Three Absurdly Crooked Charities

April 12, 2014

Charity is one of the prime virtues in what we think of as a moral life. You see someone in need, someone who has fallen through the cracks, and you step up to help even when you don’t need to and there’s nobody watching. It’s not just the right thing to do, it feels good to know that you’ve helped to make a real difference in someone’s life. Naturally, that feeling makes you an easy mark for some of the most unscrupulous bastards society has stuck to its heel. Here are a variety of crooked charities that took all the warm fuzzies of giving and turned them into the cold pricklies of financing someone’s yacht.

Crooked Charities: Aid With Bad Apples On Top

Crooked Charities Covert Money

Source: iii Web

This first type of scam is the sort of thing that could happen to anyone. Sometimes, despite the best intentions, a legitimate charitable non-profit promotes someone to a position of authority only to see that person abuse their trust by embezzling a fortune.

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Ornate, Gruesome and Beautiful, This Is How The World Honors Holy Week

April 11, 2014
Penitents in White

Members of the “San Gonzalo” brotherhood atone for their sins in Seville, Spain. Source: The Eye

As grocery stores are filled to the brim with Peeps, chocolate treats and bunny everything, there’s no escaping the arrival of Easter. Yet for millions of people all over the world, Easter is much more than candy, colorful eggs and friendly rabbits. April 13th marks the beginning of Holy Week 2014, an annual commemoration of the days that led up to the death of Jesus Christ. Holy Week, which encompasses Palm Sunday, Holy Saturday and Good Friday, is a period of both deep sadness and anticipation of Easter’s arrival, when Christians believe Jesus was resurrected.

Holy Week is observed by Christians around the world, though the look of these ceremonies and rituals varies greatly based on geographical region, cultures, religious sects and traditions. Even the names vary greatly, as other parts of the world refer to Holy Week as Semana Santa or Great Week. Some regions (most notably Spain) perform penance processions, where penitents from ancient religious brotherhoods publicly repent for their sins. To prevent their identification, the penitents wear large hoods that look, to some, like the garb preferred by the reviled Ku Klux Klan (although the two sects have absolutely no relation).

Holy Week in Guatemala

In Guatemala City, people parade the Jesús Nazareno de la Merced statue throughout the city square as part of the Holy Tuesday procession. Source: The Eye

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Burning Man Festival: Where You Can Buy Acceptance

April 9, 2014
Burning Man Sky View

Source: The Atlantic

How much does freedom from judgment cost? To Burning Man Festival coordinators, just $380. The steep ticket price affords you a communal experience where expectations and conventional social norms are tossed out the window. Complete self-expression is encouraged, and so long as you pay up, you too can enjoy what life looks like from outside society.

Burning Man Winged Bus

Source: Ignite

Truck Sculpture

Source: Snow Brains

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The 7 Best Let It Go Covers from Disney’s Frozen

April 4, 2014

Frozen just surpassed the Toy Story franchise to become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time, spurring the #CongratulationsFrozen hashtag on Twitter this past Sunday. And while fans claim that the Disney movie is one of its all-time greats, the flick’s music has been making equally big waves. Frozen‘s signature song, “Let it Go,” which was originally performed by Broadway legend Idina Menzel, won an Oscar for the Best Original Song and has been covered by hundreds of talented singers all over the world. We’ve rounded up the best “Let it Go” covers, so watch them all and pick a favorite—if you can.

1. Best Impersonator

Thanks to voice impersonator Brian Hull, viewers can hear the world’s favorite Disney and Pixar characters cover “Let it Go.” Watch below to hear Jack Sparrow, Scuttle, Winnie the Pooh, Mickey Mouse and more.

2. Coolest Collaboration

With the vocal talents of singers Alex Boyé, Lexi Walker and the One Voice Children’s Choir, this Africanized tribal cover is both unique and captivating. See the Ice King and Snow Princess collaboration below.

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Revisiting Dana Lixenberg and Jeffersonville, Indiana

March 28, 2014

The pages of Jeffersonville, Indiana are filled with portraits of homeless individuals. And yet, you won’t find images of these people standing on street corners or huddled beneath doorsteps. When photographer Dana Lixenberg set out to capture the essence of these men, women and children, she decided to shoot them away from their circumstances. The result is a book full of stark, stripped-down images that are focused on people and their personalities—their homelessness does not define them.

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Gurung Honey Hunters: Preserving The World’s Greatest Traditions

March 24, 2014

Few have witnessed—let alone captured—the centuries-old traditions of the Gurung honey hunters. Located in the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal, these tribe members utilize centuries of generational wisdom to extract wild honey from hives located hundreds of feet in the air. World-renowned photographer Andrew Newey documents the extraordinary ceremony, which takes place twice a year, with his incredible photographs.

The Gurung Honey Hunters Carry Out An Ancient Tradition

Before collecting the wild honey, the Gurung honey hunters perform a ceremony that consists of sacrificing both food and animals to appease the region’s gods. Then, tribe members make the 3-hour trek to the hives, which are precariously located on steep cliffs. While the Gurung honey hunters use smoke to extract the bees, this process doesn’t prevent them from getting stung. Painful stings, rope burns and blisters are all part of the wild honey hunting experience.


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