The Russian Mosquito Festival recently crowned nine-year-old Irina Ilyukhina “tastiest girl” in recognition of the leading total of 43 bites she received in this year’s competition.
All religions utilize a foundation myth to help form the basis of their beliefs. Given the fact that they are indeed myths, the literal truth of these events is of minimal importance…
Much of the way we think and speak about Iran is broken, and that comes at least partially because much of Iran’s reality is obscured from view. What, then, are we to make of the bits and pieces of Iranian “reality” that surface in the form of the “Rich Kids of Tehran?”
TRAVELING THROUGH THE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS EXPANSE that is the South Atlantic Ocean — 1,200 miles from the nearest inhabited island and 1,500 from the nearest continental land, South Africa — you’ll eventually come upon the crest of a small volcanic island.
Its emerald green landscape will be speckled by an assortment of homes and buildings, adding an unexpected drop of civilization to its otherwise lonely surroundings.
The island is Tristan da Cunha, and the community is Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, a testament to humanity’s resilience and survivability, and the most remote settlement on Earth:
How did left-handedness transform from a symptom of mental and moral deficiency to a sign of creativity and mental fortitude?
When Michael Salazar wrote that his “fourth grade teacher would force me to use my right hand to perform all of my school work” and that “if she caught me using my left hand, I was hit in the head with a dictionary,” he described more than just an encounter with a violent instructor; he illustrated the physical consequences of centuries of religious, scientific, and social thought.