I know this site is based in Buffalo, and thought this might be sort of interesting to any Buffalo folks here.
It seems this US city is "known" to Germans, via a poem by the 19th century German writer Theodor Fontane, which used to be included in poetry anthologys in German schools. Fontane wrote a poem, "John Maynard" about a shipwreck or ship explosion on Lake Erie, on ship, "Die Schwalbe", or "The Swallow" running between Detroit and Buffalo..John Maynard was the pilot....the poem ends each verse by counting down the time to Buffalo....30 minutes, 20 minutes, 15 minutes, and so forth.
Heres the poem in its orignial German:
(I gather from my limited German that Maynard does not survive).
Now, not sure if this was a real shipwreck or not, but sort of an interesting cross-cultural connection...a somewhat obscure US city enters into the memory of folks in a foreign land via a poem.