Alaska Warmed Over: Race Dogs Move North In Search Of Snow

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Mushers and a team of 16 dogs compete, of which at least 6 must be on the towline at the finish. Source: telegraph Picture: REUTERS/Mark Meyer

Alaska’s unseasonably warm weather this year has caused the state’s most famous race to change its starting location. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which usually departs from Anchorage, Alaska moved its start this year 225 miles north to Fairbanks in search of snow.

Though both the starting location and the trail route have been adjusted due to exposed grass (and gravel over sections of the historical route) the opening ceremonies still took place in Anchorage, Alaska’s most populous city.

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When Niagara Falls (Almost) Freezes

Almost Frozen Niagara Falls

Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are nearly out of what was truly a hellish winter: Boston experienced one of its snowiest seasons since modern weather record-keeping began, and New York experienced temperatures akin to those in Siberia. Above is a nearly-frozen Niagara Falls which, if we don’t think about what it means for nearby towns, is actually kind of beautiful.

10 Bizarre Myths From The World Of Music

The music industry has always nurtured eccentricity. Usually, being somewhat of a “character” ensures more publicity and more album sales, which means that if the individual going into the industry isn’t a character off the bat, he or she will become one over time. Just check out Kanye West’s career if you don’t believe us. Of course, sensational people tend to lead to sensational stories, which get passed on so many times that they become accepted as fact. But as with auto-tune, these stories don’t always depict reality.

Gene Simmons’ cow tongue

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Everyday Iran: What Hardliners In The US And Iran Don’t Want You To See

Everyday iran colorful youth

These young people were captured by Nooshafarin Movaffagh, who photographs for the website Humans of Tehran. Source: The Roosevelts © Nooshafarin Movaffagh

Every day, hardliners in Iran and the United States try to paint a picture of an Iran wholly opposed to Western modernity. But behind the political posturing are the actual people who live and work in Iran, and they don’t look as different as these leaders might like us to imagine. Just as there is no single understanding of what an American looks like, there is no essential Iranian, either. Like many countries, oppression and violence are a reality of everyday life, but overall Iran is a country striving to find a middle ground between staunch traditionalism and modern sensibilities, most notably in the area of Tehran, Iran’s cultural and industrial capital.

This photo gallery highlights the Iran most of us don’t normally get to see, and reminds us that an entire country should not be judged by its government, extremists or political landscape.

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Everyday iran balcony smoking

Taking in the view from the balcony. At home, women do not have to cover their heads or dress as modestly as they are expected to in public. Source: Imgur © Hossein Fatemi

Everyday iran bra shopping

Browsing for undergarments inside a shop. Source: IMGUR © Hossein Fatemi

Everyday iran firefighters

Firefighters outside of their station. Source:The Roosevelts

Everyday iran billiard hall

Women play billiards in a recreation hall. Source: IMGUR © Hossein Fatemi

Everyday iran art student

“When people find out that I’m from South Tehran, they immediately assume I’m a criminal or a thug. But I’m just an ordinary art student trying to make ends meet.” – Farzad seen near Emamzadeh-Hassan via Humans of Tehran. Source: Humans of Tehran © Omid Iranmehr

Everyday iran dog shelter volunteer

Though Islamic officials have set out to ban dogs as pets (saying that they are unclean and owning them is an imitation of Western practices) people will be people, and we tend to value the loyalty and friendship of canines. Here a woman bearing food donations for a non-government charity animal shelter plays with a homeless dog. Source: New York Daily News

Everyday iran women at gym

At the gym, where women and men work out separately. Source: Imgur © Hossein Fatemi

Everyday iran tehran skyline mountains

A beautiful shot of the mountainous Tehran skyline at dusk, a change from the desert scenes we are used to seeing. Source: The Roosevelts

Everyday iran park bench men

Old men instinctively gather to park benches the world over. Source: The Roosevelts

Everyday iran hookah bar

Inside a hookah bar, where women are still usually expected to be accompanied by a man. Source: Imgur © Hossein Fatemi

Everyday iran skiers

Snow is not what we usually think of in Iran; here are some skiers ready for some slope action. Even though men and women have been made to ski separately in the past, now it often is a co-ed activity (though such behavior is not formally authorized). Source: NPR Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Everyday iran band practice

Rock music is forbidden by the government, but resourceful and dedicated bands find ways to practice in secret. Source: Imgur © Hossein Fatemi

Everyday iran fruit stand

Sattar's business has fallen on some tough luck, like when a swindling business partner left him broke. But he had a friend to help him get through it. “There was a time I had completely lost faith in Tehran and its people," says the 61-year-old Azeri native. "But just when I thought I've had enough, along came a friend, who was -and still is- so amazing and so good, that I found myself falling in love with the city all over again.” Humans of Tehran

Everyday iran smiling women

These young women only have smiles for the camera. Source: The Roosevelts

Everyday iran beauty parlor

A beauty salon; at least one place where men are not allowed to enter. Source: Imgur © Hossein Fatemi

Everyday iran eram garden

Eram Garden in Shiraz, also known as the botanical center of Shiraz University. Source: Iran Tour Online

Everyday iran street music

Street musicians entertain while trying to make a living. Source: The Roosevelts

Everyday iran dog bed

Even though dog ownership is extremely frowned upon, some people simply can’t resist their companionship. However, dog owners must keep their furry friends inside four walls to avoid their confiscation. Source: IMGUR © Hossein Fatemi

Everyday iran apartment relaxing

Eylya, an artist, relaxes inside his house. Source: Imgur © Hossein Fatemi

Everyday iran trees

Music being played among a grove of trees. Source: Imgur © Hossein Fatemi

Want to learn more about Iran? Check out what the country looked like before the Islamic Revolution.

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