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Nine Life-Changing German Inventions That You Can't Live Without:

We all know the reputation for German engineering, but some of these things are downright genius. Bavarian Purity Law, anyone?

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2. Acetylsalicylic Acid, more commonly known as Aspirin

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Aside from its medicinal purposes, Aspirin can be used for cleaning, beautifying and many other things. Felix Hoffmann isolated acetylsalicylic acid while working for Bayer in 1897

8. Adhesive Tape

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Adhesive tape was patented in 1901 by Oscar Troplowitz for Beiersdorf AG. He gave it the charming name, "Leukoplast" which means sticking plaster. He never could have imagined the wonderful ways that tape is used today.

9. MPEG-2 Audio Layer III (MP3)

German audio engineer Karlheinz Brandenburg developed MP3 technology in the early 1990's, first at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg then at the Frauenhofer Institute. Fun Fact: the first MP3 song was "Tom's Diner" by Suzanne Vega. MP3 technology allows you to listen to whatever, whenever. Including, for example, this wonderful German Carnival gem:

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Thanks, Karlheinz!

Written By Lauren Rogers