4 Diseases More Terrifying Than Ebola

Ebola has been in the news for a while, what with all the killing, and for once it appears the media has actually underestimated the severityof the problem. It’s gotten so bad, even the usual gang of shameless opportunists is getting called out for feasting on the human tragedy.

Far be it for us to rise above a good panic. As part of ATI’s continuing series on things that should keep you up at night, here are four diseases that are way scarier than Ebola that you should be way more scared of.

Scary Diseases: Influenza

Scary Diseases Spanish Flu

Source: Wikipedia

Yes, the flu. Somewhere in our collective unconscious mind, we all kind of know that the flu is a big deal that totally kills people, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that it’s just a bad kind of cold. After all, what has the flu ever done but buy you a few extra days to study for a fifth-grade spelling test?

Scary Diseases Justin Bieber

Technically not as bad as an airborne plague.
Source: New York Daily News

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Say Hello To Patrick, The World’s Oldest Wombat

Oldest Wombat Close

World, meet Patrick. He’s 29 years old and single, and today is his birthday. This means that not only is he the world’s oldest living wombat, he’s also–as our sources at Imgur say, the oldest living wombat who is also a virgin. Typically, these nocturnal creatures live for about 15 years in the wild, which means that Pat is essentially the wombat version of Methuselah.

Oldest Wombat Held

Oldest Wombat Smile

Enter Pyongyang

Blending time-lapse photography, HD and digital animation, videographer Rob Whitworth takes us into the seldom-seen city of Pyongyang, North Korea. With such a mixture of the real and the imagined, “Enter Pyongyang” offers a unique perspective on the fantasies and fictions us outsiders have created about the North Korean capital city over the years.

For more insight into life in North Korea, be sure to check out our gallery of rare photographs inside the isolated nation, as well as our article on the Mass Games, or when thousands of North Koreans form what has been described as a human jumbotron.