7 Must-See Destinations in the UK

Our world features so many wonderful destinations that it might come as impossible to comprise a realistic bucket list of all the places one should see. The United Kingdom is frequented by numerous tourists who all flock to big cities like London, Manchester or Glasgow or want to visit famous locations such as Stonehenge. However, the country has much more to offer and is much more diverse than most of us know. We have comprised a top of must-see destinations in the UK that have not received such popularity. You might want to take them into consideration if you plan to travel there soon.

1. The Orkneys

The Orkneys are one of the must-see destinations in the UK.

Let us begin with The Orkneys, one of the top must-see destinations in the UK. Located near the North-Eastern part of the coast of Scotland, these islands are frequented by people who enjoy scuba diving. The archipelago consists of Mainland, the main island, and two other groups of smaller isles: the North ones and the South ones. The incredibly clear waters give tourists the opportunity of observing shipwrecks from the First and Second World Wars, as well as a diverse array of wildlife.

2. The Isles of Scilly

The Isles of Scilly were involved in the longest bloodless war in history.

Even though the Isles of Scilly are situated in the northern part of Europe, they do resemble the warmer shores of the islands in the Mediterranean. It is the perfect place to enjoy a sub-tropical medium if you do not wish to go to far exotic destinations. The Isles of Scilly were involved in what is considered one of the longest and bloodless wars in history that lasted for 335 years.

3. Blackpool

The top must-see destinations in the UK include the city of Blackpool.

Speaking of beautiful shorelines, Blackpool is another one of the must-see destinations in the UK. Tourists are flocking each year to enjoy both the breathtaking and nostalgic landscapes, but also the fun attractions, such as the Ferris wheel and several roller coaster rides. Other landmarks include the Winter Gardens, the Blackpool Zoo, the Blackpool Tower, Sandcastle Water Park and Blackpool Illuminations.

4. The Isle of Man

Isle of Man is located right in the heart of the U.K.

The Isle of Man is the perfect place for astronomy fans and people who enjoy stargazing, since the sky above it is clearer than in most places in the world. You will not even need special telescopes to be able to spot the Milky Way or the Orion Nebula, as well as the famous and mysterious Northern lights.

5. The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are among the most picturesque sights in the country.

Another one of the lesser known must-see destinations in the UK is in the South West England. In the Cotswolds you can go hiking through stunning forests and fields and visit historical cottages. The area covers Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, but also regions from Worcestershire, Somerset, Warwickshire and Wiltshire. The friendly locals will make you feel like at home and at the end of the day you will surely enjoy a pint of ale in one of the picturesque traditional pubs.

6. St. Ives

St Ives has more to show than you might imagine.

This fishing town located in Cornwall may be small, but it certainly has a lot of character. Apart from beautiful sandy beaches, St. Ives also offers a wide variety of sea food, as well as many art galleries and cultural events. The small town managed to get ranked by The Guardian as the best seaside town in 2007, as well as win the best U.K. seaside town title in 2010 and 2011 at the British Travel Awards.

7. Cairngorms

Cairngorms is among the must-see destinations in the UK.

The last on our top must-see destinations in the UK list is Cairngorms. Cairngorms is a ski resort located in the eastern part of the Highlands of Scotland, right beneath the National Park’s mountains. The name comes from the main mountain: Cairn Gorm. Apart from the breathtaking landscapes that are worth exploring, you can enjoy snowboarding or skiing. Definitely worth a try if you do not wish to spend all your money on a trip to the Alps.

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5 Predictions from Nostradamus That Came True

Even though many dispute the veracity of many prophecies, some of them have simply too many exact details to be considered coincidences. Michel de Nostredame, otherwise known as Nostradamus, was a visionary who lived in the 16th century and has predicted numerous major events throughout our history. The following predictions from Nostradamus that came true extend over four hundred years, and there are people who claim that there are still a couple of events in his prophecies that have not yet come to pass. The prophet’s predictions have been collected in a book named Les Propheties.

1. Great Fire of London (1666)

The Great Fire of London was one of the first predictions to come true.

The first of the predictions from Nostradamus that came true on our list happened one hundred years after his death. His prophecy said that many just people of London including some belonging to a sect will be burnt by a fire in the year ’66. This came to pass when the city was engulfed by flames for four days in 1666. The second part was also true as 87 parish churches belonging to the Anglican Church and the Church of England, as well as St. Paul’s Cathedral were burnt to the ground. The two churches were seen as sects of Christian faith. The cause of the fire was never determined exactly.

2. The French Revolution (1789 – 1799)

The French Revolution is one of the predictions from Nostradamus that came true.

Nostradamus also predicted that one day, before the war, the lords and princes will be imprisoned by the enslaved people, and that the king will be executed, in addition to the fall of the great wall. He also mentioned the location of this disaster: the soil of the River Seine. One of the bloodiest events in the history of France came true when the French Revolution started in 1789. During the rebellion, Louis the XVI was executed, along with many members of the religious and aristocratic classes. The fall of the walls refers to the Storming of the Bastille fortress.

3. The Rise of Napoleon Bonaparte (1804)

Napoleon's rise was also predicted by the prophet.

Some predictions from Nostradamus that came true are focused on certain persons rather than events. This particular prophecy made reference to ‚ÄúPAU,NAY,LORON‚ÄĚ. By re-arranging the letters, we can obtain the name ‚ÄúNapaulon Roy‚ÄĚ which is a clear direction towards Napoleon Bonaparte, since ‚Äúroi‚ÄĚ means king in French. The prophecy also stated that his blood will not be as important as his fire and that he will deny entry to the Piuses. This points toward the fact that even though Napoleon did not have royal blood, he had enough determination to become one of the greatest rulers in history. Furthermore, he imprisoned two popes: Pius VI and Pius VII.

4. The Rise of Adolf Hitler (1934)

Nostradamus misspelled Hitler's name as Hister.

But Nostradamus did not stop here. He predicted the rise of Hitler when he referred at a child born in a poor family situated in Western Europe. His abilities of a demagogue and orator were also mentioned as his power to seduce a grand troop. However, by the time he became the Fuhrer of Germany he was already well-known in the Soviet Union and Japan, hence the prophecy’s realm of the East.

5. The Second World War (1939 – 1945)

WWII is among the predictions from Nostradamus that came true.

Lastly, one of the most important predictions from Nostradamus that came true was about the Second World War. The prophecy pointed towards Germany, the main instigator of the conflict, as the place between the Lower Danube and the Rhine. The prophet also mentioned that the greatest part of the army, meaning the Allies, will fight ‚ÄúHister‚ÄĚ, a clear misspelling of Hitler. The German army also featured various military machines defined as hungry beasts that crossed both land and water. The last part suggests the Allies dragged the Nazi leader in an iron cage where German child sees no laws. Hitler committed suicide in his iron bunker.

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Top 5 Most Visited Amusement Parks

Both children and adults have always been attracted by amusement parks, either for the thrill of the rides or just to see their favorite fairy tales and stories come to life. The top 5 most visited amusement parks are all Disney-related, and together they gather over 126 million visitors per year. And it is not hard to understand why: children can go to the lands of their dreams and meet their favorite characters, while adults have the chance to become children again for a couple of hours. Amusement parks are the perfect getaway.

5. Disneyland Park

Disneyland Paris is the most visited park of its type in Europe.

Visitors: 10 million per year

Location: Marne-la-Vallée, France

The first of the most visited amusement parks is also the most popular in Europe. Initially named Euro Disney, the park contains five sections: Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland, and 49 attractions. Even though the name Euro did work for American visitors, Europeans tended to associate it with a business medium since their currency is also called Euro. Thus, the name was changed, but the most iconic building is still standing tall: the castle of Sleeping Beauty. Other popular attractions include the Pirates of the Caribbean tour, Big Thunder Mountain and It’s a Small World. Next to this park is the Walt Disney Studios Park that opened in 2002 and is dedicated to Disney movies.

4. Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea is among the most visited amusement parks.

Visitors: 12 million per year

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Even though our next two entries are named Disney, they do not belong to the Disney Corporation. The Oriental Land Company leased the rights to feature the locations and characters from Disney and thus create two of the most visited amusement parks in Asia. DisneySea is divided into seven parts: the Mediterranean Harbor, the Mysterious Island, Mermaid Lagoon, the Arabian Coast, the Lost River Delta, Port Discovery and the American Waterfront. The Mysterious Island also features a wonderful artificial volcano named Mount Prometheus. Lastly, the amusement park has been given a dedication from the head of Disney himself, Michael D. Eisner.

3. Tokyo Disneyland

Tokyo holds two of the most visited amusement parks.

Visitors: 14 million per year

Location: Tokyo, Japan

The other park we previously mentioned is Tokyo Disneyland, which has the same touch as the U.S. and European counterparts. Featuring the symbolic castle of Sleeping Beauty, the park includes seven areas: World Bazaar, Adventureland, Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown and Tomorrowland. Many of its attractions can also be found in The Magic Kingdom and Disneyland California.

2. Disneyland: California

This is the original Disney amusement park.

Visitors: 14 to 16 million per year

Location: California, United States

The next on our most visited amusement parks list is the parent of all Disney themed parks. Disneyland California opened its gates when Walt Disney was still alive in 1955. During its history, more than 650 million visitors have enjoyed its features. Apart from the iconic castle, the park also has eight lands similar to the other parks. However, its special areas are the New Orleans Square and Mickey’s Toontown. Guests are greeted by characters from their favorite fairy tales and can end their visit by watching the grand spectacle of fireworks, sometimes graced by the presence of Tinkerbell or Dumbo.

1. The Magic Kingdom

The top spot of the most visited amusement parks belongs to The Magic Kingdom.

Visitors: 17 million per year

Location: Florida, United States

The Magic Kingdom is part of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks group that also includes Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and The Animal Kingdom. This time, the park is set around the castle of Cinderella, which is made to look much higher than it actually is. The Magic Kingdom features some of the same lands as previous parks, but it also has its original areas like Liberty Square and the two parts of Fantasyland: Storybook Circus and the Enchanted Forest. The park is circled by the Walt Disney World Railroad that can take you quickly to the desired land.

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5 Items Believed to be Created by the Devil

From the dawn of religion, some people have blamed newly created items or services that they did not understand to be foul. While this might have been understandable in the Middle Ages, today it might come as a surprise to hear someone declare that Harry Potter is an envoy of the Devil, or that the Smurfs are small demons disguised as toys in order to corrupt children. From religious symbols and sports to cartoon characters, games and entertainment places, the following items believed to be created by the Devil are as surprising as they are usual aspects of our lives.

1. The Theater

The theater had a very poor reputation when it first appeared.

Perhaps the most well known critic of the theater in the early modern Europe was William Pryne. In 1632, Pryne wrote a book named Histriomastix: The Player’s Scourge that was focused on explaining why the theater was a creation of the Devil. He was particularly upset because the paper used for plays had better quality than the one used to print Bibles. Pryne went on to name playwrights and actors drunkards, ruffians and all sorts of sinful names, which in turn got him into trouble. Queen Henrietta Maria had previously performed in a play and thus Prynne was sentenced to pay a fine, additionally to losing his ears and being disbarred.

2. Soccer

Football is one of the items believed to be created by the Devil.

Next on our list of items believed to be created by the Devil is a very popular sport. Evang Funmilayo Adebayo, an evangelist from Nigeria was of the opinion that soccer or football is meant to be a way of idolizing the Devil. Her explanation lies in the story about the Tower of Babel, built by men to reach Heaven. As a result, God mixed up their languages so they could not understand each other. On the other hand, soccer is a sport that unites people no matter their origins and makes them idolize teams and players. Furthermore, she believed this is part of a great plan of creating a single government for the whole world which in turn will lead to the rise of the Antichrist.

3. The Cross

Some people believe the cross is a sign of the Devil.

The next item might be surprising to some of you, but it seems that those who are part of the Church of the Great God are firm believers of the fact that the cross is one of the items believed to be created by the Devil to trick people. Apparently, the pagan god of nature from Babylonian culture, Tammuz, had as symbol the letter T, similar to the cross. Since this symbol was not used until Emperor Constantine’s vision, these believers think that the emperor actually saw the cross of the Devil, and not God. However, the most logical argument is that Christ has been executed on the cross and thus it cannot be a symbol of God.

4. The Smurfs

The Smurfs were believed to be demons in disguise.

The next strange belief comes from Jehovah’s Witnesses. In the 1980s they argued that the Smurfs were a creation of Satan. These remarks were followed by others, most notably in 2008 when someone said that the word “smurf” actually meant “demon” in German, and that the dolls were coming to life to make foul remarks and bite children. Three years later, televangelist Dorothy Spaulding declared that she knew one child who could not sleep at night until all his smurf related items were moved out of his room. Other creation science websites state that the community of the Smurfs resemble a communist society, that Papa Smurf is a representation of Karl Marx, or the Grand Dragon of the KKK, or that the Smurfs are worshipers of Gargamel, the occult wizard.

5. The Dice

Dices are among the items believed to be created by the Devil.

As gambling was deemed a sin in the Middle Ages, it comes to no surprise that dices were items believed to be created by the Devil. Gamblers were thought to serve the god of the dice, Decius. John Mirk, an English prior argued that by throwing the dice on the gambling table, one was flinging his soul to Satan. Another preacher named Gaberiel de Barletta was of the opinion that the dice that had 21 points was the equivalent of the 21 letter alphabet created by God. Others believed that the dice was a symbol of the Fall, and thus each pip stood for a holy element: one represented God, two God and Virgin Mary, three the Trinity, four the evangelists, five the wounds of Christ and six the days of the Creation of the World.

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4 False Confessions that Led to Wrongful Convictions

Wrongful convictions are one of the main reasons numerous states have abolished the death penalty. Innocent people can still spend many years or even their whole life in prison. Nowadays, they are no longer convicted after simple confessions if there is no true evidence, but in the past quite a few people have been coerced into admitting crimes they did not commit, either for the promise of an easier penalty or because of their mental state. Some false confessions that led to wrongful convictions have greatly changed the lives of the following four unlucky people.

1. Alstory Simon

Alstory Simon was one of the people who gave false confessions that led to wrongful convictions.

Anthony Porter was acquitted in 1982 for the death of a young couple because of one of the false confessions that led to wrongful convictions. Because Porter had mental issues, he received a reprieve. That is when the investigation turned to Alstory Simon. Simon was implicated in the murders, and he eventually confessed to shooting the couple in self-defense. As a result, Porter was given a full pardon, and Simon a 37-year sentence. However, Simon changed his mind and made another confession: that during his interrogatory he was shown a video statement from a witness who had seen him commit the crime. The truth came to light when it was demonstrated that the video was fake, and all false witnesses recanted their testimonies. His conviction was vacated in 2014, but the real murderer remains unknown.

2. Eddie Joe Lloyd

Eddie Joe Lloyd was finally acquitted in 2002.

It was the year 1984 when Michelle Jackson was killed in Detroit. Eddie Joe Lloyd was a paranoid schizophrenic at a psychiatric hospital. He sent a couple of letters on the murder of Jackson to the Detroit police and requested the case file. Thus, the police included him on the list of possible murderers, and after interrogating him, Lloyd confessed to the crime. His statement included so many details about the murder that the jury sentenced him to life imprisonment in less than an hour. In the end, it became clear that his confession had been forced on him after the police gave him all the details of the murder. Lloyd declared that he was told that the real killer would be brought to light if he did so. He was finally released in 2002, but the murderer was never found.

3. Darrel Parker

Darrel Parker was convicted of murdering his wife.

Another one of the false confessions that led to wrongful convictions belongs to Darrel Parker. In 1955, Parker found his wife dead in their home in Nebraska. His interrogatory lasted for many hours and ended with him confessing to the crime. Parker tried to change his statement but it was too late and he was sentenced to life imprisonment, even though no evidence could be found. Fourteen years later, an appeals court concluded that he had been coerced to confess to the crime and he was thus paroled. However, when Wesley Peery, a death row inmate, died in 1988, his confessions were unsealed. It seems that Peery killed several women among which Nancy Parker, the wife of Darrel. Peery was one of Parker’s coworkers at the time of the crime. Parker received $500,000 compensation and a formal public apology in 2012.

4. Andrew Evans

Among the false confessions that led to wrongful convictions is the case of Andrew Evans.

Our last case of false confessions that led to wrongful convictions starts with the murder of Judith Roberts in 1972, who was found dead in a field. A soldier named Andrew Evans, who was 17 at the time, contacted the police. Evans was taking depression medication after being discharged from the Whittington Barracks. He asked to see a photo of the dead girl and thus landed a thorough interrogation from the police which ended with his confession. After being sentenced to imprisonment for life, he changed his statement and declared that he had been influenced by Brietal, the truth drug that produces false memories. He still ended up in prison for 25 years, until when medical experts determined that his confession could have been the result of the drug. Furthermore, the details he provided about the crime did not fit with the evidence. Evans was released in 1997.

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