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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Artist Leaves Dress In The Dead Sea For 2 Months And It Turns Into Glittering Salt Crystal Masterpiece

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Artist Leaves Dress In The Dead Sea For 2 Months And It Turns Into Glittering Salt Crystal Masterpiece

The project is an eight-part photo series inspired by S. Ansky’s 1916 play titled Dybbuk. The play is about a young Hasidic woman who becomes possessed by the spirit of her dead lover, and Landau’s salt-encrusted gown is a replica of the one worn in the dramatic production of the 1920s.

Landau checked on the black gown various times in order to capture the gradual process of salt crystalisation that you can see in the pictures below. You can also see them at London’s Marlborough Contemporary, where they’ll be on display until September 3rd.

More info: Sigalit Landau | Marlborough Contemporary (h/t: mymodernmet)
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What Cannabis Does To Your Mind & Body Depending On How You Ingest It (Infographic)

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What Cannabis Does To Your Mind & Body Depending On How You Ingest It (Infographic)

Contrary to popular belief, smoking cannabis does not assist a great deal in treating disease within the body, as therapeutic levels cannot be reached through smoking.

To get the best benefit from this miraculous plant, you should either eat it or take cannabis oil. Smoking also alters the plant molecules; when cannabis is heated and burned, it changes the chemical structure and acidity of the THC, which in turn negates its therapeutic value. The smoke from marijuana is toxic to the body, just as the smoke from any other substance would be. Furthermore, anytime you burn something and inhale it, you create oxidation within the body.
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Pictures That Illustrate The Difference Between Common And Professional Photoshoots

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Pictures That Illustrate The Difference Between Common And Professional Photoshoots
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42 Of The Most Beautiful Sculptures In The World

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42 Of The Most Beautiful Sculptures In The World

Almost all places around the world have their own sculptures or statues. Some of them are plain and simple, while others are really breath-taking. Here you can find a list of 42 of the most wonderful sculptures in the world.

Take a look and comment if you think of one that should be on the list!
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

5 Things You Need To Know About A Girl Who Loves Being On Her Own

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5 Things You Need To Know About A Girl Who Loves Being On Her Own

If you are in love with a girl who is used in spending time on her own and doesn't want to change that, there's no reason for you to panic. Dealing with an independent woman is hard but you really won't regret trying. Because independent women are smart and fun to be around. So if such an independent girl has chosen you to be her partner, then at least you should be proud; it's not easy for an independent girl to be in a relationship but if she's chosen to do so, then it must mean she really likes you.

So here are 5 things you need to know about a girl who loves spending time alone:

1) She won't be telling you everything she does in her everyday life.

Expect her to do her own thing often and without letting you know, at least at first. It’s not that you don’t matter; it’s just that she’s learned to love doing what she wants, when she wants, and without asking permission or informing anyone. As she spends time alone regularly, she has picked up hobbies and activities that she enjoys doing alone, like running or reading. Be proud of her for her interests, and encourage her to keep pursuing them.

2) She will be reserved at the beginning.

To start with, she will be reserved about the things that are important to her. However, the more you get to know her, the more you will find out. When she is fully open with you, you can be proud to be one of the very few people she chooses to be close to. She’ll also probably want to take things slowly because she’ll not be used to all the attention. Don’t think she doesn’t like you enough, she probably likes you a lot; it’s just all new to her.

3) She is a fan of actual conversations.

She expects you to actually listen to her, not just stare vacantly at her face when she's talking. Because she will notice that you're thinking about how much shit you have to do at work tomorrow or what body part you're going to work out at the gym in the morning, and she's not about to repeat herself.

4) There is no need to distrust her.

Independent women are loyal. They expect honesty and commitment from you, but they are more than willing to return it with the same fierce passion they apply to every other aspect of their lives. You will not find a more trustworthy woman than a strong, independent one. Why? Because she chooses what she wants out of life and she holds on to it when she gets it. When you are what she wants, she will give you her everything.

5) She wants you, but she doesn't need you.

That's right, an independent woman is not needy. And that's fine. Should be at least. She has learnt how to always make it on her own, so don't expect her to ask everything from you. But that doesn't mean she doesn't want you. She wants your company and when she does, you will know. You just have to respect the fact that she's used in getting by on her own.

Written by Katerina Papakyriakopoulou
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Study Finds That Only 50% Of Our Friends Is Actually Like Us

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Study Finds That Only 50% Of Our Friends Actually Like Us

Take a moment to think of all of your friends. Are they 2, 5, 10 or more? No matter how many they are, the thing is that when you call someone a "friend", you automatically believe that you are their friend too, right? Friendship is a reciprocal thing - or not?

Well, a recent study has found that this is probably only true about 50 percent of the time - only half of perceived friendships are actually mutual, and that’s a problem.

Conducted by researchers from MIT, the study analysed friendship ties in 84 subjects aged 23 to 38, who were taking part in a business management class.

The subjects were asked to rank how close they were with each person in the class on a scale of 0 to 5, where 0 means "I do not know this person," 3 means "Friend," and 5 means "One of my best friends."

The researchers discovered that while 94 percent of the subjects expected their feelings to be reciprocated, only 53 percent of them actually were.

The study is of course limited because of its tiny sample size, but as Kate Murphy reports for The New York Times, the results are consistent with data from several other friendship studies from the past decade, comprising more than 92,000 subjects, that put reciprocity rates at 34 to 53 percent.

This perception gap when it comes to friendship hints at a number of pretty significant problems, from our inability to clearly define friendship and the impact this could have on our own self-image, to us having the wrong idea about the kind of people who could actually affect social change.

While one of the team, computational social science researcher Alex Pentland, suggests that this inability to read people is largely due to us desperately trying to maintain a favourable self image - "We like them, they must like us." - the concept of friendship is actually really difficult to define.

"Ask people to define friendship - even researchers like Mr Pentland who study it - and you’ll get an uncomfortable silence followed by 'er' or 'um,'" says Murphy.

It wasn’t always this hard. When we’re kids, the concept of friendship is pretty simple, as the kids from everyone’s new favourite show, Stranger Things, spell out:

  • A friend is someone that you'd do anything for.
  • You lend them your cool stuff, like comic books and trading cards.
  • They never break a promise.

And, most significantly, "Friends don’t lie."

But in adolescence through to adulthood, things aren’t so simple - especially when we’ve got social media pushing friendship as a commodity, which is pretty much the exact opposite of how you’re supposed to think of them.

"Treating friends like investments or commodities is anathema to the whole idea of friendship," Ronald Sharp, a professor of English at Vassar College, who teaches a course on the literature of friendship, told Murphy. "It’s not about what someone can do for you, it’s who and what the two of you become in each other’s presence."

Sharp adds that for many of our friendships, we spend way more time tweeting at each other than actually hanging out with them, and this is how perceptions can get seriously skewed.

"People are so eager to maximise efficiency of relationships that they have lost touch with what it is to be a friend," he says.

But hey, it’s not all bad news. If you cut your friends by half and end up with five true pals who really do love you back, you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, says renowned British anthropologist, Robin Dunbar.

According to a recent study led by Dunbar, while 150 is the maximum number of social relationships the average human can maintain with any degree of stability, we're only able to maintain a mere five close friendships at a time.

"People may say they have more than five but you can be pretty sure they are not high-quality friendships," he told The Times.

So don’t sweat it if your friend lists on social media aren’t as massive as your friends - chances are most of us are actually pretty equal when it comes to real friendships.

And don’t believe what you hear about the people with the biggest following having the most influence, because what’s the point when half of them aren't likely to be reciprocated?

"We shouldn’t assume people with a high number of social ties are 'influencers'," Pentland writes for the Harvard Business Review. "Such people are no better, and often are worse than average people at exerting social influence. Our results suggest that this is because many of those ties either are not reciprocal or go in the wrong direction, and therefore won’t lead to effective persuasion."

So if you’re looking for someone who can influence others and affect social change, says Pentland, don’t look for one individual with lots of friends, look for groups of people with a similar number of friends, and lots of friends in common. Because their connections are going to be a whole lot more real than anything in Kim Kardashian's feed.

The study has been published in PLOS One.

Written by Katerina Papakyriakopoulou

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6 Reasons Why Relationships Are Harder For Independent People

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Did you know that the more independent you are, the harder it is for you to be in a long terms relationship? Well, that's sad but true. There are probably many reasons this happens, but it seems that independent people are already so good at working on themselves and digging through their own baggage, that often it takes a relationship to really push them out of their comfort zone.

So here are 6 reasons why independent people often find it hard to be in a serious relationship:

1) They’d rather be alone than be with the wrong person.

They know better than to commit out of the fear of being alone with themselves – or worse, whatever social implications that may come with. So they often tend to become hyper-analytical of what would make someone the “right” person. They know that compatibility is as much of a science as it is an art – it’s half inherent chemistry, and half the decision to cultivate love and caring. That is to say: it takes a lot to determine whether or not you really are suited for someone.

2) They are more suspicious.

When you think too much, there’s a possibility that you’ll start thinking bad things. Sometimes intelligent people fill their minds with insecurities. They can’t easily be fooled, but that’s exactly because they’re afraid of being fooled! They are too careful when they pick a partner or even a friend and that’s why they end up being alone for long periods of time. Of course, being too naive isn’t good either, but being too suspicious can only trouble you more.

3) They love travelling alone. All the time.

Traveling as a couple can be stressful, and some people just like traveling alone. If you’re in a couple made up of two independent people, you’ll appreciate getting to travel by yourself. It will give you a chance to recharge, you and your partner an opportunity to miss each other, and lots to talk about when you get back.

4) They do not find their happiness in anything that comes easily to them.

Independent people 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.

5) They tend to attract the "needy" ones.

Independent people usually attract the ones that need help, because they inspire them and they actually help them. Independent people have that amazing aura of confidence around them, that’s why weaker people are attracted to them. It is perfectly fine to help others to overcome their problems, to support and encourage your partner as long as you are okay with it.

6) They overestimate their ability to change others.

An independent person gives chances to individuals others would just write off. Of course, this makes them very popular with said ‘deplorable’ individuals. Ultimately, though, this usually leads to frustration for both individuals; just because someone is strong doesn’t make them a great life coach.

Written by Katerina Papakyriakopoulou
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The first ever copies of the 'world’s most mysterious book' are about to be released

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A Spanish publishing house has finally been given permission to make exact copies of the Voynich Manuscript - a 15th century book written in a mysterious coded language that no one has cracked.

For centuries, scientists have been trying to decipher the text. Some of the world’s best cryptographers have dedicated their lives to solving the puzzle - but no one’s even gotten close. Now, with almost 900 copies about to go into circulation, we might finally get some answers.
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