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At Long Last, Germany’s Lawmakers Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Germany has for many years been out of step with other EU nations in not recognizing the legal right of same-sex couples to marry. Love wins once again, however, and Friday's parliamentary vote made same-sex marriage the law of the land.

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German Orchestra Covers Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and Totally Nails the Funk

So fresh. So funky. So good.

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Feminism Around the World: Nepali Teen Girl Found Dead Because Menstruation Is Thought “Unclean” Where She Lives

15-year-old Roshani Tiruwa's life was cut short over the weekend simply for being a female with her period.

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Protestant Churches in Germany to Offer Free Wi-Fi — Come For the Internet, Stay For the Spiritual Guidance

There's a surprising lack of free wi-fi in Germany, especially considering how developed the country is. That's because of a German law that makes network providers responsible for any illegal activity. Sure, this protects intellectual property and cuts down on piracy...but it also makes lots of places afraid to have free wi-fi. You know who's not afraid to have free wi-fi? Protestant churches. And hey, if you decide you wanna stick around for a mass or something, that's totally cool.

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German Railway Company to Roll Out Women-Only Train Cars…For Safety?

Mitteldeutsche Regiobahn, a private German railway company, recently announced a controversial decision to roll out women-only train cars on certain lines they serve. They certainly aren't the first train company in the world to have women-only cars — such cars exist on trains in Cairo, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur — but these are notable because they just so happen to serve the area near a recent incident of mass sexual assault.

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Netflix Picks up Global Rights for Hitler Satire Look Who’s Back

Netflix recently promised subscribers that it will end end region-locked streaming as soon as possible, and the service is now working to acquire titles that can be streamed worldwide. Their most recent acquisition is the German satire Look Who's Back, about a newly-awakened Hitler's struggle in the modern world and eventual pursuit of a career in comedy (yikes).

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Cologne Urges Women to Adopt “Code of Conduct” After Men Target Women on New Year’s Eve

From this past Thursday evening to Friday morning, officers in the German city of Cologne received multiple complaints from women alleging they were robbed, sexually assaulted, or raped around the city's main train station.

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Avenge This: Theaters In Germany Boycott Avengers: Age of Ultron

Damn.

Over 686 screens in 193 small towns across Germany have decided to boycott showing Avengers: Age of Ultron due to Disney's decision to raise the rental fee for the film.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Google Maps Can’t Catch a Break in Germany, It May Be Banned by Courts

In December of last year, Google Maps was facing scrutiny in Germany for potentially violating European Union privacy laws. Things haven't gotten easier for Google in that country, because now Google Maps faces a complete ban in Germany due to a patent dispute with Microsoft. If Microsoft wins the ruling, Google will have to take some pretty extreme measures to keep Google Maps out of Germany. Hope you didn't want to find your away Germany, everybody. It's about to get a little more difficult for you, or more expensive for Google.

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It’s Always Sunny in Germany: Fox News Fails to Grasp Solar Power Reality

Solar power is one of those divisive political issues that stereotypical Republicans hate and stereotypical Democrats love. Alternative energy in general falls pretty strictly down party lines, but solar power tends to receive the most flak. Government subsidies and the like are constantly talked about for one reason or another. Germany's producing a whole mess of solar energy, on the other and, and Fox & Friends apparently seems to think that it's because "they've got more sun than we do." One guess as to how accurate that statement is.

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