Courtship can be interpreted on so many ways. Based on the country of origin and the time, dating rituals can be really different. In today’s article we found a infographic that will show you the top 10 unusual dating rituals from all around the world:
If you win a big casino jackpot, whether that is from playing casinos online or at a real casino, then it always tempting to just spend it without really considering what you are going to spend it on. It can mean that you buy a lot of things and then end up with no money left very quickly and you may wonder where it has disappeared to. It is therefore well worth thinking hard about what you would like to spend the money that you have won at Online casino usa on before you spend a lot of it.
The first thing it is sensible to consider is your career. If you have a life changing amount of money at the casino, then you may feel that you can just give up your job and not worry about a career. However, you will need to make sure that you invest your money wisely if you want to live the rest of your life without working. This could mean that you find an investment account that pays you a regular income which you can use to live off instead of a salary. You may be the sort of person that will get bored if they are not working though. In this case you could possibly use the money to start up your own business so that you can work but do things exactly the way that you want to.
Another thing to consider is your home. If you are renting a property, then you may want to buy your own home with your online casino winnings. This can mean that you will never have to pay any rent for the rest of your life, which is a great feeling. If you already have a home with a mortgage then paying off that mortgage is a great idea as well. It may be tempting to move to a bigger home as well, but make sure that you will be able to afford the costs associated with paying for a bigger home.
It may sound like a boring way to spend money that you have won at a casino. But paying off debts can be really sensible. You will feel a great sense of freedom once that debt is gone and you will no longer have to be paying interest and repayments on those debts anymore. This can lead to a much more positive future for you. You may try to push your debt to the back of your mind but it is always going to be there unless you pay it off.
Many people might choose to buy a car if they have a big win at an online casino. If you have an unreliable car or no car then this can be a great idea. It can save you money in the long run if you do not have to keep paying for car repairs and you can travel more easily and quickly. It could help you to visit friends and family more easily and you will be able to find work more easily as you will be able to travel anywhere.
Buying the latest electronic goods can always be temping when you win at a casino. However, this may not be a sensible idea at all. Goods like this go out of date very easily and if you buy the latest items they could have teething problems with them or they may not take off. Things like Betamax videos or 3D televisions are examples of this, where there were a head of their time and those people purchasing them may have regretted it. It can also be better to purchase something that you will treasure and not want to replace.
Investing online casino winnings can be a really good thing to do. Not only will you get a return on your investment and it could increase in value, but you will also not be tempted to make silly impulse purchases if the money is locked away. It can give you time to think and plan what the best things to spend your money on. This can sound so boring but it would stop you having regrets later. You may look back on your casino win and wish that you had done something more sensible with it. If you use it to buy a holiday, some electrical items and gamble some of it, you may wish that you had kept it to pay off some debts or buy something more useful.
A pet (also called a companion animal) is an animal kept primarily for a person’s company or protection, as opposed to working animals, sport animals, livestock, and laboratory animals, which are kept primarily for performance, agricultural value, or research. The most popular pets are noted for their attractive appearances and their loyal or playful personalities.
Pets commonly provide their owners (or guardians) physical and emotional benefits. Walking a dog can supply both the human and pet with exercise, fresh air, and social interaction. Pets can give companionship to elderly adults who do not have adequate social interaction with other people. There is a medically approved class of therapy animals, mostly dogs; that are brought to visit confined humans. Pet therapy utilizes trained animals and handlers to achieve specific physical, social, cognitive, and emotional goals with patients.
The most popular pets are likely dogs and cats, but people sometimes keep house rabbits, ferrets; rodents such as gerbils, hamsters, chinchillas, fancy rats, and guinea pigs; avian pets, such as canaries, parakeets, and parrots; reptile pets, such as turtles, lizards and snakes; aquatic pets, such as tropical fish and frogs; and arthropod pets, such as tarantulas and hermit crabs.
Some scholars and animal rights organizations have raised concern over pet-keeping with regards to the autonomy of nonhuman animals.
Many people think that animals do not have any feelings, but the story of two white tiger cubs will probably change the way we see animals and emotions.
White tigers are of the most endangered species in the world, and two white tiger cubs have found a strange father figure. Who is their father figure you might ask? Well these cubs are adopted by an orangutan.
While both tigers and orangutans live in Asia, however, the white tigers live in colder regions of Asia so it is strange to see this kind of interaction between these species.
An interspecies adoption is rare, but it is common for herbivores to adopt other herbivores, and this makes this case ever weirder, since orangutans are herbivores and tigers are carnivores, and it is just a matter of time before the tiger cubs require meat in their diet.
This problem might be solved by taking away the cubs from the orangutan when they are old enough to eat meat, but this might cause psychological problem for the cubs and their adopted father.
Although death is a time of sadness and grief for many, others use it to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on. In many places around the world, these celebrations are elaborate and take on a life of their own. Here are three celebrations of death that celebrate the people of the past.
Obon: The Festival of Lanterns in Japan
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Also known as The Festival of the Dead, this celebration is held annually in August. During the festival, souls of the departed return to visit their relatives. Buddhists in Japan celebrate by preparing offerings of special food for the spirits of their ancestors. The offerings are then placed in their homes and on temple altars.
When the sun sets, people light paper lanterns and hang them in front of their doors to help the spirits find their way home. Once the celebrations have ended, the families place the paper lanterns in the rivers and bays of Japan that flow out to the sea. The lit lanterns bobbing in the water guide the spirits back to the realm of the dead until next year’s celebration.
P’chum Ben: The Festival of the Dead in Cambodia
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This celebration, which spans 14 days is held on the 10th month of the lunar calendar – usually in September. For 14 days, Cambodian Buddhists celebrate Pak Ben by waking up before dawn and preparing offerings of food and other gifts for local monks and their ancestors. The offerings include sweets and fruits, and they pray that they’ll one day reach their loved ones. Additionally, the Buddhists mix rice and sesame seeds, spreading it across the ground where it’s left for the hungry ghosts.
On the 15th day, villagers visit the pagoda with offerings of bean treats and sweet sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves. This marks the start of P’chum Ben and the close of Pak Ben. On this day, people wear their finest clothes, gather with family and friends, and listen to music and speeches by the abbots, monks, and other key figures.
Los Dia de los Muertos: Day of the Dead in Mexico
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This celebration shares some of its origins with Halloween, like decorating with pictures of skeletons. But it’s also derived from European traditions brought forth by the invasions of the Spanish conquistadors. While the American traditional is to rely on services like those provided by American Cremation & Casket Alliance for funeral services, this Mexican tradition is quite different.
People celebrate this fiesta by placing photographs, flowers, drinks, and food on the gravestones of their loved ones or on family altars. Extended families will meet at cemeteries on the evening of the fiesta to take part in a vigil throughout the night and eat the foods they’ve prepared. The gravestone and altar’s preparation is very symbolic during this fiesta.
The flower’s brief life span reminds people of how short life is. Colorful tissue decorates gravestones and altars. Fruits and sweets accompany staples in life including bread, salt, and water. At the end, Calaveras statues depicting skeletons take part in activities, like cooking or playing in mariachi bands, bringing a smile to the grieving faces.
Death is imminent and everyone copes with it their own way. Either way, celebrating the life of your loved ones is never a bad idea.
Why not take inspiration from Tim Burton’s ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ this year, and blend Halloween and Christmas for an altogether creepy Christmas.
With the help of our handy ‘how-to’ guide, you can have a festive season that even Jack Skellington himself would be proud of.
Back in Black
First and foremost, you will need a drastic change in colour scheme. Instead of the usual green and gold, embrace the dark side with some black and silver. Luckily for you, the traditional red can still be used sparingly to resemble blood (a vampires beverage of choice), a valuable addition for any creepy Christmas. This gothic Christmas wreath features all three colours from the Creepy Christmas palette, and takes it to the next level with a frighteningly realistic spider!
Blood, Blood and More Blood!
I’m completely B Positive (sorry, poor blood pun there) that this grotesquely morbid blood bag Christmas tree decorations would unsettle any visitor to your home this year. They could even be reused the following October as Halloween decorations.
Undead Christmas Decorations
These zombified reincarnations of classic Christmas tree decorations are a great way to give your home a decaying décor. You can’t help but feel sorry for the gingerbread man.
Ctuhlu Christmas Tree Topper
Why not show off your penchant for the underworld with this Cthulu Christmas tree topper. If this doesn’t scream ‘Christmas spirit’ then I don’t know what does. This would look ideal on one of these Christmas trees from Hayes Garden World, or you could go the extra mile and break out the black spray paint
Ghoulish Greeting Cards
Why not extend your creepy Christmas even further by sending out one of these Christmas cards, which are bound to give anyone a fright upon opening.
Santa’s Twin by Dean Koontz
If you want to give your kids a fright on Christmas Eve, why not replace the traditional ‘The Night before Christmas’ with this darkly twisted book by Dean Koontz. ‘Santa’s Twin’ is a contemporary Christmas classic, which features two children trying to save Christmas from being ruined by Santa’s ‘deeply-troubled’ twin, who is hell-bent on giving all kids mud pies, cat poop, and broccoli as presents. Even more troubling, he plans on turning Santa’s trusty troop of reindeers into a hearty batch of reindeer soup.
They’re Watching You
Although I am highly certain that these ornaments aren’t intentionally creepy, there’s something about them that would creep you out if you saw one of these hanging from the Christmas tree. These are guaranteed to give anyone nightmares.
Creepy Christmas Cake
Why not pay homage to ‘The Nightmare before Christmas’ by serving up this coffin cake instead of the traditional trifle or Christmas pudding, which is sure to give your grandparents a shock.
Create a Gothic Table Spread
Why not take inspiration from these gothic table decorations that would make Dracula himself green with envy. Take note of the heavy use of black and the scarily contorted tree.
Krampus and Perchta (The ‘Belly-Slitter’)
Why not indulge in this Austrian Christmas tradition, which is a sure-fire way to ensure that your children definitely behave themselves each year. According to this tradition, if you have been good, you get presents from Santa. However, if you have been bad, you will either be abducted by Krampus, who will abduct you and cast you into the depths of hell. Alternatively, his sidekick Perchta will simply show up at your house and disembowel you (if that isn’t creepy, I don’t know what is!).
If your anything like myself, when you go on holiday you like it to be exciting! To hell with Ibiza and Benidorm to lay on a beach for 8 hours a day and doing not much else. I like to immerse myself in the culture and the history. So this year, for my annual holiday, I have decided to go camping abroad. But I’m not just gong to the usual places…oh no, I am visiting a few particularly spooky hot spots. It all started when I searched the web for a Camping in France guide. Whilst doing my research I came across loads of spooky Chateau’s to visit nearby some equally spooky campsites. So now I am going on my very own spooky travels around France this year and I am so excited about the prospect! France is full of spooky places to go, like the Catacombs or even the World famous Pere Lachaise Cemetery (and my two favourite words seem to be haunted and horror!)
Pere Lachaise Cemetery
This place looks even more scary in these old black and white photographs, so if you want more information on this scary graveyard please see this link Pere Lachaise Cemetery Wiki
Being an avid Horror Movie fan and an amateur ghost hunter, researching scary campsites is right up my street. What better way to visit lots of creepy places around the World. Camping is relatively cheap and it’s so easy to up sticks to move on to the next place. Whilst researching, I found loads of scary campsites around the world (I know not everyone is obsessed with France as me but I haven’t been on the Eurotunnel yet) and so I have decided to share them so you can plan your own spooky travels.
So if you are looking for a bit of a scare, why not visit some of these campsites…
Machulez Campsite, Cuxhaven
This is the view that greeted the happy campers in Cuxhaven, one lovely August day in 2009.
A man was arrested after two women’s bodies were found with multiple stab wounds, he was believed to have been in a relationship with one of the girl’s murdered. What a lovely place to stay!
Crystal Lakes, Colorado
Friday the 13th, Jason Voorhees
Would you ever get this vision out of your head at this beautiful campsite in Colorado?
Or would the thought of Jason follow you everywhere you went around the park, would his reflection appear behind you as you gaze at yourself in the cool waters!!
Fernwood Campground – Big Sur, California
What a lovely peaceful campsite…well think again, this campsite is supposedly haunted by the ghost of an Indian. Which is not really surprising as the campground was originally considered sacred by the Esalen Indians, which is normally code for an Indian Burial ground!!
For more info see :- Fernwood, Big Sur
Elms Caravan Park, Loughton
Looks like the perfect family caravan park, but by nightfall everything gets spooky. The ghost of Dick Turpin haunts the part of epping forest close to this caravan park. He was hung in the forest for his crimes in 1739 and there have been spooky noises and sightings there ever since. Even Derek Acorah managed to contact the spirit of Dick Turpin through his spirit guide Sam on the TV show “Most Haunted”, while on a live investigation with the famous screaming lady Yvette Fielding, for Living TV.
Darksyde Acres Haunted Campground, Jonesville, Michigan
Even though this is a man made Haunted mansion the campground close to this attraction is supposedly haunted for real. With visitors to this campsite hearing footsteps and slamming doors, but also seeing strange shadows and ghostly figures around the grounds over the years.
Well either way it looks like a good place to go for a scare or two…
And saving the best till last…not really a campsite as such but people do camp there.
Just sometimes forever!
Aokighara Forest, Japan
This looks a little bit creepy, but I would probably still venture there…
Aokighara Forest, Suicides
Well maybe not!! Supposedly the suicide capital of the World, this forest is extremely creepy and people who venture in to take a peek sometimes don’t come back either! Can you imagine how many restless souls are just wondering about these woods, hundreds if not thousands of people have ended their lives here. The authorities just leave them to rot, but they do place a plastic tape around the scene, just so no one goes for a closer look…like that stops them!
Demon Chick xx
No one likes prisons or would ever want to go there, but there are some of them around the world so scary that only the name sends shivers down your spine. Many of them were closed after a series of awful events, murders, riots, and are now abandoned.
People have always been attracted by mystery and especially life after death. When strange things begin to happen and you do not find any logical explanation, you start to wonder about spirits or ghosts. There is a whole industry developed on this theory, from TV shows to books. It is said that a human being marks his territory by giving a personal touch to the place he is living in or to the things that he does. But when something terrible happens in a place, like many prisons, they become really scary and a lot of legends and stories appear about those abandoned and so call haunted prisons. There are a lot of movies about those places, and many of them are considered a perfect place for a great scary movie or some kind of reality based movie.
One of these places is Moundsville West Virginia Penitentiary.
This is a gothic style prison that was opened in 1876 and was closed in 1995. This prison housed a large number of inmates, both males and females, and it was built to house the most dangerous criminals at the time. Most of the inmates housed in those 129 years while it was opened died there. Some of them died from natural causes but most of them from violence, suicides or executions. The prison had a so called “death house” where inmates were executed, by hangings at the beginning and by an electric chair later. It is considered one of the scariest places because of the murders, tortures and violence that took place there and it is said that it is not unusual to hear footsteps or frightening noises, screams and cries inside the penitentiary.
Another scary prison is the Ohio State Reformatory, also known as Mansfield Reformatory.
It opened in September 1896 when 150 offenders were housed. Until December 31, 1990, when its doors were shut down, it housed over 155,000 men. It was design as a combination of three architectural styles: Victorian Gothic, Richardsonian Romanesque and Queen Ann and was established as a place where local young boys would be locked in, many times cell keys were “lost” and the local locksmith had to be called for “emergency” lockout services. Mansfield Reformatory objective was to reform young men in a spiritual way. Sadly, there were other things happening there, violence, sadness, torture, despair, death, so the stories have appeared. Many visitors said that they heard strange noises, conversations, screams, smelled unusual scents or saw apparitions.
The third scary prison is the Frontier Prison from Rawlings, Wyoming.
It also goes by the name “Old Pen”, and it was opened around 1900’s. The prison closed its doors in the early 1980’s and now it is a famous tourist attraction. Many visitors said that there are some places inside the facility that are very emotionally intense. It feels like a very hostile environment and they feel an immense fear. Also, there seem to have been a lot of paranormal activity, such as voices, sounds or apparitions in different places like showers, the Chapel, some cells or the death row.
Another scary prison is the Eastern State Penitentiary.
It is located in Philadelphia and was functional from 1829 until 1971. This prison has housed crime committers and the inmates were not allowed to talk, sing, read or communicate at all or they were punished, not being allowed to have any food or water. Many horrible tortures happened there and it is now believed that the souls of the tortured ones still roam the prison. A lot of screams, cries, or appearances were reported and this negative energy transmitted by this prison makes it one of the scariest.
The most famous abandoned prison is Alcatraz from San Francisco.
This prison, also known as “The Rock” or “Devil’s Island” operated for 29 years and was built on an island in such manner that made escaping impossible. The inmates have endured some inhumane conditions, many of them going insane because of the lack of contact with the outside world or the harsh treatment applied by the prison officials. It is now mentioned in many films or legends because of its unique, scary design and location.