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Canada’s Spotted Lake Is Seriously Out Of This World

Imagine a lake that features what seems to be oversized confetti on its surface. Now imagine that the color of the confetti changes with lake conditions–and that the lake is found in a desert…in Canada. That’s Canada’s Spotted Lake in a nutshell, and it’s one of the most surreal things we’ve seen in a long time.

The odd collection of puddle-like bodies of water changes colors based on the presence and concentration of minerals in the water. Sometimes the large “puddles” are clear, and at other times they are yellow, green or blue–though rarely as blue as the Potash evaporation ponds.

Kliluk Lake

Source: Avax News

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Inside Mount Kumgang Resort, North Korea’s Largely Abandoned Resort

Mount Kumgang Resort

Source: Daily Mail

When North Korea launched a surprise attack against South Korea in 1950, they triggered one of the world’s most polarizing wars, splitting up hundreds of thousands of families. Tensions between the two countries have remained high for decades, despite the war ending more than 60 years ago. So when North Korea allowed tourists from South Korea to visit the Mount Kumgang resort starting in 1998, it came as a great surprise.

North Korean Resort

Source: Reuters

Composed of ten hotels, ten restaurants, an 18-hole golf course, a hot springs spa and even its own hospital, Mount Kumgang resort once represented a positive shift in inter-Korean relations and significant income for North Korea. Even now, massive chandeliers drip from the ceiling, and the buildings’ walls are covered with scenic mountain visions that resemble the region. Yet amid this now-dated extravagance, its deserted rooms and unstaffed amenities make it obvious that something isn’t quite right.

North Korean Tourism

Source: Daily Mail

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Your World This Week, Volume III

Unfuck Greece

Anti-austerity protestors congregate in Athens. Source: N+1

What Comes Next For Greece?

Greece said no. On Sunday, Greek citizens voted on a multibillion dollar bailout plan offered by international creditors that would require the Mediterranean nation to make additional cuts to its spending, which many worry will only stymy–not enable–economic growth. Over 60 percent of Greeks voted against the bailout, which has placed Greece on what some have called a “collision course” with European political leaders and may just signify the beginning of the end for the euro.

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The Life And Death Of An iPhone

Statistics service Statista reports that in 2012, over 44.3 million smartphone users in the United States used an Apple iPhone. To get an idea of how huge that number is, imagine nearly every person in Ukraine right now, and then picture them holding an iPhone.

Clearly the Apple product is an indispensable part of millions of Americans’ lives, but just how does it come into being? What does its “life” look like?

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