The Residents Of This Australian Town Live Underground For A Very Good Reason. So Smart.

The below photos are not, as you might assume, pictures of the desert planet of Tatooine in a galaxy far, far away.  They are actually from Coober Pedy, which is a town that sits in the baking sun of the Australian desert.  The almost 2,000 people smartly decided to build their homes as caves under the earth to shield themselves from the sometimes over 120°F heat.

Here is a bedroom. I guess if you ever feel cramped you can just grab a shovel and dig a closet or two.

Although these homes look hard to construct, they actually cost the same as any surface level home in the area.

The ‘cool’ thing about living underground is that the caves always remain the same temperature, eliminating the need for air conditioning.

Some Aussie Hobbits waiting for second breakfast.

Coober Pedy is sometimes known as ‘opal capital of the world’ for all the opals mined here.

The church of Mole Jesus.

Even the book stores are underground.

Home sweet rock.


So that is our brief tour of the subterranean suburb of Cooby Pedy.  The town sustains itself on tourism as much as it does opal mining, so if you’re ever in the northern most part of Southern Australia, come visit and chill in a cave!  Otherwise, give this a share on Facebook.

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You’ll Be Sick When You See How The Media Twists The Truth Of Our Lives.

As networks and publications try and fill the 24-hour news cycle, it’s hard to tell truth from fiction someone created to have something to talk about for the next half hour to half year. Unfortunately for us, the viewers and readers, that is the media telling untruths in its most harmless form.

As you’ll see below, there might be more sinister motives to the way the media tells a story. If true, this is pretty scary stuff.

Funny how that worked out.

Looks like Chomsky was right on the ball.

Which image would your favorite news outlet use?

The New York Times/The Washington Post


How convenient.

One of these things is not like the other, but it should be.


The GREATEST enemy?

Perception vs. Reality

(H/T izismile)

It’s so hard to tell who is the telling the truth … but hopefully this doesn’t inspire you to be too paranoid. After seeing these images, I’ll be sure to think twice before I take what any news outlet or publication as truth. I suppose there’s always more to a story than you’ll know.

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Japanese Burger Kings Are Serving Up Black Burgers To Customers. Yum?

Starting September 19th, Japanese Burger Kings will be serving up Kuro Burgers to customers (which means “black burgers”). The meals are, you guessed it, totally black. The buns, cheese, wrappers and trays are all black. Thankfully, the ground beef (?) patty is going to remain meat-colored. 

This doesn’t look delicious… but I’d have a hard time not ordering one. 

There will be 2 burgers: the Kuro Pearl and the Kuro Diamond.

Getty Images News / Keith Tsuji

The Pearl will feature only the black bun and cheese. The Diamond will include other toppings. Both variants will have black ketchup.

Getty Images News / Keith Tsuji

The buns, cheese and ketchup are turned black with squid ink and bamboo charcoal.

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The restaurant has used the black buns and ketchup before…

Getty Images News / Keith Tsuji

The dark cheese, however, is totally new.

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Bon appetit!

Getty Images News / Keith Tsuji

 (H/T Time)

Burger King Japan is only offering these burgers for a limited amount of time, so get them while they’re hot. (I hope they’re served hot.) 

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No Matter Where You Go On Earth, Here Are 12 Reasons Never To Visit North Korea.

There’s no way to sugar coat it. DON’T VISIT NORTH KOREA.

Those travel obsessed friends of yours probably have their heart set on visiting every country in the world. However, we’re here to tell you North Korea might just be one you want to skip. Seriously, these 12 reasons are EXACTLY why, and they’re anything but travel photo worthy…

1.) Electricity (or lack thereof).

See that one random light sitting by itself? That’s the capital city of Pyongyang. Here, the country’s “elite” have regular access to electricity (for only 2-3 hours a day), but anywhere else and you don’t even have wires going to your hut.

2.) Arms Dealing With BAD People.

Caught many times selling guns, ammunition, and even nuclear components to rouge states and generally bad people, North Korea is definitely the bad kid on the block. For example, in 2012 the UN seized a North Korean shipment heading to Syria which contained nearly 450 graphite cylinders meant for use in ballistic missiles.

3.) Defections Are Rampant…And Deadly.

An estimated 200,000 people have been able to defect or leave the country, but this only represents the small minority that was “successful”. Instead the vast majority are caught and killed, returned by China and forced into permanent labor camps, or just “disappeared”. However if you do make it to South Korea (only ~24,000 have since 1954), they’ll literally GIVE you money and set you up with a job/counseling/place to live. They feel THAT bad you had to live in North Korea.

4.) North Korea’s Economy Is About The Size Of South Dakota’s.

Their total GDP is roughly $40 billion. Imagine if South Dakota wanted to start a fight… would you care?

5.) They Build Massive Toys That Have Zero Practicality.

The Ryugyong Hotel, the world’s first 100-plus story hotel outside of the US, was built to show off North Korea’s greatness to its citizens. The problem though is they ran out of money, and so it sat for ten years unfinished and uninhabited.

6.) North Korea Has The 4th Biggest Army…But Has No Navy.

In modern warfare, the number of troops isn’t a big deal. Instead, it’s the number of aircraft carriers. And how many of those does North Korea have? Yup….zero.

7.) Human Feces Fertilizer.

North Korea basically has no good farm land. Everything sits on the edge of mountains or in terrible dirt. To fix this, North Korea has always relied on the generousity of other countries to provide fertilizer. But when that stopped in 2008, the people turned to the more “home grown type”. In fact, the government has made it a quota for people to supply a certain amount of their own fertilizer on a regular basis.

8.) Insurance Fraud As An Economy.

Because North Korea is essentially broke, they’ve turned in recent years to filing false insurance claims. Seriously. For example in 2005, it came to light that North Korea had taken out a HUGE insurance policy on a helicopter with international banks. When the helicopter supposedly crashed, they submitted a claim for $58 million!!!

9.) Labor Camps.

Currently 16 labor camps are stationed in the country, holding an estimated 200,000 people prisoner. Described as a Soviet style Gualag, prisoners are held in brutal working conditions and executed for crimes as petty as stealing a few kernels of corn.

10.) Cannibalism.

From 1994 to 1998, a famine struck North Korea that killed 10% of the population (3.5 million people). When it became truly bad, North Koreans turned first to their pets for sustenance, then crickets and tree bark, and finally, children.

11.) Three-Caste System.

In 1957, the original leader of the country separated the citizens into three tiers based on loyalty, and it had NOTHING to do with the person, but instead the family. Those in the top tier make up the elite, the second tier are left alone in squander, and the lowest are denied education, are not allowed to live in or near Pyongyang, and are forced into abject poverty (which is the vast majority of citizens).

12.) Three Generations Of Punishment.

North Korean law dictates that if you commit an offense, your family for three generations will bear your punishment. Since this usually means a lifetime in a labor camp (if not execution), that means children are regularly born in those same camps, and forced to work there for their entire lives as punishment. The most interesting offense to date involved Western movie DVDs that have been smuggled into parts of the country, which are illegal. The North Korean National Security Agency has begun raiding villages in the north of the country by shutting off the electricity to a whole village then storming into houses and checking which DVDs are stuck in the DVD player.

(H/T: Listverse/Heavy)

So… you still want to visit? (We didn’t think so.)

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Kids’ Breakfasts From Around The World Put Your Egg McThing To Shame.

You probably eat the same thing or the same couple of things for breakfast every morning—that is, if you eat breakfast at all. If you do, it might be a rushed affair, especially if you’re not a morning person. Like it or not (I don’t), breakfast is good for you. These kids know what’s up.

See what kids eat for their morning meal all around the world. From stir-fried peppers to sour milk, there are all kinds of surprising items on this list. If you’re in a breakfast slump and tire of eating the same soggy cereal or sugary donut in the mornings, you can use their meals as inspiration. Just be aware that some of these items might be an acquired taste.

Saki Suzuki, age 2 3/4, Tokyo, Japan

When she first tried natto, a fermented soybean dish at 7 months, she puked. But now she loves it. She also has white rice, miso soup, squash simmered in soy sauce and sake, an omelet-like egg dish, and grilled salmon. There’s also pickled cucumber, but Saki still doesn’t like those.

Tiago Bueno Young, age 3, São Paulo, Brazil

He’s not excited about getting ready for school, but Tiago really likes his chocolate milk. On school mornings, Tiago and his two brothers like cold cereal; seen here are cornflakes. He also has banana cakes and a sweet white bread called bisnaguinha covered in requeijão, a mild and creamy cheese.

Oyku Ozarslan, age 9, Istanbul, Turkey

This breakfast is centered around brown bread. Oyku eats it with green and black olives, Nutella, sliced tomato, hard-boiled egg, strawberry jam, honey butter, and a variety of Turkish cheeses. No, that’s not all on the same slice of bread.

Koki Hayashi, age 4, Tokyo, Japan

Japanese breakfasts typically include savory meals. While Koki and his brother like the sweeter cold cereal and donuts associated with American breakfasts, their mother prefers them to eat Japanese dishes. Here, Koki has green peppers stir-fried with dried fish, sesame seeds and soy sauce, raw egg and soy sauce over hot rice, miso soup, grapes, a sliced pear, and milk. He also has kinpira a sautéed dish made from lotus and burdock roots and carrots.

Aricia Domenica Ferreira, age 4, and Hakim Jorge Ferreira Gomes, age 2, São Paulo, Brazil

It’s common for parents in Brazil to give their kids milky coffee with breakfast, believing it helps them concentrate in school and has antioxidants. In moderation, pediatricians say it’s fine for kids even as young as Hakim. However, Aricia prefers chocolate milk. Both kids also eat ham and cheese as well aspão com manteiga (bread with butter).

Phillip and Shelleen Kamtengo, both age 4, Chitedze, Malawi

These twins greet the day with chikondamoyo, a sweet cake akin to cornbread, as well as boiled potatoes and black tea with sugar.

Viv Bourdrez, age 5, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Viv’s favorite breakfast is a glass of milk with bread topped with unsalted butter and sweet sprinkles. Sprinkles are a breakfast staple here, and come in a variety of flavors, shapes and sizes, from tiny grains to thick shavings. Viv likes the fruit-flavored sprinkles (or hagelslag, as they’re known, which means “hailstorm”), but her sister Rosie prefers chocolate.

Birta Gudrun Brynjarsdottir, age 3 1/2, Reykjavik, Iceland

Hafragrautur, an oatmeal porridge, is a breakfast staple in Iceland, usually served with brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, fruit, or sour milk. Sour milk, surmjolk in Iceland, is quite popular in northern Europe. Birta also swallows a spoonful of cod liver oil. Because the sunlight is weak for about half the year, the fish oils give Birta the vitamin D she needs to grow.

Emily Kathumba, age 7, Chitedze, Malawi

Emily gets up before 6 to eat with her family. She has cornmeal and groundnut porridge, called phala, and deep fried cakes made of cornmeal, onions, garlic, and chiles. She also has boiled sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and a juice made from dried hibiscus flowers. She also likes black tea, like Phillip and Shelleen. Half the children in Malawi are chronically malnourished, so Emily is quite fortunate.

Nathanaël Witschi Picard, age 6, Paris, France

Nathanaël’s father is health conscious, so when they stay together, Nathanaël foregoes the traditional breakfast of crepes and hot chocolate for something less sugary. He has a kiwi, cold cereal with milk, and orange juice. He also has tartine, an open-faced baguette sandwich with butter and homemade blackberry jam.

Doga Gunce Gursoy, age 8, Istanbul, Turkey

This huge breakfast is Doga’s Saturday breakfast; during the week, things are a bit less elaborate. There’s honey and clotted cream on toast, green and black olives, fried eggs with spicy sausage, hard boiled eggs, grape syrup with tahini, a variety of sheep- and goat-milk cheeses, quince and blackberry jams, fresh vegetables, halvah, pastries, and more. As seen here and with Oyku, Turkish breakfasts are traditionally a large collection of toppings and ingredients spread on bread and eaten like hors d’oeuvres.

I don’t know about you, but some of these actually make me appreciate breakfast. Now I need to rethink what I’m going to eat tomorrow morning…

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This Is The Dumbest Criminal In The Entire World. When You See What He Did, You’ll Agree.

In a Texas community, the hunt was on for Damian and Rolando Lozano. The police believed the two suspects were responsible for 17 burglaries in the community. To aid their search, the police department posted a photo online asking for any information. To everyone’s surprise, someone posted a comment that led to the department apprehending the suspect. It was Rolando himself.

The police department in Rosenberg, Texas, posted this photo on November 18th, hoping to catch two criminals for burglarizing 17 cars.

Shortly after the image was posted one of the suspects, Rolando Lozano, commented on it. He was taunting the police.

… and minutes later, the police were able to track him down. Talk about saving the city’s tax dollars.

Congratulations, Rolando. Thanks to the internet, you were caught in record time AND now everyone knows how stupid you are.

This is the Facebook fail of the century.


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The City Of San Francisco Used The Strangest Method To Build Neighborhoods.

San Francisco dealt with huge issues during the 1970s. Poverty, urban development, and outdated zoning were but a small fraction of problems facing a city bursting at the seams. To ease the problem in November 1974, Dave Glass oversaw the monumental task of moving twelve Victorian houses one mile down the road. This was done to allow for the building of high rise apartments better fit for the residents of the neighborhood.

The resulting pictures show the crazy efforts those San Fran-ites took to preserve part of their history.

(via Messy Nessy Chic)

This brings a whole new meaning to “moving day.”

If you want to read more about the history of San Francisco and how it changed from a sleepy city to the bustling center of the west coast, please dive into this incredible article. You’ll be floored at what they did to become the modern mecca we see today.

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A Mysterious Woman In Black Walked Over 800 Miles In 3 Weeks. For No Reason.

Elizabeth Poles, or the “Mysterious Woman in Black,” walked over 800 miles across American highways and no one seems to know exactly why. Countless people online have claimed to have seen the Woman in Black, but her goals remain unclear.

Dressed in a black robe, Poles, who is a disabled veteran, wandered for a minimum of three weeks before reaching her destination, Winchester, Virginia.

While Poles’ plan was to travel alone, she was often met by unwanted, momentary companions. These people were interested in taking her picture, asking why she was on this journey, or simply observing the Mysterious Woman in Black they had heard so much about. At one point in her journey, she drew a crowd so big, cops were called to the area.


What’s perhaps the most interesting thing about Poles’ voyage is that she was completely uninterested in the attention she was receiving. Those who did inquire about her trip were met with pleas to respect her privacy. The “Where is the Mysterious Woman in Black?” Facebook page that tracked her travels since July 18th also asked its 75,000 followers to leave Poles alone, per her request.

We may never know why Poles made her journey, but one thing is for certain: that is quite the impressive trek. If she walked only 800 miles in as many as 21 days, that’s over 38 miles a day.

(via ABC, ABC-Chicago)

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A New Trend In Japan Is Taking Planning Ahead To A Whole New Level.

While the rest of us are planning for the near future–things like vacations, finances, what to eat for lunch–some people in Japan are pushing the planning envelope and planning for the last event of their earthly lives: their funeral. 

These are not people facing imminent demise, either. Many are young and healthy, but just want to know for sure they’ll look their best before burial. And how can you know if the lavender or the white burial shroud is better suited to your complexion without trying it on?

The Shukatsu (meaning roughly “one’s end”) Festa in Japan allows people to do just that. Visitors can browse through a selection of coffins, burial wear and flowers, and can even combine all the elements, including themselves, and have a macabre sort of dress rehearsal, complete with makeup for a realistically deathly pallor. (You know, for the complexion matching.)

That’s right, they dress up in their funerary garb, get into makeup and lie down in their selected coffin for a photo shoot. Some people even opt to have the lid closed on them so they can really get a sense of the interior. 

“Do you think this color is really ‘me,’ though?”

“Great legroom. Do the handles come in chrome?”

The event was held in Tokyo this year, and drew in some 5,000 attendants and 50 companies displaying their wares. Funeral planning is popular with men and women, and is actually just one part of a larger trend in Japan. Planning for your own death, which used to be considered bad luck, has become something of a popular pastime; there are even coffin catalogues produced by manufacturers designed for casual browsers.

Why the morbid trend? Who knows? I guess we all go through some form of a goth phase. 

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What This Family Found Living In Their Spare Bedroom Will Give You Nightmares.

A son visiting his mother this past summer received the shock of a lifetime. When he went into an unused guest bedroom, he found a giant, 3-foot wasp nest on the bed.

The mother was not in the room for several months, and whoever was last in the room left the window open. That apparently made an inviting target for thousands of wasps.

Here is the nest. When the exterminator arrived, he estimated there were at least 5,000 wasps in the nest, along with 700 queen wasps. He said it was the biggest wasp nest he’d ever seen.

After the initial shock wore off, the exterminator suited up, and got to work.

It was a tough battle, but they managed to get rid of all the wasps. He even saved the blanket the nest was built on.

Via: The Guardian

This is a living nightmare. Wasps are last insect on Earth that I would want to cohabit with. Yuck! I hope they installed new windows after this incident.

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