SPIEGEL Surfs the Web Bears Bearing Arms

Remember the Care Bears? Well their cuddly goodness is so 1980s. For 2006, someone has decided to make teddy bears into a crack squad of furry special ops agents.


Perhaps soon to be sold with urban assault gear?
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Perhaps soon to be sold with urban assault gear?

Back in the 1980s if you needed a hug, the Care Bears -- those sappy, saccharine sweet teddies that spread across the world like the plague -- were there to come to the rescue. Okay, so maybe they weren't as bad as My Little Pony and the Cabbage Patch Kids, but that's like comparing dengue fever with cholera. Fast-forward to 2006 and bears might still be cute in pop culture, but they're also badass, special ops agents out to save the world. Check out the surprising complex browser game Warbears. Their message appears to be very George W. Bush: "We bring war to the enemies of the peace." The mission of the deadly cute furry ones is to storm a building and rescue hostages. So much for a caring bear hug.

Exploring Forbidden Zones

Christoph Wachter and Mathias Jud have been collecting data about the world's restricted military zones for more than five years now. The two Swiss citizens, who live in Berlin, have collected their findings on Zone Interdite, a Web site with more than 1,200 sites that are all linked to Google Maps and data they have collected about every site from Area 51 in Roswell, New Mexico, to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. But the site's coup de grace is a 3D walkthrough simulation of the American prison camp at Guatanamo Bay for suspected terrorists that was created using information the men obtained from a US military veteran's Web site.

Goofing Off in Japanese

If you're worried about your on-the-job productivity you may want to skip today's link. SPIEGEL ONLINE has found a quirky Web site that might possibly distract you from filing those all-important TPS reports this afternoon. A Japanese blogger has put together some fascinating browser-based games that you can tell yourself will give you a better understanding of physics while improving your Japanese language skills. The coolest games involve manipulating various elements such as fire, oil and water simply to see how they react with one another. Don't be put off by the strange looking graphics. Pretty soon you'll be addicted and you'll be huddling down in your cubicle hoping your boss doesn't see you. Of course, if he does walk by, you can always just tell him you're brushing up on your Japanese for that important upcoming workshop with the Tokyo office.

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