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An Indian Woman’s Eco-Friendly Venture Creates Paper Gifts That Grow Into Plants Be Greedy 

An Indian Woman’s Eco-Friendly Venture Creates Paper Gifts That Grow Into Plants

India (GV) – During national day festivities and other occasions, you might see crowds of people waving hundreds or thousands of little flags in celebration. But when the fun is over, those flags are often discarded, littering the ground. But what if they didn’t become trash? What if they contained seeds that with a little care grew into a plant? That’s the creative idea of one Indian nature lover with a master’s degree in forensic biotechnology — infusing seeds into disposable gifts. Mansi Shah launched her venture Gift Green a year ago, quitting her day job with a vision to do something good for the environment. Read More

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Mexico’s Indigenous Peoples Select a Woman to Represent Their Resistance in Upcoming Presidential Election Politics 

Mexico’s Indigenous Peoples Select a Woman to Represent Their Resistance in Upcoming Presidential Election

Mexico (GV) – In a historic decision for Mexico, the country’s indigenous peoples appointed María de Jesús Patricio Martínez as spokeswoman for the National Indigenous Governing Council, with the intent for her to run as an independent candidate in the upcoming presidential elections of 2018. The various communities selected her on May 28, 2017, while gathered together at the National Indigenous Congress (CNI, for its initials in Spanish), which was backed by leftist political group Zapatista Army of National Liberation. La compañera María de Jesús Patricio Martinez es la Vocera del Concejo Indígena de Gobierno #CNI #CIG pic.twitter.com/ROLJUBrvu5 — SubVersiones AAC (@SubVersionesAAC) May 28, Read More

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The Male Romper Gives the Caribbean Blogosphere a Lot to Ponder Unaimed 

The Male Romper Gives the Caribbean Blogosphere a Lot to Ponder

Caribbean (GV) – The Caribbean has caught Romphim fever. While the guys aren’t necessarily rushing out to buy the new “rompers made for men,” Internet users are certainly discussing it on social media. In a region that has a reputation of being intolerant of alternative lifestyles, the male romper is being perceived as something only gay men would wear, so the fashion trend has, unfortunately, fanned that flame. But several female Facebook users advised their male counterparts to take it easy — after all, it was just a piece of clothing that didn’t actually have the power to make them epicene. Read More

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Instagram Snaps of Japanese Foods You May Not Have Heard Of Food 

Instagram Snaps of Japanese Foods You May Not Have Heard Of

Japan (GV) – Raw chicken, fish sperm, raw liver, and “cherry blossom meat” While most people are familiar with sushi and Japanese sweet potato,  there are a lot of more adventurous Japanese foods out there. If you’re looking to try something new and exciting, Japan has plenty to offer…  Chicken hearts, cartilage, livers, gizzards and unlaid eggs Restaurants specializing in yakitori (barbecued chicken) are common in every drinking area around Japan, and provide examples of Japanese foods not commonly eaten outside the country. While breast and thigh meat are standard fare, there are also plenty of other parts of the chicken on Read More

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Fed Up With Local Government, Siberian Environmentalists Beg Leonardo DiCaprio for Help Activism 

Fed Up With Local Government, Siberian Environmentalists Beg Leonardo DiCaprio for Help

Russia (GV) – According to a popular legend many Russians learn in school, the Russian people 11 centuries ago invited “managers” from Scandinavia to come and help rule over their lands. The so-called “Varangian” tribe leaders (coming from the territories of modern Sweden and Norway) had a knack for good governance, and they were enormously helpful in Old Rus, the story goes. The age of the Varangians came and went, but some Russians today are still looking abroad for another savior. In Krasnoyarsk, the third largest city in Siberia, local environmentalists have found their man: Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio. In order to draw attention to air pollution that’s Read More

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RuPaul on the RuNet: ‘Drag Race’ Catches on in Russia Entertainment 

RuPaul on the RuNet: ‘Drag Race’ Catches on in Russia

(GV) – It’s dramatic, it’s campy, it’s gay, and it comes with Russian subtitles: since 2014, a group of volunteer translators on the Russian social media network VKontakte has been working to bring “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” an award-winning American reality show that documents international gender-bending superstar RuPaul Charles’ search for America’s next top drag queen, to the Russian-language internet. Since forming three years ago, the RuPaul VKontakte group has attracted a dedicated team of 10 translators and has expanded to reach an audience of over 5,000 regular viewers across the former Soviet Union. They’ve translated over 70 episodes of the show Read More

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Short Video Documentary Explores Japan’s Flashy Art Truck Subculture Art 

Short Video Documentary Explores Japan’s Flashy Art Truck Subculture

Japan (GV) – They are flashy, visually compelling and look like they’re a hobby that costs a lot of money: anyone who has ever been to Japan has probably come across Japan’s “art truck” subculture. Known as dekotora (デコトラ, short for “decoration trucks“), Japan’s art trucks are tricked out with flashing neon lights, airbrushed murals and lots and lots of chrome. Great Big Story has just released Inside Japan’s Tricked-Out DIY Truck Culture, a short video documentary about dekotora. The video features English subtitles, and lots of images of flashy trucks. Like any other subculture, there is also a vibrant dekotora community on Instagram. Here Read More

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Some Hong Kong Parents Are Worried That Their Sons Like Disney Princesses Unaimed 

Some Hong Kong Parents Are Worried That Their Sons Like Disney Princesses

China (GV) – Parenting issues have always been a hot topic on Hong Kong social media. Recently, a video interview clip in which Cantopop diva Miriam Yeung touched upon her parenting experience has gone viral online and sparked another round of debates. The interview was conducted in 2015, but reappeared online as a short clip about two weeks ago. In the video, Yeung described how she stopped her son from developing tastes that are considered stereotypically girlish, including liking Elsa, a character in the Disney hit “Frozen”: Whenever he expresses his liking of Elsa, I scold him. He is a boy, Read More

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Princess Leia’s Hairdo Didn’t Come From a Galaxy Far, Far Away Women 

Princess Leia’s Hairdo Didn’t Come From a Galaxy Far, Far Away

(GV) – A few days before 2016 came to an end, the world bade farewell to popular actress Carrie Fisher, whose untimely death at the age of 60 came on Dec. 27, four days after she suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Although she played many roles, Fisher was best known for portraying Princess Leia in the epic space saga Star Wars. Once the news of Carrie Fisher’s death broke, social media all over the world flooded with odes to the actress, including thousands if not millions of images showing little girls mimicking Princess Leia’s iconic hairdo, which you’ll Read More

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The Strangest Japanese “Love Hotel” Names, Ranked Entertainment 

The Strangest Japanese “Love Hotel” Names, Ranked

Japan (GV) – A recent survey has ranked the top ten strangest “love hotel” names in Japan. Coming out on top? “Banana & Donut.” @daitoshonagikai バナナとドーナツってラブホもよくこの名前にしたなって思いますw pic.twitter.com/1bBoNL9HJo — Alice@熊本城マラソン2月19日 (@ab_k2) December 12, 2016 “Banana & Donut” is the perfect name for a love hotel. “Banana & Donut,” which as recently as 2013 was ranked as having only the tenth-weirdest name, is a “love hotel” (known as a ラブホ, or rabuho in Japanese) in Saga Prefecture in western Japan. Visitors to such hotels pay per hour or for an overnight stay, typically for a private place to have sex. Some tourists Read More

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