Things You Thought Were True 

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It’s always best policy to take anything someone says with a grain of salt. There are very few absolute truths, so the more commonly held truths are usually false. Below, some age old classic myths are cleared up.

Sugar makes kids hyperactive.

The idea that sugar makes kids hyperactive has been debunked for decades, yet it’s still a commonly held opinion. If there is a connection between sugar and activity, it hasn’t been proven. There are many factors that parents overlook by operating under the assumption that sugar is causing kids to act out. Age of the child, environment, activities and interactions have a greater effect on a child than diet. There are potential medical concerns with too much sugar in a child’s diet, but hyperactivity probably isn’t one of them.

Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis.

Most likely perpetrated to get others to stop an annoying habit, studies on knuckle cracking and arthritis are inconclusive at best. The funniest study was from a doctor who, after warnings by his mother, cracked only the knuckles on his left hand for 60 years, finding no discernible difference between his two hands. Still, swollen hands or reduced grip strength may be a different result to watch out for.  

Bulls hate the color red.

Spanish matadors used red muletas centuries ago, probably because that is the color of their flag. Bulls charge at the object in motion, not a specific color. They are color blind.

Bats are blind.

Bats can fly perfectly well at high speeds in dark caves, though not necessarily because they are able to see in complete darkness. They use a process called echolocation, in which they make noise and listen for the vibrations from objects. Bats do have a keen sense of sight, most as well as humans, and some even see in color. Next time someone says you are blind as a bat, take it as a compliment.

Vikings wore horned helmets.

Helmeted vikings was a stereotype that began with artists in the nineteenth century. The use of ornaments on a helmet likely would have made battle harder on vikings. They typically wore carefully riveted cone or dome shaped iron helmets. Breaking this myth is less romantic, so people will probably go on believing vikings wore very elaborate costumes like Thor.

Restarting your computer is bad for the hard drive.

Common thought prevails that it takes strains a computer more to start than to keep running. In a lot of ways, machines respond to stimuli like humans. A computer needs exercise, but also can get keeps the system refreshed. Like restoring the immune system, the computer keeps strength to deal with corruption or viruses. To start fresh reduces load times and enables faster performance like a well-oiled machine

Alcohol kills brain cells.

Drinking in moderation is fine. Long-term brain damage has been noted with heavy drinkers, but some of that is due to nutritional deficiencies rather than alcohol specifically. Alcohol impairs function, reducing communication between neurons by restructuring brain cells, not killing them. The notion of killing brain cells is more true within the developing brains from unborn babies to teenagers. But, alcohol is still dangerous and causes other problems, specifically esophageal cancer. Also, it’s a myth that humans use only 10% of the brain. In fact, the entire brain is at work all the time.

Hands-free phones are safer while driving.

In most, if not all, states, hands-free devices are a permissible form of cell phone use while driving.  However, that doesn’t make hands-free devices safer. They provide a false sense of security for drivers. Plus, having a conversation on the phone has shown that drivers process images slower and have only half the normal field of view. Studies have shown little to no difference between dangers of handheld and hands-free devices.

IT jobs are not sustainable after age 35.

The IT industry has a long history of ageism. However, routine tasks are typically outsourced to specialists, people who need a specific knowledge, not knowledge of all computer systems. Many positions have huge need for workers, while employers can’t wait around several years for an expert to graduate. Fields like analytics and marketing are well-suited for literature or music backgrounds, not necessarily math or computer science backgrounds. Basically, if someone is willing to do those jobs, they can get hired at any age.

The Dwarves are the greatest rock and roll band in the world.

For twenty-five years, the Dwarves have not been shy or humble about acknowledging that they are the greatest and even named their last album “The Dwarves Invented Rock and Roll”. All that time, the Supersuckers have held the same claim. In fact, their website header lists them as “The Greatest Rock-N-Roll Band in the World.” I tend to believe the Supersuckers with evidence from an interview by Dwarves’ singer Blag Dahlia, in which Supersuckers’ singer Eddie Spaghetti clearly tells his peer in rock that the Supersuckers are the greatest, to no objection.

Art Murals On Google’s Data Center Walls

Google, one of the largest and richest companies on the planet, thanks to its internet and technology business, has decided that the outsides of its data centers are boring. So the company has decided to hire artists to put murals on the walls of these centers to not only make them aesthetically pleasing but to create curiosity about the work that is going on inside. Thus far, two data centers, in Oklahoma and Belgium, display murals. Two more, in Dublin, Ireland and Council Bluffs, Iowa, are slated for the artistic upgrade. Google plans for 11 other data centers across the world to be decorated with murals.

Jenny Odell and her Google Map Inspired Mural

In Mayes County, Oklahoma, an artist named Jenny Odell decided to take her inspiration from Google Maps. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and thus grew up around technology centered on Silicon Valley. Images in her mural include swimming pools, salt ponds, circular farms, and wastewater treatment plants. Odell is interested in bridging the digital world and the visual, thereby creating curiosity in people who view her art and making them gain a new perspective of the physical world.

Oli-B’s Mural Inspired by the Inside and Surroundings of the Data Center

Oli-B created the mural that now graces the outside walls of the Google data center in St. Ghislain, Belgium. Oli-B’s approach is to combine images from inside the data center–objects, animals, and people–with those from the surrounding town. The mural’s images are incorporated in clouds, a metaphor for “the cloud,” in which an entire universe has been created digitally. Oli-B works in a variety of media, including acrylic, spray paint, digital, and screen printing. He uses a variety of surfaces, including paper, canvas, wood, walls and even stickers. He started as a graffiti artist in his teenage years before turning respectable, though he has not quite broken away from his street artist roots. Oli-B’s work tends to be in bright, appealing colors that catch the eye, His work can be seen on various walls, posters, and even articles of clothing in Belgium and elsewhere in Europe.

The Purpose of Corporate Art

In the modern age, as it was during the Renaissance, corporations and rich benefactors are increasingly becoming patrons of the arts. Office buildings, hotels, and other structures are enhanced when they are decorated with paintings, sculptures, murals, and other appealing objects. Whether one is a merchant prince in 15th century Florence or a entrepreneur in 21st century Silicon Valley, patronizing the arts brings prestige.

Google believes that the murals being created on the walls of its data centers will serve as attention-getting devices, drawing the eye to what would otherwise be drab, boring structures. The company believes that what goes on inside these data centers is of great interest and significance. The idea is that the buildings themselves should reflect that fact.

In any case, we can look forward with interest to what the data centers in Dublin and Council Bluffs will look like once the artists hired to create murals get through with them.

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Hi-Tech Wingz Delivers Cheaper Airport Transfers

A successful new app called Wingz connects drivers with passengers who need affordable airport transfers at the beginning and end of their journeys in the US.

A new peer-to-peer platform which provides cheap airport transfers for travelers has made quite its mark in the US. Wingz is similar to tap and ride apps such as Uber, in that it connects drivers who want to make a flexible living with passengers who need single trip rides all over the city. However, Wingz is focused solely on airport pickups and drop-offs.

Perfect Solution For Planners

Wingz is already up and running out of several airports in the US including San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle-Tacoma, LAX, Denver and John Wayne. Passengers are able to book their airport journeys in advance either online, through the app or even through a booking partner such as Expedia. Whilst the incredibly successful Uber model has many benefits, Wingz gives passengers peace of mind in knowing that they have already organised their car both to and from a flight before their trip. Many travellers who use Wingz book their airport transfers at the same time as booking their flights. Expedia has even integrated the Wingz platform into its own booking engine for those who want to organise private transfer options. Whilst Uber is the perfect solution for the spontaneous and on-demand society that we live in, Wingz is great for planners who don’t want to book their pick-up car when they’re at the airport at the end of a long and tiring flight.

Flexible Options

Travel plans can often change at the last minute, usually because of a flight delay or cancellation. If this is the case and you are delayed by more than 30 minutes, Wingz requests that you contact your driver to let them know your new arrival time. If the driver is unable to fulfill your request, then you must email customer support who will try to match you up with a new driver.

If you’re travelling with children, then you can simply request that your Wingz car is equipped with your requirements of infant or booster seats. Those that need to travel with a buggy should simply include it as a checked piece of baggage so that the car has enough boot space in which to fit all the luggage that you’re travelling with.


Wingz has concentrated its efforts on creating brand loyalty not only to its passengers but also to its drivers. Passengers who have enjoyed a journey with a particular driver and have built a rapport with them are able to request the same driver on a subsequent journey by using the direct booking feature. Customers are also able to enjoy rewards for being a Wingz passenger by getting a $5 credit for every friend or family member who they refer.

Sadly, the Wingz service is not available in the UK at present. Instead, some other options for getting to and from airports include using a black cab, coach transfer, MiniCabit or Uber. However, travellers who are going to the States can of course book their stateside airport pickups and drop-offs using Wingz and organise something else for their return back to the UK. Hopefully it won’t be long before UK passengers can enjoy some sort of seamless airport transfer service included at the beginning and end of our own travel plans.

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Laura Reeve is the Marketing Executive for Avanti Travel Insurance, who specialize in travel insurance for those with pre-existing medical conditions, and are one of very few that have no upper age limit on their policies.

6 Surprising Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate [Infographic]

Chocolate is favorite of many of us but very few of us are aware of the amazing health benefits that are associated with eating chocolate. There are a plenty of benefits of eating chocolate in a small amount. Daily consumption of chocolate in small amount can lower the risks of diabetes and reduction in heart diseases. Not only this but apart from this eating chocolate make one physically more active. There is much more to explore in the infographic below created by the team at I Got Crazy a place for cool stuff online. So, have a look at the infographic below and share your views with us.


10 Delicious Chocolate Pairing Ideas

A chocolate has always been the best because Bitter is better and express love to dear ones. May it be any occasion, they truly make a better choice. Chocolate is a versatile ingredient you can combine with many others, these are the best chocolate pairing ideas.



Cheese and chocolate are the bold idea to pair up with. Dark chocolate and Brie wheel is a good way to start the day. This one is surely the adventurous ride. Mahon and valdeon are the strongest cheese choice to pair with Delicious chocolate covered salted caramel. The mild creaminess of the chocolate and the salted flavor of cheese make a perfect combination.

Not all chocolate and cheese pair go well, but tasting them is half the fun to shop right gift. Take some time to indulge into this fun and adventurous ride. You need to practice and then falling in love will automatically take place. Till the time you host next cheese and chocolate event, you will get expert to guide your friends and guests.


Coffee and chocolate make a pair of royalty. Sweet chocolate and coffee gives a perfect kick of better and sweet combination. But coffee chocolate to get the right mixture of the two flavors in one. Coffee products come in a variety; right combo of chocolate that compliments each other’s taste would be the best one to send wishes.


Chocolate with wine

White chocolate is not a real chocolate as it does not contain cocoa, but has cocoa fats in it. However, dark chocolate is the best pick to go with wine. Milk chocolate also have less cocoa contain, so always go for one that has more amount of cocoa in it. A basic wine or smart pick can be the beautiful and most royal combination.

To send this, a gourmet wine gift basket with chocolates can be the perfect way to express your heart.

Passion fruits

Chocolate can be combined with many fruits, almost every one. However, this combination is less known and is one of the exotic combinations to try out.

Passion fruit is an exotic tropical fruit that matches the aroma of fruit and chocolate. This pair shares the flavor of floral and citrus notes. The acidity of fruit matches and balances the fattiness of the chocolate. One of the easy step recipes to treat your guests.


chocolate with peanut

Peanuts are little crunchy and salted in taste that has a mysterious taste. Pairing it with chocolate gives a tasteful mysterious taste to have fun with when hosting a party. It is an uneven and lovely combination to experiment with when want to try out something other than the usual one.


This one is a bit odd pair, but is really enjoyable one to try out. The roasted molecules during the baking process present in chocolate are developed in onions as well. Add crunchiness and sweetness to the chocolate mousse by baking onions. Onions add umami taste to the chocolate mousse.

Dark unsweetened chocolate is the right one to make chocolate mousse with onions.


Avocado creates a banana smell, when making puree of the avocado you might experience the smell of it. It matches the same smell as banana and you will only recollect about it. This fruit  adds a green note on chocolates that makes it link with avocado. Its creamy texture of avocado and chocolate blends beautifully that creates a long lasting flavor to remember.

Very easy to make this special recipe at home. With few ingredients like avocado syrup, lime juice and salt you can have the best combination to taste with chocolate ice cream.


This one is definitely a tasty combination with salty ingredients. The ingredients used are enjoyable and just to experience if you haven’t yet! Fatty, green and creamy notes of the caviar go well with the creamy, caramellic notes of the white chocolate. The reason why here white chocolate is beeing picked is because black caviar and dark chocolate are not in contras color.

However, dark chocolate is the right option to go with because there are interactive flavors to experience with. Caviar tastes a bit salty, thus this combination works best with the sweetness of chocolate.


Chocolate with Raspberries

Raspberries are rich in notorious taste. The textures of raspberries play perfectly with the indulging chocolate. The smoothness and sweetness of chocolate, goes with the citrus flavor of berries. Simply pick the best chocolate for your treat and melt it. Dip in berries in it and this will make a perfect juicy chocolate treat to indulge yourself in.


Milk chocolate and sea salt caramel are  an instant flavor. The combination of salt is required for our body to function normally and sweetness simply signals energy to us. This combination triggers a biological response to each other.

Top mistakes car owners make in tuning

After owning sport cars for many years, and throwing away way too many money trying to achieve better performance, it’s only fair to share with you some of what I saw in the market, on the internet and from personal experience.

– Cold air intake: remove your dull black airbox and put a shiny air filter tucked inside a heat shield, gaining 17hp 10tq on top RPM. WOW, that’s too good to be true for only 250$!! Yea well… NO! All you’re doing is exposing your filter to more heat being more open to the engine bay. What’s the heat shield’s role you ask? Make your engine bay look expensive and shiny.

– Aerodynamic kits: car owners install spoilers, wings, body kits, scoops… hoping to get some more stability from downforce. When your top speed is not going over speed limit, you’re handling won’t be getting any better. Car will look better, however no performance gains there.

– Rims: so after you have spent some 1000s to gain around 20-30hp, you stand away from the car thinking “it’s time to slam on some big rims to make the car standout”… DON’T. When it comes to weight, there are 2 kinds, you have the sprung weight, which consists of the weight of the car, and the unsprung weight, which is the components that move when the car moves, like tires, rims, brakes, suspension, driveshaft… as not to go through a physics course (references can be found by doing a simple google search), the weight you add as unsprung weight affects greatly the performance of the car, making you lose all those expensive HPs that you bought. When it comes to unsprung weight, mainly tires and rims, think LIGHT

– Software remap: after software tuning became popular, we saw way too many tuners in the market, claiming to reach 25-30, even 40hp from a simple software remap without any hardware modifications. These maps cost around 500$ on average, so you can say every 13hp/1$, that’s wonderful news!! Don’t want to be a party popper, but NO!! Well known car manufacturers spend millions of dollars on engineers with years of researches to outstretch the performance of their cars to 200hp from a 2.5L naturally aspirated engine. All of a sudden, just by flashing a software into your OBD2, you’re expecting to gain 20% more power? Think again. Cars are designed to last over 250k miles with optimal performance and fuel economy. By installing flashes (without any hardware modification) all you’re doing is compromising your engine’s life for a few hp (yes too few to mention), or giving away your money to tuners. Is it worth it? Of course not, better invest that extra cash in maintenance.

– Expecting big power from weak cars: tuning is a very expensive and demanding hobby. If you’re on a limited budget, don’t buy a slow/modest car expecting to stretch its power to 500hp after you saved up some money. You’ll be spending much more than buying a faster car from the first place. Be wise about what you buy and what you expect, plan ahead and invest your money in a car that is cheap to tune and yield big numbers.

– Badges: the everlasting controversy, will they give you more power and stability? well after putting a lot of M badges, brembo brake caliper covers and bilstein/eibach decals, I can say, with deep sorrow, they didn’t help (unexpectedly lol)

These are few of many mistakes that we make hoping to gain more power. Remember that a car is not an investment, it’s a big liability that will cost you a lot money. It’s a great hobby nonetheless, think smart and plan ahead your mods.

Happy motoring 🙂

The health benefits of Coffee vs Tea [Infographic]


White tea has been found to have a higher concentration of antioxidants in it which may actually be more effective preventing some diseases than green tea.

Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content.

White tea may help prevent obesity. White tea was found to inhibit the growth of new fat cells.

Studies have shown that Green Tea reduces the risk of esophageal cancer in women by 60%.

People who drink more coffee have been found to be less likely to suffer Alzheimers disease late in life.

Drinking coffee over a long period of time may reduce the risk of dying from heart disease.

Tea may help prevent the development of type 1 diabetes and slow the progression once it has developed.

Drinking 3 to 4 cups of tea a day can cut the chance of a heart attack.

Tea contains fluoride which protects teeth.

Men who drink more than 10 cups of green tea per day are less likely to develop disorders of the liver.

Tea can protect against heart disease and some cancers

People who drink black tea 4 time a day for 6 weeks were found to have lower levels of stress hormone cortisol.

Green tea may offer some protection against lung cancer according to studies.

Tea hydrates rather than the common conception that to caffeine in it dehydrates.

Studies have shown that coffee helps prevent type 2 diabetes.

Drinking coffee has been shown to decrease the risk of developingg Gout in men over 40.

Caffeine increases the effectiveness of pain killers and coffee contains caffeine.

Coffee protects the liver, especially against cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Coffee improves short term recall as well as improved reaction times. The largest improvement was seen in the elderly.


WhatsApp releases a desktop app for Windows and Mac

WhatsApp released today a desktop app for windows and mac users, like the WhatsApp web app this application will mirror your phone. The application is available and compatible with windows 8 and higher or Mac OS X 10.9 and higher.

To download this app open this link and the web will give you a download button on the right depending on the operating system you are using, Windows or Mac

whatsapp download

There is currently a very high number of people trying to download the WhatsApp desktop app so your download might stop working and get an Failed – Network error message, just give it some time and try again eventually it will work. Or you can download WhatsApp Desktop app for windows 10 x64 version that we downloaded from here (63Mb).

The good part about this desktop application for users at work is that you do not need administrative access to use WhatsApp desktop application.

Remember after installing the WhatsApp desktop application your phone has to stay on, this application still does not work on its own. You will need to scan a QR code to make it synchronize with your phone.

Same as the web, the WhatsApp desktop application will enable you to use your keyboard and all the shortcuts like copy/past etc… which is a great advantage for most of us, specially if we are using our computers at work for most of the day.

Some of the new things, you will see the number of unread messages you have in the status bar whatsapp desktop notification this is an advantage on the web app. The notification is also different and it’s not dependent on the browser. Not to forget the power of the right click that now makes sense inside the desktop application.

One thing did not change, you can only use one remote location other than your phone, the Webapp or the desktop app, they cannot be used simultaneously.

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