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What $300,000 Buys In Housing Markets Around The World

October 2, 2017 | 11 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Mäntyharju, Finland — $298,530 (€269,000)

Location: The shores of Lake Kallavesi

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Fascinating Photos Collected From History

September 28, 2017 | 9 Comments » | Topics: History |

Otto Frank, Anne Frank’s father and the only surviving member of the Frank family revisiting the attic they spent the war in, May 3, 1960

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Photographer Gives Intimate Look Inside Bedrooms Across America

September 28, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Barbara Peacock is one of five recipients of the Getty Images annual Grants for Editorial Photography programme, which gives photojournalists an award of $10,000 as well as the agency’s support in pursuing projects of their choosing. American Bedroom is an ongoing series of portraits in which she explores the complexities and idiosyncrasies of contemporary American life.

Betty, Sweden, Maine: “My husband died. I can smoke in the house now”.

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

September 27, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Answers |

What is it like to be a woman in Saudia Arabia?

“I got into an accident in a taxi, and the ambulance refused to take me to the hospital until my male guardian arrived. I had lost a lot of blood. If he didn’t arrive that minute, I would’ve been dead by now,” tweeted Rulaa, 19-year-old Saudi Arabian female teenager in October 2016.

In December 2015, women were allowed to vote and stand in elections in Saudi Arabia for first time in the modern history of the kingdom. The religious establishment opposed the move with the Grand Mufti describing it as “opening the door to evil”, while women’s rights campaigners said it heralded a turning point for women’s rights in this tightly regulated absolute monarchy. In the same year, a gender gap index by the World Economic Forum ranked Saudi Arabia as among the worst countries to be a woman, placing it at 134 out of 145 nations. Did the election signal an improvement in the status of women in Saudi Arabia, or was it window dressing?

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Questions And Answers From World War 2

September 26, 2017 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Answers |

What became of the children of high-ranking nazis? How did they deal with the actions of their parents later in life?

There’s a book on this subject called “My Father’s Keeper – The Children of Nazi Leaders – An Intimate History of Damage and Denial: How Nazis’ Children Grew Up with Parents’ Guilt” written by a German journalist called Stephan Lebert. He did a series of interviews and general research on the children of high ranking Nazis. Also a film called “Hitler’s Children” made by Israeli director Chanoch Zeevi. It was quite diverse – Martin Adolf Bormann ended up being a quiet and peace-seeking priest. Edda Göring made public appearances, attending memorials for Nazis and took part in political events, Gudrun Burwitz (daughter of Himmler) was a neo-Nazi. Bettina Goering had herself sterilized so she “would not pass on the blood of a monster”.

The most disturbing anecdote in the book was Hans Frank’s son Niklas Frank – apparently he masturbated on October 16th (the anniversary of his father’s death) with the image of his father hanging.

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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

September 25, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

A literacy test given to black voters in the 1960s

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Rutka Laskier, The “Polish Anne Frank,” And Her Diary About The Holocaust

September 21, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting |

Rutka Laskier was a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl from Poland who wrote a diary about her life and experiences after the German invasion of Poland during WWII. She was sent to live in a ghetto along with her family and later deported to Auschwitz where she was killed. Her diary was preserved by her Roman Catholic friend for sixty-four years and was published in 2006. Laskier’s diary is often compared to that of Anne Frank’s diary, who wrote hers between ages thirteen and fifteen, and she is sometimes referred to as the “Polish Anne Frank."

Below are some of her Diary entries.

January 19, 1943

“I cannot grasp that it is already 1943, four years since this hell began.”

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Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

September 21, 2017 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

So many American Indians joined the military during WW2 that had all Americans joined at the same proportion, conscription would not have been necessary. The Blackfeet tribe mocked the idea of a draft: “Since when has it been necessary for Blackfeet to draw lots to fight?” 

The Iroquois Confederacy, having declared war on Germany in 1917, had never made peace and so automatically became party to World War II. The Navajo and other tribes were so eager to go to war that they stood for hours in bad weather to sign their draft cards, while others carried their own rifles so they would be ready for battle when they joined up. Unwilling to wait for their draft numbers, one-fourth of the Mescalero Apaches in New Mexico enlisted. Nearly all the able-bodied Chippewas at the Grand Portage Reservation enlisted. In a story that has been attributed to many other tribes as well, Blackfeet Indians mocked the need for a conscription bill. “Since when,” their members cried, “has it been necessary for Blackfeet to draw lots to fight?”

The annual enlistment for Native Americans jumped from 7,500 in the summer of 1942 to 22,000 at the beginning of 1945. According to the Selective Service in 1942, at least 99 percent of all eligible Indians, healthy males aged 21 to 44, had registered for the draft. War Department officials maintained that if the entire population had enlisted in the same proportion as Indians, the response would have rendered Selective Service unnecessary. … The Iroquois took it as an insult to be called up under compulsion. They passed their own draft act and sent their young braves into National Guard units.

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