German Designer Makes Clothing Line From Milk

We’ve all been hearing that milk is good for us all of our lives. It is essential for building quality bones, but did you know it also can make high quality fabric? Anke Domaske has beauty and brains on her mind. She’s a biologist and fashion designer in Germany that has created milk yarn – real yarn made from milk that would be thrown out anyways. Now that’s really going green. 

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2011/08/01/german-designer-makes-clothing-line-from-milk/

City Installs Special Traffic Lights For “Smartphone Zombies

The modern city-dweller forever has their mind buried in their smartphone and theirearbuds tightly squished into their ears, half unaware of the world outside their game of Candy Crush.

In light of this, tramcrossings in Augsburg, Germany, have special traffic lights for these smartphone zombies, or sombies as theyre called in German. The citys administration recently installed rows of LED lights into the sidewalks of two crossings, which flash red when a tram is approaching.

Le Local reports that Tobias Harms,from the Augsburg city administration,told The Augsburger Allgemeine: We realized that the normal traffic light isnt in the line of sight of many pedestrians these days. So we decided to have an additional set of lights the more we have, the more people are likely to notice them.

Not everyone in the city is convinced the idea is necessary or worth taxpayers’ money. But then again, according to research by the Wall Street Journal, cases of hospitalization from accidents obtained while pedestrians were distracted using their phones increased 10-fold between 2006 and 2014.

[H/T:Mashable]

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/technology/city-installs-special-traffic-lights-smartphone-zombies

Visiting A ‘Crazy’ In-Door German Water Park

Visiting A ‘Crazy’ In-Door German Water Park

Have you ever wanted to go to the water park, but didn’t want the sun shining on your back? Then this in-door water park film maker Casey Neistat found in Germany is for you. The Tropical Islands resort is the largest water park in the world and is all contained in a huge blimp hangar. Casey and his son enjoyed the unique park until late into the evening. 

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/07/17/visiting-a-crazy-in-door-german-water-park/

24 Mysterious And Chilling Pictures Of Abandoned Buildings From The Soviet Union

British photographer Rebecca Litchfield travelled across the former USSR to capture these remarkable images of decaying public buildings in deserted towns. Taken from the book Soviet Ghosts.

1. Pripyat in Ukraine, near the Chernobyl power plant, was abandoned after the disaster in 1986.

Pripyat in Ukraine, near the Chernobyl power plant, was abandoned after the disaster in 1986.

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When the Chernobyl was built in 1970, many of the facility’s staff were housed in the nearby city of Pripyat. Around 50,000 people once lived here, spread across 160 buildings that had contained a total of 13,400 apartments.

Trees and shrubs are the only things left living there, as structures continue to decay and crumble.

2. Pripyat’s Hospital No. 126 consists of five large buildings, each of them six storeys high.

Pripyat’s Hospital No. 126 consists of five large buildings, each of them six storeys high.

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3. After the town was abandoned, doctors left medical equipment, beds, bottles, babies’ cribs and other equipment to rust.

After the town was abandoned, doctors left medical equipment, beds, bottles, babies’ cribs and other equipment to rust.

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4. The town had three indoor swimming pools, two sports stadiums, 35 playgrounds, 15 primary schools, five secondary schools and a technical college.

The town had three indoor swimming pools, two sports stadiums, 35 playgrounds, 15 primary schools, five secondary schools and a technical college.

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5. There are several kindergartens in Pripyat, still full of toys and with beds still made, among the gas masks that were designed to protect the children in the case of a chemical attack or disaster.

There are several kindergartens in Pripyat, still full of toys and with beds still made, among the gas masks that were designed to protect the children in the case of a chemical attack or disaster.

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6. Pripyat’s Luna Park, with its Ferris wheel and bumper cars, was scheduled to open as a part of the May Day celebrations in 1986.

Pripyat’s Luna Park, with its Ferris wheel and bumper cars, was scheduled to open as a part of the May Day celebrations in 1986.

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But the Chernobyl disaster happened days before its opening. However, people did make use of it in the hours before an official evacuation was ordered.

7. A tuberculosis hospital in Russia lies empty.

A tuberculosis hospital in Russia lies empty.

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In the captions in her book, photgrapher Rebecca Litchfield says of these hospitals throughout the USSR: “Even in the realm of health, the state would seek to control and monitor its citizens, and use surgeries, clinics and hospitals to further their political aims, even to the extent of deploying spies alongside medical staff.”

8. The trip to Russia to take these photographs wasn’t a simple affair.

The trip to Russia to take these photographs wasn't a simple affair.

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“Not many explorers travel to Russia,” says Litchfield in the publicity material for the book. “Where the rules are very different, locations are heavily guarded and a strong military presence exists everywhere. There are serious consequences for getting caught.

“We managed to stay hidden for all of the trip, we maximised our stealthiness, ducking and diving into bushes and sneaking past sleeping security. But on day three our good fortune ran out as we visited a top secret radar installation. After walking through the forest, mosquitos attacking us from all directions, we saw the radar and made our way towards it, but just metres away suddenly we were joined by military and they weren’t happy..”

9. But she says she’s not trying to make any political points about the Communist era.

But she says she's not trying to make any political points about the Communist era.

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“I refrain from having personal opinions about the era and try to remain relatively neutral,” she says. “Whilst the period had bad times, the people living in the communities still got on with life and also had good times, it was not a period of pure black and white and so my aim of the book was to just capture it as it was now.”

10. Many Soviet-era cinemas lie abandoned throughout Russia.

Many Soviet-era cinemas lie abandoned throughout Russia.

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Litchfield says: “Cinema was quickly seized upon under Communism and nowhere more so than in the Soviet Union as an important tool for political education and indoctrination.

“Soviet filmmakers, such as Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, remain amongst the most influential directors of all time; largely by virtue of their pioneering use of ‘montage’ techniques.”

11. Poland is also full of abandoned buildings from the Communist era – such as this hospital.

Poland is also full of abandoned buildings from the Communist era – such as this hospital.

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12. Skrunda was a secret town in Latvia, housing a Soviet radar station designed to monitor all of Western Europe.

Skrunda was a secret town in Latvia, housing a Soviet radar station designed to monitor all of Western Europe.

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13. Although its location was kept secret, eventually it became a residential town with 60 buildings, including a gym, a school and a theatre.

Although its location was kept secret, eventually it became a residential town with 60 buildings, including a gym, a school and a theatre.

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As Litchfield explains in the book, however: “Once Latvia had gained back its independence, the Soviets were given four years to dismantle the radars. The entire town was sold at auction for just 17,000 Lats (around £20,000) but as of 2013 nothing has yet been done with the site.”

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15. Latvia has several abandoned radio telescopes, such the two left at Irbene, Cold War relics from a time when intercepting Western satellite signals was a top priority.

Latvia has several abandoned radio telescopes, such the two left at Irbene, Cold War relics from a time when intercepting Western satellite signals was a top priority.

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There were originally six telescopes but four were dismantled and the remaining two incapacitated.

16. The entire area was once forbidden – people needed to seek special permission to visit Irbene and its surrounding towns.

The entire area was once forbidden – people needed to seek special permission to visit Irbene and its surrounding towns.

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“Irbene was so secretive in fact, that the public only found out about it when the site was officially revealed in 1993; long after the Soviets had left,” says Litchfield.

17. This is the swimming pool at the Soviet Union’s headquarters in Germany. Trains ran daily from here and Moscow.

This is the swimming pool at the Soviet Union's headquarters in Germany. Trains ran daily from here and Moscow.

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18. It was built by the Germans but took over by Russia on 20 April 1945, with fighting leaving some 120 dead.

It was built by the Germans but took over by Russia on 20 April 1945, with fighting leaving some 120 dead.

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19. There were 800 people living here by 1953 and as many as 30,000 soliders and 75,000 civilians in the surrounding area.

There were 800 people living here by 1953 and as many as 30,000 soliders and 75,000 civilians in the surrounding area.

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The Russians left behind weapons, ammunition, bomb parts and chemical waste when they left.

20. This mural still stares out from the wall of a Soviet pilot school in what was the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany.

This mural still stares out from the wall of a Soviet pilot school in what was the German Democratic Republic, or East Germany.

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21. Milovice in the Czech Republic has been a military site since the early 1990s, in the hands of Czechoslovakia, Germany and then the Soviets, who took control in 1968.

Milovice in the Czech Republic has been a military site since the early 1990s, in the hands of Czechoslovakia, Germany and then the Soviets, who took control in 1968.

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Hundreds of families lived here but its buildings have been stripped to their core. After the Velvet Revolution of the 1980s, Russian forces started to leave. So quickly did they leave in 1991 that live ammunition was buried across the site, making the deserted town now potentially very dangerous.

22. The Soviet monument at Mount Buzludzha is the largest of its kind in Bulgaria.

The Soviet monument at Mount Buzludzha is the largest of its kind in Bulgaria.

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This is where Bulgarian Socialists first began meeting in secret in 1891 and where Bulgarian forces battled Turkish forces. It was funded by voluntary donations and features marble and glass. Pictured is the huge amphitheatre, with its mural depicting Soviet and Bulgarian history.

23. The structure was abandoned in 1989 and then gifted to the state in 1991. It’s been stripped of its valuable materials.

The structure was abandoned in 1989 and then gifted to the state in 1991. It's been stripped of its valuable materials.

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24. There was once a tower 70 metres tall, topped with a huge star made of red glass, designed to be three times bigger than the star at the Kremlin.

There was once a tower 70 metres tall, topped with a huge star made of red glass, designed to be three times bigger than the star at the Kremlin.

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Like all these structures, it now lies gathering ice, rust and dust.

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The Porcelain Unicorn

This video posted in 2010  was the Grand prize winner of the Philips Parallel Lines ‘Tell It Your Way’ international competition! It’s a short video with little speech, but it says so much more. Remember, we are all people and should love one another. 

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2011/07/26/the-porcelain-unicorn/

Heartwarming Surprise for Grandad (Video)

Heartwarming Surprise for GrandadHeartwarming Surprise for Grandad

A grandfather gets a surprise visit from his grandson. Youtuber theresekh1 explains:

‘Heartwarming surprise for my dad. My parents live in Germany and normally visit us in the States during Spring and Fall. Due to health issues, my dad isn’t able to fly. He tells me all the time how much he misses his grandson. How great it was surprising him! My mom was in on it the whole time.’

Grandpa’s got health issues? Let’s scream at him while he naps.

Anyways, someone must be cutting onions in here…

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Dirk Nowitzki Soccer Flop (Video)

Dirk Nowitzki played a charity soccer match in Germany on Sunday. The Dallas Mavericks star somehow managed to earn a penalty kick for this funny dive flop:

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German Grocery Store Music Video Supergeil Will Have You Asking WTF?

German Grocery Store Music Video Will Have You Asking WTF?

German musician and entertainer Friedrich Liechtenstein stars in this hilariously weird commercial-music video for Germany’s largest grocery store chain EDEKA.

The catchy video, titled Supergeil, has gone viral in the English speaking web with over the weekend, and has already amassed over 900,000 hits

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Germany’s Christoph Kramer Can’t Remember The World Cup Final After Getting Knocked Out

Kramer suffered a head injury against Argentina and attempted to keep playing.

1. Germany’s Cristoph Kramer was knocked out after this nasty collision during the 14th minute of the World Cup Final vs. Argentina. He stayed in the game, but in the 32nd minute, Kramer fell to the ground again and needed to be helped off the field.

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Germany’s Christoph Kramer leaves the field in a daze after suffering a head injury vs. Argentina.

3. The 23-year-old midfielder told German paper Die Welt he “can’t really remember much of the game.”

“I don’t know anything at all about the first half. I thought later that I left the game immediately after the tackle. I have no idea how I got to the changing rooms. I don’t know anything else. In my head, the game starts from the second half.”

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4. The blow to Kramer on Sunday is one of several scary head injuries that occurred during the World Cup.

The blow to Kramer on Sunday is one of several scary head injuries that occurred during the World Cup.

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5. Argentina’s Javier Mascherano collided with Netherlands’ Georginio Wijnaldum during the teams’ semifinal match. He initially staggered off the field, but came back in.

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=XpsUYw9xuyI.

6. Uruguay’s Alvaro Pereirra was knocked unconscious vs. England, but re-entered the game a minute later.

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Zdb-6L_ozXQ.

7. FIFPro, the World Footballers’ Association, has called on FIFA to ”conduct a thorough investigation into its own competition concussion protocol.

FIFPro, the World Footballers' Association, has called on FIFA to '' conduct a thorough investigation into its own competition concussion protocol. "

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FIFA Clears Mexican Fans In Investigation Of Anti-Gay Chants At World Cup

FIFA says reported incident “is not considered insulting in this particular context.”

1. UPDATE — June 23, 5:00 p.m. ET

2. FIFA has cleared Mexico in an investigation of its country’s fans allegedly chanting homophobic slurs during their matches against Cameroon and Brazil, the New York Times reports.

FIFA has cleared Mexico in an investigation of its country's fans allegedly chanting homophobic slurs during their matches against Cameroon and Brazil, the New York Times reports.

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FIFA clears Mexico in case of homophobic chanting. No punishment.

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In clearing Mexico for homophobic chants, FIFA says incident “is not considered insulting in this particular context.”

5. FIFA opened the investigation last week after it was reported that Mexican supporters were heard chanting “puto,” which is slang for “fag,” “man-whore,” or “coward,” during the team’s first two World Cup games.

FIFA opened the investigation last week after it was reported that Mexican supporters were heard chanting “ puto ,” which is slang for “fag,” “man-whore,” or “coward,” during the team's first two World Cup games.

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6. FIFA says it “takes a firm, zero-tolerance stance against any form of discrimination and racism.” FIFA’s disciplinary committee said Sunday it was opening an investigation against German fans who wore blackface to Germany’s match vs. Ghana.

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Instagram user selma_slim, who attended the World Cup, uploaded the picture on Saturday with the caption: “So far I’ve counted 8 Germans in black face. Worst, people are lining up to take pictures with them. Poor form, #Germany. #racism #racists #worldcup”

8. ESPN said it would try to limit chanting being heard during its broadcast of Mexico’s final group stage match vs. Croatia on Monday.

ESPN said it would try to limit chanting being heard during its broadcast of Mexico's final group stage match vs. Croatia on Monday.

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9. UPDATE: Mexican fans are still chanting “puto” during the Mexico vs. Croatia match.

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