1. The pictures of modern transport in the tomb of Seti I
Mystery: The Egyptian hieroglyphics found in the tomb of Seti I in Abydos look really strange. They look like a helicopter, an airship, and a submarine. This discovery caused a lot of arguments among archaeologists. Some of them really believed that the hieroglyphics depicted ancient helicopters, submarines, and planes.
Answer: Recently, a historian has found that these hieroglyphics are actually just the names of Seti I and his son Ramesses II on top of each other. It’s just that the name of Ramesses II was carved on top of his father’s name after his death.
2. Giant statues from Easter Island
Mystery: For almost 300 years historians and archaeologists have been trying to understand how people from an island who didn’t have any tools could carve anything on giant stones that weigh up to 82 tons, move them several miles and place them vertically.
Answer: The giant ancient statues were not built by wizards but they were carved in stone and moved from one part of the island to another. A National Geographic video shows that it’s quite simple to move a 90-ton statue several miles using simple tools and a group of people.
3. The “Wow!” signal from space
Mystery: In 1997, a strange signal from space was received. It was so unexpected and unique that the scientists named it “Wow!” All this time, they tried to decipher the signal, find out what galaxy it came from, and receive it again but there was no success. That’s why many people started to think that this signal was sent by aliens.
Answer: The 2017 study betrayed all these hopes: the source of the signal was actually hydrogen on the surfaces of the 266P/Christensen and 336P/Gibbs comets that were passing the Sagittarius constellation on exactly August 15, 1977, and July 27, 2017. In other words, the signal was a natural occurrence caused by 2 comets.
4. What does Banksy look like?
Mystery: Banksy is an alias of an English street artist, political activist, and director. He is impossible to catch and nobody knows who he is.
Answer: Not so long ago, scientists from the Queen Mary University of London used the technology of profiling and narrowed down the circle of suspects. They found out Banky’s real name — Robin Gunningham. This seems true because of how secretive Robin is. But Robin himself doesn’t admit this, so we can’t really tell.
5. What happened to the Maya?
Mystery: Maya is an ancient civilization with developed writing, art, architecture, math, and astronomy. It was a great thriving nation that one day seemed to have abandoned its cities. And nobody knew why.
Answer: Thanks to research published on the website of National Academy of Studies, scientists learned that the Maya burned and chopped more and more wood to clear the ground for agriculture, but they also needed more wood to make materials. Because of the deforestation and drought, the Maya had to leave their territory to avoid famine.
6. The Roswell UFO incident
Mystery: In 1947, in Roswell, U.S., something that had been considered a UFO landed on the ground. There was no good explanation from the government so this whole story sparked many debates and rumors of aliens.
Answer: In the photo above, you can see a piece of a radar. At that time, the Cold War had already started and the U.S. military forces were working on a project with a hot air balloon to detect the sound waves generated by Soviet atomic bomb tests. One of these machines fell down and exploded and because the project was top secret, there were a lot of rumors.
7. Circles on fields
Mystery: Circles on fields is another mystery that people think is related to aliens. Where did they come from? Why? Could people create such complex constructions in just one night?
Answer: It was learned that even the most complicated geometric shapes can be created using tools like rope, ladders, and wooden planks. The Telegraph even published a manual on how to make a circle on a field.
Bonus: What happened to Anastasia Románova?
We’re sure that most of you have seen the 1997 Disney cartoon, Anastasia. In the cartoon, she avoids being shot along with the rest of her family, lived in an orphanage, and at the end, she reunited with her grandmother. Unfortunately, in reality, the story is way harsher. As a result of the mutiny in Russia in 1918, the entire Romanov family was executed. The forensic study showed that Anastasia didn’t avoid the same fate. However, several witnesses agreed that she escaped the castle even though she was badly injured. There was even a rumor that a doctor took care of her but there is no solid proof. Most likely, this mystery will always remain unsolved.
Instagram on Monday (Nov 20) said it is booting fake followers, likes, and comments generated by applications tailored to make accounts appear more popular than they actually are.
The crackdown comes as Instagram parent Facebook strives to assure people that the leading social network and its services can be trusted.
"Recently, we've seen accounts use third-party apps to artificially grow their audience," Instagram said in a blog post.
"Starting today, we will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity."
Instagram is using self-improving software programs to help identify accounts that use such apps and purge products of inauthentic activity, which violates terms of service at the service.
Instagram said it would notify users about removed likes, follows, or comments. People who unknowingly linked to an offending app need only change passwords to sever connections, according to the photo and video sharing social network.
Instagram users who continue to use such third-party apps possibly seeing their "experience impacted," but the service did not specify in what ways.
The announcement comes amid growing concerns about Facebook's efforts to curb misinformation and manipulation.
Facebook has faced renewed criticism following a New York Times investigation suggesting it ignored warnings about Russian influence campaigns on its platform and then used a consulting firm to discredit critics of the social network.
Twitter has made similar efforts to root out inauthentic accounts, resulting in declines in the number of followers for some users.
9. Sell your car before it’s too old.
Why this doesn’t work: You should only get rid of an old car only if you have to spend more on its maintenance than you’d spend on buying a new one (even if you’d have to take out a loan). Specialists claim that this should happen only after many years of constant exploitation. It’s impossible to tell the exact number of years since it greatly depends on the car model and maintenance conditions (some cars work pretty well even at an “old” age).
8. Avoid credit cards.
Why this doesn’t work: If you don’t indulge in the temptation to blow your money on a sudden desire and spend it wisely (to pay off tuition, buy household appliances, or save up for emergency situations), a credit card can become a real lifesaver. Besides, regular payments will help you built a good credit history.
Banks usually offer profitable bonus programs and discounts for credit card holders. When you use a credit card, stick to one main rule: pay off the debt in full, not just the minimum balance.
7. Buy things in advance and use discounts and coupon codes.
Why this doesn’t work: An American study showed that most families who buy products in bulk tend to buy things they don’t really need. It’s an attempt to save money in advance: people buy now so they don’t have to buy later. It’s even worse with discount deals (for example, take 3 and pay for 2). Marketers know that customers actually prefer getting something for free rather than paying a lower price for the products. They use this psychological rule since you usually pay a full price for discounted goods. Besides, the quality of these goods often leaves a lot to be desired.
6. Invest money for high returns.
Why this doesn’t work: If financial gurus from an advertisement promise a high return on an investment, they’re likely using a fraudulent Ponzi scheme. This scheme is based on creating a financial bubble: investors get income from new investments and not from the revenue of an organization. Sooner or later (usually sooner) these bubbles burst leaving people looking for easy money with nothing to back it up.
Bitcoin investments are also useless: only dealers can benefit from them. This cryptocurrency is so unstable that it’s impossible to predict anything. Remember, if someone promises you’ll get easy money, asks you to bring your friends to the business, or claims that you should only invest a small amount to get millions, it’s likely to be a fraud.
5. Invest in real estate.
Why this doesn’t work: If you can’t decide if it’s better to make a deposit into a bank or spend money on a down payment for a mortgage, it’s better to choose the first option. You’ll have to invest more in property anyway: think about redecoration, interaction with a lessee (if you’re going to rent it out), paying taxes, and making utility payments.
Dreams about having your own place to live can turn into a nightmare if you take on a mortgage you can’t really pay off. The situation may differ in different regions so it’s better to analyze the real estate market and financial projections first.
4. You’re obligated to buy life and health insurance when taking out a loan.
Why this doesn’t work: When you make a large purchase on credit, a credit manager has to offer you life and health insurance. The idea is that if you can’t pay off the debt, the insurance will cover it. However, it’ll significantly increase the amount of the loan.
In most cases, you aren’t legally bound to buy insurance to take a loan. But you should evaluate your personal circumstances and possible risks of unemployment and sickness to make a final decision.
3. Borrow money from your friends and family so you don’t have to pay interest to the bank.
Why this doesn’t work: If you’re in a difficult financial situation, it’s natural to want to ask your friends and family for support. However, financial problems and debts often lead to the worsening of the relationships and misunderstandings. Besides, people who lent you money will subconsciously try to control your expenses and wait for you to pay them back.
2. Attend several business seminars.
Why this doesn’t work: Business seminars dedicated to personal growth and enrichment attract people with big promises and mottos including loud words like “inspirational” or “breakthrough.” Experts compare these events with cult or multi-level marketing meetings. The only person who benefits from these seminars is the coach.
It’s better to check the reputation of a business coach before you start trusting them and following their recommendations. You can read reviews and find out more about their real achievements by doing a little bit of research. These coaches often post photos of themselves on a white yacht, wearing expensive watches, but in real life they’re just ordinary people. Remember, if a coach promises you easy money for a part-time job and a small investment, it’s likely to be a fraud.
1. Do everything yourself to save money.
Why this doesn’t work: There are some things you can easily do yourself. If you have enough patience, the final result of your work will be just fine. Well, almost... However, very few people, who are cutting down on expenses by cutting professional help, really estimate the cost of their own time.
If you count how much time you’ll spend performing an unusual task and estimate how many useful things you could’ve done instead, the difference in the price isn’t actually that dramatic. The conclusion is that you should trust professionals. This way you’ll save both time and money.
1. How are blood types determined?
Blood types, or blood groups, are classified according to the presence or absence of certain antigens that can trigger an immune response when they are foreign to the body. These antigens can make the immune system of the patient attack the transfused blood. This is why it is so important to know your blood type and to be aware of the safe matches for blood transfusions.
2. Type O blood characteristics
There are 4 main blood types determined by the presence or absence of A and B antigens in the red cells’ surface and A and B antibodies in the plasma. In addition to the A and B antigens, there is a protein called Rh factor which can be either present or absent. Altogether, this makes up 8 blood types: A+, A-, B+, B-, O+, O-, AB+ and AB-. Type O blood has neither A nor B antigens in the red blood cells but has both A and B antibodies in the plasma. Type O+ is the most common blood type which accounts for 37% — 53% of people in different ethnic and racial groups.
3. People with type O blood are universal donors.
People with type O+ blood can donate their blood to all 4 groups, but only to people with the RH positive subgroup (O+, A+, B+, AB+). Red cells of O- type can be transfused to all 8 subgroups, which makes it a universal blood type that is always needed for emergency transfusions. Type O- blood is transfused in emergency cases when it is important to save the life of a patient before the crossmatch test is completed. What’s more, is type O- blood is the safest for newborn babies whose immune systems are under-developed.
4. Type O blood individuals can receive type O blood only.
People with type O+ blood can receive blood from people with both O+ and O- types, while those who have type O- blood can only receive the same O- type blood. In emergency cases when type O- blood is in short supply, it can be substituted with type O+ blood.
5. Health risks
According to scientists, there are ways in which blood biochemistry determines our health. Even though the influence of blood types on our health is still under research, there are certain theories on health risks and benefits for people with different blood types. It is considered, in particular, that people with O blood type can be more susceptible to some bacterial and viral infections than other blood groups, including severe ones like plague, cholera, mumps, and tuberculosis. Some studies also show that blood type O individuals have a 35% higher incidence of duodenal ulcers compared to people with A, B, and AB blood types.
6. Health benefits
People with type O blood have the lowest risk of developing coronary heart disease compared to people with A, B, and AB blood types. Studies show that non-O blood type individuals have a 25% higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer than people with O blood type. What is more, is people with blood type O have a lower risk of developing circulatory diseases and cognitive disorders. However, keeping a healthy lifestyle and managing health risk factors is crucial for avoiding diseases, no matter what blood type you have.
7. Type O blood and diet
You might have heard of the so-called “blood type diets” that claim that eating certain products matching your blood type will help you stay fit and healthy. Despite their great popularity, blood type diets lack scientific evidence and are not universally acknowledged. Nutritionists suggest that it’s better to follow a personalized diet considering your individual health state rather than a diet related to your blood type.
8. Type O blood and personality
The influence of blood type on people’s traits of character is rather debatable, but this theory is very popular in some countries, in particular, Japan. TV shows, newspapers and magazines often publish blood type horoscopes and romantic compatibility charts, while Japanese manga, anime, and video games mention characters’ blood types. The Japanese believe that people with O blood type are generous, passionate, sociable and financially successful and that the best romantic match is found between type O and type A people.
Frozen fruits and veggies
Frozen vegetables really do make our life easier: you just put them in the pan and boil. But you should know that before freezing them, vegetables are washed with water. So many people don’t wash frozen products before using them and it’s fine if you’re going to cook them at a high temperature. But if you prefer al dente vegetables, you have to wash them thoroughly and cook them the same way as fresh veggies in order to get rid of dirt and bacteria.
All types of rice should be rinsed 3-4 times before cooking (especially long-grain rice.) The main danger hides not in dust but in the starch covering rice. It’s starch that causes the rice to clump together and look unappetizing. It’s also recommended to rinse other starchy grains like corn or wheat grains until the water runs clear.
Mussels and oysters
You have to wash all sea products in shells thoroughly even if you buy frozen products since they can be full of sand and grit. Otherwise, you’ll be eating all that “waste.” We don’t think you like using sand as a seasoning!
Milk and dairy products
It’s recommended to wash the packaging of milk, yogurt, and other liquid products before opening them. Thousands of customers touch these packs, pick them up, and read the information on the labels. As soon as we open the bottle, the bacteria from people who’ve previously handled the container can easily get inside.
You don’t have to wash raw fish unless you’re going to eat it raw. High temperatures kill all bacteria, and if you rinse raw fish, there’s the risk of spreading bacteria all around your kitchen. Keep in mind that you should wash your hands, the cutting board, and the knife after cutting.
No matter what the type of cabbage is, you have to wash it thoroughly. If you’re going to cook cauliflower, which is actually in the same family of cabbage, you need to clean all the nooks and separate it into pieces. If you want to cook red or white cabbage, you have to remove the upper 2 layers as they may hide dirt and dust. To get rid of bugs and bacteria, put your cabbage in a sink filled with water, add some vinegar, and leave for a few minutes. Then rinse the cabbage with clean water.
Canned drinks come in handy during hot summer days: a can keeps your beverage cold and makes it even tastier. But don’t gulp a can of soda without first washing it or at least wiping the top. You know that all cans usually travel in dusty trucks and people at stores always touch them. By the way, if you have an opportunity, pour the contents from the can into a glass.
All greens are extremely tasty and healthy. But when preparing lettuce, don’t forget to rinse it. To get rid of sand or dirt in the leaves, you have to tear your lettuce with your own 2 hands and leave it in clean cold water for a few minutes. Then you have to take the lettuce out, put in a colander or on a clean kitchen towel, and let it dry. Well done, you can enjoy your greens now!
The healthiest fruits are young fruits that don’t undergo any special treatment. If you want to eat an apple in winter, for example, you have to wash it. Studies show that if you soak fruits in water and baking soda for 12 minutes, the majority of the chemicals will be washed away.
Why do we drool?
When we sleep our facial muscles, as well as our swallowing reflexes, are totally relaxed. Since saliva gets accumulated in the mouth while we sleep, it can slowly start dripping because the relaxed facial muscles may lead to a slightly open mouth. Therefore, we end up having a wet pillow that’s not very comfortable to sleep on.
Excess drooling or hypersalivation can be a sign of a neurological disease or the result of nasal congestion. Also, people who already had issues with health, like a stroke, tend to drool more often and more excessively.
1. Clear your sinuses.
One of the main reasons for drooling is a blocked nose, which makes a person breathe through their mouth and may lead to drooling. Cleaning and unblocking nasal sinuses could be a good way out of having a wet pillow every night. Here are some ways that can help unclog your sinuses:
Also, make sure you treat any nasal infection once it appears. Otherwise, you may end up getting various complications such as an eternally clogged nose, for example.
2. Change your sleeping pose.
This might sound pretty obvious but sleeping on your back is a pose where all the saliva produced by your body stays in your mouth and doesn’t drool out. Conversely, if you sleep on your side or on your belly, the accumulated saliva will likely drip out of your mouth and on to the pillow.
If you feel it’s too difficult to stay in one position for the entire night, try tucking yourself in to stabilize your body.
3. Check for sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a major disorder where a person’s breathing doesn’t go as smoothly as it should. It, in turn, leads to a constantly interrupted sleep, waking up during the night, a feeling of tiredness in the morning, and a feeling of drowsiness throughout the day.
Drooling and snoring are the main indicators of having sleep apnea. If you have any suspicion that you may have this disorder, contact your doctor to discuss in depth. Remember that factors like smoking increase the risk of getting the disorder and issues with breathing in general.
4. Lose extra weight.
Extra weight plays a crucial role in your sleeping process. More than half of the population in the USA that suffer from sleep apnea are overweight.
5. Use special devices.
Consulting a doctor can help you get the right device for your mouth that will help reduce drooling. These can be different dental appliances that provide a better mouth closure or help with swallowing and, therefore, help you get better sleep.
6. Make sure you take the right medicine.
If you are taking any medicine, make sure it doesn’t cause the production of excess saliva. Some antibiotics, for example, could cause hypersalivation and be the reason for excess drooling.
7. Keep your head up.
Keeping your head on a higher pillow while you’re sleeping can reduce drooling. So remember to fluff your pillow up before you go to bed and make sure you feel comfortable lying on it.
8. Consider getting surgery.
Sometimes doctors might recommend getting surgery and removing glands. It usually happens when there are serious neurological issues hiding behind hypersalivation. Of course, before doing it, any doctor will want to try non-surgical methods first and offer surgery only in case the first ones don’t help.
1. Michael Rockefeller
Michael Rockefeller, the son of the famous millionaire Nelson Rockefeller, was an ethnographer and an anthropologist. As a child, Michael loved history and anthropology. Later, he decided to become a scientist and entered Harvard University. After the end of his studies, the young specialist wanted to go on a scientific expedition to Oceania to study the lives of the local people. His father supported Michael and paid for the trip.
In the fall of 1961, Michael went on an expedition to New Guinea with a Dutch ethnographer René Wassing. Accompanied by 2 guides, the scientists traveled around the places the locals lived in and exchanged the things they had for the things of the locals. Sometime later, they had a unique collection but Michael didn’t want to stop there. The scientist went to a local Asmat tribe on a boat. The tribe was famous for eating people.
On the way to the island, the boat capsized and everyone except for Michael decided to go back: he wanted to swim to the destination. After that, he was never seen again. Many people think drowning or being eaten by crocodiles are unlikely versions. According to the most likely version, he was killed and eaten by the tribe.
2. Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart was an aviation pioneer and a writer. She was the first female pilot to have crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1928. In 1937, Amelia decided to make a tour around the world with flight navigator Fred Noonan. The pilots managed to make most of the way. They still had to fly 11,000 kilometers before their final target over the Pacific.
However, after some time, the plane was lost. According to experts, the weather conditions were really bad, they were running out of gas, and the radio didn’t work well. The search for the plane lasted for more than 2 weeks but there was no result. There were a lot of wild theories about what happened to Amelia — some people even think that the Japanese kidnapped her. But a researcher from the Tennessee University thinks that the remains found in 1940 most likely belonged to the famous pilot.
3. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a famous French writer, poet, and professional pilot. On July 31, 1944, the writer was piloting a French plane. The pilot was supposed to do an aero photoshoot near the Alps. But the plane never returned to the airport and was labeled missing.
For decades, there have been many mystic theories on what happened to the famous writer. But on September 7, 1998, the captain of the ship “Horizon” found a bracelet at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea with the name of the writer and the name of his wife. In 2000, a diver reported having seen a plane on the bottom of the sea where the bracelet had been found.
In 2008, researchers who were still hoping to find the truth contacted Horst Rippert, a German pilot who shot the writer’s plane down. According to Rippert, on July 31, 1944, he saw a plane with the French colors and decided to attack. The German pilot saw the plane go down into the sea. The former German pilot also said that he loved Saint-Exupéry’s books. And if he had known it was him, he wouldn’t have shot.
4. Richey Edwards
Richey Edwards was an English musician and the guitar player of an alternative rock band, Manic Street Preachers that was famous in the ’90s. Edwards, just like many rock musicians, suffered from depression and anorexia. On February 1, 1995, the band was supposed to fly to the U.S. for a promo tour and Richey never showed up for the flight. At 7 am, the musician left his hotel room to meet the rest of the band at the airport. But he didn’t come. The musicians started looking for Richey but found nothing.
This is a really strange case because Richey was seen several times in strange places: at a taxi stand in Newport and at a station in Severn View. The search for the musician was going on for more than 10 years. On November 23, 2009, Richey was finally declared dead.
5. Oscar “Zeta” Acosta
Oscar Zeta Acosta was an American lawyer, writer, and activist, famous for being friends with Hunter S. Thompson, who described him as his lawyer in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
In 1974, the lawyer went to Mexico which is where he ultimately went missing. In May 1974, Oscar called his son and told him he was going to get on a boat full of white snow. There was a rumor that Acosta was alive and hiding in Miami but some time later, his friend Hunter Thompson wrote an obituary. According to Thompson, Oscar had drug problems. The lawyer’s body was never found.
6. Bison Dele
Bison Dele is a famous American basketball player. For his entire life, he was acting weird and eccentric. He finished his career when he was at his best, at the age of 30. In June 2002, Dele, his girlfriend, and his brother went on a cruise in the Pacific Ocean. The athlete and his girlfriend were last seen in Tahiti on July 8, 2002. His brother returned several weeks later.
In September, his brother was arrested by the police. 2 days before that, the basketball player’s yacht was found near Tahiti with bullet holes. The FBI decided that the brother shot Bison and his girlfriend and threw the bodies into the ocean so nobody could find them. Sometime later, he committed suicide. There was no new information after his death so the investigation was stopped.
7. Sean Flynn
Sean was the only son of Hollywood actor, Errol Flynn. Unlike his successful father, Sean was never good in cinema and he was disappointed with himself. After making 10 movies, Sean decided to become a photo reporter. His photographs were regularly printed in big newspapers. On April 6, 1970, Flynn and his colleague were traveling across Cambodia on bikes. On one of the roadblocks, they were stopped by Khmer Rouges. Nobody has seen the photographer since. There was a rumor that he was seen in Mexico many years later, but there is no proof.
8. Connie Converse
Connie Converse was a singer and songwriter in the 1950s. She often performed in New York but she never became famous. In 1970, the singer was going through a difficult professional crisis which resulted in a severe depression. In August 1974, she wrote several letters to her friends and family where she said that she wanted to start a new life somewhere else.
Her relatives thought she was going to go to the lake for one day but by the time the letters were read, she had already packed her stuff and went away. All further searches for Connie didn’t bring any results.
1. Eat from red plates.
This may seem a little strange but research shows that people eat less food from red plates that from white or blue ones. The thing is, this color is associated with prohibitions and is a signal to stop, so people instinctively eat less. There was an experiment where the participants were given cookies on red, white, and blue plates. The ones who got a red plate ate a lot less than the other participants. And yes, they weren’t eating healthy food. So, this piece of advice only works for situations when you eat unhealthy foods.
2. Drink from a narrow and long glass.
Here’s a fun and scientifically proven fact: if you drink beverages from tall glasses, you will drink about 25-30% less. American scientist Brian Wansink explains it as an optical illusion that tricks the brain. Tests have shown that even professional bartenders pour more into low and wide glasses.
3. Remove unhealthy food from your sight.
Research has shown that if people keep high-caloric foods in their sight, they will most likely weigh more than those who hide unhealthy foods from themselves and keep fruit out instead. The thing is, the sight of tasty (but unhealthy) foods increases the sense of hunger and temptation which makes you eat more. So, make sure you can only see healthy foods at home.
4. Eat more protein.
When you eat foods rich in protein, you kill your hunger faster. Research has shown that a 15% increase of protein in the daily diet helped the participants eat 440 fewer calories. Because of this, they managed to lose 10 pounds of extra weight on average in 12 weeks without actually limiting any foods.
The foods that have the most protein are: meat (chicken and red meat), fish, eggs, cottage cheese, cheese, and beans.
5. Chew mint gum when you are slightly hungry.
When you are just slightly hungry and you might risk having an unhealthy snack, chew some sugar-free mint-flavored bubble gum. The mint flavor dulls the function of taste buds and the urge to eat something immediately disappears.
6. Add ice to your drinks.
All the foods we eat and drink are heated by the body to the body temperature. This thermoregulation process burns calories and the more heating the body needs to do, the more calories it burns. Add some ice to your drinks (coffee, tea, juice, cocktails) and drink them through a straw. Cold food also makes the body burn more calories.
7. Sleep more.
Research published in 2013 by Nature Communications magazine showed that people who sleep less than 6 hours a night eat high-caloric foods more often and gain more weight than people who get enough sleep. So, try sleeping for at least 7-8 hours a night.
8. Buy a smaller size dress.
Buy a new dress or a new pair of jeans that are a few sizes smaller and hang them somewhere in your house where you can see this piece of clothing. This way you will always have a reminder in front of you of the goal you want to achieve.
9. Lose weight together with someone.
Unite with your friends or join a group of people who are trying to lose weight too. This will make the process more rewarding. A study shows that people who teamed up with other people who were trying to lose weight reached their target 20% more often.
Bonus: Using ice packs to get rid of fat
According to researchers at the University of Maastricht, cold temperatures help to burn fat. The cold will transform white fat into brown fat that is more easily metabolized by the body.
In order to avoid a frostbite, remove the bag from time to time. If you notice symptoms like skin redness, tingling, or skin numbness, stop the procedure immediately.
1. Laundry detergent pods
Laundry detergent pods, if eaten, can cause poisoning and burns to the mouth, throat, and stomach. Other than ingestion, if the liquid leaks or is squeezed from the pod, it can cause severe skin and eye irritation and burns. It can also cause damage to the lungs if your child happens to breathe it in.
If you suspect your child has ingested or been in contact with an open detergent pod, call poison control for advice.
2. Balloons and other small objects
Balloons may brighten up a party, but they actually cause more childhood deaths than any other toy. Balloons, particularly those made of latex, conform to the shape of the narrow windpipe in children, leading to choking. Other small objects such as batteries, magnets, marbles, and bottle-caps, for example, can also lead to occlusions of the windpipe.
If your child is choking, try giving them several firm blows to their upper back while they are in a forward position, call an ambulance, and then follow these steps.
3. Pet food
Generally, pet food isn’t poisonous to humans, however, there have been cases of children becoming sick after ingesting dry cat or dog food. The biggest danger comes from dry food pellets for larger dogs combined with small, inquisitive children which can be a choking hazard.
Again, if your child is choking, try giving them several firm blows to their upper back while they are in a forward position, call an ambulance, and then follow these steps.
4. Toys with propellers
With the rising popularity of small, hand-operated drones comes the increased risk of injury, as this child found out when his eye was cut by a drone propeller.
With proper safety precautions, these can indeed be fun toys to play with. Follow these drone safety tips to minimize the risk of harm.
Trampolines can be a fun addition to the family backyard, but naturally, don’t come without risks. According to the EU Injury Database, approximately 51,000 children aged 0-14 require an emergency department visit every year due to injuries sustained from using a trampoline. That number is closer to 250,000 in the United States.
Follow these trampoline safety tips to help keep your children safe.
6. Toy chests
If your child’s toys are kept in a chest with a heavy lid, it might be best to either remove the lid or use open storage boxes. Heavy lids pose an injury risk if the toddler were to have a body part reaching into the chest and the open lid wasn’t secured. There have even been cases of suffocation when a child has become trapped within the box.
Fortunately, most modern toy chests have added safety elements to help prevent injury. Open boxes and play areas can be a safer alternative.
7. Certain houseplants
Houseplants can be aesthetically pleasing for your home and garden, but some can be quite toxic and even lethal if eaten. Philodendron, oleander, and peace lilies are just 3 common examples. Check this extensive list here for toxic and non-toxic household plants.
Call poison control or an ambulance if you think your child has ingested anything unusual.
8. Candy and costumes
With Halloween having recently passed, many people around the world were involved in dressing-up and eating candy. Trick-or-treating is a fun activity for the entire family and should continue to be considered as such. Any candy should be checked, if anything, to judge whether it could be a choking hazard depending on the age of your child. There have been reports of candy being “poisoned” but this has been found to be false. Sour hard candies like Warheads have also been reported to have caused burns and erosion to children’s mouths, so proceed with caution or avoid them altogether.
Costumes are also a big part of Halloween and other special occasions, and kids of all ages love to dress up. Parents should keep in mind that there have been incidents of costumes catching fire due to the types of materials they’re made of.
With all this in mind, we only want Halloween and other activities to remain fun and family-oriented as they’re meant to be.
If your child requires emergency medical attention please call your local emergency telephone number. Worldwide emergency numbers can be found here.
6. Problems with weight gain
Different studies show that both short and long periods of sleep are connected with diabetes and obesity. This fact isn’t that obvious but doctors claim that we move less than we should, which is why we gain weight. We wake up too late and don’t have time for physical activities.
5. Depressive disorders
People who suffer from depressive disorders also experience sleep disorders. Sometimes, in cases of several types of disorders, people sleep more than usual. It’s a vicious cycle because long sleep causes despair and fatigue. You sleep more and more and don’t want to leave your bed in the morning, the world doesn’t make you excited, and these symptoms lead to depression.
4. Heart disease
If you sleep for too long, you not only lose precious hours but you can also get heart disease. Nowadays, heart issues are among the most common causes of death, and sleeping for more than 8 hours a night increases your chances of dying from a heart attack by 34%.
What’s more, is studies prove that women are more likely to sleep longer than men, which is why they have to keep in mind that there’s a close connection between excessive sleep and heart disease.
A lack of sleep causes headaches, but it also happens when we sleep for too long. We shouldn’t lie in bed a lot even during weekends and holidays. Otherwise, we may wake up with an awful headache.
The thing is, excessive sleep affects our neurotransmitters in the brain and our level of serotonin.
2. Memory issues
According to a study, long sleep affects our brain work. What’s more, is if you usually wake up at night, you might not get enough deep sleep, thus, you wake up.
This, in turn, affects our brain’s cognitive functions and its ability to concentrate and remember details.
It may sound surprising but sometimes insomnia is caused by unhealthy habits together with activity and sleep. For example, if you stay up late in front of the computer and decide to sleep longer the next day, you can suffer from insomnia. 2 days would be enough to confuse your body clock so that you’d experience problems with sleep.
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