Why tomatoes have no taste anymore

It felt just right. Delicious looking is the warm red skin and the scent of tomato tickles my nose. I rest my finger and press it gently. Yes, it feels just right. Not too hard, not too mushy. When I was young, I used to bite a whole in the tomato and then suck the liquid and pulp out. I might still do but you will never know for I would not admit it. So I took the initial bite. Dug the whole that shall lead me to the source. To the sweet, sour, tomatoey insides that smelled and felt just right. I tasted nothing. I felt that I was… Read More

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5 Valentine Survival Ideas For Singles

About 50.2 percent are Single About 50 percent of adults in the US are Single. If you are reading this you are probably one of them. Being alone on February 14th does not have to be a catastrophe, just like on any other day, as long as you do not believe that you can only find happiness in a relationship. If you focus on the negatives you will lose awareness of the positive sides of being Single. Consider what you have achieved in your life, for which friends and acquaintances or family members you are grateful. Best V-day Survival Tips for Singles 1. Turn it around If you hate being Single… Read More

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7 Secrets of People Who Don’t Get Sick

It is the time of the year again. But there are those people who never seem to get sick. What is their “secret”? 7 Tips to Stay Healthy 1. Help your mucous membranes This time of the year is challenging for our mucous membranes. Irritated by cold and dry air, it is easier for germs to penetrate. Cigarettes smoke and alcohol pose additional stresses. Ideally, you have at least two alcohol-free days per week and enjoy your drinks in moderation on the other days. A humidifier can help to enhance the air quality during the cold time of the year.  2. Hygiene Wash your hands regularly with water and soap.… Read More

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How To Uncover Fake News

Fake news has become a big problem. Made up news, most often with the intention of stirring up drama and emotions or even hatred, are not only found on the spam and populism friendly sites Facebook and Twitter. Picture Credit: bbc.com Maybe two months ago, I found an article in my LinkedIn feed that claimed President Obama said he would not vacate the office in the case that Trump wins the election. The fake news article had about 1200 “likes” at the point when I saw it. REALLY? The German magazine Spiegel reported today that they started an investigation against a woman for making up a story about the rape… Read More

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Facebook – Woman Facing Jail Time For Ceviche

Hate speech and trolls on Facebook Facebook is for many, including myself, a synonym for negativity. Mark Zuckerberg and other top managers have just been sued by Germany for their refusal to delete illegal content. Even if users or victims report hate speech several times, Facebook refuses to remove the content from its site. Therefore, it is even more surprising that recently a Swedish cancer awareness video has been pulled off the site for portraying an offensive image that you see below. Click on the link to read the full article in the New York Times. Really? Calling for the murder of a politician = ok. Comic-style boob picture =… Read More

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Respect, Beyoncé, Respect!

Beyoncé takes a stand V.MA. 2016 I find stardom boring so that I never watch the Emmies, Grammies, and Bammies. I did not even install my TV-box. I wanted to send it back, but Comcast told me I´ll have to pay $ 20 more per month if I return it. Yeah, I guess that makes sense. In any way, I´m not up to date with Hollywood and star news. Beyoncé has been around for a long time. My impression of her was always that she is stunningly beautiful, talented and probably a hard worker. Oh, and a great dancer. The music is not bad – just not my style. In 2008,… Read More

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Apple iPhones To Solve Their Own Theft?

A nightmare for thieves and data protectionists alike? Apple has applied for another patent on August 26 (see it HERE) that would allow them to capture information about a user as soon as they suspect unauthorized use. The patent “Biometric Capture for unauthorized User Identification” might allow your phone to solve its own theft. Information that could be collected, uploaded to a server and used to identify the unauthorized user: Fingerprints Pictures Videos Heart rate and data from the motion sensor Apparently, the current user would not be alarmed. I suspect that you would notice that your battery life seems shorter and that the temperature of the phone goes up… Read More

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Women In Trees – A Mystery?

Tickling your phantasy I came across a photo series today, published in the German magazine “Stern”. Of women in trees (in Germany). Yes, women in trees. Picture: Jochen Raiß The pictures below are part of a photo book by Jochen Raiß with over 100 pictures (Publisher: Hatje Cantz Verlag). As the Stern article explains: When Jochen Raiß found the first woman in a tree he thought it was merely a coincidence. A random shot. He loved going to flea markets and to his surprise he found more pictures of women in trees. After 25 years he had collected over 100. They date from 1920 – 1950. Now, can you imagine how many… Read More

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8 Steps To Reduce Your Plastic Waste

Plastic waste pollutes our seas, ends up in the bellies of fishes (who often die a terrible death) and therefore later on our plates. That is only one example of the impact of plastic waste on our environment. We as consumers have the power. Our behavior as consumers makes a difference. It´s not even hard. Sustainability – Reducing Plastic Waste in 8 Steps Step 1 – Unboxing Unboxing means that you remove unnecessary plastic wraps and packing right in the store. The store will take them back. If enough people show that they do not appreciate unnecessary plastic packaging, stores will at one point re-think which kind of products they… Read More

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Movie Tip: Food Chains

Or: Story of Greed and Abuse More and more for less and less. Farm workers pay the price for the food industry wars. The film “Food Chains” reveals methods of modern slavery – and the small successes of activists in their war against slavery and abuse. The movie features Eva Longoria and producer of “Food Inc” and “Fast Food Nation” Eric Schlosser.  This true and thrilling story shows how a small group of workers achieves a small success in fighting corporate greed. Immokalee, Florida: The farm worker tells it like it is:  “You are poor because you make somebody else rich.” Lucas Benitez is fighting for the human rights of… Read More

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