Incredible Facts about the Human Body

Isn’t the human body a marvellous and slightly scary thing? If you don’t agree then these facts about it might help you change your mind.

2 Swimming Pools of Saliva

Saliva and Incredible Facts about the Human Body

Have you ever stopped to consider the amount of saliva your body produces? All of that saliva is needed for you to taste food, as a completely dry food wouldn’t allow you to dissolve food in order to taste it. Anyway, if you decided to somehow pour all of that saliva into a couple of swimming pools instead of dissolving food with it then, hey, you could fill them both during your lifetime. Wouldn’t that be cool? Swimming in your own saliva might kind of make up for never ever tasting any food.

Boil Water with Your Body

Incredible Facts about the Human Body

Ever had problems boiling water in your kettle? Why not try using your body instead? It is said that it would only 30 for the heat given off a human body to bring a gallon of water to the boil. That seems like a long time to wait for a cup of tea but I guess you would need it after all that.

Brain Bigger than an Encyclopaedia

Brain and Incredible Facts about the Human Body

There is no encyclopaedia in the world that holds more information than your brain can hold. For example, the National Archives of Britain contains 9 centuries of history and in computer terms uses 70 terabytes of storage space. Your brain is estimated to have storage space of up to maybe 1,000 terabytes, although some miserable souls claim that it is a lot lower.

Babies Have More Bones

Bones and Incredible Facts about the Human Body

Would be surprised to learn that a baby has more bones than an adult? Sure you would. When we are born our body contains over 300 bones but as we grow many of them fuse together. This means that by the time we are adults we have little more than 200 bones.

The Fastest Growing Nail

Fingernails and Incredible Facts about the Human Body

The nails on your hands grow faster than the nails on your feet but which one of them is the fastest of them all? I can now reveal that it is the nail of the middle finger of your dominant hand that grows quicker than any other. It seems that the longer a finger is the faster the nail on it will grow.

We All Have Some Gold in Us

Gold and Incredible Facts about the Human Body

Each of us has a very small amount of gold inside us, around 0.2 milligrams. Most of it is in our blood but you would need to get the blood of thousands of people in order to get enough of the yellow stuff to make even a small coin. Interestingly, the most abundant source of gold on Earth is the sea, where it is estimated that 10 million tons of gold is located.

Shorter at Night

Spine and Incredible Facts about the Human Body

Have you ever measured yourself last thing at night and then first thing in the morning? Maybe you should. We each shrink between 1 and 1 ½ cm each day, a height loss that is recovered at night. The reason for this is that our spinal discs are compressed by our daytime activities such as walking and sitting down. When we lie down to sleep they recover their original size again.

You Can Dissolve Razorblades

Razorblades and Incredible Facts about the Human Body

The acid that is in your stomach is so strong that it can dissolve even those sturdy potato dumplings my aunt used to torture us with. Slightly more impressively, it can also dissolve razorblades, although you shouldn’t try this at home. To be fair, I wouldn’t recommend the potato dumplings either.

10 of the Most Expensive Watches in the World

Here at ThisBlogRlues we’re interested in all kinds of luxury products. The more expensive, the better. Unfortunately, we cannot afford to buy them, but seeing them and knowing they exist makes us feel better. In a previous post we’ve showed you the most expensive Barbie dolls ever sold and now we want to share with you 10 of the most expensive watches in the world. Made of Diamonds, gold or white gold, these watches do more than telling the exact time, they are real works of art. Here they are:

10 .Cartier Secret – $2.75 Million

cartier secret luxury watch

One of the most expensive watches in the world is the Cartier Secret. This splendor of a watch is made of pure 18 carats white gold and plated with rhodium. That’s not all; this watch also has a 3.53 carat diamond and it’s covered in 3010 cut diamonds. A watch that costs as much as a house must be something, right?

9. Patek Philippe, Model 2523, 1953 Heures Universelles – $2.9 Million

Patek Philippe, Model 2523, 1953 Heures Universelles

This splendid timepiece is a favorite among the richest people in the world. It’s made of 18 carat gold and a polychrome and enamel dial that resembles the North American continent. These feature make it one of the most expensive watches in the world. We wouldn’t mind getting this for next Christmas, right?

8. Piaget Emperador Temple – $3.3 Million

piaget emperador temple luxury watch

If you thought the previous Patek Philippe watch was an expensive watch, wait until you hear about this next one. The Piaget Emperador Temple is made of 481 brilliant diamonds, 207 cut diamonds and an emerald cut diamond. With all these diamonds one might wonder, where is the watch hidden?

7. Patek Philippe – 1928 Single Button Chronograph – $3.6 Million

Patek-Philippe-1928-Single-Button Chronograph Watch

Patek Philippe is known for making some of the most expensive watches in the world and this one’s no exception. The 1928 Single Button Chronograph model is made of 18 carat white gold and pure silver.

6. Patek Philippe – Platinum World Time – $4.3 Million

Patek Philippe – Platinum World Time

Another Patek Philippe watch on our list, this time the Platinum World Time model, which was first created in 1939. This watch winds itself and it’s beyond stylish. It stands as one of the most expensive watches in the world and some say that it was the first watch to ever go on the moon.

5. Louis Moinet Meteoris – $4.6 Million

Louis Moinet Meteoris

One of the things that make this watch super special and very expensive is that it contains pieces of asteroids and meteorites in it. Who wouldn’t want a watch with ancient asteroids in it? But that comes with a very high price: this Louis Moinet watch called the Meteoris costs $4.6 Million.

4. Hublot Diamond -$5 Million

Hublot Diamond luxury watch

When talking about the most expensive watches in the world we must mention the Hublot Diamond. This beautiful piece of jewelry-watch contains more than 1000 diamonds and 18 carat pure white gold. Imagine inheriting this from a rich, distant relative.

3. Patek Philippe 1527 – $5.6 Million

Patek Philippe 1527

We should have named our list “the most expensive Patek Philippe watches” because we sure mention them a lot today. This $5.6 Million watch was made in 1943 and is made of 18 carat gold, with a silver dial. It’s a vintage piece with features like the Chronograph, a moon phase display and a perpetual calendar.

2. Patek Philippe Super Complication – 11 Million

Patek Philippe Super Complication luxury watch

Again, another Patek Philippe watch on our list. This one is made of 18 carat gold and some say it took 5 years to design and manufacture it.

1. Chopard 201 Carat – $25 Million

Chopard 201 Carat luxury watch

One of the most expensive watches in the world and the most exquisite one is the Chopard 201 Carat. It’s made of a 12 carat diamond, a 15 carat pink diamond, another 11 carat white diamond and a 163 carat yellow diamond. At $25 million, this Chopard watch is the most expensive watch in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Weird Uncomfortable Designs to Try

We are all used to nice furniture and really comfortable objects that we can use in our everyday life like kitchen appliances, chairs, sofas, shoes or tables. We have a clear idea of how a house should look like, or how our beds should feel like. But sometimes these objects are not so well designed, making utility seem a secondary purpose. So here are 10 weird uncomfortable designs that will definitely raise an eyebrow.

1. This fat house

weird uncomfortable designs

This is designed by Austrian-born artist Erwin Wurm. His humorous projects are known all over the world. The fat house is one obese house, which, because of its puffy looks, wonders if she is really a house. The culturally shaped ideas of normalcy are obviously criticized here and for this the fat house sculpture is an ingenious move.

2. This wine glass

weird uncomfortable designs

How uncomfortable does that look like? A lot, we may say. In her The Uncomfortable series, artist Katerina Kamprani makes a clear statement about how taken for granted are all the objects that surround us. Her mental and visual experiments are extremely creative.

3.  This telephone

weird uncomfortable designs

This won’t make you want to call your friends, unless you’re a fitness freak. This uncomfortable telephone is the work of Gabriel Cifarelli, an Italian artist. On the second thought, this is exactly what it looks like, an artsy piece you would probably only use to decorate your bohemian interior, but never to use.

4.  This depressing bowl

weird uncomfortable designs

This is another design you can use to joke around at the expense of your friends. Unless they have a very lousy sense of humor. This one is designed also by Katerina Kamprani.

 

5. These cigarettes

weird uncomfortable designs

A must item in our list of weird uncomfortable designs are these cigarettes. Whoever did that is either a very sadistic human being, or just a good anti-smoking designer. We would very much like to cure our smoker friends using them. We’re sure we will not succeed, but at least we’ll have a good a laugh.

6. This clock

weird uncomfortable designs

Sometimes designers have a way of making their created objects all about visuals and almost nothing about functionality. The whole point of looking at a watch is to rapidly assess you time. But this designer clock is far from this. This piece is called Obligatory Designer Clock, by artist Saikat Biswas. We still don’t know how it works, but apparently is a piece to have and stare at it in blunt admiration.

7.  This alarm clock

weird uncomfortable designs

This looks like our worst nightmare. If this doesn’t give you a heart attack, it will definitely be the most unpleasant start for your day. As many other artists, its creator, artist Dominic Wilcox, tries to make ordinary safe objects look uncomfortable to test the limit of how we perceive the normality of useful appliances.

8.  This salt & pepper set

weird uncomfortable designs

The set is actually something Boston Warehouse sells, and it also looks a little bit gross. We don’t know why, but we feel like you’re going to eat those ants as well, not only the salt and pepper.  Imagine uncovering the blanket from over your picnic basket and seeing those little creatures laying there, aside your food. That sounds quite fun, actually, almost like a good prank.

9.  This toothbrush

weird uncomfortable designs

That would easily become number one cause for teeth decay. This design from Dominic Wilcox is so funny and hard to handle for quite few reasons: hard to grab, hard to deposit, easy to be mistaken with a toy. But if you look closer, this is actually fun: they are maracas as well, so you can remove your plaque and sing as well.

10. This bottle

weird uncomfortable designs

Coming again from Dominic Wilcox, this booze bottle looks like is taken straight from an AAA document guide.  That or it might as well be your strategy to safeguard your precious drink.

With that we end our list of weird uncomfortable designs. Can you think of any other similar objects?

 

 

 

 

 

5 Upcoming Xbox One Games

What does one do after buying one of the fanciest game consoles available on the market? One must get the fanciest games to go with that. The bad news is that there are so many games out there and you cannot really buy them all (although that would be awesome). Thus, one needs to make a thorough selection and choose only the best ones. And by best we mean super exciting, super looking and super engaging. Let us look at some of the most exciting upcoming Xbox One games, shall we? Our selection will please everyone, we guarantee it.

1. Skylanders: Trap Team

Once you’ve bought yourself the latest generation of game console you need to have a game that will measure up. We believe that the new game from Skylanders called Trap Team will satisfy even the most pretentious of players. Do you remember last year’s Skylanders Swap Force? The new one is even better. It comes with better visuals and exclusive content for all you die-hard fans out there. With the new Trap Team game you will be able to trap the bad dudes in-game in something called Traptanium. The creators of the new game say that the Skylanders gaming experience will be as exciting as ever but enhanced with plenty of new features. We can hardly wait to get our hands on one of the best upcoming Xbox One games. We foresee hours and hours of playing… Skylanders: Trap Team will hit the stores on October 5. Meanwhile you can pre-order it from here.

2. Alien: Isolation

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m a huge Alien movies fan. I loved them all and still hoping (praying) for a new one. Until then I will have to quench my thirst with some Alien games. But being a huge fan, I’m pretty picky about any games that might come under this name. Last one, Alien: Colonial Marines was not my favorite, and that’s putting it mildly. It didn’t bring anything new to the franchise and it had some bad controls. It’s not the worst game I’ve ever played but it’s mediocre. So that’s why I’m pretty reluctant about the new Alien: Isolation. From what I’ve seen and heard so far, it’s supposed to be more on the survival mode, rather than action, which is fine with me. The trailers look really creepy so I’m guessing it won’t be that bad. Alien: Isolation is scheduled to be released on October 7.

3. The Evil Within

One of the most anticipated upcoming Xbox One games is The Evil Within. Real gamers might recognize the name Shinji Mikami, as the master mind behind super games like Resident Evil 4 and Shadow of the Damned. Yup, this guy really knows how to scare the bejesus out of us and The Evil Within is no exception. From the trailers, this game looks dark, bloody and super scary, just the way we like them. The Evil Within will be released on October 14.

4. The Walking Dead

Being a fan of The Walking Dead TV series I was super excite to hear that they will be making a game version of it. Now they’ve announced a new season and I’m dying to get my hands on a copy. The new season of The Walking Dead will be released on October 14.

5. Assassin’s Creed: Unity

Assassin’s Creed fans rejoice! The new game is called Unity and will be set in France, Ubisoft announced. I’m just wondering what historical figure will they feature? Marie Antoinette? Louis XVI? We’ll wait and see. The game will be released on October 28.

What do you think of the upcoming Xbox One Games? Anything in particular you’re looking forward to play?

 

 

Top 5 of the Most Expensive Barbie Dolls On the Planet

For many girls (and boys) the Barbie doll isn’t just a regular plastic toy. I remember when I got my first Barbie: it was for my 7th birthday and it was exactly the one I wanted. Many years have passed since then and my Barbie is still one of the most precious belongings I have. Barbie is a cultural icon and people spend thousands of dollars on “special edition” Barbies. There are collectible Barbie dolls that cost a fortune.  If you ever wondered about the most expensive Barbie dolls on the planet, check out our list:

1. Stefano Canturi Barbie – $632,000

That’s right ladies and gentleboys, this Barbie costs more than half million dollars. What’s so special about this rare doll you might ask? When Mattel wanted to launch the Barbie Basics Australian collection, they asked Stefano Canturi (a famous jewelry designer) to help make it special. And special it was. What makes this doll one of the most expensive Barbie dolls in the world is that it wears a necklace made out of a rare one carat pink diamond. Surrounding the pink diamonds are several other smaller three carats white diamonds. And that’s not all. This Barbie is also wearing a diamond ring on her glued-together fingers. Stefano Canturi has personally designed all the jewelry in his famous Cubism style. The most expensive Barbie in the world was unveiled in 2010 at the Australian Fashion Week and “blinded” everyone attending with its diamond shine. Shine bright like a diamond…

2.  The Diamond Castle Barbie – $95,000

In 2008 Barbie starred in Barbie and the Diamond Castle, a computer animation feature film. Although the movie wasn’t a hit, the producers thought it would help promoting it if they made a very expensive Barbie doll. And they did. This Barbie doll’s dress was encrusted with no less than 315 real diamonds. Talk about an expensive glittery experience. Unfortunately, this super expensive Barbie didn’t help with the movie’s promotion. Well, at least it entered our top list of the most expensive Barbie dolls in the world. Better than nothing, right?

3. The De Beers Barbie – $85,000

In 1999, when Barbie celebrated its 40th anniversary, famous jewelry company De Beers wanted to make a very special doll. Barbie was unveiled wearing a belt encrusted with more than 150 real diamonds and white gold jewelry.

4. The First Barbie Doll Ever – $8,000

The first Barbie doll was released in 1959. As you can see, it looked much different that it looks today. It had holes in its heels, white irises, blue eye shadow and black outlines. The eyebrows were arched, unlike the modern Barbies which have rounded eyebrows. The first edition of Barbie dolls were blonde and brunette. Back then they cost $3 and now you can get one for $8,000. If your Barbie has holes in the bottom of the feet it means you are a lucky owner of a first edition model. In a few years it will cost double so keep it safe.

5. The Lorraine Schwartz Barbie – $7,500

Lorraine Schwartz is a famous American diamond and jewelry designer whose works have been worn by many celebrities including Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lopez Beyonce and Hale Berry. One of the most expensive Barbie dolls in the world is dressed in a $25,000 diamonds encrusted dress. Although this Barbie was worth more than $25,000, it was sold at an auction for only $7,500. We might add she or he is one lucky Barbie aficionado.

We really hope you enjoyed our top 5 of the most expensive Barbie dolls ever sold. For us, Barbie lovers, these dolls are priceless, right?