They’re common enough that police only record the ones that involve someone having a beer stein smashed into his head (there were 58 this year), but cram a jillion drunks into a small space and fights will happen.
The Italians are considered the biggest troublemakers, the Germans and Russians the most likely to break into song.
There were 48 children lost during Oktoberfest this year, but all were eventually found. It’s not true that many of these were simply traded for beer when their parents ran out of money.
There were nine tents offering special areas for smokers, and one serving wine.
Coca Cola is the most popular soft-drink served at the festival, though the locals will look at you strangely if you order one.
Among the nearly 5,000 items turned into lost and found were one set of dentures, 390 cell phones, 1045 passports and one sticky vibrator. Some unlucky tourist is presumably stranded and unable to masturbate.
Revelers swayed to the music of the oompah bands in the big beer tents, gorging themselves on 118 oxen and 53 cows. The chickens had the most to fear, with hundreds of thousands of their brethren being consumed by happy partygoers.
Organizers spent 3.3 million Euro to host the event (about $4.5 million.) Oktoberfest generated more than 450 million Euro in revenue.
So much for economic woes.
It’s probably not the best place for recovering alcoholics, agoraphobes or those with loose dentures, but all in all it seems most people had a raucous good time.
I’d have had more fun, too, if they had a vodka tent.