A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

March 29, 2017 | 8 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why do Flat-Earthers believe the Earth is flat?

Members of the Flat Earth Society claim to believe the Earth is flat. Walking around on the planet’s surface, it looks and feels flat, so they deem all evidence to the contrary, such as satellite photos of Earth as a sphere, to be fabrications of a “round Earth conspiracy” orchestrated by NASA and other government agencies.

The belief that the Earth is flat has been described as the ultimate conspiracy theory.

While writing off buckets of concrete evidence that Earth is spherical, they readily accept a laundry list of propositions that some would call ludicrous. The leading flat-earther theory holds that Earth is a disc with the Arctic Circle in the center and Antarctica, a 150-foot-tall wall of ice, around the rim. NASA employees, they say, guard this ice wall to prevent people from climbing over and falling off the disc. Earth’s day and night cycle is explained by positing that the sun and moon are spheres measuring 32 miles (51 kilometers) that move in circles 3,000 miles (4,828 km) above the plane of the Earth. (Stars, they say, move in a plane 3,100 miles up.) Like spotlights, these celestial spheres illuminate different portions of the planet in a 24-hour cycle. Flat-earthers believe there must also be an invisible “antimoon” that obscures the moon during lunar eclipses.



A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

March 15, 2017 | 8 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Is there any truth to the claim that ‘Women are paid 30% less than men"?

For those international readers who will read this and then Google the rate of income inequality in the United States, know that the article you’ll find tattooed all over the search results (somewhere around 70% of a male’s earnings – 30% less than men who do the same job) is highly flawed. There is a wage gap in the United States that’s worth fighting to fix (I’ll offer suggestions later), but it’s significantly less than 30% – somewhere around 7%, on average.

The massively-spread study went viral a few years ago because of how shocking the results were. People condensed their complicated findings into a tweet-length summary and concluded that women and men in the United States get paid around 30% different rates for equal work. This has since been cited on posters, protest shirts, billboards, advertisements and everything else lately because the current US President doesn’t have a good track record with women (which is a valid observation but not the point of this post). This improper summary has led to the urban legend that women are grossly underpaid for work in the US compared to male counterparts.

The study effectively added up the annual wage of every man in every job with every level of experience in the United States and divided it by the number of male workers to come up with an annual wage for the average American male. That average American male is faceless, nameless, ageless and simultaneously skilled & unskilled. He has a doctorate but he also dropped out of high school. He’s healthy and strong but also paralyzed in a wheelchair. He comes from a wealthy family but also had poor parents.

Then they did the same thing for women.



A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

March 8, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What’s it like to die?

I was attempting to repair my Mother’s garage door when no one was home. I had just finished my first year as a Master’s student in Biology and had always been a fairly good handyman so I thought this should be no problem. The previous owners had jury-rigged everything, and the garage door spring was no different. As I removed a wooden plate across the spring that shouldn’t have been there, the high-tension spring broke ripping through my thumb and forearm. My thumb was hanging by the strip of skin between the thumb and pointer-finger and I could see at least one bone in my forearm. Bleeding profusely I crawled through a window (the garage door was stuck down), grabbed a rag to apply pressure and called 911. I crawled to the end of the driveway, hoping someone would see me and tried to stay on the phone with 911 as blood was gushing out of me. As time went on (this was a house out in the country) I felt ever more calm and relaxed. I remember thinking “this really isn’t that bad”. As I became more and more tired I finally told the 911 operator apologetically that I had to let her go because I was dying. I set down the phone I let the warm comfort come over me. It was literally the most comfortable feeling I have ever felt in my life. Imagine curling up in a warm blanket on a cold, rainy day with the woman you love, and then multiply that by 100. As I slipped out of consciousness I knew I was dying and at last lost consciousness. As the black came on, everything that was me slipped away. I became nothing and it was the most extraordinary moment of my life. I not only accepted the seemingly inevitable but truly embraced the loss of my identity. Dissolving into nothingness was the most comforting feeling I have ever had.


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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

March 1, 2017 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What are the inner thoughts of a person suffering from Anoerxia?

I lost around 50 pounds in a bit less than 3 months at my worst, must have lost 60 pounds in total. It started very slowly, as I got used to everything, as I eliminates food. But once I got the hang of it, it got fast terrifyingly quick. I guess I had the predisposition, I can get sickeningly single minded with my purpose.

I have, however, wonderful parents who acted in time and while I was diagnosed with atypical anorexia, although my lowest Bmi was 17, I still had my period so never got diagnosed with anorexia nervosa in itself.

I don’t know how to qualify the way I viewed myself. Days I knew I was too thin and others where I viewed myself as in need of losing weight. Small things, skin roll when sitting, bloating, skin pinching, that made me obsessed over every ounce of fat.

I don’t think I viewed myself as fat or obese, necessarily. I was aware and unaware of being thin. I knew my ribs sticked, I knew I looked I’ll. But the need, the will, the absolute triumph I felt when my weight dropped trumped everything else. This feeling mattered more to me than the consequences, I felt important, I felt good and in control.

And seeing and feeling my ribs, my hip bone, having a thin waist line. It was both soothing and comforting. I craved the touch of my fingers over the bones. Seeing my weight go up even by a pound, was an experience so… Traumatic, each time. I felt like a failure, like a worthless pig who had no control over herself. Not eating, enduring the hunger was my quest for control back in a period where I felt I had very little of it. It felt empowering that I could control the most basic of instincts. I thought I was strong each time I ignored it. I genuinely thought myself better than other people, while being so so jealous. I was miserable, in a twisted form of happiness that just shattered over time.



What Every Introvert Ought to Know About Dating

February 22, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Dating |

By Nick Neeson

I get lots of introverted men e-mailing me to ask me how to become more successful with women.

Many of those questions have a common theme.

“I’ve tried out so much dating advice and it just doesn’t cut it for me. It’s draining, and I feel like I’m betraying myself. Is it possible there’s something wrong with me?”

They might not all write it in exactly those words, but that’s the general theme of the emails we receive.

Many introverted men think there’s something inherently wrong with them.

I have news for you.


I’d like to share some secrets that I feel are VITAL to understand if you’re an introvert and are wondering how to improve your love life.

The first and MOST IMPORTANT thing you ought to know is…


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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

February 22, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What is doctor assisted death like?

An immediate family member last year was diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans (popcorn lungs) with an unknown cause to it. It is something that is not curable. As someone who was a daily part of my life it was hard to watch the condition progress.

His condition progressively got worse and he was transferred to a palativcare physicality a couple of weeks ago. He wasn’t happy living the way he was living and slowly dying. The doctors discussed with him the option of assisted death… something he did not know about, and myself I thought was still not finalized in Canada yet, so it was a surprise to hear this.

After a long discussion with the family and doctors, he signed the papers a week ago to start the process. He wanted to end his life and do away with the suffering and the suffering to come.

So yesterday (Saturday) afternoon was the scheduled day for this to happen. The day started like any other for him… he was very upbeat, laughing, and smiling. All of his close love ones we’re around that morning. We spent hours talking, playing crib, and going through some old memories.


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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

February 15, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What does confidence look like to a woman?

Physically, confident guys are much more calm or deliberate in their movements. There’s not tonnes of figiting etc. They just seem to be able to settle into a position and become relaxed. This also goes for walking – which comes across as more deliberate and natural. They’re also not generally concerned about how much space they occupy. Not like, randomly sprawling, but just able to keep square shoulders and longer strides. Especially as a woman, you can tell how confident they are when they’re hitting on you, based on the space they’re comfortable taking up. More confident guys tend to start closer to you (for instance when they sit down next to you at a bar), and not be so electrically aware of touching. Unconfident guys tend to get a bit jumpy, and sometimes almost glaze over when space starts to be closed.

In terms of speech, there’s rarely much wavering, no squeaking. All relatively level or appropriate. They’re not afraid to be loud, and are less apologetic if they’re too loud (although I dislike that last bit). Some guys are more measured with their Words and are comfortable saying less, some talk tonnes. But you never really get the sense that they’ve withdrawn or are critiquing themselves. They’re present and aware of what they’re saying.



A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

February 8, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

Why is the suicide rate amongst vetenarians so high?

Veterinary medicine attracts high-achieving, type A, empathic, perfectionist personalities. Veterinary school is very similar to medical school, usually at least 8 years of university academic commitment – however, veterinarians do not typically enjoy the same level of professional respect or income that a human physician receives.

Compassion fatigue is a very real syndrome once in practice – some times, a solution or treatment is readily available, yet the animal cannot be treated because of a caretaker’s financial constraints. This can lead to undue animal suffering, which is the one thing that a veterinarian wants to most avoid. Euthanasia becomes the best choice for a pet that could otherwise be cared for, if the owners could afford treatment.

In some cases, owners are dismissive or ignorant of the value of veterinary care or the veterinarian, which can erode one’s self-worth.  Combine all of this with the average veterinary school debt, in the range of $150,000 – $200,000, and you have all the ingredients for hopelessness within a profession that perhaps appeared more rosy than it truly is.