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All You need to know about Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the new coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China, a global health emergency.

At least 2,236 people have died in mainland China and more than 76,000 people have been infected worldwide, mostly in China.

Deaths have been confirmed in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, France, Iran, Taiwan and South Korea.

Here is what you need to know:

What is a coronavirus?

The coronaviruses family cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), according to the WHO.

They circulate in animals and some can be transmitted between animals and humans. Several coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

The new coronavirus, the seventh known to affect humans, has been named COVID-19.

What are the symptoms?

Common signs of infection include fever, coughing and breathing difficulties. In severe cases, it can cause pneumonia, multiple organ failure and death.

The incubation period of COVID-19 is thought to be between one and 14 days. It is contagious before symptoms appear.

Infected patients can be also asymptomatic, meaning they do not display any symptoms despite having the virus in their systems.

How many people are affected?

In mainland China, at least 2,236 people died and at least 75,400 have been infected, according to official figures.

Deaths have also been confirmed in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, France, Taiwan, Iran and South Korea.

Cases have been confirmed in Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Canada, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Iran, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the UAE, the UK, the US and Vietnam.

Where did it come from?

China alerted the WHO to cases of unusual pneumonia in Wuhan on December 31.

COVID-19 is thought to have originated in a seafood market where wildlife was sold illegally.

On February 7, Chinese researchers said the virus could have spread from an infected animal to humans through illegally trafficked pangolins, prized in Asia for food and medicine.

Scientists have pointed to either bats or snakes as the possible source. 

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What is happening in China now?

Efforts to contain the outbreak have caused disruption in China, with some 20 cities facing travel restrictions affecting at least 60 million people.

More than a dozen countries have evacuated their citizens from Wuhan, while others have banned entry to Chinese citizens. Several airlines have suspended flights to and from China. 

On February 10, a team of WHO experts arrived in China to investigate the outbreak.

Should I worry? How can I protect myself?

The WHO declared the virus a global health emergency on January 30, deeming it an “extraordinary event” that constitutes a risk to other countries and requires a coordinated international response. 

People are being urged to follow local safety measures.

WHO recommends basic hygiene such as washing hands with soap and water and covering your mouth with your elbow when sneezing or coughing.

Maintain “social distancing” – keeping at least one metre (three feet) between yourself and others – particularly if they are coughing and sneezing, and avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid unnecessary, unprotected contact with animals and be sure to thoroughly wash hands after contact. 

Ensure meat consumed is cooked thoroughly.

Where have cases been reported?

Most cases and deaths have been reported in China – the vast majority in Hubei province.

Deaths have also been confirmed in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, France, Taiwan, South Korea, Italy and Iran.

The virus has spread to many countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Africa. The majority of cases outside China are among people who recently travelled to the country, however instances of human-to-human transmission have been recorded in several countries and questions have been raised about cases with no apparent link to China.

What is being done to stop it from spreading?

Scientists around the globe are racing to develop a vaccine but have warned that one is unlikely to be available for mass distribution before 2021.

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities have effectively sealed off Wuhan and placed restrictions on travel to and from several other cities, affecting some 60 million people.

Many international airlines have cancelled flights to China. Some countries have banned Chinese nationals from entering their territories and several more have evacuated their citizens from Wuhan.

Where did the virus originate?

Chinese health authorities are still trying to determine the origin of the virus, which they say likely came from a seafood market in Wuhan where wildlife was also traded illegally.

On February 7, Chinese researchers said the virus could have spread from an infected animal species to humans through illegally-trafficked pangolins, which are prized in Asia for food and medicine.

Scientists have pointed to either bats or snakes as the source of the virus. 

CARD: Coronavirus timeline

Is this a global emergency?

The outbreak now constitutes a global health emergency, the WHO said on January 30.

The decision to sound the top-level alarm was made after the first cases of human-to-human transmission outside China were confirmed.

The international health alert is a call to countries around the world to coordinate their response under the guidance of the United Nations health agency.

There have been five global health emergencies since 2005 when the declaration was formalised: swine flu in 2009, polio in 2014, Ebola in 2014, Zika in 2016 and Ebola again in 2019.

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Top 10 Pictures that hit hard when you see it

10. Isn’t this Ed Sheran`s face?



Didn't get it? look and see Ed`s face all over the ground.

9. Google is making a joke? this is one of their own data centers

There’s a stormtrouper protecting people’s data!

 

8. Beside the smiling frog, I can only imagine what is happening in this photo

look at the mirror’s reflection and try to understand.

7. I wonder how long did it take to grow that uhm… hair?

there are 2 people in the photo

6. This teacher is giving great “classes”. At least the paintings are good

what’s written on the white board? and may I ask for the thacher’s number?

5. Is this the moon landing?

Does the moon have another moon as sattelite?

 

4. Welcome to the “who’s the good boy” class

look above the laptop’s screen, there is a black dog.

 

3. Let’s go for a walk!

don’t worry, dogs are great swimers.

2. Is burger king tastyer?

when you finally see it...

Read burger king’s message of the day

 

1 Is someone missing?

you have to figure for yourself

 

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Top 10 second hand Hatchback cars you Should buy

First note: this top is relative, we are presenting you the most trustable cars you can buy. If you live in Europe you can turn the top upside-Down.

our source is: autobytel.com

1. 2015 Honda Fit EX-L (CVT)

The standard features of the Honda Fit EX-L include 1.5L I-4 130hp engine, 2-speed CVT transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), SmartVent side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16″ aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, VSA electronic stability.

 

 

 

 

2. 2016 Scion tC Base (A6)

The standard features of the Scion tC Base (A6) include 2.5L I-4 179hp engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 18″ aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

 

 

 

3. 2006 Acura RSX Type S (M6)

The standard features of the Acura RSX Type S include 2.0L I-4 201HP engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic, 17″ alloy wheels, cruise control, power mirrors, power windows, and power locks.

 

 

 

 

4. 2016 Chevrolet Volt Premier

The standard features of the Chevrolet Volt Premier include Voltec 1.5L I-4 149hp hybrid gas engine, 1-speed automatic transmission, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, rear side-impact airbag, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 17″ aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability.

 

 

 

5. 2015 Toyota Prius Five

The standard features of the Toyota Prius Five include 1.8L I-4 134hp hybrid gas engine, 2-speed CVT transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 17″ aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control.

 

 

 

 

6. 2015 Dodge Dart GT

The standard features of the Dodge Dart GT include MultiAir 2.4L I-4 184hp engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, rear side-impact airbag, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18″ aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

 

 

 

 

7. 2013 Audi A3 2.0T (S tronic) FrontTrak

The standard features of the Audi A3 2.0T Premium (S tronic) (No Longer Available for Ordering) include 2.0L I-4 200hp engine intercooled turbo, 6-speed auto-shift manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, SIDEGUARD curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 17″ aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.

 

 

 

8. 2016 Subaru Impreza Sport Limited (CVT) Hatchback

The standard features of the Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport Limited include 2.0L H-4 148hp engine, 6-speed Lineartronic CVT transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 17″ aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, all-wheel drive.

 

 

 

9. 2015 Ford Fiesta Titanium Hatchback

The standard features of the Ford Fiesta Titanium include 1.6L I-4 120hp engine, 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 16″ aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac electronic stability.

 

 

 

 

10. 2011 Volkswagen GTI Autobahn (A6) 4dr

 

The standard features of the Volkswagen GTI 4-Door Autobahn (A6) include 2.0L I-4 200hp engine intercooled turbo, 6-speed auto-shift manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, Side Curtain Protection curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, Climatic air conditioning, 18″ aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control.

 

 

 

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TOP 10 Car gadgets that should not miss form your car.

Either you are driving a Ferray or a Smart, a truck or a old lemon, you should have a bunch of gadgets in your car that makes your life and driving easier:

1. Your Personal Mechanic

 

It’s nice that Firestone is on your speed dial, but the FIXD Active Car Health Monitor makes it unnecessary. Just plug it into your car, and it’ll gauge and offer suggestions for fixing your car’s health for you.

 

 

 

 

2. That Clean Car Smell

 

This plug-in air purifier uses built-in ionizers to get rid of allergens. And the scent of those old, uneaten French fries you should have tossed out weeks ago.

 

 

 

 

3. This Flexible Car Mount

 

Slot your smartphone into this flexible car mountso you can keep your eyes on the road. And not on your lap because that’s a good idea said no one ever.

 

 

 

 

4. This Emergency Kit Essential

 

It’s not the most ideal scenario…but in case you’re trapped in your car after an accident, you bet your bottom dollar you’ll escape with this survival knife.

 

 

 

 

5. Avoid Speed Traps

 

TrapTap is a nifty little gadget that notifies you of speed traps, red light cameras, and school zones. Which means you’ll drive safer and stop crying broke tears over those tickets.

 

 

 

 

6. The Most Convenient Car Mount Ever

Attach this convenient mount right in your air vent, click it in with one touch, and drive hands-free. So simple to use, there’s no reason not to get it.

 

 

7. The Charger That Also Locates Your Car

The Zus Smart Car Charger and Locator acts as a honing device for wherever you last parked, and can charge up your phone to boot. Which means no more impromptu 2:00am runs through deserted parking lots…unless that’s your thing.

 

 

8. This Portable Battery Jumper

 

You can control when your car’s going to break down, and sometimes it happens without anyone around to jump you off. Do it on your lonesome with this powerful and portable car battery jumper.

 

 

 

 

9. A Way To Avoid Insurance Disputes

 

Accidents are a pain and your insurance agent is an even bigger one. Capture everything on film with this dashboard camera and consider your claim complete.

 

 

 

 

10. Keep Your Phone Charged On The Road

 

Do it on the road — and four times faster, with this powerful Casa CO3 car charger. You can even charge up to three devices at the same time(it’s practically better than charging at home.)

Source: http://digg.com/2017/best-car-gadgets

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Wierdest records recorded in 2018 Guiness world record book

1 Most Big Macs Consumed in a Lifetime

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Go, ‘Murica. U.S. resident Donald A. Gorske consumed his 26,000th McDonald’s Big Mac on October 11, 2012 — after 40 years of eating Big Macs on a daily basis.

2 Most Apples Held in Own Mouth and Cut by Chainsaw in One Minute

 

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This illustrious honor (we want to know how many people were brave enough to actually compete for it) is held by London-based performance artist Johnny Strange. He established the record of eight apples in one minute in October 2013 in South Yorkshire, UK.

3 Stretchiest Skin

 

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British man Garry Turner can stretch the skin of his stomach to 6.25 inches due to a rare medical condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. It’s a connective-tissue disorder where the collagen becomes defective, and includes the loosening of the skin and hyper-mobile joints. “I have always known that my skin was different — as a small child my uncles used to have fun showing their friends,” Turner told GWR. “Stretching doesn’t hurt at all. However, other aspects of the syndrome are very painful, [like my] joints.”

4 Most Piercings in a Lifetime

 

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After her first skin piercing in January 1997, Elaine Davidson was hooked. The Brazilian former restaurant owner has been pierced a total of 4,225 times as of June 8, 2006. The GWR site says she is constantly adding and replacing jewelry, primarily on her face, but also likes adding tattoos, makeup, and feathers in her hair.

5 Longest Distance Keeping a Table Lifted With Teeth

 

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Talk about strong choppers! Georges Christen from Luxembourg ran 38 feet and 8 inches while carrying a 26 pound table — and a 110 pound woman sitting on it! — in his mouth in Madrid, Spain, on February 9, 2008.

6 Longest Metal Coil Passed Through the Nose and Out of the Mouth

 

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Apparently, that’s a real thing. And Andrew Stanton, a sideshow performer in Las Vegas, achieved the length of 11 feet, 10.91 inches in March 2012.

7 Longest Fingernails Ever on a Woman

 

Lee Redmond (USA) set a new world record on TV show Lo Show dei Record in Madrid, Spain, on 23 February 2008.

It took American Lee Redmond nearly 30 years to grown her nails out to the record-holding 28 feet, 4.5 inches in February 2008. The longest single nail was her right thumb, which reached to 2 feet, 11 inches. “I started to grow my nails in 1979 … it was kind of a challenge to myself to see how far they would go before they started twisting out of shape,” she said. Unfortunately, her nails snapped off in a 2009 car accident.

8 Longest Moustache

 

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Ram Singh Chauhan’s mustache is the longest, at 14 feet. The Indian man’s facial hair was measured in Rome, Italy, on March 4, 2010.

9 Most Wins at the World Beard and Mustache Championships

 

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What he lacks in length, Karl-Heinz Hille makes up for in style. The German has taken home 8 wins at the World Beard and Moustache Championships, competing in the Imperial partial beard category.

10 Largest Collection of Rubber Ducks

 

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Charlotte Lee (USA) has 5,631 different rubber ducks, as of 10 April 2011, which she has been collecting since 1996. (Here’s another peek at her, um, flock.)

11Largest Collection of Garden Gnomes and Pixies

 

At her four-acre “Gnome Reserve” in West Putford, England, Ann Atkin has 2,042 gnomes and pixies, as of March 2011.

12Largest Collection of “Star Wars” Memorabilia

 

The Force is with Steve Sansweet in abundance. A former Wall Street Journal bureau chief who went to work at Lucasfilm, Sansweet turned his Star Wars obsession of 37 years into a museum. He’s amassed an estimated 300,000 unique items at Rancho Obi-Wan in northern California. By May 4, 2014, he’d “only” accurately audited and catalogued 92,240 items — still sufficient to beat the previous title holder many times over.

13 Most Wins for “Gurning,” a.k.a. Making a Face

 

As my grandmother would say, “Be careful, or your face will freeze like that!” Anne Woods doesn’t worry about that though, as the British woman has won the most world championships for gurning — 27 — between 1977 and 2010. The Egremont Crab Fair in Cumbria, England, where the championships are held, was established in 1267, which makes it one of the oldest fairs in the world.

14 Largest Hairy Family

 

Victor “Larry” Gomez, Gabriel “Danny” Ramos Gomez, Luisa Lilia De Lira Aceves, and Jesus Manuel Fajardo Aceves are four members of a family of 19, spanning five generations in Mexico who all suffer from the rare condition called congenital generalized hypertrichosis. The condition is characterized by excessive facial and torso hair. In women, that means a lighter coat, while men have thick hair on about 98% of their body. Larry and Danny currently perform in the Mexican National Circus. The entire family have also assisted scientists in studying the genetic cause of CGH.

15 Longest Career as an Ice Cream Man

 

You all know that sound of summer — but Allan Ganz has been hearing it for 67 years and counting. He started selling ice cream with his dad in 1947 at the age of 10 in Peabody, Massachusetts. Allan bought his own ice cream truck in 1977 and has sold ice cream in Massachusetts ever since.

16 Oldest Male Stripper

 

Magic Mike had nothing on Bernie Barker. The American (a former real estate agent) got into stripping in 2000 at age 60, as a way to get in shape after overcoming prostate cancer. He won over 40 contests. Unfortunately, he died in 2007 at the age of 66.

17 Fastest 5 Meters on Front Paws by a Dog

 

Konjo managed to race 5 meters on his front paws in just 2.39 seconds in California, December 22, 2014. Konjo is half Papillon, a quarter Jack Russell, and a quarter Chihuahua.

18 Longest Tongue on a Dog

 

Puggy, a Pekingese, possesses the longest licker on record at 4.5 inches. The measurement was taken at Avondale Haslet Animal Clinic, Texas, in May 2009, when he was 9 years old.

19 Most Canned Drinks Opened by a Parrot in One Minute

 

Ever wonder just how many a bird could do? Zac the Macaw unopened 35 cans in one minute in San Jose, California, on January 12, 2012.

20 Longest Legs

 

Sorry, Giselle. Russian woman Svetlana Pankratova officially has the world’s longest legs, measuring 51.9 inches (approximately a little over 4 feet) on July 8, 2003.

21 Longest Kiss Ever

 

And you thought it was on The Bachelor! Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat’s love has gone the distance — clocking a kiss at 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. The couple, from Thailand, won at a Ripley’s Believe it or Not event on February 12-14, 2013. (They brought home a cash prize and two diamond rings!)

22 Farthest Arrow Shot Using Feet

Bullseye! Nancy Siefker shot an arrow into a target 20 feet away — using her feet! — on the set of Guinness World Records Unleashed in Los Angeles, California, on June 20, 2013. Now, the guidelines only require a target of 12 inches in diameter. But Nancy, who’s a cirque performer, hit a just 5.5 inch one.

23 Most Guinness World Records

Twenty-seven thousand jumping jacks, done in six hours and forty-five minutes, was Ashrita Furman‘s first record, in 1979. With skills as diverse as fastest mile on a pogo stick while juggling three balls to mountain climbing on stilts, he’s broken more than 300 records since. Today, he holds more than 120 records.

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10 Horrors Of Aztec Ritual Human Sacrifice

One hundred years before its fall, the Aztec Empire went through an incredible change. The emperor’s son, Tlacaelel, declared that the god of war, Huitzilopochtli, was to be the highest of all gods.

From then on, the Aztecs lived in service of the god of war. Human sacrifice became a massive part of Aztec society, with hundreds of thousands of people slaughtered each year as offerings to the gods.

10. They Staged Wars Just To Get Human Sacrifices

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The Aztecs’ divine duty was to fill the insatiable appetites of their gods through human sacrifice. Usually, the Aztecs used enemies whom they had defeated in war as offerings. But there were only so many wars to be fought and only so many enemies to capture. They needed more victims.

The Aztecs made a deal to use the neighboring city-state of Tlaxcala like a farm for humans. The two armies organized staged battles just to capture prisoners for human sacrifice.

It was a mutual agreement by both sides. The losing army wouldn’t cry or complain about their fate. They understood that this was their part of the bargain, and they would allow themselves to be led to their deaths.

 

9. Some People Volunteered

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To the brave, becoming a human sacrifice to the gods was an honor. In fact, when the Spanish came and tried to free Aztec prisoners, some were furious that they had been robbed of the honor of a godly death.

It wasn’t just enemy soldiers who ended up under a ceremonial knife, though. Criminals and debtors were also sent to the altar in disgrace. Others signed up eagerly, wanting the honor of dying for their gods. By tradition, whole groups of prostitutes willingly signed up to be sacrificed to the goddess of love.

During a drought, some Aztecs resorted to selling their children into slavery for 400 ears of maize. If the children didn’t work well, they could be sold again. And if a slave was sold twice, they could become a gift to the gods.

8. The Festival Of Toxcatl

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During the month of Toxcatl, one man was chosen for a special honor based on his looks. He needed smooth, slim skin and long, straight hair. For the next year, this man would be treated like a god.

He would be dressed up like the god Tezcatlipoca. His skin would be painted black, and he would wear a flower crown, a seashell breastplate, and lots of jewelry.

The man would be given four beautiful wives to do with as he pleased. He was only asked to walk through the town playing a flute and smelling flowers so that the people could honor him.

When 12 months had passed, he would walk up the stairs of a great pyramid, breaking his flutes as he climbed to the top. As an adoring crowd watched, a priest would help him lie down on a long altar made of stone. Then they’d rip his heart out of his body.

Afterward, they would pick a new Tezcatlipoca and start all over again.

 

7. The Ritual Of Sacrifice

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Usually, a victim would be taken to the top of a great pyramid and laid down over a sacrificial stone. A priest would stand over him, holding a knife with a blade of volcanic glass. That blade would come down upon the victim’s chest and break it open, and the priest would tear out his still-beating heart.

The priest would hold the heart up high for all to see. Then he would dash it to pieces against the sacrificial stone. The lifeless body would be rolled down the steps of the pyramid, where butchers were waiting below to dismember the body piece by piece.

The skull would be removed and placed on a rack along with the skulls of the other sacrificed dead. Then the flesh from the body would be cooked into meals and fed to the nobles.

6. Feasting Upon Human Flesh

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The bodies of the sacrificed were often baked with corn and shared among the priests for a feast. Other times, enough was prepared for the whole city, and every person present would partake in a shared act of ritualistic cannibalism. The bones were then fashioned into tools, musical instruments, and weapons.

At least one dish they used in these ceremonies still exists today: pozole. In the time of the Aztecs, this was a soup prepared with thigh of a sacrificed prisoner and served to the emperor.

Today, the dish is made with pork instead of human flesh, but the taste is pretty much the same. When the Christians forced the Aztecs to switch to pig meat, they reported that it tasted just like human beings.

5. The Inauguration Of The Great Pyramid

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Not every sacrifice was normal. There were exceptional times when things were done differently. Sometimes, the methods were different. Other times, the difference was the sheer volume.

The greatest was during the reconsecration of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan. The Aztecs had spent years building up the temples in their capital city, and in 1487, the Great Pyramid was complete. They held a massive celebration to inaugurate their great temple—and slaughtered an incredible number of people.

The Aztecs claimed that they sacrificed 84,000 people over a period of four days. During the reign of the Aztecs, an estimated 250,000 people were sacrificed across Mexico during an average year.

 

4. The Festival Of The Flaying Of Men

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One of the most disturbing Aztec festivals was called Tlacaxipehualiztli (“The Festival of the Flaying of Men”). This was a ceremony dedicated to the Aztec god Xipe Totec, whose name means “The Flayed One.”

Forty days before the festival, one man was granted the honor to dress like The Flayed One. He was covered in red feathers and golden jewels and spent 40 days honored as a god. Then, on the day of the festival, he and eight other impersonators of gods were brought to the top of the temples and killed.

The priests skinned the bodies of the sacrificed men in an imitation of a plant shedding its husk. The skin was then dyed yellow to look like gold. Some skins were given to priests, who danced in them. Other skins were given to young men, who spent the next 20 days begging while draped in a loose coat of human flesh.

3. Sacrifice Through Gladiatorial Combat

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During The Festival of the Flaying of Men, some men were given the chance to defend themselves. To live, though, they had to defeat the greatest Aztec champions in armed combat—and the odds were not even.

The sacrificial warriors were led onto a circular stone called a temalacatl. They were allowed to carry wooden weapons that were little more than toys. Holding a stick whittled into the shape of a blade, these men watched as the greatest Aztec champions marched out, armed to the teeth.

According to Aztec legends, one man named Tlahuicol actually survived. With nothing but a wooden sword, he single-handedly killed eight fully armed Aztec warriors. The Aztecs were thrilled, and they offered to make him the commander of their army.

Their offer, he told them, was an insult. Tlahuicol was meant for a far greater fate. He was to be sacrificed to the gods.

2. The Death Of Twins

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The Aztecs had odd and often contradictory beliefs about twins. Their myths were full of twins, usually treated as venerated deities worthy of the worship of man. Twins appeared in their stories as monster slayers, heroes, and even the creators of the world.

Real twins, though, were treated with complete contempt. They had one god, Xolotl, for both deformed children and twins because the Aztecs considered twins to be a deformed child.

They saw twins as a mortal threat to their parents. Allowing twin babies to live would mean the end of your life. So most parents chose one of their baby twins and sent it back to the gods.

1. Child Sacrifice

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At the heart of the Aztec capital, Tenochtitlan, were twin temples. At the peak of the one dedicated to Tlaloc, the Aztecs held the most terrible and saddest ritual of them all.

Tlaloc was the god of rain and lightning—and he demanded children.

During the late winter month called Atlcahualo, the Aztecs would bring children to the temple of Tlaloc and force them to walk up the steps. The children were not willing volunteers, and they wept as they went up. If the children cried, the Aztecs believed that Tlaloc would bless them with rain. So if the children did not weep on their own, the adults would make them.

When it was done, the children were brought into a cave outside of town. They were laid in a circle under an open roof. There, under the open air, the rain brought about by their sacrifice would drizzle down upon their bodies.

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10 Of The Best Films Of 2016 You May Have Missed

2016 was dominated with hits like Captain America: Civil War and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, among many others. With these hits pulling in the majority of the box office take for the year, it’s easy to miss some of the films that came out in between. While they may not have made as much money as others in 2016, these 10 films are some of the best of the year.

10Swiss Army Man

Independent films have a knack for taking an odd premise and making it both mesmerizing and sympathetic; Swiss Army Man tackles this with poise and hilarity to create one of the best films of the year. Hank is suicidal after being lost at sea, and as he is about to hang himself, he notices a corpse that has washed up on the beach. The corpse becomes his only friend as he fights for survival in an attempt to free himself from the island.

The body is used as a fart-propelled jet ski, infinite water source, and a compass via the corpse’s erection as it slowly begins to reanimate. The film was well received by critics and audiences alike following its premiere at Sundance, though several people walked out due to the flatulent nature of the comedic storytelling. Despite its use of body humor as a plot mechanic, the film is a lighthearted comedy that is fun and fulfilling.

 

9Cafe Society

Cafe Society is Woody Allen’s film for 2016 and stars Steve Carrell, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, and Blake Lively, among others. Like most of Allen’s work, the film was critically successful but released to a limited audience, so you probably missed it. The film is an homage to the New York City nightclub of the same name and the 1930s lifestyle in the big city.

Cafe Society is a romantic comedy set in Los Angeles involving a young man who moves to the west coast to work with his uncle, a talent agent in Hollywood. He quickly falls in love with his uncle’s assistant, who initially helps him settle into Hollywood. After their affair ends in disappointment, he returns to New York and opens the titular nightclub, which becomes a home for high society and gangsters. The film was received positively and was released via Amazon, a first for Allen.

8Hello, My Name Is Doris

Sally Field stars in this romantic dramedy about a woman in her sixties who tries to put the moves on a younger coworker. Field plays a woman coping with the loss of her mother, whom she has lived with her entire life. She is a hoarder and something of a recluse but ultimately finds infatuation with John, played by Max Greenfield, who is barely half her age.

The story plays out the fantasies of the older woman and the younger man amid the reality of her trying to woo him while becoming his friend. She gets mixed up in his love life and makes a mess of things, but Field plays a sympathetic woman who is just looking for love. Like all of her roles, she knocks this one out of the park, and the film is definitely worth checking out.

 

7Midnight Special

Midnight Special, Jeff Nichols’s fourth full-length motion picture, features Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, and others. It’s a sci-fi tale about a family escaping from a cult and the government after discovering that young boy Alton, played by Jaedon Lieberher, has special powers.

The story follows the escape and survival theme while Alton develops his powers and enlightens the audience to a greater world than the one they thought they knew. The film has been described as Spielberg-esque science fiction. Midnight Special is, in many ways, an homage to Spielberg’s hits, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T., but maintains its own sense of mystery and wonderment, making it a standalone film everyone who enjoys the genre should definitely watch.

6The Lobster

The Lobster is another sci-fi entry very well received by critics. It won the Jury Prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and it wasn’t until 2016 that the film saw a limited release. The Lobster won numerous awards and received praise from critics and audience members alike.

The film tells the story of a man who was dumped by his wife and needs to find a new partner. In this dystopic world, people are required to find true love within 45 days or they are turned into the animal of their choice and released into the wild. David attempts to find his new love through some romantic misadventures before he flees society and joins up with a rebel group called The Loners who have abandoned romance. Of course, David meets an enticing female member of the group, and the expected happens.

5The Witch

The Witch is another indie film shown at a 2015 film festival that wasn’t released until 2016, and it’s likely you missed it due to its relatively limited release. The story takes place in the mid-17th century in New England, where a man named William is threatened with banishment from the puritan plantation. So he takes his family and moves to the outskirts near a forest, where strange and malevolent things begin to happen almost immediately.

The children insist that the family’s goat speaks to them, and various items begin to go missing. The film develops quickly into a horrific tale of witchcraft but explores the themes of devout Christianity coming to terms with witchcraft and the devil himself. The Witch is both an incredibly well-made horror film and a religious exploration about the fear of God and the influence of evil.

 

4Krisha

Krisha was met with massive critical success when it was released, though few people saw it. Having made less than $155,000 at the box office, it might be a surprise to end up on a list like this, but the movie was so well received, this list wouldn’t be complete without it. Krisha is based off a short film of the same name and was funded via a Kickstarter campaign aiming to raise only $10,000.

The story is about a woman in her sixties named Krisha who has battled drug and alcohol addictions her entire adult life and has become estranged from her family. She reaches out to her family claiming to be sober and offers to make a Thanksgiving dinner for them. While some see her as reformed, others are far more dubious, and the familial conflicts that arise make for a riveting story of drama and compassion.

3Kubo And The Two Strings

It’s rare that a big-budget animated film would make it on a list of movies you might have missed through the year, but there has been some serious animated competition in 2016 with the release of Disney’s Moana, Finding Dory, and Zootopia. Those films were excellent, but if you saw them instead of sitting down and watching Kubo and the Two Strings, you have done yourself a disservice.

Kubo and the Two Strings is a 3-D stop-motion animated film about a young man named Kubo, who has magical powers and a missing left eye (it was stolen). He goes on an adventure with a monkey and beetle that takes the audience on a wonderful ride through ancient Japan. The film was highly rated by the majority of critics and is a must-see for anyone who loves animated adventures appealing to all ages.

2Sing Street

Sing Street is an Irish musical comedy film about a young man who starts a band to impress a girl. After meeting the young lady in his new school, he tells her he needs a model for the music video he is shooting with his band, which he then goes on to form with his friends. They develop a romance as the band strays into success and develops several original songs. This all happens amid family difficulties and the inevitable relationship issues expected in this type of film.

Sing Street was extremely well received by critics and has achieved a great deal of success internationally. The film incorporates the musical aspect alongside comedy to provide a wonderful film everyone should definitely see. The accompanying soundtrack is also a must-hear and truly captures the themes of the movie, even earning a nomination for Best Song at the Critics Choice Awards.

1Manchester By The Sea

Manchester by the Sea was a late release in 2016, having its wide release on December 16, but many people missed out due to the release of Rogue One that same week. The film stars Casey Affleck, Gretchen Mol, and others in a story of loss and pain revolving around a young man whose father recently died.

Take a box of tissues with you when you check out this wonderful story, which has been described as being incredibly sad by the star. Though the subject matter is sad and at times depressing, that shouldn’t deter anyone from seeing this beautiful film, which has been incredibly well received among critics the world over. The film has been nominated for dozens of awards still pending with several wins already under its belt. Manchester by the Sea is quite possibly the best pictures of the year.

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17 Pics So Strange, So, So Strange

Sometimes you just gotta sit back and wonder what the hell is happening in the minds of us humans. The internet is a great place to see things that explore the depths of that disturbing concept, and boy is it ever amazing what you can find. Whether these photos are photoshopped, staged, or just snapped in the moment, they all definitely have a strange feel to them that makes you wonder what the heck they were thinking. At least they’re funny and entertaining, but seriously, how do they come up with this stuff?

 

 

1. We’ll start with this unfortunate headline

2. Literally the coolest guy in class

3. I might be breaking the first rule, but it’s worth sharing:

4. Maybe a little overwhelming

5. You’re doing it wrong — so, so wrong!

6. Sweet dreams are made of these…

7. Don’t know how they got there, and sure as hell don’t know how they’ll leave

8. What Batman villain is this??

9. They’re a popular snack-chip

10. Needs more ducks…

11. An exercise in imagination

12. Now imagine a human with duck lips!

13. I wish the ducks just had no kinds of lips…

OH GOD NO! I TAKE IT BACK, I TAKE IT BACK!!!

14. Grdon Rmsay!

15. Rise of the planet of the pigeons

16. Eminem would loose it if he saw the waste of this precious spaghetti

17. And lastly, the park bench from the city of Nopesville

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16 Times That Being In Love Was A Super Bad Time For All Parties Involved

Like most emotions, love can be fleeting. It can also leave you with a bad taste in your mouth and memories full of regret. If you think these memories won’t scar you, you’d be wrong. All of our flaws are basically products of our previous emotional trauma. Consider yourself warned, so take the plunge at your own risk.

1. The strength of a woman scorned is equivalent to that of a mother lifting a car off her helpless child.

2. Apparently, destroying a man’s marriage isn’t enough for one day.

3. Now that’s a tattoo he’ll definitely regret.

4. Caught red handed.

#6 is proof that some men are dogs that can’t be trained.

5. How do you like them nuts?!

6. She couldn’t train that dog.

7. Premeditated revenge is the best kind of revenge.

8. Maybe Maya needs to back off the Tinder.

#11 is the international symbol for “I got caught cheating.”

9. Evidence is key.

10. Burnnnnnnnnnnnn!

Literally. 

11. Someone got caught.

12. She did not hold back.

The chick in #15 knows how to turn a bad situation into pure profit.

13. Well, how can you resist?

14. And the Good Samaritan award goes to…

15. How a professional business woman deals with a cheater.

16. I would not mess with this future single lady!

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24 Of The Best Responses To Wrong Number Texts

You can thank technology for the fact that you can never remember anyone’s phone number. Naturally, when we throw our BFF’s number in our contacts, we’re bound to switch up a few numbers and get it totally wrong. So when you send that important text, it goes to someone totally unintended. Awkward.

At least some of them have a sense of humor about it, right? Here are 24 of the best responses to wrong number texts:

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