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Spain’s Human Towers: Where You Must Step On People To Get Ahead

If 15 minutes of TV news watching has left you doubting humanity’s ability to work together toward achieving a common goal, Spain’s human tower competition might just change your mind.

Every other October, hundreds of people in Tarragona, Spain come together to form castells — Catalan for the word “castles” — that reach more than 30 feet into the Spanish skies in a competition called the Concurs de Castells.

Castellers Human Spiral

Source: Maptia

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Photo Of The Day: Meet The Hero Who Stood Up To The Oregon Gunman

Chriz Mintz Oregon Shooting

Chris Mintz, the hero that charged the UCC shooter to help save others is doing fine after having surgery to remove seven bullets. Image Source: Reddit

“You aren’t getting by me.”

This was uttered by Chris Mintz, the 30-year-old Army veteran and student at Umpqua Community College, to the gunman Christopher Harper Mercer during his shooting spree at the campus last Thursday.

Mintz attempted to block the classroom door to keep Mercer from entering and harming himself and others in hiding, but was shot three times through the door. After Mercer broke into the room, Mintz reportedly said, “It’s my son’s birthday,” yet Mercer continued to shoot him. The shooting left both of Mintz’s legs broken. Doctors say Mintz will survive his gunshot wounds, but will likely have to learn to walk again.

The shooting left ten people dead, including Mercer, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A White House petition posted last Friday is calling on President Obama to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom–the highest civilian award to individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”–to Mintz for his heroic actions. The petition already has over 13,000 signatures, but needs about 87,000 more to grab President Obama’s attention.


For more on gun violence in the United States, check out this chart.

10 Modern Spanish-Language Writers To Read Before You Die

Are you a book eater?

Have you read all the American classics from Huckleberry Finn to the latest Jonathan Franzen novel? Do you cancel a night out to stay in because there’s no better company than a good book? If so, it’s time to start reading Hispanic literature — even if you have to read it in English. We’re not talking about Cervantes and his infamous Don Quixote here, but modern Hispanic authors you absolutely must add to your reading list.

Below are ten Spanish-language authors that deserve a space on your bookshelf right away. They come from either Latin America or Spain, and good news: most of their work has been translated into English.

Miguel Delibes

Spanish Writers Miguel Delibes

The brilliant Spanish writer Miguel Delibes. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

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50 Of Our Favorite Photos From The Apollo Archives

Apollo Project Archive Moonstagram LEAD

If you sit with doubt about the moon landing or any subsequent Apollo missions, this new gallery of just-released images from the Project Apollo Archive might just change your mind.

Thousands of photos, all unretouched and in high resolution glory, have been curated into a Flickr album by Kipp Teague, creator of the archival project. While you could easily sit and cull through the mountain of photos, we at All That Is Interesting did some of that leg work for you and chose 50 of our favorites to share in the gallery below. There are even a few #Moonstagrams and #SpaceSelfies in there:

To get sucked even further into the celestial wormhole, be sure to check out these incredible space facts and learn from a former ISS astronaut what 24 hours looks like while floating above Earth!

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