Wonder #17

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If I could have just one moment in time
And in that moment the stars will shine
If I could clasp onto your hand
And in that moment you truly understand
That this is the moment where I wish to stay
In this moment far away
And in this moment you will smile
And remind me why life is worth while
And I will hold that moment for the rest of time
Just when for knowing that moment is mine

Fact - A mushroom is the largest living organism

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No, not a blue whale or an elephant.
A mushroom. A giant ass mushroom.

The armillaria ostoyae, or the honey fungus, it's a common mushroom and you probably even have one in your garden!

'But if it's a giant ass mushroom, I'm sure I don't have one! I don't even have enough space for a small koy pond, let alone a giant ass anything!' - You may say.

Listen, I'm not using that adjective lightly! The largest ever recorded specimen, in Malheur National forest, in Oregon, covers 890 hectares (2,200 acres), and is between 2,000 and 8,000 years old!

This enormous fungus was originally thought to grow in different clusters around the forest, but researchers have confirmed it's in fact one very, very large single organism!

The majority of this organism is under ground of course, in the form of a massive mat of mycelia, its roots.

But anyway, for me, this honey fungus thing can grow wherever it wants, the only mushrooms I'm concern about are those right here!

Hmmmm....Mushrooms....
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Wonder #16

wondered by Joana Galhardo 3 wonders Tags ,

You, whom until now I have not forgotten
Have turn your back on me, just stop the taunt
So I suppose you wanted more
Just with someone else without this core
Could you see the way you treated me was grotesque?
Causing these pathetic little poems to lay on my desk
But you're not going to see no tear falling from these eyes
As I stop trying to answer all the whys
Thus this apathy will take over me
Weighting me down with all your gravity
Until the point where something will stir deep down within
And I won't be able to say if it's the weather or just the mood I'm in

Fact - The color of a pill matters

wondered by Joana Galhardo 4 wonders Tags ,

If I'm going to talk about pills, you know what kind of reference I'm going to pull right?
Matrix.

So, Neo had to choose between the blue pill that would have put him back to sleep in the boring world of cubicles, and the red pill that would wake him up to the industrial womb factory world.
If you missed that, red pill wakes you up, blue pill makes you sleep!

Now, what colors are the sleeping pills? Yep, be it the package or the pill itself, all you see there is blue! And that's no coincidence; researchers have found that the color of a pill makes a difference in how it works.

In a study, patients were given the exact same sedative, but some received it in a blue pill and others in an orange one. The blue pill takers reported falling asleep 30 minutes faster and sleeping 30 minutes longer than the orange pill takers.

It's another weird manifestation of the placebo effect. How you perceive effectiveness, affects effectiveness.

In a different experiment, subjects were told they were going to get a sedative or a stimulant, when in fact they were getting placebos. Yet 66% of the subjects who took the blue pills reported feeling less alert compared to 26% of those who took pink pills.

And in another study, researchers put fake medicine packages in front of subjects, who picked certain color of boxes over others. It seems warm colors like brown and red were perceived as more potent; green and yellow on the other hand, might as well have been mentos as far as they were concerned.


So, this is why heart medicine are often red or brown, while skin medicines are yellow, sleeping pills blue or green, and painkillers are often white.

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Fact - Fishbowls are banned in Italy

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Yep, you read that right.
Fishbowls.

Apparently, in Monza, Italy, the issues of modern society escalated a bit. Forget the poverty and starvation, the unemployment and politics, the environment, crime spree, STD's, etc.
In this town, they don't have time to worry about unimportant stuff like that; they're too busy dealing with serious and intense problems like what happens to a fish if you keep it in a fishbowl.

So, do you know what happens to a fish if you keep it in a fishbowl? Do you?!

See? The people in Monza are the one who have this thing all figured out!
It seems that if you keep a fish in a fishbowl, the poor animal will see the world all messed up, that's what!

According to the town council, a fishbowl provides "a distorted view of reality"; and they're not having any of that crap there!

So, yeah, the council has banned the bowls in favor of square aquariums which represent an accurate and heart-warming fashion of the reality of the fish.

Wonder about that!

Wonder #15

wondered by Joana Galhardo 1 wonders Tags ,

In a room of pain and hurt
I lie in a blanket of sweat and dirt
With truth around
And fear abound
My heart against my chest
My soul giving up on rest
Pinned against the wall
The exit seeming to crawl
So far, far away
Further from the small light ray
I reach into the air
To find that only emptiness is standing there
Just save me from the dark
Save me from my heart

Wonder #14

wondered by Joana Galhardo 2 wonders Tags ,






Upon my arrival you will see
That this was but a memory
And you will think and wonder why
You didn't ask, you didn't try
But don't forget, I'll love you still
Even though I've had my fill
Of things I couldn't comprehend
But even so you're my best friend
I only hope that you'll decide
That you need me right by your side
So please don't think it's over yet
And please do not try to forget
Our past will aide us in survival
And you'll learn this upon my arrival

Fact - Today is April Fool's Day!

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The origins of April Fool's Day are a mystery.

The most popular theory is that France changed its calendar in the 1500s so that the New Year would begin in January to match the Roman calendar instead of beginning at the start of spring, early April. However word of the change traveled slowly and some people continued to celebrate the New Year in that date. These dwellers became known as "April fools".

Some disagree with this interpretation believing that April Fool's Day simply grew out of age-old European spring festivals of renewal, in which pranks and camouflaging one's identity are common.

There's also some that believed that the idea came from Roman jesters during the time of Constantine I in the third and fourth centuries A.D. As the story goes, jesters successfully petitioned the ruler to allow one of their elected members to be king for a day. So, on April first, Constantine handed over the reins of the Roman Empire for one day to King Kugel, his jester. Kugel decreed that the day forever would be a day of absurdity.

Nowadays, the April Fool's Day goes beyond just switching out the sugar with salt. Here is a list of the top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes!


Wonder about that!

The looking glass

wondered by Joana Galhardo 3 wonders Tags ,

So, as a woman, I take pride in having a giant ass mirror in my room.
Maybe you guys who have to go to the bathroom to check your hair and don't care how the clothes you're wearing fit won't get this but, trust me, any woman would kill for a mirror like mine. It's practical and useful, for obvious reasons...Well, obvious for the feminine gender of course. Nonetheless I'll sum it up for you males. Clothes, hair, make-up and overall figure.


Anyways, this looking glass it's not only useful for these things. It has one more trick up its sleeve!

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?
As you all probably have seen in movies, there's a cliche scene where the protagonist has a one-on-one pep talk with himself in the mirror, and usually happens when he's faced with an ethical decision or he needs to boost his confidence.

Yes, in reality, doing this would seem silly, but you have to admit you have done this at least once!
Okay, maybe you didn't talk, maybe you didn't point to the mirror pretending you have a gun, maybe you didn't say "Are you talking to me?"; maybe you just thought to yourself "I can do this!"
...Or maybe you did all of this. No judging here.


Studies have been conducted to determine how confrontation with our own reflections affects our morality. One, conducted on Halloween, gave kids the opportunity to grab candy out of unsupervised bowls. The bowls were exactly the same at separate houses, the only difference was that one bowl had a mirror behind it. As a result, the children were significantly less likely to steal candy when they had to look at their reflections, even though they were wearing costumes! and a similar test was done on adults at a news stand who paid for newspapers on the honor system. The results were nearly identical. We are more likely to act morally while confronted with our own faces.

So, it seems the looking glass is used as a moral compass...And if you know someone with spectrophobia (fear of mirror and one's own reflections), beware!

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Fact - That friend that doesn't want to go out is NOT antisocial!

wondered by Joana Galhardo 2 wonders Tags ,

So according to popular believe, if your friend or whoever avoids social interaction, they're antisocial, 'cause if they don't want to do something social, they must be anti social!

Yeaaah...No.

I get how people think that if someone who is reluctant to participate in social situations is categorized as antisocial. However, in fact, these people, the antisocial ones I mean, are often pro social, even unusually so!

Antisocial Personality Disorder is diagnosed in adults (18 years or more) who consistently disregard and ignore the rights, are impulsive, irresponsible, lie, or generally act recklessly with no concern for the safety of themselves or others. They are often extroverted and very much the opposite of the type of people who are so often called antisocial, who care about other people's feelings. These people are usually just shy or have social anxiety disorder or maybe avoidant personality disorder.

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Fact - Russian dogs take the train

wondered by Joana Galhardo 3 wonders Tags

Maybe you think you've got a smart dog, I know I do. And maybe you've given him a tiny hat and a monocle, named him something like Sir Nicholas and taught him how to roll over and stuff like that.


But while you and Sir Nicholas were perfecting those tricks, the stray dogs of Moscow have mastered the city's subway system.

Since dog catching fell behind when the Soviet Union collapse, today there are around 35000 strays in that city. And, over several generations of breeding, those dogs have gotten very smart indeed.

Stray dogs have to rely on their skills to survive, and since only 3% of those strays survive long enough to breed, only the toughest and smartest end up procreating. Yeah Darwin, stop bragging already.

So, many of these streets dogs have taken up residence in the underground metro stations and have learned how to travel via subway train! Yep, you hear me alright!....Well, read me alright! they'll stand and wait for the train, just like the people, then sneak on and get off at their stops! Freaking awesome right? Right?!
Scientist figure they use smell and the recorded names of stations to navigate.

But wait! That's not all they've figured out! Yes, there's more! They have learned how to send out the smallest and cutest among them to beg for food, and the big ones to jump and bark at on a person eating a snack, making them drop it, then pouncing on the dropped food.

So, you know what this means, right?
...They're coming for us.

Wonder about that!

Wonder #13

wondered by Joana Galhardo 5 wonders Tags ,


These memories haunt me every night when I just can't sleep
Every night when I start to weep
Weep until it wears me out
Until my thoughts start to drift out
It becomes so cold when no one's around
Alone is when I seem to drown
Drown inside this sea of pain
That's when I start to go insane
Go insane and cannot breathe
Pace back and forth and grit my teeth

Your mood, your responsibility

wondered by Joana Galhardo 5 wonders Tags ,

So you had an argument with your better half / parents / friends? You've been having a financial stress? Dealing with health issues? Problems at work?
Oh, and did I mention you just woke up to that annoying disco song?
Hm?

*Sigh*

What more could go wrong, right?
Well, everything else could go wrong as a matter of fact, but that's not why I'm addressing to you today.

At this moment, as you struggle through your day, there's a whole world of people out there who have no idea that you exist. They don't know your name, your problems, your fears, your goals, your hopes and dreams. And you know what? They don't care either. To them, you're just a human body. Another robot.

A pile up of problems, however, has a tendency to make you stand out by turning you into a bitch / douchebag. That's right, I said it. Bitches and douchebags.

We have the power to make someone else feel like a huge piece of...poop. And that's not right. You have to realize that everybody isn't that annoying; you're just in a bad mood and you have to stop yourself before unleashing your rage and say things that you might later regret.

I know, sometimes the dam breaks, and you find yourself yelling, being mean and clearly taking the issue out of proportion. And, at this point there's only one thing to do here, really. Come clean, apologize and explain your situation. Maybe they'll understand and tell you that it's okay.

But it's not.
And it's important that you remember this. People don't owe you a thing. They don't have to put up with you while you put your shit together.
...Unless you're Fluffy, the destroyer of worlds, then you're cool.

For your own sake, you cannot let yourself get used to people adjusting their actions because of your irritability. If everybody did that, you would come to expect it, and that's how egomaniacs are born.

This goes for every struggle in your life. Remember when I said everything else could go wrong? Yeah, it's true. And when you survive that, another thing will be behind it.

Wonder about that.

Wonder #12

wondered by Joana Galhardo 4 wonders Tags ,

I walk down the path, footsteps echoing around
Nothing but myself making a single sound
If I started to scream no one would hear
'Cause I'm in this cave with no one even close to being near
The path gets darker with every step I take
The shadows dancing on the walls have no way of being fake
I could turn around but there would be nowhere to go
The cave has no exits, at least that's what I know
This cave is loneliness with no sure way out
No one can save me, no matter how loud I shout
I'm trapped, starving to death alone
There is no 911, 'cause there's no phone
Nobody knows about the dark cave that I'm in
I just shun them out so that they'll never get in

Fact - Today is Valentine's day!

wondered by Joana Galhardo 4 wonders Tags

Hello everybody!
I apologize for the silence this weekend, but I wanted to post on this particular day. The day for the lovers, the chocolate and jewelry, the flowers and cards. Yep, Valentine's day.


So if you're in a relationship and you have time to spare, you're spending it with your better half and I doubt you're reading this today. If you're not in a relationship and you're feeling alone and with no one the give you some treats and all that, I'm gifting you some facts about this day...That, now that I think about it, will probably make you sadder.

#1 Valentine's day traces its roots to an ancient pagan holiday called Lupercalia, in which men stripped naked, grabbed whips and spanked young women in hopes of increasing their fertility.
...Which sounds a lot more fun than this thing we do nowadays..Just saying!

#2 Throughout history, there have been approximately 8 St. Valentines, 3 of them had special feast days in their honor. The 2 St. Valentines who most likely inspired Valentine's day are Valentine of Terni and Valentine of Rome.
St. Valentine is the patron saint of lovers and engaged couples; but he is also the patron saint of epilepsy (which he is said that to have suffered), plague, greetings, travelers, young people and bee keepers!

#3 The Christian martyr St. Valentine was beheaded on February 14th for performing marriages in secret. Also, the famous St. Valentine's day massacre, in which 7 Chicago gangsters were gunned down on February 14th, 1929, was one of the bloodiest in mob history.
My bloody Valentine indeed...

#4 The 1st Valentine's day card was sent by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife, while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.

#5 Red hearts are a Valentine symbol. Red is traditionally associated with the color of blood.
At one time, people thought that the heart, which pumps bloods, was the part of the body that felt love. In fact, when the Egyptians mummified their dead for burial, they removed every organ but the heart because these hopeless romantics believed that the heart was the only part of the body necessary for the trip through eternity. (*awww*)


#6 40% of people have negative feelings towards Valentine's day.


#7 The saying "wearing you heart on your sleeve" is from the Middle Ages. Boys at this time would draw names of girls to see who would be their 'Valentine' and then wear the name pinned on their sleeve for a week.

#8 Engagements rings are often worn on the 4th finger of the left hand because the ancient Greeks maintained that that finger contains the vena amoris (vein of love) that runs straight to the heart.
And, speaking of rings, the 1st recorded wedding rings appeared in ancient Egypt, with the circle representing eternity as well as powerful sun and moon deities.



Wonder about that!

Fact – You emotionally bond with people you sing with!

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Yep. Scientists have discovered that when we perform synchronized activities such as singing songs, reciting chants or even just walking together, we end up feeling more connected to the people we're performing these activities with. Although, it turns out it's not exactly what you're saying or singing that matters, it's just the fact that you're performing these activities in unison with other people.


Researchers at Stanford University found that when volunteers were instructed to walk around campus together, the simple difference between letting them walk normally versus instructing them to walk in step with each other increased the volunteers willingness to cooperate with each other afterward.
Even more surprisingly, how harmonious the participants felt had nothing to do with any positive emotions created by the synchronized activities themselves. Whether or not they enjoyed performing the activities, they simply became more cooperative with each other!

The researchers concluded that "synchronized rituals" may therefore have evolved as a way for societies to get individuals to work together and be willing to make personal sacrifices for the benefit of the group.


So, the next time you and your friends are singing your lungs out when you're a bit tipsy (or just cheerful, 'cause we are respectful people over here!), remember that you are not making a fool of yourself; in fact, you are helping the cohesion of your group!


Wonder about that!

Fact - Silly string is prohibited in Los Angeles

wondered by Joana Galhardo 10 wonders Tags

In a faraway land, there is a scourge that few people dare mention out loud. It is not only nefarious, but..Well, there's no other way to say this, remarkably retarded! It is....Silly string!



For years and years, citizens faced each Halloween on Hollywood Boulevard like Anne Frank, hiding away and hoping for the madness to stop.

Finally, someone stood up to the terror of silly string and put an end to it, banning it under the penalty of a $1,000 fine.

That...Hmm..Hero was city councilor Tom LaBonge. And yes, as you can see, the ban is for just one night out of the year, the Halloween.

This resulted from complaints that random silly string sprayings originated fistfights during the usual Halloween street gatherings. Apparently, there were reports of people throwing the cans at each other.


What this tells me is that instead of a ban, maybe they should have simply offered classes on how to properly use silly string!


Wonder about that!

Wonder #11

wondered by Joana Galhardo 7 wonders Tags ,

My heart's beating slowly, pounding in my chest
Each beat's getting faster, it seems to be distressed
The beating's getting loud, it's ringing in my ears
The pain's getting stronger, reducing me to tears
My heart's aching from the loneliness, bearing rips that criss-cross
Every tear represents a time where I've felt loss 
It seems I'm going nowhere, just falling deeper in
I want to escape but how do I begin?

Wonder #10

wondered by Joana Galhardo 6 wonders Tags ,

While pondering in my woe
I often wonder if I'll ever know
The point of my existence
And the worth of my resistance
What is out there for me?
What I am destined to be?
Is it really too late to see?
I think what I want is to be free
But free from what? Free from whom?
Could it possibly be from you?
There's much more to go
And I fear I'll never know

Why do women take so long to get ready?

wondered by Joana Galhardo 8 wonders Tags ,

So here's a post some men will be interested to read. How could it possible take so long for women to get ready? I mean, it's just a dress and a pair of shoes, right? WRONG!
Yeah… You would think that it would be easy and simple... But you're wrong. There's a whole lot of things that can cause this and, as a woman, I'm going to let you in on this “secret”.

Firstly, you have to realize that not all of them take so long to get ready, and the amount of time spent to get ready depends on two variables – the kind of event she's going to attend and the degree of her vanity. So, obviously, the more important / special / fancy the event is, and the vainer she is, the longer it will take.

Then, probably the simplest answer is that she's trying on clothes. As you may be aware, women usually like to wear new outfits to special events. And, understandable, as most women aren't wasteful enough to buy a new dress every time, she's probably going to want to combine the dress with a different pair of shoes, or a different shawl. Thusly, she's got an awesome new outfit combo planned!

And here comes the trouble. As simpler as this could be, the downside of a new and exciting outfit is that it's an untested outfit! And this means that, even though that skirt theoretically should have gone with that shirt and shoes for a smart and modern look, once you try them on, apparently you look like a school girl and, however some could find it hot and sexy, it's a bizarre look for that event.

So then you panic and swear and start grabbing other pieces that you think will fix this and then it's the shoes that are wrong for that other skirt, and then you have to change the bra because the one you have it's not right for that other shirt you chose, and then it's the tights that are wrong for that new outfit… It's very exhausting and time consuming!

Obviously, the logical solution is to test the outfit ahead of time, which some women do…sometimes. However, women, like all human beings, procrastinate, so this happens about as often as anyone actually studying for a test early or doing their thesis on time.

And this is all before makeup and hair! You don't even want to get me started on this. Mainly because I don't know much about it, but from my experience, either you go simple and easy, or you want to try something new and elaborate and it takes time…Oh so much time. Specially the hair… Definitely the hair.

Wonder about that!

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