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6 Wonders of the World Nobody Talks About

6 Wonders of the World Nobody Talks About

You have heard of the Pyramids, the Great Wall of China and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Over the centuries, many cultures have created remarkable structures that the rest of the world marveled at. There are many that you probably never even heard of before.

Here are some underappreciated wonders of the world. Did you know about them?

1. Banaue Rice Terraces

Rice is one of the most important crops in the world. It accounts for 21% of all calories consumed around the world.

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A lot of rice is grown in the Farmed Rice Terraces in The Philippines. This is a remarkable structure that was built around the time of Christ. Many experts claim that if the steps were laid next to each other, they would stretch halfway across the glove. According to many Filipinos, it is the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

2. Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval

The Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval is an exquisite palace in Paris. Ferdinand Cheval, a local postman began building it in 1869. It took him several decades to complete this masterpiece.

The most remarkable thing about this building is that it was built by a man with no formal training in masonry or architecture. The Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval has been an inspiration for artists around the world for decades. In 1969, the building was classified as a historical monument by André Malraux, the French Minister of Cultural Affairs.

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3. Transfiguration Church

The Kizhi Transfiguration Church in Russia is a wonder beyond words. It is over a hundred feet tall, yet it was built without a single nail. How was it constructed? All we know is that it was built with thousands of logs, which were imported from the center of Russia. The rest of the dome’s history will forever remain a mystery.

One legend claims that it was built by a single carpenter, who used a single axe. The carpenter reportedly threw his axe into the ocean after he was completed, stating “there was not and will be not another one to match it”.

4. Tower of Hercules

While the stories of Hercules were born in Greek mythology, they have touched people all over the world. While the Roman Empire ruled Europe, they constructed a monumental lighthouse in the mythical demigod’s honor. The Tower of Hercules sits in Coruña, Galicia, a city in Northern Spain.

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The Romans built the lighthouse to last for eternity. They did a phenomenal job, because it is still in use today. The United Nations World Heritage Convention reports that the structure has been renovated:

“The Tower, built on a 57 metre high rock, rises a further 55 metres, of which 34 metres correspond to the Roman masonry and 21 meters to the restoration directed by architect Eustaquio Giannini in the 18th century, who augmented the Roman core with two octagonal forms.”

5. Standing Stone of Callanish

Everyone has heard of the Stonehenges in Wiltshire, England, but few people have heard of the Standing Stone of Callanish, Scotland. This structure is very similar in structure, but has not received nearly as much attention.

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Ironically, the Standing Stone of Callanish is older than the Stonehenges. They are over 5,000 years old and were an important place for rituals for over 2,000 years. It is unclear why the specific location was chosen, but the Historic Foundation of Scotland speculates that it had something to do with astronomic activity near this site.

6. Eight Foot Great Dane

Major, an eight foot great dane from Wales, is the world’s biggest dog. He even towers above other great danes. This is odd, because the great dane species doesn’t even make the list of the ten largest dog breeds in the world. His owner, Brian Williams, says people come from all other the world to look at him:

“He is the biggest-hearted dog in the world. He is such a fantastic animal. People love seeing him. They play with him all day.”

Conclusion

We live in a world full of wonders and mystery. There are plenty of wonders that you never even heard of. Do you hope to visit them someday?

Featured photo credit: Pexels / Raul via pexels.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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