You Don't Want To Be Out On This Lake Right Now If You Can Help It

You Don’t Want To Be Out On This Lake Right Now If You Can Help It

Waterspouts can be pretty dangerous things if you happen to be out on the water when one forms. Luckily, they are rarities in most places. However, Qinghai Lake in China’s Qinghai Province is not most places. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); Earlier this week, tourists spotted not just one, but three waterspouts forming simultaneously on the surface of the lake. “Water tornados,” as some call them, are formed by a convection current of warm and cold air over a body of water. While three waterspouts might seem insane, it’s not actually the most that Qinghai Lake has seen. Back in 2014, onlookers saw nine simultaneous waterspouts spring up on a particularly stormy day. That’s pure nightmare fuel, folks. And they’re not all that uncommon elsewhere, either. Wikipedia googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); These were spotted near a beach in the Netherlands. Wikipedia I would not want to be out waterskiing during this […]

The Peek-A-Boo Teddy Bear That This Guy Made Is Seriously Messed Up

The Peek-A-Boo Teddy Bear That This Guy Made Is Seriously Messed Up

If you’re a follower of trends when it comes to children’s toys, then you are probably familiar with peek-a-boo teddy bears. Normally, these toys are adorable and provide young children with hours of entertainment. As is the case with most things, however, someone has found a way to corrupt these cute little playthings. In this particular case, that person is YouTuber TwoHeads666. Check out what he created in the video below. This is what pure terror looks like. (source: TwoHeads666) Personally, I would buy this for my kids. I think their reactions (and the years of therapy they’d need to undergo after the fact) would be completely worth it, especially if I could make an awesome viral video out of it in the end. Then again, I’m a little sick in the head. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/killer-teddy-bear/

Polar Bears Are Suffering Because Of Climate Change, And They Need Your Help

Polar Bears Are Suffering Because Of Climate Change, And They Need Your Help

Courtesy Explore.org This week, November 1–7, is Polar Bear Week. It’s when Explore.org teams up with Frontiers North Adventures and Polar Bears International to raise awareness about the dire straits the majestic, white bears are facing. Climate change is affecting the polar bear population at Earth’s southernmost point in a hugely negative way. While polar bears might not be the first thing on everyone’s mind on a daily basis, it’s important to give them the recognition they deserve for being truly beautiful, irreplaceable creatures. Here’s what you should know about how they’re being pushed towards extinction. Since satellite tracking began in 1979, the Arctic has lost roughly 40% of its summer sea ice. Giphy This is a loss slightly larger than all the land east of the Mississippi in the United States. Courtesy Explore.org Sea ice is a crucial part of the Arctic ecosystem. Courtesy Explore.org Polar bears rely on […]

These Sons Have An Important And Heartbreaking Message About Their Mom's Health

These Sons Have An Important And Heartbreaking Message About Their Mom’s Health

More than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia. Statistics show that one in three seniors dies at the hands of this terrible illness. Common symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s go far beyond just memory loss. Sufferers can also experience confusion, changes in behavior, hallucinations, and problems with communication. The ordeal is often frightening and confusing for those who are afflicted. There is currently no cure for dementia, but there are treatments that can help patients manage their symptoms. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); While the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia research is quite limited. To help spread awareness, two young men decided to share the story of their mother’s struggles. What they have to say is something we all need to hear. To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, check out the […]

10 Super-Helpful Life Hacks You Should Definitely Know About

10 Super-Helpful Life Hacks You Should Definitely Know About

At this point, you might think you’ve read all the life hacks this world has to offer… There are the general, genius ones, the hacks specifically for the kitchen, the clever cleaning tricks…we could go on for days. But even we were pretty impressed by how simple these ten tips were when we came across them…how did we not know about these? Whether you’re looking for an easy way to fall asleep fast or an all-natural remedy to reducing acne, read on to find some answers to life’s little annoyances. 1. Blink fast for a minute to make your eyes tired and help you fall asleep. Flickr / Thomas Leuthard 2. Improve your sleep by stretching for five minutes before turning in. 3. Use sugar to coat your tongue when it’s burned. Flickr / Denis Defreyne 4. To help yourself adjust to bright light, close one eye for a few […]

What She Does With Fruit And Veggie Scraps Will Make It So You Never Buy These Again

What She Does With Fruit And Veggie Scraps Will Make It So You Never Buy These Again

Consider this: the average American household spends over $750 on fruits and vegetables every year. That’s a lot of money that you could be saving with a simple backyard produce garden. Sure, having a garden is no small task, but getting one started is a lot simpler than you think. All you need are some kitchen scraps from the fruits and veggies you want to grow… And to think, you were going to throw out that bottom part of the celery! If you maintain your crops, keep the critters away, and harvest the fruits of your labor (we had to!), you’ll be saving money at the grocery store in no time. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/kitchen-scraps/

Their Newborn Had Colic, So These Parents Resorted To Something Crazy

Their Newborn Had Colic, So These Parents Resorted To Something Crazy

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot(‘/37886402/VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’, [728, 90], ‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_581ff768e144d’).addService(googletag.pubads()) googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_MB”, “VN_”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_SC”, “VN_ORGN”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_TS”, “TS_D”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_AT”, “VN_ORGN_PG_D_REV_1.0_ASYNC_DEFAULT”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_CC”, “VN_ORGN_D_UNK_118401_A”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_PG”, “1”); googletag.enableServices(); googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_581ff768e144d’); }); When the parents of a premature baby didn’t know how to stop her from constantly crying throughout the night, they decided to get professional help. They took her to Ian Rossborough, a chiropractor who works on children and newborns in Melbourne, Australia. He believed that her colic was caused by a misalignment in her spine, but his solution to the four-day-old’s problem is pretty questionable and may even be dangerous. This might be difficult to watch. Read More: The Air Our Children Breathe Is Literally Killing Them Some parents swear that getting their children’s spines readjusted helps cure a variety of problems, including colic, fever, asthma, and ear infections. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/baby-back-cracking/

He Used To Sit Online All Day, Until Something Clicked And Changed His Entire Life

Everyone knows that the key to losing weight is exercising and maintaining a good, healthy diet. While that knowledge is no secret, many people find it difficult to come up with a diet and exercise plan that works for them. It also doesn’t help that the foods that are bad for you taste so good! Jesse Shand used to sit online all day and cyber-bully people. He wasn’t mindful of his diet, and he never exercised. While trolling on the Internet one day, something clicked, and it inspired him to live a better, healthier life. What an amazing transformation in terms of both his personality and his physical health. I hope this man has learned the error of his ways. By the looks of this video, he definitely has, and we hope that he’ll continue down this path! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/weight-loss/

Food Coloring Isn’t That Interesting Here On Earth…But In Space? It’s Awesome.

The most exciting thing food coloring has ever done for me is turn a regular white frosting into a slightly less white, more sky-blue birthday cake topping. That’s all well and good, and adding a dash of color to the little things in life is not something to take for granted… But when you’re in outer space, food coloring — along with pretty much everything else, I assume — gets way more interesting. Because, y’know, space is the best. Boop! YouTube Space fizz is pretty cool, too. YouTube If it weren’t also such a terrifying and unfathomable thing to leave the Earth’s atmosphere and enter the vast void that is our solar system…I’d totally go into space to watch this firsthand. Definitely. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/space-food-coloring/

This Looks Like A Normal Table...But When Some Music Starts Playing? Awesome!

This Looks Like A Normal Table…But When Some Music Starts Playing? Awesome!

Considering that I have very few crafty bones in my body, I’m always super impressed with people like Instructables user bongodrummer. Up until today, I had no idea that: 1. Coffee tables could be this cool…OR 2. That I could be completely jealous of a table’s musical talent. If you’re confused, read on. You won’t be disappointed… Here’s the finished product. Instructables / bongodrummer It’s a pretty unique looking table, but it’s hiding an awesome secret… Instructables / bongodrummer But first, let’s start from the beginning. This was the huge log that bongodrummer had just hanging out in his field. Instructables / bongodrummer After getting rid of the bark, he sliced it in half and let it dry. Instructables / bongodrummer After it was fully dried out, he cut it again to reveal this beautiful cross section. Instructables / bongodrummer Unfortunately, the wood had split and warped during the drying […]

An Athlete With 15 Years Of Jump Rope Experience Dazzles A Crowd In Hungary

An Athlete With 15 Years Of Jump Rope Experience Dazzles A Crowd In Hungary

Ah, yes, the jump rope. A childhood toy that is found on most playgrounds, and can be used for games, exercise, and (apparently) incredible physical performances. Meet Adrienn Banhegyi. She has “15 years of competitive jump rope experience, 2 world records, multiple World and European Jump Rope Championship wins, and even a Cirque du Soleil membership.” This woman really knows how to jump a rope. If you don’t think that sounds impressive, just watch her performance in Szombathely, Hungary. …And some people have trouble with double dutch. Adrienn may have mastered the jump rope, but don’t feel bad if you’re not quite so skilled. Not everyone is a Cirque du Soleil member. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/amazing-jump-rope/

This Is The Most Unnecessarily Awesome Corkscrew You'll Ever See -- So Cool!

This Is The Most Unnecessarily Awesome Corkscrew You’ll Ever See — So Cool!

What happens when you bolt together nearly a ton of scrap metal, a dozen cogs of various sizes, several chains, a bunch of springs, a couple of cannonballs, and a bell? Well, you get a contraption resembling something right out of Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory…a machine with one purpose — to solve a problem that didn’t really exist in the first place. Witness the power of the Rob Higgs corkscrew. It’s a massive machine that, with the continuous turning of a handle, opens your favorite bottle of wine and then lets gravity take over to pour a glass. Cheers! That was super fun to watch. I didn’t realize this before, but I’d been waiting my whole life for wine and steampunk to collide. Want to see how this contraption was made? Watch this video of the creator discussing his process! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/rob-higgs-corkscrew/

These Parents Gave Their Young Daughter Marijuana, And Here's Why It's Helping Her

These Parents Gave Their Young Daughter Marijuana, And Here’s Why It’s Helping Her

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This Huge Wildfire In Canada Is Surely What The End Of Days Will Look Like

This Huge Wildfire In Canada Is Surely What The End Of Days Will Look Like

If you haven’t heard already, a large swath of northwestern Canada, near Calgary, the energy heartland of the country, is currently in flames. A fast-advancing wildfire is threatening thousands of homes and lives. The images coming from the front line of the fire are absolutely devastating. This is what I imagine the apocalypse will look like… The fire, which started Sunday, has only grown in intensity. So far, it had consumed 18,500 acres and forced the evacuations of at least 88,000 people. The majority of those evacuations have taken place in and around the city of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. Getty Images That number of evacuees is expected to climb as fire conditions continue to worsen over the coming days. Thankfully, though, a break in the unusually hot and humid weather is expected over the weekend with a chance of rain. Destructive Fort McMurray wildfire fueled by global warming-related […]

First, She Put Soap In The Microwave...Then I Couldn't Believe My Eyes

First, She Put Soap In The Microwave…Then I Couldn’t Believe My Eyes

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTAT_ATF’); }); Typically, the only thing you should put in the microwave is food. But if you put Ivory soap in the microwave for one to two minutes, something amazing happens. Because Ivory soap has pockets of air and water inside of it, a solid bar of soap turns into a fluffy soap soufflé right in front of your eyes when heated. Your kids are sure to be amazed by this fun science experiment. Plus, your kitchen will smell like it just took a shower. Watch the video below to find out why this crazy phenomenon happens. After the soap has been microwaved, it’s still totally useable. In fact, you might even conserve more soap by using less in the shower. Pretty cool, huh?! Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/put-ivory-soap-in-the-microwave/

Drinking This Simple Mixture Will Help Your Body In Ways You Never Knew

Drinking This Simple Mixture Will Help Your Body In Ways You Never Knew

Miracle cures don’t exist, but drinking this mixture comes close. The next time you’re looking around your house for something to quench your thirst, don’t reach for a soft drink or juice. Instead, try adding a bit of lemon to some water. It’s refreshing, tastes great, and has a lot of health benefits. 1. The Vitamin C will help your body in many ways (especially if you’re stressed or sick). Flickr / Tim Hoggarth 2. Lemons are an excellent source of potassium for your brain and nervous system. Flickr / Rob & Dani 3. Lemon water will also help with digestion and remove toxins in your digestive tract. Flickr / Patty Mullins 4. It’ll also stimulate your liver and help cleanse your system. Flickr / Rob Bertholf var OX_ads = OX_ads || []; OX_ads.push({ slot_id: “537251602_570f0211b3d05”, auid: “537251602” }); 5. Not only that, but it freshens your breath! Fumiaki Yoshimatsu […]

If You Think It's Cold Where You Live, You Need To Get A Little Perspective

If You Think It’s Cold Where You Live, You Need To Get A Little Perspective

This weekend, many parts of the U.S. were slammed with record low temperatures for this time of year. What followed the cold plunge was the typical moaning and groaning on social media. While I’m not saying people shouldn’t have the right to complain about the weather, what I want to call for is a little perspective. For example, at least the weather wasn’t an Antarctic “condition one.” A condition one is called when wind speed is over 62 miles per hour, visibility is less than 98 feet, and windchill is below −99 °F. During a condition one, outside travel is not permitted. Curious about what a condition one looks like? Here you go… (via WILX) Just imagine getting caught outside in those conditions. There’s no possible way a human would make it back to safety in one piece. So remember, the next time you’re complaining about the cold, at least […]

Two Chatbots Have A Hilariously Shady Conversation With Each Other

Two Chatbots Have A Hilariously Shady Conversation With Each Other

Over the years, scientists have come to discover that Artificial Intelligence (AI) as it stands today isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Just last week, we learned that robots aren’t always the friendliest to their human counterparts, but what happens when you leave two AI bots in the same room? googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); Researchers from Cornell University’s Creative Machine Lab decided to test that scenario. After trudging through some identity crises, the bots tried to tackle philosophy. Let me be the first to tell you that these chatbots certainly weren’t afraid to get sassy. These are pretty much me in robotic form. Hey, some of us have to serve the sass, okay? Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/chatbot-conversations/

The Concept Of An Underwater River Is Freaky Enough, Even Without The Deadly Gases

The Concept Of An Underwater River Is Freaky Enough, Even Without The Deadly Gases

Considering the vastness (and general creepiness) of the ocean, you’d think that exploring the depths of rivers and lakes would at least be a little bit safer than diving into the deep blue sea. And as you might have guessed, that’s completely wrong. If you look in the right spots, you’ll quickly discover that these bodies of water can be just as horrifying as the ocean. Take, for example, the Cenote Angelita, which is a popular diving destination in Mexico. From the surface, it looks like any other body of water. When divers make their way down, however, they discover the truth. Right in the middle of the river flows a toxic current of hydrogen sulfide. Needless to say, diving experience is required. (source: TecdiveTV ) And this is why I hate all bodies of water indiscriminately. You can never be too careful. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/underwater-river/

It's A Good Idea To Make Sure Your Food Is Dead Before You Try To Eat It

It’s A Good Idea To Make Sure Your Food Is Dead Before You Try To Eat It

Despite their bad reputation in some circles, frog legs can be pretty delicious. That being said, it takes a skilled chef to prepare them just right. Oh, and you also need to be prepared for the legs to move a little bit. You see, at the time of death, a frog’s legs are still biologically functional. If the muscles are stimulated — with electricity, for example — they can move. You can get the same effect by adding simple table salt to the legs while they’re still raw. That’s because table salt contains the same kind of sodium ions that are used in batteries. The sodium ions enter the negatively charged muscle cells. That causes a pretty bizarre reaction, as you can see in the video below. (via Brain Stuff Show) The muscles will go on moving like that until they’ve used up all of the remaining adenosine triphosphate (ATP) […]

These 15 Self-Defense Tips Could Actually Save Your Life One Day

These 15 Self-Defense Tips Could Actually Save Your Life One Day

When you consider that a violent crime occurs every 25 seconds in the U.S., it becomes extremely clear why self-defense training is not only necessary but also life-saving. But not everyone knows something as simple as always having mace on you or how to fight off a frontal attack. That’s why we’re here! Here are some basics to keep you alive and well if or when you find yourself in a jam. 1. If you feel like you are going to be attacked in an elevator, quickly press all the buttons. Pixabay It will be difficult for someone to attack you if the doors are opening at every floor. 2. Know where the basic pressure points are. This way you won’t exert a ton of energy and you can run away quickly. 3. This simple movement could help you get away if someone grabs your wrist. YouTube 4. Have pepper […]

This Is What Happens When You Pour Molten Copper Onto A Big Mac...WHAT?

This Is What Happens When You Pour Molten Copper Onto A Big Mac…WHAT?

It’s no secret that the meal options at McDonald’s are…less than healthy. A Big Mac alone has over 560 calories in it…but what’s a Big Mac without a medium fries (378 calories) and a medium Coca-Cola (210 calories)? That’s nearly 1150 calories…in ONE meal! If the calorie count alone doesn’t turn you off, consider what happens when you pour molten copper all over a fresh Big Mac…it may make you swear off the fast food chain for good. (via Design Taxi) That doesn’t seem natural, right? I mean…that wouldn’t happen with real food! What’s in there?? Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/big-mac/

5 Strange Places That Are Blacked Out By Google Maps

5 Strange Places That Are Blacked Out By Google Maps

It’s probably safe to say that Google Maps is one of the greatest technological innovations of the last 10 years. With just a few clicks, you can view any place on the face of the Earth. Well, almost any place. There are some areas of Google Maps that, for one reason or another, are concealed or obscured in some very obvious ways. Here are the five most suspicious-looking ones… 1. Junction Ranch, CA Google Maps Junction Ranch is in the middle of California’s Mohave Desert. There lies a mysterious airstrip…some believe it’s part of the China Lake proving grounds, which is an air force testing location for drones. While that’s suspicious in and of itself, even weirder is that only parts of the base are obscured from Google Maps. When you zoom in on the base’s location, there are parts of buildings intentionally scratched out. What’s going on down there? […]

This Chef Was Just Frying Fish When He Did Something Totally Crazy

This Chef Was Just Frying Fish When He Did Something Totally Crazy

Prem Kumar attracts thousands of customers to his seafood restaurant in New Delhi, India, every day. While I’m sure the food tastes great, there’s something else that draws tourists and townspeople to this local haunt, and it has to do with the way he fries fish. If that were all, though, perhaps Mr. Kumar wouldn’t be so special. After all, he’s not the first person to showcase this incredible skill. But when you discover how he accomplishes the feat, you’ll be shocked to find out that you can probably do it, too…if you dare. Kumar has science to thank for his amazing talent, since this technique is an example of the Leidenfrost effect. By submerging your hands in cold water just before placing them into boiling liquid, you can protect them from the scorching temperatures for a moment. The cold water turns into steam when it comes into contact with […]

Vantablack Is The Darkest Material Known To Man, And It's Pretty Trippy

Vantablack Is The Darkest Material Known To Man, And It’s Pretty Trippy

What some people don’t realize is just how amazing the breakthroughs of modern technology really are. This could have something to do with the fact that many groundbreaking inventions and discoveries seem too far-fetched to be real. An excellent example of this phenomenon is known as Vantablack, and it’s listed by The Guinness Book of World Records as being the world’s darkest substance. This is Vantablack in all its glory. When it was introduced, the company that manufactured it from tiny carbon nanotubes reported that Vantablack can absorb up to 99.96 percent of the light that contacts the material. Wikipedia I know that sounds fantastical, but after seeing a few videos of Vantablack in action, I definitely believe those claims. The material is used primarily for military and astronautical purposes. For example, Vantablack has been used in telescopes to absorb extra light which allows the viewer to see more distant […]

This Handy App Allows You To Get Free Wi-Fi Just About Anywhere -- No, Seriously

This Handy App Allows You To Get Free Wi-Fi Just About Anywhere — No, Seriously

As much as I’d love to deny it, the truth remains that we live in a technology-dependent society. No matter where I travel, the first thing on my to-do list before I get settled in is find the Wi-Fi password and connect all my devices to the internet. In most cases, hotels will provide that information to you, but what if you’re out and about without web access? googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); Unlimited access to a Wi-Fi connection is just one download away. With the WiFi Map app you can quickly find all the possible internet connections in your area. All it takes is a tap of your finger and you have access to all their Wi-Fi passwords, too. I had no idea something like this even existed! This app could prove incredibly useful. Will you be trying it soon? Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/wi-fi-hack/

If You Have An Onion And Some Gatorade, You Can Charge Your Phone In A Pinch

If You Have An Onion And Some Gatorade, You Can Charge Your Phone In A Pinch

Like bobby pins, car keys, and sanity, phone chargers are experts when it comes to disappearing. And the fact that they can now be split into two pieces only doubles your chances of losing one or both of them. I don’t know about you, but whenever I have the cord in my possession, the block is nowhere to be found. When the block is chilling in the outlet, the cord steals my keys and starts a new life. But because food makes everything better, you can use an onion and some Gatorade to power your phone when your charger betrays you. Here’s how it’s done. 1. Round up a large onion, 2 cups of Gatorade (or the electrolyte-rich sports drink of your choice), a bowl, a screwdriver, and that God-forsaken charging cord. YouTube / HouseholdHacker 2. Without peeling it, poke 2 holes into the onion using your screwdriver — one […]

Love UFOs? Well, Then I Have Some Bad News For You -- All Those Sightings Are Fake

Love UFOs? Well, Then I Have Some Bad News For You — All Those Sightings Are Fake

If you’re anything like me, then you’re a firm believer in UFOs and life on other planets. Sadly, we UFO believers lead hard lives because even though we have faith, there is little to no hard evidence of UFOs actually existing. Usually, this is where the article would take a turn and I would say, “Until now.” Sadly, it’s not that kind of article. According to a well-respected former NASA engineer, all UFO sightings are founded on falsehood. James Oberg worked at NASA mission control in the late 1990s before becoming a space journalist and historian. iStock Oberg says he actually paid very little attention to UFOs until relatively recently. His scientific opinion on the matter: All sighting are fakes or tricks of the light. iStock The majority of UFO sightings are nothing more than “space dandruff,” or they come as a result of our human brains misunderstanding what traveling […]

Birth Control For Men Is A Reality -- Here's The Sexist Reason It's Being Delayed

Birth Control For Men Is A Reality — Here’s The Sexist Reason It’s Being Delayed

googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.defineSlot(‘/37886402/VN_PG_DTBT_ATF’, [728, 90], ‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_58180066b5af9’).addService(googletag.pubads()) googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_MB”, “VN_”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_SC”, “VN_ORGN”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_TS”, “TS_D”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_AT”, “VN_ORGN_PG_D_REV_1.0_ASYNC_DEFAULT”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_CC”, “VN_ORGN_D_UNK_118329_A”); googletag.pubads().setTargeting(“NOVA_PG”, “1”); googletag.enableServices(); googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DTBT_ATF_58180066b5af9’); }); Ever since the birth control pill first became available in 1962, the responsibility of preventing pregnancy has fallen on women. While some birth control options like condoms and spermicide focus on male anatomy, contraception is a gendered burden that disproportionately rests on women’s shoulders. Even alternatives to the pill, like implants, shots, and IUDs, all target the woman’s reproductive system. There’s good news and bad news for anyone who’s ever hoped that their male partner could help with contraception in a more significant way than condom use. The good news: A birth control shot for men exists and it’s effective. The bad news: Because 20 of the trial participants experienced side effects, the trial will not move forward. But the most ridiculous part is that those side effects are […]

These 6 Lifestyle Choices Aren't As Bad For You As You Once Thought

These 6 Lifestyle Choices Aren’t As Bad For You As You Once Thought

If you search the internet looking for the truth about healthy dos and don’ts, you’ll find some rather conflicting reports. The news is always flooded with the latest university study announcing the next healthy habit to pursue or avoid. As science develops, we have come to discover that many of the habits we once thought were horrible for our health, can actually be quite beneficial. From me to you, here’s a sampling of six lifestyle habits that aren’t so bad for you after all. 1. Exercising while tired iStock After a long day at the office, the last thing on your mind is changing into your favorite workout clothes and hitting the gym. However, according to a study published by Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, a simple 30-minute workout while feeling fatigued can actually have the reverse effect. It can quickly reduce your tiredness, improve mood, and reduce […]

These Fast Food Breakfast Options Taste Great, And They're Not That Bad For You

These Fast Food Breakfast Options Taste Great, And They’re Not That Bad For You

Waking up is hard enough, but when you have to complicate getting ready for your day with cooking yourself breakfast, mornings can be a real drag. Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but prioritizing a solid meal over a few more minutes of sleep usually doesn’t go so well. But you don’t want to resort to grabbing breakfast at a fast food restaurant, right? Well, don’t be so quick to judge. As it turns out, there are some on-the-go breakfasts that aren’t as bad for you as you might think! Dunkin’ Donuts Flickr / Mike Mozart There are more than just donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts, and some of their options are healthy. The bacon guacamole flatbread and the egg white sausage wake-up wraps are both under 400 calories, have at least 17 grams of protein, and contain no more than six grams of saturated […]

This Little Miracle Proves That Life Is What You Make It

This Little Miracle Proves That Life Is What You Make It

Virsaviya Borun is a very special little girl. Upon first glance, this six-year-old seems like your average kid. She plays, she sings, and she dances, but there’s more to this cute little girl than meets the eye. She actually suffers from a condition called thoracoabdominal syndrome, which causes some of her organs to develop outside of her body. Her heart is the most visible of all. Virsaviya Borun’s heart rests just beneath her skin, making it immediately visible. A photo posted by ✨💎@fit_thick_Riri💎✨ (@dariborun) on Oct 17, 2015 at 5:27pm PDT Her condition is incredibly rare and somewhat debilitating, but she powers through by playing, dancing, and singing every day. #PrayForBathsheba #VirsaviyaWarrior #BathshebaStrong #TeamBathsheba A video posted by ✨💎@fit_thick_Riri💎✨ (@dariborun) on Oct 31, 2015 at 4:45pm PDT Her mom is trying to find a doctor who will attempt to put the girl’s heart in the proper place, but every physician […]

This Crazy Thing Actually Happens On Train Tracks When It's Too Hot Out

This Crazy Thing Actually Happens On Train Tracks When It’s Too Hot Out

Imagine you’re taking a nice, quiet train trip when all of a sudden THIS happens: googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); Luckily the passengers aboard that locomotive traveling to Melbourne were all okay, but the reality is traveling by train isn’t as safe as you once thought. That crazy imperfection on the metal tracks is known as railway buckling. It can be caused by a direct increase of heat which causes the metal to expand and shift, derailing your comfortable train ride. It looks like something out of a ghost movie, but the phenomenon is entirely real. Now, you may be thinking that this could only happen in the summer months when temperatures are well into the 80s and 90s, but you’re wrong. Buckling can occur in any season because it’s not just direct sunlight that can cause the sudden curvature. Trains that are traveling incredibly too fast can also overheat the […]

17 Beautiful And Unsettling Ghost Towns That Will Leave You Fascinated

17 Beautiful And Unsettling Ghost Towns That Will Leave You Fascinated

Without humans, nature would take over everything that civilization has built. When organic growth and animals rule what was created by people, it makes for a fascinating juxtaposition. That’s why ghost towns are so alluring, both to the adventurous explorer and timid passerby. Empty buildings filled with shadows inspire a curiosity that’s difficult to quench. The Weather Channel created a list of interesting ghost towns around the world, ones that deserve to be on bucket lists far and wide. From old tourist towns to cities emptied in fear of nuclear radiation, each of them are truly incredible — and unsettling. 1. Bodie, Calif. Flickr / zero101 Bodie was a hotspot during the gold rush in 1859. It eventually grew to 8,500 people and had more than 2,000 buildings. By 1881, however, the mines were depleted and people were leaving. In 1932, a fire destroyed almost everything that was left (an […]

How They Maintain Lenin's Mummified Corpse Is Bizarre But Totally Fascinating

How They Maintain Lenin’s Mummified Corpse Is Bizarre But Totally Fascinating

For those who might not be familiar with world history, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov — better known as Vladimir Lenin — changed the world in 1917. That year, his own intervention and the intervention of his supporters caused the collapse of Tsarist Russia and ushered in the era of the Soviet Union. Despite his death during the early years of the USSR, he is still considered to be one of the founders of modern-day Russia. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBP_ATF’); }); Even though Lenin died in 1924, his corpse can still be seen on display in the capital city of Moscow. Reddit / W_W_W_A googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display(‘VN_PG_DCBM_BTF’); }); Lenin’s body was buried in a specially erected mausoleum Moscow’s Red Square. Other than a brief period during World War II, the corpse has been on constant display to the public. Reddit / W_W_W_A Over the years, the Russian government has used various methods to […]

12 Technologies Which Could Save The World

12 Technologies Which Could Save The World

It’s easy to get downhearted about climate change. But amazing things are happening that could slow it down. 1. Solar glass View this image › Marcelo Del Pozo / Reuters We’re familiar with solar panels, and solar is probably the most promising renewable energy source. But we are on the verge of a major change in the technology. “Power-generating windows are already available, and companies are working hard to cut costs and improve efficiency,” says James Murray of the website BusinessGreen. “But the most exciting aspect of solar glass is its position as the most visible example of thin-film solar technologies – lightweight, flexible, and printable solar cells that can be integrated in everything from clothes to car park canopies. Forget solar panels – within a decade, solar cells could be everywhere.” 2. Solar lamps View this image › SunnyMoney / Via islandenergysystems.wordpress.com Sometimes the simplest technologies are the most […]

Wonder What It's Like To Live In A Place With No Technology? She's About To Show You

Wonder What It’s Like To Live In A Place With No Technology? She’s About To Show You

Technology dominates our lives. It’s a ubiquitous part of society, and a lot of people couldn’t imagine living without it. Our cell phones now have more capabilities than some of the most sophisticated pieces of machinery from 30 years ago. It’s quite impressive. But some people find that these technological advancements are limiting. We’ve begun to lose our ability to connect with people and appreciate the little things. Our attention spans are shorter than ever, and most people place the blame on technology. Some people would just love to get away from it all. If you are wondering what getting away from it all would look like, this woman is about to show you. She visits her family every year on a remote island where technology is scarce. This woman comes from an island called Rendova, which is a part of the Solomon Islands. It’s a secluded area of the […]

Hold On To Your Hats (And Wear a Helmet)! The Hovercrafts Have Arrived.

Hold On To Your Hats (And Wear a Helmet)! The Hovercrafts Have Arrived.

The future is here! Just like out childhood cartoons promised us, we now have hovercraft technology. About time, right?  The Hendo Hoverboard uses a magnetic field that allows it, and a full-sized human on top, to defy gravity and hover above the ground. Despite Earnshaw’s theorem, which says that equilibrium can never be reached between two magnets, the Hendo uses a principle called magnetic field architecture to create stabilized movement. The board can be also propelled forward using this principle, and the Hendo was designed to react smoothly and naturally to the user’s motions.  To be technical, this technology already exists with high-speed rail, which uses electromagnetic currents to float the cars above the tracks, eliminating friction and allowing for a smooth, fast ride. The hoverboard, though, opens up the possibility of using hover technology for personal use, away from set tracks.  Due to its operation, the Hendo requires a non-ferromagnetic surface to work–that means roughly, no transitional metals. […]

Chinese Lake Three Times The Size Of Los Angeles Dries Up In Just Weeks

Chinese Lake Three Times The Size Of Los Angeles Dries Up In Just Weeks

China’s Poyang Lake is — or rather, was — the largest freshwater lake in the country. A drought began in September, and the lake has since dried up and become grassland that can be traveled across on foot. Once three times the size of Los Angeles, it’s now almost completely dry. Poyang Lake is connected to the Yangtze River and used to span over 1,737 miles. Full of life, it was home to freshwater fish and a large number of shrimp. Wikimedia Commons Now, the lake is nearly unrecognizable from above. Wikipedia There have always been fluctuations in the water level of the lake during the dry season, but the drought that the region is currently experiencing is unprecedented. Getty Images According to the Jiangxi Hydrology Bureau, Poyang Lake’s low-water period has been growing longer and longer since 1952. Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/poyang-lake/

This Guy Rendered His Own Brain Scan In 3-D And It's Morbid, But Also Fascinating

This Guy Rendered His Own Brain Scan In 3-D And It’s Morbid, But Also Fascinating

If you stop and think about it, medical technology is almost like modern-day science fiction. Although the media and society at large pay attention to technological advancements, an outsized share of that attention is focused on more consumer-oriented inventions. What gets lost in the shuffle is medical technology that is slowly becoming the stuff we once only found in books and movies. Take, for example, what Redditor taurus_manure was able to do following an MRI scan for migraines. He was able to take data from his MRI scan and use another piece of software to create these 3-D renderings of his own skull. Reddit / taurus_manure Pretty wild, right? According to taurus_manure, the process of producing work like this is surprisingly easy. Reddit / taurus_manure What you need to do is first get a copy of the MRI data from your doctor. You might have to pay a small fee, […]