3 Skin Mites That Will Raise Your Paranoia

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Have you ever wondered why you sometimes feel a slight itchiness of your skin at night or any time of the day, despite the fact that a true skin parasite would always chose darkness instead of light? Well an itch is never an itch, according to sources that know all about who lives on our skin, how it lives there and how happy this guest is throughout his entire existence. So here you have 3 skin mites that will raise your paranoia!

Basically skin parasites drink blood or ear your skin. Thank God they cannot usually do both! They are so small that no one can see them. Some species are living under your skin, whereas many are just crawling on it. Some parasites can complete their whole life cycles in humans. But many live outside the body and return every time they are hungry. Skin parasites can live on the skin or under it as an egg, larva, nymph or plain adult stage.

Say Hello To the Dermodex Mite

Demodex folliculorum (SEM)

Demodex mite is a human parasite found inside around the pilo-sebaceous units. Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis are the two types found on humans. Demodex infestation is usually asymptomatic and may cause problems only when present in high densities and because of immune imbalance as well. They usually cause a type of acne also known as Rosacea.

The most interesting thing about them is their lifestyle. These 8-legged creatures (an arachnid) ectoparasite (living on the surface of the host) crawl around the face at night, feeding from oil and skin cells. They have no anus, so they have to eventually explode inside your hair follicles, which are their home. They also reproduce on the face skin, during the night. The typical Demodex life cycle is usually 2 to 3 weeks. A female lays 15 to 20 eggs inside the hair follicle. The eggs develop into larvae, which eventually become an adult .The male Demodex mite will leave the follicle in search of a mate, while the adult female mite remains there waiting. These mites are capable of walking approximately 10 mm/h.

Human Scabies and the deadly itchiness

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The Sarcoptes scabei attack the thin skin between the fingers, the bend of the elbow and knee, the penis, breasts, and the shoulder blades. The mites drill into the skin, making tunnels up to 0.1 inches long. After a while a rash appears in the area of the burrows and extremely intense itching is experienced. These mites are also small 8-legged parasites, just 1/3 millimeter long. They can only live off of a host body for 24-36 hours under most conditions. Transmission of the mites involves close person-to-person contact. Moreover sexual physical contact can also transmit the disease.

The female mite adheres to the skin using suckers on her legs and burrows into the skin, where she immediately lays her oval eggs. Afterwards they hatch into larvae and begin moving freely over the skin. Soon they turn into nymphs, reaching maturity 10 to 14 days after hatching.

The Screwworm is taking advantage of your open wounds

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The Cochliomyia hominivorax is a horrible parasite. Its adult form resembles a common housefly. But the dreadful aspect of it all is the fact that the adult female fly spends her time seeking out hosts that have open wounds. The fly will lay hundreds of eggs along the edge of the wound. After several hours, the eggs hatch and larvae, called maggots, emerge. The maggots initially feed in the wounds but then invade healthy tissue, too. Screwworm maggots have toxic saliva, which promotes infection of wounds and production of foul-smelling pus. This attracts other species of flies that normally feed only on dead animals. The host animal becomes sick, stops eating, and dies unless treated.

These are just 3 of them. I’ll stop here, as sometimes it’s better to know less in order to avoid sheer paranoia. As far as mites and parasites are concerned, paranoia is likely to develop. They are just disgusting, aren’t they? So, ladies and gentlemen, start itching!

7 Traditional Ice Cream Recipes Worth Dying For

7 Ice Cream Recipes Worth Dying For

Now that the weather is warmer, well at least theoretically, we’re beginning to feel obsessed over frozen treats. Ice cream is universal, indeed! From the French sorbets, to the Turkish dondurma and Indian smooth and locally flavored ice cream, taking a world tour just to try as many as you can sounds like the perfect plan. So here they are: 7 traditional ice cream recipes worth dying for!

Who was behind this brilliant idea?

Well is appears that the Chinese elite used to really enjoy their frozen desserts about 4,000 years ago. It all began with frozen syrups, but as they became hooked, they invented a method that could make ice cream before the invention of any refrigerator: “They poured a mixture of snow and saltpeter over the exteriors of containers filled with syrup, for, in the same way as salt raises the boiling-point of water, it lowers the freezing-point to below zero,” according to the History of Food, by Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat. The Persians enjoyed it big time as well. And finally, when the Arabs invaded Sicily in the 8th century, the obsession was passed on.

The ice cream recipe was brought to North America in 1744 by Scottish colonists. Nowadays Americans and Australians are the most dedicated ice cream eaters in the world, but nevertheless almost every country enjoys it and adapts it to local culinary inclinations.

Strange, strange flavors, but yet so appealing…

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India’s kulfi is very dense and somewhat granular due to a mix of condensed milk, sugar and exotic flavors like saffron and cardamom. Its particularly dense texture resembles custard and it is a consequence of the milk being boiled down to a thick liquid.

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Turkey’s stretchy ice cream is definitely unique. This ice cream called dondurma has a similar pliability to taffy. And the sellers always make a show when you pass by. It is made with salep, which is ground orchid root, a substance that gives the ice cream a curious elasticity.

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Israel’s halva ice cream will raise your blood sugar to its peaks. As some of you may have heard, or even tried, halva is very sweet, yet irresistibly tasteful. It’s a simple treat made from sesame seeds mashed into a sugar-and-honey paste.

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Japan’s mochi is definitely something else. It’s good old ice cream mixed with mochi (a rice cake made of mochigome, a short-grain rice). Actually the ice cream is wrapped in mochi, which is dusted with cornstarch on the outside. You should try the green tea and red bean flavors.

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Tuscany’s olive oil gelato is made, according to its name, using olive olive oil along with cheese, seasonal fruit and grapes. It’s the creamiest ice cream you’ll ever taste! Italians are very fond of their natural resources and they like to make everything with ingredients bought from their local providers using their traditional products, and this gelato is the perfect example of the efficient Italian cooking.

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Germany’s spaghetti-ice is a 1960 invention that basically puts vanilla ice cream through a potato or meat ricer. The resulting spaghetti dish is topped with strawberry jam, which serves as tomato sauce and coconut flakes or white chocolate shavings that stand for the Parmesan cheese.

Save the best for last

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Dear reader, here’s something special for you. In case you don’t have a sweet tooth, think again. There’s something called Creamed Cod Ice Cream and it can be eaten at George’s Portobello Fish Bar in London. It looks just like the hot and traditional Fish&Chips, London’s pride dish, but instead of steaming fried fish, it’s actually vanilla ice cream coated with a pepper-vanilla batter and then deep-fried. The chips you see in the picture above are made from potato ice cream. This is definitely a taste to remember.

All you need is sun and an empty stomach. Bon appetit!

0 Reasons to Go Back to Black

When it comes to toilet paper, the modern world is definitely back to black. In case you didn’t know this, well, people of quality are looking to use the ultimate thing: black toilet paper. Here are some tips and facts on why some people use it. You can laugh out as much as you wish, but deep down inside it’s impossible for you not to be absolutely mesmerized by its hypnotizing aspect.

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Sensuality in a toilet paper roll?

“Elegant, sophisticated, rebellious, alternative and eternally fashionable, black has become virtually synonymous with chic and style. But while this color is often present in avant-garde creative work, no one has ever dared to use it for toilet paper until now. Black in the loo, how chic and sophisticated can you get?” Come again?

This is actually the Renova press release as they launched their absurdly expensive black toilet paper. In other words, baby blue, pink and peach are so yesterday! Renova’s been providing US customers us with black finesse since 2006.

Here are the Renova Black Toilet Paper Specifications: Very soft and absorbent, with perfumed scent, 3-ply base sheet, 140 sheets per roll, 100% virgin pulp, biodegradable. They also had the exact measurements personalized per individual sheet, but that would have been just too much. This Portugal-based tissue company is unfailing!

Where did all the colored toilet paper go?

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30 years ago colored toilet paper was far from being a rarity.  Introduced in the 50’s and popular throughout the 70’s, a variety of colors were eagerly produced: pink, blue, yellow, lilac, tan, and black. Users loved matching the color of their toilet paper to the color of their bathrooms. There you go! Well hippies are the only ones who enjoy multi-colors at a scale that would set our teeth on edge. Maybe that’s why colors have disappeared from out toilet paper stands?

According to toiletpaperworld.com (such a blog does exist) our toilet-paper rainbows vanished into thin air out of two reasons: first of all doctors started warning colored toilet paper could lead to skin irritation and secondly ecologists also began warning the dye in the colored toilet paper rolls was harmful to the environment.

But when it comes to black magic, nothing is harmful anymore!

Stars who embraced this idea like there’s no tomorrow

When Beyoncé goes on tour, she will only use a toilet with a brand new seat and a roll of red toilet paper in hand, according to reports about the singer’s tour rider.

Moreover it has been claimed that music mogul Simon Cowell insists that only luxury black toilet paper is placed in the many bathrooms of his London and Los Angeles homes.

And now something that doesn’t really come as a surprise: in a clip from “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Kim Kardashian, having to move in with her mother, Kris Jenner, because of her pregnancy, delivered a few pieces of information one can easily live without. Discussing Jenner’s black-and-white bathroom decor, Kardashian complains, “The toilet paper’s black… I like to see what I’m sh*tting and what I’m wiping.”

Well let’s get back to Earth now and learn that about 70% – 75 % of the world’s population does not use toilet paper. Some of them do not use it due to a lack of trees, while others cannot afford it.

The Pentagon uses, on average, about 666 rolls of toilet paper every day.

Sudoku toilet paper, along with the US dollar print toilet paper are the most famous patterns on the market.

Let’s not forget where we started and finish off with a priceless slogan: Shove a roll of Renova Black in your bathroom and it adds an instant designer vibe. How about that?

100 Teddy Bears With Skeletons in Their Closets

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Teddy bears have been a life-long fascination for many of us. Every kid has his own teddy bear to torture out of love, enthusiasm or just plain curiosity. 100 Teddy bears with skeletons in their closets is a courageous incursion into the unknown sides of fluffy toy cuteness.

What if they were… mmm…zombies?

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Someone actually thought about this before, someone like the English artist Phillip Blackman, who uses zombie special makeup to turn the adorable toys into creepy un-dead that will keep you awake at night. A teddy bear on the verge of dying, but with a last unfulfilled wish: to haunt you in the middle of the night.

Blackman (I wonder if this is a coincidence…) was inspired by his partner to come up with this idea: “She had a terrible cold at the time and we’d been talking about a gift for a friend’s baby. With a very stuffy nose ‘teddy-bear’ kept coming out as ‘deady-bear’, and we joked about zombie teddies that creep from under your bed at night to feast on your brains while you sleep.”

Each of the UndeadTeds – as they are called – takes in at least eight hours to make, not including the time it takes for glue, paint and varnish to dry. But thanks to strange reasons, they’re selling like hot cakes! Find out more at the Undead Teds tumblr.

Teddy Scares make sure you eat your veggies!

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Teddy Scares are actually UndeadTed’s remote relatives. They are mean, but at least walk with their organs inside their bodies. They each have personalized stories and come with a bunch of creepy warnings. For instance here’s Redmonf Gore’s biography: his last words were: “Trust me, it won’t hurt.” His favorite place is: “In the shadows.” I won’t disclose further information about them; I’ll live this pleasure to you. He also has some interesting creepy friends.

Sinister Pictures of immortal teddies living among us

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It appears that human attachment for plush friends knows no bounds in some odd cases. And people choose to be immortalized holding their significant teddy bear, despite their being over 50 years old, not to mention the bear, which in many cases is much older than the owner.  The bears and their owners have endured each other for decades, and though all lead normal active lives, especially the bears, none are too forgetful to pass the time of day with their oldest friends. At least from time to time.

According to Life Magazine, old bears are characterised by those who live with them as “placid,” “serene” and “radiating contentment.” There’s no doubt about the fact that all teddy bears are steadfast and loyal, yet the same cannot be said for their owners. Christopher Robin for instance, whose childhood bear inspired the creation of Winnie-the-Pooh simply got rid of him like old underwear. Pooh, who is over 50 years old, lives far from home in a glass case in an American publishing house. In 1987 Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and Kanga, his best friends ever, were moved to The New York Public Library. They can still be visited in their downtown posh residence.

How it all began

The man behind this fluffy bedtime toy is none other than Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt Jr. “Teddy” Roosevelt, Jr.,

The story goes like this: on a hunting trip in 1902, the young president didn’t want to shoot a black bear, despite the man’s well-earned reputation as a hunter who had killed countless animals and birds for decades. Therefore a toymaker in New York learned of T.R.’s merciful moment and created a toy bear — a “teddy bear.” The bear was an immediate hit, and for the past century has remained the symbol of childhood.

5+1 Reasons Why Motorcycling is Life-changing

1. There is no such thing as a motorcyclist who goes to therapy

 

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Motorcycling is life-changing. Just get on your bike, go anywhere, and all your problems will just vanish. It’s magic. A 2-hour ride is worth 20 hours of therapy. Why is that? Because it’s not just relaxing, it’s therapeutic per se. Pushing your limits is just pure medicine.

Moreover, just being out there on your own just clears your head, calms you down and reconnects you with nature. What more could you ask for?

2. Mechanics is for dummies

No matter how bad you were in school, you’ll just be forced to get your stuff together as far as mechanics are concerned. You can’t just push the pedal and go, you’ll have to able to make your own routine check. Small incidents happen, just think of it this way. Driving your car with a flat tire isn’t much of a risk, but before riding away on your motorcycle, at least check if your brakes are where they’re supposed to be. Taking your basic tool kit with you is almost mandatory. If a sinuous mountain road is what you dream about, than just consider the lightest breakdown with nobody to fix it for you for miles and miles. That’s the recipe for the worst-case scenario

3.Warm welcomes

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Whoever you are and wherever you go, people always greet you with a big smile. You may find yourself in the most remote villages of India, and you’ll be surprised to see people waving and children running after you for good luck.  Moreover, should you ever find yourself in need of directions, someone would always stop and give you a hand. Be prepared to receive more than you’re hoping for. This is the moment when anything could just fall out of the sky for free. For some weird reason, the joy you bring to perfect strangers when they see you riding your motorbike, makes them feel compelled to show you their generous side.

4. It can take you to wonderful places

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You may not be aware of it yet, but as you are at your cubical, a lot of people are riding around the world. There’s been an explosion of this phenomenon during these past years as far as adventure motorcycling is concerned. People are taking it up more and more. That’s because this magical 2-wheel vehicle can take you to places one can only dream of conquering by car. Remote mountain paths, hidden villages with off-road access tracks are the latest attractions. Not to mention the petty fuel consumption

5. Back to basics 

A mountain Sunday ride is the best reminder of the fact that we could settle for less. Less food, less clothes, less money… When you are out there riding your motorcycle you can’t take your suitcase with you. Back to basics is the answer. You’ll be forced to find out how well one can manage without the shampoos and face creams that are waiting for you on in your bathroom cabinet.

5+1. It’s just cool

Well, there’s nothing more to that. It’s cool, and we all know it. It’s a proof of courage, a statement for freedom, a life lesson and a balance provider. It’s a life changing experience that turns you into the person you’ve always wanted to become. Just like that. It’s a little crazy to treat your motorcycle as if it were your therapist, or your spouse, or your mother and father, or your lifelong best friend, but in fact it is. It’s all of the above and much more.