Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Beach

I love everything about summer but one thing I love the most is the beach!  There is just so much fun that can happen on the beach.  One thing I love to do is go tanning on the  beach.  One reason is because it is the easiest most relaxing thing you could ever do.  All you have to do is lay there, you can even take a nap if you want to.  The hardest thing to do while tanning is putting lotion on your back or flipping from stomach to back so your body can have an even tan.  I don't usually swim at the beach because I am deathly afraid of sharks, but once in a while I'll be brave and swim to the sand bar hoping I don't get eaten by a shark or bit by a crab or stung by a jelly fish .  Other than that I love the beach because it is a relaxing and cheap way to spend your day.


Monday, May 25, 2015

The Smartest Man in America?


         Christopher Michael Langan from San Francisco is arguably the smartest man in America. He is a self-learner who did not even finish his university studies due to the feeling that he could teach his professors more than they could teach him, so he pursued his own education. He has an IQ of about 195, whereas the average person scores about a 100.
          He has developed his own theory in which the mind and reality are related and this to him, is the Theory of Everything. He worked on this theory for two decades.
          So, why is this a questionable matter? I mean, the IQ proves itself, and his theory sure sounds more complicated than my brain can wrap itself around. Well, people argue otherwise. His IQ proves only his cognitive potential, not his actual cognitive ability or intelligence. In general, the higher the IQ, the more likely it is that you can rationalize crazy ideas; that's all. People demonstrate this point by arguing that in person, Langan does not even seem to understand the difference between a theory and a hypothesis. He calls his ideas theories when they are arguably hypotheses. Also, people criticize him as being the smartest man in America because he believes in God and has claimed he can prove God exists. This is an issue to discuss another day, but many believe the smartest people in the world would believe in more "scientific" ideas rather than religious ideas.



To learn more about Christopher Langan, visit Skeptic Science Christopher Langan
or He IS the smartest man in America.

The Art of Lunch Box Notes

As a child Skye Gould experienced what most of us experienced; a packed lunch from our mom with a note inside. Gould's mom titled her notes "Lunch Box Advice" (very clever). All the notes had different meanings. For her thesis, Gould collected all her mom's notes and published them. These notes did have a special affect on the child. That is what is important. Some mom's should consider the advice they portray for their daughters, for it will leave an everlasting effect. To read more on the article click here



   

Smart Fish

At an aquarium in Japan a goldfish that was brought for feed will now be living a long life. This aquarium is mostly known for its penguins and sunfish. When the gold fish was let into the tank for other large fish to eat it, the goldfish made a desperate escape. He escaped through the filter line which ended to a section that all scraps of food came to. The goldfish survived on the scraps of food that passed by on a daily basis.
Now the goldfish is still alive and is larger than your average goldfish. The fish has a pale skin color. The fish is now a large attraction for customers. Some are even inspired by the goldfish's efforts of survival. If a goldfish can do it so can you.


Sneaky Bees

A woman allegedly heard a buzzing noise under her bed. Like most she called an expert to diagnose the problem. Both the expert and herself were not expecting the surprise they received. There were over 40,000 bees under her bed! There was tons of nests formed under her queen bed.

Who knew that under a bed bees would be able to live. Due to the warm weather ahead I will be checking my own bed, for if this ever happened to me, I would be scared out of my mind. The woman is very lucky she was not attacked by a swarm of bees. 
To read more on the link click here

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Integrity

Being honest and sticking to morals, is it that hard? Some students find it hard to have integrity in school, as I have witnessed with fellow students cheating on tests, quizzes...and the worst part is that they are PROUD of their grade when they receive an A for the work they cheated on! I only feel pity for these people, because in all reality, it is going to hurt them in the end. These people who cheat obviously do not learn the information, but get good grades. So what happens when they get into a good college, which they probably pay a good amount of money for? What happens when they are caught cheating?

According to NACADA, "more than 2/3 of college students report in engaging in some form of cheating". That is more than half of the students! College is mainly the place where students are supposed to learn and master a field of study to obtain a career. If more than half of these students are cheating, that means they really aren't learning the material ( if they knew the material, there would be no reason to cheat). So if these students do not know the material that they need to master for their career, how will they do their career?


Also, cheating in college has more sever affects than in high school. If caught cheating in college, the Global Post points out the possibilities that could happen; the student could fail the course, be suspended, or even expelled. Imagine wasting all that money just to be kicked out of college for cheating!


Cheating short term may get you a good grade, but cheating in the long run is not a good habit to have. Cheating comes with risks and trouble that is not worth it in the long run. You are better off learning the material that you are supposed to, and getting honest grades. At least even if you get a B, you know you actually know more material than the cheater who got an A. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Almost over

So I'm about to be a senior in high school and it's freaking me out.  High school just flew by so fast.  I feel like just yesterday I was a scared little freshman walking in to school worrying about not having anyone to sit with at lunch.  Next week we will officially be seniors and then a year later wareham high school is history to me.  I am so excited to go on to my next step on life but I'm kind of scared to be a grown up.  My teenage years are almost over and then it's off to the real world.  I can't wait to have my own home, car, and career though.  I think I'm ready for this step to college when it finally comes.

Monday, May 18, 2015

2016 Summer Olympics

          Does anyone else have summer fever? With a mere twenty nine days left of school, and the sun shining bold and bright each and everyday, I'm ready for the beach! You probably recall my post not too long ago about the blizzardous weather we had this past winter. It's probably fresh in your mind because, well quite frankly, I believe we still had snow on the group just over a month ago. Regardless, I'm ready for summer! Perhaps, a bit too ready, considering I am looking at the summer of 2016 already. There is a lot happening in 2016, including our senior class trip to the Bahamas, senior prom, graduation, and moving into college. Outside of little Wareham, there are even bigger things going on, like the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
          If anyone reading this is looking for a birthday gift idea for my eighteenth this November, I would really love to go to the Olympics! They are being held August 5 through August 21. Rio was up against Madrid, Tokyo, and Chicago for candidate cities. In the election, Chicago was out in the first round, then Tokyo in the second. Madrid actually had a lead over Rio in the first round but once Chicago was elimated, Rio sprung into a landslide lead, the final vote coming to 66-32 Rio over Madrid.
          The competition venues of the Rio 2016 Games will be separated into four zones named Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Marcana. These sights will be connected by a high-performance transport ring. There are 34 competition venues in all, 18 of which are already fully operational.
          Talk about summer fever--imagine spending part of the summer before freshman year of college at the Olympic Games! That would be a dream come true. A little side note, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track & Field will be held July 1-10 in Eugene, Oregon. Below is Jamaican Usain Bolt winning the 100m dash in the 2012 Olympics. American Justin Gatlin will be his competition this year.

To learn more about the 2016 Games, visit Rio Games.
To learn more about the U.S. Team and Trials, visit U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Once a year

Prom is the time when everyone gets dressed up and looks there best.  You talk and dance with people in your school that you have never had a full conversation with before.  For seniors it is one of the last times you will be with all of the people you grew up with for the past 12 years.  It can be emotional but it is one fun time.  I was lucky and got to go to prom last year as a sophomore because I had a senior boyfriend.  I loved the whole experience.  My favorite part was getting all dressed up because I never felt that beautiful before.  The dancing was fun and the photo booth also.  I bonded with people I had never talked to before.  It was at Gillette stadium so I had an amazing view of the field.  Over all it was an amazing experience and I can't wait to do it over next year for my senior prom!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

World's Richest Countries

          Have you ever wondered what the world's richest countries are, and why they are so rich? Most people think America is close to, if not, number one on the list. I mean, this is the prosperous land of the free, isn't it? It's where people want to be! In reality, it ranked number nine in 2014 statistics. So who is richer than us? Below is a list of the top ten richest countries in the world based on 2014 Gross Domestic Product per capita.
1. Qatar                                                             6. Norway                                                                   
2. Luxembourg                                                 7. United Arab Emirates
3. Singapore                                                      8. Switzerland
4. Brunei Darussalam                                       9. United States
5. Kuwait                                                         10. Hong Kong (SAR)
           For those who stereotypically think that only Europe and America have wealth, you are awfully wrong. The map provided below shows the locations of these top ten richest countries.
           What makes them so rich? Well, let's take a look at the richest country, Qatar. Qatar has a mixed economy much like the United States with some government regulation but also the principles of free enterprise. What sets it apart is its ability to take advantage of its fossil fuels. Some countries fall victim to the curse of the resource, but Qatar has beautifully used the resource to its advantage. Qatar has done much to reinvest energy money and diversify its economy. America's support as well as decades of proven resources have also fostered sustainability. The picture below is of Qatar.

For more information about Qatar's economy and wealth, visit Economy of Qatar.
For interesting facts about Qatar, visit Life in Qatar.

Bestfriends

Living with pets in my home growing up had been the best experience ever!  I believe that pets are great for kids to grow up with because they always have a friend.  From new born to the day you die your dog will always be your bestfriend.  My first dog I had was bailey and she was very energetic.  She loved our family but didn't like other people which caused issues.  We had to give her away and this had a big toll on our family.  My next pet was a bunny named bunny boy.  He was my bestfriend growing up until he passed away and it was the worst day ever when my mom told me my bunny went to the "circus".  My next pet was a fish named bonifa she lasted very long but died when my power went out in a blizzard and she froze to death.  This was sad for me.  My last pet I've had and still do have is my dog named Vincent.  He is the most layed back dog ever and I love him to death.  He really is my bestfriend!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Alien Life?

Many people see aliens as Hollywood has portrayed them; grey lanky beings with enormous eyes who fly in UFOs. However, this is not the case as I see it. Alien life could range from microbial bacteria to more complex forms like mammals here on Earth. Plus, UFOs are after all just unidentified flying objects that could just be from Earth but not be recognized in the area. So, will we ever find extraterrestrial life in our lifetimes? This image below is coined the WOW! signal. It was detected by Jerry Ehman at Ohio State University in the 70s. This signal came from the constellation Sagittarius, and we never found out what exactly it was from. The signal lasted about 72 seconds, but has not been detected ever since.  http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/chasing-ufos/articles/what-is-the-wow-signal/


There is even a whole organization made for searching for alien life, SETI. They scan the skies for signals from other worlds. The Universe is just so vast, that there is no way yet to know just exactly everything that is in it. We are only on a spiral arm of the Milky Way, and there is so many more galaxies besides the Milky Way. How could there not be any life whatsoever in this greatly expanding Universe?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The History of Mother's Day


         How many of you laughed at the title of this post? How could there be a history to such a holiday? Well, believe it or not there is, it didn't just come along with Father's Day and immediately catch on to become what it is today. So, which do you think came first: Mother's Day or Father's Day? The answer is Mother's Day. Despite popular belief, the two holidays didn't come about together, in fact Father's Day came significantly later in history.
          This brings us again to the question of the history of Mother's Day. Honoring mothers is no new phenomenon. The earliest recorded festivities were aimed at deities. Honoring human mothers was a byproduct. The Greek Goddess Cybele was the mother of many of the Grecian Gods and was honored by festivals and feasts. These festivities are thought to be the earliest origins of honoring motherhood. In honoring deity, human mothers were generally treated to flowers or other simple gifts as part of the celebrations.
          The more recent celebrations that we know today date back to the sixteenth century in the United Kingdom. On the fourth Sunday of lent, children would return home to attend Sunday church with their mothers. The holiday established enough importance that maidservants and masters of apprentices were even granted leave to visit their mothers on this day.
          Modern Mother's Day does not possess the same importance or traditions as that of the celebrations of the sixteenth century, and this is largely due to a decline in the popularity of religion as well as the mere fact that there are simply more religions out there. People now honor many different customs and traditions and much fewer worship lent at all.

To learn more about the history of Mother's Day and how it became an official holiday, visit The History of Mother's Day.

To learn more about Father's Day, visit The History of Father's Day.