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Everything I Ate When I Cycled the Route of the Berlin Wall
The Berliner Mauerweg cycle path follows all 170 kilometres of the former Berlin Wall. But what do you eat as you attempt to cycle through history? Bread, bottles of Club Mate, Ritter Sport, and a lot of currywurst.
The Rise and Fall of Gerd Bonk, the World Champion of Doping
East German weightlifter Gerd Bonk took the highest documented quantity of anabolic steroids in his quest for a gold medal. He was a victim of the greatest, widest reaching, and most sociopathic scandal in sports history.
The World Hates You Issue
Crossing the Danube
Between World War II and the fall of Communism, many fled Soviet-controlled East Germany and headed westward. The stories of these defectors have been exhaustively documented, but much less is known about the few who headed against the tide, west to...