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  1. Rabbits Build “Urban Burrows” Just Like Human Cities, But Probably More Adorable

    "This is my apartment. I share it with three other rabbits I met on Craigslist."

    Most people associate big cities with rats, pigeons, and cockroaches, and they wouldn't be all that wrong. But in parts of Europe (and Chicago, weirdly, but that's a different story), some urban areas have a pretty sizeable population of wild rabbits. Can you even imagine? Rabbits. Just, like, running around in public parks like squirrels. Be still my cold, city-dwelling heart.

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  2. Germany Works To Make Iconic Crosswalk Signs A Little Less Sexist

    Sehr hübsch!

    Most of us think of the little person on the crosswalk sign as a generic, genderless, nondescript pedestrian. In East Berlin, though, crossing signs are inhabited by the adorable hat-wearing "Ampelmann," an enormously popular cult icon who can now be found on lights all across the country. But some Germans worries that as cute as he is, he makes all their crosswalks a bit too... well, male-centric.

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  3. Senior Citizens Pose for Amazing Calendar of Iconic Movies

    And I have opinions about it.

    The Internet seems to be loving these images of senior citizens dressed as characters from their favorite movies, and we are too. But why is the series so appealing?

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  4. Guinness World Record Holder for Largest Walking Robot is a 50 Foot Fire-Breathing Dragon

    SCREW THIS I'M GOING BACK TO BAG END

    Every August for the past 500 years, German festival goers come to the Bavarian forest to see a performance of the traditional folk play Drachenstich, or "Slaying of the Dragon." Naturally you'd expect there to be a dragon in this performance -- except currently, the part is being played by an enormous animatronic robot that spits real fire.

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  5. Valve Sued in Germany Over Lack of Resale Rights for Downloadable Games

    A German consumer advocacy group is up in arms that they can't resell games they download like physical ones.

    While Valve had a pretty good week in the headlines after their massive summer Steam sale, this week is starting on a lower note for the game company. A German consumer rights organization is suing the company, claiming that the inability to resell downloadable games from their Steam service infringes on the rights of consumers.

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  6. Germans Have Adopted “Shitstorm,” Didn’t Even Say Thanks

    I'll Allow It

    You can barely get through a sentence in English without using a word derived or straight up borrowed from French or Latin, so it's somewhat ironic that our own mongrel language should be producing words that get borrowed by German, a language that we actually share linguistic roots with. And frankly, I couldn't be prouder about the German adoption of our "shitstorm."

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  7. Germany Home to Incredibly Prolific Road Rage Shooter Despite Having No Word for Road Rage

    A German truck driver has admitted to firing at more than 700 cars on the Autobahn during the past five years.

    We get that nobody likes being stuck in traffic, but a German truck driver has officially raised road rage to a violent, terrifying art form. A 57-year-old truck driver arrested over the weekend in the country's Eifel region has admitted to shooting more than 700 vehicles from his truck over the last five years. Luckily, firing from a truck is very difficult, so only one person was injured as a result of the half-decade shooting spree, which the driver blamed on road rage. Not for nothing, dude, but if your road rage is that bad, maybe seek a different line of work than "truck driver." Just a thought.

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  8. Germany Eliminates 63-Letter Longest Word

    Farewell, dear 'Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz.' We hardly knew ye, let alone could pronounce ye.

    A regional parliament in Germany has officially eliminated the need for among the longest word in the German language -- Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz, a 63-letter monstrosity pertaining to the the testing and labeling of beef.

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  9. Drones, Drones Everywhere: German Railway to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones Despite Privacy Concerns

    Germany's national railway is testing small surveillance drones to stop graffiti, because of course.

    Germany is a country that takes its privacy very seriously. Google has had a number of problems with German privacy laws in the past, which is why it's surprising to see that the country's national rail system is considering using surveillance drones to stop people from vandalizing railway stations. When I say, "stop people," they'll just be gathering evidence as a preventative measure, not firing missiles at vandals or anything like that. At least not yet.

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  10. Best Thieves Ever Steal 5.5 Tons of Nutella

    While no one was paying attention, someone in Germany pulled off what is clearly the heist of the century, and maybe the finest and most worthwhile criminal act of all time -- sorry, Great Train Robbery. This weekend saw thieves in the town of Bad Hersfeld make off with a parked trailer containing five and a half tons of delicious, creamy, chocolatey Nutella.

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