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People of the World: Māori


The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. The Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of canoe voyages at some time between 1250 and 1300 CE. Over several centuries in isolation, the Polynesian settlers developed a unique culture that became known as the “Māori”, with their own language, a rich mythology, distinctive crafts and performing arts. Early Māori formed tribal groups, based on eastern Polynesian social customs and organisation. Horticulture flourished using plants they introduced, and later a prominent warrior culture emerged.

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Fishing in the Flooded Ground Floor of an Abandoned Department Store in Bangkok

Workers collect fish inside an abandoned department store in Bangkok, Thailand January 13, 2015. Staff from Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) office were catching fish on Tuesday at the ground floor of the roofless New World department store that was closed down in 1997. Thousands of fish such as catfishes, fancy carps as well as black and red tilapias were released into the ground floor of the building, flooded with rainwater, as local vendors tried to control mosquitoes in the area, local media reported. BMA recently decided to remove the fish and release the water. (Photo by Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters)

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Makar Sankranti Festival in India

Hindu devotees bathe early morning at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges and Yamuna, to mark Makar Sankranti festival during the annual traditional fair of “Magh Mela” in Allahabad, India, Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus are expected to take holy dips at the confluence during the astronomically auspicious period of over 45 days celebrated as Magh Mela. (Photo by Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP Photo)

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Production of the Statuettes for the 21th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at American Fine Arts Foundry

Statuettes in various forms of the lost-wax casting process are seen, including the wax figure, wax mold, shell mold, and patina coated statute of “The Actor” during a media event on the production of the statuettes for the 21th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards at American Fine Arts Foundry in Burbank, California January 13, 2015. (Photo by Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters)

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The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory

A worker paints the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory (ATTO) in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma in the middle of the Amazon forest in Amazonas state January 10, 2015. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is a project of Brazil’s National Institute of Amazonian Research and Germany’s Max Planck Institute and will be equipped with high-tech instruments and an observatory to monitor relationships between the jungle and the atmosphere from next July. According to the institutes, ATTO will gather data on heat, water, carbon gas, winds, cloud formation and weather patterns. (Photo by Bruno Kelly/Reuters)

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Wrecked in Detroit

An older model Ford Mustang sits on cinder blocks with missing wheels near an abandoned apartment building in Detroit, Michigan January 7, 2015. Detroit, also known as the Motor City, is the historic hub of automobile manufacturing in the United States. A federal judge in December 2013 formally declared the city bankrupt but it won court approval to exit bankruptcy last November. Once the proud symbol of U.S. industrial strength, Detroit fell on hard times after decades of population loss, rampant debt and financial mismanagement left it struggling to provide basic services to residents. The Detroit car show, formally the North American International Auto Show, is being held for the 26th year and represents the turn in the city’s fortune with 2014 being the best year for U.S. car sales since 2006. Reuters photographer Joshua Lott documented old or damaged cars, a common element in a series of cityscapes in the former automobile industry giant. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Reuters)

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20 Weirdest Images on Google Street View

It’s no secret that Google Maps and its street view option is a super advanced way of getting around. You can really see whatever you want in the tool from anywhere in the world— even storefronts and people walking around (yes, Fahrenheit 451 may have predicted this). So far, Google says it has gathered over 20 petabytes of data since it began Street View, so users were bound to find some really unusual things. Warning: some of these images might make you question what goes on in your neighborhood back alley…

1. Japan’s pigeon heads
In Japan, these pigeon role-players were waiting outside as the Google car passed by. Role-playing is cool and all but, not sure why anyone would to be one of the dirtiest birds ever.

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Awesome Dad Turns Daughter’s Eyepatch Into Art With Amazing Drawings

A little girl named Layla was born with a cataract in her eye.

Though small, the cataract slightly clouds Layla’s vision. In order to correct it as she grows, she needs to wear an eyepatch for two hours every day. If she continues to wear her patch, she’ll likely avoid getting a “lazy eye” when she’s older. But a plain eyepatch is kind of boring. That’s exactly why her awesome dad, a Redditor named “Gfgrubb,” decided to stylize each of them. The results? Pure awesomeness. Although Layla has to wear an eyepatch, she can learn to embrace it for the time being, thanks to her dad’s creativity.

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The Annual Ice Festival in South Korea

A man bites a trout during an event promoting the Ice Festival on a frozen river in Hwacheon, about 20 km (12 miles) south of the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, January 10, 2015. The annual ice festival, which is one of the most famous and biggest festivals in South Korea, expects to see more than 1,000,000 people attend. The festival lasts for three weeks from January 10 this year. (Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)

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Daily Life in a Slum on the Outskirts of Lahore, Pakistan

Razia, 9, fixes her scarf as she sorts papers before they are taken to a factory to be recycled in Lahore January 12, 2015. (Photo by Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)

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A Coming of Age Day Celebration in Japan

Juri Mitomi, 20, holds a cigarette after a Coming of Age Day celebration ceremony at an amusement park in Tokyo January 12, 2015. According to a government announcement, more than 1.2 million men and women who were born in 1994 marked the coming of age this year, an increase of approximately 50,000 from last year. The increase is also the first since 1995. (Photo by Yuya Shino/Reuters)

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The No Pants Subway Ride 2015 Around the World, Part 3

People without pants arrive at a rail station during the annual No Pants Light Rail Ride organized by the Emerald City Improv group in Seattle, Washington January 11, 2015. (Photo by Jason Redmond/Reuters)

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The No Pants Subway Ride 2015 Around the World, Part 2

A participant in the “No Pants Subway Ride” sits in the Q subway from Times Square, as other passengers talk in the Manhattan borough of New York January 11, 2015. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

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Hunting with Myanmar’s Naga

A man who claims to be 100 years old wears a hat adorned with wild boar tusks in Donhe township in the Naga Self-Administered Zone in northwest Myanmar December 30, 2014. Naga men traditionally wore animal parts such as tusks and tiger teeth, although the practice is less common now and younger men usually do so only for festivals. On Myanmar’s mountainous frontier with India live the Naga, a group of tribes historically known as warriors who kept the heads of enemies they killed. In Myanmar, around 120,000 people live in the Naga Self-Administered Zone in Sagaing Division where they survive mainly by subsistence farming and hunting. Cultural practices are changing – for example, younger men now wear trousers rather than traditional loincloths – although many Naga communities remain impoverished and inaccessible by road. The Naga speak dozens of languages and many of those in Myanmar use Burmese as a lingua franca. (Photo by Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

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Worlds First Crisp Sandwich Cafe Opens in Belfast

A member of staff prepares herself a crisp sandwich in the Simply Crispy sandwich cafe in Belfast, northern Ireland January 12, 2015. The sandwich shop which opened on Monday is the world’s first crisp sandwich cafe, local media reported. The idea of a crisp sandwich cafe started as a joke article on a website called Ulster Fry. The hilarious piece poked fun at recent ridiculous foody trends like the cereal café that opened in London last year. What was once a satirical joke has now become reality, after Belfast cafe owner Andrew McMenamin decided to make it happen. Customers will be able to choose their bread and crisps and add cheese or ham to their sandwich, which will be served with soup and chips. (Photo by Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

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