Syrian woman risks her life to document life under ISIS with her hidden camera

Sep 24, 2014 By Joey White 0

National television station France 2 equipped a Syrian woman with a hidden camera under her niqab to document everyday life in the city of Raqqa, an ISIS-controlled city in northern Syria.

The resulting footage shows men and women carrying AK-47′s as if they’re everyday accessories. One man orders a woman to cover 100% of her face because “God loves women who are covered.” French women are seen talking with loved ones back home, reassuring them that they’re okay and defending their choice to move to Syria as jihadi brides.

The entire video opens a shocking window for Westerners into everyday life under the extreme rule of ISIS…

(via Mashable)

Biracial woman photoshopped by designers from 25 countries to fit their standards of beauty

Sep 20, 2014 By Joey White 5

In an effort to see how various cultures perceive and portray beauty, journalist Priscilla Yuki Wilson sent this photo to designers in over 25 countries around the world…

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Her request was simple: “Make me beautiful.”

If this all sounds familiar, it’s because Wilson’s friend Esther Honig embarked on the same project earlier this year. Wilson wanted to repeat the endeavor to see how different the results would be for someone who is biracial. Wilson’s mother is Japanese and her father is Black, creating a unique element for designers to work with.

Here are several of the images from Wilson’s series

Albania

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Vietnam

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Pranksters setup fake passport checkpoint at the Scotland-England border

Sep 16, 2014 By Joey White 0

Just days before Scots vote on whether to separate from the United Kingdom, several pranksters erected a passport checkpoint at the border between England and Scotland…

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The stunt was the brainchild of Manchester photographer Jon Parker Lee, who gathered a group of artists and designers to pull off the elaborate prank…

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City modifies a major road for commuters who won’t put their phones down

Sep 15, 2014 By Abraham 0

In the Chinese city of Chongqing, they are trying something new to protect those who text while they’re on the road…and those who are near them. No, it’s not meant to help drivers who text — there’s no excuse or accommodation for that dangerously obnoxious habit. This is a special adaptation for those who can’t stop texting while they walk.

A Chinese news source reports that Foreigner Street in the heart of Chongqing is now equipped with a walking lane for mobile phone users…

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On 9/11 US fighter jets took off on a suicide mission. Meet the pilot willing to give her life…

Sep 11, 2014 By Megan Berman 2

In September 2001, Heather “Lucky” Penney was a young, inexperienced F-16 pilot with the 121st Fighter Squadron of the D.C. Air National Guard. As the first female pilot in her squadron, it was a dream come true; her father had served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, so when Congress opened up combat aviation to women, she was the first in line:

I signed up immediately. I wanted to be a fighter pilot like my dad.

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But on that fateful Tuesday morning thirteen years ago, 26-year-old Lt. Penney was called upon to make the greatest sacrifice of her life…bring down United Airlines flight 93, no matter what. Even knowing that the pilot for one of the planes could be her own father, Penney was prepared to take them down —

We had to protect the airspace any way we could.

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Would-be groom turns prepaid reception into charity ball after his wedding is called off

Sep 11, 2014 By Megan Berman 3

Several months ago, Phil Laboon asked the woman he thought was the love of his life to marry him. But, unfortunately, things didn’t work out for them and they called off the wedding. So Phil was left with a scheduled reception that had already been paid for — almost $20,000 of food, drink, and entertainment.

Instead of feeling sorry for himself, he decided to make the best of a bad situation, and used his prepaid wedding resources to host a charity ball.

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Selling out all the $75 tickets and taking additional donations online and at the party, Laboon and friends raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Surgicorps International, which performs free surgeries for children in developing countries.

The nonprofit has performed over 4,000 surgeries in over 18 countries and looks forward to being able to continue their mission thanks in part to the generosity of Laboon and all his guests.

Laboon explained…

It was obviously pretty heartbreaking for everybody involved. But this ended up becoming a really good scenario…. Bad things happen, but nothing I experience will ever be equal to the obstacles these kids face each day of their lives.

Alaskans sick of being put in a box draw their own U.S. map

Sep 9, 2014 By Abraham 3

Almost every map of the United States features Alaska in a box at the bottom left. And since the state is so huge, the map in the box is necessarily lacking in detail compared to the rest of the states. Well, not anymore.

Sick of their state being relegated to a vaguely approximate inset, some cartographically inclined Alaskan created this map of the United States…

US Map from Alaska's Perspective

(Available from Alaska Weather Store, via Reddit)

99-year-old sews a dress a day for needy kids…and she’s on track for 1000 by the time she’s 100

Sep 8, 2014 By Megan Berman 3

Lillian Weber is 99 years old, and she has a goal… She is intent on making 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100 this coming May. And so far, it looks like she will — Lillian has made 840 dresses and shows no sign of stopping…

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For the past few years, Lillian has been sewing a dress a day for children in need. She donates them to Little Dresses For Africa, a charity that gives clothes to children in Africa and elsewhere around the world.

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Why “only” one dress a day?

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Here’s how much to tip in each country you go to (Looks like it’s time to visit Australia)

Sep 4, 2014 By Abraham 11

If you’re eating dinner at a restaurant here in the U.S., a 20% tip has become standard. Meaning, if you want to impress or really let your server know you’re grateful, you’re looking at a 30% tip or more.

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But what about in other countries?

The site TipThisMuch.in will tell you exactly what’s expected of you. Enter the country and they’ll tell you the percentage. And if you really want to get particular, you can enter your bill, the amount you want to tip, and the number in your party, and it’ll spit out how much you each need to cough up.

Here are just a few countries. Perhaps you avid travelers and non-Americans can confirm or disconfirm…

Thailand

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Iceland

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

Aug 29, 2014 By Abraham 0

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

Aug 28, 2014 By Joey White 2

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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