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What You’re Seeing Here Isn’t Photoshopped, But You’ll Wish It Was…It’s Shocking.

Mexico has seen a lot of economic improvement in recent years, but it still has a long way to go. Despite a growing middle class, there is still a huge segment of the population that is impoverished.

According to the Wilson Center, almost 46 percent of people in Mexico live in poverty. While rural residents in poverty suffer just as much, the inequality problem is especially explicit in big cities like Mexico City (as you’ll see).

To provoke discussion on the issue, Mexican bank, Banamex (owned by Citigroup), launched a graphic public awareness campaign. It depicts the stark reality of poverty in one area of Mexico City. The bank hired photographer Oscar Ruiz to take some aerial pictures of the Santa Fé district in there. What he found is extremely disturbing. 

Here you see the dilapidated buildings and houses of impoverished neighborhoods, butting up against the stunning villas and condos of a rich neighborhood.

Most of these area are separated by just a line of trees and fences.

The tagline on the ads reads: “This image has not been modified, it’s time to change that.”

These pictures are now up on billboards, and in publications across the country.

(H/T: Adeevee)

That is disturbing. It’s crazy to think that income inequality can get that bad. Don’t forget to share this story on Facebook and spread the word about the dangers of poverty. 

I Had No Idea It Would Be THIS Expensive To Live In Venezuela. Wow.

Inflation is common in countries during an economic crisis, but the rapid nature of inflation in Venezuela is too much. Good luck feeding your family when vegetables run you nearly $20. You can forget about washing that down with a can of Coca-Cola, too, as one can be bought for $5.56. In the United States, you could get four 2-liter bottles of Coca-Cola for that kind of money. If you think those prices are bad, brace yourself before you look at the cost of other everyday items in Venezuela. Take a look.  

Rice Cooker

Colored Pencils

(via Reddit)

These prices are so bad, it makes doing your shopping at a movie theater’s snack bar seem like a good financial decision. Over a grand for sneakers? That’s too much.

A Few Pictures That Make Us Happy That Disco Is A Thing Of The Past.

You can hear faint influences of Disco in modern music, but boy am I glad that the fashion hasn’t followed. Just in case you forgot, here is what we used to look like when we all had Disco Fever…

It wasn’t pretty.

EMMY AWARD WINNING?! Oh boy.

Just in time for Christmas!

Yuh huh.

Oh yea, they made a Star Wars disco album.

Oh Disco, you so silly.

He looks pained in that second picture.

Easy, fellas. Easy.

Only the sexiest.

The classic Disco dance move, the raptor hand.

Look at these former dudes, but now studs.

These kids are super into it.

Oh man, look at how fashionable these guys are.

As if Disco wasn’t bad enough.

*Shudders*

We all make some fashion mistakes over the years… but yes? Yikes. If I ever say that I need a pair of Bell Bottoms, please do me a favor and slap me, because I’ve gone insane. Share this post if you remember these Disco days.

The Skeleton Coast Is A Real Place On Earth…And It’s So, So Creepy.

The Skeleton Coast spans from Namibia to Angola. It’s one place where you wouldn’t want to find yourself without fresh water and–oh, yeah–a camera. While the Bushmen of the Namibian Interior have dubbed it “The Land God Made in Anger,” there’s no denying that as intimidating as it may be, it sure is beautiful. If you’re into desolation and scary animals remains, that is. I mean, there’s a reason why Portuguese sailors once referred to it as “The Gates of Hell.”

It’s called the Skeleton Coast because of the whale and seal bones that once littered the shore from the whaling industry.

Although the coast is also home to many shipwrecks as well.

More than a thousand vessels found their final resting place here.

(via list25)

So beautiful but so, so scary. I don’t think I’ll be planning any vacations out there any time soon, but I think I’ll keep admiring the pictures of the people who do make the trek.

I Had No Idea It Was Possible For A Subway Ad To Be So Moving.

Barncancer Fonden noticed a favorable reaction to a Swedish shampoo ad featuring a woman with “waving” hair that activated upon a subway train’s arrival. They decided to go a similar route with their advertisement, but added  something to the end of the spot that’s moving in its own right. At first, it’s a fun and interactive poster that takes advantage of today’s technology. It then turns into a sobering reminder of a reality that many of us are quick to forget about. Take a look at the ad below.

(via Barncancer Fonden)

It’s difficult not to be moved by that.

Here Are 16 Pieces Of Undeniable Proof That America Is Really Weird. #14 Is Hilarious.

If you live in the United States of America, then you’ll know it’s a little different from other countries around the world. It’s a relatively young nation and a melting pot of different cultures. You may think you know how the US differs from other countries, but you probably don’t know the half of it. Here are some interesting ways that the United States is a little weird, relative to the rest of the world. These facts may make you feel a little proud… but also a little strange.

1.) We’re too cool to use Celsius.

2.) What is this “ananas” thing you speak of?

3.) It’s called “world cup soccer,” people.

4.) Only losers use the metric system.

5.) We’re going to make things REAL confusing for you.

6.) No big deal.

7.) LOLOL, labeling?

8.) All of our cities are big. ‘Merica.

9.) The cool kids hate the 24-hour clock.

10.) Not to brag, but…

11.) Because Internet forms know the most popular country

12.) We also have tall buildings.

13.) America also loves its gold.

14.) USA! USA! USA! We’re the #1 Superbowl Champs.

15.) But we’re not so special when it comes to baseball…

16.) But we’ve got the moon covered.

If you’re proud to be an American, then you’re also proud to be a little weird (that’s not a bad thing). The US marches to the beat of its own drum…  celebrate it by sharing this article!

How Much Would You Shell Out For A House Like This? Pun Completely Intended.

This traditional Chinese house on the secluded Lingshan Island (off the eastern coast of China) recently had an interesting makeover. Owner Xiao Yongsheng initially wanted to renovate it using modern designers and architects. However, Yongsheng was put off by the high cost of the construction due to the location. What he did instead is pretty amazing.

Instead of hiring contractors, Yongsheng started collecting shells from the beach.

Over the next two years, Yongsheng managed to cover the entire house with seashells.

Here’s how Yongsheng describes his project: “I’d always liked shells, but it never struck me to use them until I was walking on a beach one morning and came across a very unusually colored clam shell and then it hit me. I realized I was sitting next to a huge, free supply of beautiful building material.”

“I used them for everything,” he said. “For decoration, for roof tiles, as handles, and even crushed up to make mosaics. They are everywhere.”

At the moment, the house is used as a museum for displaying the history of the island and local fishermen.

What started as a pet project quickly became the most popular tourist attraction on Lingshan Island.

Via: Fun Start

This house is sure to cause some waves in the design community. You have to admire the dedication it took to accomplish something like this. The house is just so fascinating.

I Had No Idea This Was The World’s Scariest Job, But It Actually Makes Sense.

Take a minute. What’s the scariest job that you can possibly imagine yourself having? If you’re like a majority of Americans, the scary job you thought of was being a politician. Yep, that’s right, Americans are afraid of being politicians. This is according to a survey of 56,857 Americans conducted by the jobs website CareerBuilder.com.

If being a politician is at the top of people’s scary jobs lists, what other terrifying positions are in the top 10? I think you’re going to be surprised. 

10.) Parent.

There are more parental jobs in the United States than you can count. But being a parent makes people nervous for well…pick a reason. There are so many.

9.) Stand-Up Comedian.

40 percent of Americans are afraid of public speaking. So it only makes sense that those people would also be deathly afraid of performing in public whether it’s as a comedian or some other form of entertainment.

8.) Radio, Cellular, and Tower Equipment Technicians. 

Do you have a fear of heights? Well then this job is definitely not for you. I personally couldn’t imagine spending my days strapped to the top of a giant structure trying to install expensive, high tech equipment. 

7.) Mortician. 

I think it’s telling of the real fears of Americans that this job is so far down the list. Nevertheless it is a pretty creepy job to have, especially if you’re afraid of zombies. The morticians are always the first ones to go in zombie movies.

6.) Animal Trainer.

This one might depend a bit on which animals you’re trying to train. I think it’d be less terrifying to train puppies, than it would be to train sharks or tigers. Then again, maybe not much if you have allergies. 

5.) Crime Scene Investigator.

For this job most people say they’re afraid of the blood, and the disappointment of telling people that the job is nothing like it is on TV. 

4.) Kindergarten Teacher.

I totally understand this one. Have you ever seen a room full of kindergartens that wasn’t in, or near total chaos? These teachers are the bravest among us. Not to mention all those little kid germs. Yuck.

3.) Security Guard At Teen Pop Concerts.

People say that this job scares them because of the fear of being stampeded by hoards of screaming tweens. I also share this fear.

2.) Microbiologist.

One word explains why people are afraid of this job: Ebola.

1.) Politician.

Yes, being a politician is the scariest job to have in America. I suppose it’s not hard to see why. It’s the perfect storm of the fear of public speaking, rejection, and a huge level of accountability. Yeah thanks, but no thanks.

(H/T: Huffington Post)

To be honest, I expected more people to be afraid of being a stand-up comedian than a politician. I suppose we can at least thank our elected officials for taking on the jobs that no one really wants, right?

What One Baby Was Found Doing In Norway Shocked People Everywhere.

Say you’re strolling along Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, one of southern Norway’s most popular and beautiful tourist destinations. It’s a flat, rectangular rock that juts out, dropping off in a sheer, 2,000-foot cliff on three sides, over a swift and powerful fjord. 

Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, is a popular tourist attraction in Norway.

Preikestolen is an open space–there’s no fence, so tourists have to rely on common sense and knowledge about gravity to keep themselves safe. The argument against a fence or barrier is it would interfere with the natural beauty of the place. For the most part, visitors by the tens of thousands come to take in the scenery, snap pictures, and leave without incident. There was one death at Preikestolen last October, which may have been a suicide, but other than that, there’s nothing to worry about.  

Then this happened:  

Chris Kitching tweeted this picture of the couple while Fred Sirevåg warned them of the danger.

Yes, that is a baby on the edge of the cliff. Hiker Fred Sirevåg spotted a couple who placed their baby near to the cliff’s edge to take a picture, prompting some alarm from those nearby. “You’d pretty much be dead if you fall down,” he told them, although in this case “pretty much” seems optimistic. ‘I think it was very irresponsible,” Sirevåg told The Local Norway.

Sirevåg himself was sitting at a respectful distance from the edge, photographing the mountains, when he saw this strange sight. While some choose to stay away from it, there are plenty of tourists who approach the edge for photo ops. Of course, these tend to be grown adults with full motor control and an understanding of what they’re getting into. Luckily, the baby was soon scooped up by its parents and the family went on their merry way. 

The cliff has a sheer 2,000-foot drop into a fjord.

(Via The Local Norway|Mashable)

Suggestions say that including a fence might not be such a bad idea, but Preben Falck, general manager of the Stavanger Turistforening, the local tourist board, doesn’t like the idea of fences or warning signs. “That would spoil the experience,” he says, though he adds that when he brings his children to Preikestolen, he keeps them at a safe distance from the edge. Besides, adds former hiking guide Kjell Helle Olsen, a fence might not even make a difference, as people would just climb over it. 

Maybe people should avoid placing their babies at the edge of cliffs? 

This Epcot-like Chinese Theme Park Is Equal Parts Creepy And Interesting

Yeah, the world seems pretty great and all, but is seeing it really worth going to all of those places? I can hardly muster up the energy to go see what’s in the refrigerator, how am I going to handle all of the traveling that’s involved with visiting the world’s most famous landmarks? It’s not like I can eat those!

Luckily, for people like me, you can see most of the monuments, buildings, and other things that you really should see in your lifetime in one go. All it takes is a trip to the Window of the World theme park in Shenzen, China. It’s pretty interesting… but it’s also creepy.

Christ the Redeemer – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / Manhattan Skyline – New York, New York

Eiffel Tower – Paris, France

Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia

Kremlin – Moscow, Russia

Pyramids of Giza – Giza, Egypt

Temple of The Emerald Buddha – Bangkok, Thailand

Taj Majal – Agra, India

Tower Bridge – London, England

Mount Rushmore – Keystone, South Dakota / The Capitol Building, Washington D.C.

Basilica Di San Marco – Venice, Italy

(via Business Insider)

If even that sounds like one journey too many, just enjoy the pictures and order some souvenirs from Amazon.

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