A job interview is always a stressful process. No matter how well you’ve been prepared, there's always a chance of saying or doing something wrong that could lead to your not getting the job.
However, a survey has shown that what really matters in a job interview isn't always what happens during the interview.
According to Simply Hired, 93% of 850 companies' managers who participated in the survey, admitted that a delayed arrival in the interview is the clearest sign that an applicant shouldn't take the job.
So, here are the ten worst mistakes one can make at a job interview, according to the survey:
1. Arriving late to an interview (93%)
2. Whining (92%)
3. Showing lack of preparation (88%)
4. Bad-mouthing a former boss (88%)
5. Bad-mouthing a former company (87%)
6. Making grammar or spelling mistakes on a cover letter (86%)
7. Using poor grammar in an interview (84%)
8. Having unrealistic compensation requirements (84%)
9. Being underqualified (80%)
10. Answering questions incorrectly (77%)
Going to the beach can really rejuvenate you. It's not only about improving your mood, it's also about improving your health. Studies have proven that the sea can have really good effects on us.
1) The sea can help the way you think
Research shows that the sound of waves alters wave patterns in the brain lulling you into a deeply relaxed state. Relaxing in this way can help rejuvenate the mind and body.
New-born babies are 75 percent water and as we age we become drier to the tune of only 60 percent. Our brains, however, are still 75% water and our bones are at 31%. Our brains react to water in a positive manner because our ancient ancestors came out of the water and evolved from swimming to crawling to walking. Fetuses still have ‘gill-slit’ structures in their early stages of development and the water in our cells is comparable to that found in the sea, according to Wallace J. Nichols, a marine biologist and conservationist who lives near the central coast of California.
This biological connection to water, Nichols told CBS News, triggers an immediate response in our brains. When you see or hear the ocean, he says, you know “you’re in the right place.” (iheartintelligence)
2) Going to the beach is healthy for your body too
We all know the risks of too much sun exposure. But there are benefits to getting some rays, too.
When our skin is directly exposed to the sun, our bodies make vitamin D, a vital tool that helps with calcium absorption and building strong bones. Some of it comes from diet, but a good portion also comes from the sun. And according to the Mayo Clinic, as little as 10 minutes of sun exposure can provide us with our daily dose. According to the vitamin D council, "your body can produce 10,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin D in just a little under the time it takes for your skin to turn pink."
Lastly, sand acts as a natural exfoliant, helping the old skin to shed more quickly and improving its natural regeneration. It also makes an excellent surface for exercising. The extra resistance it imposes on muscles can maximise the effects of any fitness regime.
3) The sea is good for your soul
Living near the coast may be associated with better health because the seaside environment reduces stress, the researchers said. They pointed to another British study that found that people who took trips to the coast experienced more feelings of calmness and relaxation than those who visited urban parks or the countryside.
Breathing in the sea air is so uplifting. The reason that sea air decreases stress and makes you feel great may be explained by the minerals in the sea air and the negatively charged ions. Sea air consists of a significant amount of negatively charged ions. Negative ions are molecules in nature, found in great numbers in places such as the forest or waterfalls. The ocean spray which is loaded with negative ions helps strengthen immunological defense mechanisms and the iodine in the ocean mist helps regulate the thyroid gland.
Another benefit of these negative ions is that they help us absorb oxygen and many believe that these molecules help balance serotonin levels which are connected to mood and stress. In our world today we are exposed to many positive ions (free radicals) from computers, electricity, T.V.’s and more. This is why it is especially good to increase our exposure to negative ions.
Ever wondered how women behave when they're on their own? When they are not watched by anyone and are finally free to express themselves the way they want to?
Well, Sally Nixon decided to give us an example of a woman's life through some beautiful and realistic drawings that will make you smile.
Sally Nixon is an illustrator, who started the particular project, '365', in April 2015, in order to illustrate what a woman's everyday routine seems like.
As Sally explains to TL Andrews, women "don’t have perfect bodies or perfect habits and that makes them relatable. The scenes I create around them are everyday places: a bathroom, a restaurant, a messy bedroom. However, my goal with each drawing is to elevate the seemingly mundane to something special.”
Whether you're currently in middle school, high school, college or university, you'll realize that there has never been a better time to be a student. Schools and colleges around the world are embracing smart and practical new technologies and alternative ideas in their buildings, in order to make life easier for students and teachers as well.
According to a 2012 study by the Miami-Dade Public School Board, modern school facilities actually affect the well-being and academic performance of students. Also, teachers who work in a more technologically advanced school are more likely to keep their jobs.
Look at some of the genius ideas below:
#1 Technical University Munich Put Slides In Their Building. I'm Pretty Jealous
#2 This Door In A Math Classroom
#3 My Son's Homework Has A Barcode That When Scanned Takes Him To An Instructional Youtube Video Posted By His Teacher Related To The Lesson
#4 My School's Periodic Table
#5 This Japanese Kindergarten Is Built Around A Tree
#6 I Found This In My School Computer Room
#7 My Son's School Has A Vending Machine For School Supplies
#8 New Preschool In Japan Collects Rainwater Into Puddles For Kids To Play In
#9 How My University Is Helping Us Get Over Exam Stress
#10 My Cooking Class Has A Mirror On The Ceiling So We Can See What The Teacher Is Doing
#11 My University Has Coasters That Can Test Your Drink For Rape Drugs
#12 School Paints Lockers As Book Spines To Create An 'Avenue Of Literature'
#13 Our Local High School Has Solar Panel Tables With Usb Outlet Ports For Students To Charge Their Devices
#14 Hate Getting Stuck Behind Slow People On The Stairs? My School Just Put These In Everywhere On Campus
#15 This School Has A Slide Direct From Classroom To Playground. Childhood Dream
#16 My Daughter's First Grade Classroom Has Desks With Pedals So Kids Can Move While Learning
#17 The Science Building In My University Has Periodic Tables
#18 My University Provides Students With Dogs As A Stress Reliever During Finals Week
#19 My School Has Skateboard Parking
#20 My University Math Lab Chairs Have Binary On Them
#21 This Vending Machine At My School Sells Various School Supplies
#22 This Just Got Installed At My School. A Public Work Bench For Your Bicycle Compete With Tools And A QR Code For Common Repair Help
#23 Classroom Clock
#24 My School Gym Has A Complimentary Sunscreen Dispenser
#25 This Is How My University Stops Thieves
#26 This Stapler Is Mounted Outside Of A Classroom In One Of My University's Buildings. I Have Never Seen This Before, But It Is A Brilliant Idea
#27 Lovely Counting Stairs
#28 My School Has A Nap Room
#29 This Machine That Detects Sound-Level At My University's Library
#30 My Kid's New School Has A Twirly Slide To Get Downstairs
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Sometimes young people can be so profoundly clever!
When a chemistry professor added an unusual bonus question to an exam, no one could know how students would respond.
The following question was given on a University of Washington chemistry mid-term:
Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?
Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle’s Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.
One student, however, wrote something so profound that the professor thought it deserved to be shared.
This is the student’s answer:
This student received an A+!
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He Met Her Briefly In 1972 And Never Saw Her Again. His Message To Her 43 Years Later Gave Me Goosebumps
This is a Boston man's "Missed Connections" post on Craigslist about a woman he met on New Year's Eve in 1972. It was too beautiful not to share, and a great reminder that you never know why the people you meet are there...
I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself.
One week prior, at the behest of Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger, I'd flown four B-52 sorties over Hanoi. I dropped forty-eight bombs. How many homes I destroyed, how many lives I ended, I'll never know. But in the eyes of my superiors, I had served my country honorably, and I was thusly discharged with such distinction.
And so on the morning of that New Year's Eve, I found myself in a barren studio apartment on Beacon and Hereford with a fifth of Tennessee rye and the pang of shame permeating the recesses of my soul. When the bottle was empty, I made for the door and vowed, upon returning, that I would retrieve the Smith & Wesson Model 15 from the closet and give myself the discharge I deserved.
I walked for hours. I looped around the Fenway before snaking back past Symphony Hall and up to Trinity Church. Then I roamed through the Common, scaled the hill with its golden dome, and meandered into that charming labyrinth divided by Hanover Street. By the time I reached the waterfront, a charcoal sky had opened and a drizzle became a shower. That shower soon gave way to a deluge. While the other pedestrians darted for awnings and lobbies, I trudged into the rain. I suppose I thought, or rather hoped, that it might wash away the patina of guilt that had coagulated around my heart. It didn't, of course, so I started back to the apartment.
And then I saw you.
You'd taken shelter under the balcony of the Old State House. You were wearing a teal ball gown, which appeared to me both regal and ridiculous. Your brown hair was matted to the right side of your face, and a galaxy of freckles dusted your shoulders. I'd never seen anything so beautiful.
When I joined you under the balcony, you looked at me with your big green eyes, and I could tell that you'd been crying. I asked if you were okay. You said you'd been better. I asked if you'd like to have a cup of coffee. You said only if I would join you. Before I could smile, you snatched my hand and led me on a dash through Downtown Crossing and into Neisner's.
We sat at the counter of that five and dime and talked like old friends. We laughed as easily as we lamented, and you confessed over pecan pie that you were engaged to a man you didn't love, a banker from some line of Boston nobility. A Cabot, or maybe a Chaffee. Either way, his parents were hosting a soirée to ring in the New Year, hence the dress.
For my part, I shared more of myself than I could have imagined possible at that time. I didn't mention Vietnam, but I got the sense that you could see there was a war waging inside me. Still, your eyes offered no pity, and I loved you for it.
After an hour or so, I excused myself to use the restroom. I remember consulting my reflection in the mirror. Wondering if I should kiss you, if I should tell you what I'd done from the cockpit of that bomber a week before, if I should return to the Smith & Wesson that waited for me. I decided, ultimately, that I was unworthy of the resuscitation this stranger in the teal ball gown had given me, and to turn my back on such sweet serendipity would be the real disgrace.
On the way back to the counter, my heart thumped in my chest like an angry judge's gavel, and a future—our future—flickered in my mind. But when I reached the stools, you were gone. No phone number. No note. Nothing.
As strangely as our union had begun, so too had it ended. I was devastated. I went back to Neisner's every day for a year, but I never saw you again. Ironically, the torture of your abandonment seemed to swallow my self-loathing, and the prospect of suicide was suddenly less appealing than the prospect of discovering what had happened in that restaurant. The truth is I never really stopped wondering.
I'm an old man now, and only recently did I recount this story to someone for the first time, a friend from the VFW. He suggested I look for you on Facebook. I told him I didn't know anything about Facebook, and all I knew about you was your first name and that you had lived in Boston once. And even if by some miracle I happened upon your profile, I'm not sure I would recognize you. Time is cruel that way.
This same friend has a particularly sentimental daughter. She's the one who led me here to Craigslist and these Missed Connections. But as I cast this virtual coin into the wishing well of the cosmos, it occurs to me, after a million what-ifs and a lifetime of lost sleep, that our connection wasn't missed at all.
You see, in these intervening forty-two years I've lived a good life. I've loved a good woman. I've raised a good man. I've seen the world. And I've forgiven myself. And you were the source of all of it. You breathed your spirit into my lungs one rainy afternoon, and you can't possibly imagine my gratitude.
I have hard days, too. My wife passed four years ago. My son, the year after. I cry a lot. Sometimes from the loneliness, sometimes I don't know why. Sometimes I can still smell the smoke over Hanoi. And then, a few dozen times a year, I'll receive a gift. The sky will glower, and the clouds will hide the sun, and the rain will begin to fall. And I'll remember.
So wherever you've been, wherever you are, and wherever you're going, know this: you're with me still.
1. Cleopatra lived closer to the building of Pizza Hut than the pyramids.
The Great Pyramid was built cerca 2560 BC, while Cleopatra lived around 30 BC. The first Pizza Hut opened in 1958, which is about 500 years closer.
2. Every two minutes, we take as many photos as all of humanity took during the 1800s.
On the left is the first photograph ever taken (1826), View from the Window at Le Gras by French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. On the right is a cat who accidentally took a picture of itself (2013). It’s estimated that in 2014, humans will take 880 billion photos (not including cats). In fact, 10% of all the photos ever taken were taken in the past 12 months.
3. Oxford University is older than the Aztecs.
Teaching started in Oxford as early as 1096, and by 1249, the University was officially founded. The Aztec civilization as we know it began with the founding of Tenochtitlán in 1325.
4. Will Smith is now older than Uncle Phil was at the beginning of "The Fresh Prince."
When James Avery (Uncle Phil) started on The Fresh Prince, he was 45-years-old. Today, Will Smith is a slightly older 45.
5. In the span of 66 years, we went from taking flight to landing on the moon.
In 1903 the Wright brothers successfully flew a plane for a whopping 59 seconds. 38 years later, in 1941, the Japanese used flight to bomb Pearl Harbor. Only 28 years after that, Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969.
6. There is more processing power in a TI-83 calculator than in the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon.
The guidance computer from the Apollo 11 mission ran at 1.024 MHz, about 1/6th of the processing power of a TI-83 calculator. One is used by students to play Tetris, the other took humans to the moon.
7. The oldest living person's birth is closer to the signing of the Constitution than present day.
Misao Okawa was born in 1898, an astonishing 116 years ago. The Constitution was signed in 1787, which makes her life 4 years closer to the historic Philadelphia convention than to today.
8. John Tyler, America's 10th President, has two living grandchildren.
John Tyler served from 1841 to 1845, a full 20 years before Abraham Lincoln. He had a son, Lyon, at age 63. Lyon would have Lyon Jr. and Harrison at 71 and 75, respectively. Both are still alive today and in their 80's.
9. The first pyramids were built while the woolly mammoth was still alive.
While most mammoths died out long before civilizations arose, a small populations survived until 1650 BC. By that point, Egypt was halfway through its empire, and the Giza Pyramids were already 1000 years old.
10. The fax machine was invented the same year people were traveling the Oregon Trail.
The first fax machine was developed by Alexander Bain in 1843, meanwhile The Great Migration began across America.
11. France was still executing people by guillotine when Star Wars came out.
Star Wars premiered in theaters in May 1977. The last execution by guillotine took place September 10th of the same year.
12. Betty White is older than sliced bread.
Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented sliced bread in 1928, while Betty White was born in 1922. Bread had existed prior, just not in the pre-sliced form.
13. This is what the difference in Olympic Gold looks like across 56 years of women’s vault.
On the left, Larisa Latinya wins gold for the USSR in 1956. On the right, McKayla Maroney wins gold for the US in 2012.
14. Everything in this 1991 RadioShack ad exists in a single smartphone.
Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, stated that over the history of computing, the number of transistors on circuits doubles approximately every two years. Moore’s Law has held true for over 40 years and successfully predicted our incredible advancement in mobile technology.
15. When Warner Brothers formed, the Ottoman Empire was still alive.
Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack Warner opened their first theater, the Cascade, in New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1903. Meanwhile, the Ottoman Empire spanned from 1299 to 1923, when Turkey became an independent nation.
16. Harvard University was founded before calculus was derived.
Harvard is the oldest higher education institution in the US, founded in 1636. Calculus wasn't derived until later in the 17th century, with the work of Gottfried Leibniz and Isaac Newton.
17. The last time the Chicago Cubs won a World Series, women were not allowed to vote.
The infamous cold streak by the Chicago Cubs baseball team extends back to 1908, when they won their second World Series. Women in the US acquired the vote in 1920.
18. Humans never fully experience the "present" - we're always living in the past.
Every human being is living at least 80 milliseconds in the past. David Eagleman believes that our consciousness lags behind actual events and that when you think an event occurs, it has already happened before your brain has a chance to create a cohesive picture of the world.
19. There was more time between the Stegosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus Rex than between the Tyrannosaurus Rex and you.
The Stegosaurus lived ~150 million years ago, while the T-Rex lived only ~65 million years ago. Practically yesterday.
20. If you’re over 45, the world population has doubled in your lifetime.
In 1968, the world population was 3,557,000,000. Today, the world population is 7,217,000,000 and grows by over 200,000 daily.
21. There are whales alive today who were born before Moby Dick was written.
Some of the bowhead whales living off the coast of Alaska are well over 200 years old. They were born well before Moby Dick was written in 1851.
22. If the history of Earth were compressed to a single year, modern humans would appear on December 31st at about 11:58pm.
The human race has lived on Earth for only 0.004% of the planet's history.
23. If that’s not enough, this is what’s happening in the world at this very moment.
This brilliant comic by artist XKCD is called Frequency. It’s one thing to talk about time...it’s another thing to feel it.
Our obsessive fascination with time is unique to the human race. Although we've tried to measure it, track it, and define it since the dawn of civilization, facts like these show us how inaccurate our perceptions can be and how much we have yet to learn about the fourth dimension. Share this post with others and enlighten them about time!
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In 2014, Iran’s morality police warned, fined or arrested an astonishing 3.6 million women for charges related to inappropriate dress. Right now wearing the Islamic hijab is a mandatory practice for all women in Iran.
Masih Alinejad, an Iranian Journalist living in the US, would like to change all of that and grant women the choice to wear their hair covered or uncovered. Alinejad says, “My mother wants to wear a scarf. I don’t want to wear a scarf. Iran should be for both of us.”
In hopes of spreading her message and making social change Alinejad is prompting Iranian women both near and far to post photos of themselves enjoying life with their hair unveiled. Alinjad started a Facebook group called My Stealthy Freedom, which has already massed over 820,000 followers that stand in support of protesting Iran’s strict Hijab laws.
It all started when Masih Alinejad posted photos of herself with and without a Hijab veil.
There are different types of Islamic veils, some cover far more surface area than others. The Hijab is among the least conservative but still covers a woman’s entire hair and neck and is mandatory for women in Iran.
Alinejad says, “As a kid, my brother was a symbol of freedom that I didn’t have. How he was free to run in a green lovely farm.”
Now she’s asking other women to step out and protest strict Hijab laws by sharing photos of their hair flowing free without a veil. As a result, thousands of beautiful Iranian women have joined the movement.
“Some of the pictures come from young girls saying that they just want to feel the wind in their hair. It’s a simple demand.”
“Two women with head scarves, and two women without head scarves. Look at how they are free!”
“My mother wants to wear a scarf. I don’t want to wear a scarf. Iran should be for both of us.”
Learn more about My Stealthy Freedom by watching the video below:
Here Are Some Of The Awesome Submissions Received From Women All Around The World:
“I hate all the fake Hijabs, all the meaningless beliefs cruelly forced.”
My Stealthy Freedom
“It’s sad that my pretty black hair’s going grey and it hasn’t seen the wind, sun or rain yet.”
My Stealthy Freedom
“It’s an amazing feeling when wind tangles your hair under the blue sky.”
My Stealthy Freedom
“Enjoying the wind passing through our hair. Something that’s so obviously a man’s right is considered illegal offensive act for me and my sister.”
My Stealthy Freedom
“Hoping for the ultimate freedom of Iranian women.”
My Stealthy Freedom
“Being yourself gives such wonderful pleasure”
My Stealthy Freedom
“Let It Go”
My Stealthy Freedom
“My Stealthy Freedom”
My Stealthy Freedom
Learn more by visiting the official Facebook for My Stealthy Freedom.
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Have you ever wondered what actually is going on in your mind when you are on a date?
It's interesting how our left-brain and right-brain function when it comes to making decisions and taking actions. Most of you may already know that the left-brain controls our rational thinking, it tells us to be logical and well-planned; the right-brain is more about our emotions and creativity.
Obviously, there's no better or worse between both brains as we need both of them to live. If however, we're of the extreme of either brain, things may not be able to work out the way we want. Therefore, a 'peaceful balance' between the brains is the key to success.
This is how our brain works when we go on a date to meet our crush.
Source: The Cgbros
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There's nothing quite like a good, challenging riddle, and this is one that's currently melting the minds of the Internet. It seems simple, but still, 97% of people get it wrong when they first try.
Do you think you're part of the 3%?
Give it a try!
Do you like riddles? (And, no, this is not the big riddle.)
What gets broken without being held? What's the answer? Drop a like and comment below! Challenge your friends to see if they solve it #brainteasers #riddle #riddles #brain #think #clever #brainteaser #solve #solveit #smart #hard #riddler #thinkers #challenge #challanging #challangeyourself #mind
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The chances are that you do, but they are always a lot more fun when you can't figure out the answer.
Whether you are a fan of them or not, you have seen them come packaged like this.
The answer to this riddle always reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. Comment below when you think you've got the answer! #riddles #dailyriddles #escape #escaperoom #escaperooms #puzzles #mindgames #bellevuewa #bellevue #seattle #pnw #wastate #entertainment #serialmysteries #serialist
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They are almost like little poems that depend on wordplay and outside-the-box way of thinking to get the best and most intelligent to turn out with their answers.
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These are all pretty familiar, right? They may not be easy to solve, but you'll probably feel like you have heard things like this before.
They may make your ears perk up.
I hate when people talk in riddles— Bretny G (@itzbretnyBitchh) 19 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017
Or they may lead to reactions like that from the less-fantastic people among us.
So, if you are ready to get going, perhaps you want to jump right into the viral riddle that has been tearing the Internet in two.
Put your mind to the test with the (just seemingly) easy question that most people fail to answer.
It's just a simple question:
Did you think that was anticlimactic?
Before you rush to judgment, just think about it. What’s your answer? We will even provide some for you, free of charge.
So, here are your choices:
Well, we have an assortment of female relatives to pick, correct?
It's not everyday that I get to shop for home decor with four generations of lovely women, what a treat! (And a package of pineapple plates 🍍🍍🍍🍍) #pineapplelove #pineapplefinds #generationsofwomen #tamarsteininteriors
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How challenging could this be? If you are still struggling with it, may I suggest that you ask for more assistance?
Look! We even give you a hint!
You must be getting close now. If not, we have got you covered!
People are still completely baffled.
If Teresa daughter is my daughter mother, then what is Teresa to me?
It's a riddle I can't figure out need help!!!!!
Wonder no more, because we have the answer for you!
Last chance to solve it yourself!
It is deceptively tricky, isn’t it? The deception is hidden in the perspective more so than the nature of the relationships.
So, time’s up!
You are Teresa's daughter!
Mindblowing! If you were going crazy trying to figure it out you can now put at ease.
How did you do?
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Stephen Hawking, world-famous physicist, cosmologist, and author of several course-altering books died at the age of 76. Taking a brief look back at his legacy, here are 19 inspiring quotes from the stellar scientist:
1) "We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special."
2) "If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn’t turn out well for the Native Americans. We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet."
3) "The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."
4) "One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning, and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away."
© Lucas Jackson / Reuters
5) "My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically."
6) "So next time someone complains that you have made a mistake, tell him that may be a good thing. Because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist."
7) "My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all."
8) "It is no good getting furious if you get stuck. What I do is keep thinking about the problem but work on something else. Sometimes it is years before I see the way forward. In the case of information loss and black holes, it was 29 years."
9) "Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change."
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10) "I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road."
11) "We are all different, but we share the same human spirit. Perhaps it’s human nature that we adapt and survive."
12) "Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious, and however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up."
13) "I am just a child who has never grown up. I still keep asking these ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions. Occasionally, I find an answer."
14) "Quiet people have the loudest minds."
15) "Keeping an active mind has been vital to my survival, as has been maintaining a sense of humor."
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16) "Some people would claim that things like love, joy and beauty belong to a different category from science and can’t be described in scientific terms, but I think they can now be explained by the theory of evolution."
17) "It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven’t done badly. People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining."
18) "I have no idea [what my IQ is]. People who boast about their I.Q. are losers."
19) "Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up"
The world’s first flying car that you can now buy, the PAL-V Liberty, has been finalized and is making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2018.
The company says that the Liberty will be the first commercial flying car that's fully compliant with existing regulations.
Those interested in the car will notice that it was teased some years ago, but it was still under development back then.
Now the flying car has become a reality but, as with every new technology, it's extremely expensive.
Only 90 Pal-V Libertys will be produced for £425,000. Then a new Liberty Sport model will be introduced for approximately £254,000.
The PAL-V looks more like a plane than a car and would hardly win any prizes for its style.
It can transform from its car form to the gyroplane in around five to ten minutes.
Buyers will be able to fly it in Europe with a Recreational Pilot Licence or a Private Pilot Licence and a standard driving license to drive it on the road.
It'll be powered by dual Rotax engines.
That includes a 99bhp petrol powered engine for use on the road in 'car' mode.
The engine will propel the three-wheeler from 0-62mph in under nine seconds and on to a top speed of 100mph.
The vehicle’s creators claim 31 mpg and 817 miles of range.
While airborne the vehicle will be powered by a 197bhp flying engine which will be able to achieve a 112 mph top speed and 310 miles of range and be able to claim to a max altitude of 3,500m.
To get the car off the ground, you'll need 90-200x200 meters of unobstructed take-off space, which means you might need to take off from airfields or airports.
While on the road the vehicle leans and tilts around the corners, much similar to the way a motorcycle would.
It is to be fully unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2018.
British Theoretical Physicist And Cosmologist Stephen Hawking Dies At The Age Of 76. This Is How The World Reacted.
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Renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking, famous for his innovative ideas in theoretical physics and space research, died at the age of 76.
"We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist, and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years," Hawking's children Lucy, Robert, and Tim said in a statement.
The famous astrophysicist had been battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating neurological condition, for more than half a century
Born in 1942 in Oxford, Stephen Hawking was one of four kids and the eldest son of Frank and Isobel Hawking, both Oxford University graduates. His mother had once said that her son had always been adamant in pursuing a career in theoretical astronomy: “Stephen always had a strong sense of wonder, and I could see that the stars would draw him.”
At the age of 20, Hawking graduated with first-class honors in natural science at Oxford's University College and shortly after started his graduate work in cosmology at Trinity Hall in Cambridge.
Diagnosed with the slow-progressing disease at the age of 21, the physicist was given only two years to live. However, beating all the odds, he managed to build an exceptional career as a theoretical physicist and cosmologist and popularize science with his best-selling book, 'A Brief History of Time.'
Stephen Hawking believed in the colonization of Mars. He argued that the Earth is “becoming too small for us” and will soon be unable to sustain human life. He also said people would eventually master space travel beyond the Solar System, and even our generation could manage to send a probe to Alpha Centauri, the star system that's closest to Earth.
Despite having multiple health problems and being almost entirely paralyzed, Hawkins, who had studied black holes and theories of gravity throughout his life, didn't give up on his dream to travel in space.
“My three children have brought me great joy – and I can tell you what will make me happy, to travel in space,” he said in March last year after billionaire Richard Branson offered to take him on his Virgin Galactic spaceship. “I said yes immediately,” Hawking had said at the time.
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Throughout his life, Stephen has received countless awards including the Order of the Companions of Honour from the Queen
And a Presidential Medal Of Freedom by U.S. president Barrack Obama, to name a few
He has also been hosted by Nelson Mandela
Professor Hawking was famous for his skeptical view of humans' ability to maintain Earth intact. In May 2017, he claimed that humanity only has approximately 100 years left to colonize another plant if it wants to survive.
Hawking also predicted we would be "superseded" by powerful artificial intelligence (AI) in the case that the progress in robotic research and development continues at a steady pace. The scientist claimed that robots would eventually develop AI that would be no different from the human brain. In the face of a looming robot apocalypse, in March 2017 he floated the idea of creating “some form of world government” to avert artificial intelligence from overpowering its mortal creators.
Hawking’s name has long since become a part of popular culture, something that is perhaps unusual for a scientist. He made a cameo in TV series 'The Big Bang Theory' and inspired the Oscar-winning movie 'The History of Everything,' where his character was played by Eddie Redmayne.
Hawking didn't shy away from politics either. In one of his recent endeavors, he joined a campaign against the UK government’s policy which could lead to the privatization, or “Americanization,” of the national healthcare service.
Hawking was married twice, first to Jane Wilde, with whom he had three kids Robert in 1967, daughter Lucy in 1970, and Timothy in 1979. In 1995, he married his former nurse, Elaine, who he later divorced in 2006. While he never remarried, it was reported that Hawking grew closer to his first wife in his later years.
The web was flooded with tributes to Stephen:
Stephen Hawking hosts an epic brand new kind of cosmology series, a Planet Earth of the heavens. It takes the world’s most famous scientific mind and sets it free, powered by the limitless possibilities of computer animation.
Hawking gives us the ultimate guide to the universe, a ripping yarn based on real science, spanning the whole of space and time – from the nature of the universe itself, to the chances of alien life, and the real possibility of time travel.
“My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” -Stephen Hawking
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don't just give up.” -Stephen Hawking
The Story of Everything: In two mind-blowing hours, Hawking reveals the wonders of the cosmos to a new generation. Delve into the mind of the world’s most famous living scientist and reveal the splendor and majesty of the universe as never seen before. See how the universe began, how it creates stars, black holes and life — and how everything will end.
“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.” -Stephen Hawking
Time Travel: The promise of time travel has long been one of the world’s favorite scientific “what-ifs?” Hawking explores all the possibilities, warping the very fabric of time and space as he goes. From killing your grandfather to riding a black hole, we learn the pitfalls and the prospects for a technology that could quite literally, change everything.
“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.” -Stephen Hawking
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Aliens: Hawking joins science and imagination to explore one of the most important mysteries facing humankind – the possibility of alien, intelligent life and the likelihood of future “contact.” Traveling from the moons of Jupiter to a galaxy maybe not so far, far away, he’ll introduce us to possible alien life forms – in stunning CGI – that face the same universal trials of adaptation and survival as the residents of Earth.
Sometimes, we come across little everyday incidents that genuinely amaze us with their weirdness. In such cases, we tend to question everything we have ever known. However, we have to accept that these aren't the cases when we receive a clear answer as to what, how or why something happened. Only a few individuals can set aside their bewilderment, take out their camera and take a picture. The people who captured the following 27 photographs are still not sure what they saw.
1) It’s hard to imagine what may be written next
2) Safety first. Always.
3) We have only two questions: how and why?
4) 'There it is! I’ve been looking for it for a week!'
5) We wonder, why would someone need this miniature pack of pasta?
6) 'This is how they brought 50 ft of wire to us.'
7) We have so many questions about this perfume and cosmetics advertisement.
8) It’s hard to imagine what creatures inspired the designers of these mannequins.
9) It’s 8:30 AM. This lady is carrying this large concrete semi-sphere across the street. Why?
10) These are little olive oil bottles. You may use them with that tiny pack of pasta!
11) It looks like the London stonemasons got bored.
12) A big trash container filled with little trash cans
13) As soon as you approach this bench in a park, you'll realize that you aren't that tired and can keep walking.
14) Even the fortune cookies can have bad days sometimes.
15) 'I put my potato masher in the washing machine — the handle fell apart, and I found another handle underneath!'
16) It’s either an entrance to Narnia, or we’ve finally found out where all the socks were hiding after being washed.
17) The entrance to 'The Sliding Door Company.'
18) We do not feel like drinking from these cups.
19) 'I think we should call the police before moving into this building.'
20) This cat looks like a cappuccino.
21) 'Looks like my dog is about to join the dark side.'
22) It isn't fun anymore.
23) The seagull is resting after fishing. Keep scrolling.
24) 'Hurry up! My work is on fire!'
25) 'Now I know why this T-shirt was on sale.'
26) A cat. Camouflage level: God.
27) 'I won’t ask my husband to make my lunch again.'
LORGINA MINGUITO / REUTERS ~ Young girls wade through water to get to school in Manila, Philippines.
Every child deserves an education. Sadly, young girls and women ― more than half of the world’s population ― are rarely given the same opportunities as boys to learn, study and succeed in life.
Around the world, 65 million girls don't go to school. Out of the 774 million who haven’t received any education, two-thirds are women. There are 33 million fewer girls in primary school than boys. And education does save lives: If every woman in the world had a primary and secondary education, then childhood deaths would be cut in half.
To celebrate International Women’s Day this Women’s History Month, Huffington Post rounded up 55 photographs of girls going to school around the world.
The pictures feature girls of all ages from Nigeria, Syria, Pakistan, France and many more getting an education. Whether they are walking to school with friends or seem excited about learning something new in class, these photographs are proof that all kids should have the right to get an education, despite their gender.
School girls attend a lesson at a school in the Tatar village of Belozyorye in Mordovia, Russia, on 1 February 2017.
Indian Muslim girls recite the Koran at the Madrasatur-Rashaad religious school in Hyderabad, India, on 19 June 2017.
Schoolgirls walk home at Ebisu district in Tokyo, Japan, on 4 September 2017.
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A young schoolgirl listens to a concert at the Glen Forest Development Centre on 3 December 2012, in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Girls attend a class at school (damaged by a recent Saudi-led air strike) in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, Yemen, on 24 October 2017.
Schoolgirls stand in front of the stock display board during their visit to an education program at the Colombo Stock Market in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 24 November 2017.
Girls attend a war safety awareness campaign, given by Civil Defense members, inside a school in the rebel-held besieged city of Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria, on 2 May 2017.
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A woman accompanies several students as they wade in the shallow part of a rocky beach to their school to attend the first day of classes in Sitio Kinabuksan, Kawag village, Subic, Zambales Province, north of Manila, 1 June 2015.
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Pupils walk on 10 September 2013, inside the Gambool high school in the Garowe region, Somaliland. The school is a project funded by the European Commission and has the capacity for 1,750 pupils, both boys, and girls.
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Two schoolgirls walk up Kairaba avenue in Banjul, Gambia, 24 January 2017.
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Children sit on the ground with a temporary roof to protect them against the strong sun in a small village called Bilwadi in the state of Rajasthan. The kids who come from nomadic families are 6 to 14 years old and are taught mathematics as well as reading and writing in Hindi. This photograph was taken on 29 October 2014.
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School students walk down a street in Hong Kong on 4 July 2016.
Two schoolgirls at a school in West Mosul, Iraq, on 2 August 2017.
Kids with schoolbags near a shoe stall in settlement of Teriberka on the Arctic coast of north-west Russia, on 27 April 2017.
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Schoolgirls attend a class at a school in the forest in Xapuri, Acre State, in northwestern Brazil, on 8 October 2014.
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Schoolgirls walk past riot police standing guard outside Hillbrow magistrate court during an appearance of students who were arrested during a protest demanding free education at Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, 12 October 2016.
Young girls line up to enter the primary school in Sheno, Ethiopia, on 18 October 2017.
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Afghan schoolgirls board a bus in Qara Zaghan village in Baghlan province on 7 May 2013.
Palestinian schoolgirls wait for a bus which will take them to school outside their home in Gaza City on 7 September 2017.
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High school graduates celebrate the last day of their classes in Moscow's Red Square on 25 May 2011.
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Students of the 7th and 8th classes swimming during a school triathlon on 19 June 2010, in Berlin, Germany.
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Brazilian UN peacekeepers distribute juice and crackers to students at the Immaculate Conception School 6 February 2013, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
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Two schoolgirls walk toward a commuter train in Kikuyu, Kenya, on 13 September 2016. The railway in Kenya has a long history, with the British laying the country's first rail in 1896.
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Schoolgirls walk down the street in former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's birth village of Aradan, east of Tehran, 12 March 2008.
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Withington Independent Girls School students celebrate getting good grades on their A-Level exams on 15 August 2013, in Manchester, England.
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A Moroccan girl walks to the school in Taghzirt, an isolated village in the el-Haouz province in the High Atlas Mountains south of Marrakesh on 4 March 2016.
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High school girls walk in the city of Birao in the Central African Republic on 21 December 2017.
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Schoolchildren wearing costumes walk during a school excursion to a permanent exhibition at Velazquez research center in Seville, 11 May 2009.
A girl cries while looking for her mother during the first day of classes at the Rosauro Almario elementary school in Manila, Philippines, on 5 June 2017.
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Students take the annual Scholastic Aptitude Test at the Poongmun high school in Seoul on 13 November 2014.
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Girls pose at a rural school at La Palizada in Tulcan, Carchi province, in Ecuador near the Colombian border on 7 November 2012.
Palestinian schoolgirls attend a class at a school belonging to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in Gaza City on 22 January 2018.
A Rohingya refugee girl looks out from a makeshift school at the Palongkhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on 23 December 2017.
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Schoolgirls in orange uniforms walk to school along a trail around Manaslu Trek, Nepal.
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Primary school students in North Korea on 16 May 2009.
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Schoolgirls wearing school uniforms on the way home on 1 June 2009, in Trinidad, Cuba.
Girls dance to celebrate the end of the school year in the rebel-held besieged city of Douma, Syria, on 22 May 2017.
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Students read outdoors at the Jigmei Gyaltsen Girls Welfare School on 21 April 2006, in Maqin County of Guoluo Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China. The Jigmei Gyaltsen Girls Welfare School, established in 2005, was built to provide free education for impoverished female students in pasturing areas.
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Schoolgirls participate in a lesson in Kilifi, Kenya, on 31 June 2010. The students are part of an initiative called "Moving the Goalpost" which sponsors female students from the Kilifi district, where drop-out rates are high due to early marriages, teen pregnancy and a traditional bias toward educating male siblings over female.
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Kids learning their lessons at home, in a village in Netrok.
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Students hold on to the side steel bars of a collapsed bridge as they cross a river to get to school at Sanghiang Tanjung village in Lebak regency, Indonesia's Banten village, 19 January 2012.
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Chinese children attend a class at the Jinqao Center Primary School in Shanghai on 1 September 2014.
Girls walk to school in the northeastern city of Damaturu, Nigeria, on 23 February 2018.
Girls in uniform sit along a sidewalk while waiting for school van in Karachi, Pakistan, on 8 November 2017.
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Afghani girls raise their hands to answer a question in math class.
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Hmong students exercise at Hoang Thu Pho primary school in Bac Ha, Lao Cai, Vietnam.
Muslim schoolgirls read outside during a break in Kashmir, India, on 7 June 2017.
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Girls hug each other on the first day of school outside the European School of Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France, on 1 September 2015.
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Students in school uniforms pose for a photo on 29 September 2015, in Beira, Mozambique.
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Girls walk past a U.S. soldier on patrol with the Iraqi police in Baghdad's Ameen district, 14 October 2008.
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Palestinian girls walk past buildings which were destroyed by Israeli strikes on their way to school in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City on 14 September 2014, on the first day of the new school year.
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Children play during a break after returning to school following a two-month strike of teachers due to criminal threats, in Acapulco, Mexico, on 27 January 2015.
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Students listen to instructions during a coding class at The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria in New York on 17 September 2015.
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Schoolgirls head home through their cocoa-producing village on 11 November 2015, in Akyekyere, Ghana.
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Young female students in a "Pondok," a school providing general and religious studies, on 29 June 2015, in Narathiwat, Thailand.
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Everyone's body is a bit different, but some people have features that are so unique that they are practically 1-in-a-1,000,000 or even rarer!
These special characteristics do not show up often, but once they do, they certainly make their mark. They will sometimes give a person an incredibly beautiful appearance. Other times, it is all taking place inside, making them live a very different life than we do.
Take a look at ten amazingly rare body and facial features that both bless and plague some people around the world.
Some people still have the vestigial muscle from when our ancestors used to climb trees.
The tendon appearing on the left, but not on the right is called palmaris longus. We do not use it nowadays, but genetics ensure that sometimes it still pops up. Its only use today is as a donor's tendon in the case that a person needs a tendon graft.
Are you tetrachromatic?
The word is perhaps a mouthful, but it is a pretty simple case. Tetrachromatics have a fourth type of cone cell in their eyes, which enables them to see over a hundred million colors when an average person can only see a million. Sometimes, artists have this and paint vivid pictures that can only be truly appreciated by other tetrachromatics.
This genetic deficiency keeps heart disease at bay.
A gene called Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) exists in all of us. However, a small subset of the population has less than the rest of us, that puts them at lower risk for cardiovascular disease.
Drug companies are studying the phenomenon and are hoping to create a drug that lowers the levels for everybody in the battle against heart disease.
As you can see, chimerism can lead to this unbelievable image of a man with two very different color eyes. It happens when people carry a second set of DNA in them, that materializes in strange, but usually safe, ways like that.
Some individuals have denser, stronger bones.
You almost certainly do not know what “low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 5 (LRP5)” is, but you also don’t need to appreciate it. It is a protein that replaces bone matter as older cells die off. If you do not have enough, you can get osteoporosis. However, with a lot of LRP5, you enjoy more bone density, which means stronger bones.
Golden blood may be the rarest of them all.
In 1961, doctors discovered a rare mutation that leads to a blood type called Rh-null. It’s called “golden blood” because it can donate and match with any blood type. The catch? It is EXTREMELY rare?
Like, right now there are only ten people in the entire world who have it.
An extra rib may be inside you.
Strangely, that rare extra rib, as the diagram demonstrates, actually turns up near the neck. They are often different sizes, and the large ones might create comfort and mobility problems if they get too large in the wrong place.
5 percent of people have a tiny hole near their ear.
Back when living things had gills, the preauricular sinus, was frequent. However, like that tendon from when people climbed trees, over time the trait has pretty much disappeared. Nevertheless, one in twenty people still has it. It’s not dangerous, but it’s quite interesting!
Some people just need less sleep.
If you aren't a morning person, maybe you can blame genetics for not blessing you with “basic helix-loop-helix family, member e41 (called BHLHE41 or DEC2).”
The rare gene allows you to cycle through the sleep process faster than others, meaning you simply need less sleep. That would be nice, wouldn’t it?
Margaret Thatcher, Salvador Dali, and Nikola Tesla all had this gene and produced amazing work from the extra time awake.
Sounds dangerous, doesn’t it? Well, it is not.
In fact, it is purely aesthetic. Anybody who has this gene gets treated to a second row of eyelashes, much as Elizabeth Taylor had.
There can be an irritation if the lashes are too close to the eyes, but it’s an easy fix and draws attention, which is pretty fun, and marketable if you work in entertainment or fashion.
Heartwarming Photo Of Married Couple Who Discovered That Their Paths Had Crossed 11 Years Before They Met
A couple who has been married for more than five years found out that their relationship was meant to be after a sign coming from the past.
Husband Ye, now 35 years old, found himself in a holiday photograph captured by his wife Xue 18 years ago. That was before they ever even laid eyes on each other.
The precious picture was taken in July 2000, when Ye and Xue independently visited Qingdao city in East China’s Shandong Province with their families.
The two natives of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in south-western China, were teenagers at that time and didn't know each other.
The fateful picture shows a young Xue wearing a white dress, posing in front of the historical red landmark in Qingdao’s May Fourth Square.
The young boy that's standing in the background to the bottom right of the photograph would later become her husband.
Ye said he immediately recognized himself in the snap, as he has a photo of himself from the same day, standing in front of the same landmark.
Ye, who is now dad to twin girls, explained: "We were at my mother-in-law’s house, and I was looking for old pictures of my wife to see whether our kids looked more like her or me. I saw myself in the corner of her photo and said: 'That’s me!'"
Ye said the snap gave him goosebumps:
"I knew my wife had also been to Qingdao on holiday before, but we left it at that because we didn’t know each other then."
The partners, who met through mutual friends in 2011 and married the following year, were both surprised and glad at the same time, thinking that their relationship was ‘meant to be ’.
Ye plans to keep and treasure both pictures as mementos.
"My wife says I don’t know how to be romantic," he said. "I’ll show her romantic."
The relentless suffering of Syrian civilian population marks a shameful failure of political will as well as a new low in Syria’s long-running conflict, which is now reaching a depressing seventh anniversary, as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said on 9 March 2018.
Those seven years of fighting have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, rendered 6.1 million people homeless inside Syria, and forced 5.6 million refugees to search for safety in neighboring countries in the region.
The conditions civilians inside Syria have to face are worse than ever, with 69% languishing in extreme poverty. The share of families spending over half of their annual income on food has increased to 90%, while food prices are on average eight times higher than pre-crisis levels. About 5.6 million people endure life-threatening conditions regarding their security, fundamental rights or living standards, and require immediate humanitarian assistance.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, along with humanitarian partners are making every effort possible to bring relief to people in dire need inside Syria, but access to populations in besieged and areas that are hard to reach remains woefully inadequate. The humanitarian convoy aiding the besieged people of Duma in Eastern Ghouta on 5 March 2018 was a welcome development. Nevertheless, ongoing shelling forced the trucks to leave before half of the food destined for the hungry could be offloaded.
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UNHCR and other humanitarian actors remain prepared and anxious to aid hundreds of thousands of people who are trapped in desperate need in Eastern Ghouta as well as other besieged parts of the country. As Grandi said:
“Even in war, there are rules that all sides must respect. In Syria, even the option to flee conflict areas for safety in other parts of the country is diminishing. Humanitarian access to those in need must be guaranteed. People must be allowed to leave to seek refuge, and civilians and civilian infrastructure including hospitals and schools must be protected at all costs.”
Meanwhile, the dangerous situation inside the country’s borders dashes the hopes of millions of Syrian refugees who live in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq and the dream of returning home when things are safe.
“With fighting in parts of Syria as fierce as at any point during the conflict, refugees are understandably still too frightened to return,” Grandi said. UNHCR is preparing to assist in returns. However, the security measures need to improve considerably before returns can take place.
Moreover, the conditions for millions of Syrians in exile now grow more desperate, as the vast majority now lives below the poverty line. Over three-quarters of refugees in urban areas of Jordan and Lebanon can't meet their basic food, shelter, health or education needs.
The percentage of refugee kids in school has raised in recent years. Nevertheless, of the 1.7 million school-aged Syrian refugees, 43% are still out of school. The national public school systems in host countries lay on second shifts to accommodate Syrian students and need much more assistance.
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“While the focus is on the devastation inside Syria, we should not forget the impact on the host communities in the neighboring countries and the effect that so many years of exile has had on refugees,” Grandi added. “As long as there is no political solution to the conflict, the international community must step up its investment in the host countries.”
The High Commissioner pointed to the upcoming international conference on Supporting the Future of Syria, and the Region in Brussels on 24 and 25 April 2018, which he said has to lead to firm pledges of stepped-up financial and development support.
Over the years, donor support has been generous. However, much more is needed. In December 2017, United Nations agencies and some 270 NGO partners released the 2018 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), a US$4.4 billion plan that is designed to support refugees and members of the communities hosting them. However, the gap between the needs and available resources is still wide. In 2017, the international response received only half of the required funding.
The High Commissioner is now in Lebanon, where he spent three days meeting with senior government officials and some of the almost one million registered Syrian refugees living there. He praised Lebanon’s generosity in hosting nearly the same number of Syrians as the whole of Europe combined. However, he warned that inadequate international support was raising vulnerability among refugees and the local communities where they live.
One of the most significant things about marriage is to have a sense of humor, in sickness and in health, as long as both partners shall tweet.
And for the following hilarious husbands, they seem like they've gotten the memo.
That using five paper towels just to wipe out a Ziploc bag possibly is not that smart.
Recycling is hard.
Finding that perfect ratio is difficult.
Even though he loves you, he made THE EXACT amount.
You are on your own.
Didn’t you know?
You are supposed to read her mind.
May the Force be with you.
Do not go the dark side.
And mason jars that people just use as mason jars.
Pin, pin, pin.
Blah, blah, blah.
Or, instead, the speaking punishment.
Depending on the situation.
Maturity is overrated.
It is kind of challenging to talk with all that candy in your mouth.
That is certainly a thought to chew on.
*Sees wife putting away folded laundry*
So, do you need help folding laundry?
Sometimes you breathe too loud.
It depends on the day, but we still love you — when you are quiet.
It is getting hot in here.
The final result?
Approximately 72 degrees when he is home.
When he's gone?
All bets are off — and the heat is on.
If she is in line at the store with a cart of wine and chocolate?
Always let her go first.
Not the lasagna!
Timing is everything.
I don’t know.
Did you hear something?
Putting words in your mouth.
It is two-way communication.
She says something, and you communicate by a series of nods and smiles.
Perhaps she wanted the top bunk instead?
Either way, that’s probably a pretty effective birth control method.
“I said UNSUBSCRIBE!”
No matter where you go, no matter what you do…
She'll find you and put you to work.
Can’t go to the store, can’t do laundry.
Cut and dry.
Everybody knows you don’t use the decorative towels.
That’s why they are called decorative towels.
You better shop around.
The answer is always “yes.” You always need something from the store.
Man's best friend.
After all, every dog needs a good wardrobe.
How's that stupid stuff?
Sorry. I tried.
And what's this “pan” that you speak of?
I believe we should just order in…
The things you learn...
It always goes on the top shelf to the right.
Everybody knows that, dude.
Carved in stone.
Thou shall not put the milk away wrong.
Thou shall not load the dishwasher in any way other than the way you are asked to.
Clip and save.
But who doesn’t want to save 35 cents on dish soap?
Bill does not want to save 35 cents on dish soap.
Now here is a man who knows how to use coupons.
Shop and save.
Three hours later:
I believe we should order out.
That one just sealed the deal.
She couldn’t it bear it anymore.
Yeah, maybe do not go through her closet without permission.
At least your heart was in the right place, even if the donation wasn’t.
It’s quite a performance.
Everybody loves a hero!