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Here’s what the world would look like if it the population of each nation correlated to the physical land size.
Australia moves to Spain- Pakistan’s population correlates to Australia’s physical size on the map. Indonesia takes up the size of China while China’s population correlates to the size of Russia.
Here’s the large version of the population map.
Every morning on our tag-along tours I stop for a Thai Iced Tea at our local street vendor. Sickly sweet with condensed milk and orange in colour from tamarind husks, I thought this drink was pretty amazing – until I saw this:
Sometimes kitchen layouts just don’t go to plan – the work bench is too far from the stove etc. Here’s how an chef gets around this problem:
Why waste time with an intro, let’s get to it:
Occasionally we see wedding videographers at our weddings and I always wonder what the end result is – then I stumbled upon the following video from The Stylish Soiree. Shot in the style of Amelie, it is simply awesome:
In 1990, 30,000 people lined up to eat at Moscow’s first McDonald’s. I like the expressions on the faces of the people once inside – a cross between bewilderment and dissapointment. I’ve fallen victim to this in Thailand, a long queue was forming around a city block for a new chain of cinnamon bun stores – I passed this queue every day, dying to know what the fuss was about. Then one day, on closing time the line was small and I managed to get my hands on one – just a gooey sticky bun. This shop spurned some imitation stores and now, a few years later, there are none to be found – the trend has died. But McDonald’s has proven itself to be more than a trend, please enjoy Russia’s first taste of Captalistic Decadence in the video below:
One of the people on our tag-along tour had his partner cancel a month or two before the tour started – so he found a friend who was willing to come with him and rang his travel agency to make the name change for his airline tickets and hotel reservation (on our tag-along tours, you pay for your own flights and accommodation). He was amazed and shocked – changing the name for the flights and accommodation cost him an extra $500. We’re talking a few keystrokes – but then I was reading 50 amazing facts on the mental floss blog and fact 31 caught my eye:
31. In 2009, U.S. airlines collected $2.7 billion in baggage fees. Another $2.4 billion came from reservation change fees.
Imagine if a restaurant charged you to make changes to your reservation – by the airline or hotel standards, we’d be justified in doing so, after all, we collect the same sort of data as these other industries.
Just wanted to get that off my chest and I hope Saul feels better that I’ve given his complaint against the airlines some internet space.
The answer is: Brazil.
This fascinating video from the New York Times shows a unique poverty stricken area in Brazil that has produced some of the world’s top super models like Gisele Bündchen and Alessandra Ambrosio. It turns out that German, Italian and Russian migrants settled in this area many years ago and their descendants have the features that the world finds attractive. Modelling scouts study books and websites to track which areas Europeans settled in. They then visit schools (which is kind of creepy) hunting for attractive teens and pre-teens (even creepier) for their modelling agencies.
I won’t spoil the rest of the story but the article and video can be found in the following link: Finding Supermodels in Rural Brazil – Video Library – The New York Times.
The video featuring Guillaume Nery base jumping underwater into the depths of the Blue hole, takes your breath away just watching it.The video is filmed entirely on breath hold by Guillaume’s girlfriend and french champion Julie Gautier. Guillaume Nery who currently holds the world record for constant weight free diving (without fins) to a depth of 113 meters (370 feet), showcases his artistic side in this amazing video.
The guy in the picture is Chauncy Morlan, who once made a living as a side show fat man. People paid money to look at him, because he was considered to be unusually fat. Today you can walk into any fast food outlets and see people far more fatter than him. How times have changed.