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Reconstructing the Stasi Files

When the Berlin Wall came down, the East German secret police, known as Stasi, knew their days were numbered, so they began to shred their extensive files. And when the shredders broke down, they tore documents into pieces. What they left behind is the biggest jigsaw puzzle ever. Twenty years later, little progress had been [...]

Every Item Inside the Time Capsule Nickelodeon Buried in 1992

In 1992, Nickelodeon got together with the Kids World Council (also known as “minors who were allowed to call in and vote”) to decide what was most important to kids at the time. Then they assembled those items, put them in a big orange time capsule, and buried it in front of Nickelodeon Studios in [...]

The Time Groucho Marx Did the Charleston on Hitler’s Grave

© Bettmann/CORBIS Groucho Marx is unmatched in wit and humor. But one of his most poignant moments wasn’t remotely funny, nor was it caught on camera like so many of his one-liners and zingers. During the summer of 1958, Groucho and his You Bet Your Life director and close friend Robert Dwan toured Europe for six [...]

Lectures for a New Year: God, the Universe, and Everything Else

Ready for a spectacular late-80s treat? Here we have Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, and Arthur C. Clarke in discussion with Magnus Magnusson shortly after Hawking’s A Brief History of Time was published. This discussion was sparked by the book (Sagan wrote the introduction), and it shows three visionaries at a time in history [...]

Wrapper’s Delight: The Legendary Collaboration of Christo and Jeanne-Claude

© Bettmann/CORBIS On November 18, 2009, one of the most important artistic partnerships of the century ended when Jeanne-Claude, of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, passed away. During the couple’s 45 years of collaboration, they completed 20 gargantuan works of art—masterpieces so enormous they encompassed entire cities. In the United States, they were best known for The Gates, [...]

8 Creative Ways People Went Over the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall divided East Germany from West Berlin from 1961 through 1989. Although the East German government fortified the barrier with everything from watchtowers to guard dogs to beds of nails, a few people managed to slip over the border in amazing ways. Let’s take a look at some spectacular crossings, including the iconic [...]

The Fall of the Wall

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into History Again. The East German government called the Berlin Wall “the Anti-Fascist Protection Barrier.” But the machine guns along its length were pointed inward, toward East Berlin, not outward. Shortly after midnight on August 13, 1961, the city of Berlin was cut [...]

Laugh-In’s Prescient News of the Future

(YouTube link) Dan Rowan’s “News of the Future” segment on the TV show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In got things right a couple of times in 1969. The fall of the Berlin Wall was slated for 1989, which is what actually happened -although we haven’t seen the alligators yet. And Rowan had to pause for laughter when [...]

5 Other Late Night Feuds

If snarky commentary could deep-fry, Jay Leno would be onion rings. Ever since NBC announced that Jay Leno’s current 10pm show would be fine-tuned and moved to the 11:35 time slot, the knives have been out for the former Tonight Show host. Is Leno a hapless pawn caught in the middle of cutthroat NBC politics? [...]

Angela Merkel: The Sharp Axe of Reason

The global recession has hit Germany hard; its economy will likely shrink by 6 percent this year alone. Why should you care? Because it has the biggest economy in Europe and it’s the biggest exporter in the world. More than that, you should care because an economic meltdown in Germany could change the course of [...]