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The somewhat bizarre idea of reindeer pulling a corpulent man in a beard on a flying sleigh was dreamt up by American poet Clement C. Moore in the poem “A night before Christmas” created for his children. Rudolph was not one of those eight reindeer, but was the subsequent creation of writer Robert May, who [...]

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What looks like an encrypted message from an enigma machine is a tweeted recipe. The decoded version is as follows: (1) Mix ¼ cup of vegetable oil, 1 diced butternut squash and 1 diced potato (peeled or not, as you prefer), 1 diced leek, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1 [...]

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If Berliners have a problem, than it is the fact that there are no mountains anywhere near them. Hey, but that is not a problem anymore! Today they kick-start their winter season right in the heart of town at the ultra modern Potsdamer Platz. It is quite impossible these days to image this area of [...]

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Do you know what this is? (Forgive the poor quality of the photos – I only had my mobile at hand) You could say that it is a thingy with ice cream left on the sofa. Yes, but not quite. This is a real problem saver – the safe-a-seat-for-yourself-problem-solver. This mock-up spilt ice cream thingy [...]

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