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Ancient People Are Still Awesome: Centuries-Old Japanese Tsunami Warning Markers Saved Lives

In Aneyoshi, the wisdom of their ancestors saved the lives of the tiny village's inhabitants. Other towns ignored these warnings and weren't so lucky.


"High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants," reads the centuries-old stone tablet above. "Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point."

This marker, and several more like it, some more than 600 years old, "dot the coastline" of Japan, according to a report in The Canadian Press. Not all of them were quite as specific: Some acted more as general warnings, lasting reminders of a risk that might only recur every fourth or fifth generation.

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Did India Bow to Tobacco Companies?

India delays warning labels on cigarette packages despite 1 million tobacco-related deaths.


Cigarette manufacturers in India somehow managed to convince the Indian government to delay using the new health warning labels on cigarette packages. The new warnings were set to launch on December 1 but will be postponed for a year claims the Los Angeles Times. This delay is despite or possibly because of the effectiveness the warnings have on smokers quitting.

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