DUMPSTER KNOWLEDGE: LINKS FOR THE WEEK

North Korea via Instagram: A (very rare) look into life in one of the most volatile countries on the planet. 

The Story of Oskar Stohr and Jack Yufe: Two identical twins that were separated shortly after birth. Oskar was raised as a Catholic and a Nazi. Jack grew up as a Jew.

In 2005, a 12-year old girl who was abducted in Africa was saved from her attackers and defended for about half a day by a group of lions.

Peachtree City, Georgia features 90 miles of golf cart paths parallel to the normal road network. More than 9,000 families in Peachtree City use golf carts as their second car. 

Meet Richie Sowa: The man who created his own island, one that  floats upon 250,000 recycled plastic bottles.

In 1951, a Walt Disney comic featured Mickey Mouse and Goofy as drug dealers. 

Futile Pot Raid Spurs Lawsuit: The story of how a Kansas City family had their home turned upside down because authorities thought they were growing marijuana in the basement. They were growing tomatoes. 

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DUMPSTER KNOWLEDGE: MEET NIKKA, THE DRUG-SNIFFING CHIEF OF POLICE

Fun Fact to the Day: In Vaughn, New Mexico, when one police officer pled guilty to assault and battery charges and another resigned over owing thousands of dollars of unpaid child support (taking away his right to carry a gun), the town was left with just one qualified police officer: Nikka, a drug-sniffing dog.

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DUMPSTER KNOWLEDGE: THE LONELY FUNERAL

Fun Fact of the Day: If you die alone in Amsterdam, the city will bury you in a cemetery complete with flowers, music, and a eulogy.

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From the BBC: Every year up to 20 people die completely alone in Amsterdam. There are no friends or family to prepare their funeral or mourn over the body. Sometimes these people are illegal migrants, drug mules, or simply people who for one reason or another, cut off all social contacts.
A civil servant and a poet come together in their shared determination that those who die alone have a respectful and personal funeral. For 20 years, Ger Frits has chosen music to play at what have become known as “lonely funerals”. He puts flowers on the coffin and accompanies each person to their final resting place.
A few years ago, Amsterdam poet Frank Starik decided that these people also deserved to be eulogized, and after some reluctance Frits agreed. City workers visit the houses of the deceased to sort out their bills and administration. They also see the loneliness. The visits have a practical purpose, but they also provide inspiration for the poems read out at the service. “The funeral is a moment of reckoning and someone needs to put in a good word for you. One of our essential qualities is a need for a story…. what the lonely funeral does is return stories to people who somehow have lost theirs along the way,” says Starik.
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DUMPSTER KNOWLEDGE: THE 10 CREEPIEST PLACES ON EARTH

This is very interesting. On the one hand, I really would love to check out all of these places.
(Click the link to see for yourself)

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But then again, I’m pretty easily spooked. There are like, you know, a couple of things that scare me. Wolves, needles, pirates,  the dark,  oak trees, Gobstoppers, Mickey Mouse, oatmeal, reptiles, jungle gyms, Willy Wonka…just to name a few of my fears. No big deal or anything.

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Safe to say abandoned mental hospitals and forests littered with dead bodies probably aren’t in my wheelhouse.