Another fun fact, today, September 20th, is actually the official start of Oktoberfest, despite the name. It does continue until October 5th.
10 July 1856 - this amazing man was born. His research and discoveries would forever shape the course of human history!
Also, Thomas Edison was a douchebag!
Native Americans were the first people to live in America. Learn more about their economy and systems of government http://bit.ly/1dhEFtt
Much respect is owed these indigenous peoples of our great lands.
Skateboarding in Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey.
Watching this will immediately make you cooler. Seriously, take a few minutes from your hard-scrolling and chill with this.
There’s something profound to be said for this skate video. Boiling it down to the core means realizing the origin and most natural placement of skateboarding is in the streets, among normal, average people, regardless of the geographic location.
In taking this sport to unlikely locales, which coincidentally equates to misunderstood places that we are unfamiliar with, means that an audience of mostly free spirited, open-minded youths get to see countries like Iran, which are mostly vilified by our main stream media, for what they are; just another place on the planet where the people are content, if not happy, to live their lives and enjoy what they’ve come to know as home.
Politics aside, there is no reason for the people of the United States to harbor any hatred or negative thoughts towards the people of Iran. We can have our opinions and disagree with the politics of the select few who control that aspect of the country, but for the common citizens, we are all living together in this world.
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* The majority (66 percent) of low-wage workers are not employed by small businesses, but rather by large corporations with over 100 employees;
* The 50 largest employers of low-wage workers have largely recovered from the recession and most are in strong financial positions: 92 percent were profitable last year; 78 percent have been profitable for the last three years; 75 percent have higher revenues now than before the recession; 73 percent have higher cash holdings; and 63 percent have higher operating margins (a measure of profitability).
* Top executive compensation averaged $9.4 million last year at these firms, and they have returned $174.8 billion to shareholders in dividends or share buybacks over the past five years.
Marshall is the best part of How I Met Your Mother. I love him.
Now HE is a role-model
A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
Uruguay (in particular, the President) doing it in what I like to call,
"the right way."
For anyone who drives a vehicle, no matter where you live, no matter how busy or congested the traffic might be, everyone has experienced another driver cutting him or her off with no warning or indication to their proposed trajectory. In this situation, you often need to slam on your brakes or swerve in order to not hit the f@%#king idiot who is totally self-absorbed and completely oblivious to anything that is going on around him.
Your heartbeat & blood pressure rise, you get frustrated and angry and if you’re like me, you punch the steering wheel and/or rattle out a string of expletives so profane that no one would ever look at you the same if they heard it.
From the archives! One of my first posts, clearly a soapbox moment, but oh so needed, especially in L.A.!!!
Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
Albert Einstein (via burnthisdiskoout)
Truer words may have never been spoken.
I’m sure everyone has heard about the great Lake Baikal, and if you haven’t,boy, are you missing out.
This ancient lake, which is about 25 million years old, and thought to be the oldest in the world, contains 20% of the world’s unfrozen fresh water. That’s right, it contains just 1% less fresh water than all the Great Lakes combined,while it’s surface area is over 7 times smaller.
Why is that, you ask? It’s because Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world: It’s maximum depth is 1642 meters, which is deep enough for the Eiffel Tower to stand on itself 5 times and not reach the surface.
But it gets better: the Lake Baikal is among the clearest lakes of the world, so you can see the bottom to a depth of nearly 40 meters, and you can drink right from it, no purifying needed. Furthermore, Lake Baikal sustains 2630 different species of animals and plants, 80% of which are unique to it, and can’t be found anywhere else.
Oh, and by the way? Under both the lake and it’s underwater sediment some of Earth’s tallest mountains(plural!) are submerged, their height over 7000 meters.
Lake Baikal is perhaps one of the world’s most amazing, awe-inspiring, and unique locations, and I would seriously recommend everybody who has some free time on their hands to discover more on their own.
Screw China, when water becomes more valuable than oil, you’re gonna want to live in Russia!
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