5 Hero Dogs Lassie would be Proud of

Dogs are man’s best friends. There’s no doubt about it. No matter how distant some of them may sometimes seem, they are always on the guard. The fact that they live for their owner is very touching indeed. Here are some incredible stories of 5 hero dogs Lassie would be proud of.

1. Shana the digging dog

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Shana is a half wolf dog/half German Shepard who saved an elderly couple from a treacherous snowstorm. When Shana found Norman and Eve trapped by snow, she went to work, digging out a tunnel through which she would pull the couple back to the safety of their home. After Shana tunneled all the way to the house, it came back, grabbed the sleeve of Eve’s jacket, and threw the 86-pound woman over her back and neck, which Eve described as “as wide as our kitchen shelf.” Norman grabbed Eve’s legs, and the dog pulled them through the tunnel, under the trees and through an opening in a fence to the house. She than kept them warm, as electricity in the house was not working.

2. Honey the very young rescuer

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Honey was eventually awarded with the 2006 Dog of the Year, for saving her owner from a violent car accident. When she and Michael Bosch found their SUV rolled over and stuck upside down in a deep ravine, Bosch was trapped and knew that Honey was his only hope. He managed to release the dog and hope that she would somehow find help. Keep in mind that the 5-month-old English Cocker Spaniel got the attention of a man about a half-mile away and brought him to the scene of the accident. Rescuers concluded that had it not been for this, Bosch would have died.

3. Bear saved his young owner from drowning

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Patricia Drauch was walking to her garage when her 14-month-old, Stanley, disappeared from her sight. She finally went to her pool and found Stanley all blue and lying on his back. But her dog, Bear, was keeping Stanley’s head above water by balancing him on his back. Bear refused to move, or even bark, until Patricia got in the pool to retrieve her son. Bear saved Stanley’s life that day.

4. The stray dog that kept a lost boy warm

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When a 7-year-old boy in Siberia was trying to rescue a stray dog from a nine-foot deep roadside service bank, he accidentally slipped in himself. No one could find the missing boy until more than 72 hours later when road workers heard the exhausted barks of a dog from the pit. The dog had wrapped itself around the boy and prevented him from getting hypothermia, therefore saving his life. The dog was rescued alive, too, though its current whereabouts were unclear. Hopefully the animal was given proper medical treatment, a home and regular meals.

5. Orlando helped his blind owner to survive on subway tracks

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Cecil Williams, a visually impaired man, was waiting on a subway platform in Harlem when he began to feel weak. His guide dog, Orlando, barked to alert others, and tried to keep the man standing, but both toppled onto the tracks. A metro employee rushed over and instructed them to lie down between the rails, as a train was coming and there was no time to pull the two up. They both survived, and Williams credited Orlando with saving his life. He was afraid he might have to give the dog up when he retires at age 11 next year, but people were so touched by the story, that enough donations piled up for the man and his dog to stick together.

There are hundreds of other stories about how dogs saved their owners from death, learned how to perform the Heimlich maneuver or even dial 911. These are just five of the bravest ones. So go to your dog and give him a big kiss.

The 8 Most Disgusting Foods in the World

It’s dinnertime! But people all around the world are serving incredibly different dishes. What bon appetit means for every one of us ranges between infinite meanings. I’m not trying to ruin your day here, it’s just that the dishes I’m going to tell you about would most probably drift Jamie Oliver himself away from the kitchen. So here are the 8 most disgusting foods in the world.

All the vital organs of just about any species have been consumed at one time or another, such as Amazonian ants, half-cooked fetal eggs, worms of all kinds and stages of life, hoofs, beaks, ears, and eyeballs have all been efficiently put to good culinary use.

# 1. Casu Marzu

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This Sicilian dish is best described as a sheep milk cheese containing live insect larvae that are actually fermenting the cheese. It’s unnecessary to clear those white worms from the cheese before consuming, but some people do it. The Casu Marzu was banned for years and only sold on the black market, but few years ago it was declared a traditional food and now it’s legal to produce and sell them.

# 2. Tuna Eyeball

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This is poor man’s food in Japan because it costs about $1. They say it tastes like squid, but they also warn you to boil it before eating. I think it goes with everything, including the Casu Maezu from above.

# 3. Balut aka soft-boiled fetal duck

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This one consists of fertilized duck egg that has a partially grown duck embryo inside. The egg is boiled, which cooks both the liquid and the embryo. Puncturing the shell and sipping the broth inside is how you eat it. After that, the shell is peeled to give you access to eat the yolk and the cooked duckling. This popular dish is sold in buckets filled with sand, which keep the dish food warm.

# 4. Pacha or a sheep’s boiled head

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This is a more common dish in the Middle East, specifically Iraq and Egypt. You’ll find smoked versions and recipes for sheep’s head soup, usually presented whole and intact, sometimes with brains, sometimes without… Surprise, surprise…

# 5. Bat Paste

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You basically need a bunch of flying mouse, fruit, or fox bats caught somewhere in a remote village or where ever you may consider. Drop into a pot of boiling water or milk without killing them beforehand. Roast to desired doneness. Chop and make into paste with Thai herbs and spices.

# 6. 4-inch-long raw worms

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Food is scarce in the desert, we all know that, and for thousands of years the Australian Aborigines have relied partly on protein-rich grubs, such as the larvae of moths. They don’t prepare it at all whatsoever; they just pull it out of the ground and chew on it until it stops moving.

# 7. Jellied Moose Nose

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Take one moose’s upper jawbone, cut below the eyes and boil for 45 minutes, afterwards chill it in cold water. Then pull out all the hairs that should come out easily at this point. Place the hair-free nose in a kettle and bring to a boil, then simmer. After a night of letting it cool, you’ll have two kinds of meat to choose from: the bulb of the nose and thin strips of dark meat along the bones. Poor moose!

# 8. Boodog

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This Mongolian dish is basically a marmot or goat, cooked within its own skin with hot stones in the stomach. In a nutshell, after you’ve hung it upside down, bled it and broken its legs, there comes the stuffing consisting of smooth hot stones crammed into every cavity imaginable and even up under the leg skin where you would have drowned out the broken bones.

It is said: “The Chinese eat anything with four legs, except tables. And everything that flies, except airplanes”. Well I suppose this applies to other nations, too. We all have our oddities, that’s for sure, but come on now, I think we are exaggerating a bit. These dishes are the perfect evidence of the human need to feel the most powerful creature on the planet and just set his heel upon anything that moves. What a sad pursuit this is!

7 Types of Bread you Should Definitely Taste

7 Types of Bread you Should Definitely TasteEating bread is really addictive. One can never have enough. It’s simply delicious and it enriches any food it is served along with. Bread is divine, indeed. And people consume it all around the world and spice it up, or cook it according to their local customs and using their traditional ingredients. Discovering different types of bread from all around the world is an experience meant to succeed, under any circumstances. So let’s take a look at 7 types of bread you should definitely taste.

The most loved and savored food garnish throughout the world, bread is an old food dating back to the Neolithic era. Generally made from wheat-flour dough, bread can also comprise of various wheat species, such as rye, barley, maize and oats.

# 1. Naan, India

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Actually this oven-baked flatbread can be found all over Southeast Asia. It is best enjoyed with butter or ghee while still hot enough to melt it. The beauty of naan is that it can be topped, stuffed or infused with just about anything that crosses one’s mind, from herbs to seeds to pumpkin to cheese to spicy mashed potatoes.

# 2. Pão de Queijo, Brazil

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These are actually Brazilian cheese buns found throughout several countries in Latin America. Made from cassava, also known as tapioca or corn flour, they are gluten-free, making them an ideal bread to serve not only at a large family gathering, but also to any nutrition addict. Eggs help the dough fluff up as it bakes. This type of bread doesn’t use yeast or any other leavening agent. So it’s delicious and healthy at the same time. What an encouraging food-paradox.

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This braided egg bread is traditionally served on the Sabbath and holidays in order to commemorate the manna that fell from heaven and fed the Jews during their exodus from Egypt. It’s gently sweetened and turns golden brown after being baked. It sometimes contains raisins into the dough and the surface is topped with sesame or poppy seeds.

# 4. Pizza bianca, Italy

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This type of bread is typical all over Italy, it is only called pizza bianca in Rome and of course the way that it is made and the way that it tastes is different in every region. It is wonderful on its own and can also be filled with whatever one may want.

# 5. Fougasse and Fougassette, France

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These are traditional breads that originated in the city of Nice and its surrounding villages. The fougasse was originally a crusty bread made of baguette dough brushed with olive oil and flavored with orange zest, that is still the tradition, however many fougasse breads have tremendously changed recognition, as they now come with a wide variety of recipes. The most popular fougasse breads include black olives and or anchovies and some may include onions.

# 6. Bialy, Poland

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The bialy was developed in Bialystok, Poland and its name is short for bialystoker kuchen, mening Bialystok cake. It is a large, flat, chewy yeast roll, up to six inches in diameter, which is baked. The bialy has a depression in the middle that is typically filled with chopped onions and poppy seeds prior to baking. It is most often eaten as it is or spread with butter.

# 7. Pan de Muertos, Mexico

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This sweet egg bread is usually laced with anise or orange flower water and decorated with a skull and crossbones and is is eaten during Mexico’s Day of the Dead, on November 1st and 2nd. Should you want to eat this on any other day, try omitting the decorative skulls.

I must admit the fact that I’m already drooling. I’m going for some bread now. Bon appetit to you, too!

The 6 Most Crowded Neighbourhoods on Earth

The 6 Most Crowded Neighbourhoods on Earth

Some don’t care so much about privacy and are either forced, or choose to live in overwhelmingly crowded neighbourhoods. In the following post we’ll have a look at the 6 most crowded neighbourhoods on Earth.

The inspiration for this article comes from Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong, which was demolished back in 1993. Its population increased dramatically following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II. In 1987, the Walled City contained 33,000 residents within its 0.010 square miles borders. From the 1950s to the 1970s, it was controlled by Triads and had high rates of prostitution, gambling, and drug use. According to a government survey in 1987 an estimated 33,000 people resided within the Walled City. Based on this survey, the Walled City had a population density of approximately 3,250,000 per square mile in 1987.

1.     Mathare slum, Nairobi, Kenya

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Mathare Slum is one of the oldest and the worst slums in Africa. Situated three miles east of Nairobi city’s central business district, Mathare slum is home to over 700,000 people occupying an area of two miles long by one mile wide. Because of congestion, survival is a daily battle for the resident’s against the backdrop of diseases, crime, prostitution and lawlessness.

2.     Rocinha favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It is widely considered to be one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest, most densely populated and urbanized slums. The community has a population estimated at 69,161, according to a 2010 survey, who live crammed into a steep and rugged landscape of only 0.80 square miles. Compared to simple slums, Rocinha has a better-developed infrastructure and hundreds of businesses such as banks, medicine stores, bus lines or cable television.

3.     Santa Cruz del Islote, Island, Colombia

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Santa Cruz del Islote is a small Colombian island of only 2.4 acres, but it’s home to over 1200 people. There is currently no electricity on Santa Cruz and the Colombian navy ships bring drinking water to the island, once every three weeks. Moreover there are no locked doors here, and at night, dozens of people gather in their neighbors’ homes to watch popular soap operas.

4.     Marine Lines, Mumbai, India

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The name Marine Lines is derived from the Marine Battalion Lines, a military establishment built by the British in the 1800s. It does not have a large residential population but it has an enormous floating population consisting of office-workers, traders and shopkeepers. It is claimed to be the most densely populated areas in the world, with 291,981 people per square mile.

5.     Mong Kok, Kowloon Peninsula, Hong Kong

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With its extremely high population density of 340,000 per square mile, Mong Kok was described as probably the busiest district in the world. Mong Kok preserves its traditional characteristics with an array of markets, small shops, and food stalls that have already disappeared from other areas during the past several decades of economic developments. As such, a few of these streets in Mong Kok have acquired interesting nicknames reflecting their own characteristics

6.     Dharavi slums, Mumbai, India

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You might know Dharavi from the movie “Slumdog Millionaire”. Dharavi is the name given to an area of over 50 neighborhoods east of Mahim and Bandra. It’s estimated that these neighborhoods of Dharavi contribute anything from US$500 million to US$1 billion to Mumbai’s economy. In these slums you’ll find a variety of well documented, ingenious recycling programs as well as a thriving textile and tanning industry. The slum grew in part because of expulsion of factories and residents from peninsular city center by colonial government, and from rural poor migrating into urban Mumbai, at that time called Bombay. Dharavi’s total population estimates vary between 300,000 to about 1 million. It currently covers an area of 535 acres.

So consider yourself lucky for not having to live in such crowded areas where one has to basically live shoulder to shoulder with accidental strangers and be constrained to treat them as family.

7 of the Coolest Elevators on the Planet

Some are afraid of them, some love them, and kids are definitely fascinated by them. I’m talking about all the elevators around the world, which make our lives much easier than it could’ve been in their absence. So elevators have indeed become iconic and architects worldwide dedicate a great amount of their time imagining the coolest concepts around these miracle doers. Here are 7 of the coolest elevators on the planet.

According to Wikipedia, the first reference to an elevator is in the works of the Roman architect Vitruvius, who reported that Archimedes (c. 287 BC – c. 212 BC) built his first elevator probably in 236 BC. In some literary sources of later historical periods, elevators were mentioned as cabs on a hemp rope and powered by hand or by animals.

1. The Sky View, Sweden

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The Sky View is supposedly one of the boldest elevator projects in recent years. Engineered by Swedish Liftbyggarna it resembles a funicular system with a sophisticated mechanism. Built on a structure considered to be the biggest spherical building in the world - Globen, it offers an incredible ride over the stadium’s grounds and Stockholm’s cityscape.

2. The Hammetschwand Lift, Switzerland 

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The Hammetschwand Lift offers some of the best views of the Alps and Lucerne’s blue waters. The 499-foot ride takes 48-seconds and it is the tallest outdoor lift in Europe.

3. The Bailong Elevator, China 

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It’s a glass elevator built onto the side of a huge cliff in the Wulingyuan area. Being 1,070 feet tall, it is claimed to be the highest and heaviest outdoor elevator in the world. Construction of the elevator began in October 1999, and it was opened to the public by 2002.

4. The Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

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It’s an elevator inside a boat; basically, it’s a rotating boatlift that connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The difference in height of the two canals at the wheel is 79 feet. It’s undoubtedly one of the slowest elevators in the world, but it’s actually a unique engineering masterpiece.

5. The Gateway Arch, USA

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A 630-foot architectural monument, located in in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s built in the form of an arch and it is the tallest man-made monument in the US, and at the same time, the world’s tallest arch. In order to reach the top of the Arch, there’s a tram in each leg of the arch, that’s basically a chain of eight 5-pasanger egg-shaped compartments. The trip to the top takes 4 minutes.

6. Long Island Business Center, USA

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Behind the doors of the elevator located in Queens, New York there lays a dragon with 3D beasts coming out of its eye sockets. A fish-eye mirror in the back adds to the psychedelic atmosphere. The elevator is a last remnant from when the former Macy’s warehouse building was designed in order to match a more artsy clientele. In fact, the entire lobby was once matching the elevator, but most of the decorations have been removed in order to match a more traditional office space. Fortunately the new owners decided to keep the unusual elevator in the back corner.

7. AquaDom, Germany

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This is reportedly the most spectacular elevator in the world, with a breathtaking appearance and a really daring concept. The AquaDom in Berlin is an 82 feet tall cylindrical acrylic glass aquarium with a built-in transparent elevator inside of it. It is located in he lobby of Berlin’s Radisson Blu Hotel, and it houses not only the people going between floors, but also allows them to be inches away from almost a hundred different species of fish.