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It Might Seem Like A Normal Temple From The Outside. But Go Inside And… AHHHH!

You can’t argue taste or religion. Everyone is going to feel and believe different things. Be that as it may, when you find out what these people near Bikaner, India, are worshipping you’ll have a hard time not being shocked (or at least a little creeped out). There’s a temple there called Karni Mata Temple in the town of Deshnoke that draws worshippers from all over the region. There is something special inside, called “kabbas,” that you can’t find anywhere else.

Karni Temple is special for one reason…

Rats. It’s full of rats.

But these aren’t ordinary rats.

Devotees who flock to the temple believe the rats are holy animals.

They call them “kabbas.”

They are fed, worshipped and protected.

The rats are literally everywhere.

The rats literally cover every surface.

And you must tread carefully there. If you were to step on one of the holy animals, you would need to replace it with one made of solid gold.

To keep the rats safe from predators, there are grates and grills in the courtyard.

Priests and caretakers live at the temple with the rats.

Not only do they protect them, but they also clean up after the rats.

With 20,000 rats running around, there’s a lot of excrement to sweep up.

The temple honors Karni Mata, or Karniji, a female Hindu sage.

The local folklore differs, but most rat origin stories revolve around an army of 20,000 soldiers.

They fled to the town seeking refuge and Karni Mata offered them shelter at the temple, knowing the punishment of deserters was death.

So, from that moment on, the grateful soldiers lived inside the temple as rats.

Whether you believe the rats are holy animals representing 20,000 soldiers, or you just believe them to be rats, seeing thousands of them inside of this temple must be impressive. (Even if it would seem at least a little unsanitary.) Source: They’re actually kind of cute, when you’re not thinking about how they outnumber you by the thousand. Click below to share this story about the Rat Temple with others.

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#YouMightBeALiberal if you suffer from cognitive dissonance!/jtLOL/status/213718772299730945

President Obama’s announcement today that he will be violating U.S. law and unilaterally granting amnesty to illegal immigrants prompted quite a reaction, but the response to Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro’s decision to (gasp!) ask a question during the president’s speech was even bigger. When lefties who cheered on the Iraqi shoe thrower, Helen Thomas, and other public disrespecters of the previous administration reacted to Munro’s interruption as though it was the most offensive act of the century, conservatives took note of the double standard and quickly called liberals out for it. The result was a hilarious — and true! — series of tweets using the hashtag #YouMightBeALiberal.

If you think that today's event is not meant to overshadow yesterday's disaster by the president #YouMightBeALiberal.

— Ron D (@RonD1954) June 15, 2012

#YouMightBeALiberal if u think its okay to claim u support middle America, but you willingly give middle American's jobs to illegal mexicans

— Mathew S Harrison (@MathewSHarrison) June 15, 2012

If you think exporting jobs is wrong, but importing 800k Mexicans is OK, #youmightbealiberal

— Stuart (@Ringo6) June 15, 2012

Yes, that actually happened.

#YouMightBeALiberal – if stopping Canadian oil from coming to the US and ending up being diverted to China is "a good thing"

— 90 degree (@wac3rd) June 15, 2012

So well put! RT “@jjauthor: If you believe the Constitution is living and an unborn baby isn't, #YouMightBeALiberal!”

— Dawn (@DawnLup) June 15, 2012

@jtLOL If reporters you like work for WaPo, NYT, CNN, MSNBC, ore the 3 networks #YouMightBeALiberal.

— Ron D (@RonD1954) June 15, 2012

Day 1: Criticize David Brooks for urging deference to authority. Day 3 Criticize reporter for not defering to authority. #YouMightBeALiberal

— TJ Lynn (@TJ_Lynn) June 15, 2012

If you pay $40k to listen to the President complain about the wealthy not helping the poor, #YouMightBeALiberal.

— Mister H (@ATHudd) June 15, 2012

Of course, no list of liberal double standards is complete without at least making some reference to the differences between the rules that liberal leaders establish for themselves and those they foist upon the little people under their authority:

If you think it's fine for POTUS to ignore laws he doesn't like and to demand IDs at his events but not at the polls, #YouMightBeALiberal.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) June 15, 2012

If your Shiraz comes in a 25oz glass bottle but won't allow your kids to buy a 20oz Diet Coke, #youmightbealiberal

— Open Sky (@WadeS7) June 15, 2012

It looks like @WadeS7 is talking about you, Nanny Bloomberg.

And, of course, there’s the endless sense of entitlement that is all too prevalent within the modern left:

If you hate capitalism but expect a capitalist to provide you a good paying job with great benefits, #YouMightBeALiberal!

— Janie Johnson (@jjauthor) June 15, 2012

If you never feel shame for taking from others without their permission – #YouMightBeALiberal

— Janie Johnson (@jjauthor) June 15, 2012

The left is cognitive dissonance on parade. Forward, march!

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Confirmed: MSNBC ‘isn’t trying to hide it anymore’ [pics]!/JayCaruso/status/381475326523482112

Earlier this year, the president of MSNBC announced, “We’re not the place for [breaking news].” That’s all part of “what progressives have been waiting for,” apparently.!/missADelgado/status/381475638915248131

Oh, it’s real.!/missADelgado/status/381475871678160896!/NumbersMuncher/status/381476538085937152

There wasn’t much pretense left to drop. But when you’re getting ready to debut “Up Late with Alec Baldwin” …!/JayCaruso/status/381476578393194496!/JayCaruso/status/381479747147943936

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#ACMs: Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum’s version of ‘Rhiannon’ wins raves!/LauraBellBundy/status/452979594874724353

During the American Country Music Awards, Stevie Nicks joined Lady Antebellum for a version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” that quickly won rave reviews:!/ProducerEddie/status/452976928211755008!/AndyChrisman/status/452984725280260096!/Sidharthmehla1/status/452989388205473793

The performance certainly got a big ovation:!/RadioAmy/status/452980154646937600



‘LOL’: Country star John Rich describes what ‘ain’t cool’ on Merle Haggard at the #ACMs

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This Is What A Cup Of Tea Looks Like In 22 Different Countries

How do you take it?

1. Japan

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Matcha is a powdered green tea from Japan using finely ground, high-quality green tea leaves. It’s traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies.

2. India

India has a rich and diverse tea history, with traditional masala chai tea being served through South Asia for thousands of years before the tea industry exploded during the British colonial era. Pictured above is the white leaf Darjeeling tea, which grows wild in India.

3. Britain

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Black tea in the UK can be served on its own or with milk and/or sugar and is taken several times a day. Aim for a golden colour when pouring you milk, and for the love of god, brew the tea first.

4. Turkey

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Turkish coffee may be the country’s most famous warm drink, but cay tea is its most popular, served with every meal, and often in between. The black tea doesn’t take milk, but can be served with or without sugar and is usually brewed in a really confusing two-chamber pot.

5. Tibet

Tibetan po cha, or butter tea, combines tea, salt, and yak butter. The tea is brewed for several hours to get a bitter taste, then churned with butter and salt directly before serving. Try it yourself with this recipe.

6. Morocco

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Spearmint is steeped in green tea for this drink, popular in Morocco and across much of North Africa. Learn how to brew your own here.

7. Hong Kong

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Famous in Hong Kong is iced milk tea known as pantyhose tea or silk stocking tea because it’s similar in colour to nude stockings, no joke. To make, combine strong chilled black tea with evaporated or condensed milk and serve over ice.

8. Taiwan

Pearl milk tea, aka bubble tea, has become a worldwide phenomenon, but it has its roots in Taiwan. It can be served hot or cold, and typically over tapioca pearls cooked in sugar syrup. Basically once you’ve had bubble tea, you’ll never need a Frappuccino again. Use this recipe to make your own.

9. USA

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Sweet iced tea is the lifeblood of the American South. Usually made using strong-brewed Lipton tea and sugar, you can add lemon, or a pinch of baking soda for smoothness. Try out some variations on the classic with these recipes.

10. Russia

For a cup of Russian tea, several types of black leaves are brewed separately and then mixed in the cup. Like Turkey, Russia traditionally uses a multi-chamber pot, called a samovar, with a chamber for water and a chamber for brewing the tea.

11. Pakistan / Creative Commons

Chai isn’t exclusive to India. Spicy and creamy masala chai is a favourite for Pakistani afternoon tea, and you can use basic English breakfast tea as a base.

12. Thailand

Cha yen is Thailand’s take on iced milk tea, and it combines condensed milk and brewed Thai Tea Mix.

13. China

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The Chinese love their tea, and drink a wide range of flavours and colours. Pictured is yellow leaf pu-erh tea, which is packaged in bricks or balls, crumbled into the cup, and steeped in hot water.

14. Egypt

Egypt is a large importer of tea, and it’s common to drink unsweetened black tea throughout the day. Hibiscus tea is often a specialty at Egyptian weddings.

15. Mongolia

Suutei tsai is cooked in a flat pan with milk and salt. The savoury tea is served in a shallow metal bowl with most meals.

16. Kenya

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Kenya likes to export its tea and have it too. The country produces simple black tea, but favours chai.

17. Argentina

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Yerba mate is a vitamin-packed green tea grown and drunk throughout South America, as well as in Portugal, Lebanon, and Syria. It has a signature smoky flavour and can be served hot or cold.

18. South Africa

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The Rooibos plant produces a bright red tea, and is found exclusively in South Africa. Typically served on its own without sugar or milk, the tea has a naturally mild and sweet flavour, and is a great before bed cuppa.

19. Qatar

In Qatar, strong milky tea called karak chai is a nationwide favourite. Black tea leaves are boiled in water, mixed with evaporated milk and sugar, and boiled a second time.

20. Mauritania

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Mauritania’s version of the popular north African mint green tea has a specific serving ritual. Drinkers take three cups each, increasing the sweetness of every new cup, so you start bitter and end sweet.

21. Malaysia

Malaysia has perfected the tea needed for all deserts and snacks. Teh tarik is frothed black tea, sugar, and milk served hot. The creamy treat is just right for after a meal or a mid-day treat.

22. Kuwait

A typical afternoon tea in Kuwait infuses black tea leaves with cardamom and saffron for a spicy afternoon pick-me-up. Try this recipe to make your own.


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‘No woman, no drive’: Viral Saudi satire supports women drivers [video]!/Fahad/status/394063077962158080

In a brave act of defiance, more than 60 women got behind the wheel in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, according to Saudi activists. The Oct. 26 “drive-in” protested the kingdom’s ban on women driving despite warnings that “anyone disturbing public order would be dealt with forcefully.”!/HaleyMathews/status/393945729355354112

Islamist clerics, who love them some subjugation of women, say driving will lead to “licentiousness.” So Hisham Fageeh, Fahad Albutairi and Alaa Wardi got together to produce this Bob Marley-inspired “No woman, no drive” satire which quickly went viral.

Hello, my name is Hisham Fageeh. I’m an artist and social activist. I don’t really listen to music, but while studying in the US I heard this song by this Jamaican guy that caught my attention. I decided to do my own rendition; with lyrics relevant to my culture, but without musical instruments. I hope you like it.

No Woman, No Drive is a single by Fahad Albutairi, Hisham Fageeh & Alaa Wardi containing 03:37 minutes of music.

One lyric snarkily celebrates “ova-ovaries all safe and well, so you can make lots and lots of babies,” a slap at the Saudi cleric who warned that driving damages girly bits and harms babies in utero.!/summer_said/status/394143495725654016!/ariafotografia/status/394143718048948225

Viewers awarded the video extra points for the use of a beard as an instrument.!/LibyaLiberty/status/394092004004487168!/dr_davidson/status/394141229354463232

You can follow tweets about the Saudi protest with the hashtags #Oct26driving and #Women2Drive.

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