International Hot Air Balloon Festival

Colorful Balloon Festival

A colorful collection of hot air balloons before takeoff. Source: Vaud

This January marks the 37th anniversary of Switzerland’s International Hot Air Balloon week held in Château-d’Oex. Organizers report that over 80 hot air balloons from 20 countries will participate in the event, which lasts from January 24, 2015 through early February.

The International Hot Air Balloon festival got its start in 1979, when 12 balloons from five countries gathered to promote Château-d’Oex at the suggestion of Hans Brücker. The festival grew over the years, and in 1999, the first hot air balloon to navigate around the globe without stopping left from Château-d’Oex. These days the festival hosts a number of special events and contests, drawing balloonists from all over the world. The festivities include a children’s-themed day, contests, Special Shape balloons and a night show with fireworks and music.

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“Für Elise” As Played On Five Guitars

No, it’s not necessarily the most practical way to play the Beethoven classic, but since when has art ever been about practicality?

Hysteria Revisited: The Satanic Panic Of The 1980s

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Imagine a cultural phenomenon, arising out of nowhere, which has the ability to unite conservative evangelical Protestants with feminists, police investigators, psychologists, conspiracy theorists, social workers, victim advocates, psychic mediums, anti-pornography crusaders, talk-show hosts, aspiring politicians, and the tabloid media.

Now imagine this cultural phenomenon has just conspired to throw you in prison on the charge that you’ve been ritualistically murdering babies who were conceived and born specifically for the purpose of being sacrificed to the devil. Such was the cultural climate in the United States during the Satanic Panic of the 1980s.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CVII

Auschwitz Portraits Danuta

“Danuta Bogdaniuk-Bogucka was 10-years-old when she was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau camp with her mother. Bogdaniuk-Bogucka was part of Josef Mengele’s experiments when she was in Auschwitz.” Source: Bored Panda

Powerful Portrait Series Of Auschwitz Survivors On The 70th Anniversary Of Their Liberation

Auschwitz Portraits Ulatowski

“Jerzy Ulatowski, 83, was taken by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau when he was 13-years-old. In January 1945 he managed to escape with his family, as there was a lack of power in the barbed wire surrounding the camp.” Source: Bored Panda

On January 27th, 1945, the Soviet Red Army invaded Auschwitz and put an end to the concentration camp’s days. While officially marking the death of the camp that itself killed 1.1 million people, for those who survived the pain of Auschwitz lives on. In light of this and the 70th anniversary of the remaining prisoners’ liberation, Reuters photographers interviewed and took photographs of Auschwitz survivors. Their stories provide a reminder of the depths to which humanity may fall if we stop paying attention. Check out more stories at Bored Panda.

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“Halina Brzozowska was 12-years-old during the Warsaw Uprising when her family were sent to a camp in Pruszkow, she and her 6-year-old sister were then moved by train to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Brzozowska said that it was hard to say what had happened to them, that they were taken from their homes, family and lost their childhood.” Source: Bored Panda

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