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How to Get In and Out of a Kayak
 
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How to Get In and Out of a Kayak - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. One of the first things we like to talk about when you are going to learn how to get into a kayak is keep in mind that more people tip over the dock, getting either in or out, than any other place on the water itself. We have a tendency to be over confident about the fact that we should be able to get into a kayak with no problem. First thing I always like to do first off is look and make sure that you untie the boat because once you do get into your cockpit, you want to make sure that you can paddle away and not look up and realize that you are still tied to the dock. The second thing is - take your paddle and lay alongside your kayak so that once you do get in, you will be able to reach right on over and grab the paddle. Next thing is - sit down onto the dock, put both of your feet into the front of the cockpit, just like this, facing forward. I would like to teach people to take their outboard hand or their far reach hand and grab the side of the cockpit like this. Face forward, keep your weight to the dock, pulling the boat towards the dock, and then reach and over and have a seat right down into the cockpit, just like this. Then once you get inside, you are going to adjust your foot pegs, you get yourself nice and comfortable. Reach on over, grab your paddle, and then gently push away from the dock to get ready to start your actual tour wherever you are going. When you get ready to come back in, there are couple of things that you are always going to want to do as well. one of them is, you never want to try to reach out to grab the dock. You always want to work your way right up to the dock before you reach out because if you miss that dock by this much, you are going to tip your boat over. So you want to be able to reach the dock first, put your paddle nice and gently back down onto the dock. Pull your outboard leg or your farthest leg out up, then bring yourself up and over and onto the dock like this. Nice and easy.
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10 Things The Dutch Do Better Than Americans
 
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Here are 10 things the Dutch do better than Americans. Dutch history is packed with significant achievements in the arts, business, and indoor plumbing, and they continue to outperform numerous countries, including the US, in a variety of areas. Here are 10 things the Dutch do better than Americans. Number 10. Happiness. According to the World Happiness Report 2013 presented to the United Nations, the Netherlands was awarded the 4th spot. The US landed in 17th place, not entirely bad but not as impressive. Number 9. Bicycling. While cycling in major US cities presents a number of challenges, in the Netherlands bikes rule the roads. It’s estimated that 70 percent of all 4-mile-and-under treks are taken on two wheels. Number 8. Wooden Shoes. Clogs have been an on-again, off-again trend in American fashion for decades, but among the Dutch, wooden-soled shoes have been found dating back to the 13th century. Prior to the mid 90’s they were even approved for use as safety footwear, although today it’s mostly field workers and tourists who buy them. Number 7. Childcare assistance. Those in the Netherlands who have children are given generous sums of money by the government to help meet the high costs of raising kids. Reimbursements for day care are also available. Number 6. Speed Skating. During the 2014 Winter Olympics held in Sochi, the Dutch team claimed 23 medals for speedskating, and also set a recent record for most gold medals earned in this event. Number 5. Tulips. They’re grown in a lot of places, but only Holland has earned itself the nickname, the ‘flower shop of the world’. The first bulb was planted in the Netherlands in 1593. Number 4. Free time. The Dutch put in about 30 percent fewer work hours than Americans do. They make less money, but on average their incomes are only about 18 percent lower. Plus, they don’t spend nearly as much on healthcare. Number 3. Remember birthdays. They’re a big deal in the Netherlands, so people make sure they know whom to celebrate when. There it’s common to keep a calendar in the one place individuals know they’ll visit every day – the bathroom. Number 2. Height. Folks in US have stopped growing, a trend that some attribute to questionable diet and lifestyle habits. Conversely, the average Dutch male is now 6-foot-1, and the mean for females is 5-foot-8. Number 1. Making canals cool. Amsterdam is often called the ‘Venice of the North’ as it has a thriving system of waterways that are used to the full extent of their scenic, recreational, and transportation advantage. Venice, California has a few nice ones too, but they’re not nearly as extensive. What do you like most about the Netherlands?
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10 Things Australians Do Better Than Americans
 
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Here are 10 things Australians do better than Americans. Australia and the US have a lot in common. The two countries share a language, a regional fondness for surfing, and even have the same mother country. There are some things, though, that Australians just do better. Number 10. Live longer. Aussies outlive Americans by nearly 41 months. They also have fewer deaths that result from serious health problems like heart disease and cancer. Number 9. Whiskey. Hobart’s Sullivan’s Cove French Oak Cask single malt, a spirit distilled in Tasmania, was not long ago named the finest of its kind on the planet at the World Whiskies Awards. Other contenders included entrants from the US, Japan, and Scotland. Number 8. Gender equality. In 2012 Australia was given the top spot on a list that ranked countries according to how well they supported the professional advancement of women. Factors included access to education, childcare, equal pay, and policies that deter discrimination. Number 7. Ocean pools. Hanging out at the beach can be great, but the water itself could harbor any number of dangerous species. Australians have solved the problem by putting saltwater pools in several locales where the sand meets the sea. Number 6. Controlling the cost of college. An American education costs, on average, nearly 14 thousand dollars a year. Attending an institution of higher learning in Australia has a median annual price tag of about 75 hundred dollars. Number 5. The ‘gap year’. In Australia, it’s perfectly normal for recent high school graduates to wait a year before attending college. Those who do are encouraged to spend the time traveling, working, or both. Number 4. Pizza. It may come as a complete shock, but an Australian chef was named as having the best pizza at the 2014 World Pizza Championship. The competition is held every year in Parma, Italy and draws competitors from around the globe. Number 3. Median wealth. According to a Credit Suisse report, adult Australians have a median wealth of over 190 thousand dollars, while in the US it is closer to 40 thousand. These figures include retirement savings and home values. Number 2. Building livable cities. The Economic Intelligence Unit’s annual Livability survey not only found Melbourne Australia to be the best place to live, 4 other Australian metropolises landed in the top 10. No American cities made the cut. Number 1. Happiness. Australians have actually been deemed the happiest people in the world three years in a row now - among industrialized nations, anyway. The US did pretty well, too, coming in at 6th. What do you think Australians do best?
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10 Things Germans Do Better Than Americans
 
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Here are 10 things Germans do better than Americans. Germany and the US are both pretty cool countries, but that doesn’t mean they’re the same across the board. Here are 10 things Germans do better than Americans. Number 10. Engineering. Much of it comes down to training. Germany’s vocational system continues to thrive and offers learning opportunities that combine practical application and theory. Among the most sought after programs is a 3-year apprenticeship with the multi-industry innovator Siemens. Number 9. Beer Gardens. Makeshift sidewalk cafes are plentiful in the US, but actual expansive, dedicated areas where people can sit in large groups and in some cases even bring their own food are quite rare. In Germany, on the other hand, they’re a regular thing. Number 8. Soccer. As you may know, the 2014 World Cup title went to the German team. It’s expected that their winning streak will continue as the current team has been playing together at various levels for about 10 years, and is now well prepared for world domination. Number 7. College Fees. The typical college graduate in Germany leaves school with no educational debt. As of October 2014, every public higher learning institution in the country is tuition-free, even for students from abroad. Number 6. Trains. Sure, Amtrack will get you from one US locale to another, but it’s going to take a while. Thanks to high-speed rail, Germans can travel from city to city in a fraction of the time. The typical train moves at around 180 miles per hour, but express services with fewer stops are available should the regular pace not be quite quick enough. Number 5. Sundays. It’s a serious day of rest for just about everybody, including people who work in retail. By law, stores in most areas remain closed all day long. There are a few exceptions, but those shopping places are primarily in airports and train stations. Number 4. Paid Vacation. Employers in Germany are required to not only give workers a minimum of 24 days off a year, they have to pay them for the time away. There are no such mandates in the US, and 25% of the American workforce doesn’t even get one. Number 3. Healthcare. In addition to healthcare coverage in Europe being generally more comprehensive, the prices of procedures are often significantly lower. For example, in 2007 numbers, a hip replacement performed in Germany cost roughly half of what it did in the US. Number 2. Castles. One of the greatest things about countries that were architecturally active during medieval times are the amazing castles we see today. Often perched high on mountaintops, their presence lends a fairy-tale feel to the countryside. Number 1. Driving. Considering many stretches of the Autobahn have no speed limit and analysis shows that fast driving results in more accidents, one would expect Germans to be involved way more fatal crashes than Americans. Yet, they’re not. In 2012 Germany had less than half the number the US did. What’s your favorite thing about Germany?
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10 Things People In Finland Do Better Than Americans
 
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Here are 10 things that the people of Finland do better than Americans. Finland is widely known for its modern sensibilities and fabulous views of the Northern Lights, but the nation has many other attributes as well. Here are 10 things the people of Finland do better than Americans.  Number 10. Education. While US schools are often criticized for underperforming, those in Finland are lauded for their continued excellence. The nation boasts some of the world’s highest test scores and is consistently ranked amongst the best educational systems on the planet.  Number 9. Handle awkward silences. Finns don't always have the perfect thing to say when conversations lapse, but that's okay. Long pauses during talks are deemed as being perfectly acceptable. Saying something just for the sake of speaking, however, is not.  Number 8. Women’s equality in the workplace. According to The Economist’s glass ceiling index, Finland is at the top worldwide.  Matters such as maternity rights, pay, and representation in high-ranking positions were considered while compiling the list. Number 7. Dispose of nuclear waste. Not only has Finland actually devised a plan for nuclear discard, the country is building a refuse bunker that will keep the radioactive matter safely contained for at least 100 thousand years. Number 6. Ensure that newborns thrive. The Nordic nation has the world’s lowest infant mortality rate. Conversely, among the 28 wealthy nations ranked by the Centers For Disease Control, the US has the highest.  Number 5. Stay out of prison. In the United States, nearly 700 of every 100 thousand citizens are locked up. Incarcerated residents of Finland account for only 55 per 100 thousand. Some of them even get to live in ‘open’ systems where they can attend college classes, go on fishing trips, and head into town to buy groceries.  Number 4. Embrace Heavy Metal. Finland has more metal bands per capita than anywhere in the world. The country’s count is about double that of runners up Sweden and Norway, and roughly 10 times greater than the ratio in the US.  Number 3. Saunas. There are approximately 5.3 million people in Finland, and an estimated 3.3 million saunas. They're so engrained in the culture, they can be found in government offices, factories, and even sporting arenas.  Number 2. Keep corruption out of government. In Transparency International’s recent rankings of corrupt governments, Finland's was ranked amongst the three least so. The US came in at 19th.  Number 1. Live longer. On average, the men of Finland can expect to live until the age of 78, and women until 84. Americans lives aren’t significantly shorter, but US males and females generally live for 2 to 3 years less than their Finnish counterparts.  What’s your favorite thing about the country of Finland?
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Dining Etiquette When Having Salad
 
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Formal Dining: Salads - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. When you are served a salad, the wait staff will serve from your left and take from your right. So this salad has arrived on my left. My role, as the guest, is to remain still so I am not moving when the wait staff is serving. You look at your cutlery, at the silverware, and decide what you are actually being served. So, in this case, this is a salad. It is not cut in bite size pieces, so I would use both my fork and my knife. The knife on the table is placed so that the sharp edge is facing inward to not be too aggressive and you are using the smallest fork. I am going to recommend Continental or European dining as being a global aspect. Very easy to master. You are putting your forefinger on the back of the fork and when you are cutting, you are cutting one bit at a time, moving forward, never down. You are going to cut that bite and put it to your mouth while you bring your cutlery down. Do not have your cutlery up like this. It is very aggressive. It is down, up, cut, move forward, eat. If you are taking a rest, the cutlery is open. If you have finished your salad, it is closed.
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Dinner Etiquette: Entree
 
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Formal Dining: Entree - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. When your entree arrives it will be arriving from your left and taken from your right. Here we know we are having an entree because we have the cutlery that we know is appropriate for an entree. That is a large dinner fork and a regular size knife. Again, we are going to eat like this, with our forefinger on the back of the fork. It is one cut, move forward, bring the bite to your mouth. You do not eat all of your meat first and then move onto the carrots or the potatoes, but you would take a bite of each. If something is on your plate that you do not care for, you just work around it and do not make a big to-do about it. You would actually move forward and do the cutting and bring the item to your mouth and of course, chewing with your mouth closed. Now, you will notice on this plate that there are peas, which of course, is difficult to eat along with rice. So here, what you would do is put some meat on your fork, and then you would actually add the peas to it and then bring it to your mouth, making it very easy to eat. If you are taking a rest, the cutlery is facing up, including the fork, setting it on the outside of your plate. Never like oars on a boat, coming off the plate, but like this. Then prior to having a sip of your beverage, you would use your napkin or speak to your other guests. Then pick up your cutlery, again, upside down, cut, move forward and eat. When you have finished your entree, then the cutlery would be placed together like this, indicating to the wait staff that you are finished. If you are a slow eater, you want to speed up a little bit and if you are a fast eater, you need to slow down so that all of the guests are finished approximately at the same time. Another key point is the hands must always be seen. So an easy rule is, always, sometimes and never. No elbows on the table. The old rule was the hands were only seen when you are actually eating and the rest of the time, they are on your lap. That is obsolete and inappropriate in today's global society. So it is always, sometimes and never.
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10 Fun Facts About Sleep You Didn't Know
 
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Here are 10 fun facts about sleep that you probably don't know Here are 10 fun facts about sleeping: Number 10 - When you are snoring, you can't dream. Number 9 - On average a person spends nearly 6 years dreaming during sleep. Number 8 -- While sleeping, dolphins keep half of their brain awake -- this sleep behavior helps them guard against predators. Number 7 - A study done by Shue Yan University in Hong Kong shows that your sleep positions can affect the kinds of dreams you have. According to this study, people who slept on their stomach had more dreams related to sex than people who slept on their back or on their side. Number 6 - Different species of animals have varied sleep requirements. For instance, a giraffe only needs 2 hours of sleep. On the other end, bats sleep for nearly 80% of their lives. Number 5 - Do you know that there is a sleep disorder called the sleeping beauty syndrome? Those suffering from this disorder sleep up to 20 hours a day. Unfortunately, its symptoms can last for days or even months. Number 4 - According to historian, Roger Ekirch, in the past it was normal to get 2-interval sleep cycles, one in the early evening, a break, and then a second later at night. Historical documents support this - there are references to neighbors visiting each other in the middle of 2 sleeps and doctors suggesting couples to conceive a baby after the first sleep. Number 3 - According to a 2011 research study, the average US worker loses approximately 11.3 days each year in productivity due to insomnia, causing a collective loss of around $63.2 billion to US employers. Number 2 - Some researchers believe that those who stay awake late at night are more likely to have higher IQs than those who fall asleep early. And number 1 - Elephants stand during non-REM sleep but as they slip into REM sleep, they lie down.
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Tofu Vs. Tempeh Vs. Seitan
 
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Understanding Tofu, Tempeh and Seitan - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. You may ask, what's the difference between tofu, seitan and tempah. You may ask the difference between Tofu, Seitan and tempeh. Tofu and Tempeh are both soy products. The difference is that tofu is a processed soy product. It is actually made from soy milk that has been curdled and pressed. Tempeh is made from whole soy beans that have been fermented with a type of mold, sounds icky, but it is actually, it is not bad for you. Think of it like blue cheese which is mold too. They do taste very different. Tofu has a softer texture. There are different types of tofu. The tofu that you get in your miso is a soft silken tofu, which is very different to this one. You can actually use this in firmer dishes, make a tofu ricotta from it, that kind of thing. It goes great with Asian food because it really does need to have strong flavors. Tempeh has a kind of sweet earthy taste to it. I think this works really well with Asian sauces as well and actually it makes great fake bacon and barbeque sauce. It is delicious as a barbeque dish. Seitan is completely different. It is made from the protein of wheat. Like for example, if I had 8 cups of flour and I kneaded it and then I washed away all the starch, I would be left with, about a quarter of it would end up being seitan. Seitan is sort of a weird rubbery texture but that is why a lot of people like it because it is almost like meat-like because it has that chewy texture to it. It does not really have a flavor so much. You have to simmer it in a strong flavored broth to get the flavor. Now, the best way to use these, as I said before they are great with Asian sauces or strong flavors. Seitan absorbs flavors really well. It is like a little sponge so it is great for, like, I use this in like stews and things. Tofu and tempeh do not absorb flavors as much as this does. That is why I think that they work well with Asian dishes so that the strong ginger and soy flavors can coat these 2 soy products. So, if you have never tried these before, I think they are worth giving a go!
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10 Unusual Deep Sea Creatures Spotted By NOAA Expedition
 
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The Okeanos Explorer recently caught up with some of the strangest seafaring animals known—and possibly unknown—to man. The NOAA Okeanos Explorer mission recently came across some extraordinary creatures in the aquatic environment of the Hawaiian Archipelago.  There was a free-swimming crinoid—stalks fluttering amidst the oceanic depths.  The snakelike ophidiid fish was there--billowing through the dark waters.  A siphonophore was also spotted. Though resembling a jellyfish, each one is actually a colony of animals called zooids. There was an exceptionally small jelly—its few tentacles prompting a discussion on how the pretty little creature catches its prey.  Researchers were awestruck by an unusual polychaete worm that appeared to lack scales entirely. The animal may have never been seen before.  There was also the familiar face of a snail. Far from the garden variety, however, this snail performed some seriously adept acrobatics.  Spinning and swimming, flitting and floating, a scale worm explored a crater near a coral reef.  Arachnophobes look away. This sea spider was caught stalking across a large ridge—covered in white spots that may be snail eggs.  And then there was a squid. Its shimmering body awash in prismatic color. One eye looks sadly on as it travels past. Spotted nearly 3,000 feet below the surface, the species has never been seen at this depth before.
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Dining Etiquette: Tea and Coffee
 
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Formal Dining: Tea and Coffee - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Tea and coffee have arrived, and I have chosen tea today. And I want to add some things to sweeten my tea. I am going to reach for some sugar. And what we so frequently see is a lot of this, or this. None of those things would be as appropriate as a very gentle movement, quiet, adding this to your tea or coffee, no scrunching it up like this but keeping it very clean around your plate. Then you are going to add some milk, and of course tea is served with milk, where coffee is often served with cream. I am going to bring the milk pitcher towards me, always holding the lid, and then pouring. Setting this off to the side. Now prior to even finishing this, I may wish to pass this to someone else. I must turn the milk around so that they can actually pick it up by the handle and then I am going to hand it to them like this, while I look at them, nod and smile slightly. Then I am going to pick up my spoon and very quietly stir my tea or coffee. I am not going to hit the edge like this, and I am definitely not going to lick the spoon. And I am going to set that down. Now, you can bring your cup closer to you, and then you are going to bring the cup right up to your lips this way, rather than you going down. And of course you cannot blow on your beverage to cool it either. So it is a sip. If you are having some thing in an Asian surrounding, you would want to put your other hand onto the bottom of the cup so the bottom is never seen. Interesting. So: a nice cup of tea.
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Parrot Behavior Do's and Don'ts
 
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Parrot Behavior Do's and Don'ts - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Hi, my name is Katie and I work at The Golden Cockatoo in Deerfield Beach, Florida and I am here to discuss with you some do's and don't's of parrot behavior, and I am going to start by using my two birds here, Dewey and Eddie. First off, what I am going to talk to you a little bit about is shouldering a bird. Now, a baby bird should never be shouldered. An older bird that is well-trained on step-up is okay to shoulder. Eddie is a 12 year old bird and Eddie shoulders with me, with no problem. When I am comfortable to go "step-up", Eddie gives me his foot, and I take him off. Then I know that is a well-behaved bird than can always shoulder with me. Now Dewey on the other hand, is a 15 year-old. Step-up, Dewey. Dewey is a 15 year-old Severe Macaw and Dewey is my bird also. However, Dewey sometimes gets a little attitude with me, and if I go step-up, sometimes she will come up, but sometimes she will give me a little beak, like she just did. So Dewey is not a bird that I will always put on my shoulder, especially if there is a lot of commotion around. Now, there are certain ways that you can touch a bird, that is appropriate, and is healthy for the bird, other ways that can be too stimulating for the bird. My birds personally do not like a lot of head-touching, they like a little bit more right under this part of the wing on the body. You never want to rub underneath the feathers on the back of the body, that is far too stimulating for the bird. Now, Eddie happens to be a bird that also likes the side of his beak rubbed, as does Dewey. There are certain things that you can and cannot do with a bird. One of the things that is most important not to do is kind of scream at your bird and poke at them, because your finger then becomes prey to them. What you want to do is slow movement towards your bird, okay? Let them know that you are safe, with a baby bird it is a matter of gaining trust. Once you have gained the trust, then you have a good bird, and a bird that will be your friend for life. These are my two birds and they are definitely my friends for life.
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Top Local Phrases (Copenhangen, Denmark)
 
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Learn how to say thank you and other common Danish phrases for your Denmark visit. Other Information Language - Danish Here are the top ten commonly spoken words or phrases in Danish. Number ten: To say that I do not speak Danish say "jeg taler ekke ikki dansk." Jeg taler ekke ikki dansk which means I do not speak Danish. Number nine: If you need to know what time a store is closing. Simply say "hvornar luker i?" Which means when are you closing. If you need to know if a store is open tomorrow you have to say "har i abent i morgan?" Which means are you open tomorrow. Number eight: If you want to order in a restaurant you can use "jeg vil gerne have." Which means I would like. Number seven: If you need to ask for help use the word "hjaelp". Hjaelp means help. Number six: If you want to say I am sorry or excuse me use the word "undskyld". Use that as often as possible because, it is always a good idea to be a little bit polite. Number five: In case you need to find a toilet just say "hvor er toiletet/wc?" Which means water closet. Another name for toilet here. Number four: If you want to find out the price of something "hvad koster den?" It means, what is the price? Number three: If you need to find your directions you have to say "hvor er?" Which means where is. Number two: If you want to say hello use the word "goddag." That means hello. If you want to say goodbye use the word "farvel" that means goodbye. If you want to use a more informal way of saying this you can simply use the word "hej." "hej" means goodbye and it means hello. Number one: If you want to say thank you, you can use "tak." That means thank you. If you are a little bit more grateful you can say "mange tak." Which means many thanks. If you are really, really grateful you can use "tusind tak." That means a thousand thanks. I am Carson Hanson showing you Copenhagen.
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Dinner Etiquette for Dessert
 
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Formal Dining: Dessert - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. When your dessert arrives, it is served from the left. The items of cutlery above your dessert, are designed for the dessert. In this case we have both the spoon and the fork, and in a really nice restaurant, the wait staff would come along and move these items down for you. In this case, I am going to do this myself. They are slid along the table rather than picked up like this. So it is a nice, smooth gesture. With berries and any kind of dessert, you are actually eating it so you are putting your spoon in and coming toward you and eating them like this. When you remember about the soup, we ate away from us. The berries are coming in this way. Now, if you want to take a break for a sip of tea or coffee, you must set this spoon down on the plate underneath because the balance of the spoon is too big for this and the chance of spillage is very great. Our dessert today also includes a cookie, so you pick up the whole cookie but not eat it like that. Break off a piece and then you would eat that cookie and the item is placed down as you are working through the cookie. Back to the dessert again and coming towards you and eating it. When you are finished, none of this pushing away, which I have seen many men do. Leave it right here where it is and allow the wait staff to remove this when you are finished and that is indicated when your spoon is down. When the wait staff is working around you, doing the tidying up, you must remain still rather than the dodging, because they do not know where you are going to move. To indicate that you were finished, you would then take your napkin up and place it on the table, not perfectly folded, but in a manner such as this.
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10 Things The Irish Do Better Than Americans
 
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Here are 10 things the Irish do better than Americans. The US far exceeds Ireland in both land mass and population, but there are many ways in which the European nation comes out ahead.   Here are 10 things the Irish do better than Americans.   Number 10. Live longer. Both males and females in Ireland have an anticipated life span that’s about two years greater than that of their American counterparts. The expectancy there is 78.7 for men and 83.2 for women. In the US those numbers are estimated at 76.4 and 81.2, respectively.  Number 9. Conducting business. When it comes to setting up shop Ireland is, according to Forbes, a far more favorable place to do so. They ranked it 4th while the US came in at 18th. Among the metrics assessed were taxes, property rights, and personal freedom.  Number 8. Guinness. Though many who’ve enjoyed a pint on both shores will tell you it’s better there, there’s actually somewhat scientific proof that it truly is. Four researchers made it their mission to taste the beer in multiple countries, and based on their extensive scoring system, found the brew is definitely at its best when crafted and poured in Ireland.    Number 7. Castles. Ireland definitely has the upper hand for a number of reasons, one of which is having been around when castle-building was a popular thing. Many of those standing today were constructed between the 11th and 15th centuries, including the world famous Blarney, home of the stone that when kissed  bestows ‘the gift of the gab’.  Number 6. National Debt. On both a total sum and a per capita basis, Ireland has less of it. Broken down, the nation’s roughly 230 billion dollar total comes out to just over 50 thousand dollars per person. America’s 18 trillion dollar sum breaks down to around 56 thousand per head.    Number 5. Using fewer plastic bags. People in Ireland for the most part stopped using them back in 2002. That’s the year a per-bag tax was implemented. Meanwhile, it’s estimated that Americans blow through as many as 100 billion of them a year.    Number 4. College tuition. Those living in Ireland can pursue a higher education pretty much for free. There’s no tuition charged, but there is an administrative fee that comes out to roughly 25 hundred dollars per year. Further, that generous offer is extended to all European Union residents who meet certain qualifications.    Number 3. Weight control. Honestly, neither country does a bang-up job at it, as they’re both among the nations the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has declared as the10 most obese. Ireland, however hovers closer to the bottom of that list while the US is firmly planted at number 1.    Number 2. Balance work and life. Ireland’s workforce spends about 250 fewer hours per year on the job than Americans. Also, an above average number of people there report being satisfied with their lives. The number of individuals in the US expressing similar feelings falls below the international norm.  Number 1. Not commit homicide. According to the Better Life Index compiled by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the murder rate in Ireland is .8 homicides per 100 thousand inhabitants. In the US about 5 people per 100 thousand fall victim to the crime.  What do you think Ireland does best?
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Reading Body Language of Pet Birds
 
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Reading Body Language of Pet Birds - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. There are several ways you can read a bird's body language. Depending on the species of bird will depend on what to read, but there are some things that are very common in all birds, such as tail flaring. When they flare their tail out it means they are excited, overexcited, or going to bite you. But even when they are just excited or overexcited, you can, usually 50%, at least 50% of the time, you are going to get bit. So, you do not want to go to handle a bird when they are flaring their tail. With cockatoos, they are a great, easy read. If you notice, he is clicking his beak as I am petting his head. Tuki, stop eating, honey, for a minute. Click. Watch, he is going to click his beak, that is "I like this," that is, "I like this very much." But I keep my touching to above his shoulders, because he is 18 year old, sexually mature, male cockatoo. I could show you, which I am going to do with him, because he is my bird, if I were to touch up and back and do this kind of stuff, he is going to do this. This is very sexual body language, and you really do not want to stimulate any bird this way. He is mine, and I know when to stop, but you do not want to stimulate any bird, or again, it will result in a bite. When they are excited, on a cockatoo, an umbrella cockatoo, such as Tuki, once again, you can see when they are excited when they do... Tuki, can you say hi? Yes, when their crest goes up. So, when their crest goes up that shows they are excited, happy to see you, but again, always use caution because you could end up with a bite. Tuki. Tuki, can you wave bye-bye? Now, he has commands to a lot of his body language, but I am going to use them, that you would not want to go near a bird if they were doing this if it was not on cue. Do you know what I mean? Tuki. Tuki, stop focusing on the food. I am going to take the food away. Tuki, wave bye-bye. Now. Wave bye-bye again. You would not approach a bird demonstrating that kind of body language. Now, see, he is coming right over to me. He is clicking his beak. That is loving. With an Amazon, such as George, up here, you can see the pupils of his eyes are large right now. So, he is very calm and he is very docile. Now, with the cockatoos, you cannot see their pupils dilate as easily, but with like an Amazon or a Grey or many other species, you can see their eyes dilate. I do not know if he will dilate if I go, step up. No, he would not. So, what would happen is his eyes are fully dilated now, they will pin into a small, small, well, basically to the size of a pin, and that means they are agitated, overexcited or going to bite. You are OK, you are OK. Step back up. With Spaulding, see how she is puffing up a little bit? Here, how she is puffing. She is telling me she does not want to come out. Now, anyone else she would bite. She is holding on. Her eyes are not fully dilated, they are pinning a little bit. Good. They are pinning a little bit, not much, but she is avoiding me and she is keeping her feathers very sleek to her body, which is also a kind of a stand-offish type thing. George's body language is, his feathers are more puffed, a little. He is more relaxed. Tuki's preening, which is very much a sign that they are very, very relaxed, when they are preening. So, he is very comfortable right now.
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Dr Pepper
 
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Here are 10 facts about the fizzy favorite. Dr Pepper’s sweet, unique flavor has helped it gain a devoted following over the years. Here are 10 facts about the fizzy favorite. Number 10. Its inspiration comes from a scent. Creator Charles Alderton wanted to make a beverage that tasted like a soda fountain smelled. He played around with formulas until he came upon one that was truly magnificent. Number 9. There used to be a period after doctor. It was included until the 1950s. That’s when the logo and font were changed, and company high ups decided that keeping the punctuation would only cause confusion. Number 8. It’s been around the longest. It was created in 1885, making it the most enduring major soda brand in America. Number 7. The company doesn’t take kindly to name-calling. Many years ago David Letterman likened Dr Pepper to ‘liquid manure’ during a show. The soda makers complained and CBS vowed to never air the episode again. Number 6. Many have tried to copy Dr Pepper. Few, however, have succeeded. The Coca-Cola Company launched Mr. PiBB, and later added a new version, Pibb Extra. We know how that’s been working out. Other attempted dupes include beverages called Dr. Dazzle, Dr. Perky, Dr. Extreme, and just plain Doctor. Number 5. You can drink it hot. Heating up the soda destroys the bubbles and thickens it, so it’s kind of like drinking a hot cider. A Hot Dr Pepper, however, will give you a nice, caffeinated boost while it warms your insides. Number 4. While first created in 1885, it took nearly 19 years before the drink too off at the 1904 World's Fair Exposition. Number 3. It might be Dr Pepper time! Check your clock, because the daylight hours of 10, 2, and 4 were once declared the ideal moments for a Dr Pepper pick-me-up. The company launched the campaign based on early 20th century research that identified those times as when a person’s blood sugar is lowest. Number 2. McDonalds kicked Pibb Xtra to the curb for it. In 2009 the fast food chain replaced the Coca-Cola version of Dr Pepper with the real thing. Number 1. It features 23 flavors. What they actually are has not been disclosed to the general public. Sometime in the 1930s a rumor started that one of them is prune juice. Finally, in 2000, the company assured all drinkers that the beverage was prune juice free. What do you love most about Dr Pepper?
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10 Weird Facts About Sleepwalking
 
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Here are 10 weird facts about sleepwalking. Sleepwalkers have been depicted as zombie-like beings who stumble through night, eyes glazed over and arms outstretched. Though in reality behaviors aren’t generally that odd, there are some unusual facets to the sleep disorder. Here are 10 weird facts about sleepwalking. Number 10. Treks aren’t necessarily local. Sure, a lot don’t make it past their living rooms, but from time to time, people really go the distance. Last fall, a Colorado woman was found 9 miles from her home. The year before, a 4-year-old Norwegian girl wandered 3 miles through a storm to a nearby town.  Number 9. It can bring out one’s inner artist. Just ask Lee Hadwin of North Wales. He spends his days as a nurse with no particular interest in art, but while in a sleepwalking state creates accomplished drawings. He says he has no training in the medium and has no idea where the skill comes from.  Number 8. Episodes occurring during the REM cycle can signal serious health issues. Sleepwalking-type behaviors most often occur during the non-rapid-eye-movement, or NREM, cycles. When they present during the dream state, they’re classified as a REM behavior disorder and can be an early sign of Lewy body dementia or Parkinson’s disease. Number 7. Some people temporarily gain superpowers. An 18-year-old not only jumped from her 25-foot-high window while sleeping, she did so without sustaining any injuries. Another teen managed to sleepwalk her way 130 feet up and 40 feet across a crane without doing herself harm. Number 6. Waking a sleepwalker isn’t always a bad thing. Contrary to popular belief, heart attacks and comas are not consequences of forcing a sleepwalking person into full consciousness. If fact, if they’re about to put themselves in a perilous situation, it may be the best route. That said, gently guiding them back to bed is preferable.  Number 5. Don’t be surprised if an abruptly awoken sleepwalker punches you. If a person is jostled from sleep while in an unexpected environment, there’s a chance they will be afraid, confused, and lash out.  Number 4. Working while sleepwalking is not unheard of. A chef was known to head to the kitchen and whip up some food, and another man took advantage of the extra moments of mobility to mow the lawn.  Number 3. Inexplicably tight pants may be a sign you’re doing it. A woman in the UK watched her calorie intake and exercised regularly, but put on dozens of pounds regardless. Similarly, a university student grew from a size 10 to a 16 for no immediately apparent reason. In both cases, it was discovered the women were raiding the cupboards and refrigerator while sleepwalking.  Number 2. While some sleepwalkers talk, others prefer to email. An Ohio woman did, indeed, sleepwalk to her computer, log in, and start typing. Though the emails she sent mostly made no sense, one of the messages included a request that the recipient drop by with some wine and caviar. Number 1. Sleepwalking is most common in children. According to a study performed by the Stanford University Sleep Epidemiology Research Center, up to 30% of children have experienced the disorder. Typically, the behavior disappears by adulthood.  Which weird sleepwalking fact do you find most fascinating?
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10 Things Brazil Does Better Than Anyone Else
 
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The mere mention of Brazil brings to mind sun, fun, and samba, but there are a whole lot of other things the country does particularly well. The mere mention of Brazil brings to mind sun, fun, and samba, but there are a whole lot of other things the country does particularly well. Here are 10 things done better in Brazil than anywhere else. Number 10. Unique sports. A popular pastime in Brazil is a friendly competition known as footvolley. It's like beach volleyball, only players use their feet instead of their hands. Given the country's ample supply of beaches and general love of soccer, melding the two was bound to happen. Number 9. Vacation days. At 41, they have more of them than any other country. 30 of them are paid work leave and the remaining 11 are due to national holidays. Number 8. Table manners. When it comes to eating in the most polite manner possible, Brazilians have it pretty well locked up. It's common practice to use silverware at all times, even when eating burgers and pizza. Number 7. Outdoor culture. Given the weather they've been blessed with, it's not surprising that Brazilians enjoy a wide variety of activities that take advantage of it. Beaches, sidewalk cafes, and wildlife excursions are but a few of the country's popular pastimes. Number 6. Juice bars. Not only does Brazil have a lot of them, they are often stocked with some amazing tropical fruits. Caju, camu-camu, and pitanga are just a few ingredient options. Their bananas are also hailed as being the tastiest the world has to offer. Number 5. Soccer World Cup wins. So far, they've won the title 5 times. Their first was in 1958 and their most recent happened in 2002. Number 4. Big, splashy parties. Carnival and the New Years' Reveillon bash are two of the biggest spectacles in the world. There's also a whole lot of fun that goes on during the rest of the year. Religious holidays, regional celebrations, and arts festivals are just a few of the reasons Brazilians get together and enjoy the good times. Number 3. Coffee production. Brazil is the leader when it comes to producing coffee beans. They're responsible for producing about 55 million bags a year, of which over 30 million are exported. Number 2. Large religious statuary. Christ the Redeemer, a statue of Jesus Christ which is perched atop Corcovado Mountain, is nearly 125 feet tall.Built in 1931, it's been named one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Number 1. Music Influence. This is particularly the case with bossa nova, a mix between samba and jazz. It emerged in the 1950s and was created by a group of students, artists, and musicians embracing and defining their unique bohemian lifestyles and beach culture.
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10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Costco
 
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Here are 10 things about Costco you may not be have heard before. If you're in the market for supersized packages of just about anything, you may already know Costco is the place to go. Here are 10 things about the warehouse chain however, you may not be aware of. Number 10. They buy up half of the world's supply of a highly sought-after kind of cashew. Sales on the item rack up to about 300 thousand dollars a week. Number 9. They haven't upped their hot dog and soda combo price since 1985. To keep the refreshment at a dollar and fifty cents over the years, they've had to make some supplier changes. With annual sales holding strong at over 100 million units, those switches haven't seemed to deter customers. Number 8. Costco's 1 hour photo labs print 2 million 4 by 6 photos every day. Digital media prints number over one billion a year. Number 7. They fill post-life needs as well. The store offers deeply discounted coffins and urns for both pets and humans. Number 6. While they rake in billions, they keep an eye on the pennies. They were able to cut 400 shipping trucks a year by simply changing their round cashew containers to square ones. Less wasted space, fewer pallets, big savings. Number 5. By comparison, Costco is a boutique mass retail shopping experience. The store stocks about 4 thousand unique items. Walmart, on the other hand, packs its shelves with about 100 thousand. Number 4. Costco sold 100 thousand carats of diamonds in 2013. Among the gems they've offered in the past was a 6.2 carat solitaire diamond ring. Valued at nearly 1.5 million, the warehouse wholesaler was letting it go for an even mil. Number 3. Their food prices are 30% lower than typical grocers. It's their general policy to only put a 15 percent mark-up on merchandise. Supermarkets tend to add 25 percent to the cost, and the department store average is 50 percent. Number 2. Costco has 50 million members. The store charges an annual fee to shop there, but considering that 90 percent of people renew every year, it's considered well worth it. Number 1. They employ over 185 thousand people worldwide. They're also considered exemplary employers as they offer well above minimum wage and affordable healthcare premium copayments. ----------------------
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10 Insanely Expensive Foods
 
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Here are 10 insanely expensive foods Looking for something insanely expensive to eat? Luckily, the people at HLN have comprised a list of the costliest eats available. Here are 10 of them. Number 10. Saffron. At 2 thousand dollars a pound, be thankful that most recipes only call for a small amount. The spice can only be collected from its source, the crocus flower, for a few hours a day. Number 9. Edible gold leaf. If you don’t think you’ll go through a whole 15 thousand dollar one-pound bag, you can always search for restaurants that use the stuff. One New York establishment sprinkles it on a thousand-dollar sundae. Number 8. Densuke watermelon. Praised for its unique sweetness, this melon also has a very distinctive look. All black and lacking stripes, this beauty is definitely a grocery store stand-out. At its price point, it should be. In 2008 a 17-pounder sold at auction for 61 hundred dollars. Number 7. Almas. What separates this from all other kinds of caviar is that the eggs come exclusively from the Caspian Sea’s albino sturgeons. It’s also sold in 24-karat gold laden cans. Sound irresistible? Be prepared to drop 25 thousand dollars to satisfy your desire. Number 6. Truffles. They grow underground, so the sniffing powers of pigs or dogs are usually enlisted in their hunting. There are many varieties, but the priciest are Alba truffles, selling for as much as 10 thousand dollars a pound. Number 5. Pule. The donkey isn’t a typical milk supply source when in comes to making cheese. Perhaps the unique ingredient found in the brittle Serbian offering is part of the reason for its 7 hundred dollar and up per pound price tag. Number 4. Moose Cheese. At 3 hundred dollars a pound, it may, at this point, sound like a bargain. Good luck finding it, though. It’s only made on one farm in Sweden. The entire milk supply comes from only 3 animals. Number 3. Wagyu Ribeye. Using only cattle raised in Hyogo, Japan, this particular type of beef is most known for its exceptional marbling. Well, that and the fact that the cows get massages and beer. Grabbing a full cut to throw on the grill will set you back around 2 grand. Number 2. Albarragena Jamon Iberico de Bellota. Not just any pig can be used in the making of this 175-dollar a pound ham. Only very particular stock is used, and the hams come with a DNA certificate to prove it. Further, the pigs have a very specific diet comprised of mostly acorns. Number 1. Civet coffee. In Indonesia, where the coffee originates, it’s called Kopi Luwak. Worlwide, it’s among the most coveted varieties. The high cost and low availability are due in large part to the fact that the coffee cherries are picked from theexcrement of the animals that eat them. A couple ounces of beans can run well over 50 dollars. What’s you next culinary splurge?
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10 Things French Do Better Than Americans
 
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Here are 10 things the French do better than Americans. The US and France use the same flag colors, both celebrate their independence in July, and share a love for rich foods. Similarities aside, here are 10 things the French do better than Americans. Number 10. Make the most of questionable ingredients. Case in point: escargot. Not only did the French take on the challenge of putting snails on the dinner table, they figured out a way to make them delicious. Number 9. Open markets. Whether you're looking for antiques, flowers, or birds chances are you can shop for them al fresco while in France. Paris alone has nearly 100 notable outdoor food shops, and a dizzying number of places to pick up just about everything else. Number 8. Royal Excess. The US has some large, outlandish residences, but not the type that helps incite a beheading. When residing at the Palace of Versailles, Marie Antoinette had a small, rustic village built on the grounds so she could enjoy the peasant life from time to time. Meanwhile, actual peasants starved and revolutionaries further developed their particular distaste for the queen. Number 7. Vacation culture. The French take an average of 30 vacation days a year. That's more than just about everybody else on the globe, and triple the US average. Americans who get paid time off take a paltry 10, which is often fewer than they're allotted. Number 6. Bread. Why the bread in France tastes so much better than what even highly skilled bakers in the US bake up is largely a mystery. Some say it's because the flour is softer. It's also been suggested that in France smaller batches are made more often, meaning it's always just-out-of-the-oven fresh. Number 5. High-speed trains. France has a network of 450 trains that are capable of travelling around 200 miles per hour, making them a reasonable alternative to planes. The US has one sort-of fast train, although there is talk of building a few more. Number 4. Heathcare system. France's national healthcare system is lauded as being among the world's best. It's comprised of a vast network of professionals and private and public facilities. Contrary to popular belief, it's not a socialized system yet every French citizen has full access. Number 3. Classifying and categorizing wine. Aside from the labels being written in French, what's in the bottle is pretty easy to identify. Certain areas grow certain grapes and produce particular varietals. For example, if you're drinking a white wine from Burgundy, you're most likely enjoying a Chardonnay. If you're drinking a white wine from California's Paso Robles area, it could be anything. Number 2. Impressionism. It wasn't until the late 19th century that France became a world center of creative innovation. Much of that is owed to Impressionism, a movement that was born there and best expressed by its artists including Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Edgar Degas. Number 1. Cafes. The US is packed with all sorts of casual dining bars, pubs, and chain restaurants, but in France, the café is where the good times are at. Sadly their numbers are dwindling, but despite that, Paris alone counts about 7 thousand of them. What do you think France does best?
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10 Things Russians Do Better than Americans
 
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With all camera lenses pointed at the Sochi Olympics and Russia these days, much attention has been called to the many things at which the country excels -- or at least does better at than Americans. Besides Russia's political activities and the fact that the winter Olympic games are taking place there, how much do you really know about thie country? Here are 10 things Russia excels at and does better than how we do it in America: Number 10. Ballet. The country may not have created the art form, but it's certainly become synonymous with it. Among the most well-known and loved ballets written and choreographed in Russia include The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. The US has certainly produced some amazing talent, but has not claimed nearly as notable a chunk of history. Number 9. Vodka. This one had to be on the list. Na zdravie, you just drank all of that. Both consume a lot of vodka, but as far as manufacture, the US hasn't really brought anything new to the game, including adding flavor to it. That was popular among Russian Aristocracy before the US was even a country. Number 8. Palaces. True, this is a no-contest category as the US has never been big on building royal homes, but given that Russia has so many glorious examples, it deserves a mention. The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg is among the grandest, but considering it been in one stage of construction or another for a good part of 300 years, it should be. Number 7. Metro Stations. A quick look at a New York City subway station and one of Moscow's says it all. Number 6. Cathedrals. The Medieval surge in cathedral design and building also falls outside of America's timeline, but certainly not Russia's. The country is home to many, including St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, one of the world's most recognizable and iconic structures. Number 5. Literature. Which country writes the best books is debatable, but when it comes to the longest, Russia wins. In paperback form, Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace beats out Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged by a hundred pages and David Foster Wallace's Infinite jest by 200. Number 4. Circuses. The entertainment venues certainly have a history of popularity in the US, but, outside of Las Vegas, never took roots. Russia, however, in the 1990s had around 70 permanent shows, which they regarded to be on par with ballet and theatre. Number 3. Dogs. Dogs in Russia may not be cuter or better companions, but they are a lot more self-sufficient. While dogs in the US are at pet salons getting manicures, their Russian counterparts are, by themselves, commuting by train from the suburbs to downtown Moscow to forage for food. Number 2. Russian Baths. In America, steam baths are more of a spa day sort of thing and best shared with as few strangers as possible. Russians, however, continue to embrace them as both a social and cultural tradition. And Number 1. Dashcams. No country can match Russia when it comes to dashcams. Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 10 years, you have surely seen a 'meanwhile in russia' youtube video. From everyday mundane happenings to important world events, Russians capture everything on their dashcams. What do you think Russia excels at?
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10 Things Canadians Do Better Than Americans
 
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Here are 10 things Canadians do better than Americans. The US often overshadows its peaceful, polite neighbors to the north, but that certainly isn't because Canada is lacking in spotlight-worthy attributes. Here are 10 things Canadians do better than Americans. Number 10. Avoid getting robbed. Only 86 in 100 thousand Canadians are reported victims of the crime. In the US that number is 114. Number 9. Apologize. A poll from Queen's University found that 90 percent of Canada's youth say they're sorry when somebody bumps into them. Even a short trip taken on US urban mass transit reveals that America's younger adults handle those types of situations differently. Number 8. Socialize from space. No astronaut can match the social media appeal of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. With his easy to follow, fun video snippets from the International Space Station, he captured the world's attention. He has over a million Twitter followers. Buzz Aldrin has just over 800 thousand. Number 7. Accept the theory of evolution. Rational minds certainly prevail in Canada, where over 60 percent believe Darwin was legit. Only about 30 percent of US residents feel the same way. Number 6. Live longer. Three years longer, on average. Life expectancy is 81 in Canada and just over 78 in the US. The gap has grown in Canada's favor every decade for the last few. Number 5. Maintain their middle class. The two countries have similar income figures among the demographic, but that's because Canada's increased while the United States' experienced a sharp decline. Number 4. Balancing work and life. Neither country is earning a gold medal in this category, but Canadians definitely do a better job of knowing when to declare a workday done. Only 4 percent of workers there put in over 50 hours a week, compared to over 11 percent that do so in the US. Number 3. Gravy Fries. In Canada they call the dish poutine, and it's made of fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy. Many American chefs have tried their hand at reinventing the hangover go-to, but don't quite capture the essence. Number 2. Ski Resorts. Conditions and options are superior on the northern side of the border. A comparison between both countries' top resort towns, Whistler and Vail, shows the former as having a greater number of trails, longer runs, and a lot more snow. Number 1. Niagara Falls. The Canadian side has long been heralded as the superior of the two viewing options as it offers a panoramic vista of all 3 falls, Bridal Veil, Horseshoe, and American. It's often more crowded, but there's a pretty good reason why. What are your favorite things about Canada?
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10 Things Indians Do Better Than Americans
 
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Here are 10 things Indians do better than Americans. Here are 10 things Indians do better than Americans. Number 10. Weddings. Specific details vary from region to region, but overall Indian weddings are elaborate affairs that last several days. While American weddings can be fancy, festivities often occur over a span of 5 hours. Sometimes less. Number 9. Street food. Despite the popularity of food trucks, for the most part, hot dogs and soft pretzels still dominate the American street eats landscape. India doesn’t have such problems as vendors there cook up just about everything from savory to sweet. Number 8. Life hacks. The talent of making do with what you’ve got is well expressed in India. Extreme DIY endeavors are regionally called ‘Jugaad’ and can include throwing together a tractor with stuff that’s just lying around. Number 7. Ornate religious buildings. Sure, the US has some impressive churches, but nothing that really dazzles quite like the temples of India. Number 6. Alternative medicine. Among the established wellness approaches in India is the ancient practice of Ayurveda. Rather than solely addressing the science of how the body works, it incorporates the ideas of connectedness with the universe and one’s life force. Number 5. Maximizing available transportation. Do you find it upsetting when there’s no room on the train? Well, in parts of India rail passengers take full advantage of all possible places to sit or stand. Same goes for other transportation modes. Number 4. Dances. No doubt, Hollywood has created some truly fabulous dance sequences. But given India's history, the country is home to literally thousands of dance forms. There are classical dances which are rich in symbolism and traditions. Then there are fast-paced folk dances. And finally, you simply can't ignore Bollywood dances which seem to be amalgamation of many forms. Number 3. Spirituality. India has long been regarded as a great place to tap into one’s incorporeal existence. Due to the popularity of the book and film Eat, Pray, Love, spending time in an ashram has, for many, become synonymous with self-fulfillment and spiritual awakening. Number 2. Epics. When a place has been around as long as India has, there are many stories to be told. Among the most beloved are Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The latter is said to have taken hundreds of years to write. Both have been popularized and dramatized by several TV series. Number 1. Yoga. The main objective of American yoga is typically fitness. In India, it’s a much more complex practice, complete with a centuries-old treatise and objectives that include mental discipline and communing with a higher power. What do you think India does the best?
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Top 10 Portuguese Phrases - Travel Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 
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Learn how to say Thanks and other local phrases during your Brazil visit. Other Information: Language - Brazilian Portuguese When in Brazil, it is helpful to know a few essential phrases in Brazilian Portuguese. Here are the top 10 phrases in Brazil. Number 10: If you want to ask your taxi driver to stop, say "Pode parar aqui." Number 9: If you have to go to the bathroom, you ask, "Onde é o banheiro?" When shopping, if you want to know the price, you ask, "Quanto custa?" Number 7: If you are wanting to ask somebody if they speak English or not, you say, "Você fala Inglês?" Number 6: When addressing people you can use Senhor, Senhor for Mr. Sehnora, Sehnora for Mrs. And if it is somebody your age, you can either call them by their first name or or use the term moçu for boy, or moça for miss. In case of an emergency you can say, "Socorro." which means help. Number 4 is for greetings. If you want to say good morning, say, "Bom dia." Good afternoon is "Boa tarde." Good evening and good night is "Boa noite." Number 3: For apologizing you would say, "Me Desculpa." But if you're trying to get through a crowd like that, saying excuse me is "Com licença." Number 2: If you want to say thank you, you would say "Obrigada," if you are a female. You would say, "Obrigado," if you are a male. Obrigda or Obrigado. And the top phrase is "Oi." which means hello. Remember, most people here generally understand Spanish, but they prefer that you speak to them in their language, Brazilian Portuguese. I am Marisa Collins and I am showing you Brazil.
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10 Surprising Facts About Twins
 
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Here are 10 surprising facts about the double bundles of joy. Twins become more common every year, likely as a result of fertilization treatments, but that doesn't make the multiples any less fascinating. Here are 10 surprising facts about the double bundles of joy. Number 10. They can have different dads. If a woman has sexual encounters with multiple men while ovulating, it's entirely possible for more than one of them to each fertilize a different egg. "There's only a handful of cases documented worldwide." [NBC] Number 9. Twins start to interact in the womb. In 2011 researchers in Italy discovered that at 14 weeks the two start reaching for one another and at 18 weeks they began to touch to touch the other more than themselves. Number 8. Cândido Godói is the twin capital of the world. "Among the 80 or so families living within a one and a half square mile area, there are 44 pairs of twins." [National Geographic] So many twins have been born there that researchers descended upon the small Brazilian town to figure out why. It turns out, many residents have a genetic disposition towards it. Number 7. They often develop their own language. An estimated 40 percent of twins create a language that only they and their sibling know. The technical name for the phenomenon is cryptophasia. Number 6. Dairy products have twin-producing powers. Studies have shown that in the US women who eat dairy are five times more likely to give birth to twins than those who don't. Researchers think it's because of the growth hormone that's often injected into cows. Number 5. One woman gave birth to 16 sets of twins. No, that is definitely not anywhere near the realm of normal. In fact, it's a Guinness record and was set before 1770. Number 4. Many celebrities have one. Scarlett Johansson, Ashton Kutcher, and Giselle Bundchen all have a fraternal twin. Number 3. Even identical twins don't have identical fingerprints. As they are exposed to different parts of the womb at different times, they develop unique patterns. Number 2. Conjoined twins occur once in every 200 thousand live births. 70 percent of them are girls, but all are identical. Of the top 5 most common areas of joining, first is the area of the heart, liver, or intestine, while in 5th place is the brain. Number 1. Dogs know who's who. Canines are able to tell the difference between identical twins, even if everything about them is the same, right down to what they eat. Although for one study, specially trained police dogs were used.
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Buying a Kayak for First Time? Know Kayak Types.
 
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Kayaking: What to Know When Buying a Kayak - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. My name is Steve Gibons and I am with Scappoose Bay Kayaking here in Oregon. We are an organization that has been here for about the last 11 years, and we are here to help people out in regards to buying kayaks. My understanding is that you would like to know a little bit about kayaks. And the first thing that we always ask people when they are interested in buying a boat is two things. What do you see yourself doing in the kayak? If you are just looking for something that you are going to use a couple times during the summer, well then of course you might not be interested in a larger investment. But if you find, which you will, that you really enjoy kayaking, then there is different degrees of kayaks that you might be interested in buying as well, and it can go right from the very beginning all the way to the more expensive boats. What I mean by that is, is in the early stages, a basic beginner kayak, is what we call a recreational kayak. A recreational kayak is a boat that has a large cockpit, which is what this opening is. It is very easy to get in and out of, it is adaptable to all sizes of kids and adults. It is very stable, it is relatively a little heavier than some other materials. It is made out of a plastic, what we call a milk bottle plastic or a polyethylene plastic, and to keep its structural integrity, because of the material, it has to be made very thick in order to stay strong, and that adds to the weight. So in your basic beginner model kayaks, it will have a tendency to be a little bit heavier but much more stable because of their widths and of their length. As you progress up into different styles of boats based upon your own paddling skills, you might also start working yourself up into boats like we call this a touring-style boat. And a touring-style kayak can still also be made out of the polyethylene material, but you will notice that it is going to be alot thinner, they are going to be a lot longer, it will have a little bit different sized openings to get into the cockpit itself, and they are more for the advanced paddling where you might take yourself out into more adverse conditions or different types of paddling situations. There are some that are sort of a hybrid between the two, and this particular boat, it is a real light-weight kayak, but it does have a large cockpit, so it has a recreational size cockpit and yet the material is a thermal formed material called carbonite. And because of the structure of the material itself is very light-weight. So in this particular boat, it is a little bit more money, but you are getting a large cockpit, you are getting a lighter weight boat, and you are getting a very durable boat as well. The degree of cost varies on the actual material as well. In your recreational style boats you can usually get into a recreational style boat for around $500 to $600, somewhere in that area. There are some that are even less in price but you might find that they are also less in size and they will not necessarily fit you. As you advance up into better quality materials, whether it is stronger or more light-weight, the price also goes up because the material cost more and the construction and the design and everything also increases. So the material styles varies in sizes and also the weight will change based on the material themselves. The reason why I ask what you are going to do with a kayak is because people have a tendency to want to buy the least expensive boat they can to get into and onto the water. And in some cases that boat might be the boat that you will stay with forever. But in my experience for the last 35 years in kayaking, what usually happens is people will like the sport, they will buy an inexpensive boat to get into it, they will paddle that boat around for maybe a summer or so and then realize that they want to paddle more often, they want to go to more places, they want to do more things and in some cases a recreational style boat is not the proper boat for going out into more advanced paddling areas. So they will buy another boat-they can either turn this in a resale or alot of times they will keep it at their garage or at their home or their cabin or whatever for when they are friends come to visit who might not be as paddling-skilled as they have now become, and they will buy an upgrade boat and have a better quality boat to paddle around in.
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10 Failed McDonalds Products
 
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Just because they rule the fast food universe doesn’t mean that McDonald’s hasn’t made some mistakes along the way. Here are 10 failed McDonald’s products. Number 10. Chicken Fajita. Even at 99 cents, this item couldn’t make it. Except for in Canada. Some restaurants there still offer it. Number 9. McDLT. Mostly, it was just a burger with lettuce, tomato, and onion, but the unique part was that it was presented in a dual-compartment Styrofoam container that kept the hot side hot and the cold side cold. Some attribute its failure to being too much work to put together while others cite growing concerns about Styrofoam and the environment. Number 8. McPizza. The pizza industry is huge, and although McDonalds wanted in on the action they weren’t able to break into the market. It debuted in the late 80s and disappeared shortly after. Number 7. McAfrika. Served in a pita the sandwich was meant to be a nod to African cuisine. It was interpreted as an insensitive act due to the famine sweeping across southern Africa at the time of the sandwich’s release. Due to public outcries, the item was taken off of the menu. Number 6. Onion Nuggets. Originally released to go alongside the Beefsteak sandwich, the plug was pulled on the nuggets in 1979. Apparently, people could not be swayed to stray from the more traditional ring variety. Number 5. McGratin Croquette. Believe it or not, the French-sounding food was made for Japanese consumers. Even though the country at large didn’t take to the seafood, mashed potato, and fried macaroni sandwich, it intermittently shows up on the menu there. Number 4. McPasta. McDonalds played around with the pasta idea in the 90s, but it never really went anywhere. More recently they decided to try to sell it to the people of Italy. In advance of the menu item launch one paper likened it to a pool party with "the devil and holy water." Number 3. McLean Deluxe. Offering a burger option with less than half the fat of a Big Mac sounds like a good idea, but how they leaned down their beef is far from appetizing. Most of the fat was removed from the patty and replaced with water, seaweed extract, and beef flavoring. Number 2. Arch Deluxe. A whole lot of money was poured into marketing this burger to adults. Ads even showed Ronald McDonald doing decidedly grown-up things like playing golf. Number 1. McHotDog. Even though there was nothing particularly wrong with the offering, customers just didn’t seem to want it. It was deemed to be too random an item for the chain’s well-branded other offerings, so away it went. Which menu item do you wish had made it?
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Maintenance Tips for Tuberous Begonias
 
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Maintenance Tips for Tuberous Begonias - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. How to grow successfully, tuberous begonias. First of all, let's think of the name. Tuberous means that they do in the wintertime when they sleep, you can start it right a way. This here is a little storage unit, there is a little tiny one there, but by wintertime that will have grown to be almost the size of a small potato, and when the tuberous begonia rests in the wintertime it is storing its energy in that tuber. So that is what makes it a tuberous begonia. Tuberous begonias as opposed to other begonias have great, big, beautiful flowers. So this is a giant, flowered, tuberous begonia that Mary went out and dug in our dig your own field here, where people get to go choose from thousands of them. And, this is a boy flower, and this is the girl flower. So the boy has all the prettiness and the girl just tags along to be important. Tuberous begonias like it cool and with some shade and they do not really like to go in where it is really hot or down in humid country, so Florida, some of those hot states, you cannot do them. Just enjoy them, but you cannot really do them. But here they grow easy, they begin to bloom in early summer, and they will bloom all the way through until it gets cold later on in November, and then they go into that tuberous stage and they sit and rest for the wintertime. You do not want to overwater tuberous begonias, you want to keep them moist but not soggy, and they come as both hanging baskets and uprights. Mary showed you an upright there and up back here are some uprights that we put in a basket, shows you all the different color ranges how pretty they come. They come in yellows and pinks and whites and reds, everything except greens and blues, nothing like that in a tuberous begonia. One of the new ones - hold this red one up again, Mary - one of the new red, on the non-stop hanging basket series, its called illumination. This is the new red that has a real frilly center on it, and it is a dark, deep red that we did not have before. The non-stops are easier to grow, they are a little more heat-tolerant, and they get the name non-stop because tuberous begonias are what they call day-length influenced, and if you had a greenhouse and if you lived let's say, any place, Colorado, wherever, California, and you put on the lights in the wintertime and it stayed warm, you could make the non-stop tuberous begonias bloom all year non-stop, comes from Germany but that is how they got the name and people often wonder that. That is a non-stop hanging basket, and, oh, another little growing tip. When you have a nice begonia, of course we know they come both boys and girls, when you see the brown edges on the flower, that means that flower is about done and it is time for you to, if you are going to be perfect, just pinch it off, so it does not fall down inside the plant and rot there. Tuberous begonias of course like to have some fertilizer just like the others, water, not too much water, so you are going to keep it just not all then, and they like good air circulation so you do not get mildew. So just find a spot where, we do not want you to crowd them together, and we want a spot where there is a nice breeze and a cool coastal climate. Then you are very successful and your Tuberous begonias, you just ignore in the winter time and it will come back year after year, we hope! You usually wonder in an year or so.
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How to Raise Responsible Kids
 
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How to Raise Responsible Kids - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Hi, I am Dr. Laura Markham of ahaparenting.com, and today we are talking about how you can help your child become more responsible. Now, the first thing you can do is give your child choices. Right from the time your child even understands what you are talking about, "Do you want the blue cup? Do you want the red cup?" Why does this matter? Well, judgment develops from experience, and sometimes, good judgment develops from bad experiences. So, kids really need the chance to make decisions right from the beginning, and that way, the decisions they make when they are out of your sight, when they are seventeen, eighteen and nineteen, are going to be much better decisions than a child for whom you have made all the choices. The second thing you can do is problem-solve, rather than blame, or punish, your child. Now, what do I mean by that? Well, just take the word "punish" out of your vocabulary entirely. Instead, think in terms of problem-solving. So, your child has done something wrong? You are looking for a punishment? Uh-uh. Instead, say, "Well, we have a problem here." Not even, "your child is being a problem," because your child is not. Your child now has created a problem. So, we look at the problem, and we help our child figure out, "What could we do about this problem? You broke your sister's toy." Right? Or, once again, "you hit your sister, and you damaged that relationship." What can we do to problem-solve there, is there a repair that you can make, a reparation, and that is how children learn. Even though we are human, and sometimes we make mistakes, we can always make things better, and it empowers them, instead of making them feel like bad people. The third thing is setting limits in an empathic way. I am going to tell you about a piece of research that has been going on this, studies that have been going on for the last fifty years, and we have some very clear indicators of what helps kids come out great, be responsible, but also be emotionally intelligent, and just all-around wonderful people. So, look at this: we tend to think that parenting, kids are always up, but when we interact with our children, we are always on a scale between permissive and authoritarian. right? We are somewhere on this scale of demandingness. If we demand a lot, we are over here on the authoritarian side of the scale. If we do not demand very much, we are over here on the permissive side. These are the kids that run around the restaurant and annoy everybody, these are the kids who everyone says are spoiled rotten. These kids are the kids who, really, when you ask them later, they will say their parents were very strict, but often they are not speaking to their parents. If the parents are very strict, the kids have rebelled a lot during their high school years. So, we might think, "Okay, the sweet spot is right in between." But, here is the disadvantage to that. The disadvantage is, I want my kids to get straight A's. That is over here, right? I want my kids to write nice thank-you letters; that is over here. I want my kids to sit down in the restaurant, instead of running around, annoying people; that is over here too. So, what am I supposed to do if I am too demanding, my kids are going to be mad at me, right? And, in fact, there is a lot of research that demanding parents do not raise kids who think for themselves, and they are actually very vulnerable to peer-pressure as they grow up. But, there is a solution. You know why? We have only got half the picture here. Here is what we need to look at: There is another axis. This axis is the support axis. So, if you look at high demandingness, over here, but high support over here, suddenly we get the sweet spot. That is the kind of parent we want to be. We want to be as demanding as the authoritarian parent, in the sense of, "No, you cannot run around the restaurant, sweetie." But, we want to be as supportive, "I see it is not really appropriate to have brought you to this restaurant, you are only three years old, and it is the end of a long day!" Right? Or see it from our child's point of view and we are supporting her. Or, "Honey, you can be as jealous and mad at your sister as you want, but you cannot break her toy." Right? "We need to do something about this problem you have created." That is the sweet spot in parenting; "Empathic Limits." Thank you.
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Vienna (Austria) Travel - Local Phrases
 
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Learn how to pronounce Thank you and other German phrases for your visit to Vienna.
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10 Incredible Amber-Preserved Fossils That Show Life Millions Of Years Ago
 
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Here are 10 extraordinary fossils that have been found preserved in amber. Amber certainly makes beautiful jewelry, but its clarity and longevity have also proven it to be a great preservation medium. Here are 10 extraordinary fossils that have been found in the solidified resin. Number 10. Ancient hierarchical civilizations. Thanks to some well-preserved remains, researchers now believe arthropod social structures have been around longer than anyone ever imagined. The encased specimens of ants and termites recently studied date back roughly 100 million years.  Number 9. A possible early version of the bubonic plague. The disease is well known as a Middle Ages mass killer, and its power may have been building since before the dawn of man. Traces of very similar bacteria were found on a 20-million-year-old flea trapped in amber.  Number 8. First carnivorous plant. Dating back some 40 million years, the specimen, which has gooey, insect-trapping tentacles shooting off of its leaves, still contains traces of its last meal. The fossil was found in what is now Russia.  Number 7. 52-million-year-old parasitic beetle. The creature’s prey of choice was ants, and it was somehow able to dupe the hard workers into letting it live in their nest. While there, the beetle would likely eat the ants’ young and exploit their resources.  Number 6. Elusive male stinging scorpion. There are many holes in the history and development of the Miocene scorpion, as very few remains of the ancient ones have been found. Except for this one, a very rare, fully-grown male discovered in Mexico.  Number 5. A daddy long legs with an erect penis. With a 400-million-year history of existence, that the arachnids mate isn’t surprising. However this particular one, estimated to be about 99 million, is the oldest known to have been preserved in such a state.  Number 4. A flower on the verge of being fertilized. Had it not been for the flow of resin that engulfed this bud 100 million or so years ago, the bloom likely would have spread viable seed far and wide. Instead, it was fossilized right as pollen tubes were about to make contact with flower’s stigma.  Number 3. A spider on the brink of an attack. This roughly 110-million-year-old, 8-legged predator missed out on getting a last meal by a sliver of time. The would-be nibble was a wasp that had become ensnared in the web.  Number 2. Dinosaur feathers. Many experts have suggested the prehistoric beasts were covered in them, and this particular piece of amber certainly lends support to the idea. It was discovered in Canada and created some 78 million years ago.  Number 1. Ancient Caribbean lizards. Even though they are 20 million years old, the reptiles inside the golden stones were not found to differ from their contemporary counterparts in any significant way. Scientists attribute the rarity to stable ecological surroundings.  Which amber-encased fossil do you find most fascinating?
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Choosing Clothes To Look Thinner - Women's Fashion
 
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Choosing Clothes To Look Thinner - Women's Fashion- as part of the Women's Style series by GeoBeats. Here are some tips if you are a little bit on the heavier side, you are carrying a few extra pounds, and you want to look thinner. Well, yes you can. First of all, avoid anything that is too much fabric. You know, if you are wearing bigger, bigger is not better when you are a bit heavier. It is going to make you look bigger. You are better off having clothes that just skim your body. Still, we can see the outline of your body. Not too tight either. That is another thing. You think you are going to wear something really tight, it is going to hold everything in. No, it is just going to make you look bigger. So just skimming your body is a much better choice. Another thing to look for are princess seams. Yes, princess seams are these curved seams. And whenever you have them on a garment, in the back, or in the front of a garment, it instantly curves in, and it will make you look thinner. Pinstripes, anything on the vertical, will make you look thinner. So you also want to make sure you avoid anything too boxy. When you have boxy, you are going to look boxy. This is not a camouflaging technique is to wear something big and square. It is not going to make you look, it is not going to make you look better. You are better off to opt with something with a curved seam. It is going to be far more flattering. Also, this would not be such a friendly choice for you if you are carrying a few extra pounds. I mean, it looks, in theory, it looks great. But actually, it is going to add bulk to your frame. It is not going to give any definition to your body. And it is just going to make you look larger and rounder. So this is not really a good choice, some of these very large batwing type sweaters that are out there right now. Also, one of the things you want to keep in mind when you want to look a little bit thinner, is, keep the emphasis on the center of your body. The eye will instantly go towards the center when you have a focal point such as a scarf, also even a long necklace. You want to keep the, your eye moving in this area. And you instantly look thinner if you have got all the attention towards the center of your body instead of the sides of your body. So keep vertical, think vertical lines. It is always going to make you look thinner. So those are some tricks to make you look a little bit thinner if you are carrying those extra pounds, and a little bit on the heavier side.
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Scotland
 
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Here are 10 cool facts about Scotland. The mention of Scotland conjures images of green rolling hills, woolen knits, plaid, and, of course, Scotch whisky. Here are 10 other cool things about the country and its people. Number 10. Inventions. Some of the world’s favorite ones sprung from the minds of Scottish creators. Among them are television, the telephone, and penicillin. Number 9. Their official animal is the unicorn. It may seem strange that a nation would pick a mythical creature, but given Scotland’s rich history of legend and lore it’s an appropriate choice. Number 8. It’s where the redheads are. A whopping 13 percent of the population has red hair. About 40 percent of people living in the Edinburgh area carry a ginger gene. Number 7. Around 70 percent of Scots have blue eyes. It’s a common color throughout the UK, but most prevalent in the southeastern region of Scotland. Number 6. Higher education rules. Approximately 45 percent of the country’s people aged between 25 and 64 have engaged in some sort of formal learning following high school. That makes it the most educated nation in Europe. Number 5. They’re loyal to their legends. The possibility that there really is a Loch Ness Monster has been kept alive and well for around 1500 years. Written references to the beast date back to the mid 500s. Number 4. The Scottish eat dangerously. Their national dish is haggis, and among its ingredients are a mixture of vital sheep organs and a dash of cayenne pepper for zing. Its import into the United States has been banned since the early 1970s. Number 3. Scotland has taken over North America. Not in a political way, clearly, but the number of people of Scottish descent living in the US and Canada is about equal to the amount currently residing in their native country. Number 2. Great writing is a tradition. Their literary history is studded with impressive and influential authors including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Lord Byron. Number 1. The Scottish invented golf. An early version of the game first surfaced there in the 15th century. Sand traps were part of the course even back then. Which cool thing about Scotland is your favorite?
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10 Animal Mothers That Die After Birth
 
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Here are 10 animal mothers that die after giving birth. For some species bringing new life into the world also serves as a final act. Here are 10 animal mothers that die after giving birth. Number 10. North Pacific salmon. The spawning process of the different species of these fish is an arduous one. First they swim, sometimes thousands of miles, to their own birthplace. They make nests until exhaustion overtakes them and often die after their eggs are laid. Number 9. Mayflies. They live only to procreate and keep the family line going. After spending a year developing, the flies venture into the world and survive for only one day. They spend the whole time finding a mate and laying eggs. Number 8. Giant Pacific Octopus. Possibly the most dedicated procreator of all time, octopus moms lay eggs in special caves and then stay there for months on end until the babies emerge. During that time they don’t eat or move, and thus waste away. Number 7. Social spiders. These arachnids spend the early weeks of motherhood regurgitating their own food to provide nourishment to their hatchlings. After about a month, once her little ones are stronger, she ends up getting eaten by them. Number 6. Longfin eels. These New Zealanders die after spawning, but at least they live a long time beforehand. Mating is the last thing they do in their roughly 35-year lifespan. Number 5. Praying mantis. Reproduction for the mantis is pretty much a blood bath. The carnage begins when mating ensues, with the female biting off the male’s head. She then proceeds to eat the rest of him. After the work of laying eggs is done she, too, soon dies. Number 4. Ticks. Like many other insects, female ticks die after expelling their eggs. She doesn’t go out hungry, though, as she fills up on host blood for about 24 hours before mating. Number 3. Cecropia moths. Not many young make it to adulthood, which, really for the species isn’t all that fabulous a time, anyway. Adult moths can’t eat, so they really only survive long enough to produce the next generation. Number 2. Labord’s chameleon. These lizards only live for about 5 months after hatching. During that time, they grow rapidly into adulthood, mate, and then die shortly after, succumbing to the harsh conditions of Madagascar’s dry season. Number 1. European Glow worms. In the beginning of their lives they have voracious appetites, but as they age their lust for slugs and snails wanes. By the time they reach childbearing age they have no appetite at all and starve to death shortly after birthing their young. Which of nature’s mothers do you think has the most punishing reproductive life?
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Top 10 Travel Attractions, Madrid (Spain) - Travel Guide Video
 
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Take a tour of Top 10 Travel Attractions of Madrid, Spain - part of the World's Greatest Attractions series by GeoBeats. Hey, this is your travel host, Naomi. I would like to show you the top 10 attractions of Madrid, Spain. Number ten, Plaza de Cibeles. Madrid is known for many beautiful squares like this one. The Cibeles fountain is an important symbol of this city. Number nine, Almudena Cathedral. It took more than 100 years to complete its construction in 1993. The original site was occupied by Madrid's first mosque. Number eight, Puerta Del Sol. Madrid's busiest square, a famous landmark here shows the Bear and the Strawberry Tree. Number seven, Temple of Debod. Many people are surprised to learn that there's an ancient Egyptian temple located right in the middle of Madrid City. Number six, Rastro Market. Simply stroll through or buy anything you want in this world famous open air market. Number five, Retiro Park. Among the world's most beautiful parks, it is a favorite of city locals. There are striking landmarks and nicely landscaped gardens. Number four, Reina Sofia Museum. The contemporary art museum houses thousands of great artworks from the likes of Picasso and Miró. Number three, Plaza Mayor. Popular amongst both tourists and locals, it was constructed in the 16th century and has been the site of festivities, bull fights and executions. Number two, Royal Palace. This grand lavish palace is the official residence of the royal family. And number one, Prado Museum. One of the greatest museums in the world today, Prado Museum opened in 1819 and houses artworks from renowned artists such as Goya and Rubens. Keep watching our travel series. Ciao.
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Chickens
 
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Here are 10 things you didn't know about chickens. Besides dogs and cats, we probably are more familiar with chickens than any other animal. But there's more to them than how they taste. Here are 10 things you may not know about them. Number 10. They lay eggs of many colors. In addition to white and brown, chicken eggs naturally come in green and blue. It’s not a guessing game, either. The breed of the chicken determines what hue their eggs will be. Number 9. Chickens are the closest living relatives of the T-Rex. In fact, one team of researchers strapped a fake dinosaur tail onto one to get an idea about how the killer dinosaur walked. Number 8. They have built-in birth control. During mating a hen will take many roosters, but can choose which one will be the proud papa. Females have the ability to eject the sperm they don’t want. Number 7. Chickens are capable of empathy. In an experiment the moms were monitored while their chicks were hit with an uncomfortable puff of air. The grown-ups watching exhibited the same stressed responses as their offspring. Number 6. They have a specialized spoken language. They communicate with one another using at least 24 specific vocalizations. Each of them carries a different message. Number 5. Chickens can tell who’s who in the coop. They can differentiate individuals within their flock and also recognize human faces they’ve seen in the past. Number 4. Hens talk to their unborn chicks. While the little ones are still growing inside the shell, mothers begin to call to them. Once they’ve developed enough to respond the chicks join in the conversation. Number 3. Eggs can contain another egg. It rarely happens, but sometimes doubles do occur. It’s the result of irregular contractions that send an already developing egg back to the ovary. Once it’s back at the starting point, another shell forms around it. Number 2. Double yolks predict a marriage. That’s according to an old wives’ tale that says when there are two sunshine centers, a friends’ nuptials will soon be celebrated. One woman in New Zealand cracked open an egg with 8 yolks, but it’s unknown if 4 weddings followed. Number 1. Eggs fully form in 26 hours. Given that, a single chicken can produce over 250 of them in a year. The record holder, however, laid over 370 of them in a 12-month period. Which chicken fact do you find most interesting?
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10 Facts You Didn't Know About Starbucks
 
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There aren't too many coffee lovers who don't look forward to a trip to their local Starbucks. Here are 12 amazing facts about the coffee chain. Whether you are a coffee fan or not, you can't escape Starbucks. Here are 10 facts about the popular coffee chain. Number 10 - According to Starbucks, with all the unlisted potential ingredients there are a total of 87,000 different drink combinations. Number 9 - In just one year, the chain goes through 2.3 billion paper cups. Number 8 - The massive Trenta size coffee cup weighs a hefty 30.9 ouches. Although caffeine lovers typically flock to larger sizes, the Trenta is a tough one to handle, given that it's larger than the size of the average human stomach. Number 7 - The most diehard clients, who fall into the 20 percent rank, visit a Starbucks 16 times in the span of 30 days. Number 6 - Starbucks uses over 90 million gallons of milk per year in their coffees. Dump all that liquid elsewhere and it would be enough to fill about 150 in ground swimming pools -- the Olympic sized versions. Number 5 - In 2011, it was revealed Starbuck has a secret menu. A few mentionable goodies include Cake Batter Frappuccino, Zebra Mocha and the Crunch Berry Frappuccino. Number 4 - Per the most recent statistics, Starbucks employs roughly 150,000 and 160,000 workers. That number is well over double the entire population of Greenland. Number 3 - The world's first Starbucks at sea opened up on the Royal Caribbean International ship, Allure of the Seas. Number 2 - Think Starbucks is a better choice for your waist than, let's say, McDonalds. Well that all depends on what your order. The cinnamon chip scone for example packs a whopping 480 calories, which is about 40 more than a double cheeseburger from the fast food joint. Number 1 - Looking to get away from Starbucks? Take a visit to Adak, Alaska. The out of the way location is over 1,000 miles away from any Starbucks in America.
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7 Signs Your Pearls Are Fake (Identify Fake Pearls)
 
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What are the signs pearls you are about to buy are fake? Learn to distinguish between fake and real pearls - as part of the Wedding series by GeoBeats. Real pearls have a finger print like surface ridges in them. If you look very closely at them, even under a magnifying glass, you will notice these surface ridges and these specific qualities to each pearl. Whereas a fake pearl all of them look identical and they have smooth surface as they look the same. The second main thing is to look at the overtone color. Just like the choir prone necklace, that I am wearing right now, all of the pearls have an overtone color that is extremely beautiful and lustrous. Whereas fake pearls have sort of a dull milky sort of color. The next thing that you would want to know is that real pearls are reflective. So when you hold them into light you should see a little reflection of the light in them. Fake pearls are dull. They generally won't be reflective like that. The next thing would be a slight difference in the sizes of each pearl, and let me clarify that a little more extensively. If you look at a strand of pearls and you look at each individual pearl, you actually notice that each one of them has a slightly different size, shape and texture and that is because they occur in nature. Whereas a fake pearl would all look at the same. They would all look exactly identical, exactly the same size as the others. Real pearls are cold to the touch. Their temperatures are very interesting. When you have not put them on you and you touch them they feel cold. But when you put them on they sort of warm to your body temperature. Whereas fake pearls generally tend to remain at room temperatures. So if you touch them they will feel about room temperature. Real pearls are heavier than fake pearls. Fake pearls are light. If you pick up the strand of them they are going to feel very light whereas real pearls are kind of heavy to your hand. And finally this is a little bit bizarre, but this is actually a way to tell whether or not pearls are real or fake. If you were to take a strand of pearls and run them along your teeth if they have a griddy feeling then they would actually be real pearls. If they have a smooth feeling they are not real pearls. So an interesting thing to keep in mind. Maybe a little unorthodox but definitely a good way to tell whether they are real or fake.
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How to Make Perfect Miso Soup
 
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How to Make Perfect Miso Soup - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. Today I am going to show you how to make perfect miso soup; now miso soup for the japanese is a comfort food. We eat this at least once a day, and depending on which season it is or which region it is made, we have many many different kinds of miso soup. For example: summertime we put summer vegetables, and in wintertime we put something like daikon radish. And miso, if it is in Kioto we use white miso, and if is in Aichi prefecture we use red miso. So there is no just one type of miso soup, but today I am going to show you a basic Miso soup. Today I am going to use daikon radish, wakame seaweed, tofu scallion. And this is combine miso, so it is not really white nor red, it is kind of in between. And this is dashi, it is a stock made from kombu kelp, bonito flake; so let's start. Now first of all you are going to put dashi into the pot, and turn on the heat. Now when it comes to miso, you do not want to boil miso. The reason, is a fermented food, and it has it has so many micro organisms living inside. So if you boil this, the harsh heat will destroy the flavor and it does not taste good. So whatever you need to boil, you need to boil before adding miso. So today there is only one thing that I need to boil, which is daikon radish. So I am going to cook this in the dashi like this and let it cook. So the daikon reddish is cooked already, now we can start adding tofu, and wakame seaweed. We are going to put the scallion at the very end for serving, and now we are going to put miso. Before we add miso you want to turn off the heat so that it does not boil over, and pour one cup of dashi stock, we are going to use one tablespoon of miso, but this is all depends on what type of miso you are using, because some miso is more saltier than the other, so make sure you taste as you go. For example: if you have 3 cups of dashi, put two tablespoon first, and then taste, and if you need some more then add one more. Okay so this is how you do this. You do not have to have this one, you just need a regular stainer and here we go. So all you do is just mix this and make sure everything is dissolved. Like so, and it is all dissolved. There it go, and then you are going to turn on the heat again, but this time you are just warming this up, not boiling it. So this is already at a good temperature, and it is ready to be served. Now you are going to turn off the heat, and just a scoop. Now I prefer putting scallion right before serving, like so, and it is ready to be served.
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San Francisco Top 10 Travel Attractions - California Travel Guide
 
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Take a tour of Top 10 Travel Attractions of San Francisco, California - part of the World's Greatest Attractions series by GeoBeats. Hi, this is your host, Naomi. I would like to give you a tour of the top 10 attractions of San Francisco. Number 10: Cable cars. One of San Francisco's icons, cable cars are not only fun to ride, but also an efficient means for getting to various attractions within San Francisco. Number 9: Fisherman's Wharf, a popular tourist attraction. Fisherman's Wharf many activities, like boat cruises and you may even be able to watch sea lions in action. Number 8: De Young Museum. Located inside the Golden Gate Park, the museum houses many great works of art. Natural elements were used for its construction. Number 7: Architectural heritage. A favorite activity for visitors to San Francisco is enjoying the architecture of local houses. These houses can even be found on many city postcards. Number 6: Palace of Fine Arts. Built in 1915 for the Panama Pacific International Exposition, this remarkable structure is a cherished San Francisco landmark. Number 5: Golden Gate Park, a great urban park. It's an oasis that offers an escape from the city. The large park has beautiful landscape design with well-maintained gardens. Number 4: Coit Tower. Gracing the landscape of San Francisco, the art deco tower was constructed to beautify the city. The observation tower at the top offers excellent city views. Number 3: Alcatraz Island. Located in San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz used to have a prison which housed some of the toughest criminals. You can take a tour of the prison today. Number 2: Lombard Street, among America's crookedest streets. It's fascinating to drive down the street or watch other cars. Hard to imagine people actually live here. Number 1: Golden Gate Bridge. No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge. It truly is a special site that you will remember for a long time. Keep watching our travel video series. Ciao.
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Kayaking: What Do You Need Besides a Kayak?
 
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Kayaking: What Do You Need to Get Started? - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. I tell people that the initial package for kayaking is a kayak, a paddle, and a life jacket. All three of them are a necessity that you need when you kayak. Anything after that starts to become additional equipment that you an always purchase, but those three you need to have. Like the kayaks, life jackets come in a variety of different sizes and colors and shapes and things as well. But basically there are literally life jackets designed for kayakers. They have bigger arm holes, for being able to move your arms more. In some cases they have high reflectivity. They have soft straps so that when you are in a kayak and sitting, you don't have these straps sticking up into your face. And they are literally designed for kayaking and different size people. All of them of course have to be Coast Guard approved and they are noted to be manufactured. So the life jacket is a very important thing to have. One thing you want to always remember is that you are going to have this is your hand every second of the time that you are paddling. So I sort of preach the fact that you should find something that is going to be comfortable for you to be able to handle all the time. That it will be the right length that it is suppose to be so that it meets your height. And also the materials themselves of what the paddles are made from varies just as much the materials for when you are buying a kayak. You can get aluminum shaft with rubber blades, you can get fiber glass shafts with fiber glass blades. This particular one is a more advanced. This is a carbon fiber shaft with a nice wooden blade, and they all are functional, they all work, but it is also all about the weight of the paddle itself. If you get a big heavy paddle, you are going to work a lot harder then if you are going to buy something that is a lot lighter. They will range anywhere from 36 or 38 ounces all the way down to like a 24 or 25 ounce paddle. And fortunately or unfortunately, as they get to be better paddles, they also go up in price. So you also have to find something that is going to meet your paddling expenses as well. A lot of times people will buy an introductory blade or an introductory paddle just to get them in and then they will work their way up towards something that might be a little bit nicer, a little bit lighter as they go. All f them work. It is just the question of ease and comfort. Those are the basic 3, a kayak, a paddle, and a life jacket. There is the next level that comes in and it's what I call the 'self rescue' concept of kayaking and that is if I was out paddling out in the water and I did accidentally tip over, there are classes that we teach on how we get back into your boat. And also there are equipment that you can buy that can help you get in to your boat faster. And so there the next level is the 'Emergency Level' of a paddle float, and a paddle leash, and a pump, to pump the water out of your boat if you did ever tip over. After that, you know, there is clothing and there is gloves, and there is hats, and there is boots, and it's the old story, if somebody will buy it then someone will make it. And there are thousands of things out there that you can also buy that are in addition to kayaking. Clothing, probably, being the next one to keep yourself protected and dry, and warm, and whatever that case might be. But again, the first package is the kayak, the paddle, and the life jacket. There are all side shoots off of there too. How are you going to haul it around? How are you going to get those kayak from point A to point B? So you have to consider roof racks for the back of your truck, or, you know, foam pads on the roof of your car, whatever that might be. So somebody that you are going to talk to about kayaking should give you all the areas that you need to consider. Generally what I tell people is no matter what size kayak or cost kayak that you buy, you should figure about another 50 for the life jacket and the paddle to get you into the kit package of whatever it is. I don't even care if it is a 00 boat or whether it is a ,000 boat, you are going to have to get a life jacket and a paddle to go along with it.
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10 Incredible Micro-Robots
 
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Here are the 10 greatest micro-robots. Engineers and programmers are constantly at work dreaming up and creating tiny robots. Some emerge as incredibly useful tools, while others exist only as grand ideas. Either way, here are 10 of the greatest micro-robots. Number 10. Kilobot. Hundreds, even thousands, of machines working together as one is a great idea, especially when they’re able to organize and arrange themselves. Swarm technology has proven difficult to perfect due to cost, so this group of minis was created on the cheap for testing purposes. Number 9. Magnetically actuated mini-robots. They’re made to built stuff, including other robots. Even more impressive is that they could perform that task in space, as their movements aren’t dependent upon gravity. The little bots are guided by magnets, which gives them greater dexterity and flexibility. Number 8. Micro-scallops. These itsy-bitsy swimmers are designed to navigate the body’s various liquids like blood and eyeball gunk. Aquatic skills aren’t typically high the list of robot skills, but thanks to the unique nature of bodily fluids, these little guys may someday be able to deliver medications to exactly where they’re needed. Number 7. Micro-bees. With populations of honeybees plummeting, scientists are looking for alternative means of pollinating crops. Conservation efforts for the real ones are underway, but in the event the problem is unfixable, researchers expect to be able to get the robotic version up and flying in about 10 years. Number 6. Flapping robot. Many insects are great flyers, but their complex movements are hard to replicate. Jellyfish, on the other hand, are simple creatures. By mimicking their movements, researchers were able to make a stable machine that can take to the air unburdened by tricky mechanics. Number 5. Bridge inspectors. Humans do what they can, but in a lot of cases they’re just too big to really get a good look in nooks, crannies, and crevasses. Enter the quarter-sized machine that can access tight spots and easily travel over bolts and rivets, even when it’s raining. Number 4. The Mab. The Jetson’s had their faithful robot Rosie, but people of the future may be turning to the cleaning skills of Mab instead. The design competition winner deploys an army of scrubbers and dusters to make a home sparkly and fresh. Number 3. miBots. Microscopes are wonderful for inspecting things invisible to the naked eye, but they’re useless when it comes to moving the matter around. That’s where this little device comes in handy. Between its joystick control and small probe, it gets the tiny but tough job done. Number 2. Mini-printer. Printers take up a lot of valuable desktop real estate, but there is a smaller solution. About the size of a coffee cup, this inkjet produces words and images by travelling back and forth across a piece of paper. Number 1. DNA nanobots. If genetic material is sequenced just right, it can create a microscopic structure capable of following a prescribed path and delivering a destination-specific payload. Hopes for the development are high, as someday they could be useful in seeking and destroying cancer cells without damaging healthy ones nearby. Which micro-robot do you think is the most amazing?
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Chipotle
 
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Here are 10 surprising facts about Chipotle. It’s no secret that Chipotle whips up a mean burrito, but the company offers so much more than customized eats. Here are 10 surprising facts about the restaurant group. Number 10. Celebrities get special treatment. Some have been given their own exclusive card, which entitles them to a free burrito fix every day for a whole year. Stephen Tyler is one of the lucky pass holders. Number 9. They have a ‘no experience required’ policy.They believe that a company as unique as theirs offers immense growth potential, and the best place to learn is at one of their own outposts. Number 8. They appear to fear ravenous thieves. Their trucks are clearly marked, ‘drivers do not carry burritos,’ likely to prevent any nefarious shenanigans. Number 7. There’s a Southeast Asian version. It’s called ShopHouse and features the same make-it-as-you-wish twist, only with rice bowls instead of burritos. For now they’re limited to Washington DC, Maryland, and the Los Angeles area. Number 6. They’ve perfected the tortilla warmer. Standard models just didn’t do the job well or fast enough. It took 4 years of research and development, but they were ultimately able to build a better, and more energy efficient, version. Number 5. Chipotle has an official DJ. His name is Christopher Golub, and he’s the one responsible for what plays in each of the chain’s restaurants. He prefers to have 500 songs in every mix, and switches them out at least once a month. Number 4. Music is also an important aspect of their avocados. Some come from the farm of Grammy-winning songster Jason Mraz. Last year Chipotle bought 36 thousand pounds of the produce from him, most of which ended up being used in the Oceanside, California area. Number 3. Individual stores pulled in an average of over 2 million dollars each in 2013. For reference, McDonalds franchises earned an average of 2.5 million a piece in the same timeframe. Number 2. They make pizza. Not at Chipotle’s, specifically, but at another food concept owned by the company. It’s called Pizzeria Locale, and its specialty is gourmet pies. Those eager to try a slice will have to travel to Denver to get one, though, as it’s the only city that currently has them up and running. Number 1. McDonalds was once an investor. The two parted ways in 2006, when the burger giants decided to divest. Soon after, Chipotle went public on the New York Stock Exchange. What’s your favorite thing about Chipotle?
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DabbaWalas - Amazing Meal Delivery in India (Dabbawalas)
 
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These dabbawalas move 400,000 lunch boxes every day using trains and bicycles. Website www.mydabbawala.com Amazing story of dabbawalas from Mumbai, India - world famous lunch caterers who move 400,000 lunch boxes every day using trains and bicycles. If you visit Mumbai, you are bound to notice the dabbawalas. You may not realize this, but the dabbawalas are a very important part of life in Mumbai. They are the ones who make sure that nearly 200,000 people get their lunch in time at their offices or schools, everyday, from home. Their operations are so efficient that world personalities like Prince Charles and Richard Branson have visited them. They have been invited for lectures at business schools, they are even said to be six sigma compliant. Now what is a dabba? A dabba is simply a tiffin box carrying home-cooked food, which is to be delivered from the home to a person in an office or a school. And a dabbawala is a person who picks up the food from the home, and ensures that it is delivered to the right office, to the right person on time. "My name is Raghunath D. Medge. I am the President of the Dabbawala association. The operation started in 1890. We have 5,000 members (dabbawalas)." It all may sound fairly simple, but imagine doing this in one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The dabbawalas have high rates of accuracy and their error rates are shockingly one in a million only. And what is even more impressive, that all the dabbawalas are fairly illiterate and have no use of any technology. The only motorized transport used is the Mumbai local trains. Other than that they make use of hand-drawn carts and bicycles. "I leave my bicycle at the train station. At the delivery point I use someone else's bicycle. And my bicycle is used by another person." The dabbas, or the lunch boxes, have a color-coding scheme which makes sure that they get to the right destination. The structure of this organization is fairly flat. It has just three levels. First, the governing body, second the team leads or the supervisors, and third, the dabbawalas. And everyone is an equal shareholder in this organization. There are no bosses, and the earnings are equally divided. "Everyone is working for the team. If one person works less, the entire team's income is reduced " All the dabbawalas come from the same Warkari sect, and whenever any replacement is required, villages that have this Warkari sect are approached for suitable candidates. To join this organization as a dabbawala, the dabbawalas have to bring a few things: a long wooden crate, two bicycles and rupees 20 for a Ghandi cap that they wear. And how much do you think would it cost to avail of this very efficient dabba service? Less than ten dollars a month. While the operations are fairly simple, the dabbawalas are now beginning to work with newer technologies. You can SMS them, or you can also log on to their site, mydabbawala.com to avail of their services. "I was invited to Prince Charles' wedding. I was invited to Italy twice. Forbes magazine did research on us. BBC made a documentary on us. When people see our operations, they say why not give us six sigma status? We don't even know what is six sigma." And given their reach in Mumbia, Microsoft has also partnered with the dabbawalas. The dabbawalas distributed leaflets and wore Microsoft-branded clothes to spread awareness of genuine Windows softwares to their customers. "We are 5,000 in number, moving 400,000 lunch boxes a day, using local trains, bicycles, and manpower. " I'm Premjit Singh, showing you Mumbai.
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10 Things You Didn't Know About Human Memory
 
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Check out 10 uncommon facts about memory. Many talk about "memory" as though it were a thing we have, like good teeth or bad eyes. In fact, our memories are a concept that makes us who we are. Here are 10 other interesting facts about it. Number 10: Women's memory is enhanced by a deep voice. Researchers from the University of Aberdeen King's College in Scotland and McMaster University in Canada found that women were able to recall more information when given by a man with a deep baritone versus a man with a high-pitched voice. Male memories did not appear to be influenced by the pitch of a female's voice. Number 9: Looking away helps your memory. According to research from the University of Stirling in Scotland, by looking away from the person who asked a question, our memory is better equipped to kick in. It seems that human faces and expressions are mentally captivating to us and clutter our concentration. Number 8: Seven is the magic number. Ever wonder why telephone numbers are 7 digits? Pioneer psychologist George A Miller theorized that our short term memory can hold around 7 items before we begin to forget them. Try it yourself. Have a friend make a list of 10 words or numbers. Read once and try to recall as many as you can. Most people top out at around 7. Number 7: Left handed people have better memories and so do their off-spring according to a 2001 experiment published in Neuropsychology. One reason may be because left-handed people and their family members seem to have a larger corpus callosum, which are the bridges of neurons linking the brain's two hemispheres. Number 6: Bad memories can be erased using electroshock therapy. Marijn Kroes, a neuroscientist at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands found that by deliberately timing electroconvulsive shocks, they could interrupt patient's memories of a disturbing event. Number 5: You can be tricked into remembering things that didn't happen. Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus has performed many studies including one where subjects were told they had met Bugs Bunny at Disneyland. This is impossible since Bugs is a not a Disney character. Approximately 20 percent of the participants truly believed the fake memories as their own. Number 4: Insulin helps promote memory. We all know insulin is vital to regulating blood sugar levels, but scientists have also discovered that sniffing insulin seems to help those suffering with Alzheimer's by improving their memory functions. More trials are needed, but experts feel results are promising. Number 3: You can grow your brain for better memorization. A study done with London taxi cab drivers, over several years, showed that those who had been on the job the longest had grown a larger than normal hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for memory. Number 2: Anomia. This is the technical word for when you are trying to remember something and "it's on the tip of your tongue". Number 1: We have more storage in our brain than we need. Paul Reber, professor of psychology at Northwestern University says "The human brain consists of about one billion neurons, amounting to more than a trillion connections. If your brain worked like a DVR in a television, you would have to leave the TV running continuously for more than 300 years to use up all that storage."
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The 10 Most Unusual Places In America
 
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Here are 10 of the most unusual places in America. The United States is filled with all sorts of unique sights to behold, and many of the most intriguing ones are entirely the work of nature. Here are 10 of those most unusual natural places in America. Number 10. Bryce Canyon. The Utah locale is studded with distinctive, spiky formations called hoodoos. They formed over time when rainwater entered small cracks and froze, splitting the rock apart.  Number 9. The Wave. Those hoping to take a stroll through this stunning, naturally sculpted sandstone chute in Arizona need luck on their side. Since only 20 visitors are allowed to walk on the site per day, lotteries are held to determine who gains access. Number 8. Desert of Maine. Visions of Maine typically involve coastal stretches and snowy hills, but, believe it or not, the state is home to a 40-acre expanse of sand. Though glaciers set the stage for its existence by grinding rocks into silt, it was poor farming practices that caused the fine grains to take over the landscape.  Number 7. Centralia, Pennsylvania. At one time this small coal-mining town was much like any other. That changed about 50 years ago when an underground fire started to burn. Despite efforts to extinguish it, the subterranean blaze continues to this day, and may carry on for up to 250 more years.  Number 6. Thor’s Well. The seemingly bottomless hole off the Oregon coast appears to be swallowing up the Pacific Ocean, but in actuality it's only 20 feet deep. Nonetheless, its unlikely anyone who fell in would make it back to the surface alive.  Number 5. Devils Tower. In 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt made this Wyoming formation the first national monument, but its legend was established long before. It’s been said that the mountain rose from the Earth to protect 2 young boys running from a bear. The animal then clawed at the rock’s sides, creating the vertical marks covering it.  Number 4. Hubbard Glacier. At a time when many of the planet’s icy masses are melting, a part of Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier is actually advancing. It’s already among the largest in the state, with a calving face that measures about 6 miles across. Number 3. Crater Lake. Not only is this body of water in Oregon the deepest lake in America, it may also be the bluest. Legend has it the mountain bluebirds got their brilliant hue by taking a dip in the indigo waters. Number 2. Carlsbad Caverns. The New Mexico attraction consists of nearly 120 caves, which contain a number of stunning rock formations. The colorful features are the result of mineral deposits that have built up over the last 20 million or so years. Number 1. Grand Prismatic Spring. Yellowstone holds many wonders, but among the most vibrant is this hot spring. Its rainbow hues are a result of the differing bacteria that thrive in each of the springs various temperature regions.  Which American natural phenomenon do you think is the most unusual?
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Top 10 Attractions, Barcelona - Spain Travel Guide
 
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Take a tour of Barcelona, Spain - part of the World's Greatest Attractions series by GeoBeats. Hi, this is your host, Naomi. I would like to show you the top ten attractions of Barcelona. Number 10 - Parc Guell. Barcelona has many great landmarks designed by the world renowned architect, Antoni Gaudi. One of them is the unique Parc Guell. Number 9 - Plaza de Espana. It is a grand, massive square in the middle of Barcelona. The square was built back in 1920 for the international exhibition. Number 8 - La Boqueria, a colorful market where you will find both locals and visitors. Besides the freshness of produce, presentation is extremely eye catching. Number 7 - Casa Batllo. This Antoni Gaudi designed building has the appearance of being made from skulls and bones. It's roof is just as fascinating. Number 6 - Gothic Quarter. It the center of Barcelona's Old City. Amidst the buildings from medieval times, you will feel transported back in time. Number 5 - Barcelona Cathedral, a beautiful cathedral located in the city's Gothic Quarter. It's impressive gothic architecture dates back to the 14th century. Number 4 - Beaches. Many people are not aware that Barcelona has an excellent beach scene. Locals love to relax by one of the many great beaches in the city. Number 3 - La Rambla, probably the most famous area of Barcelona and very popular amongst tourists. Don't forget to appreciate the history while watching street performers. Number 2 - Casa Mila, also known as La Pedrera, it was architected by the great Antoni Gaudi. The unusual rooftop can be seen on many postcards from Barcelona. And Number 1 - La Sagrada Familia. This was the largest project by Antoni Gaudi. The construction of this world famous church began in 1882 and is still ongoing. Keep watching our travel video series. See you next time.
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10 Incredible Moments Caught On Police Dashcams
 
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Here are 10 incredible moments caught on dashcam in 2015.
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