How Much Does It Cost to Live In Each of the World’s Countries?

How much does it cost to live in Sweden? How about Morocco or Japan? You can’t just compare exchange rates to figure that out. You need people on the ground reporting on how much they pay for a loaf of bread, an apartment or a glass of beer in Stockholm, Fez and Tokyo. That’s what Numbeo has been doing for years, creating a cost of living database with a lot of help from people all around the world. Movehub recently took that information and created a fantastic series of maps comparing how expensive it is to live in all the world’s countries. How does yours measure up?

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“Back to the Future II” Was Supposed to Happen in 2015. How Close Did It Get Today?

Two major milestones have been reached in 2015. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, and the year Marty McFly traveled to in the sequel, Back to the Future II. This has a lot of people asking one thing: “just how accurate did the second film get our current year?”

As with most future predictions, it’s a mixed bag. We’ve more than surpassed communication technology with smart phones (and thank goodness they’re not awkwardly strapped to our wrists)… but where’s my hoverboard??

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Landscapes Dominated by the World’s Largest Statues

Around the world, people have built massive statues to symbolize the religious and political icons of their particular region. There are the Buddhas in Japan, Mao Zedong in China and Jesus Christ in Indonesia. Photographer Fabrice Fouillet traveled around the world documenting the largest examples and how they affect the surrounding landscapes. He shares via his artistic statement:

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Glowing Gotham, Shot from the Open Door of a Helicopter at 7000 Feet

Photographer Vincent Laforet has been on aerial photo shoots above New York City over 50 times in the last 15 years, but this time was “by far the most frightening flight of them all.” Leaving the door open on the helicopter, his team flew to over 7000 ft. above the city – something rarely done at night. From that towering vantage point (above other aircraft, but below where you need an oxygen mask), he captured absolutely stunning images of the much loved city, all lit up.

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These 2 Brave Souls Are Hiking From Canada to Mexico In The Snow

As if hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which stretches from Canada to Mexico, weren’t challenging enough when the weather is nice, these two crazy cats are raising the bar and doing it in the Winter. Nobody has successfully completed this arduous task, although one couple did attempt it, with a tragic fate, in the 80’s. Shawn “Pepper” Forry and Justin “Trauma” Lichter started their traverse on October 20, 2014 and have already passed Lake Tahoe in northern California, but they still have a long way to go. They have already nearly worn out the metal on their snowshoes and will soon be switching to skis until they are out of the snow.

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The DreamBox Encourages Everyone to Follow Their Dreams and Be Inspired By The Aspirations Of Others

What is your greatest aspiration in life? This is the exact question that has been answered by thousands of people inside of the DreamBox. It’s a solar-powered video booth that records individuals speaking about their dreams with a green screen behind them. The participants leave their contact information so that when the dreams were released to the public as a webseries on the DreamMakers Network, the speakers were placed front of an inspiring background with contact info at the bottom of the screen, so that anyone interested in helping to turn the dream into a reality could get a hold of them.

A collaborative project between filmmaker Teddy Saunders, co-founder Paola Baldion, designer Brett Heyning of Toyshoppe Systems’, welder Kim Williams, special effects artist Thomas Bacho, and electronics designer, Jason Willis, the DreamBox made its debut on the playa at Burning Man 2012. Since then it has traveled to several other locations and now Teddy Saunders’, whose Oh! The Places You’ll Go At Burning Man video helped raise the attendance to 40% newbies the following year, has turned the collected dreams and what came of the project into a documentary.

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Colorful Balloons Were Flying High For Colombia’s 14th Annual Solar Balloon Festival

What better way to ring in the last day of 2014 and embark on a new year than with arts, culture, and gigantic balloons? In Envidago, Colombia they celebrated their 14th Solar Balloon Festival on December 31st, 2014. The organizers selected a theme of Mexican History and culture and the participants delivered impressive balloons to represent it. Some of the figures that could be seen flying high in the Colombian sky were novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, comedian Roberto Gomez Bolanos, a massive Alebrije, a 60ft Quetzalcoatl, a gigantic sea turtle and lizard, and some skulls and La Catrina, and monarch butterflies.

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One Photographer’s Journey to Document the Human Struggle with Water

Water. Humans need it to survive and thrive. Yet 17% of the global human population does not have access to a clean or reliable source. The UN has warned that by the year 2025, 3.4 billion people will face water scarcity. Photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz took on a mission to document the human relationship to this precious resource. He was commissioned by the United Nations and WaterAid to visit some 32 countries, observing the conditions in which people go to retrieve water and learning about the challenges first hand.

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The Moscow Metro Looks Like An Underground Palace

There are many places to explore in Moscow, but one path not to be missed is the metro stations, which are quite glamorous. The Moscow Metro opened in 1935, consisting of thirteen stations on a single line extending 11 kilometers (6.83 miles) long. Since then, the system has grown into the 4th busiest in the world, with over 300 km (186.4 miles) of line and 188 stops.

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Meet the Real-Life Peter Griffin

Rovert Franzese hit New York Comic Con last year with a cosplay that will have you in stitches. He’s the Real-life Peter Griffin, and you’ll believe it too.

Not only is Franzese absolutely perfect at imitating the Family Guy patriarch, but he can also do other voices and impressions perfectly. Somebody give this guy a better job!

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