Leave a kind message anywhere (in a library book, on a computer etc.)
House chores can be tiring – offer a helping hand
Wardrobe overflowing? Donate clothes to a charity
Pay for someone else’s meal today
Start the day right – make breakfast for everyone
Someone looking lost? Help them with directions
Share today’s food with your neighbour!
Make an effort to get to know someone you don’t usually talk to
Leave someone flowers anonymously
Go out of your way to thank someone today!
When it comes to the long list of dangers in this world, many people jump to the more obvious ones. Stepping outside can get you killed by a snakebite in many parts of the world, or if you live in Florida or Australia, you might be attacked by an alligator or crocodile on your afternoon stroll. Tornadoes, fires, drowning, car accidents, and even other people can kill you easily.
But when we think of objects of death, rarely do we stroll into the kitchen, past the knives, and head for the refrigerator or food pantry. But there is actually a long laundry list of regular, run-of-the mill foods which are absolutely deadly. Here are ten common household foods which can be lethal.
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While most of us look at nutmeg and think of it as a spice, a nice little dash of flavor for our coffee or any other food which needs its rich, aromatic, nutty flavor, nutmeg is actually a hallucinogen at higher does. Nutmeg can cause dizziness, vomiting, nausea, central nervous system excitation, and even death. It takes about two tablespoons before someone starts feeling the painful and powerful effects of nutmeg, but it’s definitely no joke and has landed hundreds of people—often looking for a cheap high or good time—in the hospital.
The toxicity of nutmeg is surprisingly high for something that’s sold in grocery stores and found in plenty of homes’ spice racks. There’s a surprisingly small margin between the amount that’ll simply spice up your eggnog and the amount that’ll cause toxic effects. It’s powerful enough that it was even historically used as birth control, to terminate unwanted pregnancies, and to fight the Black Death.
In the United States, it’s difficult to buy whole, raw apricots in the produce section of the grocery store, and there is a reason. That reason is the lethality of apricot seeds. They can kill you if you eat them. Apricot seeds contain a chemical called laetrile or amgydalin, which is highly toxic. Many people falsely believe that apricot seeds can cure cancer. They are also ground up and sold as “vitamin B17.”
In the human body, amygdalin is converted into hydrogen cyanide and can kill the person who consumed it. As we will see, many, many fruit seeds are actually poisonous for one reason or another, but apricot seeds, vitamin B17, laetrile, or whatever you wish to call it, definitely produces cyanide in the gut and can definitely kill you.
In 2014, Whole Foods had to recall some of its bitter almonds, which contain traces of hydrocyanic acid as well as glycoside amygdalin, which, when heated or exposed to certain other conditions or chemicals (like the kinds in your digestive system), will be converted to hydrogen cyanide. That’s right: amygdalin again, just like with the apricot seeds. Both raw almonds and apricot seeds are marketed health products, but both can be deadly when ingested.
Cyanide compounds are actually pretty ubiquitous and plentiful in nature; in fact, if you walked out into nature and just began eating food, many of the things you ate raw could kill you, as is, without human intervention.
Glycoalkloids are a chemical compound that occur naturally in many various plants, such as bittersweet nightshade, a plant related to tomatoes and, believe or not, potatoes. These plants contain solanine, a chemical which, in large enough doses, is actually toxic. Symptoms of solanine poisoning include nausea, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, and worst of all, respiratory failure, leading to death.
Yes, you can die from eating potatoes. A grown, 91-kilogram (200 lb) adult would need to consume 0.9 kilograms (2 lb) of fully green potatoes to ingest enough solanine to kill them, which, if you think about it, really isn’t a lot.
Tomato plants are another potentially lethal plant and also a relative to the bittersweet nightshade plant, as mentioned above. Thus, as logic would deduce, parts of tomato plants are also loaded with glycoalkoids and possess solanine, with all of the same symptoms as the potato, including vomiting, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, and, of course, respiratory failure up to and including death.
The good news is that the poison resides in the leaves and vines, not in the tomatoes themselves, so eat as many actual tomatoes as you’d like, to your heart’s desire. Just stay away from the green areas, like the vine the tomato grows on.
Hot dogs kill people all the time, believe it or not, which is unusual for such a lovable (albeit unhealthy) snack. Hot dogs are an American icon, a staple of many diets for decades, but they’re just as deadly as everything else on this list. However, hot dogs are deadly in a different manner. They aren’t poisonous and don’t come with some mysterious, hard-to-pronounce chemicals lurking beneath the surface, waiting to intoxicate you—hot dogs are actually a major cause of food-related choking.
No, this isn’t a slapstick joke, meant to conjure up cartoonish images of old movies or cartoons; this is a bona fide, legit fact. A child dies from choking on food every five days in the United States, and hot dogs are one of the most common foods that a child can choke on. But when you take a second to stop and think about it, you pretty much couldn’t intentionally design a better food object for someone to accidentally choke on. As long and cylindrical as hot dogs are, it’s almost as if all you have to do is inhale, and the hot dog will fly in and get stuck in your throat. Nonetheless, hot dogs have earned their place on this list by being a legitimately deadly food.
Fugu is a dish prepared from pufferfish, which is served as a fancy dinner in many restaurants worldwide but particularly in Japan. Part of the draw is this fish’s toxicity, which makes it a very expensive item that’s often served more as a garnish in extremely small amounts, tiny slivers of which might kill you. The toxin in question is called tetrodotoxin and is found in parts of the pufferfish, none of which must make it into what’s served to guests. Chefs in Japan must complete two to three years of training in order to be licensed to prepare fugu.
Tetrodotoxin is 1,200 times deadlier than cyanide. A minuscule amount is enough to bring a grown man to his knees, killing him. Pufferfish generally contain enough tetrodotoxin to kill 30 people. When experiencing fugu poisoning, the mouth begins to burn, along with the tongue, and slow, slurred, drunken speech begins. The heartbeat begins to become irregular before the respiratory system shuts completely down, killing the person who ate too much. There is no antidote for fugu poisoning, but it isn’t always lethal, and sometimes the victim can be flushed of the remaining poison and survive. Eating fugu is a gamble, but that’s part of the draw for some.
Ackee is a fruit native to West Africa and is grown in Jamaica as well as parts of the Caribbean. It is a pear-shaped fruit in the same family as lychee and a few thousand other relatives. But ackee can’t be bought raw in the United States, either, with a federal ban on the importation and sale of the fruit. It can be bought canned, but there are strong restrictions on canned importation, due to ackee’s potent toxicity.
If the fruit is not ripened fully, consumption can lead to disastrous results. “Jamaican vomiting sickness” is a name for ackee poisoning, and it sometimes actually kills people. Generalized weakness, dehydration, and confused, crazy, panicked mental states are the initial onset of symptoms, starting two to six hours after consumption. This can quickly progress to seizures, coma, and death. The fruit is definitely not something to mess around with, hence the extremely restrictive ban by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Cherries are a delicious fruit we all know and love, and most of us have grown up with them. There is cherry-flavored just about everything today, from soda to ice cream, but beneath the flesh of a cherry is an extremely lethal pit, or seed . . . and many of us probably remember swallowing them as a child, because, whole, raw cherries can be purchased at many grocery stores, as is, with the pits included, unlike apricots or ackee.
So what’s the culprit in cherry pits? Amygdalin, yet again, with its hydrogen cyanide potency. For such a lovable fruit, the availability of cyanide, directly on the inside, is pretty astonishing; You shouldn’t just ingest cherries by swallowing them whole, regardless of what cartoons and video games may tell you; it’s extremely dangerous. A man in Lancashire, UK, actually got cyanide poisoning by consuming a mere three cherry pits, which almost ended up killing him.
Like cherries and apricots, the poison in apples lies in the seeds, but nobody really knows about that. Cyanide toxicity takes place at 0.5 to 3.5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, and apple seeds could do the job if you were to eat enough of them. As usual, amygdalin is the culprit, and the resultant cyanide can kill you quickly.
Each apple seed contains about 2 milligrams of amygdalin. Rest assured, however, you would have to consume over 140 apple seeds for it to kill you, which, if you obtained eight seeds per apple, would require about 18 apples. There are 700 milligrams of cyanide in one kilogram of apple seeds.
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*Do spend your precious 2 mins to read this true story*
A multi *millionaire* was travelling in his car.
On the way, he was listening to a Satsang of a certain religious Saint.
The Saint was preaching that, *everyone in the world is after money only.But they are ignorant that they cannot take their money with them after their death.But Still they are after money only and do whatever possible ways to get the money*
The millionaire got annoyed of his statement.
He said to himself that since the Saint has no money with him, he is giving a Lecture like this.
The next day, the millionaire called all his employees and advised them to give him an idea so that he can take all his wealth alongwith him after his death.
Every one thought that their boss has gone mad and tried to avoid him.
Days passed by.
Suddenly one day a stranger approached the millionaire and informed him that he had heard about his query & he has one brilliant idea.
The millionaire could not believe his ears as everyone has declared him “Mad”.
The millionaire was very eager to hear his idea.
The stranger first asked him whether he had travelled abroad?
The millionaire said that he had visited almost all countries.
Then the stranger asked him what he had done when he went to *USA*?
The millionaire said that he had converted the Indian rupees into *American dollars* and went to USA.
The stranger again asked him, what he had done when he went to *UK* ?
The millionaire replied that he had converted Indian rupees into *Pounds Sterling* and went to England.
The stranger asked him why he did all this?
The millionaire laughed and told the stranger that *our Indian rupees have no value in USA and in England*.
The stranger replied that you are very correct and continued.
Mr. Millionaire, now *you want to go to the Heaven world after your death, correct?*.
Well, in the *Heaven* world, the name of the currency is *punnya*
So you convert your entire Indian rupees into the currency of *Punnya* so that you can spend very happily there after your death.
The rich man was convinced and very happy to hear his idea and started doing *Dharma* (charity – helping the needy without expecting anything in return😉)🙏🏼
So, *GO FOR IT!Start building your Heavenly account!👍🏼🏃🏽♂🏃🏽♂🏃🏽♂🏃🏽♂🏃🏽♂🏃🏽♂🏃🏽♂🏃🏽♂🏃🏽♂*
Two Down, One to Go Meaning: Two things have been completed, but there is one more that has yet to be finished. I finished two article writing and two presentations now one more to go. Going is tough but it gets going.
Easy As Pie Meaning: Something that is easy. Parting was so damned easy, why did I drag my feet and procrastinate? I should have listened to my Theta brainwave and the Gut feel the very first time.
Throw In the Towel Meaning: Giving up; to surrender. Even the worst of urban commie brainwashed bran-heads give up in surrender, the worst of the masks can be unpeeled and the already Red Inside faces can be made bloody – it is a skill, a technique, a hard De-mentoring and exposing the pseudos – the Freeloaders who like a pest/ Leech suck your time, efforts, money and peace of mind. Good riddance!
Right Out of the Gate Meaning: Right from the beginning; to do something from the start. Someone said about hindsight and my polite response was – I have foresight and farsight. I drive with a backview mirror – I don’t need a mirror to see driving in the fore. The hindsight is reserve of the stray horses and mares with broken or absent shoes with hurting nail which makes them kick at everything – not in sight and ignore what is in sight. That is where the ‘Saddle point’ of negotiations arrive and the Best Jockeys – Mentors put nose rings and blinkers ON so that they can convert the strays into Race horses. Best trainers, jockeys have a different approach to deal with them. Branding them is the first step 🙂
Jack of All Trades Master of None Meaning: Having suitable skill in multiple things, but not being an expert in any of them. Yes. For too long I have been that. 45 specific online courses (on Udemy) later – i am still searching for the right niche’ to be an expert. Otherwise, I am sure, I shall get an Honorary D.Litt. from a friendly University one day 🙂 🙂 🙂
Apologise to someone you may have hurt
Visit a friend who’s sick
Have lunch with a homeless person
Purchase ethical goods
Know someone who is not coping very well? Give them a call
Make your voice count – sign a petition for a good cause
Make amends with someone you may have wronged
Remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room!
Make someone’s day – tell a friend why you appreciate them
Lend a friend a book you think they’d like
Next to eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise, getting adequate sleep is a staple cornerstone to a healthy life. But did you know that sleeping can also be dangerous?
There are actually a number of things that can go wrong when you close your eyes and slip into unconsciousness—and for some people, the danger is real enough that they never wake up again. In fact, according to an ancient Greek proverb, death and sleep are brothers . . . death being the perfect fulfillment of sleep and sleep being the imperfect embodiment of death.
Sleep has, for the most part, always been seen as a “passive” activity that our body performs on its own. But the truth is that our brain is actually quite active while we slumber. It is also true that there are many unanswered mysteries about sleep that modern scientists have yet to unravel.
As it turns out, there are still some surprising (and somewhat scary) things going on when our conscious brains turn off and our bodies begin the sleeping state. And sometimes, the results can be completely terrifying.
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10Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Sudden cardiac arrest, also known as SCA, can occur when the sinoatrial node, which is the node in the heart that is essentially your body’s natural pacemaker, becomes impaired. In other words, this condition occurs when the electrical systems of the heart malfunction. And in some cases, it is deadly within the first few minutes.
9Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless gas that can be lethal if too much of it is breathed into the lungs. It can be found in the fumes that come from running cars, stoves, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, furnaces, and so on, and it can be almost impossible to detect unless a carbon monoxide detector is in use.
How does it kill? Basically, if enough of it builds up in a small enough space, breathing it in can become toxic. And if you inhale enough of it, just having it in your lungs can be enough to “seal the deal” in a very final way. If awake, the victim may experience symptoms like dizziness, weakness, a headache, or an upset stomach.
A myocardial infarction, more commonly known as a heart attack, can happen during sleep, though thankfully, the odds are pretty good that this specific type of cardiac event will wake its victim up before it kills them.
Heart attacks happen when blood flow to part of the heart gets blocked. This blockage can destroy part of the heart muscle.
How does it kill? If enough heart tissue gets damaged, the heart may not be strong enough to pump any blood out to the rest of the body. This can result in heart failure, which could be lethal if medical treatment isn’t obtained immediately.
Unfortunately, it isn’t usually possible for a heart attack victim to seek medical attention if they are asleep—and that is the part that’s terrifying.
7Central Sleep Apnea
Central sleep apnea is basically a disorder that causes the sufferer’s breathing to stop and start repeatedly while they are unconscious. It happens when the brain doesn’t send the proper electrical signals to the muscles that control the breathing mechanisms during sleep and is believed to originate from a problem in the brain stem.
How does it kill? Basically, if the case of apnea is bad enough, hypoxemia may set in—which happens when oxygen levels in the body fall below those required for normal life function. This basically leads to oxygen deprivation.
If the brain is not able to rouse the body in enough time to take a breath, the prognosis can be fatal!
6Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome
This is undoubtedly one of the more “mysterious” inclusions in our list.
Unexplained nocturnal death syndrome (SUNDS) was first reported in 1917. Since then, it has gained a pretty scary reputation in both textbooks and on the dark corners of the Internet. In the Philippines, they call it Bangungut, and in Hawaii, they call it Dream Disease.
The exact cause of death among those who die of SUNDS is actually still unclear, but the presentation always seems to be similar. It basically causes otherwise young, healthy individuals to die in their sleep for seemingly no reason.
How does it kill? Scientists still aren’t sure . . . but it tends to occur frequently in Southeast Asia, and researchers suspect a range of possible explanations, from malfunctions of the ion channel to ventricular fibrillation.
A cerebral aneurysm, also known as a brain aneurysm, is basically a weak spot in the wall of a blood vessel in the brain. It is kind of like a thin balloonthat fills with blood. But over time, as the blood pumps through the artery, it continues to weaken and swell—and if the pressure increases too much, a rupture can occur.
How does it kill? When an aneurysm ruptures, the bleeding usually only lasts for a few seconds. But the blood causes damage to the surrounding brain cells and can increase the pressure inside the skull. If the pressure elevates too much, the condition can quickly turn fatal.
This is one of the more obscure entries on our list, but that makes it no less terrifying.
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is a type of non-polio enterovirus that was first identified back in 1962. But back in 2014, there was a huge increase in the number of reported cases, leaving researchers to wonder if the virus was going to become more predominant in coming years than they had expected.
The scary thing about EV-D68 is that while it usually causes mild to severe respiratory illness symptoms, it sometimes produces no symptoms at all. And yet, physicians are saying that the disease has the potential to be more dangerous than Ebola in the US.
How does it kill? It can cause particularly severe respiratory problems, characterized by a high-pitched wheezing sound that has become a dreaded earmark of infection. It has also been associated with muscle weakness and spinal cord inflammation, which is perhaps even more terrifying than the wheezing.
Dying of an infection is not necessarily common, but sometimes, the symptoms are dangerous enough to kill—even if the victim is asleep.
Most of us are aware that you can drown in the water. This seems like a no-brainer. But a lot of people are not familiar at all with the term “dry drowning” and what it means.
And as it turns out, it is a pretty horrific way to die!
Basically, the idea behind this danger is that it is a type of drowning that can occur even after the victim has left the water. It is technically still drowning, but “dry drowning” is the term that has come to be used to describe it, though some doctors have argued for the dropping of said term.
It can occur when inhaled water, even just a drop or two, makes it past the throat and into the lungs. This usually causes symptoms, but they are sometimes mild and easy to miss.
The scary thing is that this water can cause breathing problems that get worse over time. And in some cases, these breathing problems don’t strike until hours, or even days later—after the victim has fallen asleep. So-called “dry drowning” is actually pretty rare when you look at total deaths attributed to drowning, but this makes it no less disturbing.
How does it kill? It basically asphyxiates the victim—depriving them of oxygen until they suffocate.
2The Widow Maker Heart Attack
While most heart attacks have a decent chance of waking their victims up before death occurs, the “widow maker” tends to be an exception. We have already mentioned heart attacks in general once on this list, but this particular type of infarction deserves its own spot.
Why? Because it is among the deadliest types of heart attacks that can occur. It happens when the left main artery, also known as the left anterior descending artery, gets blocked. A 100-percent blockage in this artery is almost always fatal without immediate emergency care—hence the nickname.
How does it kill? Heart attacks with severe enough blockages result in damaged heart muscle. And if the muscle becomes too damaged to pump blood, the result can be fatal.
1Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder in which the victim repeatedly stops and starts their breathing process during sleep. OSA is by far the most common type of sleep apnea, and as it turns out, it is also probably the most likely reason that a person may die in their sleep.
This type of sleep apnea is literally caused by an obstruction that blocks the airway. This obstruction is usually caused by sagging throat muscles, though the muscles and tissues of the tongue, uvula, tonsils, and soft palate can all play a part. It is estimated that as many as 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea but that 80 percent of cases go undiagnosed—making it a true “silent killer” that many people remain unaware of.
How does it kill? People with OSA experience sudden drops in blood oxygen levels when they stop breathing . . . and if they are already at risk for a heart attack, stroke, or heart failure, then OSA can be the trigger that sets a sudden cardiac event into motion.
In such cases, death may occur before the victim even has a chance to wake up.
Lost love is not little
Free verse by jay
An agreeable acquaintanceship, however hard it tries,
Will always be superficial.
Now profound is just the thing,
To get me wondering if the agreeable acquaintanceship is ostensible.
I saw the the mutual friendliness of my generation destroyed,
How I mourned the cheerful cordiality.
Now reciprocal is just the thing,
To get me wondering if the cheerful cordiality is common.
Just like matrilineal treaties, is kinship.
Why are they so little?
The lost love is not little!
the lost love is exceptionally bragging.
Now conspicuous is just the thing,
To get me wondering if the lost love is bragging.
Entrepreneurs typically make one or more financially devastating mistakes when financing the launch, operation and/or growth of their businesses. In most cases, they donít realize that theyíre making a mistake.
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As an entrepreneur, youíre hardwired to enjoy a greater level of risk than the average person. But do you enjoy the thrill of business and investing so much that youíre willing to risk:
-Being hounded by creditors?
-Being denied a mortgage?
-Paying more than your fair share of interest on your loans?
-Losing your house?
If you answered ìnoî to one or more of these questions, this may be the most important report youíve read in a long time.
Because, if youíre like most entrepreneurs, investors, and business owners I have met over the past 44 years, youíre in danger of facing all of these horrific problems.
And it ís all because of your business.
You see, entrepreneurs typically make one or more financially devastating mistakes when financing the launch, operation and/or growth of their businesses. In most cases, they donít realize that theyíre making a mistake.
And to tell the truth, even when they do realize theyíre making a mistake Ö they lull themselves into thinking that the consequences will be a minor annoyance.
Until, one day, they canít qualify for a mortgage. Or they canít get the to-die-for financing offered on the new car theyíre buying. Or theyíre hounded by creditors and eventually have to declare bankruptcy.
And it is all because they use their personal finances to fund the launch or expansion of their business. They then use personal credit cards to pay for business expenses. If you are in business or thinking about starting a business, business credit is a must.
Let me explain, most business owner have no idea that they can establish business credit and even fewer know how to how to establish business credit. If owners would take the time necessary to educate themselves about establishing credit they would no longer have to use their personal funds for start up capital or working capital.
They would also be able to use business credit cards which donít report to their personal credit reports, therefore, not lowering the personal credit scores.
The most important goal of business credit though is to obtain unsecured business lines of credit, which can be done once the business credit profile is set up properly. Once a business obtains unsecured business lines of credit, they then have the working capital they need to start a business or expand their business. The business owner has check book control to use the business lines of credit as they wish. And best of all, the business lines of credit donít report to the business ownerís personal credit report.
If you have set up your business profile correctly there are a number of banks that will lend to brand new start up business. That is right, brand new start up business with no track record whatsoever. The banks will extend unsecured business lines of credit so they can have the start up capital they need to finance the business of their dreams.
Make no mistake about it; business credit is a MUST for every business owner. Donít put your personal assets at risk finance or fund your business!