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.

10 Strangely Enchanting Food Combinations

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When it comes to strange food combinations, people seem very inventive, indeed. But some of them are really worthwhile. So in case you are bored of the classical stuff and need spicing up your life, here they are: 10 strangely enchanting food combinations for your senses!

1. Vanilla ice cream + Balsamic vinegar

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When in comes to Italians, anything goes with a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar. And I really mean ANYTHING. So this first combination here was their idea, but one worth dying for. It seems vanilla ice cream, or any other derivation, such as Mc. Sundaes, milkshakes or vanilla frappes are incredibly tasty when combined wit        h a bit of balsamic vinegar.

2. Vanilla ice cream+ French fries

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There’s just something about this strange combination, which is probably the most common food oddity on the planet. Every youngster ends up dipping the French fries into the vanilla ice cream dessert while eating out with the family. It may be weird at first, but after that first dip of your fry in your ice cream or shake, you will be doing it every time you’re out at your favorite diner.

3. Cayenne pepper + Mango

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Cayenne pepper is known to somehow enhance all the fruity aromas. It actually goes well wit every fruit salad, or lemonade. But when you mix it with mango, it’s incredible!

4. Viennese schnitzel + Blueberry jam

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Meat and jam definitely have a je ne sais quoi when blended together inside our mouths. We all know the traditional meatballs and jam, but the crunchy Viennese schnitzel dipped in blueberry jam is a match made in Heaven!

5. Caviar + White chocolate flakes

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When it comes to this one, you might as well take the white chocolate bar and give it a try, but if you want to seem posh, try them with the flakes. Chocolate and caviar work incredibly well together because they both contain high levels of amines, which contribute to the delicious flavors we find in cooked meat and cheeses. You can definitely find this one in fancy restaurants menus.

6. Peanut butter + Mayo

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I wonder if there’s something on this planet that doesn’t mix well with peanut butter. This is definitely not the case when in comes to Mayo. But then again I wonder if there’s something on this planet that doesn’t go well with mayo… Hmmm… so take the 2 probably most delicious foods on this planet and mix them, probably on a nicely toasted piece of bread. I’m already drooling here.

7. Peanut butter + Bacon

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Our all time favourite again, the peanut butter, this time mixed with the traditional bacon. You can have it as you like, either fried or raw. They won’t let you down, I promise.

8. Melon + Prosciutto

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We also have to thank the Italians for this one. Melon and prosciutto are the best things ever when combined.  You should try this recipe out: put the melon inside your blender, than add cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar and salt. Mix them together and add prosciutto slices when you serve the previously obtained mix. It’s de-li-cious!

9. Dark chocolate + Parmesan cheese

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These two foods have been tested over and over again and they pair perfectly! Pairing the not so sweet dark chocolate with the nutty, tangy Parmesan cheese is pure genius. There are some dark chocolate bars that are even being sold already stuffed with Parmesan cheese! Another desert that God Himself would find hard to resist!

10. Strawberries + Balsamic vinegar

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Yes, balsamic vinegar again! But this time sprinkled on strawberries, as the best replacement for chocolate syrup or sugar or whatever you usually prefer. The sweet-tart combination is absolutely delicious!

So you have some serious tasting to do. In case you don’t find my suggestions too repugnant, give them a chance. They’ve been mind blowing since forever!

8 Vegetables That are Actually Fruits

Vibrant Produce Let’s have a little chat about food, shall we? Well a special kind of food, called fruit, that everybody can usually distinguish from their vegetable relatives. Well at least we think we can, because as it turns out, not all vegetables we refer to as vegetables really belong to this category. Here they are, 8 vegetables that are actually fruits.

In a nutshell, botanically speaking, a fruit is a seed-bearing structure that develops from the ovary of a flowering plant, whereas vegetables are all other plant parts, such as roots, leaves and stems. Therefore some interesting differences ought to be made before going to dinner.

# 1. Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are fruits, indeed! Tomatoes are a fruit from the big Solanaceae family, where some other “fake vegetables” are also included. There was a whole debate about them back in the late19th century, when a Supreme Court ruled that they are actually vegetables for trade purposes. There was a case, called Nix v. Hedden, when a tomato importer believed that he wasn’t supposed to pay the import duty on vegetables because tomatoes are fruits. And the man was right. However the court acknowledged that a tomato is a botanical fruit, but went with what the custom definitions of fruit and vegetable, meaning the ones used in the kitchen.

# 2. Peppers

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Peppers are fruits of the genus Capsicum that also belong to the Solanacea family, also known as the nightshades. Basically they are fruit because they contain seeds, according to the definition above. The super spicy ones are also incuded in this category. The green and red varieties actually emerge from the same plant. Immature green peppers sweeten over time and become the sweeter red peppers.

# 3. Cucumbers

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Cucumbers are a member of a family called Cucurbitaceae. They develop from a beautiful yellow flower and are classified as fruits. When you think of the salty pickles that some of them end up being, it becomes quite shocking, doesn’t it?

# 4. Avocados

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Strangely, avocado is a fruit, well technically a berry, from the plant family Lauraceae. There are some Asian cultures that use it as a fruit, like Vietnam or Indonesia. Over there they apparently use it for dessert only, like in all sorts of milkshakes and puddings.

# 5. Olives

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A really unusual type of fruit, olives are Mediteranean delights, very healthy and the source for the good ole olive oil.

# 6. Eggplants

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Eggplant is a fruit also belonging to the nightshade (Solanaceae) family. It is related to tomatoes, peppers and potatoes. Interestingly, eggplant is classified as a berry.

# 7. Squash

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All varieties of squash belong to the genus Cucurbita and are classified as fruits. They are “blood relatives” with pumpkins, zucchini, summer squash, butternut squash, and acorn squash.

But apart from the pumpkin, which is commonly used for sweet pies or milkshakes, the rest of the family is seldom treated like it should be; like a fruit.

# 8. Okras

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Okras are usually cooked into a thick delicious stew, nothing one would normally do with a fruit. It’s a fibrous fruit loaded with antioxidants. The nutritious pods can even reduce the risk of heart disease. But they are not as popular as they really deserve.

Justice has to be made for these vitamin-rich foods. But the thing is that a great part of the cooking paradigm must be changed in order to make their dream come true. I don’t think they really mind our mistreating them, but according to nutritionists, fruits should never be mixed with anything else but fruits when eaten. Moreover they should always be eaten on an empty stomach, or at least 2 hours after a meal. But what do you do if they are the actual meal?

4 Religions Scarier Than Chucky

5 Religions Scarier Than Chucky

When it comes to religon, people can be strange indeed. According to Wikipedia, the major religious beliefs around the world are Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Nevertheless people have felt free to invent their own in a desperate attempt to create something according to their own ways of thinking, acting and believing.  Some of these are scarier than Chucky. So here they are: 4 religions scarier than Chucky the doll.

The Church of Euthanasia

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Their own words are beyond anything I could write down as an accurate description. Here they are: “The Human population is increasing by one million every four days. This is a net increase of 95 million per year, the current population of Mexico. Even major wars or epidemics hardly dent this rate of growth, and modern wars also have tremendous environmental consequences. It is for these practical reasons, as well as moral ones, that we support only voluntary forms of population reduction.

The Church has only one commandment, and it is “Thou Shalt Not Procreate.” In addition, we have four “pillars” or principles, which are Suicide, Abortion, Cannibalism and Sodomy.

Note that cannibalism is only required for those who insist on eating flesh, and is strictly limited to consumption of the already dead. Also note that sodomy is defined as any sexual act not intended for procreation.” Amen.

P.S. Their pretentious language, something between Shakespeare and modern American English is just breathtaking!

Jediism

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“This one is pretty clear,” you’d be tempted to say at a first glance. “They’re probably just a bunch of Star Wars fans playing around.” Not quite…

Ok, so they really believe in The Force, as an energy that holds the Universe together and flows through every material thing. This is far from being an original idea. Come on now, every Eastern religion has this belief as guidance. They’re more of a blend between Taoism and Buddhism that also incorporates elements of medieval chivalry. While there’s no formal central doctrine, all this is loosely referred to as the “Jedi Code”. However this code encourages the following principles: “There is no emotion, there is peace. There is no ignorance, there is knowledge. There is no passion, there is serenity. There is no chaos, there is harmony. There is no death, there is the Force” Ok, now. They are less creepy than Chucky, but you can’t deny the fact that they belong to the same world: children’s world.

The Church of Ed Wood

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Following the film industry, it seems it succeeded in creating a bunch of spiritual stuff for every living soul out there. So here’s Woodism, or a religion dedicated to the worst film directors of all time. So this guy is regarded as one of the saviour, though not THE saviour. They are basically upholding the morals and ideals of Edward D. Wood and preaching Ed’s message of total understanding and acceptance, regardless of what modern society may say.

Wood was also a transvestite in 1950s America. So this is where their acceptance is coming from. Creepy…

Raëlism

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Raëlism is a UFO religion. It was founded by Claud Vorilhon, now known as Raëland it is, as far as the number of followers is concerned, the largest such religion in the world after Scientology. So in case you didn’t know that, the Elohim is a group of extraterrestrials who posed as angels and deities in their relationships with early humans and created life on our planet.  Raël is the last human contacted by the Elohim to prepare us for their imminent return.

According to Raël, he was dictated a message explaining our origins and future in December 1973, during personal meetings with a 25,000-year-old extraterrestrial named Yahweh, who came in a UFO. The message dictated to Raël during this encounter states that the Elohim contacted about forty people to act as their prophets on Earth, such as those who founded the world’s major religions like Moses, Buddha, Jesus or Muhammad. When all wars are over, the Elohim will visit Earth once again.