20 Ridiculous Laws Around The World

June 27, 2014
Ridiculous Laws Email USA

Source: ALTN

1. In the US, it’s legal for authorities to access any 180-day old email without a warrant. This law came into effect in 1986 under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The provision classifies those old e-mails as “abandoned”, which means that all authorities need to access them is a subpoena.

Ridiculous Laws Women Saudi Arabia

Source: ABC

2. In Saudi Arabia, it is illegal for any woman to drive a car. Oh, and divorce on all grounds is illegal; in 2008, a court wouldn’t allow an 8-year-old girl divorce from her 58-year-old husband. Basing much of its law on Sunni Islam and tribal customs, the World Economic Forum’s 2009 Global Gender Gap Report ranked the peninsular country 130th out of 134 for gender parity.

3. Unfortunately, in 29 states in the US it is still legal to fire someone for being gay. And in 33 states, it’s legally A-OK to fire someone for being transgender.

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What We Love This Week, Volume LXXI

June 27, 2014
Indonesia Village Boy Bird

Source: Bored Panda

Photographer Herman Damar Highlights Everyday Life In Indonesian Villages

Indonesia Village Learning

Source: Bored Panda

Taking his camera to villages just outside of Jakarta, Indonesia, photographer Herman Damar reveals a world unbeknownst to many of us. Children splash about the water, playing with each other in ways that, according to Damar, are “unspoiled” by technology. Most of the photos are organic, but on occasion Damar would ask the subjects to pose a certain way. For more glimpses into this “other world”, be sure to visit Bored Panda.

Indonesia Village Fishing

Source: Bored Panda

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77 Amazing Facts That Will Make You The Most Interesting Person In The Room

June 23, 2014

Love learning about the weird history, fascinating science, and crazy coincidences that make up the human experience? Then you came to the right place with these seventy-seven downright amazing facts:

Thank you to Mental Floss, Wikipedia, and Fact Slides for the inspiration and information for this post.

Enjoy our collection of amazing facts? Then be sure to see our previous posts on interesting facts that will blow your mind and interesting facts about space!

Victorian Sex Was Bizarre And Filled With Contradictions

June 19, 2014

We all that know the Victorians were a bunch of uptight prudes. In the late-19th century, women weren’t even allowed to vote, so how enlightened could they really be? People back then probably got arrested at the beach for showing their knees, right? Actually, while the Victorians—like everybody before and since—had their hangups, their all-too-human sexuality tended to come out in ways that modern people find really bizarre. For example:

Gentlemen Never Took Off Their Coats Around Ladies; Totally Got Naked with Each Other

Victorian Sex Dapper Gent

This gentleman smells like roadkill. Source: Deviant Art

Have you ever noticed how, in nearly every picture from the Victorian age, the men are all wearing jackets and coats? This is especially the case when the picture is of men posing in the presence of ladies. The reason is simple: B.O. In an age when hygiene was largely optional and bathing every day was in the domain of obsessive-compulsives, some kind of stink-control mechanism was sorely needed, and that mechanism was an elaborate social etiquette governing the exact protocol for when and where to cover up the stank. To quote a couple of rules from one website dedicated to all things Victorian, a gentleman:

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Inside Tokyo’s Robot Restaurant

June 17, 2014

If you’re looking for a calm, quiet and intimate dining destination, you’d best avoid the Robot Restaurant. Pending your persuasion, the club’s overall aesthetic is “Acid Trip Gone Great” or “Acid Trip Gone Horribly Wrong”. Robots run the trippy cabaret, and revelers can watch in awe–or, again, horror–as they dance, box and bang on some massive drums.

A Jarring Glimpse At The World’s Prison Populations

June 16, 2014

Prison Population Per 1000

While the United States comprises only 5% of the world’s population, it holds 25% of the world’s prisoners within its borders. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the US prison population has risen an incredible 700%, rendering the country the world’s largest jailer. At present, one in every 99 adults in the US is locked up — the highest rate of imprisonment in US history. What’s primarily at root? The failed “War on Drugs” and mandatory minimum sentences.