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There is such a thing as a 'silent migraine' and sufferers of this type of migraine do not experience the headache - but that does not mean the get off easy!


If you hear the word ‘migraine’, you probably think of a debilitating, throbbing headache.

But a migraine doesn't always have to include a headache.

There is such a thing as a silent migraine. Sufferers of silent migraines do not come off easy, just because they do not experience the pain phase.

Typical migraines come in four phases.

The pre-headache phase can include muscle stiffness, mood changes, fatigue and food cravings. These symptoms can occur hours or days before the onset of a migraine.

Then there is the ‘Aura’ phase that sets in immediately before the headache comes. These include changes in the visual field, like flashing lights or zig-zag lines. It can also include hallucinations that include scents and sounds.

Sufferers of silent migraines experience both these phases in its full intensity and sometimes the hallucinations are even worse for those who suffer from this type of migraine.

Typical migraine sufferers will then experience the intense headache that silent sufferers do not.

The post-headache phase, which silent migraine sufferers also do not go without, is when the depression or euphoria sets in, difficulty concentrating or thinking is experienced and some people also describe it as like suffering from a bad hangover.

A silent migraine can be very frightening because the visual symptoms are acute and still very disruptive to daily activities. Because there are no headaches, sufferers and those around them don't always realize what's happening.

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PSA: It's estimated that 16 million kids will return to school this year without the supplies they need. Take action to help those in need!


Imagine taking a test without a pen or paper. Pretty difficult, huh? This will be a reality for many students this fall--16 million kids will return to school this year without the supplies they need. Unless you help out! 

From now until September 15, Join DoSomething.org's Staples for Students campaign to donate school supplies to those in need. 

Here's how: 

1. Sign up on www.StaplesForStudents.org or by texting SUPPLIES to 38383.

2. Run a drive to collect school supplies and drop them off at your local Staples

3. Spread the word about your drive and you'll be eligible to win movie tickets and a $2,000 scholarship! 

Visit www.StaplesForStudents.org or text SUPPLIES to 38383 for more details. 

 

The Church of Scientology has their own secret compound!


Secrecy, conspiracy and Tom Cruise all have one thing in common: the Church of Scientology.

While many of the things that make their way to water cooler talk at work is unbased rumors, there is a compound in Riverside County, California that certainly raises a few eyebrows and makes you wonder how high your “thetan level” has to be to gain access.

The area is known as Gold Base (certainly more cryptic than your average church) and sits in the outskirts of southern California.

It's considered to be the international headquarters of the Church of Scientology, and it seems they have a bit of a security problem. The entire compound is heavily guarded with high, bladed fences, cameras, motion detectors, and armed guards.

The religion acquired the land, then a resort called Gilman Hot Springs, in 1978. It was bought in secret with cash until an alias.

The compound now houses the church's own movie studio, Golden Era Productions, high-ranking leader's homes, and church founder, L. Rom Hubbard's mans ion that is still being tended to, awaiting his reincarnation. And yes, Tom Cruise has visited the compound to study.

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The Parrotfish eats dead coral, an then poops sand. This sand poop is also responsible for nearly all the white sand beaches in Hawaii


Sand comes in many different colors, sizes and even shapes if you look close enough. It would be hard to have it all the same with an estimated seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains of sand in the world.

Many beaches around the world are known for their beautiful sand. Hawaii, for example, is consistently ranked among the top beaches in the world for its pristine, white sand. But this sand has an origin that might make you think twice about stepping onto one of those beaches.

The white sand of Hawaii is made up primarily of poop. That would be the poop of parrotfish. These fish bite off coral and grind it down into sand with their teeth. They don’t have stomachs, so it passes straight through them and out the other end as sand.

Larger parrotfish are like sand factories, producing as much as 840 pounds of sand per year. For Oahu’s snorkeling hot spot, Hanauma Bay where a few hundred parrotfish graze, that means hundreds of tons of fish-made sand per year.

Parrotfish aren’t the only creatures to poop sand, but they are the most proficient. Worms, sponges, and oysters also produce Pacific ocean sand.

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Luke Skywalker’s original lightsaber is on the ISS.


 

When the space shuttle Discovery launched the STS-120 astronaut crew in October 2007 the force was with them. On board the orbiter with the new module for the International Space Station was the original prop lightsaber. 

The lightsaber was used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the 1977 film “Star Wars”. The Jedi used laser sword was flown into space and back in honor of the 30th anniversary of the George Lucas franchise. Seven films have arisen from the Star Wars franchise including the first one in 1977. 

It has become a worldwide phenomenon. The trilogy was first released in three year intervals between 1977 and 1983. Then, sixteen years later Lucas began work on three prequels that were also released in three year intervals between 1999 and 2005. 

It is currently the third highest grossing film series behind Harry Potter and James bond. The lightsaber is the iconic weapon of the series. 

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