Thailand’s Cobra Village – Where Men and Snakes Live in Harmony

(Source: odditycentral)

Sixty years ago, a doctor from Thailand had a vision for his small, dusty old village – to convert it into a major tourist attraction. And in an attempt to do so, he actually convinced his fellow villagers to raise pet snakes in their homes, putting them in shows for tourists. Surprisingly the ploy worked, and today the village of Ban Kok Sa-Nga in Thailand’s Northeastern Province of Khon Kaen is better known as ‘The Cobra Village’, among tourists.

All of the 140-odd homes in Ban Kok Sa-Nga have at least one pet snake, which they place outside in wooden boxes. The pet snakes range from deadly ones, such as king cobras or monocled cobras, to less dangerous ones such as copperheaded racers and pythons. The atmosphere in the village itself is always festive; it is one big snake show theme attraction. The snakes are bred in captivity and put together in daredevil shows such as – you won’t believe this – man vs. snake boxing matches. Obviously not for the light-hearted, these shows involve the handlers taunting an already enraged giant king cobra. As the snakes slither across the stage, the men pull their tails to provoke them further. Despite all the weird stunts that take place in these shows, what spooks out most tourists is the level of comfort the villagers share with the snakes. Most people are terrified of these creatures, but the people of Ban Kok Sa-Nga don’t even bat an eye-lid. Even the children are completely at ease; they are taught how to handle snakes, how to fight them and feed them, at a very young age.
 

Another disturbing aspect of the Cobra Village is the poor standard of safety. Rumors are plenty about a number of tourists having died from snake attacks. It’s unclear if they are

Dry Fruits & Their Health Benefits


(Source: Oyetimes)

I bet you never knew that besides containing nutritious value, dry fruits have a medicinal value. Dry fruits contain a number of digestive enzymes, minerals and vitamins. Winter season gives you a chance to max out at their medicinal value because of their easy availability.

Almonds:

Almond milk has a great nutritional value for both children and infants. Its milk is great for your skin as it dims pigmentation and enhances fairness. Almonds improve the function of your heart and brain and also help in making your muscles strong and hair grow fast.
 

Dates:

Dates boiled in milk provide great medicinal value for growing children, young girls

Hot cars at the LA Auto Show

(Source: Yahoo)

The Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public Friday. Here are some of the most talked-about vehicles that will be making their world debuts at the event:

— MAZDA6 DIESEL: Mazda will offer a diesel version of its new, sportier Mazda6 sedan in the second half of next year. It's not releasing full details yet, but says diesels can get 30-percent better fuel economy than gasoline-powered cars. Mazda says it will be the first Asian automaker to offer a clean diesel engine in a non-commercial vehicle in North America.

— SUBARU FORESTER: The new Subaru Forester, which will go on sale this spring, has more leg room and cargo space (74.7 cubic feet) than the previous model of the small SUV. The base 2.5-liter, 170 horsepower engine remains the same, but buyers can also upgrade to a new, 250-horsepower turbocharged 2-liter. The design is less boxy and more aerodynamic, with a new mesh grille and sporty front bumper.
 

— JAGUAR XFR-S: It's the second model in Jag's ultra-high performance lineup, with only 100 being offered for sale in the U.S. during the 2014 model year. It has a 550-horsepower supercharged V-8 engine that takes it from zero to 60 in 4.4 seconds, yet it avoids a gas-guzzler tax by getting 23 mpg on the highway. The car starts at $99,000 and goes on sale early in the summer.

The most impressive underground railway stations in Europe

(Source: Telegraph)

The world's first metro system, London Underground opened in 1863. Today, there are 160 metro systems in the world. Here's a look at some of the Europe 's most beautiful metro stations. Like Toledo Metro station in Naples or Komsomolskaya metro station in Moscow.

 
Toledo Metro station in Naples

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