The Taliban Kills Translators Who Work with the U.S….and the U.S. Helps Them Do It

Oct 20, 2014 By Joey White 0

If you live in Afghanistan and know how to speak English, the U.S. military and their contractors are very interested in employing your services to help them navigate the country. But at some point, the military deployments end and contractors return home, leaving you, the translator, without a job and, more importantly, without protection from the Taliban.

John Oliver covers the threats translators face and the shocking reality that the U.S. government isn’t helping them escape to the safety of the U.S. thanks to nearly insurmountable bureaucratic red tape.

If you aren’t familiar with the story, you should watch this…

How to Say “No” Like an Australian

Oct 20, 2014 By Abraham 2

The word “No” seems simple enough. Just two letters, and therefore two sounds, right?

Not if you’re Australian.

At a panel discussion a few years ago, Zachary Levi explained how he learned to imitate an Australian saying the surprisingly complicated word…

Via: Reddit

And if you’re looking for a perfect example, here you go.

Everything You Need to Know About Ebola in 80 Seconds

Oct 16, 2014 By Joey White 0

If you aren’t sure exactly what Ebola is or how you should respond to it, this short video is for you. It covers everything from where it originated and how it spreads to what the virus does to your body and, most importantly, what you need to do about it…

These 29 Signs Weren’t Meant To Be Funny But They Totally Are. Look What Road Is a Dead End…

Oct 9, 2014 By Joey White 1

We’ve all laughed at a sign that communicated something that wasn’t intended, whether because of a poor translation from some other language into English or because of accidental humor in English-speaking countries where you’d think the sign maker would have known better.

Travel writer Doug Lansky compiled a fantastic book of these signs called Ultimate Signspotting: Absurd And Amusing Signs From Around The World, documenting all sorts of unintentionally hilarious signs.

Here are a few pics from Lansky’s book as well as our favorites from his hilarious site

Signspotting Around the World: Funny Fails

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If Google Street View Uses Cars, What Do They Use For Desert View? Check It Out…

Oct 9, 2014 By Joey White 1

The latest addition to the Google Street View team isn’t a Toyota Prius or Chevy Volt — It’s a Raffia…

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That’s right, a 10-year-old camel named Raffia is the latest transportation mode being used to capture the world on Google.

Departing at 6:00 AM when conditions in the desert are clearest, Raffia logs miles a day in the United Arab Emirates’ beautiful Liwa Desert

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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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