History often paints people as much bigger than they were during their lifetime, but in the case of Nelson Mandela, there was no doubt of his greatness and goodness as a human being. He fought for equality, justice and peace his entire adult life, and spent three decades behind bars for fighting the apartheid government of South Africa before personally leading his country into a modern democracy. There just isn’t enough good things to say about the man, and now that he is gone, the world has lost one of the truly great human beings that has ever walked this Earth.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to visit the “real” parts of countries, but you’re rightly terrified of what kind of crime comes with such realness, you’ll be happy to know that in South Africa, there’s now a resort with fake shanty town slums, so you can experience slum life without worrying you’re going to end up chopped into bits by some crazy bastard with a machete.
Cape Town’s much renowned and favourite coffee chain, Truth, has a headquarters that’s really worth shouting about. Imagine a ”steampunk” inspired coffee shop in Cape Town, South Africa. Yes, you heard that right. It’s a reality and a pretty fabulous one at that thanks to an incredible design by Haldane Martin. Truth and its aesthetic have created as big a buzz as the coffee it serves, brought to life by connoisseur David Donde.
There are lots of weird lakes out there, but one lake in Tanzania has just the right pH so that any animal unlucky enough to fall into its waters are preserved and calcified for eternity. Apparently, there are such frozen bodies of birds and bats all over this demon pond.
Magnets… how do they work? Apparently, the humble yet mysterious magnets holds the key to proving that gay marriage is wrong. At least that’s the conclusion of Chibuihem Amalaha, a grad student from Nigeria, who has used magnets to scientifically show the immorality of gay marriage. I’m sure this holds up to the highest peer review standards.
If you’ve got a penis and you’re going to be visiting central Africa some time soon, you should probably be aware that there’s been a rash of penis thievery. Yes, people stealing human penises. Be on your guard.
It’s not Atlantis, but scientists have discovered a lost mini-continent in the Indian Ocean that disappeared under the waves around 85 million years ago. The chain of islands, now called Mauritia, was once between the southeast coast of Africa and India.
When French and Malian troops took back the city of Timbuktu, the Al-Qaeda Islamist rebels that had been holding big chunks of northern Mali left in a big hurry, leaving behind a bunch of secret Al-Qaeda documents, including a manual on how to avoid American drones.
With Benedict retiring at the end of this month, cardinals at the Vatican will be tasked with appointing a new pontiff. Among the main contenders are two Africans, an Italian and a Canadian. With many Catholics now living in developing countries, it might finally be time to appoint a non-European Pope for the first time ever.