You do not ride in this roller coaster, you walk

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By Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Monday 18 August 2014

If you are a wuss who is too delicate to withstand the heart-thumbing adrenaline of a roller coaster, this one is built especially for you and the rest of the octogenarians. Located atop the Heinrich-Hildebrand-Height in the Angerpark, overlooking the Rhine in Duisburg, Germany, the German Tiger & Turtle Magic Mountain roller coaster will not elicit a single scream from you as you do not ride but walk throughout its journey.

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Compelling video of a train arriving at Berlin station

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By Francis Andrews in Video on Friday 16 May 2014

Photographer and videographer Adam Magyar has created this oddly compelling video short taken from inside a train as it arrives into platform at a station in Berlin. It has a surreal and somewhat creepy edge to it, particularly the sight of two girls running between crowds standing on the platform.

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In Germany, a church made from snow and ice

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Saturday 7 December 2013

Finally, going to Church can be seen as something … cool. In Mitterfirmiansreut, Germany, locals built a Catholic church made out of ice and snow. This is part of their hundred-year tradition where town officials in the past refused a request from residents to build a church. To remedy this, locals did what anyone else would do, make a snow fort church.

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Injured tortoise gets a LEGO wheel prosthetic

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By Annie Churdar in Tech on Monday 11 November 2013

This is Schildi the bionic tortoise. He was found abandoned and helpless in Germany. The poor little guy was missing a leg and very scared, so some kind veterinarians patched him up and equipped him with a prosthetic wheel. Now he’s probably the speediest tortoise around. This story renewed my hope in humanity.

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Art installation invites people to move about on safety nets in mid-air

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 28 August 2013

Artist Tomás Saraceno’s latest art installation In Orbit which is now ongoing at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany, is a pretty cool work. Constructed out of safety nets suspended above ground across three levels, the structure is held apart by airfilled PVC balls. Visitors can mess about in mesh nets and pretend they can walk […]

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Selfmade Spaceship: a short film by Nicolas Heinemann

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By Jan Herdlicka in New Film on Tuesday 27 August 2013

If you guys are into dystopian sci-fi movies checkout this short movie called ZELLE (eng.: cell) by the young German filmmaker, Nicolas Heinemann. The special thing about this one is that the director constructed the whole setting in his shared flat room in Berlin Kreuzberg until his entire home looked like some kind of a […]

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Friends of Friends: international online interview magazine

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By Mareike Muller in Cool Websites on Tuesday 20 August 2013

The German website Freunde von Freunden (FvF), which means “friends of friends” in English, is an international online interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments. The magazine was launched in October 2009. In the beginning they literally worked with close friends and […]

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Illustrations of planets, split apart

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 15 August 2013

German design studio For Real did a series of illustrations centering around the physical anatomy of the planets in the solar system and cheekily dubbed their client as ‘The Universe’. The works are pretty cool, showing planets with viscous liquid cores escaping from the bellies of their spherical hosts. The world can get messy — […]

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Outdoor funnel wall makes music when rain falls

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Monday 12 August 2013

Somewhere in the Kunsthof-passage of Dresden, Germany, there’s actually an outdoor building wall that makes music whenever it rains. Christoph Roßner, Annette Paul and Andre Tempel, who live in the building, were the ones who decided to rig a bunch of funnels to coax a grand performance out of musical instruments by hydraulic action. It’s […]

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Cat-shaped kindergarten? Meow-velous!

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Friday 9 August 2013

In Karlsruhe, Germany, the kids who attend Kindergarten Wolfartsweier must contend with the serious business of walking straight into the mouth of a cat everyday. Artist Tomi Ungerer and architect d’Ayla-Suzan Yöndel are behind the brilliant kindergarten building design of a kitty in a sphinx-like pose. It’s so cool, the cat’s tail at the back […]

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A house with interiors that change any way you flip it

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 30 July 2013

Now now, imagine living in a room which lets you flip your furniture about with a quick spin. Students from Germany’s University of Karlsruhe, Christian Zwick and Konstantin Jerabek, designed this pretty cool revolving cylindrical house that offers flexible housing with limited space. In one position, the room is a workspace; in another, it becomes […]

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In Orbit: an interactive sculpture by Tomás Saraceno

Mareike Muller Contributor

By Mareike Muller in New Art on Wednesday 10 July 2013

A 2.500 square metre tall net made of multi-tiered wires spans across the piazza in the K21 in Düsseldorf, Germany. It’s the work of Argentine-born artist, Tomás Saraceno, his most complex creation called In Orbit. Floating 25 meters above the ground, his interactive installation is created from three levels of wires and clear and metallic orbs.

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Iron Curtain: a new social history by Anne Applebaum

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By Raymond Biesinger in New Products on Friday 25 January 2013

If you’d like to read archetypical nightmare design stories, one needs only type in the URL “Clientsfromhell.net” and you’ll find a tonne. If you want to find some unique nightmare design and art stories, though, I’d advise reading Anne Applebaum’s new social history of Stalinist Eastern Europe. In it are tales of dreadful state-artist collaborations, […]

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How to get an alligator to eat your dog for fun

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 20 November 2012

Every dog-owner’s worst nightmare: watch your pet get eaten alive. Until you realise it’s just a heap of expertly stuffed fabric that looks like, oh, a scary alligator from the late Cretaceous period. This dog-devouring stunt was devised by Germany’s Zoo Neunkirchen a few years ago to get people to visit the zoo with the […]

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Trip the light fantastic at Berlin’s annual Festival of Lights

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By Samantha Chalker in Cool Travel on Wednesday 26 September 2012

Northern lights, strobe lights, fairy lights; aren’t lights just the best? From October 10-21, you can see lights in all their illuminated glory in Berlin during the annual Festival of Lights. Taking the whole light show craze thing to the next level, the entire city will be lit up like Christmas: from park benches to churches, bridges and trees. The 12 days will open and close with ceremonies, and are filled in between with other arts and cultural events, live jazz and shopping sales. You can choose to view the extravaganza by bus, boat, balloon or (wait for it …) Segway. All in all, a splendid reason to visit Berlin.

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