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Oldest Tattoo Kit Ever Found Was Made from Human Bone

In 1963, scientists found a group of four tattoo combs and an ink pot on oceanic Polynesia’s Tongatapu island.  The island is one of 170 found within the South Pacific. Carbon dating has revealed the tool kit is 2,700 years old, making it the oldest complete tattoo kit found to date.

Sadly, the inkpot was lost in 2003 during a bushfire. Two of the tattoo tools were created from animal bones, most likely a sea bird.  Testing on the other two tools concludes that they were fashioned from the bones of larger mammals, quite possibly humans.

Griffith’s Australian Research Center for Human Evolution weighed in for an interview.  The foundation’s Michelle Langley explained the theory that the bones were human: “As there were no other mammals of that size on the island at the time, and human bone is known to be a preferred material for making tattooing combs, we believe they are most likely made from human bone.”

Michelle excitedly claims the kit is a phenomenal discovery, adding that it is very rare to find any kind of complete tool kit in the archeological record.

The tool kit was used by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific’s Oceanic region to etch monochromatic designs on their skin. These tattoos hold a high place in these peoples’ culture. Michelle describes the importance of the tattoos: “When Christian missionaries came through and banned tattooing on certain islands, people would travel to other islands to get their tattoos as they represented important aspects of their beliefs and traditions.”

Amazingly, the kit seemed to be owned by one tattoo artist who seemed to have been repairing a broken tool in the kit.  It has been theorized that the artist received a new kit because this one was too broken to be repaired. It might be that the tattoo kit was left behind by accident.

3,000 Years Old

The tattoo kit might be nearly 3000 years old, but the toolkit is largely unchanged. The same tools and techniques are used even today.

The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology released the findings, stating that the kit answers many questions about the art of tattooing in the Neolithic period. Very few haft bone tattoo combs have been found in archaeologist digs.

Researchers hope to find a new understanding of the movement of bone comb tattooing, and whether it spread with the expansion of people or was developed in West Polynesia.  Scientists reached the conclusion that these angle-hafted bone combs were of West Polynesia origin, and first used in Polynesia 2700 years ago.

These conclusions were explained by associate professor Geoffrey Clark, from the Australian National University School of Culture, History, and Language, in this statement: “These bone tattoo combs are a very specific type of technology found across Oceania.

The question has always been whether these tools were introduced to the Pacific through migration or were they developed in Polynesia where we know tattooing has a very prominent role in society and spread from there. This discovery pushes back the date of Polynesian tattooing right back to the beginnings of Polynesian cultures around 2,700 years ago.”

A team of researchers in North America had found an unrelated tattoo tool in southeastern Utah earlier this year. Dating back 2000 years in the past, the tool was the oldest to be found in North America and was made from the tip of a cactus spine attached to a skunk-brush handle.

In 1963, scientists found a group of four tattoo combs and an ink pot on oceanic Polynesia’s Tongatapu island.  The island is one of 170 found within the South Pacific. Carbon dating has revealed the tool kit is 2,700 years old, making it the oldest...

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Against All Odds: Becoming a Morning Workout Person

You may be a habitual abuser of the snooze button. Being late is a routine for you. Your kids aren’t very good in the morning, either. What hope do you have of becoming someone who wakes up in the morning and works out?

Read on for some tips to help you start your day with a workout, even if you aren’t a morning person.

The Rest of the Day Won’t Get Much Better

Once you leave your house and set off on your daily activities, the likelihood that you will run across the time to work out becomes less and less.  You are guaranteed to have an unexpected errand, end up working late, get stuck in traffic, or remember that you have obligations with the kids or friends. Your energy level at this point will be on “Empty.” Work out?  There’s always tomorrow.

Getting your workout done in the wee hours of the morning means that it’s far less likely that you will have obligations to fulfill. Making the switch means a far more reliable schedule for your workout.

Plan in Advance

You always tell your kids to lay out their school clothes the night before. Why? Because it’s one less thing for them to worry about as they stagger around getting ready for the day. Doing the same for your workout clothes gives you one less excuse to be late and miss your morning workout. Want to streamline even more? Sleep in your clothes.

Preprogram the coffee maker to brew your liquid gold before you wake up. Plan your workout routine in advance, from mapping the exact route you will take for your jog to writing down the machines you’ll be hitting at the gym. A plan keeps you focused so you can have a productive workout.

Dress Somewhere Quiet

Get ready quietly so that you aren’t waking kids or your spouse. Waking the family will only lead to distractions, so find a quiet spot to get ready for your early morning workout.

Aim for Gradual Changes

Every day, set your alarm for just a little earlier, say ten to twenty minutes. When you reach the point where you can fit your workout in, congratulations! It’s time for the next step. Any change to your sleeping patterns should be done gradually so that you can get used to it.

Start going to bed earlier, too, to combat the earlier wake-up time. Try to be in bed by 10 pm.

Find Your Early Morning Soulmate

Making a commitment to meet up in the morning with a likeminded individual means that you will be less likely to skip it. An early morning workout friend will help you stay committed and accountable.

Snooze is Not Your Friend

Don’t hit snooze.  Like, ever. Snooze bars may give you an extra ten minutes, but it isn’t quality sleep and won’t do you an ounce of good in the bigger picture. Snooze bars will only ensure that you waste enough time to skip the workout.

High on Endorphins

Once you start to exercise every morning, your endorphins will be as important to you as your coffee. It’s pretty cool to know that you have accomplished more before breakfast than some people do all day long. Early morning workouts set your tone for the whole day, leaving you energized, relaxed and ready. More importantly, you don’t have the same guilt you have when your day gets too busy to fit in your workout.

Stick with the Program

The first few days you wake up earlier to workout are going to be hard. It gets gradually easier, though, and the average for forming a new habit is three weeks. If you don’t meet your goal every morning, you will be far less likely to make a lasting change.  Stick to your new plan every day, and it will become second nature to you.

You may be a habitual abuser of the snooze button. Being late is a routine for you. Your kids aren’t very good in the morning, either. What hope do you have of becoming someone who wakes up in the morning and works out?

Read on for some tips to help you...

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Airpod Earrings – So You Won’t Lose Them

A person who was sick of losing Airpods cleverly turned them into earrings  – which are now selling online.

Gabrielle Reilly, a 22 years old genderqueer person from Virginia, took to Twitter on Jan 26 to share a video in which she showed off her new earring. Gabriella modeled her new invention  –  earrings fixed to the end of her apple Airpods to keep them from falling off.

She displayed the effectiveness of her latest invention in a short video where she moved her head back and forth with the earrings before fixing the Airpods in her ear. And as you’d expect, her Airpods didn’t fall off.

She wrote on Twitter: “I made airpod earrings lmaoooo. I didnt want to post this till I had better pics but whatever here it is.” Ahe added – “I’m gonna refine the design and release pics so y’all can custom order them from me.”

Great Web Response

Gabrielle’s tweet made a lot of waves, which is a general indication that is was a welcome invention. And at the time of publication (Jan 30), her tweet had amassed about 199,000 likes and 46,000 retweets.

Gabrielle said: “My reaction to all the attention is mostly surprise. I was not expecting any of this at all. But it’s super cool seeing how other people are reacting and I’m very grateful for all the support.”

She explained the motivation behind her new hack earrings which she referred to as “airrings.” Gabrielle said: “I absolutely refuse to lose them. My cat ate through two pairs of Beats Bluetooth earphones, and all my other earphones.

So I got the AirPods because there was no wire for her to chew but I still needed something to connect them. So I made earrings. I also have a chain necklace that I used to connect them. It took me maybe around an hour to make the earrings because I had to custom-make the piece that connects the AirPods to the earrings.”

She also made sure one could still separate the Airpods from the earrings in case of charging.

 

At first, I had a necklace chain that I attached the pods to. Because of my tragus earring, earbuds tend to fall out. So I was super scared about that. Then I thought, why not make earrings?” Gabrielle’s invention stirred a lot of attention, and it wasn’t long before she got a shopify page set up for her business. Interested persons can now buy the ‘airrings’ for $20.

Everything from the type of earrings to the material it is made of, and the length is fully customizable by customers. The product description for the ‘airings’ reads:

“This is a custom order for your AirPod earrings! This is a very limited option because I won’t be able to keep up and keep track of orders by myself. Airings are available for pre-order after they sell out. Please give 2-3 weeks for pre-orders. This is now a pre-order. Anything ordered after 1/29/19 3am is on pre-order. 

Default design is without the cross, just the chain. If you don’t fill out the custom form I will give you the default design that is a silver fish hook with a 1.5″ chain. I can also do more customisation on the earrings, i.e. charms, more chains, type of chain, etc. Just e-mail me and we can work out exactly what I can and cannot do.”

I believe that this would in vogue before you know it, so you had better get the orders rolling in.

A person who was sick of losing Airpods cleverly turned them into earrings  – which are now selling online.

Gabrielle Reilly, a 22 years old genderqueer person from Virginia, took to Twitter on Jan 26 to share a video in which she showed off her new...

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Famous Stars Turning 70 In 2018

None of these celebrities look over 70 and you will be surprised at the people that have made this list.  The years have passed and for many of these guys, it has been pretty kind.

This list is full of the celebrities that are reaching the grand old age of 70 in 2018.  Some of these are much loved Oscar-winning film stars, others are popular on our TV and some are even in politics.  Some are more famous than others but all will be reaching their seventh decade this year.

Jean Reno

Jean Reno, the star of “Leon” and, more recently, “Mission: Impossible” reached his 70th birthday on 30th July 2018.  He is still making movies and shows no sign of slowing down.

Age hasn’t slowed down the French actor who has acted in multiple productions in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Japanese.  Expect to see him on your screens in the upcoming movies “Doorman” and “The Man Who Saved Paris.”

A Heavy Comic?

Reno played a lot of ‘heavies’ in his early movies, this was essentially because at 6 ft 2 in tall he was physically well suited to these roles.  However he has also appeared in romantic movies as well as the action roles for which he is well known.

His most famous roles include Godzilla, The Da Vinci Code, Mission: Impossible, Ronin, and Léon: The Professional.

Who else is on the 2018 Celebrities-turning-70 list?  Well, there is Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osborne who hits 70 on December 3rd, and there must be something in the rock and roll lifestyle because Ozzy looks a lot younger than his years.  Maybe he really is the “Prince of Darkness”!?  Robert Plant, the legendary Led Zeppelin frontman is also about to reach 70 years of age.

There are also a fair few female celebrities who will be reaching the 70 year milestone in 2018.  On 28th June it is Kathy Bates’ turn to celebrate, but other famous ladies who are turning 70 include Olivia Newton John, Rhea Perlman, and Stevie Nicks.  Enjoy the list and don’t forget to give us your thoughts in the comments section.

Keep reading to find out who else is 70 this year:

None of these celebrities look over 70 and you will be surprised at the people that have made this list.  The years have passed and for many of these guys, it has been pretty kind.
This list is full of the celebrities that are reaching the grand old age of...