Category Archives: Hacks

SURVIVAL MYTHS THAT COULD KILL YOU

  1. SUCKING A SNAKE BITE WILL REMOVE VENOM – a venom delivering bite will immediately enter the blood stream. Sucking the bite will solely transfer more bacteria to the affected area and an addition into your mouth and esophagus. If someone gets bitten, low keep heart rate and lower limb below heart level …(and of course, go to hospital!)Image result for snake tumblr
  2. PLAY DEAD UNDER BEAR ATTACK – Unless in the your backyard, the general consensus is that one should quietly back away- otherwise in this situation (i.e. in yard or, for example, campsite) make yourself large and loud, which should will usually scare it off.In the case of an actual attack it is important to note a brown or grizzly bear attacks to defend itself or its cubs- thus noises and pretend charges are solely a warning tactic. In this case- back away from a defensive attack slowly. If the bear makes contact, play dead lying on your stomach with your hands over your neck. But in the rare case of a predatory attack, which comes with no warning (or if the bear seems to be stalking you), fight for your life.Image result for bear tumblr
  3. IF IN WILDERNESS- SOURCE FOOD IMMEDIATELY – One can survive up to six weeks without food (this is a estimate and dependant on starting point and existing heath issues, however shelter and water are priorities). Image result for wilderness tumblr
  4. IF LOST IN A DESERT- DRINK FLUID FROM CACTUS – Unless one is experiences enough to identify the correct type of barrel cactus than allows safe water filtration, you are likely to end up vomiting, thus releasing more precious contents…leaving you even more dehydratedImage result for cactus tumblr
  5. THE NORTH SIDE OF THE TREE HOSTS THE GROWING MOSS- the variable is environmental conditions, only this will affect the location of moss.Image result for moss tumblr
  6. IF AN ANIMAL EATS IT, YOU CAN EAT IT – easily proven wrong by the instance of birds and squirrels- many can eats nuts and seeds that would poison a human.Image result for squirrel tumblr
  7. IF SOMEONE IS FREEZING, RUB THEIR SKIN OR PLACE THEM IN A HOT TUB- Frostbitten skin is fragile and thus damaged by rubbing, hot water can be shocking or damaging for someone dealing with frostbite and hypothermia. Use blankets and hot water bottles (most effective placed under armpits) to warm up slowly. Image result for cold temperature tumblr
  8. IN THE CASE OF A SHARK ATTACK, PUNCH THE NOSE – targeting the nose of a moving shark is difficult- it is better to place a solid object between you and offensive shark (or if this isn’t an option, claw at it’s eyes and gills).Image result for shark ] tumblr
  9. IF CAUGHT IN RIP CURRENT, TRAVEL PARALLEL TO SHORE- Swimming directly parallel to shore works effectively only if the current goes directly out to sea –  it is a better idea to remain alongside the shore, but swim perpendicular to the current as much as possible “at an angle away from the current and towards the shore”.  Of course don’t tire yourself out too much; it shouldn’t feel like you are going upstream. If unable to swim out- tread water until this is possible.Image result for rip current tumblr

HACKS: LEARN A LANGUAGE

Whatever the teachers say, learning a language is difficult. I have been learning Spanish for three years at school. I have an A* in Spanish GCSE. I am predicated an A* at A level. I have had teachers breathing down my neck for a third of a decade…and guess what? I’m was not even partially fluent.

Now, however, I realise: teachers can’t teach the language. I do not mean this as brutally and heartlessly as it sounds. Try this: solely drowning in exercise books and worksheets WILL NEVER ENABLE YOU TO BE FLUENT. Solely learning grammar, phrases, tenses…this will make for a very robotic type of fluent.

There are some EXTRAODRINARILY simple ways to become better at your desired language. And guess what? Learning in the following ways will take less time, less effort (due to the passive nature of the tasks), and lead you leaps and bounds on your way to fluency. So try this:

  1. Watch films in the language you want to learn. Getting utterly engrossed in the plot means you m at not even realise the words you pick up. Also hearing the language at its natural pace means you will not be so flabbergasted at the pace of speech in reality.

  2. Watch TV shows. Chose those that you are interested in- watch documentaries to perhaps link your interests and learning with your other subjects or hobbies.

  3. Go onto YouTube. Search for complications, funny videos, snippets from films in the language you want to learn. It’s all about passive learning, and enabling just a little fun in all that is heavy within learning a language.

  4. Read the newspaper. Learn about current affairs as well as the construction of the language; it’s a two for the price of one.

  5. Read magazines. Television guides, for example. Some use these daily- read it in another language, since you will already have an understanding of the context.

  6. Find a foreign music artist. Many have been quoted to say music is a real motivational factor when learning a language. And when so many of us have a smart phone it is easy: download Spotify, search for an artist, put them on repeat.

  7. ESCUCHAR, ESCUCHAR, Y ESCUCHAR! (Or listen, listen, and listen, for you non-Spanish speakers). This I believe to be the best tip- it interlinks numerous of the tips above but the concept is simple: LISTEN TO THE LANGUAGE. It’s simple. Focus on the words. Take in the pace. Another key point: don’t panic if the words seem to roll straight of their tongue and away from your ears. You will not learn the language in a week. Fluency may not come in a year, but what is worth doing is worth doing properly.

So listen to music, watch to videos on YouTube, listen to foreign news channels, turn your settings on your phone into your desired language, read magazines and fliers, turn your internet settings into a different language and have a look around for something you want. Try and integrate your learning into your daily life in a way that is fun, hence learning the language will not seem like such a mind field.



Credit to Learn Real Spanish- a few hours prior to writing this post I was heavily influenced by his tips. The moto ‘escuchar, escuchar, y escuchar’ originated from his videos. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ANYONE WITH A DESIRE TO LEARN SPANISH.

Click here for the website.

Click here for the YouTube Channel.

Another beneficial site for those learning a language is Yabla. Specalist language: Spanish. Link here.

Diet Foods That Are The WORST For Weight Loss

I came across a lecture on a website recently, which reminded us all of the basic yet fundamentally important fact that: ‘just because it says “diet” or “low-fat” does not mean it is healthy for you.’

A diet expert tells those longing for a slimmer body: ‘Don’t be afraid of carbsquinoa, lentils and barley actually aid in weight loss. High-fat foods are not the enemy either – avocado, fatty fish and coconut oil are actually very good for you.’


So here goes…diet foods the effectively defeat the objective:


  1. FLAVOURED FAT-FREE YOGART: “When companies take out the fat, they add in Image result for tumblr yogurt flavouredsugar. Although they might appear lower in calories, sometimes a single serving of yogurt can contain up to 15 grams of sugar,” a diet expert explains. “Choose plain-Greek yogurt because it is higher in protein and add in your own flavour such as fresh berries or cinnamon.”

2.   STORE PURCHASED SMOOTHIES: “Many store bought smoothies are loaded with high calorie ingredients, preservatives, and artificial sweeteners that bring their “health” factor down,” says Roots. “To be safe make a smoothie at home, it’s very easy and then you know exactly what is going in it!”

 


3.  ‘LIGHT’ SALAD DRESSINGS: According to research- “you need to eat salads with fat-based dressings to get the most out of the vegetables. They also contain very few calories, which may be a good thing for weight loss, but a salad with low-calories will not keep you full for long. Therefore, you will end up snacking or eating more at your next meal.”


4.  FAST FOOD SALADS: According to ABCNews: “the Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch salad at McDonalds contains 13 grams of fat and 270 calories, and with light balsamic vinaigrette dressing it comes to 360 calories and 21 grams of fat”


5.  PROTEIN / MEAL REPLACEMENT BARS: “The general rules are when you flip the bar over and notice the ingredient list takes up almost the entire side (which means it’s loaded with chemicals and fillers), it contains more than 200 calories per serving, and contains more than 8-10 grams of sugar, it is closer to a candy bar and should be avoided,” Roots says.


6.  TRIAL MIX: “Nuts, dried fruit and seeds mixed together seem like a great diet food to snack on, but the truth is that it is extremely difficult to stick to the proper serving size. Many people do not realise how much they are eating and they end up consuming almost a half a day’s worth of calories in one sitting.” Now that’s an achievement if you ask me…perhaps not the right one though. Ah well. Next time!


7.  ORGANIC COOKIES: “Just because something is organic doesn’t mean it is healthy or if a package of cookies only has 100 calories, most likely it is loaded with artificial sweeteners and chemicals, which make them actually worse for you than eating an actual cookie.”


8.  DIET COLA (or ‘soda’ if you are that way inclined): Again, we are reminded of another fundamental fact: “Just because it has the word “diet” in it does not mean its diet-friendly.” The site goes on to elaborate: “Diet soda has been linked to the development of metabolic syndrome and obesity. In a study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Centre, people who drank two or more diet sodas a day had waist sizes that were six times bigger than those who didn’t drink diet soda.


9.  GLUTEN FREE…ANYTHING!: The site expands- “Some gluten-free foods are healthy, but the truth is, there are many foods claiming to be gluten-free that are not diet friendly. Any food that is pre-packaged will never be as good as eating a food in its natural form such as fruits, vegetables, and lean protein,” says Roots. When choosing gluten-free foods make sure you check the nutrition labels for ingredients such as the sugar content, sodium level and calories – “the more ingredients you can’t pronounce, the worse it is for you.


10.  FRUIT JUICE: An expert reports: “Fruit juice isn’t always as fresh and natural as it may seem. It may even contain more sugar and calories that a sugary soft drink.” According to Authority Nutrition, “fruit juice contains some nutrients, but less compared to many plant foods. It contains no fibre and is just as high in sugar and calories as most sugar-sweetened beverages.”


11.  GRANOLA: “Granola and granola bars may be one of the least healthy snacks – most are loaded with sugar and have very little fibre. One cup of granola can equal about 600 calories, about 25 grams of sugar and almost 30 grams of fat. If you really want to purchase granola, make sure you read the labels and choose the option low in calories and fat.”


12.  FROZEN DINNERS: “most often these pre-portioned frozen dinners are loaded with preservatives and sodium and are lacking enough vegetables to have nutritional value,” says Roots. She suggests creating your own “frozen dinner,” by making a large portion of something like chicken stir-fry and keeping in in a tupperware container in the freezer for the week.


13. Image result for tumblr dreid fruit DRIED FRUIT: So, it’s a common fact: fruit is great for a diet snack”. This is because, of course “it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals that are good for your health”. A sitte claims: “Dried fruit tends to be high in calories and natural sugar. Also, considering dried fruit is energy-dense, it’s much easier to eat large amounts of it at a time, which in turn can result in excess sugar and calorie intake”- according to Authority Nutrition.


14.  RICE CAKES: Perhaps a bit of a shocker to some this one- “Rice cakes rank high on the glycaemic index, making it the kind of carbohydrate that will leave you hungry again in a couple hours, while also sending your blood sugar soaring”.


15.  VEGGIE BURGERS: The truth is revealed…”these burgers aren’t made with just vegetables; they are based on processed soy. They also tend to have an excess amount of sodium, and when you add toppings to it, your calorie consumption will go sky high.”


 

 

5 WAYS TO INSTANTLY BOOST YOUR ENERGY~ PLOTTWISTT

The result of these methods is said to turn your body into a ‘fatigue-fighting machine’…I’m not so sure these have the ability to transform a human into something bionic but I’m sure they’d do something  just as effective (only slightly less risky, I hope.)

So here goes… five exhilarating ways to instantly boost your energy:


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FIND SOMETHING RED: It’s odd maybe, well actually, it’s not. red is an emotive colour that is capable of physically changing the body: it enhances blood pressure and can boost heart rate. It’s known as a ‘stimulant colour’…
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YAWNING – seems trivial and obvious right? But yawning is a way of cooling of your brain, and hence re-energizing it. (Fun fact: did you know the average yawn lasts for 6 seconds? Well, the more you know!)
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RUNNING/ WALKING- 2 hours…that’s how many hours of energy on average you will have after only a brief 10 minute walk.
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GET ON YOUTUBE- run and tell your parents: watching videos like dancing hamster (or ay other hilarious creation) will boost your blood pressure and increase heart rate, hence leaving you with a new and energised self.
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CHIA SEEDS- sprinkle some of these around! (Preferably keeping them on your salads, thanks). They are choka-bloka with Vitamin B, protein and fibre.
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STRETCH!- Bored? Tired? Lacking energy? Try this: stand in the doorway facing forwards with your feet several inches apart. Reach the sides of the frame, now grab the frame with your fingers and push your chest forwards, until you feel a stretch in your torso and back. Hold this for 30 seconds. The exercise stimulates the ‘sympathetic nervous system’; this hence, is clearly a beneficial little stretch.

8 THINGS YOU HAVE BEEN USING WRONG YOUR ENTIRE LIFE!

Do you use your hair grips (or bobby pins if you are that way inclined) upside down? Can you locate the built in straw-holder in your coke can? Do you know how to double the volume of your ketchup pot at McDonalds? Your life-changing wisdom awaits you…

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