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The popular game Dark Souls, now finally released in its third version, has risen over the past few years to an almost cult icon status in the gaming community. Dark Souls 3 was initially released in March this year, and is developed by FromSoftware. After its release, the game received positive reviews and what could be called great critical acclaim, with ratings ranging from 8.5 to 10 stars, on average, from the major gaming magazines and so on. Its fans praise the game for its impeccable graphics, immersive storyline, and nostalgic wink to previous games from the same developer. Curious to find out more about Dark Souls III and whether it’s something you might enjoy? Here is what you need to know, in a scoopful of main strengths (and downsides as well, immediately after).

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What We Love Most in Dark Souls III

  1. The Storyline – You are a resurrected corpse (zombie, if you’d like, though the term is not specifically used), brought back from the beyond to defeat corrupt creatures and then trade their captured souls for character, armor and weapon upgrades. The universe you are immersed in really has the power to engage you in multiple ways: it’s dark, beautiful (in a haunting way), and the fast pace of the narrative changes keeps you on your toes. You can be looking forward to 70-80 hours of unique gameplay.
  2. The Graphics and Visual Experience – As mentioned above, the universe is really immersive and managed to involve you really fast. The amazing graphics play a huge role in this experience, of course, and critics have described this feature of Dark Souls III as resembling both the previous versions of the game and Bloodborne (another game from the same publisher), only in a much more complex and well-rounded way.
  3. The Sense of a Well-Rounded Series Being Complete – There will probably not be another Dark Souls game released any time soon, or if there will be, it will surely be less successful. Both critics and fans alike saw in Dark Souls III a masterpiece touch, one that brings together storyline and visual elements from the previous releases, in an artful and engaging way. The boss fights are allegedly the best in the entire series, while the signature style and clever nods to the other parts of the game are a delight.

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Downsides to Consider

  • Frustrating difficulty – Getting through a zone can turn out to be quite frustrating, with bosses and high level mobs who one-shot kill you if you’re not careful. If you experience continuous defeat and feel like quitting, read some Dark Souls III guides before calling it a day.
  • Not much novelty – While fans say that the signature style present throughout the entire series, only in a more flawless and composed manner, is what draws them to Dark Souls III, critics say that for this very reason, the gameplay can feel boring. If you’re usually into games for their novelty and expect surprises at every turn, then perhaps this isn’t your cup of tea.

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Most people probably associate Germany mainly with blonde people, sausages and beer; and maybe some think of Oktoberfest as well. But there are plenty of things about Germany you would never suspect and which make it one of the most interesting countries to learn about (or travel to). Here are the top 15 cool facts about Germany: most are not very well-known but super-impressive all the more.

1. Beer is officially considered a food (in Bavaria)

Everyone already knew that there are a lot of types of beer in Germany, but few would guess it’s officially considered a food. In fact, there have been historical recordings of medieval monks in Germany who fasted with no food for days, only by drinking beer (about 5 liters a day, which amounted to about 2000 calories, precisely the recommended intake for an adult). Still, the alcohol contents of such a ‘diet’ is pretty high, so we don’t recommend it to anyone.

2. Over 300 kinds of bread

Beer isn’t the only thing the Germans do well and in many ways. Although you wouldn’t normally think about German specialties when it comes to bread, one of the cool facts about Germany is its wide variety of breads. Try to sample a few when you have the chance.

3. And also bread museums

As if the wide variety of breads wasn’t enough to establish bread as a cultural landmark in German history, the country can also boast with bread museums.

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4. Over 150 castles

Germany seems to be the ideal place for medieval reenactment festivals (and there are indeed plenty of those): with over 150 castles, there’s surely enough ground for them.

5. The most densely populated country

Although there are no slums and ghettos to speak of, Germany is the most densely populated (but not overcrowded) country.

6. But also with one third total surface still covered in forests

Still, in spite of almost every bare area being populated, one third of Germany’s surface is still covered in forests. They sure managed to take care of their wild areas well and prevent excessive deforestation.

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7. 1 Liter-sized beer glasses (the Mass!)

When attending Oktoberfest, you can expect the standard beer serving size to be not 0.5 liters, but 1 whole liter! A list of the top cool facts about Germany couldn’t be complete without this gem.

8. The Christmas Tree tradition comes from Germany

The Tanenbaum (or Christmas tree) has been a Christmas tradition in Germany long before it spread to the rest of the world.

9. They also invented Fanta

During WWII, when they couldn’t import Coca-Cola anymore, they had to come up with an alternative, and hence Fanta was invented.

10. Holocaust denial is officially a crime

Since this is the place where it all began, they take Holocaust denial very seriously and punish offenders who claim that the crime didn’t take place.

11. The first printed book was created in Germany

Johannes Gutenberg is the worker credited with inventing the printing press, and the first such machines started to function in Nuremberg (southern Germany). This happened in approximately 1436, and the fast multiplication of written works has sparked a social revolution: the immediate effect was that literacy increased dramatically among people. For all the good which derived from what is known as The Printing Revolution, we have a German metalworker to thank. The first thing ever printed was a German poem.

12. The world’s tallest cathedral

Many of you may be familiar with the cathedral in Koln, but the one in Ulm (Einstein’s city) is taller by a few meters. Thus, the Ulm cathedral is the tallest cathedral in the world, measuring 162 meters.

13. The most zoos in the world

Over 400 zoos can be found in Germany, and they are also notable for the kind treatment of animals and the positive impression they leave on their visitors. One of the major tourist attractions in cities both large and small, zoos are definitely a long and esteemed tradition in Germany.

14. No speed limits on the highways

This is perhaps one of the most exhilarating detail on the list of cool facts about Germany: over 65% of the total surface of German highways (Autobahns) has no speed limits whatsoever. It may sound like a dangerous thrill, but the highways in question are actually very safe, and have plenty of lanes. If you ever want to find out just how fast your car can go, do visit Germany with it!

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15. The country’s leader has a Barbie doll made after her.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has had a Barbie doll made after her. For real!

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Sci-fi never gets old and we can’t really think of a single dude we know who doesn’t enjoy the genre (at least one book or at least one movie). A classic cult favorite in almost any form it would come, science fiction is just the right stuff for your weekly dose of fun escapism. Whether you prefer video games, classic films, books or TV shows, sci-fi is definitely cool.

Just like fantasy worlds, only with a most welcome touch of realism. And since TV shows have started to become even more popular than movies, we thought we should put together a list of the best sci-fi TV shows of 2015-2016, just in case you’re looking for something new to watch.

Read through and you will hopefully find at least a few cool sci-fi TV shows that you didn’t know about. More inspiration for good TV shows is never enough, so happy browsing and happy watching!

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1. Black Mirror

Set in a British-style dystopian world, this series featured focused episodes without much relation to each other, besides the common theme. This common theme is the dark relation between humanity and technology, and the multitude of wrong turns this can take. One of the extra cool touches about Black Mirror is the fact that each episode is laden with famous actors (you can totally expect to see people like Jon Hamm making guest appearances as well). The series started in 2011, but it’s still going strong in 2016 as well; make time to catch up if you haven’t seen it already.

2. The X Files

That’s right: the cult classic from our childhoods is making a comeback this year. Fresh new episodes starring the beloved duo of Mulder and Scully will be aired soon. If you’re into nostalgic TV watching and pop culture classics, you definitely shouldn’t miss the new X Files content upon its release.

3. One-Punch Man

This is probably the coolest TV series of the moment in the dude niche, judging by market trends and its exploding popularity. One-Punch Man tells the animated story of a hero without all the moral entanglements and serious talk (who’s being a hero just for fun, basically), and who can defeat most of his enemies with a single punch (hence his superhero name). Sounds kind of stupid? Hell yeah. All the more fun? Definitely.

4. Rick and Morty

Another animated series benefitting from high critical acclaim and which has won multiple awards, Rick and Morty tells the story of a super-genius scientist with the usual agenda you can expect, and his partner in projects, the grandson, who is actually not so bright. The contrast between these two makes for the most delicious geeky humor.

5. Sense 8

This cool show has been an instant ratings hit, and after the first season was released and completed in 2015, everyone is breathlessly expecting the second season scheduled for release in 2017. Sense8 is surely one of the most popular sci-fi TV shows of the moment, and it’s about 8 people who suddenly and mysteriously become mentally linked. Perfect strangers in the beginning, the 8 must then work together to survive those who decide to hunt them.

6. The Man in the High Castle

This show can seem to be at first just an alternate history utopia (or, more accurately, a dystopia, considering that Nazi Germany has won WWII and the United States are currently under its domination). But after a few episodes, mysterious images from ‘our’ history, the correct one, start to be broadcast through certain television channels, and the authorities do their best to keep the secret that challenges their order. The Man in the High Castle is a TV adaptation of a famous book series, and definitely one of the best sci-fi TV shows you can watch.

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The beautiful but haunted Jessica Jones.

7. Jessica Jones

If you’re a fan of the Marvel universe (and who isn’t), this is your next superhero flick to watch. Introducing Jessica Jones, a former super-heroine turned private investigator, this series proves that Marvel considered this character interesting enough to develop through an entire series rather than just a 2 hour movie, the way they usually do it. If we had to name just one as our favorite from the list of best sci-fi TV shows of the moment, this would be it.

8. Forever

A 200-year old man roams the streets of New York City and is trying to figure out for himself how come he seems to be immortal. Hence his job at the city’s morgue. Sounds intriguing so far? We surely answer this in the affirmative, and that’s why we deemed Forever one of the best choices when it comes to sci-fi TV shows.

9. The Expanse

If you tend to like sci-fi TV shows which take place in space and on other planets, then The Expanse is for you. It’s not so much about alien life forms, as it’s about political conspiracies, governmental control and Earth’s rebellious colony on an asteroid belt.

10. Orphan Black

Another huge hit in last year’s ratings, Orphan Black is about a woman discovering a vast conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looked just like her. From here on, the plot develops around the topics of clones, genetic manipulations and juicy assassin action.

These were our top picks for the best sci-fi TV shows of the moment. Enjoy!

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10 Fun Facts about Canada

The Dude —  February 15, 2016

 

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What do you know about Canada? It’s the homeland of maple syrup, of course, you also know about hockey. The weather can get very cold over there, that Justin Bieber is one of their exports and that it’s the second largest country in the world, after Russia. But what do you really know about Canada?

#1. Meaning of the name “Canada”

“Canada” is an Iroquoian language word meaning “Village.” The Iroquoian is a family of languages belonging to the North American tribes, which are famous for the fact that they lacked labial consonants. In modern days, all of the languages are almost extinct, with the exception of Cherokee and Mohawk, spoken only by a handful of elders.

#2. Canada believes in aliens

So much so, in fact, that Canada built the first ever UFO landing pod, in 1967, in St. Paul, a city in Alberta. It was built as a centennial project, in order to attract both tourists and other worldly visitors. The plaque that stands beside it reads: “Future travel in space will be safe for all intergalactic beings, all visitors from earth or otherwise are welcome to this territory and to the Town of St. Paul”.

#3. Canadians are funny people

And creative as well, at least when it comes to toponymy and naming their cities. Canada is home to the only city in the world that has two exclamation marks in its name – the town of Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!

#4. Movie industry

The most famous movie ever made in Canada is Porky’s. It was released in 1981 and it revolves around the racy and funny adventures some teenage boys go through at a fictional high-school placed in Florida in the 50s. Porky’s is a club in the Everglades where the main characters go to become men.

#5. Canadian inventions, more or less accurate

Canada is famous for having claimed the invention of the IMAX, the electrical wheelchair and Trivial Pursuit. Apart from that, there are some certified inventions that belong to Canada, such as peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes, the walkie-talkie, the snow blower, the sonar, hockey, the egg carton, the alkaline battery, the paint roller and five-pin bowling, among others.

#6. Santa is real and he lives in Canada

The country has a free service that handles all of Santa’s mail. Apart from that, if you write a letter to Santa, in any language you choose, you will get a letter back from the man himself. The address is North pole, HOH OHO, Canada.

#7. In Canada it smells like money

There have been rumors and claims that the Canadian $100 bill smells like maple. And if that wasn’t surprising enough, as it turns out, most people say they are actually bothered by the fact that the bills smell as such. The bank note was released in 2011, it’s made entirely out of plastic and it’s brown in color. The Bank of Canada has denied that the smell exists.

#8. Canada at war

Funny enough, the US have actually attacked Canada twice, with the intention of invading it, in 1775 and 1812. The plan was to control Canada, so that the British wouldn’t be able to use its resources, its ports or its airbases. America lost. Both times.

#9. Polar bears are a real menace

It’s a very well-known fact that Canada has a large population of polar bears, especially in the northern region. Churchill, a city in Canada is known as the polar bear capital of the world. The animals gather here and wait for the Hudson Bay to freeze over so that they can start their hunting season. But polar bears can come into the cities as well, which is why locals actually leave their cars open at all times, in order to provide shelter should someone be attacked by a polar bear.

#10. Famous Canadian people

  • James Cameron
  • Celine Dion
  • Jim Carrey
  • Bryan Adams
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Alice Munro
  • Ryan Gosling
  • William Shatner

As proven, there is a lot more to Canada then meets the eye. The country uses iceberg water to make vodka, beer and makeup products, it has the safest highways in the world, an annual bathtub race and invented the green ink used on the American dollar bills. Canada is a strange and beautiful place and yes, its people are just as polite as advertised.

10 Cool Facts about Trucks

The Dude —  December 11, 2015

We all enjoy trucks from a distance, especially when they’re almost animated and part of the latest Transformers show, right? But as much as trucks are fun to watch, most of us dudes don’t really know much about them in terms of hard facts, unless we grew up near one or something. Here are the top 10 facts about trucks that you’ll definitely enjoy learning about. If this doesn’t make you want to quit your job and hit the highroads in a truck, we don’t know what will (not that we’d be advising you to).

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1. Origin of the word ‘truck’

First documented use of the word was in 1611, and it referred to the heavy duty wheels on the cannon carriages of ships. By 1711 it was used to describe carts designed for transporting heavy items. Trucks are also called ‘lorries’, by the way.

2. Average driver stats

The average truck driver is male, 33 years old, lives in Florida, works for FedEx, drives about 105,000 miles per year and has about 3.5 million colleagues all over the country. About one in nine truck drivers are independent (and a serious investment is required for that).

3. Average driver salary

The average salary for someone hired to drive trucks is about $55,000 per year. Not something to make you rich, but enough if your dream is route 66.

4. Truck accidents statistics

There aren’t that many accidents involving trucks: only 500,000 of them each year, compared to cars which cause 5.25 million. Oh, and another funny fact: only 2.4% of all accidents are truck vs. car, and in 84% of cases it is the car driver’s fault.

5. Top 5 movie makers and actors which made trucks popular

6. Top 5 songs about truck driving

  • Roll on 18 Wheeler (by Alabama)
  • Papa Loved Mama (by Garth Brooks)
  • East Bound and Down (by Jerry Reed)
  • Convoy (by C. W. McCall)
  • Trucker’s Prayer (by Box Car Willie)

7. Largest production of trucks

Not an American, but a Japanese company was the one to hit the record: Isuzu manufactures over 450,000 commercial trucks each year.

8. First motorized truck in history

The first one of such trucks was built in 1896 by the German manufacturer Gottlieb Daimler, whom we also need to thank for inventing the motorbike and the taxi.

9. Types of trucks in existence

Too numerous to recount, but these are the main types in use: tip trucks, semi-trucks, fire trucks, refrigerator trucks and concrete trucks.

10. Trucks are definitely tougher than cars!

Let’s recap all the ways in which trucks are superior to mere cars. A car engine is generally six times smaller than the engine of a truck, and only has 100-200 horsepower compared to a truck’s 400-600 horsepower. Trucks’ engines will also last up to 1 million miles, whereas cars’ engines will give up after 200,000 miles. A truck engine can hold 15 gallons, a car’s only 1.25 gallons. If you’re thinking ‘yes, but at least cars are faster’, think again. The Hawaiian Eagle fire truck can casually reach speeds of 406 miles, which most cars don’t even dream of achieving. Should we go on or are we all convinced of just how cool trucks are?

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Every now and then, a fact or two you come across may strike you as bizarre and you’ll feel the need to share it with a friend. It’s either the opposite of what you were expecting that fact to be, or so deep into strange territory that it will seem incredible. Either way, we decided to put together a top of the top 10 weird facts you probably had no idea about until now. You can browse it just for fun, or it may open up your appetite for a lot of diverse reading topics, and it will also provide you with great conversation starters for almost any social occasion. Enjoy!

1. Light doesn’t travel with the speed of light

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Photo of light traveling through a convex lens in a physics lab.

We know, this is a total shocker since it’s so counter-intuitive! According to Nature, the speed of the light can vary, and the slowest speed of light we’ve ever recorded was 38mph. The conventional ‘speed of light’ remains set only for measurement purposes.

2. During WWII, a British Submarine Kept a Reindeer on Board for 6 Weeks

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Pollyanna and part of the crew.

The name of the reindeer was Pollyanna (it was a female reindeer), and the crew of the HMS Trident shared their already crammed quarters (there were 56 men on board of the submarine) with the reindeer for 6 weeks. The reindeer was a gift from the Russians, the then-allies of the British troops. At some point, she ate a navigation chart, but the submarine managed to make it back home nonetheless.

3. A Family of Blue-Skinned People Lived in Kentucky for Many Generations

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The Fugates of Troublesome Creek were known in their region for their unusual blue skin. Later research on their DNA revealed that this coloring was due to a genetic condition, which made their blood not carry oxygen properly. The photo above is colorized (the original was black and white), but you can tell how strange the family looked. This is easily in the top 10 weird facts you’ve ever heard of, right?

4. Melting icebergs and glaciers sound like a fizzy drink

The sound made by a glacier or iceberg which is melting due to warm weather is a distinctive noise resembling a freshly poured fizzy drink. The sound is actually called ‘bergy seltzer’.

5. The Top of the Eiffel Tower Leans by 7 inches due to the Sun

In hot days, under the sun’s rays, the top of the Eiffel Tower gets so heated that the metal quasi-melts and makes the top part of the tower lean away from the sun by as much as 7 inches. Of all the weird facts we present here, we bet this makes you feel the most unsafe, if you were to visit Paris anytime soon.

6. A song started playing in 2001 and will finish playing in 2640

Known as the longest musical performance in history, the song is John Cage’s Organ / ASLSP (as slow as possible), and the playing of it takes place in Halberstadt, Germany, at the church of St Buchardi. The song, played by the church’s organ, started on Sept. 5, 2001, and the last time a note changed was in October 2013. The next time a note will change will be in 2020 (yes, the song’s performance is really that slow). How’s that for weird facts?

7. The biggest snowflake in the world had 15 inches

The largest snowflake in history (at least, the largest ever measured) span across 15 inches, and even got its own Google Doodle at some point. That’s one big snowflake!

8. There are around 60,000 miles of blood vessels in a human body

If scientists took out all the blood vessels in an average human body and connected them end to end, they would have enough material to go across the world more than twice.

9. Powerful Earthquakes shorten Earth’s day

Each time there’s a really big earthquake, the Earth’s axis is permanently displaced a little, shortening the length of one day as experienced by the planet. The earthquake which took place in Japan in 2011 robbed us of 1.8 microseconds, and the 2004 Sumatra quake took off 6.8 microseconds from each day.

10. People have an unique tongue print

Just like fingerprints, tongue prints are unique to each person. Thankfully, no law requires us to allow the collection of our tongue prints in addition to fingerprints.

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Share this at your next holiday get together and we guarantee that the conversation won’t go stale. Here are the top 10 funny facts about Christmas around the world:

1. The world’s largest Christmas present was…

…Our very own Statue of Liberty! Yes, that’s right: the 305 feet 1 inch, 22-story building colossus was a gift to the U.S by the people of France, in 1886. Talk about the Christmas shopping craze!

2. Santa’s sleigh speed

It would be somewhere around the metaphorical speed of lightning, since the average number of homes that Santa visits every second (on Christmas Eve night) is 832. That’s every second!

3. Skating to the church, in time for Christmas Mass

In the city of Caracas, Venezuela, it’s customary for everyone to skate to mass every morning from the 16th of December to the 24th. The streets are closed off to cars each morning so everyone can skate to church.

4. Spider webs as tree decorations

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In Ukraine, it’s very common to use Christmas tree decorations shaped as spider webs. You may think it’s a weird cross of Halloween traditions into the Christmas around the world, but it actually stems from a folk tale about a poor family. In the tale, they woke up to find that their tree was decorated overnight by spiders.

5. Fried chicken for the Christmas feast

In Japan, it has become customary to feats on fried chicken (mostly from KFC) on Christmas, even though a very small part of the population is Christian. Lo and behold, the power of fast food advertising. This has to be one of the weirdest contemporary traditions associated with Christmas around the world.

6. In Italy, Santa is replaced by a witch

On Christmas Eve, Italian children wait for a witch to deliver their gifts overnight, instead of Santa. Her name is La Befana.

To learn more about the legend of La Begana read this book “La Befana: An Italian Night After Christmas”

7. Carving in radishes

In Mexico (Oaxaca), people decorate the plaza with carved flowers, ornaments and even nativity scene characters, all made from pink radishes.

8. Hide your brooms if you visit Sweden

In Sweden, it’s customary for women to hide their brooms somewhere during the Christmas night. It’s believed that if they are in plain sight, witches may come and steal them, to use them for flying and producing chaos. This is another instance where Christmas around the world seems to resemble Halloween.

9. The Christmas pickle

In Spain, Germany, and isolated in some other European countries as well, there’s a funny tradition of including a pickle somewhere among the other Christmas tree decorations. Whoever finds it first receives an extra gift!

If you too would like to be apart of this tradition check out the Christmas Pickle here:

10. The Pooper figure

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In Spain (the Catalonia region, to be more precise), a rather odd character is added to the figurines of nativity scenes. He is called La Cagane, which means the pooper. Originally he was depicted as one of the shepherds, but lately people have been getting more and more creative with this character.

Bonus: Xmas

Did you know that? It seems that Xmas isn’t just a funny abbreviation, but instead it comes from Greek, where X is the symbol for ‘Christ’.

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We all like to miss a night of sleep every now and then. Ok, maybe not completely skipping sleep, but catching just two hours of zzzzs doesn’t really count as getting proper rest. We’re still young and sometimes the fun with our group of friends seems to just be beginning when our body calls for sleep, so who could blame us for sticking around? Well, we obviously share the feeling, but let’s take a look at what science says happens whenever we don’t sleep enough. Some of these effects are just entertaining to read, and some may actually cause you to think twice about the second sleepless night in a week.

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1. It makes you stupid

Yup, that’s right: lack of sleep actually makes you measurably dumber, in a proven way. Your short term memory (which is usually consolidated during sleep) will get hurt and function at a slower and ‘foggier’ pace, and so will attention, concentration, problem solving skills, critical thinking etc.

2. Lowered libido

If that’s not enough reason for concern, we don’t know what is. What’s worse is that the effect seems to stack up: if you tend to lose a lot of sleep regularly, you may actually become a bit sexually dysfunctional.

3. It causes heart problems

The risk of various heart problems (including serious and sudden ones such a stroke) is greatly increased after each night of getting too little sleep.

4. It causes accidents

Chances are, whenever you hear about freaky accidents or chain accidents or anything else you may find remarkable in your newsfeed, it may have all started with some dude who didn’t get enough sleep. Lack of proper movement coordination and so on, you know.

5. It makes you confused

Let’s just say that if fairytale dwarf names were still acceptable, you would definitely be called ‘Forgetful’ by all your buddies after one sleepless night. You may not realize just how annoying all your striving for words can be when you’re that tired, but trust us, all your friends do notice.

6. It makes you depressed (and possibly a drama queen too)

Being sleep deprived modifies your brain chemistry in just the most awful ways. Depression and unstoppable complaining are just the most obvious effects.

7. It makes you look bad

Your usual handsome self will be replaced by a baggy-eyed, tired fellow, but that’s not all: science proves that actually, your skin is more prone to aging and generally looks bad as well, after a sleepless night.

8. It impairs your judgement

Losing sleep is proven to lead to a chain of bad decisions, both from the point of view of your health, and in general. Constant lack of sleep will just set you on a downward spiral of self-destruction (ok, a bit of an over-emphasis there, but you get the point.

9. It makes you fat

Your body will attempt to gain back your energy and compensate for the lack of sleep by over-eating, and your appetite may be seriously unbalanced even after you recover the missed sleep.

10. It can cause you to die (no, seriously)

Yes, perhaps this is the most not-funny effect from the list: a recent study has proven that cutting your number of sleeping hours from seven to five (or fewer) can double up your risk of dying from all possible causes. Holy cow!

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They say that dudes are more likely to be dog people, and girls are more likely to be cat persons. While it’s not necessarily the case (and there’s nothing less manly about liking cats, as this awesome photo collection can prove), we do understand the appeal of dogs. They’re totally not pretentious, they can be a trusted companion (and lifeguard) in even the most soliciting of outdoor adventures you may go, and the label of ‘man’s best friend’ is completely well-deserved. But here are some extra fun facts about dogs which you may have not known about.

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1. They chase their tail for different reasons

Yup, there can be various reasons for your dog’s entertaining behavior. A dog may chase its tail because of boredom, for exercise, to get rid of anxiety, or because of predatory instincts, or simply because there are some fleas bothering the dog. If you notice an excessive tail chasing behavior, check for fleas.

2. Three little lap dogs from first class actually survived the Titanic

Those little cuties may not seem tough, but sometimes it pays more to look cute, it seems. Three little lap dogs were taken by their rich caretakers in the life boats that made it out of there.

3. Dalmatians are born spotless

That’s right: the puppies are immaculately white, and only start acquiring their spots as they age. That should probably confuse Cruella enough!

4. Dogs do have the same kind of dreams as you (while sleeping)

As well as humans, dogs have the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase of sleep, in which dreams occur. Whenever you see your dog twitching (and maybe even barking in a muffled way) through its sleep, you can be sure that it is actually dreaming something.

5. Only their paws sweat

While other mammals (and humans) sweat throughout their entire body, dogs only sweat through their paws. They manage to regulate their body temperature through panting, though.

6. Dogs have night vision

They can actually see in the dark perfectly, thanks to a special membrane in their eyes, called tapetum lucidum.

7. Not just their smell, but their taste is stronger than ours too!

This is something probably everyone knows, but a dog’s sense of smell is much more acute and stronger than ours is (10,000-100,000 times more so). What you didn’t probably know is that their sense of taste is also more intense: they have 1,700 taste buds, while humans only have 9,000 and cats only 473. This is particularly funny because dogs usually eat so fast that they don’t seem to want to take the time and enjoy the taste too much.

8. They do see colors

You may have heard that dogs only see in black and white, but it’s just a myth. They do see colors, just not all of them. The color tones they do see are blue, greenish-yellow, yellow and various greys. No red, though: it’s precisely the type of color-reception cell missing from dogs’ eyes, and if they would have it, it would definitely be easy to obtain all the colors, then.

9. The Newfoudland breed is perfectly adapted to water

Some people call this breed the duck-dog, because their fur is water resistant and their paws are also webbed (just as duck feet are), to help with swimming. The breed was especially created to rescue drowning people and to help fishermen haul their nets.

10. They have 3 eyelids

Yeah, you probably weren’t something so reptilian-like from your lovely companion, but nevertheless, it’s the truth. The adorable creatures have evolved to have all these eyelid layers so that they can maintain the moisture levels in their eyes easily.

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10 Surprising Facts about Mario

The Dude —  September 21, 2015

Hey there dudes (and dudettes), remember the Mario of video games we all knew and loved as children growing up? Mario games are still a hit with geeks and video game aficionados all over the country and the world, and there are plenty of gaming platforms who are reviving or enhancing the original games for their users.

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If you’ve been a Mario fan since you were young or discovered him later on, here’s a list of surprising facts you may have not known about this popular character.  Enjoy a blast from the past!

1. Mario kills innocent victims

According to the manual of the original game, the innocent mushroom people who got their kingdom invaded by the evil black magic wielding turtles were turned into pieces of wall or flowers. In other words, each time Mario breaks a piece of wall for extra points, he murders one of the innocent mushroom people! Oh no!

2. There are two porn movies about Mario

Yes, totally NSFW content based on Mario fandom has been created. Both movies star Ron Jeremy as Mario. Nintendo purchased all rights to the movies in order to prevent their distribution, as it may hurt the image of their popular games.

3. Birdo is the first cross-dressing video game character ever created

The pink dinosaur with the cute bow and purple eye shadow is actually a man (and has always been voiced by a man too). The Mario game has been open-minded since way before it was cool.

4. Mario is bald and wears a toupee

In the original drawings, Mario has always appeared to have a shiny baldness on the top of his head, and game theorists think his current looks are actually aided with a toupee.

5. Fans report hidden messages in Mario games

There’s no way of knowing if these messages are indeed intentionally put there, but fans have reported that some game covers have only some of the letters highlighted by a sparkle, and that if you put these letters together, messages like ‘Ur Mr. Gay’ may come up.

6. Mario was known under different names

The creator of the character initially named him ‘Mr. Video’ and said that he intended to use him in all future video games he created. Afterwards, he was named Jumpman, and eventually Mario after Mario Segale (an American businessman).

7. The DonkeyKong Mario game was initially intended to be a Popeye game

Because the name’s creators couldn’t actually get the rights to the Popeye characters they wanted to use, they decided to use Mario and Pauline instead.

8. Nintendo has to issue an 80 million dollar settlement to gamers who injured their hands

Playing a Mario game which came out in 1996 reportedly gave people blisters in their palm or on their thumb, because the game required them to rotate the analogue joystick on their game controller vigorously. No suits were filed, but Nintendo offered up this money in order to prevent them.

9. Mario’s full name is Mario Mario

Since Mario and his brother Luigi are known as the Mario brothers, it could be inferred that their last name is Mario. The game creators, however, deny this.

10. Mario may be high on mushrooms during his game adventures

His ability to grow and shrink due to mushroom consumption is inspired from Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, and by the looks of his experience (magical flying creatures, intense colors and so on), he may be quite high. This was confirmed by the character’s creator himself in a 2005 interview, when he stated that the game is indeed inspired from Alice in Wonderland and that the famous book is believed by scholars to definitely be an allegory for drug use.

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