The 7 Craziest Dictators In History

January 14, 2014
Craziest Dictators Hitler

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Picking the seven craziest dictators in history is, unfortunately, quite the task. There are so many of them to choose from, and the atrocities they committed should have had them committed to a psych ward. How can one compare Adolph Hitler’s extermination of more than six million people to another despot’s decision to name a country’s capital airport and streets after himself as well as changing the names of the months, including one for his mother?

Craziest Dictators: No Bones About It

Craziest Dictators Turkmenbashi

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Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan is often cited as one of the world’s most deranged dictators. Among his actions after naming himself Turkmenbashi (Leader of All Ethnic Turkmen) and declaring himself president of Turkmenistan for life after the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991, Niyazov set out to create a new image for his country of five million by quite literally making it in his own image.

Craziest Dictators Turkmenbashi Face

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Codex Seraphinianus, Bizarre And Beautiful Art From An Alien World

January 7, 2014

Codex Seraphinianus Rainbow City

Codex Seraphinianus is the fantastical brainchild of Luigi Serafini. An artist, architect, and designer, Serafini drew on his multidisciplinary background to craft an encyclopedia of a world of impossibilities. Published in 1981, Codex wowed readers with its intricate illustrations and its original premise. The book first appears as completely nonsensical – an encyclopedia about an alien world complete with alien handwriting – but there is a method to the madness. Creator Serafini took two and a half years to complete the project, and since then there have been numerous academic papers and essays written about it.

Codex Seraphinianus Eye Fish

As with other encyclopedias, the pages of Codex Seraphinianus exhaustively detail the world’s various elements, except in this instance said world does not physically exist. Flora are shown as diagrams reminiscent of classical botanical illustrations. Fauna are playfully portrayed as otherworldly versions of animals we have on Earth.

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The World’s 7 Ugliest Animals

January 5, 2014

Though most of us have browsed the web cooing at pictures of baby giraffes and have visited the zoo to gawk at the regality of lions and tigers, not all animals are cute and cuddly. Take, for instance, this list of the world’s seven ugliest animals, which ranges from sea creatures to bugs to domesticated pets.

Ugliest Animals: The Naked Mole Rat

Ugliest Animals Naked Mole Rat

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Naked mole rats had their fifteen minutes of fame when one was featured as Rufus, a beloved pet in Disney’s cartoon series, Kim Possible. Since then, this wrinkly, hairless creature hasn’t spent much time in the spotlight, aside from topping a number of “ugliest animal” lists like these.

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Rome, The Super City

January 3, 2014

Rome Super City

Shopping malls, apartment buildings, running water and more: Rome was the height of prosperity, power and decadence for ages, but eventually such splendor was their very undoing.

What We Love This Week, Volume XLVI

January 3, 2014
Dogs In Cars Pugs

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“Dogs In Cars”, The Most Joyous Calendar Known To Man

Dogs In Cars Husky

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Nothing–not even polluted and congested roadways–can keep a dog from sporting a deliriously happy grin while in the car. While Los Angeles county is known for having the highest per capita car population in the world and for keeping its residents in traffic for a total of four days a year, its dog denizens are nonplussed. Smiling while our blood pressure soars, these photos serve as a reminder that what might be a great inconvenience to us may be one of life’s great pleasures to others. For more, be sure to visit The Mirror.

Dogs In Cars Terrier

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A School In Afghanistan

January 1, 2014

School In Afghanistan

The Soviets took more from Afghanistan than its sovereignty when they invaded in 1979: they largely robbed the nation of its future. During the time of the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan stressed the importance of education for both sexes as well as national literacy as a way toward not only survival but prosperity.

When the Soviets arrived, however, many of the nation’s qualified teachers fled the state, ridding the reformed education system of its potential to effect long-term change. By the 1990s, only 650 schools functioned. When the Taliban took over Afghanistan in 1996, they restricted education for females and made mosques the center of the educational system.

Under the Karzai administration, schools and the education system are being rehabilitated and reconstructed, however worries of violence, lack of funding, teacher credentials and the presence of extremist curriculum spring eternal. The stats are encouraging, though: from 2001 to 2010, enrollment sprang from 1 to 7 million students, with female enrollment increasing from virtually 0 to 37 percent.