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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Does Smoking Weed Make You More Creative?

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A new study on the effects of smoking marijuana and its relation to creativity has some interesting results.

The study consisted of 412 marijuana users (they couldn’t find 8 more?) and 309 non-users, and they attempted to answer the question: Does smoking marijuana make you more creative?

Emily LaFrance, the co-author of the study and graduate student at Washington State University, says she first became interested in the topic when she noticed that a lot of her favorite artists admit they smoke marijuana. “This cannabis use was commonly thought to have been a cause of the creative success of many artists,” she explains. “I began to wonder about this commonly held idea – are cannabis users really more creative than non-users?”

The study is called “Inspired by Mary Jane? Mechanisms underlying enhanced creativity in cannabis users” and was published in Consciousness and Cognition. It examined the participants over a variety of areas including psychological tests, and measuring creative works and achievements.


Some major points from the study include:

  • Cannabis users were more likely to be extroverted and open to new experiences.
    • Cannabis users reported higher levels of artistic creativity, but not a higher amount of creative achievements or completed works.
    • Cannabis users performed better on a convergent thinking test (which tests creative problem solving).

    Overall, they did find that those who use marijuana are more creative than their counterparts who do not use it, but when they dug deeper they made a startling discovery.

    When the scientists included the personality traits into the data, they realized that these traits on their own could determine whether a person is more open to using marijuana, as well as drive a tendency to be more creative.

    “Cannabis users may be more creative than non-users,” LaFrance says, “but this is not because using cannabis has increased their creativity.” She goes on to explain that it’s the fact that marijuana users “are more open to experience than non-users, and this openness to experience is associated with both cannabis use, and heightened creativity.”

    So there you have it: if you smoke pot you’re probably more creative than people who don’t… but it’s not necessarily the weed that’s got your creativity going. It was you all along!

    Note: This study was conducted with all subjects being sober, meaning none of them were under the influence of marijuana during the test

    source:firsttoknow

    Thursday, November 2, 2017

    Uzbek terrorist appears in court shackled and in a wheelchair after it emerges he had thousands of ISIS videos on his phone...

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    - Sayfullo Saipov, 29, was charged Wednesday with providing material support to a terrorist group and committing violence and destruction of motor vehicles 

    - He did not enter a plea and judge ordered him to be held in federal jail 

    - Uzbek national will appear again in federal court on November 15 

    - Saipov killed eight and injured 12 by mowing down people with a rented pick-up truck on the Hudson River bike path in lower Manhattan Tuesday afternoon 

    - According to a criminal complaint, Saipov admitted that he was inspired by ISIS

    - Saipov asked federal agents to hang an ISIS flag in his hospital room and said he 'felt good about what he had done' 

    - Investigators found thousands of ISIS-related materials on Saipov's computer

    - About 90 ISIS-related videos were also found on Saipov's cell phone    

    - He was interviewed by federal agents in 2015 as a possible associate of two suspected terrorists, but a case file was never opened on him 






    Wednesday, November 1, 2017

    Woman Looks Out Window After Hiring Plumber, Captured Footage Goes Viral

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    While many of us head out to our office jobs or have the luxury of working from home, other people are tasked with some of the dirtiest jobs imaginable! One person who has to face a variety of filthy responsibilities is Jimmie Cox.
    Jimmie is a utility employee outside of Fort Worth, Texas, and he faces work obstacles most of us couldn't even imagine! That's exactly what happened recently when he was servicing a home's broken water pipe.



    Tuesday, October 31, 2017

    Insane Kayaker Finds An Abandoned Ghost Ship And Actually Goes Inside

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    For most, kayaking goes something like this: you rent a kayak from a dirty beach-side hovel, lug it out to the water, and spend about 45 sweat-filled minutes trying to coordinate paddle strokes until, ultimately, you just park it on a sand bar and tan.

    For the experts among us, though, kayaks can be fantastic tools for sea-faring exploration. Agile and able to generate some serious speed, these vessels can navigate shallow waters and tight bends where a bigger boat might fail—and that often leads to some awesome opportunities.

    Recently, one man put his kayaking skills to work when he thought he saw an old ship floating not too far from the shore. What did he find? See for yourself below…



    If you can manage to get your paddling coordinated, kayaking can be either thrilling, relaxing, or both all at once. Kayaks are agile vessels perfect for navigating tight spaces, heavy currents, or open waters, which opens up a lot of opportunities for serious exploring.



    Teen Wakes Up At Sleepover In Agonizing Pain, Feels His Neck & Immediately Starts To Scream

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    You may have heard the sleepover stories where the first kid to fall asleep is written on with markers by everyone else, or the sleepy guest whose hand is placed in a glass of ice water. Kids at sleepovers are often on a quest to tease each other and engage in crazy antics.
    But unfortunately, some of these antics are anything but a laughing matter. The latest "prank" sweeping the internet is extremely dangerous. There are many "challenges" out there that may have started out as something fun to do, but actually pose a danger to kids' lives.




    Monday, October 30, 2017

    Taiwanese Kindergartner Who Won Last Year’s Halloween With No-Face Costume Surprises Everyone Again

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    Meet Momo Lu, a kindergartner from Taiwan whose Halloween outfits are so great, they influence other youngsters to cry. This year, Momo collaborated with her younger sibling Miemie and together the kin paid the best tribute to Death Note ever.

    The cute team spruced up as Ryuk and L, and they were truly arranged. Right off the bat, Momo and Miemie had a heap of snacks the Shinigami and the investigator appreciate most – apples and confection. Additionally, the kin even nailed the idiosyncrasies of the characters, most prominently, L's famous squat!

    Momo is no more abnormal to Halloween. A year ago, she encapsulated No-Face from the film Spirited Away. Her mother, Elmo Chen said that she spends ages sitting tight for the spooky festival, and her No-Face outfit was insane powerful. "At the point when Momo strolled into the classroom, nobody perceived her," she told BuzzFeed. "Her companions really began crying. After school, the best part was the point at which we went to the shop and left with a crate loaded with treat and strolled around the shops. Her face paint began falling off, however what a glad day. Momo even said she is anticipating next Halloween." The hold up was unmistakably justified, despite all the trouble. We should seek Momo keeps increasing present expectations after imaginative Halloween outfits later on too.


    More information: Facebook (h/t soranews24)



    Most of the time Momo Lu looks like the sweetest kid, but her looks change dramatically when Halloween is around the corner



    Last year the kindergartener dressed up as No-Face from Spirited away




    Momo’s costume was so good, it even made her classmates cry



    This year, the girl dressed up as Ryuk from the iconic series Death Note




    But she wasn’t alone – her little sister Miemie joined the fun and appeared as the genius detective L




    They had their characters’ favorite snacks




    And stood out as the spookiest duo



    The siblings even nailed the mannerisms of the characters


    source:boredpanda

    20+ People Who Took Halloween Costumes To Another Level

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    Halloween is right around the corner! By now you really should’ve gotten your costume idea down and ready to go, but sometimes it can be hard to come up with something creative and original, without clearing out your bank account.

     We have helpfully compiled a list of some of the awesomest and most creative costumes we could find, so you can get some last minute inspiration. Scroll down to check ‘em out below, and don’t forget to vote for your favourite!



    #1 For Halloween I Caught Me A Ratatouille



    #2 My Halloween Costume



    #3 "Getting Deported By Trump" Halloween Costume






    #4 A Friend And I Decided To Go As Anglerfish For Halloween



    #5 My Brother Was Sad His Girlfriend Couldn't Come To Our Halloween Party, So He Came As Both Of Them





    #6 This Guy Had The Best Halloween Party Costume, He Was The Fire



    #7 You Know It's A Good Costume When Someone Cries Because Of It



    #8 Princess Leia And R2D2 (My Grandpa's Costume)




    #9 A Friend Nailed Halloween And 3D Printed His Own Face



    #10 My Buddy Dressed Up As His Cat For Halloween. Look At The Cats Face



    #11 My Brother-In-Law And His Friends Won Their Office Costume Contest




    #12 Made My Son A Pikachu Costume For His Wheelchair



    #13 Awesome Family Costume



    #14 Toddler Dresses Up As Her Grandmother On Halloween



    #15 Taco Belle



    #16 My Sister-In-Law And Her Sisters This Halloween




    #17 Harry Potter Character Costumes



    #18 Mother Of Dragons



    #19 Stopping By The Apple Store In My Halloween Costume



    #20 Our Local Weatherman's Costume Today



    source:boredpanda

    Sunday, October 29, 2017

    Carnival Scam Science and How To Win

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    Resident YouTube scientist and former NASA Mars Rover engineer Mark Rober investigates carnival games and shows how we interact with physics every second of the day in a thousand different ways. Rober adds:





    I collected data at the carnival for a full day. Then I used that information to figure out which games are the biggest scams using science to analyze them and show you how to beat them. I also figured out how much the carnival actually pays for the prizes so even if you win, you lose. And then I visited the carnival with my professional baseball playing buddy to dominate all the games. It worked well.

    Saturday, October 28, 2017

    How Trump has quietly been rolling back protections for survivors of sexual assault

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    Allegations against Harvey Weinstein have led to a surge in discussions about sexual assault, both inside and outside the entertainment industry. The #MeToo social media campaign has led thousands of people to share their own stories of sexual harassment or assault, while the number of accusations against high-profile public figures have continued to pile up.


    But on Friday, the Trump administration is set to cut funding for programs that help prevent sexual assault and support victims, the latest move in a series of quiet policy changes that advocates say have slashed survivor protections since President Donald Trump took office.

    In an Oct. 12 press release, the Department of Justice identified five jurisdictions that had one “last chance” to abolish immigration sanctuary laws, policies or practices. Cities had until Friday to show compliance with the department’s policies, with no specific timeline as to when funding might be taken away.

    The Office of Violence Against Women is one source of federal funding on the chopping block. That would mean a loss of tens of millions of dollars in federal OVW grants to four major American cities and one county: Cook County, Illinois; Chicago; New Orleans; New York; and Philadelphia.

    That money helps provide emergency shelters for victims of sexual assault, funds legal representation if they are seeking a protection order and establishes specific bureaus local district attorneys can use to target perpetrators of assault.



    “That would be a big blow,” Sandra Park, a senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project, said in an interview. “Federal funding has been a major source of providing services and changing practices around domestic violence and sexual assault.”

    In an Oct. 18 meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, senators grilled Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the government’s threat to pull federal funding to sanctuary cities. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) keyed in on gun violence in Chicago, arguing it wasn’t being driven by violent immigrants.

    But there was no discussion of the impact cutting these grants would have on victims of sexual assault — despite the fact agencies that deal with immigrants who are also survivors of sexual assault are reporting an increase in the number of victims afraid to step forward.

    “By targeting cities with so-called ‘sanctuary’ policies, the administration is scapegoating immigrants,” Archi Pyati, chief of policy and programs at the Tahirih Justice Center, which has studied the impacts of sexual assault programs on immigrant communities, said in a statement. “It threatens to not only undermine community policing tactics, but also to punish victims themselves by stripping away critical funding for services.”

    The removal of funding for sanctuary cities isn’t the only Trump administration move that advocates say disadvantage survivors of sexual assault. In March, Trump ended via executive order an Obama-era policy that said companies receiving federal funding could not force employees claiming sexual assault or harassment into arbitration, a common tactic companies use to resolve complaints outside of the court system.

    According to Maya Raghu, director of workplace equality at the National Women’s Law Center, arbitration clauses can make victims afraid to come forward. “Arbitrations are private proceedings with secret filings and private attorneys, and they often help hide sexual harassment claims,” Raghu told NBC News in April. “It can silence victims.”

    Then in May, the Department of Labor pushed back consideration of a regulation the Obama administration began crafting in 2016 to protect victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and workplace violence in the health care industry. The government had pursued a rule singling out protections for health care workers who are about four times more likely to be the victims of intentional workplace violence than workers in all private-sector industries.

    But when Trump signed an executive order in February instructing federal agencies to “alleviate unnecessary regulatory burdens,” the Labor Department decided to push back consideration of the workplace violence rule for health care workers beyond 2017.

    “We’ve been concerned that a lot of the positive reforms, with respect to domestic violence and sexual assault, once you start taking a deregulatory approach, those reforms will be undermined,” Park said.



    In July, the White House issued 27 objections to policies within the National Defense Authorization Act, one of which objected to a House Armed Services Committee proposal that would have given victims of sexual assault in the military greater access to documents during lawsuits via an “open discovery” policy. (The “discovery” phase of a sexual assault lawsuit in the military currently limits what information the victim can obtain. The “open discovery” policy would have made it easier for victims to get more information to prove their case.)

    The NDAA passed the House in July and the Senate in September without the open discovery language.

    “Simply put, women’s lives are worse now than they were before Trump took office,” Jacqueline Ayers, national director of legislative affairs for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. “Survivors of sexual assault deserve an administration that stands behind them, not one that makes it harder for them to seek justice.”
    source:mic

    The Houston Texans Considered Staging A Walkout Over Owner Bob McNair’s ‘Prison’ Comments

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    Draymond Green wasn’t the only pro athlete upset about Bob McNair’s insensitive comments about NFL players silently protesting during the national anthem. In fact, players on the team he owns were reportedly very upset about it.
    The Houston Texans reportedly considered a walkout on Friday after a comment McNair made to NFL owners and player representatives was made public in a story published by ESPN.



    McNair said that “we can’t have the inmates running the prison,” in reference to the league’s response to protests about police brutality against people of color. The response outraged NFLPA president Troy Vincent in the meeting where McNair made the comment, and once it was made public McNair had to make a public apology on Friday.
    But his own team debated walking out in protest of its owner’s comment.

    And according to Schefter, at least one player on the team did protest the comments by skipping practice on Thursday. DeAndre Hopkins, a star wideout for Houston, was missing from the field on Friday.
    All of this is a terrible look for the NFL, which seemed to have quelled the majority of protests by co-opting them as messages of unity and love. But NFL owners worrying about their own bottom line seem to have gotten in their own way here, and now McNair has to deal with the fallout that’s happening on his own team. 
    source:uproxx.com

    Dirty Secrets Behind Famous Tricks

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    Tricks – what do we know about them? Firstly, there is no magic behind these performances. It is only about skilled hands and good equipment. And, of course, ladies in tiny outfits to distract our attention from the most important part of this performance.

    Why does the public keep visiting such events or watching these cute hocus-pocuses on YouTube? The answer is obvious – people try to spot the secret of each trick. But I am not sure if the revelation might stop anyone from searching new magicians’ channels and stick to their videos.

    Today we will watch the 6 complete revelations of popular tricks. Double bottoms, super glue, special costumes – these are the main secrets behind them.


    1. Crushed girl
    A girl gets into the box and gets smashed by her juggler friend. If I knew I am about to get smashed here – that could hardly cause me even the slightest smile. But those ladies show off all their teeth, so you can be sure – there is no threat to her life. Here’s how it works:



    2. Card in lemon

    An illusionist tears a card and then finds it restored inside a lemon. No cuts on fruit or any other signs of fraud. Just a regular lemon and a card inside of it. Want to see what’s the trick? Here we go:




    3. Tearing and restoring items

    Everyone knows that trick when juggler tears any item into pieces, sometimes offering the public to help him. But then a magic spell makes this item take its previous form and we see it absolutely restored. Just like a phoenix from the myths. What’s the hack? Just look closer:


    4. Levitation

    Show me a magician, who has never used this trick in his performances. You will hardly find one anyway. Flying girls, apples or even animals – they all did it at least once. My favorites are those monks levitating above their rugs in the streets (mostly touristic destinations) and begging or a coin.

    I found this video to prove this ‘skill’ isn’t worth a cent. They are not super skilled, but well-prepared people who rest there the whole day:



    5. Half-man

    A man grabbed his lower body part, which was cut off by someone or something. Now he is wondering around scaring people and terrifying the dogs. A nice idea for the next Halloween, but how do I achieve such an effect? It all seems too unreal, but I assure you – anyone can make this creepy outfit at home.

    What we need is a huge shirt and twice-larger pants than our actual size is. This video shows the fastest way of creating a freaky costume. But to look even worse – one should take care of the back part of it. A mantle should fit best:


    6. Passing through the mirror

    Ever considered mirrors as portals? What if you could actually walk through them? There is one magic trick, that can make this dream a reality. Watch a short tutorial on how jugglers do this in public.


    source: topbanger

    Young Surrogate Carries Baby For Couple But They Don’t Expect To See Extra 2 In Ultrasound

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    Shaniece Sturdy was watching TV as a teenager when she happened upon a documentary about surrogacy. From that moment on, she was interested in one day becoming a surrogate for a couple struggling to grow their family.



    Years passed, and after the birth of her son, Shaniece decided to seriously pursue surrogacy by contacting a local agency.

    “I was only 21 at the time, but I wasn’t interested in partying and drinking,” Shaniece said. “I wanted to help another couple fulfill their family dream.”

    In case they didn’t approve, the steadfast young mother decided to keep her plans a secret from her parents. She quietly conducted her own research and went through the process by herself.

    The second she met hopeful parents Joanna and Steve, she knew she wanted to help them. That’s when she shared the news with her loved ones.

    Shaniece then flew to a specialist clinic in Los Angeles to have Joanna and Steve’s embryo implanted. It was a success! At 21 years old, Shaniece became one of the UK’s youngest surrogates.


    Though she was only supposed to be carrying a son or daughter for the couple, Shaniece couldn’t help but notice her baby bump looked particularly huge.

    Joanna and Steve attended Shaniece’s first prenatal scan — and the trio was stunned to learn they’d be having twins. The delighted couple immediately rushed out to buy baby supplies: times two.

    But then, at the 10-week scan, Shaniece was shocked by what the midwives discovered.


    Meet this amazing surrogate mama below, and please SHARE her incredible story with your friends on Facebook!
    source:littlethings

    5 Medical Conditions That Can Actually Cause Serious Anxiety

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    Everyone gets stressed out from time to time, but serious anxiety only affects some people.
    If you’ve ever suffered from it, you’ve probably asked yourself, “What causes anxiety?”
    Well, it’s a complicated question. Most of the time, it is caused by chemical and hormone imbalances in the brain. That being said, the causes of anxiety aren’t fully understood, according to the Mayo Clinic.
    Anxiety disorders are often linked to traumatic events or specific triggers; they may also be inherited.


    Sometimes, though, anxiety is linked to an underlying medical problem.

    As the Mayo Clinic explains, “In some cases, anxiety signs and symptoms are the first indicators of a medical illness.”
    If nobody in your family has an anxiety disorder, if it came on suddenly, or if it only appeared as an adult, your doctor may check you for certain medical conditions.
    Learn more about some of the medical conditions that can cause anxiety below.


    Thumbnail Photo: Wikimedia / Chikumaya

    What Is Anxiety?

         Laura Caseley for LittleThings


    According to the National Institute of Mental Health:

       Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at         work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more           than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away       and can get worse over time.

    What Causes Anxiety?

         Laura Caseley for LittleThings

    Anxiety has no one specific cause. That said, there are a variety of risk factors that can contribute to anxiety.

    Some of these risk factors include trauma, personality type, stress due to illness, trauma, and having blood relatives with anxiety disorders.

    The Mayo Clinic explains that one type of anxiety disorder is “due to a medical condition [which] includes symptoms of intense anxiety or panic that are directly caused by a physical health problem.”

    Medical Issues That Can Cause Anxiety
    #1: Heart Disease

         Laura Caseley for LittleThings

    Heart disease and anxiety have many of the same symptoms, including chest pain and tightness, shortness of breath, nausea and fatigue, and pain.

    If you’re diagnosed with heart disease or have a heart attack, it can also cause your life to change a lot. You may have recurring thoughts about the incident, feel hopeless about the future, or be hesitant to live like you used to.

    This can lead to a vicious cycle in which the heart disease causes more anxiety, which puts more stress on the heart. “When someone is anxious, their body reacts in ways that can put extra strain on their heart,” explains Johns Hopkins Medicine.

    #2: Anemia 

         Laura Caseley for LittleThings

    Anemia occurs when “your blood does not carry enough oxygen to the rest of your body,” explains the US National Library of Medicine.

    Anemia and anxiety share many of the same symptoms, including fatigue, irritability, shortness of breath, and headaches.

    Having these symptoms without understanding the cause can cause more anxiety.


    #3: Overactive Thyroid

         Laura Caseley for LittleThings

    Overactive thyroid — or hypothyroidism — occurs when your thyroid gland produces too much of the thyroxine hormone.

    The Mayo Clinic explains, “Hyperthyroidism can accelerate your body’s metabolism significantly, causing sudden weight loss, a rapid or irregular heartbeat, sweating, and nervousness or irritability.”

    Thyroid problems have a direct effect on mental health. An underactive thyroid may cause fatigue and depression, while an overactive thyroid may cause insomnia and anxiety.

    #4: Chronic Pain

        Laura Caseley for LittleThings

    Chronic pain, which may last for weeks, months, or years, has no clear cause, but it can completely disrupt your life. Unfortunately, chronic pain and anxiety disorders often go hand in hand.

    The Anxiety and Depression Association of America explains:

    Pain can be a common symptom — and sometimes a good indicator — of an anxiety disorder, particularly generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Beyond everyday aches and pains, some people will also suffer a diagnosed chronic pain disease such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. And a co-occurring chronic pain disease can make functioning even more difficult for someone with an anxiety disorder.

    #5: Irritable Bowel Syndrome

        Laura Caseley for LittleThings

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder affecting the large intestine. It can cause cramping, bloating, diarrhea and constipation, gas, and abdominal pain.

    According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America:

    People with IBS frequently suffer from anxiety and depression, which can worsen symptoms. That’s because the colon is in part controlled by the nervous system, which responds to stress. Evidence also suggests that the immune system, also responding to stress, plays a role. IBS can also make you feel more anxious and depressed.

    When To See A Doctor


        Laura Caseley for LittleThings

    If you’re experiencing any symptoms of the medical conditions above, or symptoms consistent with anxiety disorders, talk to your general practitioner about it.

    Don’t forget to SHARE this article with anyone you know who suffers from anxiety!
    source:littlethings

    Thursday, October 26, 2017

    This Girl Crushes The Diva Song From The Fifth Element, From Her Bedroom

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    You know the blue outsider woman that sings that insane techno musical drama melody in the motion picture The Fifth Element? Said to be humanly inconceivable, Laura sings it with no computerized improvements... from her room.



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