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100 Years in 10 Minutes (1911 - 2011)

Burning Man Meets Dr Seuss
“Oh the Places You’ll Go at Burning Man!”
“Based on Dr. Seuss’s final book before his death, this is a story about life’s ups and downs, told by the people of Burning Man 2011. Combining the stunning visuals of Burning Man and its population with the haunting, silly, thought provoking words of Dr. Seuss.”
Burning Man Aerial Tour 2012

Tsunami From Inside A Truck

Shanghai World Expo Closing Ceremony

Ride the Shuttle Booster Rocket
NASA has released an incredible launch video shot from the perspective of the Space Shuttle’s Solid Rocket Booster. The footage has been further enhanced with re-mastered audio by George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound, making it possible to hear the Shuttle as it strains to break free of Earth’s gravity.
A stomach-churning aboard the Shuttle Booster up 50 miles and back down again in 400 seconds, and listen to the associated sounds along the way, including the creaks and groans as it decelerates through various layers of atmosphere and finally crashes into the sea.

Landslide In Italy

The 21th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony
The 2011 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony took place on Thursday, September 29th at Sanders Theater, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ten (10) prizes were awarded. The winners have all done something that first makes people LAUGH and then makes them THINK.

Insane Downhill In Taxco, Mexico 2012

The People of Burning Man

The Race That Changed Everything

Tu154 Flight Control Problem
The official version is that this plane was supposed to fly to some nearby repair facilities.

Japan's Tsunami Viewed From A Car


World's Craziest Parties
From seaside raves to tomato food fights, rodeo ruckus to dazzling samba schools on parade, there’s no shortage of festive events around the world. If you’re on the hunt for hedonistic hot spots where you can let loose and get wild, here are 10 of the craziest parties around the world.

Holi, India
Holi, India

Holi is a two-day festival of color celebrated annually in India in early March and is one of the most joyous and vivid events of the year. Revelers roll up their sleeves to participate in a nationwide water fight. They fling perfumed colored powders, paint and water at each other, turning devotees into walking canvases, splattered head to toe in vibrant pinks, reds and blues. This religious event marks tradition, celebrates renewal and releases one’s inner Picasso, Hindu style.

Carnival, Rio de Janeiro
Carnival, Rio de Janeiro

One of the craziest times to visit sultry Rio De Janeiro is during Carnival, the world’s premier party. A spectacle of floats, feathers, samba and skin, this legendary six-day festival has crowds of outlandishly costumed partiers parading through the city streets shaking their booties to the rhythm of an Afro-Brazilian beat. With the beautiful people on the beaches of Ipanema, the frosted caipirinhas that pack a punch and the celebratory joie de vivre of the whole country, Brazil is a wild one.

Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta
Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta

This year marks the Stampede’s 100th anniversary, so giddy-up and make your way to Calgary for the world’s largest rodeo, from July 6-15. Attracting more than 1 million visitors per year, this 10-day event includes parades, stage shows and agricultural competitions, as well as bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie-down roping and chuck-wagon racing. Beyond cattle, the Stampede is also a pretty rowdy celebration. The whole city takes on a party atmosphere, from cowboy-themed storefronts and breakfast barbecues to late-night beer-tent sloppiness. It’s common to spot wannabe cowgirls and cowboys pounding back Canadian shots and partying like outlaws from the Wild West.

La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain
La Tomatina, Buñol, Spain
Rivers of tomato juice flow in the streets. You’re covered in gooey red liquid from 100 tons of overripe tomatoes. This is the scene at La Tomatina, a saucy tomato-throwing event that has taken place in Buñol on the last Wednesday in August since 1945. An estimated 30,000 foreigners descend on the tiny town, near Valencia, looking to join the world’s largest food fight. This giant tomato-tossing fiesta is part of a weeklong festival of street parties, bands and fireworks.

Full Moon Party, Koh Pagnan, Thailand
Full Moon Party, Koh Pagnan, Thailand

Hippie backpackers from around the world are drawn to the crescent-shaped beach of Haad Rin for this infamous all-night party. Each month, when the moon is full, around 20,000 travelers descend on the island to pound back buckets of cheap, potent booze, watch fire eaters and dance to the beat of throbbing techno. Hopping from bar to bar, all of which are blasting a cacophony of Top 40 dance anthems and electronica, you’re guaranteed to lose your shoes somewhere along the sandy white beach – and, if you consume too much of the locally brewed Samsung whiskey, all of your inhibitions, as well.

Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany
Oktoberfest, Munich, Germany

Nothing says party like polka music, bratwurst and beer gardens. Oktoberfest in Munich is a 16-day festival that draws around 6 million people annually. An important part of Bavarian culture, the Oktoberfest tradition dates back 200 years. Celebrated the third weekend in September until the first Sunday of October, it’s the largest festival in the world, with 14 beer tents, a fairground with carousels, costumed processions, open-air brass band concerts and a whole lot of beer. Slip into your lederhosen, grab a liter-sized frothy beer and a slab of ox and soak up the spirit of Oktoberfest.

Mardi Gras, New Orleans
Mardi Gras, New Orleans

For a classic crazy party, you can’t beat Mardi Gras in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. For the quintessential frat-boy experience of beads, boobs and booze, head to Bourbon Street. There you’ll find masked partiers indulging in 24/7 alcohol before Lent kicks in. This street fest celebrates Southern decadence with dollar beers, stiff whiskey and “hand grenades” — a potent, neon-green potion of rum, gin, vodka, grain alcohol, melon liqueur and mint, a drink that’s guaranteed to make you forget last night’s debauchery.

Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada
Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nev

Burning Man is a visually spectacular, mind-altering art and self-expression festival in the Nevada desert. For one week, around 50,000 costume-clad visitors travel from all over the world to celebrate humanity, creativity, music, charity and chemically induced happiness. Picture mutant art cars, massive installations that breathe fire, nude biking and spiritual awakenings – all culminating in the burning of a giant effigy. This epic event runs on a “gifting” system; no money transactions are allowed, except for coffee and ice. Burning Man is a sensory overload, a magical city, a radical exercise in desert survival and one unbelievable party.

The Roskilde Festival, Denmark
The Roskilde Festival, Denmark

If you’re a music lover who is disappointed that the Glastonbury festival in England was canceled this year, fear not. The Roskilde Festival in Denmark is a four day open-air event held in late June, and it’s one the biggest music events in Europe. Come for the big-name bands, and stay for the nude run and Scandinavian shenanigans.

Santacon, Cities Around the World
Santacon, Cities Around the World

Have you ever seen a drunken Santa? How about thousands of drunken Santas roaming the streets singing dirty Christmas carols, spanking Rudolph and slugging back peppermint schnapps? Santacon — a one-day event in cities around the world, including New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, Ore. — is a noncommercial pub crawl in which people dress up like Mr. Claus, meet up with their fellow Santas at a secret Twitter-disclosed location and joyfully roam the streets spreading Christmas cheer while drinking beer. Celebrated in mid-December, Santacon is a fun, feisty way to rock the ho-ho-holiday.
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