What Starbucks Looks Like Around the World

If you drink coffee and travel, you know one of the first things you do when you land is look for that familiar green awning. Yes, Starbucks speaks the universal language of coffee love to people from all over the world, promising that lift with a uniquely bitter aftertaste.

The point is that Starbucks is everywhere. Need proof? Here you go.

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Dazaifu, Japan

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Tokyo, Japan

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Chengdu, China

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Gyeongju, South Korea

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London, England

Quite aventi difference, huh?

Read more: http://twentytwowords.com/what-starbucks-looks-like-around-the-world/

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The results of the latest study about vaccines and autism are in, and they’re not surprising.

Here’s the thing about science.

Science! Photo from “Maniac”/Wikimedia Commons.

It has a mind of its own. And sometimes, it won’t do what you want it to do.

At least one anti-vaccine group recently learned this the hard way.

Beginning in 2003, SafeMinds, a group that attributes the majority of new cases of autism to “worrisome changes in our environment,” spent hundreds of thousands of dollars over 10 years to fund a study that it hoped would demonstrate a conclusive link between childhood vaccines and autism, according to a report in Newsweek.

The results of the study were finally published last week. And it did not turn out the way SafeMinds expected:

“Between 2003 and 2013, SafeMinds provided scientists from the University ofTexas Southwestern School of Medicine, the University of Washington, the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development and other research institutions with approximately $250,000 to conduct a long-term investigation evaluating behavioral and brain changes of baby rhesus macaques that were administered a standard course of childhood vaccines. (The National Autism Association, another organization that has questioned vaccine safety, also provided financial support for this research.) The latest paper in the multiyear project was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). In it, the researchers concluded that vaccines did not cause any brain or behavioral changes in the primates.”

Yep. The evidence against a vaccines-autism link is so overwhelming that even a study funded specifically to find such a link was unable to find one.

Vaccines! Photo by James Gathany, CDC/Wikimedia Commons.

It’s one thing to spend money on an honest scientific inquiry and let the chips fall where they may. But once the inquiry has been made, it’s important to respect the facts.

A 2013 study in the Journal of Pediatrics also found no evidence supporting a vaccines-autism link. Neither did this 2015 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Nor did this one from 2011. This one also found none.

SafeMinds has pushed back against the reported findings via a statement on their website, but thus far, the evidence for a vaccine-autism connection is thin-to-nonexistent.

After all, the most prominent study to suggest one has since been found to have been a complete fabrication.

The bottom line: Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but no one is entitled to their own science.

Science!! Photo by Glen Edelson/Flickr.

And the science just keeps getting clearer and clearer:

Vaccines and autism aren’t linked.

And vaccines save lives.

Graphic by Leon Farrant/visually.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/the-results-of-the-latest-study-about-vaccines-and-autism-are-in-and-theyre-not-surprising?c=

The Definition Of Hell For Each Myers-Briggs Personality Type

They say that one man’s heaven is another man’s hell and that couldn’t be truer when it comes to the sixteen Myers-Briggs Personality Types. Each one is inspired, enraged and absolutely tortured by something slightly different. Here’s the destiny that would psychologically destroy each Myers-Briggs Personality type.

ESTJ – An incredibly impractical person is put in charge of all of your major life decisions. You have to do whatever they say and are powerless to argue or reason with them.

INFP Your deepest thoughts and feelings are exposed to a large audience and everyone thinks that you’re pathetic and unoriginal.

INTJ Every time you open your mouth to say something intelligent, something entirely idiotic comes out instead.

ESFJ Someone you love is in dire need of practical help and you cant give it to them. Worse yet, they think youre refusing to help them out of pettiness and theyre mad at you.

ESFP You are stuck in a room by yourself for the rest of eternity.

ISTP The Zombie apocalypse happens but youre suddenly the worlds weakest fighter and must depend solely on your loved ones to keep you alive.

ENFP Every minute of the rest of your life has been scheduled for you and its a long series of arbitrary, solitary tasks.

ISFP You have to listen to rude people criticizing your personal choices, your appearance and your art form all day long. Nobody cares that theyre hurting your feelings.

ENFJ Your loved ones are in dire need of guidance but every piece of advice you gives them inadvertently makes things worse for them.

ISFJ Everyone you love is yelling at each other and its all your fault.

ISTJ You are expected to complete a highly esteemed project with absolutely no guidance as to whats expected of you.

INFJ You are eternally damned to working for a morally corrupt company that aims to exploit the weak and generally degrade conditions for all of society.

ESTP You are completely paralyzed, lacking even the ability to speak.

ENTP Freedom of speech is revoked from the constitution. Voicing your opinion in any way is now illegal.

INTP You are eternally condemned to researching an extremely vapid topic using wildly inaccurate methods, mostly involving interviewing people who have no idea what theyre talking about.

ENTJ Somebody is wrong, and theyre directing a large group of people! You cant do anything about it and will have to obey whatever inefficient policies they decide to implement.

Heidi Priebe explains how to manage the ups, downs and inside-outs of everyday life as an ENFP in her new book available here.

Read more: http://thoughtcatalog.com/heidi-priebe/2015/05/the-definition-of-hell-for-each-myers-briggs-personality-type/

This Woman Does Free Tattoos For Survivors Of Domestic Violence

Scars can be life-long reminders of abuse, so tattoo artist Flavia Carvalho decided to do something about it. Her project “A Pele da Flor” (The Skin of the Flower) is about giving hurt women tattoos free of charge. For two years, Carvalho has helped women cover scars left from knives and bullets, and from mastectomies as well. She‘s transforming these unpleasant mementos into a tool of emporwerement and beauty.

Flavia Carvalho runs a studio in Curitiba, Brasil. “I started the project quite recently, and I had no idea it would receive this much media attention,” Carvalho told Huffington Post.“It began very spontaneously. As I said, my services are a hundred percent voluntary, and the only “cost” women need to invest is to choose a design for their tattoos!”

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“She told me that she was at a nightclub, and when she turned down a man who approached her, he stabbed her with an switchblade”

“When she saw the finished tattoo, she was extremely moved, and that deeply touched me”

“The one that shocked me the most was the story of a 17 year-old girl who dated an older man and, for months, suffered from the physically abusive relationship”

“When he wanted to break up with her, he scheduled a meeting, and after they began to fight, he stabbed her several times in her abdomen, and violently raped her”

She also does free tattoos for women who had had to undergo mastectomy

This tattoo covers up a scar left by a bullet

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/mastectomy-abuse-scar-women-free-tattoo-flavia-carvalho-daedra-art-brasil/

How To Make A Red Velvet Brain Cake For Halloween

Ewww! Gross! These are not usually the reactions I’m going for when I bake one of my novelty cakes. But when it comes to my zombielicious Brain Cake, it’s music to my ears!

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Shower it in simple syrup. Gotta keep that brain fresh and moist!

Roll your fondant into ropes, and twizzle it into brain tissue. Yes, twizzle is the technical term

Cover your Brain Cake in raspberry jam. Get in all the nooks and crannies. Don’t be afraid to splatter

Invite your undead friends over for a feast

Bonus points if you eat your Brain Cake with your hands. Zombies aren’t so good with forks!

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/walking-dead-red-velvet-brain-cake-yolanda-gampp-how-to-cake-it/

7 powerful photographs of terminally ill patients living out their final wishes

Before 54-year-old Mario passed away, he had one special goodbye he needed to say … to his favorite giraffe.

Mario had worked as a maintenance man at the Rotterdam zoo in the Netherlands for over 25 years. After his shifts, he loved to visit and help care for the animals, including the giraffes.

As Mario’s fight against terminal brain cancer came to an end, all he wanted to do was visit the zoo one last time. He wanted to say goodbye to his colleagues and maybe share a final moment with some of his furry friends.

Thanks to one incredible organization, Mario got his wish.

“To say goodbye to the animals.” All photos by the Ambulance Wish Foundation, used with permission.

The Ambulance Wish Foundation, a Dutch nonprofit, helps people like Mario experience one final request.

It’s a lot like Make-A-Wish, only it’s not just for kids.

In 2006, Kees Veldboer, who was an ambulance driver at the time, was moving a patient from one hospital to another. The patient was a terminally ill man who had spent three straight months confined to a hospital bed. During the trip from one hospital to the other, the patient told Veldboer that he wanted to see the Vlaardingen canal one last time. He wanted to sit in the sun and wind and smell the water again before going back inside.

Veldboer made the patient’s last wish happen, and as tears of joy streamed down the man’s face, Veldboer knew he had tapped into a powerful way to bring peace to people in their final days.

Soon after, the Ambulance Wish Foundation was born.

Based in the Netherlands, Veldboer’s organization scoffs at the logistical hurdles of transporting terminally ill patients who need high levels of care and, often, lots of medical equipment. The Ambulance Wish Foundation employs a fleet of custom-built ambulances and always has highly trained medical staff on hand for emergencies.

Their message? Positive end-of-life experiences are far too important to pass up.

Today, the AWF has over 230 volunteers and has fulfilled nearly 7,000 wishes.

Even more beautiful than the work this organization does, though, are the things its patients are asking for.

Mostly, it’s the little things they cherish, like seeing their home one last time or spending a few hours just looking at something beautiful.

Veldboer, in an interview with the BBC, describes one woman who had not been home for six months. When they brought her into her living room on a stretcher, she hoisted herself up and stayed there for hours, doing nothing but looking around likely replaying an entire lifetime worth of memories before quietly asking them to take her away.

Another patient simply wanted to see her favorite Rembrandt painting again.

“To see my favorite painting one last time.”

And another just wanted to spend an afternoon watching dolphins play.

On and on the wishes go about four of them fulfilled every day. People who just want to see their grandchild for the first time, or stand on the beach again before they can’t anymore.

Turns out that life’s simplest pleasures just might be its most meaningful.

Sometimes it feels like there’s never enough time. Not in a day. Not in a year. Not in a life.

But maybe it’s better to cherish what we have rather than spend so much time thinking about all the things we haven’t done yet.

Maybe the things we remember at the end aren’t the time we went skydiving or the time we hiked across Europe. When our time is up, maybe what we’ll remember most is more mundane the tacky wallpaper in the house we grew up in, a sunny day spent on the water, or those little everyday moments spent with the people we love the most.

Whatever it is, it’s comforting to know there are people out there who want our last memories of this place to be good ones.

I can’t think of a more wonderful job.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/7-powerful-photographs-of-terminally-ill-patients-living-out-their-final-wishes?c=tpstream

Sea Sheep? This Adorable Sea Slug Eats So Much Algae It Can Photosynthesize

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Image credits: Lynn Wu

Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/leaf-sheep-sea-slug-costasiella-kuroshimae/