Author - Emily Smith

Twenty-one years old, with green eyes, pretty good teeth and currently venturing through Philosophy and Literature degree. But all that is semantics.
What’s important to know is that I have a passion for creative writing, reading and travelling and a love for deep ideas, deep people and deep tubs of ice cream.

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Need a New Activity? Consider Cow Cuddling

As one of the most hilarious and placid animals on the planet, the cow is a uniquely enjoyable animal to spend time around. Like all animals, though, a cow can be hard to spend time around for long without feeling at least a little uncomfortable: especially if you aren’t used to being around cows.

However, if you want to get over that problem, for the mere price of $300, you could cuddle a cow for an hour and a half.

 

That’s right – cow cuddling is now officially a very expensive activity that you can take part in. Hugging a massive cow might be one of the best ways to improve your mental health, apparently, and it’s become a very important part of the wonderfully expensive “wellness” industry that has become so strangely popular.

Thanks to PubMed, we can say that this kind of activity is now a popular thing to do with your time. Animal interaction is supposed to be good for our mental health and can go a long way to making sure we can recover from mental stress and strain. If you wish to take part, then a trip to the Mountain Horse Farm in New York is the place to start. You can play with them, brush their coats or simply pet the cow – or hose if you prefer.

According to the official website: “Cows have a body temperature that is slightly higher than humans and their heart rate is lower than ours. Cuddling up with a cow, feeling that lower heart rate and higher body temperature, is very relaxing,”

So fear not: there is a genuine science behind this. It’s not some weird idea that has been concocted by farmers to charge people comical sums of money to hug a barnyard animal.

Unorthodox but Outstanding

Not only does it help us to connect with nature in a way that many of us simply cannot in the modern world, it also makes it easy for us to communicate with said animals. The website notes that ‘They will pick up on what’s going on inside and sense if you are happy, sad, feel lost, anxious or are excited, they will respond to that without judgment, ego or agenda.’ – and that it can bring a sense of healing and comfort to the body that simply would not be attainable otherwise.

For $300, you can get a 90-minute session which is sure to bring about some rather comical personal experiences. For an hour, you would pay around $75. You can also bring a friend with you, and you can enjoy the cuddling of a cow together.

Odd? Yes. Therapeutic? Extremely. It’s an odd experience, but there appears to be something genuine about it given the immensely positive nature of the feedback it receives. Why not try it out?

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As one of the most hilarious and placid animals on the planet, the cow is a uniquely enjoyable animal to spend time around. Like all animals, though, a cow can be hard to spend time around for long without feeling at least a little uncomfortable: especially...

Animals

Scary: Pest Controller Finds Spider Infestation at His Own Home

You can’t really escape insects altogether. They are a part of the world we live in as much as we are. So, finding a wasp buzzing next to your ear or a spider trapped inside your sink shouldn’t be such a big deal, yet it somehow is.

Spiders come in various shapes, sizes and colors. They can be the regular tenant that doesn’t pay rent or your worst nightmare that bites you in your sleep, either way, you’ll never know until the bite happens, and then, it might be too late. This is why we are so afraid of spiders, scientifically known as arachnophobic.

It is every modern-day human’s worst nightmare and it seems professionals are creeped out by them too! A pest controller has captured footage showing how the walls of his own house are infested with hundreds of spiders with ‘glowing green’ fangs.

Grant Wood says that when he discovered the tube web spiders in his home in Bracknell, Northamptonshire, a year ago, there were around 100 but they have since quadrupled in numbers. Yikes! The 40-year-old compares the infernal arachnids to the ominous spiders seen in the Harry Potter franchise.

He posted a video to show others the ‘scary’ creatures, when one jumped on his head. In the hair-raising clip, the giant creepy crawlies can be seen lurking in burrows in the wall and darting out to bite a twig that he pokes them out with. The irony that so many of these “mini tarantulas” have chosen the home of a pest controller to infest in not lost on Grant. It is good to keep a sane sense of humor in times like these.

Grant says: “Spiders are one of nature’s best pest controllers, perhaps that’s why I get along with them so well.” The scary crawly creatures are very good at controlling the other insect populations by eating other nocturnal insects, so you should thank them for fending you from cockroaches, moths and even bees and wasps.

The Segestria Florentina, also known as a tube web spider, is one of the largest spiders in Britain, with a body that can reach lengths of 2.2cm in females and 1.5 cm in males. This spider mainly inhabits the Mediterranean region, stretching from Georgia to the east, Britain to the North and Algeria to the south.

There have been sightings reported in Australia, Argentina and the Atlantic islands. This arachnoid prefers to make homes on south-facing walls and creates a tubular web in which it traps and eats its prey. Although the sting of a web tube spider is reported to be very painful, it isn’t fatal for humans. It is reported that it stings as much as a bee sting, measuring at 2 points on the Schmidt sting pain index.

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You can’t really escape insects altogether. They are a part of the world we live in as much as we are. So, finding a wasp buzzing next to your ear or a spider trapped inside your sink shouldn’t be such a big deal, yet it somehow is.
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Guess the Celebrity: Yearbook Photo Vs. Today.

The miracle of puberty truly is one of a kind. Although everyone can agree it is painful to go through at the time, very often it’s the kind of transformative experience that takes an ugly duckling and turns them into a beautiful swan. So, for those of you that may still be going through it- there is hope yet!

Just check out this list of people, many of whom you will not recognize, who became some of the most beautiful, sexy and successful people in the business!

Who is she?

Can you believe that this little cherub face, with her little braids and flowy hair, and that rather awkward smile would one day become known for her impeccable style and grace?

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift was definitely one cute child, but we have to admit it is hard to tell looking at this pic that she would blossom to become the award-winning, talented, and most idolized singer’s in the business that she is today.

See if you can guess the others?

The miracle of puberty truly is one of a kind. Although everyone can agree it is painful to go through at the time, very often it’s the kind of transformative experience that takes an ugly duckling and turns them into a beautiful swan. So, for those of you...

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Guess the Celebrity By Their Yearbook Photo

Puberty is a time of life that most of us would rather forget.  It’s a painful time of awkwardness, and yearbook pictures capture this in perfect, embarrassing perfection.  Adulthood gives us the ability to look back at those pictures and laugh, but it wasn’t funny after those cameras captured your gawkiness for all to see in the yearbooks.

It’s hard to believe that some of our favorite celebrities of all time were also once awkward kids with embarrassing yearbook photos.  Do you think you can guess who these people are from their school pictures?

Who is she?

It’s hard to believe that this shy little girl with her self-conscious smile and braids would one day become a style icon with millions of fans across the globe.

Taylor Swift

While Taylor was an adorable kid, it’s hard to predict her meteoric rise to fame that would come after this photo was snapped.  Taylor would go from awkward teen to the beautiful, talented, award-winning superstar she is now.

See if you can guess the others?

Puberty is a time of life that most of us would rather forget.  It’s a painful time of awkwardness, and yearbook pictures capture this in perfect, embarrassing perfection.  Adulthood gives us the ability to look back at those pictures and laugh, but it...

Science

Discovered: The Most Unfortunate Man in Pompeii

As one of the most famous events to take place in ancient history, the devastation of Pompeii is a well-known part of the era. The most daunting thing about the whole experience, though, is the fact that so many bodies were found essentially encased in ash. At the archaeological dig site, many people are found to have died more or less on the spot.

One man was even found, uh, enjoying himself one last time before the end came. It’s all rather comical most of the time, but one rather tragic find was made recently. What is being called the “unlucky man” is the perfect example of bad human luck. He was found to have successfully evaded the eruption of Mount Vesuvius but was then crushed by a massive falling boulder.

Since then, he has stayed there, his body trapped. Given he died in 79 CE, that’s quite a long time to be trapped!

As you might imagine, the web was alight with funny jokes and humor. It was sent out by CNN, tweeting: “Archaeologists working at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy, uncovered the remains of a 30-year-old man who appears to have survived the initial eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., only to be killed when he was struck by a large slab of stone.”

As if being crushed in such brutally unfortunate circumstance was not enough, the good people of the internet took it upon themselves to begin mercilessly laughing at the comedic effect.

From memes of people relating their own life crisis in relation to the boulder or simply making quips that they’d quite like to have been in his place, the web has yet again shown its capacity to take a uniquely tragic discovery and turn it into something funny.

If he’s still floating around in whatever kind of afterlife comes, then we hope that he’s having a good laugh at all the punchlines he’s helped to forge. It’s some way to go, and definitely one of the more damning ways to be rewarded for managing to avoid the eruption of an all-conquering volcano!

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As one of the most famous events to take place in ancient history, the devastation of Pompeii is a well-known part of the era. The most daunting thing about the whole experience, though, is the fact that so many bodies were found essentially encased in ash...

Health

5 Simple Tips for Combating Mosquito Bites

As the summer comes over the horizon, it’s easy to get excited about BBQs, long nights in the sun and spending as much time with the people who you love. Sadly, for all the glory that summer often brings, it also brings some much less enjoyable issues; mainly that of a mosquito invasion. Mosquitos are sadly popular in many parts of the world and bring all manner of potential problems to the table for you to try and get around.

Worried about mosquitos this summer? Here some solutions for combating mosquito bites: though please be aware that some come with rather particular consequences that you might wish to avoid.

Invest in Repellent.

The first and most important change that you can make is to use mosquito repellent. This helps to keep them off you and can make sure that you get rid of those problems with them biting you and getting in around you. Try and limit how much you use on your skin, though; high-level DEET sprays have the potential to give you some issues.

Avoid Others.


Sounds anti-social, but meh. If you want to avoid yourself getting bitten by mosquitos, avoid other people. They look for carbon dioxide, which is produced with every breathe that we take. They will, therefore, be attracted to groups of people, and come down to sample all of your blood. Avoid that and try to stay within smaller groups of people.

Stay Still.


Mosquitos are also less likely to come and bother you if you are not moving around as much. The more movement you make, the more likely they are to come down and land on you, annoying you as you go. They sense body heat very well, and thus will come down to find surface blood from the hot body.

If you are someone who seems to attract mosquitos, then you would do well to have a more sedentary lifestyle when you are surrounded by these creatures.

Wear Light Clothing.

Simple but effective, changing to lighter coloured garments can be very useful. Avoid dark colors and you are much harder to spot to a mosquito. It also helps you to handle the heat a bit better, so don’t be worried about wearing lighter colors in the summer; most of the time, it helps you to stay cooler and to help avoid being seen by mosquitos.

Stop Boozing.


Sorry, but one of the biggest mosquito attractions is alcohol. You will find that a few beers will make sure that you start to take blood flow to the skin and this makes it much more attractive to any mosquitos floating around looking for lunch. Whatever the cause of your problem is, you will soon find that this helps you to avoid becoming dinner for mosquitos all because you had a liquid lunch!

While some of these might make it harder to enjoy summer as you had intended, it will vastly reduce the amount of time and effort that it takes for you to handle an outbreak of mosquitos.

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Want to Check Out Decade Old Tweets? Now You Can

Do you ever come across someone tweeting some form of wisdom or advice, like it was the most obvious thing in the world?

It’s commonplace to find someone today opining their own expertise and their own quality. They always talk up how they feel today, often neglecting to remember that social media leaves a permanent imprint. What you were saying a few short years ago can easily be found and then compared to what you are saying today – often with some very embarrassing consequences.

With that in mind, then, it’s important that you take a look at this. Found by the brilliant Andy Baio, this tool helps you to essentially see the timelines of who you follow today, 10 years ago. While those who were not on then will obviously not appear, it’s a very interesting tool to see just how much Twitter has changed.

Today, it’s the home of champagne revolution, of witch hunts and marketing campaigns that can change the world. It’s where the President of the United States looks to opine one everything from TV shows to foreign policy. Ten years ago, though? It was basically just a site for talking about absolute nonsense with people.

Most people just tweeted what they were doing that day, using the old 140-character limit to basically just talk about basic stuff going on in their life. From people talking about their smartphone charging to people just talking about going for walks, Twitter appears to have been a much more calming, serene place a decade ago.

It was actually pretty dull to be honest. Most people just posted basic life stories and had mundane conversations with people they knew. Basically, it was Facebook. While today it’s the breeding ground of everything from memes to trolls, it was once basically just a big venue for everyone to talk to each other about their day.

The jokes, though, sucked. Twitter today is famous for being very funny, but in 2008 it appeared to lack anything like the madness or the humour that has become such a high point of social media life in 2018. It was all pretty low-key, to be honest. No politicians getting caught up in outrageous conversations with their constituents, and no businesses having their eyebrow-raising practices brought up in public.

In retrospect, I think that I prefer the modern, chaotic take on Twitter – it’s just a lot wilder than I would have expected it to ever become. Looking back on my 2008 feed, it’s definitely the case.

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Bridal Heaven: Best Celebrity Wedding Dresses

Some would say that a young couples’ happiest day is the day they tie the knot. So when it comes to the celebrities we like, it’s not only a happy day for them, but for us as well. This list of celebrity bridal gowns gives us a bit more information about the stars we follow. We get to feel closer to them.

So if you need an idea for your wedding, or someone close to you, take a look at these celebrities and their amazing dresses.

Meghan Markle

Lots of speculation were made about her wedding dress. When she finally showed up, everybody gasped. Her dress was quite unexpected. Kensington Palace released this statement:

“Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.”

Clean and white


Waight Keller was not the first choice. Rumors had it that the dress would be designed by Ralph & Russo. The Kensington Palace media team also released sketches of her dress on their social accounts.

Hold your vows, there’s more…

Some would say that a young couples’ happiest day is the day they tie the knot. So when it comes to the celebrities we like, it’s not only a happy day for them, but for us as well. This list of celebrity bridal gowns gives us a bit more...

Vacation

The Future Of Flight Experience

As one of the biggest names in aviation, Airbus is among the most popular transport groups in the European aviation circuit. Indeed, they’ve become even more popular thanks to their incredible decision to build mini-cabins for passengers who wish to get some good night’s sleep during the flight.

This was done by making some extra space in the cargo hold, using spare space in there to provide ample sleeping solutions.

So far, feedback has been more than positive, meaning that it’s likely that Airbus will continue on with the development. With double-decked bedding and seating areas, this offers a very exciting and engaging experience for anyone taking a long flight via Airbus.

Of course, without any windows, it’s not going to be suitable for those who feel claustrophobic or uncomfortable in such environments. While the aim is to try and simulate windows with high-definition screens, that’s still some way away.

This is otherwise known as Transpose and is going to help make a cost-effective way to allow passengers to rest whilst flying. The aim is to make sure that the cargo hold can be used for more than just storage, creating everything from space for sleeping to in-flight cafeteria meals and kids’ rooms.

It’s built on the classic freight train concept that often comes with all manner of café and sleeping options to be enjoyed. The aim is to help make sure that the entire cabin can be transformed in a few hours, making it easy for those wish to do something other than watch in-flight movies can do so!

For some time now, Airbus has been seen as one of the most impressive names in the aviation industry. Formed in 1967, they’ve always been about innovation. With both civil and military purposes part of the Airbus line, they’ve often found good ways to make the most of what they have got to work with.

Ever since the release of the Airbus A320, they’ve been quickly growing into a truly monumental part of the aviation experience. This is just another example of how far they have came, and how much they could still introduce to an industry that shows no signs of slowing down whatsoever.

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Entertainment

12 of The Next Biggest Music Festivals You Need To Be At

Coachella has come and gone; it was an amazing experience with the headline performance from Beyoncé. We loved every minute of it and until the next event; here are the upcoming music festivals that should be marked on your calendar.

Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland is the destination of fans who love electronic dance music. The festival has become popular due to the presence of world-class DJs such as David Guetta, Alesso, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, and many others. This year, it is expected to be even more thrilling because the performing DJs will be paying a remarkable tribute to our super DJ Avicii who just passed away. The festival is scheduled to hold from July 20 – 29, 2018.

The Exit Music Festival

The Exit music festival is a mixture of thrilling music genres such as electronic, rock, hip/hop, metal, reggae, punk, and a variety of performances which will keep the crowd thrilled. The premier Exit show was in 2000, and since then, it has been held every year at the Petrovaradin Fortress. The show features the biggest performers in the music industry such as David Guetta, Bastille. Wiz Khalifa and many other stars. Expect the Exit from July 12 – 15, 2018.

Splendor in the Grass

This summer music festival is held every year in Australia. It premiered in 2001, and since then the festival has pulled thousands of music lovers annually. It features alternative music genres, rock, hip/hop, and indie rock. The festival is scheduled to hold in July 2018.

Fuji Rock Music Festival

This music festival started in 1997at the base of the Mount Fuji. Since then it has been held in other locations including the Naeba Ski Resort in 1999. The Fuji Rock Festival attracts stars such as James Blake, Sigur Ros, Ben Harper, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and many more stars who offer music in genres such as electronic and rock. It is scheduled to hold from July 27 — 31, 2018.

Coachella has come and gone; it was an amazing experience with the headline performance from Beyoncé. We loved every minute of it and until the next event; here are the upcoming music festivals that should be marked on your...

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Amazing: Celebs And Their Parents at the Same Age

Many people these days, long to look like the celebs they admire most, but some are lucky enough to be blessed with the celeb’s beautiful genes! Most of the celebs on this list look exactly like their famous dad or mom looked at the same age! It’s freaky, to say the least.

Lucky for us we can tell them apart judging by the quality of the photo. So start the list and be amazed.

Rumer and Bruce Willis in their 20’s

Rumer, the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, usually resembles a mixture of both her famous parents. However, in this picture, it is pretty scary how much of a clone of her dad she is!

Taking after her folks

It is not only in the looks department that Rumer takes after her parents- Rumer has a blossoming career as an actress and singer. She currently has a recurring role in Season 3 of the musical Empire.

Now breathe, cause there’s more…

Many people these days, long to look like the celebs they admire most, but some are lucky enough to be blessed with the celeb’s beautiful genes! Most of the celebs on this list look exactly like their famous dad or mom looked at the same age! It’s...

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Shhhh: Celebrity Secret Weddings!

While the life of a celeb comes with many upsides like the fame and fortune, it can also be pretty annoying when your privacy seems to go out of the window. That is why this list of celebs tried their hardest to have one of the most special days of their life all to themselves- secret weddings!

However lucky for us, celebrity news always seems to slip through the cracks, so here is all we know about this list of secret celeb weddings-

Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk

Yes, sources confirm that Gwyneth Paltrow married producer Brad Falchuk on Saturday, September 29, at her East Hampton, New York, home. The question that arises is, if it was a secret wedding or just an intimate one. Well, it doesn’t really matter – it was a quiet one. The beautiful actress and Falchuk, 47, met on the set of Glee in 2014. In November 2017, it was revealed that the couple was engaged.

Celebrity guests were informed of course of the ceremony and you might know some of them. The list included Jerry SeinfeldRobert Downey Jr.Cameron Diaz and husband Benji Madden.The wedding was held under large white tents on the grounds of her home.

Hold your agents, there’s more…

While the life of a celeb comes with many upsides like the fame and fortune, it can also be pretty annoying when your privacy seems to go out of the window. That is why this list of celebs tried their hardest to have one of the most special days of their life...