Your Brain On MDMA

Two million MDMA pills are smuggled into the US every day. Somehow we doubt that every person who uses the drug knows what sort of chemical reactions lead one to believe that spending hours dancing to terrible electronic music is an unambiguously good decision. This video explains what happens to your brain after consuming MDMA: no more mysteries.

Around Bucharest In 25 Photos

Once known as “Mini Paris,” Bucharest is the capital of Romania, as well as its financial and cultural center. This year, the city celebrated its 555th anniversary, as it was first mentioned in 1459 in official documentation. Bucharest’s impressive architecture presents itself as the city’s living, tangible history, uniquely combining Neo-Classical, Art Deco and Communist-era styles. From its luscious parks to its revolutionary memorials, Romania’s history is directly embedded within its infrastructure.

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Bucharest Lipscani

A street and district, Lipscani was once the most important commercial area of the city and Wallachia. The latter is a historical and geographical region of Romania dating back to 1246. 
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Bucharest Patriarchate

ocated on Metropolitanate Hill, one of the centers of Romanian Orthodoxy, the Patriarchate was once used for the Assembly of Deputies during the Kingdom of Romania and as headquarters for the General Assembly in the Communist-era. It has since passed to the Patriarchate of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Source: Wikimedia

Bucharest Mihai Viteazus

The statue of Mihai Voda Viteazul (Prince Michael the Brave) is the first statue dedicated to a national hero. Erected in 1876, the sculpture commemorates the Prince as the first leader to unite three Romanian countries and stands as inspiration for unity. Source: Unknown Bucharest

Bucharest People's house

Constructed in one year from 1983 to 1984, the People’s House—the second largest building in the world—was commissioned by Communist dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu. Historic buildings were razed in order for the 12-story beast to be built, using only Romanian sourced materials. The building now houses the Parliament. Source: Wikimedia

Aviator Statue

Located in Aviators’ Square off of Aviators’ Boulevard, the Aviators’ statue rises 65 feet into the air and was built by Lidia Kotzebuie and Iosif Fekete. The statue is dedicated to the airmen that lost their lives flying for Romania. Icarus, whose own ambitions led to his fall, looms over the top of an obelisk that features three other pilots in various stages of flight. Source: Wikimedia

Bucharest Herastrau

A large park on the northern side of Bucharest, Herăstrău park was dedicated in 1936. The park or “parcul” has two distinct sides, the rustic Village Museum and a recreational and boating area. Source: Wikimedia

Enescu Building

The George Enescu Museum sits inside of the Cantacuzino Palace, an Art Nouveau masterpiece displaying large statues, stained glass and rich tapestries. George Enescu, a Romanian composer, lived in a modest home on the palace grounds. Enescu’s wife requested in her will that the area be turned into a museum dedicated to her husband. Source: Wikimedia

Bucharest Village Museum

An open-air museum in Herăstrău Park, the Village Museum contains 272 authentic farms and cottages from across Romania. Source: Wikimedia

Bucharest Russian Church

Built in 1905-1909, the little Russian Church is topped with traditional onion domes. Once a Russian Orthodox Church, it was transferred to the Romanian Orthodox Church and is open for use by the students and faculty at the nearby university. Source: Wikimedia

Bucharest Athenaeum

Inaugurated in 1888, the Athenaeum is a concert hall in the middle of Bucharest that is the home to the George Enescu Philharmonic and the George Enescu annual international music festival. Source: Wikimedia

Bucharest Plates

Hand painted Easter eggs, colorful terracotta pottery, religious icons and other aspects of Romanian peasant life are on display at the Peasant Museum. A small gift shop has replicas of Romanian traditional clothing and other peasant art available for sale. Source: Wikimedia

Bucharest Princely Court

In the middle of The Old City, the Curtea Veche or Old Princely Court was the hub around which Bucharest grew. Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad the Impaler, most likely constructed it in the late 14th century. A bust of the notorious Prince of Wallachia watches over the courtyard and every one that walks by. Source: Wikimedia

Bellu

The most historic cemetery in Bucharest, the Bellu Cemetery is the final resting place for myriad artists, authors and politicians. The graves feature grand sculptures and monuments, and are grouped by profession. Source: Roaring Romania

Macca VIllacrosse

Sitting between the Lipscani district and the Calea Victoriei, the Macca-Villacrosse passage was covered with glass at the end of the 19th century to protect visitors from the rain. The ground floor was intended for shops while the upper levels of the buildings were designed as an inn. Source: Unknown Bucharest

Dambovita

The Dâmboviţa is a river in Romania that connects to the Argeș River in Budești. The river was extremely polluted until 2011 when the largest ecological project in Romania was completed with the building of the Glina Wastewater Station. The station treats the water flowing into the Dâmboviţa and has since improved water quality. Source: Wikimedia

Amandine

A city rife with restaurants, cafes and clubs, Bucharest’s patisseries are filled with baked goods and sweets. They’re the perfect places to grab a strong espresso and a delicately decorated treat. Source: Wikimedia

Bucharest Caragiale

Located on University Square in front of the National Theatre is a bronze statue of Ion Luca Caragiale, Romania’s favorite playwright. Unveiled in December 2010, the statue replaced an old statue of the same man. Locals claim that the old statue was in fact a Lenin statue that featured Caragiale’s head. Source: Wikimedia

Bucharest Memorial Rebirth

A memorial in Revolution Square, the Memorial of Rebirth was commissioned to commemorate the victims of the Romanian Revolution of 1989 that overthrew the communist regime. A strange modern art piece, it has been described as a “an olive on a toothpick” and “the potato of the revolution.” Due to its unpopularity, it’s guarded at all times. Source: Wikimedia

Bucharest Michael Jackson

Singer Michael Jackson is so loved in Romania that there is a memorial dedicated to him in Herastrau Park. The alley that runs along the side of the monument is also named after him. Source: MJ Vibe

Bucharest Arcul

Built in 1922, the Arcul de Triumf was constructed to honor Romania’s World War I dead. Originally made of wood, it was rebuilt in stone in 1935 by Petru Atonescu. Source: Bucharest Accommodation

Army Memorial

In front of the Children’s Palace stands a memorial to Romanian soldiers that have died fighting for the country. There’s no better place for a war monument than a children’s park. The very tall installation features two soldiers staring at each other and holding swords. Source: Bucharest ife

Bucharest Amazei

Looking over Amzei Square is the Amzei Church, constructed in 1810 by nobleman Amza. It was almost entirely rebuilt in 1846 and two steeples were added in 1875. Source: Wikimedia

Bucharest Strada Xenofon

Strada Xenofon is the only street with steps in Bucharest. Painted by Eva Radu, the steps present eight of the most historical buildings in the city. Source: Auto Bild

Bucharest Tower

The Pantelimon Art Tower is nearly 120 feet tall and features a mural at the top of a disused water tower. A staircase was added to the outside of the facility so visitors can get a closer look at the art at the top, as well as a bird’s eye view of the city. Source: Bucharest Life

Kretzulescu Church

Originally built between 1720 -1722, Kretzulescu Church’s exterior was originally painted, but restoration work changed it to brick in 1936. An Eastern Orthodox Church, it was slated for destruction during the Communist era, but was saved by architects who valued it for its Brâncovenesc style. Source: Wikimedia

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A Brief History Of Crossdressing

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Humans are designed to compartmentalize objects, ideas, and experiences. It’s how we survive. Our early ancestors’ ability to instantaneously decide a whether a situation was safe or dangerous was imperative if they wanted to keep their weak, hairless little bodies alive long enough to pass along their genes.

As societies developed, understanding our place within that structure, as well as everyone else’s, became just as important. We wanted to look at somebody and immediately know certain things about them (namely, were they trying to have sex with us, and were we trying to have sex with them). We would use visual cues to gather information about a person and tailor our behavior accordingly.
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The Most Offensive Toys Ever Made

Obviously targeted at children, toys are meant to engage them in various ways and stimulate their imagination. As a child, for the first 10 or so years of your life, the toys you have invariably help shape who you become. With that in mind, a lot of pressure and power is foisted onto toy companies, who are constantly creating the next big thing that malleable minds just can’t do without. When they succeed, you get the Slinky, the hula hoop or Tickle-Me-Elmo. When they don’t, you get stuff like this:

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Offensive Toys Oreo

Barbie dolls might be popular, but they do have a sketchy history of misogyny and racism. Perfect example – the “Oreo Fun Barbie”. Originally, it was simply meant to be an innocent team-up between Mattel and Nabisco. However, nobody working there appeared to be aware that the word “Oreo” also has a very offensive meaning – that of a black person trying to be white (because they’re black on the outside and white on the inside, get it?). Suffice to say that this toy caused quite a stir and was quickly pulled off shelves. Source: Heidi and Frank

Offensive Toys Specs

No description required. Just in case you want to fool your friends with this “oriental disguise” (those are some stupid friends). You might think that this is a thing of the distant past, but a quick Google search shows them available for purchase from various shops, labeled under “Costumes”. Just in case you want to go as a racist stereotype for Halloween. Source: Funny Junk

Offensive Toys Tramp

If you’ve ever wanted a homeless man action figure, this is the one for you. Technically, it’s a character from Dick Tracy called Steve the Tramp. However, the box simply says “The Tramp” and he’s accompanied by this description: “ignorant bum…you’ll smell him before you see him”. Unsurprisingly, the toy was discontinued for being a little insensitive towards the homeless. Source: Village Books

Offensive Toys WTC

Always research before you buy, lest you wish to make light of one of the biggest shocks to the United States in recent memory. One hapless company did just that, buying these irreverent toys—to be used as candy bag prizes—from another company without really knowing what they were first. 14,000 of them were packaged and sold before huge numbers of complaints got the candy bags pulled from shelves. Source: Heidi and Frank

Offensive Toys Money Box

This 1882 toy embodies all of the 19th century’s normalized racism in one fell swoop. In case you haven’t figured it out, it’s a piggybank. You put the coin in his hand, raise it and he swallows the coin. Source: Flickr

Offensive Toys Spanish

Mattel wanted to put out a Spanish Barbie. So they opted to borrow from bullfighting—a hotly contested sport and one that fascist dictator Franco promoted as a symbol of the state. This move received a lot of complaints (including from celebrity Barbie fans) and the toy was discontinued. Source: Fotopages

Offensive Toys Shape Shifter

The limited edition series known as Shape Shifters made Marvel toys that…well, shape shifted. And by that, we mean that they had hidden weapons they could pull out. For The Punisher, the designers decided to give him a “crotch launcher”. And it actually fired…all you needed to do was cock his weapon! Source: Retro Daze

Offensive Toys Nimbus

At first glance, this just looks like a replica broomstick from the popular Quidditch game in the Harry Potter series. Just put the broom between your legs and take off! What’s wrong with that? Well…it vibrates. And just because it looks like a broom doesn’t make it ok to sell vibrators to kids. Some parents simply opted for the obvious solution of taking out the batteries, but this was still not enough to prevent the toy from getting pulled. Source: Heidi And Frank

Offensive Toys Dora

This one is just guilty of bearing an unfortunate shape. Admittedly, children might not find anything wrong with this. Others with a bit more empirical wisdom might think otherwise. The pink color and the giant D in the middle don’t help things, either. Source: Taringa

Toy Batman

This toy is pretty straightforward. First you open the plug in Batman’s butt and fill him up with water. Then you pull the trigger in his crotch and it makes him squirt out his mouth. Nothing wrong with that, is there? Source: eBay