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18 Pictures That Show How Nature Secretly Laughs At Us

Mon, 2017-12-11 19:54

If you think that nature cares about what people want or expect, then you're probably wrong!


The following pictures demonstrate how nature sometimes secretly laughs at us.


An apple orchard in Ireland right after Hurricane Ophelia

© KRua/Pikabu


When you go to work, and the door is covered with snow.

© Zega/Pikabu


When the insurance plan does not cover a flood.

© Palpat1ne/Pikabu


A beautiful frozen waterfall

© Palpat1ne/Pikabu


When the sand of the Algerian desert was covered with snow, it looked like tiramisu.

© Ground55/Pikabu


That's not the end of the world. It’s merely the sky after Hurricane Ophelia.

Yes, that's snow.

© Xingua92/Reddit


Xavier is a very precise storm.

© Enfantterrrible/Pikabu


The snow fell in a really thin line in Ohio.

© Elementalillness/Reddit


That's what a rainbow can look like sometimes.

© zacharyem/Reddit


The rain transformed this yard into a Van Gogh's painting.

© ericb303/Reddit


Ireland: Just a little rain.

© epicmoe/Reddit


A rainbow dome in Australia sky.

© khemfrov/Pikabu


Someone 'whipped' the clouds in Kamchatka.

© Hellholder/Reddit


Hurricane Matthew changed the landscape design just a little.

© thisisnotmyfault/Imgur


It’s just a shower.

© age104/Reddit


Unluckily, trees cannot read.

© holykash/Pikabu


Is Apple opening its new markets?

© gnom22/Pikabu

How Many Times Do You Laugh Per Day? It's Possibly Not Enough

Mon, 2017-12-11 19:52

The average 4-year-old kid laughs 300 times per day. The average 40-year-old? Only, 4, according to this statistic.


Perhaps the 300 number sounds a bit high, but think about any little kid you know. I bet you'll realize that they laugh all the time! They find anything hilarious, especially things, we, adults, would never laugh at.


Of course, it could only be an urban legend that 4-6-year-olds laugh 300 times per day, as other blogs on the topic have cited fifteen to twenty as the average number of everyday laughs for adults. Still, it doesn't matter; the point is that kids laugh way more than adults do.


So what does that tell us?


Laughter Rejuvenates Us

Norman Cousins reportedly described the effects of his self-prescribed "laughing cure" in the book Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient. Cousins, who used to suffer from inflammatory arthritis, claimed that ten minutes of hearty laughing while watching Marx Brothers movies gave him two hours of pain-free sleep and that inflammation and pain were significantly relieved.


Research since then has proven that laughter lowers levels of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine, and dopamine; raises health-enhancing hormones (endorphins, for instance), neurotransmitters, as well as infection-fighting antibodies; and also improves blood flow to the heart. All these result in greater relaxation and resistance to disease and also improved mood and positive outlook.


Laughter Changes Our Perspective

When we lighten up, we tend to feel more positive and optimistic, more hopeful and engaged. We are sociable, more resourceful, more attractive, and more radiantly alive.


Laughter connects people

Think about it: If other people around you are laughing, you're also absorbing their upbeat vibes. Of course, since laughing is contagious, somebody else's laughter will trigger yours, which will you extra laugh points toward your quota.


If this article inspired you, why not try to improve your day by laughing a few extra times? Perhaps a couple of really happy long laughs will also get people around you to start laughing, too. If you try it around a child, the results will be great - and hilarious!

Transgender Man Shares Unrecognizable Before And After Photos Of His Transition

Mon, 2017-12-11 00:07

Even in our modern world, coming out as transgender is an extremely hard thing to do. Despite several positive steps being taken towards promoting LGBTQ+ rights, there's still a lot of ignorance that surrounds transgender people.


Somebody who knows very well how emotionally turbulent it is to come out as transgender is Jaimie Wilson.



21-year-old Jaimie might be a multi-talented musician, DJ, and model, but the idea of fulfilling his dreams, while at the same time living as his authentic self, used to be unthinkable in his teenage years, as he was suffering from gender dysphoria.



Nevertheless, the young man from Ann Arbor, Michigan, has turned the tables, and he's never felt more confident.



To inspire other individuals like him, Jamie has shared a series of before and after pictures of his striking transition. The pictures show how the up-and-coming musician and model transformed from a conventionally attractive girl to a heart-throbbingly handsome young man.



In a tell-all interview with UNILAD, Jaimie revealed how he felt when he first realized he was transgender. Due to his upbringing in a conservative family, he needed to hide who he was and never openly introduced himself in a masculine way.



“When I was 15, I knew for a fact that I was male,” he said. “But because I grew up in a very conservative religious household, I had to put my identity and feelings aside until I was able to be on my own. I knew the situation would not have been good, or safe, if I came out that young.”



“I would go to the store and shop in the men’s section. I took every opportunity I had to put on masculine clothing and stare into the mirror.”



“I had a drawer in my bedroom in which I kept all my masculine clothes, and I’d carefully put a layer of feminine clothes over the top so that if my parents went through my room, they wouldn’t find them.”



Jaimie’s situation seemed hopeless for a long time because he couldn't tell anybody about the emotional turmoil he had been experiencing.


“Honestly, it was extremely scary because I didn’t think I’d ever be able to transition,” he said. “I thought it was something I would have to live with for the rest of my life. I didn’t tell anyone how I was feeling because I was afraid of losing everyone.”


Luckily, Jaimie reached a point in his life where he felt brave enough to begin the long expensive and risky process of transitioning from woman to man, and he has never looked back since starting his journey



“Transitioning for me physically was the best feeling,” Jaimie revealed. “I remember cutting my long hair off and how, although the world remained the same, it felt like a whole new one! Emotionally, I felt content and noticed my social anxiety and stress level sort of just disappeared.”


“I became a more happy and lively person. I became me.”



Cutting off his hair to have a more boyish appearance was the least of his anxieties. Eventually, he began taking the male hormone testosterone to develop more male secondary sex characteristics.


He said: “Starting hormones was such a relief in a way. It was like living 19 years of your life as someone else, and then getting this magical juice that makes you look, sound, and feel like who you always have envisioned in your head.”



“I lost many friends when I first came out. I think they only feared what others would think. I came out in high school, where there is so much pressure to fit in, and being my friend wasn’t exactly viewed as normal.”


“I look at it this way, I only changed my appearance, so anyone who disowns me because of my transition clearly only liked me for how I looked on the outside, not who I am on the inside… because that didn’t change.”



The notion of ‘passing’ is a particularly dangerous territory in the trans community. Contrary to what many would think, trans people don't necessarily need to physically transition to legitimately refer to themselves as a gender that's different from the one they were assigned at birth.



“The most damaging stereotype people have of me is that I have not always ‘looked’ the part,” Jaimie said. “There are no ‘signs’ to be transgender.”


“It may sound crazy, but I didn’t need to ‘come to terms’ with my body. The image I had in my head for so long of how I was supposed to look was finally a reality. I don’t feel like I was put into a new body. I just made the one I was given my home.”


One of the most difficult things that those who transition have to deal with is the possibility of losing their loved ones. Sadly, that's something that Jaimie experienced when he finally found the strength to come out as transgender.



“The hardest part of my transition has been losing my family. Growing up I was told that family will always accept and love one another for who they are. I had to face the facts that the things I was told growing up, and the love I was shown was false,” Jaimie said.


“I remember the night I showed up at home with my hair cut and masculine clothes on, my mom said, ‘I don’t care that you like girls, but why do you have to look like this?'”


“That hit me pretty hard, she was essentially saying that she is only concerned with my outward appearance… Something no parent should be judging their child for, or anyone for that matter.”


“Even if you were raised the same as I was, don’t think that you need to spend your entire life trying to please your family. Be you, and a true family will love and accept you for who you are. In the end, I didn’t lose family. I lost people that share the same blood as me.”


Jaimie Wilson is a real inspiration to LGBTQ+ people across the world. He knows who he truly is and is completely comfortable in his skin.


Like Jaimie, other people who identify as transgender typically realize it when they’re still very young. Here is the story of a little boy called Jack, who was born a girl. Watch it and learn about how his parents dealt with that situation:



Let's wish Jaimie all the best for the future.


Reference: Viral Thread

12 Powerful Images That Prove There's Still Kindness In The World

Sun, 2017-12-10 23:59

Unluckily, the daily news doesn’t sound very optimistic nowadays. Still, the world isn’t always such a cruel place!


Below you'll find a selection of photos to show you how many kind creatures there are in our world. Also, do not miss the bonus part at the end of the article to watch how a cry for help can be a lie that turns into something amazing.


12. Nobody can stay sad while this sweet girl is around.

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11. Heartwarming moment of parents saving their baby.

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10. This US marine is offering water to a Japanese girl he discovered in a cave. (1945, Okinawa)

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9. A firefighter with a respirator is trying to rescue a mama cat while her kitten is watching.

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8. An American GI is treating a young German soldier in pain in 1944.

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7. The man is giving up his shoes for the sake of the underprivileged teenager.

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6. All kids are born with love in their heart. We have to raise them that way as well.

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5. A major food chain network is giving free meals to the homeless.

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4. This man is offering flowers to every woman on the subway.

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3. During a flood in Thailand, a brave man is saving his dog.

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2. Sharing is caring, especially in the following case.

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1. When your friend really has to make that call.

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Extraordinary Pictures Unveil Sunken Town That Used To Be A Popular Resort of Roman High-Culture

Sun, 2017-12-10 23:56

©Antonio Busiello


The city of Baiae used to be a buzzing hive of Roman high-culture, full of decadence, wine, and luxury. More than 1,700 years later since it enjoyed its most content days, the town has been lost to the powers of nature, and it now lies deep below the waves. Nevertheless, it has still managed to maintain its beauty.


These mind-blowing photographs taken by Italian photographer Antonio Busiello give a rare glimpse of the once prosperous town.


Towards the fall of the Roman Republic and the beginning of the Roman Empire, Baiae used to be a popular resort for the rich and famous, which emperors and elites visited to enjoy the Mediterranean sun and splash their great wealth.


The stunning town featured cobbled streets, mosaics, spas, and even the luxurious villas belonging to Julius Caesar and Emperor Nero. Also, it used to be home to several grand temples that were dedicated to Mercury, Venus, and Diana. After staying untouched for centuries, their ruins have since become a shelter for marine life.



Divers explore an amazing mosaic perhaps once the floor of a grand villa. ©Antonio Busiello


As a testament to the temples' wealth, scientists recently found that Baiae’s villas were made of the finest white marble shipped from quarries all over Italy, Turkey, and Greece.


The sunken city lies deep in the Gulf of Naples, a stunning fifteen-kilometer-wide (9.3-mile-wide) gulf off Italy's south-western coast. The town became submerged in the bay after centuries of seismic activity and volcanic activity. After all, the town lay next to Mount Vesuvius, the notorious volcano that destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 CE causing one of the most disastrous volcanic eruptions in European history. Still, this volcanic activity provided the town with geothermal energy to heat the spa waters and baths.


A heavy flooding south of Naples in 2014, which caused a series of landslides to expose parts of the old Roman walls of Baiae. Nevertheless, on the whole, the city’s ruins remain elusive and mysterious.


Marine archeologists also lately discovered a long-lost Roman town in the waters of northeast Tunisia, a short hop across the Mediterranean sea. On their diving expeditions, the group came across numerous Roman monuments, the ruins of structures, and around a hundred tanks of garum – a fermented fish sauce that's known as “Rome’s ketchup”. Much like Baiae, this city was also sacked by forces of nature and seismic activity.



Even though now taken over by the sea, the grandiosity of the town remains. ©Antonio Busiello


Reference: IFLScience

10 Things You Didn't Know About The Human Mind And Its Capabilities

Sun, 2017-12-10 23:55

The human mind is incredible. It can help us reach any peak, make our dreams come true, and achieve the most difficult goal. However, if we want it all, we first need to understand the main principles on which our mind works.


1) For our mind, there's no difference between reality and imagination.

The human mind reacts to every thought and can't tell a fact from fantasy. That's why people who like to look at the world through rose-colored glasses tend to feel happier, and that's why our body accepts a placebo as if it was a real pharmaceutical product.


2) Mental work does not tire our brain.

The feeling of brain fatigue comes as a result of our emotions. The composition of blood flowing through our brain during its active work does not change. However, for instance, blood from the veins of an individual who has been working all day changes considerably.


3) Most commonly the brain works automatically.

More than half of our today’s thoughts are our thoughts from yesterday. That's why it’s so tricky for pessimists to change the way they see the world. They should literally "clean" their mind and make it react to positive things regularly.


4) We see what we think about.

Any thoughts turn into our life experiences. For instance, if you dream about a trip to Rome, you'll notice reminders of this city everywhere. If you want to change something in the world, change the way you think first.


5) Just like the muscles, the brain needs training too.

The brain doesn't differ from our muscles: it needs training as well. Learning, fresh air workouts, a healthy diet, sound sleep, trips and journeys, new hobbies, making notes, dancing, and playing music are all useful for our brain.


6) The brain never rests.

Even when we're asleep, our brain continues to work hard. Also, its activity during the night is even higher than during the day when we're awake.


7) Shutting down from time to time is essential.

Unless we want to drown in our negative thoughts, we need to "shut ourselves down" so that we give a break to our immune system. Active rest is the most useful kind of relaxation for our brain.


8) It's good to forget so that we keep the flexibility of our nervous system.

To "save" our new memories, our mind needs to get rid of old ones. It'd be cool if we were able to decide what we want to remember and what to forget. It would help if we used the information we wanted to preserve more often.


9) The brain is insensitive to pain.

Our brain reacts to pain but does not feel it because it lacks necessary receptors. However, this doesn’t apply to several blood vessels, nerves, and tissues that surround the brain.


10) We can change our brain if we want to.

Any activity makes the brain generate new neural connections. Therefore, if we think we can't achieve a promotion, this idea will just strengthen our consciousness over time. However, if we believe we'll succeed, our brain will give us opportunities to realize our goal.

Shocking Pictures Demonstrate The Slave Auctions And How Businessmen In America Were Selling People

Sun, 2017-12-10 23:54

It is almost impossible to believe it, but not so long ago in America you could find several businessmen in town squares across the South engaged in purchasing humans.


These shocking pictures from the 19th century demonstrate the commonplace slave auctions that occurred before the Civil War purged slavery from the country.


In the 1800s, market days were held each week in the South and farmers brought livestock, and goods to sell.


Alongside these items, people were also sold - just as if they were livestock.


The collection of photographs below demonstrates the courthouse yard in Lexington in Kentucky where the slave auctions took place, which made the town one of the biggest slave markets in the South.


At the same time, an 1864 photograph demonstrates an 'Auction & Negro Sales' shop in Atlanta, Georgia.


Other photographs show Price, Birch & Co, a slave dealership in Virginia which was captured by Union forces during the Civil War.



Above is a photograph of American slaves who managed to escape their imprisonment after fleeing the Confederacy and reached Union lines in Cumberland Landing, Virginia in 1861 - the same year when the momentous Civil War started.



A picture of what is thought to be a crowd of people gathered for a slave auction in Easton, Maryland, circa the 1850s.



A building with a business advertising 'Auction and Negro sales' in Whitehall Street, Atlanta, 1864, just one year before the South was crushed by the Union and slavery terminated as an institution in the USA.



An image of what is thought to be a slave auction on Cheapside, Lexington, Kentucky.



The premises of a slave dealership. The pens were used to hold slaves before auctions in Alexandria, Virginia.



This picture shows Price, Birch & Co, a slave dealership in Virginia that was captured by Union forces during the Civil War. Inside are pens where slaves were held before being auctioned. The building was taken by the Union Army in 1861, who then used it as a military prison to hold confederate soldiers.



A group of slaves at the Cassina Point plantation on Edisto Island, South Carolina in 1862.



A group of slaves who made it to a Union-controlled part of the US during the American Civil War. They are pictured relaxing in Yorkstown, Virginia in 1861.



Advertisements for slave auctions.



This picture shows the premises of a slave dealership in Alexandria, Virginia.



The last slaves sold at public auction in the court house yard, unknown date.



Left: The former slave dealership, Price Birch & Co, Alexandria, Virginia, pictured in 1861 after its capture. Right: A building occupied by a business advertising 'Auction and Negro sales' in Whitehall street, Atlanta, 1864.



Three Abyssinian-modern-day Ethiopian slaves in chains in 1910. The country didn't abolish slavery until 1942, during the Second World War.


Reference: Daily Mail

This Hilarious Comic Illustrates The Continuous Fight Between Our Heart And Our Brain

Sat, 2017-12-09 15:17

Have you ever thought about all the differences between your heart and your brain?


Your heart makes you care about your emotions and act spontaneously, while your brain helps you acting responsibly, even when it seems difficult.


Which one would you choose?


The following comic was created by Nick Seluk. You can buy it on Amazon. If you like his work, be sure to check it out!


I think it's really funny, but also very true!









































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This Woman Grew up Raising Gorillas. Their Reunion 12 Years Later Will Touch Your Heart

Sat, 2017-12-09 15:14

Most of you are probably familiar with the warm feeling of reuniting with family members or old friends you haven’t seen for a while. But what happens when you see an animal that was your childhood companion a dozen of years ago? Most likely, a cat or a dog wouldn’t recognize you after so many years. However, it seems that apes are more similar to humans in this matter. To see for yourself, read how a woman reunited with gorillas she knew as a child.


Tansy Aspinall grew up helping with activities of her family’s charity, The Aspinall Foundation, a nonprofit organization which aims to rehabilitate gorillas that had been in captivity at Howletts Wild Animal Park in southern England. The main goal of the UK-based nonprofit is to release the gorillas into their natural environment in West Africa.


In her interview with Evening Standard, Tansy said that during her childhood years, she had a very personal relationship with the gorillas who were in captivity – they used to play and have fun together. “The gorillas would come up and hug you, and we’d run and roll around and chase them. So fun.”



When Tansy was 11 years old, two gorillas, Bimms and Djalta, she had a special bond with were released back to their native habitat in Gabon.


“My sister Clary and I often played with Djalta and Bims on the lawn and sometimes we went into the cages with other gorillas. I loved being around them all, but those two guys were really very special to us, like our relatives,” she told Daily Mail.


In 2014, Tansy together with her father Damian traveled to Gabon to find her childhood friends.


“When we set out to find them again I was a little apprehensive at first because I didn’t know if they would remember me after all that time, or if they had become hardened by life and possibly dangerous,” she admitted.


It’s incredible that when Tansy reunited with Bimms 12 years later, he seemed to immediately recognize her and even gave her a couple of hugs. “He definitely recognized me,” she said. “He was so sweet and he was hugging me and being so gentle. He’s 18 now.”



Watch the below video to see this touching encounter. This story is another example that shows that sometimes animals can be more human than us.



Image credit: Rexscanpix/Aspinall Foundation


Source: The Mind Unleashed


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28 Mind-Blowing Illustrations By The French Banksy That Will Make You Think

Sat, 2017-12-09 14:54

The street artist Dran, born in Toulouse, France in 1979, is also known as The French Banksy. He and Banksy share a common critical view of society and figures of power and aren't afraid of exposing their opinions publicly.


Dran mostly creates paintings, drawings as well as graffiti art all over France. With his art, he aims to address significant current issues such as sexual harassment, internet addiction, authorities, exaggerated media and many more.


Below you'll find some of his incredible illustrations. Don't forget to vote for your favorite ones.


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Only 1% Of People Can Spot The Animal In The Image. Can You?

Sat, 2017-12-09 14:40

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The following sketch of an elderly man with his eyes closed became viral on many social networking sites. At first sight, the image looks like a typical sketch of an old man, until you notice that he is missing ears.


The people who posted this picture claim that only one percent of the population can spot the animal in the picture in less than two minutes.


Can you find what cute animal is hiding in the photo?


Before we reveal the answer that will show you which animal hides in the image, we will give you a hint.


Notice what seems to be growing on the right side of the old man's head. That will give you a clue on how to approach this picture, which might make you part of the one percent of the population that can solve this brain teaser.


Have you spot it or are you still trying? Go to the next page to see the hidden animal.



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The hidden animal is a cute dog! All you had to do was reverse the picture to solve this brain teaser.


Now while looking at the picture above, can you see the old man again?


Could you find the dog in less than two minutes? Let us know in the comment section below!


Reference: Shared

18 Thought-Provoking Illustrations That Tell The Brutal Truth About The World We Live In

Fri, 2017-12-08 02:04

Several artists use a unique form of expression to communicate their more profound thoughts and insights.


Here are some brilliant illustrations from around the web that will make you question the world we live in.


Even though some of them are certainly controversial, they all reveal brutal truths about humanity and provoke the way we think.



“The true terrorists of our world do not meet at the docks at midnight, or scream “Allahu Akbar” before some violent action. The true terrorists of our world wear 5000 dollar suits and work in the highest positions of finance, government and business.” — Peter Joseph/Artist Credit: Gunduz Agayev



Got milk?/Artist Credit: Unknown



It seems like the moment people get onto Facebook they automatically transform into judgmental assholes/Artist Credit: Unknown



A broken and damaged mind can easily hide behind a confident and deceptive tongue/Artist Credit: Unknown



Addicted…/Artist Credit: Asaf Hanuka



If you only knew where your chocolate really came from little Johnny… #childtrafficking/Artist Credit: John Holcroft



If you aren’t careful, other people’s opinions and labels will not only stick to you, they will start to drain the life out of you too/Artist Credit: Brecht Vandenbroucke



Santa’s real little Elves…/Artist Credit: Asaf Hanuka



Terrorism & death can come in many forms (obesity, heart disease, diabetes) and sometimes hides behind a smiling face…/Artist Credit: Gunduz Agayev



“Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish been caught, and the last stream poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money.” — Reputed Native Prophecy/Artist Credit: Unknown



After Snow White ate the poison apple, from the evil witch, she fell asleep and became unconscious… think about that/Artist Credit: Cinismo Ilustrado



The modern day slave/Artist Credit: Gunduz Agayev



“… How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?” — Former Facebook president explaining how Facebook was designed (Source)/Artist Credit: Makkah Newspaper



“We were all humans until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us and wealth classified us.” — Unknown/Artist Credit: Brecht Vandenbroucke



Perspective/Artist Credit: Vin Paneccasio



More perspective…/Artist Credit: Vin Paneccasio



Sometimes a mother has to be a father, and sometimes a father has to be a mother. #singleparents/Artist Credit: Igor Morski



No little girl grows up wanting to do porn, or become a prostitute, but the need and want for money can easily compromise morals or even lead to sex trafficking./Artist Credit: Luis Quiles


Inspired by Gavin Nascimento, Founder of A New Kind of Human

The First Animal You Saw In The Picture Unveils A Hidden Trait Of Your Personality

Fri, 2017-12-08 02:00

The first thing that comes to our mind when we see a certain color or visit a certain place is reflective of our past experiences and how our perceive life in general.


The much more subtle actions like our handwriting and how we make a fist can demonstrate the personality traits we never knew about ourselves.


Inkblot tests have been around for several decades as a way for psychologists to examine various personality traits of their patients. Let's see what this picture says about your personality.


Take a look at the image below. Which animal do you spot first?



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1. Lots of Zebras

If you notice a large number of zebras first, it means you're a charismatic individual who feels more comfortable when in a group of people. You believe in strength in numbers, so you might feel unsure or insecure if you are by yourself.


2. A Lion

If the lion comes into your mind first, then you have a big ego, and you know it. You have a strong will and will not back down when someone has a different opinion. You're a quick-learner which adds to your self-confidence. You might, however, struggle to work in a team because of your stubborn nature and your need to be the leader.


3. A Bird Sitting on a Zebra

If you spotted the bird sitting on the zebra, it means you have a keen eye for detail. You're an objective person who likes things to be in order. You believe there is a place for everything and that everything should be in its place. There is also a high chance that you are a perfectionist.


4. A Lion and Zebras Together

If you spotted both the lion and zebras at the same time, it means you are a good multitasker and do not have to concentrate hard to discover new things. Only five percent of people see the zebras and lion simultaneously, so if you are one of them you have a great chance of becoming a leader.


Which answer did you get? Share with a friend and compare.


Reference: Newsner

32 Stunning Places on Earth You Should Visit Before You Die

Fri, 2017-12-08 01:57

We are blessed to live on a beautiful planet that's full of some of the most stunning and magical locations that we could ever imagine.


Some of these places are totally natural, wonders of the world that haven't been touched by the hand of humans. These places captivate us, sometimes breaking the rules of science as we've known them. From pink lakes to towering mountains, we just can’t pull our eyes away.


Check out these stunning places that you need to visit before you die:


The Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

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Haiku Stairs, Hawaii

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Ellora Caves, India

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A lake located in Patagonia, Argentina

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Mont Saint-Michel, France

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Magical hotel in Switzerland

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Prague, Czech Republic

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Huacachina Oasis, Peru

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Gansu Province, China

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Grand Canyon, US

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Pink Lake Hillier, Australia

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The Lofoten Islands, Norway

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Underwater city in Shicheng, China

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The Meteora, Greece

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Chefchaouen, Morocco

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Devil’s Bridge in Gablenz, Germany

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Lake Sorvagsvatn, the Faroe Islands

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Naica Mine, Mexico

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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

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Albarracin, Spain

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Lake Retba, Senegal

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Hitachi National Park, Japan

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Lencois Maranhenses National Park, Brazil

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Petra, Jordan

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Dark Hedges, UK

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The Trulli, Italy

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Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver

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Mount Roraima, Venezuela

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Eilean Donan Castle, UK

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The Enchanted City, Cuenca, Spain

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Canyon Fjaorargljufur, Iceland

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To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

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Artist Creates Soulful Illustrations Of His Everyday Life With His Wife

Fri, 2017-12-08 01:55

Pascal Campion, a French-American artist, based in Burbank, California, draws heartwarming and soulful images about everyday life.


Inspired by Katrina, his wife of ten years, his nine-year-old daughter, and his six-year-old twin boys, Campion’s work beautifully captures the significance of the small things. From watching the autumn leaves fall to holding hands in a crowded room, his illustrations encourage us to stop what we're doing, look around us, and think about what truly matters the most. “The little moments are just as important as the big ones,” says Campion, who describes his style as “spontaneous and messy in execution but clear in communication.”


Take a look at his illustrations below:


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Being comforted after a long day

Waking up next to him

Giving her a kiss when she’s so perfectly relaxed

Having an impromptu pillow fight

Going on a hike with a picnic

Keeping each other dry

Whisking her off her feet

Waiting for him to come home

Having fun even when doing the most boring chores

Spending a perfect day doing nothing together

Showing each other spontaneous affection

Watching the world from above

Marveling at miracles you created together

Worrying when she’s not answering her phone

Watching the autumn leaves falling as you grow older together

Peeping through the door to see the most precious moments

Being there when he needs you

Getting unexpected hugs

Sharing random intimate moments together

Not letting the rain ruin your day

Seeing the silver lining in any situation

Being proud of those little everyday accomplishments

And goofing around with the family

Here’s the illustrator Pascal Campion with his children

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His wife, Katrina, gives him plenty of inspiration

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Campion’s illustrations remind us to enjoy the small things, however old we might be

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Inspiring Pictures Of Former Drug Addicts Who Recovered

Fri, 2017-12-08 00:08

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In 2014, over seven million Americans battled a drug addiction as the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported. Fatal overdoses are topping the list of accidental deaths today in the US, surpassing shooting and traffic accidents.


We all know the effects drugs can have on our body and life, but it isn't every day that we get to see exactly how much damage they can elicit.


Moderation is the key to everything else except for illicit drugs. You are much better off not using any at all. Ask any of these eight former addicts who ditched the drugs, recovered, and transformed their lives.



Dejah Hall is a 26-year-old mother and student from Glendale in Arizona. She celebrated being drug-free for 4 years by sharing pictures which highlight her amazing transformation on Facebook.


"Today marks four years clean from heroin and meth," she wrote in a caption. The left picture is the day she was arrested on felony warrants and spent two years in prison. That was the starting point of her journey to sobriety. She has since decided to complete a BA so that she can become a prison minister and help other people.



Alyssa Gaudinier


Alyssa's addiction problems began when she was just ten years old after she discovered her parents' alcohol stash. By the time she was fourteen, she was already using molly, ecstasy, meth, and heroin.


Alyssa explained: "My own family didn't even know who I was anymore. I didn't even know who I was any more". She relapsed after her first stint in rehab. Still, second time's the charm for Alyssa. At twenty, she has now been clean for more than a year and now works as a daycare teacher.



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Reddit user Wormguy666 was inspired by another user to share his former meth-addict sister's before-and-after pictures. She allowed her brother to show everyone her transformation so people could see the "the effects of what meth can do to you and hope to inspire some people who are in addiction or in the process of recovery."


She added: "I didn't even realize how disgusting I looked while I was using until after I got clean and realized how awful I looked. I'm 5'4 tall and was 110 lbs in the first picture, and now I'm at a healthy weight of 130 and proud of it".



Graham MacIndoe


Graham MacIndoe used to be addicted to cocaine for a while. It was not until he moved to New York that he began to abuse heroin. His addiction pushed him away from all the people he loved, so he spent most of his days in devastating loneliness. The Scottish photographer beat the odds in 2010 after he spent 4 months in an immigration detention and some more months in a rehab program.


MacIndoe documented his self-destructive behavior on camera and some years after quitting drugs; he turned his candid graphic pictures into an art display at the National Galleries of Scotland to show what addiction looks like.



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Brooke let the world know how she turned her life around through posts on her Instagram page. She used to be addicted to both heroin and meth, and it took twelve attempts before she succeeded. The young woman said she was eight months sober at the time the photo was posted and it is the longest she's ever gone without drugs.



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Imgur user jermwithaj used to be a heroin and meth user for approximately nine years when a light bulb went off more than a year ago, and he decided to recover.


"Today, my life is different. And that's all I could really hope for towards the end. Not a better life, because I didn't feel like anything was ever going to get better... but just something different," he wrote.


"This is what six months of hard work and commitment looks like for me. I can finally know what happiness and serenity feel like. I get to help others as well as tell my story and share my solution. In doing that, I'm able to turn all of the negative from before into positive now. If you are struggling, please ask someone for help and dig deep down with everything you have to find the willingness to change. It's worth it, I promise you."



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Courtney, a 24-year-old mother, proved that recovery is possible even when someone has a severe heroin addiction. She opened up about her hard journey to sobriety in a Reddit post.


"I have finally gotten to a point where it all seems like it was a bad dream. It's taken a lot of hard work and a lot of discipline," she wrote when she was 826 days sober.


She added: "The picture on the right is a whole different person completely. That's a person who loves herself. I've grown out my hair, stopped picking myself until I draw blood, and while I'm not as thin as I'd like, I'm healthy! Also, that is a girl celebrating her anniversary with her significant other who saw her when she was at her worst and trying to better herself."



Andi Peterson fell into the cycle of drugs at the age of sixteen. By eighteen, she became addicted to opiates after a doctor prescribed her Percocet following her emergency C-section. That drug made her "feel good," but it landed her behind bars and even cost her the custody of her son as well. It took another 4 years for Andi to quit, and she has been sober ever since.

Stephen Hawking's Beautiful Advice For Those Who Suffer From Depression

Mon, 2017-12-04 22:23

World-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking is known for the nitty-gritty of theoretical physics and providing us with complex yet invaluable insights into space and time. He has also been sharing his expertise in more emotional matters. In a recent talk, Hawking gave a beautiful message to people suffering from depression, comparing depression with black holes – explaining no matter how dark they seem, neither are impossible to escape.


Hawking said: “The message of this lecture is that black holes ain’t as black as they are painted. They are not the eternal prisons they were once though…things can get out of a black hole both on the outside and possibly to another universe. So if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up – there’s a way out.”


Hawking, who has just turned 74, has lived with motor neuron disease for almost 53 years – despite being told he had just two years to live when diagnosed in 1963, gave the speech in front of a crowd of over 400 people as part of the Reith lecture at the Royal Institute in London.


Speaking to the same audience, his daughter Lucy noted Hawking’s incredible mental fitness – both intellectually and emotionally.


“He has a very enviable wish to keep going and the ability to summon all his reserves, all his energy, all his mental focus and press them all into that goal of keeping going,” she said.


“But not just to keep going for the purposes of survival but to transcend this by producing extraordinary work – writing books, giving lectures, inspiring other people with neurodegenerative and other disabilities.”


Somehow, this acknowledgement of the often debilitating condition of depression from such a survivor and brilliant mind can go a long way to offering courage to those of us who can suffer from the condition, just remember, no matter how bad it seems, like Stephen Hawking, to never give up.


Source: I Heart Intelligence


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Here Are 23 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn’t Know About. The Last One Surprised Me.

Mon, 2017-12-04 22:19

Have you ever known a left-handed person? I myself am right-handed and have no problem finding all of the products that I need because most are geared towards the right hand, but I have known lefties and they seem to struggle a little with some everyday tasks.


However, they also tend to be more independent because they have spent their whole lives adapting to this right-handed world that we live in. For that reason, let’s get to know these lefties a little more. Here are some fascinating facts:


1. Between 5-10% of the population are left-handed.

2. Lefties are three times more likely to become alcoholics.

3. They mostly use the right side of the brain.

4. They reach puberty between 4-5 months later than others.

5. They are good at baseball, tennis, swimming, and boxing. Up to 40% of the best tennis players are lefties.



6. 4 out of 7 of our recent presidents have been left-handed.

7. College graduates who are left-handed become 26% richer than right-handed ones.

8. Back in the day, if you were left-handed you might have been accused of having a nasty habit, the mark of the devil, a sign of neurosis, being rebellious and capable of criminality and/or being homosexual. Sometimes, however, it indicated creativity and musical abilities.

9. The word left come from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft, which means broken or weak.

10. Older women who are over 40 years of age are 128% more likely to give birth to a left-handed baby than a woman in her 20’s.

11. Cats, rats and mice are equally left and right-handed even though around 90% of all humans are right-handed.

12. Lefties tend to be better in math and architecture while right-handed people are more verbally talented.

13. One out of four of the Apollo astronauts was left-handed.

14. Around 30 million people in the United States are left-handed.

15. Lefties are more susceptible to allergies and asthma than right-handed people.

16. Left-handed people have an easier time adjusting to using their right hand if something happens to their left.

17. These are the longest words that can be typed using only the left hand: sweater dresses and tesserae decades.

18. The British Royal Family have some lefties: the Queen’s Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William.

19. Left-handed people are more likely to suffer from insomnia.

20. August 13th is International Left-Handers Day.

21. The Boston Strangler, Osama Bin Laden, and Jack The Ripper were left-handed.

22. Left-handed people can see underwater better than right-handed people.

23. Left-handed people tend to get angry faster than the rest. John McEnroe is left-handed. Case closed

Source: Auntyacid via Idealist4ever

The Brutal Truth About Happiness In Modern Society Explained In Less Than 5 Minutes

Mon, 2017-12-04 22:03

What does happiness mean to you? Most of us search for it in material things, substances, or career achievements, but we often lose sight of what truly matters to us in the process.


Steve Cutts, a London-based artist and animator, is taking a long hard look at this ‘rat race’ to which we have all found ourselves tied.


He is examining our contemporary sources of happiness in a satirical short film that depicts humans as the ‘rats’ they’ve become in the eyes of the system. The short film is named after that mysterious high we are always chasing; “Happiness.”


Take four minutes out of your busy life and watch the clip for yourself below:



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What Have The Most Famous European Leaders Studied? This Chart Will Help You Find Out

Mon, 2017-12-04 21:58

Have you ever wondered what the most famous European leaders studied?


Of course, there aren't universities that can qualify someone as a world leader. Still, it's interesting to find out what our top politicians study before embarking on their political careers.


When looking at European leaders, the answer is very mixed. There isn't a subject that stands above the rest.


Sixteen of the countries, which were considered for this infographic, have a leader with a law degree.


Some of the most obscure majors include Angela Merkel's degree in physics as well as Theresa May's BA in geography.



Reference: Statista

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