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The American economy has gotten so weird that people are now knocking down houses — not building them — to make money. And this guy has a unique, catchy way of explaining what's going down.

Basically, it's now more profitable in most American cities (if not altogether legal, but that's another thing) to strip buildings and sell them for parts — but it's not like recycling. It's more like a systematic destruction of historic neighborhoods for profit. Profit wins, destruction happens, humans lose, and history is sad.


At the end, you can even hear that the buncha Swiss people he's performing for get riled up. Don't forget that Swiss people are famously neutral people, guys! So ... won't somebody please do something about the brick thieves?

CULTURAL STUDIES ALERT: Ever notice how the trend of valuing flimsy new things over legit old things is sort of *our thing* now in the USA? It has absofruitly been my (probably very biased, but still) experience. Just think about it from a “what's my cultural trend today?" place.

MORE DETAILS TIME: So if you were picking up what Mr. LaFarge was putting down, you'll want to read the New York Times article about the situation.

And if you're wondering, “How does this even happen at all ... and why isn't it like, 'Yay, we're recycling houses'!?" — look no further than this piece written by some experts at Preservation Research Office.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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Small actions lead to big movements.

Acts of kindness—we know they’re important not only for others, but for ourselves. They can contribute to a more positive community and help us feel more connected, happier even. But in our incessantly busy and hectic lives, performing good deeds can feel like an unattainable goal. Or perhaps we equate generosity with monetary contribution, which can feel like an impossible task depending on a person’s financial situation.

Perhaps surprisingly, the main reason people don’t offer more acts of kindness is the fear of being misunderstood. That is, at least, according to The Kindness Test—an online questionnaire about being nice to others that more than 60,000 people from 144 countries completed. It does make sense—having your good intentions be viewed as an awkward source of discomfort is not exactly fun for either party.

However, the results of The Kindness Test also indicated those fears were perhaps unfounded. The most common words people used were "happy," "grateful," "loved," "relieved" and "pleased" to describe their feelings after receiving kindness. Less than 1% of people said they felt embarrassed, according to the BBC.


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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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