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.
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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.
Lactase, the enzyme that allows individuals to digest lactose–a sugar found in dairy products–is, for the most part, on the evolutionary decline.
The Child Whisperer
In a sleepy Russian town where forests seem more abundant than its dwindling population, Elena Shumilova has used her camera to capture innocence, intimacy and humankind’s connection to nature in a soft, understated and moving way. After receiving her first professional camera in 2012, Shumilova spent the past two years documenting her children Yaroslav and Vanya’s growth–and budding relationship with nature. To see the entire spread, be sure to visit The Daily Mail.
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
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.
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.
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.