Tag Archives: Germany

1960: Fasten Your Seatbelts

Based on a novel by Stanisław Lem, the 1960 East German/Polish film The Silent Star is set in the future of 1970, when explorations in the Gobi desert unearth an strange crystalline object containing a fragmentary message from Venus. It … Continue reading

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1991: Time’s Arrow

In Martin Amis’s 1991 novel, Time’s Arrow, time flows backwards. It’s not simply that the events are narrated in reverse order; rather, it’s as if the characters were in a film being show in reverse. Here’s how eating works, for … Continue reading

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1903: Ship of the Desert

This publicity image of the SS Kaiser Wilhelm II in front of the Great Pyramids of Egypt was painted in the Otto Bollhagen studios around the time of the ship’s completion in 1903.  During World War I, the ship was … Continue reading

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1824: Evening

Caspar David Friedrich: Evening with Clouds (1824)

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1795: Zozozozozozozozozozozozo, zirrhading!

From Johann Matthäus Bechstein’s Gemeinnützige Naturgeschichte Deutschlands nach allen drey Reichen: ein Handbuch zur deutlichern und vollständigern Selbstbelehrung besonders für Forstmänner, Jugendlehrer und Oekonomen, volume 4 (1795): Twenty-four different strains or couplets may be reckoned in the song of a … Continue reading

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12th Century: The Unknown Language

Saint Hildegard, a 12th century German Benedictine abbess, was a mystic, composer, and philosopher who wrote works on topics as diverse as theology, botany, and medicine. She began experiencing visions at the age of three, ultimately chronicling a lifetime of … Continue reading

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1890: Seagulls

Max Jensen: Seagulls over the Waves; I made up the date.

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