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Two women went on a canoe trip. The natural phenomena they captured on video will blow your mind

Two women went on a canoe trip. The natural phenomena they captured on video will blow your mind

This video is seriously a direct result of being in the right place, at the right time. Irish filmmakers Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith were able to capture this murmuration – defined as “a collective noun for a flock of starlings” – while canoeing on the River Shannon. I think it’s amazing how these birds create beautiful patterns in the sky, some in-synch, others starting a new formation on their own.

The BBC thinks you’ve only read 6 of these books…have you?

The BBC thinks you’ve only read 6 of these books…have you?

WE STARTED passing this around Matador Editorial today: 100 books of which the BBC believes most people have only read 6.Feels a bit simplistic, to be honest, like there should be more points for Joyce’s Ulysses than Alice in Wonderland. Also, you should get more points if you read a book in its original language — for example, an extra 5 points for 100 Years of Solitude in Spanish.

What happens when half the world stops having children?

What happens when half the world stops having children?

AT SOME POINT IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, the population of the planet topped seven billion, with more being born every millisecond. Population growth is one of the five “mega-trends” identified by the United Nations that make displacement and decline in humanitarian actions run rampant (the others, in case you were wondering, are urbanization, climate change, migration, and resource insecurity).

Koh Rong: The last real party in Southeast Asia

Koh Rong: The last real party in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is hardly the final frontier when it comes to backpacking. Buses specially tailored for foreign tourists line every Bangkok street corner; tubing the Nam Song in Laos ends with gift shops; pancakes and spaghetti are ubiquitous even in Burma.When I first went to Koh Phangan in 2013, I was expecting this — just a few days in Southeast Asia and you quickly learn of Koh Phangan’s reputation as the go-to place for manufactured buzz and bliss.

Norwegians have a lot of sex, and other fun facts about the world’s most charming people [vid]

Norwegians have a lot of sex, and other fun facts about the world’s most charming people [vid]

Beyond songs about fox sounds, and images of fjords, I don’t know much about Norway. This video, produced by Norwegian YouTube user jenspetter, provided answers to my questions such as “How did Norwegians become ace skiers?” and “Where do Norwegians lead in terms of recreational sex?” I’m also really glad my parents never read me Norwegian bedtime stories.

18 views of Southeast Asia’s wildest temple: Chiang Rai’s Wat Rong Khun

18 views of Southeast Asia’s wildest temple: Chiang Rai’s Wat Rong Khun

OVER 40,000 BUDDHIST TEMPLES can be found in Thailand, most of which are decorated in lacquer and gold. One exception is Chiang Rai’s Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. Clad in white and silver, the Chalermchai Kositpipat-designed site attracts locals and foreigners alike to gawk and photograph.