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15 Unbelievable Beauty Secrets From Around The World

In the small Asian nation of Tajikistan, the unibrow is considered a highly attractive feature in women!

There is actually a medical term for having a unibrow called synophrys. In the West, the unibrow is considered very unattractive and becomes the brunt of the joke. In Tajikistan, a small Asian country, the unibrow is celebrated in full.

Women and girls let their unibrow grow thick. It is considered highly attractive on them. Those who can’t grow a unibrow naturally will use an herbal remedy to fake it. Usma, a leafy green herb, is sold in all Tajik markets. You can get a small bunch for about six cents.

The process is simple but effective. Take a bunch of usma and let it dry in the sun for a couple hours, and then grind up the leaves until a dark green goo seeps out. Dip a branch of usma, or a matchstick into the goo and smear it on your eyebrows, making sure, of course, to color the space in between.

Leave on for 15 minutes, and repeat the smearing process one or two more times. The result is a deep black unibrow, rich and expressive. What women do for beauty.


Richard Garfield, the creator of Magic: The Gathering, created a special card to propose to his wife!

Richard Channing Garfield, Jr. Is a mathematics professor and a game designer. He designed his first game as a teenager. He began designing the game called Magic: The Gathering as a student in the late 1980's.

Magic: The Gathering was commercially launched in 1993 and became incredibly popular. Richard joined Wizards of the Coast as a full-time game designer in June 1994, after leaving his job as professor of mathematics at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

Garfield created a card especially to propose to his then-girlfriend, Lily Wu, called 'Proposal'. Legend has it that she wanted to go out on the night he was planning to propose, but he convinced her to stay in and play 'Magic' instead. It is said that it took seven games before he was able to draw the card and propose! The 'Proposal' card is considered extremely rare by collectors.

Richard also personally designed a card for the birth of each of his two children, Terry and Schuyler. At Terry's birth 'Splendid Genesis' was created and at the birth of Schuyler he created 'Fraternal Exaltation'. Both the cards were professionally printed and a few were handed out to family and friends.

Richard Garfield still sporadically contributes to Magic: The Gathering.


Physicist Lene Hau slowed down the speed of light to 38mph, then managed to stop it all together. How?

Light is pretty fast. In fact, it's the fastest thing we know and, according to physics, nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. Cruising along at 186,000 miles per second one can see how it would be difficult to exceed this speed.

But there's a catch. That's the speed limit of light travelling in a vacuum, like in outer space, for instance. When light travels through other material, it slows down a bit. It's all relative though, for example, the speed of light in water is down to 140,000 miles per second.

But one Danish physicist, Lene Hau, has been using this fact, not to try to break the speed of light barrier, but rather to slow light down as much as possible. And in 2001 she managed to actually stop light completely.

The process through which all of this happens in fiendishly complex and involves a collection of super frozen atoms that have formed together into a superatom known as the "Bose-Einstein condensate." This peculiar atomic cluster, only found fractions of a degree above absolute zero appears to lend itself towards slowing light down very effectively.

To being with Hau managed to slow a light pulse down to 38 miles per hour, little more than the speed of a bicycle. Then, a year later, she managed to stop light altogether.

You might be wondering what possible use this kind of discovery would be, but it actually has a number of applications. The most important would be in the world of supercomputers where the relatively slow speed of electricity is becoming an inhibiting factor in the ultimate processing speed.

The next logical step would be to replace the electrical signals with light signal, except until now, there has been now wa of storing the light signals in a similar manner to the way the electrical ones are stored in a computer memory today.

Computers of the future may well glow in the dark, as the science fiction movies would have you believe.


Even if Earth was the size of dust, the nearest star would still be nearly 200 miles away!

The size of not only the universe, but our very own solar system, never ceases to boggle the mind. For instance, if the Earth were the size of a mere speck of dust (about .01 centimeters) , the sun would still be 47 inches away, and the nearest star would be a whopping 198 miles away.

Scaling back to actual sizes, the distance from the Earth to the sun is an important measurement when talking about space. That distance is called a single astronomical unit, or AU. An AU is approximately 149,597,870,700 meters, or 92,955,807 miles. The AU is used to measure distances of all other celestial bodies such as planets and asteroids.

The nearest star, Proxima Centauri, is about 250,000 AU away. That's 250,000 times farther from the Earth to the sun. However, when dealing with such large distances, astronomers use light-years, the distance light travels in a year, which is equal to 63,239 AU. Proxima Centauri is 4.2 light-years away from us. Quite the journey to explore our solar system neighbor!


North Korea has a creative execution that makes you disappear with no trace. Ewwww

It's pretty obvious that North Korea isn't a top-notch vacation destination that we're all clamoring to get to. In case you needed just another reason why you should stay away: Their creative, or horrible, executions, including being blown up with a mortar shell.

Kim Jong-un sent one of his military ministers to the great sleep simply because he was merrily boozing during the official mourning period for his father, Kim Jong-il. Jong-un's orders were pretty explicit: To leave no trace of the minister behind, down to his hair. He stood on a spot as a mortar was zeroed in on his position, and then he was obliterated.

Yet, he was only one of 14 officials that were purged out of history in 2012, with Jong-un believing them to be threats to their great regime. Of course, not all of them got the viciousness and creativity of a mortar shell. Most succumbed to firing squads.

It wasn't long ago that Jong-un executed his own uncle, reportedly via 120 starved dogs. His crimes were spending the government's money, and now his whole family is reportedly paying for it too by being executed as well. Of course, North Korean ambassadors play the story off as their enemy's propaganda.



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