Picture of the day
On a freezing Sunday afternoon, around 80 Berlin locals converged upon a central subway stop, sans pants. Their ambitious goal: To ride for several hours in only their knickers. The annual “no pants” train ride started in New York and came to Berlin in 2012. Bare-legged commuters also showed some serious thigh in another 60 cities, including Paris and London, this weekend. The Berlin transport authority said they didn’t care what riders wore, as long as they had a ticket and felt good. Source:
Graph of the day
Sands of time
After water, sand is the most-used raw material in the world. Thanks to population growth and increasing prosperity, demand for sand keeps increasing. In Europe, Germany is the biggest user of sand and must import over a million tons a year from other European nations. Sand is also Germany’s most-used construction material, with over 247 million tons of sand and gravel going into projects in 2016.
Person of the day
“How did that happen?” was the incredulous reaction from German-Turkish film director, Fatih Akin, as he claimed the Golden Globe award for best foreign language film in California last night. His thriller, Into the Fade, which focuses on an act of terrorism by neo-Nazis, has only sold around 100,000 tickets in Germany. That’s now bound to change. The film’s chances to win an Academy Award, for which it is also a nominee, improved markedly too. Source:
Quote of the day
Everyone is well-aware of how much responsibility we bear, not just for Germany’s future but also for Europe, said the Social Democrats' Lars Klingbeil on Sunday night about the progress of ongoing coalition talks between his party, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and their sister party, the Christian Social Union. Whether there is any possibility of the three parties forming another grand coalition to run Germany should be clear by Thursday or Friday.