Satiate your curiosity for the world around us with these 99 bizarre, hilarious, and downright interesting facts:List View
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Greece, Spain, Italy. All are dream travel destinations, all are relatively hellish dead ends for its denizens. This past year, Spain and Greece’s unemployment rates soared to over 25 percent.
Formally known as the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea, North Korea is a subject of fascination the world over as it’s one of the few countries that can accurately be described as an Orwellian state. Though technically governed by a modern democratic constitution, the government is run by a paranoid monarchy, revolving around a dynastic cult of personality. Food is scant, electricity is rationed, and offenses as minor as referring to the current or former leaders without their proper title can land people—even children—in a labor camp for life.
Though he was kicked out of Nirvana and Soundgarden on the cusp of their ascent to fame, guitarist Jason Everman achieved honor in a slightly less glamorous arena: the hills of Afghanistan. Swapping his guitar for a gun, Everman joined the Army 2nd Ranger Battalion and served as a member of the Special Forces. Honorably discharged in 2006, Everman went on to pursue a BA at Columbia University. How’d he get in to such a tough school? It might have had something to do with the fact that General Stanley A. McChrystal wrote him a letter of recommendation. Be sure to read more about him on the New York Times.
From India’s bol to China’s kouji, vocal percussion has been for centuries around the world. None, however, has become quite as mainstream as hip hop beat boxing. The jury is out on its antecedents–some speculate that beat boxing is an evolved form of scat singing–but watching it in slow motion is a great reminder of how fascinating–and bizarre–the activity is.
Remember those weird TV challenges where people would have to eat revolting things like wriggling worms and grotesque grubs for a cash prize? For some countries, that’s just Friday night’s dinner, and the reward is its consumption. For your viewing pleasure–or perhaps displeasure if you don’t consider insects your primary source of fiber, one photographer has made it his mission to travel the world and document the most unusual foods that the human race will down on the daily.
Neil Setchfield, the mastermind behind the book Yuck! The Things People Eat, began his quest to find bizarre local delicacies after stumbling across a bag of stir fried tarantulas in Cambodia. Intrigued and slightly nauseated at the sight of the eight-legged delight, he took a photo to show his friends and came up with the mad idea to travel the world and find other foods that well-cosseted Westerners might consider, well, disgusting.