10 Weird Fruits You Should Try

We all love to eat tasty meals, but from time to time we like trying new foods. For those days, you could try something that gives you comfort and pleasure, but you might as well want to try something more adventurous and exotic. We give you a list of weird fruits you probably never heard of. Some of them look like from your worst nightmare, but, surprisingly, they are also tasty. And if that isn’t the case, you might call it a culinary experiment and give it a try anyway.

1. Ackee

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Ackee is a strange fruit that looks like a combination of a big grape attached to a miniature yellow brain. Only the yellow part is edible. It currently grows in West Africa, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti. Unfortunately, the other parts of the fruit are highly toxic, producing hypoglycemia. On the long run, this translates into Jamaican vomiting sickness, a condition which affects those who eat the non-edible part on the whole fruit in its underdeveloped stages.

2.  Miraclefruit

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This fruit is known for its ability to transform sour tastes into sweet ones, although the composition is similar to limes and lemons. This is due to a molecule called miraculin which distorts the taste making it appear sweet. Because of this difference between its composition and its taste, there is a risk to produce stomach injuries if consumed in high quantities, because of its acidity. Extracts from the miraclefruit are used in the food industry as sweeteners for replacing sugar.

3.  Langsat

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This one looks a little bit like a potato from a distance, but it’s actually similar in taste with a bittersweet grapefruit.  The fruit can be eaten raw or can be used as syrup. Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines are one of the largest producers of langsat.

4. Cupuaçu

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Next on our list of weird fruits iscupuaçu, a buttery fruit from the Amazon basin used for desserts and sweets. Its taste is a combination of chocolate, pear, banana and pineapple flavors. It is related to the cocoa tree, which explains why it is also used for body lotion products. With the current crisis in cocoa production, cupuaçu is considered an alternative in order to save the chocolate industry.

5. Pepino

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Pepino is a very common fruit in South Africa, it is related to tomatoes and resembles a combination of pear and melon. It is exported all over the world but in high demand in Turkey and New Zealand. It is used in a variety of combination, in salads, along prepared meat and also as desserts aside ice cream.

6. Safou

Weird Fruits

Safou is also known as the bush pear and grows in a tree that can get more than 100 feet tall in the African forests. The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked and is an incredibly rich source of oil. In fact, the African pear may be a solution to ensure food security in many African countries.

7. Horned melon

Weird Fruits

The ferocious fruit is in fact highly nutritious. The African fruit is now grown in the U.S. as well. As you would expect from a fruit related to both the cucumber and the melon, the plant is mostly made out of water, a huge benefit for those living in the hot African climate. Because it can be stored at room temperature for many weeks, the fruit is often used for decorative purposes.

8. Dragon fruit

Weird Fruits

The fruit is not only delicious, it simply looks amazing both on the outside and on the inside. The fancy fruit grows on cactuses and can be served just as the kiwi. The dragon fruit has them all: high level of Vitamin C, low on sugar, contains phosphorus antioxidants.

9. Purple Mangosteen

Weird Fruits

The mangosteen is originally from Indonesia, but now grows in countries like Puerto Rico and Columbia. Due to its high fiber content and low caloric value, the purple mangosteen is recommended in diets. The fruit has a sweet and tangy taste.

10. Bael

Weird Fruits

The wood apple tree, as it is also known, is a sacred Indian tree. Wood apples can grow as large as pomelos and have a very tough shell. You’ll need a machete to access the pulp, which tastes like marmalade and smells like roses.

The Most Famous Photo Hoaxes That Fooled Millions

Have you ever looked a photo and being fooled into thinking it was something that it really wasn’t? If so then maybe you have fallen for one of the most famous photo hoaxes of all time.

The Cottingley Fairies Hoax

Famous Photo Hoaxes

One of the most famous photo hoaxes of all time was carried out in the early 20th century by a couple of inventive young cousins. Using a very early prototype of the Samsung Galaxy and a computer program known as Ye Olde Photoshoppe they cobbled together images that mystified the public and experts alike for decades. It was almost 60 years before they finally admitted that the photos were fake, although they rather bafflingly insisted that one of the images was actually real.

The Fake Suicide Hoax

Famous Photo Hoaxes

Hey, how can this be classed as a famous hoax photo when you’ve never seen it before? Before you start clamouring for your money back and for the site to get taken down let me explain. This is the first ever photo hoax, which I feel means that it deserves a place on this illustrious list of made up nonsense and outright BS. This is the image of Hippolyte Bayard, who was a relatively unheralded pioneer of the photographic process and who claimed to have taken this image of his own suicide after failing to get the acclaim he deserved.

The Hitler Rally Photo Hoax

Famous Photo Hoaxes

It turns out this famous photo of a young and rather enthusiastic Hitler at a 1914 war rally is almost certainly a fake. The size of his moustache and the fact that he never appears in video footage of the rally are the main reasons given by experts for finally working out after all this time that the photo isn’t real.

The Loch Ness Monster Photo Hoax

Famous Photo Hoaxes 

This hoax image of the Loch Ness monster was taken by a surgeon in 1934. It was the first really good photo of the beast and in a stunning twist of creativity became known as the Surgeon’s Photograph. Millions believed that it really showed a type of swimming dinosaur. In the mid 1970s experts finally claimed it was a photo hoax, as the ripples were different on different photos taken at the same time and the negatives showed that the image had probably been tampered with.

The 9/11 Photo Hoax

Famous Photo Hoaxes

You have probably already seen this hoax image at least once and might even have had it sent to your inbox. It is of a chap known at the Tourist Guy or Accidental Tourist standing on top of one of the Twin Towers just as the 9/11 attack takes place. Analysis of the photo reveals that it just makes no sense. Why would neither the subject nor the photographer realise that a giant plane was unexpectedly heading towards them. Why is he so well wrapped up on what was a warm day and how did the camera survive the incident and then get recovered from the rubble?

The Bush Book Hoax

Famous Photo Hoaxes

This famous picture of some guy holding a book round the wrong way is, apparently, a hoax. The same goes for the photo of Barack Obama holding a phone round the wrong way too.

The Giant Dog

Famous Photo Hoaxes 

Apparently Hercules is the world’s biggest dog. This is a brilliant photo but it isn’t 100% real.

10 Attractive Social Housing Projects

Social housing is often associated with poverty and esthetics is not the primary concern of its design. We live in a world where refined esthetics are used as a signifier of upper social status. Social systems defined as meritocratic usually manage esthetics in terms of costs in favor of those deemed worthy of. Put differently, complex architectural styles are rarely encountered in the case of social housing projects. But there are a couple of surprises coming from a couple of European countries where the public sector is quite strong and income inequality is rather low. Check out these 10 impressive social housing projects!

1. Hundertwasserhaus, Vienna, Austria

hundertwasser

A masterpiece of the Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 – 2000). In fact, the artist admitted that he is not educated as an architect and requested the help of a professional when the City Hall commissioned him this project. Josef Krawina was finally acknowledged as co-creator in 2001. Hundertwasserhaus seems a museum piece, but around 200 people live in the surreal manifest against order and sobriety erected between 1983 and 1985.

2. 120 Social Housing in Parla, Madrid, Spain

Social Housing in Parla, Spain

That is the exact number of apartments made available for young people by Madrid’s municipality. The minimalistic buildings are not located in the center of the city, but somewhere in a suburb called Parla. Bear in mind that the large team of architects behind these white soothing buildings drew a project to fit the exact budget.

3. Honeycomb Apartments, Izola, Slovenia

Honeycomb Apartments, Slovenia

Not only that these two magnificent futuristic buildings are incredibly attractive, but they were really cheap as well. The Slovenian Social Fund wanted the project to cost no more than 600 Euros per square meter. Even if the apartments are relatively small, there are not structural elements inside of them, giving the inhabitants the opportunity to arrange the rooms according to their needs.

4. Savonnerrie Heymans, Brussels, Belgium

Savonnerie Heymans, Brussels

The building complex was erected on the place where a soap factory used to function. The most exciting characteristic is its vast diversity. A social housing complex with just 42 accommodations, but few of them are similar. The ‘village’ placed in the center of Brussles contains lofts, studios, 1-6 room apartments and duplexes.

5. Torre Placa Europa, Barcelona, Spain

Torre Placa, Barcelona

Torre Placa Europa is a 2005 building that looks exactly like a Lego piece. It consists of 75 apartments and of course it actually a first prize in architecture. Not very relevant which one, but judging by its looks, it could be the most minimalist Lego building ever created.

6. Les Nids, Paris, France

Les Nids

This 2010 piece looks like a block of little moveable boxes you can play with, but t is actually a nice social housing project from Paris, France. What makes this project a good one is that although is for social housing, each of the apartments are individualized. At the same time, the neighborhood concept is very well developed, with small green spaces to collectively enjoy the life outdoors.

7. L’Astrolarbre, Paris, France

L'astrolabe, Paris

Located in France, this building has a sort of wooden minimalist industrial design. It looks like a pretentious elite housing than housing for the poor. We enjoyed the natural look. It also reminded us about that Jenga game we enjoy.

8. Tetris Apartments, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Tetris Apartments, Lubljana

These apartments are located in Ljubljana and they look like their name suggest, like a Tetris. Build in 2006-2007, their modern look reminds us more of an office building. It is larger than the previous ones, with 650 apartments included, which means more housing for the poor.

9. Elmas Social Housing, Elmas, Italy

Elmas, Sardinia

The small town lies on the beautiful Italian island Sardinia. The white building painted with mustard windows plays with your eyes in a calm peaceful manner. The rather small social housing project is a ray of light, but at the same time it fully serves its utilitarian purpose.

10. Hatert Housing, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Hatert Tower, Nijmegen

The bizarrely attractive Dutch social housing project finished in 2011 is now the crown of Hatert. The weird asymmetrically floating balconies give ‘the White Rose’ its attractive aspect. Moreover, the balconies seem quite large and welcoming!

The Amazing Benefits of Shea Butter

Lately, a lot of people who care about their health are using only natural products for their skin. One of those products is shea butter, a solid fatty oil that comes from the Karite nuts that grow in the regions of central and western Asia. The Karite tree makes the fruits and the nuts inside the fruits hold the shea butter. In order to extract the butter, the nuts need to be crushed and boiled. Out of this process comes a light colored butter-like fat, which we call shea butter. The best kind of shea butter is the pure one, which looks like lumps of hard ice cream. Here are some of the amazing benefits of shea butter.

1. Incredible Healing Properties

healing shea butter benefits

One of the known amazing benefits of shea butter is its capacity to heal. This happens thanks to the healthy fatty acids like oleic acid, stearic, palmitic and linolenic. These compounds are oil soluble and do not convert into soap when coming into contact with alkali. It is a known fact that shea butter is number one when it comes to healthy oils and fats. All these compounds make it great for healing the skin. Using raw, unrefined shea butter helps cure skin rashes, eczema, sunburns, stretch marks, frost bites, athletes foot, arthritis, insect bites and stings. Basically, shea butter can be used for any kind of skin problem. Because of its amazing healing benefits, shea butter is often used in ointments and skin moisturizers. Its high content of vitamin A helps the skin heal faster and disinfects it. Shea butter is also a great remedy for skin allergies like seborrheic dermatitis, psoriazis and poison ivy allergy.

2. Shea Butter is a Perfect Antioxidant

antioxidant vitamins shea butter benefits

Besides being an amazing skin healer, due to its high content of fatty acids, shea butter is  well of antioxidants and vitamins like vitamin A and E. These two essential vitamins protect the skin cells from the damaging free radicals. Shea butter contains cinnamic acid which helps the skin fight against ultraviolet radiation. Shea butter also acts as a natural sunscreen and helps against sunburns. Use it both in summer time and winter time as it will provide the best moisture to keep your skin protected from extreme temperatures.

3. Anti-aging Properties

anti aging shea butter benefits

Shea butter is considered by many one of the best skin moisturizers. Forget about all those chemical moisturizers they advertise on TV. Those creams are packed with toxic compounds that will affect the skin on the long run. Shea butter is rich in vitamin A and E, which help the skin by nourishing it, giving it a supple, firm and radiant look. Shea butter is also very efficient against wrinkles or any facial fine lines. It penetrates the skin fast and it doesn’t clog the pores. Shea butter is recommended for dry skin, normal skin, oily skin and sensitive skin.  The vitamin F from shea butter maintains the skin’s elasticity, gives it an even tone, hydrates it and softens it.

4. Shea Butter is Great for Baby Skin

baby care shea butter benefits

Another one of the amazing benefits of shea butter is that it’s perfectly safe and recommended for baby skin care. It takes care of the sensitive baby skin and heals eczema or any other diaper rash. It’s delicate and leaves a pleasant scent on the baby’s skin.

5. Amazing for Hair

hair shea butter benefits

Shea butter is not only amazing for the skin, it’s also great for hair. It can be used as a natural conditioner and it will leave the hair soft and healthy. It can also be used if you have a sensitive scalp. Shea butter can soothe itchiness, helps against dandruff and it doesn’t leave the hair oily. It’s also great for damaged hair, brittle hair or dry hair. Use it to repair the split ends or soothe a dry, flaky scalp.

 

 

 

10 Reasons Why We Love George Takei

George Takei is famous for so many reasons.  His interesting acting and activist life is currently documented in a piece titled “To be Takei”, a documentary directed by Jennifer M. Root and was brought to theaters during the summer of 2014. But to better understand his role in cinema and also his political persona, you need to get a few facts and reasons to be in love with this guy, since we know you already like him.

1. He is a young spirit who conquered social media

George Takei

He has over 7 million followers on Facebook and more than a million on Twitter. Moreover, he is currently involved in the development of a web series, Takei’s Take, on the elders’ usage of consumer technology. Isn’t that sweet and supportive of him? We always love a nice socially conscious guy.

2. He supports LGBT rights

George Takei

Not only that he is gay, but his exemplary activity on this front is his reaction to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill to which Takei responded in a witty and critical manner, encouraging his viewers to say “It’s OK to be Takei”, replacing “gay” with “Takei”. How awesome is that?

3. He was one the first Asian actors to be included in Hollywood movies

George Takei

In the 40’s and the 50’s the movie industry was more than harsh for non-white actors. But he was one of the few one distributed in various roles, including the famous Star Trek series.

4. He was a part of our favorite TV series of all time

George Takei

Part of Star Trek, where we admired him as Commander Sulu. Obviously, George Takei himself liked that major role of his life, since his Facebook page is full of Star Trek references. We like that. He doesn’t refuse his glorious past, but he also chooses to consider himself as more that the Star Trek guy.

5. He was a part of a committee for urban transit improvement

George Takei

Are you amazed? So were we. It was long time ago, back in’70’s, when he was appointed in the board of directors of Southern California Rapid Transit District, where he planned the Los Angeles subway network.

6. He is a very progressive guy

George Takei

Not only is he our favorite guy, but he officially declared he will be active many more years and when he stated his anti-ageist ideas, we kind of melted. He said: “The word retirement is offensive. What? Do you retire from life?”

7. He has his own catchphrase: Ohh Myy

George Takei

He originally voiced that in Cory in the House and afterwards in3rd Rock from the Sun. It became an internet sensation in 2009, when a fun uploaded on Youtube a video entitled “Oh My The George Takei Song” giving more power and hilariousness to his brand.

8. He is, on top of everything, a radio guy

George Takei

He is a regular guest of the Sirius XM Radio, since 2006, where he contributes to The Howard Stern Show. Everywhere you casually are, Takei. Like a goddamn superhuman with 48 hours a day.

9. His voice is as wanted as he is

George Takei

His distinctive narrative voice is used in various Walt Disney Pictures, radio shows and documentaries, and in the cartoon version of Star Trek- “George Lucas”.

10. He is also an asteroid

George Takei

Well, not exactly. But he is so big that an asteroid was named 7307 Takei. And if you think this is not so important, then know that International Astronomical Union’s Committee on Small Body Nomenclature had decided to name the asteroid so.

Basically George Takei isn’t just an actor, director and an active member for promoting equal rights; he was also involved in some activities most of the celebrities only give money to. And for all his ubiquity, we love him even more.