10 Mind blowing facts about our Dream World

Why do we dream? How do we dream? Can dreams be interpreted?

These are all questions that have been bugging scientists since forever and our dream world is so vast that we might never figure out what dreams actually are.

However, here are 10 mind blowing facts about our dream world that we actually know. Did you know that with a little bit of training you will be able to be aware you are dreaming and even make changes to your dreams, just like Inception?

Find out more in this top 10 facts about dreams.

1. Interpretation

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In Ancient Rome, people who had significant or unusual dreams could submit them to interception by the Senate. They had their Senate, we have the Internet.

2. Beatty Papyrus

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The Beatty Papyrus is believed to be the oldest ever dream dictionary. It was written around 1350 B.C. and was discovered somewhere near Thebes. If you want to find out more about it, click here.

3. Black and White

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It is common among children who have grown up watching black and white television to dream in black and white. Statistically, about 12% of all people have their dreams in black and white.

4. The REM cycle

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We experience REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycles of sleep multiple times every night and dreams occur only during this cycle. A REM stage can last anywhere from 5 minutes to half an hour and people who suffer from various sleep disorders act out on them during the REM stage.

5. Lucid Dreaming

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We forget about 50% of our dreams right after we wake up and this percentage increases from 95% to 99% in the first 10 minutes. This action is due to the fact that dreaming does not require a lot of concentration so the brain categorizes dreaming as a routine activity such as tying your shoes.

One way of remembering what you dream of is through lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming is a term used for describing you being aware about the fact you are dreaming. There are also several methods of achieving the lucid dreaming state.

If you are interested in this subject, find more information about it here.

6. Dream occurrence

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On average, a person can dream up to 7 times a night during the REM cycles so an average person will spend anywhere from one to two hours a night dreaming.

7. Pets

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Have you ever seen your cat or dog move their paws during their sleep or make unusual sounds? That is why even our furry buddies can dream. Although there is not much known about what they dream about, it probably goes the same as it goes for humans.

8. Sleeping disorders

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During the first REM stage of our sleep, which sets roughly about 90 minutes after you have successfully fallen asleep, we experience what it’s called “sleep paralysis”. During the REM period, our bodies are basically paralyzed. Some sleeping disorders involving sleep paralysis are described by the people suffering from them as the ability to not be aware you are sleeping and see yourself not being able to move while felling a strange, evil presence in the room with you.

Another strange sleeping disorder is sleepwalking. Sleepwalkers act out on their dreams during the REM cycle and start walking around the house. Some reports have shown that a person was actually able to get in her car and drive to her cousin’s house while sleepwalking.

9. Wet Dreams

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Although men might think that women do not dream of sexual stuff as often as they do, they are wrong according to a study conducted in 2007. However, a similar study was conducted in 2009 who concluded that men dream more about sexual activity and sexual intercourse while women dream about kissing and sexual fantasies. The reliability of both these studies is up to your appreciation.

10. How to wake up

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If you are aware you are dreaming and want to find a way to wake up, there are several methods. Falling, dying and getting an orgasm are only a few of those methods. Basically, any sort of feeling or action that can cause you physical pleasure or pain can lead you out of your dream world.

However, these feelings or actions are not available when you suffer from sleep paralysis disorder and this is what makes the experience terrifying.

What do you usually dream about?

Use the comment section to post your answers.

 

8 Funny Yoga Images to Leave You Scratching Your Head

If you want to give yoga a try for the first time then you might want to start off with some of the simplest postures around, like standing up unsupported and just breathing.

What you don´t want to do is try and turn straight from a lazy couch potato into a twisting, contorted human corkscrew by recreating any of these funny yoga images.

The Foot on Head Yoga Image   

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Most of us get through our daily lives without feeling the need to rest one of our feet on our head. Having said that, this guy has found a neat way to chill out while, err, hanging up there supported by one hand. 

The Upside Down Yoga Picture

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Hey, this is a good moment to mention that I have no idea if some of these are Photoshopped rather than genuine funny yoga images. In this case – and without wanting to sound too harsh – this lady doesn´t really like the owner of the body of a yoga expert. Yet, there´s her little old head, down there when it sure as heck ain´t meant to be.

The Yoga Expert

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Now this chap has clearly got decades of experience in twisting his body into improbable positions. He is even wearing a cool red all in one jumpsuit type thing that looks just about the most comfortable piece of clothing ever devised.    

The 3 in 1 Funny Yoga Image

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Now don´t say that I am not good to you. You came here looking for pictures of peoples doing weird and ridiculous things with their overly elastic bodies and now I give you a 3 in 1 special. Which one of them do you think is best? Personally, I like the guy at the back who just decided to lay flat out on the floor. That´s my kind of yoga style.     

The Painful Yoga Position

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Ok, so I decided that it was time to try out one of these yoga postures, to see if they are possible for a normal person. And when I say a normal person I mean a lazy dude who hasn´t stretched his limbs in a meaningful way since 2006. I chose this one because it looked the easiest so far but it turns out that my arms are too short, my legs are too stiff and my feet don´t want to obey my instructions.

The Dog Yoga Image 

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Now this is a yoga position I could just about manage, although I´m not sure I could pull off the dopey canine smile. Jeez, who am I trying to kid; that looks exactly like me putting on my best intellectual look.

The Madonna Yoga Image

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Madonna is one of the most famous yogi in the world but what on Earth is she doing here? And why does she have high heel shoes on? And is that even her? And why did she make that awful cover of American Pie?

The Cat Yogi Picture

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If dogs can get into funny yoga postures then surely our feline buddies can as well. This charming little fellow is just starting out but I feel sure that before long he will try and twist his furry body into that Madonna posture. He´s probably a better singer as well.

10 Fabulous DIY Phone Cases to Make your Phone Stand Out

 

We live in a world where being original is more and more difficult and expensive. However, this is where the world f Do It Yourself comes to our aid and makes us more creative. There is nothing more original than your own mind so why not put it to some good work?

Here are 10 fabulous DIY Phone Cases to make your phone stand out by adding decoration, a touch of color and creativeness to your old, dull phone case.

Most of these ideas do not require a lot of money or materials to be created so there is nothing stopping you now. The only thing you need to have to get things going is a plastic r silicone phone case suitable to your phone model.

1. Studded Phone Case with Neon Colors

Add a bit of a an 80s vibe to your phone cases by gluing neon colored studs onto it. Choose whatever pattern you want or prefer and get busy! Do not be afraid to mix and match, so feel free to add whatever colors or studs you want.

DIY phone cases

Supplies:

Three packs of different colored neon studs

a blank Phone case

E3000 glue

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2. Studded Phone Case with iron Studs

Think ahead before starting to work on your studded phone case. Where do you usually keep your phone? if you keep it in your pocket, make sure the studs will not bother you or if you keep it in your purse, do not choose pointy studs as it may ruin either your purse or the other stuff you keep in it.

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Supplies:

Phone case

Iron on studs (make sure they have no “legs”)

Krazy glue

Ruler

Pencil

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3. Tribal Phone Case with Sharpies

Although this particular design requires a little bit of work and patience, the end result is certainly a stunner! If you do not want to make a very complicated design, simply make the lines bigger, so that they will take up more space.

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Supplies:

Blank Phone Case

Permanent Markers in as many colors as possible

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4. Nails Polish Phone Case

Make sure you have enough nail polish to cover up the entire surface you want to cover, you do not want to end up having to use other colors simply because you ran out of your favorite one.

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Supplies:

Blank Phone Case

Nail Polish in different colors

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5. Leather Geometrical Design for your Phone case

This phone case design does not only look good but it is also meant to keep your phone safe. Try different geometrical shapes and different patterns to achieve your perfect leather phone case.

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Supplies:

Pencil

Ruler

A piece of leather large enough to cover your phone case

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Scissors

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6. Map out your Phone Case

This is certainly my favorite DIY Phone Case design out of them all as it is both very creative and easy to do. You can use any sort of maps that may or may not have any meaning to you and create something special.

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Supplies:

Map

Clear iPhone Case

Scissors

X-acto Knife

Pencil

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7. Phone Case with Pressed Flowers

This DIY phone case design is certainly the most complicated design featured on this list, but it is so beautifully done that it would have been a shame to not share it with you. The pressed flowers shielded by a thin layer of resin are a great picture to look at and you will surely spend a couple of hours simply gazing at your beautiful phone case.

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Supplies:

You will need:

Pressed dried flowers

Flat, solid white iPhone case

Clear craft glue

A flat and level work surface

Tape

Scissors

Parchment paper

Ruler

Thin-tip permanent marker

Timer

2 clear plastic cups

2 wooden craft sticks

50/50 clear-casting epoxy resin (I used Easy Cast)

Acetone (or a nail polish remover with acetone)

Q-tips

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8. Phone Case with a nautical touch

Are you missing the summer breeze or simply have a bit of an addiction to anything involving nautical themes? Then this is the right DIY phone case for you.

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Supplies:

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Silhouette

Adhesive Vinyl

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9. Patterned Phone Case

Let your inner child giggle as you start playing around with different colors and textures of duct tape, in order to achieve perfection when it comes to your DIY phone case.

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Scotch Colors and Patterns Duct Tape

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10. Glittery Phone Case

Glitter! Glitter everywhere! If you are not specifically fond of the hombre design presented here, try mixing glitter in the color you like or just opt for a single layer of glitter, in the same color.

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Supplies:

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Three colors of glitter

Mod podge

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What’s even greater about these DIY phone cases is the fact that you can play with different colors and designs until you have reached your desired result. You can even mix up two or more different styles and see what you end up with.

What is your favorite DIY phone case design presented here?

 

 

 

 

9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Our Solar System

Our solar system was created over 4.6 billion years ago the collapse of a giant molecular cloud. The sun formed in the center of the system, out of the center mass of the molecular cloud while the other planets were formed on a flat disk of dust found around the sun.

This is pretty much common knowledge about our solar system but what other interesting facts are there? Be sure to find out in this top 9 things you probably didn’t know about our solar system.

Pluto is no longer considered a planet and it is smaller than the United States, a huge amount of our solar system’s mass is contained inside the sun and the hottest planet in our system is not the closest planet to the sun.

Want to find out more? Let’s get started!

1. Almost 99.86% of our solar system’s total mass is found inside the sun while the rest is contained by the other eight planets found in our solar system.

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2. Pluto was considered a planet since its discovery in 1930 until 2006 when scientists have decided it was too small to be considered a planet and called it a “dwarf planet” instead.

3. The United States measures about 2,900 miles across if you measure it from Northern California to Maine. Pluto measures approximately 1,400 miles across which makes USA twice the size of the tiny dwarf planet.

4. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun so many people think that Mercury should be the hottest planet in our solar system. However, what they do not take into consideration while assuming that is the fact that Mercury has no atmosphere. On the other hand, Venus, the second closest planet to the sun in our solar system not only has an atmosphere but it is also made out of carbon dioxide which is the number one greenhouse gas. Given all these facts, Venus has the atmosphere necessary to “trap” the sun’s heat and the necessary gas to attract it so Venus is actually the hottest planet in our solar system, with temperatures of over 875 degrees Fahrenheit.

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5. The sun’s atmosphere goes way beyond the borders of our planet and it is actually the cause of the Northern and the Southern Lights. Given the fact that also Jupiter, Uranus, Saturn and even Neptune experience auroras the sun’s atmosphere is supposed to extend on almost 10 billion miles around it. This is why you can say that we actually live “inside” the sun.

6. Alongside Pluto, our solar system contains four other dwarf planets: Ceres, Eris, Haumea and Makemake.

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7. We experience tides on the surface of the Earth because of the moon. The Moon is our only natural satellite and due to the gravitational force it exerts on our planet while the Earth rotates, it cause tides around the world.

8. Earth is the only planet in our solar system which was not named after a Roman God. During ancient times, only Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus were visible with the naked eye and they were all named after Roman gods. When scientists were able to notice Neptune and Uranus also as part of our solar system, they named them after Roman gods as well.

9. Jupiter is believed to have the biggest ocean in our solar system. Given the fact that Jupiter is almost entirely made out of hydrogen and helium and due to its mass, the laws of physics apply and Jupiter should have a gigantic liquid hydrogen ocean close to its core. Through computer modeling, scientists have discovered that the said ocean should be located about 40,000 km deep inside the planet.

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This was our top 9 list of interesting facts you need to know about our solar system. Which one do you find most interesting?

 

10 Awesome Shopping Hacks

Everybody wants to save some money when shopping. It seems, however, that anything from services to goods are expensive. Also, it seems like most of the times we don’t even get what we pay for. There are some shopping hacks that we want to share with you in order of getting the best deal for your money.

This is our list of 10 awesome shopping hacks that you can try for yourself.

1. When shopping for flowers don’t mention weddings to the florist

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The prices for wedding flowers are a lot higher than those for other kinds of events.

2. Never admit guilt

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If the product you bought is still under warranty, never admit you may have damaged it in some way. If you do so, your warranty may be nullified. Stand your ground and always say you don’t have a clue how the product was damaged and you may get a replacement.

3. Fix your own devices

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Generally, when you turn something off and then back on, the issue will fix itself.

4. Don’t buy so many cleaning supplies

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White vinegar diluted in water does about the same thing as many household cleaners. It’s an all-natural, cheaper way of cleaning your house and it also kills 99.9 percent of all germs. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, just add a few drops of essential oil to the mix.

5. Compare the prices

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Numerous retailers will price match their products. However, they will do so only if you ask them to. Mention to them that you saw the same product elsewhere with a smaller price and chances are the retailer will match that price. This works especially well when buying electronics.

6. Get the freshest fries

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If you’re sick of getting cold fries just ask for your fries not to have any salt on them. The fries that have already been prepared all have salt on them so you will be served a new batch. However, if you’re in a huge line don’t do this because it is really rude.

7. Get cheaper textbooks

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Textbooks, especially science ones, can cost a pretty penny and go up to $200. Instead of paying this much, buy them from other countries that speak English (such as India) for far less money.

8. Anticipate sales

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Most workers in retail stores know what items will be on sale the following week. Ask them for tips and plan accordingly.

9. Become your very own IT person

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If you have a problem and can’t fix it yourself try to search it on Google. There will most likely be all kinds of forums and guides that will help you as chances are that you aren’t the first one who encountered the problem. You can find anything on the Internet.

10. Time your purchases

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Some services and products suffer from price changes depending on the season. Knowing about this can help you save a lot of money. For instance, mattresses tend to be a lot cheaper during spring as the sales are pretty slow in that season.

There you have it. This was our list of 10 awesome shopping hacks. Happy shopping!

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