Everything you need to know to get up-to-date on why Ukraine is a mess right now

March 7, 2014 | 1 comment

John Green is known for breaking down complex issues and making them easily understandable, and he knocks it out of the park with this summary of why the Crimean Peninsula is in such a state of disarray.

Starting with the history of the peninsula and relations between Ukraine and Russia, Green moves from the past to the present to give you everything you need to know to participate in the Ukrainian portion of your next conversation about world events…

(via The Best of YouTube)

Using complete gibberish to hilariously demonstrate what different languages sound like

March 4, 2014 | 19 comments

This woman’s linguistic skills are definitely funnier than they are practical, but that doesn’t make them any less impressive. Her imitations might not help her order food or find where a restroom is when she’s traveling the world, but who cares? She’ll be making people laugh wherever she goes.

Listen to her pretend to speak languages from all over the world using absolute nonsense…

(via Reddit)

What do Indian head shakes mean… It’s much more involved than our head wobbling

February 23, 2014 | No comments

Most of us have a very basic vocabulary of head movements — up and down means Yes; back and forth means No; and sometimes a quick upward motion means What’s up?

It’s a bit more interesting and complicated in India…

(via Tastefully Offensive)

Coach of Dutch speed skating team endures conversation with blustering, rude American news anchor

February 21, 2014 | 12 comments

After his team won 21 gold medals, Dutch speed skating coach Jillert Anema sat down with CNBC for a conversation. He was very frank about why he thought the Americans didn’t win. And then he broadened his thesis to explain the general problem with America and sports.

That’s when the overbearing loudmouth American anchor back in the studio started interrupting and throwing insults (that hardly qualified as arguments even of the ad hominem variety) back at the coach.

It’s all in good fun supposedly, but the American anchor is such an inane jerk that I’m surprised the Dutch coach kept talking with him, let alone smiling.

If you can somehow ignore CNBC’s bombastic blowhard, the coach makes some interesting points, and considering his remarkable success, it’s fair to say he’s worth listening to whether you agree with him or not…

If the video doesn’t work for you, you can watch it here.

Backpacker creatively and painfully notes his world travels on a huge tattoo [4 pictures]

February 3, 2014 | 4 comments

Backpacker Bill Passman asked a fellow traveler about the tattoo she had on her back in 2010. It was the outline of the world and she told him she was placing dots across it to commemorate places she’d been. Passman was inspired.

He decided to get a similar tattoo, making sure his world map had the countries outlined as well as the continents.

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Humanity has only wiped out one disease—smallpox. This is the second. And we’re doing it without meds.

January 30, 2014 | 2 comments

Right now, a mother in South Sudan is sipping from the bucket of water she is carrying to her family. A man in Mali or Chad is cooling his head in some standing water and takes a couple of gulps. A child in Ethiopia splashes her face and has a quick drink.

One of them swallows the very last Guinea Worm larva that will ever grow to torment a human being again. It will be painful for them, but after that it will literally never happen again.

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The subject of this post is disgusting. But the story is triumphant and worth knowing despite the uncomfortable details.

The subject? Guinea Worm Disease. Dracunculiasis. “The Affliction With Little Dragons.”

The story? This year, Guinea Worm Disease will become only the second disease in human history to be completely eradicated. Finished. Gone. Forever…never again to torment a man, woman, or child.

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The stunning faces of Afghan refugee children in Pakistan [20 pictures]

January 28, 2014 | 7 comments

For decades, Afghans have escaped the poverty and violence in their country by coming to Pakistan. They do not feel safe to return to their homes, but neither do they feel like they belong where they’ve ended up. As is the case with many refugees, they are, at the very least, without a home culturally and emotionally, if not physically.

Photographer Muhammed Muheisen recently documented just a sliver of this struggling people in a series of photos featuring the beautiful faces of Afghan children in the slums outside Islamabad…

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How to come out of the closet like millionaire

January 28, 2014 | 3 comments

Often people come out as gay by having a serious talk with their friends and family. Other times, unfortunately, people come out by accident or against their will. But you know what doesn’t happen very often? Coming out of the closet in style like a millionaire.

More people should give it a try. Here’s how…

  1. Be gay.
  2. Win the lottery in Norway.

Because “lotto-millionaires are not like other millionaires”…

(via Hypervocal)