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25 of the most dangerous journeys to school in the world

To the delight (or dismay) of millions, the new school term is beginning in many countries throughout the world. But in some parts of the world, school is a hard-won luxury. Many children throughout the world take the most incredible and unimaginable routes in order to receive the education that some of us take for granted.

We were astounded to learn of the sheer bravery some of these kids show every day — all for the sake of enhancing their knowledge.

Five-hour journey through the mountains on a 1ft-wide path to the most remote school in the world, Gulu, China

Via unsecured wooden ladders, Zhang Jiawan Village, Southern China

To a boarding school through the Himalayas, Zanskar, Indian Himalayas

Travelling 800m on a steel cable, 400m above the Rio Negro River, Colombia

Going to school on a canoe, Riau, Indonesia

Through the forest across a tree root bridge, India

Riding a bull to school, Myanmar

Riding an auto rickshaw to school, Beldanga, India

Crossing a broken bridge in the snow to get to school in Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, China

Traveling on the roof of a wooden boat in Pangururan, Indonesia

Walking across a plank on the wall of the 16th Century Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Traveling by boat, Kerala, India

Riding a horse cart back from school, Delhi, India

Crossing Ciherang River on a makeshift bamboo raft, Cilangkap Village, Indonesia

A 125-mile journey to a boarding school through the mountains, Pili, China

Pupils walking on a tightrope 30 feet above a river, Padang, Sumatra, Indonesia

Crossing a river on inflated tire tubes, Rizal Province, Philippines

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THIS HAS TO BE THE MOST DANGEROUS CAMPING STYLE EVER

This international group of adventurous hammockers come to Monte Piana in Italy every year in a demonstration of peace and friendship. They slackline, lounge in their hammocks, and even play music suspending hundreds of feet off the ground!

Their picturesque mountain top space was chosen specifically back when the tradition first began in 2012 because of it’s past violent history. Monte Piana is the location of a terrible battle which killed 18,000 young soldiers back in WWI.

“Just a hundred years ago, winters up here were characterized by bombs, grenades, and lots of pain,” event organizers d’Emilia and Holzer explained. “Our idea was to re-experience Monte Piana in friendship and peace with each other, accompanied by kindhearted feelings during the day, and lulled to sleep at night by magical silence.”

Each year, more people join this incredible event to celebrate and meet like-minded adventurers.

Last year, photographer Sebastian Wahlhütter joined the group and captured some of the incredible views for the rest of us who didn’t make it out this year.

And according to Wahlhütter, the hammocking experience isn’t as terrifying as it looks. “I can remember the first time going to sit on a highline, and it was really an intense experience. Once you are in the hammock, it’s perfect, and you get a feeling of freedom; even though it’s so exposed, relaxing is not a problem.”

Would you be brave enough to rest up whilst dangling hundreds of feet in the air?

Via My Modern Met

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And The Most Dangerous Sex Position According To Science Is…

Today I learned it’s possible to break a penis. In fact, broken penises are such a problem, scientists in Brazil conducted a studyto find out which sex positions were most likely to put the little fella in danger. They discovered…

The woman-on-top “cowgirl” position poses the greatest risk of physical injury.

According to The Independent,”the woman-on-top position during intercourse was deemed responsible for half of all penile fractures sustained during sex in cases recorded at three hospitals…”

Scientists say this may be because it’s possible for the woman to land on it with her entire weight during a ‘wrong way penetration’. Yikes.

Doggy style was considered the second most dangerous position.

 

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Positions involving the woman on all fours was involved in 29 percent of penile fractures.

To the surprise of no one, the good ole’ missionary position was deemed to be the least risky position.

 

The study suggested that risk of injury is minimized when the man doing the penetrating is controlling all of the movement.To which women everywhere say: “Where’s the fun in that?”

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Most Dangerous Roads in the World

For thousands of years roads have provided a means for safer and more efficient movement of goods and people, but as you will see in a moment this is not always the case. While some of the roads on our list are heavily traveled thoroughfares others are remote, winding, and narrow. Whatever the case may be though, the 25 most dangerous roads in the world will likely convince you that walking isn’t really that bad after all.
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Trans-Siberian Highway, Russia

Along with the Trans Canada Highway and Australia’s Highway 1, the Trans-Siberian Highway is one of the longest in the world. In order to get from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg it crosses forests, mountains, deserts, and everything in between. Much of it is unpaved and certainly not ideal for a casual Sunday drive.

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Highway 1, Mexico

While some parts of Highway 1 in Mexico are paved with asphalt, most of it is little more than dirt and rock, winding along dangerous precipices with no railings or guard rails.

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Stelvio Pass Road, Italy

It may not be the scariest road on our list to drive, but it certainly is the most winding and this 2.7km road in the Italian Alps has been known to give drivers trouble.
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Cotopaxi Volcano Road, Ecuador

Although there are many dangerous sections branching off the Pan American highway, the 40-km long dirt track that links it with the Cotopaxi Volcano National Park in Ecuador tops the list. With enormous potholes, slippery slopes, and all around precarious driving conditions make this a road a bit of a challenge.

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Pan-American Highway, Alaska to Argentina

As we just saw, many dangerous roads branch off the from the Pan-American Highway but the highway itself can be fairly dangerous as well. It has been named the “longest motorable” road in the world as you can travel by car from the stretches of Alaska down to the tip of South America, which is about a 30,000 miles in total. As you can imagine, crossing two continents and traversing through jungles, mountains, glaciers, and deserts can inevitably lead to some challenges.

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A44, England

Although this road from Oxford to Aberystwyth in the UK is not dangerous in the same way that the previous roads have been, for some reason A44 has been responsible for so many head-on collisions that the government had to step in with countermeasures.

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The A682 Road, England

Like route A44, highway A682 seems like a rather quiet and uneventful road. In the past couple years, however, it has been responsible for hundreds of fatalities.

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Arica to Iquique Road, Chile

Driving along the road can seem rather harmless as runs through flat and wide open spaces but apparently drivers are often lulled into a false sense of security leading them to speed which many times ends in disaster.

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Sichuan-Tibet Highway, China

A road with a record of over 7,500 deaths for every 100,000 drivers has reason to be feared. Due to rock slides, avalanches, and poor weather drivers should certainly use caution.

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Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road, Greece

The Patiopoulo-Perdikaki Road in Greece is narrow, filled with potholes, lacking guardrails, and is very slippery especially when it rains. Unless you’re up for a challenge it might just be better to walk or something.

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A726, Scotland

Similar to its English counterparts earlier in the list, A726 Highway is another sleepy road that has managed to really rack up a serious reputation for head on collisions.

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U.S. Route 431, USA, Alabama

Known as the “Highway to Hell” this stretch of road in Alabama is dotted with crosses that stand in memory of all the lives the highway has claimed.

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The Barton Highway, Australia

Commonly recognized as the worst highway in Australia, Barton doesn’t have a very good reputation, especially when it comes to getting people safely to their destinations.

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Luxor-al-Hurghada Road, Egypt

While some roads are dangerous for natural reasons, drivers stuck on the Luxor-al-Hurghada Road have a different reason to be wary. In fact, after dark some people will turn off their headlights due to the frequent attacks from bandits.

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The Way to Fairy Meadows, Pakistan

Although it may sound harmless, The Way to Fairy Meadows has nothing to do with Pixie Dust or Fairies. It is actually an extremely narrow and dangerous 10 km stretch of road that leads to Nanga Parbat or The Killer Mountain in Pakistan. Fairy Meadows is a nearby valley with serene views of the huge mountain.

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Skippers Canyon Road, New Zealand

This narrow and winding road actually requires a special permit to drive. If you do manage to get permission though, be ready for a slippery challenge and good luck if you run into someone coming from the other direction.

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Halsema Highway, Philippines

The only way to get to Sagada, a popular tourist spot in the Philippines, is via the landslide-prone Halsema Highway. It is one of the most poorly maintained roads in the world and every year a bus or two will go rolling over its edge.

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Pasubio, Italy

The Pasubio in northern Italy is famous for its incredible views. Driving can be a challenge, however, and isn’t even allowed after a certain point. Unfortunately restricting vehicle access hasn’t stopped people from riding their bikes over the edge.

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Taroko Gorge Road, Taiwan

Known as one of the most dangerous roads in Taiwan, the Taroko Gorge Road is full of blind curves, sharp turns, and narrow paths leading through cliffs and mountains.

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Guoliang Tunnel Road, China

Although it may be hard to see in the photo, this road in China was hollowed out of the side of a mountain by several villagers from the town of Guoliang. Before the construction of this mountain pass the village was cut of from the rest of civilization by the surrounding cliffs. Although it doesn’t see much traffic, due to its construction it is inherently fairly dangerous.

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The Himalayan Roads

This catch all term for any road leading up into the Himalayas refers to a very dangerous network of unpaved, narrow, and slippery roads that are dotted with crashed cars and rolled over buses.

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BR-116, Brazil

The second longest road in Brazil has been nicknamed “The Highway of Death” for obvious reasons. Every year thousands of people die due to its poor upkeep and maintenance and even threats from gangs and bandits.

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James Dalton Highway, Alaska

The James Dalton Highway in Alaska, although appearing serene at first glance, is filled with potholes, small flying rocks carried by fast winds, and worst of all it runs through the middle of nowhere.

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Commonwealth Avenue, Philippines

More popularly known as the “Killer Highway” of the Philippines, Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City has seen numerous pedestrian, cyclist, and vehicular deaths over the years due to awful regulations and enforcement of traffic laws.

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North Yungas Road, Bolivia

Also known as the “Road of Death” in Bolivia, it is often cited as the most dangerous road in the world. It is a regular occurrence for buses and trucks to go tumbling to the valley below, especially when they try passing each other. Yea, walking doesn’t sound too bad after all.

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The Most Dangerous And Unusual Journeys To School In The World

This week is the start of school for most of world kids, and you know what that means: Lots of whining, and complaining about getting up early, homework, etc.

What American kids don’t understand though, is that they have it easy. School is usually not more than 20 minutes away, and they get to take a bus there. In many parts of the world that’s not the case.

Kids literally risk their lives getting to and from school everyday. After you see these 10 places, you’ll be grateful.

 

1.) Sumatra, Indonesia – Walking a tightrope suspended 30 feet above a raging river.

2.) Somewhere in India – This tree root bridge serves as the passageway for kids heading to school.

3.) Zanskar, Indian Himalayas – Just hiking to school through the Himalayas. No big deal.

4.) Dujiangyan, Sichuan Province, China – The only way to school here is over this nearly broken bridge. The snow probably doesn’t make the journey any easier.

5.) Gulu, China – The children here have a 5 hour long hike into the mountains to get to school.

6.) Rizal Province, Philippines – Crossing the river on inflated tire tubes is the best way to get to school around here.

7.) Pili, China – These kids have a dangerous 125-mile journey through the mountains before they reach their boarding school.

8.) Zhang Jiawan Village, Southern China – The kids here have to climb up huge, rickety ladders to get to school.

9.) Above The Rio Negro River, Colombia – Kids zip line across the river to get to school.

10.) Pangururan, Indonesia – This old looking wooden boat is the way these kids get to school.

 

Show this article to your kids the next time they’re complaining about going to school. Hopefully it’ll give them some perspective.