The weird ant that uses acid to shield itself from enemy venom

In this odd video from the New Scientist we encounter the tawny crazy ant. This ant successfully takes on the dread fire ant.

How? The invasive fire ants have been doing lots of harm to southern American states since they arrived there in 1930. Their sting is powerful enough to kill small animals and no native ant can stop them.

Until now.

In the last ten years the tawny crazy ant battles the fire ant for food – even invading nests. The trick the tawny crazy ant uses (called crazy because of the way it runs) is to wash itself with its own acid and use that as a shield. After the encounter the tawny crazy ant washes itself clean.

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Most of the water on Earth is actually alien

Unlike the other planets in our solar system Earth’s surface is about 70% water. Why is that? Shouldn’t the sun have dried out all the water long ago?

As it turns out our water is alien. We’ve Carbonaceous Chondrites from beyond the frost line to thank.

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What do you make of the science? Is it surprising that water isn’t native to this planet? Imagine what that means for holy water, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy and countless other water based activities.

A cute Loch Ness monster for your kitchen

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This is a rather cute Nessie is no monster. This Nessie is actually a ladle that would be happy swimming around in your stews, soups and perhaps even a batch or chilli or not.

You can see how the two might get confused. Here’s the side by side comparison of the two.

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This Lessie is designed by OTOTO and can be bought from Animi Causa. Just click I need this Nessie Ladle.

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Are you tempted to add Nessie to your kitchen collection? Perhaps it would amuse your own little monsters?

The floating tree illusion

Okay, although you can see the wrinkles this illusion is simple and surprisingly effective. It was created by spraying paint onto foil and then wrapped around a tree outside Potsdam.

The painting was done by Daniel Siering and Mario Shu.

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Do you have any favourite illusion videos on YouTube? Why not share the links in the comments below.

Spellbook ring!

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You buy this book of magic ring from Think Geek.

Isn’t this pewter with brass inlay ring clever? As you can see it actually opens and there’s a little stud clasp. It’s sold in various sizes too.

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Would you ever wear a ring like this?

32 superstition origins that may surprise you

Do you know why you belief in some superstitions and not others? Do you even know where some of these superstitions came from? A lot, of course, are due to old religions.

We’ve got four-leaf clovers, Friday the 3th (fear of Friday the 13th is called Friggatriskaidekaphobia), lucky 7, 666 the number of the beast, throwing salt over your left shoulder, walking under a ladder and a host more.

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Are you superstitious? Which superstitions do you pay the most attention to?

The Jorvik Viking Festival 2015 set to be a good one for authors

The Jorvik Viking Festival is taking place in York this year from 14th February to the 22nd. The festival is always a good one, I’ve been, a chance to experience history in a way that you don’t often get to.

This year there is no shortage of good news for storytelling, books and authors. Event organisers Danielle Daglan has announced a range of great events.

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Vincent Atherton kicks off the action with an event on Monday the 16th at 2pm at York Mansion House. Tickets cost £3 or £4 and pre-booking is strongly advised. Atherton is part of the festival to discuss his book “Viking Voices: The Sword of Amleth” and the effort needed to keep fact and fiction apart. The book follows Ragnald, a man who became both king of Dublin and York.

The following day, at the same location, Matthew Townend of the University of York, will be sharing fascinating insight into his new book “Viking Age Yorkshire”. This is the first ever full-length study of Yorkshire’s Vikings.

Children’s author Jeremy Strong is likely to sell out. Tickets are currently available from £7.50 per person (which includes a free child’s ticket to the Jorvik Viking Centre). Strong is at the merchant Adventurers’ Hall on Wednesday the 18th. Visitors will be able to meet the man and get books signed.

On Friday the 18th, bestselling historical novelist Giles Kristain will be talking about his book “God of Vengeance”, a prequel to his Raven trilogy, that follows Sigurd, son of Jarl Harald.

Each day there will be living storytelling taking place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm at the Vikings central camp on Parliament Street. Visitors will be able to see a Viking longship ready for war, learn about Norse weapons and warfare as well as discovering some secrets to Viking health and healing.

This year the Jorvik Viking Festival has the conclusion of the third Bloodaxe Book Challenge. The Festival organisers, York Archaelogical Trust, run this with Explore York Library Service, with the aim of getting children to read over the winter holidays. More information about the Bloodaxe Book Challenge can be found online.

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Have you ever been to the Jorvik Viking Festival? Tell us what it was like in the comments below. If not; is this the sort of history-meets-entertainment-meets-education festival you would go to if you could?

Watch in awe as the Perseid Meteor shower passes overhead

This timelapse video was taken in the Joshua Tree Park. All annoying airplanes have been edited out and the result is the beautiful combination of the night sky and the meteor.

The footage was taken in 2013 using a Canon 6D with a 14mm and 16mm wide angle lens on a Kessler CineSlider. The park itself is in south-eastern California and has been a national park since 1994.

The Perseids are a frequent shower, associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle and tend to be most active from about July 17 to August 24th. In 2015 it is expected the peak of the Perseid shower will be around August 12th and 13th.

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If you want to stay in the Joshua Tree National Park then Booking.com has a location search and Trip Advisor has a list of top things to do in the park.

It’s clear that the park inspires artists as both Art.com and AllPosters.com have sections devoted to stunning photographs.

A fairy post office you can visit

This remarkable little fairy post office is a real treasure. If you’re exploring the paths in Orinda’s Tilden park then you might be lucky enough to find this special place.

The post office was create in back in December 2013. It was thought that the fairy location would not last very long. However, when the creators came back to inspect their tiny office with desk, lamp and birdcage they found it had grown.

Not only had more decorations been added – by passers by, who else? – but post started to arrive at the fairy post office. These days the creators are said to visit oten, to engage in exchanges in the mail and writing letters to local fairies and field mice.

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Do you have any fairy sites near you?

The creators of this little post office aren’t the only fairy fans on the internet. There are sites like My Fairy Tale Books which allow you to personalise children’s gifts and thousands of fairy goodies on Etsy.

Via Atlas Obscura.

5 ways you can use hypnosis to expand your consciousness

hypnosis-75615_1280You are hypnotized every day! I know, it sounds unbelievable. But it isn’t. We just think so because we are not aware of what hypnosis actually is. Most of us think it’s a guy on stage making a fool of people.

But what hypnosis is, is a tool that we can use to communicate directly with our subconscious mind, without our conscious, critical mind interfering.

Our subconscious mind is the one that does all the “thinking” and the one that makes decisions for us. Think of the subconscious like this: When you are walking, you don’t think of every single step you are going to make. You just walk. The thinking process behind walking, or breathing for that matter, is in our subconscious, and we are usually not aware of it.

On the other hand, our conscious mind tends to filter out information from entering our subconscious mind, as the subconscious has no way of knowing where the information or a thought came from – from us or from the outside. Our consciousness does it like this – do you remember the colors of the last ten cars that passed you by? Likely not. The conscious mind has filtered out that information, as if it didn’t, you’d just get overwhelmed.

Most of us have some beliefs that are holding us back, and as we are used to them, our conscious mind often rejects a thought that would counter those beliefs. That is where hypnosis comes in – it can be useful to bypass the conscious mind, and to speak directly to the subconscious, thus allowing us to make suggestions to ourselves (or let a hypnotist do it) that, when repeated enough, would become our “default” thoughts.

We can use hypnosis to work on our problems, on our motivation to do something, or to expand our awareness. Here are a few ways hypnosis can be used for the latter:

  1. You can literally make suggestions to yourself that will help you pay more attention to details around you. Watch the changes within in the following weeks.
  2. You can help yourself change your mind about how lucky, how happy or how enthusiastic you are about your life. A neat trick in my book.
  3. You can have an easier time of aligning your thoughts with your beliefs, and thus allowing yourself to be better and faster with manifesting things that you desire, if the law of attraction is your kink.
  4. You can get yourself to study harder or work more productively, by carefully planting suggestions that will help you in the long run.
  5. You can slowly change your mindset to mimic the mindset most successful people have. Finally, a tool that will help you to just let go of those negative thoughts that seem to linger on.

This is all cool, but I never told you – how is it that you get hypnotized every day? Simple. Hypnosis is simply an altered state of mind during which you are more aware than normal, but usually you are focused on only one thing.

So, whenever you find yourself taking a long walk during which you are not thinking of anything, you are experiencing a mild form of hypnosis. Whenever you find yourself with eyes glued to the TV while watching your favorite show, eagerly awaiting to see what happens next, you are experiencing a mild trance state (or a hypnotic state). During those times you are more susceptible to suggestions, and that is why TV commercials or banners on websites worked great, until they got over-saturated. They still work well, though, but not nearly as well as they had before.

No matter what you want to use hypnosis for, it can be of great benefit. We have prepared a way for you to experience hypnosis for free, from the comfort of your own home. Head on to NaturalHypnosis free downloads page and give any of the three free hypnosis mp3s a try. Wish you all the best!

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About the Author

Igor Tomić is a inbound marketing specialist who enjoys exploring various ways to expand his consciousness. Hypnosis has been one of the most helpful tools for him.