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These 15 Facts That Seem Fake But Are Actually True Will Blow Your Mind

These 15 Facts That Seem Fake But Are Actually True Will Blow Your Mind

Fun facts abound. But thanks to the Internet many of these “facts” turn out to be completely false. Most turn out to be completely false and there is that old saying about “truth being stranger than fiction.” That doesn’t stop weird stuff from happening. Personally my go-to sources have always been snopes.com, wikipedia, or Huffington Post.

1. Woman Hides $41,000 In Undergarments

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    Airport officials were stunned to find a great deal of cash on a 78-year-old woman from Clearwater, Fla. The woman was traveling to the Philippines with her daughter and failed to declare the correct amount of money she was transporting.

    2. Bride And Groom Arrested Over Cake Fight

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      The newly married Westport, Conn. couple were arrested for forcibly cramming cake into one another’s faces. They were released later that day. The incident happened in 1993, there are no further reports on whether the pair managed to stay married.

      3. The Boston Molasses Flood

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        A molasses fermentation unit exploded early in the morning of, January 15, 1919. The flood killed 21 and injured 150. The wave rose to an unbelievable height of over 20 feet and moved quickly through the streets. The city brought a civil suit against the company for the explosion and were compensated for over $600,000 in damages.

        4. Student Asks For Pennies To Pay For College

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          In 1987, a struggling student asked columnist Bob Greene of The Chicago Times to ask his readers for a penny to pay for Hall’s education. Bob Greene’s 2.8 million readers responded in a resounding manner to assist the student. Readers helped Hall hit his target of $28,000 to completely pay for his education.

          5. Water Boiled In Microwave Can Explode

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            Although these occurrences are rare, water can be so heated in the microwave it is possible for it to explode. When water is heated in the microwave it is best to place something in the water to diffuse the heat. For example, place a tea bag or even a wooden stick to keep the water from getting super heated. Always follow the instructions that came with the microwave to prevent over heating.

            6. Japanese Robbers Thank Bank For The Robbery

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              Talk about polite! After stealing $5.4 million, the robbers of the Kobe branch of the Fukutuko bank sent a note of gratitude. In the note they mentioned the fact that their robbery set them up financially for life.

              7. German Ship Lutjen Salutes U.S.S. Churchill

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                Days after the September 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, the Lutjen payed homage to the U.S.S. Churchill and her crew. The Lutjen crew, ‘manned her rails’ and flew the American flag at half-mast as the ship came alongside to pass the Churchill.

                8. Man Fined For Pretending To Be A Ghost

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                  Anthony Stallard, 24, of Portsmouth, England interrupted a graveside service while pretending to be a ghost. Police arrested the then drunk Stallard and he was later fined for his ghoulish behavior.

                  9. Man Gets Scalped By Escalator

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                    The man was treated in a Savanna, Georgia hospital. The unidentified man was treated for his wounds and the story is purported to air on Untold Stories Of The E.R.

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                    10. Woman Crashes Car With Stolen Snake Around Her Neck

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                      Sarah Espinosa, 24, of Albany, New York crossed the median and ran into both a car and a fire house. The snake appeared to have been stolen from a nearby pet store. Ms. Espinosa was charged with driving while under the influence and petty larceny.

                      11. Woman Finds Human Bones In Shopping Bags

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                        Kicki Karlén, an author, found the bags full of bones while doing research for her book. The bones were excavated and had been sitting in the church since 2009. An archaeologist, Ludvig Papmehl-Dufay, estimated the bones to be about 500 years old.

                        12. Woman Who Tried To Kill Spider Set Fire To Home

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                          There are at least four official reports of people who have set fires to their homes in trying to kill a spider. Both men and women have lit an aerosol in an effort to kill the spider only to have their homes be set ablaze.

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                          13. Boy Fights Alligator And Wins

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                            A 9-year-old decided to go swimming in a restricted lake in Osceola, FL county. He was suddenly attacked by a 15-foot alligator that weighed between 400 and 500 pounds. The boy survived by fighting back and escaped with only superficial wounds.

                            14. Teenagers Busted For Carrying Ivory Across The Border

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                              A stricter ban is being put into use over ivory let into the United States. However, the ban is supposed to be any ivory after 1976, the ivory being carried in the bagpipes was from the 1930’s. The teens were returning to the States after a warm-up musical routine in preparation for the world bagpipe competition in Scotland.

                              15. Prize Winning Goat Goes Missing From Fair

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                                The goat went missing from the Greeley, Colo county fair. The goat belongs to 18-year-old David Smith, whose father said the goat likely escaped to a nearby field. The police have no leads.

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                                Last Updated on January 15, 2019

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                Listen carefully:

                                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                1. Pray Daily

                                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                3. Smile Often

                                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                8. Go Exercise

                                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                The Bottom Line

                                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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