Google Curries Favour with Berliners

Google has had some wonderful doodles, but usually steers clear of controversial topics. They have, however, come down firmly on the side of Berlin in one of the most heated debates amongst German sausage lovers – who invented the currywurst? On one side we have Berlin, home of Herta Heuwer. According to local legend, Heuwer […]

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Does a Eucalyptus Tree need a Sweater?

There’s a new craze sweeping the globe. It officially started in 2005 in the U.S.A., when Magda Sayeg knitted a cover for the handle of the door to her boutique in Houston, Texas. Now there are guerilla (or urban) knitters everywhere and a growing number of people are starting to look on it as legitimate […]

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Underwater wonders in Australia

Nobody could accuse Dennis Bettin of giving up easily. The extreme sportsman dived 714 times from a 3-metre high board to enter into the record books. In the process, he suffered from cramps, fatigue and bruising on his legs. While people like Bettin are exceptional, many Germans do enjoy water-sports, with swimmers and sailors being […]

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Putting it all together

The German language is (in) famous for only using one word, when English uses several, but it often achieves this by gluing several individual words together. Students of German, both in Germany and abroad are often taught the classic 48-letter Donau- Dampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitänswitwe (Danube steamship company captain’s widow). This is, however, by no means the longest […]

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Getting creative – with new business ideas

Many of the most successful inventions (or new services) work along the “build a better mousetrap” principle. In other words, they allow people to improve the way they already do something, rather than creating something completely new. For example people have been swapping toys with each other for generations but German businessman Christoph Blödner who […]

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Happy Snapping in Dresden

It may seem hard to believe but not all cameras are digital. In fact, it’s still fairly straightforward to buy disposable film cameras, presumably for the occasions when people don’t want to risk their good digital ones. A People’s Picture is a project started by scientist Matthew Jorgensen, who in spite of the name is […]

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Eurovision without boundaries

Australians visiting Europe in the merry month of May often get very enthusiastic about the festival of glitz, kitsch and occasional good music that is the Eurovision Song Contest. While it’s quite possible that at least a part of their enthusiasm is due to the fact that in pretty much all countries across Europe, the […]

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Germany’s Beliebers manage monkey business

Unless Justin Bieber organizes both paperwork and funds within the next few days, his (former) pet capuchin monkey, Mally, will become the property of the German state and will live out the rest of his life in a German zoo. The creature was confiscated after Bieber arrived in Germany in March as part of his […]

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How pianos travelled from Sydney to Munich

The “Play Me I’m Yours” project was the brainchild of UK-based artist Luke Jerram and started in 2008 with 15 pianos located across Birmingham (England) for three weeks. As the project title suggests, they were left for people to play (or listen to) as they wanted and it is estimated that about 140,000 people in […]

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Asparagus Fever Grips Germany

Ask most people to name a food that’s popular in Germany and sausages would almost certainly top the list, probably followed by pretzels, pumpernickel and sauerkraut. While these foods are all both tasty and popular in Germany, there is one food that most Germans would rank above any other and that is asparagus. Although Germany […]

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