Veteran tells how killing a young German soldier haunted him for life

In this day of remembrance for all of those who fought for this country—and others too—I thought it would be good to hear the heartbreaking story of Joseph Robertson, a World War II veteran who had to kill a young German soldier face to face, during the Battle of the Bulge. Listen—and think. » 5/26/14 7:36pm 5/26/14 7:36pm

The Most Common Languages Spoken in the U.S. After English and Spanish

What's the language that the most Americans speak after English? As you'd probably guess, the second-most common language spoken in the U.S. is Spanish. But if you look at the most common languages after English and Spanish, the results get a little more surprising, especially when you parse them by state. » 5/13/14 2:40pm 5/13/14 2:40pm

Can you find the sniper hiding with camouflage in this picture?

No? It's okay, I couldn't find him either. I tried really hard too but I'd just be a walking dead person by now if I stumbled across this field in real life because the sniper that's hiding would have no problem mowing me down. He's super close. No, not there. There. » 2/12/14 10:42pm 2/12/14 10:42pm

Awesome World War II Dogfighting Filmed On Zero Budget

One of the things I love computers for is how they have democratized the access to things that once were only attainable by a very few. This World War II short film called The German is a perfect example. » 1/29/12 12:03pm 1/29/12 12:03pm

Beginning of the End: Scenes from the Allied Invasion of Europe

This is it. The Allied invasion of Europe and the beginning of its attempt to wrest control of the war-torn continent from Hitler's Nazi regime and a faltering Italian southern front. » 10/02/11 6:00pm 10/02/11 6:00pm

Not a Step Back: Images from World War 2's Brutal Eastern Front

The Allies ultimately won World War 2, of course, but at great cost. Nowhere is this more true than the great 1,000-mile Eastern Front, where German and Soviet forces mixed battle, bloodshed and war crimes in equal mix. » 9/18/11 10:00pm 9/18/11 10:00pm

Nose Jobs Have Come a Long Way

Oh, how we laughed at that Japanese vibrating-muzzle which promises to de-flare nostrils and give users the pert nose they always dreamed of. But back in ye olden German days, potato/saddle/duckbill/hook noses were being fixed by this scary contraption. » 8/05/11 5:40am 8/05/11 5:40am

German Government Warns of iPhone Malware Threat From 2007

Run and hide your iPhone as a dangerous PDF exploit will let malware infect your handset. Cyber criminals will then use this malware to steal your sensitive information says Germany's Federal Office for Information Security. » 7/06/11 8:38pm 7/06/11 8:38pm

Store Your Grenade in a Sewing Machine for Safekeeping

If you're a shell-shocked World War I veteran with a few spare grenades lying around, you may start to hide them in some crazy places like a sewing machine. » 6/24/11 12:41am 6/24/11 12:41am

Mystery Photographer of the Nazis Found After Online Hunt

A photo album showing never-seen-before photos of Hitler and the Nazis has surfaced with photos dating back to 70 years ago. Its current owner has no clue who the photographer was, but judging by the level of access he was given, he must have been someone.UPDATED » 6/22/11 7:20am 6/22/11 7:20am

Six Months of Tracking Someone's Cellphone, Visualized

How much information does a phone company collect on you? Given that they know which tower your phone pings every time you use it, try "all of it." That's what one German politician discovered when he sued his carrier, Deutsche Telekom, for all of the data they'd archived for six months of his cellphone usage. » 3/30/11 7:00pm 3/30/11 7:00pm

Does This Look Like a Sport Anyone Sane Would Actually Play?

If you've not heard of Sporthocker before, don't worry—the trick is to look as foolish as possible, all while juggling a stool around and pretending its a skateboard. Then you sit on it. Yes, really. Those crazy Germans. » 2/04/11 5:00am 2/04/11 5:00am

Row, Row, Row Your Paper Boat, Gently Down the London Thames...

We might still be waiting for the first paper plane to carry a human from A to B, but a German-made paper boat has floated successfully down the London Thames, with the suitable name of "HMS Origami." » 11/08/10 5:20am 11/08/10 5:20am

Toys With Mental Illnesses—Seriously

"Oh, what gift to offer the bipolar six-year-old nephew this Christmas...I know! These German toys with mental illnesses would please the little tyke. Would he like the depressive turtle Dub, Kroko the water-phobic crocodile, or the personality disorder-affected sheep Dolly? » 9/09/10 8:00am 9/09/10 8:00am

German Students Create Ode to Beer Out of 2,000 Beer Boxes

This is doubtless the most productivity ever shown by a group of students standing within 5m of a beer carton. I guess Germans are known for their efficiency, though. » 8/17/10 6:00am 8/17/10 6:00am

It's Like An Apple Store...WITH GUNS

So described one viewer after watching the video below, which was shot at the futuristic Müller Schiess Zentrum facility in Germany. It has 3D hunting simulators! A restaurant! Shops! And enough white-washed walls and stark interiors to make Apple jealous. » 5/25/10 8:00am 5/25/10 8:00am

Motorized Playground Roundabout Catapults Wayward Youth

I'm sure the conversation that started "let's hook a roundabout up to my tiny motorcycle and ride it until one of us flies off at breakneck speed" sounded much more convincing in the original German. [The Daily What via NextRound] » 5/10/10 12:00pm 5/10/10 12:00pm

Steel 'Velcro' Made By Germans Supports 35 Tons, Heat At Up To 800…

If your Velcro jacket fasteners were made of this German-engineered steel "Velcro", you'd be able to withstand 35 tons worth of force—provided your skin and bones don't tear first. » 9/04/09 9:30pm 9/04/09 9:30pm

This is How Your Plastic Objects Are Made

Curious as to how all those plastic cups, trash cans and containers you get at Ikea are made? Random Good Stuff takes a tour of the Koziol plastics factory in Germany, where many of those household items are designed. » 7/07/09 8:40pm 7/07/09 8:40pm

I-Buddie Netbook Proves It Can Run Android

We don't know much about this odd German I-Buddie netbook, but this video shows a prototype in action, which presumably means this Atom-driven gadget will actually be sold at some point. [Netbook News via Engadget] » 4/21/09 1:45am 4/21/09 1:45am