3 Amazing SF Movies You Probably Didn’t Know Were Inspired by Books

 

3 SFWhenever you read a science-fiction novel, words become images in an instant. All classical limits are defied, and therefore a never-ending land of possibilities is thus revealed. Here are 3 amazing SF movies you probably didn’t know were inspired by books. Before the film industry learned how to do so many wonderful things as far as special effects are concerned, our parents and grandparents and grand grand parents were mesmerized while spending their summer holidays reading Jules Verne’s amazingly adventure SF novels. They needed no movie to show them how to imagine everything they were reading about, despite the fact that Jules Verne was talking about worlds nobody had ever heard of.

But as cinema evolved, SF books had to, just had to be screened.

 Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: Space Odyssey

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Movie director Stanley Kubrick shook hands with writer Arthur C. Clarke, and had written a SF novel together that was instantly turned into a film. The result of their teaming up is none other than 2001: Space Odyssey, which was released in both forms in 1968. Kubrick’s intention was of sheer penetration of the audience’s subconscious, with no verbal distractions in the way. The emotional and conceptual content was to be transmitted through images only. Not classical SF ones representing sticky aliens and huge spaceships. He worked with Douglas Trumbull from NASA in order to render the exact movements of a human body in space. He also hired over 40 people on the set who had to make sure that every detail and density described in the book existed in the movie as well. All this grace is enriched by Richard Strauss’ music, underlining the grandeur of the space in such a sensitive, yet grand perspective. This is definitely one of the most amazing movies ever made.

Ray Bradburry and Francois Truffaut’s Farenheit 451

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The novel Farenheit 451 was written by Ray Bradburry and turned into a film by Francois Truffaut. This short novel began as a love letter that Bradburry wrote to books. From here it turned into an anti-totalitarianism and anti-censorship critique. The movie, starring Oskar Werner as inquisitor Guy Montag and Julie Christie as Clarissa, the one true free and fragile spirit that makes Guy question his own non-liberal ideas and beliefs. The movie is less faithful to the book as far as the romance story is concerned so that the audience can have something more obvious reason to cry. Nevertheless the bleak atmospheres of the book, as well as the never-ending tension are faithfully contained in the film, too.

Despite the fact that it was written 61 years ago, Farenheit 451 is a steadfast cultural bench and Michael Moore’s Farenheit 9/11 is a clear statement underlining this tribute.

Anthony Burgess and Stanley Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange

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Yes, Stanley Kubrick again! But this time with a different writer and not such a perfect coordination than his other movie mentioned above. The Clockwork Orange dispute is an eternal one because of the fact that no one has enough arguments to sustain which one was better. They are works of genius, but taken separately. There’s something different about them. Burgess’ book was released in 1962 and Kubrick’s movie in 1971 and they both are absolute masterpieces.

While Burgess accepted he felt frustrated because of the fact that none of his following books had the same success, Kubrick has no regrets whatsoever. Malcom McDowell was definitely the only man form this planet who could have portrayed the malefic Alex and his ultra-violent deeds in an unknown future with familiar references. It’s hard to talk about this book or about this movie using concrete words. It’s all about the atmosphere, the strange language they use, the tension and the incredible paradoxes. This time we have Beethoven’s 9th symphony to sharpen our emotions.

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!

2 Painfully Dangerous Sacrifices Women Used to Do for Beauty

2 Painfully Dangerous Sacrifices Women Used to Do for Beauty

People are strange indeed. They are seldom satisfied with what they are, how they look and with what they’ve got. They have this urge of having more, becoming someone else, dressing in particular ways in order to get acceptance. This world we live in is just crazy, man! Here are 2 painfully dangerous sacrifices women used to do for beauty. Just read and learn.

1.    Foot binding is for real

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This atrocious practice of foot binding began in the 10th century in China, during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and was a big hit for over 1000 years or so. It was practiced by very young girls. 7 years of age was considered old for this kind of torture. Basically the girls’ feet were broken, than kept in large bandages so they could no longer grow. Like all bizarre fashion atrocities, this practice was initially introduced in rich families. It was a sign of prestige and rare beauty. The ideal foot had to have three inches in length. These were called golden lotuses, while feet that were between three and four inches in length were called silver lotuses.

There are some famous photos wondering the Internet taken by Jo Farrell, with the last remaining women in China with bound feet. According to the BBC, Farrell said: “Although considered fairly barbaric, it was a tradition that enabled women to find a suitable partner. Matchmakers or mothers-in-law required their son’s betrothed to have bound feet as a sign that she would be a good wife (she would be subservient and without complaint). “These incredible women [have] lived through famine, the cultural revolution (where people were penalized for the four olds: old habits, manners, custom, and culture) and family deconstruction/migration of the twentieth century,” Farrell writes.

In the 19th century, Chinese reformers stated to take some measures against the practice but it was not until the early 20th century that foot binding began to die out. Fortunately social conditions stated to change and this horrible curse began to be lifted.

2. Choking with corsets

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Apparently slender beauty has always been an obsession. Women had to look delicate at any costs. Well corsets were the sure thing when it came down to contorting reality. Corsets have usually been worn in order to create a particular fit of clothing and appearance as far as the lady’s figure was concerned. They were worn around the waistline and were often laced up really tight to pull the waist into a much smaller circumference.

It is believed that in the 16th century, the corset’s purpose was not to create a slim figure, but it was designed to mold the torso into a cylindrical shape, and raise the bustline. But as centuries went by, the waistline had to appear slimmer and slimmer.

Apparently this was a guarantee for power and respect among women. For instance, Marie Antoinette, the beautiful wife of France’s King Louis XVI wore corsets that crushed her organs.

While wearing it, the ribcage gets compressed and therefore is no longer able to work as it is meant to, and as far as the breasts are concerned, the pressure they are exposed to causes the nipples to reduce in size and in extreme ways this can even lead to breast cancer.

It can even affect menstruation due to the extreme pressure.

Among the gossip revolving around this corset obsession, a 19th century story tells that a lady had died after falling in the street. As a consequence, a broken rib was pressed inwards by the tight corset, causing it to puncture a lung or the liver.

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!

Creativity at its Best- 7 Infographics Done Right

Whether you have stumbled across infographics yet or you’re just getting acquainted with the term, there are some things you need to know about these amazing ways of getting the message across efficiently and interestingly. Data visualization is difficult to design and although they may look simple to create, they are anything but easy. So here are some of the best examples we have come across for you to get inspired from:

1. How to Become a Superhero

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Source: http://ziasomjee.com/projects/how-to-be-a-superhero-an-illustrated-guide/

There are maybe some of us who still dream of becoming superheroes and in order to come to the aid of such people, Zia Somjee decided to create this absolutely adorable infographic that makes sure that all the bases are covered, from superhero costume to back story or nemesis. Complete with pro tips and clever ideas, it’s the superhero-to-be bible.

2. Green Technology and Green Growth

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Source: worldbank.org/inclusivegreengrowth

You don’t have to be an environmentalist to wonder if there are efforts being made to ensure that your children’s children will live in a world where trees exist and where the air is still breathable. So The World Bank decided to publish this infographic in order to raise awareness and make us become interested in the future of our planet. Clean information on a clean infographic. What more could you want?

3. Google Searches- What We Search For and How We Appear on Google

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Source: www.elkanodata.com

Few of us have given Google searches much thought and while this may not seem crucial at first, we have come to live in the age of information and if you think that employers don’t check your Facebook profiles and don’t Google you before inviting you to join their business, you are gravely mistaken. Search Engine Land have therefore created this infographic that doesn’t just show you how Google searches work, but that also teaches you how you should modify your online presence so that it brings out the best in you.

4. The Fries that Bind Us

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While we are all aware of the power that fast food has over us, few actually know how much such food actually enters our bodies. So Flaming Toast Productions  decided to quantify the number of stores found in each country for both McDonald’s and Starbucks and the results are mind-boggling. McDonald’s earns a whopping 41$ Billion in sales while Starbucks only makes $4.1 billion in comparison. And while it’s not shocking that the USA has more than 10,000 McDonald’s restaurants and 1,000 Starbucks shops, it is shocking that Africa represents the sole source for coffee, sugar and cups but has no single Starbucks shop open within the borders of its many countries.

5. What Americans Spend Their Paychecks On

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Whether it sparks your curiosity or not, Visual Economics decided to publish an infographic showcasing the average spending habits of Americans. And it’s no surprise that aside from housing and transportation, food would be at the top of the list.

6. The Epic Battle- Bill Gates vs. Batman

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Source: FrugalDad

While it’s an odd battle to say the least (and few of us would have actually thought of this pair-up), there’s clear merit to the initiative. There are so few people who actually know that Bill Gates has contributed immensely to the improvement of overall life quality worldwide and that his charitable work is more than noteworthy.

7. Color and Purchases- Do We Buy Differently When Colors Vary?

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Source: KissMetrics

Shopaholics may have found their get-out-of-jail-free card! The creators of this infographic (KISSmetrics) decided to showcase the intimate relationship between colors and and purchases. So now you know why fast-food places or malls paint their walls similarly and why red, yellow and orange are go-to colors for huge sales.

We hope you enjoyed these infographics. If you liked them we’d gladly add more in the future!