People were outraged when word of American aid worker Peter Kassig’s beheading hit the newsstands. Kassig was the third American citizen to be publicly beheaded by the ISIS militant group this year, raising a slew of questions and concerns about the validity and success of the United States’ no-ransom hostage policy, among other things. For better or worse, here’s a breakdown of the seemingly callous approach.
One of the 47 prefectures of Japan, the most populous metropolitan area in the world almost looks serene from this vantage point.
This week, a Barbie alternative designed in the image of the “average nineteen year old girl” went on sale. Lammily, as she’s called, was designed by a young, male graphic designer named Nikolay Lamm. At first, Lamm only set out to find the average proportions for today’s “average” young woman and compare them to Barbie in the form of an infographic. The image soon went viral and Lamm was inundated with commentary. People wanted to buy a doll that looked like this “average” Barbie. So, he created her.
Codryceps, or “Zombie Fungus” are a parasitic fungus that thrive in hot, humid climates like tropical forests. There are thousands of different types of cordyceps, and each targets a specific species of insect. Spores from this killer fungus infect the insect’s brain, and, later, the fruiting body of the cordyceps will erupt from that insect’s head and body. When it’s finished growing, cordycep spores burst from the fungus and infect any insect of the same species unlucky enough to be nearby.
While these killer fungi sound like they’re straight out of a horror movie, they do have an overall positive impact on their environment because they keep insect populations from growing out of control. Plus, they have no effect on humans, so don’t worry.
Video games are really just long strings of binary code that provide incredible amounts of entertainment, intentional or not. They are painstakingly programmed so that everything goes according to plan, but that doesn’t always work. When a minor error occurs that causes the game to behave in a way it’s not supposed to, you get a glitch…sometimes with hilarious consequences. Here are 10 examples.