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659 - Liège, Belgium's 'Vanishing Twin'

6 months ago

Belgium and its provinces have had roughly the same shape since independence in 1830. It's taken those 184 years to make a shocking discovery: hidden inside Belgium is another Belgium. For the borders of the province of Liège are an eerie copy of the entire country's international borders. And what ...

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656 - Look Who's Back

7 months ago

German writer Timur Vermes's 2012 bestseller is titled Er ist wieder da ('Look Who's Back'). The cover illustration leaves no doubt as to who the protagonist is: the trademark curtained hair and toothbrush moustache are enough to identify Adolf Hitler. The Führer's hairstyle choices (among a few ...

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654 - Making Maps of France (Nudge, Nudge)

7 months ago

Cuddly toys, ripped to pieces. Their limbs and tails, snouts and eyepatches strung up and nailed to a museum wall. Teddy bears and their furry friends are supposed to be a child's last line of defence against night terrors. But here, perversely, they themselves become the terror: cruelly chopped up ...

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646 - Six Californias: a Silly Con?

9 months ago

The best argument against German Unification came from French writer François Mauriac: “J'aime tellement l'Allemagne que je préfère qu'il y en ait deux”. It takes an American to propel that backhanded compliment to the next level. Venture capitalist Tim Draper loves his home state of California so ...

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645 - Kiev Burning: a Map of the Front Line

9 months ago

This just in from Ukraine: President Yanukovych has sacked the country's armed forces chief, has agreed a 'truce' with the three main opposition leaders, and wants to start 'negotiations' to end the bloodshed in the capital Kiev, which has claimed at least 26 lives in the past few days.  It's a ...