The United Nations: eating more insects will help fight world hunger

May 13, 2013 in Amazing, Serious stuff

 

According to a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, eating more insects could help fight hunger by boosting nutrition and reducing pollution. The report states that more than 2 billion people all over the world already supplement their food intake with insects. The biggest obstacle? Would you eat bugs for dinner?

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“Consumer disgust” is according to the report the biggest barrier in many Western countries. The report states that beetles, wasps and many other insects are “underutilised” as food for people. Among the benefits from eating bugs are their great reproduction rate, high growth and feed conversion rates and little impact on the environment. For example, when compared to cattle, crickets need 12 times less food to produce the same amount of protein.

One suggestion to increase the intake of bugs is to look at the food industry, the report says. It suggests the industry to start including bugs in recipes and adding them to menus in restaurants and thereby “raising the status of insects”. (Via fao.org) Photo: Fae)

 

Culture on the web: cousincouples.com in support of cousin couples

April 24, 2013 in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, North America, Serious stuff, South America

 

Our series of weird, alternative or just different websites, we’ve turned our attention to cousincouples.com. As the title indicates, this is a website for cousin couples to meet and interact with other couples of the same kind. As they explain on their front page, it is a site for those romantically involved with their cousin. It is a site dedicated to providing support and facts about cousin marriages as well as fostering friendships around the world. It may be used for getting advice or exchanging information.

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World Dwarf Games 2013 in Michigan

March 4, 2013 in Amazing, North America, Serious stuff

 

You’ve probably heard of the Olympics and the Paralympics. But did you know that dwarfs also compete against other dwarfs in the World Dwarf Games? Just like the Olympics, the dwarf games are held every four years at shifting locations around the world. The last games, in 2009 were held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, while the coming games in 2013 will be held in August at Michigan State University, Michigan, USA.

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The World Dwarf Games were first held in 1993 in Chicago and has since been held every 4 years. In order to qualify for participation, you need to be a dwarf (of course) and proven yourself in a national dwarf game. In 2013, it is expected that more than 500 athletes from over 25 nations around the world will take part in the games. There are 13 different sports to compete in, ranging from archery over soccer to swimming and volleyball. For more info, go to: www.2013worlddwarfgames.org. Pictures from: www.facebook.com/WorldDwarfGames2013.

The motto of the 2013 Games? “It’s really BIG!” They sure have a sense of humor.

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The Dachshund United Nations art installation in Sydney

March 2, 2013 in Amazing, Europe and Middle East, Funny, North America, Serious stuff

 

Australian artist Bennett Miller has re-created the U.N. using live Dachshunds. The Dachshund UN is a miniature version of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. The difference is that humans are replaced by dogs and the assembly has no power in the UN.

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Incredible photo art by Swedish Erik Johansson

February 24, 2013 in Amazing, Europe and Middle East, Pictures, Serious stuff

 

Erik Johansson is a full time photographer from Sweden, currently based in Berlin, Germany. Erik uses photography to create very unsual and amazing pieces of photo art. He describes his style as “Surreal ideas realized in a realistic way with a touch of humor”. Erik starts out the process of creating a piece of photo art by drawing a sketch to make an idea visual. When an idea is deemed good enough, he starts the planning to find a suitable location to take photos. This step may take anywhere from a couple of days, a few months and even years in some cases. He then shoots the picures and afterwards put them together and modifies into his original idea on his computer. All pictures by Erik Johansson. For more info, visit his site: erikjohanssonphoto.com.

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First mass Moon wedding since the death of the founder

February 17, 2013 in Amazing, Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Serious stuff

 

3,500 couples got married in the first mass wedding in the Moon movement, since the death of their founder. Almost identically dressed up, the many couples took part in the ceremony, performed by Hak Ja-Han, the widow of Moon founder Sun Myung Moon who passed away in September 2012.

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10 interesting facts you didn’t know about Valentine’s Day

February 16, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, Funny, Serious stuff

 

Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14 in many countries every year. There are many different theories about the origin of the day, but one of the most popular and well-known, is that of the imprisonment of Saint Valentine. During the Roman Empire under the reign of Claudius the 2nd around 270 A.D., it was a time of war. Claudius forbad men to marry during the war because he was convinced that men without commitments were better soldiers. Saint Valentine went against this order by secretly marrying couples. Unfortunately it was discovered and Saint Valentine sent to prison. Before being executed he sent a farewell letter, signing it “From your Valentine” (Wikipedia.org).

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New Russian anti-gay law to forbid public display of homosexuality

January 26, 2013 in Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Serious stuff

 

Rights for the homosexual are not doing too good in Russia these days. In the first of three treatments of the new bill, 388 voted yes and 1 voted against. It is expected that the bill will pass the two following votings.

New Russian anti-gay law to forbid public display of homosexuality

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7-year-old Remi Urbano got a cat after more than 100.000 Facebook likes

January 23, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Funny, North America, Serious stuff

 

7-year-old Remi Urbano and his younger sister really really wanted a cat. But their dad wouldn’t allow it. Following a lot of begging, their dad Dan Urbano suggested a bet. Only if the two kids could get 1.000 Facebook likes, would they get a cat. As it turned out, Dan seriously underestimated the power of the internet. And the Facebooks users love of cats and a feel-good story.

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The Rio de Janeiro street art paintings by Haas & Hahn

January 22, 2013 in Amazing, Pictures, Serious stuff, South America

 

Meet Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas from the Netherlands. They decided to put some color into the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. The favelas of Rio are visible from many places in the Brazilian city. With this in mind, Haas & Hahn decided to paint beautiful paintings on the streets and walls of the favela in order to make people rethink the way they reflect on the renowned area. Below is the result of this thinking. Find out more at: www.favelapainting.com.

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New Chinese law requires children to visit their parents

January 20, 2013 in Asia-Pacific, Crazy and bizarre, Serious stuff

 

On Friday the 28th of December 2012, a new law came into force in China. The law simply requires children to visit their aging parents “often”. It is not specified how frequently “often” should be.

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The Chand Baori stepwell of Rajasthan, India

January 20, 2013 in Amazing, Asia-Pacific, Pictures, Serious stuff

 

The Chand Baori stepwell is an incredible masterpiece landmark. Constructed in the 8th century by King Chanda of the Nikumbha Dynasty, the well has steps built into the inner walls.

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Feces donation and transplant cures people

January 19, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Serious stuff

 

An old way to treat infection in the intestines has now proven to be better than medicine. Infection with the Clostridium difficile bacteria causes diarrhea and other illnesses that is known to result in more than 14.000 deaths annually.

Donation of human feces

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The mysterious coin-covered wishing trees of Britain

January 7, 2013 in Amazing, Crazy and bizarre, Europe and Middle East, Pictures, Serious stuff

 

The story of the coin-covered wishing trees takes place in Great Britain. Tree trunks completely covered in coins have been found on various sites. Today passers-by knock coins into the trees with hopes of good luck. But the tradition started hundreds of years ago.

When estate manager Meurig Jones came upon coin-covered trees in his area, he started an investigation to uncover their origin.

Meurig Jones told the BBC in 2011: “We had no idea why it was being done when we first noticed the tree trunk was being filled with coins” and added that: “I did some detective work and discovered that trees were sometimes used as “wishing trees”.

He found out the the tradition dates back to the 1700s, where people would knock a coin into the tree to have their illness go away. It was also believed, that if someone took the coin from the tree, they would aquire the illness.

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Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes disappears in her own paintings

January 5, 2013 in Pictures, Serious stuff, South America

 

Cecilia Paredes from Peru blends into her own paintings using costumes, make-up and paint. As Cecilia explains, it’s about making herself part of the landscape in order to get a sense of belonging.  She sometimes lets herself be clearly visible by making her hair stand out in the painting.

For more info, visit Cecilias homepage: ceciliaparedes.net

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