An Exploding Coconut Is The Latest Strange Thing Left In A Coffin Meant For Cremation

One of the biggest questions that just about everybody has to face at some point is this: what exactly do you want done with your body once you pass on?

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It’s a question with plenty of feasible answers, and the reasoning behind just about any of them is equally valid. Do you want a religious ceremony in the place of worship of your choice, with a solemn burial to accompany it? Maybe you want to donate your organs to those who need them most first? Or maybe your wish is to be dressed up like Elvis in Blue Hawaii and shot out of a canon into a volcano? We’re not here to judge.

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A very popular method of body disposal is cremation, as it means your burial is much easier (or even preservation should you want to be kept in a ceramic jar), and your ashes can be scattered at a place of your choosing should you want (although you’re technically not REALLY allowed to do that anymore).

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However, one thing that people often forget about cremation is that, well, your coffin-housed body has to go into an incinerator. Why is this a problem you might ask? Well, it turns out that some people like sending off their loved ones with items that really, really shouldn’t get put into an incinerator…

Vietnam War Veterans Formed A Club With Those They Used To Fight

Few events have been as integral to the history of America as the Vietnam War. Beginning in 1955 and lasting a whopping 20 years, it was America’s attempt to stop Soviet and communist expansion into Asia as a whole. The main battlegrounds formed in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia between soldiers from countries like America, South Korea, Australia and Southern Vietnam against the Northern Viet Cong, who were backed by the Soviet Union and countries like China.

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The grinding, brutal warfare of the conflict took its toll on everybody involved, with the horrors of things like guerrilla warfare, napalm spraying, the mass murder of civilians, and other atrocities contributing immensely to the ever-expanding condition that was once known as shell-shock, but soon came to be called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Worst of all, many of the soldiers drafted and sent over by the world’s powers were met with a hostile welcome upon returning home, due to the war’s immensely divided reception among the public. Many veterans were literally spat on for the role they played in the conflict, and drug abuse and suicide rates among Vietnam vets skyrocketed.

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Fortunately, some veterans were able to join clubs and organizations where they could share their experiences, and one in particular has the unlikeliest of stories: it’s formed by both former Australian soldiers and former Viet Cong soldiers.

His Children Struggled To Get To School, So One Man Made It Possible With His Own Two Hands

With all the infrastructure we have in place to get our kids to schools safely, it’s a pretty brainless process nowadays. Stop me if this looks familiar: you get them out of bed, get them to brush their teeth and wash, get them dressed, cook them a solid breakfast, and then it’s out the door with the lunchbox and jacket before the bus gets there.

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It’s pretty mindless, right? The thing is, it makes it really easy to forget that plenty of places don’t have it anywhere near that easy. There are still tons of places in the world where getting to school is a much, MUCH bigger ordeal than simply getting dressed and catching a school bus. We’ve all had adults tell us stories about having to “walk ten miles in the snow to school” but the truth is that there are still places where that’s a reality.

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In other cases, the route to the nearest school is so remote and dangerous that people just can’t make the trip for safety reasons. So, when a man from a remote village in India found out that his children wouldn’t be able to go to school easily, he took it upon himself to build a path there himself.

10 Things The World Will Run Out Of If We Don’t Change Our Ways

We’ve squandered a lot of the resources our planet has to offer so now there’s a lot of things we’re running out of.

Here are 10 things you’d be surprised to learn we are running low on, globally.

Medical research has come a long way where we are able to treat, and even prevent certain diseases from spreading. Sooner than we think, we could actually end up being sent back to the dark ages of medicine.

Thanks to the rise in antibiotic resistant infections, it’s quite possible.

More than 50% of the population receives a prescription for antibiotics every year to treat various sicknesses and diseases.

Prescriptions that have been used for decades are being debunked. For example, there are now only two effective treatments for gonorrhea, which affects 78 million people. If left untreated, it can lead to infertility and an increased risk of HIV.

It’s time to stock up on M&M’s and Mars bars, because everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure could be running out.

Producing chocolate is not financially viable. Each new crop of coco takes five years to grow and has to be harvested manually. It can also only be grown in certain areas around the world, typically developing countries.

Most coco plants are grown in West African countries including Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon, who produce a total of 3 billion kilograms a year. Americans alone consume 1.3 billion a year, so production is not able to keep up with the global demand.

Increase in fair trade laws has also made it difficult for farmers to financially keep up, so who knows how long this industry will last.

While this one may seem hard to believe, because if you go to any beach you will find sand for miles. Deserts are also full of this stuff and they make up 33 percent of the world’s landmass. So how can we be running out?

Sand is the most essential item in concrete, and humanity uses a lot of concrete. While the United States uses a lot of concrete, it’s nowhere near how much China has been using. Between 2011-2013 China built 32.3 million houses and 4.5 million kilometers of road. By doing this they used more cement than America has used in the entire twentieth century.

Desert sand is eroded by wind, not water, which makes it too fine to be used in construction. This creates a problem where our demand will not be able to keep up with supply.

At this rate, construction workers will need to seek alternative materials in the next 50 years.

With the way we have been treating our marine life, it’s estimated that we could run out of seafood by 2048. This is a huge problem because more than a billion people worldwide depend on fish as their primary source of protein. Also, 120 million people rely on fishing as their primary source of income. It would be a huge impact felt around the world, if we ran out of fish.

Gold is one of the most sought after luxuries in the world, and it’s also one of the more rarest elements.

Since it’s so hard to find, we only have twenty years worth of mineable gold reserves left.

After all the gold has been mined, it’s value will skyrocket, causing the rich elite to invest in the commodity as opposed to things like real estate, which will stimulate the economy. This could have a serious impact on some of the biggest world’s superpowers.

Certain Baby Names Have Been Banned Around The World, Here’s Why

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” so says William Shakespeare, but depending where you are in the world, this may not be the case. We attribute a lot of our identity to our names, and it would be hard for us to picture having another one. That’s why it’s important to name your kids something they can be proud of telling people.

These parents clearly didn’t get the memo.

Germany has long been known as a fairly strict country, however many would be surprised at the attempts citizens make to name their children what they want. Recently, German parents tried to name their newborn son as Lucifer, the name of the devil before they were cast out of heaven. The Association for the German Language oversees the naming of children in the country, and were not going to let that happen.

“At the center of decisions like this is the well-being of the child,” says spokesperson Frauke R├╝debusch. The child was eventually renamed to Lucian.

Other zany names that were banned in Germany have included Vespa, Dracula, and Westend. However, Gandalf has been allowed.

Sometimes it can be unbelievable what parents will try and get away with. New Zealand had now actually released a list of “77 officially banned names” due to the high number of requests for them.

The list includes names like; “Queen Victoria”, “Justice”, “4Real”, “V8”, and even “.”, pronounced ‘full stop’.

In 2008 a family court had to order a family to change the name of a nine-year-old girl called “Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii”.

But these aren’t even the strangest attempts at naming children…

20 Absolutely Stunning/Unbelievable International Borders

Borders are nothing more than imaginary lines drawn across the map in order to distinguish where one country or territory starts and another stops. Borders are everywhere; property lines distinguish who owns what, city borders dictate where you’re paying taxes and what by-laws you have to follow, state lines also dictate laws and taxes (as well as pride), and of course there are the international borders which are much more significant.

People and countries have been warring over borders from time immaterial, and we continue to war over these imaginary lines. That being said, some international borders are stunningly beautiful, insanely dangerous, wildly creative, and sometimes desolate wastelands. Let’s have a look at 20 of the most unbelievable international borders across the globe.

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These two countries share the same, and you can tell the stark differences between them just by looking at this photograph. Haiti has been continually devastated by natural disasters, but it is their major lack of deforestation laws that really allows you to see the stark border line.

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When you are both a continent and a country set on an island, you have one of the most beautiful borders imaginable. The entire island is surrounded by the turquoise blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. It is also patrolled by a variety of deadly creatures so I don’t think they are too worried about an invasion via water.

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This border is interesting to look at, but it serves a very functional purpose. When drivers cross over into the other country, they have to make this pit-stop in order to change sides of the road. In China you drive on the right side of the road, while in Macau you drive on the left.

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One of the most dangerous and tense borders in the entire world. It is constantly guarded by ┬ámembers of both armies. It wouldn’t take much to set this entire region on fire, so having an international border incident here would not be a good idea.

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South America is a beautiful wilderness punctuated everywhere by rushing rivers, most noticeably, the Amazon river. Water runs everywhere across the continent, so many countries are divided by the water’s edge. Take this instance where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay all meet at a fork in the river.

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Sitting as its own sovereign state in the middle of Rome, Italy. The Vatican marks the entrance to its border with St. Peter’s Square. This makes it one of the most unique borders in the world, simply with the logistics of it all.

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A long and contested border that has the most legal crossings than any other countries in the world, it is routinely in the news due to illegal crossings. In some places the contrast in way of life is so stark you will wonder if you woke up in the twilight zone.

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The only place where four countries come together at the same point is right here, in Africa. This must make for a very complicated boat ride down these series of rivers.

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Wanna have lunch in three separate countries at the same time? Well you can here, they even set up a picnic table to make it happen. The border is so loose between these three countries that they don’t care about guards or walls, just sit down and have a quiet lunch with whoever you want.

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This is another hotly contested part of the world, but there are no need for walls here, the top of Mt. Everest acts as a natural border between the two counties. It might be a little difficult to sneak into either country going this route.

“The Antler Man’s” Horn House Is Truly One Of A Kind

Have you ever had something you’ve liked to collect? There’s all sorts of different collectibles out there that people have enjoyed keeping over the years.

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For some people it’s baseball cards, for others it’s antiques. Maybe you like buying old comic books? Personally, I really like old vinyl records. There’s just something awesome about finding some cool old things that people don’t want anymore.

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Collecting is a fun hobby, and one person who definitely agrees is Montana resident Jim Phillips. The only thing is, his collection is VERY different from mine, or probably anyone else’s. You see, he collects discarded animal horns.

Trust me, it’s quite the collection…

10 Photos Of Abandoned Places That You Won’t Want To Believe Exist

Abandoned buildings and areas are probably one of the most fascinating things you could find. It’s completely insane that people could spend all that money and time building something unique and special, only to have it get left completely barren and empty.

Sometimes the circumstances that led to the buildings getting run down are out of the owner’s control, but either way, it’s still interesting to look at these abandoned places that used to be filled with so much life. They do have a hauntingly beautiful quality to them, but some are super creepy. Check them out!

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The entrance to this underwater building was above water with a simple staircase down. It was a restaurant for a little while before it was changed into a strip club.

It was called the Nymphas Show Bar but closed down years ago, taking most of the furniture with them.

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The British Royal Navy built these sea forts as a way to protect themselves from air rids.

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This underground station was shut down in 1945, but recently it was reopened for one night as part of an exhibition.

It was called Valley of the Mills and it was used hundreds of years ago to process wheat. The humidity became too unbearable to work there so the mill was abandoned.

The former airstrip in Antarctica is no longer used, but the remains of the Pegasus airplane that crashed in 1970 are still peaking out of the snow.

A lot of really unique places are abandoned including mines and theme parks…

He “Quit Money” And Has Been Living In A Cave For 17 Years

The last time Daniel Suelo pulled out his wallet, he was standing inside a phone booth in Moab, Utah.

He pulled out his last $30, along with his passport and ID, and left them sitting in the booth before walking out into the desert. That was the year 2000, and Suelo says he hasn’t used money since then. That would be a challenge for most of us, but Suelo’s unique lifestyle lets him get away with it.

Suelo, now 56, was born near Denver and was working as a cook when he started to become disillusioned with money and its role in our society. “When I lived with money, I was always lacking,” he remembers. “Money represents lack. Money represents things in the past (debt) and things in the future (credit), but money never represents what is present.”

So Suelo walked out on his old life and left everything behind. Today, he lives inside a cave at the edge of a cliff in the Arches National Park. It’s not exactly a tiny home, but the 200 foot long, 50 foot high rock shelter is enough to keep Suelo warm and dry.

To make it a little homier, he carved his own bed into the rocks. He forages for his own food (including wildflower seeds and cactus), drinks from a nearby stream and bathes in a local creek. But once in a while Suelo wanders back to the real world.

So how does he manage to survive in our society without using money?

15 Little Things About America That Drive Tourists Crazy

There are lots of great places to see in America, but visiting out beautiful country can be very stressful for some foreigners.

We like to do things a little differently here in the land of the free, and that rubs certain people the wrong way. Here are 15 things that simply confuse tourists:

Countries that don’t use the Metric system.

The won’t admit it, but a few countries still use feet and inches to measure height, and pounds for weight, but pretty much everything else has changed to the metric system. Most visitors will have no idea what to expect if you tell them it’s 80 degrees outside, or that they need to walk “5 miles down the road.” Why are we still using the Imperial system again?

Sure, there’s nothing more refreshing than a tall glass of sweet tea filled to the brim with ice on a summer day, but why do we load our glasses with ice the rest of the year? Even in the winter a restaurant will serve you a soda chock full of ice, a uniquely American habit.

In most countries, carrying a little cash around in your wallet is a necessity. Odds are that something, from a parking machine to a small store, will only take coins and bills. Not only is credit accepted in America, most places will still let you get by with just a swipe and a signature, while other countries use a chip and PIN code.

“Even a small picnic I went to, which had an entry fee, had some sort of mobile app and a device attached to accept credit cards,” remembers a recent immigrant from India. “It was amazing.”

Yes, everything’s bigger in Texas, but a plate of food at an American restaurant is nothing to sneeze at. On average, Americans chow down on an extra 500 calories each day compared to countries like Mexico and Spain. The Japanese eat nearly 900 fewer calories than we do every day. Tourists are often surprised to find they need a doggy bag to take their meal home.

Another problem that pops up when foreigners visit our restaurants: tipping. Every coffee shop, restaurant, hotel and even barber shops in America will ask you for tips. America is one of the few countries where this habit persists, and it means a lot of extra math and confusion for tourists.

What part of American TV annoys tourists? You can probably guess…