Picture of the Day
Berlin-based artists Eva and Adele won’t give their age or other details of their past lives. Because their life is their art: The “hermaphrodite twins” say they’re from the future and that they arrived in the German capital by time machine, after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The art world mascots are regular fixtures on the German gallery circuit. This weekend, they'll take part in the annual Berlin Gallery Weekend with L’Amour du Risque, a 25-year retrospective at the Me Collector’s Room, along with artists showing work in 46 galleries around the city, Source:
Quote of the day
A fight between students at the University of Bielefeld is making national headlines. A Sunday workshop on female masturbation was organized by the Student Union there as part of a series of lectures and events around sexuality. Participants at the booked-out, women-only event have been asked to bring a mirror, a towel and lubricant. But the more conservative Association of Christian Democratic Students, or RCDS, thinks it’s a stupid idea. "The topic is important but we don’t believe it will be discussed meaningfully in a room filled with masturbating women," the RCDS told local media and asked whether student fees have been used to fund the event.
Graph of the day
The US president, who will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington today, has never been particularly popular with the locals around here anyway. A year ago, only 6 percent of respondents said they “loved” or "liked" Mr. Trump, while 80 percent said they disliked or even hated him. This month, 90 percent say that. Ouch. Nobody knows how Ms. Merkel really feels but one imagines if there was a “I can tolerate him, because I have to” box, she might pick that one.
Insect of the day
“If it harms the bees, it should be banned. Bees are system relevant,” Germany’s minister for food and agriculture, Julia Klöckner, told local media the day before European parliamentarians vote on whether to ban neonicotinoid pesticides from all European fields. Earlier this year, a report by the European Food Safety Authority found that these kinds of poisons harm bees. The German government is taking a clear position, recommending neonicotinoids not be used anywhere outdoors in the future. It seems likely that the rest of the EU will agree when a special committee in Brussels votes on the issue later Friday. Source: