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Jump!

Photo: Andrew Biraj/Reuters You can see that the child in the photo is gleefully jumping from a pile of scrap leather goods in this poignant photograph by Andrew Biraj, taken in a tannery in [...]

World’s Most Complex Borders

Image: Jan S. Krogh National borders are often a touchy subject involving a combustible mix of politics, patriotism and geography. Some borders are complex because of they’re based on natural rivers that change course [...]

It’s Complicated: 5 Puzzling International Borders

Most of us think of international borders as invisible, but clear-cut lines: stand on one side, and you’re in one country; stand on the other, you’re in another country. But here’s a list of five international borders that, for one reason or another, are not quite that simple. 1. The Indian Exclave in Bangladesh [...]

We Are All Americans: The World’s Response to 9/11

© Michel Setboun/Corbis A decade ago this week, people all over the world stood shoulder-to-shoulder in mourning, solidarity, sympathy and friendship with the people of the United States. Here are few of those international reactions, both organized and spontaneous, that occurred in the days following September 11, 2001. In London, the Star Spangled Banner played during [...]

The Late Movies: 1971

Labor Day weekend is traditionally what we think of as the end of summer. That’s just a little sad, even if you love autumn as I do. For some folks, the summer of 2011 will be the most important summer they will ever remember. I had a summer like that forty years ago in 1971. [...]

The Late Movies: Sesame Street International Part 3

Have you ever wondered how Sesame Street looks to people in countries other than the US? Thanks to the world wide web, we can get a glimpse. This is part three of a series, and it is not all-inclusive, because there are versions of Sesame Street in countries that haven’t made it to YouTube yet. France Rue [...]

More Crazy Intersections & Traffic Jams

“QUANTUM SHOT” #701Link – by Avi Abrams The only thing that helps while stuck in traffic is knowing that somewhere others have it worse This page will come as a stress-reliever for many – seeing how others are also battling horrid commute traffic jams and ridiculously complex interchanges every day. We covered this topic before – see [...]

Shocking the Crows

LinkScroll down for today’s pictures & links. Shocking the Crows “Achtung Achtung! Bitte fliegen sie weiter!” No crow will ever be the same after seeing (and hearing) this… Link Today’s pictures & links: Addicted to Tubes Smile, grandpa! Here’s the great, great, great ancestor of our beloved internet: a pneumatic tube system that’s still in operation in Prague (more info). (image [...]

The Underground CAPTCHA Industry

Humans can solve them, computers cannot, or so we’ve been led to believe. Yes, I’m talking about CAPTCHAs, those annoying puzzles you see whenever you post something to Craigslist, or even try to leave a comment on this blog. Originally designed to block spam, Completely Automated Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart, or [...]

twins Krishna and Trishna separated

For the first time in their young lives, orphaned twin sisters joined at the head are lying in individual beds after a incredible 29 hour operation to separate them. Krishna and Trishna, whose mother died during childbirth in Bangladesh nearly three years ago, were given only a 50 per cent chance of surviving the Melbourne operation [...]