7 Stuff Women Carry in their Handbags

A friend in need is a friend indeed, that’s what they say. Well women could better identify with the saying: a hand in need is a hand indeed, or something like this, as they carry all sorts of strange stuff in their handbags. The interesting thing is that they don’t usually carry tons of junk just for themselves, but keep it there in case somebody might be in need at a certain point. Motherhood is in their genes, what can I say. So let’s find out some of the crazy, apparently useless 7 stuff women carry in their handbags.

According to a recent survey, among the things one can find inside a woman’s handbag, one can usually find screwdrivers, sex toys or spare knickers. Common stuff includes keys, tampons, pens, tissues, medication, make-up, chewing gum and snacks. But hold on for the really hard stuff.

1.     A hammer

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You never know when you come across a stubborn nail or a stubborn male. You must have a knockout tool at hand to solve the problem, mustn’t you? Things need to be mended wherever you go and relying on men for help is supposedly a bad decision, in spite of everything.

2.     Vampire voodoo doll

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Well this one goes without saying. Women are sentimental beings, and their loved ones need a bit of nail digging from time to time, just to remind them they are alive. So if your girlfriend or wife carries something like this in her bag, it means she definitely thinks of you all the time.

3.     Confetti or balloons

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You never know when something calls for a little celebration. That’s why many women are always prepared to make someone’s day. So a hefty plastic bag full of confetti is just the thing for that. Some of them carry both confetti and balloons as a reminder of a past happy event in their life. These are therefore more like a sample of past happiness. The balloon that the love of your life once bloated, or a sample of the confetti used on their wedding day.

4.     Piano tuning fork

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This one exceeds my imagination, as piano tuning forks have been found in handbags that didn’t belong to musicians. Some of them probably use them for eating, as emergency forks, due to their increased resistance. Maybe you can help me figure this one out.

5.     Tarot cards

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When finding some answers is what you are looking for, try carrying a pair of tarot cards with you by any means. They probably use them while going to the supermarket to help them decide between the frozen chicken and the rabbit. Women have a different connection with the Universe, that’s for sure.

6.     Child’s hair sample

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For all the times he’s away for college or just outside the house, building a snowman. Women need to recall the days when their child was all theirs.

air, 7.     Weight scale

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They never know when they’ve gained a few ounces. It’s super fast and easy to use. There’s plenty of time later to think about scoliosis. They just take it out of their Marry Poppins bag and use it whenever they feel the urge to monitor their weight. This is far more important than the issues related to world hunger.

“A woman’s handbag is an extension of who she is and helps her facilitate the numerous roles she plays in the 21st century,” said Australian style commentator Kathryn Eisman. She seems to play all the roles, I’d add. “What a woman keeps in her handbag is a reflection of their life and women who are on the go need to be organized.”

What a waste of their time!

7 of the World’s Strangest Museums

When it comes to traveling, visiting museums is basically the main interest. You take your most practical shoes out of the closet and start walking and walking and walking, until your knees go stiff. But the mirage of discovering unique cultures apart from our own is always rewarding. If an unconventional visiting trip is what you are looking for, maybe some stranger museums would be your cup of tea. So let’s take a look at 7 of the world’s strangest museums.

1. Parasite Museum, Tokyo

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A visit to Japan, Tokyo’s Meguro Parasitological Museum can change the way you generally see parasites forever. Probably because it offers you the unique occasion to actually take a look at what crawls on your inside and outside. This research facility is the only one in the world that invites guests inside to explore exhibits on parasites and their life cycles with over 300 actual specimens on display. The piece de resistance is a 30-foot tapeworm pulled out of a woman who had reportedly picked it up eating sushi. It has no entrance fee whatsoever, so there’s more to spend on posters with intestinal parasites.

2. Museum of Funeral Carriages, Barcelona

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The vehicles used to transport the deceased have always intrigued many due to their unusual energy, but they definitely have grandeur, as you can simply witness by exploring the Funeral Carriage Museum in Barcelona, Spain.  The exhibit consists of 13 beautiful funeral carriages and six coaches that were used to transport departed citizens to their eternal resting place.

3. Phallus Museum, Reykjavik

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According to its website, it houses more than 215 penises and penile parts belonging to almost all the land and sea mammals found in Iceland. Ranging from displays of blue whale members to those from mice and shrews, the museum also has a section on folklore with examples it claims are from elves, trolls and sea monsters.

4. Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, New Delhi

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Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak offers a unique perspective regarding the history of toilets for the past 4,500 years. It underlines the historic evolution of the toilet and looks at how toilets vary around the world.

5. The Garbage Museum, Stratford

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The Garbage Museum features a huge dinosaur made from a ton of trash, which is the average amount produced per year by a single person. Visitors can gain unique perspective on Connecticut’s garbage by walking through a giant compost pile and following the recycling process from start to finish. In other words this goes out to the ecologist in you. It’s rather educational for kids, who can actually learn what garbage is, how much it actually is, and how one can help save the world. Go Planet!

6. The Museum of Human Disease, Sydney

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The Museum of Human Disease offers a bird’s eye view on a huge variety of diseases as well as their effects on the human body. It’s the best way to understand death in a unique perspective due to the fact that you can take part dissection workshops or explore some of the large number of vital organs on display. It is a somewhat successful attempt to explain the phenomenon of death in an unusual, yet practical manner.

7. Leila’s Hair Museum, Independence

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The Hair Museum proves that hair can be used when creating works of art. It contains thousands of wreaths and various creative jewelry pieces made out of real human hair, very popular in the Victorian period. There are also multiple pieces containing hair from famous people, including the likes of Queen Victoria.

The thing is that you can find museums on almost everything. An accurate city guide is the right thing to carry in your pocket in case you decide you want to see something else rather than the classical British Museum or The Louvre. Happy travelling!

The 7 Strangest Wedding Traditions That Defy Evolution

The 7 Strangest Wedding Traditions That Defy Evolution

Weddings are not only about joy and cuteness as we can all imagine. However the terror isn’t about the bride’s panic attacks, or the groom’s constantly having second thoughts. It’s about the pressure coming from tradition. Some habits are really strange and seem extremely ridiculous in today’s world. But people seem to cling to them in spite of all evolutionary barriers. Here are the 7 strangest wedding traditions that defy evolution.

#7. The South Korean Balaka

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Smelly fishy men feet are among the most appealing things ever. Especially for women to sense and discover! According to the South Korean tradition, friends of the groom beat the bottom of the groom’s bare feet with a smelly fish called Yellow corvine on the night of his wedding. His ankles are tied with a knot. It is believed that this will make the groom stronger before the first marriage night. Sometimes a stick is also used, to increase the pain. But nowadays it has become a subject for infinite fun.

#6. The Indian Marrying a Tree

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Indian women, who are unfortunate enough to be born when Saturn and Mars are both under the astrological 7th house, are known as Manglicks. And Manglicks are supposedly cursed to have their marriage end in their husband’s death. In order to break this curse they must be married first to a tree, which is destroyed afterwards.

#5. The Chinese Inspecting a Baby Chick’s Liver

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The liver of a poor baby chick holds the secret to a happy marriage. Fair enough! So as the couple is about to set their wedding date, the two, sharing the same knife, slice open a chick to inspect its liver. A healthy liver means they can set a date and the marriage will flourish. Otherwise they just have to keep trying until they find a healthy one. Poor chickens!

#4. The Swedish Kissing Party

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During Swedish weddings, whenever the bride or the groom have to use the toilet, the other gets frantic kisses. So I suppose the best solution would be for both of them to have to use the bathroom at the same time. Otherwise every one at that wedding kisses the remaining one.

#3. The French Trashy Time

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This is a very unusual tradition considering the French, who are very delicate individuals. Well bare in mind the fact that a toilet drinking tradition is what lifts their spirits after the wedding party is over. The friends of the newly-weds collect all of the leftovers, bits of trash, and anything else they deem to be sufficiently gross within a toilet bowl that they would then force the bride and groom to drink out of. Apparently the trash is replaced with chocolate nowadays, but still… Drinking out of a toilet? What for?

#2. The Scottish Blakening the Bride

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For Scotland’s tradition of blackening of the bride, which has expanded to now include the groom, absolutely anything goes. It is a cure for humiliation that the couple is believed to have to face at some point in their lives. They are covered in anything that could cross your mind, from sushi, to sour milk, flour, dirt, garbage, or rotting food and are then publicly laughed at. Well at least this goes on prior to the wedding.

#1. Tidong tribe No Toilet Ritual

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In Tidong community in Northern Borneo newly married couples are not allowed to empty their bowels or urinating for three days and nights, under any circumstances. It is believed that if they fail to do so, it will bring bad luck. Before the process the couple is starved and given little water. To ensure that they adhere to the rules, close family members guard their bathroom around the clock. It is believed that if they can go through this 72-hour ordeal, they can cope with anything together.

So pick your favorite and go ahead with it. All of them are funny, but discouraging I’d say. I must admit I could never complete #1. Never!

10 Strangely Enchanting Food Combinations

10 Strange Food Combinations That Will Enchant Your Senses

When it comes to strange food combinations, people seem very inventive, indeed. But some of them are really worthwhile. So in case you are bored of the classical stuff and need spicing up your life, here they are: 10 strangely enchanting food combinations for your senses!

1. Vanilla ice cream + Balsamic vinegar

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When in comes to Italians, anything goes with a sprinkle of balsamic vinegar. And I really mean ANYTHING. So this first combination here was their idea, but one worth dying for. It seems vanilla ice cream, or any other derivation, such as Mc. Sundaes, milkshakes or vanilla frappes are incredibly tasty when combined wit        h a bit of balsamic vinegar.

2. Vanilla ice cream+ French fries

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There’s just something about this strange combination, which is probably the most common food oddity on the planet. Every youngster ends up dipping the French fries into the vanilla ice cream dessert while eating out with the family. It may be weird at first, but after that first dip of your fry in your ice cream or shake, you will be doing it every time you’re out at your favorite diner.

3. Cayenne pepper + Mango

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Cayenne pepper is known to somehow enhance all the fruity aromas. It actually goes well wit every fruit salad, or lemonade. But when you mix it with mango, it’s incredible!

4. Viennese schnitzel + Blueberry jam

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Meat and jam definitely have a je ne sais quoi when blended together inside our mouths. We all know the traditional meatballs and jam, but the crunchy Viennese schnitzel dipped in blueberry jam is a match made in Heaven!

5. Caviar + White chocolate flakes

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When it comes to this one, you might as well take the white chocolate bar and give it a try, but if you want to seem posh, try them with the flakes. Chocolate and caviar work incredibly well together because they both contain high levels of amines, which contribute to the delicious flavors we find in cooked meat and cheeses. You can definitely find this one in fancy restaurants menus.

6. Peanut butter + Mayo

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I wonder if there’s something on this planet that doesn’t mix well with peanut butter. This is definitely not the case when in comes to Mayo. But then again I wonder if there’s something on this planet that doesn’t go well with mayo… Hmmm… so take the 2 probably most delicious foods on this planet and mix them, probably on a nicely toasted piece of bread. I’m already drooling here.

7. Peanut butter + Bacon

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Our all time favourite again, the peanut butter, this time mixed with the traditional bacon. You can have it as you like, either fried or raw. They won’t let you down, I promise.

8. Melon + Prosciutto

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We also have to thank the Italians for this one. Melon and prosciutto are the best things ever when combined.  You should try this recipe out: put the melon inside your blender, than add cayenne pepper, apple cider vinegar and salt. Mix them together and add prosciutto slices when you serve the previously obtained mix. It’s de-li-cious!

9. Dark chocolate + Parmesan cheese

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These two foods have been tested over and over again and they pair perfectly! Pairing the not so sweet dark chocolate with the nutty, tangy Parmesan cheese is pure genius. There are some dark chocolate bars that are even being sold already stuffed with Parmesan cheese! Another desert that God Himself would find hard to resist!

10. Strawberries + Balsamic vinegar

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Yes, balsamic vinegar again! But this time sprinkled on strawberries, as the best replacement for chocolate syrup or sugar or whatever you usually prefer. The sweet-tart combination is absolutely delicious!

So you have some serious tasting to do. In case you don’t find my suggestions too repugnant, give them a chance. They’ve been mind blowing since forever!

5 Teas With Magical Properties

5 Teas With Magical Properties

What’s in a tea? Well, hundreds of benefits are hidden within this coloured water that not so many people are particularly fond of. Summer is a great time to take up this wonderful habit, by creating the most appealing ice teas and thus benefiting from their magical powers. These 5 teas with magical properties are definitely worth the try.

What few of us know is the fact that the word “tea” is correctly used for the following types only: green tea, black tea, white tea, oolong tea, and pu-erh tea. The rest should simply be referred to as infusions. The five kinds are all derived from the Camellia sinensis plant, a shrub native to China and India, and contain unique antioxidants called flavonoids. They all protect against free radicals that can contribute to cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries. Oolong and black teas are oxidized or fermented, so they have lower concentrations of flavonoids than green tea, but nevertheless their antioxidising power is still high.

I. Green tea makes you smart and slim

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Green tea is supposedly the healthiest beverage on our planet. It contains more than just plain caffeine. Apart from the fact that it produces a response without causing the “jittery” effects associated with too much caffeine, it also has the amino acid L-theanine, which increases the activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA, which has anti-anxiety effects. It also increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in the brain.

In other words, these two components mixed together are particularly capable of improving overall brain function.

Apart from making you smart, your drinking at least three cups of green tea a day is recommended to raise the body’s metabolic rate. It is believed that the catechins found in it increase the production of heat within the body, which is related to burning calories. These compounds may inhibit certain chemicals in the brain, thus prolonging this process.

II. Black tea makes your teeth healthy

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Black tea was proved to reduce plaque formation as well as restricting bacteria growth that promotes the formation of cavities and tooth decays. The flavonoids found in black tea kill and surpass cavity bacteria as well as inhibit the growth of bacterial enzymes that form along with that sticky white thing on our teeth that attracts plaque like a magnet.

III. White tea keeps your bones healthy

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White tea’s antioxidants and anti-aging properties not only protect and help reverse damaged skin, but a regular intake of white tea can improve bone density and strength, and may provide a natural relief from the symptoms of osteoporosis.

IV. Oolong tea makes your skin look healthy and young

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According to the Tea Association of the United States, oolong tea falls somewhere between green and black teas, as its leaves are only partially oxidized.

Patients diagnosed with eczema are recommended to drink 3 cups of oolong tea per the day. The beneficial results of oolong tea are likely to be seen in less than a week in these patients. All oolong tea drinkers show remarkable improvement in their skin.

Keep in mind that despite its miraculous effects, oolong tea tends to be very high in caffeine, which is not the healthiest component of this beverage. So if a healthy skin is your aim, try not to exaggerate and drink more than 3 cups a day.

V. Pu-erh tea is the best hangover cure

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In traditional Chinese herbalism, pu-erh tea is considered to open the meridians and warm the spleen and stomach. It helps digestion and cleans your blood. It is often consumed after heavy meals or drunk as a hangover cure or preventative.

The microbial aging of pu-erh tea can result in the production of lovastatin, a natural statin that is used to lower levels of bad cholesterol such as LDL. One study found that the longer this type of tea was aged, the more statin was produced.

 

So drink up! It is recommended to have a slightly hot cup of tea every time you feel hot, and your body’s temperature will return to its regular value.