May 21st, 2017 by David Triplet

While we’re still a few months away from summer, that doesn’t mean that the drought in North America has gone away. In fact, by some estimations, it’s worse than ever.

It’s starting to have some very unexpected effects, especially in parts of Mexico. The prolonged dry spell is causing ancient churches to rise from the dead.

The latest side effect of the drought has to do with this 16th-century church that normally resides at the bottom of a reservoir that was created by the Benito Juarez Dam in 1962. Because water levels in the reservoir are now 40 percent lower, the structure has reappeared.

South of the Benito Juarez Dam, in the Mexican state of Chiapas, is another submerged church that’s made its way back to the surface. It’s the Temple of Santiago, also known as the Temple of Quechula.

The severe drought also caused the water level at the Nezahualcoyotl Reservoir to drop more than 80 feet, revealing the remains of this 16th-century church.

While it’s not a good sign that water levels are so low, local fishermen are making the best of the situation by ferrying tourists to see these structures.

The happy faces of tourists are eerie when juxtaposed with the awful implications of these issues.

(via Coast To Coast AM)

Well, that’s a beautifully disturbing phenomenon. While this year’s rainy season should temporarily help with the drought, I doubt that it will have any lasting impact.

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March 10th, 2017 by David Triplet

There’s a mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, that takes in any and all visitors. No matter who they are, all visitors are encouraged to come in and stay a while — even if they’re stray cats. Why? Because Imam Mustafa Efe believes in offering generosity to all creatures in need, human or otherwise.

It’s no wonder that word of his good deeds has taken the Internet by storm. His work really should be applauded.

Calling the cats “guests” of the mosque, he makes them feel right at home.

This cat loved it so much that he never left!

Another cat has moved in to ensure that her kittens can grow up somewhere safe and warm.

Watch as she carries each kitten into the mosque!

“The kitty has found the heart of compassion and mercy,” Imam Efe wrote in a Facebook post.

If you want more adorable feline action, check this out.

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Posted by Mustafa Efe on Monday, May 4, 2015

(via Love Meow)

What Imam Mustafa Efe is doing is nothing short of amazing. We should all lead by his example and lend a helping hand to those in need.

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