Despite various reports of the evil, disastrous actions of the militant group known as ISIS (also known as ISIL), the recent beheadings of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff are hard to truly comprehend. Yet instead of focusing on ISIS and its actions, we wanted to pay our attention to the the brave men whose lives were lost to the tragic ISIS murders.
If all winters were as beautiful as the scenes that drape Yosemite National Park, we’d be happy. Or, well, not as hateful toward the color white.
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Inside The Wettest Place On Earth
Receiving over 467 inches of rain a year (that’s around 38 feet or 5.4 Shaquille O’Neals), it’s safe to say that Mawsynram, India puts the rest of the world’s spring showers to shame. Adapting to their environment instead of making their environment adapt to them, locals have taken to donning knups, the best umbrellas known to man. Made from bamboo and banana leaf, knups rest on the head, allowing wearers full use of their hands, and more reliable coverage from heavy rainstorms. Learn more about this village–and their self-strengthening “living bridges”–at The Atlantic.
Surviving and thriving is the name of the game in the animal kingdom. Predator or prey, their varying survival methods continue to baffle humankind. That can especially be said about camouflage, or natural selection’s way of saying that if you want to survive in this world, you must not stand out. Animals that are often hunted by predators use camouflage in order to hide in plain sight, and predators will use camouflage in order to sneak up on prey without giving them a chance to do much protesting. The following images are the “Where’s Waldo” of the wilderness.
As Labor Day hits, one thing becomes clear: summertime is nearly over. If you’ve made the mistake of spending it indoors, try to live vicariously through the galloping horses and yoga-loving French bulldogs who know how to hit the beach for a good time. Browse through the photos for your daily dose of silly penguins, swimming pigs and crazy-eyed crabs.