Mother and Blogger, Liesl Testwuide, sent her 8-year-old son to summer camp last year, in the hopes he’d have a great time and get to experience all that camp has to offer. It was the first time he had been away from home for more than a night, and she was eagerly waiting to get a letter from him since she knew the camp staff urged the children to write to their parents. After a while she got her wish when the mailman turned up. Her son had written her a letter telling her about all the things he had learned so far at camp, it wasn’t exactly what she had in mind but oh boy was it amazing.
Next year she needs to make sure to send him to summer camp with a whole book of stamps. Source: Hairpin Turns Ahead Share this boy’s hilarious letter to his mom with your friends below.
We all have small things that annoy us. It’s part of being human in our modern world. These 31 tiny things, however, are insanely annoying. I could forgive anyone for having a blow up after encountering one of these awful happenings.
This quaint Roman Catholic Church located in the Czech Republic is known as the Cemetery Church of All Saints. The name is a little strange for a church, but straightforward. And literal. That’s because, once you step inside the church, you’ll see the bones from 40,000 – 70,000 people adorning the walls. Thousands of human bodies are hanging from the walls, ceilings and fixtures inside of this church.
You would never guess that something so gruesome is on display within this church.
As most people go through school, they probably accept what they are taught in their classes as absolute truth. Subjects like American or World History have lessons based on events that happened decades or centuries ago, so how could anyone possibly get this stuff wrong? As it turns out, it’s pretty easy. There are a lot of historical “myths” that are commonly accepted as fact. Some of these may surprise you (and make you feel better about flunking that one History test).
1.) George Washington’s teeth were not made of wood; they were made of gold, ivory, lead, human teeth, donkey teeth and horse teeth. Ew.
2.) Christopher Columbus didn’t discover the mainland US. In fact, he never even found it. The closest he got was the Caribbean islands.
3.) The Vikings didn’t have horns on their helmets. That image originated in a popular opera by Richard Wagner in 1876.
4.) Napoleon Bonaparte was not short; he was 5’7”. That was slightly taller than average for a Frenchman at the time.
5.) Today’s popular image of Santa Claus was not created by Coca-Cola. The current iteration of Saint Nick had already been created before Coke used it.
6.) Iron maidens were not invented during the Medieval period. They weren’t used for torture. They were created in the 18th century and were pieced together from artifacts in museums to attract more visitors.
7.) Albert Einstein didn’t fail math in school, it was a false claim published by Ripley’s. Before he was 15, he mastered differential and integral calculus.
8.) Medieval Europeans didn’t think the Earth was flat. From the time of the ancient Greek philosphers like Plato and Aristotle, most European intellectuals accepted the spherical Earth theory.
9.) Benjamin Franklin didn’t propose the wild turkey as a symbol for the United States. He wrote a private letter to his daughter, expressing the fact that he didn’t like the eagle and preferred the turkey.
10.) Chastity belts were invented in the 18th century to prevent teenagers from masturbating (which they thought led to insanity). It wasn’t to prevent pregnancy in the Middle Ages.
11.) Marie Antoinette did not say “Let them eat cake.” when she found out the French peasantry was starving. Rousseau published the quote when she was only ten. It was either made up by Rosseau himself or said by someone like the king’s wife.
12.) Cinco de Mayo isn’t Mexico’s Independence Day, as some believe. (Their independence from Spain is celebrated on 9/16.) It celebrates their victory against the French in the Battle of Puebla.
13.) In Rome, vomitoriums weren’t used for vomiting, they actually were the entrances and exists Romans used in stadiums. Romans also didn’t throw up between courses or meals.
14.) No one was burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials. The accused died in prison or were hanged.
15.) Pilgrims didn’t have buckles on their hats or wear the same dark clothing. Three centuries after the pilgrims, the popular image was created when buckles were a symbol of quaintness.
16.) The US Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4, 1776. It was approved by Congress on that day and signed on August 2, 1776.
(H/T Ebaumsworld) Surprised? A lot of half truths and whole lies have been passed down through generations. Most of these myths are accepted as the truth just because the average person doesn’t have the knowledge you would need to dispute these claims. So spread the word: everything you know about history could be wrong. Share this article!
Sharks have always been one of my biggest fears. Needless to say, the video below has turned me into a pathetic and shivering mound of sweat. I keep checking to make sure a shark isn’t going to eat me. Sure, I’m on land… but that’s not the point, OK? Watch as this granny learns why you should never put your hand on the glass of a shark tank.
The video was filmed at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Source: Logan Riley Share this ‘shark attack’ video with your friends below to give them a little scare.
Canadian photographer Francois Bruenelle accomplished something I never thought possible (or really thought about at all, honestly). The photog from Québec found the most amazing, real-life dopplegangers and photographed them together. (A doppleganger is the “apparition or double of a living person.”) These photographs are quite shocking when you realize that none of the people pictured below knew each other or were related.
While not completely identical by any means, what Francois pulled off is pretty awesome. Check them out.
Dog shaming is a popular meme on the internet lately. The basic concept is that a dog shamer’s dog misbehaves, he/she adorns a sign on their beloved friend stating what the dog did, snaps a picture, and presumably Rover’s dog friends will see it and mock him at all the popular dog barbecues. Does it really work though? These honest dog shaming photos may have the answer.
Somehow I don’t think this weird form of medieval torture is getting through to our canine friends. If you love the pooches and are mystified that people actually do this, give this a share on Facebook!
Between 1999 and 2002, after the Yugoslav Wars, photographer George Georgiou was living and working in Kosovo and Serbia, photographing mainly the aftermath of the NATO conflict with Serbia. While there he visited three psychiatric institutions, taking these haunting photographs of the patients and their shocking living conditions. George had spent four years teaching a photography class to people with psychiatric disorders in London prior, so psychiatric institutions and patients were not alien to him. What he found in Kosovo and Serbia was a far cry form the contemporary practice in London.
George Georgiou had this to say about his experience there:
When I first visited the institutions they were hidden from the gaze of the general public and came as a shock to Serbs when they were exposed. Money, during the years of the Milosevic regime had drained away, leaving filthy conditions, contagious diseases, lack of medical care and rehabilitation and a failure to provide oversight due to an unmotivated low paid staff struggling with their own economic difficulties. The worst aspect was the total lack of care and stimulation and the high number of people who should never have been in these places. People with physical disabilities, (the boy with no legs was a victim of a car accident and orphaned), downs syndrome, a high proportion of Roma or children whose misfortune was to have been born in the institutions. By living in this environment of deprivation, with little stimulation or compassion they start to display repetitive rocking behaviour and self-injury. By 2002, on my final visits, money had been raised in a public campaign of awareness in Serbia and with the help of a number of NGO’s conditions had improved. For me, after the initial shock at the conditions and total lack of care, it became clear that the patients from all ethnic backgrounds were able to display more community, affection and care with each other, than the sad situation that their “sane” countrymen were displaying to each other on the outside.
Source: George Georgiou Share these haunting images with your friends below.
It has been discovered that the average American watches television about 5 hours a day. That’s a lot of programming being consumed and that number doesn’t even include how many hours of movies we see in theaters or in our own homes. Every day we are being entertained, but every day we are being lied to (but not in a harmful way). Most people would never catch how it’s being done. Special effects and CGI (computer generated imagery) is a useful tool in the entertainment industry. Over the years, the techniques have improved. Now, when most television shows or movies use CGI, the viewers can’t even tell what’s real and what’s not… HINT: Most of it’s not.
You should never trust anything you see in the movies or television shows. “Movie magic” has been around for decades, but now the magic is almost seeming… magical. Share these cool before and after photos by clicking below.