Person of the day
Saved by a cello
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day with a speech in the Bundestag. The cellist was deported to Auschwitz, then to Bergen-Belsen, and survived both concentration camps thanks to her joining an orchestra of prisoners. "Nobody entered the world wearing the label 'superhuman' or 'subhuman'," she told parliamentarians. "We are the ones who invented these labels." Source:
Graph of the day
Pick your pot city
Maybe some mayors should think seriously about legalizing marijuana (if they haven't already) to tap into a new, lucrative revenue stream. The chart shows what cities could generate from a tax on cannabis, based on what they earn from local cigarette taxes. Cairo and New York could plow the money into their subway systems while Berlin could use the cash for its costly, still-unfinished new airport.
Surprise of the day
Beer sales in Germany last year fell by 2.5 percent to 93.5 million hectoliters, according to the Federal Statistical Office. That's their lowest level in more than 25 years, down nearly 17 percent overall. Brewers blamed last year's poor business on a rainy summer, but the growing popularity of wine and hard liquor tells a different story. Source:
Quote of the day
Germany's acting foreign minister didn't mince his words when asked by Handelsblatt to comment on President Donald Trump's State of the Union address. He said it was wrong to assume that you can increase prosperity by building new walls.