By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it’s like to be young and … different. “To This Day,” his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson.
In this series, Thamer brought together the Taj Mahal and its charmed visitors in one frame.
Before a final vote that approved marriage equality in New Zealand, Maurice Williamson an MP from Pakuranga delivered this hilarious, heartfelt, and altogether brilliant speech defending his vote for the bill.
Tim Harris, owner of Tim’s Place, is the country’s only restaurant owner with Down’s Syndrome, and the joy he gets from serving people good food carries over into his diner’s most famous export: hugs.
Photograph by Bryan Olesen on Flickr
In this beautiful photo by Bryan Olesen, we see the popular Ash Cave in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Located in the southernmost reaches of Hocking Hills, Ash Cave is the largest recess cave in the state of Ohio. The horseshoe-shaped cave measures 700 feet from end to end, and is 100 feet deep from the rear cave wall to its front edge, with the rim rising 90 feet high. A small tributary of the East Fork of Queer Creek (seen on the left) cascades over the rim into a small plunge pool below [Source]. For more information on the history of Ash Cave, head to hockinghills.com for a detailed summary.
Hocking Hills State Park is a non-contiguous state park. Within the park are several spectacular features based around rock formations, including Old Man’s Cave, a narrow, deep gorge featuring waterfalls; Rock House, a cliffed area with a rock shelter; Cantwell Cliffs, a broad gorge at the head of a hollow with a unique stone stairway; Cedar Falls, a larger waterfall south of Old Man’s Cave; and the aforementioned Ash Cave [Source].
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Buddhist monks sit next to candles and chant en masse during a lantern lighting ceremony to mark Makha Bucha Day at Dhammakaya Temple in Pathum Thani province, Thailand, on February 25, 2013. Makha Bhucha Day is observed during the full moon of the third lunar month and commemorates the day when Buddha personally ordained 1,250 Arahant disciples.