‘Made in Germany’ Not Exactly Something to Brag About

Ok, so today was a shitty day at work. On top of that, I had a car accident on the way to work Friday (other guy was at fault, and only my car was hurt) so today was also spent dealing with various insurance agents.

The one thing that saved the entire day from being a write off was the arrival of my Made in Germany super boxed set. Especially since it’s arrival is one day earlier than Amazon originally said it would ship! The set is a Christmas gift from my grandma (she just doesn’t know it yet – thanks Nanny!) but after the day I had been through, I decided to open it right away.

The Made in Germany Super Deluxe Edition in all its glory!

I’m glad I did…the metal cover for the photo book was misprinted, missing several letters and numbers. I also noticed right away that a lot of the pictures in the book were 2-page spreads, but the book was bound so that it couldn’t be fully opened, making the images look strange.

After some poking around on the internet, I came across this statement from December 5th, 2011 on Rammstein.de:

DATE: 2011 DEC 5TH

Following dispatch of the MADE IN GERMANY 1995-2011 Super Deluxe Edition, we unfortunately became aware that part of the production run contains serious defects. If you discover one or more of these defects in your box, you can exchange the affected part of the box. Below is information on what to do.

1. Some CDs and DVDs were incorrectly sorted, leading to duplication of and/or missing DVD/CDs. Duplicate DVD/CDs can be exchanged.

2. The inner edges of the box have not been deburred and are therefore quite sharp. This was intentional on the part of Universal. Anyone who is bothered by this can also exchange the metal box itself.

3. On some of the boxes there is also evidence of marks and/or printing errors on the box packaging and the metal slipcase. If you discover this error, you can exchange your box or slipcase.

4. There is some evidence of stained cloths. The cloths are there to protect the contents from rust stains, and so are intended to be stained at a later point. Anyone bothered by the current stains can have the cloth exchanged.

5. RAMMSTEIN had intended a different binding to be used on the 240-page photo book, one that allows the book to be opened more easily and lets the photos flow into each other cleanly. The book will therefore be reprinted to the appropriate standard and anyone who wants to can exchange the book.

As it currently stands, the Super Deluxe Edition in no way meets the standard of quality which was desired by RAMMSTEIN and assured by the manufacturer. RAMMSTEIN has carefully followed the entire production process; the above errors appeared in the few areas which are outside the control of the band.

Universal Music is therefore immediately offering anyone who purchased a defective Super Deluxe Edition the opportunity to exchange any faulty components, postage free, and has pledged to correct the defects quickly and without any fuss.

Anyone wishing to avail of this offer should please send an email, specifying the defect, to the following address:

rammsteinbox@universal-music.de

or call the following number:

+49 30 52007 2355 (10am – 6pm CET)

According to Universal, you will immediately receive further information on the processing of the exchange.

Universal has said that the exchange and shipping of the correct CD/DVDs and/or photo book will take place as quickly as possible. As the components now have to be produced again, the exchange may take several weeks. Please notify your defects to Universal as soon as possible, as Universal has only agreed to take the items back until March 15th 2012.

We regret the inconvenience and are very irritated that our agreements and specifications were not complied with by Universal and their suppliers.

I decided to send an e-mail of to the address provided. I’ll see what they say and how complicated/costly the exchange is – especially since I’m in Canada. Luckily my issues aren’t severe…I have the 2 CDs and 3 DVDs I was supposed to get – no duplicates.  There are enough remixes and “making of” videos to keep my occupied while I wait to hear back from Universal!  \m/

30 Unusual Deaths From History

There really are a 1000 ways to die, I guess. Here are just 30 of the more unusual, ironic, and weird yet true examples…

  1. 458 BC: Greek playwright Aeschylus dies after an eagle dropped a tortoise on him, mistaking his bald head for a stone.
  2. 98: The creator of the brazen bull, Perillos of Athens, is according to legend the bull’s first victim, after presenting his invention to Phalaris, Tyrant of Agrigentum.
  3. 258: St Lawrence was martyred by being burned on a large metal gridiron in Rome. He is often depicted holding it. Legend says that he was so strong-willed that instead of giving in to the Romans and releasing information about the Church, at the point of death he exclaimed “I am done on this side! Turn me over and eat.”
  4. 1322: Humphrey de Bohun, 4th Earl of Hereford, was fatally speared through the anus by a pikeman hidden under the bridge during the Battle of Boroughbridge.
  5. 1559: King Henry II of France was killed during a jousting match, when his helmet’s soft gold grille gave way to a broken lance tip, which pierced his eye and entered his brain.
  6. 1841: William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States, died of pneumonia one month after delivering his two-hour inauguration speech in cold weather without an overcoat.
  7. 1868: Matthew Vassar, brewer and founder of Vassar College, died in mid-speech while delivering his farewell address to the College Board of Trustees.
  8. 1884: Detective Allan Pinkerton died of gangrene that developed after he stumbled on the sidewalk and bit his tongue.
  9. 1899: French president Félix Faure died of a stroke while receiving oral sex in his office.
  10. 1911: Jack Daniel, founder of the Tennessee whiskey distillery, died of blood poisoning six years after receiving a toe injury when he kicked his safe in anger at being unable to remember its combination.
  11. 1912: Franz Reichelt, a French tailor, fell to his death off the first deck of the Eiffel Tower. He was testing his invention, the coat parachute. It was his first ever attempt with the parachute and he’d told the authorities in advance he would test it first with a dummy.
  12. 1916: Grigori Rasputin, Russian mystic, was poisoned while dining with a political enemy. He was supposedly given enough poison to kill three men his size. When he did not die, another assassin sneaked up behind him and shot him in the head. While checking Rasputin’s pulse, Rasputin grabbed the man by the neck and strangled him. Rasputin fled and the other assassins caught up, but only after they shot him threetimes. They then bludgeoned Rasputin, then threw him into a frozen river. When his body washed ashore, an autopsy showed the cause of death to be drowning (although there has recently been doubt about the credibility of this account).
  13. 1923: Professional jockey Frank Hayes suffered a heart attack during a race. The horse, Sweet Kiss, went on to finish first, making Hayes the only deceased jockey to win a race.
  14. 1927: Isadora Duncan, dancer, died after being strangled and finally and broken neck. One of her signature long scarves caught on the wheel of the car in which she was riding.
  15. 1927: Racecare driver J.G. Parry-Thomas was decapitated by his car’s drive chain which, under stress, snapped and whipped into the cockpit. He was attempting to break his own land speed record; he succeeded with a new record of 171 mph.
  16. 1945: Anton Webern, an Austrian composer, was shot by an American soldier in Sept. 1945, during the Allied occupation of Austria. Despite the curfew in effect, Webern had stepped outside the house to enjoy a cigar without disturbing his sleeping grandchildren.
  17. 1960: The Nedelin disaster occurs. A prototype of the of the Soviet R-16 ICBM missile was being prepared for a test flight, when its second stage engines ignited prematurely. It exploded on the launch pad killing more than 100 Soviet missile technicians, including Red Army Marshal Nedelin, who was seated in a deck chair just 40 meters away overseeing launch preparations. Automatically activated cinema cameras set around the launching pad filmed the explosion.
  18. 1967: Vladimir Komarov became the first person to die during a space mission after the parachute of his capsule failed to deploy following re-entry.
  19. 1967: A flash fire began in the pure oxygen environment during a training exercise inside the unlaunched Apollo 1 spacecraft, killing Command Pilot Gus Grissom, Senior Pilot Ed White, and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee. The door to the capsule was unable to be opened during the fire because of a design flaw.
  20. 1974: Christine Chubbuck, an American television news reporter, committed suicide during a live broadcast. 8 minutes into her talk show, on WXLT-TV in Sarasota, Florida, she drew out a revolver and shot herself in the head.
  21. 1975: On 24 March Alex Mitchell, a 50-year-old bricklayer, literally died laughing while watching an episode of The Goodies. According to his wife, who was a witness, Mitchell was unable to stop laughing while watching a sketch in the episode “Kung Fu Kapers“. After twenty-five minutes of continuous laughter, Mitchell finally slumped on the sofa and expired from heart failure.
  22. 1976: Keith Relf, former singer for British band The Yardbirds, died while practicing his electric guitar; he was electrocuted because the guitar was not properly grounded.
  23. 1978: Janet Parker, a British photographer, died of smallpox ten months after the disease was eradicated in the wild, after a researcher at the laboratory that Parker was working at accidentally released some of the virus into the air of the building. She is believed to be the last smallpox fatality in history.
  24. 1981: Boris Sagal, a motion picture-director, died while shooting the TV miniseries World War III when he walked into the tail-rotor blade of a helicopter and was decapitated.
  25. 1983: Five divers on the Byford Dolphin oil exploration rig were killed when the decompression chamber was accidentally opened, causing explosive decompression. One diver (designated D4 during the subsequent investigation) was violently dismembered and pulled through a narrowly opened hatch (about a 60cm diameter opening).
  26. 1993: Toronto lawyer Garry Hoy fell to his death after he threw himself through the glass wall on the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre in order to prove the glass was “unbreakable.”
  27. 2001: Bernd-Jürgen Brandes was stabbed repeatedly in the neck and then eaten by Armin Meiwes. Brandes had answered an internet advertisement by Meiwes stating he was “”looking for a well-built 18 to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed”. Brandes explicitly stated in his will that he wished to be killed and eaten. Before the killing, both men dined on Brandes’ severed penis. Meiwes ate the body over the next 10 months, storing body parts in his freezer under pizza boxes. He consumed up to 20 kilograms (44 lb) of the flesh. Because of his acts, Meiwes is known as the Rotenburg Cannibal or Der Metzgermeister (The Master Butcher).  The incident is the subject of the song “Mein Teil” (“My Part”) by German NDH band Rammstein.
  28. 2005: Kenneth Pinyan of Seattle died of acute peritonitis after submitting to anal intercourse with a stallion. The case led to the criminalization of bestiality in Washington.
  29. 2006: Steve Irwin, a television personality and naturalist known as The Crocodile Hunter, died when his heart was impaled by a short-tail stingray barb while filming a documentary entitled “Ocean’s Deadliest” in Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. The stingray was not the creature being filmed.
  30. 2007: Surinder Singh Bajwa, the Deputy Mayor of Delhi, India, was attacked by a group of Rhesus Macaque monkeys at his home and fell from a first floor balcony, suffering serious head injuries. He later died from his injuries.

A New ‘Making Of…’

It’s time for one of my favorite parts of new Rammstein music videos – the ‘Making Of’ feature! The making of Mein Land is interesting to say the least…very funny! And at just over 28 minutes long, it is one of the longer ‘Making Of’ videos. Check it out:

I have to agree with the R+ girls…watching the guys dance is just too damn funny! They are embarassingly bad – stick to the leather and pyro boys!