World War II was a horrible, bloody, and dramatic period of time for pretty much the entire world. The atrocities that occurred are many. As is the case with most controversial and offensive times in history, the war has spawned some almost shamefully spicy and dank history memes. Here are some of our favorites.
If you didn't pay much attention during history or hate reading dumb books, these memes might help you seem smarter. They won't help you write an award-winning essay, but they might help you in random conversation or when you're trying to impress someone who is only moderately intelligent. So who said memes have no educational value?
Marianne Winkler, a retired post office worker, found the message from the past while on holiday with her husband on the North Sea island of Amrum.
Mrs Winkler found the bottle in April, but was shy of publicity and the full story has only now emerged.
"It's always a joy when some one finds a message-in-a-bottle on the beach," she told the Amrum News, a local website.
But the 108-year-old message was not the passionate last gasp of a tortured soul or even the cry for help from a long lost castaway. Rather all that was inside was a postcard written in English, German and Dutch promising a shilling to the person who returned it with information on where and how it was found.
Love wasn't the culprit here. It was science.
The return address pointed Winkler to the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, England.
It turned out the bottle was one of 1,020 released into the North Sea between 1904 and 1906 by George Parker Bidder, a former president of the association.
Bidder released the bottles as part of a project to find out about deep sea currents.
The bottles were specially designed to float just above the sea bed, so they would be carried by the currents deep below the surface.
The association was very happy to receive the bottle and even gave Winkler an antique shilling for her trouble.
While the Guinness World Records has yet to officially award the bottle the 'oldest in the world', it makes for a great story.
The wikipedia page says this of architect Peter Eisenman's 2,711 concrete slabs in Berlin: "According to Eisenman's project text, the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason."
Or, as Driskell wrote on his Instagram post, "Hello Berlin, Germany. 15 hour layover. Checking the sites. Drinking the beers. Eating the bratwurst. #vagabond #wanderlustwods #handstands #365daysofhandstands."
Usually, he's handstanding his way in far more innocent places. Like some gully in Iceland.
Heads of state don't usually comfort audience members, especially those suffering from their government's actions.
A high school Q&A session led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel took a sudden emotional turn after a Palestinian girl began asking about Merkel's deportation policies, which may lead to the student's deportation, according to The Guardian.
During the discussion, entitled "Good life in Germany", Reem, a Palestinian, told Merkel in fluent German that she and her family, who arrived in Rostock from a Lebanese refugee camp four years ago, are soon to face deportation.
She said: "I have goals like anyone else. I want to study like them ... it's very unpleasant to see how others can enjoy life, and I can't myself."
Merkel responded by saying she understood, but that "politics is sometimes hard. You're right in front of me now and you're an extremely sympathetic person. But you also know in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are thousands and thousands and if we were to say you can all come ... we just can't manage it."
The heartbreaking video is watchable here. It's in German, but it's not hard to figure out what's happening.
The Guardian adds further context to the deeply complicated issue:
[T]he German chancellor rubs the shoulder of a sobbing teenager after telling her she was one of "thousands and thousands" of refugees that her country was unable to help.
As the number of refugees arriving in Germany rises by the month – and already this year the number of asylum applications, at 450,000, is more than twice the total for the whole of 2014 – the issue is one of the most keenly debated topics in the country.
In Germany, partly out of disagreement with Merkel's politics, possibly partly from a coping mechanism and definitely partly from Internet boredom, the Chancellor's actions have become a meme. It has been promoted using the hashtag #merkelstreichlt which means 'Merkel strokes'.
Every year a bunch of neo-Nazis march through the German village of Wunsiedel to the former gravesite of Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess.
This year, the town decided to do something about their Nazi problem by letting them continue to march, while at the same time, collecting money for an anti-Nazi group called EXIT-Germany.
For every meter they marched, local businesses agreed to donate money to the organization, and by the end of the day, they had raised about $12,500. The Nazis didn't know about the fundraiser until they saw signs along the route encouraging them and reporting on their progress.
You can watch the video above produced by the group who organized the event, "Right-wing Extremists Against Right-wing Extremists."
Whether by serendipitous accident or purposeful satire, this ginormous billboard featuring the latest iPhone 6 is a little bit... well... crooked. My money's on that they put this billboard up before the whole bending controversy came to light. Funny how things just work out, don't they?
A herd of dairy cows nearly lifted the roof off their barn in central Germany when methane released by the animals caused an explosion.
Police in Hesse state said in a statement that a static electric charge apparently triggered the detonation, and a spurt of flame, on Monday at a farm in Rasdorf. The roof was slightly damaged and one cow suffered light burns. No people were hurt.
Police say 90 cows are kept in the shed and it wasn't clear why quantities of methane had built up. Bovine belching and flatulence releases large quantities of the gas.