The History That Sits Atop Turkey’s Mount Nemrut

September 1, 2014

Mount Nemrut

Located in southeastern Turkey is Mount Nemrut, the 7,000 feet tall mountain that plays host to a number of centuries-old statues. For decades ancient kings flocked to the summit and erected numerous sanctuaries and tombs there, and given Turkey’s rocky past, it’s a wonder that the statues are still intact.

The Strangest Commutes In The World

September 1, 2014
Strangest Commutes Biker

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Mass production of unrecognizable counterfeit currency that doesn’t contribute to inflation when used still eludes us, which means that most of us have to drag ourselves to and from work every day. While it’s not something enjoyable, it’s definitely not as big a problem as some people make it out to be. After reading about those commutes, the next time someone on the train coughs on you, you might actually be…thankful.

Dog sledding

Strangest Commutes Sled Pack

On Dasher, on Dancer…
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If you live in remote parts of Alaska, dog sledding really is your most viable option of getting around. A less-furry alternative would be a snowmobile or other kind of machine with an engine strapped to it, but it actually is illegal to use motorized vehicles in parts of Alaska such as Denali National Park.

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4 Beautiful, Bizarre, And Disturbing Earth Origin Stories

August 31, 2014

For most of our existence, humans have used myths to demystify the world and our place in it. We created stories to explain where babies come from and where the sun goes at night and everything in-between. Up until the Enlightenment, when we began using science to understand the universe, these stories were all we had to make sense of things. Here is a collection of some of the most fascinating, creative, and even unpleasant stories that explained the origins of the earth before science could.

Norse Mythology: Odin and Ymir

Origin Stories Ymir Norse

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Nordic people populate the modern day nations of Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. Besides minimalistic contemporary design and tall blondes, these countries are best known for long, dark winters, snow, and alcoholism. That might explain why their origin story involves so much murder and ice.

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The Thinking Behind Rorschach’s Famous Inkblots

August 30, 2014
Rorschach Inkblots All

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In 1921, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach wrote Psychodiagnostik, which would become the basis for his inkblot test, a test designed to reveal the underlying personality of an individual based upon what feelings and images each inkblot evokes in the viewer. After working with multiple inkblots, Rorschach selected 10 for the test. When Rorschach died the following year, psychologists Samuel Beck and Bruno Klopfer modified his test scoring system. John Exner further standardized the test. Rorschach intended for the test to be used for diagnosing schizophrenia, but psychologists have since used the test to determine personality types.

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Lasse Hoile’s Magical Musical Melancholy

August 28, 2014
Lasse Hoile Rope Still

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Danish-born visual artist Lasse Hoile may not be a household name, but he’s carved himself quite the niche in the progressive rock/metal scene as a virtual set and album designer. His ability to disturb, enlighten, and entertain us is an accomplishment that many in his line of work can only strive for. This talented multimedia artist produces a type of ‘modernized vintage’ imagery whose ominous beauty has been likened to Francis Bacon, H.R. Geiger, and David Lynch. Though he often focuses on complementing music artists with his work, his talent is standalone.

Lasse Hoile Red Headdress

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Trained Eye Portrait

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Say Hello To Patrick, The World’s Oldest Wombat

August 26, 2014

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