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Record-Breaking 10,000-Room Hotel “Abraj Kudai” Set To Open In Mecca, Saudi Arabia By 2017 (Video)

Abraj Kudai is a five-star hotel currently under construction in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Once completed, the $3 billion complex will be the world’s largest hotel, featuring 10,000 rooms, 70 restaurants, multiple helipads and more, according to CNN. Right now, the world’s largest hotel is the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, which features over 6,000 rooms. Besides having enough rooms to house a small city, the Abraj Kudai will also have five floors strictly for the use of the Saudi

3 Major European Countries Join China-Led Development Bank Despite U.S. Objections


On Tuesday (3/17), the countries of Germany, Italy and France announced their intentions to join the Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The three countries decided to join the bank despite direct pleas from the Obama administration asking them not to. The United States views the new bank as a rival to the U.S.-led World Bank and International Monetary Fund. For the past 70 years, these institutions have been the two main options for countries in need of large developmental loans, making them extremely influential players in the world

45% of Russians Believe A Global Shadow Government Controls the World

Consider the following statement: “The world is run by some sort of overarching entity that pulls the strings in governments around the globe.” While groups like NATO, the United Nations and the G20 all include some of the biggest and most influential nations in the world, most people would probably say that the statement above is a bit of a stretch. Unless, of course, you live in Russia. A recent poll carried out by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center found that a whopping 45% of Russians agreed

McDonald’s Happy Meals In India Are Now Coming With Books Instead of Toys

Last month, McDonald’s India announced a change to their iconic Happy Meals: instead of coming with a toy, the meal now comes with a book. In a statement, the fast food giant said that the move would be in following with their goals of, “…changing consumer lifestyles, while championing children’s happiness and well-being.”   Ranjit Paliath is Vice President of Business Operations for McDonald’s India (West and South).  He spoke about the recent change, saying, “We realise that lifestyles are

The Most Dangerous Journeys to School From Around the World (Pictures)

This morning, I woke up around 7:30, threw some clothes on and headed towards the University of Texas campus. On my way to class I had to battle an insane swarm of cars, pedestrians and bikers, as well as a ten-minute walk through the Texas heat from my car to class. I was feeling sorry myself, lamenting about my terrible commute, when I stumbled upon something that immediately put the luxury of my educational experiences into perspective… You see, here in the U.S. we

The Progression Of The FIFA World Cup Official Match Ball (Gif)

One of the coolest aspects of the modern era of Soccer (or futbol, if you’re outside the States) is seeing the progression of the equipment and technology used in the game we love. Cleats, fields, turf, match balls and more are constantly evolving and progressing to keep pace with the game we love. Below you can see the evolution of the FIFA World Cup official match balls from all past World Cups. The 2014 FIFA World Cup has officially started and we

NASA Made an Amazing Mosaic of Earth Using Over 36,000 Selfies Taken All Across the Globe

Last month, NASA set out to create a “global selfie”. First, they asked people around the world to take pictures of themselves with a little NASA placard saying where they were. They then compiled the 36,422 selfies they got into a stunningly accurate mosaic of the Earth. For Earth Day (April 22), NASA used social media to pose the question, “Where are you on Earth right now?”, encouraging fans and followers to take selfies and post them using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie. Selfies were

Watch People Greet Sunrise Across the Globe By Jumping On Twitter (Graphic)

At the end of last month, Twitter released their earnings report numbers for the first quarter of 2014. Most notable among these was the announcement that the social media giant had officially surpassed 250 million users worldwide. Pictures are always better than numbers though, so to give analysts a better idea of global tweet activity, Twitter created an awesome visualization: it shows all the mentions of sunrise (in every language) on a map which shows sunrise and sunset across the globe. Click the image

A 67-Year-Old Polish Adventurer Crosses the Atlantic Ocean in a Record-Breaking Kayak Journey

On October 5th of last year, a 67-year-old Polish man named Aleksander Doba set out from Lisbon, Portugal in a 21-foot kayak, in hopes of crossing the Atlantic Ocean and reaching Florida. Aleksander Doba’s 6,000 mile journey ended in a glorious success earlier this month when he landed at New Smyrna Beach, Florida on April 17th. Doba arrived looking like Tom Hanks from Cast Away with weathered skin and long sun bleached beard and hair. Doba’s journey is believed to be the longest

The Volcano That Erupts With Blue Lava and The Brave Men Who Mine It (Pictures and Video)

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The Kawah Ijen Volcano is unlike any other volcano you have ever seen. Located in Indonesia, the mountain contains high levels of pure sulfur, which burns a bright blue-violet color when the volcano erupts. The blue lava is extremely toxic, and reaches temperatures upwards of 239° F. Also, plumes of sulfur flames can rise up to 16 feet high. But despite the grave risks, many local men make a living by trekking up the mountain to mine sulfur from the volcano’s crater,

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