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36 Crazy Facts You Never Knew

Fact: Mosquitoes are more attracted to people who have just eaten bananas.1. Mona Lisa has no eyebrows, since shaving your eyebrows during the Renaissance Era was a fashion and a normal thing to do.

2. You waste a third of your life sleeping. If you were 75, you’d have wasted about 23 years asleep.

3. There are no clocks in any Las Vegas casinos.

4. Two 1940 Australian aircrafts collided, and were able to land still stuck together.

5. If all the marijuana plants were to ever instantly disappear from the planet, the entire human population would die due to lack of oxygen.

6. Popeye’s four nephews are named Peepeye, Pupeye, Pipeye, and Poopeye. Personally, I would hate my mother had she named me Poopeye.

7. In Saudi Arabia, a woman can divorce her husband should he not give her coffee.

8. You’re tallest in the morning, and weigh the least when the moon is directly overhead.

9. There are no pain receptors in your brain. That’s why you can be kept conscious during brain surgery and still not feel a thing.

10. There is a novel, written by Ernest Vincent Wright, that’s over 50,000 words long. The strange thing is that none of these words contain the letter “e.”

11. Just like your fingers, every person has a unique tongue print. Humans and koalas are also the only creatures to have fingerprints.

12. Until the age of nine, Albert Einstein couldn’t speak fluently.

13. 250 people have fallen off the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

14. For every one human, there are over 200,000,000 insects. You are also never more than ten feet away from a spider at all times.

15. The word with the most definitions in the English language is “set.”

16. New Zealand contains no record of rabies or heartworm disease. Ever.

17. It is a law in New Zealand to keep all land snakes out. If a snake is seen, it is illegal not to report it.

18. Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue the most. They also not only suck your blood, but urinate on you afterwards. Oh, and they have teeth.

19. Apollo 11 only had approximately 20 seconds of fuel left when it landed on the moon.

20. There is over 200 times more gold in all of the oceans in the world than all the gold that has ever been mined.

21. When listening to heavy metal music, termites eat wood twice as fast.

22. Tiger shark embryos fight to the death in the mother’s womb. Only one survivor is actually born.

23. A four-year-old asks on average 437 questions a day.

24. Every day, ten tons of space dust falls on the Earth.

25. A man can legally beat his wife in Arkansas, but only once a month.

26. The “Just Do It” slogan for Nike was inspired by a death row inmate who was about to die.

27. Dolphins sleep with one eye open. So do ducks, iguanas, and numerous other species of animals.

28. You get paid to go to school in Denmark.

29. Saddam Hussein had a Quran written in his own blood. Though it is a sin to do that, it’s also a sin to destroy it. Muslim leaders have no idea what to do with it.

30. A red blood cell travels through your entire body in about 20 seconds.

31. The King of Hearts does not have a moustache. All other kings in a standard playing card deck do.

32. Solid blocks of tea used to be used as money in Siberia, up until the nineteenth century.

33. A lightning bolt can carry a heat five times hotter than those found at the sun’s surface.

34. The Nobel Peace Prize medal depicts three men with their hands on each other’s shoulders. However, all three men are naked.

35. Every year, the moon moves 3.82 cm further away from the Earth.

36. It is illegal to have sexual relations with a porcupine in Florida.

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How to Start a Blog (And Make Money)

Every day, an avid blogger cringes at the sight of the new blogger coming forth, inexperienced and clueless about the rules and shortcuts to the blogging world. The newbie, we all know, brings down the price of the blogging business for all of us. But with a few simple lessons, we’re about to change all that.

You Are Not Anne Frank – We Probably Don’t Care About Your Life
In the blogging world today, people can get the idea that a blog is a journal. It isn’t. You know what is? A freaking journal. Let’s keep it that way, people. A blog is, and I quote, “a website on which an individual or group of users record opinions, information, etc. on a regular basis.” This does not mean that you are allowed to write all about yourself or your experiences, unless you are an extreme adventurer that happens to do something death-defying every day. If not, please save that for your journal. I hear they have those online nowadays, too.
The Nuts and Bolts of Blogging
A blog, when written correctly, should be entertaining, perhaps mildly humorous, and above all, informative. It doesn’t have to sound like your English professor wrote it, however. Quite the contrary, you can write like I do, with my easygoing attitude and use of occasional modern slang words.
The most important aspect of a blog is that you want your reader to walk away thinking “now I know how to do that!”
Don’t know how to get to that point? Still stuck? I suggest checking out Master Dayton’s blog. He is an inspirational writer with a great story to tell, having gone in and out of homelessness twice but still never giving up. He can teach you not only more about blogging, but about freelance writing as well; a similar career path but not quite the same thing as blogging.
I would also advise you to take the month-long free trial for the Keyword Academy. No matter what you already know, it doesn’t hurt to learn a few more things about the subject you may be planning on pursuing a career in. If you haven’t already decided whether blogging is the right thing for you, the Keyword Academy will help you.
Deciding Where to Blog
Once you’ve figured out how to properly write a knock-‘em-out blog, you need to figure out where you’re going to put it – and the decision can be a lot harder than you may think.
Firstly, are you willing to spend the extra money to host your own blog? This means owning your own blogging site, controlling the design and everything all by yourself, and maintaining the traffic that comes to it on your own. You can also buy your own host site through WordPress, which would probably be cheaper than creating a site by yourself. With WordPress, you have easy-to-place template designs for your blogging site.
Or, would you rather just use one of the many free blogging sites across the World Wide Web? This also includes WordPress – just, not your own website on it. You’d get a free domain name and the basic blogging deal, which is no better than any of the other free blogging sites.
Some of the other free popular blogging sites include HubPages, Blogger, Livejournal, and Tumblr. I don’t suggest the last one, however, because it’s become more of a social media site rather than a blogging site. I for one don’t take any of the blogs on Tumblr seriously when I know that my grammatically incorrect, horribly-in-need-of-sentence-structure classmates are also on there.
Blogging can be Worth a Gold Mine
Now, once you begin writing your blogs correctly, you can begin potentially making money off that. How, you ask? Why, through passive income of course.
The first thing you need to do is set up an ad program on your blogging sites. For example, HubPages and WordPress have ad programs where advertisers will put ads on your blog page, giving you a percentage of the income for every click on their ad. Over time and with multiple blogs, this can rack up to even a full-time job.
The Best Parts of Blogging/Passive Income
One of the best things about blogging is that you’re your own boss. You “come into work” when you’re ready, get off whenever you feel like, and set your schedule to how you favor it. The only problem with that is that if you don’t work with enough diligence and discipline, your income will eventually start to show that. You have to keep up the hard work to run your business, even if you are just a blogger.
The second greatest thing about blogging is that, thanks to receiving passive income, you don’t have to worry about getting time off or scheduling in advance a vacation. Rather than stressing over how you’re not getting paid the week
you’re going to be gone, you can just sit back, relax, and watch your passive income continuously roll in.
Because here’s the thing – it never stops. No matter how long your blog is up, as long as it’s getting hits and clicks, you’re still making money. Some bloggers can have a blog up for years and still make a hundred bucks or so each month on it. Some can make even more than that – it all just depends.
Thank you for taking time out to read my blog, and I hope it helps you along your own blogging path. May the pen be with you.

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How to Become a Successful Freelance Writer

Before You Start Looking at Writing Websites
Think for a moment. Are you better at one-on-one employer-to-contractor relationships, or are you better at coming up with articles yourself and posting them when you want? If you prefer the latter, you might consider becoming a professional blogger instead. Rather than what it sounds like, blogging can actually be very plentiful in income and can easily be a full-time job.
If you decide you want to blog instead, I suggest still continuing this article – it has some sites where blogging can earn you some big bucks, and will teach you how to earn them through passive income.
Beware the Sites that will Eat Your Soul
My very first official article was released on Helium, a site of which I will not even link in this article for reasons explained below. It was an extensive preview on the video game Tiger Woods PGA 13. Even as a spanking new writer, I knew it was good. It had evenly balanced SEO content, hyperlinks, a demo, pictures; everything to the tee. I was the only one who wrote an article for it, and Helium sold it off quickly.
I was paid a total of one dollar.
You know what I call that? A rip-off – and one of the many reasons why I will not link Helium to my blog. is a site that draws in a lot of new freelance writers; writers who want to spread their writing wings and fly and think that any writing site will get them noticed. This is a terrible error on the writer’s part, and a terrible trick on the website’s. You earn little to no income, and you can’t make a future with this site.
Other sites you may have heard of but are not advised if you actually intend on making freelance writing a career are oDesk, Squidoo, or Yahoo! Voices (previously known as Associated Content). They appear to have jobs galore and contractors with tons of income coming in. They appear to have easygoing employers who are willing to work with new people who have no experience and are friendly. They appear to have all the opportunities you’ve been looking for. In reality, they don’t.
The Guru Knows All
The next site I visited is where I earned my first “real” money – one hundred fifty dollars for one article. I was to write an eBook about myself; it didn’t matter how big or how small it was, but I was to make it personal and draw emotion from my readers. I did so, and was paid instantly from my employer.
What do we call this magical website?, baby. But, there’s a catch. Very few actually make it to the big time on Guru. There are a few note-worthy people – Stephanie Clark, for instance, makes around $60,000 a year just on Guru alone. It’s suggested that you sign up for the Guru Vendor profile rather than just a basic profile – the money spent is probably worth it in the long run, if you’re good enough.
Though Guru has made some comfortable with their income, I wouldn’t suggest just using it to base your career on. The main reason I’ve mentioned it in my article is that it’s a good place to get in some proposal practice. As a freelance writer, you’ll be expected to write proposals as part of your career, for most people. A proposal is basically when you give your potential employer a run-down of what you can do, how fast you can do it, how much you’re going to charge to do it, and some sucking up to them so they feel respected as an employer.
Other Sites that can Jump-Start Your Career
Honestly, it’s probably best to research proposals; find some good articles based solely on how to write them, discover which proposal technique fits you. I would suggest going to this site here for great proposal ideas – it’s where I got mine when I was just starting out.
Other sites that may help build your career are Elance and Workersonboard. Where Elance is very similar to Guru, Workersonoard is a site with hundreds of links to writing sites where you can get high pay, a full-time job, or experience. It’s helpful to already experienced writers or those just starting out, because there’s literally a link for practically everyone – all you have to do is find yours.
Making a Living Through Passive Income
You’ve been to all the sites, but nothing’s really panned out the way you want it. You just can’t hit that point you need in order to start rolling in the dough. So instead, I will introduce to you the idea of passive income. Basically, this means that once you write an article, you will continuously get money for it, month after month – period. Over time, you’ll progressively earn more and more for your article. By increasing traffic to your article, you can increase the amount quicker as well.
So how do you do it? How do you achieve just sitting back while your articles already out in the world wide web make hundreds? Easy – with ads.
Ads are a freelancing writer’s friend. With sites like HubPages and WordPress, all you have to do is connect your articles with their ad program, and when your readers click on their ads, you get a percentage of the income.
An easier explanation and demonstration can be taught through the Keyword Academy. Their purpose is to help eager young writers like you achieve your goals – and far above them as well.
I also seriously advise you to check out Master Dayton’s blog. I find his information and advice helpful and inspirational. He has a great story behind him and will help you further build your freelancing career. For anyone with a writer’s sense of humor, you might also find him to be funny throughout his articles, giving a needed laugh while still discussing the pressing matters of life – money and how to get it.
Thank you for the time in reading my blog, and I do hope it helps you along your freelance writing path. May the pen be with you.
Also, I’ve had this article on here before, but deleted it in order to put it on my new website. I do suggest going and checking it out, as I have numerous other blog posts on there that might be of interest to you. Enjoy.

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Steve Jobs and his Impact on the World

Find out some things you didn’t know about the great Steve Jobs and learn about the life lessons he’s taught us on my website, right here.


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5 Lessons the Founders of Google Taught Us

                The founders of the widely used Google search engine and successful entrepreneurs, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, have been united in their company since 1998, when Google first spread its wings. It’s their bond, their friendship that we can learn from as life lessons. Here are some of the things Brin and Page have taught us not only about life, but also about successful entrepreneurial advancements as well.

1. Opposites Attract

                Brin and Page met in graduate school in 1995. For nearly an entire year, they argued about nearly everything. They simply couldn’t get along. But then their friendship emerged when Brin joined Page’s BackRub research project, which explored backlinks and was the first step in Google’s magnificent creation.

                Now, 16 years later, Brin and Page are still co-founders, co-partners, successful entrepreneurs,  and best friends. They work well together only because they’re so different. And doesn’t that make sense? After all, how different are you from your best friend?

2. Greatness Comes from Unlikely Places

                Just like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, these successful entrepreneurs started out by creating Google in a dorm room – and from there, it certainly took off.  By June 2000, Google had collected more than one billion URLs, making it the most comprehensive search engine on the internet.

                This just goes to show that no matter where you come from, where you started out at, or where you are now, you can do great things. Has anyone ever belittled you because of any of those three reasons? Has anyone doubted your abilities because of who they thought you were? Say no more – you know the truth, and what you’re capable of.

3. It’s Good to Have Friends in High Places

                Brin and Page wouldn’t be the successful entrepreneurs that they are today had it not been for two very generous colleagues – also graduates from the same school as Brin and Page, Stanford University. These two men, Sun Microsystem’s Andy Bechtolsheims and Kleiner Perkin’s John Doerr, helped fund the first seeds for Google. Without that first step, this powerful search engine probably wouldn’t exist.

                The lesson here is that sometimes you need to rely on your friends to help you out with difficult situations – that’s what friends are for, after all. It’s important to never use them, keep them close, and help them out in return one day should they need help from you. Do you have a friend that would support you like these two men supported these successful entrepreneurs? Do you have friends that would support you in your decisions, help you through the tough times, and have your back through it all?

4. Think Big

                Google is one of the fastest-growing and technology diversified companies in the world – all thanks to the men behind it, the brave thinkers, the successful entrepreneurs, Brin and Page. Some thoughts, like space travel, are too advanced for our time, but others help to revolutionize our world. Google is so versatile and so abstract that no one knows where it’ll go next as far as ideas and inventions go.

                The idea here is to always think more than you think you can – think big or go home. Without a positive mindset or charismatic intuition, what are your thoughts worth? Who are you as an individual?

5. Have Fun

                Controlling a billion upon billion dollar corporation can be stressful and time consuming, but these successful entrepreneurs make it work. How? By adding their own inventive thinking and humor into the mix.

                Brin and Page produce pranks, jokes, and games throughout Google as personal entertainment for themselves. In 2003, Google explained how “PigeonRank,” they’re novel search technology, delivered fast and accurate search results thanks to pigeons. In an FAQ section of the page, it was asked “Aren’t pigeons really stupid? How do they do this?” to which Google replied “While no pigeon has actually been confirmed for a seat on the Supreme Court, pigeons are surprisingly adept at making instant judgments when confronted with difficult choices.”

                If you type in “Google Gravity” and press the “I’m feeling lucky” option, the page loses it’s gravity and you can play around with it. Another fun game is if you type in “zerg rush” into Google. You’ll be literally battling the letters of the word “Google” on the screen until it freezes, meaning it’s game over. What are some other pranks and games you know of that Google has done?

                It’s these fun-loving and somewhat youthful ideals that make Google the less strict, friendly search engine it is today. Brin and Page teach us this final, and maybe most important lesson: you can’t have all work and no play.

                Brin and Page are two successful entrepreneurs that went above and beyond any expectations, earning billions of dollars in the process. It’s thanks to these two men that we have the most comprehensive and loved site on the internet – Google. Without these two men, we would be lacking valuable life lessons as well. What are some things you’ve learned from Brin and Page, or their success? What do you think makes them unique; what do you think makes you unique? What are some life lessons you’ll be taking away from this article that you didn’t know of before?


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8 Things You Didn’t Know About Marilyn Monroe

In honor of her 50th deathiversary, I did a special blog post devoted to her. You can find it on my website right here.

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7 of the Best Video Games for 2012 as of August

Check out my blog on my website here for a list of the best video games so far this year!

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