This Square Dancing Conspiracy Is Insane

This Square Dancing Conspiracy Is Insane

 

If you or someone you know has ever been forced to learn how to square dance in school, they are part of a huge government conspiracy to rid the world of jazz music. It seems silly, but the farther you go down this rabbit hole, the more the story checks out.

Buckle up, because you are about to learn that what we were taught in P.E. can’t be trusted. We’re fairly certain there is some military experiment related to dodgeball, as well, but we haven’t figured it out just yet.

Writer Robyn Pennacchia was doing some research when she stumbled upon the fact that the square dance is the official state dance of most states that have a “state dance.”

 

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So she started to dig deeper, and discovered that this push to make the square dance the official dance of the U.S.A. had ties to automaker and anti-semite Henry Ford.

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But why would a rich individual care about a silly dance, and why would he use his money and influence pushing for it to be taught in schools? Apparently, Ford and some like-minded individuals felt like jazz music was ruining society, and being racist and anti-Semitic, they didn’t want their culture hi-jacked.

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And that’s when all the weirdos turn crazy as the plot continues to thicken. Check out Robyn’s full thread if you really want to do a deep dive, but we can’t guarantee your safety (or sanity) from there.

 

 


How You Could Rate The Quality Of Your Marriage in 1939

This Is How You Could Rate The Quality Of Your Marriage in 1939 -

In 1939, American psychologist George W. Crane wanted to measure the quality of couples and marriages by creating two questionnaires entitled The Marital Rating, one for the wife and one for the husband. Both questionnaires  are of course incredibly misogynistic and allow us to learn a great deal about the values surrounding marriage and the place of women in the society of the 1930s. Deliciously vintage

 


The 12 Most Controversial Magazine Covers Of All Time

The 12 Most Controversial Magazine Covers Of All Time

Print magazines may not be around much longer, but that doesn’t mean that they still can’t cause a major fuss. These scandalous magazine covers provoked outrage, sparked debate, and even landed one innocent vendor in jail. From Vanity Fair to Rolling Stone, here are 12 of the most controversial magazine covers of all time.

Hundreds of magazines line the shelves of stores everywhere. What’s one way to compete in a flooded market? Cause controversy. Don’t think Rolling Stone knew that putting a seventeen year old, scantily-clothed, Britney Spears on the cover in 1999 would cause an uproar? Of course, they did, those editors have been in the game long enough to know that nothing sells more than sex and controversy.

But not every one of these magazine covers that caused controversy was simply about the bottom line. Some took major risks in order to ignite debate. By the time Ellen Degeneres hit the cover of TIME in 1997, we were already long overdue for a talk about trying to make it easier for gay people to come out of the closet.

Check out all these magazine covers that sparked conversation or just simply tried to break internet. Then make your voice heard. Vote up the cover that you think made the biggest impact.


She Ate A Banana In A Music Video - Now She's Going To Jail

She Ate A Banana In A Music Video - Now She's Going To Jail

If Shyma's music video had aired on MTV in the US, she likely wouldn't be facing jail time. But the 20-something singer, whose star turn showed her stripped down to her skivvies and provocatively eating fruit, lives in Egypt, and the conservative powers-that-be there have sentenced her to prison, the BBC reports. Shyma (real name: Shaimaa Ahmed) was arrested in November, and on Tuesday she was handed a two-year sentence on charges of debauchery and publishing an indecent film, per local media. The New York Daily Newssays Mohamed Gamal, the director of the video, called "I Have Issues," was also sentenced to two years in prison in absentia. The Telegraph offers more details, explaining that in the video, Shyma appears in her underwear, then noshes on a milk-drizzled banana, licks an apple, and samples cake icing in front of a classroom of beguiled men.

The video got her more than 1 million followers, but then came her arrest. The debauchery charge isn't an uncommon one in Egypt, with media reports citing instances of women being thrown behind bars for dancing in music videos (that recently earned belly dancers six months each in prison) and, in the case of a singer who proclaimed on film that sipping Nile River water could get people sick, "spreading provocative publicity." As for Shyma, she noted before her arrest in a Facebook post that's since disappeared that she was sorry for her "inappropriate" behavior and "didn't imagine ... that I would be subjected to such a strong attack from everyone." The South China Morning Post, which says Shyma can appeal the verdict, notes that after her arrest, she blamed Gamal for including the provocative scenes without her consent.

 


12 Weird Things People Used To Do Before Wi-Fi Existed

12 Weird Things People Used To Do Before Wi-Fi Existed

 

It can seem hard to fathom now, but there was a time before computers were a central part of our everyday lives, and there are even a few of us dinosaurs left who remember that time well. In reality, it wasn't that long ago, but reflecting upon the weird things people did before Wi-Fi, it seems in many ways like a completely different world. Dial-up connections made logging onto the Internet time-consuming and frustrating. The scarcity of computers in general - schools, libraries, and a few privileged households - made them rare, exciting, and thrillingly new. What we now view as outdated technology from before Wi-Fi was once considered the fast lane on the "information superhighway" (a phrase both archaic and quaint in its throwback to another era). In short, computers were a delicacy, the notion of speed was in the eye of the beholder, and the idea of walking around with a portable, handheld phone/radio/television seemed like something straight out of science fiction.


This List Of Things That Didn’t Exist On Christmas Day 10 Years Ago Is Mind-Blowing

This List Of Things That Didn’t Exist On Christmas Day 10 Years Ago Is Mind-Blowing -

 

To quote the iconic rapper Slick Rick ‘Hey Young World‘, with Christmas fast approaching it’s at times like this where I take a moment to reflect on life’s peculiar intricacies.

Keywords being; ‘reflect’ and ‘time’…. ‘Time’, in particular, is a daunting thing right? As cliche as it may sound, time really does fly by.

When you sit back and really think about how we a society have progressed – or regressed – it really does boggle the mind.

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Think about it, 10 years ago we didn’t have access to apps like Angry Birds and Tinder to keep us occupied while we sit on the toilet.

Even something like WhatsApp, which is so ingrained in regards to how we communicate with each other that we couldn’t possibly imagine life without it, is barely 10 years old.

So in that respect, we’re about to blow your collective little minds and present to you…

A List Of Things That Did Not Exist On Christmas Day 10 Years Ago

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Uber – Launched in 2009

Airbnb

Airbnb – Established in 2008

Instagram

Instagram – Launched in 2010

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Snapchat – Launched in 2011

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Bitcoin – Established in 2009

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iPad – Launched in 2010

Facebook Messenger App – Launched 2011

Kickstarter

Kickstarter – Founded in 2009

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Pinterest – Launched in 2010

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App Store – Released in 2008

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Angry Birds – First game released in 2009

Google Chrome – Released in 2008

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WhatsApp – Released in 2009

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Candy Crush – Released in 2012

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Alexa – Released in 2014

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Tinder – Released in 2012

Apple

Apple Watch – Introduced in 2015

Stabucks

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes – First brewed in 2015

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I don’t about you but that list has made me feel well old. Someone get me out of here, take me back to the 90s, please.


17 Things That Prove America, Australia, And England Are Wildly Different Places

17 Things That Prove America, Australia, And England Are Wildly Different Places

 

 

 

 

 


13 Euphemisms For Sex Explained

13 Euphemisms For Sex Explained

When your grandma, minister, or boss is around, some of the best euphemisms for sex might come in handy. We all do it. We all talk about it. But sometimes you just don't want to say it. Or maybe you do but sexual intercourse just sounds so boring. There are way too many euphemisms for sex, and some of them are pretty old and tired, so here are some funny, discreet, and weird phrases that are definitely some of the best euphemisms for sex.

Making the Beast with Two Backs

This one is definitely one of the best euphemisms for sex and has some great class if you consider its English origin in Shakespeare's Othello:

"I am one, sir, that comes to tell you your daughter and the Moor are now making the beast with two backs."

Yeah, that's classy as f*ck. However, when you think about the fact that it refers to two intertwined bodies in the most vanilla sexual position as a sweaty beast with two backs, it loses some of that old English cache. Still, this is a great one to confuse and bewilder your friends, especially if you want something a little more unique for your Desdemona. Keep it classy, Shakespeare.

Taking the Hot Dog Bus to Taco Town

Do I really need to explain this one? I guess it's a little confusing. Why are you taking a hot dog to taco town? I mean is there some cross-cultural hot dog taco dish that I've been missing out on? Regardless of its real-world applications, it's a pretty visually compelling example. The hot dog bus (totally impractical) is going to a town made of tacos, or shaped like a taco. If you haven't figured out where this is going, then you should at least be hungry.

Pop Pop

If you're a fan of Arrested Development, then you probably already consider this one of the best euphemisms for sex. If you're not a fan, then shame on you and allow me to educate you. In the TV series Arrested Development, George Michael calls his grandfather "pop pop." When "pop pop" escapes from jail, George Michael hides him in the attic. When his father suspects he's keeping secrets from him, George Michael tells him that he "has pop pop in the attic" to which his father responds: "The mere fact that you call making love 'pop pop' tells me that you're not ready." No? Maybe you had to be there. Look it up, it's highly inappropriate and turns your euphemism into an inside joke about your favorite TV show. When you're that cool who isn't going to want to have "pop pop" with you?

The Old In-Out In-Out

Here's another one that's pretty self-explanatory. This is one of those euphemisms that serves as an instruction manual. Forget what you're supposed to do? Just give'r the old in-out in-out. It's painfully obvious because it actually comes from the unique jargon of Alex in A Clockwork Orange. If you're going to use a cute euphemism for sex, why not use one that was coined by a violent psychopath? I mean what could go wrong? On second thought you might want to think about this one before relying on it as one of the best euphemisms for sex.

Bumping Uglies

Genitals are ugly, I guess. It really depends on your perspective, but I guess no, you wouldn't want to bring them out at Thanksgiving dinner. Despite all the food euphemisms, genitals really don't make great table conversation pieces. So yeah, bumping uglies, or unmentionables, makes sense. Unlike some of the other terms on this list of the best euphemisms for sex, however, this one is fairly misleading and not very educational. Kids, if you simply bump them together things are not going to turn out like you had hoped. But hey, everyone's first sexual experience is pretty awkward so I guess if you end up bumping uglies there are worse things that could have happened.

Playing Hide the Salami

More food related euphemisms. I'm not sure why you need to hide the salami, but the playing part is about right. Does this really need any explanation? I think it's fairly clear. If you're starting to wonder why so many of the best euphemisms for sex are about food, then what you should really be wondering is why more of them aren't about eating. Yeah, that's right, I said it. We need more euphemisms for sex that involve eating. You understand.

Basting the Turkey

Christmas dinner may never look the same if you really think about this one for too long. The picture is probably going to do most of the work for you. You know that pan with all the Turkey juices and fat? You know how you pull up the juices with a baster and shove them back into the Turkey and over its skin? Yeah, that. And people wonder why there are vegetarians. This one's got it all: a phallic object, a bird, juices, hot sweaty meat. Im going to leave the rest to your imagination and the picture. Enjoy.

Getting Your Jollies Off

This one always reminds me of Santa Claus. Maybe I had a strange childhood, I don't know. Yes, sex is enjoyable, but what is a jolly and how does one get it off? Sex, apparently. So if sex is enjoyable and jolly then shouldn't you be getting your jollies on? I think this one has combined the getting your jollies on with the act of getting off. The lovechild of these two euphemism is of course, getting your jollies off, unquestionably one of the best euphemisms for sex.

Business Time

This is one of the best euphemisms for sex because, unlike many others on this list, it has its own song. Flight of the Conchords made an absolutely hilarious song about sex called "Business Time" that has cemented the phrase, and sex with socks, into the public consciousness. What business would you rather be taking care of? That's what I thought. Put your business socks on boys and girls, it's business time!

Netflix and Chill

This one should be recognizable to anyone under the age of thirty. It took me a little while to catch on to this one and that ended up in some awkward Friday night invitations. How was I supposed to know? This one is really about as euphemistic as you can get. It's definitely one the best euphemisms for sex for this reason. While it's less clear than others it also serves as a fairly good instruction manual, though not for the sex act itself. Netflix? Check. Chill? Something like that. I wonder how much of Netflix's reported viewership is actually watching and maybe not more than a little distracted.

Doing It

What a culture we live in where "it" can mean only one thing! It should, ostensibly, be able to refer to anything, but the fact is we all know what "it" is. Despite how obvious it is, it's still one of the best euphemisms for sex. It is. Not that it, the other one. The euphemism I mean, not the sex. Our language is becoming a bit muddied by this concentration on sex. But it does provide a pretty exceptional short hand. Just do it.

Knocking Boots

This one's a bit tired, I won't lie. But if you're blue collar, or a cowboy, you might really like the idea of knocking boots. But honestly, how many people fail to take off their boots before getting it on? Is this a serious problem? I hear people complain about socks in bed, I can't imagine how impractical boots would be. Nonetheless, this is one of those visually compelling euphemisms. The boots are knocking against each other, oh god I just got it. Yeah it's like that. Your parents might not even mind this one. Chances are they used it to refer to the act that brought you about.

A Roll in the Hay

Yes, this one isn't fresh, but it certainly has some staying power. I often wonder if people actually often snuck out to the barn to bone or if this is referring to animals doing it in the barn, because where else are they going to do it? Well, the Discovery Channel, yes, but I mean otherwise I imagine a lot of farmers witnessed some traumatizing goat on goat, cow on cow, and horse on horse action in their barns at a very young age. Otherwise, if you're really just sneaking out to the barn to get it on aren't there any better places to go? Hay really isn't all that comfortable. Still, this classic is without a doubt one of the best euphemisms for sex.

 

 


Five Weirdest Foods You'll Start Eating In 2018

Five Weirdest Foods You'll Start Eating In 2018

You may find yourself sipping some surprising beverages in 2018, if Whole Foods’ predictions for the hottest food trends next year come true. Floral influences, such as elderflower and lavender, will increasingly come to teas and sodas, while a growing number of people will incorporate wellness powders — and even ground-up mushrooms — into smoothies and other drinks, according to the grocery chain. In the solid food world, creative veggie options will be the highlight. Here are five of Whole Foods’ predicted food trends for 2018:

 


10 Super Kinky Facts About Sex In Ancient Egypt

10 Super Kinky Facts About Sex In Ancient Egypt

If you thought the Romans and Greeks were liberal when it came to sex, prepare to be shocked. Sex in ancient Egypt had almost no limits, but that doesn't mean they did everything they could think of. They didn't have orgies, but they pushed boundaries that would make even the Romans balk. Sex with animals, sex with corpses, and sex with siblings weren't just practices seen in the noble families but with citizens of every class.

Still, it wasn't like the streets of Egypt were overflowing with men and women having sex with the corpses of animals. They actually had some strict rules about things like adultery and used early forms of birth control. They also kept records of their practices, which paved the way for advances in sex in the centuries since. So, if you were ever curious about how crazy things got in ancient Egypt, check out the list of ancient Egyptian sex facts below!


Cops Catch Wife Of High School Football Coach Waiting For Sex With Teen

Cops Catch Wife Of High School Football Coach Waiting For Sex With Teen

You know how it seems like everyday there is a story of a teacher being arrested for hooking up with a student? Doing posts like this every day literally kills me.

 

Hunter Day, a married science teacher at Yukon High School in Oklahoma, was recently arrested after it was not only discovered that she was having a sexual relationship with a minor, but she was actually caught waiting for the teen at her house. Oh, and Day is married to the high school’s football coach. Oh boy.

It all kicked off when the parents of the kid reached out to police, and that’s when police started their investigation and they found explicit pictures and messages on the boy’s phone of Day. But here’s where it gets more crazy.

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On the day of the arrest, the sheriff’s department said that Day and the teen had planned to meet at her house, KWTV reported. Deputies arrived at the residence and reportedly texted the teacher from the boy’s phone saying he’d arrived. Day responded to the message saying, “The doors [sic] unlocked as usual,” the report said.

When investigators entered the home, Day was sitting on the floor of her living room with candles lit and all of the lights off, authorities said. She was also reportedly wearing a Christmas cat t-shirt and workout shorts.

The teacher confessed to sending the boy illicit “bra and panty” pictures and said he’d also sent her pictures of his genitals.

And here’s what Day was wearing when she was busted:

 

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Interesting outfit of choice, but it does seem she’s in the holiday spirit at least.

 

Photo: Canadian County Sheriff’s Office

Day is clearly out of a job now, and there’s no word yet as to what in the hell her husband is going to do but chances are he’s giving her the boot, too.

Day is now facing complaints of second-degree rape, facilitating sexual contact with a minor and possession of child pornography.

 

 

 


INSIDE THE INITIATION OF A YOUNG MAN WHO WANTS TO JOIN A GANG BUT MUST SUFFER A BRUTAL BEATING FIRST

INSIDE THE INITIATION OF A YOUNG MAN WHO WANTS TO JOIN A GANG BUT MUST SUFFER A BRUTAL BEATING FIRST

 

 

For JT, a young prospect making his way into a local branch of the Crips in Brooklyn, joining the gang is about family: Getting close to a group of men that care about him, and are willing to back him up if he ever finds himself in trouble. But getting initiated isn’t easy.

 


Why The Rise Of The Robots Won’t Mean The End Of Work

Why The Rise Of The Robots Won’t Mean The End Of Work

 

 

For now, at least, we have better things to worry about.

 


Transracial Person Born White Explains Why They Will Now Identify As Filipino

Transracial Person Born White Explains Why They Will Now Identify As Filipino

 

According to NY Post:

Despite being born white,  they feel more comfortable leading life as Filipino.

Ja Du, formerly known as Adam, said they considers themselves to be “transracial” — a term that describes someone who was born one race or ethnicity but identifies as another.

They claim to have come to the realization after learning about Filipino life for years. From a young age, the Tampa resident said that they were drawn to the country’s food and traditions, according to news station WTSP.

“I’d watch the History Channel, sometimes for hours, you know, whenever it came to that, and you know, nothing else intrigued me more but things about Filipino culture,” Ja Du told WTSP.

Besides the name change, Ja Du said they embrace the new identity by driving a purple Tuk Tuk.

Ja Du said that they worry how others will react to them living as a Filipino, but wants people to understand that they are sincere.

“Whenever I’m around the music, around the food, I feel like I’m in my own skin,” they said.

Ja Du’s transracial identity is not the first case to garner media attention.

Former NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal made headlines in 2015 when they were outed as a white woman who for years passed herself off as black.

“If I would have had time to really, you know, discuss my identity,” Dolezal told the BBC. “I haven’t identified as African-American. I’ve identified as black. And black is a culture, a philosophy, a political and social view.”

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18 New Urban Dictionary Terms People Will Be Using In 2018

18 New Urban Dictionary Terms People Will Be Using In 2018

 

 

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The world loves slang. A way of speaking that was once considered taboo, these days, some people only talk using informal words.

Urban Dictionary does a pretty stellar job of keeping up with the changing vocabulary and times.

The website is a crowdsourced online dictionary of slang words and phrases that was founded in 1999 as a parody of Dictionary.com. But what started as a joke has taken on a life of its own. The website is now the go-to source for kids and adults to find out the definition of a new term they heard a friend, co-worker or character on TV use in conversation. It’s now one of the top 200 websites in the entire world.

Urban Dictionary is constantly adding new terms and even allows users to vote on which slang stays or goes. Some of the terms are downright hilarious, while others, well they’re just trying too hard.

Here’s a list of Urban Dictionary terms sure to catch fire in 2018 so start using them before anyone else. (And then stop using them when everyone else does).

Urban Dictionary Terms To Use In 2018

Late shift wank

When working shift work and on a late shift, one uses their free morning to repeatedly abuse themselves until they leave for work.

“Sorry I’m late, I was enjoying a late shift wank”

Distractivated

Being actively distracted in such a way that it activates ideas that motivate or inspire.

“I was so distractivated at work today, I had the perfect idea for Rhys’s birthday.”

Smartphone dead leg

The loss of feeling in the legs due to prolonged smartphone use whilst sitting down, in particular on the toilet.

“Whoa candy crush just gave me mad smartphone dead leg on that last poo break!”

Starbucksing

Waging a war on Christmas!

“Dude, those people took down their Christmas decorations the day after Christmas! They’re totally Starbucksing right now! SO insensitive. Damn.”

Blind Cite

A citation to some authority where it is clear the author has either not read, or fails to comprehend on a basic level, the cited authority.

“Jeff regularly cites to articles that directly contradict his premise. One could say his blind cite is 20/20.”

Collecting Receipts

Taking screenshots/pictures/video/any form of footage or audio to be used against someone. like when a lawyer provides evidence in court.

“Girl, I was collecting receipts on what’s going on between her and Bob.”
“Oooooh, I want to see!”

Pupper necking

The act of slowing down traffic to look at a cute dog.

Guy: “Why is this guy in front of me going so damn slow?!”
Girl: “He must be pupper necking, look at that adorable doggo on the sidewalk!”

 

Schrödinger’s Text

The philosophical thought exercise used by men and women, waiting for a text that states “If you turn your phone off the text is both received and not received untill you turn it back on and see”. This thought exercise is exceptionally useful when you are waiting and obsessing over a text.

Person 1: “Hey aren’t you waiting for a text? Why is your phone off”

Person 2: “Schrödinger’s text. If I have my phone off I don’t know if that hot girl in chem class replied to my dinner invite and as a result, I can’t worry about not getting a reply.”

Christoph

That kid who is kind of shy and kind of holds back, but once you get to know him you realize he’s a really great person that you shouldn’t forget. He’s one of the few people out there who really cares about stuff and while he doesn’t always show it; stuff affects him. His only flaw is that he often looks at people the same way, which means ties can be easilly broken and it is really hard to be a best friend. but it’s all worth it in the end.

“Christoph is really cool. I just wish he thought of me more.”

Trump Bump

The painful knot on your forehead that develops from repeatedly banging your head against the wall out of frustration, disbelief and/or abject horror at Trump’s inability to form complete thoughts & sentences, tell the truth, treat people with respect, etc. Basically, anything he does.

“Dude, your Trump bump looks wicked”
“Yeah, I just listened to his latest thoughts on the Russian hack. I’m seeing double and have to repair the living room wall again.”

Binge-sleep

Sleep for hours and hours in advance for coming days.

“I’ll binge-sleep this weekend, exams are coming.”

Dora

A young girl who has overdosed on LSD because she is always seen talking to inanimate objects, such as, her backpack and a map.

Person 1: “Why is Natalie talking to her backpack?”
Person 2: “It’s telling her where to find the map. She’s gone Dora.”

On seen

When you text somebody and they read it but don’t text back.

“Bryan guess who I was texting last night.”
“Who?”
“Shanice but she left me on seen after I asked her for head.”

Paggro

To be passively aggressive towards someone

Driver: “Grr. That guy is totally riding my bumper. I’m going to drive slower.”
Passenger: “Way to get paggro on his ass.”

Do a Picasso

When you have taken so many drugs your mouth is at the other side of your face to your eyes

“I’m going to do a Picasso tonight, my face will be a picture.”

Full Send

When you are about have the gnarliest of nights

“Kyle, what’s the forecast looking like?”
“Full Send baby lets go!”

One-eyed Angry Pirate

The One-Eyed Angry Pirate is when you are having sex with a woman doggy-style, and you are about to come, then you pull out and spit on her back so she thinks you came. So she turns around to face you, then you ejaculate in her eye, and kick her in the shin. She will then chase you hopping around on one leg, seeing out of one eye, like a One-eyed Angry Pirate.

Dude: “So, My girlfriend turned into a One-Eyed Angry Pirate again.”
Dude2: “Man, I can’t believe you did that again, you’re such a bastard.”
Dude: “I know.”


First Black Friday Shopper Claims His Spot In Line

First Black Friday Shopper Claims His Spot In Line

 

If you have been near the store these past few days you may have noticed the tent set up right outside the store.

One man has already claimed his spot as the first person to be in line for those Black Friday deals.

When the day finally arrives, he’ll have been waiting in line for 17 days.
While he was a little camera shy, we went to speak to him.

The man says he’s been coming up to wait in line for six years now and he’s usually the first or second person in line.

When we asked him what he’s going to do over the next 15 days he says, watch TV, listen to the news and watch people pass by.

 


8 THINGS YOU COULD DO IN THE PAST THAT YOU WOULDN'T DO TODAY

8 THINGS YOU COULD DO IN THE PAST THAT YOU WOULDN'T DO TODAY

Please someone invent a time machine!  I want to go back! I want to kill me a whale while i get sub par medical services and my doctor blows smoke in my face!   Sending a telegram would be cool tho.

 


FASCINATING FACTS: 10 Historical Facts About Ancient Greece

FASCINATING FACTS: 10 Historical Facts About Ancient Greece -

Philosophers, ancient buildings, and mythology are the first things that pop up in our mind when we think of ancient Greece. However, the people there were not all about abstract matters, and they did some pretty crazy stuff that could easily make a modern person blush deeply.

 

1. Doctors tasted earwax to get an idea of a disease.

Well, the basic symptoms were enough to make a diagnosis, but tasting a patient’s earwax was a common practice among many doctors. They believed that all body fluids had a specific taste, and a change might indicate some kind of disease. So if you were a patient in ancient Greece, the doctor would most likely stick his finger in your ear and taste your earwax. And let’s not talk about the other body fluids.

 

 

 

2. Athletes’ sweat was used to ease muscle tension.

Before exercising in the gymnasium, athletes covered themselves in olive oil. The oil was scraped off along with sweat and dust with the help of special metal scrapers. This mixture was poured into bottles and later sold for medical purposes such as curing muscle tension. The mix flew off the shelves.

 

 

3. Dirt was used for women’s health.

The Greeks believed that women were excessively susceptible to impurity and pollution. That’s why very unappealing methods were used to cure them. For example, in case of miscarriage, a woman had to drink a mix of wine and fried mule’s excreta. It’s interesting to note that there was no such susceptibility among men.

 

 

4. Women sneezed to avoid pregnancy.

According to common belief, to prevent pregnancy a woman had to... sneeze immediately after sex. As you can guess, the method was quite useless. Another method was to rub a paste made of pine resin and honey on the genitals. However, this didn’t help if lovers still wanted to do it after the above-mentioned procedures.

 

 

5. Rocks and sponges were used instead of toilet paper.

No one used toilet paper back then because they didn’t have any. But a body had needs, and they had to tidy it up with the help of stones and rounded fragments of ceramics. The Greeks were also very frugal and said, "3 stones are enough to wipe." People with money had a better option: a sponge fixed to a stick.

 

 

6. Bodies were pinned in graves with rocks so the undead wouldn’t rise from their graves.

In some ancient Greek graves, archaeologists found rocks and fragments of amphora on hands, feet, and heads, pinning the dead into their tombs. Despite the fact that the Greeks themselves were at the origin of rational thinking, they had their own prejudices and fears. Like in this case: the fear of zombies made them put rocks on the dead so they wouldn’t rise from their graves.

 

 

7. Men with small genitals were considered to be very attractive.

Ancient Greece had its own male beauty standards. The statues, temple frescoes, and art on vases portray heroes, gods, and athletes as strong, fit, hairless men with quite small genitals. The satyrs, on the other hand, look more like savages and ugly old men with quite impressive male organs. A big penis was considered to be vulgar and unattractive.

 

 

8. Athletes in gymnasiums exercised naked.

In Greek gymnasiums, people didn’t have any uniform and had to do all their exercises naked. Those who were ashamed of their bodies were severely reprimanded and associated with barbarian ways of thinking.

 

 

9. Throwing an apple to a girl = saying you love her.

Modern ways of expressing feelings for a woman are pretty simple: you can give her flowers or tasty chocolates. The ancient Greeks were a bit more straightforward: they threw an apple at the girl they liked. This weird act could also mean a marriage proposal.

 

 

10. A blurred unibrow was a symbol of female sexuality.

If you want somebody to throw an apple at you, you should at least follow the latest fashion trends. One of them was blurred eyebrows. In ancient Greece, a woman with this beauty feature was considered to be very attractive, and her eyebrows were the object of jealousy among other women. Those with thin eyebrows had to blacken their eyebrows or stick on a piece of animal fur with glue.


11 Exes Who Walked In On A Cheating SO During Sex And Had A Shockingly Creative Reaction

11 Exes Who Walked In On A Cheating SO During Sex And Had A Shockingly Creative Reaction

Anyone can get cheated on, and anyone can run out of the room crying and sobbing. That reaction is definitely nothing to be ashamed of, because it's the most natural thing in the world.

But sometimes, if a person isn't blinded by tears or the ingrained response they learned from Maury, they're able to channel a superhuman power in the face of infidelity and do something creative. Cameras get involved. Mothers-in-law are called. In the best scenarios, both.

The following stories from the brave folks of Reddit will make you hope you get cheated on just so you can pull these off. Not really.

1. Chillhoneybunny28 is the brave photographer of your dreams.

One of my co-workers ran into her then-boyfriend's house to get her phone charger before work. She walked into his bedroom and found him in bed with another woman. She then took a picture of them in bed, and SENT IT TO HIS MOTHER.

2. Takhesis' mom trusts the police.

My mom came home to our old farm property to find my ex step-dad porking his girlfriend in the front yard. On their 35th wedding anniversary. She called the cops and had them both removed.

3. Someone named chipmunksyndrome patented the insta-ghost technique.

I had to take lunch an hour early one day to cover for my sick boss that night. One of us had to be there at all times. I opened the front door and there they were on the couch, clothes scattered on the floor, scurrying to cover up. It's burned into my head. At that point it gets blurry though. I froze for a second. I started seeing red and knew that if I didn't get out of there something bad would happen, so I left. I got in my car, locked the door, turned off my cell phone and started driving. I went back to work and pretended nothing happened. She tried to call me, I always said I was on another line and would call back when I could. She showed up about two hours before I got off and I had them tell her I was with a customer. She went back home eventually but I didn't. I slept in my car that night. I drove out on the local scenic parkway, parked at an overlook, and just sat on the hood of my car devastated. I didn't move the entire night. I couldn't sleep. When I went home, it was only because I had to work the next day. She asked if we could have an open relationship; I said no; she kept cheating; we divorced.

4. We're counting imn0tg00d's roommate's reaction.

I walked in early from work. My door was locked. It's never locked. So I super stealth mode opened the door and found her and my roommate in bed together. I simply had her move her shit from my room to his. I hooked up with one of her friends like a week later and she was pissed. They both moved out at the end of the month. She tried to break in after I went on deployment, but didn't know that I found a new roommate. He pulled a sword on her, it was epic.

5. Smallblue is a DOG.

I'll add a story. I didn't walk in to the act, but walked in the evidence of the act (used condom). I chilled in her house for a bit, grabbed a beer from the fridge, drank it on the patio, fired up tinder and started swiping, peed on her toothbrush, then left!

6. Yeah, sometimes you just need a friend to step in like lil-one's.

We had a huge fight the evening before regarding his odd behaviour and this girl in his life that I didn't feel comfortable with. She ended up messaging me afterwards to assure me that they are like siblings and nothing would ever happen.

Fast forward to the next day I get a message from his best friend asking when he was coming back. So I called and told him we haven't spoken since our argument. My ex told his friend that he was coming over to makeup with me and would be back in a hour.....4 hours ago. He had his phone off, which never happens, so I gave him the benefit of the doubt that maybe he got in a car accident on the highway (he is a shitty driver) between our houses or something of that nature.

Went for a drive with his friends, stopped at a couple common stops of his, nothing. Then I figured I would check one last spot, her house. SURE ENOUGH there he was. Parked in the drive way, they didn't even make it inside.

His friend hoped out of my car banged on his window, where they were buck naked, yelled "you got some shit to fix" ran back to my car, ex kicked the chick out naked on her driveway, and the car chase ensued down the highway back to my place where he begged and pleaded with me saying it wasn't what it looked like blah blah blah. And that was the end of that. Bonus, his best friend became my best friend instead after that.

7. So cold and so calm by misstitch, who stuck to the plan.

I went to surprise my first college BF in his dorm room with a sweet note before he performed that night. Walked in to see him with other girl in his lap. Handed him the note without saying anything. Walked out.

Ignored/avoided him, but ended up in line next to each other at the cafeteria the next day.

Him: "So...I guess that's it, then?"

Me: "Ya think?!"

8. She definitely still thinks of this savage line from i-come-from.

It was more like they walked in making out. We were due to get married in 1 week. I was studying and she was "out with female friends from work" I figured I'd just study at her apartment until she got in. Around midnight she comes through the door handsey and making out with a male co-worker.

Her mom has cheated from one relationship to the next and been married 4+ times and is a general mess. Her biggest fear is becoming her mother. So I said "Just like your fucking mother."

9. Shellacked gave her the cold shoulder, body, everything.

My buddy walks into his GF's room to some dude balls deep into her. He doesn't even acknowledge his gf, tells the dude I want to talk to you outside. Dude comes out in his underpants saying he doesn't want to fight, he could go to jail bc he's a pro kickboxer. Gf is following them out to the front yard crying it's not what it looks like lol?!? He was balls deep in.

Anyway my buddy says I don't want to fight, what was she telling you? She told me we were exclusive. What did she tell you? He said she said she was only dating him (the kickboxer). My buddy tells him, not her, you can have her, and walks out without saying a fuckin word to his ex or even acknowledging her.

10. Wait, what? 4B1T has a tale from the other side (of the bean bag chair).

Tale from the other side: I was having sex with a girl in her student dorm (6'x12' cell!) when her drunk BF walked in. I hid under a bean bag while they had sex less than a foot away from me. Such a weird experience, I'm still processing it.

11. Gingasnapzzz passed the buck.

Not me, but my father, walked in on his second wife riding another dude. He was talking to his neighbor one day and his neighbor asked if he had bought a new truck. Neighbor said he's been seeing a strange truck at the house during the day when my dad was at work. My old man told the neighbor to call him at work the next time he sees the truck.

Couple days later, my dad gets a call. So he heads home and sure as shit, there's the truck. So he goes into the house, walks upstairs and slowly opens the bedroom door to see his ex riding on top of another dude.

So instead of saying anything, he just stands there and waits for them to notice him. At some point they do, and he looks the guy dead in his eyes and says "I hope you're having fun, because she's all yours now."

Apparently the guy almost shit his pants and apologized profusely. My dad knew who he was and basically just told him to shut up, but that she's going to be living with him now so he better clear some space.


Complete Guide To 11 Sexual Identity Flags (In Case You Needed To Know)

Complete Guide To 11 Sexual Identity Flags (In Case You Needed To Know)

 

 

You might know the rainbow flag, but do you know what the bear paw means? This complete guide to sexual identity flags will help you decode the meaning.

By now, everyone in the world knows what a rainbow flag means. It means that you are part of the LGBTQIA+ community, and it means that you stand against homophobia, transphobia, and close-minded hatred. It's a beautiful flag, but the truth is that most people don't realize that it's just one of many.

Over the years, many communities have made sexuality and gender pride flags that represent their sexual identities. These sexual identity flags became famous in their own right, and became part of what people identify with.

Many sexual identity flags and gender identity symbols are pretty rare to see in person. I ought to know; I'm agender and finding my identity symbol can be damned near impossible off the net. (I only saw three sporting the flag when I went to my last pride event.)

If you aren't sure what a flag means when you see it, this complete guide to sexual identity flags can help you out.

(Note: Due to the length of this article, kink symbols will not be included.)

LGBTQ + General Gay/Lesbian Pride

To start off the complete guide to sexual identity flags, we're going to start with the most well known flag out there: the rainbow flag.

This is the standard rainbow flag that has become synonymous with sexual equality, anti-discrimination endeavors, and gender equality for all genders. If you are LGBTQIA+, sporting this flag shows that you're here, you're queer, and you're awesome.

The rainbow flag is also most well-associated with gay males and lesbian females. So, it also happens to stand for gay pride in its most literal sense of the term, too.

Most people don't realize that each strip on the flag stands for something. Here's what each strip stands for:

  • Red is life and sexuality.
  • Orange is healing and friendship.
  • Yellow is energy and vitality.
  • Green is serenity and nature.
  • Blue is harmony and artistry.
  • Purple is spirituality and gratitude.

Lesbian Pride Symbols

It's hard to come up with a full guide to sexual identity flags for lesbians, because there are a lot of symbols outside of the standard rainbow flag that they might use. However, we're going to explain the biggest ones on the spectrum.

Here's a run-through of the three most common ones out there:

  • One of the older symbols is the Lesbian Labrys flag, which shows an axe on a purple and black flag. This flag came into popularity because of Labrys Magazine, one of the oldest lesbian publications out there.
  • The Blue Gradient Flag is a flag that goes from light blue to white, to a light purple. Butch lesbians tend to opt for the Blue Gradient Flag, since it suggests masculinity and gender.
  • The Pink Gradient Flag is a flag that has bars that go from red to white to pink. "Lipstick lesbians," as they're known, tend to go for this symbol because it suggests a certain "girly" side to things. Some lipstick lesbians may also put a lipstick print on the flag to show their pride a little less subtly.

Bear Pride Flag

Most gay men will use the regular rainbow flag for their pride missions. However, larger gay males who identify as "bears" may opt to use the Bear Pride Flag.

The Bear Pride Flag is a barred gradient flag that runs from black, to yellow, to brown. And, it often has a bear paw up at the corner to signify the "Bear" movement.

It's worth noting that the Bear movement originally started as a way to celebrate gay males who didn't have a slender, youthful, "twink" physique — and show that bigger, hairier guys can be sexy, too. So, this is both a body positivity flag and a gay pride flag.

Bisexual Pride Flag

Bisexuals have their own sexual identity flags, too! This barred gradient flag is a three-striped flag consisting of a pink top, a purple middle, and a blue bottom. It's used by bisexual people of every gender, and as such, is one of the most common sexual identity flags you'll see outside of the standard rainbow flag.

This guide to sexual identity flags will also note that some bisexual pride groups also do a symbol that interlocks both male and female symbols with a circle to show pride in bisexuality.

Pansexual Pride Flag

Many people aren't really into people by gender, and will date men, women, queer, and non-binary people in a pinch. Their sexual orientation is "HECK YES!"

These people are pansexuals, and they have their own sexual identiy symbol, too. As both a pansexual and the writer of this guide to sexual identities, I just couldn't leave these guys out.

Pansexual pride flags have three stripes: a pink top stripe, a yellow center stripe, and a blue bottom stripe. They also may use a P with a strike through it and an arrow at the bottom portion of the letter to indicate pansexuality.

Asexual/Demisexual Pride Symbols

Asexuals and demisexuals are people who have low to no interest in sex. Around 1 percent of all people are asexual, with many more being demisexual or low-libido. Many also are aromantic, which means they don't get romantically attracted to people, either.

Asexuals actually have quite a few pride flags and symbols due to how complex asexuality can be. Here's a complete guide to sexual identity flags dealing with asexuality, for those not in the know:

  • Cake. Cake is actually a very common in-joke among asexuals, primarily because many can't understand the obsession with sex. The joke is, "Why can't we just have cake instead?"
  • Ace of Spades. Aces are actually a subtle hint to the pronounciation of "asexual." So, if you see an Ace, that's what this means.
  • Asexual Pride Flag. This is a four striped flag that has black at the top, grey underneath it, white underneath that, and purple at the bottom. Pride flags may also have hearts inside that show the genders they're romantically attracted to.
  • Black Rings on the Middle Finger. It's a sign you're an asexual that other asexuals pick up on.
  • Upside-down Grey Triangle. It's a sign that you're not attracted to anyone, or that you're demisexual.
  • Aromantic Pride Flag 1. For people who don't experience romantic attraction, either, there's the Aromantic Pride Flag. The first version has four bars, with green at the top, yellow next, orange below that, and black at the bottom.
  • Aromantic Pride Flag 2. For people who want to show asexuality and aromanticism, this flag is a better option. It's a five-bar flag with dark green at the top, light green underneath it, white in the middle, grey after that, then black at the bottom.

Polysexual Pride Flag

This is a complete guide to sexual identity flags and gender identity symbols, even the rare ones. That's why polysexuality is on this list. This is a sexual identity for people who are attracted to multiple — but not all — genders.

So, if you like women and nonbinaries, but not men, you might be polysexual. They show their pride by having a flag made of three bars of color. The top bar is neon pink, the middle bar is lime green, and the bottom bar is cyan.

Polyamory Pride Flag

Love more than one person at the same time? Are you good with open relationships? Then the Polyamory Pride Flag is one that you very likely resonate, even if you are heterosexual in nature.

This isn't going to be guide to sexual identity flags that fully encompasses all the different forms of polyamorous love, since that could take all day. So, we're just going to keep it simple by showing the most basic one.

The most basic Polyamory Pride Flag is blue at the top, red in the middle, and black on the bottom. It also may have a pi symbol in the middle, or an infinity symbol there.

Transgender Pride

For those of us who are making the switch to a different gender, there's a serious need to show pride in who you are. After all, so much of society won't understand or doesn't get it.

Since gender identity and sexuality tend to go hand-in-hand, we're also going to go into this with our guide to sexual identity flags. Here are the most common transgender pride symbols out there:

  • The Blue to Blue Flag. This flag is made of five bars, with a white bar being in the center of the flag, pink bars being next to them, and light blue bars on the top and bottom of the flag. This symbolizes being the gender you are inside.
  • The Trans Symbol. This is a combination of the male and female symbol, each with their own prong. There's also an extra prong to show a combination of both the "arrow and mirror" symbols of each gender.  So, three prongs — start, middle, finish — to remind you that your body doesn't define your gender.

Intersex Pride Symbols

Most people are born male or female... but not all. Some are born with sexual parts for both. These people are called intersex individuals, and they may look like a man but have ovaries — or look like a woman, but have testes. Some may even be guevedoces.

There's a huge amount of different symbols intersex people use — too many to list here, and many of them which aren't official. That being said, they do deserve inclusion and recognition here, too.

Here are some of the most common forms of gender identity symbols you can use to show support:

  • The 6-Barred Flag. This flag has faded purple on the top and bottom, followed by white bars, followed by a pink bar on the bottom and a blue bar on the top.
  • The Purple "O" On A Yellow Flag. This is the most commonly recognized Intersex Pride Flag right now.

Neutrois, Genderqueer, and Agender Pride

Some people's gender identities make other peoples' sexual identities difficult to define — and that's alright. It's hard to identify in certain genders, and if you don't feel like male or female, you might belong under the "genderqueer umbrella."

This is a complete guide to sexual identity flags and gender identity symbols, so it's only natural that we give our nod to the nonbinaries as well.

Neutrois individuals are people who are just purely gender neutral. They're neither male nor female, but are just doing their thing in a neutral way. It's gender-null. Neutrois may or may not feel the need to transition to a neutral gender.

Agender people such as myself do not like gender at all, but aren't really neutral, per se. It's just that we don't "get" gender. It all feels unnatural to us, and as such, we tend to feel awkward in both male and female roles.

For many, it's hard to understand the difference. A good euphemism for this is to say that it's like a light bulb. With neutrois people, the lightbulb is off. With agender, the lightbulb isn't there.

Both neutrois and agender people tend to use a three-striped flag that is white on the top, green in the middle and black on the bottom.

People who are gender-fluid, two-spirit or otherwise nonbinary may use the catch-all nonbinary flag, which is a three-striped flag that has purple at the top, white in the middle, and green on the bottom.


FASCINATING FACTS: 17 Things That Will Make You Want To Move To Finland

FASCINATING FACTS: 17 Things That Will Make You Want To Move To Finland

When we see how pleasant and comfortable other people’s lives are, we feel fascinated and a little envious. And sometimes this feeling makes us try to achieve more.

Bright Side invites you to look at how the Finns made their ordinary life delightfully comfortable for everyone. Maybe we can do the same?

First, why don’t we have this cute Muumi soda?

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFuDLTBxvCV/

Newborns’ moms get a box with all the necessary baby stuff as a present.

According to the rating from Save the Children, Finland is the best country for mothers and children. The box for newborns given to the mothers-to-be contains 50 different items: clothes, hygienic supplies, and toys. The box itself can be used as the baby’s first crib. The mother can also choose the cash equivalent of €140.

Children ride to school and back home in a free taxi.

According to the law, if the school is any further than 5 km (3 miles), children are given a taxi there and back at the expense of the city council.

You can read about other peculiarities of Finnish schools here.

Playgrounds have kitchens, swimming pools, and game rooms.

In Helsinki, each quarter has a special fenced playground with safe paving. There are games and escape quests held, and you can always find a box with toys. Some playgrounds have small swimming pools and special game rooms, where one can find books, table games, toys, and a kitchen with a fridge, microwave, and highchairs. And it’s all free.

Preschools have 1 teacher to every 4 children.

Children can go to preschool when they’re 9 months old. There’s 1 teacher to 4 kids under the age of 3, and 1 teacher to 7 kids when they turn 3. The approach to each child is individual: the teachers decide how to make a child want to go to school. The monthly expenses are €1,000, but parents pay no more than €280.

A mortgage loan is no more than 2% per annum.

Finland is among 5 countries with the lowest mortgage rates. Under certain conditions, it’s possible to assess a mortgage with 95% of an apartment’s cost at 1-1.25%.

Compare: if an apartment costs $200,000, and the term of the mortgage loan is 10 years, then at 15% per annum, the overpayment on the loan will be $187,211, and at 2% per annum — $20,833.

Residents get money for no reason.

Since January 2017, 2,000 Finns receive a €560 monthly payment as part of an experiment. If it turns out to be successful, an "unconditional basic income" of €800 will be received by every resident of the country. What for? The government believes that if people are confident they won’t be without money, they won’t grab the first job they see but find one they really like. It will also support those who have just started their own business or are only dreaming about it.

In Helsinki, they have automated waste collection.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYxjtrYjGef/

Several sectors of Helsinki have an automated solid waste collection system. When you throw out the trash (cardboard, paper, biowaste, and mixed garbage separately), it’s sucked into a tube and sent to the central waste sorting station at 70 kph (64 mph). No garbage trucks; no smells. There are, of course, ordinary garbage containers, but all waste is sorted.

Bottle and can recycling machines are everywhere.

When you buy drinks, you pay a deposit you can get back only by putting cans and bottles into a special recycling machine. You’ll get 15 cents for a can and 40 cents for a large bottle of Coca-Cola. Therefore, the streets are clean.

Houses have a common sauna and laundry room.

Finns prefer to live in separate cottages, but there are also apartment buildings. These have common rooms, like a sauna and laundry room, which are used by booking your time in advance. There are also communal gyms and meeting rooms with books and board games.

Parking lots have special engine heating outlets.

In an apartment, you can rent a parking place in the street. It’s equipped with an outlet stand and a timer, which starts heating the car at a specified time. Almost all cars in Finland are equipped to be heated from an outlet.

A doctor’s prescription is visible in an electronic system common to all pharmacies.

When a doctor writes a prescription, it goes to an electronic system common to the whole country. You can buy your medicine without any pieces of paper in any pharmacy, even in another city.

Ceilings have special outlets for light fixtures.

To hang a new lamp, you don’t need to wire it — there are special hooks and small outletsfor this purpose. All lamps are sold with plugs suitable for these sockets.

You can drink tap water.

According to research, the tap water in Finland contains 100 times fewer microbes than bottled water. Thanks to the multi-stage cleaning, you can safely drink it without boiling. This also applies to water from 80% of Finnish lakes.

Even small towns have everything for a good life.

Every Finnish town, even if it counts only a few thousand inhabitants, has sports centers, swimming pools, and, of course, saunas. Schools in towns are just as good as those in the capital.

The Finns really care about nature.

This birdhouse isn’t nailed — it hangs on a string, and the tree isn’t harmed. The Finns love nature and take care of it. Green areas stand side by side with residential areas, and squirrels, hares, and hedgehogs live right in the city.

The roads are heavenly good.

The roads in Finland are well constructed: a 2-meter layer of granite rocks and frost-resistant asphalt in 3-4 layers. 1 km of road costs the Finns €500,000-€1,000,000, but they need repairing only after 10-12 years. The roads have webcams installed, which allow snowblowers to immediately see where a snowfall begins and needs to be cleared.

And this is what a Finnish line looks like:

In Finland, no one will breathe down your neck in a line in the supermarket or at the bus stop. Here it’s not accepted to approach strangers closer than at arm’s reach. Personal space is a thing everyone respects.

Bonus: In Finland, you can meet reindeer with glowing horns.

The reindeer horns are sprayed with a special retro-reflective paint so that drivers don’t hit them.

Of course, there are disadvantages. The Finns themselves joke that "The best day of the year is summer."

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19 Times People Became Their Parents

19 Times People Became Their Parents -

 

 


17 Kinky Stats About Sex & Relationships

17 Kinky Stats About Sex & Relationships

Modern relationship dynamics are rapidly changing. Remember when Tinder and Grindr didn’t exist? Just a few short years and virtually everything about relationships is flipped upside down.

So Forktip wanted to understand how relationships and ‘mating rituals’ are evolving in 2017. And they threw in some hairy questions just for fun too.

People loved answering this survey and they had 5,000 respondents in next to no time. Let see why…

 


Does Saudi Robot Citizen Have More Rights Than Saudi Women?

Does Saudi Robot Citizen Have More Rights Than Saudi Women?

 

 

Meet Sophia, a robot who made her first public appearance in the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh on Monday.

Sophia was such a hit she was immediately given Saudi citizenship in front of hundreds of delegates at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh on 25 October.

 

 

But as pictures and videos of Sophia began circulating on social media many started to ask why a robot already seemed to have secured more rights than women in the country.

 

https://twitter.com/CICSaudi/status/923212096552218624

Sophia, created by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, addressed the audience in English without the customary headscarf and abaya, a traditional cloak which Saudi women are obliged to wear in public.

"I am very honoured and proud for this unique distinction," she said. "This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship."

Saudi users hailed the development using the Arabic hashtag #Robot_with_Saudi_nationality nearly 30,000 times in the first 24 hours since the announcement.

But others took a more sarcastic tone. The Arabic hashtag #Sophia_calls_for_dropping_guardianship was also circulating, and has been used nearly 10,000 times to date.

Under the Saudi guardianship system every woman must have a male companion with her in public, usually a close family member, who has authority to act on her behalf.

"Sophia has no guardian, doesn't wear an abaya or cover up - how come?" commented one Twitter user.

While another posted an image of the robot's face with a black headscarf and face veil drawn on, with the caption: "How Sophia will look after a while"

https://twitter.com/moonshiner99/status/923292009250504704

But in addition to the posts comparing Sophia to Saudi women there was also discussion about the ease and speed in which she had been granted citizenship.

https://twitter.com/MazMHussain/status/923336097282904065

Under Saudi law, foreign workers can't leave the country without the permission of their employers - just one element of the Gulf system of kafala, which limits the rights of foreign workers.

The Gulf Kingdom relies on hundreds of thousands of domestic workers from abroad. However there is a thriving black market in runaway migrant workers who have fled their employers, but find themselves unable to leave the country due to the country's exit visa law.

https://twitter.com/chehayebk/status/923289333293084672

 

Saudi Arabia has been seeking to highlight a series of reforms being rolled out by the authorities in the Kingdom.

Women were allowed to participate in Saudi Arabia's National Day and a longstanding ban on women driving was lifted in late September. The Kingdom is also seeking to diversify its economy beyond a reliance on oil, as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Vision 2030.


43 Weird Things You Didn't Need To Know About Sex

43 Weird Things You Didn't Need To Know About Sex

there are things that we don't know about sex – no matter how much of it we have. And, of course, there are some interesting facts we really never needed to know about sex.

1. If you smoke, you have a weak d*ck.

According to studies, men and women who smoke have slower responses to sex and genital reproduction (i.e.: cumming). But, studies also show that men who quit smoking have stronger, longer lasting boners.

2. When you're wasted, the sex isn't really as good.

People may think that drunk sex is great because you let go of all your inhibitions, but in reality, sexual response time isn't as "strong" when you're drunk. The alcohol reduces your sexual functions and, response time to sexual activity takes way longer when you're drunk – which, isn't always a good thing.

3. The way women orgasm is specific to increase the chance of pregnancy.

Even if you're not trying to get pregnant, your body is. When a woman orgasms, her vaginal walls vibrate in such a way that increase the chance of sperm cells reaching eggs to implant and fertilize.

4. Older people have a lot of sex.

According to several medical institutions, men above 70-years-old are experiencing a rise in STI's and STD's. As well, sexual activity amongst adults 65+ have been reported to have increased over the last several years.

5. Smell is has a lot to do with things.

Studies report that we are more sexually attracted to people who smell good.

6. Female ferrets die if they don't have sex for a year.

Same.

7. Your nose swells up during sex.

Due to the high amounts of blood flow all over your body, your breasts, genitals and nose swells up.

8. Sperm works wonders on your skin.

Even though you may not like facials (lol) sperm has been known to have anti-aging effects on skin overall.

9. Orgasms clear up your sinuses.

If you have a cold, try having sex with your SO to clear up your nostrils instead of packing on the medicine. The adrenalineO that hits your body when you get off causes your sinuses to become crystal clear.

10. Condoms are made using milk products.

If you're a vegan and you're not into using animal products, you may want to steer clear of using any kind of latex condom.

11. Women can cum by smelling certain mushrooms.

The smell of pumpkins have been linked to male arousal. So, be careful on Halloween, fellas.

12. The average size of the male penis is 5.6 inches.

But, according to several surveys, most women claim to "not care" about actual length of the male genitalia. Instead, they're more interested in how it is used.

13. 12% of adults have had sex while at work.

While having sex in the workplace is definitely not something we recommend, it's not impossible. According to online surveys, 12% of people have had sex in their office or business.

14. Keeping a condom for a long period of time is stupid.

Latex usually lasts – well – for only 2 years. So, if you're carrying around an old condom in your wallet, throw it TF out.

15. Vaginas are long, just like penises.

The average length of a vagina is 3 to 4 inches long, but can expand 200% when they're horny.

16. Keep your pubes, it may save your life.

Shaving your pubic hair, for both males and females, increases your risk of contracting an STI and STD.

17. Guys get smaller as they age.

As men get older, their d*cks decrease in size. You may be rocking an 8-inch in your 20's, but by your 50's, it'll be smaller.

18. Not all women can reach that big O.

Only 25% of women can orgasm from penetration. Other women cannot climax from penetration alone and need other stimulation to get there. Some women (10%) cannot even orgasm at all. And, we're so, so sorry to these women.

19. Men burn more calories than women during intercourse.

When men have sex, they burn an average of 100 calories. When women have sex, they burn an average of 69-70 calories.

20. Some states outlaw sex toys.

Alabama and Mississippi both do not allow their citizens to use sex toys – although, it does not stop them from doing so. It's only illegal if you get caught.

21. You can die while having sex.

Four popes have reportedly died while having sex – which makes us say "Holy sh*t."

22. Educated women like it from behind.

According to a recent study, women with higher degrees (masters, PHD) enjoy anal sex more than those who have lower-level degrees.

23. Women are more likely to cheat when ovulating.

During ovulation, hormone levels reach an all-time high. Surveys show that women who are ovulating are so horny, they are more likely to cheat on their partners when they do not want to have sex during this time of the month.

24. Lube helps.

According to studies, using store-bought lube can help you get off. While people prefer "natural lube," it's been found that using lube will help you and your partner both get off faster.

25. Lesbians get off the most.

Out of everyone in the world, it's been found that lesbians orgasm more than any other group. 75% of the time, they get off, while straight women only get off 61% of the time.

26. Vibrators were created for crazy women.

In the 19th century, vibrators were introduced to cure "female hysteria."

27. You live longer if you have sex more.

According to the British Medical Journal, the more you orgasm, the longer you will live.

28. Condom size matters.

According to several studies, the biggest reason for condom's breaking is due to the condom being the wrong size. Many men have purchased condoms that are either too big or too small, causing complications and unplanned pregnancies.

29. Sex causes beauty.

According to several studies on women and women's health, sex can make women's hair much more healthy and shinier due to the extra estrogen levels produced.

30. Greeks have the most sex out of any nationality.

Surveys have shown that people who are Greek have more sex than any other nationality.

31. Whales are packing heat.

Whales have the biggest penises of any animal, with the killer whale having an 8-inch penis.

32. Most turkeys and giraffes are bisexual.

According to animal researchers, most turkeys and giraffes do not care about the sex of their sexual partners, unless they are trying to reproduce.

33. Men do not like blood.

According to surveys, 70% of men refuse to have sex with their girlfriend during their periods in fear of the blood produced.

34. Penises curve, so what?

75% of men in the world have a penis with a curve or slight bend in it.

35. Men cum faster than you're allowed to drive.

On average, the male ejaculates at 28 mph.

36. Black widow spiders are savages.

Black widow spiders eat their sexual partners during and/or after sex.

37. Having a lot of sex can make you a lot of money.

Studies show that people who have sex four or more times per week earn more than those who do not.

38. Sex can literally blow your mind.

Some women reported that after an orgasm, they experienced short-term memory loss.

39. There are 8,000 nerve endings in the female clit.

Ever wonder why it feels so good to receive oral sex ladies? There's more nerve endings in your clit than there are on most other parts of your body.

40. Penis size and shoe size have nothing to do with each other.

While people always compare shoe size to see how big a guys junk is, the two actually have nothing to do with each other at all.

41. A medication for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder causes patients to orgasm when they yawn.

Some women stay on it just for the orgasm.

42. Wearing socks can help you get off.

Warm feet have apparently helped people get off – with 80% of people reporting success when having warm feet.

43. Men who cheat on their wives are more likely to have heart attacks.

Many men who have undergone cardiac arrest have been linked to being unfaithful in marriage.

 

 

 


10 Popular Symbols With Bizarrely Ironic Origins

10 Popular Symbols With Bizarrely Ironic Origins

 

 

Our society is brimming with symbols. We can’t walk down the street without them screaming at us from every traffic sign, billboard, window, and T-shirt. There’s a good reason for that—they work.

These creative bits of visual shorthand are great for quickly letting the world know where we stand on an issue or just for stirring up a particular feeling. However, given how powerful they are, it’s unsettling how little we know about them.

For all we know, they could mean the exact opposite of what we’ve been led to believe. And for these 10 symbols at least, that’s precisely the case.

 

10 Uncle Sam

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When it comes to symbols of American patriotism, the bald eagle and the Statue of Liberty are great but they still fall far short of good old Uncle Sam. For as long as anyone can remember, this stone-faced, flag-clad gent has stood as a representation of American pride as well as the country itself.

But rewind a few centuries, and you would likely get a patriotic punch in the face for mentioning the name Uncle Sam in the presence of a proud American. Created during the 1830s, the famous cartoon was based upon “Uncle Sam” Wilson, a real-life man who delivered food to American troops during the War of 1812.

However, despite the heroics of his namesake, the “Uncle Sam” caricature was originally drawn for one very specific reason: to insult the United States government.[1] Countless political cartoons from his early life use him to mock everything from the country’s warlike nature to rampant political corruption—everyone’s favorite uncle was essentially the entire world’s punching bag.

During the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, however, people realized how alike the two looked and opinion toward the derisive symbol began to shift. Lincoln’s popularity ended up completely flipping Uncle Sam’s reputation, leaving us with a new and utterly confusing mascot.

9 The Skinhead Look

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Shaved heads, military boots, and plenty of swastika tattoos are the defining symbols of possibly the most hateful subculture in existence: the skinheads. For decades, these uber-racists have made the world just a little bit worse for anyone daring to be a different color. You might assume that these fascists follow in the footsteps of Hitler or the KKK, but you would be laughably incorrect.

It turns out that the skinhead lifestyle has its roots in the decidedly less evil countercultures of late ’60s England. Influenced by the Mods—a group of style conscious minimalists—and Jamaican music culture, the group pieced itself together with elements of both—namely shaven heads and a passion for black musicians.[2]

That’s right, one of the most racist clubs in history originally came together over their love for Bob Marley, making black skinheads a common sight in the group’s early years.

Unfortunately, though, skinhead culture eventually took a darker path, alienating members of different races and developing an interest in Nazi imagery. Today, the iconic skinhead style is nothing but a symbol of hateful intolerance.

 

8 The ‘Shaka’

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You may not recognize the name. But if you’ve ever been to Hawaii or seen a movie about surfing, you’ve probably seen this distinctive hand gesture. Curl the middle fingers, extend the thumb and pinky, wag them back and forth, and you’ve got yourself a shaka. It is basically a way to let the world know how laid-back you are, and it is also an endorsement of peace and goodwill.

According to Hawaiians, though, the symbol is far from peaceful. Originating in the early 20th century, the gesture was invented solely to mock a man who had suffered a horrifying industrial accident.[3]

Hamana Kalili was his name, and he made his living working in the Kahuku Sugar Mill until his hand got caught in a sugarcane press. He lost the three middle fingers of his right hand and was no longer able to work. So he got a job guarding the train that delivered cane to the factory.

It was a lucky break, or at least it would have been if not for the local kids. They would often jump on the trains mid-trip to ride from town to town, and Kalili’s job was to stop these potentially suicidal stunts. So the resentful teens invented the shaka to mock their fingerless nemesis and silently signal each other when he was nearby.

7 Guy Fawkes

Thanks to the film V for Vendetta and the rising tide of Internet activism, the grinning face of 17th-century English revolutionary Guy Fawkes has become a symbol of freedom from “the man.”

Executed in 1606 for attempting to bring down England’s government by blowing up Parliament, Fawkes has become a sort of folk hero to anyone with a grudge against the powers that be. In fact, stylized masks bearing his image are frequently worn by protesters.

Yet despite his reputation for toppling religious regimes, Fawkes was actually involved in a brutal scheme to install one.[4] Fawkes’s famous conspiracy to shatter the English government—the Gunpowder Plot—wasn’t his at all. The plan had been concocted by several disgruntled Catholics looking to murder the Protestant royal family and return Catholic rule to England.

Catholicism had only recently been given the boot and for good reason: widespread violence against non-Catholics. A far cry from the grand antiestablishment gesture we like to imagine, the real Fawkes’s famous plot was an attempt to reestablish a system of bloody religious persecution.

6 The Heart

The ultimate symbol of innocent love and affection, the heart has been used for centuries by romantics looking to express themselves. This Valentine’s Day staple is so common that it is generally lumped in with circles and squares as a basic shape.

Obviously, though, the odd pink shape looks nothing like the organ throbbing away in your chest, leading to many theories about where the symbol actually originated.

Ancient Rome gives us the most likely explanation, and it’s not nearly as cutesy as you might expect. Much like their architecture and military strategies, Rome’s contraceptive techniques were incredibly advanced.

By using a medicinal herb called silphium, the ancients could get as nasty as they wanted without fear of unwanted pregnancy. In a society renowned for extravagant orgies, the herb was popular indeed. In fact, it was eventually eaten into extinction by horny Roman citizens.[5]

The plant’s heart-shaped seedpods even made their way onto Roman currency. Now, millennia later, we still use their shape to symbolize romance—albeit an utterly different variety. What was once a symbol of casual sex has become something that schoolkids exchange on Valentine’s Day.

 

5 Che Guevara

Even if you aren’t familiar with his name, you have probably seen Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s face staring you down from a poster or T-shirt at some point. This Argentinian guerrilla leader played a prominent role in the Cuban Revolution, and his image has since become shorthand for open-mindedness and freedom from oppression.

Yet ironically, after his time in Cuba, Guevara spent quite a bit of time being the most oppressive, racist, sexist tyrant on Earth.[6] After leading a group of Cuban mercenaries to the Congo in an attempt to lead a people’s revolution, he began showing his true colors.

His attacks against government forces failed again and again, and he would often vent his frustrations on his men. Guevara’s soldiers would go on to tell of his violent temper and stubbornness. He expected nothing short of complete silent obedience. He would accuse troops he considered lazy of “acting like women,” and he treated his African troops with unfairness that bordered on racism.

But most surprising was his attitude toward freedom. Most of his men had been coerced into joining his planned African revolution and had no clue as to why they were even there. Bizarrely, he expected his fellow “freedom” fighters to simply shut their mouths and fall in line.

4 The Inverted Cross

Over the years, death metal bands, horror movies, and Goth culture have taught us that no symbol embodies darkness and evil more than the inverted cross. A simple crucifix turned upside down, this emblem is typically used by anyone attempting to insult traditional religion. It sort of makes sense—a “backward” religious symbol equals “anti-religion,” right?

Maybe to some but not to well-read members of an obscure little group known as the entire Christian faith. According to Christian teachings, when Saint Peter was crucified, he requested an upside-down cross. Basically, this was a sign of his humility because he felt that he wasn’t holy enough to die in the same way as Jesus.[7]

That being the case, many Christian subgroups not only see the inverted cross as a holy symbol but also as being even more meaningful than the “proper” version. The Pope himself even has a giant upside-down crucifix carved into the back of his throne. Sort of makes it hard to take all those death metal album covers seriously, doesn’t it?

3 The Rabbit’s Foot

The foot of a rabbit is right up there with four-leaf clovers and heads-up pennies as a symbol of good fortune. For centuries, the severed foot of this cuddly woodland creature has inexplicably been used to attract luck. It’s a strange custom to be sure, but it’s actually a lot tamer than it used to be.

Centuries ago, making a rabbit’s foot charm involved a lot of gruesome work and tons of shady folklore. It was commonly believed that witches would take the form of rabbits to subtly travel and work their evil magic. Therefore, catching one of these transfigured witches and claiming her foot was said to give the bearer her dark power.

But that wasn’t all. To maximize the effectiveness of the gory trinket, it had to be claimed in a graveyard on a rainy Friday the 13th . . . while the animal was still alive.[8]

Over time, the “dark magic” elements fell away. All anyone remembered was that a rabbit’s feet were supposed to be somehow mystical. Now, the superstitious among us find themselves rubbing “evil” talismans in hopes of scoring that big promotion.

2 The Jesus Fish

Ever been stuck in traffic? It’s great, isn’t it? You really get to know your fellow commuters. That guy would rather be fishing, that woman’s kid is an honor student, and all those people love Jesus. You know all this because of the graffiti plastered on their bumpers, a colorful tangle of stickers which often includes a small, innocuous fish.

This fish, or ichthus, is an extremely popular symbol of the Christian faith and has been since the religion’s infancy. Fans of the symbol claim that it represents the many references to fish found in the Bible.

But the truth is a little stranger and a lot less appropriate for Sunday school: It is a vagina.[9] Specifically, the vagina of a pagan deity called the Great Mother. In the ancient world, this goddess was worshiped widely, with the image of her genitals—the ichthus—representing fertility.

However, once Christianity hit the Roman Empire, the extremely popular symbol was taken over by the growing faith. The sexual implications were simply swept under the carpet, and new “origins” were cooked up to satisfy the pious public. Nearly overnight, the image of a gaping vagina earned a place in church forever.

1 The Swastika

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There is no more instantly recognizable or widely loathed symbol than the swastika. The legendarily evil actions of the Nazi Party have ensured that their menacing mark will be despised for centuries to come. But it turns out that the extremely long list of Nazi Germany’s victims includes the swastika itself.

When famed German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann discovered the ancient city of Troy in 1871, he discovered something else as well. Among the many curiosities of the lost city was a strange symbol which seemed to indicate good fortune: the spindle-whorl, or swastika.[10]

It could be found on countless artifacts dating back thousands of years before the city itself. He was fascinated by the image, and his travels led him to find it in several other ruins the world over.

His discoveries made him an international celebrity, and the world soon grew to share his obsession with the symbol. In the early 20th century, the swastika could be found on everything from Coca-Cola bottles to American military gear.

It wasn’t until 1920 that the growing Nazi Party officially adopted the image, claiming that it represented the ancient roots of their “master race.” In the years to follow, a symbol which had ushered in good luck for millennia was used to justify the most horrific mass slaughter in history.

 


Top 10 Horrifying Urban Legends From Around The Globe

Top 10 Horrifying Urban Legends From Around The Globe

 

Halloween is approaching, and this October includes a potentially ominous Friday the 13th. So what better way to get your chill on than reading about some creepy urban legends that have freaked people out for many years.

In the same vein as the well-known classics, these urban legends have been carried over from one generation to the next. They will likely continue to scare our children’s children for a while yet.

10 El Silbon

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As told in Venezuela and Colombia, El Silbon is a tale about a creature that has been damned to roam the Earth carrying a bag of bones.

The creature was once a little boy who lived with his parents in Venezuela. Being an only child, he was spoiled to no end by his parents. Unfortunately, this turned him into a picky and demanding brat.

After insisting on deer meat for dinner one night and becoming extremely angry when his father failed to produce it, the boy stabbed his father in the stomach, pulled out his intestines, and took them to his mother to cook.[1]

Although the mother cooked the entrails, she eventually became suspicious at the look of the meat. Realizing what the boy had done, the mother was overcome with grief and let the boy’s grandfather deal with the evil child.

The grandfather whipped the boy within an inch of his life and then rubbed chilies and lemon juice in his wounds. Then the grandfather handed the boy a bag full of his father’s bones and set a pack of dogs loose on him as the boy ran away. Just before the dogs killed the boy, the grandfather cursed him. And that was the origin of the creature known as El Silbon.

It is said that El Silbon still roams around, whistling and entering homes without anyone noticing. He puts the bag of bones on the floor and counts them inside the home. If he goes unnoticed, a member of the family in that house will die. However, if the family does notice him, the boy turns their bad fortune into good luck.

9 Japanese Suicide Drawing

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The most disturbing urban legends in the world often originate in Asia, with some turned into even creepier horror movies. In one such legend, a teenage Japanese girl drew a beautiful color picture of a young girl who seemingly stares directly at you. The teen posted the picture online and, for some unknown reason, committed suicide shortly afterward.[2]

Soon, people started commenting online that they could see sadness and even anger in the eyes of the drawn girl. Others said that her lips would start curling into a smirk the longer you looked at her and a ring would form around her. Some people took it even further, saying that there were unfortunate souls who stared at the picture for more than five minutes and ended up taking their own lives.

8 Nykur

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As depicted in pictures and movies throughout the years, horses are beautiful creatures. However, if you visit Iceland and spot a gray horse standing next to a massive body of water such as the sea or even a lake, do yourself a favor and look at the horse’s hooves. If they face backward, you have a little problem.

It is said that this horse, named Nykur, is a water-dwelling beast[3] that sometimes surfaces to lure unsuspecting humans to a watery death. His skin is sticky. So if a person is enchanted by the horse and mounts it, he will not be able to get off again. Instead, he will be dragged along to Nykur’s underwater home and drowned.

Yelling its name at the horse is said to scare it into running back into the water alone.

7 The Baby In The High Chair

This urban legend is told all over the world but seems to have some of its roots in Norway. For many years, a Norwegian couple didn’t go on a proper holiday. Finally, when everything fell into place one year, they found a trustworthy nanny for their baby boy and planned a long holiday.

When the day came for them to depart, the nanny was late. She eventually called to tell them that her car was giving her trouble. However, she said that she could call a mechanic and then walk to their home as she was only about 15 minutes away.

Reassured by this, the couple strapped their baby to his high chair, kissed him goodbye, and then left for their holiday as they were already late for the airport. They left the back door open for the nanny.

One version of the tale has it that the nanny arrived to find the door locked (blown shut by the wind), so she assumed the couple had the baby with them. She then left.

Another version says that the nanny was killed after being hit by a truck on her way to the house. Yet another says that the nanny was an elderly relative of the couple and she died of a heart attack before she could get to their home.

In every version, the couple returned home to find their son dead and bloated, still strapped to his high chair.[4]

6 The Studley Girl

The scariest urban legends are the ones that hit close to home. Three years ago, a reddit user recounted the tale that scared him throughout his childhood and teenage years. He lives in the town of Mechanicsville, Virginia, which has a winding road called Studley Road.

Years ago, a little girl lived in a small house on this road with her mother and alcoholic father. Flying into a rage one night, the man beat his wife and child to death and then shot himself.

With her broken jaw hanging from her face, the little girl didn’t die immediately. Instead, she made her way down Studley Road looking for help before eventually collapsing, blood staining the front of her pajamas.[5]

Now, when you take one of Studley Road’s winding turns that lead into the woods, you can see the specter of the little girl slowly moving down the road with her back turned to you.

Unsuspecting drivers who don’t know about the legend have pulled over to help her, only for her to turn around and let out an unearthly scream from her loose-hanging jaw. Sometimes, she also gurgles through the blood still streaming from her mouth.

5 Ghost Wagon

South Africa has its fair share of urban legends, which include the hitchhiker of Uniondale and The Flying Dutchman. However, a creepier one goes all the way back to 1887. Major Alfred Ellis contributed this tale, which is still told today, to South African Sketches.

Four men—Lutterodt, Seururier, Anthony de Heer, and an unnamed visitor from Cape Town—undertook a journey from Ceres to Beaufort West by wagon. This area was known as the spokeveld (“ghost region”) and was even indicated as such on old South Africa maps.

During their trip, one of the wagon wheels suddenly gave out and it took them until 3:00 AM to get it fixed. They were hardly on the road again when their horses became agitated and eventually froze in place, unwilling to move any farther.

From out of nowhere, the men heard the sound of a wagon coming toward them at high speed. When they finally caught sight of it, they witnessed a driver cracking a whip at 14 horses as the wagon headed directly for them.[6]

The unnamed visitor, Seururier, and Lutterodt jumped from the wagon, but de Heer grabbed the reins and successfully moved his wagon out of the path of the other speeding wagon.

Annoyed, de Heer yelled after the other driver: “Where do you think you are going?” To which the other driver replied, “To hell.” Then he and his wagon disappeared into thin air.

Later, Lutterodt said that they only realized afterward that anyone who dared to challenge the spooky driver of the disappearing wagon would be doomed. A week after the incident, they found de Heer’s body at the bottom of a cliff. The remains of his wagon and the carcasses of his dead horses surrounded him.

4 Baby Blue

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In the same vein as Bloody Mary, Baby Blue is a legend that originated from a tale in which a psychotic mother killed her baby boy with a shard of mirror glass. Naturally, there are those who would like to conjure up the spirit of Baby Blue (which is what the unnamed baby was dubbed).

The ritual to do this includes going into a bathroom at night, fogging up the mirror, and writing “Baby Blue” on it. Then the light must be turned off, and the person who wrote the name on the mirror should hold out his arms as if a baby were in them. The spirit of the baby will then appear in his open arms. If the person drops the baby, the mirror will shatter and the person will die.

Another version of the tale says that if you go into a dark bathroom and chant “Baby Blue” 13 times while rocking your arms back and forth, the baby will appear and scratch you. However, dropping the baby and running away is the best idea this time as his psychotic mother will appear in the mirror and kill you otherwise.[7]

3 Poinciana Woman

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One of the most unsettling urban myths to come out of Australia tells the story of a young woman who was raped by Japanese fishermen at Darwin’s East Point. When she realized she was pregnant, she was horrified and hanged herself from a poinciana tree.

Her restless spirit started stalking men in East Point, appearing to them as a beautiful vision in white. However, as soon as the men are entranced by her, she turns into a fearful hag with long claws, eviscerates them, and eats their intestines.

For those who are brave, the poinciana woman can be summoned by spinning around three times on a dark, moonless night and calling out her name. Her distinctive scream will let you know that she has been successfully summoned.[8]

2 The Devil’s Toy Box

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The Hellraiser movies are said to have inspired a terrifying legend making the rounds in America. It is alleged that there is a one-room cabin called the Devil’s Toy Box in Louisiana that contains a bunch of mirrors from the floor to the roof. According to the tale, if a person goes into the cabin and stays too long, the Devilwill appear and take that person’s soul.

During their investigations, paranormal researchers found that the mirrors make up the six sides of the cabin but they face inward. It is said that no one can stay in there longer than five minutes.

One man stayed over four minutes, came out mute, and never spoke again. A woman allegedly suffered cardiac arrest while inside the cabin, and a teenage boy had to be forcibly removed while kicking and screaming. He killed himself two weeks later.[9]

1 Teke Teke

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According to an especially frightening legend from Japan, a female office worker was raped and beaten by American military men in Hokkaido a few years after World War II. The young woman jumped off a bridge that evening and was hit by a train on the railroad tracks below.

Her body was severed in half at the waist. As the extremely cold weather prevented her from bleeding out immediately, she managed to drag her upper half to a train station where a shocked attendant threw a plastic tarp over her. She eventually died in extreme agony.

Urban legend now has it that three days after you hear or read about this tale, the ghost of the young woman will appear to you, making a teke teke sound as she crawls toward you on her arms. You cannot outrun her as she can reach speeds of up to 150 kilometers per hour (93 mph).

Her mission is to catch as many people as she can. Then she will cut off and steal the lower halves of their bodies. The only way to escape certain death is to answer her questions. If she asks whether you need your legs, you must reply that you need them right now. And if she asks who told you her story, you must answer, “Kashima Reiko.”[10]


Play with Me - When Artists Play With Sex Dolls

Play with Me - When Artists Play With Sex Dolls

 

 

From inflatable dolls to modern, ultra-realistic and robotic sex dolls, artists have long realized that these objects of pleasure reflected a part of the collective unconscious of our societies. With her book  Play with Me: Dolls, Women and Art , journalist  Grace Banks has decided to document how artists use these sex dolls to explore the place of women in our culture. Between objectification, gender and caricature of the female body, these dolls for adults trigger a real ethical and political debate, which contemporary artists seek to dissect.

In her book, Grace Banks gathers the work and interviews of 40 artists, around the use of these dolls but also the representation of women in the visual culture. The book "  Play with Me: Dolls, Women and Art" is available on  Laurence King's website

 

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Itching For Honesty: Not So Fun Facts About STDs Based On Studies

Itching For Honesty: Not So Fun Facts About STDs Based On Studies

 

 

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While Sundays may be reserved for afternoon hikes, the farmers market and extensive snuggles after a slow-burn morning, the only burn you’re going to get is when you pee, according to these stats by the CDC and a study by myLab Box, if you’re not careful.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are on the rise, and the numbers are appalling when you see them. If you’re itching for honesty, these not-so-fun facts about STDs might help. If that doesn’t help, you should probably get tested (get tested anyway).

Now, onto some sexually transmitted statistics that will blow your mind and maybe some other things.

Itching for Honesty: Not So Fun Facts About STDs Based on Studies

In 2015, the three most popular STDs reached a record high.

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The itchiest of the itchy sexually transmitted diseases (gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis) reported came in droves of nearly 400,000 cases in 2015 alone, setting a new high. If that doesn’t make you itch just thinking about it, nothing will.

About 80 percent of sexually active people have HPV.

While HPV is hard to detect in men via testing, it’s still a majorly pernicious situation. While this sickness, much like our current Commander in Chief, can go away with time, it’s going to royally suck if it comes into contact with good people in the meantime. This can lead to cancer of the throat for men and women who love the oral, as well as ovarian cancer for women. Isn’t that what happened to Michael Douglas?

There are, on average, about 20 million new STI cases each year.

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This isn’t Pokémon Go on your phone, people. These are your genitals we’re talking about! Misdiagnosed and untreated diseases account for more than 24,000 failed pregnancies and infertile women.

Nearly half of Americans will get an STD in their lives.

The CDC reports that nearly half of sexually active Americans will, if they haven’t already, contract an STD in their lifetime, and before the age of 25. That means, if you’re married, there’s a decent chance one of you has at least had a good scare.

Roughly 90 percent of people with herpes don’t have any symptoms.

This is arguably the biggest problem with sex disease: the assumption you don’t have it if you genitals aren’t lit on fire daily. That’s why regular testing is so important. About one in two people have the herpes virus, which is fairly common with people who have had chicken pox, but it’s important to get it figured out instead of hoping for the best and sticking your filthy rod in some dark, dirty hole.

One-third of Americans have one right now.

That’s right, kiddies. If you’re out at dinner with your friends tonight and someone scratches their inner thigh, you know who the culprit is already. Instead of playing the murder mystery mansion game, you could just get a quick test, takes five minutes and could save you some fairly fiery pees down the road between you and future lovers.

You’re never too old to spread it like wildfire.

Since 2007, senior citizens have been on a rampage with STDs, with syphilis and chlamydia skyrocketing each year, upwards of 50 percent from previous years. Oh, the things you don’t know about assisted living and nursing homes. Think twice before you send grandpa there because he’s probably just too old to give a fuck anymore.

Be smart. Be safe. Get tested. Wear a rubber. And we don’t care if you have to borrow one from your grandparents because according to these numbers, they aren’t using them either.

 


15 ”Trendy" Outfits We All Want To Disappear

15 ”Trendy" Outfits We All Want To Disappear

 

Fashion nowadays changes so quickly that we can barely follow the newest trends. However, looking at some of the trends, we see really ridiculous things that make us say “Nay!“ instead of ”Yay!"

 

 

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11 Things That'll Make You Say "Oh Sweet Lord No"

11 Things That'll Make You Say "Oh Sweet Lord No"

1. Don't remember this ballgag character from The Emoji Movie...

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2. Fidget spinner phones. What hath capitalism wrought

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3. Pineapple is NEVER ok on pizza, alright?!? NEVER!

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4. Darkness is descending upon us, and it is starting at this bank

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5. Please, someone ban Ricky into the shadow realm

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6. You were given two perfectly good eyebrows young lady

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7. At this point why not just throw your baby away

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8. Um...what the fuck is going on here

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9. Crazy that the font may actually be the worst part about this

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10. Fandoms ruin everything

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11. Par for the course, Internet. Par for the course

 

 


10 Shocking Cure Therapies Used On The LGBT Community

10 Shocking Cure Therapies Used On The LGBT Community

 

It wasn’t so long ago that being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender was considered to be abnormal. Those who belonged to this community were shunned and deemed to be freaks. Plenty have also been killed over the years or faced persecution.

Although members of the LGBT community are gaining increasing respect and acceptance in the modern world, violence against them is still very much an issue. According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), a record number of LGBT homicides occurred in the US in 2017 as of mid-August. That record refers to NCAVP’s 20-year period of data collection and shows almost one murder per week in the LGBT community during the first eight months of 2017.[1]

This shocking report confirms what we already know: There’s still more work to be done to gain full acceptance for the LGBT community. No acts of violence can ever be tolerated.

However, when we look back in history, we find other types of physical and psychological harm inflicted on the LGBT community that have nothing to do with street mobs or gun violence. In fact, this abuse seems unfathomable today: the determination by some to “cure” members of the LGBT community of their sexual orientations. Here are 10 of those shocking cure therapies.

10 Brutal Shock Therapy

In the US in the 1970s, you were labeled as having a mental disorder if you were gay. Although homosexuality was eventually declassified as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association, many homosexuals still thought they were sick. They believed this label that had been stuck on them, so they sought help.

Upon visiting the doctor, some encountered a device called the visually keyed shocker.[2] When shown images that would stimulate arousal for a homosexual, the patient would receive a shock. This paired visual stimulus and shock was a form of conditioning therapy.

The basic psychological principal is that the brain becomes conditioned to associate those images with pain and, therefore, no longer finds them pleasurable. But where was this shock delivered?

Not to the hand or torso. Instead, the genitals were hooked up to the visually keyed shocker, and sometimes, the device was really cranked up. It became a widely used method of therapy and was even available for home use.

9 Castrations

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Let’s step back in time to the 1940s. This was perhaps the worst time for those in the LGBT community. If you were found to be gay, you could expect to be brutalized in truly horrific ways. That is, if you weren’t killed first.

Quite often, families who knew they had a gay family member would send that person to a psychiatric facility. Homosexuality was considered to be a mental illness. Therefore, the person didn’t have a choice in the matter.

These facilities promised the family that they’d cure the patient of the “sexual illness.” Some of their practices were truly abhorrent. Castrations weren’t the most common method, but they did take place.

However, castrations were frequently used in Nazi Germany.[3] Homosexuals confined to concentration camps would agree to be castrated in return for getting shorter sentences. It was just one method in a long list of cures tried by the Nazis.

8Torture Drugs

These so-called psychiatric facilities to cure homosexuality may seem like a thing of the past. But such institutions still exist throughout the world.

In 2017, photographer Paola Paredes managed to gain entry into one of these clinics in Ecuador. She witnessed numerous horrors inflicted on the patients, including sadistic treatments with drugs. The clinic was operating under the false pretense of being a drug rehab center. Yet they were giving the inhabitants cocktails of drugs to torture them.[4]

Torture drugs have been used for decades. They’re a form of conditioning that leads an individual to associate the images he finds pleasurable with immense pain. The hope is that the person will then associate those images with pain and torture, and the sexual feelings will die down.

7 Chemical Castration

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Instead of physical castration, chemical castration was sometimes used to reduce the libido and sexual activity. It was also carried out as a part of conversion therapy. A cocktail of anaphrodisiac drugs were administered, usually at these psychiatric facility hellholes.

Chemical castration is still used today. In certain countries, rapists and pedophiles get reduced sentences if they agree to chemical castration. There have also been instances when members of the LGBT community have asked to be chemically castrated—those who don’t want to feel the way they do.

When he was struggling with his sexuality, rugby referee Nigel Owens once went to his physician and asked for chemical castration.[5] His doctor didn’t grant him that wish. Instead, Owens publicly came out in 2007. The support from those around him helped him to deal with his negative feelings.

6 Hypnosis

Plenty of people express contempt for hypnotists and hypnosis. But it’s a widely studied process, one that may even work in some cases. Whether hypnosis is used to stop people from smoking or to entertain us by causing people to dance around like chickens, it can be a powerful tool.

However, hypnotists sometimes abuse their power. Even so, many people have voluntarily gone to hypnotists as a way to change their states of mind. In fact, hypnotherapy has been used as a “cure” for homosexuality for decades.

Although it might seem shocking, some studies indicate that hypnosis works to some extent. In one study from the 1960s, a group of 15 homosexuals was treated with hypnotherapy in an effort to change their sexual orientation. As the researchers put it, some participants showed “mild improvement” whereas the majority showed “marked improvement.”[6]

However, this did not mean that the patients were “cured,” simply that some of them expressed less interest in homosexual thoughts and activity after hypnosis. The measurement of their “improvement” by researchers was subjective at best. In addition, follow-up with these patients was limited. Even the study authors questioned why hypnosis was not used more often if it was considered to be so effective.

To this day, hypnosis is still being used as a cure therapy.

5 Conversion Therapy

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Many of the therapies already mentioned can be deemed to be conversion therapies that supposedly cure an individual using psychological or spiritual intervention. But the majority of scientists and governmental organizations consider these treatments to be harmful.

Some practitioners prefer to use the term “psychoanalysis” instead of “conversion therapy.” This type of treatment is associated with psychologists Elizabeth Moberly and Joseph Nicolosi.[7]

Nicolosi believed that homosexuality was due to gender identity deficit issues. Through his organization, National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, he used psychoanalysis, which involved a number of crude psychological methods, to try to replace homosexual desires with heterosexual ones. His methods were shocking, and he was banned from carrying out his practices.

4 Visualization

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The term “visualization” may not seem that horrific. You may think that it means visualizing being heterosexual. For homosexual males, show them pictures of sultry women in skimpy attire and, eventually, they’ll become aroused. But far more sinister methods were used. In fact, this method is still in practice in certain countries.

In 2011, MIT grad student Samuel Brinton revealed the horrors of his therapy. His parents were extremely religious and conservative. When his father found out that Samuel had gay feelings, Dad punched Sam, then 12, and put him in the hospital. So Sam agreed to go to therapy.

During the boy’s first session, the so-called therapist attempted to brainwash Sam by filling his head with this type of garbage: “I want you to know that you’re gay, and all gay people have AIDS.” Then the therapist said that the government had killed every other gay person. Sam was the only one left, and they were coming for him next.

The therapist proceeded to show Sam horrific images of men dying from AIDS. These visual indicators certainly affected the boy’s mental well-being. He attempted to commit suicide numerous times after those therapy sessions. Thankfully, he didn’t go through with it. Today, he says that his “life is perfect, life is heaven.”[8]

3 Lobotomies

Lobotomies involved slicing into the prefrontal lobe of the brain. This neurosurgical procedure was carried out to reduce the effects of a person’s mental disorder. Remember, being a member of the LGBT community was deemed to be a mental health disorder at one time.

Lobotomies using incisions rather than drugs have been almost completely abandoned. But this medical barbarism was still taking place in the US as recently as 1981.[9]

Variants of the procedure, such as ice pick lobotomies, have also been used. This involved drilling holes in the person’s skull and then using a leukotome to remove white matter from the brain. It was first practiced using an ice pick, hence the grim-sounding name.

2 The Spiritual Approach

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Being a member of the LGBT community is a big no-no in many religions. Some religious people deem these individuals to be unnatural and believe that their sexual orientations are against what God intended. In fact, pious parents sometimes call for religious intervention when they learn their child is gay.

What’s shocking about that, you may wonder?

It’s serious brainwashing. Some individuals believe that homosexual tendencies are caused by Satan. In extreme cases, LGBT people get locked away in rooms and are forced to pray for hours at a time.

This is common in Russia. Many Russian families force their homosexual children to attend religious institutions. They’re held down and covered in holy water while the priest recites prayers.[10] Then they’re forced to drink the water and, on occasion, they’re beaten. This breaks the mind and body.

1 Objectifying Women

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Although it’s crude, almost every man on the planet has done it. It might be ogling a gorgeous woman who’s walking down the street or watching adult movies. It’s not just men but society as a whole that often objectifies and sexualizes women.

Certain cure therapists focus only on this practice. They encourage their gay patients to openly objectify women. It’s all done in an effort to forge an attraction to women rather than men.[11]

Russian psychotherapist Yan Goland is open about using this technique as a form of treatment. He shows his patients adult movies and magazines and encourages them to openly objectify women. He wants them to do so when they leave his clinic, too. Walk down the street, find a beautiful woman, and ogle her. That’s what he drills into his homosexual patients.


20 CONFESSIONS FROM PEOPLE WHO KNEW THEY WERE ABOUT TO GET DUMPED

20 CONFESSIONS FROM PEOPLE WHO KNEW THEY WERE ABOUT TO GET DUMPED

 

 


20 Fascinating Maps That Visualize The World As Never Before

20 Fascinating Maps That Visualize The World As Never Before

 

The world is a complex hive of activity.

From human behaviour to animal activity and natural phenomenon, our planet is a non-stop source of physical, political and cultural movement. But, until recently, much of this was difficult to document visually.

Thankfully, with the advent of satellite technology and modern data research, this has now changed - as the stunning images from forthcoming book New Views: The World Mapped Like Never Before proves.

Written by Alastair Bonnett, who's a professor of social geography at Newcastle University, it shows unique depictions of global trends.

Spanning land, sea and air, it covers everything from linguistic diversity to Twitter relationships and drug use, plus sea level variations, sugar consumption and happiness rankings. 

'Shipping Routes': The light blue swathes across this map indicate vessel routes across the oceans. The most-travelled appear to be across the North Pacific and North Atlantic, as well as the Indian ocean. Lots of ships also clearly use coastlines to navigate their way around. Map copyright - NOAA

 

 

'Asteroid Strikes': The data this map is based on was released in November 2014 by Nasa's Near-Earth Object Observation Program. It shows the global distribution of of small asteroid strikes, ranging in size from 3.5ft to 65.5ft, between 1994 and 2013. The yellow dots are daytime strikes, the blue dots are night strikes. These vary in size by level of impact (measured in joules). The map shows an even distribution across the world, meaning there isn't really anywhere to hide...

 

 

 

'Unknown Oceans': 2,700 scientists and 540 expeditions itemised marine life for the most-detailed insight into life under the waves. Taken from a 2010 study by the Centre for Marine Life, the pink areas indicate land, the light blue show explored ocean areas and the dark blue are tracts containing life scientists know very little indeed about. These include vast swathes of the Indian, southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Bonnett points out that there are 750,000 species 'on the radar but have yet to be described'

 

 

'Edible Insects': This map, compiled by Wageningan University in The Netherlands, shows the variety of bugs available to eat around the globe (not how many people eat insects). The darker regions, including Mexico and China, have roughly 200-300 edible insect species, while the lightest have 1-25. The mid-orange have 25-200. In the greyed out areas, there are no edible species available. Beetles and weevils are most common. Entomophagy, Bonnett says, is being 'touted as the next big eating phenomenon', as insects are protein-rich and contain 'many other micronutrients'. The data for the map was drawn from a list of 2,040 edible insects. Countries where insect-eating is popular include Thailand, where there are 20,000 cricket farms, and Brazil, where leafcutter ants are devoured

 

 

'People living in the US born outside the US': This 2015 world map by Pew Research Centre shows the provenance of people living in America. Although the nation was founded by Europeans, the countries with the most US-bound emigrants (shown in dark purple) are Mexico (12 million), India (1,970,000), Cuba (1,130,000), South Korea (1,120,000), China (2,100,000), Vietnam (1,130,000) and the Philippines (1,900,000)

 

 

'Vulnerability To Natural Disasters': Based on the UN's 2012 World Risk Report, the dark green areas show the greatest propensity for experiencing a disaster - such as an earthquake, drought, flood or typhoon - while the lighter areas depict minimal risk.  The former include Guatemala, Bangladesh, Tonga, Vanuata and the Philippines

 

 

'Guns': This shows the number of privately-owned guns using 2007 licence data. The majority of weapons are kept in the USA - where there are about 80 guns for every 100 people, or 42 per cent of the world's firearms - followed by Yemen, with Germany and Iceland in joint third place

 

 

'Number of Migrants': Based on 2015 data from the Vienna Institute of Demography, this map highlights the world's biggest geographical draws for migrants, illustrating percentages of populations that are foreign-born. Countries with the biggest migrant populations are highlighted in dark blue, the smallest in light green. So it turns out that most people are flocking to oil-rich Kazakhstan (it is home to over two million Russians), Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Ireland also has a surprisingly large foreign-born population. The countries with the smallest migrant populations include Peru, Morocco, Mongolia, Nicaragua and Namibia

 

 

'Number of Venomous Animals': Drawn from the Living Hazards Database, which is kept by the US's Armed Forces Pest Management Board, it ranges across more than 500 species worldwide. Britain has just one venomous species, the viper, while Mexico has 80, Brazil has 79, Australia has 66, while Colombia, Indonesia, India and Vietnam have more than 50. The darker areas of the map show the greatest number, while the lightest indicates the fewest. Map copyright - Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment/Living Hazards Database

 

 

'Peacefulness': Derived from the Global Peace Index, published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, this map shows the areas of the world that enjoy the most absence of conflict. It's based on ongoing domestic or international conflict, the level of discord within a nation (crime rates, terrorist activity) and militarisation. The lighter areas are most peaceful and include Iceland, New Zealand, Denmark, Portugal and Austria. The most violent are Iraq, South Sudan and Syria, where a war is being waged between government forces and myriad terrorist groups. Map copyright - 127 Institute for Economics and Peace

 

 

'Ants': This map offers both a national and regional picture of ant species and is based on the Global Ant Biodiversity and Biogeography Laboratory at the University of Hong Kong. The deep purple areas have between 527-1,462 species, while the white areas have none. The UK boasts 61 different species, while Italy has 253. South Africa has 683. It shows that there are also lots of species on islands including the Canaries, the Galapagos and the Balearic Islands. Ants, the author stresses, are vital to human life as they 'remove decaying and dead matter that would otherwise surround us'. Map copyright - Janicki, J/Narula, N/Ziegler, M/Guénard, B/Economo, EP

 

 

'Air Pollution': This map shows average carbon monoxide concentrations in Spring between 2000 and 2004. This image was recorded by the Measurement of Pollution in the Troposphere equipment, which sits on a Nasa satellite. China has the highest levels by far, indicated by dark red areas. The contrast between that country and the Himalayas next door is stark. Map copyright - Abel/G J & Sander, N (2014)/Quantifying Global International Migration Flows/Science

 

 

'Happiness': This map shows self-reported happiness levels by country. Derived from the World Happiness Report of 2015, it shows a direct correlation between wealth and contentedness. Africa, the Middle East and South Asia are less happy than  their western counterparts, including Europe, Australia and America. The happiest country is Norway, followed by Denmark. Map copyright - Helliwell, John F/ Richard Layard/Jeffrey Sachs/World Happiness Report 2015/New York: Sustainable Development Solutions Network

 

 

'Lightning': Measuring flashes per squared kilometre each year, the light pink areas of this map show just how much the skies are alive with flashes of brilliant lightning. Given that it correlates to land-generated heat, areas of low temperatures have zero, while places such as the Congo or Venezuela have some of the most on record. Map copyright - NASA/Joshua Stevens/Global Hydrology and Climate Center Lightning Team

 

 

'Obesity': Illustrating the percentage of populations that are formally classed as obese, this map draws on World Health Organisation data from 2014. The darkest areas show the higher rates, which see America with the highest with 27 per cent. Other countries with diet problems include Libya, American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga. South East Asia, meanwhile, has the lowest at five per cent. The eastern Mediterranean region has a rate of 19 per cent. Map copyright - World Health Organisation

 

 

'US Fast-Food Franchises': Counting the number of outlets per million people, Canada, Australia, the UK, Iceland, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates have the biggest taste for US fast food (shown in red, more than 200, or pink, 105-200), while China - in green - has the least. Parts of Africa have zero

 

 

'Air Traffic': The size of the circles on this map depict the number of flights originating in that place, while the colours reflect longitudinal position of airports and routes, to make the map less confusing to look at. Africa has less than two per cent of the world's air traffic, while, at 31 per cent, Asia has the most, but because it's so vast and densely-populated, that's low in comparison to Europe and the US, which sees the North Atlantic as the dominant airline hub

 

 

'Amphibian Diversity': Documenting the number of species in a particular zone, this map is based on the Global Amphibian Assessment, which drew together research from more than 500 scientists from 60 countries. The warmer colours show the greatest number, with Brazil topping the list with 932. The USA has 297

 

'Bird Diversity': With the warmest colours mapping-out higher diversity, this image shows that the greatest number of bird species are in South East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and across much of South America. There are also hot-spots in the tropics - the Amazon Basin and the Tropical Andes, plus Lake Victoria in Africa. The map is based on work by Birdlife International and NatureServe

 


Athlete Claims 'Appropriation' Over Jeremy Lin's dreadlocks - He Forgot About His Own Tattoos

Athlete Claims 'Appropriation' Over Jeremy Lin's dreadlocks - He Forgot About His Own Tattoos

 

Jeremy Lin, one of the only Asian-American athletes in the NBA, knew that wearing dreadlocks this season would strike some as offensive. In fact, he wrote an entire piece about his thought process in getting dreadlocks, which you can read here, and he's extremely thoughtful.

 

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So he expected some blow back... just not from one particular guy, a former athlete who once played on Lin's current team, named Kenyon Martin.

Martin went on perhaps the bluntest slam of Lin's hair this side of a Twitter egg. In a now deleted Instagram video, Martin said:

Do I need to remind this damn boy his last name Lin? Like, come on, man. Let’s stop it with these people. There is no way possible he would’ve made it on one of our teams with that bullshit on his head. Come on man, somebody need to tell him, like, ‘alright bro, we get it. You wanna be black.’ Like, we get it. But your last name is Lin.

Okay, so—Martin's accusing Lin of cultural appropriation because of his hairstyle. Lin took to the comments to respond. He was way nicer than he had to be, because here's the thing:

Kenyon Martin's adorned with all sorts of tattoos. And a particular set of those tattoos make his criticism unbelievably, hilariously hypocritical.

 

"Hey man. Its all good you don't have to like my hair and definitely entitled to your opinion," wrote Lin. "At the end of the day I appreciate that I have dreads and you have Chinese tattoos..."

Yes, you heard that right. This is Kenyon Martin (left) and Kenyon Martin's arm (right):

 

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I guess we know why he deleted his Instagram attack video now.

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https://twitter.com/StephGhost/status/916029630225711104

https://twitter.com/THEDINGOJOHNSON/status/916027286171795457

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If you follow basketball, you know this is one of the few wins the Nets will get this year. Relish it.

 


Top 10 Ridiculous Celebrity Name Changes

Top 10 Ridiculous Celebrity Name Changes

One thing in life is certain: you cannot choose your family. However, you can choose your family name if you don’t like the one that was bestowed upon you! This list takes a deep dive into the world of celebrity name changes, with a focus on the particularly strange examples: like Mark Sinclair changing his name to Vin Diesel; or, Ron Artest changing his name to Metta World Peace.


Famous Shipwreck May Still Hold Priceless Treasures

Famous Shipwreck May Still Hold Priceless Treasures

The ship bound for Rome sunk in 1BC and was first discovered off the coast of Greece in 1900. And yet the Antikythera shipwreck is still providing new discoveries. The Guardian reports an expedition to the site last month turned up a silver tankard, a human bone, and much more. Perhaps most exciting: the arm of a bronze statue and evidence that the remains of at least seven bronze statues are still buried there. Previous bronze statues found at the Antikythera shipwreck were dated to the 4th century BC. Bronze statues from that time period are extremely rare, with only about 50 known in the world, according to GizmodoNational Geographic reports that based on the positioning of the fingers, the newly discovered arm may belong to a statue modeled on a philosopher.

Recovering the rest of the statue—and the others at the site—won't be easy. The Antikythera shipwreck is 180 feet underwater on a slope and has been buried by boulders from a succession of earthquakes starting in the 4th century AD. It will take a lot of time and money to move the boulders, recover the statues, and reconstruct them. Also discovered in last month's expedition was a mysterious bronze disc that the dive team originally thought could be a missing component of the famous Antikythera Mechanism. The mechanism, often called an "ancient computer," could predict eclipses and the movements of various heavenly bodies and was discovered at the site a decade ago. However, x-rays of the disc show it's engraved with a bull and was likely a piece of decoration for a statue or the ship itself. The next expedition to the Antikythera shipwreck is scheduled for spring 2018.


10 Halloween Costumes You're already Tired Of Seeing (Weeks In Advance)

10 Halloween Costumes You're already Tired Of Seeing (Weeks In Advance)

 

Halloween is still far away, but we're already sick of seeing these costumes. You see, the scariest thing about Halloween is not monsters, ghouls or ghosts...it is hoards of unoriginal people all wearing the same tired thing. AHHHH!

If you were planning on dressing up as one of the things below, feel free to get offended in the comments section of this post.

1. Hugh Hefner

Now that Hefner is gone, you better bet that dudes everywhere looking for a last minute Halloween costume are going to grab their bath robes and emulate the late Playboy creator. But hey, if you happen to have several attractive female friends with bunny costumes at your disposal, this costume could be legendary.

2. Pennywise the clown

If you're afraid of clowns, bad news. Thanks to the popularity of the new Itmovie, you can probably expect to see many iterations of Pennywise the Dancing Clown this Halloween. Sexy Pennywise, scary Pennywise, Tim Curry Pennywise, sewer Pennywise, bloody Pennywise...

 

3. Anything Trump & Co.

Nothing sounds scarier than hoards of drunk Donald Trumps wandering around on Halloween night. Look, one is enough. That is all I'm going to say.

[Blood curdling scream]

4. Hillary Clinton anything.

While we are at it, let's not do anything HRC related. Either you miss her terribly or hate her guts, but how about you leave the pantsuit and pearls in the closet this Halloween, okay?

5. Sexy Wonder Woman

Hey—there is nothing wrong with dressing sexy or with being Wonder Woman this Halloween. But let's be real...it's not exactly original. We get it! The movie was cool and Wonder Woman is a total BAMF...but the thought of crowds of Wonder Women hobbling around on a chilly autumn night in tiny body suits and 6" heels is enough to make us want to dress up as Ares.

6. Fidget Spinner

Seriously, there already is one.

7. Jon Snow and Daenerys

Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen will probably be the go-to couple costume of 2017...but remember: incest. Ew. Yeah, not so cute now, is it?

Okay, It is still kinda cute.

8. Kendall Jenner plus Pepsi.

Another couples costume that you might see around this year is Kendall Jenner plus a can of Pepsi. It will make people just as uncomfortable as the Jon/Daeny incest costume.

9. A future Kardashian baby.

Now that three separate Kardashians are expecting, there is a good chance that people are going to dress up as Khloe, Kylie or Kim's future offspring. You know what that means? Adults in diapers with overdrawn lips and butt pads. If you are looking for something scary to be for Halloween, this is it.

10. Colin Kaepernick

If you are one of the several thinking of dressing up as Colin Kaepernickthis Halloween, don't just take a knee— take several seats.


15 Wealthy Men Reveal How They Really Feel About Being In A Relationship With A Gold Digger

15 Wealthy Men Reveal How They Really Feel About Being In A Relationship With A Gold Digger

 

 


20 Times People Had Sex With Someone From A Different Culture & Got Hilarious Results

20 Times People Had Sex With Someone From A Different Culture & Got Hilarious Results

Cultural differences don't end in the bedroom.

 

 

 


King Salman Issues A Decree Allowing Women To Drive In Saudi Arabia

King Salman Issues A Decree Allowing Women To Drive In Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said it would allow women to drive in the Kingdom, in the latest move in a string of social and economic reforms underway in the country.

King Salman issued the decree, according to a royal court statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

“The royal decree will implement the provisions of traffic regulations, including the issuance of driving licenses for men and women alike,” the SPA said.

The decree orders the formation of a ministerial body to give advice on the practicalities of the edict within 30 days and to ensure the full implementation of the order by June 2018.

The move was announced on television and also by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “Saudi Arabia allows women to drive,” the ministry confirmed on Twitter.

The decree referred to the "negative effects of not allowing women to drive vehicles, and the positive effects envisaged from allowing them to do so" within the context of Islamic laws.

The prohibition is considered a social issue in the Kingdom, as there is no actual law or religious edict that prohibits it.

For years, the topic has been the center of extensive debate in government, media and social circles.


'Huge step'

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US, Prince Khaled bin Salman, described the decision of allowing women to drive as a “huge step.”

“It's not just a social change, it's part of economic reform,” he said. “Our leadership believes this is the right time to do this change because in Saudi Arabia, we have a young, dynamic open society.”

The ambassador said women will not need to get permission from legal guardians to get a license.

Furthermore, if a woman has a driver’s license in another Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country, she's allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, he said.

 


Guys With A Certain Shape Of Face Are More Likely To Cheat - According To Some Science

Guys With A Certain Shape Of Face Are More Likely To Cheat - According To Some Science

 

In today's news about your face—if you're a man and it's particularly wide, you're probably a cheater. Go get a ruler and a mirror and throw out everything you thought you knew about yourself. If your face is "more square or boxy," you cannot be trusted.

I'm kidding, but those were the results of an actual scientific study by researchers who decided who cares about cancer, we need a crack team to study my ex's cheating face.

According to a study published by Archives of Sexual Behavior, "facial width-to-height ratio (FWHR)" is linked "to a host of psychological and behavioral characteristics, primarily in men."

FWHR has been previously linked to increased testosterone.

Via a Newsweek report on this groundbreaking new way to screen your Tinder dates, the study found "that both men and women with shorter, wider faces were more sexually motivated, meaning they have higher libidos."

"Men with very wide faces (calculated as facial width-to-height ratio, or FWHR) had a higher sex drive than others and were more open to casual sex that does not involve love or commitment," they write. "They also considered being unfaithful to their significant others."

Right now it's natural to reflect back on every cheater you've ever known. What did their faces look like? Kinda square, you're thinking. Hey, what about Brad Pitt? He's always in cheating rumors!

Yeah! And his face is kinda square! Well, that's all the evidence I need, personally.

But if you're curious about the methodology here, well, Forbes has a good breakdown of the two studies that led to the wide-face equals cheating conclusion. From Forbes:

The first study recruited 145 heterosexual students (69 males and 76 females) from a mid-sized Canadian university who were currently in romantic relationships, measured the dimensions of their faces from facial photographs and then had them complete sexual drive questionnaires.

...

The second study recruited 314 students (43% men) from a different small Canadian university which was about 350 km away from the university where the first study was conducted. In addition to measuring the participant's FWHRs on facial photographs and sex drive via questionnaires, the researchers also had the participants complete questionnaires designed to measure attitudes towards and likelihood of infidelity or cheating.

According to the studies, a correlation was found between men with high FWHR and "unrestricted sociosexuality."

In layman's terms, those wide-faced dudes are more likely to cheat on you.

Find yourself a man with a skinny face.

 


Meanwhile In Russia....

Meanwhile In Russia....

 


10 Strange Ways People Did Things Before Modern Conveniences

10 Strange Ways People Did Things Before Modern Conveniences

We take many things for granted. In fact, there are a lot of modern conveniences that we just accept as part of life. Most people reading this have toilet paper, toothbrushes, running water, and electricity—and they don’t really have to figure out how to get by without them.

But there was a time when these things didn’t exist. People had to figure out other ways to do all those everyday tasks we take for granted. Things used to be a lot harder. And we don’t mean having to rewind VHS tapes before bringing them back to Blockbuster.

This is going to be a lot worse than that—and a lot weirder.

10 Before Fridges, People Dropped Frogs In Milk

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Before refrigerators were invented, most people’s diets were very different. There’s a lot of food that just isn’t practical if you can’t keep it cold. For example, milk goes bad quite quickly without a fridge to put it in, so most people just didn’t drink it that often.

But not the Russians. The Russians found a different solution. They put frogs in their milk.[1]

In some parts of Russia, people would drop frogs into buckets of milk to keep it from spoiling. That sounds a little strange, but oddly enough, it actually worked. The frogs’ skins were coated in an antibiotic peptide that kept bacteria from contaminating the milk, which actually made it safe to drink for a longer time.

Not that the Russians knew that. We didn’t figure that out until about five years ago. The people who did this had no idea that the frogs were keeping their milk from going bad until just recently. They were just dropping frogs into milk for reasons that no one can quite explain.

9 Before Toilet Paper, People Used Corncobs

Before toilet paper, people had to do some weird things to keep themselves clean. We’ve already told you about the Romans sharing a sponge on a stick and the Greeks wiping themselves with broken pieces of pottery. But weird ideas about bathroom hygiene didn’t end with the ancient world. They carried into the 19th century.

When settlers first came to America, they didn’t have mills churning out extra-soft, cottony toilet paper. They had to make do with what they had, which was usually leftover corncobs.[2]

Later, the Farmer’s Almanac started sending out copies of their magazine with a little hole in them. The hole was added so that people could hang the magazine by their toilets and then wipe themselves with the pages.

It took until 1857 for toilet paper to be mass-produced, and even then, it wasn’t that great. By 1935, toilet paper companies were advertising their products as “splinter-free.” Before then . . . ouch.

8 Before Alarm Clocks, People Nearly Wet Their Beds To Wake Up

There were a lot of ways to wake up before the alarm clock was invented. People living in towns had the chimes of the church bells, and people living on farms had roosters to crow them awake. But not everybody kept it that simple. In some places, people made getting up in the morning a much stranger experience.

Native Americans would make sure they got up early by drinking as much water as physically possible before falling asleep. That way, the water would fill up their bladders while they were sleeping. Pretty soon, they’d be so full that they felt like they were going to burst. So they’d either get up early and get a head start on the day—or else just burst.

In England, it was a bit easier. You could pay a “knocker-upper” to get you up in the morning.[3] Your knocker-upper would come to your house first thing in the morning and bang on your window with a long stick. And if he wanted to make his shilling, he’d keep banging until you got up and shared with him the customary curse words of morning.

7 Before Automated Messages, People Sat In Booths Saying What Time It Was

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Speaking clock hotlines—those phone numbers you can call to hear a voice tell you what the current time will be after the beep—still exist. But when they first came out, they were a little different—and working for one was a lot weirder.

In 1933, the first speaking clock hotline was set up in the United Kingdom. Anybody who wanted to know the time could call a phone number and hear someone say the time. But in 1933, they wouldn’t get patched through to a recording. They were connected to a live person who was just sitting in a room staring at a clock and reading what it said—24 hours a day.[4]

For some reason, people believed that sitting in a room, staring at a clock, and saying the time was a big honor back then. So phone companies held competitions to find “the girl with the golden voice.” One lucky girl would be sent up to the clock room, where she’d get to spend hours alone in the booth repeatedly reading the time to strangers. And if that didn’t beat all already, she’d also get a whole 10 guineas.

6 Before Artificial Light, People Slept In Segments

Before our houses were awash in light 24 hours a day, people slept differently. According to one theory, human sleeping habits completely changed when we started lighting up our homes with torches and light bulbs. Life changed, too.

Instead of just falling unconscious for six to eight hours—or if you’re a freelance listicle writer, 12 to 14—people would sleep for about four hours at a time.[5]They’d usually wake up in the middle of the night and spend a couple of hours getting some chores done. If they were in the upper class, they’d write in journals and somberly reflect on life instead. Then they’d go back to sleep.

According to the theory, sleeping that way might actually be better for us. For one thing, getting up after four hours releases a hormone called prolactin, which increases the sex drive. This might just be a clue to something else people did with that hour or so they spent awake.

5 Before Computers, There Were Human Computers

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Before personal computers were invented, we still had “computers.” They just didn’t have any electric parts. In the 17th century, a “computer” was a person you could hire to solve math problems for you—ideally, someone who was really, really patient.[6]

Astronomers and mathematicians would hire whole teams of people to come into an office and just do long, tedious math calculations for hours on end. They usually worked in shifts to keep from burning out.

It wasn’t exactly fun math. They did things like calculate the mathematical tables for trigonometry and logarithms. They filled up books with the answers to long, boring questions so that other people wouldn’t have to do it.

It had an incredible effect, though. Human computers filled out those early logarithm charts before calculators were invented. These people were even used to calculate the movement of Halley’s comet by doing math that would seem impossible today without a machine.

4 Before Toothbrushes, People Rubbed Crushed Pots Against Their Teeth

Before toothbrushes were invented, people had to find other ways to keep their teeth clean. A lot of ideas were tried. The Chinese poked their teeth with pig hairs,[7] the Sudanese chewed on flavored weeds, and the Spaniards washed out their mouths with a refreshing glass of their own urine. But most cultures took a slightly more painful approach.

Ancient toothbrushing was practically closer to whittling a piece of wood than it was to what we do today. People used incredibly harsh powders to scrape the gunk off their teeth.

For example, the Greeks and Romans used a crushed powder made from bones and oyster shells. That sounds rough, but at least they came in special flavors to make them more palatable. They could choose between a sweet hint of charcoal or the scrumptious flavor of tree bark.

It only got worse. By the Industrial Revolution, people were crushing up bricks and porcelain pots and rubbing them against their teeth.

Other cultures, though, took the easy way out. Like the Elizabethans, who just said to hell with the whole thing, stopped brushing, and told each other that having black, decayed teeth was just a cool, fashionable look.

3 Before Trains, People Didn’t Care What Time It Was

We’ve had clocks for a long time, and we had sundials before that. But that doesn’t mean people were glancing at the time every five seconds. Until the invention of the railway, knowing the exact time just wasn’t very important. So generally, people just didn’t care about the exact time.

There was no standardization of time until trains came along.[8] People would have a vague idea of the time of day, but it could be different from one town to another. The gold standard was the nearest sundial, which meant that you could be a few minutes off when compared to your neighbor and you wouldn’t really worry about it.

We didn’t become obsessed with time until the invention of the railroad. The Great Western Railway of England was the first company to actually set their clocks to a standard time, ushering in a whole new era of people worrying about whether it was one minute to nine or five minutes to nine.

Before that, knowing the time just wasn’t that big of a deal. Stores usually opened generally around a certain time. Nobody really cared that it was five minutes after eight o’clock and the hardware store wasn’t open yet.

2 Before Cologne, People Used Nosegays

In medieval Europe, people would gift each other nosegays. They were little flowers that you could hold or wear on your lapel as a charming little touch of color—and as a way to stop smelling the horrible stench of everyone around you.

At the time, people weren’t quite as into the whole “bathing” craze as they were during other periods in history. In some parts of Europe, people only bathed once a month. Nearly everybody was walking around with such a horrible stench that they’d given up on making themselves smell good. Instead, they just wanted to keep themselves from smelling everyone else.[9]

So they started handing out these little flowers—and they didn’t even hide why they were using them. One book written in the 18th century specifically recommends giving nosegays as a gift. It says: “When you are in a crowd, smell to [the nosegay], and you shall pass through without difficulty.”

1 Before Nail Clippers, People Just Let Their Nails Grow

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Fingernail clippers weren’t invented until 1875. Before that, keeping your nails clean took some effort. For example, Romans who cared about their appearance had to carefully pare away their nails with knives like they were carving the skin off an apple. Those who didn’t care probably just nibbled their nails away.

But that was only in Western society. In China, they handled it differently. They just didn’t clip their nails. Poor people in China worked so hard that their nails would just snap off on their own whenever they got long enough to get in the way. So they didn’t really have to bother with clipping them.[10]

But the rich people just grew their nails as long as they could. In China, having spiraling nails that were 0.3 meters (1 ft) long was a sign that you were rich enough not to work. So it became a fashion statement. Pretty soon, nothing said you had fashion sense like having massive, filthy claws extending out of your fingers like a monster in a horror movie.

 


10 Origins Of Famous Phrases

Here is: 10 Origins Of Famous Phrases

 

“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch!” “Who let the cat out of the bag?” “Let’s kill two birds with one stone.”

These are just some of the phrases, expressions, and proverbs that we all use on a daily basis when conversing with one another. Whether you’re at work, at home, or hanging out with your friends at a bar, chances are you’ve uttered one of these phrases more than once in your life.

But do we ever stop and think about what these expressions really mean? Where do they come from? What are their origin stories? Heck, some of them don’t even make sense. So let’s chow down on some facts and learn where these phrases came from. More information is just a stone’s throw away.

10 ‘Mad As A Hatter’

Ask the average person, and they’ll tell you this famous expression comes from Alice in Wonderland. But they would be mistaken. The Mad Hatter character isn’t the reason you use this phrase when describing someone who has completely lost his mind.

The true story goes back to the days when actual hatmakers used mercury to construct their products. The mercury used for the hat felt poisoned the hatmakers by negatively affecting their nervous systems.

Mercury caused aggressiveness, heavy mood swings, and erratic behavior. “Mad hatter’s disease” became the nickname for mercury poisoning, and the expression has been popular ever since.[1]

9 ‘Cat Got Your Tongue?’

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Often recited with a smirk, this expression has an interesting background and origin story. “Cat got your tongue?” is a line we use when reacting to someone who has been silenced or is at a loss for words.

So, what does it mean?

Well, surprisingly, it has nothing do with cats. In the English navy, punishments were handed out in the form of flogging, which was done with a whip known as a cat-o’-nine-tails.

It was quite the weapon. The pain was so bad that it caused its victims to go mute. They would be afraid to speak and would often remain silent for a long period of time after the flogging.

Drunken navy sailors would then walk around yelling, “Cat got your tongue?” as a way of taunting the victims.[2] So, next time you are left speechless because someone made a really good point, remember that it could be much worse.

8 ‘Don’t Throw The Baby Out With The Bathwater’

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This strange expression dates all the way back to the 1500s. Believe it or not, people in the 16th century only bathed once a year! To make matters worse, entire groups of people used the same bath and the same water. The water was not changed as each person took turns bathing.[3]

The men would go first, the women were second, and the children and babies went last. You can imagine how dirty that water was by the time the babies were up. In fact, it was so filthy that the water became clouded. Sometimes, mothers had to make sure that the babies weren’t literally thrown out with the dirty bathwater. Whatever happened to women and children first?

The phrase, “don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater,” now means that you should make sure you don’t throw out anything valuable while disposing of unnecessary things. Nothing is more valuable than a newborn baby, so the phrase still rings true today. Fortunately, we all get to take our own baths (or showers) today.

7 ‘It’s Raining Cats And Dogs’

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A long time ago, houses had thatched roofs. These roofs had thick straw piled together to form a ceiling but contained no wood underneath. They were typically seen on farms or in areas where there was a higher than average amount of wildlife.

On cold nights, the animals would search for warmth in their surroundings. According to one theory, the most reliable place was on top of that thatched roof with the pile of straw. Animals like dogs, cats, mice, and rats climbed on these roofs to sleep in a warm place. Bugs went there, too.

Unfortunately, when it rained, the thatched roofs got so slippery that the cats and dogs would slip and fall off the roofs. So, when it rained heavily, it would literally rain cats and dogs (and mice and bugs, but that doesn’t sound as nice).[4]

That’s one possible origin of this phrase. But many people feel that this story has been debunked over the years. Apparently, the animals would have had to lie on the outside of a thatched roof, which is a silly place to seek shelter during heavy rain.

So the origin of this phrase remains unclear. There are many alternative theories, including a popular one from Norse mythology. The Norse story features the storm god Odin, who was attended by dogs and wolves. It also has witches in it, who rode on their brooms with black cats during storms. When Odin became angry and caused a storm, cats were said to bring the rain and dogs brought the wind.

6 ‘Bring Home The Bacon’

There are multiple theories as to where this phrase comes from. But the two most popular have to do with pigs. According to one theory, “bring home the bacon” comes from winners at state fairs bringing home the greased pigs they caught in competitions. The winners showed a sense of power and dominance.

The more popular theory[5] is that highly successful men back in the day would buy pork, cook up some bacon, and then hang the bacon on their walls when guests came over. This showed everyone how successful the men were.

Walking into a man’s house and seeing his bacon hanging on the wall meant that he was to be respected. In this case, bringing home the literal bacon was the ultimate sign of power and class.

5 ‘A Bird In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Bush’

According to this popular proverb, it is sometimes better to have a lesser advantage if that advantage has a more certain outcome than to seek a greater advantage that could come to nothing. So where does this interesting expression come from?

It goes all the way back to the art of medieval falconry. A “bird in the hand” refers to the dominant species, the falcon, and “two in the bush” is the falcon’s prey. In that instance, it is worth more to be the falcon than to be the thing that falcons are hunting. Therefore, you would rather be a bird in the hand than two in the bush.

The first known use of the proverb goes back to 1670 when John Ray used it in an A Hand-book of Proverbs.[6]

4 ‘What’s Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander’

Jerry Seinfeld would tell you that this popular proverb refers to “a goose that had the ol’ switcheroo pulled on ‘em.” But like much of what that famous comedian says, he’s joking.

The real origin?

Actually, the proverb meant that anything good enough for a man (the gander) should be good enough for a woman (the goose). In our progressive times today, we no longer think in these terms. But a long time ago, they did.[7]

Interestingly enough, the original expression was “what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.”

3 ‘Eat Crow’

If we have to “eat crow,” it’s usually when we’ve been proven wrong after taking a particularly strong position on something. It doesn’t sound nice, and it isn’t.

The expression originates from exactly where you’d expect. The meat of a crow tastes as bad as it looks. It’s distasteful and hard to swallow. The simple connection to the term “eating crow” can start and end there, but there is an even more interesting origin story.

Back in the War of 1812, an American accidentally went hunting across British enemy lines. The US soldier was caught shooting and killing a crow by a British soldier in the area. As punishment, the British soldier, after complimenting the American on his accurate shooting, tricked the US soldier into giving up his gun.

Now armed, the Brit pointed the gun at the American’s face and forced him to take a bite of the crow. After the American complied, the enemy soldier gave back the gun. The American then turned his gun on the Brit and forced him to eat the rest of the bird.[8] War can get ugly.

2 ‘On Cloud Nine’

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This obviously had to be number nine. Isn’t it great to feel like you’re on cloud nine? How many times have you felt that way, and how many times have you used that expression to describe it?

If you’ve lived a good life, chances are quite a lot. But did you ever stop to think about where the expression comes from? We always thought it was a reference to Heaven, but these theories explain the true nature of the phrase.

According to one known origin of the expression, one of the classifications of clouds, defined by the US Weather Bureau in the 1950s, is known as “Cloud Nine.” It is a fluffy, cumulonimbus type of cloud.[9]

What makes this cloud so special? Well, in the cloud community, it is considered to be the most attractive, which gives the phrase “on cloud nine” its positive connotation.

Another theory states that “Cloud Nine” is one of the stages of enlightenment in Buddhism.

1 ‘Crocodile Tears’

We all know what it means to cry “crocodile tears.” For those who may not, allow us to explain. The expression references someone who is faking crying or pretending to be upset. When they do this, they are known to be shedding crocodile tears.

What does this phrase mean, and where does it come from? Do crocodiles cry a lot? Is it because they never cry?[10]

Well, no, the origin is believed to be much more interesting. In an ancient anecdote, Photios claimed that crocodiles cry to strategically lure their prey closer to them. When the prey gets closer, the crocodiles drop the act and pounce on their prey.

So if a crocodile is sad and sincerely upset, is the crocodile’s tears still considered crocodile tears?

+‘To Boot’

Here’s a bonus item on the list to boot.

“To boot” is an expression that means “in addition to” or “besides.” However, it has nothing to do with the type of footwear that we throw on our feet in the winter.

So, why do we use the term to describe adding on to something?[11]

Legend has it that the word “boot” in this instance comes from Old English and Middle English. The original word, bote, meant “to have an advantage” or “to have something included in a bargain.” Over time, as the English language evolved, the word bote became “boot” and the rest is history.


20 USELESS BUT TRUE FACTS TO FILL UP THE EMPTY SPACE BETWEEN YOUR EARS

20 USELESS BUT TRUE FACTS TO FILL UP THE EMPTY SPACE BETWEEN YOUR EARS 


Here's The Average Age People Lose Their Virginity Around The World

Here's The Average Age People Lose Their Virginity Around The World

 

Losing your virginity is a milestone in your life. It’s up there with passing your driving test and having your mum ask you to get something she can’t reach off the top shelf for the first time.

The thing is though, much like the disappointment of having to drive around with one of those awful black boxes and then being called in by your mum to unload the dishwasher because all of a sudden she can’t get the glasses to the top of the cupboard, losing your virginity is awkward and surprisingly dull.

That being said, once you’ve got the initial embarrassment (and mild pain) of your first time over, you can spread your wings. But when is that for most people? Well, thanks to your friendly neighbourhood rubber suppliers, Durex, a study has revelaved what country, on average, looses their virginity first.

The darker the red, the younger the national average is…

Only 44 countries were included so it stands to reason that, I don’t know… Bolivia could have an average of 48. Doubt it though.

The lowest age for losing one’s virginity can be found in Iceland at a lowly 15.6-years-old… I think I was slowly transitioning from Lego to drinking at that age.

Iceland is then followed by other Nordic-Scandi countries with Denmark averaging 16.1, Sweden at 16.2 and Norwegian teens loosing their virginities at 16.5-years-old, joint fourth with the Finnish (perhaps together?)

The United Kingdom are 26th on the list, losing their V-plates at 18.3-years-old. The oldest in the list to join the club are the Malaysians, averaging an age of 23. Here’s the full list:

44. Malaysia: 23
43. India: 22.9
42. Singapore: 22.8
41. China: 22.1
40. Thailand: 20.5
39. Hong Kong: 20.2
38. Vietnam: 19.7
37. Nigeria: 19.7
36. Japan: 19.4
35. Spain: 19.2
34. Indonesia: 19.1
33. Poland: 19
32. Italy: 18.9
31. Taiwan: 18.9
30. Russia: 18.7
29. Mexico: 18.7
28. South Africa: 18.7
27. France: 18.5
26. United Kingdom: 18.3
25. Switzerland: 18.2
24. Canada: 18.1
23. Netherlands: 18.1
22. Greece: 18.1
21. United States: 18
20. Australia: 17.9
19. Turkey: 17.8
18. New Zealand: 17.8
17. Slovakia: 17.8
16. Germany: 17.6
15. Brazil: 17.4
14. Ireland: 17.3
13. Croatia: 17.3
12. Austria: 17.3
11. Czech Republic: 17.2
10. Chile: 17.2
9. Belgium: 17.2
8. Portugal: 16.9
7. Bulgaria: 16.9
6. Israel: 16.7
5. Finland: 16.5
4. Norway: 16.5
3. Sweden: 16.2
2. Denmark: 16.1
1. Iceland: 15.6

No clue why the Icelandics are such huge shaggers. I guess with all of the geysers and volcanoes, their country is essentially one big innuendo. It’s a wonder they don’t start earlier, come to think of it…


Drunk People Taste Test Drunk Food From Around The World

Drunk People Taste Test Drunk Food From Around The World

"How drunk were we supposed to be? Did I go over the limit?"


The UK's Most Miserable Cities Have Been Revealed

The UK's Most Miserable Cities Have Been Revealed

 

Maybe I’m being overly harsh; once you get past the lack of jobs, rundown arcades, shit-filled beach and general this-is-the-worst-place-on-Earth-vibes you get off the local residents, it’s actually pretty lovely.

I suppose everyone thinks their town or city is a bit of a shithole, but now we have an actual, definitive list of the most miserable places in the UK.

(God, this article is going to be drab – I’ll try and throw in some light humour as often as I can to pick it up a little.)

And how do we know this? Well, a new study asked 3,000 Brits to rate their general life satisfaction on a scale of one to ten.

After all was said and done, Edinburgh came out as the most miserable place to live in the UK, with just 16% of its residents describing themselves as ‘happy’, instead preferring the word ‘anxious’.

Anxious is a bit of an odd choice of word: pissed off, fed up, depressed, sad – all words you’d think people would say instead, but no, apparently the people of Edinburgh are anxious.

Other cities found towards the bottom of the happiness table were Liverpool, Southampton and Glasgow. This survey really isn’t doing any favours for the stereotype of Scotland…

On the other, more cheerful side of things, Brighton came out on top as the happiest place to live, with more than a third of its inhabitants describing their lives as ‘happy’.

Leicester and Portsmouth were also close to the top, with Oxford, Norwich and Bristol also ranking highly.

The most miserable cities in order of least happy to most happy were as follows:

Edinburgh

Liverpool

Southampton

Glasgow

Leeds

Sheffield

Plymouth

York

Birmingham

Cardiff

Coventry

Belfast

Manchester

Cambridge

London

Bristol

Norwich

Chelmsford

Oxford

Newcastle

Portsmouth

Leicester

Brighton and Hove

Marketing Director Kerry Collinge, for 9NINE Seed brand, which commissioned the study, said:

“Brighton residents have found themselves topping our happiest city chair. 

Maybe it’s the sea air and sunny weather that keeps them smiling.

Happiness is at the heart of our brand. Our study has helped to show that when it comes to the secret of happiness the simple things in life are usually best.

Forty winks, close friends and enough time with our favourite food and entertainment seem to keep a smile on the faces of most.”

Keep your chin up people of Scotland, at least you have Irn-Bru and The Loch Ness Monster. Nobody can take those away from you…


10 Ways Pop Culture Has Skewed Our Perceptions About Psychopaths

10 Ways Pop Culture Has Skewed Our Perceptions About Psychopaths

Over the years, psychopathy has been depicted extensively in popular culture. Whether these people are in movies, books, or television programs, we’re never too far from encountering a psychopath in a fictional sense or otherwise.

As they’re portrayed, they’re not going to be the people you invite for dinner. The media paints psychopaths as cold, calculating individuals who can’t tell right from wrong. They are just downright evil in many people’s eyes.

Sure, they’re not wired like the average person. But they’re not all sinister characters like Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, either. Today, we’ll tell you the truth about psychopaths. It may not be what you expect.

 

10 Lack Of Empathy

Cold, alien people who live outside the norms of society. That’s the general perception of psychopaths we’ve gained from popular culture. Certainly, most of us wouldn’t describe a psychopath as an empathic individual.

When Hannibal Lecter was callously butchering and eating people, he obviously had no thoughts about the person’s pain. But simply saying that psychopaths are not empathetic isn’t exactly true.

It’s more that they have an empathy switch. This metaphorical switch in their heads can be turned on or off or dimmed down at a time of their choosing. The switch can also be influenced by external factors.

For the majority of people, feeling empathy is natural. It’s not something you need to think about. But for psychopaths, empathy is not the default mode. It’s more a voluntary feeling.

When they want to empathize, they can turn on the charm and do just that. This is often for their own personal gain. Once they’ve used their methods of seduction, the empathetic switch is turned off.[1]

Psychopaths are aware of what empathy is. But for them, it’s a real effort to be empathic. The feeling of empathy is like being held in restraints. Once the shackles are loose, that’s when you get the psychopaths that you’ve learned about in popular culture.

9 Psychopaths Are All Manic Men

There’s a reason that the vast majority of psychopaths in popular culture are men. It’s simply because this mental health disorder primarily manifests in men. We’re very rarely confronted with a female psychopath.

In part, this is because women naturally possess greater levels of empathy than men. Women are generally more concerned about moral issues and other people’s well-being than men. Therefore, psychopathic females are likely to rate a lot lower on the PCL-R (psychopathy checklist) than their male counterparts.[2]

Although few studies have been done on women, research into male psychopathy has been carried out extensively, especially on prison populations. Psychopaths in such institutions tend to be men.

It’s also widely believed that psychopathy in women manifests later in life. It may develop due to jealousy, manipulation, unstable relationships—things that tend to happen in adult life. It’s a form of relational aggression, as opposed to covert aggression which is commonly displayed by male psychopaths.

8 Nothing Can Alter A Psychopath’s Way Of Thinking

Think about the psychopaths you’ve known from popular culture. Do you think that having a sit-down with them and telling them to be more empathic would have an effect?

No, they’d probably just scoff and dismiss everything you say. Even if they were to take some of it in, it would be unlikely to have much effect. In fact, it seems preposterous to think it would work.

But there’s a study that shows that it actually can work. Whether psychopaths consciously or unconsciously make a decision to feel empathy, telling them to be more empathetic can actually make them more empathic.

A Dutch team of scientists showed a group of 21 psychopaths some videos of violent crimes, people in pain, and people in conflict with one another. The brain activity of the group was measured. The motor, somatosensory, and emotional brain regions of the patients weren’t as active as nonpsychopathic patients.

Then the study participants were told to try to empathize more with the individuals in the videos. The activation of these brain regions increased to the point where it was hard to distinguish between the brain images of the psychopathic and nonpsychopathic patients.[3]

Instead of keeping Hannibal Lecter caged up, perhaps just telling him to be more empathetic would have been the best course of action.

7 A Case For Insanity

The psychopathic maniacs offered up by popular culture are often killers who are capable of truly heinous crimes. In horror movies and psychological thrillers, these characters and their twisted ways are often rammed down our throats. Consequently, they stick in our minds and change our perceptions of psychopaths in real life.

Of course, some people do fit this characterization. Most people would deem such individuals to be insane. But the majority of psychopaths are anything but. They are not psychotic. Instead, they are very much in control of their mental faculties. They know what’s right and what’s wrong. It’s just that they’re not emotionally involved, so they find it easier to make wrong decisions and commit crimes.

The American Psychiatric Association recognizes psychopathy as a personality disorder rather than an insanity disorder. Nevertheless, philosophers and neuroscientists have argued for insanity pleas to be allowed.[4] Even so, psychopaths aren’t legally classified as being insane. However, it may be hard to believe that the psychopaths we know from popular culture are not insane.

6 Psychopathic Traits Mean Psychopath

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The use of the term “psychopath” gets thrown around far too loosely nowadays. Anyone who does something remotely bad must be a psychopath. We’re not just talking about killers, either.

Famous characters from popular culture—such as Dr. House from the eponymous series or Dr. Cox from the medical comedy, Scrubs—have been labeled psychopaths by quite a few people. Their poor bedside manners, grandiose attitudes, cockiness, and other traits led people to believe that they had this personality disorder.

They definitely had a few traits that would appear on the PCL-R checklist. But that certainly is not an indication of psychopathy. Most of us will have a few ticks on that PCL-R checklist. It’s not a reason for alarm.

The Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy has deemed an indication of psychopathy to be a “constellation of traits.”[5] Therefore, pay no heed to this trend of labeling everybody and anybody a psychopath. Not every bad person on this planet is a psychopath.

5 Criminals Are Psychopaths

In popular culture, every Tom, Dick, and Harry who winds up in prison tends to be a psychopath. It has led us to believe that prisons are full of psychopathic individuals.

It’s true that the vast majority of people in prison do have a personality disorder of some type. This is based on violent, antisocial actions. But these traits don’t extend to psychopathy.

Approximately 75 percent of prison inmates have personality disorders. Only 16 percent of US inmates are psychopaths. Therefore, it’s important to note that criminality and psychopathy don’t necessarily go hand in hand.[6]

4 They Possess No Emotion

They are cold, calculating individuals with absolutely no emotion. That’s the only reason that these psychopathic people from popular culture can commit their crimes. It’s not just a case of lacking empathy. The entire range of emotions is lacking. Even positive emotions like love.

When Hannibal Lecter developed psychopathy, he found it hard to love anyone. He just wanted to play with people’s minds because they fascinated him for his own amusement. Of course, he wanted to feast on their organs, too.

But this doesn’t mean that psychopaths don’t have any emotions. That’s a different type of personality disorder entirely. Classic psychopaths, those at the high end of the spectrum, have a hard time feeling emotions. However, there are incidences that can trigger an emotional response.

For example, the death of someone with whom there’s a close bond can elicit crying. A psychopath’s ability to experience emotions really depends on how high his individual score is on the PCL-R checklist.[7]

3 Always Content

Psychopaths in popular culture never seem to feel down. Even after committing heinous acts, they’re rarely depicted as crying or in emotional turmoil because of their actions. They give the impression that they’re in control and content with where they are and what they’ve done. Even when chained up in prison cells, they seem almost happy with life.

But in reality, psychopaths can feel down even though they don’t experience the same level of emotions as the average person. They can even experience depression. That’s because psychopaths have a strong sense of entitlement. When things aren’t going their way, that’s when they commit crimes.

But sometimes, things can’t be put right by committing offenses. Psychopaths can’t always get their own way. This can be very distressing and can lead to other mental health disorders such as depression. A depressed psychopath sounds a tad odd, but it is fairly common among certain types of psychopaths.[8]

2 Don’t Pay Heed To Other People’s Emotions

Psychopaths from popular culture can only commit their crimes because they don’t have a clue about emotions. In the real world, that’s simply not the case. They may not be in touch with their own emotions, but they’re probably more adept than most people at reading others.

Let’s look at Hannibal Lecter again. He could read people like a book. Sure, he was a psychiatrist, but psychopaths in other professions can be just as skilled. They know and understand what you feel. They just don’t care. That’s why they can often be very charming—because they know what makes you tick. That characteristic makes them very dangerous, cunning individuals.[9]

1 We All Know What The Term ‘Psychopath’ Means

The word “psychopath” gets thrown around a lot in popular culture. Therefore, you’d think that medical professionals would have a good understanding of psychopathy. However, the label “psychopath” is actually ill-defined.

When it comes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, psychopathy isn’t to be found. The closest condition is an antisocial behavioral disorder.

Despite these prominent figures from popular culture who are labeled as psychopaths, it’s not an actual diagnosis. A more accurate diagnosis would be an antisocial personality disorder.[10] Yes, even for Hannibal Lecter.

 


Why We Eat Too Much

Why We Eat Too Much

We’re hugely invested in the idea that the cause of obesity lies with diet – and that we should therefore solve the problem with kale and apple soup (and other such products). But the real cause of obesity has nothing to do with food. It lies in our emotional under-nourishment. We will start to eat less when we feel more connected, more understood and more in touch with our feelings.


10 Weird Things Banned Around The World

10 Weird Things Banned Around The World

 

We rarely learn much about the laws of the countries we visit as tourists, yet sometimes having knowledge of this kind may prevent unpleasant eventualities. In addition, some of these laws are so unusual we struggle to actually believe them.

 

It’s prohibited to eat biscuits on Christmas Day

The United Kingdom

In 1644, Oliver Cromwell prohibited celebrating Christmas because he considered it immoral. Many attributes of the holiday were officially banned, including sweet buns and biscuits, but only on Christmas Day.

It’s curious that there hasn’t been a decree to abolish Cromwell’s law, so every Englishman technically commits a crime when eating a biscuit on Christmas Day — it’s just that nobody cares.

You can’t touch whales

The United Kingdom

Here’s another strange UK law: all whales, dolphins, and other sea mammals within a 3-mile radius of the UK are considered the property of the Queen, so you’re prohibited from touching them. Please try not to.

You can’t rescue the drowning

China

The mysterious mentality of the East couldn’t have left the laws of China untouched. One of them says that rescuing drowning people is illegal.

This law is connected with the Eastern philosophy stating that tampering with a person’s fate is immoral. However, skeptics think the Chinese authorities just try to control the population with this regulation.

It’s illegal to kiss at train stations

France

This law is effective both in France and some stations in the UK: lovers are prohibited from kissing at railway stations.

It first appeared in France in 1910, when trains were often delayed by couples who didn’t want to part. As a result, the authorities banned kissing at platforms but still made special "kissing zones" where lovers may take a moment of tenderness.

It’s against the law to feed the pigeons

Italy

While it’s perfectly fine to feed a pigeon with a piece of bread, in Venice it’s an illegal act punishable by a fine. This law was enacted to prevent the birds from soiling the beautiful statues and architectural monuments.

Banned Kinder Surprise

The USA

The famous chocolate eggs had been prohibited all around the US since the very day of their appearance. The reason for this was that, according to US laws, it is prohibited to put toys into food for fear of children choking on the small parts.

In 2013, the States finally saw the Kinders on the shelves of their stores. The authorities allowed the eggs to be sold on condition there would be large toys inside made of a single part.

You can’t pay only with change

Canada

In Canada, you can’t just crack your old coin bank and buy something with its contents. A law that came into effect in 1985 prohibits paying with coins only if the price of the purchase is over 10 Canadian dollars.

It’s illegal to forget about your wife’s birthday

Samoa

Samoa is an independent state in the Pacific Isles that’s famous for its unusual laws. One of them states a husband shall not forget about his wife’s birthday. If that still happens, the court will make the man pay a fine that goes straight into his wife’s hands.

Don’t show your tattoos

Japan

Most Japanese people don’t have tattoos, and even today, they continue to be stigmatized in mainstream society due to their association with criminal groups, such as the Yakuza. There is no law prohibiting tattoos, but several hotels, gym, public baths or onsen (hot spring) may not admit customers who have visible tattoos.

You shall not step on money

Thailand

And finally, a law that all travelers to Thailand should know. Watch your step while in this exotic country because it’s illegal to step on either coins or bills with portraits of venerable Thai citizens engraved on them.


Racism Banner Causes Scene At Fenway

Racism Banner Causes Scene At Fenway

A banner draped from the stands of Boston's Fenway Park was meant to spark a conversation, says one of the individuals involved in Wednesday night's stunt. In that sense, it was a success. During the fourth inning of the Red Sox game against the Oakland Athletics, three protesters unfurled a black banner with white lettering, reading "Racism is as American as baseball," from front-row seats above the left field wall as two other protesters documented the incident, report CSNNE and the Boston Globe. Though the sign was only visible for two minutes, it sparked a debate on social media, per the Boston Herald, including about what it actually meant, with some believing it was designed to promote racism. In reality, it was meant to do the opposite.

Designed in response to racist comments Red Sox fans hurled at Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles back in May, the banner was meant "to remind everyone that just as baseball is fundamental to American culture and history, so too is racism. White people need to wake up to this reality before white supremacy can truly be dismantled," the protesters wrote in a statement to CSNNE, adding they were inspired by groups tied to racial justice—including Black Lives Matter, but not antifa. "It's kind of telling that it is being interpreted as [an ambiguous message]," one of the protesters adds. Though at least one person demanded the protesters be arrested, four of them were simply escorted from the park (the fifth protester left separately) because signs are barred from being "hung or affixed to the ballpark," notes a Red Sox statement.

 


20 “Facts” We’re All Taught As Kids, But Are Totally False

20 “Facts” We’re All Taught As Kids, But Are Totally False

It’s often said that teachers have the most important job in the world. Everyone has a teacher, for better or worse, that they will remember for the rest of their lives. The life lessons that our early educators teach us stick with us for our entire lives, whether intentionally or accidentally. Oftentimes, a piece of information we pick up as a child sticks with us for our entire lives. We don’t dispute the information taught to us as children because, as far as we’re concerned, adults are always right about everything. But that’s not the case.

Adults can’t know everything about everything. Nobody can. But what everyone does, to a fault, is assume information is correct because it makes immediate sense to us. For example, we all believe in gravity because we can drop an object and observe that the object will fall to the ground. We can see a sign that says “wet paint,” but we won’t believe that the paint is really wet until we touch it for ourselves.

On this list, you’ll find a number of “facts” told to you throughout your life that are actually bullsh*t. For one reason or another, these false pieces of information have become so popular that you might refuse to believe that they aren’t true. But trust me, they aren’t.

20. The Great Wall Of China

The Myth: The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure that you can see from space. More so, the Great Wall of China is so big, you can see it from the moon.

The Truth: To start, you can see millions of man-made structures from outer space. Have you ever seen a photo of Earth at night? There are numerous areas illuminated by city lights. Those are the main man-made structures that you can see from space, and you might struggle to see them from the moon.

The Great Wall of China, on the other hand, is long, but it isn’t wide. Realistically, it’s about the width of a two-lane road. If you could see the great wall of China from space, you could see just about every main road in existence — which we can, of course, but only through the right camera or satellite.

According to astronaut Jay Apt, “We look for the Great Wall of China. Although we can see things as small as airport runways, the Great Wall seems to be made largely of materials that have the same color as the surrounding soil. Despite persistent stories that it can be seen from the moon, the Great Wall is almost invisible from only 180 miles up.”

19. How Your Body Digests Gum

The Myth: Swallowed gum stays in your stomach for 7 years because your body can’t digest it.

The Truth: As kids, we’re always told that if we swallow a piece of gum, it will stay in our stomach for 7 years. This myth stems from a misunderstanding about how our digestive system actually works.

To start, your body can’t break down gum in the way it breaks down food. Our digestive tracts aren’t meant to digest gum resin. Instead of trying to digest it, our body just pushes it through our digestive tract with the rest of our food (that has been digested). This doesn’t take 7 years, though, and our body does it with ease.

That said, if you swallow enough gum or a large enough piece of gum, you run the chance of blocking your digestive tract. But don’t worry — that rarely ever happens.

18. The Salem Witch Trials

The Myth: The Salem Witch Trials were a number of court cases where people in colonial Massachusetts were accused of witchcraft. Twenty people were executed, and it’s commonly believed that these people were burned at the stake.

The Truth: Not a single person was burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials. It’s now believed that 19 of those sentenced to death were sent to the gallows, where they were hanged. One person was pressed to death with heavy stones after he refused to plead innocent or guilty. Five others accused of witchcraft died while awaiting trial in prison.

The myth, which is often portrayed on television, is believed to have been inspired by the fact that during the European witch trials (around the same time period), death by fire was a common practice. Historians have estimated that over three centuries, 50,000 people were executed for being witches in Europe. Even then, few people were actually burned at the stake. Most of them were hanged or beheaded, and then, their bodies were burned after their deaths.

17. Blood Inside The Body Is Blue

The Myth: Blood inside of your body is blue until it comes into contact with oxygen. That’s why your veins are blue!

The Truth: This is perhaps the most commonly believed “fact” in this article, so much so, that I’ve gotten into heated arguments with friends about whether or not blood in your body is blue. This myth is commonly taught in school because it’s much easier to say than to actually teach why your veins are blue.

Basically, our veins are optical illusions built into our bodies. Our eyes are only able to see things because different wavelengths are reflected into our eye. Scientists believe that blue light doesn’t penetrate our body tissue as deeply as red light does, which is why veins close to the surface of our skin look blue when we look at them. Furthermore, blood with little oxygen in it absorbs more red light than blue light, which increases the chance that blue light is reflected back to our eyes.

Our blue veins (that have red blood in them) are really just an optical illusion!

16. Who Built The Pyramids?

The Myth: Hebrew slaves were forced to build the pyramids by the pharaohs of Egypt.

The Truth: This myth is often perpetuated by the popularity of religious texts. Though not explicitly stated, the Bible heavily implies that Israelite slaves were forced to make the bricks that were used to build the pyramids. The myth was perpetuated further when Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin, on a visit to Egypt, claimed that Jewish people built the pyramids.

Since architects and archaeologists have been studying the Great Pyramid at Giza, they’ve become more and more impressed with it. The structure is built symmetrically, each brick is designed perfectly, and the structure aligns with a number of solar bodies. Due to the complexity of the Great Pyramid, some people are under the belief that it was designed by extraterrestrials. The truth, however, is a lot more boring.

The physical evidence found at the sites of the pyramids suggest that the people who built the pyramids were skilled workers, tradesmen, and other laborers who came from the far regions of Egypt. The work is far too perfect to have been slave labor. Furthermore, burial plots have been found at the pyramids, which, according to Egypt’s lead archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, suggests that the workers were highly respected and not slaves. That said, the bones found in these graves suggest the men suffered from arthritis, back pain, and generally bad health due to how hard their work was.

15. Cracking Your Knuckles Causes Arthritis

The Myth: Cracking your knuckles will lead to arthritis + knuckle cracking is completely harmless.

The Truth: The origin of this myth is unknown, but it more than likely stems from the fact that hearing someone crack their knuckles is dreadfully annoying. But knuckle crackers have been suspicious of the claim that their cracking habit is bad for their health. One man went as far as to crack the knuckles in one hand for 60 years to prove that it doesn’t lead to arthritis.

No medical study has been able to successfully link knuckle cracking with arthritis — but that doesn’t mean that it’s harmless. There’s a direct connection between chronic knuckle crackers and reduced grip strength. Additionally, there are published reports of long-term injuries suffered while people were trying to crack their knuckles. Crack carefully!

14. Girls Can’t Be Color Blind

The Myth: It’s impossible for girls to be color blind.

The Truth: Numerous studies have reported that men and women see things differently. Literally. Women are able to distinguish among shades of color significantly better than men. I’m sure you’ve experienced this at some point in your life.

Due to women’s adept ability to see color, many believe that it’s physically impossible for a woman to be color blind. I was actually taught this in school at an early age and believed it for a good chunk of my life. But, as you’re about to find out, it’s completely untrue.

While men are significantly more likely to be color blind (8% chance), women are still able to suffer from color blindness (0.5% chance). Researchers believe that color blindness stems from a problem in the X chromosome. Since women have two X chromosomes, if one has a problem seeing colors, the other chromosome picks up the slack. Men are unable to do this, which is generally why there are more color blind men than women.

13. The Food Pyramid Is A Lie

The Myth: Majority of your diet should be grains, followed by fruits and vegetables, dairy, meat, and fats.

The Truth: This isn’t some sort of vegan-movement propaganda. The traditional food pyramid, the one we were all taught in elementary school, is considered incorrect by today’s dietitians. For a long time, it was widely believed that we needed to consume more grains (and carbs) than fruits and vegetables. Most government bodies concerned with nutrition are in agreement that we need to eat more fruits and vegetables than any other food group.

For years, the American food pyramid was teaching people they needed to consume 11 servings of grains per day. In typical American fashion, this number (and the idea we need to eat more grains than vegetables) was put in place to boost the processed wheat and corn industries after the second World War. Many nutritionists believe that this terrible food pyramid is a significant cause of the obesity epidemic in the United States.

Today, it’s recommended that you have 3 to 5 servings of grains a day — more than half of what was previously recommended.

12. Never Research On The Internet

The Myth: The internet is an unreliable source of information.

The Truth:  I’m sure many of you have had your teachers scold you for using the internet to research a topic rather than an encyclopedia. I once had a teacher who wouldn’t accept any assignments if she caught you on Wikipedia during class.

Today, almost every teacher in the world would encourage students to use the internet for research. It’s literally a database, with everything ever recorded at your fingertips. In the past, universities would scoff at anyone who preferred to research a paper online but are now encouraging students to use this very powerful educational resource.

Of course, proceed with caution when using a website for research. You may not have the best luck finding accurate information with a Google search, but many universities have online databases filled with academic research papers.

I’m just waiting for the day that Wikipedia becomes seen as a fairly reputable source for broad information. Compared to expert papers, Wikipedia is terrible — but it should be viewed as just as accurate, if not more, than Encyclopedias published today.

11. Every Adult Writes In Cursive

The Myth: When learning how to write cursively, we’re all told that when we get older, everyone writes in cursive. After learning how to write cursively in Grade 3, I was told that the following year (and every year after), no teacher would accept written work unless it was written in cursive.

The Truth: To tell you the truth, cursive writing has been on the brink of dying since 1935. For decades, educators have struggled to teach children the importance of writing in cursive — because it really isn’t all that important, especially today. In the past, cursive writing may have been the formal way of writing documents, but today, everyone uses computers to create any document. People only use cursive to sloppily sign their name on legal documents. And, as a result, people have been claiming for decades that everyone’s handwriting has been getting worse — which is somewhat true, speaking from personal experience.

That said, many studies have shown that students who are taught both cursive and print do better on reading tests. Nonetheless, it’s only a matter of time before cursive is completely phased out. It’s really not as common as our teachers made it seem.

10. Your Tongue Has Flavour Sections

The Myth: Your tongue uses different areas to taste different flavors. It was originally believed that your tongue was divided into four areas — sweet, sour, salty and bitter — and these areas could be identified on a tongue map.

The Truth: The myth that your tongue has flavor sections dates back to 1901, when a German scientist named D.P. Hanig tried to measure the sensitivity on the tongue for four basic tastes. Based on nothing other than the thoughts of his patients, Hanig concluded that different regions of the tongue were dedicated to certain tastes. For example, Hanig believed the tip of your tongue was used to taste sweet flavors.

To start, there aren’t just four flavors (sweet, sour, salty, and bitter); there’s one more called “umami,” which is common in Japanese foods. Some scientists believe that there’s a taste receptor for fat, but others are unconvinced.

It’s been proven — and can be proven by you — that your tongue is designed to taste all flavors on all parts of your tongue. If you put salt on the tip of your tongue, you will taste it. According to the tongue map, you should only be able to taste sweet flavors on the tip of your tongue. How Hanig’s theory was able to exist for nearly a century without being challenged is beyond me.

9. The Mental-Math Myth

The Myth: “You won’t always have a calculator in your pocket.”

The Truth: When trying to get students to learn the importance of mental math, most teachers would tell them that they won’t have a calculator in their pocket all of the time. Oh boy, how they were wrong. Not only do most of us always have a calculator, but we have also an entire database of practically every piece of human knowledge at our fingertips. And that’s why we all love our smartphones.

But as much as I love my smartphone, I rarely ever use it as a calculator. I’ll try to figure out the math in my head before turning to my calculator. Why? Because of the benefits that come with practicing mental math.

To start, researchers have proven that the act of working out math calculations improves reasoning, problem-solving skills, and behavior. If that’s not enough reason for you, it’s way faster to figure out simple multiplication in your head rather than to take out your phone and open your calculator app.

8. Your Brain Doesn’t Heal Itself

The Myth: Brain cells don’t grow back. Once you lose them, they’re gone forever.

The Truth: For decades, people believed that adults were unable to create new brain cells, but recent studies have disproved that claim. According to neuroscientists, everyone has the ability to develop new brain cells that enhance their cognitive function. This process is called neurogenesis and allows new brain cells to develop in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning information, storing long-term memories, and controlling emotions. Even elderly people generate an estimated 700 brain cells a day, which is nothing compared to the billions that already exist.

There are numerous ways to boost how many cells your brain is making per day. You can do this through aerobic exercise, brain exercises (any task that makes you concentrate, such as brushing your teeth with the wrong hand or playing video games), having sex, or just relaxing!

7. You Only Have 5 Senses

The Myth: You only have 5 senses: sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste.

The Truth: The idea of humans only having five senses can be traced back to Aristotle’s De Anima (On the Soul), where he devotes a chapter to sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste. It may seem like a universal truth at this point, but there are a number of sensations you experience every day that aren’t part of the “original” senses.

Defining a “sense” can be difficult, but they’re typically thought of as information that defines our reality. While you may be struggling to think of another sense that you have, I’ll give you an example: close your eyes, and use your finger to touch the tip of your nose. You’re using one of your lesser-known senses known as proprioception, and it’s the awareness we have of where our body parts are located. There are other senses that you have that you’ve completely forgotten about. Thanks to a little portion of your inner ear, you have a sense of balance. You also have a sense of hunger, thirst, and need to use the bladder.

Some researchers have taken the “sense” argument even further. They suggest that every receptor in our body is a unique sense. Depending on your definition, we could have dozens, hundreds, or potentially thousands of different senses. At the end of the day, all that matters is that we have more than three.

6. There Are 9 Planets In Our Solar System

The Myth: The planets in our solar system are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

The Truth: You might be well aware of the fact that as of 2006, Pluto is no longer a planet of our solar system. Explaining why Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet in our solar system is complicated, but I’ll do my best to break down why it was demoted.

In 1992, a planetary object, later called “Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 1992 QBI” was discovered. This object, with a similar mass to Pluto, was the first discovery of many that brought to light the illegitimacy of Pluto’s planetary status. So many of these small, icy “planets” were being discovered one after another, which led scientists to question what they classified as a planet.

In short, scientists created three criteria for defining a planet: must orbit the Sun, has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (round) shape, and has cleared the neighborhood around its orbit. Pluto was able to meet only the first two criteria because of how many Pluto-like objects were in proximity to it.

The new criteria have been heavily criticized, and many speculate that Pluto may be classified as a planet once more in the future.

5. A Big Thing George Washington Is Known For

The Myth: The story of George Washington and the cherry tree should be considered nothing more than a tale to teach children the importance of telling the truth. As the story goes, a young George Washington was given a hatchet and chopped down his father’s favorite cherry tree. When confronted, Washington famously said, “I cannot tell a lie. I chopped down the cherry tree.”

The Truth: The origins of this story can be traced to Washington biographer Parson Weems, who wrote the story 10 years after Washington’s death. The story is reported to have come from one of Washington’s old neighbors, who remained unnamed. Due to the illegitimacy of the source, and the fact that so little is known about Washington’s early life, historians consider the cherry tree story complete bullsh*t.

In addition to the cherry-tree myth, historians have also debunked Washington’s wooden teeth. When he was inaugurated, he only had one natural tooth, but dentists had fitted him with several sets of false teeth that weren’t made of wood.

4. Who Discovered America?

The Myth: Christopher Columbus discovered America, all while proving that the Earth is round.

The Truth: Despite what you might have learned in school, Christopher Columbus did not discover America — he didn’t even set foot in North America. Colombus only made it as far as the coasts of Central and South America but spent most of his time in the Caribbean. Furthermore, people in Ancient Greece were under the belief that the Earth was round. Ancient mathematician Pythagoras had written that the Earth was a sphere, something Columbus had more than likely read. For Columbus, he wasn’t trying to prove the Earth was round; he was trying to establish how large the Ocean was that he was trying to cross.

A lesser-taught fact in school is that the real explorers who discovered North America were led by a Norse explorer named “Leif Erikson.” Erikson and his Viking sailors reached Canada more than 500 years before Columbus was even born, and the evidence of their camps can be found on the East coast of Canada. New evidence is suggesting that there were settlers a thousand years before Leif Erikson that made the journey to North America from the Mediterranean, though that’s widely disputed.

3. How Diamonds Are Made

The Myth: Diamonds are made from coal.

The Truth: There are numerous ways that diamonds are made, and none of them involve coal. To start, most diamonds are older than the Earth’s first plants — the material that eventually becomes coal. Almost every diamond that’s been mined can be dated to around 4,600 million years ago to around 542 million years ago. Coal, which is formed from plant debris, did not appear on Earth until almost 100 million years after the formation of all of Earth’s natural diamonds.

There are four main processes that result in the formation of diamonds, and these processes can be attributed to the creation of nearly 100% of all diamonds that have been mined, and all of them are too complicated to go into much detail here. Diamonds on Earth were typically formed by large asteroid impacts, subduction zones, and volcanic eruptions — or were formed in space and came to Earth via meteorite.

2. Lincoln’s Thoughts On Slavery

The Myth: Abraham Lincoln was completely against slavery. He felt that black and white people were of the same value to society.

The Truth: While Lincoln is responsible for bringing about the end of slavery, his actual thoughts on slavery are often disputed. For years, Lincoln believed that slavery shouldn’t expand into any other territories in the United States, he but didn’t explicitly state that he thought slavery should be abolished. It wasn’t until decades into his political career (and his second term as President) that Lincoln proposed the end of slavery. Lincoln wasn’t an abolitionist, which meant that he wasn’t in support of the abolition of slavery, because it was practically written into the Constitution.

To hammer home that Lincoln was a bit of a racist, in 1858, while debating Stephen Douglas, Lincoln said that he believed white people were superior to black people. In his own words, Lincoln stated, “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of black and white races.” Furthermore, Lincoln believed that black people shouldn’t be allowed to serve as jurors, marry white people, hold office, or vote.

1. Van Gogh’s Ear

The Myth: In a fit of insanity, Van Gogh cut off his ear after having a fight with his friend, Paul Gauguin, and gave it to a prostitute as a token of his love.

The Truth: The real reason Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear has been widely disputed for decades. A recent theory that’s gaining traction is that Van Gogh cut off his ear after hearing that his brother, whom he was financially dependent on, had gotten engaged. This triggered Van Gogh, leading him to have his infamous breakdown where he cut off his ear. Previously, it was believed Van Gogh found out this news before his fight with Gauguin, but new evidence proves that he was aware of the engagement before he fought Gauguin.

Another theory, suggested by two German researchers, is that Van Gogh was wounded by his friend, Paul Gauguin, while the two were fighting. The argument is alleged to have started after Gauguin told Van Gogh he would be leaving their studio. Angry in every version of this story, Van Gogh attacked Gauguin. To defend himself, Gauguin pulled a weapon and either intentionally or accidentally cut off Van Gogh’s ear. The researchers claim that inconsistencies in the journals of Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin point to the fact that Van Gogh was saying he had cut off his own ear to protect Gauguin.

In any case, the reason Van Gogh cut off his ear is a lot more complicated than your school teacher will have you believe.