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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.

Want more crazy facts? Keep reading on my website, right here.

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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. Helium.com 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? Guru.com, 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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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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I’m Back!

Though I know I wasn’t here long before I left, I feel like I should explain myself anyway. I recently created a website of my own, The Pen is Mightier. It’s a blogging and reviewing site and I have approximately sixteen posts on there. I started on July 26th, so I’d say I’m doing pretty well so far!

I intend to stay on WordPress from now on, linking whatever I blog about on here to my website in the hopes of getting more traffic. All the posts any of you may have seen on here, like How to Become a Successful Freelance Writer, How to Start a Blog (And Make Money), and The Woman in Black Review can all be found on there now.

I hope you enjoy my first post on here since I got back, 7 Freelance Writing Websites: Which to Sign Up for and Which to Stay Away From. I’ll be writing hopefully every day, and definitely more frequently.

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7 Freelance Writing Websites: Which to Sign Up for and Which to Stay Away From

You all know that it takes a lot of diligence, patience, and quality skill to be a successful freelance writer. But all of these things mean nothing if you don’t know where to share your freelance writing skills at. You can just go out and try freelancing on your own, but many have tried and easily failed. The best step would be to go to some of the many freelance writing sites, sign up, and get started.

It’s also a lot safer when you work from freelance writing sites. You can’t get jipped for your hard earned work like that. Here are 7 of the many freelancing websites out there, and what my personal experience has been with them:

1. Guru

Guru.com is home to 4,151 job offerings as of right now — 558 in just the writing field alone. Since there are obviously numerous other things you can do while still being title “freelancer,” Guru is very versatile in meeting the needs of both employers and freelancers.

This is where I got my first break. I sold an article on here for $150 and gained a whole new confidence about my writing ability. Though you can do this any where, I do feel some favortism in my opinion pulling towards Guru. It’s certainly a website where fledglings can first start spreading their wings, depending on how well their initial writing quality is. Guru’s a great place to teach you how to write a proposal, how to work with clients, and how to get the most out of your earnings hands-on.

The only downside I’ve found is that a lot of potential clients will try to get you to stray from Guru when you go on to work with them. This means they’d be paying you straight through PayPal or some other payment website and you’d be sending your work to them straight through your email. This can be dangerous, as I’ve had some employers not pay me, fake their name on my work, and even deny the quality of my articles, making me rewrite it numerous times.

Total ranking: 7.56/10

2. Elance

Ah, Elance.com — basically a hyped up, classier version of Guru, in my opinion. The set-up for finding jobs is almost exactly Guru, as you’ll notice. However, where there are a little over 5,000 Guru jobs availabe, there are over 16,000 on Elance. What does that mean for a freelance writer? More opportunity!

I’ve also noticed that more Elance employers seem to be a lot more literate than some Guru employers. Where it’s touch and go as to whether or not you’ll actually be able to understand what you’re employer or client is asking on Guru, it’s usually a lot easier on Elance. Why? I’m not sure. Must just be an employer thing.

Elance also seems to pay more, though the clients look for those with experience a lot more often than on Guru. I suggest signing up for Elance even as a newbie, though. You never know when applying to a job with all the others might swing the way in your favor.

Total ranking: 7.95/10

3. oDesk

If you notice on my blog on my website, How to Become a Successful Freelance Writer, I sort of bashed oDesk by comparing it with Squidoo and Helium. But I have seen the light! oDesk is full of opportunity, and probably my favorite website. I’ve gotten two out of my three full-time employers off of there, and they pay instantly.

A big problem, though. oDesk is the only site I would ever suggest asking your employers to pay you straight to your PayPal, or whatever else you have. Why? Because there’s a pending process that I haven’t come across on any other freelance writing site. I’d estimate that it takes between two to five days for your payment to pend. Then it says a “Due on” date, which would be up to a week or more from when you saw it. So it can take two weeks just to get a lousy payment!

I do whole-heartedly still suggest oDesk, however, for new and professional freelance writers. The options you get when looking at jobs are diverse; you can choose between hourly or fixed-rate, set your budget, the amount of time you plan on working, whether it be full-time or part-time, and oDesk will then spit out your job opportunities based on your preferences. Magical, I know.

Total ranking: 8.2/10

4. Freelancer

Maybe a week ago, I would’ve suggested signing up for Freelancer. But now, I definitely suggest staying away from this site. Ugh. Where do I even start with the problems?

Looking for a job can be confusing. It’s set up to where you can’t just select one field, but a sub-field. It’s slow to respond, and for about two weeks I was worried that I’d accidentally signed up as an employer rather than a freelancer. Then I found out that you get the option both ways — if you sign up, you can be a freelance or employer either way. Some might see that as useful. I don’t. If I’d wanted to hire people, I wouldn’t made a different account like you can on Guru or Elance.

This is the website where I had to quit my first job. I was hired to write a blog, but the illiterate idiot made it impossible to understand what he actually wanted from me, so I’d applied thinking I was supposed to just write a regular blog. Half the time I didn’t even know what he wanted. I struggled for days trying to meet his needs. Finally, I gave up. Quit. He then filed a dispute so that he could get his frozen milestone money back.

Though I know it’s not the website’s fault, I still relate this incident with it, and will therefore never use it again.

Another thing is that I had to create another email and switch email addresses on Freelancer just so it wouldn’t make my business email slow! The mail I was receiving to my email through Freelancer caused it to nearly crash. For a few hours, I wasn’t even able to access my email account. Do you know what it does to a freelance writer when she can’t read her mail for potential jobs? Scary things, man. Scary things.

Total ranking: 3.6/10

5. Helium

No. Just no. Helium is where I first started out. I was paid a dollar for an article I’d worked extremely hard on. Helium made tons of profit selling it to some video game website. For more info, read my blog here.

Helium is just a site where people can go to enter contests on poetry and “flash fiction.” You don’t earn at all what you work for. It’s not worth it. Just don’t try for Helium.

Total ranking: 1.09/10

6. Yahoo! Voices

Previously known as Associated Content, Yahoo! Voices might be worse than Helium. It’s confusing, and jumbled, and not like regular freelance writing sites where you get to apply for a job and already see the proposed pay rate you’ll get. It’s just not right. It’s more like a new blog, if anything, and I don’t like it at all.

But the biggest problem I have with Yahoo! Voices isn’t any of the issues listed above. It’s the fact that they’ll approve anything. Even if you’re the saddest little illiterate person in the world, they’ll still approve your work. They have no quality control, and therefore no respect from me.

Total ranking: 0.08/10

7. Constant-Content

Constant-Content is more for experience writers who are okay with getting twenty dollars an article or less. It can be a good sum of income if you know how to work the system.

This is more of an employer-oriented site. I say this because you don’t get to write those fancy, over-the-top proposals boasting of your skills that may or may not be true in the hopes that a potential client will hire you. Rather, you have to write the article, send it into the website for approval and quality control, then hope that the client picks your article out of the others. This can be risky in that you’re wasting your time, however, if you’re really as good of a writer as you say you are, you’ll be earning money in no time.

Total ranking: 5.7/10

I got the idea of doing listed blogs from Think Traffic, a website I’ll certainly be going back to for tips and tricks on the blogging and freelance writing world. I also got the idea to post blogs on other websites and linking them back to my own site, which I’ll certainly be doing a lot more.

I hope you all enjoyed this blog, and feel free to leave comments! Ask me to write about a certain subject, tell me how good I did, critique me on my work…Just talk to me. As a freelance writer, my social skills are obviously lacking.

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