Graphic: Body modification through cosmetic surgery In 2000, only 300 American women had upper-arm lift surgery, but the operation’s popularity has grown massively in recent years. According to new statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 15,136 women and 321 men took the surgical route to buff arms in 2012. And while internationally the most common plastic surgery is liposuction of those pesky fat deposits, in Canada the top reason for going under the cosmetic knife is bigger breasts.
According to a survey of procedures performed in 2011 by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, breast enhancements lead the way in Canadian surgical augmentation, with 20,375 operations, accounting for 24.9 per cent of all its cosmetic surgeries. Above we take a look at some of the other top trends in voluntary body modification.
Graphic: In & Out of Guantanamo In January 2002, 20 shackled prisoners became the first inmates of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre. A total of 779 men have been held at the naval facility since it was opened. Eleven years later, 166 prisoners — many of them on hunger strike to protest their conditions and incarceration — are still there.
Graphic: The Dambuster Raid Anniversary Operation Chastise was a daring attack on German dams carried out on May 16-17, 1943 by Royal Air Force No. 617 Squadron, flying modified Avro Lancasters, known as “The Dambusters,” the aircraft dropped a bomb specially developed to skip along the surface of a reservoir, over the anti-torpedo netting, and into the dam wall before detonating at a preset depth.
Graphic: The Boston Marathon Explosions Two bombs struck near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, turning a celebration into a bloody scene of destruction. The blasts threw people to the ground, killing three, including an eight-year-old boy, and injuring dozens. This is what we know so far.
Graphic: The Military Balance on the Korean Peninsula Tensions in the Korean Peninsula have soared with a series of provocations from North Korea as well as a revelation in a U.S. intelligence report that suggested the Hermit Kingdom now has the ability to arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead — even if the weapons would lack reliability. Some analysts fear a miscalculation by Kim Jong-un, or an accident, could provoke a regional war dragging in even China and Russia.
Graphic: Rise of the mobile phone Forty years ago this week, reporters watched amazed as Motorola electrical engineer Martin Cooper made the first public mobile phone call — to his competitor at Bell Labs, no less, reports Kristopher Morrison. It took 10 years before Motorola went from demo in New York to producing the first model for retail. Since then the technology has surged and this week Mr. Cooper said he believes the best is yet to come. “Technology has to be invisible. Transparent. Just simple. A modern cellphone in general has an instruction book that’s bigger and heavier than the cellphone. That’s not right,” Mr. Cooper told CBS.
Graphic: What Are North Korea’s Intentions? North Korea has a fearsome collection of biological and chemical weapons, including rockets that have the potential to strike at most of its close neighbours and the potential to reach Europe, much of the U.S. and all of Australia. (Richard Johnson/National Post)
Graphic: North Korea is believed to have more than 800 ballistic missiles. What does it plan to do with them? North Korea has drawn widespread condemnation after conducting a nuclear test in defiance of international bans. Pyongyang said its scientists had set off a “miniaturized” nuclear device. The test could bring North Korea a step closer to developing a nuclear warhead small enough to be mounted on a long-range missile. North Korea also has a fearsome collection of biological and chemical weapons. North Korean rockets have the potential to strike at most of its close neighbours and the potential to reach Europe, much of the U.S. and all of Australia.
Graphic: The Extraordinary Renditions – 54 Guilty Nations Since Sept. 11, 2001, the CIA has been accused of rendering 136 suspected terrorists to states such as Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Uzbekistan. The National Post takes a look into the allegations around the murky world of extraordinary rendition.