What do you think about taboos? currently a lot of people don't know what a taboo is. Here we're going to talk about the correct meaning and what the main taboos around the world are. Taboo is a kind of prohibi%on or something "supposedly banned“. The concept include behaviors or ac%ons that are banned or censored by a group of people because of cultural issues, social or religious. It refers to the major prohibi%ons, forbidden acts, words, ac%vi%es, habits, ideas, beliefs, objects, things, ﬂora, fauna, processes, events, art, etc. The biggest taboos are related to sex and sexuality with religions and beliefs with death and human sacriﬁces.
These are some the most important taboos around the world.
The cannibalism ea%ng human ﬂesh is considered aberrant worldwide. Society sanc%ons the consump%on of human ﬂesh when there is the simultaneous presence of other alimentary food sources and this is regarded as contrary to Chris%an morality. In many cases this is prac%ced as part of an oﬀering in some sects, or in extreme cases like situa%ons of accidents where there is no their choice to survive than ea%ng human ﬂesh.
Incest is the prac%ce of sex between related individuals, e i t h e r t h r o u g h a l l i a n c e (rela%onship by marriage) or consanguinity (biological kinship or consanguinity). The majority of the laws of the world consider (for some gene%c – scien%ﬁcally related reason or simply taboo) incest a crime, even if prac%ced between c o n s e n % n g a d u l t s . T h e sanc%ons in this case range from severe punishment to social rejec%on without any mayor consequence for the individual.
Abla/on is the removal of an organ, in this case the clitoris. This may be done in a par%al way or in a complete way. In many cases this prac%ce is p e r f o r m e d t o p r e v e n t promiscuity in women, also done by religious beliefs and as an ini%a%on ritual to become a pure woman.
This prac%ce is more common in African countries but has been extended to other con%nents like Asia and America, in Colombia is prac%ced by the Embera culture. Taboo in sex. One of these prac%ces is to smear a person allergic to peanut buPer and see how his body is upset, we also ﬁnd people using images or symbols to their strangest religious passions, and just beyond we see people who h a v e s e x d u r i n g n a t u r a l disasters or car accidents. It is also easy to obtain sexual sa%sfac%on with inanimate objects (dummies), walking insects on top oﬀ genitals or with dead animals. Un/l the next issue.
Natural disasters and man-‐made events threaten our planet. The End of the World is a hypothe%cal situa%on in which an event could cause the destruc%on of the human race. The possible outcomes of this event can vary between a major disrup%on of human civiliza%on, the ex%nc%on of human beings, the destruc%on of the planet Earth or the annihila%on of the en%re universe. This ar%cle describes, ﬁrst, natural events that threaten the planet which may cause the end of the world. Next, it men%ons some manmade events that could lead to the world’s destruc%on. Finally, it states some precau%ons that have already been taken in order to avoid the fear End of the World.
Natural Events First, there are natural events that may destroy our planet. Nature will be subjected to “frightening” geological changes. Because of an erup%on of a supervolcano (volcano capable of producing a erup%on greater than 1,000 km3) like Yellowstone Caldera, which has undergone more than 142 erup%ons or caldera forma%on in the last 17 million years. The Toba erup%on is another case which occurred at Lake Toba (Sumatra, Indonesia) about 71,500 years ago. According to the theory, the Toba catastrophe may have reduced the human popula%on to a few tens of thousands. Also the planet may be hit by a meteorite, asteroid or comet. About this event, a popular theory argues that the mass ex%nc%on of the Cretaceous-‐ Ter%ary was by a similar event.
In addi%on, there may be a global pandemic such as the “black plague” or “black death”, that hit Europe in the fourteenth century. It’s es%mated that it was the cause of death of 25 million people, it means about one third of the con%nent's popula%on.
Finally, experts say humans can be exposed to gamma ray or cosmic radia%on. A sudden redirec%on of the rota%on axis of the earth, a drama%c increase in the intensity of the sun, an excep%onal disaster caused by an hipercyclone, a solar storm or a black hole in the solar system can be example of others disasters.
Man-‐made Events Also the man-‐made disasters can be an important cause of the destruc%on of the world. Among these it is ﬁrst the shortage of nonrenewable natural resources such as water, oil, gas, minerals and metals. Experts say if we don’t discover new deposits in less than twenty years the most important world reserves may exhaust. Moreover, it has been postulated that in a nuclear war, there may be some radia%on and climate change that would leave the earth’s atmosphere greatly aﬀected. Humans and living things could die and the survivors would suﬀer muta%ons and the eﬀects of a nuclear winter.
Humanity has already seen occurren-‐ce like Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or nuclear accident like Chernobyl, in Ukraine and Fukushima, with tragic consequences. There are also other arguments that global warming by manmade ac%vity can lead to the end of the world. In this topic, there are many arguments that say that industrializa%on has altered the temperature of the atmosphere and oceans through the pollu%on and destruc%on of the ozone layer.
Finally, there is a theory that forsees a rise of the machines and the loss of control of nanotechnology (enginee-‐ring at the molecular and atomic scales) but, they are theories that are part of science ﬁc%on.
Although the end of the world is a hypothesis, the risk is real. For this reason, humans have taken some precau%ons. The most surprising is a dome 400 feet deep inside a mountain in the Arc%c, called The Svalbard Global Seed Vault. In this place there are 100 million seeds from more than 100 countries in a box which remain at less than eighteen degrees cen%grade (18°C) to preserve all cultures of the world. Other precau%on which has already been taken is to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars for several projects aimed at preven%ng disasters by means of the Lifeboat Founda%on.
Once upon a %me, food and beverages
used to be oﬀered to high spirits and gods by many cultures around the word. Those sorts of oﬀers were homemade. Nowadays, from kitchens to labs, some gourmet chefs take advantage of that knowledge to explore and create diﬀerent kinds of dishes and cocktails. Some of them have gone to extremes, crea%ng strange dishes and beverages in wonderful recipes and expensive menus. Luxury in menus has changed from lobster and caviar to experiments with t h e c r a z i e s t i n g r e d i e n t s a n d combina%ons. Those plates look like special dishes but the price is quite high. Below, there are show some exquisites dishes for someone and strange for others. For example, De Jaeger (Snail Caviar) was invented by a pair of snail French farmers that combined caviar and escargot (garden snail). The price of the Snail caviar is about $82 per ounce. And what about a Bird's nest soup made from the nest of a cliﬀ swallow in China.
The nest is boiled and it creates an unique ﬂavor and jelly consistency. Just one bowl of this soup costs between US $30 and $100. To top it oﬀ, the strangest foods are Fugu and Sannakji because it may cost you an arm and a leg. The ﬁrst one, Fugu is the Japanese word for the poisonous smoker ﬁsh which contains a deadly toxin. Only specially-‐trained chefs are allowed to prepare it. Those chefs undergo two to three years of training to prepare the ﬁsh. Perhaps the fuss of Fugu is more in surviving the experience than the actual taste of the deadly ﬁsh that kills about 300 people in Japan per year. And the second one is Sannakji, this Korean delicacy consists in not only ea%ng raw seafood but also the seafood isn't quite dead. Live baby octopus are sliced up and seasoned with sesame oil. The tentacles are s%ll moving when this dish is served and, if it isn´t chewed carefully, the %ny suc%on cups can s%ck to the mouth and throat. Isn’t it quite as expensive as paying with your own life?
De Jaeger (Snail Caviar)
Bird's nest soup Fugu
As there is in food, in mixtology there is also a variety of strange mix and combina%ons and ingredients that the people had been crea%ng around the world, mostly in the cosmopolitan such as Canada , USA and Spain. We can ﬁnd drinks that have unusual ingredients for a cocktail, such as worms, rice, red pepper and something like that. That are usually combined with alcohol, where crea%ng is a game of mixing chemical substances as the alginato, that can be used to create champagne with a liPle bit of white wine and alignato. Remember that all over the world there is Where the main idea is joined with the a big quan%ty of diﬀerent types of drinks chemistry, to generate a wonderful and dishes, where the ingredients have no cocktail. limit. We can ﬁnd many dishes that have strange ingredients, some%mes some are disgus%ng , and we cant understand why they eat it or drink it, but we can see that is important because has a meaning for them. That give them a sense of belonging inside a society, and in this way people discover popular plates.
Are you willing to try any of those foods or drinks exposed above?
The Seven prophecies talk about natural phenomenons, hevenly bodies and changes inside humans. In addi%on, the Mayan said that at the end of everything , humans are going to be free in a spiritual way.
E v e r y o n e
i s t a k i n g a b o u t prophecies, especially this year since December is upon us. This is the month where the Mayan calendar ﬁnishes and the Nostradamus predic%ons are supposed to happen.
Other theory is about the end of the world was created by Nostradamus. In one of his predic%ons, he said that there’s going to be a world War 3 and natural phenomenons , that’s going to destroy the world. The most amazing thing is that Science coincide w i t h t h e n a t u r a l p h e n o m e n o n s t h a t Nostradamus and Mayan predicted. Also the Chris%ans and Islamic communi%es are silent geong ready. They believe in the end of the world too.
T h e M a y a n c r e a t e d S e v e n prophecies that talk about the Changes around the world that can cause the end of the earth.
Finally, These theories have been studied by
Science. They have proved that something is going to happen but Those events will not ﬁnish with the world, even though those are going to destroy a big part of it.
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The beauty of diﬀerences between world cultures and people is that what is normal for
some will seem strange and diﬀerent to others. Here we are going to show you the strangest cases of customs, tradi%ons and, obsessions that may appear bizarre especially to outsiders. Do you know anything about The Human Calculator, The Human Generator, The woman who eats her hair follicles or The Culture that cuts one ﬁnger when one member of the family dies? Be ready to be IMPRESSED!
The Human Generator Slavisa Pajkic can pass enough electrical current through his body to cook a sausage.
Haley pulls her hair out compulsively, something known as tricho%llomania and, apparently, is a rela%vely common addic%on (U.S. only seven million people suﬀer from this disorder). In addi%on, Haley eats her hair follicles, something less common, and usually spends two or three hours in the bathroom dedicated to this task.
Finger cuBng while most cultures mourn the loss of family members, women of the Dani tribe in Indonesia must suﬀer great physical pain in addi%on to emo%onal pain. When a family member dies, female rela%ves must cut oﬀ a segment of one of their ﬁngers. This prac%ce is performed to sa%sfy ancestral ghosts. Luckily for the Dani women, this custom is rarely prac%ced anymore. The Human Calculator Superhuman ScoP Flansburg computes complex mathema%cal func%ons without the use of a calculator. The Kine=c Man Guy Bavli believes he can move objects with the power of his mind.
The world as we know it nowadays is not only interes%ng but also amazing because the human being has achieved to re-‐discover it and to decode it. But, has the man been able to answer all mysteries based only on science? In our world there are some phenomenon that can’t be explained by the human brain and remain unsolved mysteries. Some of them come from many centuries ago and even now they haven’t been solved. However, the next top 5 mysteries are the most thrilling and weird amongst all: Do the Aliens really exist?: The usual belief in Alien and being that come from another planet is one of the most interes%ng facts of them all, and lately human being aPributes several mysteries to the existence of these, also known as Aliens. One of the most known and mysterious events is the existence of Crop Circles, basic circular geometric shape p a P e r n s c r e a t e d i n m y s t e r i o u s circumstances overnight. Are these mysterious circles a signal of the real existence of beings from another planet? The ﬁrst Crop Circle was recordered in 1966 in Australia aver a farmer argued to see a spaceship on the sky before it disappeared. Paranormal fans claim that in places where these circles take place there’s a concentra%on of a mysterious energy.
Was Hitler able to survive World War Two? About the World War Two everybody knows how it ﬁnished, but only a few people know what happened with Adolf Hitler. The oﬃcial History has told Hitler commiPed suicide in his bunker accompanied by Eva Brown (Hitler’s girlfriend), but this fact currently is not conﬁrmed because there aren’t pieces of evidence about that, so recognized researches have suggested diﬀerent theories; the most important is the fact that before Russian Army discovered the bunker where Hitler was hidden, he, in company of his collaborators, escaped to Argen%na in three submarines. According with that, he lived the rest of his life in a small village in that country, maybe planning the revenge.
Was Napoleon an Alien? History has portrayed Napoleon as a talented, wise French man and a big military strategist who achieved to have the control over almost all Europe with advanced military campaigns for his %me. But was Napoleon able to do that using only his brain? Recently, a bunch of researchers guided by Dr. Andre Dubois decided to study Napoleon’s skeleton to discover why he was so short; however, they to the old chronicles, aver a Napoleon’s strange disappearance he had an impressive promo%on in his military life at the age of twenty years.
The Lost City of Atlan/s: The lost City of Atlan%s was introduced 2400 years ago by the recognized philosopher Plato, even if many cri%cs aPributed to his imagina%on. This ancient land was a near to Gibraltar, in the Mediterranean Sea and it was inhabited by an advanced society. But, was it really an inven%on from his imagina%on or did the Island really exist? Legend says that this city was sunk by an earthquake, remaining underwater as a secret and magical kingdom protected by mermaids.
Jack the Ripper: This is one of the most popular serial murderers around the world. The iden%ty of whom commiPed these crimes s%ll is a mystery, but his story is a legend. Between April of 1888 and February of 1891 in the Whitechapel street (London) ﬁve pros%tutes were murdered. These crimes had similar characteris%cs: deep cuts in the throat, mu%la%on of abdominal and genital areas and extrac%on of organs; in addi%on the killer liked to do it in early morning and on solitary narrow streets. The most strange is the fact that police was never able to ﬁnd this killer because nobody had trails of his whereabouts.
These mysteries have been polemic because men with his knowledge haven’t been able to solve them. In all cases the clues are incomplete, for this reason is necessary to think in other explana/ons, ever trying to get the truth. How did these situa/ons happen? Who were others involved? What was the reason to do these situa/ons? Up to now it’s a mystery!!