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  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by junglman
    +18 +1

    How to Smuggle $1,000 Into North Korea

    “Son, is that you?” Recognizing the weak, shaky voice on the other line, Kevin immediately hangs up the phone. Kevin, the eldest son in his family, defected from North Korea in 1998 when he was 17 years old and is currently a graduate student in South Korea, working odd jobs to save cash to send as remittances to his family, all of whom still reside in North Korea. Several years ago, he sent smart phones to his family so that they could stay in touch.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by messi
    +14 +1

    The man with the toughest job in the world

    In July 2014, Staffan de Mistura, a 68-year old Italian-Swedish diplomat, was enjoying a peaceful semi-retirement on the isle of Capri when he received a telephone call from his former boss, the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, offering him what might be the world’s most difficult job. De Mistura had worked under Ban as the chief of the UN missions to Afghanistan and Iraq, and he was now being asked to take up a role as the UN’s special envoy...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by KondoR
    +5 +1

    A Renegade Trawler, Hunter for 10,000 Miles by Vigilantes

    As the Thunder, a trawler considered the world’s most notorious fish poacher, began sliding under the sea a couple of hundred miles south of Nigeria, three men scrambled aboard to gather evidence of its crimes. In bumpy footage from their helmet cameras, they can be seen grabbing everything they can over the next 37 minutes — the captain’s logbooks, a laptop computer, charts and a slippery 200-pound fish.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by trails
    +6 +1

    WWE's Titus O'Neil takes more homeless people to lunch after same restaurant gave poor service

    Titus O'Neil is a large man. He also appears to be a kind man.

  • Video/Audio
    3 years ago
    by roxxy
    +22 +1

    A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared

    There are times when Dan Price feels as if he stumbled into the middle of the street with a flag and found himself at the head of a parade. Three months ago, Mr. Price, 31, announced he was setting a new minimum salary of $70,000 at his Seattle credit card processing firm, Gravity Payments, and slashing his own million-dollar pay package to do it. He wasn’t thinking about the current political clamor over low wages or the growing gap between rich and poor, he said.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by zyery
    +37 +1

    The Unbreakable Rebecca Black

    Four years ago, she introduced the world to the most hated (and maddeningly unforgettable) song in a generation, was passed over by the music industry, and turned into a punchline — all before she was old enough for a learner’s permit. Now 18, Rebecca Black is too famous to be normal and too normal to be famous. So what does she have to smile about?

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by sugartoad
    +20 +1

    Lessons I've Learned from Living in a Van

    It’s been almost a month on the road now. One of the goals of Connected States was to see what lessons could be gleaned from a mobile lifestyle and then applied to a life more stationary. Well, 25 days isn’t so long in the grand scheme of things, especially if I’m staring down the barrel of another 340 or so, but it’s been long enough to make an observation or two.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by paperplainjane
    +12 +1

    The raddest convenience store on Earth.

    Hazem Sedda is probably the most popular man in Redfern.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by trails
    +11 +1

    What the nose knows

    Profound writing about how losing your sense of smell can fundamentally change the way you relate to other people.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by MatPryer
    +1 +1

    The Cage of Coin

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by Cobbydaler
    +25 +1

    Waiting for the ship that could save a man's life

    The closest land mass to Tristan da Cunha is more than 2,000km away - Chris Carnegy was on the island when a medical emergency brought home how remote the community is.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +2 +1

    A Grief So Deep It Won’t Die

    She had taken care of her husband for the last eight years of his life, through his blindness, through cancer and heart failure. After he died in 2002, she sold the Long Island house they’d loved and shared, finding it too filled with memories, and moved to their country home in upstate New York.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by rexall
    +22 +1

    Meet the Engineer Who Became an Astronaut—15 Years Later

    Clayton Anderson, "the ordinary spaceman," talks his long journey to the ISS, the view from 250 miles above the Earth, and the extraordinary things on the horizon for space travel. After so many years of trying to get into the astronaut program, what was it like when you finally got up on the shuttle and experienced the micro-gravity for the first time? Clayton Anderson: I don't know honestly if I thought back to the 15 tries to apply. I think that my 15 attempts...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by TNY
    +18 +1

    One Hundred Years of Arm Bars

    A family epic spanning the GRACIE JIU-JITSU dynasty’s generations of combat and betrayal, from the Amazon to Hollywood to the UFC.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by messi
    +45 +1

    'I've never felt more isolated': The man who sold Minecraft to Microsoft for $2.5 billion reveals the empty side of success

    It's the dream of many a startup founder: Make something people love and wind up wildly rich, selling the company for billions. But after you do that, what comes next? It could be a sense of hopeless isolation. So says Minecraft founder Markus Persson (aka "Notch") in a strangely revealing series of tweets. Microsoft bought Minecraft for $2.5 billion almost a year ago, and the founder did not join Microsoft after the sale.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by giblue
    +24 +1

    The busboy who cradled a dying RFK has finally stepped out of the past

    In June, Juan Romero did something he hadn't done in decades. He celebrated his birthday, going out to dinner with his family in San Jose. "I always dreaded when June was coming up," said Romero, 65, who has struggled for most of his adult life to let go of his crippling memory of an American tragedy.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by melaniee
    +2 +1

    The Misanthropic Genius of Joy Williams

    A few years ago, the writer Joy Williams’s favorite church needed to dispose of a few extra pews after a renovation. Williams attends the church only in April and October, when her frequent cross-country drives take her to Laramie, Wyo., but she wanted a pew anyway. She borrowed a trailer, got a friend to help her load the pew and drove a thousand miles, pulling it behind her enormous Bronco, her two German shepherds...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by Fooferhill
    +2 +1

    “Mama Merkel” Opens the Door to Syrian Refugees as Most Germans Cheer

    MUNICH — A stout Bavarian music teacher brought homemade blueberry crumble because she thought “the refugees must be hungry.” A young German mother coaxed smiles out of terrified children with balloons.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by trails
    +19 +1

    These are the people Dylann Roof stayed with before the Charleston church shooting

    Equal parts insightful and depressing.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by mariogi
    +35 +1

    Man who couldn't remember name when found 11 years ago finally discovers identity

    For the past 11 years, a man has been living without knowing who he really is. According to WJXT, the man was found beaten and left for dead outside of a Burger King in 2004 in Jacksonville, Florida. He had no memory of who he was. Doctors said he had retrograde amnesia. He called himself Benjamin Kyle, BK, for short. He appeared on both local and national television shows to see if anyone might recognize him.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by jenjen1352
    +25 +1

    I’m a pedophile, but not a monster

    I'm attracted to children but unwilling to act on it. Before judging me harshly, would you be willing to listen?

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by distant
    +20 +1

    The woman who saved her rapist's life

    A woman made the choice to save the life of her rapist. Why? Susan Copestick, 56, manages to remain calm while reliving the moment in November last year when she effectively chose to save the life of Peter Drummond. Her former partner had held her at knifepoint and sexually assaulted her earlier that day. "There was a split second when I was watching for Peter to stop breathing, waiting for him to die. Then I stopped myself and thought 'no'.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by b1ackbird
    +23 +1

    Mysterious Arrival: The Man From Taured

    The man presented an authentic looking European passport and carried European currency from several countries and carried himself in a professional manner but that wasn’t what alerted the authorities. No matter how much they had searched, the Customs agents could not find the European country that had issued him the passport anywhere in their maps. The unheard country of Taured. When they asked the Caucasian man to point on their map where Taured was located, he answered them in fluent Japanese.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by aj0690
    +23 +1

    Raped, pregnant and afraid of being jailed

    In the United Arab Emirates, migrant women are routinely jailed for having sex outside marriage. Desperate to leave the country, one Filipina maid who was raped found a dramatic way to escape. There wasn't much in the village Monica left behind. No clinic, no school, no street lights - just a crossing of dirt roads and a few concrete houses roofed with tin. What really troubled her, though, was the lack of prospects.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by zritic
    +3 +1

    I found my father living on the street

    Diana Kim has spent the past 12 years photographing people living on the streets of Hawaii. But her project to humanise homelessness suddenly became very personal when her own father ended up living rough. Kim, a law student, explains how, in an effort to save him, she turned her camera on him. My father introduced me to photography. He was a landscape photographer and I remember my early years sitting...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by Chubros
    +40 +1

    More than a decade after release, they all come back

    Silvestre Segovia had vowed many times over that he would never return to solitary confinement. Languishing in the vast Texas prison system's solitary confinement wings for more than a decade had exacted a heavy emotional toll. And there was so much to discover about a new world that confronted him on a much-anticipated exit that chilly morning, Nov. 15, 2002. A loyal girlfriend waited 255 miles away. There might even be a market for the catalog...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by rhingo
    +37 +1

    Thomas Quick: The extraordinary story of the serial killer who wasn't

    Two decades ago, a 41-year-old patient in a psychiatric hospital made a shocking confession. Sture Bergwall stunned his therapist by admitting he was responsible for one of Sweden's most notorious unsolved murders, that of 11-year-old Johan Asplund, who had vanished on his way to school in 1980 and whose body had never been found. Police were called to interview Bergwall, but that was not the end of his disturbing mea culpa.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by aj0690
    +28 +1

    Armistice Day 2015: My grandfather's secret World War Two past

    I was 13 years-old before I first asked my grandfather what he did in the Second World War. Charged with finding a veteran to interview for a history project at school, and armed with the knowledge he’d been a Royal Marine, I ambushed him during a visit to our house in Suffolk. Up until that point, I could barely imagine Grandpa sporting anything other than a cravat, blue jumper and thick-rimmed glasses. If asked to describe him I would probably have said...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by jedlicka
    +42 +1

    My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment. Nineteen cops showed up.

    On Sept. 6, I locked myself out of my apartment in Santa Monica, Calif. I was in a rush to get to my weekly soccer game, so I decided to go enjoy the game and deal with the lock afterward. A few hours and a visit from a locksmith later, I was inside my apartment and slipping off my shoes when I heard a man’s voice and what sounded like a small dog whimpering outside, near my front window. I imagined a loiterer and opened the door to move him along.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +51 +1

    Long-Hidden Details Reveal Cruelty of 1972 Munich Attackers

    In September 1992, two Israeli widows went to the home of their lawyer. When the women arrived, the lawyer told them that he had received some photographs during his recent trip to Munich but that he did not think they should view them. When they insisted, he urged them to let him call a doctor who could be present when they did.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by 8mm
    +34 +1

    On Tour with Rick Dyer and his Bigfoot through Texas

    Things got weird, as they so often do, in a Walmart parking lot. Amarillo has three such behemoths, and on a bright, noticeably warm February day, seven of us had gathered at the 42nd Avenue store. The group—a small gaggle including some state and local media types—was packed into an enclosed cargo trailer parked at the far edge of the lot’s constellation of lampposts, that twilight zone where none but runaways, criminals, and budget travelers dare...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +33 +1

    This woman clawed her way out of her own grave

    A woman who was buried alive by her fiancé managed to claw her way out of her shallow grave. Stacey Gwilliam, 34 thought she was going to die after she had been attacked by Keith Hughes, 39 and covered by undergrowth and branches. She said when she woke up in darkness and felt paralysed.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by roxxy
    -2 +1

    They Helped Erase Ebola in Liberia. Now Liberia Is Erasing Them.

    It was around 3 in the afternoon when Sherdrick Koffa spotted, in neatly written script, the name on the body bag that he was preparing to set ablaze. It was the name of a classmate. The two grew up together, had played together as children. Now, only a few days into his job burning the Ebola dead, work that had already estranged Mr. Koffa from his family, he was expected to burn the body of his friend.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by kong88
    +20 +1

    The Long Haul: One Year of Solitude on America's Highways

    I woke up driving an eighteen-wheeler 60 miles per hour through a field east of Amarillo, Texas. My partner was screaming as he bounced around in the back; he had just woken up, too. Everything in the truck rattled and shook. Baggage rained down on me from the upper bunk. The view a dark blur, I slammed on the brakes, but 80,000 pounds of inertia wasn't going to stop for air brakes.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by TNY
    +43 +1

    What It Feels Like to Be Adopted at 17

    Earlier this year, I legally became an Esparza, five years after they took me in. It took five years for me to realize that these people were serious about being my parents; five years of doubting their love, but yearning for what they claimed to offer. We had to go to court and wear dresses and ties — it was kind of like a marriage. When I entered the building my body immediately tensed up, and my mom put her hand on the small of my back. We walked into the courtroom where...