Photos of Germany's worst flood in years presage a watery future

Weeks of torrential rainfall have sent water levels skyrocketing throughout central Europe. The Elbe and Danube rivers, among others, have swollen to the point of overflow, while breached levees and ruined damns have loosed deadly floodwaters upon Germany, where tens of thousands have been evacuated from their homes. » 6/11/13 2:11pm 6/11/13 2:11pm

Without a doubt, this is the greatest '80s German love song about ALF…

Yes. The cat-eating alien from the planet Melmac. Titular star of the '80s NBC sitcom. That ALF. Apparently, ALF was so big in Germany that the person who dubbed the voice of ALF over there, Tommi Piper, was able to record a touching love song titled "Hallo ALF, Heir Ist Rhonda" in 1989, which he sang as ALF, and which… » 1/16/13 4:30pm 1/16/13 4:30pm

Hooray, an optical illusion of a building filled with giant spiders

For hilarious and sadistic kicks, German designer Friedrich van Schoor created this projection mapping installation of an entire building story occupied by two automobile-sized spiders. Oh, to be a fly on the wall confused passerby when these eight-legged monsters began scampering. » 9/27/12 8:00am 9/27/12 8:00am

After nine months, authorities still don't know the true identity of…

Do you know or recognize Ray? The teenage boy turned up in Berlin nine months ago claiming to know little about himself beyond his name and birthday (June 20, 1994). When pressed to divulge more about himself and his history, he claims he is unable to remember. Now, after close to a year of investigation, Berlin police … » 6/14/12 7:40am 6/14/12 7:40am

The best scenes from the most demented German children's book ever…

If you possess any sort of fluency in the German language, there's a good chance you've encountered children's author Heinrich Hoffman's 1845 bedtime classic Struwwelpeter. In this collection of morality tales, children are — with gleeful abandon — immolated, humiliated, and mutilated by men with giant scissors.… » 5/28/12 12:55pm 5/28/12 12:55pm

Crazy detailed Star Wars organ turns the Death Star into circus music

Sure, we just featured some ripping 2001 LEGO spaceship designs, but this is too stellar not to mention. As a promotion for The Phantom Menace's 3D re-release in Germany, LEGO builders Rene Hoffmeister and Lorenz Lnggrtnr constructed a massive circus organ that doubles as a gargantuan diorama. Explains Lorenz of its… » 4/13/12 9:30am 4/13/12 9:30am

Watch the first four minutes of the Nazis-on-the-Moon flick Iron Sky

You saw the trailer — now check out the opening sequence of the Lunar Reich action comedy Iron Sky. This is definitely the first indie flick ever to feature Nazi astronauts with rocket launchers and their giant swastika-shaped Moon base. Iron Sky opens April 4 in Finland, April 5 in Germany, and other countries soon… » 3/16/12 6:00am 3/16/12 6:00am

Facebook ID cards foresee a future where Zuckerberg is your evil…

Given how absurdly ubiquitous Facebook has become (and how they ultimately give fuck-all about your privacy in the grand scheme of things), the folks at FB Bureau have gone ahead and begun printing Facebook identification cards. Quick, jump on the bandwagon before the Like Police come a-knocking! » 2/27/12 3:05pm 2/27/12 3:05pm

High-tech robotic head owes a debt to Disneyland's Haunted Mansion

Projection people aren't an entirely new phenomenon, but this Mask-bot — a new yammering robo-visage from German and Japanese researchers — was built to give robots emotive faces and to replace conference calls with talking heads. » 11/07/11 12:00pm 11/07/11 12:00pm

Welcome to the deserted German city outside of Shanghai

This may look like your average German suburb on a quiet day, but it's actually a planned community 30 kilometers outside of Shanghai. This is Anting German Town, a one-square-kilometer residential development founded in 2001 and built specifically to resemble a little slice of Deutschland. There's only one problem for … » 10/16/11 8:15am 10/16/11 8:15am

The spasmodic robot street performer of a Berlin flea market

At the Mauerpark flea market in Berlin, you can watch the stuttering routine of a very unique street performer — a robot who sits on a shopping cart and is overcome by the power of interpretative dance. I'm not sure who created this bot, but there are many videos of it online. Any Berliners out there familiar with… » 9/18/11 10:45am 9/18/11 10:45am