The Tour De France: Then And Now

At this very moment, around 200 cyclists from 22 teams are pedaling through the French countryside in an attempt to win one of the world’s most difficult sporting competitions. Covering an impossible 2,087 miles that are broken down into 21 different stages, the Tour de France is a beast of a race, which is why it remains the pinnacle of a cyclist’s career. Of course, the race has changed drastically over the past century. From absurd rules to unsafe conditions, we take you from the Tour’s dandy-looking past to its doped-up present…

Tour de France 1904

Though Hippolyte Aucouturier won the 1904 Tour de France, he was suspected of cheating. Source: ESPN

Tour de France 1906

A photo of the 1906 Tour de France. Source: Wikipedia

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Charlie Hebdo Publisher Announces: No More Muhammad Cartoons

On January 7, 2015, two al-Qaeda affiliates stormed the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had spent years publishing satirical cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, and killed 12 people.

There was absolutely no doubt about why it happened. The shooters cried “Allahu Akbar!” as they fired shots, and later press releases by al-Qaeda practically gloated over the punishment meted out to the blasphemers.

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What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXII

Boats Pollen Lake Ripples

Sailboats move through the pollen-covered water of Lake Starnberg near Starnberg, Germany. Source: The Atlantic

Awe-Inspiring Aerial Photography

Winding River Sunlight Reflection

The Amazon wends through Peru’s Loreto region. Source: The Atlantic

Revealing angles and patterns we’d never otherwise see, aerial photography offers a striking perspective that is at once majestic and humbling, orderly and chaotic. Glimpsed from far above, we not only focus on the forest, as it were, instead of just the trees, we realize that the trees belong to forests we didn’t even know were there. From high in the sky, the Amazon becomes a snake slithering through the grass while an Egyptian pyramid becomes a rock in a sandbox. Find out what becomes of the rest of our world as seen from above at The Atlantic.

A hot-air balloon flies over the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus as part of the Second Annual Aeronautics Championship. Source: The Atlantic

A hot-air balloon flies over the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus as part of the Second Annual Aeronautics Championship. Source: The Atlantic

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A Stunning Visual Explanation Of Why You Need To Visit Kenya

Forget the beach. This summer, make plans to spend some time exploring the sublime natural features of Kenya. If you need a bit of a visual push before you book your ticket, check out this video by Martin Harvey, who spent ten days in Kenya and recorded everything he saw.

Says Harvey, “Starting in Nairobi and flying north to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Mt. Kenya, Lake Bogoria, the Pokot Tribe, Magado Crater, Painted Valley, Lake Logipi and ending at Lake Turkana, [we took part] in one of the world’s ultimate travel experiences.”

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