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These weird stories prove that extraterrestrials love Russia

These weird stories prove that extraterrestrials love Russia | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it

Americans and Europeans like to imagine that aliens will land in London, New York, or Washington, DC, but Russian history is filled with mysterious events that many have claimed to be the work of extraterrestrials.


Via Luca Baptista
Vloasis's insight:

Most interesting were comments made by Medvedev, though whether these were in jest or not is unclear, as soemtimes it makes a good cloak.

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Earthquake Creates Weird Lightshow Over Mexico City

Earthquake Creates Weird Lightshow Over Mexico City | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
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The included video of these earthquakes from June 16th really shows what they can do as they take out power to various sections of the city.

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What is bakers lung?

What is bakers lung? | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
Baker's Lung is a lung condition common in people who work in bakery environments. The wheat and flour dust when inhaled can irritate the lungs.
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Tonight I was watching Season 11, episode 14 of Hell's Kitchen, when I heard the term "Baker's Lung" used.  Being unfamiliar with this, I looked it up.

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Teenage girl, 19, burned to death in Indian village 'by four men because she wanted to disobey elders and marry for love'

Teenage girl, 19, burned to death in Indian village 'by four men because she wanted to disobey elders and marry for love' | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
Anju Yadav, 19, from Karahkol village, in Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh, was set on fire at her home while her mother, Gyanwati Devi, 48, was on the other side of the village pleading with the village council to allow Anju to marry her boyfriend...

Via @NewDayStarts
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Another sad story of crimes against women in India.  Before reading this article, I didn't know that it was taboo even for people of the same caste and village to marry each other.

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Social media explained ...

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Ning: Why does this donut have two bites missing?

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Activist Love ❤ in Turkey ...

Activist Love ❤ in Turkey ... | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it

Via ❖ @YourAnonWorld ❖
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As the government brutalized the very cobblestones which surrounded them, Petrach and Dragoola found more than mere democracy was waiting somewhere inside each other's mouth.

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Ariel Freiberg: An interesting mix of found objects

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Somerville Artist Ariel Freiberg: An interesting mix of found objects ...
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This artist is located in the city across from us.  Her image above transcends its components.

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In Waterford, step into weird world of Hippie Tom - The Oshkosh Northwestern

In Waterford, step into weird world of Hippie Tom - The Oshkosh Northwestern | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it


Tom Cerny stands around his collection of ordinary and unique artifacts at his 35-acre Serendipity Farm in Waterford, Wis. on May 15, 2013.

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I like the show American Pickers but I must have missed any episodes with this guy.  He seems quite the character!

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A 20-minute yoga session may boost your brain power - Hindustan Times

A 20-minute yoga session may boost your brain power - Hindustan Times | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
Yogis may be enjoying a surprising benefit when they unroll their mats and strike a pose. A new study finds that just 20 minutes of hatha yoga stimulates brain function. Researchers enlisted...
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Joyce was sure she could feel herself getting smarter.  With each time her chin kissed the ground and her sweaty boobs left mysterious crop circles on her exercise mat, she told herself that her intelligence was increasing.

 

"It is known as the body's greatest gag on the mind," said one psychologist.

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From Russia, Without Love: Vladimir Putin Divorces Wife Lyudmila - TIME

From Russia, Without Love: Vladimir Putin Divorces Wife Lyudmila - TIME | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
CBC.ca From Russia, Without Love: Vladimir Putin Divorces Wife Lyudmila TIME He made it clear that it was his wife who could not bear all the publicity, although Putin has always been the one to snap like a bulldog when journalists pry into his...
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One of the things which I found even more astounding than this arranged statement was this: "The Kremlin has never released a single picture of Putin’s daughters in adulthood."

 

That alone made me stop, and alter my perception a bit that Russia had become very much like the West.  For the government to have such media control so as to prevent, for years, simple photographs of the first family appearing anywhere...it's one of those things that's so hard to believe, you think it's an error.

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15 New Bird Species from the Amazonian jungle

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The Amazon rainforest, a well-known epicenter of biodiversity, has offered up another trove of riches. The treasure takes the form of 15 newly described bird species. Some are tiny. One has a long, curved bill. Another is super fluffy. All live in the southern Amazon, most of them in an area known as the “arc of deforestation.”


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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What sheds a pall over these discoveries (the largest group in 140 years), is the fact that deforestation helped reveal them.

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Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
The new captain jumped from the deck, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the couple swimming between their anchored sportfisher and the beach.
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An excellent reminder to some, and for others like me, a complete education. 

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Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd (cover by Juliette Valduriez)

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Melt into a groove for two wonderful minutes.  :)

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10 healthier beers (and how to choose one)

10 healthier beers (and how to choose one) | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
Feeling guilty about knocking a few back? It might be time to stop the guilt! Moderate beer consumption has been shown to help protect against heart disease and lower the risk of hypertension.
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I've only tried three on this list of ten.  I better get crackin'!  Very keen to try a few of the raspberry ales.

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A new take on Marilyn Monroe, in her own words

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The HBO documentary “Love, Marilyn” is yet another take on the tragic life of the star who has been assigned more symbolic import than a butterfly, or a dove, or a...
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A real twist to this type of intimate portrayal would have been to focus on sex symbols from different countries.  Who was the Australian verison of Marilyn, or the Indian, or the Russian?  What were their lives like?

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Is a Degree in Creative Writing Worth It?

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"I am attending a respected university, as a sophomore, with a major in English and a concentration in creative writing. My creative writing professors all happen to be published authors. They have truly helped me improve and explore as a writer.  They’ve introduced me to, thinking outside the box."


Via Charles Tiayon
Vloasis's insight:

Just going by the first two paragraphs, there are some, pretty weird use of, commas.

 

We had a landlord who suggested I teach writing at some local school.  It seemed like an odd contradiction to me, like, "instruct us on freedom."  It's such an individual pathway that I tend to recoil at the thought of its homogenization. 

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Daniel Love: 200 Hours

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Daniel Love, a British teacher in New York, documented his daily commute between Astoria and the end of 25th Street.

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Some striking images here.  The most powerful to me is the old man walking with his head down by Gramercy Park.

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The Daily Rituals of Creative Minds

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An interesting article with details I never knew about some authors.

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Narcissists Love Twitter And Facebook . Thank God For That

Narcissists Love Twitter And Facebook . Thank God For That | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
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Fortunately, with a little time and practice, it becomes much easier to tell the difference between people who want to share things they think are exceptional or which interest them, and those who think that everything they share is or should be exceptional because it interests them (in severe cases, it doesn't even particularly interest them, they just share it to say something and get attention, as if a world without their yapping is just too cruel for the rest of us to bear).

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What To Do When You Can't Be Creative

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Everyone loves to enjoy the fruits of creativity, right? Wrong.

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After reading the first paragraph, where the author makes a strong case of comparison between the actuality of creativity and the perception of it (or seeming desire for it), I found myself going down a dwindling corridor. By the time I got to the "trash a hotel room" suggestion (an essentially playful mind image offered to amuse the writer at least as much as the reader) I knew the meat of this baby lay up front.

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An Abandoned Racehorse Finds Love On The Home Stretch - NPR

An Abandoned Racehorse Finds Love On The Home Stretch - NPR | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it


In a small barn on a sprawling farm near Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, something is munching on my blond ponytail, which admittedly looks like a tasty morsel of hay.

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When I was a kid I would frequently go to the racetrack with my Dad, whose own father had made it a regular activity.  Horses were evaluated based on money.  It's always nice to see someone who has different priorities.

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7 of the Best Audio and Video Tools for Teachers

7 of the Best Audio and Video Tools for Teachers | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it
These seven great audio and video tools for teachers and students can make your classroom and curriculum a whole lot more vivid and engaging.

Via Beth Dichter
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Some nice resources here and I'm curious to try a couple.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 7, 2013 10:35 PM

This post provides some great audio and video tools that you might consider using with students. We know that students are engaged when multimedia comes into the classroom...and what better way to engage them than to have them become creators through the use of multimedia.

Learn about tools such as:

* Matterhorn, a free tool that "enables teachers to create recordings of lectures and classes." Are you thinking of flipping your class? If so you should check out this tool.

* Jing - another free tool that allows you to capture what is happening on the screen of your computer and then share it with others. How about having students demonstrate ways to solve math problems, and post them online?

* Splicd - Is that YouTube video too long? Determine which section you want and grab that specific section. Save it to your hard drive and you ready to go...without taking time to fast foward to the necessary section.

* UJam - Another free tool this one allows you to create and remix music and film.

Three more tools are listed in the post so click through to check them out!

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New Age Crazy Theories Threaten Serpent Mound, Demean Native Heritage

New Age Crazy Theories Threaten Serpent Mound, Demean Native Heritage | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it

Via Robert DesJarlait
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An alien gas station?  I've never heard of this place in Ohio.  Interesting enough article, and quite a conundrum between people who want to use the land for unintended purposes (New Age stuff), and native Americans who want it seen as part of their heritage.

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AWKWARD

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As Ramone applied the hose to her lower neckline, a breeze carried to him the delicate scent of the sea, and he thought he could detect something which had the intoxicating aroma of a coconut Mimosa, doing a dance with the earthy tones of the pigeon droppings he was wiping off her nipples.

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11 Things You Need to Immediately Stop Doing on Facebook - Business 2 Community

11 Things You Need to Immediately Stop Doing on Facebook - Business 2 Community | Vloasis vlogging | Scoop.it

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A fun read with a good spice combination of wit and snark.  Some of these are head-noddingly true.

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Luke Hancock - H&H Social Design's curator insight, June 13, 2013 9:28 PM

Great fun here. But there's certainly truth to not automatically syncing tweets to Facebook. Your tweets do not translate well to Facebook. Stop that immediately!

Kai Bösterling's curator insight, June 15, 2013 1:50 PM

Thumb Index.

Faysal Badri's curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:41 PM

stoip this mother fucker