A Shocking Result: Pollution as A Mass-Murderer

Let’s face it, death can come at us at every moment, including when we are driving, eating, or even just leisurely sitting around, having fun with friends and family. According to National Safety Council, more than 5,000 people died from choking in 2015. However, when asked what is the primary cause of death, traffic accidents and murders might be the ones taking the spotlight, seeing that they made headlines of various newspapers everyday. The thing is, they are not.

Another deadly phenomenon that poses even higher risks to causing one’s life-expectancy to reduce, or even results in death, is an occurrence that we might be getting used to seeing: pollution. The Association for Safe International Road Travel in their Road Crash Statistics states that nearly 1.3 million deaths each year are caused by road crashes. Nevertheless, Global Burden of Disease Project mentions that over 5.5 million people worldwide dies prematurely due to air pollution, and that is only air pollution. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) has given a statement in a report, saying that environmental pollution kills 1.7 million children in the span of one year. Just how bad is the pollution around us, exactly?

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Kids in London have to wear masks to avoid being directly harmed further by the air pollution from traffics; smokes have engulfed a portion of China, particularly the metropolis of Beijing, driving some families to leave the city for a healthier environment, and a few days ago, the city of Barcelona plans to ban cars older than 20 years-old from the roads to cut traffic in order to lessen the air pollution; smog, also known as the black cloud, has been looming over the skies of Cairo for more two decades, and that is caused by farmers piling up straws before burning them altogether. Therefore, we now know that pollution is not simply a problem in two to five mega-cities; it is a problem of the world.

What can pollution do to us? Inhaling the polluted air may increase the risk for various respiratory diseases, mainly asthma. The lung is most likely harmed after hours of exposure to the polluted air, and this can cause internal inflammations. Worst of all, a substance named carcinogen can reside in the unclean air and water, and that substance can cause that one disease that everybody fears: cancer. In a polluted environment, let’s say water, animals can drink the water, become sick, and then if those animals are served into palatable dishes to us, we just might suffer from numerous diseases. From the immune system to reproductive systems, our body is highly susceptible to health problems caused by polluted environments. In the case of children, since their immune systems are still developing, they are even more vulnerable to the detrimental effects caused by smokes and unclean water; in fact, that 1.7 million deaths published by WHO accounts for a quarter of the worldwide deaths for children under five.

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WHO health expert, Maria Neira, says to improve water quality and using cleaner fuels are necessary to improve the situation, resulting in health benefits, she believes that the government should facilitate the policies against pollution to make the cities safer for children, and we cannot agree more. When stepping outside only to be greeted by stinging smokes, going to the riverside to see brown, black waters with plastics floating around, the world seems to be an entirely different planet, and we sure don’t want that.

What do you think about this astonishing revelation? Should resolving the issues of pollution be the government’s primary priority at the moment? Let us know in the comments below!

 

A Company Just ‘Printed’ A House with Its 3D Printing Technology

Recently, we have talked about how it will be possible to perform human organ-transplants using the technology of 3D Printing, but just a few days ago, a company just printed an ENTIRE HOUSE. Yes, that’s right, they printed an entire house; one that can be lived in, by using a massive 3D Printer. How do they do it? What does it look like? How much does it cost? We will answer those questions right away!

Let us get to know who is the one responsible in achieving this feat beforehand. Apis Cor, a San Francisco-based 3D Printing company specializing in printing whole buildings on site with their mobile 3D Printer. With the desire to automate the world (no, it certainly doesn’t sound like a supervillain’s scheme), the company’s founder, Nikita Chen-yun-tai even said that the company is ready to be the first in building on Mars. With such a bold statement, there is a lot to be proven, but very recently, the company has done just that.

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In Stupino, Moscow, the world’s first house to be printed entirely on-site, without having the needs to assemble parts of the walls and such, has been achieved. Boasting a unique design and construction method, the building certainly does not look like it was created mostly by a massive 3D Printing crane. Although the installation of doors and windows were done by humans, the fact that Apis Cor’s 3D Printer managed to print the entire 38 square-meter establishment (save for the roof and paint) without the installations in just about 24 hours is astounding. What about its interior? Its seemingly curvy design is accommodated with Samsung’s sophisticated appliances. Insulation? TechnoNICOL assisted in the insulation with their experience in the market since 1992.  The cost? US$ 10,134.

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With such a price, it might not be an exaggeration to say that the price of residences might be getting more affordable with the utilization of such printing-technology. Moreover, Apis Cor claims that the 3D printed building can last for approximately 175 years! Sure enough, this technology is still in development, but when a fully-fledged residence has already been established when the innovation is still this new, it is inevitable for people to assume and wonder its capabilities in the future.

Here is to see how it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkAbOMDZS2w

Since constructions of the roof, windows, doors, and such still require the skills of human, it is safe to say that construction workers still have their job intact in the near future. However, when the majority of the building’s exterior was done by a machine (which, of course, is man-made), can we really be certain that the machines will not take over the construction industry in several decades to come?

What do you think of this technology and the house itself? Or do you have something to say regarding the technology advancement or property issues? Be sure to comment below and let us know!

“Beauty and the Beast” and its surrounding Controversies

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” has hit the theaters for everyone to enjoy, at least in most countries. As hyped as it is, some individuals are just not as excited due to issues regarding one of its characters, who is stated as the company’s first ‘exclusively-gay character’. Moreover, there will be an ‘exclusively-gay moment’ in the film, and the decision to include this scene has prompted various nations to face a dilemma regarding the film to present itself in its complete originality. So, what happened?

LeFou, Gaston’s sidekick in the movie, is a character uncertain of his sexuality as stated by the film’s director, Bill Condon. Nevertheless, it is worth to be noted that LeFou is not the movie’s primary antagonist, and he is a minor character, so there wouldn’t be any dominant scenes of him emphasizing his sexuality. For further clarification, Emma Watson, in her interview with Entertainment Weekly, stated that Josh’s (as LeFou) performance regarding the hinted sexuality is very subtle, and there aren’t any explicit statements regarding his being gay.

Figure 2. LeFou (left) as Gaston’s (right) sidekick.
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Nevertheless, a number of countries have taken the step against this showing of subtlety; a movie theater in Alabama has refused to show “Beauty and the Beast” due to the revelation, Russia had considered banning the movie since it does not support homosexuality, as subtle as it is, but decided to impose a rating on the film instead, restricting anyone aged below 16 to watch it. The most recently talked about country, however, is Malaysia. The country’s chairman of the censorship board, Abdul Halim, said that the film has been approved of being shown in the theaters with a minor cut to its supposedly gay moments. Disney refuses to not include the movie in its entirety, and has postponed the showing until March 30 depending on the response of the board.

Director Bill Condon stated his exhaustion in listening to the controversies generated by the inclusion of the character’s thoughts, saying that “it has been overblown”. He added that when people have seen the movie, they will know what it is all about. Condon also mentioned the diversities portrayed in the movie, such as interracial relationships, but sadly, the gay-controversies which was supposed to be a “teeny thing” is made to be too big of a problem.

Every nation has its own stance regarding the sexuality, even though the United States openly acknowledged and legalized the romantic relationships among men. Countries with strict religious beliefs are unlikely to green-lit the movie without any censorships (if they allow the film to air at all), but when a minor scene from a movie hinders millions of viewers from enjoying it, especially when there are no harms being done, it might be going too far. What is your take on this? share it with us!

 

Have You ever Seen Anything Smaller Than This?

In this era, there is a trend for portable things, where gadgets such as smartphones and tablets are getting slimmer and slimmer for portability and style. However, there were companies taking the size-reduction policy to the extreme, some are merely millimeters long! Yet, they still retain their full operational capabilities and functions. On this occasion, we are taking a look at seven smallest objects in the world, and do note that it is not limited to high-tech stuff.

  1. SwissMiniGun

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5.5 cm in length, this smallest gun in the world is not a toy. With a 2.34 mm caliber rim fire ammunition, this gun is fully operational and is nothing to be laughed about, since a close-range fire in the skull can most likely cause a loss of life. Watch out, people!

  1. The Peel P50 MicroCar

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This three-wheeled car manufactured from 1962 to 1965 is officially the smallest car in the world. Less than 30 units of these innovative design still exists, which resulted in the price of hundreds of thousands of dollars. 54 inches long and 39 inches wide, the Peel P50 is certainly one surprising invention.

  1. Mill Ends Park

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With a total area of 0.292 square meters, this park in Portland, Oregon, is the smallest park in the world. At first, it may seem like as if there were only a tree on an elevated platform, but look closer, and you will discover a swimming pool for butterflies, a miniature Ferris Wheel, even fences.

  1. Bettina Kaminski’s Teddy Bear

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This one needs no explanation; Bettina Kaminski created a 5mm teddy bear, and the limbs can actually be maneuvered around! But that is not it, she created another one, this time, a 3mm teddy bear. Miniscule much?

  1. Fraunhofer Institute’s Disposable Camera

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM) created a camera at the size of a grain of salt. Yes, that small. This camera enables the high-resolution picture-taking of human body, namely, inside the human body, for various purposes, including identifying the early stages of tumor-growth.

  1. MicroEmissive ME1602

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In the size of 4×3 mm, MicroEmmisive has created the smallest television screen in the world. With a 160×120 screen resolution, you can actually see things on the screen, including your favorite shows! If you can make out the characters and actions on the miniscule scree, that is.

  1. FXI Technologies’ Cotton Candy

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This might look like a USB Flash Drive, but believe it or not, this is a full-fledged Personal Computer. By plugging it in a screen, it will display the Android or Ubuntu Operating System, and the specification is nothing to be laughed at either; with 1.2 GHz dual core ARM main processor, 1 GHz quad-core ARM graphics processor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and 1080p HD Video support, it is definitely something to be marveled at. Oh, it also supports 64 GB Micro SD card and there is a USB port on it, too. Sadly, for unknown reasons, FXI Technologies declared bankruptcy, so we might never see the mainstream usage of this computational breakthrough.

Are you interested in owning some of those record-breaking innovations? If so, just make sure that you don’t swallow that teddy bear on accident. Happy admiring! Now then, where did we put our smallest television?

Unique Companies that helps You Find Love, and Actually Makes Money

An innovative idea or concept is the constantly highlighted value in the world of entrepreneurship; when a person sees a unique offer, they tend to want to give it a try. In a world where competition thrives, a company’s standing-out among its rivals is deemed essential, but there are a number of companies that have probably redefined the word ‘innovative’ in the industry, and we are about to take a look at five of them!

  1. Reserve a Spot in Heaven

 

The Omniscient Power may be something that is constantly discussed upon, resulting in the fragmented society divided according to their beliefs. Sure enough, the co-existing nature is still retained in some part of the population, but it is undeniable that discriminations and other undesirable conducts toward fellow civilians are still somewhat prominent; a company called Reserve a Spot in Heaven abolishes such conflicts within their system, and instead, offers everyone, religious or not, to reserve a spot in Heaven. Here, with around US$ 17 with additional shipping cost, customers will receive a complete travel kit to heaven, including a reservation certificate and identification card, alongside an informational guide. With a full refund in case one didn’t make it there, being granted an access to paradise has never been cheaper.

Would you like one? even pets are allowed!

  1. Cuddle Party

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Having troubles? Want somebody to talk to? Or are you simply a very sociable person desiring for more interactions? Cuddle Party is the company that offers you the opportunity to interact with fellow social interaction-lovers. Members can talk, share their thoughts, practice speaking, basically everything within the boundaries of morality. The primary association of the company, however, is the cuddling with fellow members who might be strangers; yes, members talk, have fun, and cuddle with whoever they want, whenever they want, for as long as they want. You can host your own Cuddle Party, too! Name the place and time, and let the cuddle begin!

14 years and still going strong, seems like the Cuddle Party is never going to end.

  1. The Anger Room

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Have you ever had a bad day where you simply want to destroy everything in your path? If yes, The Anger Room might be the place to go to. For anyone wanting to destroy and rip things apart without being charged over vandalism, The Anger Room offers all individuals and even couples the break that they deserve. With the price between US$25 to US$ 90, the anger room provides you with a weapon of your choice and a room with different amounts of various items, from sofa, vases, television, desks, and many others depending on the selected package. The thing to do is to leave a trail of destruction by demolishing everything in whatever way you desire within the time limit.

So, let your inner beast free and get angry inside!

  1. A Fantasy Dating Company

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We cannot say with utmost certainty that all human beings are optimistic and confident, especially in starting a romantic relationship; some are too timid to start a conversation, and there is more than a small number of people thinking that most of their crushes have already found their soulmates. A Fantasy Dating Company or Fantasy Dating Game strives to remove the pessimistic natures of men and women alike; instead, it attempts to generate positivity through points earned by giving your phone number, answering the calls from the ‘target’, and going on a date with him/her, all voluntarily! Points will be updated regularly on the scoreboard, and aside from showing off, a good, dedicated, serious player can perhaps find his or her true love.

  1. Potato Parcel

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The potato has become one of the most renowned internet sensation, creeping its way to the daily usage of language, and Potato Parcel sees this as an opportunity to send everyone potatoes…with a price. They are not just ordinary potatoes, however, the ones sent are customized potatoes with the customers’ personal messages, pictures, or even their friends’ faces; yes, you can ask the Potato Parcel to write a message or stick a picture on the potato, and have them send it to your beloved ones for US$ 9.99 or above depending on the type of the potato parcel.

From messages of affection to surprising your friends by suddenly having them seeing a potato with their face on it, the Potato Parcel offers pure potato goodness.

As unique as they are, the companies are still doing their respective businesses to this day. Seeing this, probably innovation does not equal fulfilling the customers’ necessities…it can be plain fun or consideration for them. With that being said, do you want to start your very own unique business?

The Little Free Library

When Todd Bol created a school-shaped wooden container on his lawn as a remembrance for his mother, an idea of putting books inside such containers throughout the streets sparked inside him. After sharing his idea with Rick Brooks, the movement of Little Free Library started, and has yet to stop. Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization which encourages those with too many books to start placing customized containers for books, then they can register their little libraries on the website, and a plaque read “Little Free Library: Take a Book; Return a Book” will be sent to the house. For those not having one or those not having a desired result in constructing it (although they also include a video about how to build one on their website), Little Free Library offers them for a price, and they come in various models as well as paintjobs.

What are those containers for, you ask? It goes like this: owners put any amount of books they deem adequate, and let them sit inside the containers. People are free to take the books, and they can return them later when they feel like it, or they can donate their own books. With this, it is hoped that the accessibility of books would be enhanced for those living without a library nearby, since we do know that books can be pricey sometimes. The fact that these containers can be in various shapes and sizes serves as a bonus point to attract people; although most take in the form of buildings, some are constructed similar to animals; an owl, for example. There is even a little free library in the shape of a telephone box and a robot!

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The organization is far from simply constructing the little free libraries, however, since anyone can also donate books to the organization through their website. Moreover, there are book clubs available to be joined in the site, too! Named “The Action Book Club”, this recently introduced feature does not only enable one to read books and talk about them in a lively manner, but also acts as an opportunity to do charitable deeds through community projects together with those who love to read. You can also volunteer to become part of the organization, and they usually list down the positions open to volunteers.

There is one common problem, though; book owners with a little free library may feel that the books inside their libraries are running out sooner than the returning rate. Since there aren’t any penalties in not returning a book, and there is not even a tracking system to know who borrowed the books (depending on the book owners’ policy), books may go, but don’t return. There might be a number of donations, but that heavily depends on the area; do many people have unused books? are they generous enough to donate them? if no, then the little free library may feel like a book donation box rather than a container where people will return and put their own books inside. If the library owners completely view the libraries as a charitable act, however, then this is surely to be expected.

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In this day and age, when technology triumphs, teenagers and even adults are starting to switch from printed books to the much more portable and accessible e-books. The taste in physical books are dwindling, and even e-books failed to spark the passion for reading. We do hope that Little Free Library, with its unique, altruistic concept, can cause those in the nearby areas with these little wooden libraries to take books, and start reading again, while remember to return them or donate new ones, of course.

 

Ten Websites for Boredom-haters

Do you like being bored? No? Would like to something to do? If yes, we are here to provide you with a list of 10 websites which can relieve your boredom! There are sites for pranks, games, and creativity-enhancement which surely will give you something to do, or look at. Bored? Read on!

  1. Shady URL ( http://shadyurl.com/ )

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Ever got Rick Rolled due to the suspicious-looking URL you clicked? Perhaps we all have been tricked into doing it. Now, you can create your own shady-looking URL to prank your friends or just to see what kind of links to the web that this site can create for you. Packaging an academic website into one that seems to be about firework disasters? Linking a page about otters in the form of ‘this-account-has-been-hacked’ URL? Everything URL-related is possible in Shady URL.

  1. Find the Invisible Cow ( http://findtheinvisiblecow.com/ )

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For those who are really bored, you can try finding an invisible cow hidden in the background. To make things easier, there will a voice shouting the animal’s name constantly, and the louder it gets, the closer you are to the illusive animal. As extras, you can unlock different animals such as a goat or fox as you find more and more cows! Maybe they should consider a title change…

  1. I Need a Prompt ( https://ineedaprompt.com/ )

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For those suffering from a writer’s block and are in desperate need of inspiration, or simply those wanting to have some fun, I Need a Prompt generates all sorts of titles for you. For starters, consist of a noun and three adjectives, such as “A Sad, Considerate, and Gorgeous Carpenter”, and you can modify them freely. From a depressed politician to a classy werewolf, you are bound to find something interesting if you clicked long enough.

  1. This is Sand ( https://thisissand.com/ )

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This site offers you the chance to play with sand, as in dropping a mass amount of it whenever and wherever you like, in all sorts of colors. Feel like stacking blue sand and black sand on top of each other? or perhaps wanting to see a sandy eruption by pressing it on top of a pile of sand? We might not be able to do it in real life, but this is what this site is for with its gorgeous Frame per Second rate. Yes, the picture above is made entirely from dropping sand.

  1. Incredibox ( http://www.incredibox.com/ )

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There is good news for cappella music enthusiasts or those who would like to make their own; Incredibox is a platform where everyone can create their own mix from a vast number of sounds available, from beatboxes, melodies, to vocals, realizing your musical dreams may not be dreams anymore! With its attractive art-styles and the top 50 scoreboards, this can be a competitive game, or a place to have some fun mixing sounds. Music-lovers, what are you waiting for?

  1. The Nicest Place on the Internet ( http://thenicestplaceontheinter.net/ )

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There might be times when we think the whole world is going against us, and certainly, the world is unfair and cruel at times, but there are always people willing to give us the emotional support we need! The Nicest Place on the Internet contains a playlist of numerous videos where everyone smiles and hugs the camera (which is intended for you, of course!). Nobody hates free hugs, especially during a bad day, right?

  1. Free Rice ( http://freerice.com/ )

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As a non-profit organization, Free Rice supports the United Nations World Food Programme in assisting nations suffering from famine. In this site, you can answer questions in a number of subjects, from English Vocabulary, Mathematics, Chemistry, to SAT Test Preparation, and for each question answered correctly, 10 grains of rice would be donated to those needing them. As the most accessible form of charity for those with internet connection, studying has never been more humanitarian.

  1. Shut Up and Take My Money ( http://shutupandtakemymoney.com/ )

Shopaholics know that feeling of seeing a product that they really want; a surge of desire to purchase and own them will rise from deep within, while in their heart, they know that they can probably live well without such spending. Shut Up and Take My Money is the site where you can all sorts of attractive, but unessential stuff to add into your daily lives. They have a Snorlax Bean Bag Chair, T-Rex Bottle Opener, the Shakespeare Insult-generator Book, and countless items that you can purchase sold through various e-commerce websites. Got too much money to spend?

  1. Weave Silk ( http://weavesilk.com/ )

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Do you like auroras? Or the beautiful animated colorful waves dancing through your screen saver? Weave Silk is a website which enabled you to create and paint your own digital images using those waves. Here, you can mix your own colors and draw whatever you want in a symmetrical manner for any purpose; profile pictures, stress-reliever, and simply want to have some digital fun.

  1. Cookie Clicker ( http://orteil.dashnet.org/cookieclicker/ )

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Spawning numerous idle clicker games such as “Tap Titans” and “Adventure Capitalist”, “Cookie Clicker” is the web-game which will consume hours and hours of your life by having you clicking cookies. There are a number of power-ups to be unlocked as you progress which enables you to create more cookies. Here, you click the cookies to create more cookies in order to buy power-ups for more cookies! As simple as it is, this game is downright addicting.

If you have finished all your works and assignments, or while waiting for your friends to show up, visit one of the sites above (or all of them!) and time might seem to be going a little bit too fast. Bye-bye boredom, hello fun!

Ten Most Read Books in the World

Do you like to read? A lot of people do, and readers or non-readers alike might sometimes wonder, what is the most read book in the world? To satisfy your curiosity, we have listed down 10 of the most read books worldwide! Do note that the chart is from Squidoo in 2012, so the list may not be that up to date, but since the number of the books sold below is staggering, we believe they are still relevant to this date. However, there may be a few books that should have earned their way to the list (such as E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey with its more than 125 million copies sales-count), but we are sticking with the chart on this one.

The Diary of a Young Girl

 

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With an engaging narrative and harrowing fear of the Nazis, people might have never expected this to be a diary written by a thirteen-year-old girl. Anne Frank went into hiding with her family during the Nazi’s occupation in the Netherlands, and spent her two-years of hiding writing in her diary. Originally written in Dutch, “The Diary of a Young Girl” has been translated into more than 60 languages and the sales-count has exceeded 27 million copies.

 

  1. Think and Grow Rich

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Napoleon Hill was suggested to write this by Andrew Carnegie (a wealthy, role-model philanthropist), and he did just that. As a flexible personal development book, where, according to Hill, the book tells about the philosophy for one to succeed in anything in life, not simply accumulating financial power. Since 1937, the book has sold about 30 million copies worldwide, and we do hope that those 30 million people have succeeded.

  1. Gone with the Wind

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Winning the Pulitzer Prize is one thing, but selling 33 million copies is another. Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind” is considered to be historical-romance masterpiece, and it is somehow saddening that the tale of Scarlett O’Hara is not that widely recognized by a number of teenagers nowadays.

  1. The Twilight Saga

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Didn’t see that coming? or did you? Stephanie Meyer’s best-selling fantasy romance novel is probably the most successful form of fantasy romance, at least for the 43 million readers reading it. People may dislike the sparkling vampire and the whiny Bella, but hey, books are relative, and one’s preference may be different from the others, so like it or not, just let the sales-count rise.

  1. The Da Vinci Code

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Religious and historical controversies tend to spark massive interest from the masses. Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” explores such themes by having the speculation over the possibility of Jesus Christ being together with Mary Magdalene. When a genius and somebody as complicated as Leonard Da Vinci made something, various interpretations are bound to happen, and Dan Brown might have explored Da Vinci’s world in an engaging manner by incorporating a murder-mystery into it. With over 57 million readers, as controversial as it is, and despite the arguments concerning the historical inaccuracies, the novel never fails to garner more and more curiosity.

  1. The Alchemist

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When Santiago dreams about finding a treasure hidden in the Pyramids, readers are taken into a fantasy world where the elements talk, and the whole world conspires to help you in achieving your goal with one requirement: when you really want to achieve it. Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece, “The Alchemist” is a fable sending the message about dreams, true love, and one’s resilience in achieving them, while staying true to his beliefs. 65 million copies read and still counting, Santiago will probably travel to even more people’s heart and mind with a lesson to be taught.

  1. The Lord of the Rings

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What started out as a seemingly straightforward fantasy literature intended for the younger audience turned out to be a complex tale of drama, struggle, and triumph. J. R. R. Tolkien has written an enduring fantasy tale of elves, dwarves, and other fantastic beings, setting a high bar for the following stories in the genre. It is a quest for one ring so legendary that more than 100 million readers are constantly talking about it.

  1. Harry Potter

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When J. K. Rowling first written “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, even when the iconic book was published in 1997, she probably had no idea that it would turn out to be the world’s most read fictional novel. With all books from the wizardry saga combined, the sales exceeded 400 million copies worldwide; sure enough, there are plenty of sequels and prequels, but when people are coming back to buy them over and over again, you know this is one major achievement.

  1. Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung

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Mao Tse-tung, or Mao Zedong, was widely known as China’s most influential figure in history; igniting the Cultural Revolution in China to reinforce the ideal communist ideology according to the nation, as well as implanting the Maoist thoughts throughout the parties. There are numerous supporters, but plenty of critics, as well. When imperialism was driven out of China, it was inevitable that Mao would be one of the world’s major political figures. His quotations, also called “The Little Red Book” is a literature for those interested to know his thoughts, principles, or more about communism.

Some says Mao is comparable to Hitler in certain manners, but while Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” has recently found its success with the new edition, selling over 100,000 copies in Germany, possibly even millions worldwide, Mao Tse-tung’s quotes has sold approximately 820 million copies. Pretty sure there isn’t much similarity in that department.

  1. The Holy Bible and the Qur’an

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For centuries upon centuries, the King James Holy Bible and the Qur’an have been read by those seeking guidance from God. This is probably to be expected since the two religions are regarded as the world’s largest; Islam has roughly 3 billion followers while Christianity has more than 2 billion. When almost each individual has their own religious tome, we believe it is all too clear that these religious accounts of God’s purpose and messages will top the list. Even more so when they might have to read them every single day or whenever they attend worshipping sessions; the reading lasts for a lifetime.

 

 

 

Ten Incredibly Unique Guinness World Records

The world is largely based on competitiveness. Most individuals wouldn’t like to score lower than their peers during their education-years, and even in the workplace, various achievements are pursued to earn a secure position in the company. All those competitions are great and can shape ourselves to be a more productive part of the society, but there are simply records too bizarre to even know, and we are listing down ten of the world’s most unique records.

 

  1. Most People Dressed as Smurfs

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We don’t know if you like the Smurfs series, but these people of Ireland sure do. In the Muckno Mania Festival in Castleblaney, 1,253 people painted themselves in blue and dressed in the Smurfs outfit, earning themselves a world record on July 18, 2008. However, the record was broken on June 8, 2009, where 2,510 Smurf-dressers were gathered. The newest record was achieved by Jokers’ Masquerade with the help of Swansea University.

  1. Largest High-heeled Shoe

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1.95 m long and 1.85 m tall, we had no idea what was going on inside the mind of Jill Martin and Kenneth Cole when they created this. Moreover, there is only one rather than a pair!

 

  1. Largest Collection of “Do Not Disturb” Hotel Signs

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Ever interested in those funky, slick signs? Rainer Weichert of Germany certainly is. With 11,570 signs collected as of 2014, Rainer has been collecting them everywhere since 1990, with the oldest sign being an original from 1910!

 

  1. Longest Fingernails on a Single Hand

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Shridhar Chillal of India grew his fingernails on his left hand until they reached the aggregate length of an astounding 909.6 cm. We can’t help but wonder how had he been living with such an achievement. His 2004 record is still unbeaten.

  1. Largest Collection of Clocks

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Some people say that time is money, but USA’s Jack Schoff believes that time is his very own. Since 2003, Jack has been collecting various types of clocks, and he has successfully gathered 1,509 clocks as of 2010, all of which are still ticking. Talk about being obsessed with time!

  1. Fastest 100m Running on All Fours

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The usual form of running is nice and all, but on Guinness World Record Day, Japan’s Kenichi Ito ran on all fours with a number of other competitors, and reached the finish line in 16.87 seconds, beating his own record in 100m all fours running last year. As unique as it is, we didn’t even know such competition existed!

  1. Heaviest Weight Pulled with Eye Sockets

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This is the epitome of extreme performance; we have seen people pulling cars, but hearing of somebody pulling things with their eye sockets is definitely new. Australia’s Chayne Hultgren, also known as The Space Cowboy, pulled a rickshaw with three ladies on it and over 100 kg metal weights (411.65 kg in total) with his eye sockets by using fish hooks to connect the line and the lacrimal bones. We don’t know how he did it, but that is probably the point.

  1. Largest Commercially Available Hamburger

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Order the largest hamburger at Juicys Outlaw Grill 48-hours before, and you will be served a record-shattering 352.44 kg hamburger for $5000. The taste might not be the primary problem here.

  1. Deepest Underwater Cycling

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Vittorio Innocente from Italy currently holds the record of the deepest and farthest cycling underwater. The depth is 66.5 m, and with a bicycle, and a diving suit, the record was achieved. We wonder if anyone else would attempt to beat this one.

  1. Largest Pizza

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We love this one! Dovilio Nardi, Andrea Mannocchi, Marco Nardi, Matteo Nardi and Matteo Giannotte NIPfood at Fiera Roma, in Rome, Italy, prepared the world’s official largest pizza named Ottavia. With the sheer size of 1,261.65 square meters, the pizza was gluten-free and was made in an attempt to encourage a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free or not, pizza is still pizza, and we wonder how Ottavia tasted like!

 

Are you interested in beating them? If so, train your eye sockets, practice crawling, or prepare tons and tons of ingredients for an even larger pizza, because if you do beat them, well, you might be on this updated list!

Seven Outrageously Expensive Things

What is your most pricey possession? Is it your smartphone or other gadgets? Your house? Or your precious jewellery sets? We all have something that we hold dear due to its massive price, and we believe they are well-worth the cost because we desperately like them. There are, however, things that no matter how we look at it, simply do not seem to be all that worth it. Today, we are taking a look at seven outrageously priced items in the world!

  1. Extinct Huia Bird Feather

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The Huia bird was New Zealand’s largest wattlebird species, and is thought to be extinct during the 20th century. The bird’s feather was traditionally given to the Maori chiefs as a headwear; the Maori people are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. A family claiming to have the feather for generations sold the rare-feather at an auction, and it was soon purchased for a total price of $10,000. This may be the least expensive stuff in this list, but a feather worth much more than 20 iPad Air 2s or a Nissan Versa, it definitely deserves a spot.

  1. Charles Hollander Chess Set

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We don’t really have a clear idea what is going on inside Bernard Maquin’s mind when he directed the Charles Hollander Collection to create a chess set made from diamonds and white gold. Chess sets have been recreated in various forms, to the extent that the boards and individual pieces possess various designs, thus, possibly rousing the artistic value not dominant before. Whether you are having it for display or actually playing it, this $ 500,000 chess set is certainly eye-blinding.

  1. Heintzman Crystal Piano

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The piano is one of the musical instruments most commonly associated with elegance and difficulty; its numerous keys and varying designs are often considered a work of art. Ranging from $ 3000 to hundreds of thousands of dollars, this iconic instrument is nowhere near cheap, but Heintzman Pianos, a Canadian piano manufacturer, took the piano designs to a whole new level. This beautiful instrument’s exterior was entirely made from shiny, translucent crystal, and was actually played during the Beijing Olympic Games. Price tag? $ 3.22 million.

  1. Wallis Simpson’s Diamond Panther Bracelet

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When a historic figure that resulted in Edward VII’s abdication of the throne had her diamond panther bracelet sold at an auction, you know it is going to be expensive, but probably not THIS expensive; the bracelet was sold for a price of $ 7.3 million, and even in that price, a number of precious small stones were missing.

  1. iPhone 4S Elite Gold

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Stuart Hughes has always been making extremely expensive phones with his glimmering embellishments, but the iPhone 4S Elite Gold probably tops them all; marketed as the most expensive mobile phone in the world, its $9.4 million price tag is no joke. Aside from the diamonds and golds found on the renowned phone, a platinum chest decorated with shiny t-rex bones and other precious stones is included for you to probably proudly show it off in the living room, since we sincerely believe that taking the diamond-and-gold-coated phone in the middle of the street is probably not prudent.

  1. 1962 Ferrari GTO

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We might always remember the tragedy of the 1968 French Grand Prix where an accident befell Jo Schlesser, but the car that he used to own, the 1962 Ferrari GTO, was sold at an auction for a record-breaking $38.115 million. Given the fact that Ferrari had only produced 39 units of this legendary automobile, it was probably to be expected that collectors would be willing to do anything for it.

 

  1. The Card Players Painting

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Pablo Picasso’s “Boy with a Pipe” painting was sold at an auction for a total of $104 million. Impressive? definitely, since it broke the record of the most expensive painting ever sold at an auction. However, A Paul Cézanne’s painting (which is actually 5 paintings under the same name) titled “The Card Players”, was sold to the nation of Qatar for $250 million. As prestigious as a painting is, maybe no one would have guessed that it would possess such a nightmarish price…not us, at least.

 

Most of those items above are limited-edition items, and some are the only-item available in the entire globe, so the seemingly ridiculous pricing may be based on a well-grounded reason. The thing is, we can see to what extent collectors are willing to go to possess the extremely rare, valuable items above, and the case of human satisfaction is indeed terrifying. Now, are you willing to spend such amount of money in order to have an item you really, really want? we certainly aren’t.