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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 Mountain That Eats Man”: The Child Miners of Bolivia

BY: JONAS WRESCH The sun begins to rise and a silver light begins to illuminate the terracotta rooftops of the city of Potosi, Bolivia. It is 5 a.m. Thousands of men, women and children make their way up narrow roads…

No Place Like Om: A Skeptic’s Guide to Yoga

BY: AYA TSINTZIRAS Everyone around me looks completely Zen as they lie on their backs and settle into the final pose of the yoga class: Savasana, or resting pose. It’s a Saturday morning in April, and what is supposed to…

Public Schools Are Failing Our Children—Through the Eyes of a Homeschooler.

BY: JESSICA BURDE According to a study by the U.S. Department of Education and National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read and 21% of American adults read below a 5th grade level. The reality is…

Telekinesis Is Here And Now. The Paralyzed Can Walk Again.

BY: KATY WILLIS Telekinesis was once a term reserved for the realm of science fiction. Today, it’s possible, and it’s becoming widely available. While there are some limitations—you can’t simply float a house, or even a pencil, with the power…

The Life of a Street Magician – Performers of Dundas Square

BY: LILITH Matthew Stewart hasn’t been around as long as some of the other performers—he only started performing in Dundas Square in April. His act also isn’t as flashy or eye-catching at first, but the 20-year-old magician, who commutes in…

Country Fictions: Maybe There Was Once A Countryside

BY: JUAN ABALLE In the rural corners of the Iberian Peninsula, Juan Aballe shows a vision of the serene country road that exists within everyone’s imagination. Forever bathed in morning sunlight, conscious breath is the only pulse by which time…

Furry Fandom Is More Than Furry Fetish

BY: KATY WILLIS The world of furry fandom is shrouded in mystery. It’s dismissed, ridiculed, and, when it does get attention, portrayed as a community of dysfunctional sex addicts: people dressed as animals having weird sex in odd places. But…

Could This Raw Food Diet Really Fight Cancer?

BY: KATY WILLIS If someone told you that you could drastically cut your chances of getting cancer just by changing what you eat, would you do it? It probably depends what the diet looks like. How’s this: no processed foods,…

There are massive cities in China where no one lives

BY: Ted Barnaby If you were to walk into a full-scale city with skyscrapers, condos, malls and shops—and there wasn’t a single person to be seen for miles, your first question would probably be: where the hell did everyone go?…

Communes Didn’t Die in the ’60s. They’re A Modern Substitute to Self-Centred City Life

BY: KATY WILLIS When people think of the British, they think of tradition, the “stiff upper lip,” and a nation that follows convention at all costs. That, of course, isn’t universally true. If you dig around, you can easily find…

Indonesia’s Modernization of The Mentawai Means Burning Down Villages To Make Room For Loggers

BY: PAOLO MESSINA Among the Indonesian rainforests of Siberut, off the coast of Sumatra live a people who maintain their age-old ways. In the comparative isolation of the Mentawai Islands they live a semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle that is characterized by…

How the Aboriginal Drunk Beggar I Met Barhopping Changed Me

BY: LILITH I’d been barhopping that night in downtown Toronto with three other people, and we were trekking to the bus stop around 2 a.m. I’m not sure why, but whenever I’ve been drinking, I feel the need to be…

Hippies, Punks, Nomads, Nudists – Rainbow Gatherings are a Festival of Freedom (PHOTOS)

PHOTOS BY: BENOIT PAILLE In the isolation of the woods gather tribes of the miscellaneous and open-minded. From gays, punks, Christians, sectarians, nudists and Krishna followers, to Nomads and conspiracy theorists, like a vivid palate of paint; they meet at…

Can we justify space exploration when the Earth is in distress?

BY: ATLAS Bill Nye keeps a Canadian fiver in his wallet. Yes, that Bill Nye. The science guy. The one you—and anyone else who’s spent any time inside a North American classroom since the early ’90s—watched in science class. These…

Internet service providers want you to pay per page: Net Neutrality

BY: SARAH HOWELL On September 10, the speed of the Internet may have made you want to put your fist through the screen. The lag was more than just a test of users’ patience, an interruption in your “Orange Is…

The pioneers of cyclist journalism: An interview with Boneshaker Magazine

BY: DEXTER BROWN Boneshaker began from a desire to tell human-centric stories about bicycles and how they can change people’s lives. Accordingly, James Lucas and John Coe, the founders of the Bristol, U.K.-based magazine, took 300 copies of its first issue to London—as…

From behind bars to behind the needle: Portraits of Mexican criminals turned tattoo artists.

BY: JONATHAN MAY  Riddled with bullet holes, cocaine hangovers, and wrinkle inducing prison sentences, a past life is not always a destiny foretold. Out of the furnace and onto the black tarmac ascended eight Mexican tattoo artists who united together…

This is what it’s like to be a Naked Sushi Model (Photos)

BY: SAMANTHA LUI Jessica Perry gets undressed and lies flat on a table. As she gets decorated with flowers, leaves, and bamboo sheets, she is preparing herself for a typical day on the job using her body as a living…

Forget cancer and ebola: Antibiotic resistance is the world’s new major health yhreat

BY: The Plaid Zebra Are we returning to a medieval era where people will drop like flies from ordinary infections, where a child may not be able to survive a rusty nail through the foot or harsh bout of strep…

A brain orgasm could cure your insomnia

BY: VANESSA NIGRO Have you ever been watching someone perform a very intricate or high-concentration task, or take part in a stimulating conversation, when suddenly you are overcome with an unwarranted tingling sensation? The feeling starts at the top of…