The Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities In The World

Based on a report released by the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, the article lists the top 10 most dangerous cities in the world that have the highest homicide rates per 100,000 inhabitants. They are as follows:

  1. Celaya, Mexico – 109.39 Homicides/100K
  2. Tijuana, Mexico – 105.15 Homicides/100K
  3. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico – 103.61 Homicides/100K
  4. Ciudad Obregon, Mexico – 101.13 Homicides/100K
  5. Irapuato, Mexico – 94.99 Homicides/100K
  6. Ensenada, Mexico – 90.58 Homicides/100K
  7. St. Louis, United States – 87.83 Homicides/100K
  8. Uruapan, Mexico – 72.59 Homicides/100K
  9. Fiera De Santana, Brazil – 67.46 Homicides/100K
  10. Cape Town, South Africa – 64 Homicides/100K

I cannot believe that Mexico is this dangerous. 7 of the most dangerous cities out of the top 10 are from Mexico? Maybe I or 2 at the most is what I would have expected and I did think that maybe places in Columbia would be on the list. None from Asia, I see. This list was compiled on December 3rd, 2021 so it is very recent.

– source (The Most Dangerous Cities In The World)

5 Things Never To Do While In Greece

In Greece, and thus Halkidiki, wearing heels in sites of archeological magnitude is forbidden. This law aims at protecting the ancient treasures from abrasion and wear and tear. Namely, on the occasion that you plan to visit Ancient Stagira, Ancient Olynthos or the ancient town of Toroni, be aware and be mindful!

The Greeks and indecent behavior don’t mix. If you’re the type of person who gets a laugh out of mooning other folks, you might want to keep your pants up and your belt buckled. Dropping your drawers is a chargeable offense in Greece that can bring with it a steep fine or jail time.

Athenians are very proud of their metro. This recent innovation (which posed many troubles during construction), is definitely superb compared to many other capitals, and that’s because Athenians have learned to respect it. If there is one place Greeks follow the rules, it is in the metro. As such, they will never eat or drink in it (though water is allowed, of course), and they expect tourists to do the same.

Don’t rely solely on credit cards. Credits are convenient, for sure, but Greece loves cash. While there may have no problems paying by card at hotels and big restaurants, this may not be the case in more remote areas, or less touristy islands, or in more traditional tavernas, so always make sure to have enough cash on hand. Otherwise, make a trip to the nearest ATM.

Showing too much skin in a church. With a number of stunning churches and monasteries, tourists are bound to enter a church. Be aware of the dress code: long shorts or trousers for men, long skirts for women, and no swimming suits. In some instances, women will be given a wrap. Religious or not, try to stick to this rule as much as possible.

9 Weird Laws In Scotland

Banknote drawings : Ever let your imaginative side get the best of you and find yourself doodling on a spare note? Well, according to the 1928 banknotes act, it is illegal to write, print or stamp on a banknote.

Singing songs in a train : We’ve all been there. The last train of the evening…filled with jolly drunks singing to their hearts content. But, according to Edinburgh Live, without permission from the train operator it is actually illegal to sing or chant in the carriages.

A loo call : Under Scots Law, if a stranger asks to use your toilet you are legally obliged to let them. It comes from an extension of the old Scottish common law requiring hospitality to be shown to all guests – and while it has never been formally authorised by parliament, it is enforceable.

Drunk with a cow : One of the more bizarre ones that hopefully you haven’t been a part of…According to the Licensing Act 1872, it’s an offence in Scotland to be drunk while in charge of a cow, horse, carriage or steam engine – or while in the possession of a loaded firearm. If found guilty, according to Scottish Field, you could be jailed for up to 51 weeks.

Naked mannequins : Under Scots Law, it’s illegal for a boy under the age of ten to see a naked mannequin. It is, however, unclear who would be liable if it should happen – the parents, the shop, the boy? Naturally, no-one has ever been charged under this offence.

The Lion Rampant : The ‘unofficial’ flag of Scotland, the Lion Rampant is historically a belonging of the King or Queen of Scotland. As such, according to an Act of Parliament passed in 1672, it is an offence to fly the flag. It is only allowed on a royal residence or with the permission of a monarch.

A whale’s head : Keeping in the theme of the royals, the head of any whale washed up on a Scottish beach is supposed to become the possession of the King – with the Queen taking possession of its tail. Likewise, the Queen has the right to whales too large to be pulled onto land. This law is more common when sturgeon, another Royal fish, are caught in Scottish waters. According to Scottish Field, the Queen has never requested a sturgeon, but many have been caught and offered to her.

Fishing on Sunday : Confirmed by the Salmon Fisheries (Scotland) Act of 1862, it is illegal to fish for salmon on a Sunday in Scotland. It is also illegal to ‘be found handling a salmon in suspicious circumstances.

Gambling in a library : According to Scottish Field, the Library Offences Act in 1898 has outlawed gambling in a library – clearly as a result of such a prominent issue in the past. The act, which prohibits gambling in the venues, also includes banning obscene or abusive language – with fines reaching up to 40 shillings.

KFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken : Plant Based Beyond Meat Nuggets

Suddenly beyond meat products are all the rage. KFC looks like they will be trying out their product pretty strong as per advertised. The new plant-based fried chicken nugget alternative, called Beyond Fried Chicken, will be added to menus nationwide in the US, beginning Monday, Jan. 10 for a limited time. It marks the first instance of a large national chain selling plant-based chicken products.

KFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken nuggets are plant-based fried nuggets that are meant to taste just like KFC’s fried chicken. According to the ingredients listed on the KFC website, they’re mainly made of soy protein. While they’re plant-based, they’re “not prepared in a vegan/vegetarian manner.” The chain seems to target customers who want to eat less animal protein but don’t want to give up comfort food. Beyond Fried Chicken can be ordered in a combo meal that includes a medium drink and fries or à la carte in six- or 12-piece portions.

Prices vary depending on location, but start at $6.99 for six pieces and cost more for the other options.  KFC’s Beyond Fried Chicken had a trial run in 2020 in select US cities including Los Angeles, Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee. A first iteration, according to KFC, was also sold in Atlanta in August 2019.  The Beyond Fried Chicken nuggets were noticeably bigger than your typical fast food chicken nuggets but smaller than a chicken sandwich filet. In terms of texture, they had a pretty uniform, granular breading that’s similar to KFC’s Extra Crispy Tenders but less flaky. Reviewers say that the plant-based meat tore like chicken but didn’t quite look like chicken fibers. In terms of flavor and aroma, they taste and smell just like fried chicken. They had the same lightly seasoned flavor profile as Extra Crispy Tenders, which made them ideal for dipping.

10 Weird Laws In Israel

Bicycles may not ridden without a license.

Raising a pig on Israeli soil will result in the murder of said pig.

Israel is a Jewish state and pigs are not “kosher” to eat. Therefore, raising of these animals has no purpose for the “good” of the country.

If you have been maintaining an illegal radio station for five or more years, the station becomes legal.

It is against the law to feed animals in public places.

It is considered an offense to operate a mobile spay/neuter clinic – it is considered peddling.

It is forbidden to bring bears to the beach.

No loud voices or big lights are allowed during weekends.

The raising of Rottweiler dogs is prohibited. Two young girls were killed by dogs of the Rottweiler breed, and to hopefully protect other citizens from such attacks, the prohibition of raising Rottweilers was put into effect.

Picking one’s nose on the Sabbath is illegal. The reports about the prohibition were widely circulated and misunderstood in the secular press in Israel – to say nothing of abroad. The press reported a religious directive, handed down by a Rabbi, prohibiting nose-picking on Sabbath. The reasoning behind this directive was the loss of nasal hair, cause for bleeding, etc. which violated the religious code governing the sanctity of the Sabbath. Rabbinical directives, or any other form of religious law, are not legally binding and are not, and cannot, be enforced by the State of Israel. They are directed to believers of the Jewish faith (wherever they may reside), and not to citizens of Israel. Furthermore, they bind only those who feel religiously obliged to seek rabbinical authority on such lofty spiritual issues as boogers.

Kangaroo Meat Pizza From The Land Down Under

One of the dumbest arguments on the internet that has been going on for a few years is if pineapple belongs on pizza. Yeah, the big debate among pizza purists revolved around whether pineapple chunks were ever acceptable as a topping. Listen, I love the Hawaiian pizza styles and even the variations that I have had the chance to try here like the spicy chicken with pineapple chunks and jalapenos. The sweet with the savoury and spiciness combines really well for a good time.

And the way the people in the NO Pineapple camp act as if that is the weirdest topping that they have every heard of on a pizza. Well buckle up princesses, there are a whole lot more than that. Vegemite pizza, Hawaiian spaghetti pizza, Cheesey Durian pizza from Malaysia, Bubble Tea pizza from Taiwan and Sweet potato pizza from South Korea! Looks like we can’t keep our friends Down Under down – other than the utterly disgusting sounding vegemite pizza they also have a delicious looking meat one with The Australian Heritage Hotel in Sydney serving up the Pepper Kangaroo Pizza, which comes heavily laden with native pepper, cranberries, roast peppers and paprika mayo.

Now that is something that I would fly to Australia for.

5 More New Year Traditions From Around The World

Italy: Wearing Red Underwear. Italians have a tradition of wearing red underwear to ring in the new year. In Italian culture, the color red is associated with fertility, and so people wear it under their clothes in the hopes that it will help them conceive in the coming year.

Greece: Hanging Onions. No, this New Year’s Eve tradition has nothing to do with vampires. Rather, the Greeks believe that onions are a symbol of rebirth, and so they hang the pungent vegetable on their doors in order to promote growth throughout the new year. Greek culture has long associated this food with the idea of development, seeing as all the odorous onion ever seemingly wants is to plant its roots and keep growing.

Chile: Chilling in Cemeteries. In Chile, New Year’s Eve masses are held not at church, but in cemeteries. This change of scenery allows for people to sit with their deceased family members and include them in the New Year’s Eve festivities.

Japan: Slurping Some Soba Noodles. In Japanese culture, it is customary to welcome the new year with a bowl of soba noodles in a ritual known as toshikoshi soba, or year-crossing noodles. Though nobody is entirely sure where toshikoshi soba first came from, it is believed that the soba’s thin shape and long length is meant to signify a long and healthy life. Many folks also believe that because the buckwheat plant used to make soba noodles is so resilient, people eat the pasta on New Year’s Eve to signify their strength.

Denmark: Smashing Plates. In Denmark, people take pride in the number of broken dishes outside of their door by the end of New Year’s Eve. It’s a Danish tradition to throw china at your friends’ and neighbors’ front doors on New Year’s Eve—some say it’s a means of leaving any aggression and ill-will behind before the New Year begins—and it is said that the bigger your pile of broken dishes, the more luck you will have in the upcoming year.

5 New Year Traditions From Around The World

Spain: Eating Grapes For Good Luck. In Spain, locals will eat exactly 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight to honor a tradition that started in the late 19th century. Back in the 1800s, vine growers in the Alicante area came up with this tradition as a means of selling more grapes toward the end of the year, but the sweet celebration quickly caught on. Today, Spaniards enjoy eating one grape for each of the first 12 bell strikes after midnight in the hopes that this will bring about a year of good fortune and prosperity.

Scotland: First Footing. In Scotland, the day before January 1 is so important that there’s even an official name for it: Hogmanay. On this day, the Scottish observe many traditions, but easily one of their most famous is first footing. According to Scottish beliefs, the first person who crosses through the threshold of your house after midnight on New Year’s Day should be a dark-haired male if you wish to have good luck in the coming year. Traditionally, these men come bearing gifts of coal, salt, shortbread, and whiskey, all of which further contribute to the idea of having good fortune.

The Netherlands: Chowing Down On Oliebollen. The reasoning behind this Dutch New Year’s Eve tradition is slightly odd, to say the least. Ancient Germanic tribes would eat these pieces of deep-fried dough during the Yule so that when Germanic goddess Perchta, better known as Perchta the Belly Slitter, tried to cut their stomachs open and fill them with trash (a punishment for those who hadn’t sufficiently partaken in yuletide cheer), the fat from the dough would cause her sword to slide right off. Today, oliebollen are enjoyed on New Year’s Eve, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a Dutch food vendor in the winter months who isn’t selling these doughnut-like balls.

Russia: Planting Underwater Trees. For the past 25 years or so, it has been a Russian holiday tradition for two divers, aptly named Father Frost and the Ice Maiden, to venture into a frozen Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake, and take a New Year Tree—typically a decorated spruce—more than 100 feet below the surface. Though the temperature is normally well below freezing in Russia on New Year’s Eve, people travel from all over the world to partake in this frozen fête.

Brazil: Throwing White Flowers Into the Ocean. If you happen to be in Brazil for New Year’s Eve, don’t be surprised to find the oceans littered with white flowers and candles. In the South American country, it is commonplace for citizens to take to the shores on New Year’s Eve in order to make offerings to Yemoja, a major water deity who is said to control the seas, to elicit her blessings for the year to come.

Weird Laws In California

  1. Women are not allowed to drive a motor vehicle while wearing a housecoat.
  2. It is illegal to hunt any game while in a moving vehicle except whaling. However, whaling is also illegal.
  3. No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles an hour. But what’s this mean for self-driving cars?
  4. In Eureka, men with mustaches cannot kiss a woman. A local razor company must’ve been ecstatic when this came into play.
  5. In San Francisco, it is illegal to have a pet bear, gorilla, crocodile, or any other wild animal. This is already state law, so it looks like San Francisco needed to be extra clear about it.
  6. Luckily this law was thrown out in 2012, but before then, no frisbees or footballs were allowed to be used in Los Angeles Beaches without lifeguard permission.
  7. Carmel is home to some of the strangest laws, including this old one, that made it illegal to stand on the sidewalk with ice cream. It was created to keep the streets clean and luckily repealed by Past Mayor Clint Eastwood.
  8. Also, in Carmel, women are required to have a permit to wear heels more than 2 inches in height. This law was authored to defend the city from lawsuits over accidents happening on the irregular pavement, although local police don’t cite any violations.
  9. Thinking about washing your neighbor’s car? In Los Angeles, it is illegal to do so without their permission.
  10. In San Francisco and Long Beach, it is illegal to store anything other than automobiles in a garage. It’s a law that frequently gets broken.

Winter Solstice : The Shortest Day Of The Year

The winter solstice, also called the hiemal solstice, hibernal solstice, and brumal solstice, occurs when either of Earth’s poles reaches its maximum tilt away from the Sun. This happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern). For that hemisphere, the winter solstice is the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year, when the Sun is at its lowest daily maximum elevation in the sky. Either pole experiences continuous darkness or twilight around its winter solstice. The opposite event is the summer solstice. Depending on the hemisphere’s winter solstice, at the Tropic of Cancer or Capricorn, the Sun reaches 90° below the observer’s horizon at solar midnight, to the nadir.

This year, the astronomical winter season lasts until spring starts on Sunday 20 March 2021, the date of the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. Under the meteorological definition, which splits the year into four seasons of three full months each based on the Gregorian calendar, winter starts on 1 December every year.There’s not an exact recorded time when humans first started observing the solstice, but monuments like Chichén Itzá, Stonehenge, and the Goseck circle indicate that people have been honoring the astronomical seasons for years. The origins of Christmas trees and wreaths can be found in the 12-day pagan holiday of “Yule”, which centred around the solstice.

The festival was observed by the early Germanic peoples of Northern Europe, who gathered to celebrate the the revival of the sun bringing brighter times ahead. Celtic druids would mark the winter solstice with the cutting of mistletoe and lighting a “yule log”, believed to banish darkness and evil spirits. The ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia is perhaps the most closely linked with the modern celebration of Christmas. This festival happened around the time of the winter solstice and celebrated the end of the planting season. There were games and feasts and gift-giving for several days, and social order was inverted—slaves did not work and were briefly treated as equals.

6 Weird Laws In The Republic Of Ireland

1. Government officials can stop your car to inspect it for eggs

The Marketing Of Eggs Act 1957 allows “an officer of the Ministry” to enter any pier, quay, wharf, jetty, ship, boat, aircraft, railway wagon, motor lorry, cart or other vessel or vehicle used for the conveyance of goods for the purpose of examining eggs on board.

2. It is illegal to smoke tobacco on Grafton Street

One of the most popular and widely believed bizarre “laws” in the country, is that it is illegal to smoke any form of tobacco on Grafton Street. However there is no clear evidence to support the claim that this is law, and even if it was, it is certainly one of the most regularly broken ones.

3. Leprechauns are a protected species

This one is actually somewhat true, as a European Union Habitats Directive announced that the Slieve Foy Mountain is a Designated Area of Protection for Flora, Fauna, Wild Animals and Little People. The area shot to fame when a leprechaun suit, bones and gold coins were found there in the 1980s, leading to the creation of the Carlingford National Leprechaun Hunt.

4. You must give a leprechaun a share of your dinner

This “law” supposedly dictates that if a leprechaun arrives at your door, you are legally obliged to give them a share of your dinner. However, there is no evidence that this law actually exists.

5. You can’t attend the cinema in Northern Ireland on a Sunday

This is also partly true, the Cinemas Order of 1991 requires a special licence for premises wishing to open on a Sunday. Otherwise, attending a cinema on a Sunday could see you landed with a £50 fine.

6. Freedom of Dublin allows you to graze sheep in the city

Surprisingly, this is true. Anyone bestowed with the Freedom of the City of Dublin is allowed to pasture sheep on common grounds within the city. Bono was the most famous person to exercise this right, as back in 2000 he and U2 bandmate Edge turned up on St Stephen’s Green with borrowed lambs.  However, the ancient duties also dictate that every freeman or freewomen must be ready to defend the city from attack, and can be called on to join a city militia at short notice.

Ten Weird Laws In Italy

1) Leave your skirts at home, boys! Be it a tutu, a mini or a sarong – men aren’t allowed to wear one (in public, that is!). So, if you’re invited to a dress-up party, choose a costume that won’t put you behind bars.

2) Never forget to smile in Milan. Okay, not ‘never’. Apparently you’re allowed to stop smiling at funerals or in a hospital. The idea was to market Milan as a friendly, receptive city. And it is!

3) No selfie sticks in Milan. This global capital of fashion and design has outlawed selfie sticks in some popular tourist areas. Why? To avoid what they deem to be anti-social behaviour!

4) You’re not allowed to die……but only in Falciano del Massico, Campania. Mayor Giulio Cesare Fava passed this law after the town’s cemetery ran out of space! We guess you won’t really have to worry about being prosecuted for this one.

5) Three’s a crowd in Rome. Feel like singing, dancing, eating or drinking in the streets of Rome? That’s fine! Just don’t do it with more than one other person. Any group of three or more can be fined hundreds of euros for doing this.

6) DNA dog doody cross referencing in Naples. So this one is more of a campaign than a law, but still worth the giggles! A DNA database of pets is being created to match scat on the streets to pet owners, and fine them to within an inch of their lives!

7) Don’t make a racket with your shoes in Capri. Silence is golden – especially in the Isle of Capri. The islanders have banned noisy footwear in general, and a couple has since been arrested for wearing noisy flip flops!

8) No sandcastles on the beach in Eraclea. On the Venetian Lido lies the seaside town of Eraclea, where sandcastles have been deemed illegal. The path to the sea is clear at all times, but Eraclea is probably not the friendliest beach for kids!

9) Never fake it in Venice! We mean fake knock-offs of haute couture brands on the beaches in Venice. Any tourist caught buying fake brands is liable for a €1000! You might as well have bought the real thing!

10) No making out in cars in Eboli. In fact, it’s illegal to perform any public displays of affection in any moving vehicle in Eboli. We suggest visiting Eboli with a friend instead of a lover, then!

Mistletoe : It’s Time To Pucker Up, Baby!

Mistletoe is the common name for obligate hemiparasitic plants in the order Santalales. They are attached to their host tree or shrub by a structure called the haustorium, through which they extract water and nutrients from the host plant. Mistletoe is relevant to several cultures. Pagan cultures regarded the white berries as symbols of male fertility, with the seeds resembling semen. The Celts, particularly, saw mistletoe as the semen of Taranis, while the Ancient Greeks referred to mistletoe as “oak sperm”. Also in Roman mythology, mistletoe was used by the hero Aeneas to reach the underworld. Mistletoe may have played an important role in Druidic mythology in the Ritual of Oak and Mistletoe, although the only ancient writer to mention the use of mistletoe in this ceremony was Pliny.

Evidence taken from bog bodies makes the Celtic use of mistletoe seem medicinal rather than ritual. It is possible that mistletoe was originally associated with human sacrifice and only became associated with the white bull after the Romans banned human sacrifices. In Norse Mythology, Loki tricked the blind god Hodur into murdering his own twin brother Balder with an arrow made of mistletoe wood, being the only plant to which Balder was vulnerable. Some versions of the story have mistletoe becoming a symbol of peace and friendship to compensate for its part in the murder.

The Romans associated mistletoe with peace, love and understanding and hung it over doorways to protect the household. In the Christian era, mistletoe in the Western world became associated with Christmas as a decoration under which lovers are expected to kiss, as well as with protection from witches and demons. Mistletoe continued to be associated with fertility and vitality through the Middle Ages, and by the 18th century it had also become incorporated into Christmas celebrations around the world.

The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe started in ancient Greece, during the festival of Saturnalia and later in marriage ceremonies, because of the plant’s association with fertility. During the Roman era, enemies at war would reconcile their differences under the mistletoe, which to them represented peace. Romans also decorated their houses and temples with mistletoe in midwinter to please their gods. In Victorian England, kissing under the mistletoe was serious business. If a girl refused a kiss, she shouldn’t expect any marriage proposals for at least the next year, and many people would snub their noses at her, remarking that she would most likely end up an old maid.

Today, we take a much more lighthearted approach to the tradition. Although many couples simply just kiss when caught standing under it, there is actually a proper etiquette dating back to ancient times about kissing under the mistletoe. Linda Allen writes in Decking the Halls: The Folklore and Traditions of Christmas Plants that the gentleman should pluck one white berry while kissing the lady on the cheek. One kiss is allowed for each berry.

Yule Tree: The History Behind The Yule Tree


Yule is a traditional holiday holding roots in various northern European traditions, particularly that of the pre-Christian Germanic peoples. When the days grew colder and the nights grew longer, people of ancient times would light candles and gather round fires to lure back the sun. They would bring out their stores of food and enjoy feasting and festivities. Dances were danced and songs were sung and all would delight in decorating their homes. Such were the Yule traditions of those times.

The Yule Tree was also another important symbol in pagan tradition. Originally, it represented the Tree of Life or the World Tree among early pagans. In ancient times it was decorated with gifts people wanted to receive from the gods. It was adorned with natural ornaments such as pinecones, berries and other fruit, as well as symbols sacred to the gods and goddess. In some holiday traditions, garlands of popcorn and berries were strung around the tree so that visiting birds could feed off the tree as well. Joyous people deck the tree with bright, shiny, sparkling ornaments – a brilliant contrast to the cold, possibly snowy conditions outside in the dead of winter.

Ancient druids throughout the British Isles and northern Europe adorned their houses and temples with pine, spruce and fir to evoke everlasting life. Scandinavians believed Balder, their sun god, favored evergreens as special plants. When Roman Emperor Constantine decriminalized Christianity in 313, the religion began to spread throughout Europe. These early Christians adopted and incorporated many pagan rituals (fertility rites of the spring were converted into Easter bunnies and eggs) and the Christmas tree evolved from those winter solstice celebrations.

No Shave November And Movember

No—Shave November is a month-Iong journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness.

The Concept – The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle.

You can participate by growing out your beard or mustache and letting those legs go natural, and skipping that waxing appointment. Give the razor a rest and you can even setup your own Go Fund Me page for donations that you can give out to an NGO. The rules of No-Shave November are simple: put down your razor for 30 days and donate your monthly hair-maintenance expenses to the cause. The official No-Shave November organization in 2009 and has raised more than $10 million to date, according to the website.

Movember combines the words “moustache” — spelled that way because a group of Australians started the whole thing — and “November.” What started as a fun experiment turned into a full-fledged charitable organization that supports various men’s health initiatives, including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and colon cancer research, mental health and suicide prevention, parenting and general health. According to the official Movember website, Movember began in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003 when two friends met up for drinks and thought up the idea (However, a 1999 Seven Nightly News broadcast says otherwise, and the official Wikipedia page reports that the 1999 and 2003 groups were unrelated).

By 2006, Movember received official charity status from Australia and raised more than $8 million since its inception three years prior. The movement continued to grow, and by 2017, more than 5 million people from 21 countries officially participated and donated. The movement is still going strong, and even if the novelty of November mustaches seems to have worn off, the organization is still raising money for men’s health. Globally, Movember has raised $994 million in 17 years.

Origami : The Japanese Art Of Folding Paper

One popular practice that has left a particularly extensive paper trail across the globe is origami, the art of paper folding. Though most closely tied to Japan, origami also has roots in China and Europe. ts name derives from Japanese words ori (“folding”) and kami (“paper”). Traditional origami consists of folding a single sheet of square paper (often with a colored side) into a sculpture without cutting, gluing, taping, or even marking it. ts name derives from Japanese words ori (“folding”) and kami (“paper”).

Traditional origami consists of folding a single sheet of square paper (often with a colored side) into a sculpture without cutting, gluing, taping, or even marking it. Origami works often featured flowers, birds, and other nature-based motifs. These subjects are also prevalent in contemporary origami, which remains true to the traditional Japanese practice in all ways but one: originally, the practice allowed artists to strategically cut the sheets of paper. Today, however, true origami is sculpted entirely through folds—an attribute the Japanese adopted from Europe.

First time I even heard or seen origami was in the mid 90s in an episode of The X-Files. Ever since then I have admired them and hoped that I could try them out myself. I am not the most artistic person in the world – ok I stink at arts stuff. But I am gonna try it out. I have just placed an order for some origami paper, multiple colours, on Amazon. There are lots of tutorials I can find on websites and Youtube. I think I am gonna start a new hobby.

It can’t hurt to try it out, can it?

Write A Post On Daylight Savings Time Reminders And Preparation.

Daylight saving time (DST), also known as daylight savings time or daylight time (United States, Canada, and Australia), and summer time (United Kingdom, European Union, and some other countries), is the practice of advancing clocks (typically by one hour) during warmer months so that darkness falls at a later clock time. The typical implementation of DST is to set clocks forward by one hour in the spring (“spring forward”) and set clocks back by one hour in autumn (“fall back”) to return to standard time.

As a result, there is one 23-hour day in late winter or early spring and one 25-hour day in the autumn. The idea of aligning waking hours to daylight hours to conserve candles was first proposed in 1784 by American inventor Benjamin Franklin. In a satirical letter to the editor of The Journal of Paris, the American inventor suggested that waking up earlier in the summer would economize candle usage and calculated considerable savings. This doesn’t happen in the rest of the world, including India where I live.

I don’t get this. It is ridiculous that this practise has continued on for so long and exists today! However MNC based in India and do projects & customer care for American/Canadian companies do change their work shifts accordingly. And each time it happens, we all wonder what the heck! And it reminds me of my favourite sayings about this practise. When told the reason for Daylight Saving Time an old Native American said, “Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket.” ~Author unknown

Prompt from 30 November Blog Post Ideas @ THE FRANGIPANI CREATIVE

Halloween In Canada: The Way They Celebrate It In The Great White North


Modern-day Halloween in Canada is marked by scary decorations, fun and spooky costumes, and trick-or-treating. Here’s a glimpse into what goes on at Halloween. In Canada, trick-or-treaters visited homes on Halloween to ask for two things: candy and spare change. The candy was quickly disposed of, but the spare change went to supporting children in need around the world. The iconic UNICEF orange coin collection boxes were very much a part of Canada’s trick-or-treating history, until 2006 when UNICEF moved to an online donation system. On average, Canadians continue to donate $3 million every Halloween.

In his book, Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night, Nicholas Rogers writes that as Irish immigrants settled in urban North America, they would dress up for Halloween as part of humorous re-enactments. Newspaper reports refer to the sight of fairies and witches, while as early as 1874, Halloween masks were on sale in Kingston, Ontario. Grocery stores were quick to spot an opportunity, and sold a variety of seasonal nuts. An 1897 advertisement located by Mr Rogers refers to chocolates, creams, and gumdrops all on special offer to mark the occasion.

And while ‘guising’, or Halloween mischief, originated east of the Atlantic, it is Canada that lays claim to the earliest recorded usage of the phrase “trick or treat”. In 1927, a newspaper article in Alberta reported that pranksters were visiting houses demanding either a “trick or treat”. The tradition of pumpkins continues, however sometimes Canada’s wildlife can intervene. In 2014, residents of Banff, Alberta, were advised to take their pumpkins indoors, because a grizzly bear had been entering local gardens searching for food. It was feared the grizzly would arrive at people’s homes, because the desire to fatten up before the winter would make the pumpkins too irresistible. Trick or treat, indeed.