The gaping flame-filled crater has been this way since 1971, when Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern of natural gas and decided to burn it off so it wouldn’t poison anyone. They thought it would take a few days. Four decades later, locals refer to this pit as the Door to Hell.
Derweze, Ahal Province, Turkmenistan.
updated my alma mater on my life since graduation
Have you ever wanted to tell someone they look sleep-deprived, but then just before you do, stopped yourself? Because, wait, are they really sleep-deprived? Or is that just how their eyes usually look? Also, remember, not everyone likes to be told they look tired.
In 2010, researchers at the University of Stockholm found that people who appear tired are also more likely to be perceived as unhealthy and less attractive. (So, yes, “You look tired” is an unambiguous insult.) The Sweden-based research team published even more specific details in the academic journal Sleep this week to help us sort the inexorable facts on the link between how we sleep and how we appear.
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i’m really tempted to make this my first purchase once my osap comes in
Major Cay is an uninhabited island in the Bahaman Exuma Cays. Uninhabited, that is, by people. On a pristine sandy beach on its northwest corner, there’s a colony of around 20 pigs who retrieve food from passing boats and bathe with tourists.
Beyond the opportunity to have your photo taken in a real-life New Yorker cartoon, this phenomenon is both visually stunning and zoologically confounding.
Various theories persist as to how the happy pigs found themselves living a life of tropical luxury.
Some say sailors left the animals there to breed and one day provide a source of food for inhabitants of the island, and they never came back. Others claim a shipwreck dumped them there on the rocks, or that the pigs were introduced by the Bahaman government as a tourist attraction. If the latter were true, it was a wise move — boat tours from the neighboring Fowl Clay and mainland Exuma run daily, and feeding the pigs is encouraged.
The level of mystery surrounding the swine’s origins is somewhat peculiar, since the pigs first appeared as recently as 2001.
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