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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest
From this Saturday onwards it's Oktoberfest time, and I'll miss it AGAIN.....! Just look at some of these details....almost frightening, but only almost...!
Close to 7 million litres of beer are sold and (almost all) drunk..!
Around 6 million people visit the 'wies'n' (German for the meadow where it takes place)

Oktoberfest figures (2010)[edit source | editbeta]

  • Area: 0.42 km2 (103.78 acres)
  • Seats in the festival halls: approx. 100,000
  • Visitors: 6.4 million
  • Beer: appr. 7,100,000 liters (151,200 liters of alcohol)
  • Wine: 89,259 liters
  • Sparkling wine: 37,733 liters
  • Coffee and tea: 245,335 liters
  • Water and lemonade: 1,028,522 half liters
  • Chicken: 505,901 units
  • Pork sausages: 119,302 pairs
  • Fish: 40,850 kg
  • Pork knuckles (haxen): 69,293 units
  • Oxen: 119 units
  • Expenditure of electricity: 2.96 million kWh (as much as 14% of Munich's daily requirements or as much as a four person family will need in 52 years and 4 months)
  • Expenditure of gas: about 198,489 m3
  • Expenditure of water: about 107,489 m3 (as much as 27% of Munich's daily requirements )
  • Waste: 678 t (2004)
  • Toilets: about 980 seats, more than 878 meters of urinals and 17 for disabled persons
  • Phone booths: 83, also for international credit cards
  • Lost property: about 4000 items, among them 260 pairs of glasses, 200 mobile phones, wedding rings, and even 500 crutches.[15] (Details from wikipaedia)
 Yes - you're going to need a few pounds, apart from the beer prices and food prices, there are hotel costs...the cheapest I found from London for 3 days with B&B was 810GBP......just a touch extreme!
Think I'll just stay home and watch it on the TV - that will make one less among the over 6 million visitors....- wonder if they'll notice?

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