Many thanks to RYOT for bringing this to my attention - the Japanese sport of bo-taoshi involves two teams, each of 75 men, warring over a 30-foot wooden pole. One team is trying to tip it over to an angle of 30 degrees, the other team is trying to stop that.
That’s it. The whole sport. And it seems there are very few rules about what goes on in the huddle. Oh, and apparently this is played in schools on annual sports days. I feel like we missed out.
Definitely worth a watch.
Photo by Ton Koene
Elizabeth Rolfes, Doctor, from Germany
"I remember one woman who was in labor in a village for several days. She was afraid to come to Bossangoa hospital because of the violence. She was treated in the village but didn’t deliver, so they tried to tear the baby out, which didn’t work. In the end she walked forty kilometers [about 25 miles] to the hospital. The baby died after one or two days, and the woman was horribly injured. Now she has long-term consequences from her fear. Her baby is dead and she has a fistula.”
So incredibly thankful for the health care I have access to and take for granted.
A salt mine in Romania ceased excavations in 1932. After that it was used for a variety of things, including a bomb shelter during World War II, before being converted into an underground amusement park in the 1990s. How awesome is that?
According to this article on RYOT, the park has an amphitheater, a ferris wheel, a bowling alley, a mini golf course, tennis courts and an underground lake that you can paddle boat on.
You can see more photos and a short video about the park here.
Attention New Yorkers! #Manhattanhenge returns tonight and tomorrow.
This is the phenomenon when the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons, simultaneously illuminating both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough’s grid. A rare and beautiful sight.
Tonight is the first of the four nights of Manhattanhenge. Get all the details about how best to experience it here, straight from Neil deGrasse Tyson!
Sally Ride was born on this day in 1951. A physicist and astronaut, Ride became the first American woman in space at the age of 32. Ride took part in two NASA space flights on space shuttle Challenger before leaving the program in 1987.
On June 14, join award-winning author and journalist Lynn Sherr for a lecture on her latest book, Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space. Sherr draws on her 30-year friendship with Ride, her work covering NASA in the 1980s as a star reporter for ABC, and exclusive access to Ride’s papers and closest confidantes to bring to vivid life this extraordinarily gifted, daring, complex, and famously private woman.
Wish I could be in NYC to attend this, but I’ll have to make do with reading the book instead.
Photo by Adriane Ohanesian
In April 2014, an estimated 90,000 South Sudanese refugees had settled in Ethiopia’s Gambella region. MSF is providing assistance in four different locations. Above, children being treated for malnutrition sit with their mothers and relatives at the MSF hospital in Lietchuor camp . The refuge camp currently holds over 40,000 people who have fled the violence in South Sudan. Mortality rates among children under five remain above emergency levels.
I know this has been circulating for a few days, but I only just watched Sia’s music video for “Chandelier” this morning and now I’m as captivated as everyone else. What a fantastic piece of choreography, and what a performance by Maddie Ziegler.