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Poor People of Haiti Literally Eat ‘Mud Cookies’ to Survive

Can you imagine being so poor and so hungry that you have no choice but to eat mud?


During meals, whenever children do not finish their food, parents always chastise them and tell them that somewhere in the world a child lies dying from hunger. This is not a mere threat, or a guilt trip – it is a reality.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the estimated volume of edible food wastage is at 1.3 billion tons, with annual direct economic loss amounting to 750 million US dollars. With so much hunger being experienced in other countries, wasting food as much as this is a sacrilege.

Case in point – Haiti.

In a country where majority of the people survive on a less than US $2 daily budget, fruits and other staple food are nothing but a dream. Having insufficient money to buy these nutritious food items, they are forced to rely on mud cookies for survival.

Haitian women buy the dirt from local markets.


Process them into cookies by mixing salt, vegetable oil, and dirt.


These are then formed into cookies and laid out in the sun to dry.


Haitian doctors warned that depending on the cookies for sustenance risks malnutrition.


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Apart from aesthetic reasons, eating these mud cookies can have adverse effects on health, experts say. Aside from the risk of acquiring soil-transmitted helminths or bacteria, people relying on mud cookies for survival also run the risk of malnutrition.

Can you imagine being so poor and so hungry…


…that you have no choice but to eat mud?


Can you imagine?


Think about this the next time you start complaining about something.


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Source: Huffington Post/National Geographic


After 20 Years, 2 Sets of Twins Were Shocked to Find They Were Switched At Birth!

When one pair of twins decided to move up to the city, they were baffled at the thought that people recognize them. Turns out the other pair of twins live in the same area!

Do you remember those classic drama shows in TV with plots that revolve around twins getting separated or babies getting switched at birth? And then toward the end of the series, they will all meet and realize that one has been living his/her life at the wrong place? It is quite amusing how story tellers are able to come up with such radical ideas. It sounds quite impossible, right?

But in this video report we found, we were shocked to find that such incidents do happen in real life! Such is the case of two pairs of identical twins who were born in Colombia some 20 years ago - one twin was switched with another by accident. Upon hospital discharge, Carlos and Jorge went home in a house in the middle of the rural city of Bogotá while William and Wilbert went to live the farming life in a rural village.

Sudden twists of events started to happen when William and Wilbert decided to move to the city for work. William, one of the switched brothers and Jorge's legit identical twin, started to work at a grocery store in the city. Jorge had a job in a piping company. One day, one of Jorge's friends saw William behind the counter, approached him and asked what the hell he was doing. It did not take long before everyone was able to figure out the unbelievable reality and we can just imagine the look of shock on their faces!

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3-Billion-Year-Old Klerksdorp Spheres Found in Ottosdal, South Africa.

Scientists agree that the 3-billion-year-old Klerksdorp spheres found near Ottosdal, South Africa were naturally formed.

Miners and rockhounds working in a mine near Ottosdal, South Africa have collected mysterious metal spheres from pyrophyllite deposits. Known as Klerksdorp spheres, these are small, spherical or disc-shaped, and range from dark reddish brown to dusky red in color. The spheres range from 0.5 to 10 centimeters in size, with three even latitudinal grooves around them. What is strange about the discovery is that although most of the remarkable samples of these spheres appear to be manufactured, they have, in fact, been dated to 3 billion years ago.

Miners working in pyrophyllite mines have been digging up metal spheres known as Klerksdorp spheres in a small town of Ottosdal, South Africa.


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Extremist groups believe that these spheres are artifacts from ancient civilizations; however, geologists explain that Klerksdorp spheres are actually concretions formed from the natural process of the precipitation of volcanic sediments, ash, or both. Even the latitudinal ridges and grooves exhibited by Klerksdorp spheres are also natural. The same characteristics are also observed in the Navajo Sandstone of southern Utah known as 'Moqui marbles', the carbonate concretions found in Schoharie County, New York, and in concretions found in Australia.

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27 Sad Photos That Show How Badly We’ve Destroyed Nature

These images will show you how much hurt we’ve done against nature.

“A picture,” as the old adage goes, “paints a thousand words.” Sometimes though, those words are really, really sad.

The pictures compiled below send exactly that message – not everything captured by cameras are beautiful and eye-pleasing. Beyond making you feel bad, these photos evoke feelings of urgency. After all, it shows us just how much we, human beings, have badly damaged our own world. It’s absolutely alarming to behold and yet it’s necessary to somehow awaken our senses. If we don’t move and do something about it, it’s a safe bet that things can only go downhill from here.

Hopefully we all do our part in helping nature heal before it’s too late. Scroll down and check out the following images to see what we mean:

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