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Mural depicting the local tradition of bird-singing clubs, at Block 71, Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru Estate in Singapore, created by Yip Yew Chong.

The Dying Singaporean Tradition of Bird-Singing Clubs

No one is certain when the Singaporean bird-keeping tradition began, but most people will tell that it started in the 1950s with the British Armed Forces’ formation of the Singapore Cage Bird Society. As bird-keeping grew in popularity, travel guidebooks began to feature Singapore’s bird-singing areas, quickly turning them into tourist attractions that piqued the curiosity of visitors from around the globe.

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Jimmy Nelson in Mundari | Nyikabor, Terekeka state | South Sudan | 2016.

Jimmy Nelson’s Most Recent Book Pays “Homage to Humanity”

Iconic British photographer Jimmy Nelson carries on his tradition of capturing brilliant images of the world’s many indigenous cultures through his latest book, “Homage To Humanity.” While his earlier work, “Before They Pass Away,” had a more cynical view of the fate of these cultures, his new book takes us on a journey through a new lens – one of celebration and honor.

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Miyake-jima: The “Gas Mask Island” of Japan

About 110 miles (180 kilometers) south of Tokyo, Japan, in an area of the Pacific Ocean known as the “Devil’s Sea,” you will find a small island with a big story to tell. Miyake-jima is part of the volcanic Izu Islands, and host to Mount Oyama, an active volcano that sits at the very heart of the island. Because it emits poisonous sulfuric gas with very little warning, the 3,000 residents (as well as any visitors) are required to carry gas masks with them at all times.

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A concept spacesuit for future Mars exploration undergoing a field test at "Mars On Earth" on Devon Island is shown in this undated handout image.

Devon Island: One of the Most Mars-like Places on Earth

Nicknamed “Mars on Earth,” Devon Island is found in Nunavut in Canada’s Arctic and is Earth’s largest uninhabited island. There is a good reason nobody lives here – this desolate place features a polar-desert climate and barren, treacherous terrain. The plateau is often veiled by fog. Deep canyons and a large crater made from a meteorite impact mark the landscape.

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Central Perk coffee shop as a potential upcoming LEGO product created by French designer Aymeric Fievet using 1749 pieces.

The Iconic Central Perk Coffee Shop of “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” in LEGO

Anyone who grew up playing with LEGOs knows there is something quite satisfying about assembling the small colorful blocks to build a castle, car, spaceship, landmark or other magical creation. LEGO buffs also know what a treat it was to graduate from regular blocks to special building sets, which allowed them to construct near-exact replicas of their favorite characters and scenes.