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)

Half of the people in the U.S. live in just these few counties

July 16, 2014 | 4 comments

The United States has 3,143 counties and “county equivalents,” but we don’t use them all very consistently. More than half of the population lives in the counties that are blue on this map…

Most Populated US Counties

That’s 146 counties. Or less than 5% of the total.

(via Business Insider)

How to operate a 400-foot deep well with a camel

July 13, 2014 | No comments

It is shocking for most of us to see what some people in the world need to go through to get water. In this case, the amount of work and the rudimentary ingenuity needed to get so little water at a time in the Thar Desert in Pakistan is amazing…

Almost as amazing as the fact that they don’t have the end of that rope attached to anything!

Tour the skies and streets of Barcelona in this astonishing 2-minute timelapse

July 10, 2014 | No comments

Photographer Rob Whitworth spent more than 350 hours traveling over and through Barcelona taking in excess of 26,000 pictures. Then he and audio designer Slava Pogorelsky put together this spectacular “flow-motion” short film…

You’ve heard of Puerto Rico and Guam, but do you know all of America’s other territories?

July 5, 2014 | No comments

CGP Grey identifies all of the territories that are part of the United States of America, including an intriguing overview of how they’re governed.

You’ll probably be surprised at how many American territories there are…

Designers from 22 countries Photoshop the same woman to fit their standards of beauty

June 26, 2014 | 29 comments

In order to explore how the perception of female beauty varies across the globe, journalist Esther Honig embarked on a fascinating project called “Before & After.” She contacted nearly 40 designers from all over the world using freelancing websites and sent them this unaltered image of herself…

Original photo

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Honig’s simple request for each designer was “Make me beautiful.”

With rates varying between $5 and $30 per Photoshop job, the level of skill varied from one designer to the next, with each picture demonstrating both a cultural and personal interpretation of what beauty is…

Argentina

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Australia

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How many countries can you visit with your passport? [7 pics]

June 25, 2014 | 10 comments

Designer Ricky Linn created this intriguing infographic for GOOD to show how powerful each country’s passport is. Every country in the world is color-coded based on how many other countries their citizens can visit either without a visa or with a visa obtained upon arrival…

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The specific number of countries that citizens of each nation can visit are listed below. The gap between the countries at the top and those at the bottom is stunning…

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