Let's Be Real: These Iconic Music Videos Would'n't Exist Without "Thriller"

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On December 2, 1983, the music video for “Thriller” was released, forever changing the landscape of the music video world. Before Michael Jackson dropped the nearly 14-minute, horror-themed, funkadelic vid, there wasn’t much storytelling in the medium.

Music videos seemed more like afterthoughts or accompaniments to the song. But “Thriller” flipped the script. When I talked to some of my older family members who got the album before seeing the music video, they mentioned that they never really thought much of the track.

But after MJ debuted his monster masterpiece, perceptions changed. Everyone and their mother learned the dance. Album skyrocketed. In fact, Thriller is still the number two selling record of all time, generating more than 33 million sales, just under The Eagles’ Greatest Hits.

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It’s also worth mentioning that the music video is legitimately horrifying at times. Michael Jackson enlisted the help of American Werewolf in London artist Tom Hester to help transform into the vicious hellbeast capable of felling rooted trees with a single blow.

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Heck, the Grammy’s created a “Best Music Film” category pretty much because of “Thriller.” Though the name of the category’s changed over the years, it’s still going strong, and all the winners in the category — including some of the artists below — have MJ to thank for that.

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Although there’s a lot to be said about “Thriller” just as a music video, it’s difficult to understate how influential it was. Pretty much every “event” music video that’s been released since owes its existence to MJ’s original vision of a cinematic music experience.

Notorious B.I.G. – “Hypnotize”

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Although it doesn’t feature as long of an intro as “Thriller” does, Biggie’s “Hypnotize” took current action movie cues from Michael Bay (the video screams Bad Boys) just like MJ borrowed themes from popular horror movies at the time.

Hypnotize, like “Thriller”, carries that theme throughout the music video and transitions seamlessly into the song. They managed to mix in all the elements of a hip-hop music video: fly honeys, big baller lifestyles, and the staple of the ’90s: flowing white clothing.

Guns N’ Roses – “November Rain”

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Axl Rose’s post-rehab ballad with Guns N’ Roses was one of the most played-out songs on the radio in the ’90s. In addition to extensive radio play, this long-form music video was just plastered all over MTV, VH1, and The Box back in the day.

The narrative elements and epic shots of the nearly 9-minute song probably wouldn’t have been done in such a cinematic way had it not been for the popularity of a track like “Thriller.” Think about it: you’re a studio exec and your band is asking for $1.5 million to produce a short film for your video — in a world where “Thriller” never existed. Are you greenlighting that? Probably not.

Meat Loaf – “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)”

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Meat Loaf’s no stranger to long, epic songs — or theatrics for that matter. I mean have you ever seen him perform “Paradise by the Dashboard Light?” But just like “Thriller,” our buddy Mr. Loaf incorporates a popular movie influence in his 1993 music video.

You know what else came out in 1993? Beauty and the Beast. You know who is made up to look like a beast in the video and lives in a gloomy castle? Meat Loaf. The video for the track tells a pretty convoluted story, but the epic, drawn-out nature, not to mention the horror elements from “Thriller” are at play here.

Aerosmith – “Cryin”http://www.distractify.com/”

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Aerosmith made a full-blown short film with “Cryin’,” – starring Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone and Stephen Dorf of Blade fame. The video tells the tale of a renegade young girl living life on the edge. It’s a large-scale production that feels like it was pieced together from scenes of an actual, feature-length movie. 

Britney Spears – “Oops!…I Did it Again”

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Anyone who’s watched TRL will tell you: Britney Spears”http://www.distractify.com/”Oops!…I Did it Again” ruled the countdown for the longest time and it’s easy to see why. Not only was the track an absolute banger when it was released, but it featured a wonderfully cheesy music video with a long intro that sets the “tone” for the song. And let’s not forget the cheesy breakdown when her hot astronaut hunk removes his helmet. Timeless.

A-ha – “Take on Me”

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The Norwegian synth pop band’s music video is not only one of the most iconic songs of the ’80s, but it’s also one of the most memorable music videos of all time, and not because of Corky Romano, either.

You could pretty much add any long-form music video to this list that’s full of complicated dance numbers or is book-ended by a narrative story. If there’s a complex, large-scale music video that spins a yarn that came out in 1984 and after, chances are it was influenced by “Thriller,” including MJ’s subsequent videos that came out.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/entertainment/2018/11/29/pe_WQTS/thriller-35-anniversary

20 Animal Couples That Prove Love Does Exist

True love does exist. From a pair of butterflies to a couple of gorgeous penguins, the animal kingdom gives us amazing examples of heartfelt, inseparable couples who show us that “happily ever after” is not just a fairytale. You just can’t deny the magic and power of love when you look at this.

Bright Side has put together a compilation of stunning images which display love in its truest form. Scroll down at your own risk — they’re likely to melt your heart.

1. These adorable parrots look absolutely gorgeous together!

2. A sweet moment shared by a lynx couple…this will make anyone’s heart melt.

3. Nothing like an evening by the lake with the one you love…especially for a swan!

4. This lion couple shows us that love is about seeing a whole new world together, even with your eyes closed.

5. A loving snuggle is “owl” you need in life.

6. A butterfly couple sharing the sweet nectar of love.

7. A snow leopard’s version of “kiss and make up”

8. An earnest hug is the best way to say “I love you.”

9. Flamingos don’t need to struggle to prove their love — by just looking into each other’s eyes they create the shape of a “heart” between them!

10. A romantic kiss shared by a black-browed albatross couple

11. Having a shoulder to lean on…now that’s what love is all about.

12. When you’re in love, your world switches from black and white to a whirl of bright colors.

13. Love slows your world down, even for the world’s fastest runner — the cheetah.

14. These meerkats even know how to pose for a romantic picture together!

15. “Looking forward” to a lifetime together…now that’s true love.

16. If eyes are the windows to someone’s soul, we can see this elephant seal couple is deeply in love.

17. It’s a blessing to be so “deerly” loved by someone…

18. A whole new meaning for “childhood sweethearts”

19. Love makes your heart gallop toward an eternity of togetherness…

20. Now this is what you call a purr-fect couple.

Don’t these pictures make you believe in fairytales again? Share your opinion in the comments. If you liked this article, share it with friends who’d like to know if true love exists! It’s sure to make their day.

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-animals/20-animal-couples-that-prove-love-does-exist-642510/

13 Stunning Hybrid Animals That Actually Exist

We’ve all heard of the phenomenal hybrid creatures in mythology that surpass everyone’s imagination, but did you know that hybrid animals exist in real life and they’re just as impressive? Then look no further than this list! Hybrids mainly occur naturally when 2 similar animal species breed together or through a biological process called, “somatic hybridization”.

Here at Bright Side, we’ve found some of the most unique hybrids which actually exist, and their names are as interesting as their looks.

1. Zorse

Even though they might look picturesque, the Zorse, or otherwise known as a zonkey or zebroid is actually the offspring of a zebra and a horse or a donkey. They first appeared during the 19th century when they were bred through somatic hybridization by Charles Darwin. They exist to this day but very rarely due to the fact that they are infertile or sterile.

2. Wholphin

If you haven’t guessed by its name, a wholphin is a rare crossbreed between a male Horse Killer Whale and a female Bottlenose Dolphin. These creatures have been reported to exist in the wild since they can breed naturally and only one of them is now in captivity in the Sea Life Park in Hawai. It was born in May of 1985 and was able to reproduce and have 3 more little wholphins in 2004.

3. Beefalo

The beefalo which is also referred to as the American Hybrid is in fact, the successful fertile offspring of an American Buffalo and domestic cattle. It was scientifically created to combine characteristics from both species for the beef production industry. The first accidental crosses of the 2 species appeared approximately 1,800 years ago and then they were intentionally crossbred during the 19th century.

4. The liger

One of the most well-known hybrid animals is the liger. It is a crossbreed between a male lion and a female tiger. They have beautiful white striped patterns on their fur that gradually fade away in different patches. The liger weights approximately 400 kg which makes it the largest hybrid animal from the Felidae. Ligers only exist in captivity so the environment of the parental species does not overlap.

5. Tigon

Just like the liger, the tigon is quite similar in its crossbreeding. Both hybrids have the same parents from different genders. A tigon is a hybrid cross between a female lion and a male tiger. Tigons can only exist in captivity and are known to be sterile. Surprisingly in 1943, a female tigon was able to mate with a male lion in the Munich Hellabrunn Zoo and their little cubs were successfully raised to adulthood.

6. Leopon

The leopon’s appearance resembles a mythological creature that we’ve all fallen in love with: the Ammit. A Leopon is a very rare crossbreed between a lioness and a male leopard. Its head resembles a lion while its body is almost identical to a leopard. The first leopon was produced in captivity in 1910 in India but unfortunately didn’t survive for long, now there are only 100 Leopon’s left in the world and they are all in captivity since they were born through somatic hybridization.

7. Grolar bear

These cute fluffy creatures that resemble large stuffed animals are the offspring of a grizzly bear and a polar bear. Even though they are a rare ursid hybrid, they mostly occur in the wild rather than in captivity. Interestingly, even though these species belong to the same territories, they avoid each other in the wild.

8. Hinny

Hinnies are some of the most common hybrids which cannot be found in nature because they are bred through a reciprocal process. They are the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey. They are slightly smaller than horses and have thicker fur. Due to the difference in the number of chromosomes for each species, hinnies cannot reproduce and are extremely hard to obtain.

9. Savannah cat

For all us dog and cat lovers out there, the Savannah cat is the epitome of perfection. The Savannah cat is often compared to dogs for their loyalty and intelligence. They tend to follow their owners around the house and can be trained as well as dogs. The Savannah cat mainly lives in the wild and it is the offspring of a domestic cat and an African wild cat.

10. Cama

These little creatures that look like small furry camels are camas. They are a hybrid between a male camel and a female llama. Camas cannot naturally reproduce in the wild, so some scientists used artificial insemination to create their first offspring. Interestingly enough, the reason it was first reproduced in 1998 was to create an animal that could produce a larger amount of wool than the llama.

11. Geep

This little ball of cuteness is a geep, otherwise known as a shoat which is a rare crossbred between a sheep and a goat. Even though these 2 have a lot of similarities in their making they are 2 different species and once they breed, their offspring are usually stillborn. There were only 2 cases worldwide in which a live offspring was born but they were sterile due to the intermediate number of chromosomes they had.

12. Dzo

Originating in Mongolia and Tibet, the Dzo is a hybrid between domestic cattle and a yak. Since Dzos are products of the heterosis phenomenon, they tend to be stronger than their parents and larger in size — and they’re fertile. In addition, they tend to produce larger amounts of milk and meat compared to cattle and yaks.

13. Jaglion

This particular hybrid is actually a naturally born love child between a male jaguar and a female lion. It was unintendedly bred when its parents used to co-exist in the same zoo and were raised together to become inseparable. This jaglion now lives with his parents at the Bear Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Ontario, Canada.

Did you know about any of these hybrids? Which one impressed you the most? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-animals/13-stunning-hybrid-animals-that-actually-exist-638960/

30 Outlandish Laws That Really Exist in the US

In Tennessee, students cannot hold hands while at school, while in Arizona, when you get your driver’s license, you can take your photograph while wearing a colander. Do you think we’re joking? Trust us, we aren’t! Most American states have eccentric laws.

Bright Side created a collection of such wacky laws that will shock you and will definitely make you laugh. Make sure that you don’t miss the bonus at the end!

California: If a frog dies during a frog-jumping contest, you cannot eat it.

Florida: Participating or permitting dwarf-tossing in bars, restaurants, and other places selling liquor can get the owner fined up to $1,000.

Georgia: People engaged in llama-related activities like riding, training, or goofing around will be held accountable if they happen to suffer llama-related injuries.

Alabama: Using confetti is illegal.

Alaska: In Alaska, you can drink in a bar but you’ll be fined for getting drunk.

Arizona: Feeding garbage to pigs is not allowed unless a permit is obtained.

Arkansas: A pinball machine cannot give away more than 25 free games to any player who keeps continually winning.

Illinois: A seller of reptiles must advise the buyers not to kiss it.

Indiana: It is illegal to catch a fish with your bare hands.

Kentucky: Public officers, lawyers, and legislators must take an oath stating that they’ve never participated in duels using deadly weapons.

Massachusetts: Playing or singing the national anthem, not in its entirety or rendering it as dance music, is punishable by a fine not exceeding $100.

Michigan: Cars cannot be sold on a Sunday.

Missouri: If a ram or bull runs amok for more than 3 days, any person can castrate the animal.

Montana: Driving animals onto railroad tracks with the purpose of damaging the railways can lead to a fine of up to $50,000, prison time not exceeding 5 years, and other repercussions.

Nevada: No one can use an X-ray machine to estimate a person’s shoe size.

New Hampshire: Carrying away or collecting seaweed at night is illegal.

New Jersey: Committing robbery wearing a bulletproof vest is illegal.

New York: Wearing a mask and congregating in the public is a crime.

Ohio: Toilets in underground coal mines must have an ’adequate supply’ of toilet paper.

Rhode Island: Professional games, except ice polo and hockey, can be played on Sunday only after obtaining a license.

The law says that “Professional athletic games, except ice polo and hockey, may be played and held in any city or town on the first day of the week under a license therefor issued by the licensing authorities of the town or city…”

South Dakota: Farmers can use explosives and fireworks to safeguard their sunflower crops.

Tennessee: Students may not hold hands while at school.

Vermont: Clotheslines are energy devices that are based on renewable resources and cannot be banned.

Washington: In Skamania County, Washington, harassing a Bigfoot, Sasquatch, or other undiscovered subspecies is a felony punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.

Bonus: Crazy things you can do in the US:

You can own a tank in every state of the US.

You can drive barefoot.

9 states allow you to keep a brown bear as a pet.

In Arizona, you can get yourself photographed wearing a colander for your driver license.

Which law did you find to be the weirdest? Do let us know in the comments below. Do you know of more funny and strange laws? Share them with us in the comments!

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-places/30-outlandish-laws-that-really-exist-in-the-us-624610/

8 Stories That Remind Us That True Love Does Exist

Sometimes after a breakup or just in the middle of a poorly held up relationship you might need a reminder that true love exists. Just remember, there are people who’ve loved each other for nearly 70 years and there are those who are patient enough to wait for almost 3 years while slowly putting together a marriage proposal.

We at Bright Side found some of the most touching stories about love that will help you feel warmer on these cold fall days.

1. The story of a man who lost his wife to cancer

Ben Nunery’s wife Ali died of lung cancer back in 2011, leaving him to lovingly care for their tiny daughter Olivia. After 2 years of not having their beautiful mother and wife around, Ben and Olivia recreated his and Ali’s wedding photos.

Of course, they chose the best photographer to commemorate their love for Ali, her sister Melanie Tracy Pace. Now, these photos are a true reminder of the everlasting love of this family.

2. The story of 14 letters

Timothy Chee had a wonderful fantasy, which his now-wife Candice Catherine loves dearly. A week after they started dating, Tim began to write her cute, seemingly simple love letters. However, there was a catch, all 14 letters he wrote her over a span of 3 years had a hidden message inside.

The first letters of each letter combined spelled out the phrase, “Will you marry me?” Candice couldn’t believe how inventive her then-boyfriend was and immediately said yes.

3. The story of a man forever carrying his prom picture

Arthur never stops carrying a photo of him and his now-wife Jane at their prom back in 1949. They stayed together through all these years, not a second apart, loving each other and all of their family.

4. The story of John Krasinski flying all over the world for his wife

Everybody knows the famous couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. However, what most people don’t realize is how dedicated they are to each other. John loves his wife and children so much that he flew over 6000 miles every weekend just to spend some time with them while they were separated by the filming of Jack Ryan.

No wonder he did that, after all, they literally proved that love at first sight exists.

5. The story of a long distance relationship

This couple has just had their 21st anniversary, but a while ago, nobody would’ve believed they would stay together for so long. For some time, they had to be in a long distance relationship. While she was still in China, he already moved to the USA, and for almost 5 years the only thing they had were these letters.

6. The story of the Rock loving his wife and daughters

This Mother’s Day Dwayne Johnson congratulated his wife Lauren and their adorable children Jasmine Lia and Tiana Gia in the most special way, letting us in on the intimacy of their life with a small recap of it.

The Rock shared how much he adores his family for the little things they do and how in love he is with his wife for choosing him, calling her his Queen. If you want to shed some happy tears, read his full post here.

7. The story of John Legend’s All Of Me

Usually, people think that all these love songs on the radio are not dedicated to one special person in the singer’s life. However, for John Legend and Chrissy Tiegen it’s different. One of the most popular songs of all time, All Of Me, was written by John specifically for his wife.

8. The story of 68 years of love

Donald and Ollie King have been married for 68 years — if true love doesn’t exist, then how did they tolerate each other for more than half a century? They haven’t spent more than a day apart — and Donald says he’s truly blessed to have been with his wife for such a long and sweet time.

If you have any other touching stories about true love, please share them in the comments below.

Source : https://brightside.me/inspiration-relationships/8-stories-that-remind-us-that-true-love-does-exist-610460/

16 Astounding Facts About Japan That Prove a Parallel Universe Does Exist

Due to a powerful earthquake that happened in 2011 in Japan, the Earth started spinning 1.8 microseconds faster. So if you feel like you don’t have enough time, you know what to blame. But seriously, Japan is so unique that it had a chance to influence the planet’s rotation speed. It is truly a whole other universe and we found 16 facts that prove it.

Bright Side often gets impressed by the peculiarities of Japanese culture. Dive into it with us and you’ll find out why traffic lights shine blue instead of green in The Land of the Rising Sun.

1. The Japanese propose as if they’re hiring a chef.

The Japanese are really modest and shy which is why a traditional proposal is often presented in an indirect manner. For example, a man could ask his girlfriend: “Will you cook soup for me every day?” Alternatively, he might ask if his beloved is ready to wash his clothes and be buried in one grave next to him (the latter means that their love is so strong it would outlive both of them).

This tradition is slowly becoming outdated. Only really shy Japanese men would use this non-romantic way of expressing their feelings. Japanese women, on the other hand, expect their foreign lovers to express their feelings and desires openly. Also, a fiancée has to ask for the parents’ approval before proposing. The Japanese are quite conservative regarding this matter.

2. Some Japanese spend years in cyber cafes without leaving them.

Not all people in Japan have enough money to rent an apartment or even a capsule in a capsule hotel. Some of them have had to spend years in cyber cafes. The limited seating doesn’t always let you allow you to lay stretched out.

Aside from internet access, cyber cafes also provide their visitors with showers and free non-alcoholic beverages. The average price for staying in these places is lower ($12-22 a day) than in capsule hotels ($18-36 a day); this fact explains the popularity of these “shelters” among people with low salaries.

3. A cat or a dog can become a station master.

Do you remember the legend about the Roman Emperor Caligula who made his horse a senator? The Japanese aren’t crazy, but at Kishi Railway Station in Wakayama Prefecture a cat holds the high position of station master.

The first purring master was Tama. This cat greeted passengers and instead of money she received food. She even took part in the shooting of a local documentary. After her death, thousands of people came to pay their respects and she was enshrined at a nearby Shinto shrine as a spirit goddess.

In 2015, her position was taken by her successor, Nitama.

The station master at JR Ajigasawa Railway Station is a dog. His named Wasao (also known as busa kawaii which means “ugly but cute”). There’s also a film starring Wasao and people adore him.

Thanks to Tama and Wasao, the number of tourists who visit small towns has increased significantly: almost 120,000 people arrive annually in Ajigasawa to meet the dog.

4. There’s fish in the flood channels.

The water in the flood channels is really clean; people don’t litter in it and sewage doesn’t get mixed there either. Its quality is even better than tap water and fish swim freely in it. Underground water that is delivered to these channels could be used as ice or for cooking. This system is called kabata. In Shiga Prefecture the channels are constructed at different heights — the lower ones are used to wash dishes the remains of which get eaten by fish. If you leave a dirty plate for 3 hours, you won’t have to wash it — the carp will eat it all.

These channels are a point of interest in Japan. Paid tourist tours bring enough money for the repair and cleaning of the channels.

5. School students wear mini-skirts and knee-high socks even in winter.

Any time of the year, school students wear pleated mini-skirts with white, dark blue, or black knee-high socks. In anime school, girls wear really short skirts, but the majority of schools consider knee-high skirts acceptable.

Some fashionistas love to wear loose socks with mini-skirts to make their ankles look chubby and often break rules by shortening their skirts themselves. Most students wear shorts under their skirts. Many Japanese schools have common dressing rooms for male and female students. That’s why girls put on their sports uniforms in advance, right under their school uniform.

6. There are cafes where you can talk to owls.

Many people have heard about the cafes where you can spend time with cats. But what if you don’t love cats? Go to a goat cafe, or a bunny cafe, or an owl cafe.

There are a lot of different types of animal cafes in Japan. One of them is an owl cafe called Fukuro no Mise, in Tokyo. The place is so popular people stand in line for hours before it opens. By the way, it’s not a cafe as we are used to thinking about one: there is no food, just beverages. And talking to a bird will cost you $17.

There are strict rules regarding your communication with owls: you can only touch their backs or heads and all visitors are given instructions before they get to be with the birds.

7. Thousands of naked and semi-naked men take part in the Hadaka Matsuri festival.

The Hadaka Matsuri is an annual festival with over 9,000 male participants. Men wear a minimum of clothing: just a traditional Japanese loincloth, the fundoshi. They can also wear a kimono or be completely naked in some cases.

The festival has deep religious roots. It’s believed that men’s nudity absorbs evil forces and misfortune. After swimming in ice-cold water men try to catch charms made of willow branches as a Shinto priest throws them into the crowd. It is believed that they bring luck. The festival rarely goes by without broken noses or bruised body parts.

8. Even robots died at Fukushima.

In 2011, a disastrous earthquake provoked a 32 ft high tsunami that caused a horrible accident at the nuclear power plant Fukushima. The level of the radioactive contamination was so high it was impossible to get into the power plant and remove the remains of the molten fuel rods. 5 robots were sent there but they never came back. As soon as they reached the nuclear reactor, their circuits broke down.

9. In Japan black cats bring luck.

You will never see a Japanese person who decided to not cross the road because a black cat was sitting there. People in Japan believe that black cats bring luck. Single women are the luckiest owners of black cats: it’s believed that she’ll have a lot of fiancées.

10. Beer bottles have inscriptions made in Braille.

The Japanese government pays special attention to the care of the blind and people with impaired vision. Some cities have yellow tactile lines that help the blind navigate and that lead to ticket offices or entrances. Beer bottles even have inscriptions made in Braille. But, these prints won’t be useful for the foreigners who are blind because they’re done in the Braille script of the Japanese language.

11. One Japanese company existed for 14 centuries.

According to 2009 data, there are more than 21,000 companies older than 200 years old. The oldest company in the world, more than 14 centuries old, is Kongo Gumi. This construction company was established in 578 and specialized in constructing Buddhist temples. It built a lot of well-known buildings including Osaka castle.

The company survived several wars and hard periods but continued its work. During World War II, it shifted to constructing coffins. After the war, it came back to its main service and started using earthquake-resistant concrete constructions instead of wooden ones.

Only in 2006, due to bankruptcy, the company was bought by another firm.

12. Nightclubs in Japan have only been allowed to stay open past midnight since 2015.

In 1948, Japan adopted a law that forbids dancing after midnight in nightclubs, bars, and other public places. In the post-war years, nightclubs were places for adult entertainment. The situation has long changed but the restriction remained. In 2015, the law was revised and nightclubs and bars with appropriate lighting can now be open all night long.

13. People bite things on one Japanese TV show.

Japanese TV has a lot of bizarre shows and this is just one of them. The participants have to bite various inanimate objects to determine whether they’re made of chocolate or not. The sweets are made extremely similar to pieces of furniture, accessories, or shoes, and it’s really hard to tell if they’re real or not.

14. The Japanese shave their heads to express feelings of remorse.

This is what Japanese pop star Minami Minegishi looked like before shaving her head.

Some Japanese men shave their heads to confess their guilt. Ordinary people, politicians, and pop stars can do the same. Sometimes women will even cut their hair as an act of contrition.

In 2013, pop star Minami Minegishi, a member of АКВ48 band, cut her hair as an apology for spending the night with her boyfriend. The contract she signed with АКВ48 stated that all participants should not date or in any other way spoil their image of innocence. She said she didn’t want to leave the band and acknowledged her guilt with the traditional shaving of her head.

This tradition, like many others, is becoming outdated and the shaving of one’s head is becoming a rare act of being regretful. The Japanese have more than 20 ways of apologizing.

15. Japanese traffic lights have blue lights instead of green.

The Japanese language has a lot of words that don’t exist in other languages, but for centuries, they used the same word for “green” and “blue.” At the end of the millennium, the word “midori” appeared to identify the color green, but they still considered it to be a shade of blue.

Due to the confusion generated by the mix of colors, the Japanese can offer you a blue apple (but they actually mean “green”) and the green traffic light could have an ocean wave color or even be a bright blue.

16. You can take a nap in special cafes.

There are cafes where you can take a nap in a really soft, comfortable bed (you choose how much time you need). You can read a book or get earphones and listen to music. The staff will wake you up when necessary and bring you a cup of coffee. You’ll probably have the most amazing dreams there.

Do you know any unusual facts about Japan? Which festivals or TV shows do you know about? Share with us in the comments.

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/16-astounding-facts-about-japan-that-prove-a-parallel-universe-does-exist-609910/

20+ Ancient Museum Exhibits That Exist in a Single Copy

It’s impossible to count how many museums there are in the world, not to mention the number of exhibits they have. For example, the Louvre Museum has more than 380,000 various items in their collection. But some exhibits exist only as a single piece and we would like to show you some of them. For example, the Megalodon tooth that got stuck in a whale’s vertebrae, a 3,500-year-old wig, the skeleton of a centaur, and other unusual things.

Bright Side wants to take you on a small excursion to look at 20+ of the rarest museum exhibits.

1. Wig made of human hair (circa 1543–1292 BC)

2. A megalodon tooth stuck in a whale vertebrae

3. The flag of the Spanish warship San Ildenfonso, which fought against the British fleet led by Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar (1805)

4. A human skeleton riding a horse skeleton

5. A centaur skeleton displayed at a wildlife museum

6. An Ancient Roman trephine — a hole saw used in surgery to cut out a circle of tissue or bone.

7. This collection of broken off statue noses and ears

8. One of the oldest diving suits (18th century)

9. Antique multipurpose tool from Nuremberg (16th century)

10. Foldable portable globe (1852)

11. Salt-cellar in the form of a hexahedral architectural construction, France (1550-1570)

12. Tutankhamun’s sandals

13. A wine vessel in the shape of a Rhino from the Han Dynasty, China (approximately 3rd −1st centuries B.C.)

14. The oldest known Monopoly board (1930)

15. 1700-year-old wool tunic found in a melting glacier in south Norway

16. Someone at this museum has a sense of humor.

17. “Devil’s Work” ball with 14 movable balls made of one piece of ivory, Qing Dynasty (19th century)

18. Helmet in the form of a sea conch shell (1618)

19. The oldest known globe to depict the Americas made on the lower halves of 2 ostrich eggs (1504)

20. Blue Whale skeleton in the Natural History Museum in London

21. 400-year-old silk dress with a floral design recovered from a shipwreck in the Netherlands

Which of these exhibits surprised you most of all? Please tell us about it in the comments!

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/20-ancient-museum-exhibits-that-exist-in-a-single-copy-607460/

Four-Day Work Weeks Exist and Results Prove It's the Only Way to Live

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The concept of a four-day work week might seem like a far-fetched dream, but one company is proving that it can, well, work. 

Perpetual Guardian, a company in New Zealand, tested a four-day work week over the course of two months and results prove that employees were not only less stressed, but also 24 percent more capable of managing their work-life balance.

The concept is simple: work four, eight-hour days, get paid for five. However, that additional day off allows employees to focus on business while in the office, and home commitments when they’re off the clock. 

According to Jarrod Haar, professor of human resource management at Auckland University of Technology, job and life satisfaction increased across the board with workers performing better at their jobs and actually enjoying them more.

Plus, there were also increases in stimulation, commitment, and a sense of empowerment at work. A win-win for employer and employee, in our opinion. 

Perpetual Guardian’s founder Andrew Barnes, who implemented the four-day work week trial, now plans to take the results to the company’s board to get the strategy implemented long term. 

“If you can have parents spending more time with their children, how is that a bad thing?” asked Barnes, per The Guardian

“Are you likely to get fewer mental health issues when you have more time to take care of yourself and your personal interests? Probably… if you have fewer people in the office at any one time, can we make smaller offices?” 

Support for the plan is not hard to find — and many shared their own success stories on social media. 

It’s just common sense at this point. 

Just make sure to tag your boss on Facebook. 

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Source : https://www.distractify.com/news/2018/07/19/Z1tT0pg/four-day-work-week