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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.

Free Range Humans: Taking career choices out of the corporate cage

BY: LAURA ROJAS Marianne Cantwell begins her book with a comparison between humans and cattle. Standing nose-to-armpit with five hundred other commuters, she can’t help but remember graphic images of animals in factory farms; thousands crammed together in tiny cages…

The real faces of Africa don’t look like a dejected World Vision commercial (Photos)

BY: RYAN BOLTON Some charities like to fuck with your ignorance and sympathy. Hell, that’s how some make their money. Kids in Africa. Go Google that right now. You get your stereotypical, late-night World Vision commercial notion of kids in Africa. Take…

The sunscreen dilemma: To get skin cancer or to kill marine life?

BY: LILITH It’s a simple, two-step formula that’s been engrained in our minds since we were kids: You go to the beach. You slap on sunscreen. Dealing with melanoma isn’t on anyone’s to-do list. But when you coat your skin…

Could alcohol abuse and sleep deprivation be the keys to creativity?

BY: PILGRIM For some reason, exceptional creativity seems to gravitate towards the minds of the sleepless and the alcohol-abusive. The question has always been that of the chicken and the egg: did the booze inspire the genius, or did the…

iCloud’s nude photo leaks reveal a perverted storage system- Maybe the problem isn’t perverted hackers

BY: SARAH HOWELL Though Apple has presented evidence to avoid taking responsibility for a recent string of iCloud leaks, closed-eyed consumers have been made startlingly aware that common security practices are no longer effective. In a statement of deflection, Tim…

Between cashing oil sands paycheques and traditional hunting, Fort McKay is sleeping with the devil

BY: CONNOR BRIAN The first thing I noticed was the heavy taste of sulphur on my tongue. As the twin-engine plane jerked up and down, my eyes ranged across the black vastness of the Athabasca Oil Sands, and I thought…

The People’s Climate March wasn’t just a protest. It was a Populist Movement.

BY: TYLER FYFE PHOTOS BY: CONNOR BRIAN Just two days before world leaders are scheduled to debate environmental action at the United Nations Climate Summit, hundreds of thousands of protesters took to cities around the world in The People’s Climate…

What does life without work look like? Get ready for the post-labour economy

BY: JESSICA BURDE In the distant future, no one needs to work. Energy is available wherever people can set up a solar panel, windmill, or hydro-turbine. A.I. Wish units, distant descendants of today’s 3D printers, are capable of producing anything…

Garlic fights more than just vampires. It is also nature’s greatest antibiotic

BY: KATY WILLIS Hippocrates famously stated “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Turns out medical pioneers, Hippocrates, Galen, and Dioscorides had more than just Greece and badass beards in common—they also knew garlic was as a…

The General of Kenya’s Mau Mau uprising: Beyond western portrayals of a broken Africa

BY: MARY BETH KOETH Among the most fertile land in Kenya lives a 92-year old man named Japhlet Thambu, whose tea farmhouse doors face towards the sacred Mount Kenya. Among these hills he is known as “The General” and from…

Telepathy is real: Why brain-to-brain interface is the future of communication

BY: KATY WILLIS  For thousands of years, people have claimed to be able to read others’ minds. And for just as long, skeptics and scientific communities have widely disparaged these claims of “telepathy” as untruths, superstitions, and primitive ideas. It’s…

This is what the world looks like when you’re blind

BY: JONATHAN MAY Bordered by rays of red and violet, narrow bands of visible light are constantly relaying a massive amount of information to our brains. Our entire civilization hangs upon the ability to perceive the rapid vibration of that…

Why you should travel before you commit to school

BY ROB HOFFMAN The phrase “I just wanna get my degree under my belt, but I’m going to do a ton of traveling after university” gets passed around amongst university students more often than a joint at a Tommy Chong barbecue.…

Aerial photos of civilization give a new perspective on “progress”

BY: BERNHARD LANG When viewed from above, the human scale seems almost artificial. Like little miniature figurines we seem almost ignorant of the size our own existence. The Aerial Views of Bernhard Lang are proof that human beings are smaller…

Sleep deprivation could be the root of the student mental health crisis

BY: LILITH We’ve all been there. You procrastinated a bit too long on that paper and now you have one night left to cough up 5,000 words on how the minor characters in Macbeth somehow sparked the First Gulf War.…

Welcome To Cannabis County: The secret community of marijuana growers (Photos)

BY: H. LEE Drive a few hours north of San Francisco and you will find an untouched landscape. As the morning light breaches a thick layer of fog, the winding rivers and towering redwoods of the iconic American Coast slowly…

The Backyard Axe Throwing League (Video)

BY: PILGRIM “Here, kid. This is for you,” said Cookie, one of the league’s staff members. His voice drummed out across the warehouse like thunder as he approached me with axe in hand, his hair blowing back in the wind…

The daily routine of a “Ladyboy” in Thailand (PHOTOS)

BY: SOOPAKORN SRISAKUL There is a third gender, and in Thailand it is called “Kathoey”. It loosely translates as “Ladyboy”, the main difference between transgender women being that although Ladyboys often undergo “feminizing” medical procedures such as breast implants, silicone…

The Tiny House Movement gives a middle finger to consumerism

BY: CONNOR BRIAN The truth is I could not care less about keeping up with the Joneses, and, for the sake of your own happiness, neither should you. Your home represents what you value in life, and many are coming to…

These photos of Africans with mental illness show a disturbing assault on human dignity

BY: ROBIN HAMMOND Locked in tin shacks and chained to rusty hospital beds, Africans with mental illness have been abandoned by their government, neglected by foreign aid advocates, and persecuted by their society. Mental health professionals have fled South Sudan…