People Were Furious About This Wedding, But It Was Staged To Make A Powerful Point

When people from the United States think of child marriage, they often think of developing countries.

Child marriage is defined by UNICEF as “both formal marriages and informal unions in which a girl or boy lives with a partner as if married before the age of 18. An informal union is one in which a couple live together for some time, intending to have a lasting relationship, but do not have a formal civil or religious ceremony.”

Usually, the child in question is a girl, and it’s true that poverty and religious tradition play into whether or not it’s legal or acceptable in any given country.

The countries with the highest observed rates of child marriages below the age of 18 are Niger, Chad, Mali, Bangladesh, Guinea, and the Central African Republic, with a rate above 60 percent. Niger, Chad, Bangladesh, Mali, and Ethiopia were the countries with child marriage rates greater than 20 percent below the age of 15.

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When YouTube star Coby Persin realized that many states in the U.S. have legal loopholes that allow child marriage, he set up a dramatic wedding scene in Times Square between a 12-year-old girl and a 65-year old man. Laws vary state by state, but with parental permission, children as young as 12 can be married in our own country.

People were outraged by the scene, and that means Persin’s plan worked.

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Countries in Europe like Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Belgium “tolerate” child marriages even though there are bans, and in the United Kingdom, child brides are sometimes smuggled in.

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It’s clear that this is not just a third-world problem. Child marriage prevents girls from completing their education, affects their health, and correlates with high domestic violence rates.

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Fortunately, organizations like UNICEF and Amnesty International are working to end the practice of child marriage. Donate or volunteer today to make a difference and share articles like this one to raise awareness.

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Man Reels As One Seriously GIANT Tapeworm Is Removed From His Nose

To be completely honest, I enjoy a satisfying pimple-popping or blackhead removal video from time to time. The tapeworm that doctors just pulled out of this man’s nose in Australia, though, takes things to a whole new (and disgusting) level.

Tapeworms are parasites that absorb nutrients through their host. The number-one way people become infested with tapeworms is by consuming raw beef, pork, or fish. Most often, they are found living in animal intestines, but to the astonishment of medical staff, this one took up residence in a man’s nasal cavity.

Watch as a doctor grabs hold of a tapeworm with a pair of tweezers and starts pulling…and pulling…and pulling. All in all, the parasite living in this man’s nose was over five feet long.

Read More: A Closeup Of How Blackheads Are Removed Will Fascinate And Disgust You

I’ve seen a lot of disgusting stuff on the internet, but this literally made me gag. Don’t forget to share this video and gross out your friends!

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After Eating Uncooked Salmon, This Woman Had Worms Crawling In Her Stomach…So Gross

There are a few good reasons why we should heed people’s warnings when it comes to eating raw meat.

Nobody wants to get sick, so most of us follow that suggestion pretty well…except for when it comes to eating meals like sushi, which we consider to be safe. But after the completely disgusting experience that this lady had after eating raw fish, I’m pretty sure she’ll be skipping that takeout favorite from now on.

When a woman in Nanao, Japan, went to the hospital two hours after eating uncooked salmon, she was very sick and in a lot of pain. When the doctor put a camera down her throat and into her stomach, he discovered eleven horrifying roundworm larvae inside. And when you watch the doctor remove one wriggling larva, I’m betting you’ll overcook your meat from now on to avoid this horror.

They’re so disgusting. I can’t take this.

Well, that’s an image I’ll never be able to get out of my head. Anyone hungry for some sushi? I didn’t think so.

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Children (And Adults), Avert Your Eyes! These Playgrounds Are The Worst.

Playgrounds are where kids can finally go outside and play without restriction. The sandbox, the swing set, and everything else found at playgrounds allow for kids to get exercise and learn to socialize.

That’s why the last thing you’d expect to see are some creepy (and often crude) fixtures at a playground. If kids are playing here, well…don’t let them.

1.) Does he need a bra?

2.) Well, he’s pretty happy with himself.

3.) Is he surprised, or happy to see me?

4.) Three headed…umm…ok.

5.) Wait is he a…CANNIBAL!?

6.) Hmm…there’s something wrong here.

7.) Because clowns weren’t creepy enough.

8.) I hope he wiped.

9.) In what universe is this a good idea?

10.) No, just no!

11.) The bear finally caught Goldilocks.

12.) Not the kind of contest you want to win.

13.) Umm, why?

14.) Nightmare time.

15.) This entrance is anything but…

16.) Umm, ok.

17.) Think the architect had to use the restroom?

18.) Revenge for Planet of the Apes?

19.) Wait, only one bosom?

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Many of these playgrounds can be found in Russia. Regardless of their locations, these designers had no idea what they were doing wrong or they’re just sick! Stay away, children!

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It Looks Like A Beautiful Spot To Take The Family… Til You Discover What’s In It. OMG.

This former rock quarry is known to locals as the Blue Lagoon. The water is crystal clear and from a distance, strikingly blue. But don’t let its looks fool you. Because of the contents of the lake, the water in the Blue Lagoon is actually not pleasant at all. In fact, it’s as toxic as bleach… but it’s still one of the most popular tourist destinations of the area.

The water contains car wrecks, dead animals, excrement and trash.

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The quarry’s pH is pH 11.3, just less than ammonia at 11.5pH and bleach at 12.6pH.

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The most shocking part? Families still insist on swimming in it.

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Signs like this one are posted all around the lake.

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There is even visible trash piled up as well. But that doesn’t stop people from going in.

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Families flock to this lake in Buxton, Derbyshire, to swim even with the warnings.

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They believe that if they don’t go in deeper than their neck, they will be okay.

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However, they are basically swimming in poison.

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The bright water is caused by the surrounding limestone rocks which leach calcite crystals into the water, turning it turquoise.

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Residents have even appealed to a local council with a 760-name petition, calling for action to stop people from visiting the site. However, because it’s privately owned, the government can’t interfere.

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Locals have even tried to get the site drained, but the water board will not drain it because the water is so toxic.

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People have even seen mothers taking their infants into the water to swim, ignoring the numerous signs posted in the area. It seems they have a death wish for themselves and those they love. Who knew using common sense would be such a hard thing to do? Source: dailymail.co.uk Better share this article before your friends dive in. :)

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This Giant, 5-Foot Earthworm From Ecuador Is Creepy As Hell

Earthworms are some of the many organisms on this planet that keep our society going. Without them refreshing the soil, you can bet that we’d have a pretty big agricultural problem on our hands.

Despite that, worms are pretty creepy to look at, which is why we’re here to give you some perspective. The next time you pick up a rock and see a bunch of worms underneath, take comfort in the fact that they’re not five feet long.

If you don’t feel like that’d be such a bad sight to behold, I give you the five-foot earthworm in all its glory.

(source: The Jungle Diaries)

Nope! So much nope. I mean, I guess earthworms are harmless, but I just can’t seem to shake the creepiness of this one. Are we totally sure this isn’t a snake?

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15 Facts About Ticks That’ll Convince You To Stay Inside This Summer

When it comes to summer’s little dangers, few are nastier than ticks.

These horrible little buggers are unpleasant to look at and they spread things like Lyme disease, which is the worst. If you think ticks are no big deal, then allow me to present you with 15 photos that might just change your mind.

1. Apparently, ticks can also get ticks.

This is the worst of both worlds.

2. Ticks are technically arachnids.

That means they are like spider and scorpions, two other terrifying creatures.

3. There are approximately 850 tick species.

(It looks like most of them were pulled off of one dog after a 2 hour hike.)

4. Ticks can transmit some pretty terrible diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

5. You or your pets can contract multiple diseases from ONE tick bite.

6. Never remove a tick with your fingers. You may separate the body from the head, leaving it embedded in the skin.

7. Ticks don’t fly or jump, they crawl. So if you find one in your hair, it most likely got onto your body somewhere lower and crawled ALL THE WAY UP.

Although they could fall on you if you brush by their hiding spot in tall grass. This is a cup full of ticks that were pulled off of a stray dog after it was brought into an emergency clinic.

8. You can actually buy clothing with permethrin tick repellent built into it.

9. Ticks can even be active in the winter (e.g., you’re never safe).

10. Ticks can embed themselves almost anywhere.

Yes, even in eyes (or other…sensitive…areas).

11. If your pet is acting strangely after being outside, you should take him or her to the vet.

Odd behavior such as seizures, a stiff uncoordinated gait, labored breathing, or lethargy can be the warning signs of a tick-borne illness.

12. Remember, if you squish a tick that was engorged with blood, there will be some consequences.

13. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vectorborne illness in the United States.

The aftermath of a tick bite that led to Lyme disease isn’t nice to look at, either.

14. All tick species come in various sizes.

Ticks also have four stages of life: egg, larva (infant), nymph (immature), and adult (mature).

15. Remember: tick bites and diseases spread by ticks are both preventable.

Do yourself a favor and check your body for ticks when you go inside. Summer will be here before you know it, which means that these things will be out in full force.

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This is why I never regret my choice to stay inside during the summer. Nature is all fine and dandy until you meet a nice little tick that gives you Lyme disease. I think I’ll just stay here on the couch, where it’s safe.

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