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The Queen of Thieves

New York’s first female crime boss

July 31, 2017
The Queen of Thieves
The underworld of New York is often portrayed as men’s warfare; however one of the most influential crime bosses in the history of the city was a Prussian immigrant Fredericka Mandelbaum. Also called ‘The Queen of Fences’, this woman became one of the strongest criminal figures of her day, buying stolen goods and reselling them, financing criminal endeavors, and even opening a school for young criminals.

How planes go to die

World’s largest boneyard

July 21, 2017
How planes go to die
Airplanes have been built for decades. As these planes become outdated or no longer needed, they must be stored in boneyards and eventually disposed of. Military and airliner boneyards are located around the world, from the UK to Australia, from Canada to Russia, and elsewhere. These "boneyards" around the world serve several functions: temporary storage, maintenance, parts reclamation, and scrapping.

Devils' museum and witches' hill

How collection of horned creatures turned into museum

July 17, 2017
Devils' museum and witches' hill
Devils' Museum in Kaunas, Lithuania, is included in the list of the most unique museums in the world. Three floors have horned creatures from around the world coming in different shapes, sizes, colors and made from different materials. The devils are mischievously smiling, peeking out of the dark corner, showing the evil menace grin or a scree giggle. Some of them can be distinguished from ordinary humans only if you see horns or a tail protruding from the shaggy hair.

Town without newborns and dead

Four months without sun

June 29, 2017
Town without newborns and dead
Longyearbyen, the northernmost town in the world, lies on the Svalbard Islands of Norway. With a permanent population of over 1,000 people, the former coal mining town is now the cultural and commercial center of the Svalbard Islands, featuring the northernmost ATM, church, museum, post office, radio station, airport, and university in the world.

Nine months in the Pacific

Supporting women to overcome life changing events

June 12, 2017
Nine months in the Pacific
In April 2015, four British women, the Coxless Crew team, got into a boat under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to start a nine-month journey across the Pacific Ocean. Before arriving in in Cairns in north-east Australia, they covered 8,446 miles to support women who have had to face adversity and overcome life changing events.

Bridge of Courageous Hearts

Tested by sledgehammers and cars

June 7, 2017
Bridge of Courageous Hearts
A 430-meter-long glass bridge was constructed across a deep canyon in China's Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and opened in summer 2016. Designed by architect Haim Dotan, the bridge is believed to be the world's longest and tallest glass pedestrian bridge. Glass panels are set into its walkway, giving visitors vertigo-inducing views and photo opportunities of the canyon below.

“Live” food

Crawling ants and wriggling fish

June 5, 2017
“Live” food
Officially stated, food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for an organism. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the cells to provide energy, maintain life, or stimulate growth. People usually consume food of animal origin after cooking, but there are some who prefer it ‘live’. In 2007, a newspaper reported that a man from south east China claimed that eating live frogs for a month cured his intestinal problems. He also eats live mice and rats.

Child soldiers, oil and genocide

What’s happening in South Sudan

May 31, 2017
Child soldiers, oil and genocide
Tom Catena, an American physician, has been practicing in Gidel in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan since 2008. Known by locals as “Dr. Tom”, he has been on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Mother of Mercy Catholic Hospital to care for the more than 750,000 citizens of Nuba amidst ongoing civil war between the government of Sudan and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement. On May 28, 2017, he was announced the laureate of Aurora Prize for rekindling faith in humanity.

‘Emperor’ who ate his enemies

Cannibalism as cultural norm

May 25, 2017
‘Emperor’ who ate his enemies
Cannibalism is as old as the hills. It is the act or practice of humans eating the flesh or internal organs of other human beings. The expression cannibalism has been extended into zoology to mean one individual of a species consuming all or part of another individual of the same species as food, including sexual cannibalism. It has been both practiced and fiercely condemned in several wars, especially in Liberia and Congo. It was still practiced in Papua New Guinea as of 2012 for cultic reasons and in ritual and in war in various Melanesian tribes.

Saving lives

Courageous flight attendants

May 24, 2017
Saving lives
The life of flight attendants is often glamorized: they travel to faraway countries, get to know different people and wear a beautiful uniform. However, not everyone comprehends that this occupation is dangerous as well. Besides flying high in the sky, these slender in build young women sometimes risk their lives saving passengers.
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