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Saturday, October 24, 2020

October 24, 2020

7 Things Your Tongue Is Trying To Tell You About Your Health


Changes in the feel or look of the tongue can reveal a lot about your health and indicate certain health issues.

Our bodies are the only true home we’ll ever have, so we need to take proper care of them. While we might often ignore or misunderstood them, our body always sends up messages that signal when something out of the ordinary is happening within it.


Therefore, if we learn to follow these guidelines and understand the signs our bodies send, we can treat any health issues on time and prevent major complications. The tongue is often the first place where we should look, as its appearance can reveal a lot about our general health.

Dr. Imogen Bexfield, Medical Director at White Swan Aesthetics explains the look of a normal, healthy tongue:

“The color will vary from person to person, but generally it should be pink with little bumps on it that are called papillae.”

Here are the 7 most common changes in the tongue that indicate that you should consider calling your doctor:

White Plaque on your Tongue

1. White Plaque on your Tongue

The swollen papillae on the tongue lead to plaque, as the debris, bacteria, and dead cells lodged between them create a white coating. This condition is known as papillae hypertrophy or inflammation, and can result from:
  • Dehydration
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Dry mouth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Fever
  • Smoking or other oral tobacco use
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Low roughage diet
  • Mechanical irritation from sharp tooth edges or dental appliances

Geographic Tongue

2. Geographic Tongue

In this case, the tongue has reddish, smooth patches, surrounded by white borders. It is not contagious, usually causes no symptoms, and does not lead to any long-term health conditions.

It can last for weeks and even years.

Geographic tongue is more common in people who have psoriasis and Reiter’s Syndrome, women who use hormonal birth control, people under emotional stress, in the case of allergies, in diabetics, or in those who have a certain vitamin deficiency.

Strawberry Tongue

3. Strawberry Tongue

When the tongue is red, bumpier than usual, with swellings that make it look like a strawberry or raspberry, it might be a sign that you have some of the following conditions:
  • A food or drug allergy
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Scarlet fever- a bacterial infection which mostly occurs in children aged between 5 and 15, and may develop when a person has strep throat
  • Kawasaki disease- it causes inflammation of certain arteries and is most common in children
  • Toxic shock syndrome- it is a rare complication, caused by bacteria, and is usually a result of the use of tampons or nasal gauze packing
  • Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)- this is a rare complication, which can occur in children infected with COVID-19

Black Hairy Tongue

4. Black Hairy Tongue

While this condition looks alarming, it is harmless, painless, and temporary. It is a result of the accumulation of dead skin cells on the papillae (tiny projections) on the surface of the tongue. Being longer, they trap tobacco food, yeast, and bacteria, leading to bad breath.

These are the most common causes of it:
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Dry mouth (xerostomia)
  • Regular use of mouthwashes that contain irritating oxidizing agents
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Excessive alcohol, coffee, or black tea use
  • Antibiotic use that had caused changes in the normal bacteria or yeast content of the mouth
  • Eating a soft diet that does not rub dead skin cells from the tongue

Lichens Planus

5. Lichens Planus

This chronic inflammatory condition affects the mucous membranes inside the mouth and causes red swollen tissues, white lacy patches, and open sores on the tongue or inside of the mouth.

Speak with your doctor in case you notice it, as experts cannot specify its exact cause and it might increase the risk of mouth cancer. It is not contagious and usually develops when the immune system attacks the cells of the oral mucous membrane.


Thrush

6. Thrush

Oral thrush, or Oral Candidiasis, is caused by the excessive buildup of the fungus Candida albicans on the lining of your mouth.

It causes creamy white lesions on the tongue, and often on the inner lining of the cheeks, the back of the throat, the roof of your mouth, and even on the gums or tonsils as well.

It is not a serious issue in people with a healthy immune system, but it can cause serious systemic candida infection in people who are immunocompromised.

It can be prevented by avoidance of sugar-rich foods, good oral hygiene, maintaining stable blood sugar, and treating conditions like dry mouth and vaginal yeast infections.


Blisters

7. Blisters

Blisters on the tongue that do not heal are a reason to visit your doctor as well, as they might indicate mouth cancer. Oral cancer can also cause symptoms like loose teeth, growths in the mouth, unusually whitish or reddish patches of skin in the mouth, issues swallowing and chewing, numbness in the face or neck, and difficulty speaking.

In most cases, the symptoms revealed by the changes in the appearance of the tongue indicate minor health issues and problems easy to treat.

Yet, some of them could be life-threatening, so make sure you always consult your doctor.


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Friday, October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020

This Beetle Can Survive Being Run Over By A Car

Diabolical Ironclad Beetle

The Diabolical Ironclad Beetle is one of the most resilient beings on the planet. Its protective shell can withstand forces that would pulverize most other living things.

In 2015, when entomologists told Jesus Rivera that a beetle found primarily on the west coast of North America had this “superpower” that allowed it to survive being run over by a car, he didn’t believe them. So he staged a rudimentary experiment, laying this nondescript black beetle on a a pillow of dirt in a parking lot and had a friend run it over with a Toyota Camry, twice. The bug played dead afterwards, but as he was poking it, Rivera realized it was very much alive. The bug scientists were right, this beetle could easily survive being run over by cars. Jesus ended up spending his doctoral career studying the beetle’s superpower to find out what made it so strong.

Diabolical Ironclad Beetle

The Diabolical Ironclad Beetle is not much larger than a grain of rice, but its protective exoskeleton allows it to resists a force 39,000 times its body weight, which scientists explain is the equivalent of a 150-pound person surviving under the weight of about 25 blue whales. That would not only kill but jellify almost any other creature, but then again, we don’t have a complex armor perfected over millions of years of evolution.

The beetle’s name can be a bit misleading, as scientists found during their testing. Unlike the scaly foot gastropod, whose shell actually contains iron and other hard minerals, the protective shell of the Diabolical Ironclad Beetle only contains organic components. Studying this natural armor, they they found it was packed with proteins that seemed to enhance its durability, and very cleverly designed.

Diabolical Ironclad Beetle

The beetle’s exoskeleton appeared to have evolved from a pair of now-defunct forewings, stretching across the insect’s back and attaching to a separate structure that shielded its belly. Under this hard exterior was an airy buffer, which inspired researchers to compare the beetle to an incredibly durable egg.

“You can compress the shell without the yolk, or the organs, getting squished,” Dr. Jesus Rivera said.

Analysis of the Diabolical Ironclad Beetle’s armor also revealed a series of concentric layers that looked like a natural Russian doll. This apparently allows some of the stress to be dissipated, so even if some of the layers end up breaking under a certain degree of pressure, the beetle itself doesn’t sustain any significant damage.


To date, there aren’t any materials that mimic the diabolical ironclad beetle’s protective armor, but the data recently published in a new study is expected to inspire new and innovative materials that copy both the structure and design mother nature created.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

October 21, 2020

Model With The ‘Biggest Cheeks In The World’ Says They’re Still Too Small

Anastasia Pokreshchuk

An Instagram model claims to have the “biggest cheeks in the world”.

Anastasia Pokreshchuk has spent more than £1,500 getting fillers to enhance her cheekbones.

They’re now so sharp they jut out of her face – but the 39-year-old still isn’t happy with their size.

She said: “You may think that they are too big but I think that they’re a little bit small, I need to refresh them again soon.”

Anastasia, from Kiev, Ukraine, had her first cheek injections done when she was 26.

Anastasia Pokreshchuk

Four years on, she’s lost count of how many times she’s had filler done.

She said: “After I had the injections and saw the changes in my cheeks, I fell in love with them.

“I love them, I want them to look like this and I’m very happy.

“I regularly inject other parts of my face myself.

“I understand that they look weird for other people but I don’t mind.”

As well as getting her cheeks inflated, Anastasia has had Botox in her forehead.

She’s also injected filler into her lips and the corners of her mouth.

And to achieve that chiselled look, she decided to reshape her jaw and chin too.

Anastasia’s facial modifications have helped her to attract thousands of followers on Instagram.

She boasts more than 220,000 followers on the platform – and many of them gush over her appearance when she posts selfies too.



Even though the model has a legion of admirers, she’s still not content with her appearance.

Previously, Anastasia revealed she may get plastic surgery in the future to complete her look.

She hopes to achieve a curvier figure by going under the knife.

The influencer added: “I want to get a boob job because nature didn’t give me any breasts at all.”

[ By Womenz Mag ]
October 21, 2020

The Legend Of The Menehune, Leprechauns Of Hawaii

Hawaiian legend has it that many centuries ago, the Menehune were a mischievous group of small people, or dwarfs, who lived hidden in the forests and valleys of the islands before the first settlers arrived from Polynesia. These Menehune, who roamed the deep forests at night, were said to be about two feet (60 cm) tall, though some were as tiny as six inches (15 cm), small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. They enjoyed dancing, singing and archery, and their favorite foods were bananas and fish.


The Menehune have been known to use magic arrows to pierce the heart of angry people, igniting feelings of love instead. They also enjoy cliff diving, and according to local lore, they were smart, extremely strong and excellent craftsmen. They were rarely seen by human eyes, and they are credited with mighty feats of engineering and overnight construction.

These industrious master builders used their great strength to build temples (heiau), fishponds, roads, canoes and houses. One such structure they are believed to have built is Kikiaola, also known as the Menehune Ditch, a historic irrigation ditch that funnels water from the Waimea River on Kauai. Another one of their amazing feats is the legendary overnight creation of the Alekoko Fishpond on Kauai, which archaeologists estimate to be around 1,000 years old.


It is said that they built the Alekoko Fishpond for a princess and her brother. The shy but strong group lined up in a double row, which stretched 25 miles (40 km) to distant Makaweli. The workers passed stones hand-to-hand to build the pond. They worked at night so as not to be seen by others, cutting, transporting and fitting stones for their projects in a long bucket brigade. If they were discovered, their work would have been abandoned.


The Menehune were promised no one would watch them at work, which was carried out after dark. However, one night the royal siblings snuck up and watched the thousands of Menehune at work, only to fall asleep. At sunrise the Menehune discovered them and turned them into twin stone pillars that can be seen today in the mountains above the fishpond. Interrupted by the sun, the Menehune left two gaps in the fishpond wall. Many generations later, Chinese settlers filled the gaps to raise mullet, but the stonework that closed the gap was far inferior to that of the mystical Menehune.


Another description that has been passed down in local folklore is of the three Menehune of Ainahou. Ainahou is a forest on the north side of Halekala Crater on Maui. The three Menehune were called Ha'alulu, Molawa and Eleu. All the other Menehune living in Hawaii knew them well because they possessed very unusual powers. Ha'alulu means "to tremble" and it seemed like this little man was always cold, but his magic gift was that whenever he would start shaking, he would become invisible and could travel anywhere without being detected. Eleu in Hawaiian means "quick and nimble" and whenever Eleu moved, he was so quick that he disappeared and no one could follow him. Molowa's name means "lazy," but what most people didn't know was that whenever he appeared to be sleeping or lazy, his magical self became imperceptible and he would go around the island and do good deeds.

Even though the Menehune were said to be displaced when the first settlers arrived in Hawaii, some people still believe that the Menehune are roaming the islands, carrying out tricks on people. Indeed, an 1820 Census of Kauai listed 65 people as 'Menehune.' Other Hawaiian mythology records refer to a few other forest dwelling races: the Nawao – who were large and wild hunters descended from Lua nu'u – the Mu people and the Wa people.

Monday, October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020

History Of Witchcraft In UK From Distant Past To Modern Day

Witchcraft has had a fascinating and turbulent history in the UK. Through periods of persecution and prejudice, it has survived to the present day and many people still practise the tradition now.

Originally, witchcraft simply referred to a collection of actions and beliefs associated with healing. It was woven into pagan ideas and many practitioners would have been skilled in the use of different plants and other ingredients as remedies for particular ailments. The services of these people, who were also known as ‘cunning folk’, were enlisted to help protect livestock too. They would speak blessings over the animals.

Witchcraft in UK

A change in attitudes

However, from the 7th century onwards, attitudes towards the practise began to change. During the medieval period, fears over so-called ‘black magic’ began to emerge. This referred to the power of witchcraft to bring harm to others. An association was also drawn between witchcraft and the devil.

In 1486, the German clergyman and witch finder Heinrich Kramer wrote a book called Maleus Mallificarum in which he derided witchcraft. The tome, which was commonly referred to as Hammer of the Witches in English, soon outsold every publication in Europe apart from the Bible. In the book, Kramer wrote: “Magicians, who are commonly called witches are thus termed on account of the magnitude of their evil deeds. These are they who by the permission of God disturb the elements, who drive to distraction the minds of men, such as have lost their trust in God, and by the terrible power of their evil spells, without any actual draught or poison, kill human beings.”

One of the central themes of the book was that women were weaker in their Christian faith and were therefore more likely to be seduced by the devil.

Older women were particularly vulnerable to accusations of witchcraft because of the roles they served. For example, they would often look after infants and cook for families. If people sickened and died, these helpers tended to be the first to be accused.

However, it’s important to note that men were also the victims of witch hunts. Around a fifth to a quarter of all those executed as witches were male.


A caricature

As witchcraft gradually became disassociated from the benign and constructive, the caricatures of witches grew increasingly extreme. These people were often portrayed as older, dishevelled individuals and any blemishes such as moles or warts were said to be teats used to suckle the devil’s imps. Meanwhile, witches were believed to convene with the devil through small real or imagined animals. These creatures were referred to as a witch’s familiar.


A patchy phenomenon

It is thought that during the bloodiest period of witch trials, around 500 executions took place in England and approximately 1,000 occurred in Scotland. However, witch hunting was never a unified national policy. Instead, it was a patchy phenomenon, with witch crazes breaking out in particular communities at certain times.


The effect of the weather

Scholars link a change in climate to the rising unpopularity of witches. From the early 14th century until the mid-19th century, temperatures in Europe dropped and as a result, crop failures became more common. This caused living standards to fall and it increased competition for resources among neighbours.

Seeking answers to these problems and looking to take control over their circumstances, some communities turned on witches.


A skewed perspective

While there are very few records of the benevolent witchcraft that had been going on in communities for many hundreds of years on an informal basis, we do have lots of evidence of the supposed black magic perpetrated by witches during this period of persecution.

Virtually all of the material used in witch trials was anecdotal or based on confessions extracted from the accused while they were subjected to torture. This has given a skewed perspective on the history of witchcraft in the UK.

Henry VIII

The rise of anti-witchcraft laws under Henry VIII

There were no laws banning witchcraft in Britain until Henry VIII took to the throne. Then, in 1542, the Witchcraft Act was passed and, under the terms of this legislation, witchcraft was defined as a crime punishable by death. Although this was repealed five years later, it was restored by a new act in 1562.

Meanwhile, under James I of England, a further law was passed in 1604 which transferred the trial of witches from the Church to the ordinary courts.


Notable trials and witch hunts

There were many witchcraft trials in the UK. Among the most well known are the trials of the Pendle witches in 1612. The 12 accused were charged with the murders of ten people by the use of witchcraft. All but two were tried at Lancaster Assizes. One was tried at York Assizes and one died in prison. Of the 11 who appeared in court, ten were found guilty and were sentenced to death by hanging. Only one was found not guilty.

Perhaps the most brutal witch hunt in English history was led by Matthew Hopkins and John Stearne. In 1645, the duo visited the home of 80-year-old Elizabeth Clarke, who they accused of witchcraft. She was deprived of sleep for three days and nights while four women and two men kept watch over her looking for signs of the devil. She eventually confessed to having “carnal relations” with the devil. Elizabeth then implicated other local women in witchcraft crimes and, between 1645 and 1646, more than 100 women were hanged.

The last documented execution for witchcraft in England took place in 1682, but the practice continued in Scotland for longer. In 1697, seven people were sentenced to death in Paisley. The three men and four women were found guilty of committing murder by witchcraft. Six were hanged and burned, while one committed suicide before the sentence was carried out. The trial had been based on the testimony of an 11-year-old girl.

Another interesting case has come to represent the end of the witch trial era. In March 1712, Jane Wenham from the village of Walkern in Hertfordshire stood trial for “conversing familiarly with the Devil in the shape of a cat”. A jury found her guilty and she was sentenced to hang. However, she was pardoned by Queen Anne.

The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment, which travelled through Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries and emphasised the importance of reason, spelled the end of the period of witch trials. The laws against the crime of witchcraft were eventually repealed in 1736.

However, ill-sentiment to those deemed to use black magic did not entirely disappear. In the absence of legal options, communities occasionally took matters into their own hands and attacked suspected witches. For example, in 1808, an angry mob in Cambridgeshire assaulted a young woman named Ann Izzard, who was accused of being a witch. They beat her in the face and stomach with a club and scratched her arms to draw blood.


The distinction between black magic and white magic remains

The connection drawn by the Church between witchcraft and the devil has had an irrevocable effect on the tradition. To this day, people feel the need to draw a distinction between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ witchcraft. It is common to hear people describe themselves as white witches in order to dissociate themselves from black magic.


Witchcraft in UK

Paganism and witchcraft today

Despite the attacks on witchcraft, these practices have refused to die out. Now, as has been the case throughout the history of the tradition, many of those who consider themselves to be witches identify with the Pagan beliefs. Indeed, witchcraft, or Wicca, is one of the most influential Pagan practices.

In its current form, Wicca emerged publicly in the 1940s. Men who follow this path are initiated as Priests and women as Priestesses. It doesn’t seek converts and initiation is never offered. Instead, it must be asked for and is only given to people who have proved themselves to be suitable.


The Pagan Federation

Unfortunately, many witches are still reluctant to declare their beliefs because of fear of prejudice. However, support is available. For example, the Pagan Federation aims to assist all Pagans and to help ensure they enjoy the same rights as followers of other religions and beliefs. Founded in 1971, it exists to promote a positive profile for Paganism and to provide information on the beliefs to official bodies, the media and the wider community.


A realigning

Originally, witchcraft and the work of the ‘cunning folk’, with their herbal remedies and blessings, was an integral part of community life.

There is some evidence that a realigning of witchcraft and popular culture may be taking place now. After all, witchcraft and Paganism more generally places a huge emphasis on the importance of nature and the environment, which is something that many individuals and organisations now strongly relate to.


October 19, 2020

Man Becomes Massive TikTok Star By Simply Staring Into Camera

A middle-aged Vietnamese man is being hailed as a TikTok phenomenon after achieving stardom on popular video app TikTok by doing nothing but staring into his smartphone camera.

Anh Tran Tan

With streaming and video content being so popular these days, wannabe influencers really have to work hard and find new ways of attracting and entertaining audiences. Or so they say… In reality, it seems some people can make it by doing nothing but turning on their phone cameras and recording themselves literally doing nothing at all. Don’t believe me? Just check out Vietnamese “uncle” Anh Tran Tan, whose TikTok profile features only clips of him staring into the camera, with Vietnamese music playing in the background.

Anh Tran Tan doesn’t even have a bio on TikTok, only has a few dozen uploaded clips, but he already has over 500,000 followers and over 7.8 million ‘likes’ on the popular video app. How dis he do it? Well, it seems the secret to his success is doing nothing but showing his face on camera.

@anhtrantan

♬ nhạc nền - Hậu Lê


Tan’s latest upload shows him chilling in a hammock and expressionlessly staring at his smartphone display, to the sound of a Vietnamese remix of DJ Snake’s ‘Loco Contigo’. It has over 300,000 views, and it’s far from his most popular clip. Some of his uploads have over one million views, and one has been viewed a whopping 39 million times.

@anhtrantan

♬ nhạc nền - Bé đẹp


Interestingly, Anh Tran Tan isn’t the only one to have cracked the secret to effortless internet stardom. A few months ago we wrote about Indonesian youtuber Muhammad Didit, who went viral on Asian social media after recording himself doing absolutely nothing for hours at a time.

@anhtrantan

♬ Nhìn màn hình đi nào - ☘️Bé Là Wolf 🇻🇳✔️

So if you’re trying to make it as a video content creator, maybe stop trying so much and just do nothing at all. It worked for these guys…

Friday, October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

Ourang Medan Mystery Explained in A Video

Ourang Medan, Mystery

The chilling tale of the Ourang Medan continues to baffle people around the globe. The sinister and unsettling tale about an alleged ghost ship named SS Ourang Medan found on Indonesian waters years after WWII is still a subject to speculation regarding the authenticity of the tale. In the video below, the mystery of Ourang Medan was explained concisely. 


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October 16, 2020

Short Animation Features Top Inventions By Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla, Invention

Nikola Tesla is one of the most enigmatic figures not only in the field of science but also in history. His achievements and legacy and unmatched up to this day. His ideas about free energy and many other fringe ideas may have contributed to his resurgence in popularity. In this short and informative video, his inventions that changed the world was described in succession. 

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

Woman Returns Artifacts Stolen From Pompeii, Claiming The ‘Cursed’ Items Gave Her Cancer

Pompeii mummified bodies

Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. It is also, apparently, a popular target for archaeological theft.

According to the Guardian, a travel agent in the city received an unexpected package containing a number of artifacts that had been stolen from the site of the ancient disaster.

The package came with a confession letter written by a tourist who took the artifacts illegally after visiting Pompeii 15 years ago.

Pompeii

The remorseful thief, identified only as a Canadian woman named Nicole, sent back a package of looted items which included two parts of an amphora, mosaic tiles, and a piece of ceramic — all snatched from Pompeii.

In her letter, Nicole wrote that she stole the historical artifacts because she wanted to have a piece of history that “nobody could have.” But she grew to regret her theft over the years as she found that the relics had “so much negative energy…linked to that land of destruction.”

Pompeii mummified bodies

She went on to state that she had suffered a number of misfortunes over the last decade — including two bouts of breast cancer. She believed her bad luck was a curse brought on by the stolen artifacts.

“I am now 36 and had breast cancer twice. The last time ending in a double mastectomy,” she wrote. “My family and I also had financial problems. We’re good people and I don’t want to pass this curse on to my family or children.”

Nicole went on to note that she had learned her lesson and that she hoped to earn “forgiveness from God.”

“Take them back, please,” she pled in her letter, “they bring bad luck.”

Nicole isn’t the only light-fingered visitor Pompeii has received over the years. Within the same package was a separate set of stones that had been stolen from the site as well. Just like Nicole’s returned loot, the stones also came with a letter of confession, this one sent from a couple also from Canada.

“We took them without thinking of the pain and suffering these poor souls experienced during the eruption of Vesuvius and their terrible death,” the couple wrote. “We are sorry, please forgive us for making this terrible choice. May their souls rest in peace.”

The couple stole the stones from the Pompeii site in 2005 — the same year as Nicole. It’s unclear what relationship the woman had with the couple or whether they stole the pieces on the same trip together.

Before it became a world-famous historical site, Pompeii was once a lost city. It suffered one of the worst tragedies in ancient history when its residents were buried beneath tons of ash and volcanic debris following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

Pompeii

The bodies of those who didn’t make it out in time to escape the eruption lay beneath layers of volcanic ash for thousands of years. The lost city was rediscovered accidentally in the 18th century during the construction of a new palace for the Bourbon King of France.

The remains of Vesuvius’ victims who were buried alive in Pompeii were calcified by the layers of ash which formed a protective shell around their bodies.

The skin and soft tissue of these remains later disintegrated but the hard shell that formed over them remained, making Pompeii an eerie yet popular tourist attraction due to the bodies of victims whose final moments were immortalized like statues.

Remarkably, officials at the tourist site have received a number of returned stolen artifacts from regretful thieves over the years. As a response, officials cheekily established a museum displaying the stolen goods.

Although there’s no real proof of a ‘Pompeii curse,’ hopefully the news will deter other naughty tourists from stealing artifacts.

October 15, 2020

You Can Now Tattoo Your Palm Lines to Alter Your Destiny

Palmistry, or the art of palm reading, is very popular in Thailand, so one entrepreneur has founded a business that specializes in tattooing people’s palm lines to allegedly change their fortunes for the better.

They say you make “your own luck” and if you believe in palmistry there is now a very simple way to change your destiny. All you have to do is visit a certain tattoo shop in Nonthaburi, Thailand, and ask to have your life, love or luck lines altered with the help of tattoos. Even if you don’t know what lines need to be altered, they have palm reading experts who can tell you what lines need to be tattooed in order to improve your prosperity, health or love life.

Palmistry

Believed to be Thailand’s first palm line tattoo business, the shop in Nonthaburi was founded by a woman named Ajarn Ple, or Professor Ple, as most of her clients now call her. In an interview with Thai news outlet Sanook, Ple said that she first got into cosmetic tattooing by doing eyebrow tattoos, but as she learned more about fortune telling and physiognomy, she got the idea of doing palm line tattoos.


Ple said that she is the perfect example that altering your palm lines actually has an impact on your life, as she tried it on herself first and she is now the owner of a very successful business. She also mentioned a shoe store owner who, after getting his palms tattooed, sold all the shoes in their store, and said that there are many such examples.


Apparently, the idea of tattooing palm lines to alter destiny appeals to a lot of people, as photos posted on the tattoo shop’s Facebook page shows lots of customers waiting to get their palms inked. Some told Sanook that they believe it will the advertised effect, while others said that they were only getting the tattoos for piece of mind, just in case there is truth to the theory…


But, there are also naysayers who consider Ple’s business nothing more than a scam. Some called her theory “nonsensical and impossible”, adding that if tattooing your palm lines actually worked, there would be no more poor or sick people in the world. They kind of have a point there…

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

October 14, 2020

15 Mythical Places Around the World You’ll Wish Were Real

Over the course of millennia, mankind has dreamt up hundreds of beguiling places, shrouded in mystery and lost in time. While Plato told Greeks of the superior lost city of Atlantis, medieval farmers thought up places where gourmet cheese rains from the sky and naps make you money. These better worlds are the stuff of communal daydreams, and we’ve gathered up 15 of them to fantasise about.

Atlantis

Atlantis

The archetype of a mythical lost world, the sunken City of Atlantis was conjured up by none other than Plato himself in two of his dialogues. Some even mocked him for the grandiosity he attributed to the Bronze Age continent (one of his contemporaries, Theopompus, even thought up another fictional island, Meropis, as a parody of Atlantis). The Greek philosopher and expert on the human condition sketched a highly sophisticated civilisation made up of several concentric islands, founded by demigods and rich in exotic fauna and flora. Plato also described the nation’s downfall. When its people got a tad too hubristic, the ocean swallowed the land whole, though that doesn’t prevent it from having a prominent hold over mankind’s imagination to this day.


The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Of all the enchanting places on this list, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon’s existence is the one in which humans have put the most stock. After all, Herodotus categorised it as one of his classic Seven Wonders of the World, and multiple Classical authors have painted a picture of an awe-inducing oasis of splendid height boasting floating terraces, cascading streams and lush exotic greenery everywhere.

However, endless digs around its suspected location near the royal palace of Babylon have left archaeologists empty-handed time and again, sowing doubt about whether the most mythical of all World Wonders was anything more than a beautiful vintage story perpetuated by the Greeks and Romans. Historians haven’t given up the fight just yet, considering other locations and other forms the gardens might have taken (for example, a collection of gorgeous rooftop gardens), but until these theories are grounded in evidence, the Hanging Gardens will float somewhere between fable and fiction.


Shangri-La

Shangri-La

Merriam-Webster defines Shangri-La as a synonym of Utopia: ‘a remote beautiful imaginary place where life approaches perfection’. From the mind of Brit James Hilton, the term first entered public consciousness in his novel Lost Horizon as a reimagining of an ancient fictional paradise: Tibet’s Shambala Kingdom. Though thought to be the birthplace of Vishnu’s final reincarnation by Hindus, legends and mentions of this joyful paradise in the form of a Himalayan valley separated from the known world were around long before this organised religion. Hilton’s book popularised the myth in the West by having the hero of his tale find ultimate joy and fulfilment among the wise, immortal beings of Shangri-La.


Agartha

Agartha

A mythic world connected to Buddhist belief and hiding in the core of the earth instead of on its roof, Agartha is supposed to house a superb, wise civilisation. Flowing together as these legends often do, some say that Shangri-La or Shambala is actually its capital. Theories of different possible access points to this tranquil, subterranean continent abound, from the South and North Poles to Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave or the Himalayan mountains.


Tír na nÓg

Tír na nÓg

A particularly alluring vision in Celtic mythology is the supernatural land of Tír na nÓg (‘The Land of Ever Young’). With its possible location off of Ireland’s west coast, this place – where five days equal three earthly years – is only ever seen by a lucky few. Drowning in Old Irish names such as Tíg Tairngire (‘Land of Promise’) and Mag Mell (‘Plain of Delight’), this lush dwelling’s trees, flowers and hills remain green year-round. No wonder its inhabitants never feel sad. And if you thought the mortal Irish were a friendly folk, wait until you meet the Tuatha Dé Danann, a mythic Celtic people who many believe have evolved into the Fae or Fairies that Ireland is so fond of. You’ll need their invitation to live with them in Tír na nÓg and drink from their crystal glasses and listen to the plucking of golden harps.


El Dorado

El Dorado

Oh, how European gold rushers have salivated over and pined after El Dorado. The myth of this solid gold city rumoured to be hidden somewhere deep in South America drove many 16th- and 17th-century explorers, including Elisabeth I devotee Sir Walter Raleigh, to one unfruitful expedition after the next. Of course, the appeal of a land so prosperous that even the King is covered in gold dust can’t help but cause visions of one’s own version of Scrooge McDuck’s daily money swim.


Cockaigne

Cockaigne

First popping up in writing in a 1250 medieval text and 12th-century oral accounts before that, the abundance of life in whimsical Cockaigne – where various types of cheese rain from the sky and wine flows in streams down an idyllic land – hasn’t been forgotten. Even with our lives now hundreds of times more comfortable than that of a medieval peasant (who you can imagine could do with a little daydreaming of a land like Cockaigne while ploughing through muddy fields), we still know about the most widespread idea of Utopia eight centuries ago. It was a place where geese roasted themselves, and roofs were made of bacon. It was also where sexual freedom outdid the 70s, and sleeping was a well-paid job.


Álfheimr

Álfheimr

According to Norse mythology, Álfheimr is where the light-elves live, way up in the highest echelons of the world. It’s part of the ‘Nine Worlds’ that give sense to the universe. While some are burning hot places overflowing with lava or permanently clouded in mist, Álfheimr is a fertile place filled with the light and warmth of the elves, gracious demigods who are ‘fairer to look upon than the sun’ – as described by a 12th-century prose poet.


Ryūgū-jō or ‘Dragon Palace’

Ryūgū-jō or ‘Dragon Palace’

In a well-known Japanese folktale, a young fisherman rescues a turtle from a group of mean-spirited kids, and his reward for his brave act is a trip to the underwater Dragon Palace, or Ryūgū-jō. By holding onto the turtle’s back, he reaches a royal mansion made either of red and white coral or crystal (depending on who is telling the story). The home of the Dragon King and the beautiful Dragon Princess has a different season on each side, with springtime cherry blossoms visible from the east windows and summertime sunflowers from the south. To get a glimpse of the aquatic splendour that the Ryūgū-jō holds, the Japanese believe that one has to find a rare Rumphius’ slit shell and observe its pearly interior.


The Elysian Fields

The Elysian Fields

Only the cream of the crop makes it into Elysium or the Elysian Fields (later also referred to as the Fortunate Isles, or the Isles of the Blessed). The ancient Greeks’ version of heaven was deemed by Homer as ‘a place of perfect happiness’, sitting on the edge of the earth with a soft breeze blowing over from mythic river Oceanus. While immoral souls were sent to perish in Hades’ underworld, the most virtuous and heroic of mankind – the so-called ‘deserving dead’ – were selected to live in a land where ‘there falls not rain, nor hail, nor snow’ (Homer in the Odyssey), and where idyllic meadows provided eternal hunting joy and plump, golden fruits.


Asgard

Asgard

A direct neighbour to Álfheimr up in the heavens and another one of the ‘Nine Worlds’ is Asgard, home of the warrior gods or Aesir. Ruled over by Odin and his Queen Frigg, it’s connected to the land of mortal humans, Midgard, via a rainbow bridge. Behind its towering stone walls lies not just Valhalla, Odin’s fabulous hall where the greatest warriors gather, but several other gold and silver mansions for each God and Goddess to call their own. Described in medieval texts as a land of abundance in every way, its inhabitants are more powerful and talented than any other. It’s in many ways the Norse equivalent to the Greeks’ Mount Olympus, with both deity populations frequently getting rowdy on honey-based spirits (mead and ambrosia respectively).


Themyscira

Themyscira

Most recently seen as Gal Gadot’s lush paradise home in 2017’s Wonder Woman, the legend of the Amazons’ island nation has been around a lot longer than she has. Reliably an enchanted city-state and mostly man-free zone, Themyscira is a nation of fierce female warriors, visited in Greek mythology by Heracles, Theseus and Zeus, among others. Imaginings of this paradise have changed plenty over the ages, with the current depiction by Marvel showing a slightly futuristic, blue-watered wonderland.


Avalon

Avalon

In the realm of Arthurian legend and Celtic myth, Avalon (‘Isle of Apples’) was considered the ultimate safe haven. After first extracting his sword Excalibur on the island as a young lad, this is where King Arthur was nourished back to health after his near-lethal battle with Mordred. In the earliest sources, it’s described as a land of plenty, where wild apple trees and vineyards grow of their own accord no matter what the season and British knights gather around their king to live in peace.


Camelot

Camelot

If Avalon is King Arthur’s pastoral sojourn, Camelot was his dynamic masterpiece. In conjunction with its revered ruler, the stories of his court and the chivalrous men populating it have become timeless. Filled with jovial jousting tournaments on its grassy hills, happy kids scampering around, wealthy merchants, grand architecture and a hint of mysticism, the lavish castle city has captivated the imaginations of romantic souls everywhere since its glorious descriptions in (mainly French) Middle Ages prose.


Zerzura

Zerzura

Somewhere in the vast Libyan desert to the west of Egypt’s Nile River, in one of the world’s driest, most unforgiving parts, there’s said to be a ‘Shining City’. Zerzura, a white-washed oasis in the mode of the ancient Egyptian cities, formed an especially alluring subject of conversation among Arabians during the first decades of the previous century when even nomads had no clear image of how every part of the Sahara fit together. The elusive dwelling, full of palm trees, wells, treasure and a sleeping king and queen, is guarded by giants in some accounts and boasts a gate with a striking bird carved into it by others.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

Top 13 Spookiest Plants And Fungi



Step outside this Halloween and you might find some of these terrifying plants and fungi lurking in the garden.
 
Octopus Stinkhorn (Clathrus archeri)

1. Octopus Stinkhorn (Clathrus archeri)

With large red tentacles oozing sticky black slime, the reproductive structure of the Octopus Stinkhorn bears a striking resemblance to the Demogorgon from Stranger Things.

This fungal monster hatches from an egg that grows amongst leaf litter and wood-chip mulch. It is native to Australia and New Zealand but was introduced to Britain and is now frequently found in the south of England.

Alongside its terrifying appearance, the Octopus Stinkhorn reeks of rotting flesh. This is to attract flies that help disperse its spores and produce more fungi.


Zombie Fungus (Ophiocordyceps)

2. Zombie Fungus (Ophiocordyceps)

Insects and spiders fall victim to this group of deadly parasitic fungi that are mostly found in tropical rainforests.

Ophiocordyceps fungi grow rapidly inside the bodies of their hosts, feed on their insides and take over their behaviour.

The ‘zombie’ insects are driven to climb up a plant and hang on. From there, the insect dies, and the fungus sends out long spikes that pierce through the corpse to release spores that infect more unfortunate insects.


Devil’s Tooth (Hydnellum peckii)

3. Devil’s Tooth (Hydnellum peckii)

In deep, dark and dense forests in North America and Europe, you could stumble upon large bleeding teeth in the undergrowth. These are the reproductive structures of the Devil’s Tooth fungus.

Despite appearances, this fungus won’t bite. Instead, it lives in a mutually beneficial relationship (mutualism) with conifer trees. The Devil's Tooth fungus helps the tree gain nutrients from the soil, and in return, the tree provides the fungus with carbohydrates from photosynthesis.


Doll’s Eyes (Actaea pachypoda)

4. Doll’s Eyes (Actaea pachypoda)

Have you ever felt like something is watching you as you wander through a forest?

This could be the white baneberry that is native to eastern North America. Its highly toxic and heart attack-inducing berries look like eyeballs on fleshy stems.


Dead Man’s Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha)

5. Dead Man’s Fingers (Xylaria polymorpha)

This fungus looks like fingers from a corpse reaching up from the soil for rotting tree stumps. It is a saprotrophic fungus, which means it lives and feeds on dead and decaying matter.

Commonly found in the UK, the Dead Man’s Fingers fungus could be creepy company on a woodland walk.


Tropical Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes)

6. Tropical Pitcher Plants (Nepenthes)

Nepenthes is a group of carnivorous plants mainly found in Southeast Asia that include some species that feed on whole rats.

The deep cup-shaped leaves of Tropical Pitcher Plants function as traps. Unsuspecting insects and small rodents that are attracted by sweet-smelling nectar and bright colours, get caught in the pitcher and are unable to escape. They drown in a puddle of digestive liquid and the nutrients from their bodies are absorbed by the pitcher plant.

Come see pitcher plants for yourself at the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew.


Strangler Fig

7. Strangler Fig

Given the Spanish nickname ‘matapalo’ (tree-killer), Strangler Figs are tropical and subtropical plant species which ‘strangle’ their host tree.

The roots of Strangler Figs constrict the trunk and roots of the host tree, cutting off its nutrient and water supply, resulting in death.

You can pay the Strangler Figs a visit at the Palm House at Kew and read more about them here.


Mycena manipularis

8. Mycena manipularis

The bioluminescent Mycena manipularis fungus is visible at night by its eerie pale green glow in forests in Australasia, Malaysia and the Pacific Islands.


Purple Jellydisc (Ascocoryne sarcoides)

9. Purple Jellydisc (Ascocoryne sarcoides)

These fungal clusters of purple discs look like intestines splattered against trunks and branches of dead trees.

Purple Jellydisc is found across North America and Europe and is very common and widespread throughout Britain.

This is another saprotrophic fungus, so dead and decaying tree matter would make up the contents of these gruesome intestines.


Black Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri)

10. Black Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri)

In the damp and dark under-story of tropical rainforests, the Black Bat Flower can easily be mistaken for bat wings with whisker-like tendrils.


Snapdragon seed pod (Antirrhinum majus)

11. Snapdragon seed pod (Antirrhinum majus)

The Snapdragon, or Dragon Flower, is a popular garden plant. Its common name derives from the resemblance the flower has to a dragon’s head.

Once the flower dies, it leaves behind a seed pod that terrifyingly resembles a skull.


Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae)

12. Jelly Ear (Auricularia auricula-judae)

Another character in the body part horror show is the Jelly Ear fungus.

Found worldwide growing upon wood in damp, shady locations, Jelly Ears are often picked for Chinese cuisine and medicine.


Ghost Plant (Monotropa uniflora)

13. Ghost Plant (Monotropa uniflora)

The Ghost Plant can be found thriving in the darkness of the forest understory throughout the United States and Canada.

Unlike most plants that obtain their energy from the sun, the ghost plant is a parasite that takes nutrients from fungi.

[ By KEW ]