After Ebola, Survivors Find Strength In Soccer

A new vaccine might spell the end of Ebola’s fatal touch, but before that, many in West Africa have struggled – and continue to struggle – to make sense of the disease that claimed at least four thousand lives within the region.

The disease produced thousands of victims, but it also produced survivors – nearly 16,000 of them, according to The New York Times. For many, surviving came with its own challenges: for example, how does someone like Sierra Leone resident Erison Turay cope with the fact that his life was spared while nearly his entire family was wiped out? What about the social stigma that accompanies – and potentially lasts longer – than the physical disease itself?

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Escape The Summer Heat With This Stunning Iceland Time Lapse

Listen, we understand: it’s the end of July and you’ve sweated through your shirt on the way to work. Here’s something that might cool you off a bit: Gardar Olafs’ splendid time lapse of Iceland’s landscapes.

Traveling across the country over the course of several months, Olafs transports us to Iceland’s verdant, bucolic fields and rocky, remote shores–and sets it to the soothing sounds in Matt Corby’s “Brother.”

We know it’s not exactly AC, but Olafs’ work is bound to cool you down some.

Three Unbelievably Surreal TV Moments From Overseas

Surreal TV Boy Gun

Source: The Guardian

Americans were at the forefront of inventing and making widespread use of television. We were also at the forefront of using it as a teaching tool for uplifting people all over the world. Unfortunately, we were also the first to toss that noble vision right out the window and run cigarette ads thinly disguised as news programs and hundreds of episodes of The Gong Show.

But, despite our own imbecility, Americans are consistently amazed at the surreal TV sometimes produced overseas. Every culture that has adopted TV has approached the medium in its own unique way, from North Korea’s all-propaganda, all the time format, to Japanese game shows that cross the conceptual boundary between lowbrow entertainment and actionable war crimes. It’s as if TV was our kid, who we sent to college overseas, only to have her come back as a Mao-quoting anarchist who runs a scat play blog on Tumblr.

Sometimes, mass media, ratings desperation, and striking cultural differences collide—and the results are then broadcast for the world (and a few aliens, probably) to see. Fortunately, some thoughtful people have done the public service of uploading the weirdest moments of surreal TV from overseas to the Internet for posterity.

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