Five Fascinating Lost Civilizations

December 31, 2013
Lost Civilizations Mada In Saleh

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Lost Civilizations: The Nabataeans

Straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, the ancient Nabatean Treasury of Al-Khazneh played host to the final scene of “The Last Crusade” and it’s easy to see why. The mysterious people who occupied Jordan in the sixth century BC are responsible for carving one of the most breathtaking stone cities in the world. Remarkably, their buildings have stood the test of time.

Initially travelers by tradethat moved miles across the desert in their caravans, the sudden settlement of the Nabateans has puzzled historians. As if overnight, they crafted one of the most intricate stone cities, hidden away and accessed only via a 1200 meter long crack in the rock. However, it’s not just the secret city which the Nabateans left historians and anthropologists to unravel. Their history was never recorded and it is here where the biggest mystery lies.

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Nujood Ali, 10 Year Old Former Child Bride

December 27, 2013

10 Year Old Yemeni Girl After Divorce

Featured above is Nujood Ali, a 10-year-old Yemeni girl who is all smiles following a successful divorce from her thirty-something husband. Having shared her story with the world through the written word, Ali has been able to re-acquaint herself with her childhood and attend school.

Unfortunately, Ali’s story is quite rare. Investigations are under way regarding the death of an 8-year-old Yemeni bride on her wedding night this past September. The child, bound to a thirty-something male, bled to death following a ruptured uterus.

The Five Most Interesting Wedding Traditions From Around The World

December 22, 2013

Interesting Wedding Traditions: Cupid’s Arrows

Interesting Wedding Traditions Yugur Celebration

Source: Xinhua Net

While the shooting of Cupid’s arrows, a woman riding a white stallion, and a battle between families might conjure images of a Harlequin romance gone awry, in reality those events are little more than the traditional wedding ceremony of the Yugur people. Residing in China’s Gansu province, the Yugur ethnic group puts most Western wedding ceremonies to shame in terms of time and grandeur. Yugur wedding ceremonies typically last for over 48 hours, wherein all of the aforementioned customs take place.

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The History Of Activism

December 12, 2013

Times might seem pretty dire right now, but the good–and bad–news is that the problems we face are often cyclical. To understand and improve upon the challenges of the present, perhaps we should look to the past.

The Six Most Dangerous Jobs In The World

December 8, 2013

At some point in our lives, we’ve all probably convinced ourselves that we are condemned to having the worst job in the world. But spare a thought for those brave souls who are stuck up skyscrapers and inside volcanoes, carrying out what are plainly the most dangerous jobs on the planet. With some of the highest number of fatalities in the world and a level of risk that rockets off the Richter scale, you might need to grab some safety goggles just to read this.

Dangerous Jobs Lumberjack

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Lumberjack Job

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The Fascinating Origins Of Six Friendly Gestures

November 13, 2013

Friendly Gestures: The High Five

The high five’s origin is an extraordinarily contentious issue, given its association with camaraderie and celebration. The low five had long been used between black Americans and became popular during the Jazz Age as a response to “slap me some skin.” However, the cultural phenomenon known as the “high five” was not actually in print until 1980!

Friendly Gestures Glenn Burke

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