Commuting everyday can be a drag, especially if you have to take the subway. Not all relish the thought of sitting on long train rides and sharing space with equally bored and weary strangers. Commuting can get so bad it can even take a toll on your health – imagine sharing an enclosed space with people who have colds and other viruses. If your immune system is weak, this is certainly a disadvantage for you.
But if subways all look like these ones in Beijing, we would actually enjoy the daily commute! There are two train lines in the city that have been converted to moving libraries. Hardly original, you may think? There are other modes of transportation, such as trucks and boats, that have been transformed into unconventional libraries, you say?
Well, this Beijing trains are definitely unique!
Instead of using hard copies on their displays, the subway cars carry audiobooks as part of a team-up with a Chinese audiobook app. The partnership was created to promote literacy in the city.
The walls and doors of the cars are decorated to look like real bookshelves using artistic renderings of book covers.
You can browse books just like in a real library, but instead of checking out the physical book, you scan the QR code on the “cover” of the book you want to get.
The code will lead you to the app, which you will use to listen to the audiobooks for free.
And the best part? There’s no return date for the books, you can listen to the audiobook repeatedly, even after leaving the train!
The Chinese app, which translates to “Get” in English, makes commutes more enjoyable plus they promote literacy at the same time. So instead of scrolling pointlessly on Facebook during your commute to work, you might want to go listen to a book instead.
Ruins of Mysterious 3,000-Year-Old Castle Found at the Bottom of Turkish Lake
The underwater ruins may have been home to the ancient Urartu civilization.
Historians, researchers, and divers were surprised and blown away by the incredible remains of a 3,000-year-old castle recently discovered at the bottom of Turkey’s Lake Van. The ruins were found during underwater excavations by a team of divers from Van Yüzüncü Yıl University.
Experts' popular opinion claims that the ruins were once a fortress built by the ancient Urartu civilization, which existed during the iron age (9th-6th centuries B.C.). The Kingdom of Urartu thrived in the south of the Black and the Caspian seas, mountainous region of southwest Asia, an area that today covers Armenia, northwest Iran, and eastern Turkey.
During the time of Urartian dominance, the level of Lake Van was hundreds of feet lower.
Amelia Earhart Died As A Lonely Castaway Or A Prisoner in Japan, Say New Theories
Amelia Earhart’s disappearance remains unsolved for 80 years.
On July 2, 1937, famous pilot Amelia Earhart attempted to fly around the world to become the first woman to ever achieve the feat. However, she and her navigator, Frederick Noonan, were believed to have disappeared over the Pacific Ocean when they aimed to land on Howland Island. Earhart, Noonan, and their plane were never found.
Amelia Earhart’s disappearance has remained one of history’s biggest unsolved mysteries that to date, theories of her whereabouts continue to emerge. It’s been 80 years since Earhart and her plane disappeared without a trace. It’s been widely believed that the plane ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean. However, new theories suggest she may have died surviving as a castaway or that she was killed as a prisoner in Japan.
Amelia Earhart aimed to become the first woman to ever fly across the Atlantic ocean.
What Is The Illuminati? The Answers To Your Questions About This Secret Society
What is it really about anyway?
We're sure you've heard about the Illuminati, but what is it really? The usual vague explanation you'll get is that it's this phantom group manipulating the levers of power in society. But that doesn't really feed your curiosity much, does it?
Here, we shed some light on this centuries-old mystery and answer the most common questions about the Illuminati. First thing you need to know is that it's not a mere figment of man's imagination. The Illuminati used to be a real group with a rather ambitious goal: to take over the world.