What you do while bore is, to some, a burgeoning art form. Meet the Taiwanese pen spinners, whose joys include shattering the novelty of juggling by simply using pens for purposes other than writing.
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Incredible architectural innovation in an otherwise forbidding climate. Doha is filled with as many wonders as it is contradictions, and this lovely video gives us some insight into this ever-expanding city.
From the filmmakers: “In this myth shattering, information packed documentary, learn from physicians and leading researchers about medicinal cannabis and its demonstrated affects on human health…this game-changing movie presents the most comprehensive synopsis to date of the real science surrounding the world’s most controversial plant.”
Sometimes truth is stranger than the fiction seen on the silver screen. Case in point? Insects. Between six and ten million insect species live on Earth, representing more than 90 percent of differing animals on the planet. Their sheer numbers can be daunting for humans to comprehend, especially when estimates say that for every living human being there are 1.5 billion insects, or 10 quintillion at any given time.
That’s 10,000,000,000,000,000,000, if you were wondering. And while many insects serve an ecological purpose that benefits those higher on the food chain, many people fear insects, which they consider to be creepy crawlies. Horror movie makers have capitalized on this fear for years, creating films that feature gigantic versions of tiny creatures like ants that take over the world. Here are some of the creepiest insects on earth and how filmmakers have used them to their benefit.
Creepy Insects: Bullet Ants
Anyone who has ever stepped into a fire ant hill doesn’t know what pain is. Try being stung by a bullet ant of Central and South America. The aftermath has been described as “waves of burning, throbbing, all-consuming pain that continues unabated for up to 24 hours.” Some have defined it more succinctly by comparing the pain to a gun shot wound, which is where the ant got its name.
Don’t believe it? Watch as this guy unravels into a crying mess.
In order to grow, tarantulas must shed their exoskeletons every one to two years–and even more so when they are younger. Like most humans who are about to undergo a major and often uncomfortable change, before molting tarantulas tend to appear sluggish and refuse food. The process can last anywhere from 45 minutes to over 12 hours. In this video, though, it happens in under five minutes.
Apartheid and the struggle against it have largely shaped the course of modern South African history. And in Katlehong, one of the key outposts of the anti-apartheid struggle, young South Africans continue to manifest their anger in a way you’d never expect: by train surfing. As one of the staff riders (local slang for the sport) says, train surfing offers itself as a physical release that is much less violent than robbing or beating others.