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It had become a habit to wander around the abandoned districts of my hometown anytime my mind began to race with intrusive thoughts. This place was slowly becoming a shell of what it used to be. It was like exploring a ghost town; it gave me this feeling of adventure masked as a sense of purpose. There were no footsteps to follow, no prying eyes watching my every move. When I walked through these broken streets, I felt calm. Perhaps I was romanticising the idea of being the only person left on Earth by walking through the abandoned streets, like being alone was the only solution to my problems. I wanted to escape; I just did not know where to.
The Mistress and Her Seamstress
Life in 1930s America is hard; living in 1930s America as a gay woman is virtually impossible. Stranded in the heart of the middle of nowhere – bullseye in Logan County, Arkansas, on a small ranch near Blue Mountain Lake, roughly half a day's ride on horseback northwest of Little Rock. I'm the handed down daughter to the owner of the ranch and the forced wife of the future mayor of Little Rock – my husband. My husband is many things, but a caring man, he is not. He's a brute, a cheat, a rowdy rooster with a thorn for a penis. I live in a constant nightmare, but my mother raised a hard chick. There is a reason for my strength. The sole reason why I didn't drown myself in the lake all these years ago, the stir in my stomach that gets me up every morning and leads me outside to the barn far out in the cornfields. The grandest stage for my most loving spectator – Leyla, our on-site seamstress.
Like a Headless Chicken
Mike, the Headless Chicken, was a Wyandotte chicken that was beheaded in April 1945 to make a chicken supper for a Fruita CO farmer's mother-in-law. Lloyd Olsen's axe narrowly missed the jugular vein, leaving an ear and the bulk of the bird's brain stem intact, which was lucky for Mike (or terrible depending on how you look at it).
Who was Alan Turing?
Alan Turing has only recently come to the surface of the mainstream; part due to The Imitation Game, a fantastic film on the topic of Bletchley Park and its success of breaking the German Enigma Machine, and partly due to the British government releasing horrific facts on how Turing was treated post-war as he was a gay man living in a homophobic society. As some of you may not have heard of the brilliance of Turing, first, I recommend watching The Imitation Game – it's brilliant. While you get your friend to find the movie online, here is an account of his brilliant work and some extra information that the film misses.
The History of Ramen
Ramen is so much more than just a week's worth of sustenance. Wheat noodles, broth, an infinitely variable flavour base called tare, and optional toppings make up the traditional Japanese cuisine. There's essentially no limit to the types of ramen and ingredients used to make it. It is something I love dearly and have made my way through the wide variety of ramen in London. A couple of days ago, I underwent my first attempt at making my ramen from scratch, and to have the freedom to make it however I wanted was a fantastic feeling. So, to celebrate this amazing dish, let's go through the history of ramen.
What is Slang?
Language is an amazing part of our reality. We as a species have mastered the art of communication so much that we begin to blend words to create new ones with entirely new meanings. This is due to our ability to learn extremely quickly, and with the help of the internet, these new terms spread across the world like wildfire. Slang is a fantastic thing that gets a mixed reaction depending on who you talk to. But where did it all begin, and why do we create slang?
The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
Juliane Koepcke was just 17 years old at the time of her near-death experience. Juliane was born and raised in Lima, Peru, where she lived the life of a typical high school girl while being a German citizen. Juliane and her family were no strangers to travel since both of her parents were scientists who had built a research station in the Peruvian jungle. Her father, Hans-Wilhelm Koepcke, was a scientist who worked in the city of Pucallpa at the time. With Christmas just around the corner, Juliane and her mother decided to fly from Lima to spend the holidays with him in the middle of the Amazon jungle.
6 Extraordinary Facts about the Universe
It's impossible to comprehend the whole scope of the universe's complexity since it's so enormous. Humans can barely scratch the surface of its vastness, yet we get incredible data and photos that are both awe-inspiring and perplexing every time we do. Because the leading space exploration organisations have made what we do know easily available to the public, here are some of the most fascinating facts for your enjoyment.
Why Does the Leaning Tower of Pisa Lean?
I remember when I visited Pisa. When my friends and I decided to backpack through Europe, it is hard not to visit Pisa when you travel through Italy. This tranquil little city holds one of the most fascinating monuments in Europe – the leaning tower of Pisa. The structure does precisely what it says on the package; it stands on an angle that seems to be on the verge of falling. It's a fantastic building. But what is it about the tower that makes it lean this way?
The Secret Society of 'The Order of the Pug'
All across the globe, we have secretive societies that only a select few will ever get to step foot in. From university societies and frats to clubs that only wealth can get, there is something out there for everyone. History has its fair share of secretive organisations; the Illuminati is a prime example of this. Some of these societies have strange rituals and criteria to be achieved, leading to some peculiar gatherings. One of these secret societies is the Mopsorde or The Order of the Pug.
Bubble Wrap was Invented to be Wallpaper
"A patent provides a creative person with the opportunity to reap the rewards of his ideas," – Barbara Hampton We all love bubble wrap. The squishy ball of air surrounded by plastic is one of the simplest joys one can have in life. So it comes as no surprise that their inventor must rake in some serious profits, especially when they hold multiple patents for the product. But, of course, all of this could have never happened as the company nearly decided to market the product as wallpaper before realising its true potential.