Is this Possible? “Superhuman Elasticity”

30 11 2010

Flexibility is in our genes. Some people have it, and some people don’t. But what about those who are able twist their bodies in the most unusual ways? How do they do it? Do they lack certain bones or muscles that all people should have? And does this affect their health?

“For most humans, Zlata’s level of flexiblity is simply not possible. The Russian contortionist has trained in extreme gymnastics since the age of 14, but her superhuman pliability cannot be entirely attributed to her acquired skills. Zlata has a rare condition called Ehlers–Danlos syndrome” :

In the skin, muscles, ligaments, blood vessels, and visceral organs collagen plays a very significant role and with increased elasticity, secondary to abnormal collagen, pathology results. Depending on the individual mutation, the severity of the syndrome can vary from mild to life-threatening.

In short, Zlata has a rubber band body, which may or may not be detrimental to her health.

Quoted from the video below, “In the world of contortionism you’re either a front bender or a back bender. Zlata is both.” Enough said. Enjoy (boys). Or wince, as most normal human beings would.

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How to become more FLEXIBLE…………

  1. Stretch your quadriceps.
    • Stand up and pull one leg behind you.
    • Repeat with other leg.
  2. Stretch your calves.
    • Put your arms up against the wall.
    • Bring one leg in towards it while keeping your other leg straight.
    • Repeat with other leg.
  3. Stretch your hamstrings.
    • Sit on the floor and put one leg out.
    • Reach for it and hold for a few seconds.
    • Repeat with other leg, and then do it with both legs.
  4. Stretch your legs fully.
    • Lay flat on your back extend your leg out.
    • Grab the back of your thigh.
    • Pull your leg towards your face.
    • Don’t jerk your leg, it may cause an injury.
  5. Do a butterfly stretch.
    • Sit on the floor.
    • Press the soles of your feet together.
    • Pull your feet the closest you can.
    • Push your knees down.
  6. Stretch your lower back.
    • Lay down.
    • Bring one leg onto your chest.
    • Repeat with your other leg, and then do it with both.

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How To Pick the Perrrrfect Christmas tree

29 11 2010

After Black Friday, holiday shoppers begin to pick out their christmas trees. There are those who enjoy the sentimental feeling of picking out a real christmas tree, remembering their childhood days. Then there are those who feel it is more convenient to use a fake tree to avoid the clean up. Well, if you really want to freshen up your house with a great smell, you’ll want to use a real tree. Take the traditional route for once! Below are great ways to pick out the perfect tree and keep it fresh during the holiday season…

1. When picking out a tree, grab a pine needle from the tree and place it between your thumb and forefinger. Then, bring both fingers together and if it bends rather than breaks, it is a healthy and fresh tree.

2. The second tip is to lift the tree off the ground a couple inches and then drop it down on the stump end. If needles fall off in abundance then it is not a fresh tree.

3. If you are not ready to decorate the tree, keep the tree outdoors. Keep it on an unheated porch and away from the wind. This will retain the tree’s moisture.

4. If you’ve purchased the tree a week ahead of decorating it is best to keep the trunk in water.

5. Simply make a straight-cut across the trunk about an inch from the initial cut. Then fill a large basin with cool water and immerse the trunk of the tree into the water.

6. When you are ready to decorate, make sure the screws of the stand are tight and secure. This prevents the tree from falling over.

7. It is also best to trim low hanging branches on the bottom of the tree. This prevents a big mess and those branches can be used for center pieces.

8. Check all electrical wiring. Make sure lights do not have frayed wires, and that you always unplug your tree prior to going to bed or leaving the house.

9. The tree should never be placed near radiators, vents, or fireplaces.

10. Water your tree every 24 hours. Trees can absorb up to a gallon in the first 24 hours.

 

 





How To… Cook a Turkey

18 11 2010



~ ~ ~ ~ ~HAPPY   THANKSGIVING~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Cooking for Thanksgiving is one of the most important times of the year! Families are united, games are played, and stories are shared. Now although this sounds like a great time and all, what people really are coming to dinner for is good turkey! Fortunately, speaking for myself that is, I have experienced a variety of tasty turkeys. My uncle prepares the turkey the same way each year, and has been doing this since I was a little girl. Now I’m sure you have your own ways of cooking your turkey and like to stick to them, but I can guarantee you that if you follow my uncle’s instructions below, your turkey will come out perfect every time …

 

*****STEPS TO COOKING THE PERFECT TURKEY*****

1. PREHEAT YOUR OVEN TO 475 DEGREES. NO THIS IS NOT A TYPO AND WILL EXPLAIN IN A BIT

2. NEXT, MELT SOME BUTTER, A SOFT WHIP OF YOUR CHOICE. BE SURE THAT THERE IS ENOUGH TO COAT THE TUREY AT LEAST TWICE. NOTE! THIS BUTTER IS NOT GOING ON THE OUTSIDE…

3. THE NEXT PART IS NOT SO APPEALING TO MOST FOLK, BUT IS ESSENTIAL IN COOKING YOUR TURKEY. YOU’LL WANT TO SEPARATE THE SKIN OF YOUR TURKEY FROM THE BREAST MEET. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIT YOUR HAND IN, AT THE MOST, HALF WAY.YOU MAY WANT TO USE RUBBER GLOVES FOR THIS. (NO BUTTER ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE SKIN)!!!!!

4. THE NEXT PART IS OPTIONAL*** IF YOU WOULD LIKE, ADD SOME ROSEMARY AND THYME WHERE YOU JUST MADE A POCKET BETWEEN THE SKIN AND THE BREAST MEAT OF THE TURKEY.

**NOTE**

ROSEMARY:

The fresh and dried leaves are used frequently in traditional Mediterranean cuisine; they have a bitter, astringent taste and are highly aromatic, which complements a wide variety of foods. A tisane can also be made from them. When burned they give off a distinct mustard smell, as well as a smell similar to that of burning which can be used to flavor foods while barbecuing.

Rosemary is extremely high in iron, calcium, and vitamin B6.

Rosemary extract has been shown to improve the shelf life and heat stability of omega-3 rich oils, which are prone to going rancid.

THYME:

Thyme is often used to flavour meats, soups and stews. It has a particular affinity to and is often used as a primary flavour with lamb, tomatoes and eggs.

Thyme, while flavourful, does not overpower and blends well with other herbs and spices.

Thyme is sold both fresh and dried. The fresh form is more flavourful but also less convenient; storage life is rarely more than a week. While summer-seasonal, fresh thyme is often available year-round.

5. SALT AND PEPPEER THE OUTSIDE THIS HELPS MAKE THIS SKIN NICE AND CRISPY.

6. I SUGGEST COOKING YOUR STUFFING SEPARATELY !!! IT IS DIFFICULT FOR MOST TO COOK STUFFING INSIDE THE TURKEY BECAUSE TEMPERATURE VARIES BETWEEN THE STUFFING AND THE TURKEY ITSELF. IT IS ALSO RECOGNIZED AS A HEALTH HAZARD.SO COOK YOUR STUFFING IN A SEPARATE CASSEROLE DISH…BE SAFE.

7. PLACE THE TURKEY IN A COVERED ROAST PAN AND PLACE IT IN THE 475 DEGREE OVEN FOR 20 MINUTES. NO WATER IS NECESSARY BECAUSE LOCKING IN THE TURKEY’S JUICES KEEPS IT MOIST.

8. NOW REDUCE THE TEMPERATURE TO 250 DEGREES, ONCE AGAIN, NOT  TYPO. THE PROCESS OF COOKING THE TURKEY IS SLOW. OFTE TIMES A TURKEY IS DRY INSIDE AND OUT IS BECAUSE IT WAS OVERCOOKED.

9. COOK THE TURKEY AT 250 DEGREES FOR 20 MINUTES FOR EACH ADDITIONAL POUND. NO BASTING IS NECESSARY.

10. WHEN THE TURKEY IS DONE, ALLOW IT TO REST FOR 20 MINUTES SO THE JUICES WITHIN THE TURKEY CAN REDISTRIBUTE THEMSELVES THROUGHOUT. THIS MAKES CARVING EASIER BECAUSE THE TURKEY IS MOIST.

……..SUGGESTIONS……..

I recommend using an electronic meat thermometer you would insert in the breast or thigh after the oven has cooled to 250°. Check it regularly after half way through the cooking time just to make sure the turkey doesn’t get done sooner than expected and, conversely, to make sure the bird is fully cooked.

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2 to 3 Days
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How to … Tell if Someone is Lying

16 11 2010

Lying is something we have all done in our lives. Whether we were lying to cover our tracks, lying to protect someone, or lying simply because we did not want to hurt someone’s feelings, we have all lied at one time or another. Fortunately for you, researchers have found ways to tell if people are lying. And yes…they do work!!!

No eye contact. A lot of information is conveyed through eye contact, and most people have an extremely hard time lying to someone while looking directly into his eyes. Sometimes this will only occur at the moment of the lie, a brief glance at the floor or to the right. Again, some will try to sell the lie by making and maintaining eye contact fiercely, much more so than usual.

Stress gestures (rapid blinking, scratching, itching, swallowing, fidgeting, etc.). If discovered, a deception carries much greater risk of punishment than simply telling the truth, and people understand this. This uncomfortable situation will make them uncomfortable, and they will act accordingly.

Looking up to the right. Looking up and to the right stimulates the part of the brain associated with imagination (that is, making things up), whereas looking up and to the left stimulates the part of the brain associated with recalling memories (that is, telling the truth).

Touching the nose and covering the face/mouth. Habits from childhood, these gestures are a subconscious attempt to “cover up” the lie, and put distance between the liar and you.

Rise in vocal pitch. Another product of stress, the liar’s voice will get higher and squeaky. This should be noticeable if you are familiar with his normal speaking voice.

Wide-eyed, innocent look. Another product of childhood fibs, based on the “who, me?” fake innocence usually associated with a kid denying he has his hand in the cookie jar while it is still in there.

A noticeable pause in speaking. Most people lack the ability to come up with a plausible fiction in an instant, so they have to take a moment to think something up. This results in a pause, usually right before the lie itself, while they desperately reach for something other than the truth. Careful questioning will reveal variations in their story, as a consistent fiction is hard to remember, whereas actual events are usually easy to recall. A lie is a lie is a lie is a lie is a lie is a lie is a lie is a lie……….

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How To…Interpret Dreams

14 11 2010

We all dream. Dreams:  

dream is a succession of images, sounds or emotions that the mind experiences during sleep. The content and purpose of dreams are not fully understood, though they have been a topic of speculation and interest throughout recorded history. The scientific study of dreams is known as oneirology. Dream interpretations slightly differ from source to source. However, the main theme of the dream remains the same.

The Accident: Do not treat this dream as a premonition as there are millions of dreams that never occur in reality and very few, if any, that will. Such dreams are instead triggered by anxieties and fears. If the accident happens as a result of you feeling rushed in the dream, maybe you should slow down a bit in your real life.

Climbing: the meaning of the dream depends on the reason that you are climbing in the first place. Are you climbing out of fear? Perhaps you are struggling with money problems in real life or are burdened by something else. If you reach the top of the mountain or wall this is a sign of the confidence you have that you can achieve anything in life.

Clowns: This dream may occur if you are preoccupied with something that reminds you of your childhood. The clown symbolizes the immature and unhibited fun of childhood. The dream can however take a sinister element when there is the sense that the laughter in the dream is at your expense. Do you worry that people aren’t taking you seriously in real life?


The Corridor: Dreaming of a never ending corridor demonstrates your frustration with life and its repetitiveness. You may have lots of doors to walk through but you lack the confidence to open them. This dream is most common as you pass from one phase of life into a new one, there are new opportunities but you may not know which to take.

Drowning: This dream highlights fears that you have about outside forces overwhelming you in real life. Is work or family life becoming a struggle? Talking to a friend about your problems will help make things easier for you and you’ll stop feeling so helpless in your dreams and in real life.

Fire: In order to understand the meaning of a dream involving fire, you must first ask, what is the nature of the fire? Was it contained or out of control? A contained fire is a source of light and warmth and it signifies a sense of comfort and security in life. A life that is out of control shows that you are struggling to keep your emotions under control.

Infidelity: This may, and I said may, be a dream about your partner cheating on you. But Don’t panic! It is far more likely that your own insecurities are causing you to dream about adultery. If you are the one being unfaithful in this dream, the dream is triggered by desires you have that you know are not in your best interests.

Ghost: So often in dreams about ghosts, you are fully aware of a presence before the appearance of a ghost. There is very little surprise involved in the experience. This is because the ghosts represent fears that you have in your life and like the ghost you are fully aware of your fears. What is troubling you at the moment? You know what it is…

For every iphone, the “Dream App” is very helpful. To continue interpreting more dreams, download it for free under entertainment in your App store.





How to…Make ringtones through ITUNES

11 11 2010

Many of us spend tons of many purchasing apps, downloading illegal sites, and even recording with fuzzy backgrounds to achieve the perfect ring tone for your phone. There’s a way to create your own, personal ring tone through ITUNES without the hassle of spending money. Once you have done your first one, you will be addicted. They will become faster than you could have ever imagined. This guide is good for both MACS AND PC’S.

Choose Your Song and Edit It


FIRST: In iTunes, select the song you want to use, right-click on the track and hit “Get Info.”

 

Select “Options” from the menu along the top. NEXT, change the “Stop Time” of the song to 15 seconds, or however long you would like it to be. Make sure they are no longer than 30 seconds.

NEXT, in the “Advanced” iTunes menu, select “Create AAC version.”

You will see a second version of the song at this point. Be sure to go back into the original song’s “Get Info” options and delete your “Stop Time” setting.  (The song won’t play past this point in the future if you do not delete the stop time.)

Converting the File for Mac Users


Mac users!!!  Now, right-click on the new, 15-second version and hit “Show in Finder” in order to change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r. This can be done just by clicking on it and typing over it. You also want to make the file name as short as possible too, so rename this in the same way.

 

Staying in Finder, drag the .m4r file to your desktop and delete the version that is in iTunes. When this is done, you want to import the file back into iTunes. To do this, open the iTunes “File” menu and select “Add to Library,” find the song on your desktop and add it back in.

Converting the File for PC Users


 

PC users will do this last part a little differently. Once you’ve got the AAC version of the song, you need to find it on your computer. Unless your default settings have been changed, it’s likely you can find it by clicking through the following folders: My Documents, My Music, iTunes, iTunes Media, Music and then the relevant artist’s folder.

You need to change the file extension from .m4a to .m4r by clicking on it and overtyping. If you can’t see the file extension type (just the name) then you need to enable that functionality first. Go to your control panel and click “Folder Options.” Then, untick the option that says “Hide extensions for known file types.” Going back into the iTunes folder and you will now be able to see the extension to change it.

Once it’s changed, you need to import the renamed file back into iTunes through the “Add to Library” option in the “File” menu.

Getting the File onto Your iPhone


Now, both Mac and PC users will see the file under the “Ringtones” category on the left of your iTunes display.

 

To get the ringtone where it needs to be — on your phone — sync your iPhone to iTunes. Make sure that the “Ringtones” tab is set to sync.

To change the ringtone on your iPhone to your chosen song, go to “Settings,” then “Sounds,” then “Ringtone” and you should now have a “Custom” list above the pre-loaded “Standard” list. Now it’s alllll youuuuu!!!

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How to Party…When the odds are against you

4 11 2010

Campaigning for Tom Foley was disastrous. We got there late, missed Heather’s live shot at five, our camera man got cut and gushed blood all over the place, and I starved from not eating all night. But lemme tell you, I learned a lot. Foley’s constituents were very tired of waiting for the news, and decided to party hard as Foley remained upstairs in his room with his family. being followed by security the whole night, I tried my best to get some action shots for you…

““`CAMPAIGN““`

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