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The Sushi Infographic

The best part of this infographic is that it says sushi is good for you, but not when it’s deep-fried and dipped in mayonaise (which is what most sushi in Kuwait looks like). Healthy sushi is the one that has rice, fish and occasionally some vegetables.

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What’s the Story Behind All the ‘Stans?

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In Persian, the suffix “istan” means “place of or land.” In Russian, the word “stan” means “settlement.” Similarly, in English, many countries end with the suffix “-land” (England, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, and Ireland, for example). There are seven countries in Central Asia that share the “stan” suffix:

  • Afghanistan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Pakistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan

The “stan,” however, is where the similarities end. Because of geographical proximity, the countries share some ethnic groups (there are more than 100 different ethnic groups in the seven ‘stans), but the languages are unique. The stans closer to Russia are more Russian Orthodox, while the stans in the south are mostly Muslim.

I just wanted to enlighten you with some geography. Honestly, this question has been in my head for such a long time. I guess I finally got a chance to Google it (got the info from here & here).
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Dry and Cracked Nails!

I recently noticed that my nails were dry despite the fact that I constantly apply hand cream. They used to be in a better condition when I was taking a hair, skin and nail vitamin. I initially was taking it to strengthen my hair and it did just that. So, I stopped taking it. Little did I know that my nails needed those vitamins, too :/ As a result, they look unhealthy and really dry. I googled the causes and some solutions for this problem and found a dermatologist, Dr.Cynthia Bailey, that wrote about this issue. Here are some of the important parts of what she wrote:

Exposing your hands to harsh soaps, cleaning products, and solvents can affect the natural oils in ones nails. Those oils act as a glue that holds the nail layers together. At first your nails begin to ‘fray’ on the edges, and then they start becoming brittle. Eventually the layers split. Nail hardeners make this worse because the alcohols, formaldehyde and other chemicals in the nail hardeners really dry out your natural oils. Crazy fact: nail hardeners actually contain more of these chemicals than nail polishes! It’s these chemicals that make the nails feel harder at first, but- whammo- after a few weeks the splitting is worse than ever.

Vitamin supplements formulated specifically for nail growth may help improve their condition. It’s important to know that many of the ingredients in these supplements are lavishly present in whole foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, natural oils, beans and fish. Eating a rich, nutritious diet is key to supporting healthy nails and vitamin supplements should be used in addition to, not in place of a healthy diet.

Your fingernails grow slowly, about 1mm per month.  As you age, the growth slows down even more. This means it will take several months for the dry and split portion of your nails to grow out. Depending on the condition of the rest of your existing nails, it could take as long as a year for proper nail care, good diet and your vitamin supplements to stop the nail splitting, so hang in there and don’t give up.

Tricks to Treat Cracked and Splitting Fingernails:

  1. Hydrate and add oils. Use creams, oils and ointments on your nails everyday after they’ve been wet.The best hydrating ingredients for nails are shea butter, jojoba oil, or avocado oil. The thicker the cream the better, and oils or ointments are best. The trick is to use something that stays put for awhile and doesn’t just rub off right away. Don’t forget that applying moisturizers to dry nails is a waste of time. It’s better to moisturize your skin and nails immediately after water exposure.
  2. Clip and file your nails when they’re wet. Clipping and filing dry nails makes the splits worse so always do it after water exposure. Towel off the water and then use sharp nail clippers to trim your nails, followed by gently filing the edges. Also very gently buff the nail edges to keep the splitting layers from catching on things and progressing down the nail.
  3. Wear gloves when you do rough work or get your hands into harsh chemicals. Obviously you want to protect your brittle and splitting nails from the things that make them worse.
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Number of Continents on Earth

A couple of days ago, I was asked about the number and names of the continents on Earth. There were 30 other people with me, but only one was able to answer correctly. I was only able to name 6 and I really thought they were the only ones. I felt dumb when it turned out that there are actually 7 continents. I forgot that Antarctica is a continent too. Most of the group were able to name 5 of them. That really struck my attention because this should be common knowledge, but very few people know it accurately. The continents that people mostly forgot were Antarctica and Australia. Some even thought that North and South America are one continent.

Here’s the list of all the continents just in case you forgot them too!

Africa

Antarctica

Asia

Australia

Europe

North America

South America

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Ever Wondered – Expiration Dates

Knowing if cosmetics are expired is a trick that I recently learned. I used to think that the date on the product is the time span of which the product was made and when I should stop using it. Sometimes it would be two years. My sister then taught me something I never really noticed. On all cosmetics there’s a sign resembling an open pot with a number written on it. That number is usually in months and it signifies how long the product would last after you opened it for the first time. The symbol is called the period-after-opening symbol or PAO symbol.

I learned that very few people actually know about it. This is a problem that no one cares about, but I think it’s important. For example, many people in supermarkets want to smell the shampoo, so they start opening up different bottles in order to get a whiff. That automatically means that the product would expire after let’s say a year even though it says that should last 4 years without being opened. That means whoever buys that bottle of shampoo wouldn’t know that it has been already opened and that’s unfair for the customer. I used to be guilty of doing that, but I stopped doing that the second I found out. I think everyone should, unless you’re actually willing to buy all the bottles you opened.

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Ever Wondered – Why People Hate Comic Sans?

Comic Sans. The ever disputed and hated font between designers and computer users worldwide. Why all this hatred? In 1994 , Vincent Connare designed the font for it to be used solely for comic book speech bubbles. He found that Times New Roman shouldn’t be used in comic books and that’s why he made it. He does presume a solid argument, but it’s popularity is torture. It was used in Microsoft Bob, Microsoft 3D Movie Maker, Windows 95 Plus, and Windows 95. It was eventually included in Microsoft Publisher and Internet Explorer (link). Whenever I see a logo or sign that uses Comic Sans, I assume two things, the person who made this is clearly naive, or a kid choose the font. I won’t deny it, but I used to like using Comic Sans as a kid, but then I realized how stupid it is. The way its designed is targeted for a young audience and not for it to be used by everyone. I’m not a designer, but after reading this article I realized how bad the font is. For your own sake, please don’t use this font.. unless forced by a higher authority!

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Creeped Out

Ever had a number that keeps on haunting you? I don’t believe in superstitions, but there’s something that is really creeping me out! It used to happen a lot around 2 years ago, but now it’s much less. Every time I look at a clock/watch it’s 9:11. Sometimes its am and other times pm. It doesn’t matter because what’s important are those freaky numbers. I really don’t have anything else to say except why does it happen? I do check the time throughout the day, but I would always look at the time when its 9:11. The numbers in this order mean a lot of things.
911- Emergency Hotline in America
9/11- Destruction of the twin towers
9/11- My brothers wedding
9:11- ?

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Ever Wondered – The Jim Twins

Jim Lewis and Jim Springer first met February 9, 1979, after 39 years of being separated. Both had been adopted by separate families in Ohio, and had grown up within 45 miles of each other. Both men were six feet tall and weighed 180 pounds. Growing up, they’d both had dogs named Toy and taken family vacations in St. Pete Beach in Florida. As young men, they’d both married women named Linda, and then divorced them. Their second wives were both named Betty. They named their sons James Alan and James Allan. They’d both served as part-time sheriffs, enjoyed home carpentry projects, suffered severe headaches, smoked Salem cigarettes, and drank Miller Lite beer. Although they wore their hair differently they had the same crooked smile, their voices were indistinguishable, and they both admitted to leaving love notes around the house for their wives. Some skeptics later claimed that such details were exaggerated or that coincidences were just coincidences. Their differences, more apparent now since some time has passed, are more subtle.

These parallels made them perfect candidates for behavioral research. Dr. Thomas Bouchard of University of Minnesota studied the personalities and attitudes of the twin Jims, and the results were very similar. When they looked at the data on twins’ intelligence, Bouchard’s team reached a controversial conclusion: for people raised in the same culture with the same opportunities, differences in IQ reflected differences in inheritance rather than in training or education. That suggests the strong influence of heredity. This contradicts the behaviorists’ beliefs that our brains were blank slates waiting to be inscribed by experience.

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Less or Fewer?

I never realized that there’s a huge difference in the usage of the words LESS and FEWER until I read a post that stated otherwise. The usage of the two words is nearly always mixed up because their meanings are very similar.

Fewer is appropriate when writing or speaking about plural nouns; so you have fewer marbles and teeth and rugs. Less is appropriate when writing about units of measurement, singular nouns, or count nouns so great that it makes individual increases meaningless. So you’ll write about less water, less than X kilograms of something, and less money. This last case is a little tricky, as you could easily talk about having fewer bills or coins. The idea is that when you’re comparing vague or uncounted, collective things, it’s usually appropriate to use “less,” while when comparing countable finite items, “fewer” is better. I have used those words incorrectly so many times that it became interesting to see how many times I used them correctly.

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