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These 5 Countries Dump More Plastic In The Oceans Than The Rest Of The World

This is something truly alarming.

A new report recently surfaced on the internet claiming that about 60% of the plastic debris found on the ocean actually originated from five Asian countries namely, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam.

Perhaps even more disconcerting is the fact that, based on the study released by McKinsey and Co.’s and Ocean Conservancy, most of the plastic dumped into the ocean actually comes from land – not from fishing boats or cruise ships.

A new report claims that 60% of the plastic dumped into the ocean are from China, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam.

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A tremendous amount of the said man-made garbage ‘leaks’ to the ocean from the collection sites when they are not properly collected and disposed.

To add further insult to the injury, it has been found out that none of the five countries mentioned above have a formal recycling system. Or, in other words, its safe to say that the problem may persist in the years to come.

Plastic not only pollutes the ocean but also puts marine life at great risks.

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In a 2013 article by EcoWatch, plastic bags (and other plastic products, in general) are considered as the “silent killers” of marine life since they can be harmful to marine animals.

According to them, members of Global Ban Now, a Mexico-based organization, have discovered an almost-dead sea turtle in the shores of La Paz, Mexico. Eventually, they found out that the animal had eaten a plastic bag which has blocked its digestive tract.

Here’s an example of how plastic has harmed a sea turtle:

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Fortunately, the authors of the report also mentioned:

“Our field research and interviews with public officials have also shown that these countries acknowledge the problem and are actively looking for collaborative solutions.”

Furthermore they recommend “a $5 billion annual ramp-up in waste-management spending” for the next 10 years so we can see greater improvement.

Let’s all hope that these solutions come sooner than later.

H/T: QZ, EcoWatch

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Apparently, This Photo of a Potato was Sold For More Than $1,000,000

That’s a ridiculous amount of money!

While nothing looks particularly remarkable about this photo of a potato, you’d be shocked to find out how much it is worth. In fact, Wikipedia included this in their list of the most expensive photos ever sold in the world.

It’s price? Well, this one sold for over $1,000,000.

Entitled “Potato #345 (2010),” the image was actually photographed by renowned lensman Kevin Abosch. He has gained popularity for his use of the “iconic black backdrop” for his photos which, in some way, have become a status symbol among business and showbiz personalities. Nowadays, famous people hire him somewhere around $150,000 to $500,000 for a photo shoot.

The "Potato #345 (2010)” was photographed by Kevin Abosch. This piece sold for over a million dollars.

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Medieval Age Practices Which Prove Hygiene Wasn’t a Priority Then

From silverware to laundry and taking a bath, these 13 unhygienic practices during the Medieval period will make you thank the heavens you didn’t live during that era.

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Health nuts, rejoice! Be happy you didn't live during the Medieval period, or you would have just keeled over and died from all the dirt and filth you would have been forced to lived with. Luckily, our society's view on health and hygiene have improved over the centuries.

From silverware to laundry and taking a bath, these 13 unhygienic practices during the Medieval period will make you thank the heavens you didn't live during that era.

Silverware was not a requirement during meals

Most people ate with their bare hands since the concept of silverware wasn't introduced until the 18th century. And yes, the dishes might not probably be washed regularly too....

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Woman Loses Key To Her Chastity Belt, Asks Firefighters For Help

The woman feared sexual violence so she wore a chastity belt.

A 60 year old woman walked into a fire station in Italy last week, asking for help to remove her chastity belt because she lost her keys to it. This is according to reports from the local paper Il Messaggero. In the report, it was said that the 60-year old woman asked the fire fighters she needed help opening a padlock.

When the fire fighters from Northern Padua asked where she lived, thinking that she got locked out of her home, she lifted her sweater and showed them the iron chastity belt. The fire fighters then proceeded to help her with taking off the device. They then investigated whether the old woman was a victim of sexual or domestic violence in the past and was made to wear the chastity belt.

The middle-aged woman feared sexual violence so she wore a chastity belt.

The woman however, answered that she was not a victim of domestic violence but in fact wore the belt because she was scared of sexual violence as there were several incidents happening. She further mentioned that she saw these reports in the news outlet TGCOM24. The woman whose name has been withheld because of the Italian privacy law said she went on a desperate search for the keys but that she had lost it. She went to the fire station in the Veneto region to seek help in getting the chastity belt removed....

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