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What Happens To Your Body When You Do Krokodil, The “Zombie Drug”

The drug currently known as krokodil was born in the early 1930s as desomorphine, a fast-acting medical alternative to morphine. But by the 1990s, Russian doctors began noticing reptilian patches of skin on some drug addicts in Siberia and Far East Russia.

Today, the drug’s cheap, concentrated power makes it ideal for smuggling all over the world–including, recently, the United States. And those scaly patches are just the beginning. The effects of krokodil–fittingly, also known as the “zombie drug” or “cannibal heroin”–get far, far worse…

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Video Of The Day: NASA’s Incredible Ultra-High Definition Video Of The Sun Leaves Us Speechless

NASA never ceases to amaze.

This week they released this ultra-high definition 4K video of the Sun, entitled “Thermonuclear Art.” The footage is comprised of a collection of images captured from a satellite from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

The SDO has been monitoring the Sun around-the-clock for five years, presenting not only solar scientists, but the world at large, with astounding information about the star’s daily movement.

In a news release, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center stated, “SDO captures images of the Sun in 10 different wavelengths, each of which helps highlight a different temperature of solar material. Different temperatures can, in turn, show specific structures on the Sun such as solar flares, which are gigantic explosions of light and x-rays, or coronal loops, which are stream of solar material traveling up and down looping magnetic field lines.”

Set to Lars Leonhard‘s ethereal tracks, this video features some of the most remarkable footage ever of the Sun, and according to NASA, “presents the nuclear fire of our life-giving star in intimate detail, offering new perspective into our own relationships with grand forces of the solar system.”

Enjoy this chance to view the Sun without damaging your eyes.

Meet The President Of Liberland, A Tea Party Paradise In Eastern Europe

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Mr. Vít Jedlička with the flag of Liberland. Image Source: Liberland Press Office

Vít Jedlička wasn’t happy with his home country, the Czech Republic, so he decided to start his own. He searched the world high and low for the perfect spot, and found it in a small piece of terra-nullius (no-man’s land) between Croatia and Serbia. He called his scant, 2.7-square mile (7 sq. km) kingdom Liberland. On April 13th of this year, Jedlička arrived in Liberland with his girlfriend and a childhood friend, put down a flag and claimed the territory.

The euro-skeptic, who still presides over the libertarian-leaning Free Citizens Party in the Czech Republic, spoke exclusively with ATI on the six-month anniversary of Liberland’s founding. A demilitarized zone with “outsourced prisons” where everybody can carry a gun and marry whomever they want, but where the microstate will not offer any type of public education or health, Liberland has just launched its new coin – called the merit – and the leadership professes admiration for the United States’ Tea Party movement.

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Sliced And Stacked: A Brief History Of The Sandwich

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Image Source: CNN/Jim Nowak

Despite all of our worldly excesses, the sandwich is proof that at our core, people are pragmatic. Before the term “sandwich” was coined, this portable food was simply called “meat on bread,” which frankly doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Hot or cold, savory or sweet, finger-food or foot-long, this layered culinary staple isn’t leaving the world’s collective menu anytime soon. In honor of National Sandwich day, November 3rd, here’s a look at how the history of the sandwich stacks up:

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