5 Reasons to Watch the “Once upon a Time” TV Show

As you already know, Once upon a Time is a widely appreciated TV show which started in 2011. The overall plot inspired by faerie tale stories is one of the show’s qualities . However, you may now roll your eyes and think “Ew, another remake of some classical story.” But here is the thing: it’s not. It’s a bit more than that: it’s catchy, intriguing, and magical. And the good thing is you can see it online for free. There are also some good reasons to watch the show and we here offer you a short and convincing list of them.

1. The intersection of a magical world with a real world

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You have one world, set in the Disney-like scenes of fairy tale characters like Snow White, Prince Charming , the Evil Queen,  Tinkerbelle, Rumplestiltskin, Jiminy Cricket. The other world is set in the modern-day Storybook, Maine and the characters are caught somewhere between those two worlds. From this point of view, the alternation has, intentionally or not, a very interesting effect on its audience, reminding viewers how craving for fantastic stories is somehow part of the everyday ordinary living. The real world takes place as an unwanted effect of the curse Evil Queen brings upon characters from the magic world. This intersection of two worlds is present in some micro-events not currently exposed in classical Disney plots: how the magic couple met, their everyday interactions, and almost human struggles.

2. The very good acting of Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Morrison

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Not only they are extremely beautiful actresses, but they offer incredibly convincing portraits of Snow White and Emma Swan. The very interesting thing here is that even though they represent good characters, their acting makes them look like vulnerable heroines. At the end of an episode, the characters might not look so good after all, as the weaknesses and little everyday failures show off.

3. Narrative plots common with other bedtime stories

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The fascinating thing here is that you have two different TV shows with different stories which, at some point, they intersect.  You also have common references with Lost and Frozen.  The entire  Once upon a Time  TV show functions with these small intersections that draw a lot of bedtime stories memories.  And in some way, having all those Disney characters mixed up in a single narrative reminds you of how your childhood was built using all of those magic heroes, heroines, and villains.

4. Classic story with a bit of added creativity

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There are some familiar traits taken from those classical fairy tale stories like Snow White, Alice in Wonderland etc, but at the same time you have some new plot twisting stories, like the presence of Emma, the baby girl of Snow White and Prince Charming. Which is obviously a new thing in a TV production of bedtime stories. But here is the catch: the TV show rating would probably never be as it is without one of these two, the classical plot combined with new modern characters and themes. This is mostly because it shows the very mixed nature of our own definitions of reality: we refuse magic without a bit of relevant references from our everyday life and we refuse our ordinary days without some fantastic stories we know from childhood, a sort of risky safety.

5. Pleasing visuals of medieval times

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Once upon a Time offers a very good image and very inspired filming angles. Moreover, the costumes and the overall decor are impressing. There are many mixed items here as well, like small cottages,  medieval castles, peasant outfits, princess dresses, fighting knight outfits, and some reminiscent marks of 1700-1800’s French fashion. Some delicious anachronism with the whole aim of building a story with mixed visual (and disturbingly creative) patterns and cross-references.

 

 

 

9 Amazing Benefits of Flaxseeds

We care very much about our readers and we want to help them live a healthy and happy life. The food we eat can affect us deeply so that’s why we need to treat our bodies with the best possible foods. One of those healthy foods is the flaxseed. They are very popular among vegans and vegetarians because flaxseeds are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids. They are also known as linseeds and can be added to any kind of diet. Flaxseeds are oval, glossy and flat. Here are some of the amazing benefits of flaxseeds and how these small seeds can improve our health.

1. Flaxseeds Are a Rich Source of Fiber

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In order to live a healthy life our body needs food that is very rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Eating flaxseeds can give you both of those types of fibers, thus helping us reduce the bad cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels. Flaxseeds will also help with the healthy functioning of the intestines, fighting against type of cancer like colorectal cancer.

2.  Flaxseeds Are High in Phytochemicals

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Another one of the amazing benefits of flaxseeds is that they have a high amount of something called phytochemicals and antioxidants. Flaxseeds are a great source of lignans which are known to balance female hormones. Lignans can reduce pre menopausal symptoms, promote fertility and can help prevent breast cancer.

3. Flaxseeds Fight Against Heart Diseases

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Everyone who cares about their health knows that we need to eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains. This helps reduce the risks of heart diseases like heart attacks and strokes. Add some flaxseeds to your salads or smoothies and you’ll get a health bomb that will fight the deadly heart illnesses. Flaxseeds will increase the good cholesterol and reduce the bad one.

4. Flaxseeds Help Improve Menopausal Symptoms

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Another amazing benefit of flaxseeds is that it can reduce the menopausal symptoms. There are studies showing that flaxseeds are beneficial in hormone replacement therapy and can improve symptoms like vaginal dryness, mood swings and hot flashes.

5. Flaxseeds Can Fight Against Diabetes

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Because of its high content of fiber, flaxseeds can help stabilize the craving for sugar and can improve blood sugar in those suffering from type 2 diabetes. Consumed for a longer period of time it helps maintain a normal blood sugar level.

6. Flaxseeds Help Reduce the Risks of Breast Cancer

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It is a known fact that women with higher levels of alpha linolenic acid in the breast tissue are less susceptible to develop breast cancer. Flaxseeds are a super source of linolenic acid and the lignin it contains helps against breast cancer.

7. Flaxseeds Helps With ADHD

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Because of their high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids, flaxseeds are often said to be helpful in case of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Consuming flaxseeds on a regular basis can improve attention, impulsiveness, self-control and restlessness in children who suffer from ADHD.

8. Flaxseeds Can Help With Arthritis

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The omega 3 fatty acids found in flaxseed have anti-inflammatory properties and can be beneficial in cases of arthritis and Parkinson’s disease.

9. Flaxseeds Fight Against Cancer

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There are studies showing that flaxseeds can help fight against some types of cancer like colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer. This is because of the omega 3 fatty acids that inhibit tumors from growing in the human body.

We hope you enjoyed our list of amazing benefits of flaxseeds and hopefully you will give it a try from now on. You can incorporate them in so many dishes like salads, pancakes, smoothies or fruit juice. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

 

 

 

 

 

The Story of the Most Expensive Watch in the World

Have you ever wondered why there are so many luxury watches around the world? A heavy priced watch isn’t just about how useful it is. Actually, the most expensive watch in the world is not available just for the sake of functionality, but mostly because it offers exclusivity and status symbol to those who can afford to buy it. It is not merely watches that fall into this category of luxury products, but also expensive yachts, airfares and ultra mansions. All of those are material ways through which rich people separate themselves from poorer people. Luxury products, although not necessarily having the highest quality, give signals about your social position to those worse off than you and at the same time to those you perceive as being your rich peers.

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There are, however, some design factors that could add up to the price of luxury watches: small jewelry pieces incrusted or other functions like measuring the effect of gravity. Some of the most famous luxury timepieces come from Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre, PhillipePatex, Rolex, Cartier, Bregues&Fils, Piaget, Omega, Blancpain and Chopard.

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But here is the trick and the paradox of buying expensive watches: lower-income people from middle and upper middle class tend to try harder to achieve status symbol through expensive products than higher-income people from upper and elite classes do. Moreover, some psychological meaning of buying goods is available: people who feel their self-esteem threatened tend to repair their ego through compensatory consumption. Well, that might signal some issues to celebrities’ consumption behaviors of highly expensive watches, indeed.

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Let’s see for ourselves how the most expensive watch in the world looks like and what the story behind its price is.  It is a beautifully shaped watch engraved with small and numerous diamonds. It’s Chopard 201 and the curious number comes from how many karats it holds. It is from the mid-19th century brand  Chopard (sometimes heritage can really add up to the price of a timepiece) and obviously it looks more like jewelry than like a watch.  It costs 25 million dollars.

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It is designed using a total number of 874 diamond, white and yellow gold. It has three heart-shaped diamonds. Those three diamonds can open up if you press a small part of the watch. You would probably never get to see how that works, but it feels good to know what it’s worth 25 million dollars, doesn’t it? If you want to make a sense of how much money that means, it equals some of the most expensive mansions from high-class tourist destinations. With this amount of money you can buy some of the most exclusive condos from the richest neighborhoods in London or New York. Exactly, you might as well live in a Chopard 201. The watch that looks more like a bracelet (with a casually attached watch) is so expensive that it needs a highly secured and secret area to be manufactured.

Because they represent such an inaccessible lifestyle, the brands of exclusivist watches are sometimes in the public eye. This why the Swiss watches that many China officials wear became part of a public debate about corruption gifts. And of course we can’t forget how the expensive watch of Patriarch Kirill was photo shopped to its removal in some of the official photos of Russian press. We keep being fascinated with how luxury brands tell stories about how rich, famous and eager to spend people are.  The most expensive watch in the world is certainly an intriguing piece, especially since it was sold at that huge price not these days, but at the beginning of 2000’s. We don’t’ even want to know what its selling price might be today.

 

 

5 Bad Plastic Surgery Examples from Celebrities

 Everyone feels from time to time the need to change a thing or two about themselves. There are some available options like losing weight, changing your hairstyle or your clothes. In most cases, if anything would go wrong with these, you could end up looking ridiculous because your haircut doesn’t seem to have that changing effect your magazine promised. There are, however, some extreme changes, like body improvements. Whether it’s botox injection, liposuction or some other hard to identify procedures, here are 5 bad plastic surgery examples from celebrities that went along with body improvement.  Needless to say, it’s a fascinating combination of Frankenstein and Chucky.

1.  Jocelyn Wildenstein

Bad Plastic Surgery Examples from Celebrities

She is one of the most famous examples of plastic surgery gone the wrong way. She had multiple face makeovers like cheek lifting, cheek implants, eye-work, chin implant, breast implant and so on. We can no longer keep track of their number, but what is certain that she is considered one of the clearest examples of people experiencing plastic surgery addiction. She is also nick named “Bride of Frankenstein” or “Catwoman” due to, well, obvious reasons. She reportedly spent almost 4 million $ in plastic surgery, all with the aim of pleasing his husband who was into big cats. And if that doesn’t blow your mind, imagine that: she actually likes what she sees in the morning every day.

2.  Donatella Versace

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Donatella Versace is an interesting example of bad plastic surgery, not because of her after surgery appearance, but because it somehow revealed quite clearly the role of fashion industry in the rise of plastic surgery trends. Donatella Versace remained in the shadow until the death of her brother, after which she took a more leadership role as an authoritative fashion designer.  Apparently once she was in the spotlight, she got overwhelmed by beauty standards and decided to go under the knife. Her procedures were considered simple ones at the time, facelifts and lip augmentation.  Her upper lip though is unnaturally large, compared to the lower one, which naturally is a little plumper. Not in this case though.

3.  LaToya Jackson

Bad Plastic Surgery Examples from Celebrities

Her look is more than unnatural, rather creepy, not only because of her augmented cheeks, but also because of her frozen smile. Overall, she looks more like a scary doll than a human. Her nose, a family trademark, looks like a pointy Pinocchio nose and it’s surely the most likeable plastic surgery change of her face, although not necessary a safe one, since she was left with almost no cartilage.

4. Melanie Griffith

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She was a really beautiful actress when she was natural, mostly because of her harmonious features. But the she decided to change all that with some bad plastic surgery procedure that got her being bullied online with nasty comments who pointed to how horrible she looked. She “improved” her look with Botox and fillers but later on she let some of her plastic surgery effects fade away and currently she has a more natural appearance. We will let you have her former plastic face to be aware of the dangers.

5. Carrot Top

Bad Plastic Surgery Examples

This guy suffered some extreme makeovers with his skin, once having his trademark freckles, now totally removed and looking like a giant plastic doll with curly nylon hair. He had also reportedly undergone Botox injections and lips plumping. Although he is a rather well known comedian, he is also one of the most ridiculed one because of his frozen look.

If you are not scared of these bad plastic surgery examples, chances are either you look like some of the celebrities listed above, or you’ve constantly watched horror movies, so nothing really can compare to that.

6 Efficient Ways to Lose Belly Fat

We all want a perfect body, but perfection is not that easy to achieve. One has to work really hard in order to feel good when looking in the mirror. Exercising and healthy food will definitely help anyone have the body they’ve always dreamed of. But in theory everything’s easy. For some, no matter how hard they try, they just cannot lose those extra pounds. And they’ve tried everything, so they say. We want to show you the most efficient ways to lose belly fat. It’s healthy and it works. Here they are:

1. Drink Lemon Water

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One of the most efficient ways to lose belly fat is also the simple way: by drinking water with just a squeeze of lemon. That’s right, it’s that simple. In order to lose weight we need to detoxify the liver. This is something any nutritionist and doctor will tell you. It is known that a stressed liver loses its capacity to metabolize fat in an efficient way so all the ft we get from food gets deposited on our thighs, rear end or waistline. Drinking water with a bit of lemon in it can increase the enzymes that work to detoxify the liver, thus making it function efficiently and distribute the calories equally in our body.

2. Cranberry Juice

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Cranberry juice is a wonder juice. It’s recommended for so many health related issues, including for reducing fat. The reason for this is that cranberries are very rich in citric acid, malic acid and quinic acid. All these types of acids act as digestive enzyme which can burn unwanted fat. Cranberry juice can dissolve the lymphatic wastes produced by the liver and help us reduce fat tissue from our bodies. One of the tastiest and most efficient ways to lose belly fat is to drink 100% natural cranberry juice (no sugar added) or drink some cranberry water.

3. Fish or Fish Oil Can Reduce Belly Fat in No Time

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Fish meat is rich in omega 3 fatty acids. These acids are called docosahexaenoic acid, icosapentaenoic or linolenic acid, and they help break down fat tissue around the waistline. If you don’t like the taste of fish oil you can eat fish rich in fatty acids like salmon and tuna fish.

4. Chia Seeds

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You’ve probably heard about the miraculous chia seeds. These little black seeds are the nutritionist’s gold. They recommend it for several health problems, including losing weight. Chia seeds, like fish, are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron, calcium and plenty of dietary fiber which helps you say fuller for a longer period of time. You can have 4-8 tablespoons of chia seeds daily to feel less hungry, thus losing some belly fat the healthiest way.

5. Ginger

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One of our favorite efficient ways to lose belly fat is eating ginger. Ginger acts like a natural digestive and a thermogenic agent. What does thermogenic agent mean, you might ask? Thermogenic means that it can increase the body temperature, which means it can help burn fat more efficiently. Drinking ginger tea can help you lose belly fat the healthy way because ginger also suppresses cortisol production and cortisol is the steroid hormone in charge of energy regulation and mobilization. And we need plenty of energy if we want to get rid of those extra pounds, right?

6. Dandelion Tea

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One of the reasons people get fat is because of water retention. Dandelion acts like a natural diuretic and increases the urine output. This will improve the liver’s capacity to function properly and you get to lose some belly fat.

 

We hope you enjoyed our list of 6 efficient ways to lose belly fat. What are your tips and tricks?