Abgucken

“Looking off.” Looking at something and then copying it. Rome for example spent centuries inadvertently serving as a model to the tribes outside its borders, while trying to deal with them by alternately fighting them, bribing them and training them as mercenaries. Eventually some surrounding tribes that were feindlich gesinnt learned enough, formed large enough groups and took over the old empire.

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Miniatur-Wunderland

“Miniature Wonderland,” a flabbergastingly extensive, ambitious, complex, technically impressive and beautiful model train exhibit in Hamburg. They recreated the Swiss Alps, the Frankfurt Airport, a floating Scandinavian cruise ship, Las Vegas and Florida. There are dozens or perhaps hundreds of tiny jokes to hunt for. The sun rises and sets every fifteen minutes, with lights coming on in all the little villages. Visitors can watch the Wunderland artist-engineers at work in their glass cubicles, while they can watch you enjoying the show.

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