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Photo Of The Day: How 41 Ku Klux Klan Members Ended Up On A Ferris Wheel

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Ku Klux Klan members enjoying an amusement park in Colorado. Image Source: Imgur

Although practically an underground movement these days, America’s most infamous hate group was surprisingly open and widespread during the group’s peak in the early and mid-20th century. More than 4 million people across the country were KKK members in the 1920s, and the 1924 Democratic National Convention very nearly chose a known Klansman as their presidential candidate.

So it wasn’t much of a surprise to the people of Cañon City, Colorado, when the local paper ran a headline declaring “Klansmen pose for picture on merry-go-round” in 1926. However, that photo (above) wasn’t actually printed along with the headline (the photographer didn’t share it). But when the photo came to light more than 65 years later, it served as a stark reminder of a history many people would like to forget.

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Zaqistan, The “Country” You’ve Never Heard Of, Exists In The Middle Of Utah

Angered at then-President Bush’s foreign policy in Iraq, one artist decided to buy a plot of land on eBay…and found his own country.

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Welcome sign in Zaqistan. Photo Courtesy of the Republic of Zaqistan.

It was the summer of 2005, and New York-based artist Zacharias (Zaq) Landsberg was talking with some friends about cheap land for sale on eBay. As a Californian who had traveled all around the American southwest, he figured he should “own a piece of the American West before it is all gone.” Landsberg bid $610 for a plot and forgot about it. A few days later, he was notified that he had won four acres of inhospitable desert in Utah. After a brief visit with friends a few months after, he declared it the United Republics of Zaqistan — now simply the Republic of Zaqistan — and began the process of creating his own country. This is the exclusive interview that ATI had with Landsberg on his unorthodox project. Continue Reading

21 Inspirational Nelson Mandela Quotes That Prove Anything Is Possible

On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after 27 years.

Following a 1960 massacre of non-violent black demonstrators, Mandela — who had previously advocated for nonviolent resistance in dismantling South Africa’s institutionalized white supremacy — resorted to violence in order to effect change, by helping to organize a paramilitary branch of the African National Congress (ANC). Four years later, Mandela, along with several other ANC peers, were charged with sabotage and sentenced to life in prison.

In 1990, south African President F.W. de Klerk called for the release of Mandela. Upon his release, Mandela would soon go on to become President of South Africa himself, inspiring countless individuals in his advocacy for peace and social justice, even after his December 2013 death.

With that in mind, here are some of the most inspirational Nelson Mandela quotes to help celebrate his legacy:

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Nelson Mandela Quotes Head

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Money

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Chains

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Courage

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Education

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Enemy

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Hill

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Honest

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Language

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Light

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Outlaw

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Passion

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Poison

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Popularity

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Prison

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Sinner

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Time

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Water

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Failure

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