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Friday, August 7, 2020

August 07, 2020

Novel Bunyavirus Re-emerges In China, Infecting At Least 60 People, Killing 7

Novel Bunyavirus

A deadly virus has re-emerged in China, infecting more than 60 people and killing seven.

The highly pathogenic, tick-borne novel bunyavirus can lead to thrombocytopenia syndrome.

It causes a viral haemorrhagic fever and has re-emerged in rural areas of China.

CNA reports that a 65-year-old tea farmer in China’s Jiangsu province recently fell ill with a fever of 40C and a repetitive cough.

Beijing-backed Global Times reported 37 people had been diagnosed with thrombocytopenia in the Jiangsu province.

Experts now believe the virus can be transmitted from person to person.

People can infect others via blood, the respiratory tract and wounds.

The virus can also spread to people via infected animals.

Most people are infected from tick bites.

Novel Bunyavirus

Sheng Jifang, an expert on the novel bunya virus, told the Global Times a patient who had died three years ago later infected 16 people that had contact with the patient’s body.

One of those infected people later died.

The patient had bleeding because of severe infection, he said.

Family members of infected patients and medical staff have been warned to take necessary preventive and protective measures.

The Taiwan Centers for Disease Control says the novel bunyavirus has a fatality rate of about 10 per cent.

Common symptoms of the virus include fever, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, and decreased appetite.

It can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

The virus was first discovered in China’s central Henan and eastern Anhui provinces in 2009.

The disease has since spread to Taiwan, with a man in his 70s developing a fever and experiencing severe vomiting after contracting the virus last year.

He had no recent history of international travel but often went walking in the mountains.

There is no known vaccine or medications that can target the virus.

The re-emergence of the novel bunyavirus comes after the novel coronavirus was discovered in China late last year.
August 07, 2020

7 Dead, 60 Infected By Tick-borne Virus in China


Anew infectious disease caused by a tick-borne virus has killed seven people and infected 60 others in China, official media here reported on Wednesday, warning about the possibility of its human-to-human transmission.

More than 37 people in East China's Jiangsu Province contracted with the SFTS Virus in the first half of the year. Later, 23 people were found to have been infected in East China's Anhui province, state-run Global Times quoted media reports.
A woman from Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu, who suffered from the virus showed onset of symptoms such as fever, coughing. Doctors found a decline of leukocyte, blood platelet inside of her body.

After a month of treatment, she was discharged from the hospital.

At least seven people have died in Anhui and East China's Zhejiang province due to the virus, the report said.


SFTS Virus is not a new virus. China has isolated pathogen of the virus in 2011, and it belongs to the Bunyavirus category.

Virologists believe that the infection may have been passed on to humans by ticks and that the virus can be transmitted between humans, it said.

Sheng Jifang, a doctor from the first affiliated hospital under Zhejiang University, said that the possibility of human-to-human transmission could not be excluded; patients can pass the virus to others via blood or mucous.

Doctors warned that tick bite is the major transmission route, as long as people remain cautious, there's no need to over panic over such virus contagion, it said.

[ By News18 ]

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

August 05, 2020

Priest Flees In Terror As Beirut Blast Rocks Church During Live-streamed Mass

Lebanon explosion

This footage from a religious ceremony being live-streamed from Beirut shows a priest running in terror as the huge explosion rocks the building.

The impact from the deadly blast was captured during a mass being broadcast in the Lebanese capital, according to Alhurra correspondent Steven Nabil.

It shows the lights behind the cleric going out as the church begins to rattle around him. Within seconds the detonation can be heard in the background as debris and stained glass windows begin to rain down from above. It is unclear how badly the priest or any of the parishioners were injured.

At least 100 people have been killed and more than 4,000 injured during the powerful warehouse explosion which shook the city.

[ By Metro ]

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

August 04, 2020

At Least 100 Dead And 4,000 Injured In Lebanon Blast

The death toll following an enormous explosion in Lebanon's capital city rose to 100 on Wednesday morning, according to the Red Cross, as rescuers worked through the night to retrieve injured individuals from the rubble sprawled across downtown Beirut.

More than 100 peope are missing following the devastating blast, Beirut Governor Marwan Abboud said.

President Michel Aoun appointed a committee to investigate the blast and present its findings within five days. He said the maximum punishment would be handed to those responsible.

Health Minister Hamad Hasan called it "a disaster in every sense of the word".

The explosion was heard as far away as Nicosia on the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, which is 240 kilometres north-west.

[ By National ]
August 04, 2020

Massive Explosion Rocks Lebanon’s Capital

Massive Explosion Rocks Lebanon's  Capital

A massive explosion has hit the Lebanese capital Beirut, officials have said.

Smoke could be seen billowing above the city's port following the explosion. There is significant damage and several people are injured, according to eyewitnesses.

It is unknown what caused the blast but footage showed several buildings falling near the explosion.

Several witnesses present in Beirut said that this was the largest and most devastating explosion they had felt.

Joelle Bassoul, a human rights worker in Beirut, was in the neighbourhood with her mother when they felt two shock waves.

"The first one was a big bang I immediately knew it was an explosion and like within seconds there was a second very strong shockwave," Bassoul told Euronews.

"People were screaming around us, a few cars were blown into the building," she added, explaining that when she returned to her apartment building nearby, it was completely destroyed.

She said that people in the streets were panicked and there was damage everywhere.

"Please make way to our ambulances," the Red Cross tweeted. Photos emerged of blood on the ground in several buildings and significant damage.'

"President Aoun pursued the details of the massive explosion that occurred in the port of Beirut and gave instructions to all armed forces to work to address the repercussions of the big explosion and to conduct patrols in the affected districts of the capital and suburbs to control security," the Lebanese Presidency tweeted.

"My apartment and building completely destroyed by Beirut explosion. People injured and hospitals are filling up. Hope everyone is safe. Praying for Beirut," Samah Hadid at the Norwegian Refugee Council tweeted.

Lebanon's health ministry tweeted saying hospitals should treat the injured at its expense.

A neurosurgeon working in Beirut, Fred Bteich, tweeted saying that it would be a long night in the ER with patients "piled up" on the floor.

Netblocks, which monitors internet service, showed a significant internet outage in Lebanon following the blast.

[ By Euro News ]
August 04, 2020

Marvelous: Loki, Deadpool And Thor - Meet Australia’s New Fly Species

Thor, Deadpool, Loki,  Black Widow

Thor, Deadpool, Loki and Black Widow are just some of the names given to five new species of Australian flies by scientists in the country.

The names, all based on Marvel characters, were assigned by scientists at the federal government agency (CSIRO) and are included in a list of 165 new species of insects and plants.

There is the Thor fly, scientifically named "Daptolestes bronteflavus", which stems from Latin like most scientific names and translates to "blonde thunder" in homage to the "God of Thunder", played in the new Marvel film by Chris Hemsworth.

Characteristically, the Thor fly has light brown and gold specs on its body, antenna and face, resembling Thor's blonde hair and the gold details on his outfits.

CSIRO Entomologist Dr Bryan Lessard, also known as "Bry the Fly Guy", said only a quarter of Australian insects are known to science and "it's important to name these species otherwise we lose them to science."

According to Dr Lessard, the Deadpool fly is "an assassin".

He said the name Humorolethalis sergius was chosen because "it sounds like lethal humour" and is derived from the Latin words humorosus, meaning wet or moist, and lethalis meaning dead.

The Deadpool fly is orange, red and black in colour similarly to the suit Ryan Reynold's character wears and shares similar markings as Deadpool's masks.

Loki's fly, or Daptolestes illusiolautus, also derived from Latin means elegant deception, and is in tribute to the "God of Mischief" - Tom Hiddleston's character in the Marvel films.

 Black Widow Fly

Black Widow's fly, or Daptolestes feminategus, which translates to woman wearing leather from Latin is another homage to Scarlett Johansson's character, also known as Natasha Romanoff - who wears leather suits in the franchise.

Stan Lee Fly

There is also a Stan Lee fly in honour of the late Marvel Comics creator, Lee known as the founding force behind the Marvel leviathan also co-created Spider Man and other popular characters.

Stan Lee Fly

The CSIRO list of new species also named 151 new bugs, eight new plants, two new fish, one new mite that lives on a lizard, three new subspecies of bird, and 25 marine invertebrates.

A few of on the list were found several years ago and stayed unnamed, while others were a more current discoveries.

[ By iTV ]

Monday, August 3, 2020

August 03, 2020

Russian Far East Region Experiences Particularly Bad “Mosquito Tornadoes”

Villages on the east coast of the Kamchatka peninsula, in the Russian Far-East are experiencing scenes that seem taken out of an Alfred Hitchkok movie. Only instead of birds invading their community, it’s billions of mosquitoes swirling into visible “tornadoes”.

Villages like Ust-Kamchatsk are used to being invaded by large number of mosquitoes every summer, it’s normal for this insects to swarm near bodies of water, but this year it’s much worse than usual. Because of an unusually hot summer, the number of mosquitoes is much larger, making them an even bigger nuisance than they usually are. Window and door nets do little to keep the pesky buzzers out of people’s homes, as they seem to get in through the smallest of cracks, and going outside means dealing with large swarms of mosquitoes that seem to reach the sky when seen from afar.

Mosquito Tornadoes

“We have always had large numbers of mosquitoes here in the summer, and we always will, but there are just to many of them this year,” Ust-Kamchatsk resident Maria Zubkova said. “They get into every crack, even if there are nets on the windows, they still manage to get through.”

Videos of dozens of these mosquito tornadoes rising over villages on the east coast of Kamchatka have gone viral on Russian social media. They show these large whirlwinds visible from long distances, which wasn’t the case in past years. Locals are used to mosquitoes and midges invading their villages for a few months every years, but few can remember such large numbers.

Mosquito Tornadoes

Walking or driving through one of these living tornadoes will leave you covered in mosquitoes from head to toe, but experts say that people shouldn’t fear getting stung by them. The tornadoes are part of the mosquitoes’ mating ritual, where tens maybe even hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes swarm around one or more females trying to secure a spot close to her. And since male mosquitoes don’t sting, all you have to worry about is getting them off, as they can be very clingy.

Kamchatka is home to over 100 species of midges and mosquitoes, and so far entomologists haven’t determined which ones are most active this year, but they assume that there are both blood-sucking species and harmless midges in these giant tornadoes.

The mosquito tornadoes in Ust-Kamchatsk delight us this year. Look how elegantly they swarm. It’s like aliens, like in a horror movie!” one woman can be heard saying as she films the living columns rising over the Russian village.

Things aren’t much better in nearby villages like Klyuchi and Kozyrevsk, where some say mosquitoes are so aggressive they can sting through jeans and leather jackets.

[ By Oddity Central ]
August 03, 2020

Burmese Woman Shocks Internet With Her Tiny 13.7-Inch Waist

Su ‘Moh Moh’ Naing, a 23-year-old girl from Myanmar shot to online fame earlier this week after being featured by a popular English tabloid for having an incredibly thin waist.

The Burmese student claims to have a waist circumference of only 13.7 inches, which would make it one of the tiniest waists in the world, but even more shocking is the fact that Naing insist her waist size is only linked to genetics. Despite being accused of digitally editing the photos she posts on her Instagram, and even of having some of her ribs removed or constantly wearing a tight corset to achieve such a tiny figure, Su Naing says she is all natural.

Su ‘Moh Moh’ Naing

“I am in a healthy disposition and keep a healthy diet so there is nothing to worry about. I don’t think there is something wrong with how I look,” the 23-year-old said. “I enjoy posing for pictures and showing off my looks. The compliments are very flattering. People agree that it is a beautiful look.”

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Women with unusually small waists, like the current Guinness Record holder Ethel Granger (13 inch waist), spend a lifetime wearing a corset to gradually shrink their waists, or undergo extreme surgical procedures to achieve a coveted hourglass figure.

A post shared by Su Moh Moh Naing (@sumohnaing) on

Venezuelan model Aleira Avendano has been wearing a tight corset 23 hours a day to achieve and maintain her 20-inch waistline, as has German woman Michele Koebke, a big fan of the 19th century wasp waist fashion silhouette.

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Su Naing insists that her 13.7-inch waist circumference is not the result of “waist training”, and denies all accusations of digital photo manipulation. However, English tabloid Mail Online, emphasizes that the woman’s waist size has never been independently verified, and mentions that her photos show signs of “editing around the waist”.

The 23-year-old’s Instagram also features a short clip of her showcasing her waist, and while definitely smaller than the average female waist, it doesn’t look as tiny as it does in some of her photos.

[ By Oddity Central]

Saturday, August 1, 2020

August 01, 2020

Woman Buried Under Pile Of Cow Dung To ‘treat’ Snake Bite

woman buried in cow poop

A wife suffocated under a pile of cow dung after being told it would cure her snake bite.

Mother of five, Devendri, 35, from a village in Bulandshahr, northern India, was out getting some wood to burn for cooking when a snake bit her on her hand.

She ran home to inform her husband, Mukesh, and they quickly decided to call the local snake charmer.

The local snake charmer, Murarey, advised Mukesh to cover his wife in cow dung, suggesting it would suck out the poison.

People gathered outside the house and watched as Devendri lay outside as Mukesh buried her in cow dung and the snake charmer sat beside her and chanted mantras.

But after 75 minutes Devendri sadly died.

Mukesh said: “My wife went out to get firewood and when she was collecting the wood a snake bit her. We tried some medicines, a grinded powder and tied a rope around her arm. But the snake charmer advised us to cover her in cow dung, so we did.”

“The snake charmer was confident he could help. We left her in the cow dung for 75 minutes. I never thought she would die, I really thought she’d survive and it’d work. I never thought this would happen.”

The snake charmer, Murarey, was filmed and said: “I’m known in this area to treat animal bites. I think the snake was a cobra. And yes, she died because she was buried.”

woman buried in cow poop

Mukesh is now left to raise five children alone.

He is completely baffled the burial method did not work on saving his wife.

Station house officer Anand Veer, at Kakod Police Station, said: “We are not aware of this incident at the station. No one has reported anything or lodged a complaint.”

woman buried in cow poop

Superstition is India is considered a widespread social problem and usually attributed to a lack of education in rural parts of the country.

Beliefs and practices vary from region to region, with many regions having their own specific traditions and superstitions.

Many beliefs are centuries old and are considered part of tradition and religion, as a result; any introduction of new prohibitory laws often face opposition.

[ By New York Post ]

Friday, July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

Donald Trump Says US Will Ban TikTok

Donald Trump Says US Will Ban TikTok

President Donald Trump said Friday he will bar fast-growing social media app TikTok from the United States as American authorities have raised concerns the service could be a tool for Chinese intelligence.

US officials and lawmakers in recent weeks have voiced fears of the wildly popular video platform being used by Beijing for nefarious purposes, but the company has denied any links to the Chinese government.

Media reports circulated earlier Friday saying that Trump would require the US operations of the app be divested from its Chinese parent firm ByteDance, but the president announced a ban.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump said: "As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States."

He added he would take action as soon as Saturday using emergency economic power or an executive order.

Trump's move comes following a review by the Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) in the United States, which investigates deals affecting US national security.

TikTok, especially popular with young audiences who create and watch its short-form videos, has an estimated billion users worldwide.

Queried by AFP, TikTok declined to comment on the reports of the forced sales, saying only: "We are confident in the long-term success of TikTok.

"Hundreds of millions of people come to TikTok for entertainment and connection, including our community of creators and artists who are building livelihoods from the platform."

Donald Trump Says US Will Ban TikTok

The firm this week pledged a high level of transparency, including allowing reviews of its algorithms, to assure users and regulators.

"We are not political, we do not accept political advertising and have no agenda -- our only objective is to remain a vibrant, dynamic platform for everyone to enjoy," TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer said in post this week.

"TikTok has become the latest target, but we are not the enemy."

The popularity of the platform surged after ByteDance acquired US-based app in 2017 and merged it with its own video service.

James Lewis, head of the technology policy program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said he believes the security risk of using TikTok is "close to zero" but that ByteDance could face pressure from China to engage in censorship.

"It looks like ByteDance may be getting squeezed by Beijing, so making them divest makes sense," Lewis said. "They could start censoring stuff."

Lewis said US authorities under CFIUS have the power to unwind an acquisition previously approved and that a similar action was taken in 2019 with the dating app Grindr after it was bought by a Chinese firm.

[ By Agence France-Presse / NDTV ]
July 31, 2020

Disagreement Over ‘Cheap’ $150 Engagement Ring Leads To Breakup

Cheap Ring, Breakup, Coupe

An engaged woman sparked a massive discussion online after she admitted that she was angry with her fiancĂ© over a $150 engagement ring — but the tables quickly turned in a twist that no one saw coming.

Writing under the name bowdownpls, she shared her conflict on Reddit’s AITA (Am I The A******) forum — and it later caused quite the buzz on Twitter as well.

‘The mood got awkward’

In her post, she explained that her fiancĂ© gave her a “nice and understated” ring, which was fine, but she knew he could have done better.

When friends or family get engaged … someone will ask to see the ring and then everyone coos over it and it’s a good time,” she wrote. “When I showed mine the mood got awkward and they feigned excitement just long enough until it was okay to change the topic.”

Bowdownpls said she was not expecting a “3 months salary” ring or a massive wedding, but she considered the ring to be a “symbol of love” — and this one was “cheap looking.”

“But I really don’t think I’m out of line for thinking of it as a long term investment piece given the amount of wear it will see and the sentimentality behind it,” she wrote. “Surely it is worth more than a gaming console?!”

She explained in an update that they had discussed the overall style of the ring she wanted and he had access to all her jewelry to get a feel for what she typically wears, but price was never something they talked about, although he’s bought her fine jewelry in the past.

“I can be unhappy with the ring while still being madly in love with my fiance and thrilled to spend our lives together,” she said.

At first, bowdownpls seemed committed to her fiancĂ© in spite of the perceived slight, and most commenters agreed that this wasn’t worth breaking up over — until the third update came.

Cheap Ring, Breakup, Coupe

‘Feels like a bad joke’

"When she began to confront him about the ring, he “blew up.”

“Started yelling ‘f****** finally’ and how I’d ruined everything by waiting so long,” she wrote.

She said he revealed that he bought a less-than-stellar ring on purpose so he could dump her and claim she was a “gold digger.”

“He has apparently been having an affair … with a ‘younger model’ that he’s ‘earned’ but knew that breaking things off when everyone loved me so much would ‘hurt his optics’ so he had to make it my fault,” the Redditor wrote.

She said that this would be their final update, admitting she was “ashamed” she didn’t realize what was going on all along and later added that it “certainly feels like a bad joke.”

‘Dodging a missile’

Commenters came to her defense, for the most part.

“Kudos to [bowdownpls] and her spidey sense regarding the inappropriateness of the ring she was given,” one Redditor wrote. “If she had followed the advice of those who told her she was shallow and should live with the cheap ring, she would have made the worst mistake of her life.”

“Wasn’t expecting that,” another said. “consider yourself ‘dodging a bullet’ — more like ‘dodging a missile’ … he tried gaining sympathy points by manipulating you. He deserves everything bad in life.”

Bowdownpls refers to the fiancĂ© as her “ex” in her update, so it’s safe to say they’ve broken up — and it’s for the best.

If you liked this story, check out the latest edition of Group Chat, In The Know’s new advice column.

[ By In The Know ]

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

July 29, 2020

Monk Climbs A Steep Hill Without Any Harness, Viral Video Reminds Netizens Of ‘Last Airbender’

Monk , Last Airbender

An astonishing video was posted on Twitter where a monk was seen climbing a steep hill effortlessly. What makes this feat even more special is the fact that he has no harness on! Without any rope attached to his body, he is climbing up a rather steep hill with possibly no sweat on his brow.

With just a bag and the saffron-colored robes adorned around his body, he took no time to reach the top of the steep hill. Alongside him, there was a hiker who used all the proper harness and equipment to scale the hill’s mammoth height.

Still cannot believe it? Take a look at this video to see it for yourself:

It was posted on the microblogging site by a user named ‘Ya Motha’. The caption said, “My first day in San Francisco.”

For obvious reasons, this video is not from the Californian city. The video just used as a meme reference as San Francisco is known for having extremely steep roads which are a task for the residents to climb through, both by car and especially on foot.

The video went viral as soon as it was posted. Till now, it has gotten a little over 7 million views with 63,500 retweets and 3,13,900 likes.

Netizens were absolutely baffled by the video. They could not believe how he could climb it all effortlessly without any harness around his body!

Many of them were reminded of ‘Aang’ from M. Night Shyamalan’s movie ‘The Last Airbender.’ Some were also impressed by the sheer concentration with which he achieved the feat, something the monks are known for.

[ By Times Now News ]

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

July 28, 2020

The Ultimate Guide To The 12 Houses In Astrology

Each house also has its own natural planetary ruler and sign that will likely differ from your personal one. So, for example, the first house of the zodiac is naturally ruled by the sign Aries and is associated with the planet Mars. But in your personal chart, it could easily be in the sign of Libra and house the planets Mercury and Jupiter. Make sense?

12 Houses In Astrology

It's helpful to know exactly what each house in astrology represents — but remember, in order to know what that area looks like for you, you'll have to consult your birth chart (which you can calculate online for free, so long as you have your exact birth date, time, and place). If all of this sounds complicated, a professional astrologer can be a huge help when it comes navigating your birth chart and understanding the houses, as well as the signs and planets that you have in each of them.

12 Houses In Astrology

Let's take an astrological open-house tour, shall we? These are the basic meanings for each of the 12 houses in astrology.

First House: The House Of Self
Naturally ruled by: Aries & Mars

What it represents: Your first house is also known as the "ascendant" and it begins our ride through the astrological houses. It represents "you" in the simplest terms, and governs our self-image, our sense of self, and the image we project to others. It even literally rules over our physical appearance. The first house (very fittingly) covers concepts relating to "firsts" and new beginnings — things like the first impression that you make or the way you take initiative and begin new things. Also, if you know your rising sign, that's going to tell you sign that your first house is in — because the rising sign is just another term for the cusp of the first house. If you have any planets in your first house, it's likely that they'll show up pretty significantly in your life and personality.

Second House: The House Of Finances & Value

Naturally ruled by: Taurus & Venus

What it represents: The second house is the house of all things tangible — including your five senses and all of your basic sensory experiences. It's also about money, wealth, and earthly possessions, as well as your attitude toward those things. Additionally, it deals with value — and when I say value, I mean both how you value material things and how you value yourself, so your self-esteem and self-worth are affiliated with the second house, too. On the darker side, this is also an area of the chart that, depending on your placements, could indicate issues of greed, low self-worth, or financial hardship.

Third House: The House Of Communication
Naturally ruled by: Gemini & Mercury

What it represents: The third house is where we begin to move outside of ourselves just slightly and interact with the people, places, and things that are all around us — so it rules how you express yourself through words (this includes virtual communication via the internet and your devices), your basic goings-on (like getting to and from work), the way you think and use basic logic, as well as your most basic, simple relationships (like with siblings, neighbors, and colleagues). And as it's ruled by chatty Gemini and communication-forward Mercury, it also rules over things like small talk and gossip. In other words, it rules over the areas of your life that tend to get messy during a Mercury retrograde period.

Fourth House: The House Of Home
Naturally ruled by: Cancer & The Moon

What it represents: This house is your foundation (literally, it's found at the very bottom of the zodiac wheel!) and it represents matters of the home and family unit. This covers matters of security, both literal (like housing security and a safe place to live) and emotional (like the ways you feel safe, nurtured, and parented). Ultimately, it represents your sense of home — both in the literal place that you live, as well as the people who bring you comfort. The house also relates to your ancestors, your memories, your past, and your sense of nostalgia. Planets here can indicate a lot of energy going toward your family life.

Fifth House: The House Of Pleasure & Creativity
Naturally ruled by: Leo & The Sun

What it represents: This house is all about creative energy and the attainment and expression of your pleasure — in short, it's about having fun! This covers things like hobbies and recreational activities that you do just to make yourself happy, as well as all things related to romance, love affairs, and casual sex. And in a literally creative sense, it also rules over children. It's also considered a house of "luck," so look to the planets you have here if you want to know how you might fare when it comes to games of chance. This is the house of the heart — your pleasures, your passions, and both your romantic and creative pursuits — so analyzing your planetary placements and sign in this house can tell you about how you deal with these matters.

Sixth House: The House Of Health & Service
Naturally ruled by: Virgo & Mercury

What it represents: This house is all about the work and service you put in during your life — what your work ethic is like, how you personally make yourself of service to others, and even the mundane tasks that are required of us in our day-to-day lives. It's less about what your career is, and more about the work and dedication you actually put into it. This house also rules wellness (which, of course, dictates how physically capable you are of actually doing work). This relates to all aspects of a healthy lifestyle, like diet and nutrition, exercise, and the quest for self-improvement. It's also interesting to note that this house is the ruler of pets and small animals, perhaps because of the role they play in both our health and our daily responsibilities.

Seventh House: The House Of Partnerships
Naturally ruled by: Libra & Venus

What it represents: As this house falls opposite to your first house of self, so does what it governs — so instead of a focus on the self, this house is about our one-on-one connections to other people. It rules relationships and partnerships of all sorts, which includes marriage, as well as business partnerships (anything with a contract between multiple parties, basically!). Conversely, it rules over negative relationships too, like competitors, enemies, divorces, or lawsuits. As you may have noticed, legal issues are a theme here (Libra is the sign of justice, after all), so look out for your planetary placements in this house as potential indicators to be wary of binding contracts. Overall though, this house covers one-on-one relationships on the whole, so planets here may also simply indicate ways in which you relate to other people and function within a community.

Eighth House: The House Of Sex & Transformation
Naturally ruled by: Scorpio & Pluto

What it represents: The eighth house has a reputation for being rather mysterious, wide-ranging, and hard to define — and given that Scorpio is at the helm, it's also stereotyped as being on the darker side. According to AstroStyle, the house rules "death, regeneration, taxes, inheritances, wills & legacies, sex ... latent occult ability, joint resources ... bankruptcy, losses, personal sacrifices, alimony, clairvoyance." Um, yikes, that's a mouthful. But to sum it up, this mystical house is about transformation. It's about endings, yes, but also the subsequent new beginnings that they inevitably bring — a natural sort of transfer or exchange of energy. That probably explains why seemingly random things like taxes are included here alongside things like sex. This house is about personal growth, personal boundaries, and the sacrifices we must make and crises we must face to facilitate these things.

Ninth House: The House Of Big Ideas
Naturally ruled by: Sagittarius & Jupiter

What it represents: This house is highly philosophical, as it pertains to our core belief systems, higher learning, religion, and the pursuit of knowledge. Remember how the third house pertains to basic thoughts? This house, its opposite, rules higher and more complex thought, as well as higher education. In true Sagittarius form, it also rules over our sense of adventure, which includes travels, long journeys (literal and spiritual), and the exploration of different cultures or languages. The ninth house is where we search for life's deeper meaning, broaden our horizons, and challenge and develop our personal beliefs.

Tenth House: The House Of Public Image
Naturally ruled by: Capricorn & Saturn

What it represents: The cusp of your 10th house is located at the tippy-top of your chart, and is also known as your "midheaven" in astrology. It's particularly important, as it pertains to your overall life path and career. This house governs your public-facing image, reputation, professional life, social status, and even brushes with fame. It also represents authority — which can translate to representing a "father figure" or paternal influence in your life. Look to your placements in this house for insight on your career path, and watch out for anything that indicates a tendency to see yourself too much through the eyes of other people and become preoccupied with your reputation.

Eleventh House: The House Of Community & Friends
Naturally ruled by: Aquarius & Uranus

What it represents: Unlike the house of partnerships, which focuses more on contractual or one-to-one relations, this house focuses more on community, memberships, organized groups, and working together. The eleventh house is the ruler of friendship, teamwork, networking, and additionally, social justice — and a very Aquarian desire to shake up the norm. It also represents our collective or lifelong goals and aspirations for the betterment of humanity, and what we do to make those fantasies a reality. Look to your 11th house placements to glean insight into your role within communities or other group dynamics.

Twelfth House: The House Of Subconscious & Secrets
Naturally ruled by: Pisces & Neptune

What it represents: Welcome to the mystical and mysterious 12th (and final) house. Given that this is the last house in the zodiac, it represents endings as well as the deepest evolution of our souls. It rules over our unconscious, secrets, dreams and sleep, karma and past life trauma, our shadow self, surrendering, the occult and paranormal energies, and imprisonment (both literal and metaphorical). In other words: heavy stuff. This house rules over the depths of our unconscious — the parts of ourselves that we run from, or perhaps don't even know exist — so working to understand any placements you have in your twelfth house can help you understand the deepest inner-workings of who you are. The more we work on healing any deep, hidden wounds, the less we have to worry about darkness manifesting in our lives in other confusing ways.

July 28, 2020

Falling Meatball From Sandwich Causes College Student To Fail Exam

Falling Meatball From Sandwich Causes College Student To Fail Exam

Falling meatball from sandwich causes college student to fail exam, she claims on Twitter

Somebody dropped the meatball on this one.

A junior at the University of Georgia has been given a second chance after a meatball blunder caused her to fail a test.

Sam Lee was taking an online exam for her economics class while eating a meatball sandwich. As Lee moved through the test, a meatball fell out of the sub roll and on to her keyboard, effectively exiting and ending the exam before she was finished.

Falling Meatball From Sandwich Causes College Student To Fail Exam

"It hit some sort of escape button and closed the entire browser," she recently told BuzzFeed News.

As panic set in, Lee starting crafting an email that reportedly took her “six hours to write” to explain the messy situation.

In the email, which Lee posted a screenshot of on Twitter, the student tells her professor of “a meatball that had tragically fallen onto my keyboard as I was taking the exam.”

“This said meatball caused some malfunctions with my laptop and caused the test to submit itself,” the email continues. According to a photo of the test results, the student received a 39.17 percent on the meatball-ended exam.

Though Lee concedes “a falling meatball is no excuse for the failing grade on this exam,” she asks her professor if she could retake the test.

Surprisingly enough, her professor responded and agreed to extend the test deadline until midnight that night for her to retake.

"I would recommend you take the test either before or after dinner. :-)" her professor wrote in the email, BuzzFeed reported.

The tweet Lee shared of the July incident went viral, with many sharing their own college follies.
Though testing on an empty stomach usually isn’t recommended, it’s probably safer to eat and exam separately.

[ By Fox News ]

Monday, July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020

Teenager Dropped Out of School To Become a FORTNITE Player, Now Earns More Money Than His Dad

  • Alex Mackechnie, 17, dropped out of high school to pursue a gaming career
  • He makes money playing Fortnite online and competitively for eight hours a day
  • Alex has $45,000 in his bank and sometimes makes more money than his dad
  • In one competition, he raked in $25,000 - but gave all his winnings to charity
An Australian teenager has dropped out of high school to become a professional Fortnite player and has already raked in $45,000.

Alex Mackechnie, 17, decided to pursue a career in competitive gaming after he found success streaming the battle royale game on Twitch full-time. 

Twitch is a live video streaming service, where keen gamers can watch each other play live.

His father Matthew is a podiatrist and agreed to pull his son out of high school so he could focus on Fortnite after he saw the money he made from competitions.

With dreams of being a millionaire, sometimes Alex earns more than his dad just by playing video games for eight to 12 hours a day. 

Matthew Mackechnie, Fortnite Player


'Some days we compare how much we how much we've all made in a day and sometimes he wins,' Matthew Mackechnie told A Current Affair.

His parents never imagined they would pull their child out of Year 12 to play video games at home all day.

But Alex proved to his parents that playing Fortnite competitively was a career worth pursuing.

'It took a little convincing, but they saw I had potential,' Alex said. 

Fortnite World Cup

Matthew said Alex is currently ranked 77th out of 350 million players in the worldwide leaderboards of Fortnite.

'We're proud of him because he doesn't just do it for the money. He does it because he wants to be the best.'

Alex's success even allowed him to play the game with AFL player James Cousins from Hawthorne in a charity contest.

The pair won the competition and Alex donated his $25,000 prize to the Gold Coast Hospital.

The developer of Fortnite, Epic, recently put up a total of $100million in prize money for competitions they have hosted.

There is also a Fortnite World Cup, with the winner of last year's competition raking in $4.29million.

Alex hopes his Fortnite career will provide him with similar opportunities which will allow him to put his money into an investment property. 


Fortnite sees up to 100 online players fight against each other in player versus player combat to be the last one standing in a virtual battle game.

There are an estimated 350 million players on Fortnite and it is hugely popular with children and teenagers because it can be played on mobile phones.

Fortnite is free but makes money by selling a $10 seasonal Battle Pass and digital items such as clothes, weapons, dances and reactions for players.

The majority of players spend money on the game.

[ By  Mail Online ]