10 Tips on How To Keep A Conversation Going

Don’t you just hate it when you’re in the company of someone you really like but there’s nothing to talk about? Unless both of you enjoy the same hobbies or come from the same background, you will sometimes find it difficult to maintain a conversation with someone who you aren’t that close to. To avoid any awkwardness between the two of you, there are a few tricks to keep a conversation going that doesn’t involve any drastic measures on your part. If you’re clever enough, they’ll unlikely to be able to tell what you’re doing or to what extent. So without further ado, here are ten tips on how to keep a conversation going once it runs dry.
Tell them to wait a minute

If you’re ever feeling like you’ve exhausted all the topics you could talk about, you can always ask them to wait a minute until you figure out the next subject. In this regard, you can always fake a phone call you have to make or a task you just remember to attend to, with the promise that you will be right back with them once the chore is done. Then again, you can always pretend you need to use the restroom for a couple of minutes with the same end result.

Ask them to elaborate on a topic

Should you ever find yourself conversing with someone who has a deeper understanding of the subject being discussed, you can always keep the conversation going by feigning ignorance on certain aspects of the thing you’re talking about. If you feel like your conversation partner knows the intricate nature of whatever subject is being addressed, pretend that you need further clarification on the particularities of said subject to lengthen the conversation for a couple more minutes.

Make things personal

If the environment is friendly enough, you can always ask a few seemingly innocent yet personal questions of your interlocutor that you feel they wouldn’t mind responding to. Without getting too personal, try to connect whatever subject you’re talking about to your conversational partner in a way that doesn’t make them uncomfortable in any way. If possible, ask them to clarify whether not they have personal experience with the subject on hand.

Point out the awkwardness in a friendly fashion

Although ill-advised to ever mention how awkward the silence between you has become, you can always point out in a jokingly fashion that you two were so efficient at dissecting the topic that you’ve simply exhausted it. Should your interlocutor be clever enough to pick up on the cues, he/she will most likely make light of the situation themselves, presumably by adding a few anecdotes about whatever you’re talking about.

Show enthusiasm

By showing too much enthusiasm, you are likely to have your vigor misconstrued. However, if you’re prepared to show just the right amount of interest, whoever you’re talking to will definitely engage you further in a friendly fashion. Like always, moderation is paramount in situations such as these, especially if you’re looking to make a friend of the person you’re conversing with. In this regard, you should show enthusiasm about the topic being discussed, even if you’re not 100% honest.

Give long answers when questioned

A good way to signal the person you’re conversing with that you’ve been paying close attention to what they’ve been saying is to give long, detailed answers when asked questions. For the sake of civility, you should at least feign interest in the topic, enough to help you give a long answer to whatever question you are being asked. Nothing kills a conversation quicker than having one of the parties give ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ answers when prompted for a detailed opinion.

Ask detailed questions

On a related note, try to make your questions as substantiated as possible. As long as you have a basic understanding of what is being discussed, try your best to ask detailed questions so as to prompt a wordy response in return. This is because for better or worse, most people like to hear themselves talk. When explaining a matter they are familiar with to someone who isn’t too versed into what is being talked about, they will often get a morale boost out of the impression that they’re helping another person out.

Make observations

If you have reached the point of the conversation where you have even the slightest idea of what it is being discussed, you should try your best to make detailed observations about the subject. No matter how good your understanding of the subject may be, it is important to always show the person you’re conversing with that you at least grasp the basics. Unless you’re talking with an unreasonable person, nine out of ten people will be happy that you care enough about the subject so as to formulate an observation of your own.

Go back a few steps

Should you ever find yourself in a conversation that seems to be going nowhere, do try to go back a few steps to the point where the conversation made sense. If possible, try to feign ignorance on a specific matter so as to force the other person to explain a previous part of their reasoning. This way, you will take the conversation into an area where you can use broader terms to keep it going for a while longer.

Change the subject

Perhaps the best way to keep a conversation going is to change the subject the moment you feel it is not going anywhere. If you are tactful enough, the other person will not even get the chance to object in any way, being more intrigued by the ever-changing nature of the conversation. A good way to raise their interest when doing so is to ask them if they have any opinions of their own about the subject at hand. You will then, should you choose to do so, use their answer to further the conversation by changing the subject again based on a specific phrase they’ve used.

10 Foods You Should NEVER Eat When Pregnant

While most pregnant women know not to expose themselves to cigarette smoke or toxic fumes during pregnancy, not many consider the effects food has on the development of the fetus. We’re here to tell you that a pregnant women’s diet not only influences an unborn baby’s development but it can also cause health issues or even miscarriages in some isolated cases.

Although you shouldn’t fear losing the baby just because of your cravings, you should definitely avoid certain dishes more than others. Over the next few minutes, we will explore the ten foods you should never eat when pregnant so as to find out how to best protect yourself and the baby at all times.

 

Swordfish

Swordfish

The reason why swordfish shouldn’t be consumed during pregnancy is because of the high levels of mercury swordfish meat contains. As you may or may not know, mercury can cause serious damage to the fetus’ nervous system, which may lead to further complications or even death.

If possible, try your best to replace swordfish meat with canned tuna, salmon, shrimp, or cod meat, which should taste roughly the same.

 

 

Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese

It is common for pregnant women to crave cheese from time to time, which isn’t necessarily a bad idea. Not all types of cheese should be considered, however, as some cheeses are known to cause adverse reactions in pregnant women.

One of the reasons why blue cheese is bad for pregnant women is because of the unpasteurized milk contents which can be linked to Listeriosis, a fatal infection that has the capacity of causing severe illnesses, birth defects, or even miscarriages.

 

 

Raw Eggs

Raw Eggs

Many people consider uncooked eggs to be a good source of protein and they’re right. For those of you who don’t know, raw eggs are the key ingredient in some smoothies, which pregnant women should learn to live without. The main reason behind this is because raw eggs can carry salmonella or cause food poisoning.

So if you’re a fan of egg-based smoothies or any other dishes that involve raw eggs, then try to stay away from them while you’re pregnant for both the baby’s sake and yours.

 

 

Unpasteurized Milk

Unpasteurized Milk

If you were paying attention earlier when we talked about blue cheese you would know about the dangers of unpasteurized milk. Again, the main issue with unpasteurized milk is that it can cause listeriosis and a variety of other issues which may, in turn, lead to birth defects. With this in mind, if you’re having any milk cravings while pregnant, do your best to consume pasteurized milk at all times.

 

 

Liver

Liver

Liver should be avoided because of its high Vitamin A contents which although perfectly safe for most people, can cause a variety of adverse reactions in pregnant women. At the same time, try your best to avoid dishes rich in Vitamin A, not only liver-based dishes. Also worth mentioning that it isn’t the vitamin A that’s causing the issue for pregnant women but the abundance of it, which some dishes contain.

 

Deli Meats

Deli Meats

Not many women realize this but processed deli meats can cause all sorts of medical issues for pregnant women. Apart from Listeriosis, deli meats can also cause digestive blockages and a variety of other intestinal issues. As a matter of fact, do your best to avoid all types of processed meat, but deli meats in particular. In this regard, try to always consume fresh meat if you’re ever craving meat.

 

 

Brie Cheese

Brie Cheese

The problem with brie cheese is that it contains unpasteurized contents, which as we already established, is a big no-no for pregnant women. Like most such cheeses, brie cheese also contains unpasteurized milk, which can cause a nasty case of Listeriosis under certain conditions. If you can, try to read the label of any cheese you’re thinking of buying so as to avoid unpasteurized milk as much as possible.

 

 

King Mackerel

King Mackerel

The reason why pregnant women shouldn’t eat King Mackerel is the same reason why they shouldn’t consume swordfish. Like we already said, oceanic fish meat can be laden with mercury, which is extremely dangerous for pregnant women.

When it comes to King Mackerel, the mercury contents of this particular fish are substantially higher than most fish, almost to the point where it can also cause digestive damage in healthy individuals, nevermind pregnant women.

 

 

Coffee

Coffee

When we talk about coffee as being unsuitable for pregnant women, we’re mainly talking about caffeinated coffee. You see, it is caffeine that causes the many issues a pregnant woman’s body may develop, especially if she drinks coffee on a regular basis. To avoid this, you can always try to drink decaffeinated coffee, which for the most part tastes almost the same. Having said that, let us point out that you could probably drink a cup a day if it’s a small cup.

 

Feta Cheese

Feta Cheese

No other food is as dangerous for pregnant women as feta cheese. We already established that unpasteurized milk can cause pregnant women a lot of trouble, well feta cheese contains an awful lot of it. As a matter of fact, feta cheese contains an awful lot of unpasteurized milk, enough to cause Listeriosis or a wide variety of other health issues.

So to avoid hurting the development of your baby’s central nervous system, you should perhaps stay clear of feta cheese no matter how much you might crave it.

 

 

10 Tips on How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Fruit flies can be quite a nuisance if not taken care of in a timely fashion, almost to the point of looking like an infestation. Although quite small and seemingly vulnerable, these tiny little insects can be quite resilient to traditional methods, so in many ways, prevention is perhaps the best cure. With this in mind, you would do best to first prevent the appearance of fruit flies than trying to rid yourself of them after they’ve already made their presence known.

If you’ve had the misfortune of dealing with these annoying creatures, then you will undoubtedly appreciate a handful of good tips on how to fight them off. With this in mind, here are ten useful tips on how to get rid of fruit flies permanently.

Empty your bins more often

empty your bins

Few places foster fruit flies better than recycle bins or plain old garbage bins. Unless you wash these bins regularly, there is a big chance for them to foster fruit flies sooner or later, especially when it comes to bottles that used to contain sweet drinks. You see, this is because fruit flies love sweet and fermented places, with a peculiar preference for bottles in which whatever liquid is left over has started fermenting.

Throw away old fruits

throw away old fruits

It may seem like common sense to throw away old fruits yet not many people pay attention to those old apples or bananas that sometimes spend days on serving plates. If they are allowed to start fermenting, you will soon have fruit flies flying around the room, not to mention the many other insects they might end up fostering. If possible, try to at least place these old fruits in plastic bags if you’re planning on keeping them a while longer.

Make sure compost scraps are stored outside

store compost scraps

Another thing that might appear seemingly intuitive is to take compost scraps outside if possible. Although there are many people who prefer to turn their kitchen scraps into compost, few actually consider how many bacteria they can end up collecting when left unattended. This is also one of the preferred environments of fruit flies who will quickly move into any storage bin containing compost scraps.

Always wash your dishes

wash your dishes

Not many people seem to understand that unwashed dishes contain enough residue to foster dangerous bacteria and pests if left unattended for too much. If possible, try to wash your dishes as often as possible, not only to prevent the appearance of fruit flies but for general hygiene reasons. As far as fruit flies are concerned, however, they seem to prefer moisture above everything else, which is why they are likely to make a home out of any unwashed dishes you might have laying around.

Replace old sponges and mops

replace sponges

Even though not many people realize this, fruit flies can also breed on old sponges and mops if all the other conditions are met. Many people wear out their kitchen sponges and mops to the point where they become breeding grounds for bacteria over time. It just so happens that fruit flies also enjoy these very conditions to breed. So if you can, try to throw out any reusable kitchen cloths and rags after you’ve used them for a while, just to be safe.

Keep track of decaying vegetables

throw decaying fruits

Just like fruits, vegetables are very likely to foster fruit flies when they start decaying or rotting. This is particularly specific to potatoes and onions which fruit flies seem to like more than any other vegetables, but they’ll breed in almost any other type of vegetable if given the possibility. Believe it or not but all it takes for a potato or onion to go bad for an entire fruit fly infestation to happen.

Fix slow or defective drains

fix slow drains

If you have any defective or slow-moving drains inside the house, you would do well to fix them as soon as possible. Not only are these drains dangerous as far as germs and bacteria go but they can also provide a spawning pool for mosquitoes and fruit flies. Like we already said, fruit flies thrive in humid environments, so unless you want to have a fruit fly infestation on your hands, then make time to fix whatever defective drains you might have.

Put out vinegar traps

vinegar traps

A good way to curb the fruit fly population is to set up vinegar traps around the house. You see, fruit flies love being around fermenting fruits and vegetables, which is why vinegar is so attractive for them. With just a handful of vinegar traps around the house, you can quickly and efficiently reduce the number of fruit flies around the house, even to the point of ridding yourself completely of them if you do it often enough.

Close your jars shut

closed jars

Given the small size of fruit flies, they will make their way into any improperly closed jar you might have laying around the house. It also happens that fruit flies make a home of the excess contents dripping over the edge of jars, so make sure to clean your jars after screwing the lid shut. On a related note, make sure to close the jars shut after using them to avoid any insects from getting inside the jars.

Clean your kitchen

clean kitchen

This is yet another seemingly obvious advice to follow, yet not many people are accustomed to keeping a clean kitchen. Some people believe that cleaning the counters is enough to maintain a relatively clean kitchen, but kitchen floors will always be more humid that the rest of the house because of condensation.

For this reason, fruit flies will often nest behind counters or any other kitchen furniture you might have. To avoid this, make sure to give your kitchen floor a good scrub whenever you have the time, once or twice a month should do the trick.

 

Top 10 Best Baby Shower Food Ideas

As long as you’re having the baby shower among friends, you shouldn’t really worry about making things needlessly extravagant. Without showing too much constraint, you can definitely put up a good display for your guests if you are creative enough. The one department where you don’t want to show too much restraint, however, is the food part.

For such a special occasion, you want to offer your guests nothing but the very best when it comes to sweets and dishes, which is where we might be able to help. After taking the time to educate ourselves about what makes a successful baby shower, we figured out what the best baby shower foods are. So if you’re interested, here are the ten best baby shower food ideas to consider for such an occasion.

Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

You shouldn’t have too many difficulties making Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs seeing how you can find the recipe with a quickly online search. The real difficulties arise from how you choose to serve them. These shortcakes are quite difficult to store given their form but extremely delicious and flavorful. Upon serving them, you might want to also present your guests with some chocolate dipping to enhance the taste.

Veggie Bowls

Veggie Bowls

As long as you find the right combination of vegetables, a veggie bowl should be quite delicious. Inexpensive and easy to prepare, veggie bowls can be served to almost anyone regardless of their culinary preferences, not to mention how easy they are to store. Speaking of which, a great plus for veggie bowls is that you can get the ingredients days in advance and simply refrigerate them for later consumption.

Party Pitas

Party Pitas

The great thing about Party Pitas is that they serve not only as an entree but also as a stand-alone dish for regular serving. The only thing to remember is that they might be difficult to store unless you’re serving them relatively fresh, seeing how they tend to spoil rather quickly. Even so, if properly stored, pitas will allow you to serve a wide variety of fillings depending on what your guests like to eat.

Cupcakes With Printable Liners

Cupcakes With Printable Liners

Everybody loves cupcakes, no doubt about it. With these cupcakes, however, you get the benefit of personalizing the cakes so as to serve them individually to each guest along with a humoristic remark or phrase to brighten the mood. At the same time, you have to admit that cupcakes are pretty lovely to look at in general, with the liner printables these particular cupcakes have being an added benefit.

Cookies On A Stick

Cookies On A Stick

If a large buffet isn’t quite what you’re looking for, then why not have some traditional cookies instead? Even better, why not have cookies on sticks that you can serve as popsicles to your guests? You are one internet search away from finding thousands of such recipes, all with ideas on how to prepare them and how to adapt them to the theme of your baby shower. On a related note, let us point out that sweets on sticks are usually to be desired, much more so than regular treats.

Lemony Angel Food Cake

Lemony Angel Food Cake

Those of you who have had the pleasure of eating delicious lemony angel food cakes will know just how well these cakes go with any drink. In general, you don’t want to pick the dishes you’re serving based on the other dishes you plan to prepare but you should definitely make an exception when it comes to lemony angel food cakes. These cakes have the exact type of flavor and consistency required to make guests thirsty for any beverages you plan on serving.

Flavored Popcorn

Flavored Popcorn

Although some of you would see popcorn as a lazy solution for entertaining guests, it is by far one of the best solutions possible. Mind you, we’re not talking here about regular popcorn but the flavored kind. Truth be told, not many people are going to refuse popcorn, especially after they’ve had something to drink. In fact, why not serve the popcorn flavorless and have several dippings for the guests to choose from?

A Large Buffet

A Large Buffet

You could also treat your guests to a large buffet if you have the means for it, a buffet they would be able to peck on throughout the festivities. This buffet doesn’t necessarily have to contain expensive or exotic foods, just as long as they’re tasty and well prepared. If possible, try to adjust the buffet to the general theme of the baby shower or to personalize it according to what your guests like to eat.

Pomegranate-Citrus Juice

Pomegranate-Citrus Juice

It is always advised to serve refreshing drinks when you’re entertaining guests, especially at a baby shower where people are inclined to do a lot of talking. Combine that with the many treats and dishes you are likely to have on offer and the need for refreshments becomes so much more obvious. The reason why we recommend Pomegranate-Citrus Juice for the job is the fact that it is very unlikely to cause any allergic reactions or to cause any digestive problems to anyone. On top of all that, it is also rich in vitamin C and extremely tasty.

A Craving Table

A Craving Table

Last but not least, you’re going to have to set up a cravings table for the mother-to-be. Most of the activities that happen at a baby shower will likely tire a pregnant woman more than her daily activities tend to do, which is why you want to have all her favorite refreshments and dishes available on hand for her to delve into. In fact, why not have all these dishes spread out for all the guests to enjoy so that she doesn’t feel too self-conscious about pigging on food? After all, a baby shower is supposed to be fun for everyone involved.

 

Top 10 Weird Mormon Beliefs

Say what you want about Mormons, at least they have their dogmas in order and they’re among the most peaceful people in existence. A lot has been said about Mormons and Mormonism over the years, be it accurately or in jest because of how peculiar their religion is considered to be.

To be more exact, you often hear some pretty outlandish things about Mormons, which should have prompted some of you to pay extra attention to what is being said whenever the subject comes up. To avoid appearing ignorant, let us find out what strange things Mormons believe and why do they think that way in the first place. So without further ado, here are the ten weirdest beliefs that Mormons have.

Mary wasn’t a virgin

virgin mary mormons

According to the Mormon doctrine, the virgin Mary wasn’t exactly a virgin. Although Christians would beg to differ, it is generally believed by the Mormons that Mary, the mother of Christ, wasn’t exactly a virgin by the time the Holy Spirit impregnated her. With that said, let us point out that Mormons don’t really have a problem with the sanctity of Mary as a divine character, they just question her promiscuity.

They see God as an actual person

mormon god person

Another interesting thing Mormons believe is that God almighty actually has a human form. In fact, they believe that all saints have a human form, just like Jesus did. For this reason, they believe that any messenger sent by God should be able to greet people in a human form so as to solidify the power of his message. Mind you, this is actually explained at lengths in the Book of Mormon.

God resides on another planet

mormon god planet

Mormons believe that the Christian God isn’t a spiritual being by form but rather by spirit. As for his physical form, they believe that God actually lives on a different planet and that he pulls the strings of this world from way over there. They even have an idea of where this planet might be. According to them, God lives on a planet near the Kolob star, although they make no mention of where exactly it is situated.

Black people weren’t allowed to be priests in the old days

black people mormon priest

Not many Mormons like to talk about this but there were times when minorities weren’t allowed in the church as priests. Although they always allowed people of all creeds to worship God according to the Mormon dogma, it was only white people who were allowed to be Mormon priests up until 1978. That year, church president Spencer W. Kimball apparently had a revelation that lead him to issue a change in policy.

Dinosaur bones exist as a test of faith

dinosaur bones mormon

According to Mormons, dinosaur bones were put on Earth to test people’s faith in God. They believe that whoever allows themselves to be tricked by the dinosaur conundrum has already strayed away from God’s light. Furthermore, they believe that these bones were made from the recycled organic matter of other worlds that have since been destroyed. Although some Mormons will usually change their opinion when exposed to higher forms of education, many Mormons still believe these things to this day.

There isn’t just one heaven

mormon heaven

A majority of all Christians believe that they’ll go to heaven when they die, if they’ve lived a good life that is. With Mormons, the general idea is that there are more than just one heaven or at least a segmented one with three kingdoms. The Celestial Kingdom, where God lives, is populated by saints and angels. The Terrestrial Kingdom is the part of heaven that holds the souls of the Christians. Lastly, the Telestial Kingdom is the one where all the people who haven’t received the gospel of Christ go when they die.

The world wasn’t created by God

mormon god

Another controversial belief that Mormons have is the one according to which our world was NOT created by the almighty. They believe that God stumbled upon our Universe and that he arranged all the matter in it according to a specific design. In this respect, he didn’t exactly create the Universe out of nothing but practically reorganized it in the way we see it nowadays. If you will, he is credited with putting things in order above everything else.

Missouri houses the Garden of Eden

missouri mormon heaven

As strange as it may sound, Mormons believe that the Garden of Eden can be found in Missouri. To be more precise, they believe that present-day Missouri is the place where the Garden of Eden used to be before man strayed away from God. Interestingly enough, Missouri is also the place where many Mormon end time prophecies are supposed to happen, which is also the place where they believe the second coming of Jesus will occur.

Satan controls water

satan water mormon

According to Mormons, it is Satan who controls the water of all the lakes, rivers, and oceans on our planet, not God. They also believe that upon entering a large body of water, you are basically setting foot into Satan’s realm, a place where God cannot protect you anymore. For this reason, highly religious Mormons spend their whole lives away from pools, lakes, and rivers, which may explain why Mormons are such bad swimmers.

Black people are cursed

black people are cursed

Perhaps the most controversial belief the Mormons hold is that according to which all people of African descent are cursed. The reason behind this being that most black people are perceived by Mormons to be the descendants of Cain, who was cursed to live his life with a dark skin.

What’s even more interesting is that some Mormons believe that upon converting to Mormonism, black people’s skin will gradually get whiter over time. And if this wasn’t strange enough, they also believe that all black Christians will become white people upon passing the Pearly Gates and that they will spend eternity in Heaven with a white skin.

 

20 Flightless Birds List – Birds That Can’t Fly

When you think birds you think flying creatures roaming free across the sky, but as we are about to find out, this isn’t always the case. In fact, there are many birds who for one reason or another, simply cannot fly. Be it because of an evolutionary mishap or because of sudden changes in their behavior, these birds have evolved past the need for flight. Some of you will undoubtedly know all about a few of the more popular ones, whereas some will really surprise you.

Overall, the general consensus among scientists is that most of these birds evolved the way they did because they weren’t really threatened by any predators and because they had plenty of food so as not need to cover large areas on a daily basis. Having said that, let us find out what are the 20 most widespread flightless birds in the world.

Invisible Rail

Invisible Rail

Although not technically invisible, this elusive bird prefers to keep to itself, far away from any researcher’s eye. It is endemic to the island of Halmahera in North Maluku, Indonesia, where it inhabits swamps adjacent to forests. This bird has a predominantly dark slate-grey plumage and bare skin around its eyes. It also makes a low drumming sound which it accompanies with a wing-beating pattern.

Titicaca Grebe

Titicaca Grebe

Also known as the Titicaca flightless grebe or short-winged grebe, this particular bird can be found on the altiplano of Peru and Bolivia. As some of you who may have recognized the name would have guessed, this bird is mostly found on Lake Titicaca, although small populations can be found on Lake Uru Uru, Rio Desaguadero, and Poppo. Even though the population used to be wider in the past, this bird has since become endangered.

Brown Mesite

Brown Mesite

The Brown mesite can be found only in Madagascar and is classified as vulnerable by the IUCN. What makes this terrestrial bird stand out is the fact that nobody fully knows if the bird flies when needed or if it remains terrestrial at all times. We say this because the bird has the ability to leap off the ground and maintain itself in the air for a few seconds, even though it chooses not to.

Henderson Crake

Henderson Crake

Found in the southeast Pacific Ocean, this bird mostly lives in moist tropical forests. It is omnivorous by nature and is known to be an opportunistic feeder, with no real preferences when it comes to food. Furthermore, this bird’s habitat is continuously decreasing on a yearly basis, with less than 9,300 individuals alive in the world today. The main reasons behind it being endangered are climate change and the destruction of their natural habitat.

Rhea

Rhea

Rheas are large ratites that live throughout South America. These birds do not have a keel on their sternum bone, which makes them ratites by classification, birds which have never flown throughout their evolution. Interestingly enough, these birds are also rated as near-threatened in their natural habitat, mostly because of the spread of urbanization. Rheas are also special because of their intricate mating rituals.

Inaccessible Island Rail

Inaccessible Island Rail

What makes this particular bird stand out among the birds on our list is the fact that it is the smallest such bird in the world. It is also very elusive by nature, living only on the volcanic islands of the Tristan archipelago, which is one of the most remote yet inhabited areas on our planet. Given its peculiar environment, this bird has no known predators. Even so, this bird is far from having no threats, as their environment is affected by man-made dangers on a daily basis.

Tasmanian Native-Hen

Tasmanian Native-Hen

Not only do Tasmanian Native-Hens look a lot like chicken but they also behave pretty much the same way. As the name suggests, these hens are native to Tasmania where it inhabits farmlands, grasslands, and marshes. Although they have wings, these short wings aren’t enough to support their body weight in flight, an ability they do not really need given the wide array of food sources available to them.

Takahe

Takahe

This is the largest subspecies of rail bird in existence and a pretty large bird in its own right. We say this because this particular bird can grow to be 24 inches in length and almost 2.7 kg in weight. Native to New Zealand, these birds look a lot like the common pukeko bird and can only be found on alpine grasslands or any similar environments. Interestingly enough, these birds are known to not fare well in captivity, which is why so few of them exist in zoos across the planet.

Guam Rail

Guam Rail

As if the name wasn’t a dead giveaway already, these birds can commonly be found on the American island of Guam where they have evolved past the need for flight given the fact that they have no natural predators. In fact, this bird doesn’t even have any flight muscles, which is quite strange for a bird but quite understandable for one that never had any need for wings. This doesn’t obstruct the bird from using its wings from time to time, however, mostly for mating purposes.

Flightless Cormorant

Flightless Cormorant

Interestingly enough, the Flightless Cormorant is the only species of cormorant that cannot fly. Native to the Galapagos islands, these birds can grow to be quite large. A fully grown adult can reach 34 inches in length and almost 4 kg in weight, although most of them ar a bit smaller. Even so, they are pretty large birds compared to some of the other species found on the Galapagos islands.

Steamer Duck

Steamer Duck

The Steamer Duck gets its name from the way it smacks its wings against the water when it gets angry or irritated. From a distance, this looks an awful lot like a steamboat’s wheels as the boat makes its way across the water. It also has a lot to do with how easily irritated these birds are. In fact, the steamer duck is widely considered be one of the angriest birds out there, one that can easily be triggered by the slightest disturbance.

Greater Rhea

Greater Rhea

We talked about the Rhea bird and how massive it is but believe it or not, there is actually an even larger Rhea out there. The greater Rhea is native to South America and is considered one of the largest birds in the world. As an adult, a Greater Rhea can reach 4 feet in height, which is quite impressive for a bird. Although they have massive wings, these wings are mostly useless, seeing how these birds use them only for posturing and attracting mates.

Kakapo

Kakapo

Endemic to New Zealand, the Kakapo bird is a highly unusual bird, in the sense that it is not only flightless but entirely nocturnal as well. In fact, Kakapos are the only flightless, nocturnal parrots on the face of the planet. Also interesting is the fact that these birds have extremely short wings, extremities they aren’t afraid to shake around whenever they wish to attract potential mates or when they’re angry.

Cassowary

Cassowary

These large flightless birds are endemic to Papua New Guinea and Northeastern Australia. As adults, they can grow to be between 55 and 79 inches tall and can weight up to 58 kilograms, making them the second largest living birds on the planet. Furthermore, Cassowaries are very fast birds, similar to ostriches in this regard yet slightly slower. Some scientists believe that cassowaries are a good modern-day example of how late dinosaurs used to look like.

Weka

Weka

This bird is yet another New Zealand native, a bird that for the past two centuries, has been an important resource not only for natives but for European settlers as well. Having said that, we should point out that the Weka population has decreased quite a lot over the years, not only because of overhunting but also because of some new predators that settlers have introduced to their habitat. This is yet another example of how human beings are affecting the livelihood of many creatures throughout the world, sometimes as a result of sheer ignorance.

Campbell Teal

Campbell Teal

You know the saying that if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it is most certainly a duck? Well, this particular bird may look like a duck but that’s about as far as the similarities go. For starters, this teal is small, flightless, nocturnal, and a lot slower than most ducks or teals for that matter. They also prefer to steal burrows from other species instead of digging them themselves, which requires the bird to be quite aggressive.

Kiwi

Kiwi

Most of you have already heard about New Zealand’s famous Kiwi bird, which New Zealanders see as their national bird. The Kiwi is one of the most famous flightless birds on the planet, mostly because of the massive popularity it enjoys. It should be said that a fully grown adult Kiwi bird can grow to be 20 inches in length and 2 lbs in weight, measurements that make these birds some of the smallest of all living ratites in existence.

Emu

Emu

Emus are closely related to ostriches in many ways, including their impressive speed. As far as their size is concerned, Emus are the second largest living birds in existence by height and among the heaviest by weight. Endemic to Australia, these fast birds cover large swaths of land on a daily basis in order to feed. Interestingly enough, emus drink very little water during their long-range daily runs, yet they are capable of assimilating an awful lot of it whenever they do run across a stream or a spring.

Ostrich

Ostrich

Ostriches are not only the largest bird in the world but also the fastest. As a matter of fact, an adult ostrich can run at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. The secret behind their impressive speed is their fairly large body frame, one that can reach up to 9 feet in height and up to 600 pounds in weight. Also worth mentioning is that ostriches lay the largest egg of any bird, with eggs that can be as big as 5 inches in diameter and weight more than 3 lbs. These eggs are seen as a delicacy by many African tribes who have to go to extreme lengths to avoid the ostrich whenever they come across one.

Penguin

Penguin

Given the fact that penguins have almost no predators on land, these birds have evolved past the need to fly. Instead, they have evolved a surprisingly fast swimming capability, which allows them to avoid the many predators they are faced with every time they go out in the open water to catch fish.

What’s interesting about penguins is that they are monogamous birds who usually mate with the same partner throughout their entire lives. Not only that but they are also unafraid of human contact given the fact that they did not have to deal with predators on land at any point throughout their evolution.

 

Top 10 World’s Most Famous Serial Killers

Many people find serial killers fascinating because normal, well-adjusted individuals simply cannot comprehend what would drive a human being to act the way most serial killers do. While many people would commit a crime of passion or revenge in the spur of the moment, premeditating the death of one or multiple individuals seems absolutely psychotic to some extent, which is why serial killers stand out as such complete monsters. For educational purposes, let us remind ourselves what are the 10 most famous serial killers in history and just how sick these individuals were.

Peter Sutcliffe

Peter Sutcliffe

British serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, aka ‘The Yorkshire Ripper’, was convicted of murdering no less than 13 women and attempting to murder at least seven others before being apprehended. The reason why Peter was able to be active for almost two decades before finally getting caught is because he mainly targeted prostitutes who didn’t have any close ones to report them missing.

Arthur Shawcross

Arthur Shawcross

Arthur Shawcross was a serial killer from New York who is known to have killed 12 prostitutes and 2 young children while active. Also known as ‘The Genesee River Killer’, Shawcross was initially apprehended for the murder of two children under the age of 10, for which he was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Soon after his release, he immediately started killing again, this time prostitutes near the Genesee River. He went at it for almost 10 years before finally being caught and sentenced to 250 years in prison.

Dennis Nilsen

Dennis Nilsen

Between 1978 and 1983, Dennis Nilsen killed no less than 15 gay men in the London area. Although he was only convicted of six counts of murder and two attempted murder, he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he serve at least 25 years of his sentence. What makes Nilsen stand out is that he not only killed multiple people in a relatively short time span but that he also tortured his victims for days before eventually killing them and dissecting their remains.

Ted Bundy

Ted Bundy

While he was active, Ted Bundy kidnapped and murdered numerous young women throughout the 70s. The exact number of his victims is unknown as he only admitted to a handful of the many murders he is suspected to have committed. He was, however, convicted of murdering at least 30 women and young girls, going as far as decapitating at least 12 of his victims. Given his charm and good looks, many of his victims would simply follow him to secluded places where he would attack them.

Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer is a peculiar type of serial killer, one that would not only murder his victims but also eat parts of their bodies. During his spree, Dahmer killed at least 15 hay men who he lured to his home before attacking, raping, and murdering them in a lot of gruesome ways. He was eventually caught when one of his would-be victims managed to overpower him and alert the authorities. After a relatively short trial, he was sentenced to 15 terms of life imprisonment, of which he only served two before being beaten to death by an inmate.

John Wayne Gacy

John Wayne Gacy

Few people have ever come close to being as gruesome as John Wayne Gacy, the man who between 1972 and 1978 killed 33 teenage boys and young men. His modus operandi was to lure his victims with the promise of money upon arriving at his secluded home, where he would strangle them instead. Interestingly enough, John Wayne Gacy buried 26 of his 33 victims in the crawl space underneath his home without anyone ever noticing.

Andrei Chikatilo

Andrei Chikatilo

Some of you might have heard about the Butcher of Rostov, a Soviet killer who murdered at least 52 women and children between 1978 and 1990. Numerous accounts have been made about this truly deranged individual, one that used to sexually assault and mutilate his victims for hours before killing them. Shortly after his arrest, Andrei Chikatilo confessed to killing 56 people throughout the Russian SFSR, the Ukrainian SSR, and the Uzbek SSR, for which he was executed in 1994 via firing squad.

Dr. Harold Shipman

Dr. Harold Shipman

Compared to some of the other serial killers on our list, Dr. Harold Shipman’s crimes weren’t as gruesome, although his killing methods were just as heinous. Throughout his career, Shipman killed no less than 250 old women by injecting them with deadly doses of diamorphine. After their subsequent death, he would sign cremation forms to avoid any autopsy from being performed, thus avoiding the possibility of his crimes being discovered.

Gary Ridgway

Gary Ridgway

In Gary Ridgway’s case, the discovery that he was a prolific serial killer came as a surprise to the investigators who were initially suspecting him of murdering four women. Upon interrogating him, they found out that the seemingly deranged individual has killed no less than 70 women during the 80s and 90s when he was most active. the only reason why Ridgway avoided the death penalty was because he helped investigators find the bodies of 49 women he killed throughout the years.

Pedro Alonso Lopez

Pedro Alonso Lopez

When it comes to serial killers, one particular monster stands out as being by far the most psychotic ever. Pedro Alonso Lopez is believed to have raped and killed at least 300 girls across South America, particularly in Peru where he lived for most of his life. Although originally arrested for the attempted abduction of a young girl, it became clear during the investigation that he was responsible for at least 50 other similar abductions.

Initially, authorities didn’t believe Lopez who started to boast about his killings after just a few days of interrogation. It wasn’t until a flash flood uncovered a mass grave containing no less than 53 of his victims that investigators realized just what a sick and twisted individual he was.

 

Top 20 Most Inspirational People Who Ever Lived

So much of history has been written by conquerors, emperors, and kings, that we should find it quite difficult to settle on just a few. Whether it was through conquest, creativity, leadership, or pure luck, some people stood out throughout the ages as being highly influential not only in their time but by leaving their footprint on how the course of history would be shaped over time.

While we may not all agree that these people are worthy of the high praise they receive, we can all agree that they hold a privileged position in the annals of history and that we would all do well to remember their exploits. So without further ado, here are the 20 most inspirational people who ever lived and who for better or worst, shaped the way our world looks like today.

Imhotep

Imhotep

We all know how much of an influence the ancient Egyptians had on the world and who better to praise than one of the leading scientists at the time? By most historical accounts, Imhotep was a highly intelligent polymath that excelled in fields like engineering, architecture, and in setting up one of the few educational centers in the ancient world.

He is credited with designing the Pyramid of Djoser which is one of the very first pyramids the Egyptians built. He also left a mark on the general architectural understanding of many contemporary builders, shaping in many ways the form that many Egyptian structures will take long after his death.

George Washington

George Washington

The famous founding father of what is today the United States of America is seen as one of the most influential figures in history and rightfully so. He made a name for himself not only by meeting the military aspirations of the newly created American state at the time through his many victories on the battlefield against the British Crown, but he is also responsible for being the one who replaced the Articles of Confederation in the American Constitution, a change that stands at the very base of the current US Code, which is the consolidation and codification of the general and permanent laws of the United States.

Walt Disney

Walt Disney

We have all seen Disney movies at some point or another, or at least some of the many cartoons produced by the Disney studios. The man who created it all, Walter Elias “Walt” Disney, is the one who started the world-renowned company in 1920 with his brother Roy. Over time, Walt introduced many techniques in the way cartoons are produced even to this day, being seen by many as one of the grandfathers of animated cartoons. Not only that but he also holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, with no less than 22 Oscars from a total of 59 nominations.

Che Guevara

Che Guevara

Seen as a controversial figure by many people throughout the Western world, Che Guevara is without a doubt, one of the most influential men in recent history. Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, you cannot deny that Che Guevara has had a tremendous impact on the world. The famous revolutionary is seen as an inspiration to millions of people throughout the world, particularly in South America.

He is considered one of the leaders of the socialist revolution that spread on the continent during the middle of last century, a time of trouble when many South American countries were still struggling to find their political identity.

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud

The famous neurologist is perhaps best known as the founder of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology via means of dialogue between a psychoanalyst and a troubled patient. His theories, although some being incorrect, have lead to the development of modern psychoanalysis, a science dedicated to understanding the human psychic in depth so as to help them overcome a multitude of pre-existing or developed conditions through means of psychotherapeutic practices. Interestingly enough, despite the fact that not all psychiatrists consider his theories to be valid, he is perhaps the most quotable figure in the field.

Hippocrates

Hippocrates

According to historical records, Hippocrates of Jos is the person who established medicine as a profession. This famous ancient Greek physician is considered by most to be the grandfather of Western medicine as a science and for good reasons. During his life, he established the famous Hippocratic School of Medicine, which laid the foundation of all medical sciences today. Furthermore, every single doctor, nurse, or healthcare practitioner has to take the Hippocratic Oath before being able to practice, a set of guidelines written by none other than Hippocrates himself thousands of years ago.

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

Who hasn’t heard of Darwinism or the theory of Evolution for that matter? The man who first came up with the theory, Charles Darwin, is seen as one of the most influential scientists in history when it comes to evolutionary studies. As a matter of fact, his work helped found evolutionary studies as a science. Because of his conviction that human beings have evolved rather than being created by a providential creator, Darwin wasn’t particularly popular with the Christians at the time, a secular, agnostic view that makes him quite a controversial figure to this day.

Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei

Speaking of secular characters, Galileo Galilei definitely deserves a mention among such illustrious characters. Considered by many to be the father of modern science, this famous scientists/astronomer popularized the belief that our planet revolves around a seemingly stationary sun which is also at the center of our solar system.

At the time, however, the Catholic church held the opinion that the Earth stands at the center of the Universe, which needless to say, made Galileo very unpopular with the Christians. It wasn’t until long after his death that his views were accepted as widely true and verifiable, which is why so many scientific instruments nowadays are named in his honor.

Archimedes

Archimedes

Many people consider Archimedes to be one of the smartest people who have ever lived and understandably so. This famous Greek mathematician and inventor has made contributions to the field of mathematics as a science that have pretty much revolutionized the way human beings look at the world around them.

Not only that but his contributions to the field of geometry have influenced other brilliant minds throughout the ages, with people like Leonardo da Vinci and Isaac Newton crediting Archimedes’ work as the foundation of their own accomplishments.

Mozart

Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is perhaps the greatest composer in history. The great composer started writing music when he was just six years old, showcasing the type of musical brilliance that would lead him to become one of the greatest composers who ever lived. In fact, the MIT considers Mozart to be the most influential composer in history, with his work standing at the core of many music genres.

Even though Mozart died in his 30s, he still managed to compose more than 600 works in his lifetime, symphonies and compositions that continue to influence music as an art form to this very day.

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Throughout the Roman Empire’s long history, no one man held so much power and influence as Julius Caesar, one of the greatest historical figures. Julius Caesar wasn’t just a tremendous general and military strategist but a fairly charismatic politician as well. It is widely accepted that Julius Caesar set up the government structure that would be used to govern the Roman Empire for centuries after his death.

In his time, Julius Caesar was greatly admired not only for his military success or for his charisma, but also for being a champion of the lower classes despite being a man of aristocratic origins.

Aristotle

Aristotle

Many consider Aristotle to be the greatest philosophers of all time along with Plato and Socrates. Together, these great Greek philosophers defined ‘logic’ as a science, completely changing the way human beings looked at things, which is why people like Aristotle are seen with favorable eyes by virtually any group of people on the face of the planet.

In fact, early Muslim writings refer to Aristotle as ‘The First Teacher’ a distinction he more or less holds to this day as researchers at MIT consider him to be the most influential person in history.

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

A lot is known about Alexander the Great, the young man who set up to conquer most of the known world during his lifetime. According to many historians, Alexander is one of the greatest military minds of all times, winning almost every battle, war, or military campaign he took part in. His conquests were so decisive and widespread that he laid out the foundation of what is nowadays known as the Hellenistic period, an era of great cultural and scientific progress throughout the ancient world.

Saint Paul

Saint Paul

To some extent, Saint Paul is credited with writing most of the New Testament and for spreading the Christian religion throughout the ancient world. Paul of Tarsus, who was a Jew by birth, used his Jewish and Roman citizenship to travel easily throughout the territories of the Roman Empire, spreading Christianity wherever he went.

You see, Paul wasn’t just a missionary but a scholar as well, which vastly helped with his credibility everywhere he would travel, boosting the ranks of Christianity preaching of love and Christ.

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Many of you would have heard about the theory of relativity by now, as it is one of the most revolutionary scientific theories ever formulated. The man who came up with it, Albert Einstein, was a German-born theoretical physicist who is credited not only with developing the theory of relativity, which is one of the two pillars of modern physics but also for its influence on the philosophy of science as a whole.

During his life, he published no less than 300 scientific papers along with 150 non-scientific works, all widely acclaimed as visionary and groundbreaking.

Confucius

Confucius

Seen as not only one of the influential Chinese people in history, Confucius is also widely viewed as one of the greatest thinkers of all time. His work on the ideology of accountability, devotion, and personal development has inspired millions of people throughout history, including other philosophers and thinkers who used his writings as a foundation for developing their own theories about the world around them. During his life, Confucius was a teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher, yet gaining most of his fame long after his death.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Few people can match Leonardo da Vinci’s genius, the famous polymath who is often associated with the Renaissance movement itself. His contributions to painted art, sculpting, architecture, anatomy, mathematics and engineering have revolutionized the way most people in his time looked at things.

Not only that but he is also seen as one of the most talented painters of all time, creating masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Another interesting fact about his life is that he pretty much mastered all the sciences he studied, which is why many people see him as perhaps the smartest person who ever lived.

Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton

Just like Leonardo, Isaac Newton was a polymath who excelled at everything he set his mind to. The great physicist formulated the three laws of motion which stand at the core of most modern inventions, including airplanes, cars, and space vehicles.

Furthermore, Newton is credited with inventing the reflecting microscope and a handful of other equally useful instruments. Perhaps his most famous trait, however, is his fine understanding of the principles of gravity, a brilliance that has been unmatched to this day.

Prophet Muhammad

Prophet Muhammad

There are more than a billion Muslims in the world today and they all praise Muhammad as a true messenger of God. This inspirational character is seen as a constant source of inspiration for hundreds of millions of people around the world.

During his lifetime, he was an active reformist, philanthropist, humanitarian, and even a military leader at some point. Seen as an almost divine figure even by non-religious people, nobody can deny that the prophet Muhammad is one of the most inspirational people who ever lived.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

Christianity is the most widespread religion on planet Earth, a popularity owed to Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who many people consider to have been the son of God. Regardless of what your religious affiliation may be, you simply cannot deny that Jesus Christ, as a historical figure, has had more influence on the world than literally any other figure in history.

Whether you truly believe that he indeed rose from the dead three days after his death becomes irrelevant when you consider the massive following Jesus has throughout the world today.

 

Top 10 Most Expensive Shoes in the World

They say you can tell a lot about a person just by looking at their shoes. For some people, shoes aren’t just an essential piece of clothing but a symbol of status as well. Such is the case with the shoes we will talk about over the next few minutes, shoes that stand out by their price tag more than anything else.

They are also the type of shoes that involve the use of certain jewelry or highly expensive components, which should explain their price to some extent. To make a long story short, here are the ten most expensive shoes in the world today.

Stuart Weitzman’s Diamond Dream Stilettos – $500,000

Stuart Weitzman’s Diamond Dream Stilettos

Made by world-renowned designer Stuart Weitzman, these shoes stand out as being truly exquisite not only in form and design but in components as well. We say this because they contain no less than 1,400 hand-picked diamonds along with a platinum studding and two bands of diamond-coated circles along each of their stilettos. Originally, these shoes were made for Anika Noni Rose for her appearance at the 2007 Academy Awards Ceremony but they have since changed owners it seems.

Original Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz – $612,000

Original Ruby Slippers from the Wizard of Oz

Like the name would suggest, these shoes were worn by Judy Garland in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and were recently sold for no less than $612,000 at an auction. While the shoes don’t really stand out as being too impressive in terms of design or quality, the fact that they were worn by one of the most beloved actresses in history in one of the most popular films of all time certainly adds a tremendous amount of value to the equation.

Retro Rose Pumps by Stuart Weitzman – $1 million

Retro Rose Pumps by Stuart Weitzman

These shoes look exactly as you would expect a one-million dollars pair of shoes to look like. They are designed by none other than world-renowned designer Stuart Weitzman and they contain no less than 1,800 Kwiat diamonds that amount to 100 karats of sheer quality. Originally worn by Diablo Cody at the 2008 Academy Awards ceremony, these shoes have since been sold to a wealthy new owner at a private auction.

Marilyn Monroe Shoes – $1.1 million

Marilyn Monroe Shoes

Also made by Stuart Weitzman who’s name appears to be synonymous with expensive footwear, these exquisite shoes stand out by incorporating some truly amazing diamonds along with a fashionable design to match. Although only a limited number of them were made and they all shared a price tag that seems a bit excessive to say the least, we should inform you that all of them have been sold within just a few months of their release.

Platinum Guild Stilettos – $1.2 million

Platinum Guild Stilettos

What makes this particular pair of shoes stand out is the fact that it features 464 Kwiat diamonds combined with platinum straps to give the shoes a truly exquisite look. Another interesting fact about these shoes is that these diamonds can be removed with ease should the owner be interested in wearing the shoes without the extra bling. Like many other shoes on this glamorous list, these shoes were also produced for a limited amount of time, with only a handful of them in existence.

 

Ruby Stilettos – $1.6 million

Ruby Stilettos

The fashionable red satin insoles of these exquisite shoes boast no less than 600 rubies on their front straps, which make them stand out in any environment. Made by reputable designer Stuart Weitzman, these shoes were originally intended to be worn at the 2003 Academy Awards, but none of the actresses the manufacturers contacted wanted to wear them. Even so, they still managed to sell a pair to an anonymous buyer for no less than $1.6 million not long ago.

 

Tanzanite Heels – $2 million

Tanzanite Heels

When you pay two million dollars for a pair of shoes, you want the guarantee that they are among the most exquisite ever made. This is precisely the case with the Tanzanite Heels, a pair of shoes that was sold for a little over $2 million at a private auction a while back. Designed by Eddie Le Vian and Stuart Weitzman, these shoes boast a hand-crafted silver leather construction with a fine ankle bracelet as an ankle holster along with 185-carat tanzanite gemstones and 28-carat diamonds built into the upper frame of the shoes.

 

Cinderella Slippers – $2 million

Cinderella Slippers

These shoes were designed to be just as glamorous as they are lavish and graceful. With a name like this, you would expect these shoes to boast a truly majestic construction, which is manifested via 565 Kwiat diamonds strapped onto platinum laces. Interestingly enough, each individual shoe is hand-crafted to have different features from the other, a design that only a pair of astonishing shoes such as these would have.

 

Rita Hayworth Heels – $3 million

Rita Hayworth Heels

Standing out as some of the most elegant shoes ever made, these exquisite shoes are definitely seen as an anomaly even among wealthy individuals. In all fairness, no amount of jewelry should explain the $3 million price tag, and yet, this is exactly how much an anonymous buyer paid Yasmin Aga Khan for her late mother’s shoes. It isn’t just the history of the shoes that makes them so valuable, you see, as they also incorporate diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and rust-colored satin along with a bunch of other equally lavish materials that were used in their making.

 

Ruby Slippers – $3.5 million

Ruby Slippers

Even though the original pair is only worth around 600,000 dollars, this re-imagined version from Hary Winston is worth a whole lot more. The reason behind this is that they incorporate a lot of expensive jewelry along with a truly glamorous design that only one of the greatest shoe designers in the world could come up with.

To be more precise, they contain 1,350-carat rubies and 50-carat diamonds throughout their entirety, which may explain the price to some extent. Still, while most people would definitely quiver at the thought of spending more than $3 million on a pair of shoes, this is precisely what an anonymous bidder did at a recent auction where this pair of shoes was sold for no less than 3.5 million US Dollars.

 

10 Signs That Prove Aliens Exist

Whether you are a skeptic or a believer, you have to admit that the possibility of us being alone in the universe is ludicrous. Given our limited technology, there is simply no way for us to know for sure if we are indeed the only sentient beings in existence. In fact, let us go a step further. Let’s presume for a moment that intelligent lifeforms do indeed exist beyond our visual specter.

What reason would they have to contact us, presuming that they haven’t already, especially given how nasty we humans have been throughout the ages not only with the species we sometimes hunted out of extinction or even with ourselves? Having said that, here are ten signs that prove aliens exist and that they’ve been contacting us for ages.

 

Sightings by Military Aircraft

Military Aircraft

Almost every air force on the face of the planet has had UFO encounters at some point, be them man-made or foreign. Trying to save face and to maintain an appearance of competence, they will often claim that the objects they intercept are nothing more than other aircraft, even when these flying objects appear to go off the radar or to disappear before the very eyes of the confused aircraft pilots that spot them.

These reports can be found in newspaper clippings from all over the world, accompanied at times by actual interviews of military personnel who swear that what they saw wasn’t entirely human.

 

Astronauts Saw Them

Astronauts Aliens

Those of you who have a vested interest in the matter would know by now about the comments made by several astronauts over the years regarding extraterrestrial life. In fact, it was Ed White and James McDivitt who claimed upon their return from space that they saw a strange looking metallic object following their craft for several minutes. They even photographed the anomaly but the photos couldn’t be developed because of some technical difficulties.

 

Abductions

Alien Abductions

There is perhaps no logical explanation for why so many people across the globe claim that they’ve been abducted by aliens. If it were only a handful of individuals, then you could surely say that they suffer from who knows what psychological disorder. Given the sheer number of people who claim to have been abducted, however, one simply cannot wonder about the possibility that at least some of these reports have a grain of truth in them.

 

NASA Is Holding Back Information

NASA Aliens

Another theory claims that NASA, along with several governments around the world, are all in on the secret that extraterrestrials are indeed visiting us from time to time. It was Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the Apollo 14 astronaut who upon returning to Earth, spent the remainder of his life studying psychic phenomena and UFOs. According to him, NASA knows a lot more about the matter than they are prepared to tell the general public.

 

The WOW Signal

The WOW Signal

On August 15, 1977, the Ohio State University’s ‘Big Ear’ telescope picked up on what is now called ‘The WOW’ signal. This was a strong narrowband radio signal received on a 1420.4556 MHz frequency, a signal that lasted for 72 seconds. At first, it seemed like the average radio signal that sometimes large antennas from Earth pick up coming from outer space, signals that usually originate from distant stars as a result of surface explosions.

Upon closer examination, however, the pattern within this signal appeared to be quite elaborate, which led some of the researchers to believe that it was sent out by an intelligent life form.

 

Strange Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Egyptian Hieroglyphs Aliens

We all know that ancient Egyptians made hieroglyphs of almost every single aspect of their culture. These include everything they saw, everything they did, and every unexplainable phenomenon they came across. Upon studying some of these ancient depictions, we can clearly make out what appear to be modern representations of space ships. What makes this particularly strange is that ancient Egyptians had absolutely no knowledge of space ships, rockets, or the aerodynamic principles behind such vessels.

 

Alien Meteorites

Alien Meteorites

Every once in a while, a scientist will find what appears to be the remnants of fossils contained within meteorites that have crashed to Earth. Needless to say, this implies that whatever planet these meteorites originated from, they had plenty of life forms crawling around. In this regard, it wouldn’t be too far-fetched to presume that some of these creatures have developed advanced brains, even if all we’re seeing is obscure fossils.

 

Government Involvement

Government Aliens

It just so happens that people who see strange UFOs in the night sky are often visited by government agents asking them to keep silent. This usually has the opposite effect as it reinforces the belief that the government is trying to hide something from the general public.

Truth be told, the last thing you want if you’re testing a new satellite or stealth bomber is for people to share pictures of these aircraft on social media, so it kind of explains why governments quickly dispatch men in black to deal with muffling these UFO sightings whenever they come to light.

Life on Earth

Life on Earth Aliens

One of the best arguments for the existence of aliens is life on planet Earth. You see, life evolved in just a few million years here on Earth, even in the harshest of environments. Given how quickly life evolved on our planet, some scientists have come to believe that maybe, these simple organisms that eventually evolved into what we see today, weren’t here all along.

Just like the meteorites we talked about earlier, it is possible that the primitive bacteria that evolved on our world around 3.4 billion of years ago actually crashed here while contained withing the hollow rocks of a meteorite.

 

The Size of the Universe

Universe Aliens

Perhaps the best argument to support the theory that intelligent life forms exist beyond our world is the sheer size of the Universe itself. As most of us already know by now, life cannot evolve unless specific criteria are met in terms of temperature, atmosphere, and humidity. For this reason, most of the harsh planets we’ve discovered simply cannot support life, not even in its most primitive state.

Having said that, the chances that our planet is the only one to harbor life within the observable Universe are very, very slim. In fact, judging by the fact that the Universe is infinite, there is a mathematical certainty that there are intelligent life forms out there, the only problem is that they might be very far away for us to reach.