishes out of budget-friendly ingredients, working hours after you leave the kitchen. Even if you’ve been loyal to it throughout the years, you probably still haven’t unlocked its full potential.

Outside of taking care of your weeknight dinners, the slow cooker also has a bevy of other uses that are under utilized, to say the least. Here are some of our favorite little-known uses for the trustee slow cooker. Get ready to discover this all-in-one tool like you never have before.

1. Go for a double dip

If you’ve lived through a Super Bowl night or tailgating season, you probably know the beauty of slow cooker dips. With good warm dip recipes, your humble set-it-and-forget-it kitchen appliance transforms into a pot of (edible) gold right before guests’ eyes. The hardest part of the whole operation is usually deciding which dip will be featured. But fret no more! All you have to do is mold heavy duty aluminum foil to make a barrier that fits snugly between both sides of the pot. Put a liner on each side to ensure there is no leakage, and just like that… two dips for a house of divided fans.

Bread is a vital part of German cuisine and it’s virtually impossible to walk a few hundred meters in the country without finding a tempting bakery. The country bakes a staggering 300 kinds of breads (not including regional variations) and almost 1,200 kinds of bread rolls and baked goods. Unsurprisingly, there are two bread museums in the country, in the cities of Ulm and Ebergötzen.

11 Things You Didn't Know About Krispy Kreme

Donuts continue to be re-invented with crazy toppings and even expensive fillings, but is there anything better than sinking your teeth into a classic glazed? Krispy Kreme has been getting that right since the 30s, and showing up with a box of their famous donuts is guaranteed to win you friends anywhere. Read up on the secret behind that sinful glaze and channel your inner Homer Simpson&mdashthe chain's history will make you say "Mmm . donuts!"

1. Krispy Kreme has been making donuts for almost 80 years

Vernon Rudolph founded Krispy Kreme on July 13, 1937 in Winston-Salem, NC. He rented a building in Old Salem to make donuts by the dozen and initially he sold them to local grocery stores, but the demand soon led him to sell his sweets directly to customers on the sidewalk through a window.

2. The Original Glazed are the top sellers

Since the beginning, customers have been lured to Krispy Kreme shops by the smell of the original, no-frills donuts. The yeasty dough goes through the company's proprietary air-pressurized extruder and gets formed into perfect rings, which then proof for about 30 minutes. They're fried in vegetable shortening before passing beneath a waterfall of warm sugar glaze&mdasha process that Rudolph's engineers invented back in the 60s. Before that, they were hand-glazed in a galvanized wash tub!

3. The recipe is a Southern secret

Vernon Rudolph is said to have bought the special donut recipe from a New Orleans French chef, and now it's locked away in the company vault at the Winston-Salem plant. There's been plenty of speculation about the ingredients, but according to historians, the historic recipe likely consisted of cream of fluffed egg whites, mashed potatoes, sugar, shortening, skim milk and flour. What's really in them? The world may never know.

4. The donuts taste best at a very specific temperature

After frying, Krispy Kreme donuts are bathed in a cascade of glaze that's 120 degrees F. The glaze cools and sets as the donuts make their way to the end of the assembly line, where they're boxed by shop employees. It's at this very moment that the treats are prime for eating, which is where the Hot Light comes in. Starting in 1992, shops began turning on neon "Hot Donuts Now" signs to alert customers that fresh donuts are available for purchase. Now, you can even download the Hot Light App to get push notifications.

5. Krispy Kreme is big on coffee, too

What goes better with an airy donut than a hot cup of joe? The chain has been serving coffee in its signature green cups for decades, but now iced coffee and new coffee drinks are on offer as well. You can even brew Krispy Kreme Signature Coffee Blends at home, or pop Krispy Kreme K-Cups into your Keurig on the way to work.

6. The lines can get insane

Any time the chain opens a new location, people line up around the block to be one of the first customers through the door. Starting at 3pm the night before the grand opening, the first 100 guests can register for a chance to win free donuts for the entire year&mdashthat's one free dozen each month. The very first person in line gets one free dozen every WEEK for a year! Talk about a sugar high.

7. You can participate in the Krispy Kreme Challenge

NC State University hold an annual race requiring competitors to run 5 miles through Raleigh and consume 12 donuts (2,400 calories) along the way, all within 1 hour. The silly race is run by students, the proceeds benefit the North Carolina Children's Hospital.

8. There are limited-time flavors and shapes

If there's a holiday or special occasion coming up, there's probably a donut for that! The chain releases limited-edition treats celebrating everything from Easter to baseball season to Talk Like a Pirate Day, as well as new flavors such as the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Donut. As reported by Brand Eating, you can even get glittery Rainbow Gloss Donuts in a range of colorful, flavored icings at South Korea stores.

9. Krispy Kreme is in the Guinness Book of World Records

The world's largest box of donuts is a Krispy Kreme box measuring over 19- by 13-inches and weighing in at 297 pounds, 10 ounces. The Kuwait Food Co. Americana built the massive box (an exact replica of the ones used in stores) in 2009, filling it with 2,700 Krispy Kreme donuts.

10. Krispy Kreme is tied to race car driving

If you've ever wondered why the Krispy Kreme logo can be seen on professional race car tracks, it's because the company sponsors some top-notch drivers. Currently the brand is the primary sponsor of Gray Gaulding. We hear donuts make you drive fast!

11. There are tons of chances to get free donuts

Throughout the year, the chain offers tons of promotions that allow customers to snag free sweets, whether to celebrate National Superhero Day or the #DayOfTheDozens. Pay attention so you don't miss out!

7. Nobody raises their mug until the Mayor says so.

Since 1950, the festival has only started after the official gun salute and the mayor shouting O’ zapft is! (“It’s tapped!”) and offering the first mug to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria. Only after that, the festival can start.

Tip: On the 21st of September of 2019 at noon, the Mayor will tap the first keg of beer and the festival will (officially) start.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Oktoberfest

Here's why you should never buy second-hand lederhosen.

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The one, the only, Oktoberfest is ramping up in Munich again this week, as six million locals and tourists converge for the jolly 16-day bacchanal. Cue seven million litres of Bavarian brew, 100,000 litres of wine, 600,000 chickens, 200,000 pairs of pork sausage and 70,000 units of pork knuckle!

At Oktoberfest, time-tested tradition and custom meets togetherness and joy: a wild two-week run of good old-fashioned fun, music, dance and play, and one of the most popular annual royal marriage celebrations the planet has ever seen. Here are 10 little-known facts about Oktoberfest.

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This year&rsquos Oktoberfest kicked off on September 17, and runs until October 3. That&rsquos a fair chunk of the wrong month, so why aren&rsquot we celebrating Septemberfest?

The reason, simply put, is that Oktoberfest harks back to October 12, 1810, when the good people of Munich were invited to join in on the festivities for the wedding between King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. 40,000 locals took part, enjoying a great horse race on nearby field. Embraced by the townsfolk, the event became a yearly deal, with food halls and an agricultural show soon added to the growing list of mid-October festivities. Because it was such a cracking affair, another week or so was tacked on and, given that the weather is always better in September (snow often falls in a Bavarian October) the whole event was pulled forward.

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It wasn&rsquot until the end of the 19th century that Oktoberfest, also known by its Bavarian nickname, the &lsquoWiesn&rsquo (after its meadow location, the &lsquoTheresienwiese&rsquo) had transformed into a righteously carnival-esque scene. Yes, there was beer, but the event appealed just as much for its side attractions. Keep in mind, one of the biggest reasons the frothy beverage was always so important to the Germans was that, back in the day, water quality was fairly dodgy, and frankly, with germs killed off in the brewing process, beer was a lot safer to drink (safety best enjoyed in moderation).

Indeed, the Bavarian brewing process elevated beer purity to a fine art, a tradition well and truly honoured each year at the Wiesn. Oktoberfest standard brew is a unique lager, or &lsquoMärzenbier&rsquo, brewed by six Munich breweries especially for the festival. Traditionally, Oktoberfest bier was brewed in March when the heat and destructive bacteria of summer wouldn&rsquot interfere with the brewing process.

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The tents

Each brewery also erects an official tent (ranging from 7,000 &ndash 10,000 capacity) where only their unique brew is served. These exclusive tents are where most of the action happens, bustling with conviviality, as Germans and folks from all over the world get together to enjoy a great time. There are 14 &lsquobig&rsquo tents, and around 21 smaller ones, and as you can imagine, they all get VERY busy &ndash if you don&rsquot have a reservation for a seat, you need to line up before breakfast to claim a spot. Each tent is dolled up in their own impressive way, with their own vibe and set of traditions. Expect magical motifs, stunning internal decorations, and &lsquooom pah pah&rsquo music en masse.

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That&rsquos not a stein

On the first morning of the fest, the Tent Owners and Breweries Parade filters through the streets of Munich in a flurry of garlanded wagons, bier maids, brass bands and carnies. At noon in the Schottenhammel Tent, the major of Bavaria taps the first keg and proclaims &ldquoO&rsquozapft is!&rdquo (it is tapped!). At 10am the next morning, the Costume and Riflemen&rsquos Parade sees a five-mile procession of more than 7,000 costumed dancers, animals, marching bands and floats.

For the following two weeks, Oktoberfesters fill out the tents, planting themselves on enormous wooden tables and trestles, to enjoy abundant local fare. Giant pretzels, bratwurst, and weissewurst are amongst the favourites, with beer served in litre glass Maß mugs, or &lsquoMasskrugs&rsquo (not steins, despite popular contention &ndash a stein, from Steinzeugkrug, meaning &lsquostoneware jug&rsquo, is another traditional unit, though typically comes in a half litre).

Due to the alluring souvenir appeal of these receptacles, the tents hire hoards of security guards to prevent Maß theft&mdashover 230,000 mugs were recovered in 2013 before patrons could run off with them.

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Maß record

They&rsquore pretty hefty too &ndash especially when full &ndash though try telling that to Bavarian waitress, Anita Schwartz, who destroyed the world record in 2008 for most beer steins carried at one time, balancing 19 full bier maßkrugs (and walking 40 metres without spilling a drop). Last week, local lad Matthias Völkl trumped Schwartz&rsquos efforts by hauling an insane 29 full litre mugs weighing almost 70 kilos.

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The get-up

Traditional Bavarian fashion is also a central part of the Oktoberfest experience, with men donning leather knee-length shorts called Lederhosen, and the women sporting the Dirndl, a fusion of bodice, blouse, full skirt and apron. Dating back to the 1600s, these outfits (known as &lsquoTracht&rsquo) signified different classes of people in Bavarian society. Though the dress code fell away during the 1800s, the traditional garb was revived in order to uphold a sense of regional custom. Always thrown on for big occasions, Oktoberfest is the biggest yearly excuse of all.

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Nasty fact

When the festival&rsquos all done, steer clear of those lederhosen: they are never washed. Allegedly, the dirtier they are, the better, as it keeps the leather soft and supple (!). Though not the cheapest shorts around, we suggest you reconsider that second-hand purchase and buy new.

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The Devil&rsquos Wheel

As a spectacle for young and old, families and children, Oktoberfest is all about the side show attractions and games. There are roller coasters, flume rides and a 164-foot-tall ferris wheel called the &lsquoRisenrad&rsquo. Another of the most cherished is the &lsquoTeufelsrad&rsquo, or Devil&rsquos Wheel, a staple of the fest since 1910. This involves a large, accelerating spinning wheel, which you (i.e. the devil) attempt to grip, in vain, as a hefty Bavarian yells insults and throws ropes and balls at you. If you happen to stay on, you win. Quality Southern German entertainment.

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Germans love it

What&rsquos most interesting is just how much the locals love it too &ndash the overwhelming majority of visitors are from Bavaria (around 70 per cent), or other parts of Germany (15 per cent). Ultimately, and especially for Bavarians, the event is a chance to get together and celebrate shared pride towards their idiosyncratic, and world-famous, regional culture and customs.

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International legacy

For those who&rsquove never been, Oktoberfest might appear a little kitsch or daggy, but those who have know that for these two or so weeks each year, Munich becomes the happiest and most jolly place on earth. It&rsquos no wonder then that the whole world tries to get in on the action with their own Oktoberfest offshoots. With many attracting between 300,000 and 750,000 patrons, you&rsquoll find some of the largest alternative events in places as far-flung as Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada Blumenau, Brazil Cincinnati, Ohio Denver, Colorado and Mount Angel, Oregon. Of course, for the full authentic deal, there&rsquos no place like Munich.

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6 Things You Didn't Know About Oktoberfest

Fall means it's time to break out your new wardrobe: sweaters, boots, scarves, and. lederhosen? Yes, autumn brings many splendid things like apple picking, Halloween, and pumpkin spice everything, but the best of all is Oktoberfest, the German fall festival that celebrates everyone's favorite things: food, beer, and merrymaking. But what is Oktoberfest, you ask? Sure, you've celebrated at beer halls and fairs since you were old enough to hold a stein, but what is the festival really about? And why does it have that name if it actually takes place in September? Allow me to explain why this is one of the best celebrations of them all.

This year marks the 182nd Oktoberfest, which runs Sept. 19 through Oct. 4. Though the official Oktoberfest celebration takes place in Munich, Bavaria, a yearly festival that draws in more than six million people, there are celebrations modeled after it all over the world, including the United States. No matter where it is celebrated, though, there are a few common staples: lively music, mouthwatering food, and big, big pints of beer.

Oktoberfest, which started in 1810, originally took place in October, but as it grew and was prolonged, it was moved earlier in the season, which allowed for better weather and a more enjoyable time for festival-goers. Even though most of the current-day festival takes place in September, the last weekend is usually in October, but the name remains the same no matter what month it's in. At its core, Oktoberfest is really about coming together and having a good time. The 16-day festival features music, games, amusement rides, beer tents, and a traditional Bavarian fair. If you're lucky enough to experience an authentic Oktoberfest celebration, you'll be able to stuff yourself silly with smoked sausages, roasted meats, sauerkraut, cabbage, and pretzels.

If that isn't enough to get you on a plane headed for Germany, then here are six other things you probably didn't know about Oktoberfest and how it's celebrated that will make you want to go out and buy your Dirndl dress ASAP.

1. Oktoberfest began as a wedding celebration.

In 1810, Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, and all of the citizens were invited to the celebration. Since then, the festival has grown to include horse races, games, rides, music, and eventually beer.

2. Oktoberfest was originally non-alcoholic.

That's right — the largest beer drinking festival in the world once did not include beer. In the festival's early days, beer was only served outside the fair grounds, but it didn't take long to incorporate kegs into the celebration. Now, more than 7.5 million liters are consumed each year. That's a lot of beer.

3. The drinking doesn't start until the mayor says "O' zapft is!"

Oktoberfest officially starts when the mayor taps the first keg, declaring "O' zapft is!" or "It's tapped!" in English. The first person to get a beer is traditionally the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria, but after that, you're free to "Prost!" (toast) the day away.

4. If the beer isn't from Munich, it's not Oktoberfest.

Even festivals have their rules. Oktoberfest regulations say that the only beer that can be served for the celebration must be from one of Munich's six breweries — Paulaner, Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr, Augustiner, Hofbräu, and Löwenbräu. And, like all other German brews, Oktoberfest beers must pass the "purity" law or Reinheitsgebot, which was passed in 1516 to ensure the beer's quality. Yeah, Germany doesn't mess around when it comes to brewing.

5. It's all about love.

Gingerbread cookies complete with sweet messages made of icing called "Lebkuchen" hearts are festival staples. They even come with ribbons so your "schatz," or sweetheart, can wear it with pride. I mean, you need something other than beer and meat to sustain you, right? Cookies, and someone you love, complete the Oktoberfest diet.

6. Beware of "beer corpses."

When there's a 16-day long beer festival, someone, or a lot of someones, is bound to have one pint too many. When someone passes out from too many beers, the locals call them “Bierleichen,” or beer corpses. Beware — they're apparently everywhere.

30 Things You Didn't Know About Oktoberfest

Because almost everything you know about Oktoberfest you learned from the Wolfhouse brothers, here are 30 fun facts from a real-life German about the world’s most magical annual beer festival.

1. The name is misleading.
Because Oktoberfest is in September, for the most part.

2. It’s 204 years old

Yup, the festival started its illustrious career in 1810, the same year the US annexed the Republic of West Florida, if that helps give you an idea of how far back it goes. Wait, it doesn&apost? Didn&apost know there was a Republic of West Florida? Yea, we looked that up.

3. In the beginning, there was no beer
Oktoberfest started as a wedding actually, and a dry one at that. It was essentially a way to let the poor people celebrate the nuptials of Ludwig von Bayern, the King of Bavaria, and princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Also, it kicked off with a royal horse race.