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.

The 11 Best Edible Flowers from Your Garden

11 Best Edible Flowers from Your GardenIf gastronomic variety is your thing, maybe you should try adding a totally different type of food in your menu. I’m talking about flowers here. They’ve been the romantic touch in a special menu for thousands of years. They are healthy, good looking and they smell so very nice. Let’s take a brief look at the 11 best edible flowers from your garden.

Edible culinary flowers are useful for a variety of dishes, from main dishes to desserts, and from salads to decorative presentations. Throughout the years they have been eaten by Europeans, Asians, East Indians, Victorian English, and Middle Eastern. Early American also used flowers as food. Tangled pea vines along with primitive roses are painted on Bronze Age artifacts. Also mustard flowers were included in Roman love potions so as to take advantage of their aphrodisiac powers.

Let’s begin with an obvious one:

No. 1: Lavender

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Lavender flowers add a sweet floral note to your food, and are commonly used to flavor honey, cakes or teas. The blooms can also be eaten with cheese, or can be crystallized to create sugar decorations. They can also be added to meat or salads.

No. 2: Violets

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They can be included in salads, vinegar, jelly, butter or flavored spreads or simply used as plate garnish or in salads. They can easily be candied or added to your daily tea. Both flower and leaf are edible.

No. 3: Rose petals

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Roses are a famous food enhancement. We’ve all heard of the magical rose water, but maybe not everybody has had roses in syrups, decorations on icing, ice cream, dessert garnishes, jellies, jams, flavored butters or ice cubes. Feel free to toss all colors in salads, steep them in vinegar, or dry for tea.

No. 4: Hibiscus

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Hibiscus is widely used around the world. Its most famous usage involves all sorts of teas. These flowers may flavor and color a beverage, be eaten raw, steamed, or pickled.

No. 5: Dandelions

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We’ve all got them in our gardens somewhere, don’t we? Well it appears these flowers are extremely delicious when added in salads. They taste like honey, so fruit salads are an option, too. All parts of this common yard-flower are zesty and edible.

No. 6: Marigolds

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You should give them a try in salads, and bear in mind the fact that they are a great substitute for the precious saffron. However pay attention to the type you eat, because not all of them are edible.

No. 7: Daylilies

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Make sure to use them during daytime, as they close their petals during the night. They are traditionally used in Central Mexico’s cuisine. Their flavor is somewhere between sweet lettuce and green beans, with a peppery freshness reminiscent of the best radish.

No. 8: Daisies

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Apart from including them in your salad, their buds may be pickled like capers, and here you have a cheaper substitute for the delicious Mediterranean seasoning.

No. 9: Sunflowers

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The buds, petals and seeds are all edible. Add the petals to a green salad for a color contrast and a mild nutty taste. The green buds can be blanched, then tossed in garlic butter; they are similar in flavor to a Jerusalem artichoke. The kernels inside the seeds can be eaten raw or toasted as a snack.

No. 10: Tulips

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Tulip petals have a sweet, pea-like flavor and a tender crisp texture. Try stuffing whole flowers with a shrimp or chicken salad. Carefully remove pollen and stigmas from the base of the flower before stuffing. Or just feel free to add them to your salads or sandwiches.

Let’s finish with an even more obvious one:

No. 11: Jasmine

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The flowers are intensely perfumed and are traditionally used for scenting tea, but can also be added to shellfish dishes or fruit salads. Be careful though, because only jasmine officinale is edible. They other type is highly poisonous.

Well you definitely have some challenging weekend homework. Give them a try. They really taste incredible. You can also look some recipes up on the Internet, where you are likely to find something according to your own desire and appetite.

The 6 Oldest Things on Our Planet

This article was inspired by The Oldest Living Things in the World, by Rachel Sussman that I’ve recently come across. She reportedly spent the last decade looking for things more than 2000 years old, and photographed them.  It is a highly inspirational book that combines personal stories, scientific data provided by a scientist who co-wrote the book with her. However this post isn’t about her book, but it’s more about an attempt to present the 6 oldest things on our planet.

Trivia: Avocados

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The funny thing is that avocados are the only trees that didn’t become extinct with the dinosaurs a long time ago. They reportedly evolved during the era of the great mammals, when mammoths and giant sloths would eat the fruit whole and disperse the seed through their poop. So, when all these animals went extinct, wild avocados should have vanished with them. How the avocado still exists in the wild after surviving its evolutionary failures remains a puzzle.

The Aldabra Giant Tortoise

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Say Hello! to Adwaita (“one and only” in Sanskrit). Well you could’ve have still done that back in 2006, because that’s the year of her death. It lived between 1750 and March 23 2006, and was a 550-pound male Aldabra giant tortoise living in the Alipore Zoological Gardens of Kolkata, India. It is supposedly the oldest known tortoise on record. The tortoise was initially owned by General Robert Clive, an important member of the East India Company, who got addicted to opium and killed himself in 1774. Barely a youngster at that time, Adwaita hovered around for a bit before eventually being transferred to the Indian zoo in 1875.

Charlie the Macaw

Blue Charlie was born in 1899 and is still alive. His current owner said he was a favorite pet of Winston Churchill’s, who supposedly acquired Charlie in 1937 after the bird had already managed to outlive two previous owners. He is said to know some dirty phrases about Hitler and the Nazis.

Ocean Quohog

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This entry serves as the absolute star of our list. The Arctica islandica, commonly named the ocean quahog, stirred quite a fuss when scientists discovered it. Her celebrity name was Ming, named after the Chinese dynasty during which she was born. When she died in 2006, experts believed she was the oldest living animal ever recorded, 507 years.

The sad thing about Ming is the fact that scientists accidentally killed it while dragging it up off the coast of Iceland. Afterwards Ming was also frozen along with many others, for transport back to the lab for climate change research.

“Hanako” the Koi Fish

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Koi fish are ornamental varieties of domesticated common carp (Cyprinus carpio) that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor koi ponds or water gardens. But this one beat all odds. Hanako, meaning “flower maid”, was officially the world’s oldest koi carp and died on July 7, 1977 at the age of 226 years.

Bowhead Whales

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They are baleen whales of the right whale family Balaenidae that can grow up to 66 feet in length. They live entirely in fertile Arctic and sub-Arctic waters, unlike other whales that migrate to feed or reproduce to low latitude waters and are listed by the National Marine Fisheries Service as “endangered” under the auspices of the United States’ Endangered Species Act.

One of the whales scientists analyzed was apparently 211 years old, this turning it into the oldest known mammal that still exists to this day.

What Sussman talked about in her book are mostly all plants, lichen or coral, but everything she has photographed for the project is at least 2,000 years old. Well our creatures from the list are not only a bit younger, but they had and some of them still have distinct personalities. Well, maybe not the avocados.