Entries in Tunisia (2)


Sand Dunes to Overrun Darth Vader’s Childhood Home

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(TUNISIA) -- The house that Darth Vader lived in back when he was still Anakin Skywalker may soon be overrun by sand dunes, BBC News reports.

The house along with other buildings of the fictional city of Mos Espa on the planet Tatooine, are actually a set in the Tunisian desert, as seen in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. A new study measuring the rate of movement of sand dunes suggests that the set will soon be buried.

The crescent-shaped wind-blown dunes, also known as barchans, are moving about 15 feet a year, according to Ralph Lorenz, from Johns Hopkins University. Lorenz worked with Jason Barnes, of Brigham Young University, and Nabil Gasmi, of the University of Sousse, Tunisia.

The group measured the barchans’ speed by looking at satellite images, and determined that one will soon cover up Mos Espa.

Nearby, Luke Skywalker’s house from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, has already been at least partially covered by the sand.

The set will eventually emerge from the sand in a few years as the barchan moves on, though BBC News notes that it will likely not be in great condition.

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Angelina Jolie on Tunisian Mission; Inks Her Love for Brad

Jason Tanner/UNHCR via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Angelina Jolie's current role doesn't involve cameras and a script.  The Oscar-winning actress and United Nations goodwill ambassador jetted off to Tunisia on another mission Tuesday, this time to urge support for a growing refugee crisis in the African country that has been touched off by the conflict in Libya. More than 400,000 people have streamed into Tunisia from Libya since the fighting between Moammar Gadhafi's military and rebel forces began.

"The international community has done well to reinforce Tunisia's remarkable relief effort," Jolie said in a U.N. statement. "But with 2,000 people still crossing each day, we cannot let the funding dry up and need to sustain the momentum." The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees explained the Jolie-Pitt Foundation has financed the evacuation of 177 people and the purchase of an ambulance.

In Angelina Jolie news of less pressing nature, the actress has added a new tattoo to her collection. Jolie's left bicep contains a set of global navigational coordinates, all of which correspond to the birthplaces of her six children. She has added a seventh line, In Touch magazine reports: the longitude and latitude of Shawnee, Oklahoma, where Brad Pitt was born. The tattoo "signifies family unity," according to the magazine.

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