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Saturday, July 30, 2016

These are the names that the French gave to face cards

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In most card games, the player who holds one or more face cards is usually considered to be in "a good position" in comparison with their opponent.

Face cards are not just paintings that "beautify" the card deck. According to William Gurney Benham, author of Playing Cards: The History and Secrets of the Pack, card games were invented in the 14th Century in order to amuse France's melancholic king, Charles VI. However, card decks had existed for centuries, but without the symbols and the costumes of face cards. French people called face cards as King, Queen and Jack, but Greece plays a big part in the story too...
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Have you ever wondered why is there a hole in the cap of a pen? You will be surprised!

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Have you ever wondered why is there a hole in the cap of a pen? You will be surprised!

Everyone has at least 1 or 2 pens it his pocket, just in case. But have you noticed that almost every pen on its cap has a hole? Have you ever wondered why is that?

The answer is very simple!

The BIC company (The leader in production of pens, lighters, shavers, sailboards, etc.) has invented this ideal solution since 1991.

As we all know, while we had our exams in the school or in college, when we couldn’t find any solution to solve some math problem, we were constantly biting the pen. Remember that the little kids are also doing this, and they often swallow different things.
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NASA Has Confirmed That Earth Now Has A Second Moon That’s Here To Stay

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NASA Has Confirmed That Earth Now Has A Second Moon That’s Here To Stay
Skymet Weather

NASA has officially confirmed that Earth has a second moon that has been around longer than you think.

It’s been confirmed that the moon is no longer Earth’s only cosmic companion.

NASA reported this month that a mini-moon, affectionately named asteroid 2016 HO3, has been orbiting Earth for only about 100 years and may stick around for a few centuries.

Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies, said of the asteroid,

“One other asteroid — 2003 YN107 — followed a similar orbital pattern for a while over 10 years ago, but it has since departed our vicinity. This new asteroid is much more locked onto us. Our calculations indicate 2016 HO3 has been a stable quasi-satellite of Earth for almost a century, and it will continue to follow this pattern as Earth’s companion for centuries to come.”

Deemed a quasi-satellite, the asteroid appears to pose no threat to Earth and is no more than 300 feet wide, which is likely why scientists just barely spotted it in April of this year.

The asteroid’s movements are complicated, as it spends half of its time closer to the sun than Earth and passes it before our planet, and then spends the other half of its time even farther away from us, causing it to eventually fall behind. The orbit is slightly tilted, causing it to engage in a bobbing motion once a year. Over multiple decades, 2016 HO3 also does a slow, back-and-forth twist.

Earth’s gravitational pull prevents the mini-moon from ever getting too far away or too close, ultimately keeping us safe in this temporary relationship.

Chodas explains,

“The asteroid’s loops around Earth drift a little ahead or behind from year to year, but when they drift too far forward or backward, Earth’s gravity is just strong enough to reverse the drift and hold onto the asteroid so that it never wanders farther away than about 100 times the distance of the moon.”

Though it isn’t exactly a moon as we know it, this asteroid is certainly the closest we’ve come to a second moon that we have been able to track. Chodas affectionately said of 2016 HO3,

“In effect, this small asteroid is caught in a little dance with Earth.”

Take a look at the video below, which demonstrates the asteroid’s pattern of movements.

What are your thoughts on this new asteroid? Please share, like, and comment on this article!

Source: True Activist

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8 Reasons Why Strong Women Face Difficulties In Finding True Love

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8 Reasons Why Strong Women Face Difficulties In Finding True Love

You may think that strong women find it easy to find true love, but in reality things are completely different. Strong women aren't invincible. They also have their weaknesses and insecurities. Here are 8 reasons why it's really hard to find true love if you're a strong woman:

1) Most men are afraid of strong women.

It sounds ridiculous, but the truth is that most men feel uncomdortable when dating a woman who is stronger than them. It somehow "hurts" the self confidence or makes them feel less masculine. As a matter of fact, strong women need to search a lot to find a man who will respect their powerful personality and face them as equals.

2) Strong women are sometimes too selective.

Women with a strong personality are usually picky enough when it comes to choosing the man of their dreams. The problem is that sometimes they tend to become too selective, because they know they are worth of someone really good or because of their insecurity that they need to find the perfect match.

3) Strong women aren’t afraid to be by themselves.

Strong women know what they want and aren’t willing to settle for anything less. They know the importance of staying true to themselves and they also realize that sacrificing their needs for the sake of love with the wrong person will only cause resentment in the long run. They do not have to settle out of fear of being alone, or fear of social implications by others’ who do not understand a woman’s ability to be by herself, and be happy.

4) Strong women are not afraid of speaking up.

They’re not afraid to tell someone what they did wrong or call someone out on their lies. This is why they’re often labeled ‘intimidating’ because they can stand up for themselves and will not hold back.

5) Strong women don’t allow themselves to be options.

Strong women will not tolerate being treated like an option or being part of a bunch of women someone is dating. They appreciate commitment and honesty and anything other than that is a deal breaker for them.

6) Strong women are more brains than beauty.

While not always the case, strong women may tend to be more attractive on the inside than on the outside. Generally speaking, strong people have a “hidden beauty” and it takes a special person to appreciate and acknowledge it. They are also more attracted by smart and strong men.

7) Strong women usually do not find their happiness in anything that comes easily to them.

Strong women find their happiness in perseverance and commitment to something they can work on and grow with. While this seems like a positive mindset to have, it can backfire when it affects how they choose their romantic partners. A relationship only works if you’re willing to commit even when it’s hard, not choose it because it’s hard.

8) Strong women tend to give their strength to what they love.

When strong women fall in love, they almost adopt that person into their own identity, and aren’t quick to realize when they’re giving away their power at the other person’s benefit and their own detriment. Likewise, strong women have a laser focus – the more they are fixated on a difficult relationship, the more it becomes exacerbated.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Scientists accidentally created nanorods that harvest water from the air

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Scientists accidentally created nanorods that harvest water from the air

This is so cool.

Incredible scientific discoveries happen all the time when researchers haven't been looking for them, and new nanorods that harvest water from the air are no exception.

These unintentionally produced carbon-rich microscopic stalks absorb and release water differently to every other material we know about. They can absorb more water at low humidities, then expel it as the humidity increases to 50-80 percent - other materials simply carry on taking in the extra liquid in the air.

As Gizmag's Michael Irving points out, these nanorods could eventually be used in a range of applications, from low-energy water-harvesting systems to perhaps fabrics that can remove excess sweat from the body.

"Our unusual material behaves a bit like a sponge; it wrings itself out halfway before it's fully saturated with water," explained one of the material's creators, David Lao from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

Here's how the happy accident came about: the team was trying to create magnetic nanowires in the lab, but ended up producing these carbon nanorods instead. Upon closer inspection, the nanorods appeared to lose weight as the humidity of their environment increased.

At first, the scientists though their equipment was malfunctioning.

It turns out that this phenomenon had first been considered back in the 1990s. The team dug up previous papers from 2012 and 2013 that referenced those hypotheses and showed how water can spontaneously vaporise if it's confined in an area less than 1.5 nanometres wide - or when it's tightly surrounded by hydrophobic (water-repelling) materials.

What seems to be happening, says the team, is that water is condensing and forming a bridge between the nanorods through a process called capillary condensation. The water between the rods causes surface tension that pulls adjacent rods closer together, and when the gap gets to 1.5 nanometres, the water evaporates.

The PNNL team goes so far as to call it a potential "paradigm shift in water purification and separation", suggesting sheets of these nanorods could one day even harvest water from desert air perhaps. Right now only 10-20 percent of the material spits out water, and the researchers are looking to see if they can increase that.

"Now that we've gotten over the initial shock of this unforeseen behaviour, we're imagining the many ways it could be harnessed to improve the quality of our lives," said one of the team, engineer David Heldebrant. "But before we can put these nanorods to good use, we need to be able to control and perfect their size and shape."

The findings have been published in Nature Nanotechnology.

Source: Science Alert
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15 Reasons Why Being Single Is Not Bad At All

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15 Reasons Why Being Single Is Not Bad At All

I don’t think I’m the only person in the world who suffers from the “grass-is-always-greener” syndrome, that infuriating notion that if I had what that person has then I will be happy.

Especially in regards to relationships. Having been happily single for the past year, I decided recently that I’d remain single indefinitely, with no plans to pursue a relationship with anyone other than myself. For me this means no dating sites or apps, no blind-date setups by friends or relatives, loving or otherwise, no pursuit. If I’m going to get involved with another human being, by golly, they’ll have to come hit me over the head to get me to notice them. Most of the time this works out great: I have incredibly fulfilling work, I give back to the communities within which I am involved, I have a lovely home and a sweet cat and a summer garden coming in. Generally speaking, my life is the picture of contentment. I want what I have.

And then I see them. The hands-holders, the exchangers of smoky gazes, the secret-smilers, the Eskimo-kissers. I see them on the bus and the bike trail and at restaurants and then suddenly it’s like they’re everywhere and what is wrong with me? Why don’t I have that?

It usually doesn’t take too much to get me back to remembering, “because you chose this” and returning to my contented state, but when I start getting all up in my head about this stuff and it starts threatening my serenity, I go straight to the list. The list of why being single is awesome. Not why it’s okay, not why it’s all-right-for-now, but why being single is really and truly awesome.


I work in a bike shop: cue the near-constant entrance of hot, toned guys. I get plenty of opportunity to practice flirting and no guilt whatsoever.


The only thing I have to commit to when I go out is having a great time, and I always do.


And surprisingly, my mother and I have had a much better relationship over the past year than we ever have had before. She’s become a greater friend and better confidant, and I love having her in my corner. Being single gives me the opportunity to enjoy checking in with my mother, something I never anticipated or thought I would like so much.

4. IT’S. MY. BED.

Roo, my aging Greek cat who has slept with me for the past 15 years, still takes up a ridiculous amount of space for a ten-pound furball, but that’s just what cats do. I haven’t had a middle-of-the-night struggle for my sheets or duvet for a long time, and I don’t miss it one bit.


I don’t have to worry about his anything, and I rely on my friends to be sounding boards, advisory committees, emergency editors, and freak-out mitigators. As a result, my friendships are closer and stronger than ever, and I don’t invest too much time or energy in anyone else’s head space.


If you’re anything like me, every person you’ve ever dated has become a question of your own identity. This is nigh impossible when you’re with yourself. And if you still feel like you’re with the wrong person, there are a boatload of resources out there to help you. I luxuriate in knowing that if all else fails I am most definitely with the right person.


Life is short, folks, and there are a LOT of things I want to do: complete the Colorado Northeast Ridge Route of Kingfisher Tower with my climbing partner, build a new roadbike on the 1981 celeste Bianchi frame that was donated to my shop last month, see the new X-Men movie, ride at least 100 miles per week this summer…the list just goes on, and it gets longer all the time. And it’s all mine. Every choice I make, every decision, every action, every time, is mine and mine alone. So far, it seems to be a pretty good way to live.


What’s worse than being alone? Being with someone only because you don’t want to be alone.


And energy. And motivation. And no other distractions. Being single gives me the time to pursue my dreams.


It’s a well-known truism that you cannot really love another person unless you love yourself. Being single gives me a lot of opportunity to get to know myself, what I have to offer, who I am, what I have to give. Being entirely and truly myself means that I am always, only going to offer the best me: to my friends, to my colleagues, to my customers, to my community.


I get to take the time and commit the energy to figure things out, whether it’s my next climbing trip or my surprise attraction to someone. The thing is: my curiosity isn’t going to potentially hurt anyone else. So I get to indulge in it.


Traveling is better when you’re single, whether you’re traveling alone or not. I don’t have to worry about my boyfriend being offended that I didn’t invite him, or asking what I’m doing every step of the trip. And since I climb and ride with both men and women, this is especially important to me. The only creature who got their heart broken on my last climbing trip was my cat, and I’m pleased to report she’s well-recovered.


And when I do spend it on other people, it’s people I really love for reasons I really want to spend it. I take my mom to the movies. I take my friends to lunch. I buy half the gas for a road trip to go rock climbing, and pick up half the camping fees. No regrets. Ever.


I’m bound by my own imagination, my creativity, my passions, my desires, which basically means, I have no boundaries. I can do anything I want to do.


Sociocultural norms tell me that I should find someone, settle down, get married, raise a family. But 73% of people in one survey said their current partner isn’t their true love. According to one site responsible for various relationship metrics, the odds are sorely stacked against me: 285,000 to 1 that I will “find the one”. And besides, why waste time searching for someone when I could be bettering myself: in effect, making myself someone else’s “one”?

Regardless of how this whole relationship thing works itself out in my life, I sleep well every night. (Alone. Well, with a cuddly feline usually curled against my lower back.) I greet every day with unmitigated enthusiasm. I work hard to be helpful in my community, at my job, to my friends and family, my colleagues, my employers, my world. Maybe I’ll be someone else’s one someday, but if not, that will be okay too. Somehow, all alone,by myself, on my own, I am enough.

Source: I Heart Intelligence
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Most Men Can’t Handle A Deep Woman – Here’s why

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Most Men Can’t Handle A Deep Woman – Here’s why

The deeper you are, the harder it becomes for you to find someone who wants to have a relationships with you. You can go out on a lot of dates but at some point the relationship fails to progress any further and that is mainly because of the intensity of your depth. Not every man is strong enough to handle a deep woman. Here’s why:

1. A deep woman asks deep questions. A deep woman will probe further into your life and ask questions that you may not be prepared to answer. Even on the first date, she will dig deeper and ask personal and philosophical questions – she will never enjoy a shallow conversation.

2. A deep woman is honest. Too honest – often blunt. A deep woman takes her integrity seriously and one thing she believes in is honesty. If you ask her anything, she will tell you the truth and she expects the same from you.

3. A deep woman knows what she wants. Or who she wants. A deep woman knows right away if she likes you and doesn’t need to date around or explore her other options to be sure of her feelings. Her heart only beats for a special few people and she knows them right away.

4. A deep woman wants a deep relationship. She wants long conversations about your life, she wants to hear stories about your past, she wants to understand your pain and she wants to add value to your life. She wants a real relationship that goes beyond going out and having fun.

5. A deep woman is not afraid of intimacy. She is not afraid of getting closer or risking getting hurt in the process. She doesn’t think it will entrap her freedom or make her vulnerable. Her depth and intimacy go hand in hand and she will always cherish the beauty of intimacy in relationships.

6. A deep woman sees through you. She can see who you really are and what makes you vulnerable. She is not the one to hold back from pointing out what she sees in you or how well she can read you. Even though it makes you uncomfortable, she wants you to know that she understands you and that you can be yourself around her.

7. A deep woman craves consistency. She gets turned off by inconsistency or flaky behavior. She desires a strong connection and a solid bond and she knows that consistency is the foundation of that bond. A deep woman will not participate in the dating games.

8. A deep woman is intense. She may be slightly intimidating because she brings intensity to everything she does. Her emotions are intense and so are her thoughts. She will never be indifferent about things that matter to her – not everyone is strong enough to handle her intensity.

9. A deep woman only knows how to love deeply. If you can’t love her deeply, she will walk away. She doesn’t know how to casually date someone she’s really into or be friends with someone she has feelings for. A deep woman knows when someone can’t meet her halfway and she will slowly detach herself from anyone who is not willing to give her the deep love she is looking for.

10. A deep woman won’t wait for you. She will not wait for you to make up your mind or watch you be hesitant about her. She is strong and passionate and will not waste her emotions on someone who doesn’t appreciate their depth. Even though she is looking for a special kind of love, a deep woman is not afraid of being on her own.

by Rania Naim

Source: Thought Catalog
via The Mind Journal
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Gorillas have been observed seeking out and destroying poachers’ snares after an infant in their group was killed

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A pair of gorillas have been observed seeking out and destroying poachers’ snares after an infant in their group was killed by one of the traps.

A few short days after a gorilla infant was killed, a pair of wild gorillas were caught on camera dismantling poachers’ snares. According to conservationists, this is the first time anyone has seen that kind of planning, precision, and ingenuity by mountain gorillas.

Vernoica Vecellio, the gorilla program coordinator at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund‘s Karisoke Research Center, told National Geographic:
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