10 Food Products That We’ve Always Opened Incorrectly

 You live and learn. This expression, it seems, can be justifiably used about virtually all aspects of life. You can live any number of years or decades and never realise, for instance, that you’ve been opening packets of cream incorrectly.

Here are 10 food products which you can open more easily and efficiently than we realised. Well, know we know!

Packets of sugar
 The design for these ubiquitous packets of sugar was developed by Benjamin Eisenstadt. The idea behind them is very simple: you’re meant to break the packet in half rather than tear off the top. If you do it this way, all the sugar will end up in your cup, and you’ll have only the wrapper left in your hand.

Pringles potato chips
 Eating Pringles becomes much easier when you place a folded piece of A4 paper inside the tube.

Ordinary potato chips
 Cut out the central part of the packet using scissors or any other sharp object.

Boiled potatoes
 Make an incision all the way around the middle of the potatoes. Boil them, then bathe them in cold water. You should now be able to peel of the skin with your hands with little effort.

Tic tacs
 All you have to do here is turn the box on its side, and the individual tic tacs should fall out onto the special tab in the lid (no, we had no idea about this either!)

Individual portions of cream
 Pull the part of the wrapper located above the tab (in the right-hand photo, at the bottom of the image) crosswise across the top of the container to create a triangular hole. Now you should be able to pour the coffee into your cup without any spills.

McDonald’s Coffee
 You don’t have to force open the coffee lid and risk an explosion or a spill. McDonald’s as well as other companies now use lids with special catch which can be fixed open, or alternatively torn off to make a small hole.

Toblerone
 Push the triangle towards the rest of the bar. You can do it with only one finger or thumb.

Juice cartons
 The opening on a juice carton is usually located closer to one side than the other. If you pour the juice with that side closer to the glass, air can’t get into the carton, and it will splash out unsteadily. The correct way to do it is, in fact, to hold the carton with the opening at the top. Then the juice will flow out smoothly.

Coconuts
 Look for three black spots on the coconut located close together. Puncture the skin at one of these spots using a screwdriver or a sharp knife, then insert a straw and...drink! If you want to cut open the coconut, trace a circle along the surface at a level slightly closer to the black spots than to the middle. Tap against this line all the way around, and it should begin to crack open.

Canned food
Holding onto the can tightly, cut into the top using the can opener whilst moving it in a direction towards yourself, turning it as you go. You should end up with a neat cut without any sharp edges.

20 Tricks for the Kitchen That You Definitely Didn’t Know About

 The number of tricks people have thought up for use in the kitchen over the years is astounding. If you know just a few secrets, you can not only learn to cook like a master, but also prevent food products from going off too quickly.

Here, we present a few pieces of advice which are so useful, that cooking will become nothing but a pleasure for you.

Shake a raw egg for a minute, and then boil it. You’ll end up with a real golden egg!
 A sharp, hot knife is perfect for making an ice cream sandwich.
 Cut off the piece of cheese you want together with part of the packaging. You can use it to cover up the remaining cheese.
 Don’t throw out herbs that have gone yellow. Instead, place them in an ice cube tray and mix with olive oil.
 If you haven’t got a rolling pin, use a wine bottle.
 If you want leftover pizza to have the same taste and aroma it had when you first cooked it, reheat it in a frying pan rather than the microwave.
 Cheesy bread is a fantastic dish you can prepare very quickly. Just add some herbs and put the loaf in the microwave or the oven.
 To quickly cut cherry tomatoes, lightly squeeze them between two plates, then slice between with a sharp knife.
 When your jar of Nutella is almost empty, pour in some hot milk. You’ll end up with very rich hot chocolate!
 Mix some sour cream with the yoke of a hard-boiled egg and a spoonful of mustard, and you’ll have a good replacement for mayonnaise.
 You should always wrap celery and broccoli in aluminium foil to make them last longer.
 Your potatoes won’t sprout any shoots if you store them alongside apples.
 Use aluminium foil to adjust the size of the pie you want to bake.
 It’s easy enough to make your own whipped cream, which can be used to decorate all kinds of confectionery:
 Add a tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of salt to one glass of thick cream. Stir well. Done!

And this is how you make beautiful, and edible, baskets for fruit or a dessert:
 You can sprinkle an avocado with apple cider vinegar or store them with a piece of onion so they don’t turn black.
 Fresh berries won’t go mouldy if you drench them in a weak vinegar solution.
 Freeze some wine in an ice cube tray. You can then use it later in any culinary experiments you plan to carry out.
Pineapples should always be stored upside down; that way they’ll become ripe quicker, and taste sweeter.
 Pierce the shell of an egg with a pushpin before boiling it. It will then be easier to get the shell off when it’s ready to eat.

10+ reasons why the world will never be like it once was

 All the changes that are constantly taking place around us are the natural result of the passage of time. But that doesn’t mean we can’t feel nostalgic for what once was — for a time when we lived differently, when our ideas were much simpler and our perspective much more straightforward. And we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

We picked 10+ insightful cartoons which we think prove our point.

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The Inconvenient Truth about Cancer and Mobile Phones

 On 28 March 2018, the scientific peer review of a landmark United States government study concluded that there is “clear evidence” that radiation from mobile phones causes cancer, specifically, a heart tissue cancer in rats that is too rare to be explained as random occurrence.

Eleven independent scientists spent three days at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, discussing the study, which was done by the National Toxicology Program of the US Department of Health and Human Services and ranks among the largest conducted of the health effects of mobile phone radiation. NTP scientists had exposed thousands of rats and mice (whose biological similarities to humans make them useful indicators of human health risks) to doses of radiation equivalent to an average mobile user’s lifetime exposure.

The peer review scientists repeatedly upgraded the confidence levels the NTP’s scientists and staff had attached to the study, fuelling critics’ suspicions that the NTP’s leadership had tried to downplay the findings. Thus the peer review also found “some evidence” – one step below “clear evidence” – of cancer in the brain and adrenal glands.

Not one major news organisation in the US or Europe reported this scientific news. But then, news coverage of mobile phone safety has long reflected the outlook of the wireless industry. For a quarter of a century now, the industry has been orchestrating a global PR campaign aimed at misleading not only journalists, but also consumers and policymakers about the actual science concerning mobile phone radiation. Indeed, big wireless has borrowed the very same strategy and tactics big tobacco and big oil pioneered to deceive the public about the risks of smoking and climate change, respectively. And like their tobacco and oil counterparts, wireless industry CEOs lied to the public even after their own scientists privately warned that their products could be dangerous, especially to children.



Outsiders suspected from the start that George Carlo was a front man for an industry whitewash. Tom Wheeler, the president of the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA), handpicked Carlo to defuse a public relations crisis that threatened to strangle his infant industry in its crib. This was back in 1993, when there were only six mobile subscriptions for every 100 adults in the United States, but industry executives foresaw a booming future.

Remarkably, mobile phones had been allowed on to the US market a decade earlier without any government safety testing. Now, some customers and industry workers were being diagnosed with cancer. In January 1993, David Reynard sued the NEC America company, claiming that his wife’s NEC phone caused her lethal brain tumour. After Reynard appeared on national television, the story gained ground. A congressional subcommittee announced an investigation; investors began dumping mobile phone stocks and Wheeler and the CTIA swung into action.
 A week later, Wheeler announced that his industry would pay for a comprehensive research programme. Mobile phones were already safe, Wheeler told reporters; the new research would simply “revalidate the findings of the existing studies”.

Carlo seemed like a good bet to fulfil Wheeler’s mission. An epidemiologist with a law degree, he had conducted studies for other controversial industries. After a study funded by Dow Corning, Carlo had declared that breast implants posed only minimal health risks. With chemical industry funding, he had concluded that low levels of dioxin, the chemical behind the Agent Orange scandal, were not dangerous. In 1995, Carlo began directing the industry-financed Wireless Technology Research project (WTR), whose eventual budget of $28.5m made it the best-funded investigation of mobile safety to date.

However, Carlo and Wheeler eventually clashed bitterly over WTR’s findings, which Carlo presented to industry leaders on 9 February 1999. By that date, the WTR had commissioned more than 50 original studies and reviewed many more. Those studies raised “serious questions” about phone safety, Carlo told a closed-door meeting of the CTIA’s board of directors, whose members included the CEOs or top officials of the industry’s 32 leading companies, including Apple, AT&T and Motorola.

Carlo sent letters to each of the industry’s chieftains on 7 October 1999, reiterating that WTR’s research had found the following: the risk of “rare neuroepithelial tumours on the outside of the brain was more than doubled… in cellphone users”; there was an apparent correlation between “brain tumours occurring on the right side of the head and the use of the phone on the right side of the head”; and the “ability of radiation from a phone’s antenna to cause functional genetic damage [was] definitely positive”.

Carlo urged the CEOs to do the right thing: give consumers “the information they need to make an informed judgment about how much of this unknown risk they wish to assume”, especially since some in the industry had “repeatedly and falsely claimed that wireless phones are safe for all consumers including children”.

The very next day, a livid Wheeler began publicly trashing Carlo to the media. In a letter he shared with the CEOs, Wheeler told Carlo that the CTIA was “certain that you have never provided CTIA with the studies you mention”, an apparent effort to shield the industry from liability in the lawsuits that had led to Carlo being hired in the first place. Wheeler charged further that the studies had not been published in peer-reviewed journals, casting doubt on their validity. His tactics doused the controversy, even though Carlo had in fact repeatedly briefed Wheeler and other senior industry officials on the studies, which had indeed undergone peer review and would soon be published.

In the years to come, the WTR’s findings would be replicated by numerous other scientists in the US and around the world. The World Health Organisation in 2011 would classify mobile phone radiation as a “possible” human carcinogen and the governments of the United Kingdom, France and Israel issued warnings against mobile phone use by children. Nevertheless, the industry’s propaganda campaign would defuse concern sufficiently that today three out of four adults worldwide have mobile phones, making the wireless industry among the biggest on Earth.

The key strategic insight animating corporate propaganda campaigns is that a given industry doesn’t have to win the scientific argument about safety to prevail – it only has to keep the argument going. Keeping the argument going amounts to a win for industry, because the apparent lack of certainty helps to reassure customers, fend off government regulations and deter lawsuits that might pinch profits.

Central to keeping the scientific argument going is making it appear that not all scientists agree. Towards that end, and again like the tobacco and fossil-fuel industries, the wireless industry has “war-gamed” science, as a Motorola internal memo in 1994 phrased it. War-gaming science involves playing offence as well as defence – funding studies friendly to the industry while attacking studies that raise questions; placing industry-friendly experts on advisory bodies such as the World Health Organisation and seeking to discredit scientists whose views differ from the industry’s.

Funding friendly research has perhaps been the most important tactic, because it conveys the impression that the scientific community truly is divided. Thus, when studies have linked wireless radiation to cancer or genetic damage – as Carlo’s WTR did in 1999; as the WHO’s Interphone study did in 2010; and as the US government’s NTP did earlier this year – the industry can point out, accurately, that other studies disagree.

A closer look reveals the industry’s sleight of hand. When Henry Lai, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington, analysed 326 safety-related studies completed between 1990 and 2006, he discovered that 44% of them found no biological effect from mobile phone radiation and 56% did; scientists apparently were split. But when Lai recategorised the studies according to their funding sources, a different picture emerged: 67% of the independently funded studies found a biological effect, while a mere 28% of the industry-funded studies did. Lai’s findings were replicated by a 2007 analysis in Environmental Health Perspectives, which concluded that industry-funded studies were two and a half times less likely than independent studies to find health effects.

One key player has not been swayed by all this wireless-friendly research: the insurance industry. In our reporting for this story, we found not a single insurance company that would sell a product-liability policy that covered mobile phone radiation. “Why would we want to do that?” one executive asked with a chuckle before pointing to more than two dozen lawsuits outstanding against wireless companies, demanding a total of $1.9bn in damages.

The industry’s neutralisation of the safety issue has opened the door to the biggest prize of all: the proposed transformation of society dubbed the Internet of Things. Lauded as a gigantic engine of economic growth, the Internet of Things will not only connect people through their smartphones and computers but will also connect those devices to a customer’s vehicles and appliances, even their baby’s nappies – all at speeds much faster than can currently be achieved.


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Men abduct and beat 12-year-old girl, but they have no idea 3 lions are watching her back

 A 12-year-old Ethiopian girl was abducted by several men while she was on her way to school. She had been reported missing for over a week as they beat her and tried forcing her to marry one of them.

 Unfortunately, kidnapping is a common practice in Ethiopia. It is considered to be a marriage custom in that is practiced in rural areas where most of the country’s 71 million people reside. The United Nations estimates that more than 70 percent of marriages in Ethiopia are caused by abduction.

She thought her life was over, but a group of three lions decided to intervene…
“They stood guard until we found her and then they just left her like a gift and went back into the forest,” Sgt. Wondimu Wedajo told the Associated Press.

“If the lions had not come to rescue her, then it could have been much worse,” he said. “Often these young girls are raped and severely beatn to force them to accept the marriage.”

“Everyone thinks this is some kind of miracle because normally the lions would attack people,” Wedajo said.

“A young girl whimpering could be mistaken for the mewing sound from a lion cub, which in turn could explain why they didn’t eat her,” wildlife expert Stuart Williams, who is with the rural development ministry, told NBC News.


Authorities say that the girl was given medical treatment for the cuts she received during her abduction which left her “shocked and terrified.”

Man Boasted About Beating Wife Before She Died Of Her Injuries

 In photos, Maxim Gribanov and Anastasia Ovsiannikova seemed like a happy couple, but the photos of their smiling faces only hid the horrifying truth. When Anastasia told Maxim she wanted to leave him, the man beat his wife nearly to death. After, he filmed his beaten wife and bragged about his actions to his friends.
 Anastasia and Maxim’s relationship was never as perfect as it may have seemed in their photographs. While the two appeared to be in love, they were actually in constant state of intense turmoil. Maxim sharing video of his bruised wife was the culmination of years of emotional and physical abuse.

While the man beat his wife regularly, there was even more abuse on an emotional and psychological level. Maxim reportedly extended his hostility toward Anastasia’s family. He made threats toward her father and brother, warning them not to report him beating her. In addition, Maxim forced Anastasia to quit her job at the town hall.



Anastasia told her close friends and family that she had wanted to leave Maxim. She had met someone new and desperately wanted to escape his relentless torment. Unfortunately, she was paralyzed by fear. She told her friends and family that she was afraid of what might happen if Maxim knew she was leaving him.
 Finally, Anastasia worked up the courage to finally tell Maxim that she was leaving. Maxim became enraged, and began brutally beating Anastasia. He kicked and punched her for hours until her body was covered in bruises. That was when Maxim filmed his beaten wife so that he could show his friends. He boasted that he had her “under control.”
 Despite the horrific attack, Anastasia managed to call emergency services and was immediately rushed to the hospital. Along with her severe bruises, she had suffered internal bleeding and several broken bones. Anastasia’s injuries were so numerous that she slipped into a coma while at the hospital. She died six days later.

According to police spokeswoman Yulia Kuznetzova, Maxim was originally “charged with assault which caused severe damages to the woman’s health.” However, the charges were later changed after Anastasia’s death. Maxim pleaded partially guilty to the charges, stating that “he had his reasons.” Maxim is now facing 15 years in prison.