Category Archives: Oddities

The Legacy Of The Polio Vaccine In 7 Countries

By | October 29, 2014

Guilt Free Desserts: Gluten Free Diabetic Safe Desserts Today is the 100th birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk, inventor of the polio vaccine. Here are the places still using his gift. Google on Tuesday used its Doodle to celebrate Dr. Jonas Salk, the inventor of the polio vaccine, who would have turned 100 today. Salk's successful vaccine was first… Read More »

Britain Won’t Support Future Operations To Prevent Migrants Drowning In The Mediterranean

By | October 29, 2014

The Foreign Office’s decision not to help was met with outrage from charities and political commentators. Migrants sit in a boat during a rescue operation by the Italian navy off the coast of the south of Sicily last November. Handout / Reuters According to The Telegraph: Lady Anelay, who set out Britain's position in a recent House of… Read More »

Ugandan Court Dismisses High-Profile Case Against Ugandan LGBT Activist

By | October 29, 2014

Sam Ganafa was arrested in November 2013 in the run-up to passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. / Via A Ugandan court has dismissed charges against Sam Ganafa, head of the LGBT rights group Spectrum Uganda, Ganafa told the blog Erasing 76 Crimes on Wednesday. The court dismissed the charges on Oct. 8, Ganafa said. He was… Read More »

What Will The Ancestors Think If You Burn A Body In Liberia?

By | October 29, 2014

Ebola has turned dead bodies into public health threats in Liberia. But dealing with death is also about grief, loss and long-held beliefs about the spiritual afterlife. Liberia's crematorium, lit nightly, receives all of the Ebola victims in the capital. Getty Images / John Moore MONROVIA, Liberia — James Dorbor Jallah knows as well as anyone that one… Read More »

37 Amazing Images You Should See This Week

By | October 25, 2014

A view of spewing pyroclastic flow from Sinabung Volcano eruption seen from Sigarang village of Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on Oct. 18. Getty Images Anadolu Agency A French-made “Long Ma,” a mechanical dragon-horse, spews fire during a performance between the Bird's Nest National Stadium and Water Cube (at rear) in Beijing on Oct. 19. Greg Baker/AFP / Getty… Read More »

Chinese State Media Warns People To Stop Calling Themselves Dumbledore

By | October 21, 2014

CCTV News, the broadcaster owned by the Chinese government, warned citizens not to pick an English name that would be considered strange by native English speakers, such as Dumbledore, Lawyer, or Satan. This week CCTV News, the state-run broadcaster, came up with these tips for any Chinese people considering an English name – one of which is to… Read More »