Students Are Collecting Photos to Remember Brazil’s Destroyed National Museum – Atlas Obscura

After a fire destroyed Brazil’s Museu Nacional this weekend, the students at UNIRIO, the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, started sharing photos among themselves—images of their visits to the building and of the collection. Quickly, they decided to expand this informal collection to the public and sent out a request: Send us your photos of this place that we lost.

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People won’t stop staring at their phones, so this Dutch town put traffic lights on the ground — Quartz

As anyone who lives in a city knows, public sidewalks these days are a free-for-all of pedestrians staggering along, zombie-like, staring intently at the screens of their phones. As well as infuriating other pedestrians, there’s some evidence that this behavior increases our chances of being hit by a car.

To avoid that fate for its smartphone-addicted residents, a Dutch town is trying out a pilot program to put traffic lights where everyone is already looking. On the pavement.

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Wedding photographer breaks groom’s nose after learning that the bride is 15 years old – DIY Photography

Wedding photographer Onur Albayrak from the eastern Turkish province of Malatya has recently beaten up a groom. He learned that the bride-to-be was only 15 years old, which resulted in a fight and him breaking the groom’s nose. The local media outlets report that he tried to stop the wedding, and the photographer has received a lot of support since this happened.

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A Collection of Your Most Incredible Vintage Board Games – Atlas Obscura

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and what better time to bust out one of those old board games that has been languishing in your closet? We recently asked our readers to do just that, and send us pictures and the stories behind the oldest board games in their collection. We figured that in this game, there could be no losers. We figured right.

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To solve problems caused by sitting, learn to squat — Quartzy

Sentences that start with the phrase “A guru once told me…” are, more often than not, eye-roll-inducing. But recently, while resting in malasana, or a deep squat, in an East London yoga class, I was struck by the second half of the instructor’s sentence: “A guru once told me that the problem with the West is they don’t squat.”

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Japan tells netizens to stop confusing the olds with internet slang

Sure, internet-speak can be confusing, so older folks oftentimes can’t understand WTH younger users are trying to say. The problem is apparently much worse in Japan than it is here, however, because the government itself has decided to weigh in. Much to the amusement of many netizens, the Agency for Cultural Affairs has issued a report asking people, in effect, to knock off the crazy emojis and slang.

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Virtual Tours | Destinations | You Go Culture

Each destination is developed on the basis of its important cultural heritage (Myth) and its contemporary life (Experience). Points of Interest (POI) are recorded, having as a reference point archaeological sites or places of cultural/ touristic significance. Just click on your point of interest and start your journey. Get insights and tips, inspire yourself and enjoy a unique journey!

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France’s Ongoing Quest to Crush English Loanwords – Atlas Obscura

Saying “adieu” to “le smartphone.”

The French language police tend not to shoot from the hip. Instead, these guardians of the Gallic tongue will agonize for weeks, even months, about how to protect French from an onslaught of Anglo-Saxon terms—e-mail, hashtag, MP3. And now, “le smartphone.”

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Who really invented the selfie? – DIY Photography

Selfie is a social phenomenon that probably won’t go away anytime soon. Many of us remember the times without the internet and social media with selfies all over them. But were there ever the times without selfies? The BuzzFeed crew decided to research it, and they share their findings in this humorous video.

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