What We Love This Week, Volume LXXXI

Published September 5, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014

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Inside The Wettest Place On Earth

Wettest Place Knups

Source: The Atlantic

Receiving over 467 inches of rain a year (that’s around 38 feet or 5.4 Shaquille O’Neals), it’s safe to say that Mawsynram, India puts the rest of the world’s spring showers to shame. Adapting to their environment instead of making their environment adapt to them, locals have taken to donning knups, the best umbrellas known to man. Made from bamboo and banana leaf, knups rest on the head, allowing wearers full use of their hands, and more reliable coverage from heavy rainstorms. Learn more about this village–and their self-strengthening “living bridges”–at The Atlantic.

Wettest Place Root Bridge

Source: The Atlantic

Wettest Place Man Climbing

Source: The Atlantic

Incredible Photos Of The Latest Icelandic Volcano Eruption

Last Friday, people in Iceland were subject to an unwelcome sight: another volcanic eruption. While the most recent eruption from Bardarbunga hasn’t had as severe of an impact as 2010’s Eyjafjallajokull eruption just yet, experts worry that this eruption, coupled with recent earthquakes, might have major implications for Iceland’s glaciers. If the lava is able to work its way through the newly-created cracks in the Vatnajokull glacier, massive amounts of flooding could very well ensue. Check out more photos at The Roosevelts.