Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

November 16, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Facts |

12,000 bears are farmed for their bile in Asia which is used in traditional Chinese medicine and generates $2bn per year. Farming always involves surgery on the bears to insert a catheter or to cut a hole through the abdomen by which the bile leaks. Bear bile has no medicinal effect

Here’s a rescued one getting out of his cage for the first time:

“The vet team has been working hard to rehabilitate him after years of having his bile extracted. In fact his gall bladder was so damaged it had to be removed. Examinations had found numerous gallstones, meaning he’d lived in pain for years. That wasn’t the only surgery Tuffy faced. He also had painful, dry, cracked paws. Animals Asia Bear Manager Louise Ellis said: “The cracked paws are common to bile farm bears as they only walk on bars, not grass. Dehydration is likely to have contributed to this too. So for his carers to see him take to the pool so quickly after he first became ready to face the outdoors was an amazing moment.” In fact Tuffy loved being outdoors so much he decided not to return to his den in the evening – choosing instead to sleep under the stars.”



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A Beginners Guide To Chinese Weddings

November 13, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting, main |

chinese wedding

So you have been invited to a wedding. You have never met the bride? You only know the groom through acquaintance with some guy named wang? No problem! Get ready for a great evening!

Guests should arrive at 6:30 (the actual ceremony will begin around 8:00), shake hands with the bride and groom and hand over a red packet. The amount depends on your relationship to the couple. These days it is customary for friends to give about 200 and family members to give at least 500. As a laowai you don’t give any money. You are free entertainment. The jester never pays the prince. This is the last time this evening that being laowai is a boon instead of a burden, so enjoy it.


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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

November 13, 2017 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Fascinating |

Obama sits alone in a classroom rewriting his remarks before speaking at the memorial service for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Taken 2 days after the shooting on Dec. 12, 2012

This photo was taken by Pete Souza, chief official White House photographer for Barack Obama. The image was actually taken on Dec. 16. The shooting occurred on Dec. 14. Here’s what Souza had to say about the photo:

This is two days after the shootings and they had planned this public memorial service. But before that, they had all the families gathered in different rooms and he went and spent I think it was three hours with all of these families. And then he came back into this classroom…and not only is he going over his notes, he is rewriting parts of his talk that he was going to give at this memorial service to incorporate what he had just experienced during those three hours visiting with these families. I was struck by that classroom and the messiness of it, and that’s why I backed off to try to give people a wider sense of him alone in this room.



A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

November 8, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

What Goes On In The Mind Of A Sadist?

I’m a sadist. And not a whips and handcuffs s/m dominatrix (i actually find that really boring and pathetic). I am exited by genuine, mortal agony, I have compulsions to hurt people every single day sense before I can remember. It’s like a drug, it’s better than drugs.

I close my eyes and all I see is choking up blood and busted lungs and splintering bones and it just feels so good. I’ve been this way since before I can remember(the first time I can remember it I was four), and nothing I do seems to change it. I’m 23 years old and have never had a sexual partner. I’m friendly and outgoing to everyone, have tons of friends, a 3.9 GPA and every night I fall asleep to fantasies about murder. Nobody knows, not a single soul. It gets really lonely.


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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

November 6, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Fascinating |

A coal miner takes a bath after his shift at a mine in Changzhi, China


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Portraits Of Gang Members In A El Salvadoran Prison Too Dangerous For The Wardens To Enter

November 2, 2017 | 8 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

In El Salvador, in a prison guarded by the army, Adam Hinton photographed the most dangerous of the 2,600 inmates – the men who control the prison, because the guards are too scared to enter.

Not many photographers get the chance to enter a prison guarded by an army, let alone shoot inside one.

But Adam Hinton managed it, travelling to El Salvador, the most densely populated country in Central America, and gaining access to one of the world’s most dangerous gangs.

Hinton’s photobook MS-13, published this month by Paul Belford, gathers 22 photographs, primarily portraits of members of the gang La Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13).

Each were serving 20 to 40-year sentences in Penal de Ciudad Barrios, a prison with 26,000 inmates – it was built for 800 – and the final destination for the vast majority of convicted MS-13 members.



Sick F**k Of The Day: Peter Kurten…The Vampire of Düsseldorf

November 1, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting |

Peter Kürten was born into extreme deprivation and poverty in Köln-Mullheim, a suburb of Cologne, Germany on 26 May 1883. The eldest of thirteen children, his father was an alcoholic with sadistic tendencies, who brutalised both wife and children, in the one room apartment that they all shared, for the duration of Kurten’s childhood.

This daily subjection to sexual violence must have had an immense influence on the boy who, aged 9, formed an unhealthy relationship with a dog-catcher living in the same building, who introduced him to the practise of bestiality, carried out initially on dogs.


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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

November 1, 2017 | 19 Comments » | Topics: Answers |

Why do we sometimes create morbid hypothetical situations that play out in our head when doing something normal?

These are intrusive thoughts.

Essentially they are a result of the fact that the brain doesn’t focus on/remember good or bad thoughts, but extreme thoughts. A beautiful woman walking past you and you think about her, that’s a REALLY good thought, you will think about it later. Getting a 25% raise is a great thought, it will stick with you. For the same reason if you happen to think about killing your own child (you don’t always get to choose what pops into your head) Your brain will recognize it as a terrible awful thing that you don’t want to happen. It’s so far to one side of the spectrum so your brain emphasizes it.

Sometimes the brain has to identify what the wrong thing is in order to not do it. When you think of somebody shooting up a movie theater your brain is just "indexing" it into the bad category.