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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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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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Renting a read from ‘newspaper landlords’

Do you want to read the news but don’t want to pay for the newspaper? Rent one.

Entrepreneurs in Ethiopia rent out newspapers to people for a small fraction of the price that it costs to buy them.  Apparently most of the people renting them aren’t looking for news, but are looking for jobs in the vacancy section.

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Hungry for justice

This article reports Israeli research that shows that judges are far more likely to give prisoners parole (let them out of jail) straight after they have taken a break. The research looks at all factors that might cause this to happen and concludes that the only explanation is that when judges are hungry and tired, they take the easy way out and don’t let the prisoner our of jail – much less paper work that way, and an earlier break and snack! The researchers don’t say that this is intentional, but simply that our seemly conscious decisions are often decided by our physiological needs.

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Tsunami’s aren’t new

…but I guess you knew that.

This article describes old stone tablets up to 600 years old in Japan that act as warnings against tsunamis. Some are built inland or up hills to mark how far away from the sea houses should be built, and others just remind people to immediately get away from the coast when there is an earthquake.

And here are a collection of pictures – cartoons? – from the mid-19th century, with catfish representing a tsunami that hit Tokyo.

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