Is The End Nigh? We’ll Know Soon Enough

What are you doing on May 21 at 6pm?

If you’ve been preparing for doomsday in 2012, you probably won’t be ready for the real end of the world, which comes in less than two weeks.

Christians believe that there will be a judgment day when God will judge the worth of all people, living or dead. The world will end, bodies will rise out of the ground, and we will either go to hell or to heaven. Some people have used the Bible calculate that this will happen on May 21 at 6pm.

This is a radio broadcast, but it is typed out so can also be read.

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Libya 1911: How an Italian pilot began the air war era

A hundred years an Italian pilot broke ground by throwing bombs out of his plane onto enemy soldiers in Libya. Today, Italy’s bombing Libya, though for entirely different reasons. This article tells the story of the first bombing raid in 1911.

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Alcoholic monkeys

So, apparently monkeys get drunk. Even more, they act just like us when they’re drunk.

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You were on your way home when you died.

This short story is about a man who dies, has a chat with God and discovers the meaning of life.

This is a funny rather than religious story, though it does have a nice message at the end.

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Ueli Steck speed solo Eiger record

What did you do this morning? Climb a mountain? Straight up the side with the cliff? By yourself? With no ropes?

This video shows Ueli Steck, from Switzerland, breaking the speed record for climbing the north side of Mount Eiger, which is also called the Death Wall because 64 people have died trying to climb it. The video is terrifying, exhilarating and beautiful.

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Saving the World…One Mouthful at a Time

Eating insects in Vietnam isn’t entirely unusual, but it is to westerners. I think the grubs at com binh dan’s taste good but I’m not keen on the texture. The crickets’ legs get stuck in my teeth and tickle the roof of my mouth, so no thanks.

That said, this article from Der Spiegel advocates more insect eating as a high-protein environmentally replacement to meat. Bring on the bugs!

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Giving ain’t easy

Following the disaster in Japan, people around the world have been donating money. That’s got to be a good thing, right?

This article from The Chronicle of Philanthropy doesn’t doubt that giving is a good thing, but it describes some of the factors you should take into consideration when giving.

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