The Most Famous Pairs of Eyes in the World

There is nothing that stand out more in some people’s appearance than their eyes.

In fact, some people have become incredibly famous because of their arresting peepers. So what are the stories behind those famous pairs of eyes?

The Afghan Girl Now and Then

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One of the most dramatic photos ever taken was of the astonishing green eyed Afghan girl who appeared on the cover of the National Geographic. Strangely, this was the first time she ever had her photo taken and it was also the last time until she was tracked down 17 years later by the same photographer. It turns out that her name is Sharbat Gula and that her eyes still burned like the way they did on that day in 1984.     

Baby Blue Paul Newman

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Probably the most famous blue eyes ever to grace the big screen belong to Paul Newman. As well as being bright and attention grabbing they also have a gentle, friendly aspect to them that helped make him so popular.

Angelina Jolie´s Unique Mixture

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Is it just me or do Angelina Jolie´s eyes just not look quite real? In fact, she always looks to me as though some evil scientist has put together bits of different people – presumably all women – to try and create a hybrid superstar.  The rather more boring truth is that her unique looks come from a dizzyingly varied family that comes from Germany, Slovakia, Holland, Canada and possibly even North America. 

David Bowie and the Eye Changing Punch

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You might have noticed but David Bowie has the weirdest eyes. It´s like one is blue but the other is totally a different color. Actually, the fact that his eyes are so memorable goes back to a fight he got into as a kid. A punch in the eye left him with a condition called anisocoria, although some people say it is heterochromia and I ain´t going to argue over words I hadn’t heard of until 5 minutes ago. Basically, either his eyes are two different colors or else they just look different because one of the pupils is enlarged. Go figure.

Elizabeth Taylor and Her Genetic Mutation

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Who has ever heard of violet eyes other than when it is Liz Taylor´s peepers we are talking about? Was it a punch in the face that gave her those amazing eyes? It seems that the clothes she wore and make up she used accentuated her eye color but were they really violet? Some sources suggest that they were such a deep blue that they appeared violet, while others say that they really were darned cotton-picking violet. More interestingly, she was apparently born with some sort of genetic mutation that gave her a double set of eyelashes. 

She´s Got Bette Davies Eyes

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One sign that you have a famous pair of eyes is when someone writes a song about them. Bette Davis Eyes was a one hit wonder for Kim Carnes in 1981 and the actress herself was said to be a fan of the song. So what was it about her eyes that made them so famous in the first place? They didn’t have the startling color or form of some of the eyes we have looked at so far. Would you believe it is another disease we can thank for Better Davis’ eyes? It seems likely that she had something called thyroid eye disease or Graves’ disease. Of course, the lyrics, “She got Greta Garbo stand off sighs / She’s got Graves’ disease” just wouldn´t have sounded the same. This same condition is also said to affect George Bush, Missy Elliot, and the actress Maggie Smith, who stars in the Harry Potter movies.

10 Fictional Characters Full Names

There are a lot of popular fictional characters but we only know them by their nicknames or first names. We made a list in which we reveal 10 fictional characters full names. Remember to memorize all of them as they might appear in some trivia quizzes and they are also very handy if you want to impress your friends at the pub.

1. Comic Book Guy is Jeff Albertson

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It’s been said that the writers of The Simpsons actually wanted to name this character on his first appearance. However, they used the name “Comic Book Guy” and wanted to decide on his name later on in the show. In the episode “Homer and Ned’s Hail Mary Pass” his name is revealed to be Jeff Albertson in a conversation Ned Flanders is having with him. The creator of the show wanted to name him Louis Lane but he wasn’t there when the writers of the show named him.

2. Tails is Miles Powers

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Fans of the popular game series Sonic The Hedgehog are familiar with a character in the game known as Tails. The fox with two tails actually has a real name: Miles Powers, which is a pun that means “miles per hour”.

3. Woody is Woody Pride

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If you are a fan of the Toy Story movies you know that Woody is Andy’s favorite toy. The toy sheriff, however, actually has a real name which was revealed by Toy Story 3’s director Lee Unkrich on Twitter. He said that Woody’s full name is Woody Pride.

4. Monopoly Mascot is Milburn Pennybags

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Chances are you played a game of Monopoly at least once in your lifetime. As a matter of fact, chances are that you also own one. But have you ever wondered what the mascot of the game’s real name is? In 1988 there was a book called “The Monopoly Companion” which named all the characters that appear in the popular board game. It turns out that the mascot’s real name is Milburn Pennybags.

5. Scooby-Doo is Scoobert Doo

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The program was premiered in 1969. So this makes the cartoon 46 years old. Zoinks! We’re all quite familiar with the characters in the cartoon called Daphne Blake, Fred Jones, Velma Dinkley, Shaggy and, of course, Scooby-Doo. But believe it or not, the talking Great Dane also has a full name. His name is Scoobert Doo.

And by the way, Shaggy’s real name is in fact Norville Rogers.

6. Winnie-the-Pooh is Edward Bear

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Winnie-the-Pooh actually started life in a series of novels. The author named him after his son’s teddy bear. Christopher Robin is also the name of the author’s son.

It turns out that Edward Bear is Winnie-the-Pooh’s real name. The real Christopher Robin renamed his teddy bear to Winnie-the-Pooh.

7. Malcolm is Malcolm Wilkerson

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The popular TV show Malcolm in the Middle first aired in 2000 on January 9th. Even though Malcolm is the protagonist of the TV show, the series revolves around a six-member family.

For the people who are wondering, his real name was actually revealed by the writers in the very first episode of the series. The name Wilkerson was in the Pilot episode written on Francis’ name tag. His entire name Malcolm Wilkerson also appears in another episode written on his exam paper.

8. Casper is Casper McFadden

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Casper, the friendly ghost initially appeared in a story book in 1945. In 1949 the character was put into a TV show and later he also had a comic book series. However, none of these revealed the character’s full name.

We found out that the character’s full name is Casper McFadden in the 1995 movie Casper. It is also said in the movie that before his death, Casper was a 12 year old boy. He died of hypothermia after sledging and staying outside after his dad told him to come out of the cold.

9. Arnold is Arnold Phil Shortman

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If you spent your childhood in the ‘90s chances are that Hey Arnold! was one of your favorite shows. The TV series came on air in 1996 and was about Arnold, a fourth-grader who lives with his grandparents in a large city. His last name was teased throughout the entire show but his full name has actually been mentioned in a couple of episodes and in a chat online between the fans and creator of the series. Arnold’s full name is Arnold Phil Shortman.

10. Barbie is Barbara Millicent Roberts

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Chances are that you are aware of the popular doll brand Barbie. The doll was launched in 1959 and since then has been on every young girl’s wish list. Her full name was revealed in a series of novels published in the 1960’s. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

8 Countries Celebrating their Version of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here but what other countries celebrate it? And when?Well, here is a top 8 list with countries celebrating their version of Valentine’s day.

Although some countries have other dates in which they celebrate their most filled with love day of the year, different names for it or different customs, one things remains the same: Valentine’s Day is a day in which people express their love for one another.

1. Finlandversions of Valentine's Day

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The Finnish have started celebrating Valentine’s Day only since the 80s but it has grown into a beloved annual event. The Finnish word for Valentine’s Day is “Ystävänpäivä” and it translates into the day of friendship. Finland focuses more on giving postcards or sweet, small things to everyone you consider a friend rather to just one loved one.

2. Slovenia

In Slovenia, Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 12th of March and it marks the day in which work at the vineyards and on the field starts. Following almost the same principles as Norwegians, as you are about to see below, Slovenians consider their most filled with love day of the year to be the day in which birds declare love or even propose to each other. Yes, birds.

3. Romania

Romanians celebrate their own take on Valentine’s Day on the 24th of February and it is called “Dragobete”. However, despite having their own day to celebrate love, Romania has recently started celebrating the westernized take on Valentine’s Day as well. Many people who still like to live by the old Romanian traditions refuse to celebrate the American Valentine’s Day though.

4. Norwayversions of Valentine's Day

In Norway, the legend says that if you see birds mating on Valentine’s Day, it is a sign of spring and love so Norwegians are always busy trying to catch birds doing sexual stuff to each other on the 14th of February. Since Norway is considering Valentine’s Day as an annual event, you can also spot window displays and event dedicated to this day filled with love.

5. China

In Chinese tradition, Valentine’s Day happens on day 7 of the 7th lunar month in the traditional Chinese calendar. On this day, all kind of people but especially young women go to the local temple and pray to the god called Zhinu for wisdom and love. The Chinese Valentine’s Day is celebrated through several rituals and prayers.

6. Japan

Japanese people always find a way to step out of the ordinary and Valentine’s Day makes no exception. During the Japanese Valentine’s Day which is on the 14th of February women and girls give either store bought or handmade chocolate to men and boys. One month later, on the 14th of March, they celebrate the “White Day” during which men offer gifts back to the women. Typical gifts for White Day are marshmallows, sweets, jellies and even white pieces of clothing such as white lingerie.

7. France

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Talking about a bit out of the ordinary, French people used to have a tradition in which women were allowed to cheat on their husbands or boyfriends during Valentine’s Day. Moreover, the man was almost obliged to go with it and not take any sort of revenge on the woman.  Another weird custom was one in which single women and men gathered together and paired off. If the man didn’t like his chosen Valentine by the end of the date, he could desert her and all the deserted women were able to light up a bonfire during the night and burn the pictures of the guys they hated.

8. Brazil

Brazilians celebrate their day of love on the 12th of June. On the day before the day of love, women write down their crushes’ names on pieces of paper which they then fold and place in a container such as a jar or a hat. On the 12th of June, each woman has to pick one piece of paper and the name they pick supposedly belongs to the man they will eventually marry or at least choose to go for.

Some countries such as Saudi Arabia have banned Valentine’s Day and they punish severely whoever tries to celebrate it so lovers have to buy each other small gifts or flowers in secret. No matter how much you hate or love this holiday, be grateful that there is no one out there who prohibits you from celebrating it.

10 Epic Guitar Solos in Jimi Hendrix Songs

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Jimi Hendrix is definitely one of the most influential artists that ever lived. His chords and lyrics stand tall even to this day. Hendrix was one of the most famous and popular artists of his time and is still very well-known. His lyrics are full of deep meanings and his albums are some of the greatest ones that ever existed. Whether you take Hendrix slow and easy or go at it at once, his blues chords, psychedelic songs and powerful guitar riffs will impress even the most skeptic person. These ten titles are great songs and have given birth to a lot of quotes that have since their release traveled across the globe. This is our list of 10 epic guitar solos in Jimi Hendrix songs.

1. Villanova Junction from “Live at Woodstock”

This is the last song Hendrix played at Woodstock and even though he died a year later, it seems like this song was the last one he ever played. The song is incredibly powerful and Jimi’s guitar solo is simply amazing.

2. Midnight from “War Heroes”

This song is filled with great riffs and a bass groove in mid-tempo that makes Black Sabbath sound like little children. When the song is over you will feel like it was recorded in a very dark environment with not even a single crack of light passing through.

3. Bold as Love from “Axis: Bold as Love”

The lyrics on this piece alone are worth an arm and a leg. As for the instrumental, Hendrix goes full in and his powerful solos and chords sound like they come from another, more divine, world.

4. All Along the Watchtower from “Electric Ladyland”

Even though this song was written by Bob Dylan, Hendrix was the one that perfected it. This piece is so powerful that even Dylan sings the way Hendrix did when he was alive as homage to the incredible artist.

5. Red House from “Hendrix in the West”

This song is like a bipolar experience. It offers a glimpse in Jimi’s shoes as both a comedian and a wounded animal. The lyrics are incredibly powerful as well, but it is Jimi’s guitar that stands out the most.

6. Machine Gun from “Band of Gypsys”

This song is a 12 minute long phantasmagoria about the human’s inhumanity towards other humans. This Vietnam protest song is even more infernal than Coppola’s movie “Apocalypse Now” and probably offers the best portrayal of a war from an artist’s point of view.

7. Star Spangled Banner from “Live at Woodstock”

This is Jimi’s own version of the national anthem and it is undoubtedly musically profound. The version played at Woodstock is probably the most used one in documentaries of the ‘60s along with “Machine Gun”.

8. Have You Ever Been from “Electric Ladyland”

This shows off exactly how sublime and melodic Jimi Hendrix was by just using simple naked chords. This song comes as a pleasant breeze and it has become a classic over the years.

9. Voodoo Chile from “Electric Ladyland”

This is the most covered song from Jimi Hendrix and it’s not very difficult to see why. It’s one of the easiest songs to learn from Jimi’s repertoire and will make any guitarist feel like a God when playing it.

10. Are You Experienced? from “Are You Experienced?”

Jimi’s backwards voices on this song sound like a black hole is trying to swallow a supernova. This piece is filled with freaky sounds and they work incredibly well in creating a very tense atmosphere.

So there you have it. This was our list of 10 epic guitar solos in Jimi Hendrix songs. We are aware that there are many more out there but these were our absolute favorites.

10 Tricks on How to Persuade People

Being able to know tricks on hot to persuade people, influence someone has become very important nowadays and not just only for the likes of power. Being able to persuade people is of course, another way of manipulation but this does not necessarily involve making people do what you want them to do in a negative way.

To be a persuasive person means to be confident enough to see yourself capable of doing things other cannot do. However, you should not consider using your persuasive power to harm others. These tricks can be used to either win people over or to influence people using basic means of psychology, without harming others or making people feel bad.

Here are 10 tricks on how to persuade people without causing them any harm or blowing away their self-esteem.

1. Be confident and talk fast

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By picking up the pace when it comes to your speed of speech, you can make people who are inclined to not agree with you, take you more seriously. Depending on how fast you talk, you can make people understand you actually know what you are talking about.

2. Start with something people agree with

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Begin your speech with something easy and understandable by all people. When you want to make a point or express your opinion, you might find yourself in a situation where you have lost your audience or your credibility. Try speaking about something people can agree with, at least at the beginning, this will boost your persuasive power.

3. The Benjamin Franklin syndrome

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The Benjamin Franklin syndrome refers to the fact that if you ask someone for a favor and smile, they are more likely to help you out next time you ask for their help. Franklin borrowed a book from some who was not actually fond of him and while returning it, Franklin smiled and thanked the owner of the book. That person started using a softer approach with Franklin and they eventually became friends.

4. Use names

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You are more likely to convince someone to do something if you approach them using their names. Starting a conversation with “Hello Michael” rather than just “Hello” sounds more real.

5. Swear words for the win

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Using a couple of mild swear words while giving a speech makes people feel more comfortable with you and gives your speech a first step into reality. Be careful though, swearing too much might end up with the loss of all your credibility.

6. Value strengths and appreciate them

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When talking to a person with high or low self-esteem, tell them what their strengths are before you note their weak points. That way, they will be more likely to understand where they need improvement.

7. Observe gestures and body language

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“Reading” someone’s gestures and body language without starring or making harmful remarks is a great way to figure out how you need to approach the other person.

8. Paraphrase people to make them feel more confident

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By repeating stuff you have just heard from another person makes them feel like you are showing empathy and that you really listened and understood their point of view.

9. Do not correct people

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Even if you are someone who really values the correct use of either words or pieces of machinery or simply know a lot of stuff, do not correct people especially if there are other people around as well. The best way to handle someone being wrong is to listen to what they have to say and then use what you think of as “common ground” to start a conversation in which you explain your point of view. This method is called the Ransberger Pivot.

10. Reverse Psychology

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Reverse psychology is something you need to master if you want to be able to deal with any type of person. You can trick someone into doing something if you actually make them believe they want to do it or if you convince them you don’t want them to do it.

These were our 10 tricks on how to persuade people. Would you ever resort to influencing people to get what you want?