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Laugh yourself silly with Remi Gaillard
Laugh yourself silly with Remi Gaillard

Photo: screenshot from YouTube“It’s by doing anything that you become anyone.”Prancing around in various costumes, French prankster Remi Gaillard disrupts traffic, dodges security, and crashes national events all to have himself a little bit of fun.Having gained notoriety through his ballsy stunts and YouTube videos, Gaillard provides the perfect childish outlet for an adult world stifled by cut-and-dry maturity.

Notes from The Blue Sky Café
Notes from The Blue Sky Café

Robert Hirschfield reflects on the absence of words between two travelers and how that too can be a kind of presence.WE COULD HAVE have had an interesting conversation. I am sure of it.When you share a month of silence with someone, each of you sitting behind your own banged up tin bowl of sugar, something profound happens.

ETHNOTEK bags celebrate world culture
ETHNOTEK bags celebrate world culture

Matador community member Jake Orak’s new company is on a mission to create incredible backpacks that support tribes around the globe.In 2007, Jake Orak was trekking through the highlands of Northern Vietnam, a region home to over 50 ethnic minority groups and nomadic tribes. He observed how they lived off the land, grew most of what they needed and bartered with handmade goods for the rest.

India’s Pink Chaddi Campaign
India’s Pink Chaddi Campaign

Photo: helgasms!One day in late January 2009, some young women in a pub in the city of Mangalore, in Karnataka, India, were beaten up by members of the group that calls itself the Sri Ram Sena. This political group, headed by a man named Pramod Muthalik, felt the women were degrading traditional Indian values by being in a pub where alcohol and the company of men were easily accessible.

How I learned Hindi
How I learned Hindi

Plunged into an Indian school in the ninth grade, Neha learns Hindi sink-or-swim style.I thought my Hindi was workable.Hindi isn’t my mother tongue, we didn’t speak it at home, but I followed basic conversation – thanks to Bollywood blockbusters I watched every weekend – and I knew the devnagri script, again learned at weekend classes that my parents insisted I attend.

10 Sets of Sheets to Get Between on Valentine’s Day
10 Sets of Sheets to Get Between on Valentine’s Day

Who says romance is dead? Check out these modern day tales of love.Are we, as our own love doyenne Carrie Bradshaw once posited, living in the “Age of Un-Innocence”? Did romance die somewhere between the 20th and 21st Century?Romeo and Juliet have long since jumped ship. Jane and Rochester are distant memories.

Matador Nights still wants you
Matador Nights still wants you

Once in a while we post one of these things and I get a burst of emails.Sometimes something comes of it, sometime no. Still, if you’re reading this, maybe this message is meant for you.When I started out at Matador, it was because Tom Gates found me at a Couchsurfing party in Buenos Aires entertaining people will my foul mouthed stories, bitching about how hard it is to get a writing job that pays anything at all, and puzzling over what I should do.

Remind yourself of what you love with simple pleasures
Remind yourself of what you love with simple pleasures

Instead of comparing your life to others, make a list of what brings you joy.I found myself around two old friends in the past week who are living extremely hectic lives.One friend is in law school, and barely has a moment to breathe, much less sleep or eat properly.The other has a four-month-old baby to breastfeed, along with taking care of her 22-month-old, working a couple of night shifts as a nurse, finishing her Masters, and somehow cooking and cleaning.

5 Items to Set Off Your Obsession with Digital Photography
5 Items to Set Off Your Obsession with Digital Photography

I remember the first word I uttered when I picked up a Nikon digital SLR camera, looked through its viewfinder, and clicked…I believe it was – WOW!With the prices of professional grade equipment and photo accessories dropping, it’s no surprise that the number of photography enthusiasts seems to be skyrocketing.

Wifi in the friendly skies
Wifi in the friendly skies

Depending on your point of view, this news will either revolutionize your flight experience or make it even more revolting:WiFi is now available in the friendly skies. Late last month, airlines began rolling out on-board wireless internet service for passengers who just can’t bear to be disconnected while in flight.

Escape From Iraq: A Muslim Family Finds Solace In Ramadan
Escape From Iraq: A Muslim Family Finds Solace In Ramadan

Young kite flyer in Aden / Photo authorOn a visit to Yemen, Sarah Shourd is invited to an enlightening dinner with an Iraqi family.It’s a few minutes before 6 and the light in the port-city of Aden in South Yemen is beginning to fade.As the sun sinks behind jagged cliffs the city takes a deep, full-bodied breath.

Why Hindi-Urdu is one language and Arabic is several
Why Hindi-Urdu is one language and Arabic is several

Linguistic analysis is not always politically correct.Confusion over the linguistic heritage of Urdu is evident in the comment section of our recent article about the world’s most beautiful languages. While more than one person remarked that the Urdu language is poetic, nobody could agree on where it came from.