Could You Live In A Place Where You Could Never Be Dry?

Imagine living in a place with way more inches of rain than there are days in a year. Now picture having so much rain that you WEAR umbrellas everywhere you go. Now, imagine that’s a real place, because that’s exactly what it is.

Welcome, to Meghalaya. The Wettest Place On Earth.

Found in India, this sleepy town receives a whopping 467 inches of rain per year.

With thirteen times the annual rainfall of Seattle, this super-soaked climate allows giant rubber tree to grow to amazing heights.

Which can then be manipulated into living bridges!

Things typically get worse during monsoon season; June and July get 275 inches alone.

By contrast, New York City gets about 60 inches a year.

But the residents have adapted to the way of life–first by ensuring they carry umbrellas with them at all times.

This even includes creating wearable umbrellas that can be used while working.

Living here is truly a wonder.

(via The Atlantic)

The amazing thing about Meghalaya is truly the fact that people choose to live in this isolated, very beautiful area. Despite the rain, and the accompanying blues, the people have no reason to complain. As one resident said: “Here there’s always rain but we have to work, so it’s no good wondering about it.”

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This Man Set A World Record For Doing Something Alarmingly Awful. Ew.

When is the last time you did planks at the gym? How long did you hold it for? For those not familiar, planks are an exercise in working your core muscles. You start in the push-up position on your arms and hold it for 30 seconds to a minute.

Well, I guarantee you that Mao Weidong, a member of Beijing’s SWAT team, has your best plank time beat. He recently set the world record for longest plank ever.

Weidong held the plank position for 4 hours and 26 minutes.

The previous world record was 3 hours and 7 minutes. Weidong beat that time by an hour and 19 minutes.

Most people can only hold the plank position for 30 second to a minute.

Here he is, proudly displaying his world record certificate.

Via: Telegraph

Bravo! That’s impressive. I can only imagine how much his abs hurt the next day. Maybe it’s time I renewed my gym membership…

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How Much Would It Really Cost To Spend A Week On Your Own Private Island? Oh. Ok Never Mind.

Still looking for that perfect summer vacation locale? Why not try a luxurious and secluded weeklong stint at your very own private island? As long as you can shell out the cash, that is. With prices ranging from “maybe I could sell a kidney…”  the way up to “ok… I guess I could sell both kidneys,” here are the world’s 20 most expensive island getaways just waiting for you (and your platinum card) to soak up the sun in style.

1. Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent: $450,000 per week.

2. Necker, British Virgin Islands: $400,000 per week.

3. Musha Cay, Bahamas: $283,000 per week.

4. Guana Island, British Virgin Islands: $147,300 per week.

5. Tagamogo, Spain: $141,300 per week.

6. The Rania Experience, Maldives: $71,500 per week.

7. Nautilus Island, Maine, USA: $17,200 per week.

8. Cousine Island, Seychelles: $16, 800 per week.

9. Melody Key, Florida, USA: $16,100 per week.

10. Pumpkin Island, Australia: $12,700 per week

11. Cayo Espanto, Belize: $12,000 per week.

12. Spectacle Island, Maine, USA: $6,500 per week.

13. Mustique Island, St. Vincent: $5,400 per week.

14. Jonathan Island, Rhode Island, USA: $5,375 per week.

15. Wilson Island, Australia: $4,280 per week.

16. Laucala Island, Fiji: $4,100 per week.

17. Sapibenega, Panama: $1,800 per week.

18. Republic Island, Michigan, USA: $600 per week.

19. Buck Island, British Virgin Islands: Price only available on request.

20. Royal Belize, Belize: Price only available on request.

(via: Telegraph.) Brb, checking with 1,000 of my closest friends to see if they wanna chip in on a week in paradise. Be sure to share with your friends and see if they want in on the island action.

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This Is What Happens When Being Romantic Goes Very, Very Wrong. Never Try This.

Guys, take notice. You can be the most romantic man in the world… and still be stupid. The kind of stupid where you don’t think things through because you’re blinded by love. When this happens, badddd things can happen. Just ask Amanj Issen.

In theory, what he did for his girlfriend seemed incredibly heartfelt and sweet. In reality? It turned into a disaster that he should’ve seen coming.

Knowing that his girlfriend, Jana Stankeviciute, was finally coming home after being away on a trip, Amanji sprung into action and decided to make her feel loved and missed.

He went and bought her flowers…

…and chilled champagne…

And even set up a rose filled candlelit welcoming. Can you guess where he made his mistake?

After she called him to help bring her bags upstairs, they both heard a loud bang from the street. Sure enough, it was their home burning. Oops.

(H/T: EliteDaily)

The pile of tea lights was supposed to be romantic, but Amanji’s burning love was just a little too dangerous. Although he burned down their home and forced them to desperately scramble to find new housing, Jana admitted afterwards that she loved the idea and pictures. In fact, Amanji was so surprised by her reaction that he’s even said he plans to recreate the scene for her again one day. … just without all of the “house burning.”

All we can say is if she’s ok with you burning down the house Amanji, she must be a keeper. Better put a ring on it, and quick.

If you know any romantically blinded fellows out there like Amanji, please share using the buttons below. Hopefully they’ll get the hint.

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Beat The Blahs With These Images Of The Most Colorful Places On Earth.

It can be hard to get motivated or get out of bed when the day is nothing but gray. Somewhere, there’s a whole world of color, and we’re here to share it with you. If you can’t make it to these incredible, rainbow-hued locations, you can travel vicariously through this collection of stunning photos. They might make your day a little more colorful. 

Namaqualand, Namibia

Namaqualand is home to many species of flowers found nowhere else in the world. For much of the year, it’s a barren, arid landscape. In spring, it bursts into color.

Pamukkale, Turkey

“Pamukkale” means “cotton castle” in Turkish, for the site’s natural white stone. It’s known for its hot springs, which have served a destination for locals and tourists for centuries. The terraces seen here are created by mineral deposits left by the hot water.

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

The ice caves beneath the glacier are magical blue worlds, but you might want to hurry on this one. Due to climate change, it’s possible that icy wonders like this won’t be around for much longer. After lasting hundreds of years at 12 miles long, this glacier has shrunk by 2 miles since 1958.

Luoping County, China

In spring, this county in the eastern Yunnan province is known for its fields of blooming canola (or rapeseed) flowers. The flowers bloom in spring, and attract not only photographers, but bees as well. Luoping, as a result, is also a center for honey production.

Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada

This glacier-fed lake in Alberta’s Banff National Park is known for its distinctive blue shade. The color is caused by the way light refracts off the mineral deposits. Combined with the sunset light on the mountains and the deep green trees, it’s a breathtaking view.

Cornwall, England

England has a reputation for being dreary, but Cornwall lights up when the poppies bloom over the Celtic Sea.

Grand Prismatic Spring, Wyoming, USA

This hot spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest in the U.S. Its mineral-rich water is home to many different types of bacteria. Depending on the temperature of the water and the ratio of chlorophyll to carotenoids, the bacteria range from red to green. The blue at the center is the natural color of the water.

Tulip fields in the Netherlands

The Netherlands are known the world over for their tulip production. The largest tulip farms have around 7 million plants.

Red Sea Beach, China

The suaeda plants in these wetlands thrive on its highly alkaline soil, and are notable for their deep red color.

Lake Hillier, Australia

Located in the Recherche Archipelago this bright pink lake is striking. The cause of the color is still up for debate, but common theories point to the color of the bacteria living in its salty water.

Braunwald, Switzerland

You might not think dandelions are special, but when they’re carpeting the Alps, they take on a whole new beauty.

Valley of Flowers National Park, India

Besides serving as home to a huge variety of plants, the Valley of Flowers, located in West Himalaya in northern India, is also home to rare and endangered animals like the snow leopard.

Lavender fields in France

France is famous for its lavender farms, where the bright and fragrant flowers stretch out forever. Standing in one of these fields would smell amazing, but sadly we’ll have to content ourselves with the color.

Hitsujiyama Park, Japan

This park around Japan’s Mt. Fuji not only boasts flowers, but also for the striking pink and white shibazakura moss growing around the mountain’s base.

Five-Flower Lake, Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan, China

Like the other lakes on this list, Five-Flower Lake gets its distinctive color from mineral deposits and from its diverse population of wildlife. Fallen trees can be seen criss-crossing the bottom of the shallow lake as well.

If you’re trapped inside, or if it’s a dreary overcast day, these images will remind you that there’s a bright and beautiful world out there. You just have to be ready to explore it when you have the time.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/soak-up-some-color/

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.

(via: messynessychic.com)

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

Hm…

How convenient.

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

Wow.

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.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/media-twists-truth/

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.

Getty Images News / Keith Tsuji

The restaurant has used the black buns and ketchup before…

Getty Images News / Keith Tsuji

The dark cheese, however, is totally new.

Getty Images News / Keith Tsuji

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.) 

Read more: http://viralnova.com/burger-king-black/

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.)

Be sure to share this with your more adventurous friends using the buttons below. They just might want to skip this one on their bucket lists.

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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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