Author archives: oldmonk

The Amazing ‘Bearded Dame’ who is Redefining Beauty Around the World

Love yourself, ‘you’ are the only ‘you’ that ‘you’ have,” says Harnaam Kaur, the bearded dame who is changing the perception of beauty around the world. You may have heard of Harnaam Kaur, the 24-year-old woman from UK who refers to herself as the ‘Bearded Dame’. Beautiful, courageous and confident, Harnaam is a true inspiration to many in this world struggling with unrealistic and fabricated standards of beauty. TBI had […]

Look, no hands! Chinese villagers take part in fish-catching competition... with one overzealous competitor resorting to using his mouth

Japanese cuisine is world famous for its raw fish. But this Chinese man has taken the ancient rivalry between his nation and its island neighbour to ridiculous extremes. The Jaws impressionist snapped up the tiddler during a fish-catching contest in Taijang County in China’s Guizhou province. As rivals struggled to keep hold of their slippery catches, he proved that sometimes a bit of lateral thinking can be the difference between […]

Is Ukraine about to go nuclear again?

Editor’s note: Howard Hall is director of the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Nuclear Security and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair in Nuclear Security. Natalie Manayeva is research assistant at the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Nuclear Security. Dean Rice is adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee and former congressional policy/legislative aide on energy and national defense. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the authors. […]

No sign of crackdown as Ukraine deadline passes

A Ukrainian government deadline for pro-Russian protesters to lay down their arms and leave occupied buildings passed Monday with no sign of it being heeded in the eastern cities of Donetsk or Slaviansk. Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov had given the protesters until 2 a.m. ET to disarm or face a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” by its armed forces. But the deadline passed with no movement at the regional government building in […]

What an endangered species can teach you about emerging better than before

For the next six months, Martin Kastner will be climbing trees on the remote Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. He’ll net birds and collect eggs and perhaps track a rare reptile or two.  It’s all part of a diploma program in species recovery, and there are few better places to do it than Mauritius. Once home to the extinct dodo bird the island still has one of the most diverse […]

MH370: Chinese patrol ship detects ping near suspected location of plane

A pinger locator sits on an Australian ship in the southern Indian Ocean during the search for the black box of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370. Photograph: ReutersA Chinese ship has detected an electronic pulse close to where the missing Malaysian Airlines plane is believed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, state media announced late on Saturday. “Chinese patrol ship Haixun 01 searching for flight MH370 discovered […]


'I don't deserve to be raped' – photo goes viral in response to Brazil rape study

Viral photo response to shocking research which revealed 65.1% of Brazilians think women provocatively dressed ask to be attacked. A provocative new study has revealed that the majority of the Brazilians believe that a woman who dresses skimpily deserves to be raped.This outrageous finding in a land famous for its micro minis and voluptuous carnival dancers has lead to widespread protests from men and women.Brazil’s Institute of Applied Economic Research […]


Twenty-seven dolphins die after getting trapped in ice off coast of Newfoundland

PORT AUX BASQUES, N.L. — All but three of about 30 white-beaked dolphins that became trapped in ice off southwestern Newfoundland have died, federal fisheries officials said Monday. A spokesman for the Fisheries and Oceans Department said officers visited the site in Cape Ray and found the carcasses, adding that the remaining dolphins appeared to be in poor condition. We caution against rescue efforts by the public as they pose […]


The Unbelievable Story Of Why Marlon Brando Rejected His 1973 Oscar For 'The Godfather'

The man who made offers others couldn’t refuse once refused the movie industry’s heftiest honor.On March 5, 1973, Marlon Brando declined the Academy Award for Best Actor for his gut-wrenching performance as Vito Corleone in “The Godfather” – for a very unexpected reason. Here’s how it went down. The Movie That Brought Brando Back In the 1960s, Brando’s career had slid into decline. His previous two movies – the famously […]


Is a strange alien-looking creature prowling in northern New Mexico?

A Facebook picture circulating Thursday has a lot of people up there worried. The post was shared thousands of times within a few hours and had a lot of people uttering the word skinwalker, a well-known legend in Indian country. The picture shows an unexplained being lurking on the side of a road. The person who posted it claimed it was taken near Lybrook and Counselor, which is near the […]