Contrary to popular belief, the Germans are a funny breed. And when they're not being funny, they're being bizarre. Not convinced? Take a look back at 12 months of wacky German behavior.
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Believe it or not, Germany is more than just a land of robotic efficiency and notorious bureaucracy. Under the layers of order and red-tape lies a country bubbling with weird and wonderful characters, incredulous traditions and more than its fair share of blundering buffoons.
From time to time, the thick crust of German self-control and stoicism cracks open to unleash a lava flow of laughs and more often than not, DW-WORLD is there to catch the Germans laid bare in all their offbeat and wacky glory in our popular From the Fringe stories.
Here is the pick of the finest funnies from the past 12 months.