5 Extreme Body Modification Examples

There are many ways to stand out from the crowd, ranging from being mildly extravagant to actually breaking the norm to such a degree that social reintegration can be problematic. The people who want to take a break from being a part of the regular and boring part of society usually see subcultures as a way out of the mass. But even this solution can take numerous forms, since there are plenty of different subcultures out there. The nonconformist individual can join a hippy commune to live in harmony with nature and craft things, for example, or can choose something a bit more… extreme.

Extreme body modifications don’t require their fans to go away from within the large part of society and lead a secluded life like hippie commune inhabitants do, quite on the contrary. What would be the point of going away in a place inhabited by like-minded individuals if there’s no one there to shock, right? We’re not talking here about a few tattoos or piercings (which have become adorably accepted and quite mainstream in recent years), but we’re talking about truly extreme body modifications. And here’s exactly why they’re called extreme.

1. Forked tongue

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This type of body modification has begun to show up at the end of the 90s and nowadays it’s considered among the most common (of the extreme ones, mind you) by enthusiasts. It involves a procedure to surgically cut the tongue from its tip and on, as far back as the tongue’s base, creating a double end or the fork effect. Only oral and plastic surgeons are licensed to do it, but it can also be done in various shady establishments for body modifications by unlicensed individuals as well. This procedure is reversible, but the procedure required for that may be even more painful than the first one.

2. The Lizardman

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Eric Sprague, nicknamed the Lizardman for obvious reasons, is a 38 year-old performance artist living in Austin, Texas. Over the years, he underwent many body modification procedures (including the tongue forking presented above) in order to resemble a lizard as much as possible. These included piercings, all over body tattoos, as well as 5 ridges implanted over each eye (noticeable in the photo). The earrings he is displaying are inspired by a native African custom performed by quite a few tribes, which insert such plate-like earrings in the ear-lobes and/or bottom lips of young females in order to create a larger and larger gap over time.

3. Corset piercing

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Returning to extreme body modifications, this one is real pretty. It’s usually popular among women and it consists of two rows of evenly distributed surface piercings, usually done in symmetrical rows, meant to emulate the rings sustaining the back lacing of a corset. After getting the piercings done, the wearer can insert a lace string through them to create the corset effect (pictured here).

4. Stalking Cat

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Another fan of extreme body modifications that made everything possible to look more and more like the animal of his choosing, Daniel Avner usually goes by the nickname of “Stalking Cat”. Just like his fellow artist Lizardman, his public appearances to tattoo and piercing conventions are received with much enthusiasm by his fans and body modification enthusiasts in general. Beside extensive tattooing, he made a cleft into his upper lip, got his nasal septum surgically altered and replaced his teeth with fang insertions. His ears have also been modified into feline-like tips and he has been given eyebrow implants as well.

5. Horn implants

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These implants go under the skin on one’s forehead in order to create the impression of horns and to give the wearer a devil-like appearance. They usually go hand in hand with at least a couple of other body modifications, as pictured above. The photograph depicts a member of the extreme body modification community known as “Vampire woman” and, as you can notice, horns are far from being the only thing she’s altered about herself. As a funny and unexpected background detail, she is trained lawyer, hailing from a deeply religious family, and she was married at the age of 17. She became a tattoo artist after years of suffering domestic abuse and she says that the horns are meant to be a symbol of her strength, being implanted without any anesthesia. Pretty impressive turn-around, right?

4 Children Who Changed the World

Today is Children’s Day, so Happy Children’s Day, children all over the world! This day is also a reminder that children are our future. We must educate them and offer them the best start in life we can. There are so many schools for children all over the world that have awful conditions, but education must be available to all. Today, we pay tribute to all the children who helped change the world. We’re going to present you four children who changed the world we live in and made it better.

Louis Braille (1809-1852)louis braille children who changed the world

Louis Braille was born in Coupvray, a little village in France. His father had a crafts shop. When Louis was three, he tried to cut a piece of leather with a sharp tool and injured himself. He lost his right eye and soon after, his left eye became inflamed. At the age of 5, Louis Braille was blind. Back then, blindness meant total social exclusion, but his father taught him how to read by guiding his fingers on wood with nails. He became the best child in his class and, in 1821, he learned the night writing system which was used by the French Army. The system was made up of raised points and dots, but it was a complicated system which Braille simplified. Louis Braille presented his brand new code at the ripe age of 15 and published the first version of the Braille system in 1829.

Nkosi Johnson (1989-2001)Nkosi Johnson children who changed the world

Nkosi was a South-African child who changed the world through his HIV/AIDS campaigning. He was born seropositive in a village close to DAnnhauser. He never met his father and his mother died the year he started going to school. The boy was adopted by Gail Johnson, a PR specialist, after his mother could no longer care for him. After he was refused by a primary school in a suburb of Johannesburg because of his illness, his voice was heard throughout the country and the constitution of South Africa banned medical discrimination. At the time of his death, Nkosi was the oldest living child born with the disease.

Malala Yousafzai (1997-present) Malala Yousafzai children who changed the world

Malala was born in Mingora, Pakistan. When she was 11, she wrote to the BBC about her life under the Taliban regime and how the girls in her community are denied an education. In 2011, she was awarded a Peace Prize for her courage to speak up about her problems. This drew the Taliban’s attention who shot her in the head in October 2012. Surprisingly, Malala survived and is now living in the UK. She held a speech for the UN and said that she wouldn’t let the terrorists intimidate her.

Iqbal Masih (1983-1995)Iqbal Masih children who changed the world

Iqbal was born in 1983 in a little village outside Lahore, Pakistan. When he was four, his family forced him to start working in the rug industry, so that the family could pay back a debt of 16 dollars. He was working in chains, with other children, for 14 hours a day, six days a week. He only had a 30 minute break each day and weighed 27 kilograms and measured 1,2 meters. When Iqbal was 10, his slavery ended after forced child labor was declared illegal by Pakistan’s Supreme Court. He joined a front of forber forced labor victims and helped over 3,000 children regain their freedom. He started giving speeches thrgouhout the world about forced labor, but after he returned from a trip to the US, he was mistakenly shot by a farmer. He was 12 and many believe he was assassinated.

8 Powerful Advertisements about Social and Environmental Issues

Most people I know complain about how annoying and intrusive advertisements are, and while this may be true, there are many of them which can open your eyes to what is happening around. Not every company tried to market its services. Sometimes, advertisements can be beneficial, because they address social, political and environmental issues. The whole point of a good advertisement is to send a message, grab attention, and have a strong impact.

We have compiled a list of 10 advertisements which will make you think twice about certain issues that affect the planet and the people around us. As David Ogilvy once put it “advertising justifies its existence when used in the public interest – too powerful a tool to use solely for commercial purposes”. So here is our list for the 10 most powerful advertisements in the world:

1.     Stop the Violence: Don’t Drink and Drive

Drunk driving is one of the major causes of accidents, but some people simply seem not to care about this. Before you hop in your truck think about the people that you might hurt. Taking a cab to avoid accidents is not that bad. This add, which portrays a man getting punched in the face is the perfect example of brutality on the streets.

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2.     Bangalore Traffic Police: Don’t Talk While Driving

Not only has science proven that it is impossible for the brain to multi-task, but it is also dangerous. We have become so immersed in technology that we somehow manage to elude life. It is even possible to take a life because of this. The “Don’t talk while driving” advertisement is meant to draw attention to the problems that too much technology can cause.

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3.     Save Paper – Save the Planet

Wood is without a doubt one of the most valuable resources on the planet. We use it for furniture, constructions, books, schools, and many more. But if we continue to utilize it senselessly we will soon run out. Trees also generate oxygen and protect the natural habitats of many creatures. This add “save paper – save the planet “ emphasizes on the importance of preserving wood.

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4.     Every 60 Seconds a Species Dies Out. Each Minute Counts

Did you know that every 60 seconds a species dies out? Sure, you might think that there are hundreds of thousands of species on this world, but how can ignorance do the planet any good? We owe it to the World to protect other creatures.

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5.     Liking Isn’t Helping. Be a Volunteer. Change a Life

I can’t remember how many times I’ve stumbled across a so-called “cause” which claimed that my like would make a difference. Seriously, who would ever believe that? It is only a marketing strategy that was meant to trick the faint of heart. The only way to help others is by getting involved.

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6.     You’re Not a Sketch. Say no to Anorexia

For some unknown reason, women have come to the conclusion that beauty is defined by the number of bones that you can count on their body. This is not true. True beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. You are not a sketch, say no to Anorexia tries to raise awareness and make women understand that the opinion that fashion magazines have about beauty is not a correct one.

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7.     Global Action in the Interest of Animals: Plastic Bags Kill

Similar to the “Every 60 seconds a species dies”, the “Plastic Bags kill” advertisement also tries to raise awareness about the effects that our abuses have on other animals. These plastic bags depict animals that are being held by their necks. They have quite an impact, wouldn’t you say?

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8.     For the Homeless, Every day is a Struggle

Have you ever stopped to wonder how other people around you are doing? Before you complain about your horrible job, or undisciplined children have you thought about thanking God that you have a place you can actually call home? Other people can’t afford this luxury. For them, your left-over dinner food can mean a meal for the day. Look around.

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This is our round-up of the most powerful advertisements and ads in the world. We hope that they will help you see the world with different eyes.

Solo Traveling Ideas for the Summer: Preparing Yourself for the Trip

Solo traveling can be an amazing and liberating experience. People travel all the time, but they very rarely do it alone if it is not for business reasons. The hardest part about traveling alone is getting adjusted with the feeling of loneliness, but once you have learned to embrace the experience, you will definitely come to crave it. A lot of wonderful things can happen when you travel alone, and it will ultimately help you open up to life-changing experiences. So if you are thinking of setting off into the sunset, and embarking on your first solo travel adventure, here are a few traveling alone tips that you will definitely appreciate. We will talk about everything from finding the best locations and prices, to safety issues and connecting with other like-minded travelers.

Why Choose Solo Traveling Over Group Trips?

Before we begin, there is an important question that we should answer. Why choose solo-traveling over group trips? There is nothing more exciting than leaving your comfort zone and exploring the world. If you travel with a group, chances are that you will spend more time with them, but when you are alone you have the opportunity to connect with interesting locals and fellow travelers. In addition to this, you have the freedom to plan your trip as you see fit. You are the one making all the decisions, and this sense of autonomy will help you get past your insecurities and loneliness.

1. Where are the Best Places for First Time Solo Travelers?

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The first thing you should know if you are a first time solo traveler, is to focus on destinations with strong tourism infrastructure. Areas which have a history of political conflict or less developed infrastructure might become a hassle. Before you embark on a journey to such a country, you should conduct proper research, and learn the language. The fact of the matter is that everything on this planet is worth visiting at least once. But how to decide where to travel? We have a few suggestions from renowned glob trotters.

Julia Dimon from TravelJunkieJulia believes that Southeast Asia is an excellent destination for first time solo travelers, because it is home to exotic destinations and lots of English speaking, friendly locals. More importantly, food, hotels, activities and domestic flights from this tropical paradise are affordable and safe. Another excellent location would be Peru or Argentina. These locations are dotted with spacious, clean and welcoming budget hotels. If you are looking for something off the beaten track, then Australia is definitely the number one choice. Not only are they oasis of nature, but they are also extremely safe and have amazing infrastructure for travel. Whatever you choose, remember that the key to a successful trip is being comfortable and confident.

2. How to Connect With Like-Minded On the Road

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If you are planning to travel around the world, it’s not enough to choose a location and pack your bags. The most important thing about traveling alone is meeting new people. It’ all about getting the courage to leave your comfort zone, and reach out to like-minded travelers. If you are a little shy, there are easier ways to socialize with people. For example, if you are staying in a hotel or B&B which organizes group outings, to local restaurants and sightings. This is an excellent occasion to share your contact information with someone. Nevertheless, the most efficient way of making friends quickly is by joining a world-exchange program like WorkAway.info or WWOOF.org.

Another option for adventurous travelers would be to enroll in a couch-surfing or global freeloaders program. The great thing about this is that you don’t necessarily have to live with them, because they will be more than happy to show you around or drink a coffee with you either way. Since we live in the digital era, we will also list the social media and virtual outreach methods. If you don’t feel prepared to set out and face the world, you can always exchange some emails with a local that is interested in you.

3. Be prepared to Spend More

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It probably started with a : “I need to plan a trip on my own”. Now that you have booked your flight, and finished your bags, it’s time to establish your total budget. You might be inclined to think that traveling alone is cheaper, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Studies have shown that travel plans international and booking solo gives the flexibility to opt for better accommodations and travel standards.

You will most likely be tempted to spend more time out in  town (to meet new people), visit more places for the simple reason that you are not bound by anyone. There’s no point in wasting your vacation indoors anyway. In addition to this, group activities like trekking or kayaking, for which you would normally split the cost, will now be paid in full. This is also why we have suggested Southeast Asia as a solo-traveling destination: because with 100$ a day you can truly pamper yourself.

4. Don’t Plan Too Much

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When it comes to travel, people usually plan to much. Besides your basic travel items checklist and general route of cities and sites that you want to see, you should not worry about more. The point of a solo trip is not stressing out over which clothes you should take in your baggage. While it is OK to check Google Maps Street View for your desired locations, you don’t have to stick to your plan like glue. Every traveler will tell you that their trips rarely go exactly as planned, and it is the unexpected surprises that make it worthwhile. Be open to new experiences and let things happen. Who knows, you might just fall in love on a sunny beach, and decide to see a local festival you had no idea about.

5. How NOT to Attract the Wrong Kind of Attention

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People who travel alone automatically attract some attention to themselves, so it is important to keep a low-profile. In order to do this, one should dress modestly, never go out alone late at night and learn the rules of the area. We won’t even mention not getting drunk or visiting the beach alone at night, as they are common sense. Depending on the area that you are visiting, you might have to respect some rules. For example, if you are in a Muslin country, you will have to cover your arms and legs. The best thing that a solo traveler can do to protect himself is to avoid conversations with shady characters, and try to not put himself in risky situations.

Unique and Creative Advertisements to Take Notice of

Creativity is paramount in any job that has to do with marketing and product placement so employers have to pay big bucks for the imagination of their key advertisement creators.  In all honesty, advertising has everything to do with the talent and creativity of those coming up with sales pitches and nothing to do with the product itself since quality, durability, cost-quality ratio and any other product characteristic is impossible to be showcased completely by an ad.

Marketers have therefore come up with a magnificently clever alternative: they create commercials and ads that people remember not because the product is marvelous but because the ad itself was unforgettable- and therefore, the marketed product must also be right? Will Rogers said: “Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need.” Well, we’ve rounded up some ads that surely qualify as out of the box:

1.     Apolosophy-Apotek

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This Swedish pharmaceutical chain decided that a simple subway ad wasn’t nearly good enough so they added a twist. They attached sonic sensors that would detect the incoming and outgoing subways so that each time a subway would pull up in the station, the models hair would wave in the current- pretty clever right? Who wouldn’t buy anti-baldness cream with such an advertisement?

2.     Suggesting Content

Another take would be to simply show potential buyers what they are in fact buying. Here are some of the more truthful ads, showcasing usefulness not just glamour:

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And how clever is it to actually have a business card that explains exactly what you do?

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Some would say a bit macabre (how do children react?) Well they just play with the halved pidgeons.

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The best ad, however, is the perfect caption, and Durex certainly dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s with this one.

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3.     Captions or Use of Words

Ads are not always dependent on creative actors, beautiful models or perfectly chosen locations: some companies choose to work with artists who reinvent something as simple as lettering. Here is a concept we found fresh and unique:

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4.     Christmas- Is there a Better Time to Advertise?

The consumer driven society we live in pretty much dictates when and where people will spend their money, and during Christmas or other such enormous holidays, advertisers can’t wait to create the perfect opportunities for bringing in more money.

For instance, being together during the holidays:

1.-British-Airways

Or advice to heed when consuming their product:

6.-Heineken

And where would the Christmas decorations hang if not on the tree?

11.-Stihl

Another company that has tied its image to Christmas forever thanks to the clever people managing their advertising department. I mean, why should Saint Nick not be red and white?

14.-Coca-Cola-Santa

French Fries also make for absolutely beautiful Christmas trees- incorporating that in an ad seemed like the only logical thing to do.

15.-McDonalds

Whether you are aware of the way your choices are influenced by advertising or not, never doubt that the ones creating them know exactly what they want to sell and who they want to sell it to. An interesting thing to keep in mind while deciding which chu-chu train to buy the next time you go Christmas shopping.