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Sunday, October 20, 2019

October 20, 2019

98-Year-Old Mom Moves Into Nursing Home to Care for 80-Year-Old Son


98-Year-Old Mom Moves Into Nursing Home to Care for 80-Year-Old Son

If you’re a mom, you know that there is a special thread that runs from you to your kids that can’t be broken. This 98-year-old mom proves it.

The Special 98-Year-Old Mom and Her 80-Year-Old Son

Ada Keating is 98 years old and a mother of 4 including her 80-year-old son, Tom. She was a young mom when she became pregnant with Tom, but she went on to become a registered nurse. Tom made his career as a painter and decorator. He never married and lived with Ada for most of his life.

When it became clear to Tom that he was no longer able to properly care for himself, he went into an assisted living center to get some help. Ada would visit him routinely, but she missed being with him so much that she decided to go ahead and move into the same facility. That way, they could be together all the time, and she could do what she’d been doing for 80 years – taking care of her son.

Now they both live in the senior citizen facility and she continues to care for her son. She wakes him up in the mornings and is the last to say goodnight. They play games together, watch TV and do puzzles. If he can’t find her, like when she’s getting her hair done, they say he wanders the halls looking for her. When he sees her, she said, he opens his arms wide.

“She’s very good at looking after me,” Tom says. “Sometimes she’ll say “Behave yourself”.”

“It’s very touching to see the close relationship both Tom and Ada share and we are so pleased we were able to accommodate both of their needs,” Philip Daniels, manager of the facility. “It’s very rare to see mothers and their children together in the same care home and we certainly want to make their time together as special as possible. They are inseparable.”


“YOU NEVER STOP BEING A MOM,” ADA SAID.

You know it, I know it, and our kids definitely don’t know it. They will when they have kids of their own.

It can’t be helped. A mother’s love is incredibly powerful, and nothing, not even age or illness or time, can change it.

By Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons
October 20, 2019

Number Of Witches Rises Dramatically Across U.S. As Millennials Reject Christianity

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Witchcraft and other pagan religious practices increased in the U.S. over the past few decades, with millennials turning to astrology and tarot cards as they turn away from Christianity and other traditionally dominant Abrahamic religions.

The number of witches and Americans practicing Wicca religious rituals increased dramatically since the 1990s, with several recent studies indicating there may be at least 1.5 million witches across the country. A Trinity College study conducted in 1990 estimated only about 8,000 Wiccans in the U.S., but the increase has been led by a rejection of mainstream Christianity among young Americans as well as a rise in occultism.

With 1.5 million potential practicing witches across the U.S., witchcraft has more followers than the 1.4 million mainline members of the Presbyterian church.

Data collected by the Pew Research Center and Trinity College in Connecticut show witchcraft and pre-Christian traditions have been revitalized by young adults, Quartz noted. Millennials are seeking more freedom in their spirituality and interest in astrology and tarot card readings have spiked in recent years.

Millennials, celebrities, and even critics of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh have embraced the "witch aesthetic" over more repressive Christian beliefs, Quartz reported.


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"From 1990 to 2008, Trinity College in Connecticut ran three large, detailed religion surveys," said Quartz. "Those have shown that Wicca grew tremendously over this period. From an estimated 8,000 Wiccans in 1990, they found there were about 340,000 practitioners in 2008."

The Trinity College data also revealed there were about 340,000 Pagans in the country in 2008. The Pew Research Center, which has long pointed out the ongoing decline in U.S. Protestant and Catholic membership, released a June survey which found adults under 40 are far less likely to say religion is "very important" in their lives.

"It makes sense that witchcraft and the occult would rise as society becomes increasingly postmodern. The rejection of Christianity has left a void that people, as inherently spiritual beings, will seek to fill," author Julie Roys said in comments emailed to The Christian Post last month.

"Plus, Wicca has effectively repackaged witchcraft for millennial consumption," Roys continued. "No longer is witchcraft and paganism satanic and demonic, it's a 'pre-Christian tradition' that promotes 'free thought' and 'understanding of earth and nature."

A recent spate of witchcraft-related stories have emerged over the past few months in the political sphere. During the congressional confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh last month, a Brooklyn bookstore placed a "hex" on the controversial conservative. That coven was joined by singer Lana Del Rey in declaring they'd already placed several hexes on President Donald Trump.

Despite the rise in practicing witches, the U.S. is still dominated by Christianity, which composes 70 percent of the country's religious population, the Pew Research Center noted earlier this year. A little more than 22 percent of Americans list themselves as "unaffiliated" with any religion.

Throughout history, a rise in fear has been matched with a rise in adherence to belief systems--whether that comes in the form of mainstream religion, or other alternatives.

By Benjamin Fearnow, Newsweek

Saturday, October 19, 2019

October 19, 2019

Meet charming African mute kid with blue eyes and Avatar scar



Meet charming African mute kid with blue eyes and Avatar scar


Social media users cannot seem to get over the absolutely captivating photos of a young African kid that recently surfaced online

Twitter user @faray_official warmed the hearts of many after sharing photos of the young boy with his breathtaking facial features.

The kid suffers from a skin disorder known as vitiligo, a condition in which white patches are formed on different parts of the body due to the lack of a skin pigment called melanin. However, even more interesting about the youngster is the fact that a white patch formed on his forehead which gives him a close resemblance to popular movie/cartoon characters in Avatar. This is coupled with his distinctive blue-coloured pupils.


Meet charming African mute kid with blue eyes and Avatar scar
Meet charming African mute kid with blue eyes and Avatar scar

By CelebGossip
October 19, 2019

Chinese Authorities Demolish Entire Church Building

Chinese Authorities Demolish Entire Church Building

Chinese authorities forcibly removed church members during a raid moments before they demolished the entire church building.

True Jesus Church

The True Jesus Church, despite being a state-recognized church, was suddenly considered illegal by the Chinese Communist Party (CPP). Last June, 200 members of the church were surprised by a raid where they were forced to vacate the building. The director of the Religious Affairs Bureau stated that the church was involved in “illegal fundraising”. They also declared the church as an “illegal building”.

On July 26 this year, approximately one thousand Chinese authorities and police officers conducted a raid at the church in the province of Henan. They forcibly removed all church members in the building. Two elders were injured in the raid and were taken to the hospital. Once all the parishioners were removed, the Chinese authorities demolished the $1.4 million building.

Chinese Authorities Demolish Entire Church Building

Persecutions


The persecution of this “state-recognized” church is an attempt to discourage other believers to openly display their faith in this communist country.

“One thousand people in the church, trying to defend their rights recognized by the state, removed and attacked in such a way, it’s really something that is kind of nightmare, and it doesn’t point to nothing nice for believers,” Respinti, director-in-charge of Bitter Winter, said. “We think this is the beginning of the last step by the CCP in persecuting minorities and religious groups.”

The new regulations on faith, passed in 2018, have made things worse for anyone who is not devoted solely to the Communist party or an atheist.

The persecution of the minorities and believers of Christ in China is becoming more rampant and worse. Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in this Communist nation and that the government authorities may encounter the Truth, Jesus Christ.

By Gail Marvel, GodTV





October 19, 2019

Study Shows That a 50% Pay Raise Lowers the Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases by 15%


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A new study posted in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that a higher income can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, while a pay cut increases the risk of disease by 17 percent.

The team, composed of researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, tracked 9,000 participants between the ages 45 and 64 for a span of 17 years.

The team discovered that people whose salaries rose by 50 percent in six years had a nearly 15 percent lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, while those whose salaries had fallen by 50 percent had a 17 percent increased risk of the disease.

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“This is mainly because rising wages make people less likely to develop heart failure,” said Stephen Wang, a leading study member and a Harvard master’s degree in public health.
Due to lowered wages, people may not have enough money to go to the gym, may feel more anxious or may choose to eat more junk food – which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Stephen Wang explains that lower wages may lead to changes in eating habits and that “people with financial stress are more likely to eat cheap, high-calorie foods”.

“Alcohol and tobacco are also related, and increased stress and depression can also pose a cardiovascular risk.”

Meanwhile, the team says the study has allowed doctors to pay more attention to patients’ financial health in heart tests. However, one of the limitations of the study is that participants with health problems are more likely to suffer a pay cut.

Stephen Wang says he wants doctors and the public to know that a bad financial situation may increase the risk of heart disease.

By The World of Buzz

Thursday, October 17, 2019

October 17, 2019

German Woman Claims To Be In Five-year Relationship With Boeing 737-800, Plans To Tie The Knot

Michele Kobke,  Boeing 737-800

A woman from Germany has claimed that she’s been in a five-year relationship with an aeroplane, particularly a Boeing 737-800.

According to The Sun UK, the Berlin-based Michele Kobke has admitted that she’s been in love with the aircraft for five years and their relationship is very much “physical”.

The 30-year-old also revealed that she wants to marry her jumbo jet lover and live together in a hanger.

Kobke said the 737-800 is very attractive and sexy, and she can’t get enough of the aircraft.

“He’s the most beautifully built, and a very attractive and elegant aircraft,” she said.

She even nicknamed the plane “schatz”, which translates to “darling” in German.


Michele Kobke,  Boeing 737-800

However, Kobke admitted that a relationship with a plane is not easy and at times difficult.

“I can only get close to him when I fly with him or when I can get to him in the hangar, which has only happened once in my life.


“I want to marry my sweetheart and live with him in a hangar — it’s just a special kind of love that doesn’t hurt anybody,” she said.

Although Kobke rarely gets to spend time with a full-sized plane, she has real plane components and a model made at home which she cuddles and sleeps with.


Michele Kobke,  Boeing 737-800

Speaking about her intimate moments with her love, she said it’s like a normal relationship where they both spend relaxing evenings together and also cuddle each other in bed.

Kobke realised she had a weakness for aeroplanes when she took her first flight in November 2013.

Four months later, she boarded her first 737-800 and instantly fell in love with the aircraft.

“When I touch his wings, I get immediately sweaty palms and get excited,” she said.

Kobke’s affection for the plane is known as objectophilia, which is a form of sexual or romantic attraction focused on particular inanimate objects.

By Milad Hassandarvish, Malay Mail
October 17, 2019

Young Boy Claims He Visited Heaven Before Doctors Declare Him Brain-dead

Trenton McKinley, coma, comatose

Young boy claims he visited heaven, saw Jesus prior to making miraculous recovery as doctors prepared to declare him brain-dead
A 13-year-old Alabama boy who miraculously recovered after doctors declared him brain-dead and were set to harvest his organs to donate to five other children, said he was in Heaven walking with Jesus and a sibling who died before he was born.

"I saw a dark male figure with a beard," the teenager, Trenton McKinley, told CBN Wednesday. "He held my hand as I walked through a field. I was holding a baby in my arm. My mom told me she lost a boy from a miscarriage before I was born. I know it was my brother."

McKinley's mother, Jennifer Reindl, who has been singing praises to God and sharing her story since her son's miraculous turnaround, said she continues sharing her story because she wants to change lives.

"I hope our story changes lives and am thankful for all the prayers and kind words. I am forever thankful to the Lord and out of gratitude will speak in the Lord's favor and as a witness to his miracle ... my hopes are that our story brings hope to any mother out there facing such odds ... from one mother to another mother I send love and prayer. Happy Mother's Day and God bless you all," Reindl wrote in a statement on Facebook Wednesday.

Two months ago, according Fox 10, McKinley was riding in a small utility trailer being pulled by a dune buggy for children when his friend pressed on the brakes suddenly, causing the trailer to flip. The teenager got caught in the trailer as it flipped after he threw his friend's 4-year-old niece into the grass to save her.

"I hit the concrete and the trailer landed on top of my head. After that, I don't remember anything," McKinley told Fox10.

Reindl told the network her son had seven skull fractures and died for about 15 minutes. Doctors did not expect a recovery to celebrate.


"All I saw was a stretcher with his feet hanging out. He was dead a total of 15 minutes," Reindl said while fighting back tears. "When he came back, they said he would never be normal again. They told me the oxidation (oxygen deprivation) problems would be so bad to his brain, that he would be a vegetable if he even made it."

Her son was on life support and barely breathing for several days so she decided with his father to sign documents allowing the donation of his organs to five waiting children.

"His eyes were solid black and dry and I knew he would not hesitate to save five more lives," Reindl told CBN.

The day before doctors planned to shut off his life support, McKinley started recovering.

"The next day I got a call ... they canceled the final brain wave test ... right before they hooked him up his hand moved, then his feet ... so they looked at his eyes and they were back ... he had blue eyes ... now they are green with small white specks like glitter ... they say when you look upon God ... pigment changes ... and my baby was in Heaven for a whole day ... he is a miracle," Reindl said.

By Leonardo Blair , Christian Today

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

October 16, 2019

Gunman Shoots Bird Out Of Sky, Crashes Into His Crotch

Gunman Shoots Bird Out Of Sky, Crashes Into His Crotch

Footage shows the bird zooming from the sky like a feathery bolt of lightning, thwacking straight into the unlucky hunter’s genitals. And his discomfort is palpable.

The force of the bird’s relatively small body caused the man to drop to the floor; clutching his privates while emitting groans of pained regret. All the while, his off-camera companions can be heard chuckling gleefully.

No doubt he will cause quite a stir upon reaching the great tree in the sky, regaling his feathered friends with tales of how he bowled down the unsuspecting hunter like a trigger-happy bowling pin.

From Daffy Duck to the dodos, there will be a mighty squawk of applause as this brave little bird hops and flutters into the history books, his valour rewarded with the finest twigs and the juiciest worms.

One person commented:

The bird be like ‘I ain’t going down alone’

The bird deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for a job well done.

Another remarked:

I love Karna [sic]. He got what he deserved.

Gunman Shoots Bird Out Of Sky, Crashes Into His Crotch

It’s unclear where exactly this footage was taken, however it’s believed to originate in the US. It’s also not immediately obvious what sort of bird this was.

I’d like to think this wince-worthy incident would teach the gunman a valuable lesson, making him think twice before shooting at living, breathing creatures.

However, in all honesty, we humans just aren’t as smart as birds when it comes to figuring out this sort of thing, and I don’t hold out much hope.

RIP to a legend. Soar high, little guy.

By Real Talk Time

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

October 15, 2019

World's Largest Ouija Board All Set to Summon World's Largest Spirits

OuijaZilla, Ouija Board

If you want to summon some really big spirits, you’re going to need a really big Ouija board - the world’s largest Ouija board, in fact! On October 12, 2019, the aptly titled “OuijaZilla” - a 9,000-pound Ouija board - was unveiled in no less than spooky Salem, Massachusetts.

Constructed of 99 individual sheets of plywood, clocking in at approximately 9,000 pounds, and measuring 3,168 square feet, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! would like to introduce you to OuijaZilla and its curious creator, Rick “Ormortis” Schreck!

THE MAN BEHIND THE MADNESS

Rick “Ormortis” Schreck, Vice President of the Talking Board Historical Society and New Jersey-based tattoo artist, has been laboring for the past year, working to surpass the 2016 record holder—the Grand Midway Hotel in Windber, Pennsylvania—for the World’s Largest Ouija Board.

Aptly named OuijaZilla, this gargantuan board was unveiled on October 12, 2019, in the heart of the Salem Common. The hand-painted wooden board and accompanying planchette are modeled after the original Parker Brother’s glow-in-the-dark Ouija board—minus a few of Rick’s personal embellishments. Rick even got the blessing of Hasbro, Inc. to construct this enormous version of their game!

OuijaZilla, Ouija Board

RICK’S HISTORY

In 1985, at just 15 years old, Rick bought his first Ouija board. Infatuated with the idea and history of witchcraft, he turned to the library at Cedar Ridge High School for more information—because what high school doesn’t have a Satanism and Witchcraft section? As he continued to expand his knowledge of the subject, Rick’s social circle grew to include other like-minded individuals.

Contrary to popular belief, Rick didn’t start off as an avid talking board collector. In 1992, he visited Massachusetts during the 300th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials. While exploring the spellbound city, he discovered that there were many different styles, shapes, sizes, and spirits of talking boards. To no surprise, Rick began his mission to collect them all.


OuijaZilla, Ouija Board

AN UNUSUAL CRAFTSMAN

When collecting just wasn’t enough, Rick began creating his own talking boards. To increase his chances of communicating with the other side, he made planchettes out of unconventional materials like animal and human bone, human hair, and even human ashes.

Taking it to the next level, Rick revealed to us that “real” witches used boards crafted from the lids of coffins. Unable to find a true talking board made from this material, he has taken matters into his own hands. Inside the walls of his New Jersey tattoo shop, lives a vintage black coffin that Rick plans to dismantle to create his dream talking board.

Quite the collection, Rick now has about 300 boards in total. But, even all those boards put together don’t stack up to OuijaZilla.

OuijaZilla, Ouija Board

A BOARD OF MONUMENTAL PROPORTIONS

Construction of OuijaZilla began in June 2018. Through wind, snow, rain, and extreme heat Rick was the sole handyman on this monstrous project. Fueled with perseverance and guided with the help of his hand-drawn blueprints, Rick painted, designed, and assembled each individual OuijaZilla panel.

The board is constructed of 99 individual sheets of plywood and weighs approximately 9,000 pounds—without the weight of over 20 gallons of wood stain alone. With the face of the board measuring 3,168 square feet, you can park five full-size 18-wheelers on top of OuijaZilla. The planchette itself is 15.5 feet in length, 10 feet at its widest point, weighing roughly 400 pounds. However, due to Rick’s clever craftsmanship, the planchette can be effortlessly maneuvered by one person across the board’s surface.

OuijaZilla truly captured the attention of Salem and will continue to live on in history as the World’s Largest Ouija Board. As for Rick, only time will tell what project he decides to tackle next!

By The Confessional Podcast

Monday, October 14, 2019

October 14, 2019

$3,000 Nike Sneakers Injected with “Holy Water” Sell Out in Minutes

 Nike Air Max 97

A limited edition Nike Air Max 97 sneaker with its transparent sole filled with “holy water” from the Jordan River sold out within minutes of its official release, despite a prohibitive price tag of $3,000 per pair.

Officially named “MSCHF x INRI Jesus Shoes”, the white sneakers had their soles injected with 60 ccs of water from the Jordan River and were allegedly blessed by a priest. It’s been reported that although the limited edition footwear was designed from the all-white Nike Air Max 97s, Nike itself is not affiliated with this project. MSCHF are said to have bought the Nike sneakers at retail value and then applied their original design ideas to create a metaphor of “walking on water”.


 Nike Air Max 97

Apart from the blue-dyed “holy water” sploshing in their soles, the MSCHF x INRI Jesus Shoes features several Christian symbols, like the the Bible verse from Matthew 14:25, which refers to the story of Jesus walking on water, a single red dot symbolizing Jesus’ blood, a crucifix attached to the laces, and last, but certainly not least, frankincense-scented insoles.

Luckily, the overt-the-top sneakers were only meant to highlight just how absurd collab culture has become in recent years, as MSCHF head of commerce, Daniel Greenberg, told the New York Post: We thought of that Arizona Iced Tea and Adidas collab, where they were selling shoes that [advertised] a beverage company that sells iced tea at bodegas. So we wanted to make a statement about how absurd collab culture has gotten. We were wondering, what would a collab with Jesus Christ look like? As a Jew myself, the only thing I knew was that he walked on water.”

 Nike Air Max 97

The tongue-in-cheek nature of the project didn’t stop people from snatching up the shoes within minutes of their launch. Fewer than two-dozen pairs of MSCHF x INRI Jesus Shoes were posted on retail site StockX last Tuesday, at a price of $3,000 each, but immediately sold out.

 Nike Air Max 97

The unique sneakers can still be bought on StockX right now, as long as you’re willing to pay between $2,000 and $3,900 per pair.

By Oddity Central
October 14, 2019

Vegan woman goes to police after friends feed her chicken nuggets while she’s drunk

vegan, chicken nuggets

A vegan called the police on her friends after they fed her chicken nuggets while she was drunk.

The woman, who wrote an anonymous post on Reddit, said that she's been vegan for a decade after she found out where meat comes from.

She goes on to say that she thought that everyone in her life respected her decision, but a few nights ago, she was at a party where she got "white girl wasted."

The woman said that her friends "thought it would be funny to feed me chicken nuggets as a prank." Although she asked them if the nuggets were vegan, she claims that they lied to her and told her that they were "sun-fed."

She said that she found out the truth when she checked Snapchat.

The Snapchat story allegedly shows them showing the woman the nugget packaging, giving the nuggets to her and then later mocking her and pretending to be her when she found out that she ate meat. (Things like fake crying and yelling "the CHICKENS!!")

She posted that she took a screen recording of the video and took it to police on the grounds of food tampering and now all of the people are facing charges.

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October 14, 2019

Men should quit drinking months before trying for a baby, study says

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It’s not just women who need to cut back.

Drinking during pregnancy has long been linked to problems for newborn babies.

But now a study is suggesting even the habits of dad’s-to-be could effect the health of a baby.

Research claims to have found a link between a baby’s congenital heart defects and their parents’ drinking before conception.

The study found that, compared to non-drinkers, fathers who drank during the three months before conception were 44% more likely to have babies born with congenital heart disease.

If the prospective dads were binge drinkers, which was defined as downing five or more drinks per session, there was a 52% higher likelihood their baby would have a congenital heart defect.

Meanwhile mothers who drank or binge-drank before conception, there was a 16% higher risk for their babies, compared to not drinking.

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The study, published Thursday in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, was a meta analysis and review of existing studies on the topic, and can only show an association between drinking and birth defects, not a causation.

“Binge drinking by would-be parents is a high risk and dangerous behaviour that not only may increase the chance of their baby being born with a heart defect, but also greatly damages their own health,” study author Jiabi Qin, of Xiangya School of Public Health, Central South University, Changsha, China, said in a statement.

Obviously it’s impossible to predict when a couple might conceive a child.

To be safe, Qin said, the results suggest that men should not consume alcohol for at least six months before fertilization, while women should stop drinking alcohol one year before, and avoid it while pregnant.

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October 14, 2019

This massive underground complex protects Tokyo from floods

Tokyo Underground Tunnel

In what looks like a set piece out of the James Bond film You Only Live Twice lies a civil engineering masterpiece that protects Tokyo from floods. It's official title is the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, and its job is to direct excessive rainfall away from the metro area into underground shafts and eventually into rivers.

Five vertical shafts, each wide and tall enough to fit a Space Shuttle, takes in excess runoff. Each shaft is connected by a 10-meter diameter, 6.3 km long channel that ends in a pressure adjusting tank (commonly referred to as the "Underground Parthenon".

Tokyo Underground Tunnel

The tank is designed to slow the flow of water and maintain water pressure in the system - which could change if a water pump breaks down or there is a sudden surge of water. At 177 meters long and 78 meters wide, and lying about 22 meters below ground, the water tank is larger than a soccer field. The ceiling of the water tank is supported by 59 pillars which are 18 meters tall and weigh 500 tons each.

Large pumps control the water level (and therefore water pressure) in the system and are capable of discharging up to 200 cubic meters of water per second - that's one swimming pool per second.

Controlling not only the volume of water, but also the flow rate, is an important job for a metropolitan area like Tokyo. Flooding is exacerbated in urban areas because the amount of impervious ground cover - that is, soil that would normally absorb water - is drastically lower than undisturbed countryside. So when a heavy rain event occurs, that water is funneled from streets into gutters and into sewers.


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Sunday, October 13, 2019

October 13, 2019

Could God Help You Live Longer?

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Being religious may come with a longevity boost, a new study suggests.

The study, which analyzed the obituaries of more than 1,000 people across the United States, found that people with a religious affiliation lived nearly 4 years longer, on average, than those without a religious affiliation.

The findings held even after the researchers took into account each person's biological sex and marital status, two factors that are known influence life span. Indeed, women live about 4.8 years longer than men, on average, but the effect of religion on life span came close to matching this, the researchers said.

"Religious affiliation had nearly as strong an effect on longevity as gender does, which is a matter of years of life," study lead author Laura Wallace, a doctoral student in psychology at The Ohio State University, said in a statement.

The study agrees with previous research linking religion with health benefits. For example, existing research has found that attending religious services is tied to a longer life span. However, these earlier studies often used people's self-reports of service attendance, and it's unclear how accurate those reports are. In contrast, in the new study, religious affiliation was reported by the obituary writer.
Still, the researchers noted that their study found only an association and did not determine whether being religious causes a boost in longevity or whether healthier people tend to be more religious.

The study was published online  (June 13) in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Religion and life span

For the study, the researchers analyzed about 1,100 obituaries from 42 major U.S. cities published online between 2010 and 2011. A person was determined to have a religious affiliation if the obituary mentioned religious activities. The researchers also noted the person's age, sex and marital status, as well as the number of social and volunteer activities listed.

The researchers found that, after taking into account sex and marital status, people with a religious affiliation lived 3.8 years longer, on average, than those without a religious affiliation.

Further analysis revealed that volunteering and involvement with social organizations explained part but not all of the link between religion and longevity.

Lifestyle factors could also help explain the link. Many religions have rules that restrict unhealthy practices, such as alcohol and drug use, which may play a role in longevity, the researchers said. In addition, "many religions promote stress-reducing practices that may improve health, such as gratitude, prayer or meditation," said study co-author Baldwin Way, an associate professor of psychology at Ohio State.

However, the study was not able to assess lifestyle factors or stress-reducing practices based on the obituary reports. So, more research is needed to look at the role those factors play in the relationship between religion and longevity, the researchers said.

Interestingly, the study also suggested that the overall level of religiosity in a city, and how much residents in the city value conformity to social norms, may also affect the link.

In highly religious cities where conformity to social norms was important, religious people tended to live longer than nonreligious people. But in highly religious cities where conforming to social norms wasn't very important, nonreligious people tended to live just as long as religious people did, Wallace said.

The researchers called this a "spillover" effect, in which the positive health benefits of religion spill over into the nonreligious population. In other words, in these situations, nonreligious people may be positivity influenced by being in a religious environment, without being religious themselves, possibly due to effects of religion on mental and physical health in the community.

Still, these findings are preliminary and need to be replicated in other studies, the researchers said.

Original article on Live Science.
Image: © Shutterstock
October 13, 2019

Eating too much spicy food may increase dementia risk: Study

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Spicy foods may be regarded as beneficial for the body, such as by helping with weight loss. However, a new study has found that older adults should be mindful when consuming spicy foods as their cognition could impaired.

The long-term study, which involved analyzing more than 4,500 Chinese adults age 55 and above over a 15-year period, concluded that those who regularly ate more than 50 grams of chili per day experienced faster cognitive decline. The decrease in memory and cognition is said to be particularly steeper for those who are slimmer.

According to the New York Post, among the tests included in the study published in the journal Nutrients were counting backward, recalling a 10-word list and subtracting simple equations.

Dr. Ming Li from the University of South Australia, which partnered with researchers at Qatar University for the study, said that consuming chili was especially popular among Asian people. In China, for example, it is consumed every day by most adults in regions like Hunan and Sichuan.

Among the type of chili examined by the researchers were dried and fresh chili peppers, both of which contain capsaicin, which has long been regarded as metabolism and vascular health boosters.

Globally, up to 50 million people suffer from dementia, according to World Health Organization data. (gis/kes)

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October 13, 2019

Parrot Trapped On Roof Repeatedly Tells Rescue Crews To “F**k Off

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A while back in Edmonton, North London, a Macaw parrot found itself trapped on the roof of a building for three days. When officers from the London Fire Brigade finally showed up to rescue the Macaw parrot, named Jessie, the bird told them to “f**k off”

Chris Swallow, fire brigade watch manager, told the Telegraph that Jessie was believed to be injured, so volunteers were sent up to try and coax the bird down from the roof. Jessie’s owners told the rescue crews to say “I love you,” to calm her down and hopefully get her to follow, but instead she just repeatedly told members of the fire crew to f**k off.

The rescue workers tried everything they could, including using the word “come” in both Turkish and Greek, which are two of the languages that the owner taught her.

After a lengthy standoff, the defiant bird decided to come down from the roof on her own, proving that she was not injured. According to the Telegraph, Jessie flew to another roof and then to a tree before she eventually ended up back with her owner.

For the longest time, it was not widely believed that parrots actually understood what they were saying. Scientists theorized that they were simply mimicking and replicating terms that they heard repeatedly from their owners. However, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia, these birds actually do understand the meanings behind a majority of the words that they say.


Among numerous other findings, the researchers showed that parrots actually alter their speech depending on the people in the room. It can safely be assumed that something very similar was taking place when Jessie was in a distressed situation, on a high rooftop while surrounded by a bunch of strangers.

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October 13, 2019

8 Things Men Do Only With The Women They Love

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Love transcends genders, but there are subtle differences between how men and women display their affection to each other. Public display of affection might come easier to some than others, but usually when a man does this he is serious about the person he is with.

It takes a lot of vulnerability for a man to show what he truly feels, without hiding his emotions due to any societal conventions.

Coming to what all a man does for real love, here are the 8 discernible actions which show when he is absolutely in love with his significant other:

1. He will listen to you


Men do behave like children around the people they love. When they are passionate about something or someone they love, they give it their full concentration. If they love you, everything you say will matter to them.

However, listening doesn’t necessarily mean understanding. A man who truly loves you will actually listen and understand your words and thoughts. You will see it affecting their daily activities and gestures.

2. He will fight with you


Fights don’t generally mean that there is a rift in the relationship. Every bond requires fights in order to find their true standing and love. If a man truly loves you, he will fight with you and for you. He has invested his time and heart with you, and thus makes sure he discusses and solves every rift that threatens to create trouble.

These discussions are signs of a healthy relationship, and both of you should try to find middle grounds to heal it.

3. He will make sacrifices for your happiness


This could be one of the biggest signs that shows that a man truly puts you before everything else. This shows their love and respect for your emotions.

If he agrees to modify his plans in order to do something you prefer rather than something he prefers, he is a keeper. By doing so, he is showing his willingness to put you and your needs before his.

4. He will fight for your love


A man who is in love with you will fight to retain that love. He feels lucky to have your love and show the same. For him, losing you would be the worst pain. That is why he does everything in his power to prevent that. He will stand beside you during your best and your worst of times.

5. He will be genuinely proud of your achievements


When in love, your man will view your achievements as his own achievements. The pride he feels about you will be somewhat similar to what a mother feels towards her child.

There is no competition in love and thus he will never feel threatened by you.

6. He will find you beautiful even on your worst days


No matter if you have a bad hair day or breakouts, your man won’t care for looks if he indeed loves you. He will love you for the person that you are and not your looks. Superficiality will never be the base of his love.

To him, you will look beautiful no matter what.

7. He will care about your family and friends as much as you do

He will understand how important your family and friends are to you and will give them equal respect. He will devote his time towards listening you talk about them and will accompany you on visits if asked.

He will recognize and respect their position in your life and will contribute in whatever manner possible.

8. He won’t be afraid to show his vulnerability in front of you


Men usually don’t like to show their vulnerability, but he will be different around you. He won’t be afraid to show you his vulnerable side and share his fears.

If not all, the man who loves you will show most of these characteristics. You are precious to him and he won’t shy away from showing that.

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October 13, 2019

Respect Your Parents In Their Old Age — Heart Touching Story



An 80 year old man was sitting on the sofa in his house along with his 45 years old highly educated son. Suddenly a crow perched on their window.

The Father asked his Son, “What is this?” The Son replied “It is a crow”. After a few minutes, the Father asked his Son the 2nd time, “What is this?” The Son said “Father, I have just now told you “It’s a crow”. After a little while, the old Father again asked his Son the 3rd time, “What is this?”
At this time some expression of irritation was felt in the Son’s tone when he said to his Father with a rebuff. “It’s a crow, a crow”. A little after, the Father again asked his Son the 4th time, “What is this?”

This time the Son shouted at his Father, “Why do you keep asking me the same question again and again, although I have told you so many times ‘IT IS A CROW’. Are you not able to understand this?”

A little later the Father went to his room and came back with an old tattered diary, which he had maintained since his Son was born. On opening a page, he asked his Son to read that page. When the son read it, the following words were written in the diary.

“Today my little son aged three was sitting with me on the sofa, when a crow was sitting on the window. My Son asked me 23 times what it was, and I replied to him all 23 times that it was a Crow. I hugged him lovingly each time he asked me the same question again and again for 23 times. I did not at all feel irritated I rather felt affection for my innocent child”.

While the little child asked him 23 times “What is this”, the Father had felt no irritation in replying to the same question all 23 times and when today the Father asked his Son the same question just 4 times, the Son felt irritated and annoyed.
So..

If your parents attain old age, do not repulse them or look at them as a burden, but speak to them a gracious word, be cool, obedient, humble and kind to them. Be considerate to your parents.From today say this aloud, “I want to see my parents happy forever. They have cared for me ever since I was a little child. They have always showered their selfless love on me.

They crossed all mountains and valleys without seeing the storm and heat to make me a person presentable in the society today”. Say a prayer to God, “I will serve my old parents in the BEST way. I will say all good and kind words to my dear parents, no matter how they behave.

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October 12, 2019

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Japan As Monster Super Typhoon Hagibis Closes

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5.7 magnitude tremor strikes main island as deadly typhoon closes in

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake has jolted the main island of Japan as Typhoon Hagibis, one of the strongest storms to hit in decades, continues to reap devastation throughout the central region of the country.

The earthquake recorded a 4 on Japan’s intensity scale of 7, with the epicentre located in the Pacific Ocean off Chiba Prefecture, close to major cities such as Tokyo and Shizuoka on the south coast of the Honshu island. No tsunami warning has been issued.

Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) confirmed the quake, saying that it struck at 6.22pm Japan Standard Time at a depth of 80km in the Chiba-ken region.

The tremor was felt across the capital, leaving buildings shaking amid already treacherous conditions generated by Typhoon Hagibis.

Hagibis, which has been classified as “very strong” by the Japan Meteorological Agency, is advancing on a northerly path over the south of Honshu. It’s set on a collision course with Tokyo and the wider Kanto region, which is set to experience record-breaking rain and winds. The storm made landfall on Saturday evening, having been downgraded beforehand to “strong,” the JMA’s level for typhoons just above a severe tropical storm.

Japan, Typhoon Hagibis

More than five million evacuation advisories have so far been ordered up and down Honshu’s south coast, with residents taking shelter in crisis centres amid rising flood levels and violent winds which have left one man dead.

In the Greater Tokyo Area, wards have been issuing evacuation instructions — the strongest form of advisory used in Japan. More than 432,000 residents in the Edogawa Ward were told on Saturday afternoon to move to emergency shelters, with 214,000 houses in the area susceptible to flooding. Evacuations have also been ordered in Kawasaki, one of the city’s main districts.

Roughly 57,000 houses have been left without electricity in and around Tokyo, while buildings in the Kansai region, home to cities such as Osaka and Kyoto, have been damaged by floodwaters.

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The first fatality of the storm was reported on Saturday morning. According to NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster, a man from Ichihara, a city in Chiba Prefecture, was killed when his vehicle was flipped over. The man was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Fears have been raised that the storm, which is generating gusts of up to 145mph, could match the fury of the 1958 Kanogawa Typhoon, one of the deadliest on record, which killed more than 1,200 people when it hit Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture.

With the worst-hit areas of Honshu set to be deluged by close to three feet of rain in a 24-hour period, the JMA has issued emergency warnings of flooding, mudslides and storm surges as high as 42 feet along the coast. Tokyo is predicted to see two feet of downpour.



By Samuel Lovett, The Independent