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Having trouble sleeping? Going camping can help. Find out how

Would you believe it if you were told that we have a natural clock programmed into our body that is designed to wake us up and put us to sleep at the most ideal times?

Well, there is, and it is designed to put you asleep with the setting of the sun and wake you up with its rising. Any Boy Scout or outdoorsman could tell you that some of the most restful and natural sleep they've had is outside in the open air on a nice camping trip.

The reason people have such terrible sleep schedules and feel as groggy as they do when they awake is because of the difference in their external reality and their natural body clock. When we allow the two to function in sync, we experience the most beneficial sleep.

The only way to synchronize your internal clock and external reality is to live by natural light. That is why camping is so effective at giving us healthy sleep. Our bodies have the opportunity to follow the pattern of the setting and dawning of the sun.


What do 'The Twilight Zone' and 'I Am Legend' have in common? Find out here:

Richard Matheson wrote hundreds of works, whether they were novels, short stories, films or television shows. He is the author of the novel 'I Am Legend' which was later made into a feature film, and was also one of the main three writers for the show 'The Twilight Zone.'

He is responsible for the famous Twilight Zone episode 'Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.' He also wrote the opening and closing dialogs for all of his episodes, though he left the voiceover to the shows iconic voice of Rod Serling.

Matheson won some very prestigious awards throughout his career, including the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 1984 and the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Horror Writers Association in 1991. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted him in 2010. He has also won World Fantasy Awards for best novel and best collection in 1975 and 1989, respectively.

Matheson died on June 23rd, 2013, just days before he was due to receive the Visionary award at the 39th Saturn Awards ceremony, and as a result the ceremony was dedicated to him. Many famous writers such as Stephen King and George A. Romero have attested to his influence, along with director Steven Spielberg. There's no doubt Richard Matheson will be missed in the world of storytelling.


There's an organism with almost 1000 more chromosomes than ANY other known organism. What is it, and how do humans compare?

Chromosomes are organized structures of DNA and proteins that are found in cells of almost all living organisms. DNA, of course, contains the specific instructions that make each type of living creature unique. The number of chromosomes an organism has doesn't really mean much as far as intelligence or complexity, but it's interesting to see the vast range that exists.

The genus Ophioglossum reticulatum, more commonly known as Adders-tongue, holds the title of the most chromosomes with a whopping 1,260! That's by far the highest number of any known organism.

So what is an Adders tongue? It's a type of fern that grows mainly in tropical and subtropical climates. The name "Adders-tongue" is Greek and means "devils tongue." It gets this name from its spore-bearing stalk that resembles the tongue of a snake.

The highest chromosome count after these ferns? That title belongs to the Agrodiaetus butterfly with 268. That's 992 less than the Adders-tongue. Humans, by comparison, have only 46.

Humans have fewer chromosomes than a large number of organisms. Shrimp, pigeons, turkeys, chickens, sheep and potatoes all have more chromosomes than humans, and those are just a few of many. So what about some of our favorite companions? Dogs have 39, which just beats out cats at 38.

Scientists estimate that two-thirds of species have yet to be categorized. With so many yet undiscovered, could a rival to Adders-tongue be out there?


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NBC's Hannibal is pushing the boundaries of nudity on network television. They way they're getting away with it is GROSS

Have you ever experienced one of those moments where you ask someone to stop doing something and all they do in response is do it differently? Unfortunately, one of the newer, exciting shows on television, Hannibal, attempted to do just that.

In one of the upcoming episodes, a couple is murdered and flayed. Their skin is cut in such a way to resemble the wings of angels. Of course, they were portrayed in the nude, visible butt cracks and all, so NBC had a bit of inhibition towards the sexual and violent imagery.

In order to solve this debacle, Fuller offered to "fill the butt cracks with blood." NBC, deciding that this would at least cover up some of the nudity in the scene, gave Fuller the "okay" to continue on even though whether or not the imagery was truly improved is still debatable. To many this still remains an offensive proposition, possibly even more so than its original content. Fuller's defense of his artistic choices was that "they were cracked in many ways, and their butt crack to me was a less offensive crack they were sporting."

Whether or not the butt cracks offend you, it is clear that the 2014 season of Hannibal will be exciting in every which way.


A Columbian drug lord helped solve Columbia's external debt problems! Did it save him from getting arrested, though?

While becoming the infamous leader of a drug cartel isn't exactly a recommended career path, it can apparently help in solving the problems of external debt in small countries such as Columbia.

Carlos Enrique Lehder Rivas took advantage of this and became one of the most wealthy drug cartels in history. His massive assets included the Island of Norman's Cay. He obtained the island through the purchasing out of people's homes and the threatening and murdering of many of it's residents.

Once he had ownership of the land he turned the existing airstrip into a base of operations for his drug trafficking. The fleet of aircraft housed there was guarded by radar, dogs and bodyguards.

Lehder's wealth became so immense that he was able to offer the Columbian government money twice for different reasons. Once to relieve Columbian debt and another time to alleviate the threat of his own extradition.

At the height of the Cartel's operations, 300 kilograms of cocaine were moved through the island base every day! His requests for the canceling of his extradition were denied and he was eventually arrested by the U.S. Government. Details after his capture are hazy and unconfirmed, but many believe that his cooperation agreements were violated and he was sent to a prison in Germany.



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