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.
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.
I love days when the stock market is up. It generally means that something good is happening in the world, and that people are making money. Today was one of those days; the Dow Jones Industrial Average, one of the three main American indexes used to judge the health of the stock market, was up about 1% this morning. Then, a Twitter message sent to millions of users caused what is known as a flash-crash as people around the world saw what they thought may have been one of the most shocking news stories in a decade.
This afternoon, the 77th Masters Tournament will conclude and a deserving winner will receive one of Augusta National’s coveted green jackets (unless, of course, there is a playoff). This annual tournament draws thousands of spectators – or rather, “patrons” – to witness current and future golf legends provide one of the most entertaining and epic competitions in the world of sports. Held at the same time and place every year, the Masters has become one of the most storied and historic sporting events in the world. In honor of this, here are some famous facts about the Tournament and its home course that you may not have know.
(If you don’t get the title reference…get cultured.)
Missile launchers near the borders. American warships chugging towards the Korean Peninsula. A cartoonish North Korean guy threatening to wipe everyone else off the map. Once again, it seems like we are closer than ever to a second Korean War. Actually, it would technically be the same war since a peace treaty was never signed to end the first one, but I digress. To someone who is only moderately familiar with the situation, things look bad: North Korea, or Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as it is formally known, almost certainly has nuclear technology as well as rockets to deliver it with; they have the largest army by number of personnel in the world; and they have a young leader with something to prove. But are things really as bad as they think? Let’s face it; diplomatically, things with the DPRK are always screwed up to one degree or another. So let me offer a few considerations from a military perspective that will hopefully let you breathe a sigh of relief.
Between 1968 and 1985, 16 people were brutally murdered around the foothills of Tuscany; In 2002, the death of an Italian doctor was alleged to involve an elaborate ring of Satanic cultists connected to the Society of Freemasons; and in 2011, American student Amanda Knox was acquitted of the murder of her British roommate in what was suggested to be some sort of Satanic sacrificial orgy. How are these three events connected? By an Italian prosecutor named Giuliano Mignini.