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The underground acrobats who flip, somersault and pole-dance among New York City subway riders are drawing a new audience — police officers.
NYPD is cracking down on subway showmen who use trains as moving stages for impromptu — and illegal — pass-the-hat performances.
More than 240 people have been arrested on misdemeanors related to acrobatics so far this year, compared with fewer than 40 at this time a year ago. Full story here
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Six Totally Unique Places to Visit in Africa:
If you’ve ever wondered where you can find the world’s largest artificial pineapple, your curious mind needn’t ponder anymore. Located about 55km from Grahamstown, the 16,7m-high attraction was created by members of the local agriculture community in Bathurst as a way of displaying their love for this tasty fruit as it grows in high abundance in the area.
Constructed and erected between 1990 and 1992, the Big Pineapple came into fruition on Summerhill Estate after a few of the local farmers went to the Sunshine Coast of Australia, saw their Big Pineapple, copied the idea and made an even bigger and better version.
Lake Reba/Lac Rose
Cap Vert Peninsula, Senegal
There aren’t many places in the world where you can see a pink lake. In fact, there are only two countries that host these incredible cotton candy-tinted waters. Aside from Australia’s Lake Hillier, Senegal’s Lac Rose is the only other of its kind in the world.
Less than an hour away from the capital city of Dakar, Lake Retba is separated only by some narrow dunes from the Atlantic Ocean. It gets its colour from Dunaliella salina, a type of algae that is attracted by the lake’s high salt content reaching as high as 40% in some areas. The bacteria produces a red pigment in order to absorb the sunlight which gives the lake its unique pink hue. Its saline content is comparable to that of the Dead Sea’s and exceeds it during the dry season (November to June). And yes, that means exactly what you think it does - you can float easy if you enter the lake.
Thanks to its high salt content, not many organisms can survive in the lake, which makes it useful for salt production. So if you visit the lake, you’ll also happen upon salt collectors in the area extracting this precious condiment from the bottom of the lake by hand.
Rinsed in various hues of stand-out blues, this northwestern Moroccan city of ‘Chaouen’ (as it is often called by Moroccans) has become one of the most instantly recognized cities in the world, as well as a popular tourist destination. Yet, there is a rich history to the place that isn’t always as well known.
Situated in the Rif Mountains was originally founded in 1471, as a small fortress, by Moorish exiles from Spain, led by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami, to fight the Portuguese invasions of northern Morocco. It also became one of the few areas where Moriscos and Jews sought refuge in this mountainous city after the Spanish Reconquista in medieval times. In 1920, the Spanish seized Chefchaouen to form part of Spanish Morocco. With Morocco’s independence in 1956, the city was ‘returned’ and is known a part of modern-day Morocco.
The name of the area refers to the shape of the mountain tops above the town, that look like the two horns (chaoua) of a goat. “Chef Chaouen" derives from the Berber word for horns, Ichawen. The countryside around it has a reputation for being a prolific source of kief. The Chefchaouen region is one of the main producers of cannabis in Morocco. Hashish is subsequently sold all over town, but is mostly the domain of native Chaouenis.
Apparently, the town is painted blue to ward off mosquitoes.
The Rock Restaurant
Michanwi Pingwe beach, Zanzibar
It really isn’t hard to sell a place like this. What’s fancier than eating at a seafood restaurant atop a rock? I mean, you even have to take your shoes off before entering it. Whether you go for the food, location or both, it’s bound to be a memorable experience.
Avenue of the Baobabs
One can only imagine that this place is as incredible as it looks. This dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in western Madagascar is lined and surrounded by majestic fort-like Baobab trees that are up to 800 years old and around 30 meters high. What’s more is that this particular species of baobab tree, of which there are nine in total, is endemic to Madagascar making the place all the more unique.
As much recognition, and deservedly so, that the pyramids of Giza, Egypt, receive, Sudan’s Nubian pyramids are a site to behold themselves. These architectural and archaeological feats are a testament to the greatness of the once formidable city of Meroë, the capital city of the now ancient Kingdom of Kush. From around
800 B.C. to 280 A.D., the Kingdom of Kush flourished and, influenced by Ancient Egypt, erected these pyramids as a way of burying their elite.
Although in various states of ruin, there are over 200 pyramids that are a combination of royal and non-royal tombs. It is a wonderfully complex site situated in North-East Sudan along the banks of the Nile River.
Old Finnish people with things on their heads. That is all.
(OK, I lied, that is not all. These are part of a funny, gorgeous photo series by Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen called Eyes As Big As Plates, and you should look at as much of it as you possibly can.)
(Also: hat tip, so to speak, to Mr. Benjamin Birdsall.)
Here is one of my latest projects. In this video, I wanted to explore the dichotomy of nudity as art and nudity as obscene through the lens of artists in a life drawing class. In this video I wanted to allow the viewers to explore their comfort levels and analyze their positions on art and nudity.
Music credit: “Schizogeography/ in the green automobile which I have invented imagined and envisioned on the roads of our metropolis” by the Fucked Up Beat