We don’t want to get too political here, or for you all to think that we’re treating violent conflict with levity, but this is a great, topical intro to present-day conflicts in the Middle East. For more supplementary information on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and answers to the questions you were too afraid to ask, we suggest you check out this Vox article. Keep in mind that this is not a stopping point, but rather a jumping off point for further inquiry.
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The words you use every day are like superheroes; they all have backstories of one kind or another, and while some (Batman) are awesome, others (Robin) are another story. Learning the bizarre histories—and in some cases origin myths—of the common words on this list is like bumping into an old acquaintance and discovering that not only has he always secretly been a crimefighter, he got his start as a circus acrobat.
English and French writers have been using the word “mullet” to describe a type of fish with spiny fins from about the mid-15th century. Modern taxonomy nerd Carl Linnaeus hadn’t even been thought of yet, so the name seems to have been applied to different species over the centuries before settling down to describe just one species of North American game fish in 1866. It has a flat head. You can see where this is going.
While Nelson Mandela is formally known as the former President of South Africa, he is regarded all over the globe as a number of thingd: philosopher, philanthropist, politician, revolutionary and advocate. In short, he changed our world for the better. Just five short years ago on July 18th, 2009, the UN General Assembly voted in support of Nelson Mandela International Day. The holiday (which falls conveniently on the activist’s birthday) is meant to honor Mandela’s work and inspire people to change the world around them.
Nelson Mandela called for a global movement; for upcoming generations to address the world’s social injustices and make peaceful changes for the better of humankind. This year marks the first holiday since Mandela’s tragic passing in December of 2013. While Nelson Mandela Day is meant to honor the life and works of this great man, it is also meant to prompt action. Get inspired and uplifted by these 18 Nelson Mandela quotes, and then commemorate the special day by contributing to a more peaceful, equal world.
Enlisting in the army to avoid jail time (he had been caught joy riding twice), Jimi Hendrix can be seen in uniform in this 1961 photo. While discharged a year later for some pretty interesting reasons, it was during this time that Hendrix started his first band with Billy Cox. And yes–we are well aware that Hendrix could even make one-pieces look cool.
Before the island nation of Cuba became an object of political scorn by the United States, it was a glamorous destination for everyone from American movie stars to aristocrats to revolutionaries. While still isolated in many ways, Cuba is experiencing a resurgence in tourists and general travel interest. The island is a living, breathing testament to the mercurial nature of politics, and photos from Ramiro Fernandez’s fantastic Cuba Then remind us what Cuba once was — and what it could be again.
Horace Greasley, known as Jim to his friends, joined the British army in 1939. His regiment landed in Normandy, and while the rest of the army retreated to Dunkirk, he and his comrades were ordered to stay behind and fight off the advancing Germans. Soon the exhausted regiment was cornered after they dared to grab a nap in a barn south of Lille, France.
They surrendered and were forced to march for ten weeks to Holland. Many of his fellow soldiers died during the trek; Greasley survived by eating plants and insects by the roadside, and by the food that the occasional villager would sneak to the men as they passed by. They then took a three-day train ride without food or water to reach a prisoner-of-war camp in Poland.