Ghosts. Bats. Black Cats. Spider. Write About Something That Scares You.

I do not believe in ghosts and therefore I am not scared of them. However I can get scared of something that I can’t see or observe properly when my imagination gets the better of me and definitely I can get scared of jump scares. Movies or otherwise.

As for bats, I actually do like bats but I know that they can spread vile diseases and can bite you and that scares me. A couple of times I have had close encounters with bats but I am not scared of them. Twice small bats got into my apartment through the open balcony door and I had to chase them away as they might hit the fan and die and spread blood around. That way I would say that I would be more wary of bats.

As for spiders, yikes! I hate them. Scared might not be the exact word but I just can’t stand them. The bigger they are the uglier they are. Disgusting creatures and vile and yucky. I will kill any spider that I find in my home and will toss away the dead carcass without a thought. I just hope that the spider isn’t pregnant at the time. Nothing worse than seeing 100s of mini spiders running around.

Black cats are cats that just happen to be black in colour. I like cats and I will pet them and give them scratched on their chin (the cats I have had seem to love that) and feed them if I can. Shut up about them being unlucky; that is just superstitious nonsense created by dumb people who have shit for brains.

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Why Are Most People Not Adopting Black Cats?

Myth: Seeing a Black Cat Brings Bad Luck

You’ve probably heard that it’s unlucky if a black cat crosses your path. Although the origin of this common black cat myth is uncertain, it may have to do with the cat’s slick demeanor. A black cat’s sly movements might suggest to some superstitious spectators that he’s up to no good.

Myth: Black Cats are Witches

Many early American settlers believed in witches who could take the form of black cats. This would allow them to sneak around unnoticed as they performed magic spells. It was also believed that a witch could shapeshift into a black cat up to nine times, which may have something to do with the belief that cats have nine lives. In today’s pop culture, black cats are often featured either as witches or alongside witches.

Myth: You Shouldn’t Adopt a Black Cat

Black cats have some of the lowest adoption rates and highest euthanasia rates in shelters across the United States. It’s also harder to attract adopters—rescues and shelters often feature photos of their adoptable cats online, and black cats are more difficult to photograph than lighter-coated cats. It’s been reported that potential adopters perceive black pets as less friendly than lighter-coated pets solely based on a photograph. Some shelters even stop adopting out black cats in October altogether in fear that they’ll be used as Halloween props.

Show of hands: Who has had a black cat cross their path? How many of you have been doomed to a life of bad luck? Black cats shouldn’t get a bad rap just because they look sneaky. In fact, they’re considered good luck in many cultures. In Scotland, it’s lucky for a strange black cat to arrive at your doorstep. In Japan, black cats are thought to help single women find suitors. There’s a lot of silly superstitions out there, but most of the world acknowledges black cats as cute—not creepy.

ROSHAN’S ELEVEN : Spooky Time Music For Halloween

October means a few things including Halloween. Although it isn’t really celebrated here in India, I always associate Halloween with scary movies, funny & spooky videos and music. Music can also be spooky and scary and in the spirit of Halloween, there has always been some spooky music to go along with it. I did a Google search for scary songs or Halloween related songs and some of the stuff is the more recent and stupid music. Instead let me give you my list, off the top of my head and which is also included in the scary songs lists online. Here we go:

  • Monster Mash — Bobby (Boris) Pickett
  • Thriller — Michael Jackson
  • Ghostbusters Theme — Ray Parker Jr.
  • Somebody’s Watching Me — Rockwell
  • Welcome to my Nightmare – Alice Cooper
  • Season Of The Witch – Donovan
  • Witchy Woman – Eagles
  • The Devil Went Down To Georgia – Primus
  • The Number Of The Beast – Iron Maiden
  • Scream – The Misfits
  • Year Zero – Ghost

A LOOK BACK AT THE MONTH THAT WAS : SEPTEMBER 2022

  • I haven’t gone out at all during the month. Stayed in full time, worked during the weekdays and relaxed during the weekends.
  • I had planned to see a doctor for my ear stuff but I haven’t gone yet. I had also planned to go last Monday for a haircut and set an appointment, however I woke up tired and hence decided not to go.
  • We had an additional day off / holiday in between which I spent watching the new Minions & Gru movie and did nothing else.
  • I discovered that my favourite snacks at the moment are cream biscuits. Off all the things to get addicted to. I especially love to have them at night while watching tv shows; for some reason sitcoms.
  • Work has been hectic of late. Trainings everyday plus a lot of unnecessary data on Excel sheets as well as one really stupid software application. Indian corporate companies!
  • Having completed my rewatch of Corner Gas, I have started on The Big Bang Theory as my weekday sitcom watching as a post work relaxation. I am also on season 13 of CSI and enjoying Season 3 of Star Trek : Lower Decks which is currently airing.
  • Planning to watch Automan, Miss Marvel & She-Hulk this month. I am due to watch the two Marvel shows and love to rewatch the old 80s show.

Six Benefits Of Eating Blackberries

1. Boosts your body functions

Blackberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Your body depends on these nutrients to carry out the following functions:

  • Vitamin C is important for a strong immune system, healing wounds and absorbing iron. It may also act as an antioxidant, combatting free radicals that can lead to cancer.
  • Vitamin K is a key player in blood clotting and bone health.
  • Manganese plays a role in making energy, protecting cells from damage, immunity, bone growth, reproduction and blood clotting.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 cup of blackberries can help you meet your recommended daily allowances (RDA) for these nutrients. The RDA is the amount you should consume each day.

2. Improves digestion and blood sugar levels

Fiber is a type of complex carbohydrate you can’t digest. There are two types of fiber:

  • Insoluble fiber passes through your digestive system. Because it doesn’t break down, it helps keep food and waste moving and prevents constipation and bloating.
  • Soluble fiber breaks down in your intestines and enters your bloodstream. It helps lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and control blood sugar levels.

“Most people don’t get enough fiber in their diet, which can increase their risk of heart disease,” says Zumpano.

A high-fiber diet can help you:

  • Control your weight.
  • Reduce cholesterol.
  • Relieve constipation.
  • Regulate blood sugar levels.

Depending on your age and sex, you need 25 grams to 40 grams of fiber per day. With 7.6 grams of fiber per cup, blackberries can help you get the fiber you need to stay healthy.

3. Reduces inflammation

One of blackberries’ main claims to fame is that they’re bursting with strong antioxidants called polyphenols. Antioxidants help you fight stress by destroying unstable molecules called free radicals before they can damage your cells. And blackberries are full of a polyphenol called anthocyanin, which may be helpful to treat inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s way of responding to attacks by unnatural forces. An unhealthy lifestyle, stress or a prolonged illness can overstimulate your immune system and lead to chronic inflammation. Over time, this inflammation can lead to:

  • Cancer.
  • Heart disease.
  • Pulmonary disease.
  • Type 2 diabetes.

4. Prevents cardiovascular disease

The anthocyanins in blackberries may also help with cardiovascular disease and conditions that affect your heart and blood vessels. A common cause of cardiovascular disease is atherosclerosis, when plaque builds up inside of your arteries. This buildup can cause:

  • Heart attack.
  • Kidney disease
  • Peripheral artery disease.
  • Stroke.
  • Chest pain.

Plaque formation is usually a result of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and inflammation. While it’s unclear if anthocyanins reduce blood pressure, many studies have reported improvements in cholesterol and inflammation, notes Zumpano.

For example, a study of 150 people compared bloodwork of people who received anthocyanin supplements to those who took placebos (sugar pills) for 24 weeks. They found the anthocyanin group had lower concentrations of inflammatory proteins, higher levels of good cholesterol and lower levels of bad cholesterol.

5. Protects and improves brain function

Brain-related inflammation can affect brain function and may respond to anthocyanins. Studies show that anthocyanins may:

  • Increase blood flow to your brain and activate areas that control speech, memory and attention.
  • Improve speech and memory in people with mild or moderate dementia.

6. Prevents cancer

Anthocyanins may slow or stop cancer in several ways. The research is still evolving, but studies so far suggest that anthocyanins might:

  • Block DNA changes (mutations) that cause cancer.
  • Destroy or slow the growth of cancer cells.
  • Increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
  • Prevent tumors from becoming cancerous.

Arsenal 3 Tottenham Hotspurs 1

Arsenal maintained their position at the Premier League summit as an outstanding display overpowered Tottenham in the north London derby at Emirates Stadium. Mikel Arteta’s side were superior throughout and Spurs’ cause was not helped by Emerson Royal’s red card for a second-half foul on Gabriel Martinelli. Arsenal made a fast start and took a deserved lead when Thomas Partey side-footed a precise finish into the top corner from 25 yards after 20 minutes. Spurs were handed a lifeline before the break when Gabriel’s foul on Richarlison gave Harry Kane the opportunity to score his 14th goal in 18 derby games and his 100th goal away from home in the Premier League from the penalty spot.

Arsenal were gifted the lead once again when Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris fumbled badly to allow Gabriel Jesus to score four minutes after the break, Antonio Conte’s frustration made worse by Royal’s reckless challenge on Martinelli that prompted referee Anthony Taylor to produce a straight red card. Conte was attempting to make three changes when Granit Xhaka effectively ended the contest with a low finish past Lloris from inside the area. Arsenal’s outstanding start to the season, aided by some smart work in the transfer market in the summer, has raised hopes that they might be coming out of a long period of post-Arsene Wenger transition.

The Gunners were bitterly disappointed to miss out on Champions League football on the final day of last season but there is an energy, verve and threat about Arsenal that suggests they can make a serious impact in this campaign. Even in defeat at Manchester United last month, Arsenal showed signs of maturity and progress, emphasised here by the manner of their victory over the old rivals. Arsenal flew out of the blocks to take the lead and even recovered from the frustration of handing an out-of-sorts Spurs a route back into the game via Gabriel’s challenge on Richarlison. Jesus has proved to be a superb signing, while William Saliba has been outstanding in central defence since returning from loan spells at St Etienne, Nice and Marseille.

There is still work to be done but Arsenal look like a club and a team who finally have a clear direction again, a mouth-watering mix of younger players and experience that bodes well for the future. Arsenal’s next game, here against Liverpool next Sunday, will be another significant test but there is growing confidence around Emirates Stadium.

Kitcher-Waterloo Oktoberfest Facts

Even thought Munich is famous for the Oktoberfest, the second largest Oktoberfest is held in Canada in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in Ontario. is Here is a breakdown by the numbers from a few years ago to give you an indication:

1. Length of festival: 9 days

2. Visitors: over 700,000

3. Estimated economic activity generated by Oktoberfest: $21 million

4. Money collected by non-profit organizations during Oktoberfest: $1.5 million

5. Number of non-profit organizations that benefit from Oktoberfest: 50

6. Number of volunteers: 1,780

7. Estimated number of spectators on the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade route: 150,000

8. TV viewers nationwide who tune to watch the Oktoberfest parade: 1.8 million

9. Places to sit (in the beer halls): 18,870

10. Number of pretzels consumed: 25,000

11. Number of sausages consumed: 51,750

Five Weird Laws In South Korea

Gaming Online : If you are under 16 then online gaming is banned for you after 12 am till 6 am. During these hours all the major servers for online gaming have a restriction, this law is also called as ‘The Shutdown Law.’  Since in Korea you are required to log in with your government ID number, there is no straight way around this law.

Long Teaching Hours : The culture of after school program is common in Korea since almost forever. These programs supplement and even replace regular schooling sometimes. This has increased the number of graduations per year in the country, but the same program may also push students under extreme pressure. It keeps every student under stress, and many students committed suicide because of it.  So to stop this, late-night teaching prohibits after school programs to remain open after 10 pm.

Street Vendors : Since 2011, street stalls became illegal, because according to some politicians, these vendors are the reason why the country’s GDP lose up to 24%. However, not every vendor is the breaker of the law. The next time you enjoy delicious rice cakes from one of these stalls operated by a nice old lady, remember this law which makes them lawbreakers.

Tattoo Making : The art of tattooing isn’t illegal itself and you can get a tattoo as long as the tattoo artist is a licensed medical doctor. But there is a lack of law enforcement for non-medically trained tattoo artists, so they are growing in number.

Gambling : Do not get confused by the ads of casinos starring Lee Min Ho and Kim Soo Hyun, gambling is illegal for the citizens of the country. However, if you are a foreigner then it is completely fine for you to gamble. Casino owners run big campaigns for casinos so that it attracts foreigners more and more.

What New Thing I Want To Try In 2023

What new thing do you want to try in the next year?

I’d like to try a new job next year. What I really want to achieve or accomplish is to find another job that pays a good deal more. Like Rs.20,000 to Rs.30,000 more than what I am currently getting in hand. That leaves me with a bit more money to play with and save as well. With medicals bills (dad, mom & mine), groceries and eating out, it just feels like I have a lot less in hand at the end of the month.

The fear of changing jobs in the current setting and wanting a full time work at home option is a bit off putting when compared to the comfort zone of where I am working right now. However it is high time that I made a change and now that it will be 8 years for me at my current place in January, it seems like a really good time to make changes.

So I wouldn’t even mind changing my roles a little bit. Whatever it takes to do a good job and make a lot more money but also working from home. I hope to make that change by January and well, wish me well and a lot of luck, as I will need it.

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The First 15 Years Were The Best

What time in your life do you always want to remember?

I had a very nice childhood and that is the time that I always want to remember. Unlike my mid 20s onwards which is on various vlogs, the times before that is not recorded. I wish I could have some way of relieving those days of my childhood; as I grow older those days fade into the background.

Once my family moved back to India – I wish I could have had this blog back then. It would have been fun to record moments of my life and thoughts from those years and especially as I became a teen and started getting interested in girls, women and sex. That should be an interesting read. And my thoughts and feelings for the girls I had a crush on and yes ofcourse my girlfriend of 5 years.

But mainly though my childhood all the years uptil the age of 16. Those were some really awesome years and I want to be able to really recall them.

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The Golden Memories Of The Years Gone By

What was your favorite thing to do as a child?

So I’m gonna say three of them. Number 1# was watching cartoons as a kid. I loved my cartoons and feel bad for the current generation of kids who grew up watching utter crap. For me Tom & Jerry, Droopy, Bugs Bunny & Looney Toons, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Pink Panther, Tweety Bird, Roadrunner, Mickey & Donald and all of them were awesome stuff. Thundercats and other bigger animated shows were so good. Even in the 90s when Cartoon Network’s What A Cartoon shows like Dexter’s Lab & Johnny Bravo came out – so much fun!

Second thing was eating snacks and good food. Like my Kitkos, Chocolate, chips etc. I loved the snacks I had growing up. So did other kids my age. Drinking 7UP and Pepsi and other soft drinks. The shawrma and burgers we used to get in Kuwait were amazing. And ofcourse KFC – these were the highlights. On some Fridays we also used to buy a special type of shark meat which was delicious. And I miss Hungry Bunny burgers which I think is a Gulf countries only product.

Third would be playing games and spending time with my cousins. Nothing like it. Whether it is playing cricket or football in the front yard of our grandparent’s house or boards games and card games during the evenings and on rainy days. Then watching movies or tv shows together, eating snacks and drinks and also playing quiz games. Also we spent hours playing music and just sitting and chatting, enjoying each other’s company and hanging around reading books. Those golden days will never come back again.

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Binge-Watch Or Week-to-Week When Watching Tv Shows?

Do you prefer to binge-watch TV or keep up week-to-week? Why or why not?

I guess I can do both and as I watch 7 to 8 tv shows during the fall season and then others that stream for 2 to 3 months, I balance them out as much as I can. I grew up watching weekly tv show episodes airing on tv and cable for most of my life and only started getting dvds (the cheaper kind first) since 2010. Hence I didn’t binge watch any show until that year and if I am not mistaken the first show that I did binge watch, not the first time I was watching it, was Star Trek Voyager and then Friends.

Now I think I like the binge watching option however that limits how many other shows that I can watch during the week. I usually do not spend as much time watching tv as much as I used to (or want to) and hence I might get 2 to 3 hours a day. Binging makes sense in that case but there are also so many tv shows that come out weekly which I would like to watch and catch up during those days. That makes it hard – also I tend not to watch tv shows on the weekends and instead only watch movies. Maybe I should change that.

Keeping up week to week is also good as it gives you a lot of variety in your shows. During the week you might be watching 1 each of horror, cop drama, medical, comedy, science fiction and adventure – which is exciting in it’s own way. So I guess a mix of both binging & week to week is best for me.

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What Was The Best Birthday You Ever Had?

You know what? I can’t tell. I can’t think of one birthday that stands out as the fondest or best birthday ever. I think my 15th and 17th birthdays were really good. After that I don’t think I have celebrated it much other than by myself or with my family. A couple maybe with friends, like 2 or 3 in number.

I’m trying my level best to remember birthdays of mine during my 20s. Other than my 29th birthday which for some reason I remember a lot and I celebrated it all alone at home. It was also just a few months after my dog Shawny had died and I was not really into celebrating the birthday. But I had a nice day at home and at the bar and I guess that’s why I remember it a lot.

Since then none have been very memorable. The last 6 years I have been either buying a cake or my sister/niece get me one. I order food and we eat as a family. Nothing else has been happening. I guess I need a special birthday some year soon.

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