My name is Sajjad, and I’m 27 years old, living in London. My parents are originally from Bangladesh, but I come from a vibrant multi-cultural family that’s scattered across the globe from Canada to Australia.
As a person, I’m quite confident and ambitious and enjoy socialising with others. However, that doesn’t mean I’m a full-on extrovert, as I also like being on my own. I’d consider myself quite empathetic and don’t tend to get angry or frustrated easily.
Being born with a tail puts you in a very special category of people. There have been fewer than 40 reported cases in the world, and the trait is so rare that until recently, it was considered a myth.
But in extremely rare cases, this doesn’t happen and leads to the birth of a baby that comes with what’s called a true human…
Traditional livestock farming has experienced a bad reputation in recent decades, and for a good reason. Intensive farming practices have led to the suffering of animals, many of whom are forced to live in tight spaces and endure a painful existence. Consequently, it means cheaper goods that, regardless of how we feel about, will always be in demand.
In contrast, free-range and organic livestock animals have a much better quality of life, which translates into better food products. Organic milk and eggs are superior in taste because the animals have been fed a natural diet and suffer less stress. …
Imagine you live in a small town. You’re yearning to explore what lies beyond the horizon, but everyone warns you that it’s a bad idea. They tell you that outside of the town’s perimeter, there exists a swirling vortex of metal and glass shards so small that you can barely see them.
The vortex never stops swirling, but it can’t reach you. It doesn’t expand towards the town either; it just sits there, taunting you. Trapping you within the walls, never to leave again.
For the people living in that town, they’ll never know what lies outside of the vortex…
It’s dawn. The heat penetrates through the sun-baked roof, and you feel its rays warming your body. You stir for a bit and then stretch your legs across the straw mattress and look around. The cobweb-covered generator that powers the only fan in your house isn’t working this morning. The electricity must be out again, you think to yourself. But then again, you’re used to days like this.
It’s the fourth time it’s happened this week, but you’re grateful that the hot summer months are now behind you. …
Humans have always been fascinated by the idea of prolonging life. China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, launched a search for the elixir of life but then died at the age of 49. And 1,000 years later, Genghis Khan famously spent considerable sums on seeking the very same prize.
Although we know there is no elixir of life, we have extended our life expectancy in the last century through modern medicine. But though we may be living longer, are we living more comfortably?
On 6 August 2013, two 20-year-old women were arrested at a Peruvian airport. Inside their luggage, tucked away in packets of porridge, was 11kg of cocaine, valued at £1.5 million.
Both girls were from the UK and had seemingly visited Peru for a holiday. But their perceived innocence and youth created a worldwide phenomenon that saw hundreds of journalists fly in to find out what their story was really about.
At first, they said that powerful cartel members had forced them into it, but then their story changed and changed again. …
The aptly named demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea is one of the world's most heavily militarised borders. And for the citizens of North Korea, looking out towards it would make them feel like they’re trapped in prison.
For many, life in North Korea is just that, a prison. The people lack freedom, and there is little in the way of infrastructure development. And average salaries are just 4% of what South Koreans earn, with many making just under $1300 a year!
Everyone likes to hear about tales of heroism and great deeds. A tale of an unknown man who, thanks to his courage and skill, managed to rise to a level that others could only dream of.
Well, no other society enjoyed these tales as much as Rome did. And for one Roman, in particular, this story was his reality. A man who started as a lowly soldier, he left the army as one of the most respected and honoured men in all of Rome.
This is not the story of a wealthy aristocrat, nor is it one of a god-emperor…