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  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by messi
    +21 +1

    Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

    Martin Pistorius spent more than a decade unable to move or communicate, fearing he would be alone, trapped, forever. NPR's new show Invisibilia tells how his mind helped him create a new life.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by belangermira
    +4 +1

    Her Study Center Was Bombed. She Still Topped Afghanistan’s National University Exam.

    Shamsea Alizada’s story of persistence is a reminder of advances in girls’ education in Afghanistan — and their vulnerability as the government negotiates with the Taliban.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +23 +1

    The Big Roundtable

    "When I was younger, someone took a knife to my clitoris and cut out a small but significant part of me. I blamed my mother. I despised her. I loved her." The first and only time I had sex it did not go well. I was twenty-two, a late bloomer by most of popular culture’s standards, and for the year my boyfriend and I had been dating, we’d skirted around the issue. He’d repeated that he was willing to wait, however long it might take me to be ready, and I’d chafed at his understanding...

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +16 +1

    Before I go - Time warps for a young surgeon with metastatic lung cancer

    In residency, there’s a saying: The days are long, but the years are short. In neurosurgical training, the day usually began a little before 6 a.m., and lasted until the operating was done, which depended, in part, on how quick you were in the OR.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by messi
    +14 +1

    She took a year off from her marriage to sleep with strangers. What could go wrong?

    Robin Rinaldi, a magazine journalist living in San Francisco by way of Scranton, Pa., initially wasn’t sure she wanted children, but she knew that Scott, her stoic Midwestern husband, did not. Over time, Rinaldi decided a baby would add purpose to their lives, but Scott wouldn’t change his mind. “I wanted a child, but only with him,” she explains. “He didn’t want a child but wanted to keep me.” When Scott opted for a vasectomy, she demanded an open marriage.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by jedlicka
    +17 +1

    Reasons To Get High, Or Why Pole Vaulters Risk Everything For An Extra Half-Inch

    The Pole Vault is a singular and uniquely dangerous sport. The people who do it anyway aren't in it for money. They're in it to fly, and because they're a little crazy. Renaud Lavillenie stares down the runway and up at the bar. His eyes seem to bulge, his eyebrows bounce, his head jerks to the left. He could be cracking his neck; it's more likely the Frenchman is thinking, Putain de merde qui est élevé, or, in English, "Holy shit, that's high."

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +12 +1

    I had anorexia – but not because I wanted to look like a fashion model

    Nobody ever asks me what it felt like. They never ask what it was like to spend three of my teenage years in secure psychiatric units for severe anorexia nervosa; how it felt to be so undernourished I could hardly walk; how it feels now to be able to picture the doctors’ and nurses’ faces more clearly than I can those of my late grandparents; how it feels to have spent my formative years with young women who are now, in so many cases, dead; how this experience changed my personality for ever.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by zyery
    +15 +1

    I Was an ISIS Hostage for 5 Months

    It's strange how you can interact with someone every day and not know anything about them at all. I work in Lebanon much of the year. When I'm there, I stay in the residential Christian neighborhood of Fanar, about 20 minutes outside of Beirut. I see the natour — the superintendent of my building — when I enter or exit. He's a handsome man in his 30s with a quick, easy smile. I knew he was Syrian, but that was the extent of my knowledge about his life.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by wildcard
    +14 +1

    Elton McDonald and the incredible story behind the Toronto tunnel

    The digger Elton McDonald grew up on what’s probably the toughest street in Toronto—maybe even Canada—and he still lives there with his mother and two sisters. Three summers ago, a man got shot in the head behind their townhouse. Elton’s sister Anora Graham went to the man’s aid, pressing a shirt she’d run to fetch against the wound. He died two weeks later. Lots of others here have, too. “Elton went to school with kids who are not alive anymore,” says Anora. “They died when they were 16.”

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +14 +1

    The Man Who Single-handedly Carved A Road Through a Mountain

    For years, he was called a madman for toiling away on the rocks. But Dashrath Manjhi was not crazy. His quest to break a path through a small mountain to benefit the entire village is now legendary because he carved an entire road with hand tools, working for 22 years.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +8 +1

    Buried alive: An avalanche survivor breaks his silence

    The first part of this story may be familiar, especially to those in Western Canada. It starts with a group of backcountry skiers venturing into British Columbia’s Glacier National Park in early 2003, and ends with one of the deadliest avalanches in Canadian history. Seven people lost their lives to the slide. Adding to the horror, the victims were schoolkids. Media coverage focused primarily on the deaths of the seven students. Journalists interviewed grieving parents...

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by ilyas
    +26 +1

    I Followed My Stolen iPhone Across The World, Became A Celebrity In China, And Found A Friend For Life

    I’ve broken this story up into three chapters. It should never have gone this far, but the internet works in mysterious ways. None of this should have ever happened. It makes absolutely no sense at all. It’s truly crazy.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by spacepopper
    +5 +1

    Wife Refuses to Give Up on Husband in Coma After Crash - Then He Wakes Up

    Danielle Josey Davis had been married only seven months when a devastating motorcycle accident left her husband on life support and in a coma. Doctors recommended letting Matt Davis die because there was a 90 percent chance he would never wake up, but Danielle told ABC News she decided it just wasn't time yet. Then, one day, he woke up.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by grandtheftsoul
    +8 +1

    A Murderer at 14, Then a Lifer, Now a Man Pondering a Future

    Adolfo Davis admits he was a swaggering thug by the age of 14 as he roamed and dealt drugs with a South Side gang. He also describes a childhood of emotional and physical deprivation: a mother fixated on crack, an absent father, a grandmother’s overflowing and chaotic apartment. From the age of 6 or 7, he often had to buy his own food or go hungry, so he collected cans, pumped gas for tips and shoplifted.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +16 +1

    Who Killed Mellory Manning?

    Dallas Mildenhall used obscure science to crack cases all over the world. Then a murder took place in his own backyard.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by cone
    +21 +1

    The Woman Who Ate Chernobyl's Apples

    For the past couple of years, a young woman known only as “Bionerd23” has been making strange, dangerous videos in and around one of the most infamous nuclear zones on Earth—the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Nothing is too radioactive or risky for her. She has shown herself getting injected with the radionuclide technetium, eating radioactive apples from a tree in Chernobyl, being chased by a possibly rabid fox, and picking up fragments of the nuclear plant’s reactor fuel with her bare hands.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by grandsalami
    +16 +1

    Unfreed - The man who was accidentally released from prison 88 years early.

    He’d spent years wondering when the other shoe would drop. The revelation had taken him by surprise — the best possible thing that could have happened under the circumstances, his lawyer said — and yet the promise of it weighed too heavily for him to completely go along with it. Part of him was sure it wasn’t true at all.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by dianep
    +13 +1

    Take Nothing, Leave Nothing

    Seventeen hundred miles from what is customarily called civilization—in this case, the western shore of the Republic of South Africa—lies a tiny British-run volcanic island populated by fewer than three hundred people who lay claim to living in the most isolated permanent habitation in the world.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by powpow
    +5 0

    A father goes 'badass' to save his family

    If you'd seen him in the crowded room that night, you might not have given him a second look. He was the frail old man in a wheelchair. He wore a black ascot cap, a burgundy tie and a gray tweed jacket that covered his 140-pound frame. Ba Van Nguyen couldn't speak, could barely move; just a tiny man in a roomful of big Navy men swapping war stories.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by wildcat
    +18 +1

    The Price of Nice Nails

    The women begin to arrive just before 8 a.m., every day and without fail, until there are thickets of young Asian and Hispanic women on nearly every street corner along the main roads of Flushing, Queens. As if on cue, cavalcades of battered Ford Econoline vans grumble to the curbs, and the women jump in. It is the start of another workday for legions of New York City’s manicurists, who are hurtled to nail salons across three states.