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The Late Movies: On Top of Mountains

What do you do when you get to the top of a mountain? Take a good look around, congratulate your buddies, and...shoot a video. Here's a collection of summit videos from YouTube, so you can see for yourself what it's like on top of various super-tall mountains.

Mount Everest

Climber Krishna Patil briefly removes her breathing apparatus to narrate a video at the top of Mount Everest, the tallest point in the world at 29,029 feet.

Mount Kilimanjaro

This is the first peak:

And here's a daytime view from the highest point in Africa (note, narration contains several fleeting expletives related to how bleeping cold it is):

Kangchenjunga

Located in Nepal, Kangchenjunga is 28,169 feet high and is listed as the world's third-highest mountain. Here's a video (in Polish) of Kinga Baranowska, the first Polish woman to reach the summit, in 2009. A YouTube commenter offers this translation: "This is the Kangchenjunga's top. I dedicate this achievement to Wanda Rutkiewicz. I know she's helped me here today. I thank her very much." (Rutkiewicz died on the mountain.)

Lhotse

The world's fourth-highest peak; located near various other tall Himalayan peaks which are shown in the video.

Gokyo Ri

Although it doesn't make Wikipedia's highest mountains list, Gokyo Ri's summit reaches 5,357 meters. Some Australian climbers offer their perspective after reaching the top:

Mount Meru

A trio of climbers enjoy themselves at the summit of Mount Meru in Tanzania (visible from Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day, though "only" 14,980 feet high):

Have You Climbed a Mountain?

If so, what did you do at the top? Did you feel the need to pull out a video camera?

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8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists
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Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

[h/t Credit Card Compare]

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China Launches Crowdfunding Campaign to Restore the Great Wall
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The Great Wall of China has been standing proudly for thousands of years—but now, it needs your help. CNN reports that the wall has fallen into disrepair and the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation has launched an online crowdfunding campaign to raise money for restorations.

Stretching 13,000 miles across northern China, the Great Wall was built in stages starting from the third century BCE and reaching completion in the 16th century. To some degree, though, it’s always been under construction. For centuries, individuals and organizations have periodically repaired and rebuilt damaged sections. However, the crowdfunding campaign marks the first time the internet has gotten involved in the preservation of the ancient icon. The China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation is trying to raise $1.6 million (11 million yuan) to restore the wall, and has so far raised $45,000 (or 300,000 yuan).

Fundraising coordinator Dong Yaohui tells the BBC that, although the Chinese government provides some funds for wall repairs, it’s not enough to fix all of the damage: "By pooling the contribution of every single individual, however small it is, we will be able to form a great wall to protect the Great Wall," he said.

[h/t CNN]

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