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      By Alex Hoban Jan 25, 2013

      I Dare North Korea to Nuke America

      It's never nice when underage dictators point their nuclear arsenal at you willy-nilly, but try not to panic too much. I don't think North Korea is going to blow up America just yet, or that deep down Kim Jong Un even wants to.

      By Alex Hoban Jan 25, 2013
      By Alex Hoban Jan 2, 2013

      North Korea Is Open for Business (Sort Of)

      Yesterday Kim Jong Un, now the world's youngest leader, broke the silent tradition of his reclusive father and made a New Year's speech to the people of North Korea, filling them in on his plans for a totally awesome 2013. It was the first time the count…

      By Alex Hoban Jan 2, 2013
      By Alex Hoban Nov 8, 2012

      Pompeii in the Caribbean

      The Montserrat volcano lay dormant for centuries, but finally exploded in 1995, decimating the island. Subsequent eruptions have left two-thirds of the country uninhabitable.

      By Alex Hoban Nov 8, 2012
      By Alex Hoban Sep 8, 2011

      Atlas Hoods - Estonian Prison Wank Banks

      Back in 1820, hard Russian Tsar Nicholas I built a massive prison on the Baltic coast just outside of Tallinn, which was so good at making prisoners cower remorsefully before the might of the hegemon that it remained in commission right up until 2004.

      By Alex Hoban Sep 8, 2011
      By Alex Hoban May 11, 2011

      China Has Music Festivals Too!

      The nice people from Zebra Music Festival invited me all the way out to Sichuan province to prove that fun exists in China and that it is definitely not a totalitarian communist state hell bent on stamping out every last bit of creativity in its quest for…

      By Alex Hoban May 11, 2011
      By Alex Hoban May 9, 2011

      Lebanon's Waxwork Museum

      Just outside Beirut, in the town of Jounieh, stands one of the Middle East's foremost tourist attractions. An oasis of opulence and grandeur, Lebanon's 'Hall of Fame Wax Museum' provides a bolt-hole for the unfortunate celebrities who find themselves stuc…

      By Alex Hoban May 9, 2011
      By Alex Hoban May 5, 2011

      The Island of the Dolls

      Sometimes when people get into a religious sulk they do things like fly planes into buildings or dress their kids in white and drown them in bleach. So, in the grand scheme of wacko theological attention-seeking, when Don Julian was run out of the barrios…

      By Alex Hoban May 5, 2011