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Well-Loved Character Tintin May Have Been Based on a 15-Year-Old Danish Boy Scout

He’s one of the most beloved characters in Europe and beyond.

You may well be familiar with Tintin, the world-famous fictional cartoon character created by Belgian cartoonist Hergé (also known as Georges Prosper Remi) and loved by both young and old. He has no superpowers, but the ever curious young investigative reporter and adventurer, along with his fox terrier Snowy, continues to captivate the hearts of many up to this day.

Tintin first appeared on January 10, 1929, in the Le Petit Vingtième, the youth supplement of the Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siecle. What started as a supplement grew into an international phenomenon. A comic book, television series, and several animated and feature films were made over the years.

Tintin, with his sharp wit, kindness, and thirst for adventure, became an inspirational character to many.

But what, or who, inspired Hergé to create Tintin? There are still debates about the matter, but one theory seems to stand out among big fans. According to this theory, a real-life lad named Palle Huld was the inspiration behind the good-natured character.

Before Tintin made his first appearance, 15-year-old Danish Boy Scout Palle Huld won a contest by a Danish newspaper to mark the centennial of Jules Verne.

Only teenage boys were allowed to join the contest. And as the winner, Huld had to re-enact Phileas Fogg’s adventures from Verne’s novel Around the World in Eighty Days. He had to complete the journey within 46 days without anyone to accompany him and without using any aircraft.

Huld started his adventure on March 1, 1928. From Copenhagen, he traveled by rail and steamship through England, Scotland, Canada, Japan, the Soviet Union, Poland, and Germany.

Huld’s feat made him famous, and when he arrived in Denmark, he was considered a celebrity and a hero.

He was reportedly greeted by over 20,000 admirers and well-wishers. He then accomplished another feat by writing a book about his journey. It was published in several languages. The same year Huld’s book was published, Tintin made his first appearance.

Huld himself remarked on several occasions that he was indeed the inspiration behind Tintin, but there’s another candidate according to some fans.

Some say French travel photojournalist Robert Sexe could be the real inspiration behind Tintin because his journeys perfectly match the adventures in Tintin’s first three books.

While the real inspiration behind the world-famous character remains unconfirmed, true fans know it is what the character represents that matters more – a vigorous spirit and the will to succeed amidst obstacles.

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New Study Warns Against Extinction of Orangutans

The population of Bornean orangutans halved in just 16 years.

Orangutans are one of man's closest relatives in the animal kingdom. They are the only great ape species in Asia, and they share 97% of human DNA. They have the ability to reason and to think, as well as to develop their own cultures. But a recently published study warns against the orangutan's extinction - and it could all be due to human activity.

The new study, titled "Global Demand for Natural Resources Eliminated More Than 100,000 Bornean Orangutans" and published in Current Biology, found that human activities like logging, mining, hunting, and deforestation, among others, have slashed the population of Bornean orangutans into half in just 16 years. That's from 1999 to 2015.

Orangutans are endangered species that must be protected.

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There’s No Evidence Violent Video Games Causes Mass Shootings, Expert Says

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With tragic mass shootings happening in the United States at an alarming rate, some American politicians have their fingers pointing towards one direction. They believe that violent video games are to blame for these horrific tragedies.

Florida lawmaker Jared Moskowitz, for example, commented about the Broward County, Florida high school shooting, describing 19-year-old gunman Nikolas Cruz as someone who “was prepared to pick off students like it’s a video game.” 17 lives were lost because of the attack.

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Artist Creates Illustrations That Explore Ecstatic World of Couple’s Intimacy

These steamy illustrations will definitely get your fingers busy.

For starters, a good sex is something that offers fun, romance, and excitement, among others. While most will agree that every couple needs it, some people do not understand the importance of doing the deed. You see, it is not just about fulfilling your partner’s desire. Sexual intimacy plays an important role in ensuring a relationship’s success.

Interestingly, an artist by the name of Frida Castelli explored the ecstatic world of a couple’s intimacy. And although sex (in one way or another) remains to be a taboo in the society, it is about time that people start to accept its essence in every relationship.

From foreplay to different sexual positions, Frida beautifully created illustrations that will give you a deeper look at intimacy. We have compiled her works below, and let us know which ones are your favorites. Obviously, you are going to love one or two of them. Enjoy!

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