Pakistan’s Incredible Cocooned Trees

February 10, 2014

In 2010, ten years’ worth of rainfall poured onto Pakistani cities and villages in less than a week, completely ravaging the affected areas. While this flood was like others in many unfortunate ways–people were displaced, homes were ruined, rivers surged—one surprising consequence was entirely unique to the area. Once the rain stopped, people began noticing cocooned trees covered by sticky webs.

Flood Victims in Pakistan

Source: Bise World

Severe Flooding Causes Cocooned Trees

Source: Daily Mail

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Five Lesser Known Genocides

February 26, 2013

2 Million Ethnic Germans Perish After World War 2

As history’s most known genocide, the Holocaust was so disturbing and catastrophic that it’s become synonymous in the Western Hemisphere with mass genocide. Hitler’s pathological anti-Semitism wiped out nearly 80% of Europe’s Jews as well as five million of many other oft-targeted minorities, from homosexuals to the disabled to Communists. He wasn’t too keen on Germany’s eastern neighbors either, and in many respects, the secret genocide of World War II is the wholesale slaughter of 1.5 million Romani, 2 Million Poles, and anywhere between 8 to 21 million Soviets at the hands of the Nazis.

As Allied victory became a question of when and not how, Stalin met with President Truman and Prime Minister Attlee to discuss post-war Europe at the Potsdam Conference. Among other tense exchanges, they agreed to the “orderly transfer” of displaced Germans back to their homeland, a vague and uncommitted phrase that would become the justification behind one of history’s worst instances of misplaced aggression.

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Pakistan’s Bizarre Form Of Entertainment

January 12, 2013

Known as vertical track racing, it’s not uncommon for Pakistani families to spend afternoons at a circular track watching with fear and anticipation as riders race vertically in old motorcycles and even cars.

Dazzling Dassu

November 14, 2012

Dazzling Dasu Pakistan

Found in Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan, the town of Dassu is certainly a bucolic beauty.