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The forgotten story of … Muammar Gaddafi’s German ice hockey team

How a dictator in the desert sponsored, of all things, a West German ice hockey team.

In 1987, ECD Iserlohn were on the verge of bankruptcy. Then the team’s owner hit upon a novel idea – a sponsorship deal with Libya’s unyielding leader.

Source: The forgotten story of … Muammar Gaddafi’s German ice hockey team | Sport | The Guardian

Lovin’ their elevator: why Germans are loopy about their revolving lifts

Doorless cabins, known as paternosters, are used for everything from speed dating to concerts. Now fans are fighting off attempts to restrict their use because of safety fears

Source: Lovin’ their elevator: why Germans are loopy about their revolving lifts

Welcome to Munich, the Mecca of River Surfing | VICE Sports

Surfing on the Eisbach is less dynamic than ocean surfing, constrained as it is to a small place. But on the flip side, it’s much more predictable than the ocean, and the surfers know how to work its different sections. It also makes for a much better spectator activity than ocean surfing. There’s something intimate and almost soothing about standing on the bank and watching the surfers take turns. They joke with one another and encourage each other. When one sticks a trick–catching air, maybe, or spinning the surfboard–they applaud and whoop from the banks.

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A Story of Fokkers

A World War II pilot is reminiscing before school children about his days in the air force.

“In 1942,” he says, “the situation was really tough. The Germans had a very strong air force. I remember, ” he continues, “one day I was protecting the bombers and suddenly, out of the clouds, these Fokkers appeared!”

At this point, several of the children giggle.

“I looked up, and right above me was one of them. I aimed at him and shot him down. They were swarming! I immediately realized that there was another Fokker behind me!”

At this instant the girls in the auditorium start to giggle and boys start to laugh. The teacher stands up and says, “I think I should point out that ‘Fokker’ was the name of the German-Dutch aircraft company–”

“That’s true,” says the pilot, “but these fokkers were flying Messerschmidts!”