Japanese Tempura Isn’t Japanese

Please rate. From Great Big Story. One of the most popular Japanese exports to the western world is tempura, a crispy, savory, delectable delight. But this Japanese staple isn’t quite so Japanese after all. In fact, tempura’s roots trace way back to 16th century Portugal with a dish known as Peixinhos da Horta. Here’s the…

Racing With an Olympic Speed Skater

Please rate. From Great Big Story. Brittany Bowe is an American long-track speed skater competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Athletes compete at speeds of up to 36 mph, and champions can be determined by split seconds. Skating against g-force at high speed can cause unimaginable muscle pain, but for Bowe,…

Meet the Couple Building a Literary Empire

Please rate. From Great Big Story. Ashley Antoinette and JaQuavis Coleman first met as teenagers in Flint, Michigan, while living in one of the roughest neighborhoods in the country. Soon, they were turning their stories together into books, writing about experiences they didn’t see reflected in media. Eleven years and 44 books later, the New…

ASMR as Anxiety Relief

Please rate. From Great Big Story. Several years ago, Spirit Payton was diagnosed with severe degenerative bone disease, leaving her with anxiety and chronic pain. She found relief via an unlikely source: ASMR. For the uninitiated, ASMR refers to feelings triggered by visual or auditory stimuli, perhaps by the tapping of nails against glass, or…

These Olympic Athletes Are Sister Goals

Please rate. From Great Big Story. As sisters, Hannah and Marissa Brandt share a lot, including a passion for ice hockey. They will both be traveling to Pyeongchang to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, but while Hannah will be competing with Team USA, Marissa will be representing Team South Korea. Born…

Scars Won’t Stop This Bodybuilder

Please rate. From Great Big Story. When Isaiah Griffin was 17 years old, he developed a skin condition called keloids that left his body covered in scars. The extreme changes affected his self-esteem and he began to battle depression. But Griffin stood strong and started dedicating himself to the gym. Today, he’s a bodybuilder, on…

Fighting Poachers in an Island Paradise

Please rate. From Great Big Story. In a fragile ecosystem, how do you conserve limited resources for future generations? That’s the question that the small Pacific island nation of Palau is grappling with as it tries to combat illegal fishing. The country’s rich marine ecosystem is now at risk, as boats from Southeast Asia venture…

The Black Belt Ballet Dancer

Please rate. From Great Big Story. As a world-renowned ballet dancer and choreographer, George Birkadze brings grace and power to the stage with every move. The same can be said of his second pursuit: mixed martial arts. With black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo and Kyokushin karate, Birkadze bridges the worlds of martial arts and…

This is the Oldest Restaurant in the World

Please rate. From Great Big Story. Botín Restaurant has kept the flame burning for the past 293 years … literally. Ever since the doors opened in 1725, the oven has been sizzling continuously, never to be extinguished. According to deputy manager Luis Javier Sànchez Alvarez, the oven is the crown jewel of the restaurant and…

What it Feels Like to Fly Off a Mountain

Please rate. From Great Big Story. Olympic ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson is no stranger to soaring through the skies. She’s been taking flight for 15 years, jumping from dizzying heights and sliding downhill at staggering speeds. Going from 0 to 60mph in three seconds, ski jumping is not for the faint of heart. Strap on,…

The Real New Yorker’s Sandwich

Please rate. From Great Big Story. Forget your street cart hot dogs and deli pastrami, the *real* New Yorker’s sandwich is the chopped cheese, a beautiful conglomeration of chopped ground beef, melted cheese and secret seasoning, all served on a hero or a roll. The birthplace of the chopped cheese is Hajji’s Deli in Harlem,…

Five Compelling Stories of Triumph

Please rate. From Great Big Story. In honor of Black History Month, we’re celebrating the contributions and achievements of African Americans through stories of resilience, change and culture. In this reel, we tell the heroic story of Robert Smalls, meet with Cleo Hearn, a professional cowboy who overcame racism and significant challenges in rodeos across…

The Historic Origins of the Dap

Please rate. From Great Big Story. The dap is more than just a handshake, it’s a symbol of solidarity, one with a long and proud history behind it. The origins of this greeting trace back to young Black American soldiers stationed abroad during the Vietnam War. With racism prevalent in the military and a new…