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These gripping photos show what life is like for 21 indigenous communities around the world



According to Cultural Survival, an organization that fights for the rights of indigenous communities worldwide, there are approximately 370 million indigenous people belonging to 5,000 different groups across 90 countries. 

These communities often have their own language and deep-seeded cultural traditions.

It's when the land they live off is threatened — or worse, destroyed — by mining, oil, dam building, and agro-industrial development that they collide with mainstream society. 

This collection of photos from Reuters gives a glimpse of how these people from around the world live.

(Captions by Jack Sommer and Reuters)

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The Nenets are the indigenous tribe of Russia's Far North. They live in the poorly populated Tundra region, near the coast of the Arctic Ocean. The bloodline community, which consists of the Lednev family members, lives far from civilization and specializes in deer farming. Here, a Nenets boy, Viktor Lednev, sits near a carved reindeer at a settlement.

Consisting mainly of Circassians, Tkhagapsh is one of the few remaining settlements in the Sochi, Russia region. Circassians are a people indigenous to the North Caucasus region, but many were scattered across the globe by a bloody 19th Century Russian military campaign.

The snowy foothills of the High Atlas mountains in Morocco are home to several Berber villages where inhabitants make a living by farming, baking bread, herding cattle, and the making and selling of honey, olive oil, and pottery. Extreme weather fluctuations and erosion that causes flooding and landslides have led to a drop in agricultural productivity.

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21 vintage photos of Hawaii from before it became a state


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Hawaii became the 50th US state 56 years ago today, when President Eisenhower signed the Hawaii Admission Act on August 21, 1959.

The youngest state is known for its island cuisine, beautiful state parks, distinct cultural traditions, and thriving tourism industry.

These 21 vintage photos will make you want to hop on the next flight to Honolulu.

An earlier version of this story was reported by Liz O'Connor.

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January 1890 - Locals mill outside 'Iolani Palace, the royal residence of the rulers of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Early 1900s - Two local men in their raft rest by the beach at Waikiki Bay, framed by Diamond Head in the background.

1901 - Vendors sell beautiful lei garlands.

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The life of the tallest man who ever lived is utterly fascinating


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The world's tallest man was 3 feet tall as a toddler, could carry his father at age 9, and stretched to a fantastic height of 8 feet 11 inches.

This is the incredible life of Robert Wadlow, whose hands measured a foot long and whose arms spanned 9 feet 5 inches.

Robert Pershing Wadlow was born February 22, 1918, and weighed a healthy 8 pounds 6 ounces. Soon after his birth, he began to grow at an astounding rate. In this photo, 6-month-old Wadlow weighed 30 pounds, about twice the normal weight for his age.

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As a kindergartner, 5-year-old Wadlow wore clothes intended for a 17-year-old. Three years later, Wadlow towered at a height of 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed nearly 200 pounds. Here's Wadlow's height and weight plotted alongside the CDC's growth chart for healthy males aged 2 to 20 years old.

By the time he was 10 years old, Wadlow weighed 210 pounds, was more than 6 feet tall, and wore a size 17.5 shoe.

Source: YouTube/Top Trending

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10 of the most expensive houses for rent in America

9 enormous log cabins that have all the luxuries of a modern mansion


26 Cala Neva Drive

These aren't your stereotypical log cabins scattered throughout the woods. 

With the help of Zillowthe largest real estate network on the web, we've found some of America's most incredibly luxurious log cabins for sale — with asking prices from over $5 million to $19.5 million. 

From snow-capped getaways in the West to a New York cabin submerged in the forest, here are 10 log cabins designed for way more than camping.  

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$5.45 million | 575 Delrey Road, Whitefish, Montana

Privacy is an understatement when it comes to this 7,554-square-foot lakefront estate. The spacious living areas inside combine with the 10 acres outside to form the ultimate secluded vacation home. 

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$5.9 million | 312 Timber Trail Road, Breckenridge, Colorado

This 7,638-square-foot ski-in/ski-out log cabin has seven bedrooms, an elevator, and a home theater. It also boasts an outdoor spa with one of the home's seven fireplaces. 

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$6.95 million | 15536 Kelly Canyon Road, Bozeman, Montana

Nestled among the trees on over 300 acres of land is Butte Meadows Ranch. The five-bedroom log home has a walkout basement, vaulted ceilings, and exposed stone, adding a rustic feel to the interior.

There's a 1.2 acre pond with trout on the property, along with a wooden swing for late summer nights. 

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Here's why Angkor Wat was just named the best tourist attraction in the world


Angkor WatLonely Planet just announced its list of the 500 best attractions on the planet, and Cambodia's Temples of Angkor took first place.

While most people have heard of Angkor Wat, they don't realize that it's just one temple in a complex of more than 1,000.

The complex is actually a massive 700-year old city, with canals, temples, shrines and tombs spread over 154 square miles, deep in the lush jungles of northern Cambodia.

Take a look at these pictures to see why it topped the list of the world's must-see sites.

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The Temples of Angkor are the architectural zenith of the Khmer Empire, which ruled from the 9th to the 13th centuries. For centuries, it was the Khmer Kingdom's capital, which at times ruled much of  Southeast Asia, from modern-day Laos and Burma to Thailand and southern Vietnam.

More than two million tourists visited the site last year.

Angkor covers more than 154 square miles — in comparison, Manhattan only covers 33.

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A new type of hotel is upping its game to compete with Airbnb


The Redbury Signature Flat

Extended stay hotels are often synonymous with barren rooms and tiny kitchenettes stranded out in the suburbs.

These hotels have long attracted business travelers hoping to save money on a long term trip.

But that's changing.

A whole new crop of long term hotels are popping up, and they're setting their sights on competing with rental sites like Airbnb. 

Part of Airbnb's appeal is that it offers alternative housing options in big cities and it lets guests feel like they're at home, since they're actually staying in someone else's home.

Now, extended stay hotels are opening in hip, urban locations with more amenities, like chic designer decor and in-house gyms with personal trainers, in the hopes of attracting a younger group of travelers.

That's just some of what's available at the new ROOST Apartment Hotel, which recently opened in the heart of Philadelphia. Billing itself as a trendier alternative to more traditional corporate long term hotels, ROOST wants its accommodations to feel more like residences rather than hotel suites. 

ROOST Apartment Hotel

The studios — which were designed by the same architects responsible for the Wythe Hotel — come fully furnished with Bonavita coffee makers, complimentary La Colombe coffee, bath products, Apple TV, and Bosch washers and dryers. Besides that, there's a bike share program, fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk, and it's pet-friendly. There's a second ROOST property set to open in the Rittenhouse neighborhood of the city soon. A studio suite starts at $175 per night, and a one-bedroom starts at $191.

AKA is another brand that caters to the long term traveler by combining the hospitality you would receive at a hotel with the comfort you would experience at a luxury condominium. There are services that you would find in an apartment building such as a doorman and maintenance services, but then there's also more hotel-oriented services such as in-suite dining and valet laundering. 

AKA Central Park Bedroom

AKA even partnered with places such as New York City's Museum of Modern Art, and the wine store Acker Merrall & Condit in order to help guests immerse themselves in the culture of their temporary home. Besides New York, AKA has hotels in multiple other major US cities (LA, Washington, and Philadelphia), as well as one location in London.

AKA's rates vary greatly depending on location — in Washington DC, suites start at $194, at Central Park they start at $305, and in Beverly Hills they start at $395. Guests also have the option of purchasing and owning a condominium at three of AKA's NYC locations. 

The Redbury is a trendy version of the extended stay boutique hotel with locations in Hollywood, California, and South Beach, Florida. Guests have the choice of staying long term or short term. The hotel is made up of all suites — 57 at the Hollywood location and 69 in South Beach — that are described as warm, Bohemian, and old-world. The suites' kitchens have gas burners, the bathrooms have walk-in rain showers, and there are even vinyl collections curated by Capitol Records. In South Beach, there's a rooftop pool. Suites at the LA location starts at $252 per night, and $239 at the South Beach location.

The Redbury LA

The concept of cool luxury extended stay hotels is making waves in Europe as well. The London-based Living Rooms has four locations in hip neighborhoods throughout the city. Like its name suggests, this "hotel alternative" aims to make travelers feel like they are staying in a private space that's their own. A little pricier than some of its other long term competitors, a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment at Living Rooms costs $703 per night.

Living Rooms London Hotel

Zoku — which is Japanese for family, tribe, or clan — is set to open this fall in Amsterdam. It offers a "flexible home/office hybrid" where guests can live, work, socialize, and relax with other guests. The hotel offers a living room, working space, kitchen / dining area, game room, meeting spaces, and a 24-hour store. Most of the rooms are loft spaces — meaning that unlike most other hotel rooms, the bed is not the focal point of the room — which guests can decorate and make their own.

Zoku Loft Room

The trend isn't limited to boutique hotels, though. Marriot's Residence Inn is set to open this fall in downtown Chicago, and according to Conde Nast Traveler, Element by Starwood has over 20 hotels set to open in the US and Canada by 2018 that will feature modern interiors, pantries stocked with gourmet options, and a lobby that doubles as a work space and bar.

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29 photos from Banksy's twisted 'Dismaland' theme park


Banksy's Dismaland

Of all the world's dodgy amusement parks, "Dismaland" might be the best.

Don't bring the kids, though. With Cinderella's corpse (coach crash) and an elderly woman being devoured by birds, it's not exactly family friendly.

The "bemusement park," which opened Thursday, is described by its mysterious street artist creator, Banksy, as "a festival of art, amusements, and entry-level anarchism."

Dismaland is located in the English town of Weston-super-mare in a disused swimming facility.

According to the park's droll website, legal representatives of the Walt Disney Corporation are strictly prohibited from entering.

The photos below, taken by Toby Melville for Reuters, show the grim site in all its dystopic, grisly glory.


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British artist Banksy has been doing street art all over the world for more than 20 years, but his identity remains a mystery.

A performer is pictured at the TSA-style entrance to Dismaland.

From the time you enter to the time you leave, the whole park is filled with twisted humor.

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24 of Banksy's most clever works


Banksy's Dismaland

Elusive artist Banksy is back — this time with a creepy "bemusement park" that's one of his biggest installations in awhile.

The "park," near Bristol, England, puts a dark twist on a Disney Park, and features work from more than 50 artists.

The identity of Banksy, a graffiti artist who has risen to superstar status over the past 20 years, is still unknown to the general public.

But that hasn't stopped him from selling art pieces for millions of dollars, compiling books of his work, and making documentary films about his escapades, all while becoming a household name the world over. 

Since he's been back in the news, we put together a list of some of Banksy's most clever and brilliant pieces to refresh your memory. 

Christian Storm wrote the original version of this post.

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Dismaland is Banksy's latest installation. The "bemusement park" is a mocking, dark spin-off of the world-famous park that bears a similar name.

Banksy's homage to Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring," trades the famous earring for a yellow alarm box.

This robot graffiti artist tagging a wall with a barcode (what else?) was part of Banky's well-publicized and shadowy residency in New York City in 2013.

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I tried marriage cheating site Ashley Madison, again, and still found it to be surprisingly pleasant


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I'm happily married.

But if I wasn't there are a number of online dating sites that help married people have affairs.

Using such a site has become increasingly risky. One of the best known, Ashley Madison, was recently hacked and the identity of its 37 million members is now being leaked onto the internet.

A couple of years ago, I went under cover (so to speak) on Ashley Madison and had a look around using a fake name and photo.

I did use a real email address that I've owned for years — and yes, my email address was captured in the hack.

I reported at the time that I was surprised at what a pleasant experience it was. After the hack, I was contacted by all sorts of people asking me questions about the site. So, it seemed like a good time to go back to Ashley Madison and look around.

A few things: Because I was posing I was as respectful as possible. I didn't respond to emails look at anyone's private, and possibly pornographic, photos, and I didn't post fake porn photos either. And obviously, I didn't actually date anyone. So, take this for what it is: Just a peek at the site and the world of online infidelity dating.

That said, the following slides do contain some racy and sexual content.

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It only took a couple of minutes to set up a profile and get a welcome message. The site is free for women and I was never asked for a credit card or anything.

The profile looked pretty ordinary until I got to "limits." I put in "whatever excites me."

It also asked me to describe my body type.

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New Yorkers will pay $1 million for something most Americans get for free


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For Manhattanites who require a set of wheels and a guaranteed place to park it, the cost of the car itself is a mere drop in the bucket when it comes to expenses.

DNAinfo has called the parking space the new "ultimate status symbol."

At least two new condo developments in New York City are charging $1 million for a permanent place to park a single car, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

The development 42 Crosby St. is building 10 units in New York's Soho district (which used to be an actual parking lot) and has 10 underground parking spots available on a first-come-first-serve basis for that magically round million-dollar price tag.

The spots measure approximately 150- to 200-square-feet, which, as the The New York Times notes, makes their price per square foot higher than that of the actual apartment units upstairs.

The cheapest apartment price per square foot at 42 Crosby St. is $3,140; the parking spots below the building are $5,000 per square foot.

Another building, located at 15 Renwick St. in the Hudson Square district, has only three $1 million spaces. The WSJ reports that developers said the parking space prices are high because they expect them to be purchased in conjunction with the building's two penthouses, which are on the market for $7 and $11 million.

The New York Post did the math and these top-tier parking spots work out to be the same as getting a $115 parking ticket every day for 24 years.

However, these $1 million parking spaces don't actually represent the market rate. Jonathan Miller, president of appraisal firm Miller Samuel, told the WSJ that the most expensive parking space he's seen was for $325,000 and the market rate is closer to that number. 

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This 76-year-old hasn't stopped racing bicycles since 1956 and says he feels like he's 40


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At 76, Mick Ives is probably in better shape than you, and he can probably ride a bike faster and farther than you too. He can probably out-ride most people actually.

"I've never stopped racing, since the autumn of 1956 till the present day," says Ives, a native of Coventry, England. "I ride summer and winter nonstop, whether that's a good thing or a bad thing, I don't really know."

Some of the guys he went to school with are now "real old guys who can hardly walk around, if they're still here."

Prime & Fire recently profiled Ives as part of "a series of short films that want to prove that it's never too late to buck the trend and also inspire all of us to pick up a sport disregarding our age and respective abilities." Business Insider followed up with Ives to learn more about his impressive lifelong passion for cycling.

"I'm very lucky," he told Prime & Fire. "I feel like a 40-year-old most of the time. I just don't realize how old I am."

Read on to see how age has done little to deter this septuagenarian from pursuing a life of sport:

Ives is a well-decorated cyclist ...

.... who competed professionally for 16 years. He has been the UCI World Masters Cycling Champion five times and won a record 81 British national cycling titles, according to his website, in addition to winning other titles. He even raced in the US, in 1976.

A portrait of the cyclist as a young man ...

... back when leather elbows were all the rage.

At an age when many cyclists have hung up the bike, Ives, 76, still rides nearly every day.

He's hugely impressive, and an inspiration for many.

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Step aboard the Helios, an award-winning yacht with a secret in its sails


Helios Yacht

Helios is the personification of the sun in Greek mythology. 

And there's no more appropriate name than that for a boat that harnesses the sun's power.

With its hybrid diesel-electric motor capable of using both to move itself, the Helios could represent a new future for personal watercraft. Up to 355 kWh of energy can be stored in the ship's batteries.

Though it's a hybrid, it doesn't sacrifice luxury. There's plenty of space to take all your friends aboard to marvel at the boat's advanced solar sail technology.

The vessel was masterminded by Ferrari Franchi Design, which was named Young Designer of the Year 2015 by Boat International Media for the design.

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Helios is unlike any other yacht. It's a 55-foot sailboat powered by the diesel-electric motor.

The large black sails dominating the boat's presence aren't just for show...

...they're actually made of flexible silicone solar cells (2,500 in all) that absorb the sun's rays to help power the boat.

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