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18 Things Every Book Lover Can Relate To

#1. Having too many books and not enough shelves.

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You’ve become a master at making shelves out of empty spaces.

#2. Having too many books and not enough time.

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You feel bad for all the books you bought that are just gathering dust.

#3. Not judging a book by its cover, therefore wanting to buy every single book you see in a store.

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You know you already have many unread books, but you can’t stop helping yourself to picking up just a few more.

#4. Not making plans for the weekend for the sole purpose of finishing a book.

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Because there’s nothing like a quiet night in with a book to curl up with.

#5. Getting asked what your favourite book is.

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Even Sophie had easier options.

#6. Knowing that reading a book in public is basically a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign.

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And anyone who tries to talk to you is just rude.

#7. Immediately being disinterested in someone who says they don’t read.

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“Don’t you love yourself?”

#8. Or immediately being interested in someone who says they love to read.

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Mmmm. Talk imaginative to me.

#9. Hating anyone who spoils endings for you.

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How. Dare. You.

#10. Always having a book in your bag, in case of emergencies.

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Because you never know, y’know?

#11. Pressing  a book against your chest after finishing it because the entire story was just too perfect.

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Sigh. It was good while it lasted.

#12. When a book you absolutely love gets a bad review.

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“It’s okay, I still love you.”

#13. Being in love with fictional characters.

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“HOW ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?! YOU’RE NOT EVEN REAL!!”

#14. Not knowing what to do with your life when an author takes too long to publish their next book while mid-series.

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This is cruel, unusual punishment.

#15. Making sure your books are all in good condition.

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It’s just being responsible is all.

#16. People assuming you’re anti-social because you’re always reading.

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“Can I live?”

#17. Not noticing how much time has passed because you’ve been reading.

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That’s how you know when a book is really good.

#18. When someone asks you how you’ve been, it can only go one way.

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Yep. That pretty much sums it up.

H/T [Pulptastic]

Brain Scans Reveal The World Happiest Man: His Secrets Is Simple

“Ricard sees living a good life, and showing compassion, not as a religious edict revealed from on high, but as a practical route to happiness.”

A French genetic scientist may seem like an unusual person to hold the title – but Matthieu Ricard is the world’s happiest man, according to researchers.

The 66-year-old turned his back on Parisian intellectual life 40 years ago and moved to India to study Buddhism. He is now the happiest man on earth, a close crony of the Dalai Lama, and respected western scholar of religion.

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It seems daily meditation has had other benefits – enhancing Mr Ricard’s capacity for joy.

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson wired up the monk’s skull with 256 sensors at the University of Wisconsin as part of research on hundreds of advanced practitioners of meditation.

The scans showed that when meditating on compassion, Ricard’s brain produces a level of gamma waves – those linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory – ‘never reported before in the neuroscience literature’, Davidson said.

The scans also showed excessive activity in his brain’s left prefrontal cortex compared to its right counterpart, allowing him an abnormally large capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity towards negativity.

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Research into the phenomenon, known as “neuroplasticity”, is in its infancy and Ricard has been at the forefront of ground-breaking experiments along with other leading scientists across the world.

‘We have been looking for 12 years at the effect of short and long-term mind-training through meditation on attention, on compassion, on emotional balance,’ he said.

‘We’ve found remarkable results with long-term practitioners who did 50,000 rounds of meditation, but also with three weeks of 20 minutes a day, which of course is more applicable to our modern times.’

He added to AFP: ‘It’s a wonderful area of research because it shows that meditation is not just blissing out under a mango tree but it completely changes your brain and therefore changes what you are.’

He believes meditation can alter the brain and improve people’s happiness in the same way that lifting weights puts on muscle.

Mattieu Ricard has spoken about The Art of Meditation in a video hosted by the charity RSA. Here are some hints and tips…

1. A healthy mind should act like a mirror – faces can be reflected in a glass but none of them stick. Use the same technique with thoughts – let them pass through your mind but don’t dwell.

2. It’s impossible to stop thoughts from coming but focusing on a particular sound or the breath going in and out calms the mind, giving greater clarity. Controlling the mind is not about reducing your freedom, it’s about not being a slave to your thoughts. Think of it as directing your mind like a boat rather than drifting.

3. Be mindful – pay attention to the sensations of your breath going in and out. If you notice your mind wandering simply bring it back to focusing on your breath. This is known as mindfulness. You can apply it to other sensations to bring you into the ‘now’ rather than dwelling on the past or future. You could focus instead  on heat, cold and sounds that you hear.

4. Once you’ve achieved some skill in this you can use that to cultivate qualities such as kindness, or dealing with disturbing emotions. He says everyone has felt all-consuming love but usually it lasts for about 15 seconds, but you can hold on and nurture this vivid feeling by focusing on it in meditation. If you feel it becoming vague you can consciously revive it.

5. Like when playing the piano, practising the feeling for 20 minutes has a far greater impact over time than a few seconds.  Regular practise is also needed like watering a plant.

6. You can then use meditation to gain some space from negative emotions. Ricard says: ‘You can look at your experience like a fire that burns. If you are aware of anger you are not angry you are aware. Being aware of anxiety is not being anxious it is being aware.’ By being aware of these emotions you are no longer adding fuel to their fire and they will burn down.

7. You will see benefits in stress levels and general wellbeing as well as brain changes with regular practise in a month. Those who say they don’t have enough time to meditate should look at the benefits: ‘If it gives you the resources to deal with everything else during the other 23 hours and 30minutes, it seems a worthy way of sending 20 minutes,’ Ricard says.

‘Try sincerely to check, to investigate,’ he said.

‘That’s what Buddhism has been trying to unravel – the mechanism of happiness and suffering. It is a science of the mind.’

 

Sources: Daily Mail  Via: Simple Capacity

Scientists Link ‪Selfies‬ To Narcissism, ‪Addiction‬ & Mental Illness

The growing trend of taking smartphone selfies is linked to mental health conditions that focus on a person’s obsession with looks.
According to psychiatrist Dr David Veal: “Two out of three of all the patients who come to see me with Body Dysmorphic Disorder since the rise of camera phones have a compulsion to repeatedly take and post selfies on social media sites.”

“Cognitive behavioral therapy is used to help a patient to recognize the reasons for his or her compulsive behavior and then to learn how to moderate it,” he told the Sunday Mirror.
Is it possible that taking selfies causes mental illness, addiction, narcissism and suicide? Many psychologists say yes, and warn parents to pay close attention to what kids are doing online to avoid any future cases like what happened to Bowman.
A British male teenager tried to commit suicide after he failed to take the perfect selfie. Danny Bowman became so obsessed with capturing the perfect shot that he spent 10 hours a day taking up to 200 selfies. The 19-year-old lost nearly 30 pounds, dropped out of school and did not leave the house for six months in his quest to get the right picture. He would take 10 pictures immediately after waking up. Frustrated at his attempts to take the one image he wanted, Bowman eventually tried to take his own life by overdosing, but was saved by his mom.

“I was constantly in search of taking the perfect selfie and when I realized I couldn’t, I wanted to die. I lost my friends, my education, my health and almost my life,” he told The Mirror.

The teenager is believed to be the UK’s first selfie addict and has had therapy to treat his technology addiction as well as OCD and Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

Part of his treatment at the Maudsley Hospital in London included taking away his iPhone for intervals of 10 minutes, which increased to 30 minutes and then an hour.

“It was excruciating to begin with but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to go on living,” he told the Sunday Mirror.

Public health officials in the UK announced that addiction to social media such as Facebook and Twitter is an illness and more than 100 patients sought treatment every year.

“Selfies frequently trigger perceptions of self-indulgence or attention-seeking social dependence that raises the damned-if-you-do and damned-if-you-don’t spectre of either narcissism or very low self-esteem,” said Pamela Rutledge in Psychology Today.

The big problem with the rise of digital narcissism is that it puts enormous pressure on people to achieve unfeasible goals, without making them hungrier. Wanting to be Beyoncé, Jay Z or a model is hard enough already, but when you are not prepared to work hard to achieve it, you are better off just lowering your aspirations. Few things are more self-destructive than a combination of high entitlement and a lazy work ethic. Ultimately, online manifestations of narcissism may be little more than a self-presentational strategy to compensate for a very low and fragile self-esteem. Yet when these efforts are reinforced and rewarded by others, they perpetuate the distortion of reality and consolidate narcissistic delusions.

Check the infographic below for all the details, which comes courtesy of The Best Computer Science Schools.

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NASA Has Released The Largest Picture Ever Taken. It Will Rock Your Universe

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Remember when NASA released what was coined ‘the most significant image ever captured?‘ Well they seem to have outdone themselves with this one.

For a second, take a moment and think of how big our universe is. Where are we? Where do things begin? And where does it stop? We don’t have to answer this literally, but simply picture it in your mind. What you are about to see below will likely rock whatever you just imagined in your mind.

The BIG Image

On January 5th 2015, NASA let out an image of the Andromeda galaxy, which is the closest galaxy to us. They captured the image using the NASA/ESA Hubble Telescope once again, but this time it’s taken to a whole new level. They took 411 images and put them together to create the largest image ever taken. It’s a whopping 1.5 billion pixels and requires about 4.3 GB of disk space!

The image takes you through over 100 million stars and travels more than 40,000 light years. It’s likely to make you feel like you are only a very, very small part of a universe that we begin to understand the true size of as each day passes.

There’s not much else to say other than sit back, watch and enjoy having your mind blown.

[H/t: Collective Evolution]

People Who Are Messy Aren’t Lazy, They’re Imaginative And Bold

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We live in a very formulaic and predictable world. Almost everything is neatly packaged and systematized. Society perpetually seeks to maintain order, in every sense of the word.

But it’s all an illusion.

We have been taught to value superficial notions of symmetry.

Organization is a comfort pillow that lies to us and tells us life isn’t really the random, chaotic mess we secretly know it to be.

In our attempts to establish order, we often create disorder. When we buy new clothes or shoes to appear put together in public, for example, our closets begin to overflow.

When we throw away trash, it goes to a landfill and contributes to pollution.

As physicist Adam Frank states:

It’s a law of physics.

The hard truth is that the universe itself is dead-set against our long-term efforts to bring order to the chaos in our lives.

That’s because the universe loves chaos.

Indeed, no matter how hard we try to keep things neat and tidy, everything will always fall back into disarray.

We should say “yes” to the mess more often and embrace the chaotic nature of the universe.

Messy people are often stigmatized as apathetic and imbalanced individuals, but that’s simply not true.

Disorganized people have seen the light. They won’t allow their lives to be dictated by propriety and convention.

To borrow from Jim Morrison:

I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos… It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.

This is not to say we should allow every aspect of our lives to fall into complete havoc. Organization can be necessary, convenient and even beautiful. But it’s also overrated, and those who live in clutter are often unfairly judged.

Messy people aren’t lazy, they’re actually very imaginative and bold.

Conventional wisdom might tell us we need order to foster productivity, but this isn’t necessarily true.

According to Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman, authors of “A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder,”

Mess isn’t necessarily the absence of order. A messy desk can be a highly effective prioritizing and accessing system.

On a messy desk, the more important, urgent work tends to stay close by and near the top of the clutter, while the safely ignorable stuff tends to get buried to the bottom or near the back, which makes perfect sense.

In other words, a messy desk can actually help boost efficiency, depending on the person.

Correspondingly, research conducted by Kathleen Vohs, PhD, of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, found that cluttered environments help induce greater levels of creativity.

In one of the experiments conducted for this study, Vohs split up a group of 48 participants and asked them to find new ways to utilize a ping pong ball. One half was placed in a tidy room, the other half in a messy room.

In the end, both groups came up with the same number of ideas, but the ideas produced by those in the untidy room were determined far more innovative by a panel of independent judges.

As Vohs puts it:

Being in a messy room led to something that firms, industries and societies want more of: creativity.

Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights.

Orderly environments, in contrast, encourage convention and playing it safe.

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise; disorganization has often been associated with genius. Many famous thinkers and writers have worked in extremely messy environments, from Albert Einstein and Alan Turing to Roald Dahl and JK Rowling.

They all achieved greatness in spite of their messiness.

From a young age, we are taught to feel bad about ourselves for being messy. Disorganized or unkempt people are frequently maligned by society. In the process, the hidden benefits of this quality are overlooked.

It takes courage to embrace disorder, as it often requires accepting constant criticism and going against social constructs.

People who live in clutter are inherently spontaneous. They’d rather worry about the big picture than all of the minuscule details of day-to-day life. They go with the flow instead of swimming against the current.

Simply put, messy people are adventurous and adaptable. They’re pioneers who are more concerned with filling the limited amount of time allotted to them with meaningful tasks rather than tedious activities like cleaning.

There is simplicity and beauty in living a messy life, which is precisely why it produces such enlightened and innovative individuals.

Life is a disheveled, unpredictable and wondrous gift. Act accordingly, and enjoy the ride.

 

Credits: John Haltiwanger / Elite Daily

Ever Wondered Why A Soda Can Is Shaped The Way It Is? Mystery Solved

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A Soda can could have been shaped like a ball or a rectangle. So why did engineers select the shape as we see these days? The YouTube video below explains the advantages and disadvantages of each design. Bill Hammack of the University of Illinois finally concludes the video by explaining the manufacturing process of making a can.

Via wonderfulengineering

A brother and sister in the Philippines invented a lamp that runs entirely on metal and salt water.

It’s so simple, but kind of genius.

How do you light your home when you don’t have electricity, and you can’t afford gas?

You use this.

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Photo by SALt/Facebook.

It’s an ordinary handheld lamp, with one big difference: It requires no fuel.

Instead, it’s powered by a few strips of metal. And salt water.

The lamp was designed by brother-sister team Raphael and Aisa Mijeno.

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Aisa and Raphael Mijeno with the oversized check they received for winning the IdeaSpace Philippines start-up competition. Photo by SALt/Facebook.

The Mijenos live in the Philippines, where many rural communities don’t have access to electricity.

When Aisa embedded with one such community while working for Greenpeace, she realized there was a major problem that needed solving:

Living without electricity forces residents to use kerosene-powered lanterns as their primary light source. But acquiring kerosene can be a huge challenge if you don’t have access to transportation, as many in those communities don’t.

“What the people do is, they walk for 12 hours just to buy a bottle of kerosene,” Raphael told Upworthy. “And that’s good for two days.”

Salt water, however, is as cheap and plentiful.

“In the Philippines, even in [low-income households], you will surely find three things: water, rice, and salt,” said Raphael.

The lamp can run for eight hours at a time on one glass of water and two teaspoons of salt.

Two different types of metal are submerged in the salt water. This throws off excess electrons, which then travel from one metal to the other via a wire, producing electricity that powers the LEDs.

According to Raphael and Aisa’s company Sustainable Alternative Lighting (SALt), unlike kerosene lanterns, the salt water lamps are not a fire hazard and can safely be set up inside the home.

The lanterns are also versatile. People living in inland villages can use homemade saline solution to power the lamps. Those in coastal communities can simply use ocean water.

They even contain a USB port that you can use to charge your smartphone.

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The electrode rods in the lamps have to be replaced roughly twice a year, but the Mijenos expect that to prove more convenient and cost-effective for families in rural areas than buying gas for a traditional fuel lamp.

Raphael says the lamps are generating lots of interest around Southeast Asia and India.

SALt has big goals. Aisa and Raphael hope to eventually build a salt-water-powered generator that can power a whole house.

After that, perhaps a salt water power plant.

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Not a salt water power plant. Photo by Wknight94/Wikimedia Commons.

According to Raphael, they’re already getting major support from start-up incubators across East Asia, as well as grants from organizations like USAID.

“We’re looking to get the final prototype out before the year ends,” Raphael told Upworthy.

If they do, thousands in the Philippines, and potentially around the world, could benefit tremendously.

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Source: Upworthy

The Most Adorable and Awesome Sci-Fi Love Story Ever: The One-Minute Time Machine [Video]

Every time the beautiful Regina rejects his advances, James pushes a red button and tries again, all the while unaware of the reality and consequences of his actions. Directed by Devon Avery. Selected for the Sploid Short Film Festival, a celebration of coolest short films and the filmmakers that make them.

Credits: Sploid Via: Geeks Are Sexy

Man Noticed This Abandoned Hangar. What’s Inside Caught Him By Surprise

Urban explorer and photographer Ralph Mirebs found something very rare; a find unlike anything we’ve seen before. While venturing around  Kazakhstan, Ralph came across an enormous abandoned building.

At first, the building looked similar to a large airport hangar but much larger. After breaking into it, he realized that this was a very special building with two of the most historical items in the world!

Scroll down to see these spectacular images for yourself.

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The abandoned hangar is located at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Cosmodrome is miles away and still in operation today. Because the NASA Space Program was recently shut down, this is the only area that astronauts can make their way up to the International Space Station via Russian Soyuz space shuttles.

This hangar in particular is from a previous time when the Russians and the Americans were competing in a race for space exploration.

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The hangar was erected in 1974 for the Buran Space Shuttle Program where technology and design would fuse to create some of the most incredible exploration vessels ever conceived. The Buran Shuttle Program was halted in 1988 but the hangar was operational until 1993 and was the home to three of the most advanced pieces of technology of their time.

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The collapse of the Soviet Union caused the demise of this facility in 1993. Sadly, only one shuttle of three ever partook in a mission. The shuttle completed one unmanned orbit before it was grounded and destroyed in a different hangar that collapsed on top of it.

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There are two shuttles from the Buran Space Program left and they sit in idle, turning into historic relics, within a forgotten and abandoned building located in Kazakhstan.

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The facility was an incredibly advanced building with atmospheric pressure control systems in place to keep dust and debris outside of its thick walls. Those systems have been turned off and now nature is slowly reclaiming this incredibly massive place.

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The shuttles are being covered with dust and bird droppings more and more every day. The ceramic tiles that wrap the shuttles are starting to fall off and shatter on the floor below. It’s only a matter of time before these two pieces of space exploration history are gone forever.

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Surprisingly only a few windows have been broken out but there is not much damage at all from vandals, which is a very rare sight when it comes to almost anything abandoned these days. It’s a good thing that urban explorers live by the motto, “Leave only footprints, take only photographs.”

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These two shuttles never made it to launch. One shuttle was actually a mock-up shuttle that was used to test fit everything that would be used to build the two fully functioning shuttles. Of those two shuttles, only one made it to launch for an un-manned orbit. It was grounded soon after and destroyed when the hangar it was being stored in collapsed.

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The facility used to build these shuttles is absolutely massive. We can’t imagine how massive this would be standing on the floor looking up. Isn’t it strange that there is an abandoned relic, completely forgotten about, that contains vehicles our civilization used to travel through space?

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The yellow platforms show the sheer size of this facility. They are on pneumatic rollers that can move around the shuttles and platforms in unison in order to work on them. You would think that all of this would be highly sought after and extremely valuable.

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The paint is starting to peel and the walls are starting to rust now that the climate control systems are dead. It’s only a matter of time before this entire building crumbles to the ground, crushing two iconic pieces of history.

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It looks as if the working shuttle was just about ready for its maiden voyage before it was grounded during the fall of the Soviet Union. With the Russian Space Program still in full effect, it surprises us that these can be left abandoned.

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But what a sight to see. Can you imagine walking into an abandoned building not fully knowing what to expect when you enter? We think that two full space shuttles sitting completely lifeless would be quite a shock.

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Some of the ceramic tiles have fallen off but for the most part these shuttles are in great shape. They’re just covered in years and years of dust and bird droppings.

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This is the nose of the operational prototype shuttle while the shuttle sitting in the front of the building is the test mock-up shuttle.

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They are still surrounded by the working platforms which are still in excellent condition. The paint has just started to peel which means the deterioration process has just been expedited.

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This is the type of thing you would expect to see in a James Bond movie but never in real life.

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Seeing it in this state is bittersweet and actually very beautiful. These images are somewhat surreal.

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Imagine seeing this place in its heyday. Russian scientists and engineers racing to press into the future of space exploration to discover the unknown and make history! It must have been spectacular.

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The holes on the front of the nose cone are actually thrusters that would be used to slightly steer the shuttle as it is in space. The ceramic tiles that cover the shuttle were used to protect the shell from the insane temperatures that the shuttle would be exposed to.

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The small round opening on the side of the shuttle is the entry hatch leading the Russian astronauts into the cockpit.

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From this facility, the shuttles would have been transported to the launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome which is quite a few miles away. The Cosmodrome is still used today. In fact, American astronauts head to the International Space Station from this location.

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At the time the computer power of this shuttle was less than that of the cell phone in your hand. You would have to be a seriously brave person to take on a challenge like that.

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The cockpit of the shuttle has been stripped of some of its equipment but most of it is still there.

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The amount of equipment that is systematically placed throughout the fuselage is impressive!

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The best part is that it’s all still there and photographer Ralph Mirebs was able to capture it all.

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It looks like someone had a party in here at one point. Our guess is it was a few employees who found out their most impressive project was just canned.

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The hatch and pressure control systems look like they would turn right on and start working immediately.

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There is so much to salvage here. This door leads into the back half of the fuselage where satellites or other space equipment would be stored and launched into the sky.

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Inside you can see air tanks as well as the giant hatch above that would open allowing space astronauts to release their equipment into orbit.

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Being sealed off from the elements outside, the interior is relatively dust free and in amazing shape.

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Past the rear storage compartment is a huge equipment room.

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The other shuttle contains something inside that we can’t really tell whether that’s a satellite or not.

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Credits: www.whydontyoutrythis.com, Reddit, Ralph Mirebs, Slip Talk

Optimistic People All Have One Thing In Common: They’re Always Late

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I woke up at 6 am this morning, three hours before I’m supposed to be in the office, and was still 10 minutes late to work.

This is pretty standard for me. I’m almost always a few minutes late. I don’t mean anything by it, and I certainly don’t think I deserve a different set of rules than everyone else — it’s just the way I am.

I wake up early and try to fill the time before I leave for the office with as many activities as possible: a short workout, breakfast, catching up on the news, daydreaming while struggling to put my socks on, etc.

I’ll look at the clock and think, “Oh, I still have plenty of time.” One or two tasks later, I’ve only got 40 minutes to get to work and a 45 minute commute.

This has been the case with every single job I’ve ever had and is typically true when it comes to social meetings as well. I’m habitually unpunctual, and apparently I’m not alone.

As management consultant Diana DeLonzor states:

Most late people have been late all their life, and they are late for every type of activity — good or bad.

Surprisingly little scientific research has been done on tardiness, but some experts subscribe to the theory that certain people are hardwired to be late and that part of the problem may be embedded deep in the lobes of the brain.

So if you’re chronically late, I feel for you and sympathize with the onslaught of criticism you likely receive on a consistent basis.

I know you’re not a lazy, unproductive, inconsiderate or entitled person. I know you’re not attempting to insult anyone by your tardiness.

Your lateness is simply a consequence of your psychology and personality — nothing more, nothing less.

With that said, while those of us who are continuously tardy should work to overcome this trait, there are also hidden benefits.

Chronically late people aren’t hopeless, they’re hopeful.

People who are continuously late are actually just more optimistic. They believe they can fit more tasks into a limited amount of time more than other people and thrive when they’re multitasking. Simply put, they’re fundamentally hopeful.

While this makes them unrealistic and bad at estimating time, it also pays off in the long-run in other ways.

Researchers have found optimism has a myriad of physical health benefits, from reducing stress and diminishing the risk of cardiovascular disease to strengthening your immune system.

Indeed, happiness and positivity have been linked to a longer life in general.

Maintaining a positive outlook is also vital to achieving personal success. Research shows happiness increases overall productivity, creativity and teamwork in the workplace.

All of this makes a great deal of sense, as a study conducted at San Diego State University has also connected lateness with Type B personalities, or people who tend to be more laid-back and easygoing.

In other words, people who are habitually late don’t sweat over the small stuff, they concentrate on the big picture and see the future as full of infinite possibilities.

Time is relative, learn to live in the moment.

We should also note punctuality is a relative concept. Time and lateness mean different things in different cultures and contexts.

In the United States, we often interpret lateness as an insult or a sign of a poor work ethic.

When people are late, it’s assumed they feel their time is more important or valuable. Americans believe time is money and money is time.

But if you head over to Europe, it’s almost as if the notion of time magically mutates each time you enter a new country.

In Germany, the land of perpetual efficiency, punctuality is of the utmost importance.

When Russian President Vladimir Putin was late to a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for example, she left because that’s how Germans roll.

If you venture over to Spain, however, you’ll find time has taken a completely different character. The Spanish run by their own clock and are famous for eating dinner at 10 pm.

Sail on down to Latin America, and you’ll discover punctuality bears little to no importance.

The point here being, we all do things our own way.

It’s fair to contend unpunctuality is bad for economic growth and that schedules are vital to maintaining efficiency.

But when we look at the fact Americans work extensive hours yet exhibit low levels of productivity, this argument feels somewhat empty and void.

As both societies and individuals, we all need to find the healthy balance between punctuality and lateness. Schedules are important, but breaking them isn’t the end of the world.

People with a tendency for tardiness like to stop and smell the roses, and those with a propensity for punctuality could learn a thing or two from them (and vice versa).

Life was never meant to be planned down to the last detail. Remaining excessively attached to timetables signifies an inability to enjoy the moment.

Living in the present is vital to our sanity. Sometimes it’s much more beneficial to go with the flow.

We can’t spend all of our time dwelling on the past or dreaming of the future, or we end up missing out on the wonderful things occurring around us.

 

Credits: John Haltiwanger, Elite Daily

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