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October 23, 2019

10 Toxic People You Should Avoid At All Costs


Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons.

As important as it is to learn how to deal with different kinds of people, truly toxic people will never be worth your time and energy—and they take a lot of each. Toxic people create unnecessary complexity, strife, and, worst of all, stress.

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“PEOPLE INSPIRE YOU, OR THEY DRAIN YOU—PICK THEM WISELY.” – HANS F. HANSEN
Recent research from Friedrich Schiller University in Germany shows just how serious toxic people are. They found that exposure to stimuli that cause strong negative emotions—the same kind of exposure you get when dealing with toxic people—caused subjects’ brains to have a massive stress response. Whether it’s negativity, cruelty, the victim syndrome, or just plain craziness, toxic people drive your brain into a stressed-out state that should be avoided at all costs.

Studies have long shown that stress can have a lasting, negative impact on the brain. Exposure to even a few days of stress compromises the effectiveness of neurons in the hippocampus, an important brain area responsible for reasoning and memory. Weeks of stress cause reversible damage to brain cells, and months of stress can permanently destroy them. Toxic people don’t just make you miserable—they’re really hard on your brain.

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm and in control. One of their greatest gifts is the ability to identify toxic people and keep them at bay.

It’s often said that you’re the product of the five people you spend the most time with. If you allow even one of those five people to be toxic, you’ll soon find out how capable he or she is of holding you back.

You can’t hope to distance yourself from toxic people until you first know who they are. The trick is to separate those who are annoying or simply difficult from those who are truly toxic.

What follows are ten types of toxic drainers that you should stay away from at all costs so that you don’t become one yourself.

1. The Gossip



“GREAT MINDS DISCUSS IDEAS, AVERAGE ONES DISCUSS EVENTS, AND SMALL MINDS DISCUSS PEOPLE.” – ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

Gossipers derive pleasure from other people’s misfortunes. It might be fun to peer into somebody else’s personal or professional faux pas at first, but over time, it gets tiring, makes you feel gross, and hurts other people. There are too many positives out there and too much to learn from interesting people to waste your time talking about the misfortune of others.


2. The Temperamental
Some people have absolutely no control over their emotions. They will lash out at you and project their feelings onto you, all the while thinking that you’re the one causing their malaise. Temperamental people are tough to dump from your life because their lack of control over their emotions makes you feel bad for them. When push comes to shove though, temperamental people will use you as their emotional toilet and should be avoided at all costs.


3. The Victim

Victims are tough to identify because you initially empathize with their problems. But as time passes, you begin to realize that their “time of need” is all the time. Victims actively push away any personal responsibility by making every speed bump they encounter into an uncrossable mountain. They don’t see tough times as opportunities to learn and grow from; instead, they see them as an out. There’s an old saying: “Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional.” It perfectly captures the toxicity of the victim, who chooses to suffer every time.


4. The Self-Absorbed

Self-absorbed people bring you down through the impassionate distance they maintain from other people. You can usually tell when you’re hanging around self-absorbed people because you start to feel completely alone. This happens because as far as they’re concerned, there’s no point in having a real connection between them and anyone else. You’re merely a tool used to build their self-esteem.


5. The Envious

To envious people, the grass is always greener somewhere else. Even when something great happens to envious people, they don’t derive any satisfaction from it. This is because they measure their fortune against the world’s when they should be deriving their satisfaction from within. And let’s face it, there’s always someone out there who’s doing better if you look hard enough. Spending too much time around envious people is dangerous because they teach you to trivialize your own accomplishments.


6. The Manipulator

Manipulators suck time and energy out of your life under the fa├žade of friendship. They can be tricky to deal with because they treat you like a friend. They know what you like, what makes you happy, and what you think is funny, but the difference is that they use this information as part of a hidden agenda. Manipulators always want something from you, and if you look back on your relationships with them, it’s all take, take, take, with little or no giving. They’ll do anything to win you over just so they can work you over.


7. The Dementor

In J. K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, Dementors are evil creatures that suck people’s souls out of their bodies, leaving them merely as shells of humans. Whenever a Dementor enters the room, it goes dark, people get cold, and they begin to recall their worst memories. Rowling said that she developed the concept for Dementors based on highly negative people—the kind of people who have the ability to walk into a room and instantly suck the life out of it.

Dementors suck the life out of the room by imposing their negativity and pessimism upon everyone they encounter. Their viewpoints are always glass half empty, and they can inject fear and concern into even the most benign situations. A Notre Dame University study found that students assigned to roommates who thought negatively were far more likely to develop negative thinking and even depression themselves.


8. The Twisted

There are certain toxic people who have bad intentions, deriving deep satisfaction from the pain and misery of others. They are either out to hurt you, to make you feel bad, or to get something from you; otherwise, they have no interest in you. The only good thing about this type is that you can spot their intentions quickly, which makes it that much faster to get them out of your life.


9. The Judgmental

Judgmental people are quick to tell you exactly what is and isn’t cool. They have a way of taking the thing you’re most passionate about and making you feel terrible about it. Instead of appreciating and learning from people who are different from them, judgmental people look down on others. Judgmental people stifle your desire to be a passionate, expressive person, so you’re best off cutting them out and being yourself.


10. The Arrogant
Arrogant people are a waste of your time because they see everything you do as a personal challenge. Arrogance is false confidence, and it always masks major insecurities. A University of Akron study found that arrogance is correlated with a slew of problems in the workplace. Arrogant people tend to be lower performers, more disagreeable, and have more cognitive problems than the average person.


How to Protect Yourself Once You Spot ’Em

Toxic people drive you crazy because their behavior is so irrational. Make no mistake about it—their behavior truly goes against reason, so why do you allow yourself to respond to them emotionally and get sucked into the mix?

The more irrational and off-base someone is, the easier it should be for you to remove yourself from their traps. Quit trying to beat them at their own game. Distance yourself from them emotionally, and approach your interactions with them like they’re a science project (or you’re their shrink if you prefer that analogy). You don’t need to respond to the emotional chaos—only the facts.

Maintaining an emotional distance requires awareness. You can’t stop someone from pushing your buttons if you don’t recognize when it’s happening. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in situations where you’ll need to regroup and choose the best way forward. This is fine, and you shouldn’t be afraid to buy yourself some time to do so.

Most people feel as though because they work or live with someone, they have no way to control the chaos. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Once you’ve identified a toxic person, you’ll begin to find their behavior more predictable and easier to understand. This will equip you to think rationally about when and where you have to put up with them and when and where you don’t. You can establish boundaries, but you’ll have to do so consciously and proactively. If you let things happen naturally, you’re bound to find yourself constantly embroiled in difficult conversations. If you set boundaries and decide when and where you’ll engage a difficult person, you can control much of the chaos. The only trick is to stick to your guns and keep boundaries in place when the person tries to cross them, which they will.

By Helen Noronha, The Minds Journal
October 23, 2019

10 Choices You Will Regret In 10 Years

10 Choices You Will Regret In 10 Years

“If only…” These two words paired together create one of the saddest phrases in the English language.

Here are ten choices that ultimately lead to this phrase of regret, and how to elude them:

1. Wearing a mask to impress others. – If the face you always show the world is a mask, someday there will be nothing beneath it. Because when you spend too much time concentrating on everyone else’s perception of you, or who everyone else wants you to be, you eventually forget who you really are. So don’t fear the judgments of others; you know in your heart who you are and what’s true to you. You don’t have to be perfect to impress and inspire people. Let them be impressed and inspired by how you deal with your imperfections.


2. Letting someone else create your dreams for you. –
The greatest challenge in life is discovering who you are; the second greatest is being happy with what you find. A big part of this is your decision to stay true to your own goals and dreams. Do you have people who disagree with you? Good. It means you’re standing your ground and walking your own path. Sometimes you’ll do things considered crazy by others, but when you catch yourself excitedly losing track of time, that’s when you’ll know you’re doing the right thing.


3. Keeping negative company. – Don’t let someone who has a bad attitude give it to you. Don’t let them get to you. They can’t pull the trigger if you don’t hand them the gun. When you remember that keeping the company of negative people is a choice, instead of an obligation, you free yourself to keep the company of compassion instead of anger, generosity instead of greed, and patience instead of anxiety.


4. Being selfish and egotistical. – A life filled with loving deeds and good character is the best tombstone. Those who you inspired and shared your love with will remember how you made them feel long after your time has expired. So carve your name on hearts, not stone. What you have done for yourself alone dies with you; what you have done for others and the world remains.


5. Avoiding change and growth. – If you want to know your past look into your present conditions. If you want to know your future look into your present actions. You must let go of the old to make way for the new; the old way is gone, never to come back. If you acknowledge this right now and take steps to address it, you will position yourself for lasting success.



6. Giving up when the going gets tough. – There are no failures, just results. Even if things don’t unfold the way you had expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. Learn what you can and move on. The one who continues to advance one step at a time will win in the end. Because the battle is always won far away and long before the final victory. It’s a process that occurs with small steps, decisions, and actions that gradually build upon each other and eventually lead to that glorious moment of triumph.


7. Trying to micromanage every little thing. – Life should be touched, not strangled. Sometimes you’ve got to relax and let life happen without incessant worry and micromanagement. Learn to let go a little before you squeeze too tight. Take a deep breath. When the dust settles and you can once again see the forest for the trees, take the next step forward. You don’t have to know exactly where you’re going to be headed somewhere great. Everything in life is in perfect order whether you understand it yet or not. It just takes some time to connect all the dots.


8. Settling for less than you deserve. – Be strong enough to let go and wise enough to wait for what you deserve. Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before. Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clearer vision again. Don’t settle.


9. Endlessly waiting until tomorrow. – The trouble is, you always think you have more time than you do. But one day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to work on the things you’ve always wanted to do. And at that point you either will have achieved the goals you set for yourself, or you will have a list of excuses for why you haven’t.


10. Being lazy and wishy-washy. –
The world doesn’t owe you anything, you owe the world something. So stop daydreaming and start DOING. Develop a backbone, not a wishbone. Take full responsibility for your life – take control. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now; the somebody the world needs is YOU.

By WiseThinks

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

October 22, 2019

Largest Eagles in the World Are So Big That Their Talons Are Bigger Than Bear Claws

Harpy Eagle

With its expressive face, collar of feathers, and black and grey tones, there’s no denying that the Harpy Eagle is a striking creature. But if its distinct appearance isn’t impressive enough, its height and wingspan certainly are. These powerful birds of prey can reach up to 3 feet 5 inches in height, with an overall wingspan of up to 7 feet 4 inches—making them look almost like a puppet out of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth.

Its incredible size and unique appearance has made the Harpy Eagle quite a popular figure on the internet. Photographs of the large eagle often pop up on Reddit, where people marvel at its size. For a quick comparison, a female bald eagle averages up to 12 pounds, while the female Harpy Eagle weighs between 13 and 20 pounds. As female eagles are always stockier than their male counterparts, it’s worth noting that a male Harpy Eagle will weigh between 9 to 13 pounds.

Harpy Eagle

Despite its overall large size, its wingspan is actually a bit shorter than some other eagles—this is due to habitat. These rare birds live in the upper canopy of tropical lowland rainforests from Mexico to Brazil and northern Argentina. The shorter wings help them navigate better through the forest, as opposed to other eagle species that mainly fly in large, open areas. Still, the Harpy Eagle remains the largest extant eagle in the world.

In terms of appearance, its black, grey, and white feathers are identical in both males and females, with the raised feathers on its head giving the bird a quizzical expression. If the Harpy Eagle’s goth look wasn’t fearsome enough, take note of its powerful talons. The rear talons are actually bigger than the claws of a Grizzly Bear and measure 5 inches in length. In fact, no other eagle has talons so large. With such power, it should come as no surprise that the Harpy Eagle is at the top of its food chain.

Harpy Eagle

So what do Harpy Eagle’s eat? Sloths and monkeys are favorites for this raptor. They rarely soar long distances. By preserving their energy, they have more than enough strength to pick up small animals weighing up to 17 pounds. Silent hunters—they don’t vocalize much—these eagles will sit for hours on end in a perch, just waiting for a meal to walk by. Capable of flying up to 50 miles per hour, it’s no problem for them to then swoop down and snatch their food.

Sadly, Harpy Eagles are becoming a rare site across Latin America as rainforest deforestation diminishes their habitat. As Harpy Eagles are monogamous and raise just one eaglet every two years, even a slight downturn in numbers can make population recovery difficult. The loss of this apex predator in some environments is a huge blow to the ecosystem. For instance, their hunting of animals like capuchin monkeys helps keep the populations in check naturally. This is important because these monkeys eat eggs from bird nests and, if not kept under control, could cause the extinction of other species.

The Harpy Eagle is the world’s largest extant eagle and has talons bigger than a Grizzly bear’s claw.

Harpy Eagle

They are native to the upper canopy of lowland rainforests but are losing habitat through deforestation.

Harpy Eagle

Many are now also found in zoos and nature reserves across North and South America.

Harpy Eagle

By Jessica Stewart , My Modern Met
October 22, 2019

8 Things to Remember When Everything Goes Wrong

8 Things to Remember When Everything Goes Wrong

Truth be told, happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them. Imagine all the wondrous things your mind might embrace if it weren’t wrapped so tightly around your struggles. Always look at what you have, instead of what you have lost. Because it’s not what the world takes away from you that counts; it’s what you do with what you have left.

Here are a few reminders to help motivate you when you need it most:

1. PAIN IS PART OF GROWING.

Sometimes life closes doors because it’s time to move forward. And that’s a good thing because we often won’t move unless circumstances force us to. When times are tough, remind yourself that no pain comes without a purpose. Move on from what hurt you, but never forget what it taught you. Just because you’re struggling doesn’t mean you’re failing. Every great success requires some type of worthy struggle to get there. Good things take time. Stay patient and stay positive. Everything is going to come together; maybe not immediately, but eventually.

Remember that there are two kinds of pain: pain that hurts and pain that changes you. When you roll with life, instead of resisting it, both kinds help you grow.


2. EVERYTHING IN LIFE IS TEMPORARY.

Every time it rains, it stops raining. Every time you get hurt, you heal. After darkness there is always light – you are reminded of this every morning, but still you often forget, and instead choose to believe that the night will last forever. It won’t. Nothing lasts forever.

So if things are good right now, enjoy it. It won’t last forever. If things are bad, don’t worry because it won’t last forever either. Just because life isn’t easy at the moment, doesn’t mean you can’t laugh. Just because something is bothering you, doesn’t mean you can’t smile. Every moment gives you a new beginning and a new ending. You get a second chance, every second. You just have to take it and make the best of it.


3. WORRYING AND COMPLAINING CHANGES NOTHING.


Those who complain the most, accomplish the least. It’s always better to attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed. It’s not over if you’ve lost; it’s over when you do nothing but complain about it. If you believe in something, keep trying. Don’t let the shadows of the past darken the doorstep of your future. Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any brighter. Take action instead. Let what you’ve learned improve how you live. Make a change and never look back.

And regardless of what happens in the long run, remember that true happiness begins to arrive only when you stop complaining about your problems and you start being grateful for all the problems you don’t have.


4. YOUR SCARS ARE SYMBOLS OF YOUR STRENGTH.

Don’t ever be ashamed of the scars life has left you with. A scar means the hurt is over and the wound is closed. It means you conquered the pain, learned a lesson, grew stronger, and moved forward. A scar is the tattoo of a triumph to be proud of. Don’t allow your scars to hold you hostage. Don’t allow them to make you live your life in fear. You can’t make the scars in your life disappear, but you can change the way you see them. You can start seeing your scars as a sign of strength and not pain.

Rumi once said, “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most powerful characters in this great world are seared with scars. See your scars as a sign of “YES! I MADE IT! I survived and I have my scars to prove it! And now I have a chance to grow even stronger.”


5. EVERY LITTLE STRUGGLE IS A STEP FORWARD.

In life, patience is not about waiting; it’s the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard on your dreams, knowing that the work is worth it. So if you’re going to try, put in the time and go all the way. Otherwise, there’s no point in starting. This could mean losing stability and comfort for a while, and maybe even your mind on occasion. It could mean not eating what, or sleeping where, you’re used to, for weeks on end. It could mean stretching your comfort zone so thin it gives you a nonstop case of the chills. It could mean sacrificing relationships and all that’s familiar. It could mean accepting ridicule from your peers. It could mean lots of time alone in solitude. Solitude, though, is the gift that makes great things possible. It gives you the space you need. Everything else is a test of your determination, of how much you really want it.

And if you want it, you’ll do it, despite failure and rejection and the odds. And every step will feel better than anything else you can imagine. You will realize that the struggle is not found on the path, it is the path. And it’s worth it. So if you’re going to try, go all the way. There’s no better feeling in the world… there’s no better feeling than knowing what it means to be ALIVE. (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the “Goals and Success” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)


6. OTHER PEOPLE’S NEGATIVITY IS NOT YOUR PROBLEM.


Be positive when negativity surrounds you. Smile when others try to bring you down. It’s an easy way to maintain your enthusiasm and focus. When other people treat you poorly, keep being you. Don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are. You can’t take things too personally, even if it seems personal. Rarely do people do things because of you. They do things because of them.

Above all, don’t ever change just to impress someone who says you’re not good enough. Change because it makes you a better person and leads you to a brighter future. People are going to talk regardless of what you do or how well you do it. So worry about yourself before you worry about what others think. If you believe strongly in something, don’t be afraid to fight for it. Great strength comes from overcoming what others think is impossible.

All jokes aside, your life only comes around once. This is IT. So do what makes you happy and be with whoever makes you smile, often.


7. WHAT’S MEANT TO BE WILL EVENTUALLY, BE.

True strength comes when you have so much to cry and complain about, but you prefer to smile and appreciate your life instead. There are blessings hidden in every struggle you face, but you have to be willing to open your heart and mind to see them. You can’t force things to happen. You can only drive yourself crazy trying. At some point you have to let go and let what’s meant to be, BE.

In the end, loving your life is about trusting your intuition, taking chances, losing and finding happiness, cherishing the memories, and learning through experience. It’s a long-term journey. You have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting every step of the way. Laugh at the confusion, live consciously in the moment, and enjoy your life as it unfolds. You might not end up exactly where you intended to go, but you will eventually arrive precisely where you need to be. (Read A New Earth.)


8. THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS TO KEEP GOING.

Don’t be afraid to get back up – to try again, to love again, to live again, and to dream again. Don’t let a hard lesson harden your heart. Life’s best lessons are often learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes. There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong. And you might feel like you will be stuck in this rut forever, but you won’t. When you feel like quitting, remember that sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right. Sometimes you have to go through the worst, to arrive at your best.

Yes, life is tough, but you are tougher. Find the strength to laugh every day. Find the courage to feel different, yet beautiful. Find it in your heart to make others smile too. Don’t stress over things you can’t change. Live simply. Love generously. Speak truthfully. Work diligently. And even if you fall short, keep going. Keep growing.

By Marc Chernoff, Marc & Angel Hack Life
October 22, 2019

ZBiotics – A Probiotic Drink Genetically Engineered to Prevent Hangovers

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We humans have been looking for an effective way to prevent or at least treat hangovers for a long time, but one Silicone Valley startup claims to have finally found a way to ease the uncomfortable side effects of drinking.

Zbiotics is the world’s first genetically modified probiotic. It’s not marketed as an explicit cure for hangovers, because they include a wide variety of negative side effects; Downing a small bottle of Zbiotics before your first alcoholic drink of the night has a very specific purpose – to help your body break down acetaldehyde, a by-product of metabolizing ethanol. It’s this toxic compound that is associated with known hangover symptoms like headache, nausea, and heart palpitations.

Although acetaldehyde naturally dissipates over time, the more you drink the more of it builds up in your body, and the worse you feel. Zbiotics contains a form of “good” bacteria that has been genetically engineered to break down acetaldehyde and make you feel better after an alcohol-fuelled night out.

zbiotics

“We had to create something new to address the problem because nature didn’t have a solution,” Zbiotics founder Zack Abbott said. “If nature had a solution, humanity would’ve found it before 2019! The basis for the creation of ZBiotics was the idea that we can potentially direct or harness the power of bacteria, tame them to create features that are useful to us.”

Abbott, a microbiologist, chose Bacillus subtilis, a bacteria traditionally used in the fermentation process of soybeans in Japan, and genetically altered it to produce an enzyme designed to break down acetaldehyde. This enzyme is similar to the one produced by our livers for the same purpose, only Zbiotics delivers it straight to the drinker’s intestines, where it works its magic to prevent the nasty side effects of drinking.

Packaged in small 15-milliliter translucent bottles, Zbiotics must be ingested before alcohol intake or at least while drinking, because it is designed to work while the user is drinking and while they are sleeping. One bottle costs between $9 and $12.


It’s worth noting that while Zbiotics is designed to ease some of the negative effects of drinking, it will not prevent you from getting drunk or help you sober up faster. Abbott also recommends using it in conjunction with other strategies, like getting enough sleep and getting hydrated, for optimal results.

We’ve seen lost of so-called hangover cures in the past, but the makers of Zbiotics claim that is the first science-based one.

Monday, October 21, 2019

October 21, 2019

85% of gay people are possessed by ghosts according to ‘spiritual research’

gay, lgbt, homosexual

A gaggle of paranormal researchers say they’ve discovered the root cause of homosexuality. It’s not genetic. It’s not the result of childhood trauma, either. It’s ghosts.

According to its website, the Spiritual Science Research Foundation is a “world leader in spiritual research.” In a new article titled Symptoms of Ghost Affecting or Possessing a Person, the groups claims that an astounding 85 percent of gay people are possessed by ghostly entities.

“The main reason behind the gay orientation of some men is that they are possessed by female ghosts,” the article claims. “It is the female ghost in them that is attracted to other men.”

Conversely, the article continues, lesbianism is the result of women who suffer “the presence of male ghosts in them.”

“The ghost’s consciousness overpowers the person’s normal behavior to produce the homosexual attraction,” the article explains. “Spiritual research has shown that the cause for homosexual preferences lie predominantly in the spiritual realm.”

Of course, ghost possession isn’t the only reason people are gay. The paranormal researchers put together this scientific-looking pie chart to explain other causes of homosexuality:

gay, lgbt, homosexual


“Due to being possessed by ghosts,” the article says, “the majority of the LGBT population is more susceptible to being influenced by negative energies who give them thoughts to encourage them to display their homosexuality in a shameless and even aggressive manner.”

This includes things like Pride festivals, parades, rallies, marches, and other public “showcases” of “exhibitionism and narcissism.”

Pride parades are especially bad, researchers claim, because they “emit negative energy for up to 10 km. Indirectly, black covering (negative energy) over the city increases and it subtly spreads farther than 10 km.”

So what can be done about all this ghost possession and negative energy?


“Just as we teach children not to play in dirty water or eat mud, we need to educate society what is correct from a spiritual perspective,” researchers conclude. “By failing to do so, we run the risk of a further decline in Righteousness and consequently people in society will become more unhappy.”

October 21, 2019

HIV Is Spreading Faster in the Philippines Than Anywhere Else

HIV Philippines

With 13,384 new HIV diagnoses last year alone—about 38 per day—the Philippines is experiencing the fastest-growing HIV epidemic in the world. In fact, the estimated number of new infections in the Southeast Asian nation more than doubled in the past five years.

Why is that? An article in The Wall Street Journal attempts to unpack the numbers, look at what’s fueling the high rates and explore the challenges of fighting this epidemic.

Below are a few takeaways from the Wall Street Journal’s reporting:
  • A large percentage of new HIV cases are among men who have sex with men, notably those between 15 and 34 years old.
  • In recent years, cheap cell phones have made online hookup and dating apps more accessible and popular than ever.
  • Partially because Filipinos are overwhelmingly Catholic and conservative, many people—particularly gay men at high risk for HIV—have not been educated about safer sex.
  • The population’s conservativism has hindered HIV prevention efforts in other ways. For example, people have opposed pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, because they fear it will promote promiscuity. As a result, PrEP is neither available at pharmacies nor covered by insurance; it’s distributed only via the nonprofit organization LoveYoursef.
  • Nearly 67,400 Filipinos have been diagnosed with HIV, but the United Nations AIDS organization UNAIDS estimates that more than 77,000 people in the nation are living with the virus.
  • Individuals and advocacy groups have taken the initiative and provide HIV testing at gay bars and popular events. Although the government offers HIV meds to those who test positive, doctors and treatment facilities require a confirmatory test from a federal laboratory in Manila. The lab is overcrowded, and results can take months, so many people don’t get the test and forgo starting meds. This is problematic not only because the individual person’s health is compromised but also because people with HIV who don’t take meds have a detectable viral load and can spread the virus. (Conversely, those with suppressed viral load do not transmit HIV, a fact known as undetectable equals untransmittable, or U=U.)
  • Until about 2007, most HIV transmissions in the country were attributed to heterosexual encounters.
By Trenton Straube, Poz
October 21, 2019

20 Things To Start Doing In Your Relationships

20 Things To Start Doing In Your Relationships

Family isn’t always blood. They’re the people in your life who appreciate having you in theirs – the ones who encourage you to improve in healthy and exciting ways, and who not only embrace who you are now but also embrace and embody who you want to be. These people – your real family – are the ones who truly matter.

Here are twenty tips to help you find and foster these special relationships.



1. FREE YOURSELF FROM NEGATIVE PEOPLE.

Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded. Relationships should help you, not hurt you. Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be. Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you – people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it. Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you. When you free yourself from negative people, you free yourself to be YOU – and being YOU is the only way to truly live.


2. LET GO OF THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY GONE.

The sad truth is that there are some people who will only be there for you as long as you have something they need. When you no longer serve a purpose to them, they will leave. The good news is, if you tough it out, you’ll eventually weed these people out of your life and be left with some great people you can count on. We rarely lose friends and lovers, we just gradually figure out who our real ones are. So when people walk away from you, let them go. Your destiny is never tied to anyone who leaves you. It doesn’t mean they are bad people; it just means that their part in your story is over.


3. GIVE PEOPLE YOU DON’T KNOW A FAIR CHANCE.

When you look at a person, any person, remember that everyone has a story. Everyone has gone through something that has changed them and forced them to grow. Every passing face on the street represents a story every bit as compelling and complicated as yours. We meet no ordinary people in our lives. If you give them a chance, everyone has something amazing to offer. So appreciate the possibility of new relationships as you naturally let go of old ones that no longer work. Trust your judgment. Embrace new relationships, knowing that you are entering into unfamiliar territory. Be ready to learn, be ready for a challenge, and be ready to meet someone that might just change your life forever.


4. SHOW EVERYONE KINDNESS AND RESPECT.

Treat everyone with kindness and respect, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are. There are no boundaries or classes that define a group of people that deserve to be respected. Treat everyone with the same level of respect you would give to your grandfather and the same level of patience you would have with your baby brother. People will notice your kindness.


5. ACCEPT PEOPLE JUST THE WAY THEY ARE.

In most cases, it’s impossible to change them anyway, and it’s rude to try. So save yourself from needless stress. Instead of trying to change others, give them your support and lead by example.


6. ENCOURAGE OTHERS AND CHEER FOR THEM.

Having an appreciation for how amazing the people around you are leads to good places – productive, fulfilling, peaceful places. So be happy for those who are making progress. Cheer for their victories. Be thankful for their blessings, openly. What goes around comes around, and sooner or later the people you’re cheering for will start cheering for you.


7. BE YOUR IMPERFECTLY PERFECT SELF.

In this crazy world that’s trying to make you like everyone else, find the courage to keep being your awesome self. And when they laugh at you for being different, laugh back at them for being the same. Spend more time with those who make you smile and less time with those who you feel pressured to impress. Be your imperfectly perfect self around them. We are not perfect for everyone, we are only perfect for those select few people that really take the time to get to know us and love us for who we really are. And to those select few, being our imperfectly perfect self is what they love about us.


8. FORGIVE PEOPLE AND MOVE FORWARD.

Don’t live your life with hate in your heart. You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate. Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.” It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.” Forgiveness is the remedy. It doesn’t mean you’re erasing the past or forgetting what happened. It means you’re letting go of the resentment and pain, and instead choosing to learn from the incident and move on with your life. Remember, the less time you spend hating the people who hurt you, the more time you’ll have to love the people who love you.


9. DO LITTLE THINGS EVERY DAY FOR OTHERS.

Sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts. You can’t be everything to everyone, but you can be everything to a few people. Decide who these people are in your life and treat them like royalty.


10. PAY ATTENTION TO WHO YOUR REAL FRIENDS ARE.

As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones. Remember, life is kind of like a party. You invite a lot of people, some leave early, some stay all night, some laugh with you, some laugh at you, and some show up really late. But in the end, after the fun, there are a few who stay to help you clean up the mess. And most of the time, they aren’t even the ones who made the mess. These people are your real friends in life. They are the ones who matter most.


11. ALWAYS BE LOYAL. 

True love and real friendship aren’t about being inseparable. These relationships are about two people being true to each other even when they are separated. When it comes to relationships, remaining faithful is never an option, but a priority. Loyalty is everything.


12. STAY IN BETTER TOUCH WITH PEOPLE WHO MATTER TO YOU.

In human relationships distance is not measured in miles, but in affection. Two people can be right next to each other, yet miles apart. So don’t ignore someone you care about, because lack of concern hurts more than angry words. Stay in touch with those who matter to you. Not because it’s convenient, but because they’re worth the extra effort. Remember, you don’t need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends you can be certain of. Paying attention to these people is a priority.


13. KEEP YOUR PROMISES AND TELL THE TRUTH.

If you say you’re going to do something, DO IT! If you say you’re going to be somewhere, BE THERE! If you say you feel something, MEAN IT! If you can’t, won’t, and don’t, then DON’T LIE. It’s always better to tell people the truth up front. Don’t play games with people’s heads and hearts. Don’t tell half-truths and expect people to trust you when the full truth comes out; half-truths are no better than lies. Remember, love and friendship don’t hurt. Lying, cheating and screwing with people’s feelings and emotions hurts. Never mess with someone’s feelings just because you’re unsure of yours. Always be open and honest.


14. GIVE WHAT YOU WANT TO RECEIVE.

Don’t expect what you are not willing to give. Start practicing the golden rule. If you want love, give love. If you want friends, be friendly. If you want money, provide value. It works. It really is this simple.


15. SAY WHAT YOU MEAN AND MEAN WHAT YOU SAY.

Give the people in your life the information they need, rather than expecting them to know the unknowable. Information is the grease that keeps the engine of communication functioning. Start communicating clearly. Don’t try to read other people’s minds, and don’t make other people try to read yours. Most problems, big and small, within a family, friendship, or business relationships, start with bad communication.


16. ALLOW OTHERS TO MAKE THEIR OWN DECISIONS.

Do not judge others by your own past. They are living a different life than you are. What might be good for one person may not be good for another. What might be bad for one person might change another person’s life for the better. Allow people to make their own mistakes and their own decisions.


17. TALK A LITTLE LESS, AND LISTEN MORE.

Less advice is often the best advice. People don’t need lots of advice, they need a listening ear and some positive reinforcement. What they want to know is often already somewhere inside of them. They just need time to think, be and breathe, and continue to explore the undirected journeys that will eventually help them find their direction.


18. LEAVE PETTY ARGUMENTS ALONE.

Someone else doesn’t have to be wrong for you to be right. There are many roads to what’s right. And most of the time it just doesn’t matter that much.


19. IGNORE UNCONSTRUCTIVE, HURTFUL COMMENTARY.

No one has the right to judge you. They might have heard your stories, but they didn’t feel what you were going through. No matter what you do, there will always be someone who thinks differently. So concentrate on doing what you know in your heart is right. What most people think and say about you isn’t all that important. What is important is how you feel about yourself.


20. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOURSELF.

One of the most painful things in life is losing yourself in the process of loving others too much, and forgetting that you are special too. When was the last time someone told you that they loved you just the way you are, and that what you think and how you feel matters? When was the last time someone told you that you did a good job, or took you someplace, simply because they know you feel happy when you’re there? When was the last time that ‘someone’ was YOU?

Source: www.vtydknow.com

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

wicca, witchcraft, christianity

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.


wicca, witchcraft, christianity

"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