Oktoberfest, Munich's annual beer-soaked festival, came to a close Monday, and this year's visitors "drank their way into the history books." The 6.4 million people who showed up at the two-week celebration drank a record 7 million liters of beer. And that's not all they did. (Watch a German report about Oktoberfest festivities.) Here is a by-the-numbers look at what may have been the world's biggest beer blowout ever:
The old record for liters of beer served, set in 2007
Oxen roasted on spits to feed this year's crowds
Number of years Oktoberfest has been taking place; it was first held in 1810 to celebrate a royal Bavarian wedding
Children reported lost during this year's festivities
Number of tubas lost and then found
Number of lost IDs found
Number of huge beer tents. For the first time, authorities imposed a smoking ban in the tents. Staff had worried that, without smoke, the tents would be filled with unpleasant smells from toilets and spilled beer, reports Der Spiegel. "But there were no reports of any worse than usual stench — possibly because many visitors were too comatose to notice."
Approximate number of people a tent can accommodate at any given time
Number of beer glasses stolen from this year's festival
Injuries — including concussions and skull fractures — reported as a result of assaults with beer glasses by the end of the first week of this year's festival
Beer-stein-related assaults reported at the same point last year
The weight, in pounds, of the typical beer stein. It is "an effective striking tool," says Erich Schuller, a physicist at Munich University. "Thanks to the handle, it's easy to grip."
Sources: Der Spiegel (2), Gadling
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