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Guys are constantly looking for The One. While there are things like personality and interests involved, some of it comes down to the type of things that you do. He wants to know that he can protect you but you don’t always need it. He wants to know that you’ll love him and look out for him too. Here are some of the ways to prove to him that you are The One.

1. Independent but Like to be Looked After

Men want a woman who is able to look after herself and will be independent when the time comes. However, that doesn’t mean he wants you doing everything yourself. He wants to know that you’ll let him look after you.

When you’re ill, he wants to be able to bring you your chicken soup and pamper you. When you’ve had a bad day, he wants to be your rock. There’s a fine line between being too needy and too independent that he wants you to walk.

2. Let Him Off That Leash!

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Boyfriends do not want to be kept on a leash. He wants to be able to go out with his friends without receiving phone calls all the time.

He doesn’t want to deal with your texts every minute of the day or find that you’re always there when he needs some space. You want the same thing really!

3. Your Trust Him

Part of being able to let him off the leash is showing that you trust your man. He needs to know that you do this, otherwise there is just no point in the relationship.

There may be doubts now and then, such as when he’s away for a long period of time and there’s a new girl in his office, and you can talk to him about those doubts. But when he says that there is nothing going on, he needs to know you believe him.

4. Apologise When You Do Something Wrong

You’re not perfect and you’re not always in the right. He wants to know that when you’re in the wrong or when you’ve made a mistake, you’re willing to admit it and apologise.

Pride is one of the seven deadly sins, and he doesn’t need that to be a major part of your relationship. It is going to cause frictions. Of course, you can’t apologise for everything—there will be times that he’s in the wrong.

5. Accept that He’s Not Perfect

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Remember, you’re not perfect and neither is he. When he makes a mistake or when he does something wrong, you need to accept his apology instead of expecting him to never do it.

Of course, there’s a fine line between making different mistakes and making the same one time and time again dressed up in a different way. You expect him to learn from his mistakes, but accept that he is not Mr. Perfect.

6. Be Thankful

Sometimes he just wants to know that you care. The One will thank him for those little things that have happened.

It could be a small gift or just being there for you when you needed it. It shows your appreciation and respect.

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Raj Mohan Nair doesn't feel electric shock

A tenth of an amp is enough to kill an ordinary human being, but Raj Mohan Nair is anything but ordinary. This human conductor is able to withstand several amps of electricity passing through his body without suffering any bodily harm.

Electricity Mohan or Electro-Man, as Raj has come to be known all around the world has an amazing super-power. Just a small a mount of electricity can be fatal to most humans, but this man can conduct several amps and survive unscathed. There’s nothing super-human about his looks, but connected to an electrical power source, Raj Mohan Nair can do extraordinary things.

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Raj Mohan Nair doesn’t feel electric shock

 

He doesn’t shoot lightning bolts from his hands or anything, but he can power up a light bulb or an electric blender by grabbing two live wires and allowing massive amounts of current to pass through his body. He might not seem like a superhero worthy of his own comic book, but it’s a lot more than the rest of us mortals can withstand. If these wires touched any other human’s body, the electricity would cause their organs to fail and stop their heart, but not Mohan’s. With one wire in his mouth for better conductivity and the other anywhere else on his body, Mohan lets the electrical current run through him and into whatever other device he’s trying to power on.

Raj Mohan | Photo: DCEL
Raj Mohan | Photo: DCEL

The story of how Electricity Mohan first discovered his gift is just as unbelievable as his super-power. Raj lost his mother when he was seven years old. Heartbroken, he tried to commit suicide by climbing a transformer and grabbing one of the live wires. To his amazement, nothing happened. That’s when he realized he had been blessed with a gift from God.

Since then, he has been shocking (pun intended) the world with his immunity to electricity. But how is this man able to withstand up to 10 amps of electrical current without literally frying? Daniel Browning Smith tested Raj Mohan Nair’s resistance to electricity using a multimeter, and found that his body is over 10 times more resistant than that of the average human. Although his eyes get glazed over when the current passes through his body, rendering him temporarily blind, this Indian Electro-Man can withstand enough electricity to power a hot-plate. If an ordinary person were exposed to that much power for just a fraction of a second it would cause permanent muscle damage and stop their heart.

Raij Nair Mohan | Photo: DCEL
Raij Nair Mohan | Photo: DCEL

But Raj Mohan Nair is not the world’s only human conductor. Two years ago, I wrote about Slavisa Pajkic, another extraordinary man from Serbia, who can withstand high voltage. His case is somewhat different though, as according to some report he has no sweat and salivary glands. Scientists say the current might not even be passing through his body, but only through the skin which acts as natural insulation.

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A young Indian woman has spoken out about being married to five husbands, all of whom are brothers.

Rajo Verma, 22, lives in one room with the siblings and they sleep on blankets on the floor. 

The mother-of-one, who sleeps each night with a different brother, does not know which of her five related husbands is the father of her 18-month-old son.

Happy family: Five brothers (L-R) Sant Ram Verma, 28, Bajju Verma, 32, Gopal Verma, 26, Guddu Verma, 21, and Dinesh Verma, 19, with their shared wife Rajo Verma, 20, and their son Jay Verma

Happy family: Five brothers (L-R) Sant Ram Verma, 28, Bajju Verma, 32, Gopal Verma, 26, Guddu Verma, 21, and Dinesh Verma, 19, with their shared wife Rajo Verma, 20, and their son Jay Verma

The set-up may seem peculiar, but it is tradition in the small village near Dehradun, Northern India, for women to also marry the brothers of their first husband.

She told the Sun: ‘Initially it felt a bit awkward. ‘But I don’t favour one over the other.’

 Rajo and first husband Guddu wed in an arranged Hindu marriage four years ago.

Since then she has married Baiju, 32, Sant Ram, 28, Gopal, 26, and Dinesh, 19 – the latest in the line of husbands – who married her as soon as he turned 18.

‘We all have sex with her but I’m not jealous,’ first husband Guddu  – who remains the only official spouse – said. ‘We’re one big happy family.’

Rajo said she knew she was expected to accept all of her husbands, as her own mother had also been married to three brothers.

She said they sleep together in turn, but that they do not have beds, just ‘lots of blankets on the floor’.

She added: ‘I get a lot more attention and love than most wives.’

Tradition: The set up may seem peculiar, but it is custom in the small village near Dehradun, Northern India, for women to also marry the brothers of her first husband

Tradition: The set up may seem peculiar, but it is custom in the small village near Dehradun, Northern India, for women to also marry the brothers of her first husband

 

Wife: They sleep together in turn, but that they do not have beds, just 'lots of blankets on the floor'. Verma does not know which of the brothers is the father of her son

Wife: They sleep together in turn, but that they do not have beds, just ‘lots of blankets on the floor’. Rajo does not know which of the brothers is the father of her son

Housewife: Rajo said she got a lot more attention and love than many other wives

Housewife: Rajo said she got a lot more attention and love than many other wives

POLYANDRY: AN ANCIENT TRADITION

The practice of polyandry is believed to stem from the tale of Mahabharata, the ancient Indian epic.

The text, one of the cornerstones of Indian culture, sees Draupadi, daughter of the King of Pancha being married to five brothers.

It is not legal, but in its most common form – whereby women in polyandrous relationships marry more than one man from the same family – it is permitted.

It tends to be practised in male dominated villages, who still follow primitive rituals and customs. Brothers who refuse the union are often treated as outcasts.

In polyandrous families, the woman often cannot say which of her husbands fathered which children.

Recently, there have been instances of DNA testing, to solve inheritance disputes.

The ancient Hindu tradition of polyandry was once widely practiced in India, but is now only observed by a minority.

It sees a woman take more than one husband, typically in areas which are male dominated.

In fraternal polyandry the woman is expected to marry each of her original husband’s brothers.

It is thought to have arisen from the popular Sanskrit epic of Mahabharatha, which sees Draupadi, daughter of the King of Pancha being married to five brothers.

The practice is also believed to be a way of keeping farming land in the family.

It is most commonly found near the Himalayas in the north of the country, as well as in the mountainous nation of Tibet.

While the advance of modernity has seen the archaic practice largely die out in most areas, the shortage of women in countries such as China and India has helped keep it alive as a solution to young men’s difficulties in finding a wife.

 

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Like most broke university students, Steve Siebold wanted to get rich. But unlike most college kids, he did something about it.

“In 1984 I was a sophomore in college,” he recalls. “And I was sitting in class listening to business professors telling me the odds of succeeding in business were so slim that it would take years to get there.”

But Siebold wasn’t interested in waiting years.

So he tracked down a millionaire—and requested an interview. That millionaire, in turn, introduced him to another millionaire and so on. Since then, Siebold has interviewed more than 1,200 millionaires and even billionaires. “It’s really a 30-year study at this point,” he says.

Given all of the, ahem, rich knowledge that Siebold has collected over those three decades, he decided to share his insider findings in a book, “How Rich People Think.” His biggest takeaway? “[Becoming a millionaire] isn’t about money,” he says. “It’s about psychology.”

Intrigued to learn more about how the mind can possibly pave the way to millionaire-hood, we sat down with Siebold to pick his brain.

LearnVest: Do you truly believe that anyone can get rich?

Steve Siebold: Well, there are obviously exceptions—say, if you’re psychologically handicapped or have other serious setbacks—but, for the most part, the average person in America can get rich. After being around wealthy people for so many years, I’ve learned that they’re no smarter than the rest of us. They’re just ordinary people with extraordinary focus and drive who are looking for gaps or what’s missing in the marketplace—for what can be filled.

But aren’t some people just naturally born with that entrepreneurial spirit? Can it really be taught?

Sure, some people seem to be predisposed to being entrepreneurs. One guy I interviewed built a $90 million company from scratch, and he seemed to just have that inner drive, which can be an advantage. But all you really need is the desire.

Take a single mother who can’t pay her bills or get a job—she has a strong need. And if you have a strong enough desire, you can develop the skills necessary to become an entrepreneur. That’s the way most Americans become rich.

In your book, you say that middle-class people focus on saving, while rich people focus on earning. But it’s ingrained in us from birth to save. Isn’t that something everyone should do?

Absolutely. Saving is so important. My point is that the average person last year made $38,000 in income. If I’m making $38,000, and I’m saving 10%, that’s only $3,800 a year. I’m going to be 300 years old before I can retire. What the wealthy do is focus on earning more. If you can make $200,000 a year, then you’re saving $20,000—a big improvement.

True, but that’s a big jump. How can the average person earn significantly more?

That’s where the entrepreneurial mindset comes in. You look for small business opportunities. Niche markets. You don’t have to open a McDonalds, but maybe you start with a small lawn-mowing or pool-cleaning business or selling things on eBay—technology has opened up so many opportunities. Remember that it’s not about the money, but your way of thinking. Rich people look for problems to solve, and then cultivate the skills, passion and talent to solve them.

You wouldn’t take fitness and health advice from someone who’s not fit, so why would you take money advice from someone who’s not rich?

Your book has 90-plus tips. What are the top-three things you’d tell someone to do today to start getting rich?

For starters, be around the rich. Some people may think it’s extreme, but before I was wealthy, I moved into a neighborhood I couldn’t afford. I wanted to be around rich people—not to make deals with them, but to learn their mindset. I don’t recommend doing the same thing, but you can go to places where rich people congregate, such as charity auctions, seminars, country clubs. Listen to how they talk about money and opportunity. Compare their mindset to yours—and then consider adjustments.

Number two: Get away from people who tell you that your [business idea] can’t be done because you don’t have enough education, money, talent. Listening to those people—and believing them—can quickly derail your plans.

Lastly, discover what your talents are and how you can use them. I was a professional tennis player, and when I started teaching, I wasn’t making very much money. The millionaires I was around at the time told me to start thinking about the talents that I had, which is part of thinking like an entrepreneur. The one thing I really focused on with athletes was the mental toughness side of sports and cultivating that focus. The millionaires said that’s a skill that most people don’t have—and find a place where they’re missing that.

So long story short, over a period of six or seven years, I started training the skill of mental toughness to salespeople in large corporations … and that’s how I made my own millions. The heart of it is that everybody has certain talents—they just don’t recognize what they’re worth.

What’s the number-one mistake people who want to be rich—but aren’t—make?

They listen to the average person, with no money, tell them about money. You wouldn’t take fitness and health advice from someone who’s not fit, so why would you take money advice from someone who’s not rich? It doesn’t make sense.

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Philippine Navy crew members onboard the Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas Apolinario Mabini (Patrol Ship 36) scour the West Philippine Sea, as they search for the missing Malaysia Airline MH370 plane (Photo Credit: Reuters/Daily Mirror)

Two ships searching for debris related to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 have retrieved a number items from the search area, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Saturday. “But so far no objects confirmed to be related to MH370 have been recovered,” it said in a statement.

It sounds like a mixed message.

Earlier this week, loved ones of those aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 heard this: “All lives are lost.”

But Saturday, a Malaysian official met with relatives and then told reporters he had not closed the door on the possibility that survivors may exist among the 239 people aboard the Boeing 777-200 ER that went missing March 8.

“Even hoping against hope, no matter how remote, of course we are praying and we will continue our search for the possible survivors,” said Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s acting transportation minister.

“More than that, I told the families I cannot give them false hope. The best we can do is pray and that we must be sensitive to them that, as long as there is even a remote chance of a survivor, we will pray and do whatever it takes.”

Eight planes and seven ships scoured the waters Saturday for signs of the plane hundreds of miles off of Australia’s coast.

As they did, Hishammuddin met with family members, who have listened keenly as data analyses and estimates of Flight 370’s whereabouts have changed.

They have watched as satellite images indicated large groups of floating “possible objects,” and they were paying attention Friday when five planes spotted debris.

On Saturday, a Chinese aircraft made a fresh spotting of three “suspicious” objects, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.

“The objects cannot be verified or discounted as being from MH370 until they are relocated and recovered by ships,” the authority said.

Separately, a Chinese ship saw something in the ocean, but it turned out to be garbage, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported.

None of it has been shown to be from Flight 370.

‘They’re still alive’

In Beijing on Saturday, some of the relatives of the missing vented their anguish in the streets.

“They’re all still alive, my son and everyone on board!” yelled Wen Wancheng, 63, whose only son was among the passengers. “The plane is still there too! They’re hiding it.”

He held aloft a banner that read: “Son, mom and dad’s hearts are torn to pieces. Come home soon!”

Many relatives doubtless remember the speculation from early in the search that the plane may have landed somewhere. They implored Hishammuddin to redouble the efforts, and he said Malaysian authorities would do so.

“What they want is a commitment on our part to continue the search, and that I have given,” Hishammuddin said. “For me, as the minister responsible, this is the hardest part of my life, at the moment,” he told reporters.

“Miracles do happen, remote or otherwise, and that is the hope that the families want me to convey — not only to the Malaysian government, MAS (Malaysia Airlines), but also to the world at large,” he said.

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A photo taken at one of the immigration recruitment exercises

We are all aware of the tragic circus that our immigration sprung on the nation in the name of recruitment recently.

I wonder why they didn’t take a cue from the Navy, whose recruitment exercise I participated in some years ago. The hiccup the Navy’s exercise had was that most of us were mistakenly sent to places we didn’t fill in the form for the exercise; like, I filled in Lagos as my preferred centre but my name was published under Jos, so I had to go to Jos.

However, thanks to the Navy’s blunder, I got to visit what I felt was the most beautiful city in Nigeria – I weep every day I hear of crisis in Jos because after the awesome one week romance I had with the place, committing any crime there seems to me like raping a virgin. But there is a scary memory of Jos I have, though – when I found out I had been erroneously sent to Jos, my cousin connected me to an air force colleague, Bala, so that he could accommodate me for the one week duration of the exercise. As I left the following morning my cousin said to me, “Bala loves potato.” I wondered why she was telling me that, whether she expected me to buy potato on the way as gift for Bala. Hours later I forgot everything and focused on the upcoming recruitment exercise.

The night I arrived Bala’s place, his wife served me fried potato and eggs. The following morning I had potato porridge and tea, when I returned in the evening I had boiled potato and stew. After three days of eating potato, served in ways I never imagined it could be prepared, an eerie version of my cousin’s remark started haunting me (in ghostly Nollywood voice), “Bala loves potato.” On the third evening, instead of going straight back to Bala’s place, I boarded a cab to a market there, located one Igbo woman’s eating joint and had some awfully prepared bitter leaf soup, but after my ‘potato purgatory’ any soup was heavenly! God bless Bala and his wife, though, real nice people.

Enough of the digression, back to the Nigerian unemployment/employment industry. In the private sector as well, we have a whole bunch scammers in the guise of recruitment agencies that rip-off job seekers in every conceivable way. There are folks who buy tiny spaces in newspapers and cast their baits. However the organizations that take the cake, the ones that inspired this short piece are the recruitment agencies that truly have some form of credibility, with CEOs that are actually suave and seemingly prosperous, but still use jobs to rip folks off.

I had an arrangement with one such agency some years back and at a point all of us who were working under their arrangement got wind that the deductions for our pensions and taxes were allegedly being diverted to the agencies coffers. When we spoke up, we were all threatened with a revocation of our contracts at the firm where they had us working.

In another instance, a lady spoke about how she found out after a little while that the N80,000 her handling agency was remitting to her monthly was only half of the N160,000 that the oil and gas firm they fixed her in was paying her, that’s on top of whatever agreed monies the oil and gas folks were paying the agency with regards to her and some others like her. Now, I get it that these agencies have to make money, but taking a chunky half of someone’s sweat?!

Also, why can’t the agency come out and clearly state they would be taking a pound of flesh; I assure you most desperate job seekers would still accept their conditions but at least their take would then be a little more dignifying that way. The straw that broke the camel’s back in the woman’s case was the agency’s mutilation of the lady’s leave allowance when she was to proceed on maternity leave. The lady said she had gone in to bid her white boss good  bye on the day she was meant to stop work and that in the course of their talk she joked that she wouldn’t have minded a little more than the approved amount for her leave allowance and she mentioned the amount. Her boss kept a poker face but later terminated the contract with the agency and started the process of making the lady a full staff.

When she eventually resumed she found out the official amount her employers provided as her leave allowance and how the employment agency gave her a far cry from the original amount, her boss couldn’t fathom how the agency could shortchange a pregnant woman so callously. We all scream about government officials and their antics, but seriously, these employment agencies employ so many methods in fleecing the people they give jobs that our government officials could learn a thing or two.

The agencies definitely deserve to get paid for using their resources to get people jobs but practically bleeding the employees dry is downright inhuman and the fact that most of the money is withheld in hiding raises questions about the fundamental ethics of these organizations. Another thing that baffles me is why most of the organizations that employ the people these agencies bring turn a blind eye on the exploitation of their workers by the job agencies; apparently it doesn’t occur to the employers that the frustration of the exploited staff could be transferred to their work and thus ultimately cause them harm while the job agencies sit pretty and get fat off both employer and employee.

Chukwudi Madu is a Contributing Editor at The Trent; a writer focused on creative writing, copywriting and technical writing. He is a proud alumnus of the prestigious Government College Umuahia (following in the steps of great Umuahians like Chinua Achebe, Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike, Elechi Amadi, I. N. C. Aniebo, Ken Saro-Wiwa and Christopher Okigbo) and an alumnus of the University of Nigeria Nsukka. He tweets @maduchuddi. His Facebook page is HERE. You can buy his books HERE.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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The arrested Britons and Nigerians by the JTF for illegal bunkering
The arrested Britons and Nigerians by the JTF for illegal bunkering

DELTA – Two Britons and 12 Nigerian technicians have been arrested by the Niger Delta Joint Task Force (JTF) for their alleged involvement in illegal bunkering along the Chanomi Creek in the western delta.

The suspects allegedly tried to bribe the JTF operatives with the sum of $66,500 to create safe passage for them to siphon crude oil into their barges from a Shell Petroleum Development Company pipeline in the creek.

Their luck however, ran out as the security operatives did not cooperate with them.

Vanguard reports:

The two Britons identified are Messrs Piers Eastwood and Vincent Haywood attached to a United Kingdom based maritime security firm with regional branch in Lagos, according to the JTF, were to provide security/consultancy to MT Crete, a vessel believed to have positioned at Brass open waters for supposed illegal bunkering.

Trouble, it was learnt, started for the suspects when on Monday, March 17 2014, a representative of a firm (name withheld) approached the JTF Headquarters, with an approval letter from the Nigerian Navy Ship Delta and an authorization from the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC through the Naval Headquarters.

The approval, Saturday Vanguard learnt, was to evacuate products from an arrested vessel under the custody of the NN at NNS DELTA between 12 March -14 April 2014.

The Joint Task Force approval was reportedly issued and immediately, the headquarters directed Sector 1 of the special security outfit to monitor their activities in the waterways.

Speaking to newsmen yesterday at the headquarters of the JTF in Yenagoa where the suspects were paraded, the commander of the outfit, Major General Emmanuel Atewe who was represented by the Media Coordinator, JMCC Col Onyema Nwachukwu said they were arrested by operatives of the task force as part of ongoing effort to combat the menace of crude oil theft and other sundry crimes in the region.

According to him, “the Operations officer of 3 Battalion discovered through their confession that their intention was to hack into one of SPDC pipelines in Chanomi creek, Warri Delta State and siphon crude oil.

”They gave him as an initial payment, a bribe of $5,000 for recharge card and $1500 to fuel a gunboat that will escort the stolen crude oil.”

According to him, they requested the Operations Officer of 3 Battalion to facilitate a meeting with the Commander 4 Brigade, Brig Gen Fidelis Azinta.
Continuing he said, “the meeting was convened as a bait on March 20, 2014 at the Brigade Commander’s office. During the meeting, the suspects expressed their desire to connect a hose to SPDC pipeline along the Chanomi creek in Delta State so as to illegally siphon crude oil into barges.

”While in the Brigade Commander’s office, they promised to bribe the Brigade’s Commander, with the sum of N20m as well as take care of the officers and soldiers along the Chanomi creek.

”On 21 March 2014, one of the suspects brought to the Brigade Commander $60,000 which translates to N10m being 50 per cent of the N20m promised. The suspects were immediately arrested for attempting to bribe the Brigade Commander for economic sabotage.

”Twelve technicians who were to connect the hoses to facilitate the theft and their implements were also arrested.”

He added that a follow up operation subsequently led to the arrest of two Britons, who were in company of seven Nigeria policemen led by an inspector.

The two Britons, according to the JTF commander were security consultants from a United Kingdom- based port maritime security firm with regional branch in Lagos.
”The two flew into Lagos on 20 March and left for Port Harcourt same day where they met with a Nigerian (one Bello) who was supposed to be their point of contact. The two Britons were to provide security escort/consultancy to MT Crete, a vessel believed to have been positioned at Brass open waters for suspected illegal oil bunkering”.

Gen Awete revealed that all the suspects and exhibits were transferred to JTF headquarters on March 23 for further investigation adding that a joint investigation team was immediately constituted to carry out a preliminary investigation where all the suspects and witnesses were invited and also examined the exhibits, documents and equipment recovered.

This include, the sixty thousand dollars offered to Brig Gen Azinta, the six thousand five hundred dollars offered to Capt M Abdullahi which were displayed to newsmen.
The suspects were later handed over to the Department of State Security for prosecution.

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Death doesn’t need to stop you from doing all the things you enjoy, as long as the things you enjoy are pretty basic. Certain bodily functions continue for minutes, hours, days, and even weeks after death. You will not believe the kind of things a dead body will do with its now-copious amount of time.

By the way, this post is not for the weak of stomach.

10. Nail and hair growth (by technicality)

This is a technical function, not an actual function. The body doesn’t produce more hair and nail tissue, but both of these things do ‘grow,’ in the days after death. What actually happens is the skin loses moisture (although cosmetics companies are probably hard at work making a cream for that) and pulls back, exposing more hair and making nails seem longer. Since you do measure the length of hair and nails from the point where they meet the skin to the tip of the hair, the hair does ‘grow’.

9. Brain activity (with drugs)

One of the side effects of modern technology is a blurring of the time between life and death. The brain can be almost completely gone, but the heart can keep pumping. If the heart is stopped for a minute, there’s no breathing, and the person was dying anyway, most doctors just pronounce people dead while their brain is technically still alive for the next few minutes. The brain’s cells spend those minutes scrambling for the oxygen and nutrients they need to stay alive – to the point where they often damage themselves irreparably even if the heart starts up again. Those minutes before the damage is too extensive could be extended, with the right drugs and under the right circumstances, to days. Ideally, this would give doctors a chance to save you, but it’s not guaranteed. I know what most of you are thinking, “What fun! The biggest problem I had with dying is that it could be quick and painless, with no chance that my living brain is stuck inside a corpse for days on end.” Well, now you don’t have to worry about that.

8. Skin cell growth

This is another function of different parts of the body dying at different rates. While loss of blood circulation can kill the brain in minutes, other cells are not as in need of constant care. Skin cells, which are used to living on the outskirts of the body and grabbing what they can through osmosis, can stay alive for days. Its a good thing they don’t have brains, or I’d feel sorry for them, the poor doomed things.

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7. Peeing

Peeing, we think, is a voluntary function. And we’re mostly right, except if something’s really funny. Not-peeing, though, is not a voluntary function. We never have to think about it, because a certain part of the brain is always in charge of it. This is the same part that’s involved in regulating a person’s breathing and heartbeat, which is one of the reasons people tend to pee involuntarily if they’re drunk. The part of the brain that keeps the urinary sphincter closed is inhibited. (More alcohol will shut down the part that regulate breathing and heart function, which is one of the reasons too much alcohol is dangerous.) Although rigor mortis stiffens the muscles, it doesn’t set in until hours after death. Just after death, muscles relax, causing people to urinate after death.

6. Pooing

We all know that in times of stress the body eliminates waste, often in front of people or on camera. The body relaxes certain muscles and things just . . . progress. In the case of dead bodies, the whole thing is helped along by the gas that’s produced inside the body. This can happen hours after death. Hours. Considering fetuses can also poop in the womb (it’s true!), this may be both the first and last thing we do in life. Puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?

5. Digestion

It turns out that when you die, bot only are you expelling stuff, you’re actively making more. Or, at least, something is making more. We forget that we share our bodies with tons of other creatures, many of them beneficial. The bacteria inside your gut don’t die just because you do. While plenty of them are parasitic, some of them are great aids to digestion, and do part of the work for us. They keep right on chugging, even when we’re good and dead. Others eat into the lining of our intestines, making more of that gas that repulsed us all in section six, which pushes things along.

4. Erections and Ejaculation

When the heart stops forcing the blood around the body, it pools in whatever area is lowest. Sometimes people die standing up and sometimes people die lying face down. I think everyone here has enough spatial reasoning to understand what kind of blood pooling that would encourage. Meanwhile, for all that talk of relaxing muscles after death, it doesn’t last forever. Certain types of muscle cells are activated by calcium ions. After activation, the cells expend energy putting the calcium ions back outside the cell. After death, the membranes become more permeable to calcium and the cells don’t expend as much energy to push the ions out, so the muscles contract. This does lead to rigor mortis and can lead to ejaculation. It’s real. It happens. Now let’s never think of it again.

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3. Muscle movement

Although the brain may die, other areas of the nervous system may still be active. Nurses report seeing reflex action, which involves nerves sending signals to the spinal cord and not the brain, leading to muscle twitches and spasms after death. Some even say they’ve seen shallow chest movements after death. (Although maybe the doctor fell down on the job for that one.)

2. Vocalization

Our bodies are basically sacks of gas and goo supported by bones (which are filled with yet more goo). Rotting happens when bacteria go to work and the proportion of the gas increases. Since we carry most bacteria inside our body, the gas builds up inside. We’ve seen several ways it takes out. One of those ways is through the windpipe. Since rigor mortis stiffens all the muscles, including the ones that work the vocal cords, the combination leads to some very eerie sounds coming from dead bodies. People hear moans, groans, and squeaks coming from the dead, although why they stay around to confirm that the bodies making them are truly dead instead of peeing on the floor and running for their lives is beyond me.

1. Giving birth

Oh. Holy. Hell. No Twilight scene could be worse than this. Back in the day when people dropped like flies, a number of women died while pregnant, and sometimes in times that were too cold to give them a burial. This gave rise to a charming little term called ‘coffin birth.’ The gases building up inside a body, combined with the softening flesh, were said to cause the body to expel the fetus. These events were rare, and caused a lot of rumors, but were documented in times before proper embalming and quick burial. It sounds like the kind of thing out of an Edgar Allen Poe book, but it did happen. And it’s yet another reason to be happy that we live in the modern world.

Enjoy your leftover turkey. Try not to think about what it might have done after it died.

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Pope Francis, shown here at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on Wednesday, has emphasized inclusiveness in many of his speeches. In recent remarks, he reached out to atheists.

Pope Francis stunned parishioners, faith leaders and his own master of ceremonies Friday when he broke protocol to do something wholly unexpected: he bowed down in front of the crowd at St. Peter’s Basilica and confessed his sins to an ordinary priest, Reuters reported.

Typically, the pope goes to confession in private, so his decision was a departure from the past.

Francis made the noteworthy move after uttering a sermon in which he covered the importance of confession in the Catholic faith.

In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper L’ Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis is confessed by a priest in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, March 28, 2014. AP Photo/L’ Osservatore Romano)

“Who can say he is not a sinner? Nobody. We all are,” the pope told an audience of thousands.

Afterward, he was supposed to join 60 priests around the massive church in hearing the sins of the faithful, but he had a very different plan.

In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper L’ Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis is confessed by a priest in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/L’ Osservatore Romano)

When Monsignor Guido Marini, master of ceremonies, pointed Francis toward an empty booth to hear the congregants’ sins, the pope went to a different booth and knelt before a priest to share his own sins for a few minutes.

After that, Francis did hear confessions from the faithful.

Watch it unfold on video below:

Popes traditionally hear confessions of the faithful on Good Friday morning, though Francis chose to hold this event three weeks early, the Associated Press reported.

(via The Blaze)

Joseph Prince, Joseph Prince Devotional, Joseph Prince Daily Grace Inspiration

JOHN 4:32
But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
When people make demands on you or keep depending on you, you may end up stressed, tired and irritable. But this is not the case with Jesus. When people draw from Him, He is strengthened and refreshed!

Jesus is, after all, God. And you honor God when you take your place as man and let God be God by drawing from Him. The One who said, “I did not come to be served, but to serve,” (Matthew 20:28) loves it when you allow Him to minister to you.

The Bible tells us that when Jesus arrived at Sychar, He was wearied from the journey and rested at a well. A sinful Samaritan woman then came to the well to draw water. Jesus ministered to her and she left rejoicing with the promise of living water. The disciples, having returned with food for Jesus, found Him already strengthened and refreshed. When they wondered who had given Him food while they were away, He told them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” (John 4:1–42)

Today, when you draw from Jesus and let Him minister to you, it is “food” for Him that “refreshes” and “strengthens” Him.

But it takes humility for us to allow Jesus to minister to us. We take pride in doing things for the Lord. We want to build our businesses, families and ministries for Him. All that is good, but without Jesus, we are spiritually bankrupt! We really have nothing to give to the Lord and His work. What we need to do first is to receive from Him because when we freely receive from Him, we are able to freely give. (Matthew 10:8)

My friend, Jesus wants to minister to you. Don’t try to minister to yourself. That is pride and self-righteousness. The Pharisees of Jesus’ day, who felt that they did not need Him and that they could provide for themselves, were the ones who could not receive from Him. So bring to Him your needs and say, “Lord, I need to draw from You. I present my needs to You. Minister to me and meet my needs. I cannot, but You can. Thank you, Lord.”

Joseph Prince is Senior Pastor of New Creation Church. He is a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel of grace around the world through his teaching resources and television ministry. He is known for teaching God’s Word in a fresh, practical and revelatory way that always unveils Jesus. His daily television program, Destined To Reign currently reaches millions of homes across North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Israel on both secular and Christian networks. Subscribe to Pastor Prince’s Daily Grace Inspiration HERE

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