Eyelashes freeze, frostbite is a constant danger and cars are usually kept running even when not being used, lest their batteries die in temperatures that average minus 50 degrees Celcius in the winter, according to news reports.
This is Oymyakon, a settlement of some 500 people in Russia's Yakutia region, that has earned the reputation as the coldest permanently occupied human settlement in the world.
It is not a reputation that has been won easily. Earlier this week, a cold snap sent temperatures plunging toward record lows.
The town's official measurement recorded the temperature at minus 59 degrees this week, though a new digital thermometer installed in town for all to see, part of the town's reputation for frigid temperatures, broke as it registered minus 62 degrees on Sunday. According to the Siberian Times, some residents' own measurements had shown the temperature below minus 66 degrees, approaching a former record from the 1930s.
The village recorded an all-time low of minus 72 degrees in 2013.
Though schools in the area remain open as temperatures dip into the minus-40s, they were closed on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
Dark 21 hours a day in the winter, the town has been an object of international curiosity as its reputation for fearsome cold and the resilient residents who withstand it year after year, has grown.
Amos Chapple, a photojournalist from New Zealand, travelled to the region in 2015 to capture the subzero way of life. The village is remote, located closer to the Arctic Circle than to the nearest major city, some 800 kilometres away, and Chapple described an arduous trip to get there. After a seven-hour flight from Moscow, some 5300 kilometres away, he took a van to a nearby petrol station and then hitched a ride to the village after two days waiting in a shack and living off reindeer soup.
"After the first couple of days I was physically wrecked just from strolling around the streets for a few hours," he said.
The harsh cold climate permeates nearly every aspect of existence for the people who live in the area. The winter diet is mostly meat-based, sometimes eaten raw or frozen, due to the inability to grow crops in the frigid temperatures. Some regional specialties include: stroganina, which is raw, long-sliced frozen fish; reindeer meat; raw, frozen horse liver, and ice cubes of horse blood with macaroni, according to news reports.
"Yakutians love the cold food, the frozen raw Arctic fish, white salmon, whitefish, frozen raw horse liver, but they are considered to be delicacies," local Bolot Bochkarev told the Weather Channel. "In daily life, we like eating the soup with meat. The meat is a must. It helps our health much."
Video taken during the cold snap showed a market, open for business on the snowy tundra, frozen fish standing rigidly upright in buckets and boxes, no refrigeration needed. Customers in heavy winter clothing walked by, one with a child in tow. The narrator said it was minus 48 degrees.
"Here is the treasure," the video's narrator said of the whitefish used to make stroganina. He admitted he was getting a bit cold shooting the video.
"While filming the trading rows my hands froze to wild pain. And sellers stand here all day long. How do they warm themselves?" he said, according to the Siberian Times.
The village was once a stopover in the 1920s and '30s for reindeer herders who would water their flocks at a thermal spring that didn't freeze. Bathrooms are mostly outhouses; the ground is too frozen for pipes. According to the Weather Channel, the ground has to be warmed with a bonfire to break into, such as for digging a grave.
According to the Siberian Times, two men died after their car stalled and they had set out on foot during the cold streak. The group, a horse breeder and four friends, had gone to check on some animals near the river.
The press office for the region's governor said that all households and businesses have central heating and backup power generators, according to the Associated Press.
After his trip, Chapple said it was not easy doing man-on-the-street interviews in a place that was so cold, as people outside rushed quickly from one warm place to another. Alcoholism is believed to be an issue in the area, Chapple told reporters. Depending on how cold the weather dips, people often trade off 20-minute shifts when doing work outside, according to news reports.
Chapple said saliva would freeze into "needles that would prick my lips." Shooting was no easier - his camera would constantly get too cold to shoot, he said. The steam escaping his mouth would "swirl around like cigar smoke" he told Wired, so he'd have to hold his breath so it didn't cloud the frame. He told Wired that he shot one photo without his gloves only to find his thumb partially frozen.
The town wears its reputation on its sleeve: "The pole of the cold," one sign says.
Αναρτήθηκε: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 2:04 PM
Ssemanda, a food vendor from the town of Katabi, in Uganda’s Wakiso district, caused quite a shock when he showed up at the local parish with three women, all wearing white wedding gowns. He told reporters on the scene that his wives all know that he isn’t doing very well financially, but they all agreed to marry him out of love. The 50-year-old added that the women aren’t jealous of each other and know that he will work very hard to support them.
“My wives are not jealous against each other. Good enough, each has got a home and I promise to work harder and support them,” the man said, adding that he opted for a single wedding ceremony because he just couldn’t afford to pay for three weddings.
His brides, 48-year-old Salmat Naluwugge, 27-year-old Jameo Nakayiza and Mastulah Namwanje, 24, were all overjoyed during the ceremony and seemed to enjoy all the attention. Interestingly, Naluwagge has already been married to Mohammed for the last 20 years, so this was just a renewal of their marriage. The couple have five children together. If you couldn’t tell from the photo, the other two women are actually sisters, and also have children of their own.
Asked how she feels about the 3-in-1 wedding, Salmat Naluwugge told Uganda Vision: “I thank our husband for marrying us all at once; it is a sign that he will not discriminate or take sides with any of us.”
Poligamy is frowned upon even in most Muslim countries, with many believing that it is only acceptable for the sake of widows and orphans with no means to support themselves, so Mohammed Ssemanda has drawn some criticism. However, there were also those who applauded his idea for the simple reason that it saved money.
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Sakyrah Morris’ grandmother died when she was in high school, but the woman held on to an old voicemail from her and recently transformed it into a tattoo using technology from Skin Motion.
A video of her tattoo posted to Twitter has gone viral.
“My grandma passed away my junior year of high school. A month before she passed, she left me a voicemail wishing me happy birthday. Today I got that exact waveform tattooed across my heart, and I am able to play it just by holding my camera over it,” she explained.
My grandma passed away my junior year of high school. A month before she passed, she left me a voicemail wishing me happy birthday. Today I got that exact waveform tattooed across my heart, and I am able to play it just by holding my camera over it❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/nwoQ2Bn1DM— ✨s.o.s. (@sakyrahhh) 3 Ιανουαρίου 2018
The video has been viewed 5.96 million times, with many users commenting how touched they were by the gesture.
She also thanked her grandmother in a later social media post.
“I just want to take this time to thank my grandma. My everything. Words can’t explain how much I miss her. Every blessing that is being sent my way right now is because of her. I know that she orchestrated all of this for me. I will do nothing but continue to make her proud,” she wrote.
I just want to take this time to thank my grandma. My everything. Words can’t explain how much I miss her. Every blessing that is being sent my way right now is because of her. I know that she orchestrated all of this for me. I will do nothing but continue to make her proud❤️😇 pic.twitter.com/SfMx2f7WHP— ✨s.o.s. (@sakyrahhh) 4 Ιανουαρίου 2018
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Owen Hill Davie suffers from two rare genetic conditions which requires around the clock care. It is difficult for him to play with toys, but brightly coloured Christmas cards make him laugh and smile.
His family, who lives in Delta B.C., posted on Facebook asking friends to spread a little Christmas cheer by sending Davie a card.
"It's overwhelming, but it's overwhelming in a good way,” said his mother Stephanie Hill Davie to CTV News.
Stephanie said he loves the musical cards because they surprise him and he loves textured cards.
"But mostly he really loves being read to,” she said.
Cards came from all over North America and as far as Russia, Germany, Ireland and Australia.
Each day he received almost 200 cards and some were even dropped off in person. A local Save-On-Foods set up a mailbox for customers to drop cards off.
"Every card is special. Every card has a unique story and a different reason of why we love it," Stephanie said.
Owen is diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome and Kabuki syndrome. He cannot sit up or eat by himself and it prevents him from doing things other children can.
Cards to Owen can be sent to the following address:
Owen Hill Davie
Αναρτήθηκε: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 1:59 PM
The successful Santa Run in Chania that was due to be held on Saturday was postponed till Tuesday due to adverse weather condition in Crete.
The Santa Run Chania is a festive, charitable organization that raises money for ill children. As the official website says, “In our Santa Run we are all winners because we offer aid to children in need.”
The Santa Run Chania is a distance of around 3,5 km through the historic and commercial center of Chania.
The money raised will be offered to four institutions for children with health problems: ELEPAP, KIFAAMEA, KIFAP and Orizontas.
Santa Run was started in Chania by a group of friends which turned into a volunteer group and eventually became a pioneering event in Greece.
This will be the seventh year that the Santa Run is taking place in Chania. Up to now, the charity organization has raised 320.000 Euros for the four institutions. This year, they hope to raise 100.000 Euros for the children in need.
The Santa Run Chania is sponsored by many companies with Cretan roots, among them, Ecos, a Greek-American company that makes environment-friendly cleaning products that are safer for people, animals and the planet.
This year, Ecos celebrates 50 years of continuous contribution to the well-being of man and the environment, Since 1967, it remains a family business that has never compromised its mission statement to make eco-friendly cleaning products.
ECOS products are certified and awarded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the coveted Safer Choice as the top choice in the field of efficacy and safety of cleaning products.
Αναρτήθηκε: Sunday, December 24, 2017 3:41 PM
He doesn’t look much at his age, says the journalist who visits him.
He built his own gym at his backyard.
The woman, known only as Ms. Xu, told doctors that her eyes had been red and itchy for around two years, but that she just simply got used to their condition and relied on over-the-counter eye drops to alleviate the symptoms, instead of seeing an ophthalmologist. It was only when the problem got so bad that her eyelashes and eyelids started getting stuck together that she finally decided it was time to get some professional help.
While examining the woman’s eyelashes, doctors were shocked to find that they were infected with mites. According to Chinese media, the woman’s eyelashes were home to over 100 mites, with some hair follicles harboring colonies of 10 eyelash parasites. Obviously, they were curious about how all those mites ended up on the woman’s lashes, but even though they suspected it might of had something to do with a lack of hygiene, they weren’t ready for her answer. The woman said that she hadn’t washed her pillow curtain in the last 4 – 5 years.
Ms. Xu was diagnosed with blepharitis and conjunctivitis, inflammation of the base of the eyelashes and of the eye, but she reportedly made a full recovery after receiving treatment at the hospital in Wuhan.
So, yeah, unless you want mites in your eyelashes, try to wash your pillow case at least once a year :).
A picture posted to Twitter from NASA astronaut Mar. T. Vande Hei shows five of the six current occupants of the station gathered around a screen, watching what appears to be a scene from the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise.
Although Vande Hei doesn't specify that the movie is The Last Jedi, space.com pointed out that the image on the screen appears to show X-wing pilot Poe Dameron, played by the actor Oscar Isaac. Isaac played the same role in The Force Awakens, but we're pretty sure this is a scene from the newest film.
Space Station movie night, complete with “bungee cord chairs”, drink bags, and a science fiction flick! pic.twitter.com/IPZ2thI8rw— Mark T. Vande Hei (@Astro_Sabot) 24 Δεκεμβρίου 2017
NASA previously said the Space Station crew would be able to screen the new film using a laptop or a projector already aboard. Usually, the crew obtains films as digital files.
"They typically get movies as digital files and can play them back on a laptop or a standard projector that is currently aboard," NASA's Dan Huot told Mashable on Dec. 13. The Last Jedi opened in theaters on Dec. 15.
Watching films onboard the ISS is part of regular life aboard the orbiting laboratory. The Space Station has a digital library of films, including space-based sci-fi like Aliens and Gravity.
Astronaut Scott Kelly, who spent a year aboard the ISS beginning in 2015, revealed more about what movie night is like in a zero gravity environment during his extended stay in orbit.
Uber driver accused of raping and murdering British diplomat in Beirut told cops he killed her for 'wearing a short skirt'
An Uber driver accused of raping and murdering a British diplomat told police he targeted her because she was wearing a short skirt, it has been reported.
Tarek Hawchieh has been named as the man suspected of killing 30-year-old Rebecca Dykes in Beirut, and a horrifying Facebook video shows him taking part in a sex act with a fish.
The murder suspect is also photoed smiling as he poses with an assault rifle.
Ms Dykes, who worked at the British Embassy in the Lebanese capital, is believed to have been strangled after being picked up from a bar, where she had met with friends.
Her body was found by police dumped at the side of the road, and the 29-year-old driver was identified using tracking information from his car.
A Lebanese police source told MailOnline: "He said he found her pretty, wearing a short skirt…and so he decided to rape her as it would be easy as she was a foreigner."
'I'm lower than an animal': Uber driver's 'words during confession to killing British diplomat, 30, in Beirut'
Images on the suspect's Facebook page include shots of him holding a Kalashnikov weapon in 2014, and he is also pictured pouring himself what appears to be vodka.
Lebanon's interior minister this week said the Uber driver had served time in prison, and accused the company of not checking criminal records of its drivers.
Minister Nohad Machnouk said the driver had three priors on his judicial record involving drugs and had been imprisoned on that basis.
"This company, when it hires drivers, and lets them work within its organisation, does not check their priors", he said at a news conference.
An Uber spokesperson said all drivers the company uses in Lebanon are fully licensed by the government and must have a clear judicial record.
The spokesperson said a copy of the driver's judicial record published by local media, showing no judgments against the driver, was accurate.
Uber confirmed in an email that he was a licensed taxi driver with a clean background check.
Ms Dykes' family said they are "grateful that the investigation is moving at pace" and thanked the authorities for acting "quickly and thoroughly".
"Becky was genuine, generous, and loving, as anyone who knew her would agree. She was intelligent, ambitious, and dedicated to her work," they said.
"Becky had a love of travelling, and was passionate about helping people.
"She always wanted to make the world a better place - her humanitarian work in Beirut was testament to that."
A quick Google search of “Christmas in North Korea” brings up very little actual concrete information.
From US tabloids branding Kim Jong-un the “Grinch who stole Christmas” to a veritable plethora of Christmas jumpers which feature predictable puns that incorporate Christmas and nuclear weapons, it is hard to ascertain what the festive season in the world’s most secretive and isolated regime is actually like.
The short answer is that it is something of a non-event. Santa Claus may exist in the imaginations of millions of children in the West — but for those in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea he's not even a mythological figure. The North Korean government works hard to ensure information about religious holidays does not enter the so-called hermit kingdom, and its citizens subsequently remain unaware people are yanking crackers, gorging on mince pies and belting out Christmas hymns across the West.
This is because inside North Korea – a country widely deemed to be one of the most hostile and repressive towards organised religion – you can be imprisoned, tortured or ordered to death for simply celebrating Christmas.
Kang Jimin, who grew up on the ghostly grey concrete streets of the capital of Pyongyang, says he remained wholly oblivious to Christmas while living there.
“There is no Christmas in North Korea. I did not know what it was,” the 31-year-old tells The Independent. “Christmas is Jesus Christ’s birthday but North Korea is obviously a communist country so people do not know who Jesus Christ is. They do not know who God is. The Kim family is their god.”
Rather bizarrely, Christmas trees adorned with baubles and Christmas lights can be found in Pyongyang, but are there all year round and citizens are unlikely to be aware of the festive connotations they bear.
Talking to whimn.com.au, Penny says she already had a high sex drive - but would be following the doctor's advice.
And she claims the treatment actually helped to stabilise her moods.
Experts claim semen contains anti-depressants and orgasms release a rush of 'feel-good' hormones.
Penny told the website: "We don’t always have to have intercourse either, simply touching, cuddling or just fooling around and being connected can be just as great to get those feel goods."