The World’s Most Pathetic Terrorist Fails

April 18, 2014
Terrorist Fails

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Immediately after 9/11, it seemed as if the Western World had entered a bizarre and frightening new reality. From then on, or so it appeared that morning, everybody was going to live in a world like Terry Gilliam’s Brazil—a massive security state beset by unpredictable terrorist violence. Mushroom clouds would soon be erupting over American and European cities, citizens would be carrying gas masks everywhere, and nobody would ever know where the next devastating blow would fall.

Terrorist Fails Brazil Torturer

Pretty heavy, man.
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That didn’t wind up happening. While people in positions of authority would certainly like for you to believe that vigorous police work and a fearless willingness to view every text you send—naked pictures or not—are largely responsible for preventing the would-be terrorist holocaust, the truth is that sometimes we’re just not up against that much.

You see, the skills every good terrorist needs—patience, a good work ethic, basic intelligence and foresight—tend to make people good enough at other things, like holding down a job, which has a way of sapping the urge to go into terrorism in the first place. Here, then, are three of the biggest screw-ups ever to try airing their grievances through violence.

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Aircraft Safety Throughout The Decades

April 17, 2014

Aircraft Safety Chart

In spite of the fact that aircraft accidents, hijackings and bombings are at some of the lowest rates they’ve ever been and have been steadily decreasing over the years (and even as the number of those traveling has largely increased!), airport securitization has increased. Is that effective?

Japan’s Crazy Harajuku Fashion

April 17, 2014

The Harajuku district of Tokyo, Japan is the epicenter of street fashion. Collisions of colors, fabrics and aesthetics culminate in this single square mile, overloading the district with boutiques, clothing chains, and fashion malls all catering to the ever-growing sartorial scene. While Gwen Stefani may have introduced Harajuku to more Western audiences in 2004 (and somewhat contentiously, at that), Harajuku fashion has been a veritable institution for decades.

Black Geisha

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The 2013 Winners Of Olympus BioScapes’ Microscopic Photography Contest

April 14, 2014

Microscopic photography is one of the most breathtaking and unconventionally beautiful forms of the artistic medium. In commemoration of the oft-overlooked genre, the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition has recently released its selection of 2013 contest winners. The images vary greatly in content, style, and appearance but what they do have in common is their uncanny ability to present viewers with a dynamic world that typically goes unbeknownst to the human eye. Nine images wowed judges enough to be included in the winners circle, along with one video entry.

Without further ado, here are the 2013 winners of the Digital Imaging competition:

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Three Absurdly Crooked Charities

April 12, 2014

Charity is one of the prime virtues in what we think of as a moral life. You see someone in need, someone who has fallen through the cracks, and you step up to help even when you don’t need to and there’s nobody watching. It’s not just the right thing to do, it feels good to know that you’ve helped to make a real difference in someone’s life. Naturally, that feeling makes you an easy mark for some of the most unscrupulous bastards society has stuck to its heel. Here are a variety of crooked charities that took all the warm fuzzies of giving and turned them into the cold pricklies of financing someone’s yacht.

Crooked Charities: Aid With Bad Apples On Top

Crooked Charities Covert Money

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This first type of scam is the sort of thing that could happen to anyone. Sometimes, despite the best intentions, a legitimate charitable non-profit promotes someone to a position of authority only to see that person abuse their trust by embezzling a fortune.

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The Tiny Worlds Within London’s Streets

April 10, 2014

Match sticks, cigarettes and puddles are peppered throughout London’s vast sidewalks and street corners. Swapping blight for whimsy, these clever filmmakers have found inspiration–not ugliness–in them, and have since created this delightful video of the tiny worlds that might exist in the most unexpected of places.