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Iranian-American Like Me. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, grabbed a fistful of Iranian soil before leaving Iran forever in January 1979.

Iranian-American Like Me

After months of bloody demonstrations and a call for his removal from power, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, grabbed a fistful of Iranian soil before leaving Iran forever in January 1979. It was a symbolic gesture; one filled with love for his native land, but it also signaled the knowledge that he would never return. What followed was an Islamic revolution that forever altered Iran both politically and culturally, sending millions of Iranians into exile. Opting to spend their lives elsewhere, Iranians sought refuge and asylum in the West, with a majority emigrating to the US. A Harrowing Account of What It’s Like to Die From a Snakebite. Why Families Are Bringing Kids to a Drug-Fueled Desert Hippie Festival.

Seeing the Forest through the Trees

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The whistleblower's tale: How an accountant took on Halliburton

The email that ruined Tony Menendez’s life arrived on a warm and sunny February afternoon in 2006. Menendez is, by nature, precise and logical, but his first instinct was somewhat irrational. He got up to close the door to his office, as if that might somehow keep the message from speeding across cyberspace. Then he sat down at his desk to puzzle out what had just happened. The email was sent by Mark McCollum, Halliburton’s chief accounting officer, and a top-ranking executive at Halliburton, where Menendez worked. Panic gripped Menendez. Ten minutes passed, maybe fifteen. Menendez drove around for hours. “Ondy,” he cried out to her, frantic. As shocked as Menendez was, his wife had seen something like this coming. Mkultra123 comments on TIL of Central American Stingless Bees that have been cultivated by Mayans for thousands of years. The bees are regarded as pets and their hives hung in and around the home. Some hives have been recorded as lasting over 80 years, be.

I Can't See Faces: 5 Weird Facts About My Life. Have you ever had that weird feeling that comes with failing to recognize someone you've known all your life?

I Can't See Faces: 5 Weird Facts About My Life

Maybe it's a friend you haven't seen in six months who's lost 70 pounds since you last saw them, or your doctor turning up at the grocery store in a Hawaiian shirt and a week of vacation-beard stubble. It's almost like they're in disguise. Now imagine this is your experience with every single person you know -- including your own family, spouse, and best friend. Constantly having to squint and say, "Bobby? Is that you? " 8 Things Vietnam War Movies Leave Out (By an Enemy Soldier) Even if your knowledge of the Vietnam War comes exclusively from Hollywood films and Texan textbooks that only refer to it as "that one the good guys lost," you've probably heard about the Viet Cong.

8 Things Vietnam War Movies Leave Out (By an Enemy Soldier)

They were a bunch of jungle-fighting guerrilla warriors who killed American boys via night-time ambushes and terrifying traps. Well, that's one side of the story. 6 People Who Had No Clue Their Faces Were World-Famous. Becoming accidentally famous must be an unpleasantly surreal experience.

6 People Who Had No Clue Their Faces Were World-Famous

Rebecca Black is the most cited example of the phenomenon these days (as though she was just dancing down the street one day and accidentally passed through a terrible music video) but she's far from the most mind blowing example. For instance, imagine driving through the streets of, say, Beijing, and suddenly seeing your face on a billboard for instant noodles. Imagine you then find out your face is the Chinese equivalent of the Gerber's Baby, and has been for decades, and you never had a clue.

This apparently happens all the time. #6. Why Are So Many People Living Underground in Beijing? Expand Personally, I like living without windows, but I work a lot in the dark and may be part vampire.

Why Are So Many People Living Underground in Beijing?

What it's like to be a bartender in Antarctica. Spend A Year Inside The Loneliest (And Coldest) Place On Earth. Kinja is in read-only mode.

Spend A Year Inside The Loneliest (And Coldest) Place On Earth

We are working to restore service. "I missed the stars and the nighttime before I missed the sun. " Meaning there was a bad weather and the stars couldn't be seen, right? Why do toilets in China smell so bad? Chinese public toilet. What was life like for Russians in the days and weeks following the collapse of the Soviet Union? : AskReddit. Traveled to Mexico to buy chemicals to humanely kill myself, bought a mound of cocaine and spent a week fucking prostitutes two at a time : casualiama. Went to Mexico to buy barbiturates for a humane and peaceful death.

Traveled to Mexico to buy chemicals to humanely kill myself, bought a mound of cocaine and spent a week fucking prostitutes two at a time : casualiama

Decided that if I was gonna die anyway I might as well fuck a prostitute before it was all over. After that a cab driver offered to sell me cocaine. One thing lead to another, and I got a room above a whore house equipped with a heart shaped bed, a stripper pole, and a hot tub. Spent a full week snorting coke off tits, popping pain meds, drinking tequila, eating handfuls of Viagra to fight the whiskey/coke dick, and had three FFM threesomes.

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Turkish Shepherds Use "Plug-and-Play Donkeys" To Get Online

That can't be right. Solar flux at high noon on the equator under perfect conditions is a kilowatt per square meter. Even at 25% efficiency, coming up with 5 kilowatts would require 20 square meters of panels. What is it like being a single bachelor in China knowing that the men outnumber women by 34 million? : AskReddit. Tacticalvision comments on 32 Tanks Enter Ukraine From Russia. Homeless man called a bum, this will change your perspective. "A friend of mine visited a Falcon shop in Doha, Qatar." xpost from /r/pics : travel. Edge of the abyss. Daddy’s little girl … Michael Schofield with his daughter, Janni, in 2006.

Edge of the abyss

The first weeks of Janni's life, my wife, Susan, and I are taking lots of home video, imagining her watching these tapes alongside us and her friends as a teenager, pretending to be mortified, but happy on the inside knowing how important she's been to us from the beginning. About a week into her life, she stops sleeping, aside from 20 to 30 naps within a 24-hour day. We're still recording, though. We don't want to miss anything, although we do need to sleep at some point. She screams constantly when she's awake, but again, she'll probably find this amusing when she's a teenager watching all of this. A couple of weeks go by and she's still not sleeping for even one hour straight. Keeping it together … the Schofield family in 2011. IamA Michael Schofield, father of Jani Schofield, diagnosed with child-onset schizophrenia at age 6 and author of January First. AMA! : IAmA. Gorbachev Tried To Get George Bush To Spoil Who Killed Laura Palmer.

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But when college students are sent to live at a Christian school where their every move is monitored, well, there is a certain potential for things to get weird. Pensacola Christian College, for instance, has come under fire for what has been described as a cult-like atmosphere, along with the little matter of not having any accreditation at all. We spoke to one former student who we'll call "Lilith. " She attended PCC and told us ... #5. Bingewatching History: I Relived 16 Depressing Years Of The Daily Show. Iva Toguri D'Aquino. Flaresandbeer comments on When was that ''moment'' you realized that you're hanging out with the wrong crowd?

Bulllee comments on Toronto on brink of a mob war, Italy warns. Fried spider, anyone? - Features - Food and Drink - The Independent. Just over an hour outside the capital Phnom Penh, Skuon sits on the main route to Angkor Wat - Cambodia's biggest tourist draw. At first glance, it appears to be little more than a dusty trucker's stop; perhaps a dozen scruffy roadside restaurants round a roundabout carved from the tracks of passing vehicles. But few drive through Skuon without halting their journey, and the roundabout has grown increasingly fuzzy at the edges as bus after bus skids to a stop to grab its fill of arachnid treats.

Phnom Penh resident Punthea Khoeun has come to stock up on fresh Skuon spiders, or "a-ping" as they are locally known. "I just love them," she says, "every time I pass through Skuon I have to stop, but today I've come specially. " Like many other connoisseurs, Punthea has a particular taste for pregnant females which, laden with eggs, offer both enhanced nutritional value and taste. The origins of arachnid consumption, however, are founded in necessity rather than extravagance. Eating spiders in Skuon, Cambodia - rhymer rigby, cuttings and work. I was enjoying my first spider outside Phnom Pen market when I heard a highly agitated voice behind me: "Oh my Gaahd, what are yooouu eating? " Turning, I saw an American tourist staring at me with an understandable mixture of revulsion and fascination. Trying to sound casual, I replied: "Spider - would you like a leg?

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His staff consisted of 24 engineers, 6 electrical engineers, two boilermakers, a plumber and his clerk. In addition many of the firemen and coal trimmers were lost. Despite the library of books which has been written about Titanic the engineers, the role they played and the ultimate sacrifice they made, have received scant comment in these published works. [Self] The math required to accurately fire a howitzer (info in comments) : theydidthemath. Gdj11 comments on Definitely fooled me...! The ladyboy pageant of Thailand. DangerChips comments on Relationship between age and happiness in countries around the world. TheOneCalledAtlas comments on recorded myself saying "i love you", printed the the wave form and put it in a locket for my sister. 10 of the Most Important Life Lessons I Learned from My 20s. What are some of the happiest moments in history? : AskHistorians.

BrittSprink comments on Blind people of Reddit, what is sexual attraction like for you? Ex-Cons, if I had an upcoming prison sentence, what should I do to help prepare myself for my incarceration? : AskReddit. I paid a woman to be my friend at a Tokyo Maid Cafe. I really don't see why this is creepy. In fact, it seems a bit more up front and honest than the atmosphere in a strip club - you're essentially paying for attention and affirmation, as opposed to the creepy psuedo-sexual vibe in a strip joint or something way farther down the spectrum than this. Then again, Japanese culture never really pinged me as so weird, and the concept of Host Clubs and Maid Cafes don't weird me out very much. @phoenix: Strip clubs are pretty up-front and honest too. You're paying to be touched by gorgeous women. Not sure how much more honest it gets than that!

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There are days I feel like I have the same conversations hundreds of times. Writing things down doesn't work, because she'll forget to read them. Even if she does, part of her condition includes disordered and irrational thinking, so she'll want to discuss and argue about the information. Theoccassional comments on Schizophrenia, Understanding Delusion, and Buddhist Philosophy. ObviouslyAnnie comments on Redditors who have been in a coma - how did you realise how much time had passed, and were you surprised?

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That is the advice of my 13-year-old daughter, Esmee, as I struggle to make sense of a paragraph of notes for an upcoming Earth Science test on minerals. “Minerals have crystal systems which are defined by the # of axis and the length of the axis that intersect the crystal faces.” That’s how the notes start, and they only get murkier after that. Esmee is in the eighth grade at the NYC Lab Middle School for Collaborative Studies, a selective public school in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.

Some evenings, when we force her to go to bed, she will pretend to go to sleep and then get back up and continue to do homework for another hour. 5 Ways Delivering Food Is Like Living in a Tarantino Movie. Ukraine's Capital is literally revolting (Livestream) : worldnews. Iranian-American Like Me. My life of hell in an Afghan harem. Phyllis Chesler, 72, is a feminist scholar and a professor emerita of psychology and women’s studies at City University of New York. In her 14th book, “An American Bride in Kabul” (Palgrave Macmillan) out early next month, she shares for the first time the story of the five months she spent, as a young bride, held prisoner in a Afghan household.

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