Culture

Countries with the Highest Life Expectancy in 2018

Most of us don’t want to know how long we will live. However, there are some countries where most of us would like the answer to that question. This list is based on data provided by the World Economic Forum. Out of 137 nations included in the study, the top 10 countries with the highest life expectancy are all in Asia or Europe. Those in the bottom 10 (not mentioned here) are all in Africa. 1. Hong Kong SAR – 84.3 years Hong Kong is infamous for air pollution so this city may come as a surprise. There are 7 million people living in an around which contribute to the pollution but despite that life expectancy here is almost a full year longer than the highest in Europe. Citizens are quite active, practicing martial arts like Tai Chi. Steamed food is preferred over fried and a lot of tea is ...

The First Thing Oprah, Obama, the Queen and Other Successful People Do Every Morning

What you do in the early part of the day, immediately after you wake up, sets the tone for the day. Successful people have many daily challenges just like everyone and they rely on their morning rituals to tackle them. Whether it’s a few moments of quiet with your coffee, or some morning yoga, here are some positive and productive habits to help set you up for success. So what are the first things Oprah, Obama, the Queen and other successful people do every morning? Barack Obama While in office, President Barack Obama cut back on sleep and used his morning moments to prepare for the day ahead. Obama slept just five hours a night. He preferred not to take too much effort on small decisions like what to eat or wear. The big decisions were what he saved his energy for, and there were several ...

Chinese New Year 2018: Avoid Medicine, Laundry & Crying Children

Happy Chinese New Year 2018! The Year of the Dog. With the new year, comes superstitions that will apparently dictate how the next twelve months will play out for each of us. Superstitions On the first day of the year there are certain things we must avoid. Handling sharp objects like scissors, doing laundry and sweeping the floors are among them. Parents should keep children as happy as possible or avoid their crying children as they can also be a bad omen. According to Chinese superstition doing any of these activities on the first day of the Chinese New Year can lead to bad luck for the entire coming year. However, this is just on day 1. 2018 is the Year of the Dog, which is an animal which symbolises luck. When is Chinese New Year? Celebrations begin on the new moon anytime between 21 ...

Dating Around the World

Relationships have a universal value and importance in almost every culture. Not surprisingly, dating around the world reflects differences in cultural attitudes, customs and accepted norms. So, dating success can often come down to understanding the nuances of local approaches to dating around the world. Dates can vary from freewheeling encounters to heavily supervised skirmishes through to a casual outing at the movies. Daring To Date Dating can be simultaneously frustratingly complex or simple. The differences between Western concepts of dating and other cultures can create liberal unfettered dating customs, constrained meetings, and formally choreographed gatherings. In some countries, dating is actually illegal. As if all that isn’t enough for budding Romeos and Juliette’s, along came...

First Half-Human Robot Arrives to Dubai

Neil Harbisson is the world’s first officially recognised cyborg. He has a wifi-enabled antenna in his head and is the first half-human robot in the world. An Antenna for Colour Blindness Harbisson was born in the United Kingdom and was Catalan raised. He is colour blind and has been seeking solutions for this ailment for some time. The antenna in his head has helped him with the colour blindness. Through the antenna implanted in his skull, Harbisson is able to ‘hear’ the tonal equivalent of colours. Thanks to the antenna, Harbisson’s perception of reality is extended beyond the visual spectrum. In addition, Neil can sense both infrared and ultraviolet colour spectrums which are not visible to the naked eye. In addition, he has an internet connection in his head that allows him...

The Science of Attraction: Why do Some People Seem Irresistible?

It’s that mysterious spark that has inspired many song writers, artists and films. That instant physical chemistry that is beyond the logical and can be difficult to understand, let alone control. It’s the science of attraction. And, scientists have spent many years researching the different aspects that influence attraction. Leah Baldwin, a counsellor and social worker at Parham Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, explains why we can be instantly and irresistibly drawn to some people. In addition, she explains how to turn that instant chemistry into a healthy long-term relationship. The Psychology Behind Attraction Regardless of whether you’re in the initial “butterflies in the stomach” stages of a romance or 20 years into a relationship, attraction may largely be based on our ...

The Least Awkward Way to See if You Have a Future with Your Date

Dating someone new usually brings excitement and hope to most people. The first few dates can often be accompanied by many questions about the future and this potential new partner. “Where is this going?” “Do we have a future together?” But it may take time to find answers to these questions. Here is a good tip for the least awkward way to see if you have a future with your date. We Don’t Want to Seem Too Forward at First Most of us don’t want to risk being too forward when we first meet someone. Therefore, many times, the conversation is kept to basic questions and small talk. Rarely do we ask questions about any information of substance. So How Can We Tell if Someone is Right for Us? According to a relationship psychologist Dr. Maurer, we really just need to ask this one cliché question....

Things To Do In Istanbul

Istanbul is where the West meets the exotic East in a riotous collision of cultures. Over the centuries, the city’s strategic location has attracted marauding Greek, Roman and Venetian armies before the Ottomans finally succeeded in storming Istanbul. This intersection of cultures gives rise to many of Istanbul’s points of interest. The final leg on the legendary Silk Road, which connected a distant Asia with Europe, Istanbul soon emerged as a major trading hub. The cosmopolitan nature of its merchant visitors imbued the city with a delicious cultural diversity that survives to this day. The Best Places To Visit In Istanbul There are so many things to do in Istanbul that the hardest part is choosing what to see next. We bring you 15 of the best attractions in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace To vi...

Stockholm Prepares to Ban Sexist Advertising

Sweden’s capital is getting ready to ban sexist advertising in outdoor ads. People are questioning whether or not this decision should be up to politicians. Explicit or gender stereotyped advertising in public are both a personal and political mission for one of Stockholm’s deputy mayors, Daniel Hellden. Hellden takes his responsibility to the citizens seriously and doesn’t think this type of advertising is setting a good example for children. Hellden’s party have been pushing this initiative since 2015. Long before the global #MeToo campaign took hold. Record Immigration The Swedish capital has seen record immigration during this period fuelled by the refugee crisis. Hellden wants to ensure that racial stereotyping is also eliminated in public spaces on any ads. Targeted are digital...

7 Weird Ways to Get Arrested in Europe

Traveling or moving to Europe? Would you like to keep your record clean and stay away from fines? There are some weird ways to get arrested in Europe. Some of the laws are just strange and we’ve compiled a cautionary list to help you keep law breaking to a minimum. Call it the what not to do list. Run Out of Gas on the German Autobahn Better fill up before you drive on the German Autobahn. An empty fuel tank is always annoying. From having your vehicle stuck on the road to the smugness which usually comes from the passenger seat. Running out of gas on the German Autobahn means that you’re also breaking the law. At the high speeds one is able to travel here (there is no speed limit) it’s no wonder as any vehicle stopped on the road would be a major hazard. Hanging Clothes Out to Dry on a Su...

You Can Buy a Home in These Charming Italian Towns for About $1

If you’ve ever dreamed of retiring in the Italian countryside, surrounded by nature but yet have access to the sea, now is your chance. You can buy a home in these Italian towns for about $1. The “Case 1 euro project” is trying to address the problem of shrinking populations in some towns and villages in regions like Sardinia and Sicily. One can buy an historic property for a fraction of the market price. The Sardinian Town of Ollolai Ollolai is located in the Nuoro province of Sardinia and has approximately 200 homes for sale. And some for as low as one Euro. Fresh local staples like sheep cheese can be found here. Surrounding the town are idyllic lakes, hillside retreats and parks. The town currently has about 200 stone-built homes that up for grabs, according to CNN. Buyers can spend th...

The Most Romantic Gestures According to Both Men & Women

Dating and maintaining a decent relationship in the 21st century is far from easy. Some may even call it a nightmare. There are many reasons for this. We have greater freedom and most of us are always ‘on’ when it comes to workplace culture. But, of course digital technology (dating apps) and social media make it easy to just swipe left or block when things don’t go the way we’d like.  The most romantic gestures according to both men & women are not all the same, but we do have a lot in common. 75% of People Would Like More Romance in Their Lives Approximately 60% of people are confused about what constitutes romance. Gone are the old days when romance was the norm and doing something nice for your date was very much appreciated, if not expected. Today many people (about 57%) are afrai...

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