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Apr 19

Rooney Mara from ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ didn’t need makeup for her brutal rape scene. The bruises were real!

Rooney Mara from ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ didn’t need makeup for her brutal rape scene. The bruises were real!

Stieg Larsson is the well-known author who wrote ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ which was one of the top novels on the New York Times Best Seller List for quite some time. It was so popular that, Hollywood movie maker, David Fincher, had decided to make a movie adaptation of the book.

After dedication and preparation for her audition, Rooney Mara scored the lead role of the troubled character, Lisbeth Salander. In order to portray her character correctly, Mara dyed her hair black, bleached her eyebrows and got several piercings. She was even required to live in Stockholm for several weeks by herself prior to shooting to be able to connect with her character better.

There is a scene in the movie in which Mara’s character encounters a brutal rape. In a shower scene in the movie you can see bruises all over her body. In an interview with Mara, she reveals that those bruises were real! There is a choking scene that leads up to the rape scene and in order to make it look as real as possible, some physical aggression was required. After several takes of this scene, Mara returned to her trailer. She recalls colleagues thinking that she had post-rape makeup on, but the bruises on Mara’s body were indeed real showing how much of herself she put in this movie to make it so spectacular.

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When the US Space Station Skylab crashed over Australia, the US got fined for littering. The amount was so ridiculous they never paid!

When the US Space Station Skylab crashed over Australia, the US got fined for littering. The amount was so ridiculous they never paid!

In the 1970’s, NASA created the first and only United States Space Station Skylab. It featured a workshop, a solar observatory among many other programs. The Skylab orbited the Earth for six years and had several problems during those years.

Over time, several manned missions had to go to the Skylab to fix on-going problems. After six years, NASA decided it was time to return the Skylab back to Earth. NASA was having some trouble with the positioning of where the Skylab would land and warned countries that there may be debris. NASA was originally hoping that the Skylab would come through the Earth’s atmosphere so quickly that it would burn up before it hit anything on Earth.

In 1979, NASA launched the re-entry mission in hopes that it would land south of Cape Town, in a non-populated area. Unfortunately, there was a four percent error and the debris was headed southeast of Perth in Western Australia and did not burn up as quickly as NASA had calculated.

The residents were notified of the debris and it instantly became a media frenzy. Radio station started to offer money to people who got hit or brought in pieces of debris. As the Skylab entered the atmosphere, it was reported that you could see what looked like fireworks in the sky. Australian official took note of the debris and charged The United States with a littering fine of $400! Several decades later, America has still not paid the littering fine.

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New studies show that all humans will develop cancer if they live long enough! Find out why

New studies show that all humans will develop cancer if they live long enough! Find out why

New studies every day are informing the public of cancer prevention and causes. As it turns out, the cancer cell will eventually be in everyone’s body, if the live long enough.

Cancer is a problem worldwide and although there are treatments, there is still no cure. Cancer, however, is not the same throughout the world. Cancer varies from country to country and from culture to culture. This disease is definitely carried through genetics, but one of the main factors of Cancer are the environment you live in.

For example, one in five people in The United States died from cancer. However, some communities in the US prove this statistic incorrect. For example, strict Mormons in Utah are less likely to get cancer because of their lifestyle and environment. Furthermore, Cancer has been reportedly low in the affluent population in Africa as well.

Although how and when you get cancer depends on your genetic and environment, studies show that if you live long enough, the human body will eventually develop cancer. The mutation of these cells, although preventable for a certain amount of time, is inevitable.

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The Flintstones was originally intended for adults! Good thing, because their sponsor was definitely not kid-friendly

The Flintstones was originally intended for adults! Good thing, because their sponsor was definitely not kid-friendly

Barbera and Hanna created the ever-popular cartoon The Flintstones after they had been labeled as “kids only” producers. They wanted to expand their demographic and concentrate on a show for just adults.

At this time, TV was becoming more and more popular and children were able to watch TV shows by themselves, meaning that shows didn’t need to be made to appeal to both children and their families. This left room for The Flintstones, a sitcom for adults. The cartoon features Fred who is a working class man just trying to provide for his family during the Stone Age. The show had very similar humor to the hit show, ‘The Honeymooners,’ making it a success. The Flintstones actually were so similar to The Honeymooners that Jackie Gleason considered suing Barbera and Hanna, but later pulled out due to how many people loved the cartoon.

For the first 2 years of the show, Winston Cigarettes was a co-sponsor for The Flintstones. Cartoon stars, Fred and his wife, Wilma were featured in black and white commercials for Winston cigarettes. The commercials show Fred and Wilma smoking cigarettes in their living room and looking very happy.

At this time, most of the American population smoked cigarettes and this helped to make The Flintstones a classic cartoon that eventually was popular with all age groups.

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Apr 18

Both men and women are generally less happy in relationships if the woman earns more than the men. How can an equilibrium be reached?

Both men and women are generally less happy in relationships if the woman earns more than the men. How can an equilibrium be reached?

Research has revealed that girls work harder at school and generally get better grades. This is not breaking news, as we have all heard this before. It is also not because girls are brighter—it is just that boys tend to be a bit lazier and they take school less seriously, in general.

What is surprising about that, however, is that it would stand to reason that hardworking girls, when grown up, would get better paying positions than the men who spent their teenage years goofing around and drinking beer. But men still don’t like their wives to earn more than them according to a recent study conducted by Marianne Bertrand, Emir Kamenica and Jessica Pan at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

The findings show that it is not only the husbands who are unhappy in these marriages where the women earn more. The women are also far from content. The study found that when a wife earns more than her husband, the risk of divorce rises, too. It also caused marriage rates to drop.

Women continue to outperform men in school, so more high-earning women are on their way. The solution to bridge the gap therefore seems glaringly obvious, doesn’t it?

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If your baby’s pacifier falls on the floor, experts say cleaning it with your mouth may be better than soap and water

If your baby’s pacifier falls on the floor, experts say cleaning it with your mouth may be better than soap and water

For as long as there have been crying babies, there have been parents who want to pacify them. But that presents a new dilemma: What to do when your baby’s pacifier falls on the ground and there is no sink around? Since conventional wisdom has always held that washing and rinsing a pacifier under soapy water is the choice of conscientious parents, this left no choice but to tuck the pacifier away until a sink or a new pacifier presented itself.

But no more. Dr. Max Gomez of CBS asserts that soapy water may not be best for baby. Instead, pop that pacifier in your mouth to remove any offending germs, and then (yep) just put it right back in baby’s mouth. Research has proven that babies need to have some challenges to their immune systems early in life so they can build their resistance. Being too vigilant can undermine the opportunity for babies to exercise their abilities to fight germs.

Dr. Elissa Rubin of Happy and Healthy Pediatrics says, ” … The parent’s saliva, which contains normal bacteria, can actually colonize our children with the good bacteria and that may have incredible health benefits.” In fact, new research from the journal Pediatrics studied 184 kids and found that children whose parents sucked on their pacifiers to clean them had a lower risk of developing both eczema and asthma.

The doctors are careful to specify that if the pacifier falls into animal feces or a puddle of gas or oil, no one (not even the parents with the heartiest immune systems) should put that in his or her mouth. But on your average floor, parents could be doing their children a favor by sucking that pacifier first. So don’t feel guilty that you’re too lazy to find a sink—you’re in fact being a good parent.

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Canadians repaid sportsmanship with maple syrup at the Turin Olympics—5 tons of it.

Canadians repaid sportsmanship with maple syrup at the Turin Olympics—5 tons of it.

Try for a lifetime to earn this achievement and it probably wouldn’t happen. There are not many things one could do to earn an inexhaustible supply of maple syrup. In this case, the task completed to earn this massive resource was sportsmanship. At the Turin Olympics, a Norwegian ski coach gave a Canadian a spare ski pole after hers broke. The Canadian went on to win silver medal, beating the Norwegians, who finished fourth, by two places.

In response, the people of the red maple leaf were so touched that they collectively gave the Norwegian coach 5.2 tons of maple syrup! About 7,400 cans were shipped to Norway.

What was even sweeter about this whole deal is that the Canadians and Norwegians both agreed to wave any of the shipping duties that might make the maple syrup too expensive to transport.

While you may not be recognized in a way exactly like this, all athletes are encouraged to mimic the sportsmanship that the Norwegian ski coach demonstrated at the Olympics. Of course, nothing is impossible. You might very well earn your own 5.2 tons of maple syrup someday.

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Astronauts leave little memorabilia of fallen comrades on the moon during their trips up there! This is touching

Astronauts leave little memorabilia of fallen comrades on the moon during their trips up there! This is touching

Talk about staking your territory. Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut in the mid 1900s, famous for being the first man to enter space and complete an orbit around the earth, left yet another legacy when a satchel of hismedals of and those fellow astronaut Vladimir Komarov’s was left on the surface of the moon by the astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

Later, a small 8 and a half centimeter aluminum figure dubbed a “Fallen Astronaut” and a plaque were also left on the moon commemorating not only Gagarin, but also 14 others who had died in space.

While Gagarin did not suffer the fate of those who perished in the line of duty, he still passed away furthering the mission of space exploration during a training exercise in a Mig-5 practice jet, along with flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin. There were many theories and conspiracies as to the causes of Yuri Gagarin’s death, but it is a general consensus that his crash was caused by a sudden and unrecoverable spin or dive brought on by either another airborne object or by the condition of the plain.

Despite the early end to his accomplished life, Gagarin lives on through the meaningful tributes left for him and other astronauts in the ultimate match of king of the hill on the moon.

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The temporary town set up for Burning Man in Nevada has a higher population than the state Capital!

The temporary town set up for Burning Man in Nevada has a higher population than the state Capital!

As of 2013, Black Rock City, a temporary town sprung up for the Burning Man Festival comprises a population of over 60,000 people compared to Carson City, Nevada’s population of about 55,500. When the festival is over, the Black Rock desert goes back to being unpopulated.

The festival has grown in popularity in recent years. The event is described as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. It is held in the last week of August and ends today, on Labor Day.

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There is no such thing as a beer gut or a beer belly. Scientists have completely disproved it!

There is no such thing as a beer gut or a beer belly. Scientists have completely disproved it!

The idea of a “beer gut” has maintained a threatening status for many image conscious young adults coming of age since beer has been around. Some might be surprised and relieved to know that there is, in fact, no consistent correlation between the consumption of alcohol and the circumference of our bellies.

A selection of over 1000 randomly selected Czech men and women were invited to take part in a study of the relationship between those who drink beer or other wine and spirits and the size of their stomach. Subjects were asked to fill out a series of questions about their alcohol consumption and daily habits, then their body proportions and fat ratios were measured during a brief medical exam. The results concluded that the previously conceived idea of the calorie count in beer increasing the size of one’s stomach in and of itself was, in fact, false.

While initial results based on age showed positive relation in waist-hip ratio, the scientists quickly invalidated the evidence by pointing out several other factors (such as age) that played into the widening of waist lines at older or younger ages.

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