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Officials Beg the Public to Stop Peeing on the World’s Tallest Church Tower

Since its completion in 1890, the pinnacle of Ulm Minster in Germany has reached higher than any other Christian church in the world. At 530 feet, it was even the tallest structure on Earth for a brief stint in the late 19th century. Today, the historic landmark is facing a unique threat: urine and vomit from inconsiderate passersby.

As Travel + Leisure reports, the pee problem has gotten so bad that the stone base of the tower is beginning to erode. Now the church officials responsible for conserving it are imploring the public to stop.

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Earlier in 2016, the city of Ulm doubled the fine for public urination to 100 euros, but so far that’s done little to deter vandals and their bodily fluids. A city spokeswoman told Süedwest Presse that despite the evidence coating the walls, practically no one’s been caught in the act. She said that “as long as there are people,” the problem isn’t likely to disappear anytime soon.

The sandstone base was recently restored, but if the public doesn’t start behaving, the department that maintains the building could be faced with another restoration—and the financial burden that entails. Since curbing the city's partiers isn't likely to happen anytime soon, one department official has put forth a more realistic solution: on-site port-a-potties.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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Grand Central Terminal is Hosting a Film Festival of its Own Cameos
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Even if you’ve never set foot in New York City, chances are you’re intimately familiar with Grand Central Terminal. A sprawling, architecturally awesome railway station located on East 42nd Street in Manhattan, it’s been a favorite of Hollywood location scouts since its first onscreen appearance in the 1930 musical Puttin’ on the Ritz.

According to Times Square Chronicles, the terminal is now set to host an event worthy of its rich cinematic history: a film festival. On Thursday, October 19, screenings in the terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall will include clips from some of its most notable movie appearances. The show will culminate in a feature-length presentation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 classic North by Northwest, notable for a scene in which star Cary Grant eludes his pursuers by making his way through Grand Central.

The Museum of the Moving Image and Rooftop Films are collaborating on the special event, titled Grand Central Cinema. North by Northwest begins at 7:30 p.m., but that ticketed admission is already sold out and the waiting list is at capacity. Fortunately, the montage of clips will play all day from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Historians will also be giving presentations of the site's history on screen throughout the program. Admission is free.

[h/t Times Square Chronicles]

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You Can Now Shop for Tiny Houses on Amazon
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Whether you’re in the market for board games, boxed wine, or pickup trucks, you can likely find what you’re looking for on Amazon. Now, the web retailer’s catalogue of 400,000,000 items includes actual homes. As Curbed reports, Amazon will deliver a tiny house made from a shipping container to your current place of residence.

The pint-sized dwelling is made by the modular home builder MODS International, and is selling for $36,000 (plus $3754 for shipping, even for Prime members). The container is prefabricated and move-in ready, with a bedroom, shower, toilet, sink, kitchenette, and living area built into the 320-square-foot space. The tiny house also includes heating and air conditioning, making it a good fit for any climate. And though the abode does have places to hook up sewage, water, and electrical work, you'll have to do a little work before switching on a light or flushing the toilet.

Becoming a homeowner without the six-digit price tag may sound like a deal, but the MODS International home costs slightly more than the average tiny house. It’s not hard for minimalists to find a place for about $25,000, and people willing to build a home themselves can do so without spending more than $10,000. But it's hard to put a price on the convenience of browsing and buying homes online in your pajamas.

[h/t Curbed]

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