Infographics: every country’s number one is…

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Do you agree?

Source: Information Is Beautiful 

 

A tribute to penises (quite NSFW)

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Honestly, this is – oddly sounding enough – a ‘religious’ tradition in Kawasaki, one of Japan’s major cities. In fact, the ceremony, named Kanamara Matsuri, is annually held in one of the city’s main Shinto shrines.

Still, though, despite all the ‘bizarre’ assumption you create out of your mind, respect people’s cultures.

Source: Time Travel Turtle

Excerpt:

The shrine has been the place for people with penises in their prayers for more than four centuries. In the 1600s, this area was full of prostitutes and they would come here to ask for protection from sexually-transmitted diseases. Over time, people started coming to pray for fertility, long marriages, healthy births… and then (somehow) the penis symbology got twisted (sounds painful) to also represent a successful business and a prosperous life (try telling that to Tiger Woods!). 

Inside Jennifer Lawrence

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Inside the very ‘ordinary human’, and ‘deeply insecure’, side of America’s most beloved, BFF superstar.

Note: this picture was taken for Vogue’s September edition this year, long before her world-shattering pixie cut.

Read the full article here.

 

Excerpt:

 

You can learn a lot about a person in seven hours. Little things, like the kinds of food they don’t like—arugula, eggplant, goat cheese (“I have the taste buds of a five-year-old”), which TV show they’re obsessed with (Homeland), the strange stuff they’re afraid of (“I don’t have nightmares about clowns or burglars or murderers. I have nightmares about thirteen-year-olds. They terrify me”). But you can also learn things that are superspecific. For example, she got the nickname J.Law in seventh grade, but it was only this spring that she met J.Lo while hanging out at a party one night with Jimmy Fallon. “We planned out this whole thing, where we were going to spin around and over to her and go, ‘Please dance with us!’ But at the last minute, Jimmy pooped out, and all of a sudden I spun around by myself and said, ‘Dance with . . . me?’ And she was like, ‘Thanks, I’m just gonna watch.’ ”

And therein lies the biggest surprise about Jennifer Lawrence: She has the soul of a comedian and can riff on just about anything that crosses her path. She did a 20-minute monologue about sponges: “I wake up earlier in the morning when I have new sponges. That counter doesn’t even see it coming.” She segued into her incomprehension at people who don’t share her “faith in sponges” and then finally landed on her relationship with ex-boyfriend Nicholas Hoult, with whom she’s still very close (they’re shooting X-Men: Days of Future Past together). “He would never wring them out. We were in the kitchen once, and I picked up the sponge, and it was soapy and wet, and I was like, ‘See?’ These are the kinds of things that make me think we are never going to work.”