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

August 18, 2014 | 23 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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@81059sredding

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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@zeynepdoruk

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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…