Blue Dress, White Dress, Which Is The Real Colour?

dressBlue dress, white dress, which is the real colour? This has been the question that has created actual web wars.

The world of social media is a place where many things can happen. When there are so many people in a single “place” there are also many opinions and in some cases to many opinions.

The simple fact that a simple picture has managed to create an online war going on , is, well, normal on the internet. For an entire day, people on social media, have been arguing, whether an image portrays a bodycon dress as, white with gold lace fringe, or blue with black lace fringe.
The discussion has created two sides and both of them stood firm on their positions. The argument is beyond a simple social media fight, and is about biology and the evolution of the human eyes and brains in seeing colour in sunlight.

Light enters the human eye trough lens and different wavelengths correspond to different colours. Th light hits the retina exactly in the back of the eye the place where pigments create neural connections to the visual cortex, the area of the brain that processes this specific signals into images.

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That firs burst of light, is created by whatever type of wavelengths are illuminating the world and that reflects on the things you are looking at.

You don’t have to worry about anything, as your brain figures out the color by itself and recognises the color that bounces off the things you are looking at, and subtracts the color from the actual color of the object.
Scientists have stated to have studied individual differences in the colour perception for the past 30 years and it seems to be one of the biggest individual differences ever seen.
However, the image of the dress, has hit a sort of perceptual boundary which may be caused by how people are wired.

The chromatic axis differs from the pinky red shade of dawn to the white-ish blue of noontime and then goes back to reddish twilight.

“What’s happening here is your visual system is looking at this thing, and you’re trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis,” stated Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist who studies vision and colours at Wellesley College.

He added that there are two possibilities, they either not take into consideration the blue side, and they end up seeing white and gold, or not take into consideration the gold part, and end up seeing blue and black.

The main idea is that you brain is trying to interpolate a specific colour context for the picture and then releases an answer for the colour of the dress. Even a neuroscientist who said that he saw the colour of the dress as being white and gold, stated that the dress is most probably blue.

He added that he printed out the picture and cut a little piece of it and looked at it, and said that the colour was somewhere in between, not that dark blue colour. The brain attributed the color blue due to the lighting. Others attribute it to the dress.

A design and photo team, has tried to find an explanation on how others see the dress white and gold as they definitely saw the dress blue. They tried to white-balance the pictures based on that idea,even though it didn’t make any sense. What they saw was blue in highlights, telling them that the white they saw was blue and the gold was black.

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When reversing the process, balancing the darkest pixel of the picture and the body con dress appeared blue and black. In that moment it was clear that the correct point in the picture to balance from was the black point.

This means when context is changing, so will the visual perceptions of people. Many of the people will see the blue on the white background as blue. But when put on a background some people might perceive to as white.

The moral of the story? Those who see the dress as white, are completely wrong.
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How to become a Millionaire in 5 steps

Some say that you need to sell your soul to the Devil in order to become a millionaire and that is not entirely false. If your life goal is to make enough money to support you, your family and probably the next generation as well, then here are 5 steps on how to become a millionaire.

Do not get your hopes up high, this is not an easy task. If you truly want something, it is not (usually) going to fall out of the sky, except if you desire rain. The first idea you need to implement in your brain before starting is that you need to work, work hard, work until your hands fall off and your head is spinning (not literally of course).

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Even though they say you need luck to be successful given the economy today, I believe every man makes his or her own luck and if you really want something, you will eventually be able to have it.

Step 1: Go where the money takes you

In order to become a millionaire you have to step outside your comfort zone. If up until now you considered health insurance and a flexible schedule as the major upsides of your job, not anymore. Think money! To start becoming a millionaire you need to start raising some money. If the job you love is not delivering as much money as you would like it to, you have to put everything on the table and start making decisions.

For example, if you want to make money as an entrepreneur and start your own business in an area you love, you will first of all need to invest money. How do you get money? By working. If you are fortunate enough to work in an area you love which actually delivers money, read the next step.

If you feel like your current job does not deliver enough cash, you have to start giving out CVs or find more jobs. Like I said before, it is not easy but if you want to reach your $1 million, you have to work hard and start somewhere.

Step 2: Avoid debt

Do not borrow money to start a business that you are not 100% sure about. What is the point in borrowing money, have something now and being in debt for the rest of your life or at least a decade when you can save money now and have your dream come true later on. If you really want to become a millionaire, every penny counts and debts are never the answer.

Step 3: Save with a certain goal in mind

Do not start saving money without having a goal and keep in mind that your goal should not only be “I want to raise $1 million”. Money is one of the only things you need to have to make more money. Do not think that your quest will be over when you have $1 million, think of it just as the beginning of your adventure.

Save money to get more money, this takes you to step 4.

Step 4: Invest what you save

After you are done saving some money, it is time to invest it. You have to make up our mind on what you actually want to do.

I want to start my own business.

I want to invest my money in someone else’s business.

Questions you need to ask yourself:

Is it going to pay off?

Do I/they have a business plan good enough to make my money count?

What am I doing this for?

How can you invest your money in a business?

Here is a guide that might help you out with your investing issues. Do not invest anything until you have read everything there is to read about the stock market and investments.

Step 5: Do not be afraid to dream

Dreaming of something big can often cause us illusions that can be shattered at the smallest sight of disappointment and this is why people are often afraid to dream.

Don’t be one of those people. If you want to master the “Art” behind how to become a millionaire, you have to dream big and whenever you encounter disappointments or bump along your way, do not step back. Fall down and start over.

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There is probably no easy way to become a millionaire available to the general public so you need to choose the way that is the most achievable, the way that requires hard work and management.

 

The Things That Are More Populous on Earth Than Humans

When you think about it, it is really quite remarkable that there are now about 7 billion humans on the planet Earth.

It is even more amazing when you think that it took us until the start of the 19th century to reach 1 billion and then well over a century more to get to 2 billion. Since then the number of people on the planet has been rising at an ever increasing rate. So, what else is there an awful lot of to keep us company?

Ants

The Things That Are More Populous on Earth Than Humans

If you hate ants as much as I do then you probably do what I do and kill hundreds of them every single freaking day and in the most brutal way possible. Sadly, that doesn´t even make a dent in the population of these horrible little critters. In fact, it is believed that for every person alive on Earth there are – drum roll please – about a million ants crawling about and basically being a pain in the ass.

Chickens

The Things That Are More Populous on Earth Than Humans

One of the great mysteries of the world (at least to me) is the question of where all the chickens live. Go just about anywhere in the world and you will find some tasty poultry on the menu. We eat tons and tons and flipping tons of these harmless if stupid birds every year. Yet, in my entire lifetime I have probably only ever seen about a dozen live chickens. So I repeat, where do they all live? Anyway, it is hard to know how many are alive at any one time, as we tend to eat thousands of them before anyone can get to the end of their calculations. The best estimates I can see place the total world population at around 20 billion at any one time.

Lego People (Soon)

The Things That Are More Populous on Earth Than Humans

Perhaps one of the most bizarre predictions of recent times is that by 2019 there will be more Lego people in the world than actual humans. This is incredible when you think that the first one was only made in 1978. By 2006 their population had shot up to 4 billion and by 2019 it is predicted to reach 8 billion. Come on people, let´s get procreating so these little blighters don´t outnumber us.

Brown Rats (Maybe)

The Things That Are More Populous on Earth Than Humans

If there is one type of creature I hate more than ants it is rats. If Latin were still spoken today you would call this nasty guy ratus norvegicus but you know him as the stinking brown rat instead. The brown rat is the most successful mammal after the homo sapien, as they live on every continent except Antarctica. To be fair, they are probably packing their tents and organizing an expedition to the Ellsworth Mountains while you read this. We don´t know how many are alive right now, as even scientists find them too icky to sit there and count them all day long. However, it is entirely possible that they outnumber humans.

Phones (Almost)

The Things That Are More Populous on Earth Than Humans

The most recent figures collected by sad people with clipboards and empty lives suggest that there are almost as many cell phone subscriptions on Earth as there are actual living dudes. The figures from the United Nations suggest that there are 7 billion people and 6.8 billion phone subscriptions. Personally, I think that the reason for this surprising statistic is that millions of chickens and rats are getting hooked up on their smartphones.

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.