ich verstehe nicht

men who knewCologne city officials knew the archives were sinking–taking in water for months and noticeably sinking in early february–but they didn’t notify the proper authorities.

Those investigating how the building packed with unique cultural treasures collapsed, killing two people, heard on Friday night that the ground underneath the building had started letting water into the foundations last September – and the building was shown to be subsiding in February.

That’s some sad shit, let’s hope it doesn’t happen to the world economy.

(our mention of the archives collapse a few weeks ago)

not the wurst idea we ever heard

currywurstNews from Deutchland: Berlin to open a currywurst museum. Currywurst is a greasy, mushy sausage slathered in curry-spiced ketchup and served with chewy bread or fries, cheap, delicious, gross and hugely popular. Think Gray’s Papaya, just nastier.

Fact: Preceding minimal techno by a few decades, Currywurst was invented in 1949 in the Charlottenburg ‘hood of Berlin.

We noshed on our share of currywurst during our stay in Berlin a few years back, but for our money, if any delicacy is deserving of its own museum in Berlin, it’s the ridiculously amazing Doener Kebab, a turkish delight of shaved meat on flatbread with fresh vegetables, cheese, white sauce, and hot sauce. YUM. We are particularly distressed at not being able to find true Berlin-style kebab in New York, where plenty of kebab abounds, but always served on a limp piece of pita–the flatbread is what really makes the meal.

Sorry Cologne, that really stinks

cologneUgh. The Cologne city archives were destroyed today in a building collapse. The Times of London is suitably melodramatic: The German city of Cologne woke up yesterday without a memory. Welllllll, ok.

And wow, much like Brangelina’s new home on Long Island, there was a nuclear bomb proof Panic Room/Fallout Shelter–and it was used as a Janitor’s closet.

When the building was constructed, a small nuclear-bomb proof chamber was included in the cellar to protect the most precious pieces. But in recent years, the chamber has been used only to store cleaning material.

Works by Hegel and Marx were lost, along with town hall minutes dating back to 1376.