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Our “Street Names” series investigates the origin of the names of Hamburg’s most (and least) illustrious streets. A typical street has some sputtering, guttural Germanic moniker like Stiftstraße, Kehrwieder, or Beim Gesundbrunnen – names as unmistakably German as Heinz, Fritz, and Franz.

But today’s entry in the “Street Names” canon makes a strange departure from tradition. Its etymology is not a mystery, but it is mysterious, as it is not obviously Germanic…or obviously anything else. So we invite you, dear reader, to take our quiz, test your knowledge, and seize this chance to win fortunes beyond your wildest imagination.

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Q: Ohmstraße is located in Hamburg’s Ottensen district. Whom or what is this street named for?

  1. Georg Simon Ohm, the German physicist who developed Ohm’s law. Ohm’s law defines the current between two points of a conductor as being directly proportional to the voltage spanning the two points (but you already knew that). Ohm himself was born in Bavaria; studied in Switzerland; taught in Cologne and Nuremberg; was buried in Munich; and, as far as our records indicate, was never within sniffing distance of northern Germany, let alone Hamburg, let even more alone Ottensen.
  2. The acronym OHM, which stands for the German phrase Oder heißt Main, or “Oder is called Main.” This refers to the baffling decision to name two cities on opposite sides of Germany “Frankfurt,” specifically, Frankfurt am Main (the famous Frankfurt) and Frankfurt an der Oder (the forgotten Frankfurt). The Main and the Oder are of course the rivers that run through the respective cities (but you already knew that). The Hamburg Gold Rush of 1822 kicked off a sudden migration of bankers and prospectors from Frankfurt (Main) to Ottensen, where a sizable deposit of 24-karat nuggets had been discovered. The Frankfurters quickly tired of having to correct Hamburgers’ assumption that they were from Frankfurt an der Oder, which at the time was a hub of culture and trade, and today is a rest stop on the way to Poland. The Main Frankfurters remedied the confusion by hanging signs saying “Oder heißt Main,” forewarning all passersby not to mention the odious Oder at risk of being thrown in the stocks. After all the gold had been mined and Ottensen became a ghost town, the locals continued to refer to it in jest as “O-H-M Street.”
  3. Asteroid 24750, first sighted on September 24, 1992 by the Tautenburg Observatory (but you already knew that). Located in the main asteroid belt, this meteor is nearly identical to Hamburg-Ottensen in size and shape, and is clearly visible from Ohmstraße every six years.

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