How a US pro surfer brought home a water polo gold medal from Rio

If you were watching the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, you may have seen a frizzy-haired pro surfer from the United States named Kaleigh Gilchrist. She was a part of the women’s water polo team that dominated the rest of the world and took home the gold. OLYMPIC CHAMPION!!!! Best day of

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Relive the Billabong Pro Tahiti madness with the best surfer kickouts

Style is everything in surfing. Typically the most stylish thing to do after coming out of a gaping barrel is to throw a huge turn. But at Teahupoo the rules are totally different. The thing to do after coming out of a house-sized barrel at Teahupoo is to do your highest-flying, most creative kickout into

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The Giant of Algeria: Iconographic Evidence of Roman Expeditions in the Sahara

Deriv; Left, Roman legionnaire reenactor in period gear. Right, Jabbaren rock painting (Via author)

There are thousands of rock engravings at the dramatic rocky landscape of Jabbaren, Algeria. Jabbaren is an archaeological site in the Tassili N’ajjer National Park in Algeria with some of the most important groupings of prehistoric cave art in the world. The Jabbaren site is situated on the lower level of the Tassili plateau, and in the Tamahaq language Jabbaren means “giant”. It is interesting to note that some of the engraved figures from Jabbaren appear to be Roman soldiers. 

Rock Art of the Tassili n'Ajjer, Jabbaren, Algeria.

Rock Art of the Tassili n’Ajjer, Jabbaren, Algeria. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Algerian desert - Tassili National Park.

Algerian desert – Tassili National Park. (CC BY 2.0)

Anthropology researcher and Tassili N’ajjer park director, Malika Hachid has dated many of the rock engravings at Jabbaren to be thousands of years old. They include pictures of cattle and people.

Dancing figures and animals.

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The Monk and the Poet: Meet the Rebels behind the Legendary “Journey to the West”

A painting depicting a scene from the Chinese classic, Journey to the West. The painting shows the four heros of the story, left to right: Sun Wukong, Xuanzang, Zhu Wuneng, and Sha Wujing.

Hsi-yu chi, or Journey to the West, is a Chinese novel published in the 16th century, during the Ming Dynasty. The novel adds elements from a bewildering array of Asian cultural lore, as well as from the three major religious traditions of China (Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism). Adding elements of the pantheon of Taoist immortals and Buddhist teachings which are still reflective of some religious attitudes today, the story is considered so relevant that it becomes the basis of many retellings, movies, video games and animes.

Although Journey to the West may be considered as a pleasant introduction to the calm and gentle Buddhist philosophy, behind this story is in fact a real journey by a Buddhist monk ten centuries earlier who defied his emperor and became a fugitive questing his way to India. Also behind this story is a passionate poet who broke China’s literary tradition and wrote something for the common man at the expense of his own reputation.

The Journey of a Monk and His Divine Protectors 

The story of The Journey to the West follows one of Sakyamuni Buddha’s disciples who was banished from the heavenly paradise for slighting the Buddhist precepts. He was sent to the human world and forced to spend ten lifetimes practicing religious self-cultivation in order to atone for his sins.

In the Tang Dynasty, (and now in his tenth lifetime) the disciple reincarnates as a monk named Xuanzang (also known as Tang Monk and Tripitaka). The emperor orders Xuanzang to travel west and bring the holy Mahayana Buddhist scriptures back to China. After being inspired by a vision from the goddess Guanyin, he accepts the mission and sets off on the quest.

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Annular Solar Eclipse of September 1, 2016

A large annular eclipse will cover 97% of the Sun on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The whole event will last from 06:13 – 12:00 UTC and will be visible across central Africa southwards to Madagascar and into the Indian Ocean. The partial eclipse will be visible…… Read more »

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Bryce Menzies crashes truck and fractures shoulder, live TV jump canceled

In an unfortunate incident, offroad truck racer Bryce Menzies crashed and fractured his shoulder during test runs for his world record jump attempt on live TV that was to take place Saturday afternoon. RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Bryce Menzies prepares for the truck jump of a lifetime The statement from Red Bull shed light onto the incident:

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This is what it looks like to ride a mountain bike through an old Russian fort

Pavel Alekhin is one of Russia’s most famous mountain bikers. And when you’re the most famous something in a country, you get access doing that thing that most other’s don’t. Alekhin put together a concept to ride through and around an old fort in Kaliningrad, Russia. Kaliingrad is Russia’s most western city, and Alekhin takes

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This what it looks like to ride a mountain bike through an old Russian fort

Pavel Alekhin is one of Russia’s most famous mountain bikers. And when you’re the most famous something in a country, you get access doing that thing that most other’s don’t. Alekhin put together a concept to ride through and around an old fort in Kaliningrad, Russia. Kaliingrad is Russia’s most western city, and Alekhin takes

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Pro surfer/skater Kalani David had seizure that caused his heart to stop while skating

Pro surfer/skater Kalani David is a pretty versatile fellow. There’s a constant debate whether he’s a better surfer or a better skater. But David recently had a serious scare while skating at Prince Park in Oceanside, California. His heart actually stopped and he fainted. Thank you everyone for your prayers! I was skating with @max_jenson

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