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Austin’s 2nd Annual No Pants Subway Ride

Yea! we’re Austin…..NO! we Don’t “technically” have a subway……why would that stop us???? Come get on the train, participate in the weirdness that keeps Austin thriving, after the ride we will march down to a pant-less friendly bar and celebrate our freedom from constricting clothes….and social convention.

In honor of the national no pants subway ride supported by Improv everywhere. we proudly liberate our legs and ride our own version of the subway in Austin.  In case you missed your opportunity to show off your favorite pair of panties sign up here and don’t miss your invite to next year’s pants-off dance-off on our very own metro-rail: http://www.facebook.com/events/238029852928793/

WHY? you may ask……why not? too many people live a sheltered life and its high time we take our fun back, and make our own fun!  was it cold? absolutely! did that stop us? NO WAY! don’t let pants stop you from having the most adventurous time of your life! Read more…

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Hong Kong Dragon Boat Race Festival


What do you get when you cross a Viking Long Boat with an Olympic rowing team? I’m not sure, but I bet it would be a whole lot like the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Race.

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Race is part of a festival and tradition that dates back may thousands of years. It is a regatta-type event that involves long, fast wooden boats made of teak, and having as many as 50-80 rowers each. Dragon Boats have a long history in China as both racing vessels, and utility boats. The festival itself is deeply rooted in Chinese Culture. Of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac, only one is not an actual animal….the dragon. Dragons are thought to rule rivers, the clouds, and rain in China, making their appeasement very important to agriculture. The race is a way to honor them, which in the past had been done with human sacrifices (and people say the Chinese aren’t progressive…..). The Hong Kong Race is held during the Duen Ng Festival, every 5th day of the fifth lunar month (the Chinese use a calendar that is a blend of solar and lunar months that is indecipherable to the average Westerner). For those of us outside China Read more…

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Ayers Rock | G'day


Ayers Rock, which is properly known as Uluru, is a huge sandstone formation in the Northern Territory of central Australia. It is around 200 miles from Alice Springs, the nearest large town. In the heart of Uluru-KataTjuta National Park, it is designated as a World Heritage sight. Ayers Rock measures 1142 feet high, by over 5 miles in circumference. Uluru has many springs, waterholes, caves, ancient paintings, and is home to a plethora of exotic flora and fauna. From a distance, it appears to change color depending on the angle of the light hitting it. Sunsets are spectacular, as the entire formation seems to glow from within.

At one time, local Aborigines reported 46 species of mammals that made Ayers Rock their home, but the most recent survey only lists 21 species. This is most likely due to a general decline of habitat. Plans are underway to re-introduce some of the locally extinct species back to the area. On the other hand, the local bat population, comprising over 7 species, is quite healthy. The are all fruit-eating, or insect eating varieties. The only danger from bats, as always, is that they can carry rabies. Like the rest of Australia, the park has a very healthy Read more…

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World Toilet Day


If you are looking for a very unique holiday to celebrate, we may have just the thing for you. What could be more appropriate after having a crappy day than to celebrate World Toilet Day? Started in 2001 by Jack Sim in order to call attention to the 2.5 billion people world-wide who do not have access to acceptable bathroom facilities.
Every year, over 200 million tons of human waste goes uncollected and treated, allowing the spread of disease. 1 in every 5 children in some countries will die before the age of 5 due to a preventable disease. The lack of clean water and acceptable bathroom facilities has claimed more lives than all of the combined wars of the 20th century.
The World Toilet Organization started with just 15 members in 2001, and now boasts 151 member-organizations on over 53 countries. World Toilet Day is held on the same day the Organization started, November 19th. On this day, wherever you are, you are encouraged to get with your friends and acquaintances, and ‘squat’ for 1 minute in honor of those who must endure without thrones. I don’t mean to make light of this issue. It is Read more…

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Sierra Madre Butterfly Swarms


Central Mexico’s Michoacán region is famous as the Land of the Fishermen. But every year, on the first of November, a natural miracle occurs. A pulsing, palpitating orange cloud flows over forests, rivers and deserts to descend upon the forests of the Sierra Madres. It is not a scene from a Science Fiction movie, but one of natures most spectacular events, the migration of Danaus plexippus, the Monarch Butterfly.Every year, billions of these long-distance commuters leave their homes in Canada and the Northern US, and fly non-stop to this area of Mexico to hibernate through the winter. Many fly a distances of over 3000 miles. This is the equivalent of a human making two round trips to the sun, under his/her own power. Upon arriving in their southern resort, the butterflies form up into a dozen or so colonies and roost in the oyamel trees. Each colony may have as many as 20 million individuals, with enough combined weight to actually break some of the branches. They cluster in the trees with their wings folded for the night, huddled densely to conserve heat. The undersides of their wings are a charcoal grey, so they can’t be seen very good at night. But when the sun comes up in the mornings, Read more…

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