At some point in our lives, we’ve all probably convinced ourselves that we are condemned to having the worst job in the world. But spare a thought for those brave souls who are stuck up skyscrapers and inside volcanoes, carrying out what are plainly the most dangerous jobs on the planet. With some of the highest number of fatalities in the world and a level of risk that rockets off the Richter scale, you might need to grab some safety goggles just to read this.
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Despite the fact that the United States has spent over a decade in Afghanistan and Iraq, a 2006 National Geographic study reveals that a depressing majority of Americans from the ages 18 to 24 were unable to find either country on a map. And as the following maps suggest, our knowledge of European geography is equally dismal.List View
In the mid-19th century, nomadic groups like the gypsies, now called Roma, used wagons as housing since it allowed them to easily move from location to location. While many contemporary Roma individuals have permanent homes, Romani wagons are making a comeback among individuals who hope to reconnect with their rich, wandering heritage and enjoy the great outdoors.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner; and if you’re about to binge on carbohydrates, sodium and fats, thank your ancestors–not the South Beach Diet cookbook you bought and plan on opening this coming Friday. Does your heritage align with this map?
Perhaps animals are smarter and more sensitive than homo sapiens give them credit for. Take, for example, the theory that animals can predict earthquakes, a notion that dates all the way back to 373 B.C., when historians reported that creatures such as rats, snakes and weasels hightailed it out of the Greek city of Helice days before it was rocked by a major earthquake.
While much of the evidence is anecdotal and the scientific community has not reached a consensus about whether scurrying animals are a harbinger for environmental disaster, one might consider that if they can predict such seismological shifts, why couldn’t the animal kingdom also be sending signals that our planet is sick? Here are some warning signs that our furry, scaly and winged friends may be sharing with us to portend the danger of climate change and other environmental hazards:
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When the day’s too hot and the sun persists in beating its rays down over our sweaty heads, our first thoughts are often ‘I wish I was inside a giant cooler’. But for some, that’s not just a dream; it’s their workplace. Meet the butter nutters.