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The Plaid Zebra is an alternative news and entertainment website for the curious and inquiring focusing on the independent lifestyle. Broadening the horizons of possible lifestyle choices.

The budget for space exploration eclipses ocean exploration 150 To 1

BY: PILGRIM When it comes to the knowledge we have of our planet, we’ve barely even scratched the surface. The ocean makes up about 70% of the Earth’s surface and 99% of its living space. In fact, 94% of life…

From Devout Catholic To Wiccan Witch— Why I Traded In A Cross For A Pentagram

BY: VANESSA NIGRO The moon hangs high over Toronto’s Serena Gundy Park, a thriving forest tucked away in Leaside, one of Toronto’s wealthiest neighborhoods. As people begin to file in, the tall trees that separate the woods from the street…

This Simple Memory Mind-Hack Might Just Change Your Life In More Ways Than One

BY: PILGRIM Imagine you have a big yellow lemon in your hand. Give it a squeeze. Is it firm, or squishy? Take the lemon in front of you, and using an imaginary knife in your other hand, cut the lemon…

Honest Gear Reviews #1 – Torpedo Live

BY: THE PLAID ZEBRA Brutally honest advice for musicians who actually play instruments. In a time where every jerk-off who can count a quarter-note kick beat and watch a youtube auto-tune tutorial considers themselves a “producer”, Glenn Fricker cuts through the…

If These Photos Don’t Make You Dream of Burning Man, Your Spirit Is Wrapped In Safety Foam.

BY: VICTOR HABCHY Imagine standing in the 107-degree heat of Black Rock City as moisture begins to drip off your body like a melting candle. You see the silhouette of a woman twirling a rainbow parasol under a veil of…

What Is Considered By Many To Be The Oldest Living Animal Is Eight Stories Tall And Lives Off The BC Coast.

BY: SINEAD MULHERN It sounds mythical but it’s true. What many biologists consider to be one of the oldest living animals lives deep beneath the waters of the Hecate Strait off the northern coast of Vancouver Island. The glass coral…

Collective Arts Craft Beer Will Get You Drunk On Art

BY: TED BARNABY Creativity and alcohol are a lot like peanut butter and jam. Matt is the owner and founder of Collective Arts Brewing, a craft brewery on a bold mission to bring creativity back into the conversation. Instead of…

The World’s First Country To Get Solar Panel Bike Lanes Is Exactly Who You’d Expect…

BY: SINEAD MULHERN Solar powered bike lanes are here.  Are we really surprised that the first one is located in the Netherlands? The lane, named SolaRoad, is located in the Amsterdam suburb, Krommenie. Right now, 70 metres of an existing…

Internet Trolls And Free Speech Advocates Beware: Internet Laws Are Changing

BY: DANIEL KORN It perhaps goes without saying that the Internet has always been a weird, lawless place. This is what gives it its monumental power, but with freedom comes great responsibility. For every alienated fan boy able to finally…

The Poppy You Wear Over Your Heart On Remembrance Day Was Probably Made By An Inmate In Prison

BY: SINEAD MULHERN Today millions of Canadians will be donning the red and black poppy on the lapels of jackets across the country. The story of their making is a little different this year. Traditionally, the millions of plastic red…

These Photos Show A Veteran Stained By A War Most Have Forgotten

BY: DAVID LUNDARK Longing For Love, is the story of a war veteran orphaned by history. The Korean War is also known as the “Forgotten War”. Korea had been controlled by the Japanese Empire, up until 1945 when they surrendered…

Uruguay’s José Mujica is The Robin Hood Of Presidents; He Might Also Be The Most Radical

BY: DEXTER BROWN Uruguayan President José Mujica may have made headlines for allowing his country to be the world’s first to legalize marijuana outright. However, there’s much more than just marijuana to the feisty 79-year-old, affectionately known as Pepe. Mujica leads quite…

Slut Shaming, Gay Bashing And Sex Scandal; The Proliferation of Irish Sexual Repression

BY: AOIFE RYAN “We may be twenty-five year old, independent working women, but if I had an unplanned pregnancy now, I’d react the same as if I was sixteen. I hate to admit it but my immediate reaction would be…

Baby penguin robot parties with emperor penguins in Antarctica…almost gets laid

BY: SINEAD MULHERN Grey with feathers and a miniature beak, the new baby penguin robot is convincing enough to crash any emperor penguin party. Researchers created the Furby-like robot on wheels as means to find a way to study groups…

This Crystal Cap Turns Your Head Into A Mood Ring

BY: AYA TSINTZIRAS Proof that fashion can go beyond the functional and become pretty magical: a London, U.K. design firm has created a cap made out of gemstones that tracks brain movement. The Unseen, which calls itself “an exploration house”…

This Guy Traded A Paper Clip For A Two Story House

BY: ROB HOFFMAN In 2005, Kyle MacDonald made two critical decisions: First, he was going to own house. Second, he wasn’t going to pay a single penny for it. Like any true millennial, the idea of working a job to…

This man slacklined between two mountain tops without a harness (Video)

BY: ROB HOFFMAN You don’t know the meaning of fear until you’ve seen a man free-walk on a one-inch tight rope strung between two mountaintops, thousands of metres above the ground in the open air. Sebastien Montaz-Rosset captures this freedom-defining…

Before You Speak, Shut Your Mouth; Philosophy Isn’t A Useless Subject.

BY: LILITH The arts tend to catch a lot of flak, especially from parents trying to steer their kids into certain post-secondary degrees or from science students clinging to the notion of empirical evidence like a newborn child to their…

It’s About Freedom, Not Chaos – Anarchy Is The Most Peaceful Way Of Organizing Society

BY: RANDALL PARKER JR. I’ve only been self-identifying as an anarchist since the fall of 2011. At that time, I was 28 years old and well beyond the age of wanting to “be cool” by taking on an unconventional identity.…

Hilotrons: This Band Scores Movies Live For The Most Realistic Cinematic Experience Possible

BY: LAURA ROJAS With a sound reminiscent of a lonely prom night, Hilotrons’ music manages to carry feeling and experience that’s hard to find in a musical landscape of bass drops and swag rap. Based out of Ottawa, the band…