Ways to Die – Top 5 Unusual Deaths

Plenty of ways to die are encountered at anytime and anywhere, so it understandable why our world can be a terrifying place. Pictures of assault, mishaps, accidents and other such risks sink into our press, planting worries in many of us. While these risks should certainly be well known, other far more ordinary things in our life are mathematically much more likely to destroy us.

1. More Individuals Die Dropping Out of Bed than from Roller Coasters

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Some of us like roller coasters; some others are frightened by them. The increased speed and incredible heights offer a relatively secure excitement for daring recreation areas guests. However, accidents will occur and roller coasters can kill around four persons in the US every year.

One-fourth of these fatalities are work-related deaths such as employees. 50 % of them are due to a rider’s health problem being amplified by the ride; they can be avoided by improving signs caution sufferers of various illnesses against getting on. Only the final one fourth are due to some sort of stress to an excited visitor, like falling out of these roller coasters.

You are more likely to die by falling out of bed. Each year in the US, 400 people die this way. Amazingly, bed rails sometimes are worse.

 2. A Cow is more Likely to Kill You than a Bear

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Mortal bear attacks on people have been increasing in North America since 1950. Over the past 100 years, 60 persons have been killed by bears, mostly in North America and Canada. It amounts to less than one individual per year. But, since 85 percent of these kills happened after 1950, the present average is more likely two persons per year.

Growing individual encroachment into the bears’ environments is mentioned as a potential cause. Most critical attacks were perpetrated by lonely males seeing people as their food source. Amazingly, mother bears protecting the cubs and bears that are familiar with people are responsible for fewer fatalities

 3. Rip Currents can Kill You before Sharks Do

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Going to a beach is a frequent and dear summer leisure activity for those across the globe. Such trips are not without dangers, of course. You could be sun burned, stung by jellyfish or attacked by sharks.

More unprovoked shark strikes on people are cases of wrong identification, where the sharks take one chew and then swim away after sensing a lack of fish or seal taste. Those single attacks can still make serious injuries or loss of life. Even these errors are relatively rare; the sharks that strike have been triggered by an individual in some way.

4. High School Activities Kill More American People than Terrorists Do

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The terrorism is a massive preoccupation in the 21st-century American life since the horrible 9/11 attack in 2001. The news has generally been filled with terrifying terrorist visuals, causing many people to worry for themselves and the kids.

In truth, the children are more likely to be killed on the school sports field than by the hand of an enemy. Approximately 50 young sportsmen die every year in the US due to sport-related accidents. Non-urban regions are the worst affected. Typical causes of loss of life include heating up, brain accidents and unexpected heart stroke.

5. Disney World Has Killed More People than Alligators in Florida

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From 2000 to 2015, eight visitors at Disney World in Florida have been killed. Strokes (sometimes complicated by a deficiency of available defibrillators) and stressful accidents are normal causes. Five employees have died in that period, three during a bad season in 2008, by traumas or electrocution.

People might consider alligators in Florida to be more terrifying than Mickey Mouse. The possibility of being attacked or drawn under and perished by one of these ancient animals is certainly harsh. While most of them only strike if triggered, unprovoked predation will rarely occur.

10 Facts You Did Not Know About the Amazon Rain Forests

What attracts people to the Amazon Rain forest is the simple beauty of it. The Amazon represents over half of the planet’s remaining rain forest and it is undoubtedly one of the most wonderful places on Earth.

But what do you know about it, besides being big and amazing?

Here are 10 facts you need to know about the Amazon Rain forest.

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#10 Amazon-etymology

The name Amazon is supposedly inspired from the Amazons described by Herodotus and Diodorus in Greek legends. The amazons were believed to be a nation of all female warriors in Greek mythology.what does this have to do with the rain forest?

Well, the name is said to arise from a war between Francisco de Orellana, a Spanish explorer and conquistador known to have completed the first navigation of the Amazon River, with a tribe of Tapuyas. The women of the Tapuyas tribe fought alongside the men, as this was nothing extraordinary. Known as the River of Orellana, he later changed the name to Amazon, inspired by these warrior women.

#9 Biodiversity

The Amazonian rain forests have unparalleled biodiversity. Believe it or not, but one in ten species in the world can be found in these rain forests, thus making the Amazon the largest collection of living plants and animal species in the world. Want to know how many plants grow within the limits on a quarter square kilometer? About 90, 790 tones of living plants, according to a study in 1999. This means that the Amazonian rain forests are by far the greenest places on Earth.

#8 Pirahas

Afraid of piranhas? Need not worry, as they are most commonly only found in the Amazonians Water, namely in Venezuela.

Piranhas have a reputation of being one of the most ferocious predators living in the water, as they hunt and prey in schools. Swimming in the Amazon is not really advisable as piranha attacks do result in death. They usually attack in the dry season when food is scarce and water levels are low. True, fatal attack are indeed rare, but why risk? Myths say that they can lacerate a human body in a matter of seconds. Sounds convincing enough?

#7 Amazon River

Did you know that you could fit 30.86 Eiffel Towers in the width of the Amazon river? That’s right! The breadth of the Amazon varies from 1.6 km up to 10 km going up to 48 km in the wet season. Because of its vast dimensions, it is sometimes called ‘The River Sea’.

The exact location of the mouth of the river is a matter of dispute, because the geography of the area is peculiar, but still, the width can go up to 180 kilometers! Impressive, right?

#6 Shock With Your Electric (F)Eel

Another creature that hunts in the waters of the Amazon is the electric eel, which is an electric fish, the only species in its genus. It generates powerful electric shock up to 860 volts which they use for hunting, self-defense and communicating.

Can it kill you? It is highly unlikely to kill and adult human, due to the very short duration of discharge. Still, death have occurred in the past so once again, think twice before swimming in these waters.

#5 Life In the Amazon

Archaeologists have shown us that human inhabitants first settled in the Amazon region more than 11,200 years ago. Which, if you think of it, is amazing.

The Amazon area is not so human friendly, living is impossible due to the harsh conditions: the soil is poor and agriculture is usually the prime form of sustenance. However, recent anthropological findings have shown that the region was actually densely populated, with more than 5 million inhabitants having lived in the Amazon region.

Orellana noted that there was a complex civilization flourishing along the Amazon in the 1540s and it is now believed that the civilization was devastated by the spread of European diseases, such as smallpox.

#4  Medical Potential

It comes as no surprise that the Amazon rain forest holds a myriad of cures and treatments, all deriving from the thousands of plants species it houses. More than 3,000 plants with anti-cancer properties have been discovered in the world and over 2/3 of them grow in the rain forests.

These statistics are impressive, but you should also known that less than 1 percent of the plants have actually been studied. Who knows what more secrets they hold. This should be a sufficient reason for stopping deforestation, don’t you think?

#3 Mystery

Studies have found that a series of square, straight and also ringlike ditches scattered all over the Amazon territory have been there since before the rain forest existed. They are supposedly human-made structures, allegedly used for defense, drainage or maybe religious reasons.

This alteration of the landscape is one of the harshest ones to have ever been made. For years, archaeologists thought of indigenous people as being gentle on their landscape, altering very little of the rain forest. How could the peaceful Amazonians chop and burn down trees is still a mystery. As an explanation, presumably that the ditches have been built before the host of trees started to appear. Who knows?

#2 The Bodele Depression

Did you know that all the mineral dust in the Amazon forests comes from a single spot in Sahara?

About 40 million tons of dust are transported each year from the Sahara to the Amazon basin. Placed in a narrow path between two mountain chain that are responsible for the accelerated winds over the depression, the Bodele emits more than 0.7 million tons of dust per day.

Without the Bodele, the Amazon rain-forests we know today, would probably not exist.

#1 Underground River

By now, you should have figured that the Amazon is simply gigantic, dwarfing every other river there could be in the Amazon area. However, no earlier than 2011, a river almost as big and as wide as the Amazon was discovered by a group of Brazilian scientists and they named the river Hamza, after the head of the team .

But how could it have been hidden all this time? Well, as you may be suspecting, it is nothing more than an underground river, flowing from west to east and is around the same length, of 6,000 km. what is even more impressive, is while the Amazon ranges from 1 km to 100 km in width, the Hamza ranges from 200 km to 400 km.

Who knows what more secrets do the Amazonian rain forests hold?

3 Amazing & Tasty Green Recipes

Spring is upon us once more and with it, came all the fresh green vegetables. This is a great time to eat a little healthier and maybe lose a few pounds in the process.

These are three of the best green recipes out there that will make your body look better and feel great. Don’t worry, they also taste incredible, are easy to make, the ingredients are available throughout the country and they are very affordable as well.

1. Spring Orecchiette Pasta with Burrata

This is a fantastic, simple, vegetarian pasta. It contains fresh peas, wilted greens, mushrooms, sugar peas and creamy Burrata cheese. The recipe, originates from the South of Italy and it is named for its shape, that means “little ear”.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of fresh peas
  •  2 tablespoons of kosher salt
  • 4 Quarts of water
  • 16 oz Orecchiette pasta
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 8 oz of mushrooms (shittaki, cremini, morrels or buttons), quartered or sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 cups of wilting greens (dandilion, arugula, chard, spinach)
  • a pinch salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • a cracked pepper
  • half a cup of parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh mint ribbons
  • a bit of lemon zest
  • 1 cup of Asparagus tips (optional)
  • 1  ball of burrata cheese (optional)

Details

  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Serving: 4 to 6 persons

Instructions

Fill a large pot with 4 quarts of water and add 2 tablespoons of salt and then leave it to boil. Heat one tablespoon of oil at medium-high heat, by using a skillet. Sauté the onion until tender. After that, add the mushrooms and turn down the heat to a medium level. Sauté them until you get a golden and tender look. Then, add a pinch of pepper and salt; add wilting greens and sauté, mixing frequently until just wilted. Then, set aside for later.

Whip two eggs in a smaller bowl and set them aside afterwards.

When the water is about to boil, add the pasta and stir until it begins to boil. After that, turn the heat down and wait for approximately 7 minutes, until the pasta is well cooked. To be sure of the time required for the pasta to boil, it is highly recommended that you check the instruction on the package. Use a measuring-cup to scoop out one cup of hot pasta water and set it aside. Add the sugar peas, fresh peas and the tips of the asparagus to the boiling pasta, then turn the heat up to a high setting and boil for one minute. Do not rinse, turn the heat off and return to the pot.

Stir in the 3 tablespoon of hot pasta water to the small bawl containing the eggs. Add them gradually, one tablespoon at a time and stir well.

After that is complete, pour in the water/egg mixture over the pasta and by using a large, wooden spoon stir gently in order for the pasta to coat. Add 1/3 of a cup of parmesan, the cracked pepper and stir in more pasta water (as much as it is needed for the pasta to loosen up).

Place it on a platter, or in a bowl and sprinkle it with lemon zest, mint and the remaining parmesan. Now it’s a good time to add pieces of the burrata cheese. Bon appétit.

2. Grilled Asparagus Subs with Smoky French Dressing

Tired?! In that case, it must be time for a cheesy break with a tasty sandwich.

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 of a cup of ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar
  • 1/4 of a cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce
  • a bit of smoked salt
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 2 pounds of peeled and trimmed medium asparagus
  • 1/4 of a cup of raisins
  • 1/4 of a cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 thin sliced scallions
  • a bit of olive oil
  • 4 split and lightly toasted 7-inch subs

Details

  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Serving: 4 persons

Instructions

Combine, in a blender, the vinegar, mayonnaise, chipotle, garlic, mustard and ketchup, and mix them until you get a smooth paste. After that, season the dressing with salt according to your taste.

Cook the asparagus, in a large pot filled with salted, boiling water, for about two minutes. You will notice that the asparagus will turn bright green in color. After that is done, drain it and spread the asparagus on a baking sheet in order to cool it down.

Preheat a large pan, while you drizzle the asparagus with olive oil and season it with salt as well. After that, grill it at moderately-high heat, for about three minutes, or until it is lightly charred and tender.

Spread three tablespoons of the smoky French dressing on the cut sides of each sub. After that, add the grilled asparagus and top it off with the scallions, crumbled feta and raisins. Close the sandwich and serve.

3. Spicy Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing

The one thing about combining avocado salad and spicy shrimp with creamy Miso dressing, is that it will taste incredible.

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Ingredients

For the dressing first:

  • 3 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 peeled, 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of agave nectar
  • 3 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoons of white Miso

For the salad:

  • 1/2 pound of raw shrimp with their tails removed
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon of butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne
  • 2 small sliced avocados
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 cucumber
  • some fresh, chopped cilantro for the topping
  • 4 cups of chopped spinach or of baby kale
  • a few peanuts for topping

Details

  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 35 minutes
  • Serving: 4 persons

Instructions

First, heat the butter over a medium-high heat, by using a small skillet. After that, add the shrimp and the garlic, and sprinkle them, directly in the pan, with cayenne and chili powder. Let it sauté for a few minutes on each side, until the shrimps have a nice golden color on the outside.

The second thing you need to do, is cut in half the avocados, then you need to cut vertical and horizontal lines into the avocado and scoop the flesh out with a spoon. When that is done, go ahead and peel, then cut the cucumber; chop the spinach or baby kale into small, bites size pieces and arrange them into a bowl along with the shrimp.

Mix all of the dressing ingredients together into a mixer, until you get a smooth paste. Add salt and pepper according to your taste and pour the dressing over the salad.

Top it off with peanuts and fresh cilantro for a crunchy experience.

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8 Famous People with Autism

They’re bold, famous and beautifully jaded. People who changed history, delivered groundbreaking equations of the universe, made life long careers in art or had the sound of their music travel around the globe have been diagnosed with autism or Asperger’s syndrome.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder manifested through impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as repetitive behaviours. Here’s a chronological list of some of the most famous people with autism throughout history:

1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Mozart became famous for his legendary contribution to classical music, as well for being one of the first people thought to have Asperger’s. For the most, his life revolved around experimenting with music. He lived on a metaphorical island and spread his wonders all over the world, but he was moody, sometimes impolite and often lacked capacity to focus on conversations.

2. Albert Einstein

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The most popular scientist in history is remembered as daydreaming, fun and witty, other than being a genius. There were no records of autism back in the day. The disorder was discovered in the 1940s, when the syndrome was given its name. For Einstein, despite an enormous IQ and a strike of unearthly brilliance, life has been often contradictory, making him a highly sensitive introvert who had trouble finding work or relating to people.

3. Andy Warhol

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The father of Pop Art was an eccentric, outgoing, naturally charismatic individual, but he is believed to have had Asperger’s. He was a revolutionary for American art but often displayed split behavior and changing moods, translated into his work, relationships and volatile speech. He is famous for answering lengthy interviews with Yes’s and No’s solely.

4. Stanley Kubrik

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Like Mozart, Warhol and Einstein, Kubrick was born in a time when autism was not yet labeled. So it took nearly two decades of anguish for the troubled teenager to sort out himself. Kubrik later went into therapy and was diagnosed in retrospect, analyzing his own interiorized mind and his unconscious orientation to making extraordinary art in detriment of developing successful social skills.

5. Daryl Hannah

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Daryl Hannah has a history with autism, spanning her childhood, when she was diagnosed, and her whole adult life. The Blade Runner actress had a quiet childhood and never got used to the fame attributed to her vocation and career.  She refused to give interviews for a fairly long time and only later accepted to open up in public about her struggle with autism.

6. Tim Burton

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Most beloved and quirky Tim Burton is believed to fall inside the autism spectrum or to have Asperger’s. It was actually wife Helena Bonham Carter who began studying the possibility Burton suffered of autism after she researched the syndrome for a role. Burton admitted his famous debut, Edward Scissorhands, is a metaphor for his magical, yet troubled childhood.

7. Courtney Love

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Rock star Courtney Love grew up in a troubled home. She was split in between her family’s issues and public school detention. She got her diagnose for autism at 9 and struggled with a life that, beyond sex, drugs and a famous marriage to Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, was deeply affected by her disorder. Although her occasional delinquencies cannot be directly linked to autism, her lyrics deeply reflect her inner battle.

8. Susan Boyle

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Susan Boyle, the Scottish singer who hypnotized the audience at Britain’s Got Talent and became famous thanks to her out-of-this-world voice and performance, admitted to have been diagnosed with Asperger’s. Boyle spoke out on her brain dysfunction and expressed gratitude towards having an exact name and anthology for the disease, in this way, less charged with stigma than depression or other disorders.

These are only a few examples of famous people with autism. They prove that one can achieve anything despite seemingly impossible to pass obstacles.

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15 Long distance Relationship Quotes That will Lift your Mood

Living and loving in long distance can be a truly painstaking experience. Whether it’s oceans, the military, different time zones or just a couple hours bus ride, being apart for constantly long periods of time from the ones we love is a daily struggle that, if on one side, compensates through a lot of personal space, a lot of passion and fire, and a lot of sweet pretexts to text more than often, on the other hand is utterly consuming, restless and topped with misunderstandings.

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Long distance relationships are one of those things similar to the opera: you either really love it and are willing to elbow grease the miles between you with constant work, or you just hate it and never apply for it. We’ve put together a list of the best, most memorable, cute, fun and emotional quotes about long distance relationships. If you’re feeling sad about your boyfriend being miles apart, if you’re in a break with someone you love, or if you just miss the hell out of someone dear, these sweet quotes will brighten up your heart:

  1. “I know we loved each other, but distance can do strange things to people and before I was willing to tell her about it, I wanted to be certain that it would last”- Nicholas SparksNights in Rodanthe
  2. “ Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.”– Thomas Fuller
  3. “For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice.”– John Burroughs
  4. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”– Helen Keller
  5. “Forget the miles, forget them. You’ll be there and I’ll be here, and it’ll just be long distance. And that’ll be okay, because quite frankly I’m crazy about you.”- Going the Distance
  6. “Sometimes you have to be apart from the people you love, but that doesn’t make you love them any less. Sometimes you love them more.” - Nicholas Sparks
  7. Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering.” - Paulo Coelho
  8. “I’ll turn my back and walk away, away from the pain. Scream it loud, drown it out by the sound of the rain. Listen up, I’ve had enough all this waiting. I need you more right now than I ever did!”- Hawthorne Heights, Somewhere In Between
  9. “I love when I reach Marcus on the phone and as he says hello, I can hear the music he’s listening to in the background. That music is the sound of him without me. How he surrounds himself when I’m not there, which is almost all the time.”? Megan McCaffertyCharmed Thirds
  10. “Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it inflames the great”. – Roger de Bussy-Rabutin
  11. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Gandhi
  12. “But I must admit, I miss you quite terribly. The world is too quiet without you nearby.”
    Lemony Snicket
  13. “Long distance relationships are like wind to a fire. Winds put out the small fires, but inflame the big ones!” – Unknown
  14. “All days are nights to see till I see thee, And nights bright days when dreams do show thee to me.” – William Shakespeare, “Sonnet XLIII”
  15. “Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.” - William Cowper

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