10 Strange Pregnancy Superstitions Some People Still Believe In

Pregnancy is a very special time. Everyone around a mother tries to protect her from all dangers. This is why people are ready to use and believe anything, even the craziest superstitions. Many of them are completely fake, but some can be based on logical grounds.

Bright Side has learned about the most popular superstitions and is ready to tell you where they came from and if you should believe them.

1. Mothers shouldn’t eat fish because the baby might not speak for a long time.

Almost all kinds of fish, especially river fish, can contain parasites that are dangerous for people. The consequences may be a lot more serious than slow speech development in a child. However, if the fish was cooked at a high temperature or it was frozen, then you can eat it without worrying about this. The only exceptions are the kinds of fish that contain a lot of mercury like tuna, shark, marlin, swordfish, king mackerel, pike and some others. Eating such fish when you are pregnant can be dangerous for both you and your child.

2. You can’t walk under a ladder — the baby will be weak.

This superstition has spread throughout Western Europe. A ladder that is leaned on a wall makes a triangle which is the symbol of The Holy Trinity. It was believed that a woman going through the triangle would break the trinity and would have baby troubles. A more logical reason to stay away from ladders is to keep a woman safe in case it falls down. In the Middle Ages, this was probably a more common superstition.

3. If you open all the windows in the house, the labor won’t be difficult.

And not only the windows — in Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine, people open everything they can: doors, wardrobes, cabinets, boxes, drawers, etc. It is believed that these actions will help the cervix open which of course, has nothing to do with anything. However, opening all windows and cabinets is necessary for other reasons: while the mother and the child are in the maternity home, the relatives should clean the house and ventilate all the rooms.

4. If you eat white foods, the baby will be born with a lighter complexion.

In China, India, and some other countries where white skin is believed to be the benchmark of beauty, they think that if you eat light colored foods, the child’s skin will be lighter. By the way, this superstition also works in reverse: if you eat dark food, drink a lot of coffee and tea, the child will be darker. This is totally not true. The skin color depends only on the combination of genes. The superstition is most likely based on the fact that colorful fruit and vegetables often cause allergic reactions.

5. You can’t walk in the cemetery — this will lead to unhappiness.

Many Arab countries as well as Israel, Eastern Europe, and the Philippines follow this superstition. It is believed that the child can be summoned by the spirits of their ancestors, or that the child will have a bad temper and will cry a lot. The basis for this illogical superstition can be from some religious limitations or to guard a pregnant woman from stress. But if there is no stress and no physical labor, why not walk around Pére Lachaise Cemetary for a bit?

6. Eggshells on the neck

In some Russian villages, pregnant women used to wear an empty egg on their neck. They believed that as long as the egg was safe, their child would be safe too. This way, future mothers were kept safe since the egg was a symbol of their pregnancy.

7. You should eat spicy foods so the baby will have no hair.

People in Thailand and some other countries in Southeast Asia believe this. Some people believe that eating spicy food is bad for a future child’s vision. It’s really true that spicy foods are not the best choice for a pregnant woman to eat, but for other reasons.

First of all, spicy foods stimulate hunger and thus contribute to weight gain. Secondly, some spices have medicinal properties. For example, garlic is very beneficial during pregnancy but if eaten in big amounts, it can cause uterine contractions and urinary tract irritation. Finally, spicy foods make you thirsty which leads to swelling.

8. You won’t give birth until you let your hair down.

Many people — even some doctors and obstetricians — believe this superstition and let future mothers’ hair down. They believe it helps the cervix to open. Yogis have a different explanation: the cervix is energetically connected to the mouth and lips. If the hair is in a ponytail, the face is tense and you should be completely relaxed for the cervix to open.

There is another explanation for this superstition. If a woman needs to go to an intensive care unit during labor, the hair shouldn’t get in the way of laying face-up. However, recently, future mothers have started to wear special hats and doctors don’t care what’s under them.

9. You should eat anything you want!

In the past, people believed that pregnant women should eat anything they want — whatever her body wants is exactly what it needs. This superstition is still believed by many people from different countries. In Ghana, they think that if a mother doesn’t eat what she wants, her baby will have a crooked neck. In Italy, Turkey, Greece, and Egypt people are scared the baby will have a birthmark on their body, and in Armenia, they think the baby will grow up to be greedy.

Modern medicine recommends a more adequate approach to nutrition: nobody needs extra pounds! But when a person wants to eat something inedible, it is a sign of a psychological disorder, and it can be really dangerous. So future mothers should rely on their doctors’ opinions.

10. You can predict the sex of the baby by the way it kicks.

This is a really popular superstition you may have heard of. In many countries, people believe that it’s possible to predict the sex of the baby by the way it kicks inside the womb. If the kick is on the left side, the baby will be a boy, and if the kick is on the right side, you’re going to have a girl.

Unfortunately, this is only a superstition that has nothing to do with reality. The only reliable way to determine the sex of your future baby is to visit your doctor.

Do you know about any other pregnancy superstitions? Tell us in the comment section below.

Source : https://brightside.me/inspiration-family-and-kids/10-strange-pregnancy-superstitions-some-people-still-believe-in-659410/

People Are Face Swapping With Their Pets, and It’s Both Weird and Hilarious

The face swapping trend conquered the hearts of many and has been popular for a number of years already. People use various phone apps and Snapchat filters to exchange their faces with friends and surroundings. But these creepy results weren’t enough, so it was decided to spice things up by face swapping with animals!

Today, we at Bright Side present you with 20 totally bizarre yet hilarious attempts of face swapping with pets that will make you cringe and laugh at the same time.

20. This guy gets all the fangirls.

19. “Perfect face swaps don’t exi-”

18. “I was taken on a nice hike.”

17. “This is what technology has come to.”

16. Professor Cat

15. “I’m the owner of my hooman now!”

14. “Pupper face”

13. “Good boy, hooman.”

12. Gothic face swap

11. Nice beard, man…oh, wait…

10. Even photographers want to take part in the face swapping challenge.

9. Dogs and their owners end up resembling each other at some point.

8. “There’s a very specific kind of happiness that one feels upon seeing themselves in a dog/human face swap.”

7. “Snoop Dogg, literally.”

6. Enchanted cat

5. “Best faceswap evah!”

4. Un-cuted

3. Good-boy Woofenegger

2. “Me and my dogs.”

1. “A boy and his dog”

Which attempt did you find the most successful and hilarious? Have you ever tried to face swap with your animal? How did it go? Share your experience with us in the comment section!

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/people-are-face-swapping-with-their-pets-and-its-both-weird-and-hilarious-657910/

17 Creative People Who Can Solve Any Problem

How do you save on cheese at a burger joint or protect your car from people who like to park too close? The heroes of this article share their amazing life hacks with us, and their creativeness and inventiveness are amazing. Just have a look!

Bright Side has found out that people’s creativeness has no limits when it comes to saving time, laziness, and humor.

How to keep your pizza hot:

This man didn’t like the price for extra cheese at his a local burger joint, so he brought his own cheese slices.

A sandwich-holder that won’t fall down.

“Am I the only one who didn’t know about this life hack?”

“I got tired of having oil splash on my stove coils whenever I fried something.”

For those who are tired of drivers parking too close.

When you figure out the new features:

$2.87 headset hanger that turns into a banana keeper.

Do you like this cat ladder?

Home theater holder

Preventive measure be like:

When you buy a new car and have no more money to repair your garage:

How to become a cool granddad with the help of a cane:

When you forget your umbrella:

“My sister lives in 2045.”

24-hour security

“May I have a piece of chocolate?”

Have you ever found any interesting solutions to problems?

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/17-creative-people-who-can-solve-any-problem-657710/

People Are Showing off Their Baby Helmets in Response to This Chrissy Teigen Photo

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Chrissy Teigen’s latest tweet has got a lot of people talking about baby helmets after recently sharing a photo of her son wearing one to protect his plagiocephaly, otherwise known as flat head syndrome. 

I remember the first time I saw a baby wearing a helmet like this while shopping with my girlfriend at the time.

“I guess she’s just a really overprotective mom,” I whispered.

 Now if eye-rolls could make a sound, my GF’s would’ve been a scream.

“It’s to fix their flat heads, Taf.”

Since then, I’ve seen tons of baby helmets with children and their parents rocking them proudly. Now that I’m a parent myself, I’ve even noted cool designs for the corrective devices, should my children ever need to wear one. This awesome Mega Man one is a pretty good example of the vibe I was feeling.

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Neither of my children had to wear a helmet, but if they did, it wouldn’t bother me in the slightest. It’s no different than giving your child braces to correct misaligned teeth.

However, as any parent will understand: moms and dads get a bit kooky when it comes to their kids. And by kooky I mean they start to feel like they’re doing a “bad job” if their child isn’t some kind of inhuman, infallible, super baby.

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There’s a certain stigma, whether imagined or real, that is associated with a child that requires any type of corrective procedure or equipment to aid their development, and baby helmets sometimes get wrapped up in that stigma.

Chrissy addressed this when she shared a selfie with her beautiful baby boy, Miles. Before she sent the picture out into the Twitter-verse, she urged others not to “feel bad for him.”

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She also suspected once her child donned the helmet, he was “probably gonna be even cuter with it somehow.” Honestly, after seeing the pictures she posted, I can’t say that she’s lying. This little guy is absolutely adorable with his mini-headgear.

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Other moms began chiming in with photos of their own babies, further dispelling any stigmas associated with correcting flat head syndrome and filling our feeds with some really cute pics.

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Newborns are especially susceptible to plagiocephaly due to the pliable nature of their skulls when they’re born. While the concept of a soft skull might seem scary, it’s pretty essential to that whole childbirth thing.

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Imagine trying to push out a hard, round head during labor? Giving birth isn’t fun to begin with, and it’d be even less fun with a fully developed skull, I’ll tell you that much. After watching my wife deliver two kids, I’m getting woozy just thinking about it, and she’s the one who did all the hard work.

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The most common form of flat head syndrome is positional plagiocephaly. It occurs after birth, because babies spend so much time in one position after they’re born. Most commonly, they’re laying on their backs and catching the much-needed Zs required to pump their bodies full of growth hormone so they can be big and strong.

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Sleeping on their backs can result in a somewhat flattened area on the the back of their heads. When doctors in the 1990s advised parents to have babies sleep on their backs to reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the number of positional plagiocephaly cases grew.

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Not all babies’ heads are misshapen this way, however, and craniosynostosis is a more serious form of plagiocephaly. It’s when the joints of their skulls fuse too early, which doesn’t give their brains enough room to grow. In order to remedy this, the poor little babes need to undergo surgery.

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Since a baby’s head hardens over time, it’s best to start correctional methods to reshape your child’s head as early as possible. 

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Once they’re old enough, parents can try changing sleeping positions and moving their child around to avoid putting too much pressure on one side of their head. Additionally, changing your baby’s head position when they eat and ensuring they don’t spend too much time in baby carriers and car seats will help reduce positional plagiocephaly.

It also doesn’t hurt to give your child tummy time once your doctor clears them for it. Not only will this help reduce recurring pressure on the same side of their head, they’ll also strengthen their neck, back, and core muscles. You can learn more about flat head syndrome here.

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Again, if your kid needs a helmet to correct their head development, you shouldn’t feel bad about that. You’re doing a darn good job and deserve a pat on the back. And maybe some cute selfies.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/12/04/mb7FMds/why-do-babies-wear-helmets

26 Times People Cheated Their Way Through an Engineering Degree

Engineers suffer for years to be able to get to a place where they can finally make their mark. Their constructions will be used by everyone and will be an icon of practicality. Unfortunately, like everyone, engineers can make mistakes with their projects, and the results can be hilarious.

We at Bright Side found some bizarre pictures showing the stupidest failures engineers have somehow managed to create.

1. “When they said half-bath, I wasn’t expecting THIS.”

2. Seems functional…

3. It was here that they realized their fatal mistake.

4. Just in case you want to see the views from a different angle

5. Stairs to nowhere

6. “Thank God my feet weren’t getting tired!”

7. “My Dad hired a company to install a fence after extending the driveway. This is their handy work.”

8. “This pipe was bent to go around the clock instead of just removing the clock and going straight up.”

9. “It’s just up the stairs.”

10. “I’d like to meet the planning committee who approved this.”

11. “My hotel has a sitting area with no possible way to access it.”

12. The new portal to get to Platform 9 3/4 isn’t going as planned.

13. This seems sensible, especially if there were an emergency.

14. “I’m sure this isn’t in the way of anything…”

15. “I too like to live dangerously.”

16. Don’t worry about the steps…oh, wait.

17. This house has a beautiful garage where you can park your car. All you have to do is get to it.

18. At least no one will steal your car…

19. So close, and yet, so far.

20. An easier alternative

21. This balcony has the most beautiful views if you can get to it…

22. Stopping the train on its tracks…

23. A helpful ramp or an extreme sport?

24. That’s a beautiful path!

25. “Thank God. I didn’t want to get wet.”

26. “At a friend’s house for a summer party and his downstairs staircase doesn’t actually let you get into the basement.”

Have you seen any engineering failures that just don’t make sense? Let us know your favorite in the comments or post some of your own.

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-curiosities/26-times-people-cheated-their-way-through-an-engineering-degree-656110/

22 Tattoos That Have a Deep Connection to the People Who Got Them

We see people with tattoos everywhere but we don’t know the actual story behind that piece of art they have on their skin. Each person has a unique story behind their tattoos, and some of these stories are so deep that they make you appreciate the tattoos even more.

Here at Bright Side, we found some of the most emotional tattoos on the internet that might make you shed a tear.

1. Forever holding hands

2. “This grandma is a cancer survivor and got a tattoo to celebrate”

3. “My grandfather was in the Holocaust and he had never met someone with the same tattoo as him until recently. KL stands for Konzentratzion Lager or Concentration Camp.”

4. “My daughter started questioning her birthmark, so I got a tattoo of it on my arm.”

5. Forever in love

6. “My dad passed away in 2009. I got a note he wrote in my 2nd grade yearbook as a reminder.”

7. “For my 18th birthday I got a tattoo of my dad’s laugh on my arm, he passed 3 years ago.”

8. “My tattoo and her birthmark”

9. “Shot heroin for 12 years. Today I am 4 years clean.”

10. “After dealing with depression for years, I got a tattoo to represent my battle.”

11. “I’m a stroke survivor and, like a tree, I’m hard to take down.”

12. “My wife and I got tattoos of a diagram depicting the position of the planets as they were the exact moment we were married.”

13. Admirable cancer survivor’s tattoo

14. Honoring his little daughter with angel wings on her footprints

15. A reminder to always offer a helping hand to those who need it.

16. “A piece of WWI: my great grandfather’s handwriting who survived the Somme.”

17. “My dad died when I was 4. The signature is his taken from his military papers.”

18. “One hash for every year that I’ve been clean and sober.”

19. A permanent indication of love

20. “My 4-year-old daughter drew this for me and her.”

21. “My dad’s last 3 heartbeats”

22. “Tribute to a friend who died in a car crash and was on his way to a brilliant racing career.”

Which of these tattoos did you appreciate the most? Please let us know in the comments below.

Source : https://brightside.me/creativity-art/22-tattoos-that-have-a-deep-connection-to-the-people-who-got-them-656060/

10 Tough People We Could Never Call Disabled

The world celebrates December 3rd as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, with the strong message that they don’t need us to pity them. They love being in their own skin and prefer being called “specially abled.” Life has not outsmarted them yet, but they are the ones who’ve actually won.

The Bright Side team searched and put together some inspiring stories of people who took a pledge to never give up.

1. Sue Austin

Job: Artist working in multimedia, performance and installation

Sue Austin is a trained, disabled artist working in multimedia, performance, and installation. She gained most of her popularity through a stunt where she went under water and sat in a wheelchair. It is best known as “Creating the Spectacle!” It was performed as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The popularity of this underwater wheelchair stunt was so huge that she went on to perform it for more than 150 million people worldwide. It was wise of her to get this stunt patented in 2013.

2. Amir Bomjan

A young boy named Amir hailing from Palung in southern Nepal was born without arms and legs. But it didn’t stop him one bit in the pursuit of his passion for art. He decided to hold the paint brush in his mouth and had his dreams show through the colors.

He soon became an icon in his country and got assistance from the Karuna Foundation in 2015. He moved to the capital city of Kathmandu with their help and gained popularity. He is also into writing poetry.

3. John Bramblitt

John Bramblitt is American and was born in 1971. Sadly, he lost his sight gradually in 2001 after a series of severe seizures. This put him into a deep depression but he soon brushed away all of it by spending his time in painting. Initially it was difficult, but he started distinguishing colors by touching them and feeling their texture.

His paintings were applauded worldwide and have been displayed in more than 30 countries. His life story has been so inspiring that a short film and a YouTube video made about him won several awards and accolades. As a person with a warm heart, he also conducted free art classes for those who didn’t have access to art school and for that he was awarded with 3 U.S. presidential awards in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

4. Tim Harris

When Tim served breakfast to his customers with a smile and showed the utmost hospitality, no one ever imagined he had down syndrome. He opened his own restaurant quieting all those claims that people with this condition can’t stand on their own 2 feet. He is now the owner of Tim’s Place, a popular restaurant in Albuquerque.

Impressed by his willpower and success story, he was featured in People Magazine and on CBS’s On the Road with Tim Hartman. Several other publications also featured him and he always believed in his own motto: “I’m more like you than different.”

5. Krystal Cantu

Life was going well for the San Antonio, Texas based cross fit trainer Krystal Cantu until 2013 when a horrific car accident changed everything and she lost her right arm. But for those who thought this would put a pause in her personal or professional life, it came as a big shock when she was back to her usual self just 3 weeks after the accident.

Surprisingly, Cantu isn’t worried at all about her loss and in fact sounds even more motivated. After the accident, she went on to break all her personal records that she had achieved before losing her arm. Her trainer says it’s encouraging to have her around in the gym.

6. Itzhak Perlman

The Israeli-American violinist, Itzhak Perlman was born in 1945 and contracted polio at the age of 4. As a boy, he became interested in playing violin at the very early age of 3 after getting inspired by a radio show. However, he was denied entry into the violin classes for being too young. This didn’t deter him from learning to play violin and he started practicing using a toy fiddle.

His talent took him to newer heights and he gave performances worldwide. He was also awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

7. Marlee Matlin

Job: Actor and motivational speaker

Marlin is completely deaf in one ear and has lost 80% of her hearing in the other since she was 18 months old. Paying no attention to these limitations, she became a successful actor and author. Based in America, she is also an avid activist. She’s debuted in films since the age of 21 and is the only deaf actor to have won a Golden Globe Award for best actress in a drama, and an Academy Award for best actress for her movie Children of A Lesser God.

She has also written an autobiography called I’ll Scream Later. Her career is still going strong and she has never looked back.

8. Subhreet Kaur Ghumman

Have feet, will dance! This phrase didn’t stop Indian dancer Subhreet Kaur Ghumman from pursuing her dreams after she lost her leg in an accident. It was devastating for her and her family when, due to a doctor’s negligence, her leg had to be amputated in 2009. Despite this physical limitation, she practiced daily and decided to participate in a reality TV show.

She gained so much popularity through that show and went on to participate in another reality show soon after. She is on a roll now and is living her dream of becoming a successful dancer.

9. Jason McElwain

He suffered from acute form of autism and didn’t start to speak until he was 5. As we talk about the life of Jason McElwain, we often start by talking about his willpower. His biggest passion and hobby since childhood was basketball. Despite the roadblocks, he continued to pursue it and went on to get selected to be a part of his high school team which is another twisted story.

Considered too young to play on the team, he was made the manager of the team. However, in the last home game, the coach let Jason in for the last 4 minutes of the game, which came as a surprise to the team as well. This was not the time to lose this opportunity and he went on to throw more than 5 3-pointers. The overjoyed team took him on their shoulders and the moment was awarded by ESPY as the Best Moment of Sports in 2006.

Jason never looked back and also wrote a book on his life journey titled “The Game of My Life.”

10. Oksana Masters

One can easily call Oksana Masters a total winner. She was born with some serious defects in her body like tibial hemimelia (leading to varied leg lengths), no shinbone in her calves, webbed fingers with no thumbs, and 6 toes on each foot.

She was abandoned by her birth parents and it wasn’t until she turned 7 that she was adopted by someone. She underwent several treatments and surgeries after that to correct her birth defects. Her willpower and cheerfulness never faded away despite everything she went through. She’s also a cross-country skier, the number of awards she has won all through her career are almost uncountable.

Isn’t it so inspiring reading through all these stories of specially-abled people? We are sure you also know some around you and we would love to hear about them in the comment section below.

Source : https://brightside.me/wonder-people/10-tough-people-we-could-never-call-disabled-656310/

A NYC Photographer Spends 9 Years Capturing People on Their Way to Work, and the Results Are Eye-Opening

Danish photographer Peter Funch has been taking photographs of the same place at the same time for 9 years. Later on he found that he captured the same person a few times and that person looked nearly identical to the pictures made a few days apart. That finding turned into an amazing photo project named “42nd and Vanderbilt.”

We at Bright Side found it quite fascinating and want to share these Deja vu images with you.

These pictures cover the period from 2007 to 2016 and were taken from 8:30 to 9:30 in the morning in New York City. Editing the shots, the photographer found out that daily shooting in the same place, at the same time, yields a surprising result: you see the same people repeating the same rituals over years.

Street photography can be unpredictable and full of surprises. We probably don’t even realize that day after day, and year after year we do the same thing, eat the same food, drink coffee from the same shop, have the same haircut, and even wear the same colored clothes.

Who are these people? Are they sad? Are they happy? It doesn’t matter, they are random people on a busy street, they are part of us.

Just ordinary people going through an ordinary morning routine, rushing to work, getting ready for their busy day. Looking the same every day… Is it cliché or consistency? You choose for yourself.

You would think that these 2 pics were taken only a few minutes apart. And you would be wrong. Have you checked your wardrobe already to make sure that your shirts are more than one color?

The photographer found that many people even have the same expression every morning. And the same glasses sticking out of their pocket the same way.

The photographer must have been taking gazillions of photos to fish out such identical images.

We can even play a little game. Who do you think this man is and what does he do?

Is this beautiful girl is a student? Or a teacher? Whoever she is, she looks consistently very happy.

Wardrobe is a personal choice after all. Remember that one of the greatest minds of our society, Steve Jobs, wore the same black turtleneck, jeans, and New Balance sneakers every day for years and it didn’t stop him from being who he was. We don’t know these people, and who knows maybe some of them like Steve, simply have no time to waste.

What do you think about this photo project? Or maybe you saw someone you know personally. Tell us about your thoughts in the comments.

Source : https://brightside.me/creativity-photography/a-nyc-photographer-spends-9-years-capturing-people-on-their-way-to-work-and-the-results-are-eye-opening-655310/

5 Times People Were Offended By Things That Weren't Offensive at All

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“If you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” Although this bit of advice doesn’t really apply to comedy or good-natured ribbing between friends, it’s pretty much sage knowledge that could be applied in almost every situation.

But there are some people who take that advice a bit too literally, and always seem to police everything they come across.

Whether it’s news stories, movies, TV shows, plays, tweets, bar conversations, cartoons, whatever, there are throngs of people who are looking to be offended by something.

Now I’m not saying that there aren’t things to be offended by — I’ve seen the way people’s faces and demeanors change right after I tell them my first name, which I don’t blame them for — I sound like every East Coast Jersey gym bro they grew up with. [ed. note: I can confirm this is 100% true]

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I’m personally not offended by them being surprised I’m Muslim, especially if they didn’t grow up knowing a Mustafa or Ahmed or Zainab or Ayesha. I don’t even get offended by naive questions about my upbringing and my culture. What I do get offended by are people who assume I somehow have to apologize for ISIS and address all acts of terrorism around the globe.

But I’m not going to sit back and try to construe every major cultural phenomenon or movie that comes out or the fact that someone says, “Merry Christmas” to me as an attack on my upbringing and a lack of consideration of my family’s faith. That would make me an insufferable nerd.

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Like whoever’s trying to saying that the classic story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is problematic because it makes light of a “marginalized” reindeer who is being bullied for being different.

Seriously.

A recent HuffPost article argues the story about the young reindeer with a glowing nose is problematic because he’s bullied and ostracized by his peers, only to find salvation and acceptance when his birth “defect” benefits the group.

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There are some people who agreed that, yes, the story actually is “problematic” and that it could send the wrong message to young children who may believe their “deformities” are only acceptable if they can be exploited by someone else.

There are several counterpoints to this argument, too. The most common can probably be best expressed in this quote from actor and comedian Steve Sweeney: “You don’t even have to say anything. It’s just so absurd.”

In short: are you friggin’ kidding me?!

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But fine, let’s play this overly analytical, let’s-waste-our-time-on-this-nonsense game: one must consider the world that Rudolph lives in. He’s a flying reindeer who was born to fly and expressed his desire, in the story, to be like the other reindeer.

But he was bullied for being different. People get bullied in life all of the time, especially by other kids, and especially if they’ve got a nose that glows bright red.

The story isn’t one of exploitation, but rather a lesson that what’s different about you can be your best asset. Or, we could bypass all of this Rudolph talk and remember, for a second, that this is a fictional character.

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Rudolph isn’t the only unlikely figure of social outrage who’s popped up recently in the crosshairs of professional crybabies. Believe it or not, Celine Dion is being hailed a denizen of the dark lord Lucifer’s domain for the most innocuous reason.

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When you think of Celine Dion, you probably just think of one of the greatest ballads of all time, and if you’re me, you think of her cameo on The Nanny. You probably don’t imagine she’s someone who could be the object of vitriol and hate just because she launched a gender-neutral clothing line.

An American priest has declared Celine’s CELINUNUNU unisex kidswear line, which consists of sweatshirts, leggings, and t-shirts, is “definitely satanic.”

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To say that the devil talk is a stretch would be an understatement. The offended parties even went so far as to analyze the designs as “proof” of the Canadian singer’s special relationship with Beelzebub himself. One offended individual wrote, “one pair of sweatpants has a number 3 on one knee and a 6 on the other. Three 6’s?”

Yes, I’m sure  that’s what Celine was going for when she created her gender-neutral clothing line. It probably has nothing to do with her stated mission to help “younger people to grow on values of equality with the freedom to strengthen their own power of personality based on mutual respect.”

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Pivoting back to total fiction land, there was a recent kerfuffle online about orcs, a made-up group of characters from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings universe.

There seems to be a large number of people concerned with whether or not the English fantasy writer is racist against them.

No, they aren’t saying the Orcs are supposed to be representative of actual Earth races, or that Tolkien has a specific dislike for a certain race or ethnic group for whom he surly, evil Orcs are just a stand-in.

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There are people who are actually legitimately upset that Tolkien doesn’t treat the Orcs with the same respect or consideration that he shows to the protagonists of his story.

You know, the minions of Sauron who murder the innocent and want to turn Middle Earth into a realm of darkness. 

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There are definitely people who pushed hard back against this idea that anti-Orc attitudes are perpetuating racism, and others who used it as the perfect opportunity to come up with some most excellent jokes highlighting the absurdity of such a claim.

Others used a bit of history to drive the point home, highlighting letters to editors that Tolkien sent, which could have jeopardized his writing career at that point. In them, he strongly denouncing racism and was offended when asked about the origin of his name and ethnic background.

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It’s hard to also forget the time that Ellen DeGeneres, AKA, everyone’s friend, was accused of being racist for tweeting this photoshopped picture of her riding Usain Bolt during the the Rio Olympics.

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While some who were quick to call for “firing” whoever photoshopped this tweet, others stated what was obvious: Ellen isn’t racist and is nothing but a big sweetheart towards pretty much everybody she meets.

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Then there are people who believe that because they disagree with something or someone disagrees with them, that they’re being persecuted.

Or that if a children’s movie wasn’t scripted the way they liked or focused on the characters’ they wanted, it’s automatically “problematic.”

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What do you think? Are these people just electing to find offense in things that aren’t even offensive all for the sake of virtue signalling? Or do they make some legitimate points?

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/11/30/1ah4kAS/outrage-culture-stop

14 People on Twitter Who Are More Excited for Christmas Than You

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I was raised by parents who thought it was important to instill a few key beliefs in me — and two have stuck with me throughout the years. The first is to follow the golden rule and treat others the way you’d like to be treated. The second is to not begin putting up Christmas decorations until at least the Friday after Thanksgiving.

When I moved to L.A. this year, people’s absolute disregard for this second rule kind of blew my mind. The second Halloween was over, it seemed like the entire county of Los Angeles felt the need to fast-forward through November and blast Christmas carols while putting up their trees and lights.

No joke, some of the houses on my block have been decorated since the literal moment Halloween decorations came down, nearly two months before the holiday commemorating Jesus’ birth, or whatever. 

And people on Twitter seem to be just as excited as some of my IRL neighbors, even though it’s not even December. 

Below are 14 people who are definitely more excited than you about the holiday season.

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I’m not sure what it is about Christmas. Is it the presents? The fact that we’re seeing our family? Didn’t we just see them, like, last week for Thanksgiving?

According to some, it might be the irresistible food. “Can’t wait for Christmas dinner.. me hungry,” tweeted one user SAVAGELY, the day after Thanksgiving. Someone, give this person your leftovers.

Another adds, “The countdown until Christmas dinner is on, it’s literally all I’m thinking about. Can’t wait to smash a 10 course meal, 837 pigs in blankets, 6857 cheese and biscuits, and still have room for 1059 mince pies.”

Want to invite me over? The most I have to look forward to is probably a glass or three of champagne. 

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For many, the prime motivator seems to be the bright and colorful Christmas decorations. One person tweeted “I’d say sorry but I wouldn’t mean it. Yes I know it’s November but I don’t bloody care. One month til Christmas! I’m sooooooo excited!” beside a photo of a (literally) lit Christmas tree.

I appreciate the smell of fresh pine as much as the next person, but the sorry-not-sorry isn’t doing it for me here. 

Another person who isn’t ashamed of her unabashed holiday spirit writes “I love Christmas time. I love Christmas trees and Christmas lights and Christmas music and Christmas movies and Christmas cookies and Christmas decorations and Christmas break and Christmas socks and Jesus’s birthday and drinking hot chocolate and YA I JUST LOVE CHRISTMAS TIME!”

And others are disguising their holiday excitement with punny takes on Christmas decorations, like this guy who writes he “can’t wait to stand under the missile toe.”

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Someone else writes, “We are now exactly one month until Christmas, meaning you can eat whatever or drink whenever you want for the next 4 weeks. Look, I don’t make the laws people.” 

I think this brings us to the most compelling reason to be excited about the holidays: comfy clothes.

“Christmas pjs are back out!🎅🏼 cosy cosy,” writes one person on the platform. 

Another adds, “I’m excited for Christmas Eve where I can sit in comfy pyjamas, watching Christmas films and drinking hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows.” The day after Thanksgiving, one self-proclaimed “Staten Island guido” tweeted “Anyone know where I can find comfy cotton Christmas onesies?? Not those cheap feeling gross ones.”

This might be my favorite tweet of the season.

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For many others on Twitter, the excitement revolves around the giving and receiving of presents, as this person above writes in an all-too-relatable tweet.

Another adds, “My ‘going shopping for Christmas presents and buying myself something instead’ game is strong af.” Once again, relatable. Especially after all of those Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

Call me a grinch, but some people are taking this Christmas craze way too far. Like this person who writes “Wrapping Christmas presents is getting me in the mood for Christmas.” 

What!!! What kind of animal already has all the holiday presents they need and begins wrapping in November? I personally wait until two hours before Christmas Eve dinner, but that’s just me.

Others are taking the opportunity to start trolling their kids about their Christmas presents, probably in order to make them sweat and keep them on their best behavior for the next month.

“Got my children an ex-box for Christmas. Can’t wait to see their little faces,” writes one dad alongside this photo. 

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If I had to pick my favorite-ever dad joke, this might just be it.

Merry Christmas, you crazy early birds. Remember to space out your excitement over the next 20-something days.

Source : https://www.distractify.com/trending/2018/11/28/nautPE5/funny-christmas-tweets