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How To Roll The Perfect Joint. Every Time.
 
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Tony Greenhand has made a career out of rolling joints (https://www.instagram.com/tonygreenhand). You can read our epic profile on Tony here (http://www.voc.tv/tonygreenhand) Vocativ filmed him at his home in Oregon, where recreational marijuana was legalized in 2015. Given all that, it’s no surprise he’s a perfectionist when it comes to the basics, and his step-by-step tutorial walks through the nine steps to a stupendous jay. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 2755399 Vocativ
The Artist Behind The World's Greatest Joints
 
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Tony Greenhand is a champion in the newly-emerging field of competitive joint rolling. Vocativ went into the lab to watch him create his smokeable art. You can read our epic profile on Tony here (http://www.voc.tv/tonygreenhand) and learn how to make a living in the lucrative and somewhat-legal minefield of marijuana sculpture. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 4056522 Vocativ
From Suicidal to Scaling Walls: India's Amazing Monkey King
 
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http://voc.tv/1lOtaLc It started as a suicide attempt. Abandoned at a temple as a young child, Jyoti Raj was being abused by the man who had taken him in—and he felt as though he couldn't go on. So one day he climbed up a steep rock with the intention of jumping to his death. But as he reached the top, he realized that a crowd had gathered, unaware of his intentions, and was actually cheering for him as he climbed. That's when he decided to use his talent for climbing to make a name for himself. By watching monkeys and imitating their movements, he became one of the world's best climbers, and soon people began calling him Monkey King. A local celebrity, he now easily draws crowds whenever he performs and has even started teaching young students who want to learn his climbing skills.
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Life Inside a California Women's Prison: The Real Orange is the New Black
 
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The success of Orange in the New Black has a lot of people thinking about life inside a women’s prison. We decided to visit a minimum security women’s prison in Kern County California to see if reality is anything like TV. Produced by: Sami Abdou, Yoonj Kim, and Mitch Koss Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 1433103 Vocativ
The Bongfather's Greatest Invention Yet
 
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Dave Goldstein has spent decades furthering technology for smokers. Will his patented new bong be a game-changer as legalization sweeps the country? Check out more at http://www.vocativ.com/375686/the-bongfather-using-science-to-get-the-perfect-hit/ Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Website: http://www.vocativ.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Vocativ explores the nexus of media and technology, where science meets storytelling. We use proprietary technology to examine the uncharted space of the Deep Web, covering topics that are vital to our changing world. Follow us for more!
Views: 498937 Vocativ
Obama Keeps Up The Tradition Of Lame Turkey Jokes
 
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It's tradition for the President to pardon two turkeys at the White House each year for Thanksgiving. It's also apparently tradition to tell as many lame turkey jokes.
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Meet A Real-Life Rambo Who Wants to Destroy ISIS
 
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Abu Azrael, as he is known, is purported to be a legendary commander of the Imam Ali Brigade, an Iranian proxy group fighting in Iraq. He has become a cult figure with Iraqi social media users creating tribute Facebook pages to him and circulating images of Abu Azrael holding axes, waving swords, and abusing the corpses of ISIS fighters. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 3325631 Vocativ
The world's tallest slum: Caracas' notorious Tower of David
 
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Welcome to the world's tallest slum: poverty-ridden Venezuela's Tower of David. Squatters took over this very unfinished 45-story skyscraper in the early 1990s, and they've been there ever since. The tower was originally intended to be a symbol of Caracas' bright financial future, complete with a rooftop helipad, but construction stopped because of a banking crisis and the sudden death of the tower's namesake, David Brillembourg. Today, as the government is grappling with a citywide housing shortage, the tower is a stark monument to what could have been in the country's crime-plagued capital. The tower is dogged by accusations of being a hotbed of crime, drugs and corruption. But to residents, many of whom have spent their entire lives there, it's just home. Watch as Vocativ climbs the tower and gains the rare in-depth access to residents' daily lives inside this unique and sinister establishment. Few cameras have been allowed into the depths of the tower. It is an experience not to be missed. We answered some frequently asked questions about our Tower of David video here: http://voc.tv/15I8iPE Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 1261082 Vocativ
The World's Fastest Police Cars
 
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The Dubai police force are the proud owners of a 'super fleet,' a mass of high end sports cars from all over the world. Their latest addition to the fleet is the $1.6 million dollar Bugatti Veyron, cable of doing 267mph and from 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds. However, these vehicles are not used to chase criminals, but instead as a PR mechanism. Heralded as the most progressive of the Arab police forces, they drive the fleet to various tourist attractions in Dubai as a means of connecting with citizens and tourists. Its also another way for Dubai to flaunt their enormous wealth. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 4382553 Vocativ
World’s Fastest Human-Powered Vehicle Hits 89 MPH
 
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Aerovelo broke its own previous world record by 3mph This is the fastest human-powered vehicle in the world. Engineers at Aerovelo created a bike that hit a speed of 89.59 mph, breaking their own previous record. The rider lays in a tight, reclined position, allowing the bike to have a highly aerodynamic shape. The frame and shell are made from carbon fiber, making it both light and sturdy. Two video monitors inside the vehicle allow the rider to see the road. Data is also displayed on the monitors, allowing the rider to perfectly time when to start the final sprint. The bike’s wheels spin three times faster than an average road bike, getting up to 1,200 rpm. Make sure to keep an eye on the left lane. This bike could come speeding past you. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 77037 Vocativ
OZ, Legendary Graffiti Artist, Killed While Tagging
 
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Walter Josef Fischer—known here in Hamburg, Germany, as OZ—was a fucking legend, even if most people could never pick him out of a crowd. Aged and slow with a worn, creased face and a hunch, he walked unseen with me through Hamburg as he painted walls and swore at trains. And yet, with his spray can, he'd changed the face of this city. Up until his death last Thursday, the 64-year-old left his tag—a simple smiley face—hundreds of thousands times on local walls, sidewalks, roofs and lampposts. Vocativ got a last glimpse into the world of Germany's legendary, inscrutable OZ before his death last Thursday http://voc.tv/1yyYc4L Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 173647 Vocativ
Why Isn't Congo as Rich as Saudi Arabia? Massive Tax Evasion
 
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is rich in natural resources, yet the average citizen lives on only 72 cents a day. The foreign mining companies are getting rich while the general population is living in poverty. Many Congolese citizens are diging through the dirt on their hands and knees in search their fair share of the countries natural minerals. While there are taxes on the mining companies who benefit from the countries resources it is proving difficult to actually collect the money that is owed. Vocativ spoke to one tax inspector who explained that tax evasion and government fraud is rampant throughout the mining industry. So it seems that until those benefiting from the countries natural wealth start paying their fare share, many average citizens will have to continue digging through the mud to get by. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 167632 Vocativ
China's Unmarried "Leftover Women"
 
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There are 20 million more men than women in China. In theory, that lopsided gender ratio should make things fairly easy for Chinese women on the hunt for prime husband material. Economic and social realities, however, alter that equation. Today's sophisticated, professional Chinese woman is unwilling to settle for a man who doesn't earn enough money to support a family (that is, the majority of men). Matter of fact, China now has the highest number of self-made female millionaires. Consequently, many young female professionals find themselves single well into their mid-20s and beyond—a new phenomenon for this once very traditional country. With their eye ever toward social engineering, the Chinese government is none too pleased that so many men are unable to find wives. Laying the pressure on thick, state media has started to refer these single ladies as “leftover women," which is pretty rough. The population is taking the harsh message to heart, though. In Shanghai, for instance, parents of unwed men and women head to People’s Park to list their children in a weekly marriage market. The grounds are littered with posters advertising the eligible bachelors’ and bachelorettes’ age, height, education and income. But despite its thousands of listings each week, the marriage market is not a guaranteed answer. And so, those who can afford it enlist the help of a professional matchmaker to get them on dates. As part of our collaboration with MSNBC, Vocativ visited the offices of a matchmaker who caters to Shanghai’s elite and spoke to Yi Ru Zhuo, a successful female entrepreneur and former model. She is only 25 and determined to find a husband before she is branded a leftover woman. “I have a lot of girlfriends that are leftovers,” she tells us. “They’re beautiful, successful in their careers, own their own apartments in Shanghai…but don’t have love.” As to what she is seeking in a spouse, she says, “I’m looking for a partner who is at least 5-foot-9, makes more money than I do, owns an apartment and is committed to his family.” The matchmaker says these prerequisites are common. "The social structure has changed in China. Most urban women work now and very few stay at home. Because of this they have high expectations and refuse to lower their standards. They won’t go for a younger man, who makes less money and doesn’t own a house.” To better her chances of finding a mate, Yi also looks to the People’s Park marriage market for help. Her parents list her every week, but she has not had any takers thus far. http://voc.tv/1sKTco5 Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 254938 Vocativ
Take This Test and Experience How False Memories Are Made
 
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I n the last several decades, eyewitness testimony has come under greater scrutiny. Since 1989, some 329 people have been exonerated based on DNA tests, according to the Innocence Project, a nonprofit legal organization. Each of the wrongfully convicted spent an average of 16 years in prison, and 75% of them were put away largely on the basis of eyewitness testimony. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 61930 Vocativ
This Barbaric Version of Soccer Is the Original Extreme Sport
 
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Florence, Italy, is largely regarded as the cradle of the Renaissance. And while the city is best known for its artistic contributions to the world, few are aware that it is also the birthplace of soccer. However, the soccer of 15th-century Florence was rather barbaric in nature. They called it calcio storico, and despite the bloodshed it incurs, locals still play it to this day. The Romans originally invented a sport they referred to as harpastum to keep their warriors in shape. Then men in Florence revived the game in 59 B.C. and eventually started calling it calcio, a word meaning “to kick” in Italian. The premise of calcio storico is somewhat similar to modern-day soccer. The men compete on a square-shaped field, running around in an attempt to throw the ball into the designated goals. The rules, however, are a different story. The 27 players on each team are free to use Greco-Roman combat moves, tackle opponents rugby-style and even box one another on the field. None of these acts are considered fouls. Vocativ took a trip to Florence to speak to a few men who are actively involved in calcio storico. As the city is divided into four neighborhoods, each quarter has its own representative team in the league. “It’s a great honor when you show up in the square and there are more than 7,000 fans watching," says Simone Brogliardi, a player for the blue team. "You feel like a gladiator entering the arena and ready to fight.” But the honor does not come without a price. In fact, Alessandro “Ciara” Franceschi, the coach for the red team, says the game is brutal for players. “Violence is an inherent part of this game," he says. "It’s really a war game; out of 27 teammates, at least 10 or 15 are going to come out injured." Franceschi has seen players hide their injuries—broken ribs and hands—to finish a match. Because calcio storico is the most ancient tradition of Florence with a history of more than 2,000 years, players risk it all for the sake of honor. “Calcianti are athletes, strong athletes, courageous athletes, because the game is very masculine, very tough,” explains Luciano Artusi, director of calcio storico. “It evokes the meeting points of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance: toughness, chivalry and willingness to proudly demonstrate that you belong to the city of Florence.” After the match, the winning team is treated to a simple banquet in their neighborhood. They do not get paid for their participation in the bloodsport. http://voc.tv/1oosXVC Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 853802 Vocativ
DIY Tank Used in Fight Against ISIS
 
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The Free Syrian Army in Aleppo is so desperate for weaponry that they created a homemade war wagon. They took a pickup truck, bolted scrap metal to it, put a 50 cal machine gun on top...and hooked it up to a Sony Playstation controller. The result is an ingenuous machine they use to fight both ISIS and the Assad regime. The Jaish al-Mujahideen brigade of the FSA demos their improvised war wagon just for Vocativ—shooting the 50 cal, explaining what to do if an enemy attacks, and driving into walls. http://voc.tv/1thsGQs Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 173087 Vocativ
Junk Science Episode 10: Correlation / Causation
 
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When two data point sync up, it’s seems intuitive that they might be related, but in science that is far from the case. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 16735 Vocativ
Fighting ISIS: Combat So Close You Can Hear Their Voices
 
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The fight against ISIS in Iraq is now centered on the Diyala Province, a the region of Iraq extending northeast of Baghdad until the Iranian border. The Iraqi army, along with Shia militias funded by Iran, have been struggling to push the ISIS militants out of the region for months. Vocativ’s Lindsey Snell and Jake Simkin went to the combat zone in the town of Muqdadiyah. They toured the frontlines with the Badr Organization, a Shia militia fighting ISIS across Iraq, and dodged ISIS snipers who advanced during the course of their visit. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 508246 Vocativ
A History Abandoned: Episode One (Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital)
 
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There's a growing urban exploration movement in American cities today. People are going into abandoned spaces to reclaim their local history. These adventurers find one another online anonymously to trade information about how to locate and enter these off-limits buildings. Vocativ decided to dig into this world and follow explorer and researcher Will Ellis (creator http://abandonednyc.com) into three deserted facilities to uncover how mental illness and homelessness were handled in the not-so-distant past. In episode one of this three-part series, we go into Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital on Long Island, New York. The hospital was built in 1895 and became a state-run spillover facility for New York City's mentally ill. Kings Park is known for being an early user of frontal lobotomies, and later for becoming one of the first facilities to administer pharmaceutical treatments for mental illness, thereby contributing to its own demise. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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3D Printed House Took 24 Hours To Build
 
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The 3D-printed house prototype showcases a new mobile 3D printing machine. Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Website: http://www.vocativ.com Vocativ explores the nexus of media and technology, where science meets storytelling. We use proprietary technology to examine the uncharted space of the Deep Web, covering topics that are vital to our changing world. Follow us for more!
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Bosozoku Girls of Japan
 
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America has always been about individuality while, historically, Japan represents the opposite. But lately more and more Japanese women are finding a different path to fulfillment, ditching fairytale housewife cliches for the thrill of the open road. Meet the bosozuko girls of Japan: badass biker girls who play by their own rules wearing kamikaze attack uniform with embroidered gang names. They were given the name, which means "violent run tribe", by the cops who attempted to shut them down in a constant game of cat and mouse. In the 90's these groups changed the name to Kyushakai to avoid trouble by the police. Now, new Japanese law has made it much more difficult for gang organizations to operate. Even wearing the uniform will get you arrested. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 425561 Vocativ
These TaoBao Speed Models Strike Two Poses Every Second
 
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This is some rapid-fire posing. There’s no wasted time working as a fashion model in China. These models have mastered speed posing for Chinese clothes catalogs. They average two poses every second and change their outfit 100 times in a single day. Every move is calculated to avoid messing up their hair and makeup. But usually only one photo will be chosen...so don’t blink! Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Subscribe to the newsletter: http://www.vocativ.com/pages/newsletter/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Website: http://www.vocativ.com
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The Evolution Of Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dogs
 
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Welcome to the evolution of the robo-dog. SpotMini is Boston Dynamics’ newest robot, an evolution from BigDog, which was introduced in 2009. That three-foot robot, designed for military use, was capable of carrying 330 pounds. Next came Spot in 2015, a much smaller version with equally good balance. A year later, Boston Dynamics introduced SpotMini, which has a long neck and head, and can delicately pick up objects. The new version of SpotMini has smoother, more lifelike motions, and a sleeker look. But no word yet on whether it will be available as a pet. Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Subscribe to the newsletter: http://www.vocativ.com/pages/newsletter/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Website: http://www.vocativ.com
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A Night With Japan's Highest Paid Male Gigolo
 
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Japan's nightlife is home to hundreds of "host clubs." These are nightclubs where women pay men simply for their attention and affection. The male "hosts" can make as much as $200,000 a night. Not only do they get large tips from the female customers, they're also present with lavish gifts ranging from expensive alcohol to designer clothing. Vocativ went to Japan and spoke to Hikaru Aizawa, who is perhaps the most famous Japanese host of all. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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DON'T LOOK DOWN: The real Mad Men of New York Advertising
 
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Imagine strapping in, clipping on, and jumping off the roof of a building - every day. In an age with instant communication at your fingertips and digital marketing on every platform, there are those who still get out messages the old-fashioned way, with a paintbrush and some attitude. They call themselves "wall dogs," says one veteran of the trade, "because we are chained to a wall all day by our safety harness, and we work like dogs." Vocativ spent a day with these blue-collar artists as they paint advertisements high above the streets of New York City. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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The Tallest Man in Colombia Calls For "Summit of Giants"
 
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Standing at 7 feet and 7 inches, Asdrubal Herrera is the tallest man in Colombia. He has a medical condition that is known as gigantism or acromegaly. Those who have this disease grow at an alarming rate and require medication to stop their growth. People with gigantism often have many health issues, including heart problems because the heart is not strong enough to pump blood through a body of that size. While Asdrubal may face difficulties with many daily tasks like getting into a taxi or taking a shower, he maintains a positive outlook. Asdrubal hopes to one day be able to have a “summet of giants” where other people like him can get together and share their stories. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Japanese Pen Electrifies Drawings, Literally
 
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This pen that draws with electricity-conducting ink won’t cure your ennui, but watching this cool video of it in action might momentarily distract you from the dark void that awaits us all. Maybe. Japanese startup AgIC has engineered an ink that can connect circuits. In this fun little ad, viewers see it connecting houses in a tiny paper town. Don’t you wish you could live there?
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This Mathematician Hacked His Way To True Love On OkCupid
 
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Chris McKinlay was just like thousands of other graduate students. He spent most of his nights chiseling away at his PhD thesis—an arcane treatise on large-scale data processing with supercomputers—living on a couple hundred dollars per month, sleeping in his cramped cubicle, and scrolling listlessly through online dating sites in search of love or, at least, a worthwhile diversion. That is, until he hacked OkCupid. McKinlay, frustrated by months of online dating with meager results, began to think about the complex algorithms that OkCupid uses to match compatible users. “The first thing I did was gather a lot of data from OkCupid and mine all that data for patterns,” he told NOVA. But McKinlay’s passing interest in collecting OkCupid data soon evolved into an obsession. “I started using all of my supercomputing time analyzing OkCupid match question data.” Within a matter of months, the unassuming 35-year-old math whiz was the top match for more than 30,000 women on OkCupid. He was receiving up to ten messages per day (most men receive zero) and occasionally scheduling two or three dates on top of each other just to keep up with the demand. Although the project involved pretty heavy statistical modeling, McKinlay says that his general strategy was simple: He first created realistic bots to mine information about OkCupid users in his area, and then used the results to optimize his own OkCupid profile so that he’d be automatically matched with the sort of people whom he wanted to date. But the hack worked even better than planned—catapulting McKinlay to the top of OkCupid’s algorithm. “I was, like, trending globally on OkCupid,” he says. Even after news of the hack broke in early 2014, not everyone was impressed with McKinlay’s stunt. Hacking OkCupid, “reflects a weird mathematician-pickup artist-hybrid view of women as mere data points,” Katie Heaney wrote for BuzzFeed News. “By viewing himself as a developer, and the women on OkCupid as subjects to be organized and ‘mined’, McKinlay places himself in a perceived greater place of power. Women are accessories he’s entitled to.” Regardless, McKinlay does seem to have ultimately profited from what was either a brilliant hack or a relic of the patriarchy. On his 88th OkCupid date, McKinlay met Christine Tien Wang who confessed to him that she, too, had manipulated parts of her online profile. “I spilled my guts,” McKinlay recalls. “I was like, ‘Oh I changed my profile too, in fact I wrote a whole bunch of natural language processing software to optimize it, and then I hacked all the match scores and I’ve been going on a date per day and I’m not sure what I’m looking for anymore but I think you might be cool. Is that, like, weird?'” Perhaps it was—but not too weird for Wang. One year later, the two OkCupid hackers were engaged, and they’re still together to this day. Video courtesy NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/blogs/se...
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Haiti: Paradise Lost & Found
 
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Once a major tourist destination in the 70's, after wars, epidemics, and dictatorships, Haiti fell off the vacation map. It's still on the State Department's travel warning list, but the Haitian government says it's safe and fun for Americans to visit. Vocativ went to Haiti and talked to the minister of tourism, tour guides, police, to explore what a vacation in Haiti would look like.
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Getting High with Russia's Spiderman
 
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Kirill Oreshkin likes taking photographs. Selfies, landscapes, the usual stuff—except his shots are captured atop some of the world's tallest buildings. Once Oreshkin gets as high as the stairs or elevator will take him, he often scales up scaffolding or other parts of the structure. The tallest building he has climbed to date is the Mercury City Tower in Moscow. At 338 meters (about 1,109 feet), it's the tallest in Europe. Oreshkin is one of Russia's extreme urban climbers, known to hang off the edge of buildings by only his fingers. He does all this unsupervised and without any safety gear. "Using safety measures changes something—no one is going to recognize that you really risked your life," Oreshkin says, adding that he knows what he's doing is dangerous. Oreshkin's hobby started in 2008, when he began climbing to the roofs of homes and buildings in his neighborhood. He still doesn't do any particular physical training, since he says it's all about having the right mentality. He claims he was nervous about heights at first, and had trouble standing on the edge, which he now does with ease. "It's no longer about overcoming myself," he says. "I just really like doing it. I like to look and study the city from different viewpoints." Climbing has become second nature to him. "What's going through my head when I'm up there? Nothing special," he says. "I just try to think about hanging tight and staying alive." Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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MIT Made A 3D Printer That Uses Glass
 
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This specialized 3D printer, developed by a collaboration between multiple MIT departments, “prints" with optically clear glass. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Interview With A Dominatrix
 
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It's known in online forums as the "best of the best." It offers "enough torturous treasures to last a lifetime." And it's home to "New York's most sought-after dommes." All of these things are true. Beneath a nondescript entrance in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood lies Pandora's Box—a BDSM dungeon built for latex-clad mistresses and their "subs." It's kind of like 50 Shades of Grey, except that one hour underground can cost up to $500. Vocativ visits the club with Mistress Stella, a professional dominatrix in her late 20s who has been in the business for nearly nine years. She has dommed—her words—an estimated 1,000 men. While Stella visits her clients (including a number of Wall Street execs, she says) all across the city, it's in Pandora's fantasy theme rooms—such as its medical chamber and its "ancient" Chinese palace—that her practice really comes alive. Stella answers our questions about her professional self, and the way her professional expertise can sometimes mingle with her personal life. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Don't Worry, Planet X Won't Kill Us All
 
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Astronomers at Caltech think they may have found a new ninth planet and long time believers of the Nibiru conspiracy believe it confirms their theories.
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Interview with a Fangsmith
 
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Meet Ra, a fangsmith and former fang vendor to The Court of Lazarus, a community of vampires based in the West Village of New York City. http://voc.tv/1887rYS Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Chinese Kids Driving Supercars: Inside the Secret Southern California Meet-up
 
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China’s ultra-rich are growing in number and in wealth - and are sending billions of dollars out of the country. Much of it is landing up in the U.S. where many children of the wealthy elite are sent to get an American college education — and they’re living large. Vocativ found a sub-culture of these Chinese students in California. They drive luxury cars like Maseratis and Ferraris and flaunt their wealth at discreet private parties and in online groups, like "Super Cars in America”. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Lonelygirl15: Ten Years Later
 
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http://www.vocativ.com/327378/lonelygirl15-oral-history/ Jessica Lee Rose reflects on the legacy of the YouTube cult phenomenon.
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Meet America's First Family of Weed
 
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This is not your typical American success story. Yes, it's about family business started in the basement that grew into a $10 million operation. But this family's recipe for success is lots and lots of weed. Welcome to Denver, where weed is (more or less) legal and cloak-and-dagger grow operations are becoming a thing of the past. The Mile High City is home to the Williams family and their weed dispensary, Medicine Man. Vocativ got a behind-the-scenes look at this operation, the biggest in Colorado. See how this cannabis clan is watching the business grow proud and tall, one leafy plant at a time. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Grenades, Guns, Missiles: Unbelievable Libyan Weapons Market
 
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When Moammar Gadhafi’s regime collapsed in 2011, Libya was left leaderless. In the ensuing years, rebel militias have battled one another for control of the country in a series of deadly bombings and shootouts. With fighting unavoidable and no end in sight, Libyan civilians are picking up AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) to protect their families from the militias. Of course, they don't have to look far. Libya’s parliament estimates that 15 million weapons—many left over from Gadhafi’s massive caches—are circulating within the country. That’s two and a half weapons per person. Times being what they are, many use social media to source their household arms. Since the beginning of the year, Vocativ has been monitoring Facebook and other online activity in Libya to track this phenomenon. What we discovered was a virtual arms market, complete with dealers claiming to live in Tripoli, advertised prices and hagglers in the comment section. In a video report from on the ground in Tripoli, Vocativ producer Lindsay Snell meets with an arms dealer who refers to himself as “Batsha.” Squatting over his collection of ammunition and firearms, Batsha selects a weapon and demonstrates how to load it. “This is a Kalashkinov. It is the most popular weapon in Libya. It costs $1,200,” he says as he cocks the rifle. After rattling off a list of the other guns and missiles up for sale (their prices range from $800 to $5,000), he says, “Everyone in Libya is armed. Everyone has a weapon.” After speaking with a handful of civilians during our visit to Tripoli, Batsha’s claim that virtually all of Libya packs heat checks out. “Everyone has to be armed. We don’t trust the militias, we don’t trust the government, we don’t trust anyone,” says university student Ahmed Klisel, AK-47 in hand. "It’s really easy to obtain weapons in Libya. An AK-47 is a necessity in every household. More households have more than one. Or they have an AK-47 and a few pistols, handguns.” And it’s not just men who carry weapons. Fidgeting with a small handgun, single mother Hind Ahmed Benghagab says, “We never thought we would see the day where Libyan women would need guns.” With the massive surplus of military-grade weapons and the ease of purchase, deadly armaments often wind up in the wrong hands. According to a recent U.N. report, violent militant groups from Boko Haram in Nigeria to jihadis in Syria have obtained guns and other arms from Libya. While strife and chaos is Gadhafi's endowment to the nation he ruled with an iron fist, it's the second lives of the weapons he amassed and left behind that may be his lasting and violent global legacy. http://voc.tv/1rxGA4D Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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The Rise of China's Fat Camps
 
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Fat camps aren’t just for overweight American's anymore. Now that China is officially the second fattest country in the world (right behind the USA), weight loss camps are increasing in popularity. They mostly cater to higher income clients -- from school kids to adults -- many of whom are struggling with an "addiction" to American-style fast food. Vocativ found China's biggest fat camp "The Biggest Loser," through the social media site Weibo - and we went to visit. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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The Buds of Wrath: Hipsters Will Work For Weed
 
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Mendocino, Trinity, and Humboldt Counties comprise The Emerald Triangle in Northern California, where recent college graduates, from all over the United States, flock to harvest and trim marijuana buds. Mostly, they're highly educated, jobless hipsters, like Mike Abu, who earned a masters degree in radical economics but (shockingly!) can't seem to find work that suits his unique skillset. So, in the tradition of the Joads, the suffering family from The Grapes of Wrath, he has gone west, where there is the promise of sunshine, money, heady herbs and a better life. Vocativ takes you inside the new weed economy. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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The Day Police Dropped a Bomb on a Philadelphia Row House
 
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It’s been 30 years since an armed standoff in Philadelphia was ended by an aerial bomb. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Inside Colombia's fight against drug mules
 
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A kilo of pure cocaine, grown and sold inside Colombia, will fetch around $1,500. That same kilo, once it hits the streets of America or Europe, cut up and sold in small amounts, can be worth as much as $120,000. So the incentive to export is strong. The problem for traffickers is getting the cocaine from point A to point B when both point A and B are crawling with trained drug enforcement agents. As police methods become more sophisticated, traffickers have had to get creative. Cocaine smuggling is always evolving; if they get busted doing one thing on Monday, their methods have changed by Tuesday. Authorities worldwide report that smugglers' transport methods run the gamut: from catapults to submarines to ultra-light aircraft. But there is one sturdy vessel has stood the test of time, the human. The drug mule is still the go-to method for many of Columbia's cocaine traffickers. But this, too, has its limits. There are only so many places you can hide a kilo of cocaine on a person's body or inside their luggage. Mules have tried hiding the cocaine inside candles, toys and musical instruments. Then there are places inside the human body itself, what is known as "internal smuggling." Breast implants have been used. Some "larger" mules have hidden cocaine in their rolls of fat. In one well-publicized method, a drug mule swallows large capsules or condoms full of cocaine and "retrieves" the items later. This practice gained attention when a mule died mid-flight. One of the capsules broke in his stomach, and a massive amount of cocaine was released into his body, killing him almost instantly. With risks ranging from hard time in a Colombian prison to death by overdose, you wonder why anyone would want this job. Consider the want ad: a seven-figure salary, a couple days of work—and, oh, yeah, just don't get caught. In a depressed global economy, recruitment is not a problem. With so many methods of evasion and new ones springing up all the time, police have to rely on profiling methods to find the mules. But this, too, is evolving. Poor Colombians traveling to Europe from the U.S. were once prime suspects. Now, with a growing number of foreign mules getting caught, almost everybody is a suspect. Vocativ spent a day at Bogota's Eldorado airport to watch Colombian authorities at work, trying to catch the mules. Beyond the X-ray machines and drug-sniffing dogs, they rely on good, old-fashioned police work. They look for the one thing that is out of place, a well-dressed businessman with scuffed up shoes or a $10 briefcase, a woman pushing a stroller with no child in sight, or an 18-year-old American flying to Spain, carrying enough ketchup and mayonnaise to open a fast-food restaurant. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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These Tiny Robots Act Like A Swarm Of Insects
 
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The plans for building these robots is available on GitHub . Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Almost Converted at Bronycon: Why Grown Men Dress Up As Magical Horses
 
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This weekend, more than 8,000 fans of My Little Pony (aka "Bronies") packed into the Baltimore Convention Center and Vocativ was there to capture the action in all its purple glory. To be honest, it was pretty weird but not in the way you might expect. What started out as an ironic cult following on the boards of 4Chan, has become a completely sincere movement that is helping a lot of young people feel better about themselves. Watch as we journey into the depths of BronyCon to learn the true meaning of "Friendship is Magic". Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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This Robot Is A Roomba For Your Weeds
 
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Meet Tertill, the robot headed for your garden. It attacks small weeds while allowing larger plants to grow. It’s about to launch on Kickstarter, where it’ll cost $299. The inventor of the Roomba created Tertill, which is powered by the sun and is fully autonomous. Subscribe to Vocativ: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo Find us everywhere else: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vocativ/ Snapchat: http://www.snapchat.com/add/vocativ Website: http://www.vocativ.com Vocativ explores the nexus of media and technology, where science meets storytelling. We use proprietary technology to examine the uncharted space of the Deep Web, covering topics that are vital to our changing world. Follow us for more!
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What Is The Dark Net?
 
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What is the dark net? Former NSA computer scientist and cybersecurity expert, Greg Virgin, gives us a tour of our digital underworld. It's all about anonymity, encryption and dangerous subcultures.
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Venezuela's Gas Underground: On A Smuggling Run in South America
 
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Gasoline smuggling is big business in Venezuela, where the price of petrol is literally cheaper than water. A highly organized and extensive ring of gas smugglers have capitalized on Venezuela's state-subsidized gas prices, illegally ferrying thousands of gallons across the border to Colombia each day where it is sold at road-side stands for a 2,000 percent profit. These gas bandits are known as pimpineros -- named for the tanks, or "pimpinas", in which they store their gasoline. One gas smuggler was nice enough to take us along for a ride and show us how it works. Host: Ramon Campos Director of Photography: Federico Pardo Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Star-Shaped Droplet Levitated By Sound
 
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Scientists used a powerful acoustic field to float a liquid droplet in the air, and by changing the frequency they were able to make it star-shaped.
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"Everything You Know About Funerals is Wrong": The Crusade Against Commercial Death-Care
 
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Of the nearly 2.5 million people who will die in the United States this year, 99 percent will travel through a funeral home. That's a big problem, according to Joshua Slocum of the Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA), a political lobbying group based in Burlington, Vermont. The $11 billion "death-care" industry, he says, is taking advantage of bereaved consumers at a time when they are most vulnerable—even going so far as to purposely mislead people into thinking embalming is mandated by law (it isn't). The FCA's goal is to change the way Americans deal with the dead, and it promotes do-it-yourself funerals that consist of a cardboard box, family, and little else. Vocativ spoke with several proponents of home funerals, and followed along with one family as it prepared to lay their mother to rest. This is DIY Funerals... Produced by: Samantha Shannon Sam Osborn Emily Wilson Mike Byhoff Edited by: Emily Wilson Paul Ewen Sam Matthews Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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Slumming it: Tourism in India's Shanty Towns
 
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Mumbai is India's financial capital, a locus of wealth on the subcontinent, yet located in the heart of this modern city is one of Asia's largest slums. Dharavi occupies less than 1 square mile, yet is home to an estimated 1 million people. While some may view this densely populated city within a city as an eyesore, others see its potential as a tourist attraction. Tourists come to Dharavi to witness how the other half lives, more so than ever since the 2009 premiere of the movie Slumdog Millionaire, which follows the story of a young man from the slums. Locals have started tour companies to capitalize on this increase in tourism. Although the tours raise certain ethical issues, many of these companies make a point to also give back to the community that they are putting on display. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
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