Most Fascinating Mysteries of the World -part 1-

There are mysteries of this world that keep even the brightest of minds occupied. We already know about the infamous Loch Ness Monster, the Bards of the ancient world and strange UFO sightings, but did you know about the lesser known mysteries of the world? Scientists have not been able to understand them, so they continue to fascinate people around the world. Let’s take a quick look at seven of the most interesting mysteries of this world, which have yet to be explained through scientific evidence.

1. The Shroud of Turin 

The Shroud of Turin is very well known, especially in the Christian world, as being the artifact on which the face of Jesus was first depicted, after his crucifixion. There is no way to tell how this shroud was woven, or when it happened. All we know is that the sacred artifact is kept in the regal Chapel of St. John the Baptist in Torino. As time went by, people came up with different theories in regards to the shroud. Some say that it is a relic, used to wrap Jesus Christ after his crucifixion, while scientists and several intellectuals are the opinion that it is nothing more than an artifact. The shroud also holds two prints: the front depicts the back of an undressed man, who was wiped and probably crucified (the Bible talks about the apostles, John and Peter, who check on the grave after two days and find it empty). The only remaining thing was the shroud, with which Jesus was wrapped.

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But the mysteries don’t stop here. At around 1988, when technology advanced, three small pieces from the fabric were sent to be dated with the help of radioactive carbon, to different laboratories (in Oxford, Arizona and Switzerland). All tests confirmed that the shroud dated from the 1260-1390 period, and they also said that the red spots on the fabric might be the Savior’s blood. However, scientists say that the blood should have become black or brown due to its age. We may never know if the shroud was indeed the one that the savior was wrapped it, and we may never find out.

2. The Count of Saint Germain 

The Count of Saint Germain was very well known for his inventions, adventures, violin, and life of mystery. He also had a passion for alchemy. Because he was talented in so many fields, he was nicknamed “Der Wundermann” which means a kind of Superman. Nobody knew where he came from, or where he was headed, but this mysterious individual was spotted again year after year. The first sighting was in 1710, under the name of Montferrat, but he was also seen in Venice and other European cities. This quickly led to a new nick-name: “Saint-Germain the Undying” because all his life, he looked the same way. Nobody ever saw him eat, but he enjoyed women and mingling with the elevated crowds. Mysteriously enough, he never seemed to get old.

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He was most famous during 1750-1760 when he befriended Ludovic the XV and became a spy for him. Because he made many enemies, he dissapeared, and reappeared in Russia, under the name of general Soltikov, where he aided an important rebellion. He died in 1784.

3. The Voynich Manuscript 

The Voynich Manuscript is a medieval document that was written in a totally unknown language. For more than 100 years, researchers and scientists are trying to crack the secret code, and decipher it, but to no avail. Scientists believe that it could be a book about pharmaceuticals, which talks about ancient medicine or the beginnings of modern medicine, because the manuscript contains images of Plants, Biology, Cosmology, Recipes and Astronomy.

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4. Black Dalila 

It is not often that the police fails to apprehend a serial killer, but it seems that this was the case of Elizabeth short, a young women (22 years old) that was found dead in 1947, in a parking lot of Los Angeles. According to local press, soon after her death, Elizabeth was named the Black Dalila (inspired from the movie Blue Dahlia). Rumors say that the police invented this nick-name and that investigations done during that time proved inconclusive, and the murderer was not brought to justice.

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These are four of the most interesting mysteries that we have learned about. There are many more that we would love to discuss. Stay tuned for more interesting mysteries of the world!

4 Winter Skin Conditions You Should Still Worry About

Winter doesn’t just bring with it the opportunity to whip out our snowboards, ski gear or skates even though we would all love that. It also provides the perfect conditions for dry skin and several other problems to which sensitive skin is most prone to- cracking, flaking and even eczema. And when your routine beauty regimen fails to do the trick, you may be facing issues that need special attention. Just because spring is here, it doesn’t mean that you are done worrying about the conditions of your skin. Because the climate is very unstable during this period, you might still be faced with some skin problems you could easily avoid. Here are some of the most common winter skin concerns that still manifest in spring:

  1. Rosacea

This condition presents with facial erythema (redness) and may present with or without pimples. It commonly begins across the cheeks, nose or forehead but can spread to the ears, scalp, neck or chest. Although sun exposure and emotional stress are common factors implicated in its appearance, rosacea is often caused by cold weather, humidity and wind so winter presents and ideal set of circumstances for it to flare up. A visit to a dermatologist can ease symptoms and treat the ailment in no time with local antibiotics, retinoid creams, laser therapy or other types of treatment but prevention is essential if you know you have sensitive skin. Proper protection is paramount- a scarf and maybe a hoodie can do wonders. Also make sure to wear sun-block as snow reflects significant amounts of UV light and makes you that much more susceptible.

  1. Psoriasis

This common immune-mediated skin ailment affects 2-4% of the general population and presents with scaly itchy patches on the superficial layer of the skin that have a silvery-white appearance. Patches are most commonly found on the elbows, knees, scalp or lower back and appear more commonly with season and climate changes, stress and obesity. The reason flare-ups occur more often in winter is the decreased UV exposure (that slows skin-cell growth down) so that you can consider dermatological treatment with home light units (UVB light) that is shown to ease symptoms. While corticosteroids work, you need to use them with caution as the “corticosteroid rebound” effect may aggravate symptoms.

  1. Eczema

In contrast to psoriasis, the typical legions in eczema are usually found on the inner side of joints and are also itchy, erythematous and crusting. Other symptoms include swelling, dryness, crusting, flaking, cracking, bleeding, blistering or oozing and scratching often enlarges the rash. Eczema is more often in patients that also present with allergies or asthma and symptoms are worsened when temperature and humidity levels decrease. Preventive measures are always welcome and they involve moisturizing, wearing gloves, protecting the face and ears from extreme temperatures and even considering a home humidifier. Antihistamines or topical corticosteroids are recommendable especially if patients are particularly prone to scratching.

  1. Angular cheilitis

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Most of us deal with chapped lips during winter and as insignificant as it may seem, it is extremely stressful and painful. It presents as a severe inflammation of one or both corners of the moth. Superficial lesions are not nearly as uncomfortable as deeper ones, which can range from cracked lips to bleeding and although such symptoms can also indicate other issues (such as vitamin A, D or B deficiency or fungal infections) it is most commonly an opportunistic infection with bacteria that occurs in winter months. Treatment hast to be centered on the exact cause of the problem and while your everyday cracked lip could benefit from simple chapsticks, such conditions often require antibiotic or antifungal creams.

Winter is certainly not easy for those having to deal with sensitive skin and while the discomfort is great, there are things they can do so as to lessen symptoms and do the best they can with this difficult season

20 Best Quotes of All Time for Garantueed Happiness

Happiness is a tricky thing. A few months ago I saw a Youtube video, where people were asked what the purpose of life is. Most of them said that living a happy life is the answer, but happiness can be very different for different people. While some prefer to invest in their careers, others are in search of love, or simply wish to make a family of their own. Regardless of the form, happiness is definitely the magic ingredient that we need in order to live a fulfilling life. Sadly, we have become to stressed, too irritable, too tired and agitated to care about happiness, and we keep postponing it for tomorrow. Somehow, tomorrow never comes, and before we can see it, we have lost many occasions to be happy. More often than not, happiness is about the little things, and about learning to appreciate every day. Let’s see what the experts have to say about it. Here are 20 life quotes about Happiness.

1. “Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it.”

- Lion King

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2. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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3. “It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”

- Chuck Pahahniuk, Diary

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4. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

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5. “There is nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons”

- Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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6. “Let’s be grateful to the people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

- Marcel Proust

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7. “You can’t be happy, unless you are unhappy sometimes.”

- Lauren Oliver, Delirium

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8. “Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.”

- William E. Gladstone

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9. “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our deposition.”

- Martha Washington

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10. “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”

- Thomas Jefferson

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11. “True Happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.”

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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12. “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness.”

- Charles Spurgeon

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13. “Happiness is when what you think, and what you say, and what you do are in harmony”

- Mahatma Gandhi

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14. “Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.”

- Ayn Rand

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15. “True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

- Hellen Keller

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16. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.”

- Marcus Aurelius

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17. “An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves.”

- Lydia M. Child

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18. “In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness – otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?”

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19. “The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.”

- Arthur Schopenhauer

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20. “Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up on worrying once and for all.”

- Ovid

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5 Powerful Books that Will Change Your Perception of Life

You might not know this now, but back in the day, books were a big deal. Not only do they enhance vocabulary, stimulate imagination and help you acquire more knowledge, but throughout history they have served historians and archeologists who attempted to uncover the past. There was a time when one’s favorite activity was to read Sci-Fi, fantasy, crime or romance novels, but then, the Internet happened. Even if you believe that books are obsolete, they can have a significant influence on the person you become, some will even change your perception of life. Here is a list of books that may not have as much influence as the Bible or Manifestos, but still have far reaching effects.

5. The Dead Bruges – Georges Rodenbach

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The Dead Bruges was the first work of fiction to be illustrated with photographs, and one of the most significant symbolist novel ever written. Although the story-line doesn’t sound like much when summarized (Hugues Viane moves to Bruges after his wife dies, and lives completely stricken with grief. At some point he encounters another woman, but we will not tell you more). The Dead Bruges is an interesting incursion in the human mind, and the mystery of love, and it has probably inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, a book that would also become a classic in literature.

4. The “I Ching” – Fu Xi

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Now here’s another interesting book that you might want to read. Fu Xi supposedly reigned over Ancient China during the 29th century before Christ, but take this knowledge with a grain of salt, as stories might vary from a region to another. Either way, the “I Ching” has existed since at least 1000 B.C., and this means that it is one of the oldest classic Chinese texts in existence. You could even say that it is a vestige of the past. But what is it all about? “I Ching” has also been referred to as the Book of Changes and it contains oracles represented by a series of binary lines called hexagrams, and the answers contained within them are considered divine. The book is filled with philosophies related to divination, and the Yin and Yang concept which will probably alter your perception of life.

3. Confessions of a Thug – Philip Meadows Taylor

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Philip Meadows Taylor’s book was born in a bizarre setting: the place was India, and the times was before it regained its independence, and was part of the British empire. Confessions of a Thug references a westernized idea of India, which in that time, was considered extremely racist. The story is basically about mass-murdering member of the Thuggee cult, called Ameer Ali, and it soon became a bestseller. For that time, Taylor’s openness and visionary perspective set new standards for the portrayal of the East. It is even considered that this book introduced the word Thug to the English language.

2. The Metamorphoses – Ovid

Books that Will Change Your Perception of Life

The Metamorphoses by Ovid, are actually extremely popular, and if you haven’t had the time to read them yet, you’d better get started. The book is a collection of myths and legends, from Ancient Rome, that are probably less known. The Metamorphoses is an account of over 250 myths, and was completed in A.D. 8, when Ovid was exiled from Rome. Some of the heaviest names in literature, including Shakespeare and Dante have mentioned the Metamorphoses, or at least drawn inspiration from it. Ovid’s perception of life changed drastically after his years of exile by the Black Sea, and this can be clearly seen in his books.

1. The Bhagavad Gita

Books that Will Change Your Perception of Life

The Bhagavad Gita, usually referred to as Gita, is one of the most important scriptures contained within the ancient, Hindu epic Mahabharata, and it is also the book from our list that will most probably change your perception of life. These verses refer to the philosophical and theological wisdom of Lord Krishna which are passed on to the protagonist, Arjuna. Granted, it may not sound like a very interesting read at first, but considering that it has influences so many people throughout the years (religions and non-religious alike), including Carl Jung, Albert Einstein and Aldous Huxley, but more importantly, Mahatma Ghandhi, who called it his spiritual dictionary.

5 Things from Your Childhood You Had No Idea Still Existed

As we grow up, we begin to forget about the things that made our childhood amazing, but on the rare occasions when we do remember, we are engulfed by a feeling of nostalgia and sweet sadness. Your first bike, that sugar-coated jello and even your first kiss are relics of your passed that might never be experienced again. Nevertheless, there are certain things from your childhood that have survived the test of time, and the forward marches of technology. We have compiled an interesting list which will most definitely surprise you, since most of the things on it have not been heard of for decades. The great news is that you can still experience them if you desire to feel young once more.

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5 The World’s Fair

World Fairs were huge events a few decades ago, but what many people do not know is the fact that they are still being held. Since 1851, a World fair has been organized every 1-4 years in the European and American continent. Because no World Fair has been held in America since 1984, most Americans assume that it is no longer a thing of the present. For the event of 1980, Paris built the Eiffel Tower, and America answered in 1983 with electric lighting and the Ferris Wheel. As a matter of fact, some of the greatest things in this world (ice cream cones, the Ford Mustang and dishwashers) were invented at a World’s Fair.

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4. Pagers

If you are following TV series like Doctor House, or Gray’s Anatomy, you are probably already accustomed to pagers. As a matter of fact, doctors, drug dealers and a Tribe called Quest are probably the only people on this Earth who still use them, and they are trying very hard to keep the tradition alive. This alphanumeric radio broadcasting system was first used in 1949, in a Jewish Memorial Hospital, and it is extremely useful in medical facilities, where cell-phones may alter the function of sensitive medical equipment.

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3. Phone Booths

If someone on the street would ask you where he can find a phone booth, how would you react? Probably by laughing. The major developments in mobile technology have rendered phone booths completely obsolete. If you have ever seen the Superman movies, then the image of him jumping in one, and changing is probably engraved in your skull. Phone booths, and companies that operate them still exist, although they are being considered a nuisance and removed. What’s being lost here is much more than outdated technology, it is also the last bastion of public privacy. We hope this never happens, as it is one of those things from your childhood that you won’t want to forget.

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2. The First Website

Have you ever wondered just how much the Interned world has advanced in the past years? It has only been 20 years since the Internet was invented, yet we have adapted so well to the change that we don’t even understand how much it has altered our lifestyles. In 1992, the first website was invented by CERN (European Organization for Nuclear researched), by British physicist Tim Berners-Lee, and hosted on, none other than Steve Job’s startup company. The WorldWideWeb of that time was described as a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.

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1. The Star Wars Set

Starwars fans rejoice, the Force is still with us! The Set where some where the most touching scenes of the Star Wars occurred, still exists, although we do not know for how long. Twenty structures used to re-create Luke Skywalker’s home planet, Tatooine, still stand in the desert of Sahara, in North Africa. Although most of them were created back in 1999, to supplement some scenes from The Phantom Menace, others date back from the original 1976 shoot. You can imagine what a source of fanboy tourism it has been, and this is exactly why Tunisian authorities asked George Lucas to leave it untouched. The sad news is that in a couple of years it will be swallowed by a large sand dune.

We hope you liked this list of Things from your Childhood that still exist. If you find other examples, please share them with us!