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October, 2014

National Parks work on delicate task of removing graffiti

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SALT LAKE CITY — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in National Parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation’s most famously picturesque landscapes. They’ve also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage.

It won’t be easy to get rid of the paintings, which were posted on Instagram and Tumblr and then picked up by hiking blogs. Sandblasting and some chemical strippers can cause even more damage to irreplaceable natural features, especially if graffiti is near ancient rock art. Read more…

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16 frightening GIFs that will creep you out of your skin

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It just isn’t Halloween without creeping yourself out, and sleeping with the lights on for the next week

The beloved spooky holiday kicked off a weekend of chills, so continue scaring yourself by reading spooky stories, watching horror movies and going to haunted houses.

Halloween is over now, but if you’re looking for one last creepy thrill, check out some of these GIFs:

BONUS: Simple Halloween Food Hacks with Foodbeast!

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Egyptian DJ transforms rough neighborhood through lively ‘mahraganat’ music

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By day, Salam City is a tough, poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Cairo. By night, it is the breeding ground for an emerging music scene that is now making its way across the countryMahraganat, which means “festivals” in Arabic, is Egypt’s newest musical genre. It appeared on YouTube in late 2009, and really took hold following the 2011 revolution

Radio and television stations did not give the new music airtime, however, so musicians built their reputations beyond their own neighborhoods by circulating amateur home recordings via the Internet. Soon the phenomenon spread across the entire city, transforming its barren streets into wild nighttime street parties called mahragan. Read more…

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