This pic looks like some straight up “X-Files” outtake, but it’s not. It’s actually a photograph of Poland’s western forests, where a swath of trees has grown with hook-shaped trunks. No one is sure what caused the 90-year-0ld trees to grow in such a way — though it appears that it was some kind of human mechanical intervention. Either way, it looks really cool. [Discovery]
Forget power suits and pearls. If you’re running for political office in Poland, you have to look like Snooki. Well, that’s Eastern European pop star Sara May’s strategy for getting elected to a district council seat in her hometown of Warsaw. Her slogan is: “Beautiful. Independent. Competent.” But her platform seems more like: “Spray Tan. Fake Tits. Bikini.” It’s a formula that’s been working in music videos for decades. But if you’re a fan, will you also punch her hole come election day? [Trend Hunter] Keep reading »
Is a steamier sex life the key to getting closer to God? According to Father Ksawery Knotz, it is. Sex as You Don’t Know It: For Married Couples Who Love God is chock full of stuff you didn’t learn in Sunday school. And it’s a bestseller in Poland. The inspiration? Football, aka soccer.
“I compare sex to a football game. There are games of different leagues, great and wonderful as well as boring and hopeless.”
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In England, a welcome packet for Polish migrant workers advises them that a good way to start a conversation is to make a comment about the weather. One BBC writer tried out this bit of wisdom and found that in ten attempts at starting a conversation, only one person refused to answer his climate comment. Yes, weather is a good way to start off a conversation, because it’s universal and no one can really be offended when you say, “My, it’s awfully humid out,” now can they? But really, this piece of advice can be extended a bit further. I tend to start random conversations with strangers just by mumbling some observation half to myself, and some people think I’m talking to them and respond, while others just look at me like I’m a crazy person talking to her invisible friend. [BBC] Keep reading »