1. When anxiety causing thoughts arise, start mentally describing objects or actions you see in your vicinity as if you were narrating a story.
This will distract your brain from spiraling down that dreaded black hole.
The idea is to make the voice in your head act as a narrator to things that are happening around you. This turns your focus outwards rather than inwards. Lots of anxiety arises from too much focus on oneself.
2. The US Navy has a set of manuals to teach basic math all the way up to pre-Calculus and statistics.
The Navy has four manuals used to teach those with very minimal education basic math.
To get a sense of the education level assumed, NAVEDTRA 14139 starts with a review of addition, subtraction, and multiplication (assuming that you’ve seen these things before but reminding you how to do them), the first full unit that is not a review is on fractions.
1. There’s a diamond mine in Siberia so large that helicopter traffic over it is prohibited due to several incidents in which they were “sucked in.” – Source
2. Kindergartners in Siberia run outside in their underwears and dump freezing water over themselves to strengthen their immune systems. – Source
3. In 2007, Siberia experienced orange snow. This orange snow was ruled to most likely caused by a heavy sandstorm in neighboring Kazakhstan. Tests on the snow revealed numerous sand and clay dust particles and a high iron content, which were blown into Russia in the upper stratosphere. – Source
4. A 39,000-year-old perfectly preserved wooly mammoth was discovered in Siberia. – Source
6. Lake Baikal in Siberia has more water than all the Great Lakes combined. – Source
7. In 2007, Russian scientists found a cache of 32,000-year-old fruit 38 meters(125 ft.) below the permafrost in Siberia that were still viable and when planted grew to be healthy seed-producing plants. – Source
8. A deep hole drilled in Siberia became widely known as the “Well to Hell” when religious media purported that screams of the damned were recorded in its depths. – Source
9. The Tunguska Event, an explosion in Siberia in 1908, was 1,000 times greater than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, wiped out 80 million trees, and may have killed a total of 2 people. – Source
10. The phrase “three dog night”, meaning it is so cold you would need three dogs in bed with you to keep warm, originated with the Chukchi people of Siberia, who kept the Siberian Husky landrace dog that became the modern purebred breed of Siberian Husky. – Source
11-15 Siberia Facts
11. There is a sizeable Ethnic Minority group living in Siberia who are reputed to have the most red-headed people in the world. – Source
12. The “Smartest Street in the World” is located in a scientific community in Siberia because its 2.5 kilometers have more than 20 scientific research institutes. Many Soviet scientists moved there in the 1960s for its level of intellectual freedom. – Source
13. Vampire Moths were recently discovered in Siberia. – Source
14. A cat in Barnaul, Siberia, won a mayoral race last year with more than 90% of the vote. His name was Barsik, and his campaign slogan was “Only mice don’t vote for Barsik!” He was not allowed to take office. – Source
15. Before alcohol was introduced in Siberia, tribesmen consumed psychoactive mushrooms so rare that the poor who could not afford it would wait around the huts of the rich with a bowl to collect and drink the rich’s urine, which they drink off greedily, as having still some of the mushrooms in it. – Source
16-20 Siberia Facts
16. There is a highway in Siberia that contains the bones of those that died working on it as that was easier than burying them. – Source
17. There’s a desert of sand dunes in the middle of Siberia. – Source
18. A pair of 12,000-year-old cave lion cubs were found mummified in Siberia. – Source
19. There is a zoo in Siberia where visitors can purchase a live chicken, duck, pheasant, sheep or cow and watch it get fed to the Tigers. – Source
20. Siberia is 13.1 million square kilometers (5.1 million square miles) and is extraordinarily rich in minerals, oil, and natural gas. Yet only about 40 million people live there. – Source
21-26 Siberia Facts
21. Drunken Trees are trees that have grown crookedly because of melting permafrost in Siberia. – Source
22. Pleistocene Park is a reserve in Siberia attempting to restore a 13,000-year-old ecosystem. – Source
23. Back in 1990, a tobacco & liquor shortage caused a three-day riot in Siberia. – Source
24. In the 16th century Russia, a church bell was sent to exile in Siberia for treason. – Source
25. One of Russia’s top universities is in Siberia. An academic town was built there in the 1950s as the region had natural resources but lacked research institutions and the first student dorms were tents in the forest. – Source
26. A hydroelectric plant in Siberia violently broke apart after a sudden water surge. The surge resulted in a chain reaction, flattening the powerhouse completely and killing around 75 people. – Source
We asked our regular contributors through e-mail, Is it okay to push your mom out of your life if it’s to protect your mental health and overall well-being? Why or why not? We got many interesting responses. Here are some of them. We have just copied and pasted their responses, not editing them in any way and most of the respondents have requested to stay anonymous, so no names will be published.
1. Yes, because blood relation doesn’t excuse their actions.
2. Absolutely. I have a friend who struggles with depression and anxiety and his mother is constantly telling him he’s a worthless piece. He has a decent job that gives him around 60K a year, novices, and is generally well loved by his peers and coworkers/subordinates. Mostly because he will not let himself be the family bank and disowned his drug-addicted brother for constantly stealing from him. At a family gathering this summer, she started an argument with him and attempted to slap his face; he grabbed her by the wrist to stop it and she told him she would call the police and have him arrested for assault. She also tells him that she wished the aforementioned brother would have beaten him, even more, when he was a child; she knew the abuse was happening and did nothing to stop it.
I have made it no great secret that I believe he should cut that toxic weed out of his life, for good if he has to. There is absolutely no benefit in nurturing a relationship like this, family or not.
3. It’s okay to push anyone out of your life for your own well being! I had to push my mom out of my life for a while. She didn’t understand boundaries and such. She kept pulling me back into a terrible mental state. So I stopped nearly all contact with her for about a year or so I could get myself to a good place. It also was good for my mom. She still occasionally slips into the old state, but immediately I remind her it’s not okay. We have a much better relationship now. That’s not saying you’ll ever be able to have your mom back in your life, everyone is different. But if it’s something you feel you need it is completely acceptable and understandable.
4. I just cut ties with my mom after a long history of putting up with un mom-like behavior and frankly, it feels pretty good to not have an emotional obligation to someone who didn’t feel one towards me anymore.
5. I grew up in a toxic household largely centered around my dad’s addictions to drugs and alcohol. I grew up in a trailer park in a trailer that caught fire and literally exploded when my dad was cooking meth in it (he was badly burned, I was not home at the time).
No one in my family went to college. I was the first to graduate high school even. My mother made it to grade 9, my dad to grade 5. He could read a little but not functionally. Mom had a GED and dad had a forged GED.
I cut ties with everyone toxic. I just said “no” one day. I haven’t spoken to my father for many years and have no desire to do so. I started cutting ties when my family began to mock and deride my decision to go to college.
I sought out stable people in my life. I married a wonderful man who helped me develop stability. I went to college, I have a master’s degree, and I graduate with my MD in may.
I could not have done any of it if I still had the immense chaos of the family I was born into, or if I didn’t have the stability of the family I chose.
No one can give you a legitimate yes/no answer to this question only you can answer this question for yourself. But the important thing is. If your family is truly toxic and you can truly seek stability without them, you should not be ashamed if that is your choice. Seek self-betterment along the way, relentlessly.
6. God yes. Being your mother doesn’t get her a pass to make you miserable.
7. Cutting my mom out of my life has been one of, if not the most, difficult things I’ve ever done. I’ve tried not to, I’ve tried to work around it and tell myself “it’ll get better, she’ll get better.” But she hasn’t and I can’t have the noose around my neck and keep calling it a necklace. There are good days and bad days without her in my life, just like there were good days and bad days with her in it. But I feel mentally lighter. More confident with who I am as a person and my own thoughts. A smidge less self-deprecating. I felt soul weary from carrying around so much self-hatred, and that’s slowly going away. There’s still guilt. She’s been through a lot, and I understand that. But I can’t light myself on fire to keep somebody else warm.
8. Absolutely okay. If your mom is toxic, there should be no guilt about maintaining your own boundaries.
9. Nobody else but you is in charge of who you associate with. Nobody other than you need to be ok with it.
10. You don’t have to have anyone in your life you don’t want in it.
Here are 25 kickass random facts. For part 348, click here.
1-5 Kickass Random Facts
1. In December 1777, Morocco officially became the first nation to recognize the United States as a country, Morocco also holds the record for maintaining the longest unbroken treaty with the US. – Source
2.In 1948, Canada wasn’t going to send a Hockey team to the Olympics, so the Royal Canadian Air Force sent some servicemen to represent the country, and they won Gold. – Source
3. John Gotti had his neighbor’s body dissolved in a 55-gallon drum of acid for accidentally running over and killing Gottis 12-year-old son. – Source
4. Keurig K-Cups generate 10 times the solid waste that would be generated from a standard drip brewer and most of that waste isn’t recyclable. Co-founder John Sylvan said, “I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it.” – Source
5. The area code for Cape Canaveral in Florida is 321 to mimic the countdown sequence of spacecraft launches. – Source
6-10 Kickass Random Facts
6. Ian Anderson, the frontman for the rock band Jethro Tull, adopted the flute after realized he would never be “as good as Eric Clapton” on the electric guitar. – Source
7. In 1901 Spain, a woman adopted a male identity and married another woman. The couple was later discovered and had to escape to Argentina. Their marriage certificate was never annulled, so this is the first recorded same-sex marriage in Spain, 100 years before it was legal. – Source
8. Sean Astin (Bob Newby, Superhero and Sam Gamgee) is the adopted son of John Astin (Gomez Addams). – Source
9. Tokyo is the city with the most millionaires in the world but London has the most multi-millionaires and New York the most billionaires. – Source
10. a Roman soldier once farted, causing a riot that leads to the deaths of ten thousand people. – Source
11-15 Kickass Random Facts
11. After analyzing losses over North Vietnam in 1968, the US Air Force invested in upgrades for its F-4 jets while the Navy created an advanced combat school for its pilots: TOPGUN. The Navy saw kill ratios climb to 13:1 while the Air Force saw no improvements. – Source
12. At the height of Pokémon Go, a number of players tried sneaking into a highly classified military explosives plant in Virginia because a Charizard was reportedly located inside the arsenal. – Source
13. The “Just Missed it Club,” was a group of people who, for one reason or another did not sail on the Titanic. One of these members was Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, son of the late shipping and railroad mogul Cornelius Vanderbilt. He died in the Lusitania disaster 3 years later. – Source
14. Scientists caught a skink evolving. Researchers found that skinks living below a mountain in warmer climates would lay eggs. At higher climates, the cold caused the skinks to hold their eggs inside for longer until they would hatch internally for live births. – Source
15. In the films “Rocky,” (1976) and “Rocky Balboa,”(2006) Rocky’s pet turtles were played by the same two turtles. – Source
1. Reindeer are one of the only mammals that can see UV light, allowing them to see lichen, polar bears against the snow, and urine trails. – Source
2. Caribou is simply the North American name for reindeer. – Source
3. Reindeer are unable to walk and pee at the same time, so they have to take a bathroom break roughly every 6 miles. The distance between stops is so regular that in Finnish, this distance is known as “poronkusema” or “reindeer’s piss” and was a description of distances in the countryside. – Source
4. Reindeer herders in Finland are painting their reindeer’s antlers with reflective paint to cut down on deer-car collisions. – Source
5. Reindeer aren’t native to Alaska. Sheldon Jackson purchased them from Siberia to help with the food shortages in the late 1800s. He brought in 16 and by the late 1930s, there were 640,000. – Source
6-10 Reindeer Facts
6. Eyes of Arctic reindeer change color through the seasons from gold to blue. – Source
7. 323 reindeer were killed in a single lightning storm in Norway. Reindeer huddle together in bad weather and their close proximity explains why so many were killed at once. – Source
8. All of Santa’s reindeer were female because only female reindeer keep their antlers in December. – Source
9. Some reindeer really do have red noses, a result of densely packed blood vessels near the skin’s surface. – Source
10. During WWII a fully grown reindeer lived on a British submarine, ate a navigation chart and got so fat that it couldn’t get back out. – Source
11-16 Reindeer Facts
11. There’s a soft drink in Sweden that is made with reindeer blood. – Source
12. Reindeer are associated with having bells on their harnesses because migrating ethnic Sámi or Alpine herders used the sound to follow each other’s sledges in a caravan after daylight ended. – Source
13. Reindeer love to eat psychedelic mushrooms may get high off of them, and that this could be the origin of the flying reindeer myth. – Source
14. Reindeer were among the first animals domesticated by humans. – Source
15. The traditional method of castrating a reindeer is to bite its testicles. – Source
16. In 2005, the Italian Prime Minister, Berlusconi, insulted Finnish cuisine and joked that Finns ate “marinated reindeer”. In 2008, Finland won an international pizza contest, beating Italy. The name of the winning pizza was “Pizza Berlusconi” which was made of smoked reindeer. – Source
1. A man falsely imprisoned for 10 years, uses prison library to study law and have his conviction overturned. Becomes a lawyer and is now helping overturn other false convictions. – Source
2. Children’s Hospitals convert MRI and CT Scanners to interactive adventures to avoid frightening children. – Source
3. Some companies still paying Puerto Rico employees despite closed stores after hurricanes. – Source
4. ‘I opened it up and that baby just looked me right in the eyes.’ Newborn baby placed inside safe haven baby box at the fire station. – Source
5. A man obsessed with cranes gets a guard of honor by crane drivers he waved hello to every day. – Source
6-10 Uplifting Headlines of the Week
6. Pakistan bans plastic bags in one of its 5 provinces. – Source
7. Danica Roem is Va.’s first openly transgender elected official, unseating conservative in House race. – Source
8. Girls insist they’re twins because they ‘have the same birthday and the same soul’. – Source
9. Endangered apes saved from pet trade: Conservationists are celebrating the arrival of a baby Javan gibbon, the first of this species to be born in the wild to parents that were rescued from the pet trade. – Source
10. Virginia lottery player wins $5,000, $500 and finally $5 million. – Source
11-15 Uplifting Headlines of the Week
11. Plastic pollution from the ocean is being used to make designer sunglasses: About 10 kilograms of waste is collected for each piece of eyewear, with most of the rest recycled for other uses. – Source
12. Born before 22 weeks, the most premature baby is now thriving. – Source
13. 90-year-old finally joins music fraternity, 69 years after she was accepted. – Source
14. Little girl’s stolen puppy returned by remorseful thieves. – Source
15. Denver council unanimously votes to ban cat declawing. – Source
1. If you’re using Firefox and you keep getting prompts to “help improve it” with telemetry, an add-on called “Pioneer enrollment” was added to your browser by Mozilla and removing it will make those prompts stop.
2. There is a simplified version of Wikipedia that condenses the main points into simple English.
It’s at http://ift.tt/1EAph8f and has the main points of most articles from the regular Wikipedia site, so it’s good for revising points or saving time.
3. The Microsoft Store will stop selling music on 31 December 2017. All music you have bought will not be streamable or downloadable.
So download it now before it is gone forever
4. The Bacchus Maneuver.
This position is used to keep a sleeping or unconscious drunk person on their side, either for the night or (in the case of alcohol poisoning) until medical help arrives.