Curse of the Communist Mummy
A developer in Leipzig has uncovered a one-bedroom apartment abandoned in the waning days of East Germany:
A wall calendar showed August 1988, and the kitchen cupboard and drawers contained plastic crockery and aluminium cutlery along with communist-era food brands such as "Vita" Cola, "Marella" margarine, "Juwel" cigarettes and a bottle of "Kristall" vodka.
"When we opened the door we felt like Howard Carter when he found the grave of Tutankhamen," [Mark] Aretz told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.
"Everything was a mess but it was like a historic treasure trove, a portal into an age long gone."
Despite the calendar, the place seems to have been occupied well into 1989: It includes a search warrant dated May of that year. (That may explain why the occupant was absent.) The revolt against the Berlin Wall broke out in September.
For a slideshow of the apartment, go here.