Catacombe dei Cappuccini. Palermo, Sicily, Southern Italy.
HOW THE MOKIN CHILDREN ARE ABLE TO SEE WITH AMAZING CLARITY UNDERWATER
The Mokin are a group in Thailand that are nomadic and have a sea-based culture.
In the sea there is less light, so usually one’s iris will dilate. But the Mokin have an adaption where instead of dilating, they constrict as much as possible.
This allows them to see with much better clarity. Recent studies suggest that any child can quickly learn this trick. It exemplifies how well our brain adapts to our environment.
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Grand Paradi Towers - Serial Suicides
- Macabre Places
- Built in 1975 and opened the following year the Grand Paradi Tower apartments was considered to be one of Mumbai’s most desired addresses. The building is the home of many successful business families, diamond dealers and anyone else who can afford the quite substantial price tag. With stunning views of the city, and those living there linked to wealth and social status, the buildings are only marred by one thing – the fact that so many suicides have taken place there.
A large number of these are single events – a girl whose family would not accept the boy she loved due to his lower social standing, jumped to her death. A maid, unhappy with her position in life also jumped. An employee of a brewery company also jumped to his death.
And these are far from being the only ones, with dozens of people having jumped to their deaths from the towers since they were constructed.
However, it is the suicides of the Dalal family that is considered to be the most mysterious. Although the facts of this sequence of deaths are well known, it is these suicides that led many to believe there was something strange at play here.
On June 14, 1998, Vasadeo and Tara Dalal jumped from their eighth floor balcony, ending their lives. It did not take long to discover the reason why this elderly couple jumped, as they left behind a note. The note contained details of how they were fed up with their son and daughter-in-law harassing and abusing them.
The son, Balkrishna, and daughter, Sonal, were put up on charges of abetment to suicide.
The court case was quite drawn out, but was finally to reach resolution seven years later in 2005. However on the day of the verdict, the accused, who had not missed a day of the trial, were not present. At 6:20am that morning Balkrishna and Sonal Dalal jumped from the balcony of that same eighth floor apartment, ending their own lives for fear of being found guilty and convicted.
They did not jump alone as their 19 year old daughter also went with them, the three holding hands as they stepped into eternity.
Three generations of the Dalal family took their lives into their own hands, ending them over a short period of time, all from the one balcony.
It was this series of deaths that caused many of the occupants of the Grand Paradi Towers to believe there was something negative, something supernatural going on at the towers. Could it be that some force was at play causing all these fatal jumps to take place?
Although some believed it is just an unfortunate series of events, others say they have had encounters of a paranormal kind that helps give credence to to the paranormal hypothesis.
Strange encounters have been reported in the halls of the Grand Paradi. Visions of people appearing and disappearing, unexplained voices and sounds, and of course the widely reported feeling of foreboding, especially on the eighth floor of the ‘B’ wing.
A series of prayer rituals were carried out to settle the restless spirits thought to still linger in the towers, and since taking place the supernatural activity has ceased. However no one has moved into the Dalal’s apartment, and it still sits empty.
There is one final question. If there was something unnatural causing these people to jump, then where did it come from?
That question too may have been answered by a theory put forward by investigators looking into the paranormal side of these events. Out the back of the towers is a forest, ancient land, and in this forest is what is known as a ‘Tower of Silence’.
These short towers are used by the Parsi Zoroastrians as a place for the dead. The top of the tower is flattened and surrounded by a low wall. This upper level is divided into three concentric rings into which the deceased are placed – Men in the outer ring, women in the middle and children in the centre. It is here the bodies are laid to allow scavenging birds to devour them while the sun helps speed up the other processes.
The reason for this is that in the Zoroastrian religion it is believed that the dead body is unclean, that a corpse demon will enter the bodily remains and contaminate it, and everything in contact with it. It is by allowing the birds to devour the body (and they can do so in minutes) that putrefaction will not take place, thus halting the demon in its activity.
Also, with the final wish of the dead to be devoured by the birds it is one final act of charity to nature. Once the bones are picked clean they are placed in the central part of the tower, to finally break down.
It has been suggested that it is the close proximity (not even two hundred meters) of a nearby ‘Tower of Silence’ to the Grand Paradi Towers that is the cause for the high number of suicides, and the strange activity that was once reported there. That these ‘corpse demons’, unable to taint the remains of the dead, instead took delight in breaking the living.
Ashley Hall 2013
Photos: Grand Paradi Towers.
Inset left: A view looking up from the outside.
Inset right: Entrancs way to a Tower of Silence.
Like all living things, humans are bioluminescent (meaning we glow) – We glow brightest during the afternoon. - weird, interesting & funny facts
i’ve been staring at this for like 5 minutes. so.. what. i don’t think people glow. but this is telling me that we actually emit visible light.. especially in the afternoon?? am i reading this right or what
"all living things" plants. when do the plants glow
science side of tumblr pls
I’m not from the science side of tumblr, but here’s the answer anyways:
Basically, all living things are bioluminescent because every living thing has chemical reactions occurring in their cells. The energy created from these chemical reactions physically manifests as light, thus… all living things naturally glow.
However, this glow cannot be seen by the human eye. In fact, the only way they’ve ever captured this light is through special cameras. Using these ultra special cameras, they’ve imaged subjects’ bodies over 24 hour periods. It has been found out that humans emit the most of this glow during the afternoon (about 4 PM), it is the weakest in the morning (about 10 AM), and the brightest light is emitted from the cheeks, neck, and forehead.
The light is about a thousand times weaker than what humans can perceive.
Basically, it’s a side effect of metabolic reactions. It’s been suspected that humans are bioluminescent for years, but they weren’t able to confirm it until recently thanks to technology and a man named Masaki Kobayashi from the Tohoku Institute of Technology.
10/10 time to answer
you are now offiicially from the science side of tumblr.
and thank you
What is Bipolar Disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a common and disabling psychiatric illness. It often misdiagnosed particularly in patients presenting with depressive episodes. Clinicians need to consider this diagnosis in all patients presenting with depressive symptoms since up to 20% of patients with unipolar depression will go on to develop a bipolar disorder. Even celebrities like Catherine Zeta-Jones have publicly spoken about having the illness so as to encourage others to seek help. The treatment of bipolar disorder can be challenging even though the treatment armamentarium is extensive particularly for manic and mixed episodes. Most patients will need a combination of medications along with adjunctive proven psychotherapies for optimal outcomes. Long term often lifelong maintenance treatment is indicated for most patients with this illness.
yeah except i would like to change “most patients” (above) to “all patients”
if you’re bipolar you need both meds and therapy and if you tell yourself otherwise you are lying to yourself
this website SAVED MY BRAIN when i was a stressed out college student who couldn’t stop flipping out long enough to prioritize. quite a few of you are still suffering through college so i hope this helps you too!! c:
reblogging this like the wind and god bless the person who made this
i know how to do the calculation longhand or at least i used to, but hearing it from someone else always silences my irritating voice of anxiety a little better so hopefully some other people can appreciate that effect too
Ever want to binge watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe but want to do it in chronological order? Here you go:
Captain America: The First Avenger
Agent Carter - Marvel One-Shot
Iron Man 2
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