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Germany Today 07.01.13 | 08:03 - 08:15 UTC

Horn Sled Race

Topic Horn Sled Race

Horn Sled Race

Topic Rapping Policeman

Rapping Policeman

Topic Flashback: Telephone Operators

Flashback: Telephone Operators

Topic Applied Physics

Applied Physics

We head to Garmisch-Partenkirchen to see a nostalgic sled race and meet a policeman from Mannheim who uses rap to gain respect for his profession. In Hamburg we see pupils learning practical applications of physics and take a look back at Berlin's switchboard operators.

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Horn Sled Race

Each year, at Epiphany, the Bavarian mountain resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen holds its annual horn sled race. Farmers once used the large wooden sledges to bring their hay down to the valley. But now, on the sixth of January each year, the traditional sleds are a source of fun for participants and spectators alike.

Rapping Policeman

Christian Beck is a policeman and rapper from Mannheim. He's recorded a song called "Auch Nur Ein Mensch", or "Only Human" to help win police officers greater respect and recognition. That's because more and more often, he and his colleagues are insulted, spat on, or attacked while on duty.

Flashback: Telephone Operators

In Germany, telephone calls outside the local network had to be connected by hand. That was the job of the friendly telephone operator. The country's first telephone exchange was set up in Berlin in 1881. Anyone who wanted to place an international call needed to register it well in advance.

Applied Physics

Pupils in Hamburg are having more fun learning about science and technology. For instance, instead of memorizing dry theory in the classroom, students can learn about physics first-hand by visiting a wind tunnel. The projects' initiators hope to spark young people's interest in science and engineering.