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7 mind-blowing facts that sounds like BS, but are actually true

7 mind-blowing facts that sounds like BS, but are actually true

People always said life is like drama, and the reality sometimes fascinate you more than fictional stories. Below are a list of examples that proving the statement!

Chicago was artificially rised in 1860s

The city of Chicago was raised by several feet during the 1860s without disrupting daily life in order to solve the drainage problem. All the buildings, shopping centres, sidewalks and hotels were lifted up by jackscrews.

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A woman jumped off from the Empire State Building but blown back into the building

On December 2, 1979, Elvita Adams decided to take her life. She went to the observatory, which is on the 86th floor of Empire State Building and jumped. Yet a very strong wind blew her back into the building and she landed on a ledge on the 85th floor with a fractured hip only. The security guard  found her before she could make any other attempts.

Weight is big issue for F1 drivers

As heavier the driver is, more energy is needed for race cars to run. Hence weight is monitored closely for drivers of car racing, especially for F1. For example, team Red Bull once asked it’s driver, Daniel, Ricciardo to lose weight, whom weighed only 143 pounds.

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Parasite that becomes a tongue

There is a parasite named Cymothoa exigua. This parasite can destroy the tongue of a fish and then replaces the tongue for the rest of its lifespan, essentially transforming into a living, parasitic, but fully functioning and harmless tongue.

Tiger’s legs are so powerful that can remain standing even when dead

Tiger’s legs are so powerful, they can remain standing even when dead. Sometimes when tigers were shot, they bleed out and die while standing still.

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People are injecting deadly substance into their faces every year

The most deadly substance we’ve ever known is botulinum toxin. 100 nanograms of botulinum toxin is already enough to kill a fully grown up man; 1kg of it is enough to kill all living human.

Such substance causes muscle paralysis by cutting off proteins which normally enable vesicle function at the neuromuscular junction.

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Yet millions of people voluntarily injected it into their faces, under the name Botox®.

The song “Staying Alive” was used to train professionals to provide correct number of chest compression during CPR

The song has a consistent 104 beats per minute, which is close to the recommended compressions per minute needed for a CPR (the recommended compression rate is 100-120 compression per minute). According to a study conducted by the University of Illinois College of Medicine, the quality of CPR while listening to “Stayin’ Alive” was actually better than not listening to it.

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Last Updated on October 23, 2018

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

The Neural Knitwork Project

In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

The knitting and neural connection

The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

More mental health benefits from knitting

Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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“You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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“People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

The dopamine effect on our happiness

Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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“Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

Featured photo credit: DSC_0012/Mary-Frances Main via flickr.com

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