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Over-zealous street cleaners remove artwork commissioned by city officials

Over-zealous street cleaners remove artwork commissioned by city officials | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The drawing by C215, whose work is currently on show on the streets of
London’s East End along with graffiti by his British counterpart Banksy,
showed a sulking boy slumped against a wall.
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A sad but funny commentary on modern art trends. 

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Japan wants visitors to experience its world-class toilet culture — and buy some toilets.

Japan wants visitors to experience its world-class toilet culture — and buy some toilets. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Japan is trying an unconventional way to impress visitors to their country with both their technology and their gracious hospitality — a toilet "gallery" where it's just fine to touch, and sample, the exhibits.

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I have always been fascinated by the difference in toilets and bathrooms around the world. This exhibit and the one described in the second video of this article gave me a smile. Assuredly, Japan defines itself in terms of technology and order.

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Lien Le's comment, May 6, 2015 7:59 AM
I was really impressed by Japan’s technology. I feel like their technology is always one-step ahead the world. Japan is famous for technology and order, therefore, I was not so surprised anytime I saw their new inventions. This is a good step of Japan since it will attract more travellers to the country. After watching the short video in the article, I was impressed by the special seat for baby while their parent do their business and also a flip-down board that people can stand on while they get changed so they don’t dirty their socks on the bathroom floor. “Gallery Toto” in set in the departures section of Tokyo’s Narita international airport where can be visited by many foreign visitors.
To me, it’s hilarious when the Chinese spent $1 billion on toilet seats in Japan during a holiday season. It is such a mockery for China since the last two years China boycott Japanese goods. Anyhow, the article just makes me want to travel to Japan immediately.
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More Women Aren't Having Children, Survey Finds

More Women Aren't Having Children, Survey Finds | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Nearly half of women between 15 and 44 are childless
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This means the population of America will fall unless immigration makes up the difference. The big question: Are women not having children because they despair of the future those children would face, because they are too self-absorbed to want to care for a child, because they are too busy trying to stay economically afoot to have children, because they have become aware that life without a man can be better than in a marriage and don't want to carry the load of children alone, or simply because as a society we have changed our values away from family life? I'd love to hear your theories and reactions.

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The Economics of Busking

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Want to be a street musician? Busk smarter, not harder, with this guide to serenading the streets.
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Maybe I'll write short story about a couple of buskers. If you've read "Tales From the Dew Drop Inne." you may wonder what happened to Ephraim after he goes looking for his mother in Iowa. Well, therein lies another tale, not from the Dew Drop, but have you been to the Watering Hole? No, there's one in every town and ...

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Why Cambodians Never Get 'Depressed'

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In many parts of the world, there's no direct translation for terms like depression or anxiety. Cambodians, for example, say "the water in my heart has fallen." So how does a doctor refill a heart?
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While the maladies are serious no matter where in the world they are found, the language that may be used to describe them is so poetic as to add a new layer of understanding. This is a wonderful reminder that health professionals should not so reify and objectify people as to lose the meaning of their souls.

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Amazon tribe raids Peru village

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About 200 Mashco-Piro Indians armed with bows and arrows arrived at Monte Salvador looking for food.

They are said to have killed domestic animals and taken cooking pots and other metal goods.

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What a strange problem: Should we preserve the primitive and create a reserve as if they were animals to be contained or should we try to connect with them at the cost of their culture? But if they are killing domestic animals and seeking metal objects, haven't we already begun changing them? Anybody remember "The Gods Must Be Crazy?"

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Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends

Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Data show that for most white Americans, none of their best friends are black.
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I first saw this on Facebook, and I thought it worth sharing. Personally, I seldom think about the race of my friends unless there is a specific reason, for example when discussing Indian topics with one of my Native American friends or Indian topics with one of my Indian friends (from India) or Black related issues with one of my Black friends, or ... You get the point. But all of them, Indian, Indian, Black, Hispanic, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Euro-American, or European, etc.: all of them share two very important qualities: they are intelligent and caring people. Does anything else really matter? Oh, yeah, I love and respect them all.

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Check out these never-before-seen photos of the Beatles

Check out these never-before-seen photos of the Beatles | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Celebrity photographer Henry Grossman reveals shots from his intimate sessions with the world's greatest rock band SLIDE SHOW
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Amazing, the fab four can still get me energized. Delighted to see these photos.

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India's Mysore crowns new maharaja Yaduveer Wadiyar - BBC News

India's Mysore crowns new maharaja Yaduveer Wadiyar - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A 23-year-old graduate from the University of Massachusetts is crowned the new maharaja of Mysore, titular head of the 600-year-old Wadiyar dynasty.
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India is a wonderful land of contradictions. The world's largest democracy with powerful royalty sprinkled through it. Let us all wish this young man success in using his title, role, and family wealth to improve the lot of the people in his region.

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Don McLean Finally Explains The Meaning Of 'American Pie'

Don McLean Finally Explains The Meaning Of 'American Pie' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Don McLean's manuscript for "American Pie" went up for auction at Christie's on Tuesday and sold for $1.2 million, and though he's never really spoken publicly about the song's cryptic meaning, he somewhat spilled the beans in the auction h...
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If you like the American Pie metaphor, you'll probably love the discussion between Nick and Jose in "Times to Try the Soul of Man."

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Something fascinating happened after these male baboons died. Men should keep this in mind.

Something fascinating happened after these male baboons died. Men should keep this in mind. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It was completely unexpected.
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Human behavior, can we change or are we programmed to be the way we are? Here's an interesting if unique instance from the animals of the world.

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10 Strangest Languages - ODDEE

10 Strangest Languages - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Next time your children complain about their grammar classes, send them to learn
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A fascinating list of some of the world's most unusual languages. Some disappearing and a couple growing in popularity, but all of them unique. If you love language, as I do, this is a great article to just enjoy.

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Lose Yourself In These Photos Of Europe's Most Magnificent Libraries

Lose Yourself In These Photos Of Europe's Most Magnificent Libraries | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Across Europe there are buildings that are nothing short of temples of literature, glorious structures where books are not just available, but placed in beautiful and honored shelves. Take a virtual tour through the stacks of some of the world's most jaw-dropping libraries.

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Cathedrals built to honor not a god but books, the ultimate expression of humanism. As a writer, these are sacred places that fill my soul with awe.

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Why 25% of Millennials Will Never Get Married

Why 25% of Millennials Will Never Get Married | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
New study shows that more people under 35 will be single forever
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One thing they didn't include in the research was the effect of having parents who divorced versus parents who had stayed in marriage. My guess is that is very powerful as a moderating influence. Another interesting question for those who are not looking to get married: do they want to have children? My guess is that attitudes towards having children or putting off having children is another major moderating factor. But certainly one thing that is very key is the fact that today's young men are much less interested in holding jobs and more interested in whatever will be the new "homesteading."

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The Write Room Blog | where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share

The Write Room Blog | where friends from disparate approaches to life and writing work together and share | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

The ripeness of the fruit - a short story by Kenneth Weene

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I love to read and to write stories that take me outside of my own culture and life. I hope you enjoy this one of life in Afghanistan.

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