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Burning Gas Crater in Turkmenistan — Incredible pictures, incredible back-story

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In the heart of the Karakum desert of Turkmenistan the Darvaza Gas Crater or The Burning Gates give off a glow that can be seen from miles away during the dark night. The large crater is a result of a Soviet gas exploration accident in the 1950’s. It was created when a Soviet drilling rig was drilling for natural gas fell into an underground cavern resulting in a crater which today measures roughly 60 meters in diameter and 20 meters deep. The huge crater was set alight shortly after being discovered and has been burning ever sense. The recognizable smell of burning natural gas can be detected from a distance and becomes quite strong as you near the hot edge of the crater.

Link to pictures

The Greek Riots in Photographs

On the night of Saturday, December 6th, two Special Guards of the Greek police clashed with a small group of young men. The exact details of what took place are still unclear, but it is known that one of the Guards fired three shots, and one of those bullets caused the death of 15-year-old Alexander Grigoropoulos – whether the injury was made by an accidental ricochet or deliberate shot remains to be determined. The two Guards are now in jail awaiting trial, the shooter charged with homicide.

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This undated photo made at a unknown location shows 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos. Some of the worst riots Greece has seen in years began within hours of the fatal shooting of Alexandros Grigoropoulos on Saturday night in the central Athens district of Exarchia. (AP Photo/Eurokinissi)

 

 

 

Link to Boston.com's photos.

Grand Central Station Stunt — 200+ people ‘freeze’ for 5 minutes

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Link to YouTube clip

This is one of over 70 different missions Improv Everywhere has executed over the past six years in New York City. Others include the No Pants Subway Ride, the Best Buy uniform prank, and the famous U2 Rooftop Hoax, to name a few. Visit the website to see tons of photos and video of all of our work, including behind the scenes information on how this video was made.

Link to Improv Everywhere site

David Byrne — Burning Down the House — 2 Live Versions

David Byrne performs Burning Down The House with The Extra Action Marching Band in San Francisco 10.06.08.

And with The Rockettes, well one of them, at Radio City Music Hall circa 02.28.09. The ending is worth the watch in this video.

Teacher Fired for Buttocks Art Sues

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A high school art teacher fired after officials learned he moonlighted by creating paintings using his bare buttocks and other body parts sued his former employers on Thursday.

Stephen Murmer was fired in January after Chesterfield County Public Schools officials saw a YouTube video of Murmer wearing a swim thong and a Groucho Marx mask, demonstrating how he applies paint to his backside, then presses it onto a canvas. read more

About Stephen Murmer the artist 

French Rugby World Cup 2007 survival guide

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Contains supposedly useful phrases, however "Who's your father referee?" (scroll down to #44) and "Scottish kiss" seem to be missing.
From book:

– 'Le coup d’envoi est à 15 heures' The kick-off is at 3pm

– 'Où en est le match?' What’s the score?

– 'On prend une bière?' How about a beer?

– 'C’est ma tournée' It’s my round

– 'J’ai la gueule de bois' I’ve got a hangover

– 'J’ai la tête qui tourne' I feel dizzy

– 'Au secours!' Help!

– 'L’arbitre' The referee

– 'Les joueurs' The players

– 'Un pilier' A prop

– 'Le talonneur' The hooker

– 'Le demi de mêlée' The scrum half

– 'Un ailier' A winger

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David Byrne’s Bike Rack Project

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David Byrne and the New York City Department of Transportation, in conjunction with New York art gallery PaceWildenstein, have unveiled nine unique bicycle racks designed by DB and installed in various locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. An avid bicyclist for almost 30 years, Byrne was invited to join the panel of jurors selected by the DOT to judge a design competition for outdoor and indoor bicycle racks. Inspired by the city's initiative, he submitted some original design ideas of his own named after specific locations and neighborhoods, which the DOT enthusiastically agreed to install for a period of 364 days.

Link to site 

First official BaconCamp comes to San Francisco — Watch the video

Date: March 21, 2009
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Location: 500 3rd Street, Suite 510, San Francisco, CA


BaconCamp – The Internet Bacon Meme in 60 Seconds from Bac'n.com on Vimeo.

Previous posts involving bacon:

How to Make Bacon Soap, from Actual Bacon.

Linus licks the bacon ice cream. "Not bad," she says.

Photos from Banksy’s Cans Festival — 05.07.08

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Awesome collection of photographs from the Cans Festival by Justine (AKA RUGenius) at NOTCOT.

She also scanned the entire festival program

Photos of the event 1 and 2.

“The Missing” A photo project by Gustavo Germano, beautiful but sad…

Each picture represents a before and after ‘the dissapearance’ shot.

Picture above (1970): Maria Irma Ferreira, Maria Susana Ferreira; picture below (2006): Maria Susana Ferreira

From Zeit Online:

During the military dictatorship in Argentina from 1976 to 1983 nearly 30,000 people disappeared without trace. Der Fotograf Gustavo Germano gehört zu den Opfern des Staatsterrors. The photographer Gustavo Germano is one of the victims of state terror. Er verlor seinen ältesten Bruder. He lost his oldest brother. Mit seiner Fotoserie zeigt er auf eindrückliche Weise, was mit einer Familie geschieht, aus deren Mitte plötzlich ein Mensch gerissen wird. With his photo series, he shows in an impressive way what happens to a family from whose midst a man is suddenly broken. Germano hat Familienfotos aus den Siebziger Jahren nachfotografiert mit den Menschen, die die Militärdiktatur überlebt haben. Germano has rephotographed family photos from the seventies with the people who survived the military dictatorship. Manchmal fehlt ein Familienmitglied, manchmal gleich mehrere. Sometimes missing a family member, sometimes several. Einmal ist nur das Kind am Leben geblieben, ein anderes Mal ist die Ehefrau alleine zurückgeblieben oder die Schwester, wie auf den Bildern links. Only once the child is still alive, another time the wife is left behind alone, or the sister, as in the pictures on the [below].

1975: Omar Darío Amestoy, Mario Alfredo Amestoy

2006: Mario Alfredo Amestoy 2006: Mario Alfredo Amestoy

1976: Orlando René Méndez, Laura Cecilia Méndez Oliva, Leticia Margarita Oliva 1976: Orlando, René Méndez, Laura Cecilia Méndez Oliva, Leticia Margarita Oliva

2006: Laura Cecilia Méndez Oliva 2006: Laura Cecilia Méndez Oliva

1969: The photographer Gustavo M. Germano, Guillermo A. Germano, Germano HM Diego, Eduardo R. Germano

2006: Gustavo M. Germano, Guillermo A. Germano, Diego HM Germano 2006: Gustavo M. Germano, Guillermo A. Germano, Germano HM Diego

1974: Clara de Atelman Fink, Claudio Marcelo Fink

2006: Clara Atelman de Fink 2006: Clara de Atelman Fink

1968: Roberto Ismael Sorba, Jorge Cresta, Azucena Sorba

2006: Jorge Cresta, Azucena Sorba 2006: Jorge Cresta, Azucena Sorba

1973: Mario Eduardo Menendez, Luis Maria Pirro 1973: Mario Eduardo Menendez, Luis Maria Pirro

2006: Luis Maria Pirro 2006: Luis Maria Pirro

1975: “La Tortuga Alegre, Río Uruguay. Entre Ríos. Entre Ríos. Orlando René Méndez, Leticia Margarita Oliva Orlando René Méndez, Leticia Margarita Oliva

2006: “La Tortuga Alegre”, Río Uruguay. 2006: “La Tortuga Alegre, Río Uruguay. Entre Ríos Entre Ríos

Thanks to Daniel de W. for submitting this.

Lizzy guitar legend Gary found dead in Spanish hotel room — RIP Gary Moore

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Nepalese ‘goddess’ is reinstated

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Update to previous post:

A 10-year-old girl who is worshipped as a living goddess in Nepal has had her title reinstated after defying tradition and visiting the US.

Temple authorities at her home town say that she will not be stripped of her title because she is willing shortly to undergo a "cleansing" ceremony.

Sajani Shakya was one of the three most-revered Kumaris, who are honoured by Hindus and Buddhists alike.

She was chosen after undergoing tests at the age of two.

Since then she has been expected to bless devotees and attend festivals until she reaches puberty.

But she provoked the ire of temple elders by travelling to the US.

Sajani returned from her visit to America on Wednesday. Correspondents say that she was "seemingly unaware" of the controversy.

Link BBC article with more pictures 

“Proof” that NASA knows about the alien base on the Moon and airbrushed the pictures

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NASA Airbrushed UFOs – Lunar Base Towers

Link to YouTube 

Obama to OK benefits for same-sex partners of federal workers

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President Obama will sign a memorandum Wednesday granting health care and other benefits to the same-sex partners of federal employees, two senior administration officials said.

The signing will take place in the Oval Office and follows sharp criticism of the president over a Justice Department motion filed last week in support of the Defense of Marriage Act — which opposes same-sex marriage — that used the government’s interest in opposing incestuous marriages to support its position against same-sex marriage.

Gay and lesbian advocates have also faulted the Obama administration for not moving to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that bars officials from asking about a service member’s sexual orientation but also bars the service member from revealing it.

The president rankled gay advocates before his inauguration when he named megachurch pastor the Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his swearing-in. Warren, in an interview with Belief.net, likened homosexuality to bestiality and incest. He also supported California’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in that state.

During the Warren controversy, Obama — who frequently spoke in favor of gay and lesbian rights during the campaign but has said he opposes same-sex marriage — declared himself “a fierce advocate for gay and lesbian Americans.”

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European Farmers’ Anger Spills Into the Streets of Brussels — view the picture…

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From NYTimes:

BRUSSELS — After months of complaints by European dairy farmers angry over low prices, protesters in Brussels on Monday poured milk onto the streets, hurled eggs and other missiles, and started fires that filled the air with black smoke.

Time lapse video of Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse on December 21, 2010

“The Simpsons” — US Postage Stamps

I want to get the set already—just because.

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From CNN:

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Homer Simpson and his cartoon family soon will help you get letters, bills and packages to their destinations.

On Thursday, the U.S. Postal Service revealed five first-class stamps featuring characters from the Fox animated series "The Simpsons" — Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie — that will hit a post office near you May 7.

"This is the biggest and most adhesive honor 'The Simpsons' has ever received," creator Matt Groening said.

The TV show, the longest running prime-time sitcom, was chosen from about 50,000 stamp subject suggestions submitted last year, the Postal Service said.

"We are emotionally moved by the Postal Service selecting us rather than making the lazy choice of someone who has benefited society," said "Simpsons" producer James L. Brooks. Read on

Spray your tag on West Bank wall!

For 30 Euros, a group of enterprising Palestinian graffiti artists are offering to tag the West Bank wall with your message.

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It could turn out to be the world's longest graffiti space – the massive concrete barrier separating Israel from the Palestinians.

Over the Internet, a group of Palestinian graffiti artists is offering to spray-paint your personal message on Israel's towering security wall in the occupied West Bank.

It costs 30 euros (NZ$75) per message and they can be as solemn or wacky as you want. Everything goes, except for obscene, offensive or extremist hate speech. Clients get three digital pictures of the finished product.

The 8-metre high barrier of massive concrete slabs is part of a 620-km fence Israel says is intended to keep suicide bombers out, and which can be dismantled at some point in the future when peace reigns. Source

 


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These images were found randomly, if you are looking for more of Banksy's West Bank wall project try this link.

Great news! They’re stealing our books!

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FRANKFURT (Reuters) – The Frankfurt Book Fair has an indicator to help publishers gauge public interest in the new offerings presented at the annual exhibition — the unofficial "most stolen book" index.

Bild am Sonntag and Germany's ZDF television have come up with lists of titles most stolen from 15 leading German publishers' stands set up in the Frankfurt trade fair grounds.

"The most-stolen books are usually the most-sold later on," Claudia Hanssen of the Goldmann Verlag publishing house told Bild am Sonntag newspaper, which published a list of the 10 most stolen German-language books this year.

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