30 Incredibly Strange Superstitions From Around the World

Do you get freaked out when a black cat crosses your path? Did you grow up hearing that if you stepped on a crack, you would break your mothers back? If so, thats probably a reason for therapy, but its also a common superstition in America.

But if you were in Lithuania, you would be told whistling indoors was summoning the devil who was hell-bent on terrorizing you. Sweet dreams!

Lucky for you, Wink,an online gaming site, has gathered some of the most fascinating superstitions from around the world so you can be prepared.

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Japan

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Spain

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Brazil

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The Netherlands

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Korea

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Read more: http://twentytwowords.com/super-strange-superstitions-from-around-the-world/

Subaru WRX Crashes Head On Into House, Driver Walks Away

Targa Newfoundland is a long road rally race held over seven days in Canada. In this video from a past Targa event, a Subaru WRX STi locked up while taking a turn, and slammed head on into a home.

Incredibly, the passenger immediately disembarked from his ride, and when questioned by the cameraman if he was ok, simply chirped, “Ya, we’re good.”

Thankfully, the “safety equipment did its job.”

Though the video video published over a year ago by RightDrive.ca, it has just experienced a second surge of viral viewership over the weekend.

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/05/12/subaru-wrx-crashes-head-on-into-house-driver-walks-away/

New Images Of Jupiter Are In And They’re Ridiculously Awesome

One spacecraft is hogging all the headlines this week, but let’s not forget about the wonderful Juno mission over at Jupiter. It’s continuing to study this gas giant until at least 2018, and we’ve just been treated to some lovely new images from it.

These images were released recently after being processed by members of the public (we had another batch last week). NASA puts raw images from Juno’s JunoCam online, and people can then improve them.

Most of these come from Juno’s latest flyby of the gas giant, its seventh close science flyby, which took place on Friday, September 1. Juno orbits every 53 days, swinging out far from the gas giant to escape its damaging radiation before sweeping back in to collect data and snap images.

The spacecraft came within 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) of the cloud tops of the planet during this pass. And close flybys like this are already reaping huge scientific reward; just the other day we discovered that Jupiter’s aurora is wildly different to Earth’s.

Juno’s primary mission is scheduled to end in July 2018, although the mission could be extended after that if the mission is still in good health.

These images reveal an entirely new look at the gorgeous storms stretching across the gas giant. In the set of images above, we can even see what seems to be a large storm cutting into the side of the planet, creating a rather lovely pattern.

We’re also treated to some rather amazing close-ups of the clouds on Jupiter. Two of the images below also show a shadow on Jupiter caused by one of its moons, although we’re not sure which one.

There’s also a glimpse of hurricanes making their way across the planet and, as a super bonus, there’s an amazing video stitching together images as Juno flew over Jupiter. Enjoy.


NASA/SWRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Gabriel Fiset

 


NASA/SWRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstadt/Gabriel Fiset

 


NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran

 

NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt

 


Jupiter’s volcanic moon Io. NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS / Roman Tkachenko

 


NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt

 


NASA / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt / Seán Doran 

 


NASA / Ray Nogue

 


NASA / JPL / SwRI / MSSS / Gerald Eichstädt

 


NASA/SwRI/MSSS/Shawn Handran

 


David Marriott

 


David Marriott

 

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/space/new-images-of-jupiter-are-in-and-theyre-ridiculously-awesome-/

56 Thoughts Every Woman Has While Browsing OkCupid

Should I upgrade to A-list?

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1. COOL. I got five messages since last time. Feeling pretty fly. 2. God, they’re all disgusting.3. You want to do what to my what?!? EW!4. OMG, delete. Next.5. Wait a minute, I’ve read this one before. 6. I should block this account. 7. Is this a real person? Maybe it’s a spambot.

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8. I wonder if I can get a date in time for tonight?9. Nah, it’s too soon. I don’t want to send the wrong message.10. Let’s see if any babes visited my profile. 11. Oh, hey, nice smile.12. Hm…what do I know about zodiac sign compatibility?13. Height. *Quick mental math.*

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14. Wow, that first photo is deceiving. 15. Standard photo on a mountain/in front of a monument/on a beach.16. These percentages must count for something right?17. C’mon now, can’t you post more than one picture?18. Nope. Nope. Nope.19. I wonder how many people on here are sociopaths?20. Naked body!! AHH! Next! Next!

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21. These selfies are very MySpace circa 2004. Next.22. Why do some people cut off their faces in profile pictures? If you’re ashamed to be here, don’t be here.23. I hope I don’t get catfished.24. StudmuffinMcFinanceJock just checked me out. Horrible screen name. Christ. 25. What is this? An essay? TL; DR. No, thanks.

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CBS / izumitastic.tumblr.com

 

26. OMG I HATE EVERYTHING!! I’LL BE ALONE FOREVERRRRRR…27. Where’s my ice cream?28. Oh, hey there, cutie.29. Let’s check out the personality profile. More literary, more kind. Good, good.30. Great reading list/movie list.31. Self-deprecating humor. +1.32. Grammatical errors. -1.33. Eek, user is online. 34. PUPPY! *Click*

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35. LIES! It’s someone else’s! Don’t use other people’s puppies as clickbait!36. Aw, a pic with the family. Mom looks nice.37. Ugh, looking for casual sex. Next.38. Wait, why is this picture with another girl?39. Oh, that’s the sister. 40. Maybe if I just browse through these profiles, they’ll see, and someone will send me a message.41. HOLD UP. Who’s THIS?!

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42. Damn, 600 questions answered?43. Someone has a lot of time. 44. Lalala, jumping straight to unacceptable answers. 45. Ugh, I disagree. 46. Eh, I guess I could accept that. 47. Eek, (insert username here) just checked out my profile. 48. Um…..should I message first or should I wait?49. Fuck it. I’ll just go for it.50. ShitShitShitShitShit. Can I unsend??

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51. If I say yes to late drinks, it doesn’t mean I’ll put out.52. Coffee dates are always safe.53. Dinner?! Wow, this person must really like me.54. Takes initiative planning the date. +1.55. When is it too soon to send a Facebook friend request?56. Full name acquired. Now googling.

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/kimberlywang/thoughts-every-woman-has-while-browsing-okcupid

‘Shark. Jumped.’ Piers Morgan’s choice for next U.S. president blasted

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The former nanny of New York City who recently stamped his own ticket to heaven has a new organization called Everytown for Gun Safety. Having pledged to spend $50 million pushing gun control got Piers Morgan excited enough to say Michael Bloomberg belongs in the White House:

http://twitter.com/#!/piersmorgan/status/456591450684129281

Hillary will be displeased.

http://twitter.com/#!/John_Rouleau/status/456591973529305089

While that might be true, it should be pointed out that Morgan re-jumps the same shark every few days, if not more often.

Morgan’s “Bloomberg for President” rah-rah went nowhere:

http://twitter.com/#!/Goodie1969/status/456593633240576001
http://twitter.com/#!/cynicusprime/status/456596470607511553
http://twitter.com/#!/cdokane/status/456599730110226433
http://twitter.com/#!/droeckmann/status/456595017994235904
http://twitter.com/#!/riteormite/status/456592220057894912
http://twitter.com/#!/steelerfan1220/status/456592982926303232

A couple of tweeters were up for Morgan’s idea of a President Bloomberg:

http://twitter.com/#!/playcook/status/456593666543329280

An idea for how Morgan could spread the “Bloomberg for President” word was shared in “GMTA” fashion:

http://twitter.com/#!/NathanWurtzel/status/456592100629291009

Zing!

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/04/16/shark-jumped-piers-morgans-choice-for-next-u-s-president-blasted/

Courtney Stodden Fell Off Her Bike

But maybe she fell on purpose?

1. It was a normal day for Courtney: riding her bike in wedges and a bathing suit.

It was a normal day for Courtney: riding her bike in wedges and a bathing suit.

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2. Until…

Courtney Stodden Fell Off Her Bike

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3. She fell.

Courtney Stodden Fell Off Her Bike

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4. Ouch.

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/courtney-stodden-fell-off-her-bike

Better With Age: 10 Pros And Cons Of Dating An Older Man

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George Clooney and his new wife, Amal Alamuddin, are the talk of the town. But, it’s not all good things, as there’s also talk about their “bizarre” age gap: him 53, her 36.

In fact, a Boston Globe report went a step further to chart Clooney’s age difference history with previous girlfriends, the average being 9.73 years.

What about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, who were 16 years apart when they were married? Or, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, who are 25 years apart in age?

In their defense, I hardly grew up dating or crushing on men close to my age group. I always seem to date guys between 10 to 20 years older than me, and from my relationships comes some of the best memories and experiences.

I still get the common response from my friends: “He’s too old for you! Why would you date someone that old?” I’ve also had a few people in my life suggest that I do it because I am a “gold digger.”

So, the broad answer is this: To clarify, I’m not dating older men because I am a “gold digger.” It’s more important for me to pull my own weight and be financially stable. I have nothing against guys my age; I have tried dating them, but I have constantly come across the following:

– They’re not ambitious enough, or they don’t have a go-getter attitude.

– They’re not financially stable.

– They still want to date around.

– They have had baby mama or ex-wife drama.

– They don’t have their sh*t together.

I’m not saying every guy in my age group is like this, but overall, my personal experience hasn’t been fulfilling for me. I started my media career at age 9 at a community TV station and my ambition level went up from there.

I save and invest my money; I’ve never been married and I have no kids. I had a normal childhood, but I have been living in the “adult world” since I was a kid. The only thing probably missing in my life is a partner, a published book and an owned property… maybe even a small business?

To elaborate even further, I’m an only child, and growing up, I never had many close friends. I can count them on maybe a hand and a half. I was teased and picked on a lot from the kids at school.

I never babysat the kids in my neighborhood once; I couldn’t relate to kids at all. I’m 34 now and I still can’t relate to kids. I don’t know the first thing to do with a child. Not to mention, I have no patience for them.

But something I could relate to well was adults. My father was a businessman who ran a successful chiropractor practice. I was around adults all my life — events, parties, meetings — so I really knew it no other way.

I guess that’s where I began the attraction for the older man type, and it used to freak my mother out. I would crush on older guys when I was 13, but I really didn’t start actually dating an older guy until I was 26; he was 40.

That relationship was fun and short-lived, but what I’ve learned since then has taken me a long way when dating older men. At the end of the day, I need to do what’s best for me.

Here are a list of pros and cons to consider if you decide to date older:

Pros

He’s More Experienced in Life

Whether it’s in his career, knowledge acquired overtime, relationships or even in the bedroom, this man knows what he’s doing and knows what he wants. He’s confident and can teach you a thing or two with his advice.

He’s Financially Secure

He may be older, but he’s learned a lesson or two about making money, saving money and balancing his checkbook. He cares about his future and even retirement.

He’s Emotionally Stable

The older men are the calmest human beings. This is great for me, since I am a whirlwind during the week and it balances me out. He’s been through multiple ups and downs in relationships, and his feelings are in check. Plus, he’s a great listener.

He Loves Romance

With endless kisses, hugs and soft lit candles, he goes the distance to make sure you are happy and satisfied. When I would go away on trips and had my guy take care of my apartment, I always came home to flowers on the table, chocolate or homemade gifts. Aw!

You Look Good Together

Besides feeling good together in public, you look great together, too. Even though there have been those people who have judged, you’ll be surprised that there are more people on your side than you think. I got this comment many times with my last relationship and felt even more confident hearing it.


Cons

He’s Set in His Ways

This is probably the most challenging thing to overcome when dating an older guy. With him, what you see is what you get. Although you can’t change a man (or even a woman for that matter), the key is to bend for one another so both of your needs are fulfilled.

He’s Afraid of Commitment

When you come across an older man and learn he’s single, have you ever found yourself saying to your friends, “There’s a reason he’s alone and still single”? There’s always a reason, but the best thing is not to push. If it’s meant to be, it will be. For now, have fun and see where it might lead.

He Gets Compared To a Father Figure

This comment might make him and even you feel insecure. The important thing is how you two feel about one another and the good times you share. And don’t call him an “old man,” even if you’re joking; it will only make matters worse!

He Feels He Has “Power” in the Relationship

Personally and professionally, he has one up on you and may think only he has a right to call the shots in the relationship. It’s nice once in a while to let the man take the lead, but it shouldn’t be a power struggle. You both have something equally to give one another.

He’s Not the Life of the Party

He loves spending time with you, but may want to call it an early night instead of going to the next big party. Try to find the balance between going out and staying in.

Stay in for a couple nights by making dinner and watching a movie and doing one extreme outing during the week, even if it’s just for a bit. If he can’t, that’s what your friends are for!

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Read more: http://elitedaily.com/dating/pros-and-cons-of-dating-an-older-man/789862/

Obama: Lots of money for abortions, heck with adoptions

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From LifeNews.com:

Snowflake babies begin their journey to an adoptive family when the in-vitro fertilization process of another couple generates “leftover” embryos. When this occurs, the genetic parents of these embryos have the option to give them up for adoption rather than allow for them to be simply destroyed. As evidenced by Hannah (and many more after her), the result can be truly life-giving, and can help couples realize the desire of welcoming a child into their family.

In recent years, the federal government has been promoting this embryo adoption program by providing funding to increase awareness of its existence. Last fiscal year, $1.9 million was used for this purpose. However, President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposes an end to this funding.

There is no question that we face a spending crisis, and that it is long overdue for countless federal spending programs – including some good ones – to come to an end. However, a budget is a political document that communicates the policy priorities of an Administration, and this budget reveals extremely troubling priorities. If there is not room in the budget for $1.9 million that promotes the dream of having a family, then surely other “family planning” programs are receiving similar scrutiny, correct?

The answer is no. In fact, it only takes Planned Parenthood about 36 hours to take in $1.9 million from the federal government. This exorbitant level of funding at taxpayer expense continues throughout the year and amounts to approximately $487.4 million in annual funding.

Let’s keep adoption safe, legal and rare. After all, it takes a village. Go over there and read the rest.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/19/obama-lots-of-money-for-abortions-the-heck-with-adoptions/