An Iraqi emigre is trying to restore an ancient swampland that was drained (destroyed) by Saddam Hussein. After single-handedly planting a 1,360 acre forest, in what was previously barren land in north east India over the course of the last three decades, Jadav Payeng announced that he would like to dedicate the next thirty years of his life to creating another forest.
A disproportionate number of American males between the ages of 28 and 38 are (and have always been) in love with Winnie Cooper. Roger Ebert passed away and many Americans learned that in spite of constantly hearing about his erect thumb, he was visceral (and funny) in his negative film reviews. This is a composite image of all 57 girlfriends that Jerry had during the nine seasons of Seinfeld.
Andrea Gjestvang was named the photographer of the year at the 2013 Sony World Photography Award for her work on the survivors of the shooting massacre on Utoeya Island, just outside of Oslo two summers ago. In South Carolina, a wallet was returned to its owner, 23 years after it was stolen.
A scholar at the University of Chicago thinks that the world would be a better place if there were no borders and people could move and live anywhere they wanted to. A Canadian scientist claims that eating boogers may be good for you. Parents in Berlin were upset and felt that their children’s first grade sex-ed book was too explicit. A dog in San Francisco can balance many things.
The Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States reminded Americans that the Czech Republic is not Chechnya. How different would the national response have been had the Tsarnaevs used guns instead of bombs? Paranoia over the “outsider” is not new in America. At the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner, an older and grayer President Obama joked “I’m not the strapping young Muslim Socialist I used to be”.
The most prominent academic paper supporting the economic merits of fiscal austerity has been shown to contain crucial errors and omissions. Police in Dubai now have Lamborghini and Ferrari police cars in their fleet. A man dressed as Spiderman stole a bag containing more than $6,000 in cash in Hollywood. An 80-year-old woman accidentally swallowed a $5,000 diamond at a charity event in Florida.
A man in California has discovered an almost perfectly preserved 14-year-old McDonald’s hamburger in his closet and has, so far, rejected bids of more than $2,000 to buy the burger, claiming that he wishes to hold on to it, for educational purposes.