The world’s scariest job is done by volunteers. Watch them save a BABY buried by a bomb…

August 29, 2014 | No comments

We always hear about the bad guys in the Middle East. Take a moment and read about some of the good guys. Genuinely incredible heroes…

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As the Syrian Civil War continues the death count rises in terrible numbers every day. Since the conflict began in 2011, over 200,000 people have died.

But amid the terror, there is a small army of unarmed and politically impartial volunteers bringing hope to as many as they can. They are the Syrian Civil Defence, called the White Helmets, and they do what one journalist who spent time with them called the most dangerous job in the most dangerous city.

They immediately rush into any scene of bombing or battle against civilians to find and rescue anyone they can.

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British Embassy celebrates burning down the White House, humorless Americans demand apology

August 28, 2014 | 1 comment

When Deputy British Ambassador to the U.S. Patrick Davies wrote an article last week commemorating the 200th anniversary of the British troops burning the White House, he noted the peaceful relationship that has existed between the two allies since then for nearly two centuries.

“Needless to say, we’ve put the events of August 1814 far behind us,” he declared.

What happened in August of 1814, you ask? Here’s a reminder…

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That’s right, they burned down the White House.

Two years ago, British Prime Minister David Cameron met President Barack Obama at the “new” White House and they exchanged jokes about the event. Obama noted that the Brits “really lit the place up,” with Cameron responding that “you’ve got the place a little better defended today. You’re clearly not taking any risks with the Brits this time.”

So when Davies tweeted a joke about the fire that destroyed the home occupied by President James Madison, it appeared to be a simple, hilarious continuation of the friendly relationship between the two nations…

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Of course, the light-hearted nature of Davies’ tweet was a bit out of place in Washington, a city that’s not exactly known for being laid back or humorous. Several people immediately recognized the risk Davies took in posting the cheeky tweet…

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Indians add one letter to “Ice Bucket Challenge” and make it infinitely better

August 27, 2014 | No comments

In a twist on the Ice Bucket Challenge, many people in India are saving water and serving their community one bowl of food at a time. Instead of the Ice Bucket Challenge, they’ve modified it to the Rice Bucket Challenge. Thousands are participating in this simple and wonderful adaptation.

The movement’s new Facebook page, describes their version of the challenge…

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Manju Latha Kalanidhi, the woman whose idea this was, describes where it came from…

[P]eople dumping water on themselves, shrieking, taking videos, the whole idea sort of went over my head…. I felt that as Indians we could not connect to it at some level.

The Rice Bucket Challenge is her effort to keep the charitable momentum that is happening all over the world going in India, too, but in a way that Indians might relate to more.

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What it’s like to be targeted by 15 Hamas rockets…then watch your missile defense system work

August 26, 2014 | 12 comments

If you’ve wondered what it’s like to live in a war zone where you’re under constant threat of attack, this is a small slice of daily life for those caught in the conflict between Israel and Palestine.

An Israeli on the ground captured fellow residents running towards bomb shelters as warning sirens blared. When 15 rockets are fired by Hamas simultaneously, residents are left to hope Israel’s Iron Dome defense system works…

One tiny Japanese driving habit that could end road rage in America. Why don’t we do this?

August 18, 2014 | 27 comments

As you’re driving along a busy road, assuming you’re not overly aggressive, there is a lot of give and take with other vehicles. Sometimes you’re letting them in, sometimes they’re letting you in. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a conventional way to signal, “Hey, thanks, friend!” that was a little bit more visible (and common) than a wave?

In Japan there is…

(via Digg)

Now… How do we get this trend started here in the states?

African cocoa farmers taste chocolate for the first time. Now they understand white people…

July 29, 2014 | 16 comments

This video is almost as sweet as the food it’s about. It will make you feel spoiled by the simple luxuries we take for granted, but at the same time you’ll find it wonderfully uplifting (and funny).

Several farmers and laborers in Ivory Coast who grow and harvest the key ingredient in chocolate — cocoa beans — have never tasted the finished product. In fact, they’ve never even heard of it.

One farmer says…

To be honest I do not know what they make of my beans. I’ve heard they’re used as flavoring in cooking, but I’ve never seen it. I do not even know if it’s true.

When they get a chance to taste the fruit of their labors in this mini-documentary, they are more than a little surprised. The video as a whole is quite heartwarming, but what they have to say about white people and chocolate is downright hilarious…

Couple simultaneously photographs locations around the world while facing one another [30 pics]

July 27, 2014 | No comments

In a project called Lens Between Us, creative directors Peter Sedlacik and Zuzu Galova have been traveling the world taking photographs of one another at the exact same time…

Prague, Czech Republic

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The fun project takes us behind the lens of both photographers, giving us a more complete view of the landscape from what we’re accustomed to seeing from a single photograph.

Here are some of our favorites from the project, but be sure to check out more and follow along on their site

Curl Curl Beach, Australia

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Kim Jong-un wants this embarrassing video banned, so obviously we all need to watch it

July 23, 2014 | No comments

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un isn’t known for his warm relations with the world community, but he manages to dance with Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, and other world leaders in this hilarious video. Of course, he hates it, but despite North Korea’s request, even China is refusing to block it.

In the clip, the Dear Leader’s face is cleverly edited into numerous viral clips of people dancing and more, resulting in this wonderfully satirical take on one of the world’s most hated public figures…

Jews join their Arab friends, families, and lovers to oppose hate in these 9 powerful photos

July 22, 2014 | No comments

With violence escalating in the Middle East, social media has become an outlet of hate for many people on both sides. In response, a social media campaign has taken off on Facebook and Twitter where people post pictures like this with the hashtag #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies…

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Organizers of the campaign acknowledge that political differences can’t be solved simply through social media, but they hope to at least change the tone of discourse online, noting

While we may not agree on the political developments of the Arab-Israeli conflict, we must demonstrate that we refuse to be enemies. We stand in solidarity with the Arab and Jewish populations who went to the streets of Israel/Palestine to demonstrate that they refuse to succumb to the hatred sentiments of the minority. We don’t believe that if we will all be friends the core issues will disappear and we don’t have to agree on everything, but we do need to show that we won’t be enemies.

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3 reasons war is actually going away (despite what the news makes you think)

July 16, 2014 | 2 comments

The 24-hour news cycle leaves us with the impression that war is all around us with new conflicts starting all the time and existing conflicts only getting worse. But Vox’s Zack Beauchamp offers three convincing reasons why war is actually declining in this short video…

(via VVV)