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With increasing communal hostilities in the Indian society, this article tries to explain the drivers and the related consequences.  

The Solemn Promise

This year the world marked the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. Addressing a ceremony to mark the occasion, United Nations Chief Ban Ki Moon said that the world would never again allow genocide to tear apart a nation. Describing it as one of the darkest chapters in human history he acknowledged that the world could have done much more to save the lives of nearly 800,000 Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus who were mass slaughtered by the extremist Hutu majority.

Academics who have carefully studied the anatomy of genocide have concluded that genocide is a process which develops in multiple stages and can be prevented if early signs are detected and preventative measures applied. The international community has made a solemn promise that it will “never again” allow genocide like Rwanda…

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Grown Up lessons from our Favourite Disney Movies

We all know Walt Disney Animation Studios has produced some treasured stories about self-discovery, love and growing up. Ariel becoming human and Cinderella going from rags to riches are relatable stories, even if they’re whimsical.

But as someone in the midst of a job hunt, I’ve discovered that many of my favorite Disney classics have lessons that can be applied in the professional world, too.

Here are a few of my favorite career lessons inspired by Disney movies:

1. Speak up — from A Bug’s Life

Flik was often ignored by the rest of the ants in his community. They thought he was unfocused and disruptive, when in reality he was the most innovative.

If you have an idea that you know is gold, don’t shy away during meetings. Raise your hand, get noticed, and put your idea out there. Every community of ants needs a Flik, andevery company needs a problem solver.

2. Be curious — from Alice in Wonderland

Alice might have dozed off while her sister was trying to help her study, but Wonderland was too intriguing to ignore. Don’t feel the need to stay trapped where you are, doing what you’re doing. If you’ve always wondered what it might be like to quit your job and become a freelance photographer, there’s only one way you’ll get to experience what that feels like!

3. Be true to your heart — from Mulan

Always go with your gut. While I don’t recommend cross-dressing for work like Mulan had to, if there’s a warrior inside of you, don’t be afraid to let him or her out.

All along the journey, make sure you are doing what you think is right. This has an equal meaning for workplace ethics, too. Bring honor to your family (and company) and stand up for what you believe in.

4. Train hard — from Hercules

Sure, now Hercules is a hero with more muscles than the juice-head at your local gym. But remember the beginning of the movie when he was a scrawny little boy? He had to put in a lot of time and work to get from A to B.

You might not have a satyr voiced by Danny DeVito giving you motivational quips the whole way, but practice makes perfect. (Even athletic practice can make you a more valuable employee.)

5. Know your place — from The Lion King

Running away from your troubles won’t get you anywhere. (Ok, you may make some amusing friends along the way, but that’s beside the point.)

If you have a responsibility, own up to it. If you’ve taken on a big project, make sure you come through. And the same can be said for the opposite: don’t jump at the chance to take on a huge task if you aren’t ready.

6. Don’t take credit for work you didn’t do — from Ratatouille

Sometimes it’s all too easy to accept praise, even if you aren’t deserving of it. Give credit where credit is due. If you take the spotlight for work you didn’t do, at some point the rug will be pulled out from under you, and you’ll look like the rat. Alfredo was naive to think nobody would discover that Remy was really the master chef, but you’ll be smarter than that, right?

7. Hard work pays off — from The Princess and the Frog

Tiana is synonymous with dedication. She was a “slasher” before the word even existed, working two jobs to save up for her dream of opening her own restaurant. Despite the prejudice and stress in her life, she always kept her eyes on the prize. And I don’t want to spoil the movie, but Tiana’s Place is open for business!

Take a cue from her; stay focused on what you want to achieve, and make sure you’re taking steps towards accomplishing whatever that is. Set goals for yourself, like earning a promotion in 2012, and do what you can to make it a reality.

Laziness is a real thing. You won’t understand it! It only happens to real people

1. Laziness is a real thing that happens to real people.

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Its a burden.

2. It doesn’t matter what age you are.

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3. Making decisions can be very difficult.

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What to do?

4. Saying “No” to plans is very easy.

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5. Like the easiest thing ever.

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Really.

6. Sometimes its funny how easy it is.

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Still no.

7. Being on time is a funny joke.

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Everyone needs to lower their expectations.

8. Ignoring people can be challenging.

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Sometimes they just don’t take a hint.

9. But doing nothing is always the goal.

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Live the dream!

10. Eating doesn’t have to be strenuous.

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Try to move as little as possible.

11. Naps are the most important things…

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For health reasons.

12. …and can happen anywhere.

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13. Sweatpants = wardrobe.

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#noshame

14. Couches are the most undervalued members of society.

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I APPRECIATE YOU!

15. Exercise is a lot of effort…

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16. So it’s best to make it as easy as possible.

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17. Eating in bed a regular occurrence.

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Crumbs everywhere.

18. Dropping the remote is the worst thing that could happen.

Dropping the remote is the worst thing that could happen.

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Oh good, another TLC marathon!

19. You spend too much time reaching for things without moving.

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20. Playing games isn’t really considered a “fun” activity.

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Unless its a slice of pizza, I’m not getting up.

21. There really should have been a “not gonna do that” major.

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Straight A’s for everyone! (Because the teacher is too lazy to actually grade.)

22. Waking up is the worst.

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Why does it happen so early?

23. It’s important to remember who you are.

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Don’t change for other people, you do you.

24. Being at home is THE BEST!

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No question.

25. There is no shame is being lazy.

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Adopt a Dog now! A Very powerful Video Message

London’s Mayhew Animal Home has a message for people who feel a little lost in life.

 

 

When mean people are ganging up on you…

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Or some guys at the door are giving you a hard time…

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Or no one will give you the time of day…

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And you feel totally invisible…

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Guess what could be waiting for you at home?

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A dog!

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Your best friend!

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He is so excited to see you!

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The message? Adoption can change your life.

The message? Adoption can change your life.

 

 

Vodka: Myths and Stories

Vodka is a distilled drink that is made of ethanol and water. It’s concocted by distilling grains or potatoes. By volume, vodka has an alcohol content of 38 percent.

Vodka is a traditional drink in the countries around the Baltic Sea and Eastern Europe. Poles, Russians, Lithuanians and Ukrainians love their vodka. In Russia, vodka is the national pastime and drink.

Russian veterans of World War II drink vodka as part of celebrating Victory Day. There is a vodka drink called World War II.

At the start of World War I, Russia banned the sale of vodka. By 1925, the government was going broke, so the Bolsheviks turned the vodka tap back on.

When Mikhail Gorbachev assumed power in 1985, he expressed horror at the number of drunken Soviet citizens laying in the streets and doorways. He launched a massive public information campaign to wean Russians off vodka, calling for them to drink pop and fruit juice instead. He hiked the price of vodka and limited its sale. Thus started the biggest propaganda failure in Russian history and the fall of Soviet communism.

Fights and riots broke out in lines of people waiting for their meager ration of vodka. Russians started drinking all manner of horrid concoctions, including shoe polish and industrial mixes that contained alcohol. Anything was fine for an alcohol buzz.

People despised Gorbachev for pushing his teetotaler way of life. To this day, Gorbachev is roundly hated in Russia and is hiding in the United States, still pushing crank solutions to the world’s imagined ills.

The Russian people celebrated and breathed a sigh of relief after Boris Yeltsin took power in 1991. Here was a fellow just like them, robust and a bit tipsy, who didn’t mind a turn at the vodka bottle now and then. It was a welcome sign to the Russian citizens that their love of vodka would never be denied again.

Vodka is a version of the Slavic word for water. The word vodka was first recorded in 1405 in a Polish court document. Vodka first appeared in the English lexicon in the 18th century to describe a drink Russians enjoyed in public houses. The first production of vodka probably happened in the 9th century. It’s now one of the most consumed spirits in the world. It’s power of intoxication is considerable.

Vodka comes in two groups, which are clear and flavoured. Vodka is commonly flavoured with honey, pepper, grapes, fruit, ginger, vanilla or chocolate, depending upon what part of the world one buys vodka. The word vodka has achieved universality.

Thank God for Sex-Ed

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And that’s why it’s called a pants party!

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Obamacare does not cover your monthly bag of Skittles.

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Plastic surgeons everywhere are out of jobs.

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Kids seem to think sex and candy are super related. So do Marcy Playground.

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Completely legitimate fear.

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Evolution, man.

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Open the floodgates.

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And he could never look at his parents in the eyes again.

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Imagine having to carry such a heavy secret.

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Tricky little sperm.

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What is the difference between butt babies and regular babies?

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AKA spermicide

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Diapers for women.

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So, when guys are 27….

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Um. Buttsex.

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Abstinence saves lives.

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Clearly no one reads directions anymore.

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Stranger danger.

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Well, this gives new meaning to “we’re all God’s children.”

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If only life were a Disney movie.

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So, stay active, everyone.

#LeonardoDiCaprio, it so doesn’t matter that you didn’t win the #oscar2014 yet again, and this is precisely why

So yeah, Leo didn’t win an Oscar for like, the 756th time.

And yes, it was sad.

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Heartbreaking even. Just look at his face when he loses. Even Jonah in the back looks to his friend to make sure he hasn’t crumbled into a ball of tears.

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But does he even really NEED an Oscar? No, because he’s already a golden statue himself.

But does he even really NEED an Oscar? No, because he's already a golden statue himself.

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I mean, just look at his perfectly groomed goatee and brushed back hair.

I mean, just look at his perfectly groomed goatee and brushed back hair.

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And his wonderfully furrowed brows.

And his wonderfully furrowed brows.

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And chiseled side profile.

And chiseled side profile.

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He’s ALREADY A WINNER.

He's ALREADY A WINNER.

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Are you seeing what I’m seeing???!!!!?!?

Are you seeing what I'm seeing???!!!!?!?

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Seriously though, he literally is a tanned god sent from heaven.

Seriously though, he literally is a tanned god sent from heaven.

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And he has like 1,000 other awards besides a stupid Oscar.

And he has like 1,000 other awards besides a stupid Oscar.

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Like the award for best impression of Jack Nicholson:

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And for best pose with a swan:

And for best pose with a swan:

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And he clearly is the winner for best selfie with 2 Chainz:

And he clearly is the winner for best selfie with 2 Chainz:

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He’s also won the most graceful fall while being chased by a penguin award:

The greatest water propeller man award…

The greatest water propeller man award...

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The absolute best tennis player trophy:

The absolute best tennis player trophy:

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Also, the No. 1 snorkler in Hollywood award.

Also, the No. 1 snorkler in Hollywood award.

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And we can’t forget about the award for an actor that most closely resembles Judy Zipper, which is like WAY more important than an Academy Award.

And we can't forget about the award for an actor that most closely resembles Judy Zipper, which is like WAY more important than an Academy Award.

You see, he doesn’t even need a little statue because he has HIMSELF.

You see, he doesn't even need a little statue because he has HIMSELF.

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His flawless self.

His flawless self.

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He attracts the golden rays of the sunlight just by being him.

He attracts the golden rays of the sunlight just by being him.

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SO KEEP PARTYING LEO.

SO KEEP PARTYING LEO.

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Because to me, you are perfect.

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And you’ll get them next time.

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But if not, then WHATEVER.

But if not, then WHATEVER.

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Science says Eat More PIZZA. Yes, now stop looking for that excuse and go for that Slice

1. Pizza tossing can save lives.

 
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Believe it or not, physicists are using the fine art of pizza tossing to design motors thinner than a human hair for brain surgery.

Chefs have perfected the toss of the dough, moving their hands in a circle to achieve maximum efficiency. Scientists studied their movements to design motors mimicking those circles. Except instead of tossing a rotor once a second, the motors toss them a few million times a second.

2. It makes economics less boring.

 

It makes economics less boring.

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According to the Pizza Principle, a loose law proposed by a New York lawyer back in the 1980s, the slice of a pizza has predicted the price of a subway ride since the ‘60s. Whether the parallel is alive is still debated, but pizza’s power as a barometer is indisputable.

3. It’s so perfect, it’ll be the first food printed in space.

 
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NASA is funding a 3D food printer, and the lucky recipient of the grant’s first choice: pizza. A meal fit for an astronaut!

4. Deep-dish can have more antioxidants.

 

Deep-dish can have more antioxidants.

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Put a sock in it, Chicago-style antagonists (we’re looking at you, Jon Stewart): Chicago-style pizza can have more antioxidants than other pies because of its oven time and crust size.

Chemists fiddled with whole-wheat pizza crusts and found that longer baking times increased antioxidants up to 60%. Even cooler (or hotter?): Higher oven temperatures upped them by as much as 82%.

5. It helps you absorb lycopene better.

 

It helps you absorb lycopene better.

Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant compound that helps ward off heart disease and other ailments. If you eat lycopene-rich foods together with a small amount of oil or fat (like, say, hot cheese), your intestines absorb more of it!

6. Its components can help with the poops…

 
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Norovirus, or what we often refer to as a stomach bug, is the leading cause of camping out in bathrooms in the U.S. Scientists found that carvacrol, found in oregano oil, can break down the virus.

While no amount of pizza can prevent norovirus (Price Is Right trombone here), scientists are looking into harnessing carvacrol’s power for use as a sanitizer. (The concentrated version of it is intolerable, so don’t even consider it.)

7. …and make cancer cells commit suicide.

 
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Carvacrol can also hack into prostate-cancer cells and reprogram them to kill themselves off, which potentially can be used to help treat prostate cancer.

8. If you’re drinking beer, you might as well have a slice.

 

If you're drinking beer, you might as well have a slice.

“Pizza is loaded with rich stuff, especially cheese,” says Michael Agnew, certified cicerone at A Perfect Pint. “It needs a beverage partner that will scrub all that stuff away. Carbonation and hops do that extraordinarily well.”

For beer fans: He recommends a malty beer like Vienna lager with tomato-based pizzas because the sweetness of the malt soothes the sauce’s acidity. Science!

9. You save money!

 
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Well, only if you’re spending it in the first place. An intrepid pizza fan plotted 70,000 pizza prices and found you should always order the larger pizza.

Why? Reach into your cobwebbed math knowledge: The area of a circle increases with the square of the radius, so a 16-inch pizza is four times as big as an 8-inch one!

10. Pizza parties decline as you get older.

 

Pizza parties decline as you get older.

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Don’t be a statistic. Only you can change the future of pizza consumption.

Sauce angels optional.

 
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Let’s Visit some of the Weirdest Museums on Earth. Let’s Go

1. Cancun Underwater Museum, Cancun, Mexico

 

Cancun Underwater Museum , Cancun, Mexico

There are interactive museums, and then there’s Cancun Underwater Museum — an art exhibit that you’ll have to strap on scuba gear to appreciate. Not one for deep-sea exploration? Shallow areas also allow for snorkeling and viewing from a glass bottom boat. Fun fact: Each of the life-size sculptures is made of pH-neutral clay to promote marine growth, which means that one day there’ll be an ecosystem of creatures enjoying the art as much as you are.

2. Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb, Croatia

 

Museum of Broken Relationships , Zagreb, Croatia

Ever experienced a romance for the ages, only to have it become the breakup that you’d rather time forget? The Museum of Broken Relationships feels your pain. Created by artists Olinka Vistica and Drazen Grubisic as a way to heal from their own emotional misadventures, the exhibits have expanded to include debris from relationships worldwide. That’s right — they take donations. Go ahead, leave behind a few relics of your own.

3. International UFO Museum and Research Center, Roswell, New Mexico

 

International UFO Museum and Research Center , Roswell, New Mexico

Agent Mulder would be proud; the aliens at on display at the Roswell UFO Museum and Research Center are gray, not green. Visit and learn about the events surrounding the extraterrestrial crash in July 1947, and the attempts by the government to cover it all up. (Cue spooky theme music.) Believer or skeptic, this is the perfect place to start your research. Just remember: The truth is out there.

4. Franz Kafka Museum, Prague, Czech Republic

 

Franz Kafka Museum , Prague, Czech Republic

Sure, any museum can simply display artifacts. But the Franz Kafka museum aims to honor the spirit behind the author’s work. Fans of his work, you can probably guess what’s in store: piles of coal, stone statues, and the “actual” “Penal Colony” torture machine. Go for the day, but be sure to explain the symbolism to your friends who didn’t major in literature.

5. Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Who says museums have to be about dead animals in dusty display cases? The Butterfly Park in Kuala Lumpur is one of the largest of its kind, clocking in at 80,000 square feet of landscaped garden and over 5,000 live butterflies. The intellectual reason for going: What better way to learn about living creatures than to see them in action? The actual reason you’ll go: Ooh, pretty.

6. Iceland Phallological Museum, Husavik, Iceland

 

Iceland Phallological Museum , Husavik, Iceland

The Icelandic Phallological Museum is dedicated to, err…well, exactly what the name says. (Stop laughing.) Specifically, it sets itself apart by having one “specimen” from every mammal in the country. So if you’ve ever wondered how a whale penis stacks up against Homo sapiens’, now’s your chance to get answers. And hey, if the exhibits are too tasteful for you, there’s always the gift shop, which features must-have items like penis bottle openers, a flasher sculpture, and shot glasses.

7. Condom Museum, Nonthaburi, Thailand

 

Condom Museum, Nonthaburi, Thailand

It seems like a wasted opportunity that this museum isn’t located adjacent to the phallic museum. Then again, Thailand is one of the world’s largest producers of condoms. Not only does this two-room exhibit display prophylactics from nearly every era, but also features an area dedicated to demonstrating their strength and durability. (Just try to keep your mind out of the gutter.)

8. The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City, Calif.

 

The Museum of Jurassic Technology , Culver City, Calif.

The Museum of Jurassic Technology is a cabinet of curiosities that asks patrons to determine what’s true and what’s not. Of course they don’t provide answers, so reality within its walls is whatever you make it. Have a complimentary cup of tea and a cookie in the tearoom — from supersonic bats, to dogs in space, to statues small enough to sit in the eye of a needle, you’ll have plenty to sit and discuss.

9. Mini Bottle Gallery, Oslo, Norway

 

Mini Bottle Gallery , Oslo, Norway

Billed as the “The World’s Only Mini Bottle Museum,” the collection began as an odd hobby of the owner. It now features bottles from all over the world, laid out according to color/theme. (There’s also a bar, naturally.) Kitchy and impressive, the museum is a must for anyone who has thought about pocketing the single-serving bottles of booze on an airplane. Bonus: Skip the stairs and take the slide when you leave.

10. Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Osaka Japan

 

Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum , Osaka Japan

Think that you know everything about ramen just because you made it through your college years? Chances are you’ll still be surprised by this extensive museum. Learn all about founder Momofuku Ando, and (perhaps best of all) make your own “fresh” cup of instant noodles. Decorate the container, pick your toppings, and roll your own noodles. Volia! The ultimate souvenir for you, or birthday gift for your med student cousin.

11. Katten Kabinet, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Katten Kabinet , Amsterdam, Netherlands

Stunning canals, famous works of art, legalized weed and…cats? OK, so maybe our feline friends aren’t what most people think of when they’re planning a trip to Amsterdam. Founded in 1990 by William Meijer in memory of his cat Tom (aww…) the Katten Kabinet is a shrine to our four-legged buddies in painted and sculpted form. With five cats in residence, you’re bound to have a purrfect afternoon.

12. The Bunny Museum, Pasadena, Calif.

 

The Bunny Museum , Pasadena, Calif.

Pack rats? Try pack bunnies. Meet Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanskil, proud owners of the world’s biggest collection of bunny paraphernalia. Unafraid of puns, they invite rabbit lovers to the “The Hoppiest Place on Earth,” conveniently located in the couple’s Pasadena, Calif., home. Don’t forget to bring a few treats for your hosts’ seven live rabbit roommates.

13. Sulabh International Toilet Museum, New Delhi, India

 

Sulabh International Toilet Museum , New Delhi, India

New Delhi’s International Museum of Toilets isn’t just a tribute to the porcelain throne (although you’ll certainly be shocked at the variety displayed), but a call for sanitation improvements in third world countries as a means to improve overall health conditions. Museum curator Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak runs Sulabh International, the largest nonprofit in India dedicated to that very cause. We can all agree: Life without toilets would be seriously crappy.

14. Currywurst Museum, Berlin, Germany

 

Currywurst Museum , Berlin, Germany

Fancy a cultural experience and a snack? Wrap your brain (and teeth) around the Currywurst Museum in Berlin, Germany. The exhibits offer a kitschy look at the country’s iconic dish. Play a few currywurst-themed video games, watch a video of people eating sausages, and have a seat on a meat-shaped sofa while you enjoy a few choice samples.

15. Museum of Bad Art, Somerville Mass.

 

Museum of Bad Art , Somerville Mass.

Why see classic works of art when you could see…bad art? Admittedly, the premise of the Somerville, Mass., museum seems a bit thin. That is, until you dissect exactly makes these works so horrendous. From clueless renderings of famous pieces, to awkward sculptures, to whatever that image is above, it’s all about misguided passion. Hey, at least these sincere artists get an A for effort.

16. Le Musée des Vampires, Les Lilas, France

 

Le Musée des Vampires , Les Lilas, France

Vampires aren’t supposed to sparkle. Thankfully, you won’t find any lovesick members of the undead at Le Musée des Vampires, located just outside of Paris. What you will find is a study of vampires’ place in culture, past and present. There’s also a significant helping of additional weirdness. Marvel at the autographs of every actor who’s ever starred as Dracula, a mummified cat from Paris’ famous Père Lachaise Cemetery, and a vampire painting by famous French murder Nicolas Claux. Be advised: You must make an appointment in order to visit.

17. Museum of Food Anomalies, online

 

Museum of Food Anomalies , online

Get cultured without having to leave home. (If it’s got the word “museum” in the title it has to be educational, right?) The website bills itself as a place that “exposes horrific aberrations of nature with photographs depicting common food items that have distorted into something more sinister than words can describe.” Maybe we’re jaded, but it seems awesome to find a smiling face in your food. A sweet, innocent face…that we were about to ruthlessly eat…oh god. Make the terror stop.

18. Museum of Mathematics, New York, N.Y.

 

Museum of Mathematics , New York, N.Y.

Even if you regularly have stress dreams about high school algebra class, you’ll find something to like about New York’s Museum of Mathematics. Ride a functional bike with square wheels, work through a few brainteasers, and gape at the fractal tree. This is math in motion. Best of all, you don’t have to be Isaac Newton to appreciate it all — each of the exhibits come with simple and advanced explanations.

19. Museum of Enduring Beauty, Malacca, Malaysia

 

Museum of Enduring Beauty, Malacca, Malaysia

Hair extensions, eyelash curlers, and Botox? Please, you’ve got nothing on neck stretching, lip disking, or feet binding. All these and more are on display at the Museum of Enduring Beauty. Proof positive that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

20. Gelato Museum, Emilia Bologna, Italy

 

Gelato Museum , Emilia Bologna, Italy

What to know more about the creamy treat? The Gelato Museum in Anzola dell’Emilia (just outside of Bologna) will make you scream for (Italian) ice cream. See what gelato meant to the Egyptians, the Romans, and during the Middle Ages, and learn the secrets to making a successful batch. Then decide what it means to you thanks to the gelato shop located right outside the museum. How do you say “I want to go to there” in Italian?

SATIRE: President Obama Calls Group Intervention To Stem Vladimir Putin’s Crimea Addiction

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As Russian President Vladamir Putin sends troops to seize military bases and civil institutions in the Crimea area of Ukraine, U.S. President Barack Obama announced what the administration calls a “creative strategy” to ease tensions in the region.

Obama, speaking from the White House briefing room, said intervention was the key. ”I’m not talking about military intervention,” he said. “No, I’m talking about getting all of Putin’s friends together in a room with an intervention specialist and telling him the truth about how his actions affect others.”

The president added that he had spoken to other world leaders and made it clear that it required “everyone to make a serious effort to be there and show their support. This won’t be easy, but together I think we can turn the situation around completely.”

The Defense Department began to draw up plans early this weekend, which sources involved in the process say include President Obama, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jung-un, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, and Intervention Specialist Natasha Cartwright from the Detroit Center for Violent Addition.

“An intervention is a very emotional and potentially volatile situation,” said Cartwright during an interview Sunday morning on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It has the potential to cause anger, resentment or a sense of betrayal.”

U.S. officials say that is precisely what they plan to avoid.

World leaders will first decide what each of their actions will be if Putin refuses to accept treatment. Then each world leader will write down exactly what he wants to say to Putin.

“I’ll be honest,” Obama said. “I’m gonna tell Putin how much it hurt me what he did in Syria, and he’s gonna have to listen to me this time.”

Neil Horton, a political analyst with Rand Corporation, says President Obama’s effort likely won’t be enough. “Other world leaders will need to step up and really demonstrate resolve in sharing their feelings,” he said. That will include Maduro opening up about Putin not attending former President Hugo Chavez’s funeral, Kim Jung-un talking about his separation anxiety, and al-Assad communicating his anger over not being invited to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.”

“They have to show Putin how much he hurts others, but also be careful not to alienate him,” he added.

“Right now the situation is very fluid,” Obama said. “We will continue to communicate with the Russian government and keep this meeting on the down low for now, and when the time is right we will come together and bring an end to this self-destructive lifestyle Putin’s been living.”