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Take the Plunge: 11 Swimming Holes Around the World

Lounging poolside is one thing, but nothing beats the childlike allure of splashing around in a swimming hole. The lake near your parent's home may top your typical list, but there are plenty of other swimming holes around the world that will capture your heart.<p>So, pack your swimsuit (and a sense …

Navigations: Laisvé

It is one of the great regrets of travel: You meet someone on a journey, come to know them intimately in just a few hours, then never see them again. You promise to keep in touch, but it seldom happens. When you return home, your own life takes over, and so does theirs, and the bond begins to …

New Zealand's Christian-Atheists are Against School Yard Evangelism

A New Zealand secular group is on a mission to kick religion out of state schools.<p>Christian-Atheist David Hines designed his own t-shirts that play on the acronym JAFA, which usually stands for <i>Just Another Fucking Aucklander</i>. He hopes the shirts will encourage more atheists to come out of the …

How Do Christianity and Libertarianism Converge?

A panel of young evangelicals is offering up a reconciliation of sorts between Christianity and Libertarianism: there should be no inherent split between the two camps, they say, because they share a common belief in individual initiative and voluntary charity.<p>Ice hangs from the cross behind Belin …

Should Christian Bakers Be Allowed to Refuse Wedding Cakes to Gays?

The thorny intersection of anti-discrimination law and freedom of conscience<p>Conservative pundit Erick Erickson says that "Jesus Christ would absolutely bake a cake for a gay person."* In fact, he says that if any Christian owns "a bakery or a florist shop or a photography shop or a diner," then he …

North Korea expels Australian missionary over Christian pamphlets

John Short, who was arrested for trying to convert citizens in the communist country, is met by Australian officials in Beijing<p>North Korea has expelled an Australian man who was arrested last month while working as a Christian missionary.<p>The North Korean state news agency KCNA reported on Monday …

Israeli Army Sees Rise in Christian Arab Recruits

Jewish Israelis are compelled to make themselves available to Israel’s military, but the obligation has never been applied to the 20 percent of …

Snow in the Canyon

The South Pole Is a Great Place to View Space

The Big Bang radiation discovery happened there—and when you look at Antarctic conditions, you can understand why.<p>The South Pole in winter is a far from ideal spot for humans. The temperature averages -72 degrees Fahrenheit (-58 degrees Celsius), it's dark for six months, and it's as bone dry as …

Iran Is Building a Fake U.S. Aircraft Carrier

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In an Iranian shipyard on the Persian Gulf, a non-working mock-up of an American aircraft carrier is …