5 Things You Didn’t Know Mess With Your Sleep

If you’ve been waking up tired day after day and you don’t know what’s happening with your body, then you might be interested in reading these 5 things you didn’t know mess with your sleep. And if you thought sleeping¬†five hours on week days and twelve hours on weekends balances everything out, you might want to think again. Not only you can’t make up for sleep deprivation, but sleeping more than you need can also affect your body and your overall performance. Keep reading to find out why.

#5. Time Zones

5 Things You Didn't Know Mess With Your Sleep

You might know that we have an internal clock that depends on Sun’s schedule. This translates into the mind boggling fact that our bodies are already scheduled to fall asleep and wake up at certain times,¬†practically dancing to the tune the Sun is playing. But we have evolved and learned to ignore the Sun and replace it, instead, with artificial light. If you thought going to bed at 3 am after a “Game of Thrones” marathon won’t throw you off, you should know this can easily lead to social jet lag. You’ll probably wake up the next day at 11 pm, feeling like you have a hangover. What can you do to avoid transforming into a sleep deprived Grinch? Avoid watching TV or using any other gadgets half an hour before going to bed. If you feel sleepy don’t ignore your body. Likewise, you should stop using alarm clocks to wake you up and if you feel refreshed at 6 am, don’t give in to temptation and linger in bed for five more hours. You’ll feel much¬†worse by then.

#4. Peppermint Toothpaste

5 Things You Didn't Know Mess With Your Sleep

We all love the fresh, minty aftertaste of toothpaste. But recent studies show that the peppermint flavor might actually prevent you from falling asleep. Since peppermint oil works as a stimulant, it’s easy to see why it can keep you awake. What happens, exactly? Apparently, it can make you more alert by stimulating your central nervous system. And that’t not really something you want when you jump in your pajamas and then in your bed. Suggestions? Try to switch to a different brand or flavor and pay attention to what happens to your sleep schedule.

#3. A Full Moon

5 Things You Didn't Know Mess With Your Sleep

There are studies that unearthed another enemy of deep sleep and restful eyes: the full Moon. There are many people who grow restless when the Moon shines proud in the sky. And if you suspect your wide windows of helping the full Moon to sabotage your sleep, researchers are already a step ahead of you. They’ve conducted an experiment in which the subjects were closed in windowless room, not knowing if the Moon was full or not. The results showed they still didn’t sleep well, with their sleep quality being reduced by thirty percent. There’s no logical explanation for why this is happening, so we still haven’t figured out what we can do about it.

#2. Your Race

5 Things You Didn't Know Mess With Your Sleep

It has been scientifically proven that black people struggle more than others when it comes to falling asleep and resting. What numbers are we looking at? After testing different subjects, researchers found out that white people sleep better by eleven percent than black people. Results show that the decreased levels of slow wave sleep work against African Americans and keeps them awake when they’re rather be sleeping.

#1. Being In Love

5 Things You Didn't Know Mess With Your Sleep

If love is in the air, then you’re probably not sleeping too well. Love actually triggers some chemical reactions in your brain and the levels of serotonin decrease, while dopamine levels spike. And it gets even more romantic. If you sleep next to someone whom you love and they are having sleeping problems, you risk having trouble yourself out of empathy.

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6 A Listed Actors With Mommy Issues

If you dread the ¬†thought of going home for the holidays because you have to spend time with your family, you’re not the only one. Check out these 6 A listed actors with mommy issues and keep them in mind¬†next time your grandmother gets tipsy on Thanksgiving and asks you for the umpteenth time when you’re getting married and having a kid. Find the strength in the following examples to not give in to family emotional blackmail at the next Christmas party. Not only did these celebrities manage to leave all their troubles behind, but they’re now making enough money to stay in therapy for years.

#1 Jack Nicholson

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The three time Academy Award winner only found out who his real mother is when he was thirty seven years old. And not because she thought it was high time she told him, but because TIME Magazine thought it was high time he was told. And also make a lot of money from publishing the story. It turns out Nicholson’s alleged mother, Ethel May, was actually his grandmother and his sister, June, was actually his mother. Umm, does this sound like a telenovela plot twist to anyone else? Apparently June¬†relinquished baby Jack’s custody in order to continue her career as a dancer. What is more, Nicholson’s father already had a wife when he¬†married June. And you thought your eccentric aunt coming to visit was bad news?

#2 Kelsey Grammer

6 A Listed Actors With Mommy Issues

The Grammer family’s history sounds like a horror story. Kelsey’s father was shot twice in 1968 after he was lured out of his house. This was followed by his younger sister being killed in 1975 when Kelsey was required to identify the body. Five years later, two half brothers of Kelsey died in a scuba diving accident. Oh, we forgot to mention Grammer was married and divorced three times. But that pales in comparison with the more tragic events in his family. Which still leaves us with the question: were the Grammers gangsters?

#3 Tobey Maguire

6 A Listed Actors With Mommy Issues

The son of two poor parents, Maguire was passed from relative to another relative in his childhood. His father, Vincent, took custody of his nieces after their mother died of cancer. Trying to find new means to provide for his family, Vincent robbed a bank but was caught shortly after.

#4 Alec Baldwin

6 A Listed Actors With Mommy Issues

Although Baldwin was born and grew up comfortably in a family of actors, his behavior towards his daughter indicates he has some real issues. In a leaked voicemail we can hear him brutally insulting his daughter, who was eleven years old at the time, calling her a “rude thoughtless pig”. His outrageous behavior was caused by his daughter missing their scheduled phone call. Baldwin subsequently apologized for his outburst, but the leaked tape still affected his custody trial with his former wife, Kim Basinger. That should teach him some manners.

#5 Charlize Theron

6 A Listed Actors With Mommy Issues

Theron was fifteen years old when her alcoholic father¬†went into a fit of drunkenly rage¬†while waiving a gun and firing randomly through his house, not caring about his wife or daughter getting hurt. In self¬†defense, Charlize’s mother shot her husband dead and managed to protect her teenage daughter who was hiding in her room. The Oscar winner actress praises her mother to this day for her courage.

#6 Demi Moore

6 A Listed Actors With Mommy Issues

Moore and her mother, Virginia, were abandoned by her father before she was born. Virginia was a bipolar alcoholic who was incapable of taking care of herself, let alone of baby Demi. So Moore was brought up by her stepfather. The latter wasn’t all milk and honey either. He had his own problems which¬†he could only fix by killing himself. Virginia was still a drug addict when Demi broke off their relationship. From there on her mother started posing nude for porno magazines, parodying her daughter as an actress and model. The two women reconciled just before Virginia passed away.

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Top Ten Deadliest Minerals On Earth

We’re used to think about minerals as colorful rocks that vary in shapes, sizes and colors. But there’s more to them than meets the eye. There are almost five thousand mineral species out there and probably many more that haven’t been discovered yet. Precious minerals are amongst the most toxic materials ever discovered. Excavating these types of minerals has proven so dangerous in the last decades that we’ve quit using them at all. So you might consider dropping the random rocks you pick up on your hikes. That is, if you don’t want to get poisoned. Keep reading about top ten deadliest minerals on Earth to find out what you should and shouldn’t pick up.

10. The Coloradoite

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This rock is a recent discovery and it’s a crystalline mineral that originates in magma veins. What makes the Coloradoite dangerous is the mercury telluride compound that is created by mercury fusing with tellurium. And don’t even think to heat this mineral or chemically alter it. It will release vapors that are toxic.

9. The Chalcanthite

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Don’t let the innocent blue color fool you. This crystal is made out of copper and sulfur and is toxic in excess quantities. Once the copper is water soluble it can easily assimilated by plants or animals. If contaminated, a living creatures is weakend by the chalcanthite and ultimately dies.

8. The Hutchinsonite

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This is the fatal combination of thallium, lead and arsenic. Thallium is very toxic and can cause anything from hair loss to death. The three toxic metals form a highly dangerous concoction that can be found in the European mountains.

7. The Galena

Top Ten Deadliest Minerals On Earth

No, this is not a contemporary sculpture, but a rock that forms silver cubes. The Galena can be poisonous and it poses high risks for miners, workers or researches who expose themselves to it.

6. The Asbestos Chrysotile and Amphibolite

Top Ten Deadliest Minerals On Earth

Asbetos is one of the most dangerous minerals out there and it can severely damage the human lung. It is composed of silica, iron, sodium and oxygen. If the lungs are continuously exposed to asbestos, this mineral can cause irritation of the tissue and scarring.

5. The Arsenopyrite

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It might look like gold, but it’s not as harmless. This is arsenic iron sulfide. If you happen to hit it with a hammer, you’ll feel a powerful garlic smell. This is your queu to run away from the deadly rock which is highly toxic when heated or altered.

4. The Tobernite

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Phosphorous, copper, water and uranium threw a party and the tobernite was born. Its toxicity matches its beauty. This rock can release radon gas which can lead to lung cancer.

3. The Stibnite

Top Ten Deadliest Minerals On Earth

Before it was found out it’s poisonous, the stibnite was used for eating utensils This antimony sulfide looks like silver metallic crystals. It should be handled carefully and it is advised to wash one’s hands after contact.

2. The Orpiment

Top Ten Deadliest Minerals On Earth

Arsenic is bad enough on its own, but when combined with sulfur it’s double trouble. The color can be deceiving, but don’t doubt its toxicity. Chinese used this rock as a way to poison their enemies. After¬†rubbing crushed orpiment on stones, they would throw the rocks at the attackers and hope it would work. This rock can crumble into a powder when it comes in contact with light and gives off a strong garlic smell. Before people discovered it is poisonous, many artists used it in their paintings.

1. The Cinnabar

Top Ten Deadliest Minerals On Earth

The most toxic mineral on Earth, the cinnbar can be found near vulcanos and sulfur deposits. When heated or altered, this mineral releases pure mercury which can cause death. Despite this, it was used in China for ornamental dishes, making many fatalities among the artists.

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Top Five Most Intriguing Ancient Gadgets

We’re used to think of gadgets as something cutting edge that usually involves a lot of technology. To prove you there’s more to it, here are top five most intriguing ancient gadgets. They surely weren’t as fast, shiny and comfy as ours, but back then they were probably modern wonders, yearned by everyone. And only a lucky few could enjoy them. Technology has come a long way and it’s fascinating to look at how these mechanisms worked in ancient times. We’ve¬†kept¬†building on strong foundations and have come to enjoy an unprecedented type of comfort. Although the following artifacts and mechanisms still remain a mystery to us, it’s intriguing to think about their possible uses, how they were invented and who was privileged to use them.

1. Antikythera Mechanism

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This ancient analog computer was used more than two thousand years ago to predict astronomical events or the positions of the stars. It now holds the title of the oldest computer in the world. Only during recent research we were able to discover its various functions. It appears the Greek people were able to calculate when the next solar eclipse would take place. The mechanism was found in a small wooden box and it is made out of more than thirty bronze gears. This complex clockwork mechanism also allowed the Greek people to organize their days and calendar in cycles that lasted four years.

2. The Coso Artifact

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Taking into account the fact that spark plugs were only invented in the nineteenth century, this five hundred thousand year old artifact baffled researchers when they discovered how old it was. The spark plug was found at the beginning of¬†the sixties by Wallace Lane. It was encased in a chunk of hard clay. While some supported¬†its age and claimed it was a clear sign of an alien civilization, others were not so easily persuaded. Critics claimed that the artifact could have been the result of a natural process and that there is¬†in fact no strong evidence to support it’s¬†five hundred thousand year old.

3. Baigong Pipes

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These weird looking mechanism was found in China, near Mount Baigong. The “pipes” lead straight into a pyramid. But the most mysterious fact of them all is that there are no obvious signs of civilizations having lived nearby. The queer pipes were discovered by some scientists who were looking for dinosaur fossils. Since then, they have become a true attraction in the area, with tourists visiting them regularly, despite no one knowing what they are or what they were created for.

4. Roman Dodecahedra

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These small mechanisms have twelve pentagonal faces with each of these sporting a round hole. The dodecahedra range in diameter, but all the holes connect in the hollow center. Dating back to the second and third centuries, scientists have found around a hundred of these mechanisms, mostly in Germany and France but also in Hungary. Many archaeologists have tried their luck with the Roman Dodecahedra in an attempt to figure out what they were used for. Some hypothesis suggest they were a religious artifact, while other claim they only had a decorative purpose.

5. The mysterious airplanes

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Also known as the Quimbaya artifact, they were found in Colombia and date from 1000 CE. While the more skeptical believe they simply symbolize stylized birds, lizards, amphibians and insects that were commonly encountered in that area. However, there are other voices suggesting these were actually figurines that represented airplanes. Some scientists went as far as to rebuilt the Quimbaya models and were shocked by their discovery. The models followed the exact patterns of the figurines, encompassing the tails, the landing gears and the wings.

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6 Things That Used To Be Cool

You know that feeling from back when you were a kid and you’d come up with a brilliant idea but then some would suggest you do exactly that thing¬†and you didn’t want to do it anymore?¬†I remember it vividly because it happened yesterday and the day before that. In the same vein, now, as a fully grown, emancipated adult (chuckles) you don’t feel like wearing or doing something that has been tainted in a stupid way by someone you don’t like. Let’s take a look at 6 things that used to be cool but were ruined by people overusing them or going all wrong about it. Then let’s make a common effort to¬†revive them for old time’s sake.

1. Felt hats

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Aka fedoras. Ok, you’ve been watching “Boardwalk Empire” and you sympathize with Nucky the gangster, but you wanna be like Jimmy and you secretly hate Van Alden. But what do all of them¬†have in common? Fedoras! That sounds like a cool idea, you could pull it off with a sequin dress or with a ripped tshirt. But it’s not a cool idea unless you can rock the attitude. Otherwise, please put it back on the shelf.

2. Body sprays

Things That Used To Be Cool

We all had this guy in our class or we all knew¬†this friend of a friend of a friend who really liked using body spay. More specifically, Axe body spray. And not in moderation. Don’t rush to conclusions here. We’re not advocating for you to ditch your deodorants. You can keep all 17 of them. But you should learn the difference between¬†using them for what they were intended to be used, and using them for their scent. As long as you stick to the normal amount, you should be fine and you won’t have any problems getting a date for you upcoming prom.

3. Vape pens

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So you’re minding your own business on the bus going to work and this guy next to you starts smoking… a pen! First of all, even if they don’t give off real smoke, that doesn’t entitle you to “light up” and be all smug about it in a means of public transportation. We get it, you’re trying to shake off a bad habit, but we don’t want to hear all about vaping at each dinner party.

4. Guitar rattling

Things That Used To Be Cool

Remember that fun bonfire a couple years ago, on the beach, with that nice guy playing guitar and everyone just having a blast? Fast forward to present time, when everyone thinks they can play guitar and they drag it along at every party, forcing people to hum along. Here are a few pearls of wisdom you could try next time you want to sing for your friends. Ask yourself if¬†you can actually play well and if someone specifically required¬†you to bring your guitar. If the answer is “no” to¬†at least one of the two, you might want to reconsider your performance before you run out of friends.

5. Nerd culture

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“Thanks” to Marvel who keeps releasing superhero movie after superhero movie, the nerd culture has been soaring in the last few years. That translates into¬†ladies¬†wearing large rimmed eye glasses and tshirts with “i love geeks” and gentlemen¬†wearing large rimmed eye glasses¬†and tshirts with Star Wars. Comic books are not for every one, but it’s becoming cooler to pretend you know everything about Thanos, than¬†admitting you have no idea that he was a badass.

6. The Chaplin ‘stache

Things That Used To Be Cool

Aka the toothbrush mustache. Aka please don’t make us look at that atrocious thing. We won’t deny Charlie Chaplin rocked it to the moon and back. But it’s been forever tainted when Hitler decided it suited him. Our recommendation? Stay away from it and keep it simple. A second day beard is infinitely sexier than something that immediately makes you think about the Holocaust.

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