10 Facts About Auschwitz

  1. Location: Auschwitz was a network of German Nazi concentration and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich in Polish areas annexed by Nazi Germany during World War II. It was located near the town of O?wi?cim in occupied Poland, about 50 kilometers west of Krakow.
  2. Construction: The construction of Auschwitz began in 1940, and it eventually grew into a complex of multiple camps, including Auschwitz I (the main camp), Auschwitz II-Birkenau (the extermination camp), and Auschwitz III-Monowitz (a labor camp).
  3. Purpose: Auschwitz played a central role in the Holocaust, serving as the largest site of mass murder during the Holocaust. It was primarily used for the systematic extermination of Jews, along with other targeted groups such as Roma, Soviet prisoners of war, Poles, and others deemed undesirable by the Nazi regime.
  4. Gas Chambers and Crematoria: Auschwitz II-Birkenau was equipped with gas chambers and crematoria where mass murder took place. Zyklon B, a cyanide-based pesticide, was used to gas victims in the chambers, and their bodies were disposed of in the crematoria.
  5. Victims: It is estimated that over 1.1 million people died at Auschwitz, the majority of whom were Jews. Other victims included tens of thousands of Poles, Romani people, Soviet prisoners of war, and individuals from other nationalities and ethnic groups.
  6. Medical Experiments: Notorious Nazi doctor Josef Mengele conducted cruel and inhumane medical experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz, often without their consent. These experiments included studies on twins, genetic conditions, and the effects of various diseases and poisons.
  7. Resistance: Despite the overwhelming odds against them, there were instances of resistance among the prisoners at Auschwitz. This resistance took various forms, including underground education, sabotage, and attempts to escape.
  8. Liberation: Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet Red Army on January 27, 1945. The liberation came too late for many of the prisoners, but it marked the end of the camp’s operation as a place of mass murder and suffering.
  9. Remembrance: Today, Auschwitz serves as a symbol of the horrors of the Holocaust and a reminder of the consequences of unchecked hatred and bigotry. The site is preserved as a museum and memorial, visited by millions of people each year.
  10. Never Again: The phrase “Never Again” has become associated with the memory of the Holocaust and the vow to prevent such atrocities from happening in the future. The lessons of Auschwitz and the Holocaust continue to inform efforts to combat prejudice, discrimination, and genocide worldwide.

RIP Louis Gossette Jr.

Oscar winning actor Louis Gossette Jr has passed away at the age of 87. Gossett Jr., who took home an Academy Award for ‚ÄúAn Officer and a Gentleman‚ÄĚ and an Emmy for ‚ÄúRoots,‚ÄĚ both times playing a mature man who guides a younger one taking on a new role ‚ÄĒ but in drastically different circumstances ‚ÄĒ died early Friday in Santa Monica, Calif. ¬†Born in¬†Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York City, he made his stage debut at the age of 17. Shortly thereafter, he successfully auditioned for the¬†Broadway play¬†Take a Giant Step.¬†Gossett continued acting onstage in critically acclaimed plays including¬†A Raisin in the Sun¬†(1959),¬†The Blacks¬†(1961),¬†Tambourines to Glory¬†(1963), and¬†The Zulu and the Zayda¬†(1965). In 1977, Gossett appeared in the popular¬†miniseries¬†Roots, for which he won¬†Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series¬†at the¬†Emmy Awards.

Gossett continued acting in high-profile films, television, plays, and video games. In 1982, for his role as¬†Gunnery Sergeant¬†Emil Foley in¬†An Officer and a Gentleman, he won the¬†Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor¬†and became the first black actor to win in this category. At the Emmy Awards, Gossett continued to receive recognition, with nominations for¬†The Sentry Collection Presents Ben Vereen: His Roots¬†(1978),¬†Palmerstown, U.S.A.¬†(1981),¬†Sadat¬†(1983). Gossett appeared in 1985’s¬†Enemy Mine¬† with Dennis Quaid,¬†A Gathering of Old Men¬†(1987),¬†Touched by an Angel (1997), and¬† Watchmen¬†(2019). He won and was nominated at other ceremonies including the¬†Golden Globe Awards,¬†Black Reel Awards, and¬†NAACP Image Awards. Gossett was also well-known for his role as Colonel Chappy Sinclair in the¬†Iron Eagle¬†film series (1986-1995).

His television appearances include Bonanza (1971), The Jeffersons (1975), American Playhouse (1990),  Stargate SG-1 (2005), Left Behind: World at War (2005), Boardwalk Empire (2013), and The Book of Negroes (2015). Gossett was married three times and fathered one son and adopted one son. Gossett struggled with a debilitating illness during the 1990s and early 2000s, having been given a prognosis of six months to live from a doctor at one stage. In 2001, he learned much of his illness was due to toxic mold in his Malibu home. On February 9, 2010, Gossett announced that he had prostate cancer. He added the disease was caught in its early stages, and he expected to make a full recovery. In late December 2020, Gossett was hospitalized in Georgia with COVID-19.

The Gift of Life: Why Blood Donation Matters

In a world where kindness can sometimes feel like a rare commodity, there exists a simple yet profound act that has the power to save lives: blood donation. Every year, millions of people around the globe require blood transfusions due to accidents, surgeries, childbirth complications, and various medical conditions. However, the demand for blood often exceeds the available supply, highlighting the crucial role of blood donors in healthcare systems worldwide.

The Importance of Blood Donation: Blood donation is not just a charitable act; it is a lifeline for those in need. Whether it’s a patient undergoing major surgery, a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy, or an accident victim requiring an emergency transfusion, donated blood can mean the difference between life and death. Furthermore, blood transfusions are essential for treating various medical conditions such as anemia, thalassemia, and hemophilia, improving patients’ quality of life and helping them regain their health.

The Impact of Blood Shortages: Despite the vital role blood donation plays in healthcare, many countries face chronic blood shortages, especially during emergencies or natural disasters. Blood shortages can lead to delays in critical medical procedures, compromise patient care, and, in extreme cases, result in unnecessary deaths. Additionally, certain blood types are rarer than others, making it challenging to match donors with recipients, further exacerbating the shortage issue.

Myths and Misconceptions: Despite the importance of blood donation, several myths and misconceptions persist, deterring potential donors. Some people believe that donating blood is painful or that it can weaken their immune system. However, the truth is that blood donation is a safe and straightforward process that typically takes less than an hour, and the body replenishes the donated blood within a few weeks. Additionally, donating blood does not weaken the immune system; in fact, it can have health benefits for the donor, such as reducing the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

The Blood Donation Process: The blood donation process is simple and standardized to ensure the safety of both donors and recipients. It typically involves registration, a brief medical screening to ensure eligibility, the donation procedure itself, and post-donation refreshments to help replenish fluids and snacks to boost energy levels. Donors are encouraged to rest for a short period after donation and avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day to prevent dizziness or lightheadedness.

Who Can Donate: Most healthy adults are eligible to donate blood, provided they meet certain criteria established by blood donation centers or blood banks. These criteria typically include being in good health, weighing at least 110 pounds (50 kilograms), and being above a certain age (usually 17 or 18, depending on the country). Additionally, donors must not have certain medical conditions or risk factors that could compromise the safety of the donated blood.

Blood donation is a selfless act of compassion that has the power to transform lives and communities. By donating blood, individuals can make a tangible difference in the lives of those in need, offering hope and healing when it is needed most.

Five Awesome Hollywood Movies Set In India

Lion is based on the true story of Saroo Brierly (via People), who, after being tragically separated from his family 25 years prior, embarks on a journey across India to reunite with them. Highly emotive and truly powerful, the movie was a huge success with critics and was nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, with particular praise aimed at the acting of the cast, which included Dev Patel as Saroo and Nicole Kidman as his adoptive mother, as well as a number of well-known Indian actors, including Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Priyanka Bose.

Octopussy is the 13th film in the James Bond franchise and the sixth to feature Roger Moore as the suave and sophisticated British secret agent. Investigating the murder of a fellow agent, it sees the globe-trotting spy travel to India where his trails led him to the mysterious Octopussy, who he ends up later enlisting to help thwart the dastardly plans of exiled Afghan Prince, Kamal Khan, who is working with the deranged Soviet General Orlov, to detonate a nuclear bomb on an American airbase in West Germany. With much being filmed in India, audiences are treated to plenty of high-octane action sequences, including brawls in the densely populated streets whilst riding a tuk-tuk, as well as Bond hanging onto the tail of a moving airplane whilst high in the sky. There are also plenty of elegant palaces, with images of the Taj Mahal and locations including the Shiv Niwas Palace, Taj Lake Palace and Jag Mandir Palace, being used.

When it comes to awards, this 1982 biopic is one of the most highly decorated there is. Starring Ben Kingsley as the eponymous Gandhi, Gandhi tells the story of how he led the nonviolent non-cooperative Indian independence movement against the British Empire during the 20th Century. Visually stunning, beautifully acted, and telling an important story, the movie was nominated for 11 Oscars, winning eight, including Best Actor for Kingsley as well as Best Director and Best Picture.

The Jungle Book РThere have been countless adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s collection of short stories collectively known as The Jungle Book. Probably, the most well-loved is Disney’s 1967 animated musical. Set deep in the Indian jungle, it tells the tale of a feral child raised by a pack of wolves as he navigates the dangers of the jungle, making man a friend and foe along the way. The beautifully animated Indian wilderness perfectly captures the essence of the jungle described in Kipling’s stories, no doubt inspired by his time growing up in India.

Life of Pi¬†is a 2012¬†adventure-drama¬†film directed and produced by¬†Ang Lee¬†and written by¬†David Magee. Based on¬†Yann Martel’s 2001 novel¬†of the same name, it stars¬†Suraj Sharma¬†in his film debut,¬†Irrfan Khan,¬†Tabu,¬†Rafe Spall,¬†G√©rard Depardieu¬†and¬†Adil Hussain¬†in lead roles. The storyline revolves around two survivors of a shipwreck who are on a¬†lifeboat¬†stranded in the¬†Pacific Ocean¬†for 227 days. One is a sixteen-year-old Indian boy named Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) and the other is a ferocious¬†Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. The film began development shortly after the release of the book and filming was split between¬†India,¬†Taiwan¬†and¬†Montreal in 2011.

Changing Shifts In Between, Feeling Tired & Drained

Well it’s the middle of the week. I’ve changed my shift 3 times in the last 7 days and I am feeling the tiredness. Last week after working a regular shift of 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, this week I came in the 5:30 pm to 2:30 am shift. However yesterday at 2:00 am I was told that due to a lack of personnel, I was to come in at 1 pm and stay with a set of new hire employees while they get their training virtually.

I went to bed slightly earlier than usual – not falling asleep without watching atleast 2 episodes of Frasier – and watching clips on my phone. I slept till 11 am, waking up twice – 1 to take a leak and the second time as I needed to make a phone call. I left home late, being very tired. At the office after I made sure that the new employees were all good and that their systems had no issue, I went to have lunch with a colleague. I just had a quick cold coffee and 2 slices of bread with an omelet.

I worked till 7:30 pm before I went to have dinner and then worked from 8:05 till 10 pm. I then booked my Uber to come by home and reached home by 10:35 pm. And ofcourse since then I have been online and sitting in my air-conditioned room.

A Full English Breakfast : The Ultimate All Day Breakfast

Bacon, sausages, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast, and beans all on one plate: is a Full English breakfast the most ultimate breakfast ever? A full English breakfast aka a Full English or a fry up is a substantial cooked breakfast meal, often served in Great Britain and Ireland. The typical ingredients are  bacon,  sausages, eggs, black pudding, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast, fried bread and a beverage such as coffee or tea. Hash browns are a common contemporary but non-traditional inclusion.

The tradition of the English breakfast has journeyed down a long road, it first began in the 14th or 15th century with the Landed Gentry and their grand hunt breakfasts, before then being adopted by the middle and upper class Victorians who refined the tradition into an art form. Then came along the the Edwardians who standardised the ingredients, giving us the English breakfast that we mostly eat today. Full English breakfasts contain: sausages, back bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, fried bread, and beans.

According to the internet, full English breakfasts need:

  1. Sausages¬†‚Äď I think everyone just goes with whatever sausages they like, but sometimes there are 2-3 kinds on a plate. We went with regular breakfast sausages and we also got a bit of black pudding, which seems like most people insist on having as well.
  2. Back Bacon¬†‚Äď This isn‚Äôt your regular bacon, which is made from pork belly, nope, back bacon is bacon that includes a little bit of the loin, kinda like a super thin pork chop but smoked. From what I can see, this kind of bacon isn‚Äôt really crispy.
  3. Eggs¬†‚Äď Pretty straight forward, all the full English plates I‚Äôve seen have sunny side up eggs.
  4. Tomatoes¬†‚Äď These guys are cut in half along the equator and then seared in the pan and seasoned with salt and pepper. They aren‚Äôt really cooked, just given a little bit of color.
  5. Mushrooms¬†‚Äď Seems like a take or leave it item, but we‚Äôre going all out here so of course mushrooms are needed. They‚Äôre cooked in the usual way, nicely browned and caramelized
  6. Toast¬†‚Äď Don‚Äôt call it toast because I‚Äôve seen some internet fights break out about the bread. You can‚Äôt just use a toaster and call it a day. The bread has to be FRIED, either with butter or oil.
  7. Beans¬†‚Äď You have to have beans! I mean, I‚Äôve never really had beans at breakfast, but it‚Äôs classic. We went for Heinz because that‚Äôs what they do in England and because their teal cans are too cute.

Manchester United Could Be Barred From Europe Next Season

MANCHESTER UNITED face being BARRED from Europe next season after Uefa stuck to their ban on clubs under the same ownership competing against each other. Uefa have finally published their new regulations about ‚Äėmulti-club ownership‚Äô issues. While clubs under the same ownership umbrella CAN play in Europe if they are in different competitions, the ban on clubs taking part in the SAME one remains in place. And that is where¬†Nice‚Äôs recent slump in France‚Äôs Ligue 1 could end up preventing United from playing in ANY competition next season.

Nice are fully owned by¬†Sir Jim Ratcliffe‚Äôs Ineos group, while the petrochemicals billionaire confirmed he would be ‚Äúdelegated responsibility for the management of United‚Äôs football operations‚ÄĚ as part of his minority buy-out of shares from the Glazers. Only last month, Ratcliffe claimed he had been told by Uefa there were ‚Äúno circumstances‚ÄĚ in which his ownership of Nice would prevent¬†Man Utd from playing in Europe. But Uefa have now confirmed there IS a blanket ban on clubs under the same ownership taking part in the same competition despite a revision of its rulebook. Asked to confirm the situation, a Uefa insider told SunSport: ‚ÄúIt is correct that Manchester United and Nice cannot play in the same competition.

‚ÄúThey could play in different competitions, as there is no ‚Äėfeeding‚Äô between competitions any more.‚ÄĚ Sixth-placed United appear destined for a Europa League place next season, even if English clubs earn an extra¬†Champions League¬†spot through their performances in Europe this season.

Seven Fun Facts About Pringles

1. The original name was very different.

Pringles were first marketed as “Newfangled Potato Chips,” but the name didn’t stick. No one is certain where the name “Pringles” originated, but some think it could be an homage to the patent-holder for potato processing equipment … or it could be the name of a street.

2. They were designed with the perfect chip in mind.

You may remember how old-school Pringles commercials bashed Lay’s and other potato chip brands for being greasy and stale. Plus, there was the problem of all those sad chip crumbs at the bottom of the bag after being broken in transit. Pringles were meant to be a solution too all these ailments‚ÄĒcrispy, non-greasy and in perfect form.

3. We have science to thank for their shape.

Before Pringles debuted on shelves in 1967, many scientists were hard at work designing a very specific structure, and for good reason! The saddle shape, created by chemist Fredric Baur, is technically known as a “hyperbolic paraboloid.” Powerful computers were used to ensure that the chips’ aerodynamics would keep them intact until they reached customers.

4. The container is extremely important.

The cylindrical cans, also invented by Fredric Baur, were created specifically to hold the stackable chips in place and keep them fresh. The original design even had a silver pop-top to keep them airtight, which may be where the slogan “Once you pop, the fun don’t stop!” originated.

5. It took a long time to get the flavor right.

Though Baur conceptualized most of the product, another scientist named Alexander Liepa had to pick up where he left off in the 1960s to improve the flavor. Leipa’s name is the one that can be found on the patent.

6. The creator was buried in a Pringles can.

When Fredric Baur requested that his children bury part of his cremated remains in a Pringles can, his kids initially laughed it off. But when it came time to head to the funeral home, they stopped at Walgreens to pick up a container to honor their father’s accomplishments. Baur’s son Larry¬†told TIME “My siblings and I briefly debated what flavor to use,” Baur says, “but I said, ‘Look, we need to use the original.'”

7. People eat Pringles all over the world.

The unique chips are sold in over 140 countries, and cultural preferences have lead to some bizarre Pringles flavors. Depending on where you look, you might find Pringles that taste like eggs benedict, crab, hot dogs or other out-there ingredients.

Nine Weird Laws In Hawaii

Taller than a palm tree

On the island of Kaua?i, palm trees are king. As such there is a law on the books that makes it illegal for any building to be taller than a palm tree. Now, some palm trees can grow to be pretty high; so, we’re guessing there are some standardized techniques employed to ensure their palm trees can grow as high as possible.

Leave indigenous wildlife alone

When you are visiting one of Hawai?i‚Äôs amazing state parks, you are not allowed to ‚Äúannoy‚ÄĚ the birds.

No eyesore advertising

On the continent, one of the things that litters the skies and disrupts your views are bulky, garish billboards. But in Hawaii, billboards were outlawed in the 1920s. As a matter of fact, when Hawaii entered the United States as a full-fledged member in 1959, it was the first state in the U.S. to do so. No one complains about this law. Seriously? Who wants to give up view of mauka and rainbows to see gaudy advertising? Exactly.

No double-fisting

Okay, we do have to admit that is a really weird one. Here in Hawaii, did you know that it is illegal for you to have more than one alcoholic beverage in front of you at the same time? Of course, like with all ‚Äúunique‚ÄĚ laws, this rule is part of a larger set of laws and regulations that are meant to manage an individual‚Äôs alcohol consumption and to maintain public safety.

Truck bed riding

You’ve heard of calling shotgun! when claiming the front passenger seat of a vehicle. But did you know that if the vehicle is packed that you can ride in the back bed of the truck with no safety requirements needed?

No dairy in a milkshake?

If you get a yummy milkshake in Hawaii, you can rest assured that you are guaranteed to be drinking dairy in that drink. It is illegal to make a milkshake without dairy unless you specifically advertise and inform your customers that it is a dairy alternative being used.

No alcohol prize for you

When you enter into a competition at a shooting gallery in Hawai?i, it is illegal to give you a prize that has alcohol. This pretty much goes without needing much explanation.

Don’t bother the local caves

It is illegal to break off mineral deposits and speleothems from caves. Caves hold a sacred place in Hawaiian culture and tradition. Hawaiians used caves for burials for a millennia. And there were kapu, sacred laws, that regulated these caves.

Leave the sharks alone

Sharks get a bad rap. From the movie Jaws to shark fin soup, humans don’t quite know how to deal with such a powerful creature. To help, there are laws that prohibit you from having a shark fin in your possession. So, leave the sharks alone.

Scariest Places On Earth : Port Arthur, Tasmania

More than 1000 people died at Port Arthur during its 47-year history as a penal settlement, and some people say that the souls of the departed have never left.  Documented ghost stories have been associated with Port Arthur since 1870, and since that time, many people have added to Port Arthur’s haunted reputation with their own accounts of paranormal activity.

1. The convicts built their own prison walls. No thanks.

It’s hard to imagine that they would really care about leaving a few bricks loose! The initial industrial penal settlement was built of timber from the surrounding forest and was home to key manufactories, such as ship building, shoemaking, smithing, and timber and brick making. But by the 1840s, Port Arthur was home to more than 2000 convicts, soldiers, and free officers (and their families), and by 1848 the first stone was laid by the prisoners for the separate prison, which stands as a central attraction today.

2. An ambitious experiment….. but did it work?

Believe it or not, despite all of the cruelties that went on at Port Arthur, the Governor was trialling an ambitious experiment around the philosophy that prisoners could reform while still being punished. The authorities’ aim was to offer its prisoners the opportunity to turn themselves into useful citizens of the future by building a system on punishment and discipline, classification and separation, religious and moral instruction, trade training, and education.

But for the convict who did not abide by the rules, life was harsh. It operated under the system of the separate prison system, which signalled a shift from physical punishment to psychological. For example, food was used to reward well-behaved prisoners, and as punishment for badly behaved prisoners who would receive the bare minimum of bread and water. As a punishment they were also hooded and made to stay silent, to allow time to reflect on what they had done wrong. Many formed a mental illness.

3. Convict tattoos… more than just for decoration.

It‚Äôs nice to know some things are woven through history. Go back 180 years, and even convicts had a thing for tattoos. And just like today, they were for many and varied reasons. From purely decorative, to a tribute to a loved one, and even a reminder of a trial date, or in fact when their sentence would be complete. While some of the most common tattoos were that of a woman, a cross or crucifixion, a heart with the initials of a loved one, a man, and a mermaid ‚Äď the most popular was that of an anchor, which was a symbol for hope.

4. Drawing the short-straw… the life of a soldier

There was no glory in guarding convicts. Speak to most soldiers and they say they train for battle to defend their country and that of their allies. So imagine being called up for duty when there is not only no chance for any of that, you’re across the other side of the world in a place called Van Diemen’s Land. Most regiments posted at Port Arthur regarded it as a low point in their history. Their main job was obviously security, watching over the convicts working in the bush or building boats, and of course chasing after escapees. With their accommodation next to the Commandant’s house, it wasn’t all bad news. Senior offices and their families apparently had busy social lives and enjoyed dinner parties!

5. The beauty of Garden Point.

Most convicts lived a life of heavy labour, and for those already skilled they would be put to work in their trade. But for those men who were too weak for the heavy lifting, you’d find them in the gardens or performing light duties.

Tell Us About The Last Time You Slept On A Couch

Well it’s not the last time that I slept on a couch but it is, for some reason, something that I recently remember doing and it even came to me while I was half-asleep one night. This was perhaps when I was 14 or so, 1990-1991 and we were in Irinjalakuda which is where my father’s family home is. But I think this as not at his house but another relative;s house – maybe his older brother’s family’s house. I am not very close to that side of the family as I have always preferred to spend time with my mom’s family.

Anyways we were there for a wedding and there was a party, so this would have been the night before or two nights before. My family has to drive 90 minutes or so to reach this place and I think we were staying for the weekend. There was food & drinks being served and my dad was having a gala time with his relatives and my mom and sister were sitting with a bunch of the ladies in another room. I was bored very quickly and post a quick dinner, I wandered upstairs and settled in a big room. A male cousin, a few years older than me, asked me if I wanted some comics to read and I said yes.

So I spent the night, which would have been from 10 pm till almost the next morning lying on that couch with a table lamp next to me and read these Astrix comics. Most of the night I was alone but I do know that early in the morning two of my cousins came and lay on mattresses on the other side of the room. I spent the night listening to the sounds from the party downstairs and reading the books and fell asleep y around 2 am when the party stopped.

Prompt from 31 March Writing Prompts from Mama Kat’s Losin It

Why Crinkle Cut Fries Taste Better Than Straight Cut Fries

If you like your fries crispy, crinkle cut might be just the fry to suit your taste. Waffle-cut fries, also known as crinkle-cut fries, are made from potatoes that have been cut into a¬†waffle shape, creating a lot of ridges and grooves. They are also deep-fried and have a crispy texture. According to The Frozen Biscuit, the crinkle-cut shape gives fries more surface area, increasing the amount of crispiness the outside of the fry can have per bite. It also creates more places for salt and dipping sauces to adhere. The crinkle cut’s unique shape keeps it crunchier for longer, staving off sogginess.

Those rigid nooks provide heightened scooping ability for ketchup, in the same way, that Tostitos scoops tortilla chips work with queso. Crinkle-cutting French fries may improve their crispiness, as well as their ability to retain dipping sauce. These crinkle-cut potatoes come with¬†30 % less fat and 20 % fewer calories than their regular fry option, and reportedly 40 % less fat and 30 % add calories: fewer calories than McDonald’s famous fries.

How You Will Travel In The Future – Different Star System

In the future how will we travel? I hope that we will emulate some of the science fiction shows & movies and we travel in a lot more comfort and luxury than what we do right now an with a whole more safety. When will this happen, I do not know, but it will happen. Let’s say that you are traveling from somewhere on earth and traveling to another planet which we have colonized. Like let’s say we have colonized multiple planets or that humankind now lives on the 10 planets & 7 moons like in the futuristic world that I have created up for my stories. And you have planned to travel to a different star system system as you are creating a paper on something – like maybe a report for university about the atmosphere of some star system or something.

So you sit at your desk at home post breakfast and then do a video call with a travel agent representative. She clicks on her screens and finds you a large spaceship that is traveling to that star system, and others, as part of a tourist / pleasure cruise. Once you give her a confirmation, you add your credentials and identification to the screen so she can access it so on her end and book the room for you. You are traveling with your Golden Retriever and a domestic robot. She books the room for the 3 of you, comments on the beauty of your dog and then tells you when you should arrive for the trip and then wish you a happy & fruitful trip. On the day of the journey, you are driven to the airport and you get into the line to check in. You, your dog & robot are then directed to this lounge area and there you wait for a while with a coffee and a sandwich for you, a bowl of water and chow for your pet.

When it is boarding time you are beamed into the large spaceship, along with the rests of the 1000+ passengers. The 20 staff and over 100 hospitality robots take care of guiding the passengers to the various single rooms or family suites, depending on who you are, and you find your gorgeous room – a large comfortable bed, a desk with a computer console inbuilt into it here you can also use your own personal device. Tv screens and a replicator wardrobe section built into the wall on one section and a food & drink replicator on another section. A dining table with chairs, plus a couple of sofas in the middle. You also have a large bathroom with a tub, sink/mirror, an enclosed shower and toilet with a separated enclosed shower and toilet section for your dog. You settle down for the evening an decide to take a shower and change after the spaceship takes off into space.

You have several days before you reach your destination star system. You can go around the ship and visit on of the several restaurants and bars that serve you food cooked and prepared to your specifications and you can have some food made for your pet too. Or you can sit in your room / suite and replicate some delicious food. As you are winding down for the night, your dinner done but you are just sipping that after dinner drink or ice cream you do a quick video call with your family back home and then change into your pjs, call for the lights to dim down and get into bed. Your robot connects to the charger in the room, while your dog after contemplating her luxurious dog bed, looks up at you with those puppy eyes, so you sigh and let her on the bed, carefully tucking the covers around her.

You scratch her ears and let her loving lick your face before you both lie down and drift off to sleep. As do most of the other passengers in the ship. The crew sign off after the final checks and then go to their quarters for their sleep, as the robots take over the running of the ship which travels through space heading towards your destination.