The Tale of the Arab Spring Break


In 2011, Chris Jeon was a 21-year old UCLA student from an affluent Orange County neighborhood. A brilliant student and dedicated mathematics major, Chris had his eyes set on a lucrative summer internship at the largest asset management firm in the world – a position that would catapult him into the career in finance that he had always dreamed of. But by the end of the summer, Chris would find himself not sitting in a cubicle, but fighting alongside Libyan rebels in their revolution against Muammar Gaddafi.

This is the story of one of the most epic and unlikely summer breaks ever.

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The World’s Most Unusual Airports


If you have been on more than a few flights in your lifetime then you know how much of a mess some airports can be. Confusing layouts, long security lines, awkward gift shops and restaurants that I wouldn’t eat at for free. Luckily, airports are as varied and diverse as the cities they serve – and some of them are awesome. This list covers neither the good nor the bad but instead some of the most strange.

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The Gold Star Mothers Club


For those who have never been involved in sending a close friend or relative off to war, it is hard to imagine the myriad of emotions experienced on a daily basis – a mixture of pride and anguish that will never leave a parent, sibiling, or spouse until their warrior comes home. As a reservist myself, I cringe to think of the effect that a deployment would have on my parents. Fortunately, the culture surrounding military families provides for the single greatest support system that could exist around such a massive organization.

But on this day, we remember those who never came home as well as the families they left behind.

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The Greatest Filibuster of All Time


fil·i·bus·ter

noun

1. the use of irregular or obstructive tactics by a member of a legislative assembly to prevent the adoption of a measure generally favored or to force a decision against the will of the majority.
2. an exceptionally long speech, as one lasting for a day or days, or a series of such speeches to accomplish this purpose.
3. a member of a legislature who makes such a speech.

Save the World…Drink Heineken


In the long history of human construction, almost every type of material imaginable has been used to build things. After all, you only need to find something that will hold its shape and support weight to make a building with it. The Romans would often embed empty vases into concrete to both reduce the weight of taller portions of structures as well as to take up space and use less concrete. But imagine building an entire house, village, or city out of bottles: crazy, right? To Alfred Heineken, this idea had the potential to change the world. Enter the Heinekin WOBO.

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The World Map: Intolerance Edition


This fascinating map composed by two Swedish economists as part of a study of economic freedom reveals some surprising attitudes towards race. The most developed countries are seemingly more tolerant, but this could also be due to respondents in those countries being less willing to answer the question honestly.

Interestingly though, there does not seem to be much of a correlation between expressed intolerance and racial diversity; the United States and India, while being roughly equal in terms of ethnic diversity, are on opposite ends of the intolerance spectrum. Even Britain, Australia, and the Scandanavian countries expressed the least intolerance while also having the least ethnic diversity.