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On the flat top of a steep hill in a distant corner of northern Japan lies the tomb of an itinerant shepherd who, two millennia ago, settled down there to grow garlic. He fell in love with a farmer’s daughter named Miyuko, fathered three kids and died at the ripe old age of 106. In the mountain hamlet of Shingo, he’s remembered by the name Daitenku Taro Jurai. The rest of the world knows him as Jesus Christ

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The Evolution of Diet

It's suppertime in the Amazon of lowland Bolivia, and Ana Cuata Maito is stirring a porridge of plantains and sweet manioc over a fire smoldering on the dirt floor of her thatched hut, listening for the voice of her husband as he returns from the forest with his scrawny hunting dog.

26 Random Acts of Kindness

I documented the 26 random acts of kindess I did for my 26th birthday. I wanted to inspire others to do the same. I hope watching this video brings you as much joy as I got filming it! I am truly blessed.

Special Olympics a beginning for Jamaal Charles - ESPN Video

Chiefs running back and Special Olympics alumni Jamaal Charles explains what the event means to him and how it impacted his future.

9 things to know about kids in foster care. Plus an unforgettable view into their lives.

It was previously shared by my amazing Upworthy colleague Laura Willard. We got just a tiny taste of what it was like for kids in foster care, right after being removed. Specifically, a little girl named Zoe and her little brother Benaiah.

Teen's letter inspires Nike to design sneaker for disabled athletes

Lebron James, Tiger Woods, Cristiano Ronaldo, Matthew Walzer. Most of these names you probably recognize, but one you may not. What do they all have in common? Nike has designed shoes based on their specific needs and desires.

First Pluto Flyby Pictures Are 'Complicated and Fascinating'

And they are, in a word, astounding. The images include a high-res view of a small patch near Pluto's equator, in which mountains made of water ice rise 11,000 feet above what appears to be a young, active surface. Charon, Pluto's largest moon , has also emerged in surprising detail.

What woman should be on the $10 bill? We have no idea

WASHINGTON - What woman should be featured on the $10 bill? Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in June announced that a redesigned ten-spot, being issued in 2020, would include a female face. The government now is seeking public comment on just who that should be, but in a new USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll, Americans are mostly clueless.

Africa Twitter Campaign Shatters Stereotypes, Lets People Tell Their Own Stories

When Africa is featured in the news, the coverage all too often consists of solely negative images. Content focused on starving children, humanitarian crises, poverty and illness leaves little room for a broader picture of the continent's more than 50 different countries.

Striking Photos Show What It's Like To Actually Live On $1 A Day Around The World

More than 1 billion people around the globe -- roughly one in six -- earn just $1 a day. That astonishing statistic is the motivator for the Forgotten International's campaign to shed light on the staggering levels of wealth disparity blanketing many regions of the world today.

Malala Still Has Much to Teach the World

While 18-year-old Malala Yousafzai's status as a human rights icon and the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history is now assured, she would be the first to insist that the tale is far from complete. By sharing her remarkable story, Malala continues to demonstrate her unwavering commitment to girls' right to education and to inspire others into action.

30 LGBTQIA-Positive Children's Books That'll Teach Kids How Beautifully Diverse The World Is

There are so many different reasons to be proud to be LGBTQ or an ally, and June, aka National LGBTQ Pride Month, is the perfect time to share that pride with the kids in your life.

This Is Goodbye: In Memory of Denali

The footage for the film was shot towards the end of Denali's days, and it was truly magical to revisit the surf breaks and climbing areas he and I had shared over the past 14-plus years. Throughout Denali's life, he constantly reminded me of the importance of being in nature.

How to Get the Most Out of the National Parks This Summer

Last year saw a record number of visitors to the National Park Service 's more than 400 parks, monuments, battlefields, seashores and other sites. Those numbers are expected to increase as the agency approaches its centennial on Aug. 25, 2016.

When We Celebrate Our Differences, We Make A Better World For All

Fifteen years from now, my daughter Sierra will be 29 years old. Born prematurely due to a virus, my girl has cerebral palsy, is nonverbal and spends the vast majority of her day in a wheelchair. She uses an iPad with a special app as her primary mode of communication.

Dive Into 'Infinity' With Dizzying Views of A Colossal Cave

Son Doong is one of the world's largest caves , with enormous chambers that can comfortably fit a 747 airplane or an entire New York City block full of 40-story buildings. Its mammoth chambers extend so far that explorers have called Son Doong an "infinite cave."

A man with a rare form of colorblindness made himself into a cyborg and now he can hear colors.

Not everyone who's colorblind sees the world in the same way. There are some people, for example, who just can't see the color green. But Neil Harbisson is one of only 30,000 people in the world born with achromatopsia, a unique form of colorblindness that renders your entire visual spectrum in grayscale.

Google Virtual-Reality System Aims to Enliven Education

As part of a class last year on "Romeo and Juliet," Jennie Choi, an English teacher at Mariano Azuela Elementary School in Chicago, took her sixth-grade students on a tour of Verona, the Italian city where Shakespeare's play transpires.

NASA Discovers Evidence for Liquid Water on Mars

For years, scientists have known that Mars has ice. More elusive, though, is figuring out how much of that water is actually in liquid form. Now, NASA scientists have found compelling evidence that liquid water-life-giving, gloriously wet H 20-exists on Mars.

It's Only Temporary (Even the Blessings)

This goes out to the person going through it. The one who's deep in the battle field, fighting for each step as she feels herself breaking apart... breaking open. Death. This goes out to the person who's creating like a mofo. Busting out her to-do list with ease, things are in the groove...

This badass paramedic raced to the scene of a crash in the middle of her wedding.

According to an ABC News report, Sarah and Paul got the call between the ceremony and the reception and immediately took off for the scene. "Ray, 29, said she received a call Oct. 3 -- an hour after her 4 p.m. 'I do's' -- that her father and grandparents had been involved in a collision a few miles away.

21 Foods That Are Much Too Cute To Eat

Eating cute things should be outlawed.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)

Watch the official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, coming to theaters December 18, 2015.