The Radioactive Man Who Returned To Fukushima To Feed The Animals That Everyone Else Left Behind

The untold human suffering and property damage left in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan has been well-documented, but there’s another population that suffered greatly that few have discussed – the animals left behind in the radioactive exclusion zone. One man, however, hasn’t forgotten – 55-year-old Naoto Matsumura, a former construction worker who lives in the zone to care for its four-legged survivors.

He is known as the ‘guardian of Fukushima’s animals’ because of the work he does to feed the animals left behind by people in their rush to evacuate the government’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone. He is aware of the radiation he is subject to on a daily basis, but says that he “refuses to worry about it.” He does take steps, however, by only eating food imported into the zone.

See more about his work and what he has seen in the exclusion zone below!

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Naoto Matsumura is the only human brave enough to live in Fukushima’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone

He fled at first but returned to take care of the animals that were left behind

He returned for his own animals at first, but realized that so many more needed his help, too

Matsumura, who is 55 years old, knows that the radiation is harmful, but he “refuses to worry about it”

“They also told me that I wouldn’t get sick for 30 or 40 years. I’ll most likely be dead by then anyway, so I couldn’t care less”

Matsumura discovered that thousands of cows had died locked in barns

He also freed many animals that had been left chained up by their owners

Many of them now rely on him for food

The government has forbidden him from staying, but that doesn’t stop him either

He started in 2011 and is still going strong 4 years later

He relies solely on donations from supporters to work with and feed the animals

His supporters are calling him the ‘guardian of Fukushima’s animals’

The man clearly has a sense of humor as well

12 Couples That Prove Love Lasts Forever

 

Life’s all about the little moments.

Meet 11 couples who have immortalized their love on their Polaroid Blipfoto Journals. Here are their pictures of celebrating life’s Big Moment.

More info: polaroidblipfoto.com

“We knew within weeks of meeting we would marry and I have never once regretted it. It hasn’t all been plain sailing but the tough times have only made me appreciate this wonderful man I call my husband even more.” – SarahK

“I wish I’d known then how quickly the last 25 years would pass so I could have taken the time to slow down, pay full attention and really cherish every moment.” – Damnonii

“He suggested to have a coffee together, I said “no” first but he didn’t give up and suggested twice more… He was very kind… I accepted and had coffee with him! We continued to see each other and decided to get marry three months later!” –Aynil

“She’s still finding out who I am. It would be boring to have all the information from the start.” – SaraEvans

“The dress is size 10: I am size 12. The dress is 38 years old: I am 63. The dress has done in its life, a days work: I have had three changes of career and raised two wonderful girls. No wonder the dress still looks good!” – clickychick

“If I had realised how truly fortunate I was to have had the most amazing wife I would have been even more excited about our future life together.” – CannyScot

“What we know now that we didn’t know then? Well, that we would have a lovely son and daughter and that we would put so much weight on! (I would never get into that wedding dress now!)” – Jeanneb53

“I am wearing the same jacket, which mysteriously did not do up, and the same earrings – woo hoo, something still fits!” –Kagsy65

“It is still a source of amazement that, although we were both very young when we married, and knew practically nothing, we thought we knew everything we needed to know. Perhaps we did. What we were both certain about was that it would all work out. And I think it is safe to say that it has.” – Wildwood

“Glyn has just recently retired and we are starting our lives together all over again, he is still full of wit, full of fun and full of love for me and our family, we enjoy everyday we have together… If I knew then what a know now’? I wouldn’t change a thing !!!” – MollyMay49

“I’d have skipped down the aisle a lot earlier if I’d known how much fun, happiness, and joy we’d have together! When people ask us how long we’ve been married, we reply, ‘Not long enough!’” – DDW

“Here we are, almost 44 years after our wedding. To my amazement, the wedding dress still fits… well, I was able to squish into it.” – Anneli

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Geometric Line Tattoos By Chaim Machlev Elegantly Flow Across The Human Body

The incorporation of modern art into tattoo design is gaining steam world-wide, and one of the tattoo artists at the forefront of this movement is Chaim Machlev, whose beautiful line tattoos often look like complex geometric simulations that we’d normally expect to see on a computer screen.

Though he also creates beautiful geometric tattoos and tattoos with traditional artistic elements, the Berlin-based artist’s signature tattoos are broad and sweeping ribbons and lines that trace the bodies of their clients like trails of cigarette smoke. He previously worked as an IT manager, beginning his tattoo work in 2012, so we’re wondering if his designs might have been influenced by coiled cabled or bouncing screensavers.

For other great modern tattoo work, check out these cubist tattoos tattoos by Expanded Eye!

More info: dotstolines.com | Facebook | Instagram (h/t: mymodernmet)

Wind Turns Frozen Sand Into Alien Towers On Lake Michigan Shore

Owing to a unique confluence of weather conditions, photographer Joshua Nowicki encountered an extraordinary sight when he went for a walk on the shore of Lake Michigan near the city of St. Joseph last weekend – bizarre towers of sand standing as tall as 12in (30cm).

It turns out that the towers were a unique combination of the intense cold and the wind blowing off of the enormous lake. The wind eroded the frozen sand, leaving behind these curious wind-blasted towers.

The beautiful spectacle was short-lived, however – when he returned later to capture more photos of the strange phenomenon, they had already been melted by the snow.

More info: Facebook | Smugmug (h/t: colossal, earthsky)

5 Extraordinary DIY Eco Homes

With the earth shifting so rapidly, we need to build housing that reflects our connections with the earth and with one another.

There are so many different types of off grid, sustainable living houses that are incredibly cheap to create!

Here are a few good ones:

Earthships

Earthships are probably the most popular type of self sustaining housing.

They are so incredibly beautiful and it all comes from recycled materials! This eco home uses tires for insulation, bottles and cans, packed clay and almost anything you’d find at a garbage dump.

They are one of the more cheaper ways to create a life off grid and they are all over the place.

There are many organizations building them all over the globe but it can be more labour intensive than other types of housing. earthships1

Hobbit Houses

Who wouldn’t want to live in their very own hobbit house?!

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One of the most famous examples of these magical hobbit homes is known as a “A Low Impact Woodland Home.”

 

 

It was built in Wales and took just over 4 months to build and 3000 euros.

The creator Simon Dale, used stone and wood that was around the property and used straw bales covered in plaster for the walls.

The roof is covered in plastic sheeting along with some mud!

These houses are amazing in that they are the most interconnected with the earth – literally! They are created almost inside a hill, and the roof is a grass landscape.

Out of all the off grid housing, hobbit houses are the most entangled with nature.

 

Cob Buildings

These houses are suppose to be able to last 500 years!

How is this even possible?

The combination of the housing is made with clay, sand and straw which when combined is called ‘cob’.

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Once it dries, it’s extremely durable and is able to withstand fire and severe weather.

A man in Missouri built his own cob for just $3,000 and shows the entire process hereVancouver_cobhouse

 

The inside design of Cobs are circles within circles or a complete Fibonacci spiral!

They are truly magical inside and out.

 

Earthbag Buildings

These cozy clay coves are made with woven polypropylene feedbags that are then filled with dampened soil and compacted from above.

earthbag-homeThey’re held in place by two stands of barbed wire and can be filled in place, eliminating heavy lifting.

Earthbags can be an ideal alternative to cob in areas where the soil has a low percentage of clay, and they also make it easy to construct domes and other rounded structures.

Like hobbit houses, they can be immersed with the landscape where they are built within hills.

 

 

Cordwood Buildings

Cordwood buildings are made from wood stacked firewood-style, and lots of mortar.

Debarked logs ranging from 12 to 36 inches can be arranged into walls either in load-bearing round structures or in combination with post-and-beam framing.

cordwood-cob-houseUsually, softer woods like cedar and pine are used because they are more stable, with less expansion and contraction.

These walls offer both insulation and thermal mass.

Comparing to the other houses, this type is more labour intensive but the results are well worth it!

In Shanghai There’s A Hidden Bar Behind This Vintage Coke Vending Machine

There’s a vintage Coca-Cola vending machine in Shanghai that hides a delightful and tasty secret – it’s actually a door into a stylish up-scale speakeasy called “Flask.”

The otherwise unassuming Coca-Cola machine stands in The Press, a sandwich shop that operates as a front for the trendy bar hidden behind it. As Alberto Caiola, the architect who designed this establishment, writes, “the fun, lighthearted feel, the bright colours and lighting [in The Press] —within a few steps, these elements segue into a mysterious space with warm, muted lighting and the murmurs of bar patrons to invite further curiosity.

The interior fuses both modern and speakeasy-era elements effortlessly, with vintage sofas, muted copper-colored lighting, and a wall covered in 25-litre whiskey bottles.

More info: albertocaiola.com (h/t: cubebreaker)

The 30 Most Ridiculously Photogenic People Of All Time

2. Mugshot of Daniel Lohill, 19th century New Zealand criminal

3. Brandon Lloyd diving into the end zone

4. Spartan Race competitor crawling under barbed wire

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5. Alex Rodriguez sliding into second base

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6. Long-haired woman at rock concert

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7. Long-haired man at rock concert

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8. Beyoncé photobombing a teen taking a selfie at her concert in Australia

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9. MMA fighter Ian McCall being submitted

10. Crashing mountain biker

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13. Police officer escorting murder suspect

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17. Hurdler at Sioux City Relays 2014

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18. Redditor WhosThatGirl_ItsRach following lung surgery

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20. Extreme race participants jumping flames

22. Homeless man having a smoke

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23. Alexis Creque and Russell Murphy, arrested for graffiti

24. Professional wrestler Dolph Ziggler performing a headlock

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25. Grenoble, France rugby player being tackled

26. Buffalo Sabres’ Mike Weber getting checked by Canadiens’ Brandon Gallagher

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27. Olympian Voula Papachristou performing a triple jump

28. Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel hurdling a dogpile

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29. Jiu Jitsu master Clark Gracie being thrown to the ground

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Photographer Freezes Dancer In Time As She Spins Through Clouds Of Powder

Brussels-based photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte, together with creative agency Norvell Jefferson, has created a photo series and video that beautifully capture a dancer’s elegant movements with expressive bursts of white powder.

The whole photo/video shoot was organized as an advertisement for Campina Friesland Kievit, a Dutch company that makes coffee creamer. The results, however, are art nonetheless. The team used high-speed cameras to capture slow-motion footage and photos of each cloud of powder left behind by the dancer’s expressive movements.

Vanhoutte has a lot more visually striking work, so be sure to visit his website to see some other great projects!

More info: jeffreyvanhoutte.be | norvelljefferson.com | kievit.com (h/t: mymodernmet)

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Cop Sobbed After Killing Unarmed Man, Cleared Of Wrongdoing In Death (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

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Montana police have released a graphic dashcam video of a Billings police officer sobbing after killing an unarmed man who was high on methamphetamine last April. The jury in a coroner’s inquest found the officer was justified in the shooting.

Billings Police Officer Grant Morrison killed Richard Ramirez, 38, in April 2014 after he thought he saw Ramirez reach for a gun. The victim was high on methamphetamine and riding in the backseat of a red sedan. The footage of their interaction and Morrison’s subsequent reaction was captured on the police car’s dashboard-mounted camera.

Morrison pulled the car over, then told the four occupants to put their hands up – a command he repeated seven times throughout the incident. He realized quickly that Ramirez, whom he had met at least once previously and who was suspected in a robbery and shooting the previous night, was one of the passengers.

“What are you doing? Why are you moving your hands so much?” Morrison says in the video. “Get your hands up. I will shoot you. I will shoot you. Hands up!”

The five-year police veteran then fires into the car, hitting Ramirez three times.

After the shooting, Morrison walks toward his vehicle before appearing to collapse just off-screen. He can be heard saying, “I thought he was going to pull a gun.”

Minutes later, another officer is seen attempting to comfort Morrison as he begins sobbing on the hood of the patrol car with his head in his hands.

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Two bags containing a small amount of methamphetamine and a syringe were later found near where Ramirez had been sitting, News.com.au reported. The victim did not have any weapons, however.

During a two-day coroner’s inquest, Morrison related the events of the night.

“I shot him…I thought he was going to kill me,” he told the seven-member jury, the Billings Gazette reported.

“I was getting very scared,” Morrison said. “He pulled away from me, and he again did the exact same thing. He shoved his hand down to his side and started jiggling it up and down. I told him I was going to shoot him if he didn’t listen to me and put his hands up.”

The officer, who is now assigned as a prescription drug diversion task force officer and is working with the Drug Enforcement Administration, noted that he regretted killing Ramirez.

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