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German Family Granted Political Asylum for Homeschooling Kids

While it may not be written in the U.S. Constitution, for some, freedom means being able to school your children the way you want to. A German couple residing in Morristown, Tenn., gained that freedom recently when the United States granted them...

Tiny German Lovebirds Elope to Africa

Considering the impulsiveness of their decision, it was to be a beautiful wedding. A German "couple" packed bathing suits and sunglasses, then headed to Africa to get married "where it is warm." The nuptials were interrupted when the lovebirds were...

Exploding toilet sends boy to the hospital

You now how sometimes your bathroom needs a little freshening up after a particularly, um, odorous event? You might be tempted to light a candle or spray some air freshener and that is fine. Just don't do both. This poor child in Germany found out...

Is an anti-religion book dangerous?

Can a book really be dangerous? I'm not sure it really can be, to the reader anyway. To the powers that be, certainly, but that's not the reader's problem. On the other hand, are there subjects that children are not ready to or should not have to...

Army Sergeant makes it to daughter's birth -- the hard way

It must really suck to be in the military and get deployed overseas when your wife is pregnant. Unfortunately, I'm sure that happens altogether far too often, especially these days. I was lucky enough to be there for the birth of both of my kids, but...

Lars, his daughter, and my first year in Texas

In college, I hung around with a guy named Lars (which he pronounced "Lahhhhhhz"). Technically, Lars was German, but he came from Croatian roots, and was thus prone to a more romanticized existence -- like an artist, and a true Mediterranean man....

Tom Cruise banned from Germany

Ah, those wacky Germans. They've decided that they're not going to let little Suri's dad make a movie in their country. Why, you ask, flabbergasted? Because he believes in the spirit of little green men inhabiting his body. Or something like that....

Man falls off balcony during spitting contest with son

This is exactly the kind of game I'd play with my kid -- only, hopefully I wouldn't injur myself in the process. That, unfortunately, was not the case for one 42-year-old German man, who, during a spitting contest with his 12-year-old son, tried...

Maternity staff find oversized, drunk, smoking 'baby'

Maternity ward staff in Dortmund, Germany, got a wickedly unpleasant shock this week when they went to respond to an alarm that a baby had been dropped off in an emergency post box -- and found a drunken 28-year old instead. Heinrich Mueller...

Enraged soccer fan karate kicks 8-year-old player

It appears watching 8-year-olds play soccer proved just a little too frustrating for one German man, who, after one player committed a foul, ran onto the field and attacked the offender with a karate kick. Fortunately the other spectators were quick...

German girl jailed for cutting class

German courts have decided to put a 15-year-old girl behind bars for two weeks because she keeps skipping class. Both the girl and her parents were given other options, but when the family failed to pay a fine, and the young woman refused to do...

Blogging Baby Sleepover for Sunday, January 21

Who cares about taking out the garbage when the internet is right there, just begging to be surfed? How can one say no? I came across a journal written by someone I used to work with and was intrigued by his intent. He's not writing for himself, or...

Germany says to its citizens: go make more babies!

With their nation's birthrate declining big time, Germany's government has released a new parental benefit package, attempting to make it easier for middle-class, professional women to have kids. If current trends continue, the country's population...

Comical bedroom idea

"Ooh, that's cool!" That's what Jared said when he walked into the room and saw this picture of a hotel room in Berlin, Germany on my computer screen. I kinda have to agree with him. Being an old fart, it made me think of Tron or perhaps the Take on...

Kiddie condoms for the younger teens

Just when you think you've heard it all, a new one jumps up ans smacks you in the head. The Durex company has started a line of condoms that is marketed to the 13 to 16 year-old set. the condoms are sized somewhat differently than the regular...

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