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Fruits and vegetables have become an indispensible part of our lives. Farming and agriculture has always been the foundation of a country’s economy and therefore, fruits and vegetables hold a very important part and role in our life. The types and categories of fruits and vegetables are beyond what e can imagine, as there are various number of fruits and vegetables the names of which we are unaware of even today. Fruits are best known for the health and fitness benefits along with the delicious and tasty fruit pulp available. Vegetables are known for they very high fiber content, which is one of the foremost advisable instructions to lead and live a healthy life. Fruits and vegetables are cooked in large number of ways as there is no limit to any creation and experimentation of dishes with the amazing world of these agricultural produce. Yet, not many people know all the facts and features of fruits and vegetables. Some of them come from its birth of a long history, and there are many other vegetables and fruits which are given the name of people and places, and thus the list of facts is endless. Here is a list of the top 10 fascinating facts about fruits and vegetables which you probably have never come across before.

1. Most hated vegetable.

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Brussels sprouts have been termed as the most hated vegetable by people all across the world. The tiny cabbage looking vegetable is definitely very high in nutrient and fiber content, yet their bitter taste is the most putting off for food lovers. The bitter taste of these sprouts can be removed by boiling them and immersing them in cold water. To make them taste better, the treated sprouts can be garnished and mixed in red vinegar or lemon.

2. Iron of Spinach

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The fact that why most of the people and children in the world, including cartoon characters like Popeye look up to this vegetable is because of the high iron content Spinach contains. The story goes that spinach was chosen by Segar from a faulty study that displaced a decimal point while calculating the iron content of this vegetable. No one really knows whether this story is true or a myth, but one thing is sure that spinach is one of the healthiest leafy vegetables, most of the nutrients of which are lost while boiling and cooking.

3. Purple Carrots

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There is no proper and fully fledged evidence on the origination of purple carrots, though some believe that they were first cultivated in modern day Afghanistan and then spread to parts of Europe and Middle East. Most of us have seen and are more acquainted with orange carrots and therefore the mystery and the story behind these strangely coloured carrots still remains vague in people’s minds.

4. Designer Melons

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The watermelon first originated in South America, and spread to China and Europe between the 10th and the 13th centuries. Since this widespread distribution and demand of watermelons, farmers adopted a way of growing the watermelons in differently shaped glass boxes such as a square, pyramid and different sizes of cubes for easy storage in the refrigerator. Even today, the Densuke watermelons grown only on the Hokkaido Island has its average price set more than $250.

5. Cannibal Tomato

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The Cannibal Tomato serves its name right as a particular tomato sauce is believed to be the best to go with human flesh to eat. Fiji’s Cannibal tomato is actually an eggplant, the vegetable which looks like a tomato. The natives of Fiji claim that this tomato helps in the preparation of a nice sauce which is the perfect complement to eating human flesh.

6. Grape Plasma

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With the help of a microwave, one can turn a grape into the gas and then into the plasma state. Take a grape and slice it about 90 percent in between, just letting them stay connected by a small strip of skin. Insert the grape on a microwave rotating tray and keep it inside for about 10 seconds. After a few seconds, the moisture inside the little fruit emerges as a gas. The little charge between the two halves due to that tiny little strip will enable a steam to turn into a small electric light show, which is basically the plasma and can be contained in the grape for a longer time by placing a glass over the top of the grape.

7. Toxic Potatoes

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Potatoes can also be toxic in nature as they produce large amounts of substances called glycoalkaloids, and the most toxic of them being Solanine. This toxic poison prevents people from eating the potatoes grown on the plants. Potatoes are very carefully cultivated for this reason to reduce the poison levels within them, and most of the toxic goes and buzzes off once the potatoes are cooked, yet we are daily exposed to little amounts of it every time we deal with a potato.

8. Banana extinction

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Most banana lovers would be surprised to know about a particular banana which was extremely popular and widely distributed during the 1950’s but got wiped out. The bananas were called ‘Gros Michel’ and this type of bananas became extinct due to a fungus called the Panama Disease. The Cavendish bananas available today are very similar to the Gros Michel bananas, the only different being that Cavendish has a resistance to the Panama disease which had killed the superior quality Gros Michels.

9. Negative Calorie Celery

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Negative calorie vegetables are those which are so low in calorie that the activity of just chewing and digesting them consumes more energy than what that particular vegetable actually gives us for our body. One such vegetable is Celery which is most popularly known for helping people lose weight and calories.

10. Johnny Appleseed

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Johnny Appleseed was an actual man who roamed on the frontier of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana, going about planting 100,000 square miles with apple orchards. Growing apples during the late 1700’s and early 1800’s was a big business, and therefore Johnny used his knack and grew apple trees such as hard cider and applejack and sold them to pioneers and travelers for a few countable cents. He had more money than anyone could have thought of that time.



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Top 10 Fascinating Facts about Cookies http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/14/top-10-fascinating-facts-about-cookies/ http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/14/top-10-fascinating-facts-about-cookies/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:50:03 +0000 http://top-10-list.org/?p=49458

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Just the aroma and smell of fresh baked cookies is enough to make a way straight in your heart. The combination of butter and sugar and various other types of cookies have surely given a boost to the bakery world, as people prefer eating cookies more than any other normal bakery product. The demand for cookies has grown so tremendously that people have come up and introduced some very different and distinct types of cookies which can be eaten by people all over the world. Right from peanut butter, chocolate chips or even Oreo, cookies are not only a favourite made for children but elder people do not mind having a bite of these sugary biscuits every now and then. The sweetness and the pleasant aroma of freshly baked cookies are just enough to increase that appetite, but not many people are aware of the vast and extensive world of cookies and the large number of such biscuits available in the world. Call it legends, history or stories, cookies do have some rather very interesting facts about themselves. Here is a list of the top 10 fascinating facts about cookies that not many people in the world are aware of.

1. Girl Scout Cookies

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Little girls are found selling cookies with a handbag of cash tucked along with their belts, which actually gets unsfe for these pretty young girls. In 1975, a 9 year old girl named Marcia Trinble vanished and disappeared without any race while she was out delivering cookies in her neighborhood in Nashville, Tennessee. Her body was found a month later where evidence showed that she was sexually assaulted. The culprit was then revealed to be a 15 year old boy named Jeffrey Womack who was arrested on the base of just suspicions, until the actual killer named Jerome Barrett admitted to the crime after his DNA was tested from the crime scene. He was then sentenced to 44 years in prison.

2. Unagi Pie

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Unagi Pie hails from the Hamamatsu City of Japan, which are basically cookies made of butter, garlic and crushed eel. These delicious pies are made at the Shunkado factory, and these cookies are extremely demanded and popular in the country of Japan. The cookie is advertises as ‘a snack for nights’, yet people don’t really mind munching on these garlic cookies any time of the day.

3. The Nestle Toll House

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The dough used for cookies indeed needs to be very carefully made so that people don’t fall sick, the biggest evidence being the chocolate chip cookie dough found a the Nestle Toll House. The cookie dough was found to contain the bacterium E.coli 0157:H7, which hospitalized almost 25 people and sickened around 66 people in 28 states, but luckily no one died. Later the next year, Nestle again found a type of bacterium named Somanella in their chocolate chips due to which the trade of these cookies was stopped before they could enter the market.

4. Animal Crackers

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Nabisco’s Barnum’s Animal Crackers have introduced various shapes and sizes of different types of cookies made in the form of animals. The concept was pretty new and unique of producing tiny little animal shaped cookies, which are not only a delight to eat but also makes the tiny cookies look attractive and appealing. These cookie animals range from bears, camels, crocodiles, tigers, lions, and more. In 2001, the koala bear was a new addition made to their collection of vegan animal crackers.

5. The Fortune Cookie Miracle

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The United States Powerball in 2005 gave away lottery prizes worth $19.4 million. The shocker is that the first prize of $13.8 million was won along with four to five people getting their hands on the second prize of $100,000. Fraud was detected but an investigation revealed that the winners actually chose the selected numbers from the fortune cookies they had received which were manufactured by Wonton Food Inc. of Long Island City, NY. There was completely no fraud as none of the winners were Wonton’s employees, so people purely believe in the fortune cookie miracle.

6. Cookie Monster

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Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster is a huge hit among children and cookie lovers apart, but oddly enough the Cookie Monster does not really feed on cookies of any type. The original name of the cookie monster character was actually Sid, who made a debut with his song, ‘A cookie is a Sometimes food’, making its way in the hearts of numerous cookie lovers. Yes, but the strange fact always remains that the Cookie Monster probably eats everything but cookies.

7. The $250 Cookie Recipe

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Debbie Fields and her husband opened their exclusive cookie store in 1977, which sold some commendable and highly delicious types of cookies. The legend goes that a customer was completely taken aback with the taste of the cookies and she had asked for the recipe from Mrs. Fields. On asking, Fields replied back saying that the recipe would be given to her at two-fifty, which was accepted. But when the bill turned out, the customer was aghast to see a bill made for $250. Later, the story was debunked by the Fields and began selling cookies extensively by putting up their recipes on her website.

8. Famous Amos

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Famous Amos is an actual person who had learnt cooking from his aunt. Serving time in the Air Force and later going on to work in William Morris Agency, Amos used to make and sell some delicious homemade chocolate cookies which became a popular hit among the masses very quickly. He opened up a store in Los Angeles in 1975 called ‘Famous Amos’ where he sold some amazingly delicious cookies but ended up being a poor businessman and sold his cookie store in 1988. Amos reconstructed himself as expected and opened ‘Uncle Wally’s Muffins’ and has been on his path of success ever since.

9. Oreo and Hydrox

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Oreos are the world’s most popular cookies, so there has to be a duplicate or a replica of these tasty and amazing cookies, which was produced by a subsidiary of Kellogg. Hydrox cookies manufactured by Sunshine are cookies which look and taste very similar to the Oreo cookies, with one big advantage that Hydrox cookies are cheaper than the Oreos. Hydrox have been known to be less sweet and tangy and stays quite intact and less absorbent when you dip it in milk, coffee or sugar. The Hydrox cookies began their market in 2003 and continues to go so in a successful way even today.

10. Nabisco’s Mallomar

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Nabisco’s Mallomar are delicious cookies with a cracker base and topped with marshmallows coated in melted chocolate. These cookies are mainly made and sold during the winter months, September to May, as people don’t prefer these cookies during the hot weather. The racist thing about these cookies is that they are termed or called as ‘negro’s kisses’ in European countries such as France and Denmark. In parts of Belgium, these tasty cookies are referred to as ‘negress’s breasts’.



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Top 10 Best Air Conditioner Brands in the World http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/13/top-10-best-air-conditioner-brands-in-the-world-2/ http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/13/top-10-best-air-conditioner-brands-in-the-world-2/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 05:07:38 +0000 http://top-10-list.org/?p=49259

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Air conditioners have become a part of practically every household keeping in mind the adverse climatic changes which have taken place. There was a time when the climate and temperature was pretty sober to not be using air conditioning in the house, but today, one simply cannot do with it. Air conditioners help in decreasing humidity and provide cold freezing air to roam about in the house, thus making the lives of people easy and comfortable. It is because of air conditioners that we find the heat and the summers bearable. In the United States, almost 88% of the household population has air conditioners installed in their house, which makes this luxury good’s demand higher and most sought after. In many countries, people are able to and have the capability of being able to afford at last one air conditioner in the house, whereas some really well off families can even afford to install two to three air conditioners in their house. This product has been expanding itself greatly by entering into more and more houses as it is the best and the only way to lead a better and easeful life. The fact that people are getting used to air conditioners and their habit of such products will always pull them back to buying air conditioners because once you are used to their freezing temperatures, you cannot really adjust and live without it. So here is a list of the top 10 best air conditioner brands in the world, which are the most popular in demand among people, belong to different countries and which have made their place in the global market of luxury goods.

1. Daikin

Daikin

This Japanese multinational company has successfully beaten all the other brands of air conditioners and made its way to the top of the list claiming to be the best air conditioner brand in the world. Using some efficient and effective Japanese technology, their air conditioners are the most in demand in the global market. They have recently introduced the Daikin Inverter AC, which air conditions your house or office by consuming lesser power, and this has been their weapon to beat any other brand when it comes to quality and affordable service for people.

2. Hitachi

Hitachi

Hitachi is a multinational company located in Tokyo, Japan. Hitachi has produced some of the best types of air conditioners for people all across the globe, using the unbeatable type of technologies such as the amazing self cleaning system and a great cooling effect. This company is popularly known for its production of appliances through sustainability by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases and also indulging into low power consumption.

3. Blue Star

Blue star

Blue Star was founded in 1943 by an entrepreneur, and has very recently teamed up with another global company, Hitachi. The air conditioners of this company are popular and high in demand because of the latest technology used in the AC’s and the affordable prices tagged on to them. Their air conditioners are ideal for use as they have been developed and equipped to suit a consumer’s requirements to the fullest.

4. Carrier

Carrier

Bills Carrier invented this global company in 1920, which has become one of the most reliable and efficient air conditioner brands in the world. Weathermaker is a sub brand of Carrier which specials in producing the best air conditioners using their proprietary operating system, the ACE. Carrier as a company is known to produce some of the best and world class appliances through reduced gas emissions and energy and water consumption.

5. Whirlpool

Whirlpool

Whirlpool is another brand of air conditioners whose headquarters are located in Michigan, United States. Whirlpool has been counted as one of the favourite brands for people to look out for some of the best air conditioners at affordable prices is because of their newly developed technologies in the AC’s such as turbo cool and the MPFI technology. The MPFI technology as been this company’s unique point as it provides a proper circuit design for rapid heat exchange, with the help of a Japanese compressor and usage of all its copper internals.

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Top 10 Record Shattering alien Planets http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/02/top-10-record-shattering-alien-planets/ http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/02/top-10-record-shattering-alien-planets/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 08:29:46 +0000 http://top-10-list.org/?p=49406

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Scientists have been making their discoveries of stars and planets in the universe every now and then. Our solar system is vast, placed in a bigger sized white galaxy in the vast universe, which makes it almost impossible for us to know and be aware of every star and planet which exists in the same universe as we live in. scientists have always been in the process since decades now to be able to identify and discover new stars and planets, as there is way too much to be known about the universe and the solar system. Some of these discovered planets might or may not come of any use to us Earthlings, yet just knowing and getting aware of certain peculiar things about these planets is extremely fascinating with surprising facts. Every planet is different from the other. With every new planets come new facts and new stories revealed connecting to the vast universe we stay in. for scientists, studying these planets not only help them build up their knowledge more about the solar system, but also helps them find the usability, their existence and the life support or the kind of living organisms which could perhaps be inhibiting that particular planet, thus serving as a support for science and astronomy in general. Here is a list of the top 10 record breaking shattering alien planets, amongst all the others that have been found and discovered.

1. Fomalhault B, The Zombie Planet

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Stranger than its name, this planet is equally bizarre in its orbital movement, thus claiming to have the weirdest orbit in the whole of the universe. Born out of dust and dead which is also why it’s called the Zombie Planet, the planet also orbits in a zigzag manner and no one really knows why. This zigzag movement of the planet is why it is called a Zombie Planet as it tends to move like zombie in a strange and haywire manner, the exact reason for which is still unknown.

2. TrES-2b

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The TrES-2b is known to be the darkest planet known in the universe, which is even darker than the darkest planet of our solar system, the Mercury. While Mercury reflects about 10 percent of the Sun’s light, this darkest planet reflects less than one percent of the light from its star, thus making this planet as dark and less reflective as coal or black acrylic paint.

3. KOI-314c

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This planet is known to be the lightest planet in our universe. Having the same mass density as Earth, due to its large content of hydrogen and helium this planet is almost 60 percent larger than Earth. This planet was compared to its neighboring planet known as KOI-314b and it was noticed that these two planets tug on to each other due to a gravitational pull, thus bringing about a change in the time each of the planets take to transit their star. Because KOI-314b was a much denser planet weighing more than four times of the planet Earth, KOI-314c becomes a mere fraction of its weight making this planet the lightest to be known.

4. Kepler 70 B

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Kepler 70 B is known to have broken many a record from being the hottest planet in the universe with a scorching temperature of more than 2000 degree Celsius, but it also has its orbit closest to the star. The distance between Sun and Mercury in our solar system is 65 times more than the distance between this planet and its star. This planet has the highest velocity and a unique feature about this planet is that unlike the other stars which explode on becoming a red giant, this star stabilized and cooled down and released all the gas giant planets in the atmosphere.

5. OGLE-2005-BLG-390L B

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This planet is the coldest planet existing in the universe, with a record cold temperature of -200 degree Celsius. This planet is also considered as the farthest exoplanet as it is 28,000 light years away from the Earth, due to this h8uge distance from its star it takes about 10 Earth years to orbit it, with the star extremely small in size compared to the Earth’s star.

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Top 10 Surprising Facts about Contraception http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/02/top-10-surprising-facts-about-contraception/ http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/02/top-10-surprising-facts-about-contraception/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 08:08:48 +0000 http://top-10-list.org/?p=49381

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Contraception is a method of indirectly controlling birth measures and make sure that you don’t end up getting pregnant after the act of sex. Though contraception pills have a lot side effects for women, there are also other facts which have come to light after researchers have very carefully examined the prolonged use of such pills. Contraception is just a way to controlling the birth of a baby, or to refrain from having a kid after sex, and in most cases contraception is definitely useful and works successfully. But the fact that there are very less chances of the contraception failing and not working isn’t the only surprise which could come to couples, there is much more to it. Contraception has been observed to have many different kinds of effects, physical and psychological on men and women, especially women are into the use of pills and other birth control tablets. Because of the modern day pressures of heavy work and family planning measures, it is a wise enough thought to use contraception every time you have sex, but it is equally important to know how its short or long term usage will affect you and your future. Here are the top 10 surprising facts about contraception which are not really known to a lot of people and the knowledge of which is actually important and useful to take the necessary precautions.

1. Risk of getting blinded

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Studies have shown the women who are on the prolonged use of birth control and contraceptive pills for at least three years have higher chances of developing glaucoma and thus developing the risk of getting blind after a certain period of time. Even researchers all around the world have not been able to examine as to how the use of birth control pills lead to the risk of glaucoma, but it certainly does as estrogen levels also affect the risk of glaucoma in a great way.

2. Parents prefer their teen daughters to use one type of contraception

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Parents all around the world believe in their teen daughters living more on contraceptive and birth pills rather than using condoms or other methods of contraception. Some parents due to their religious beliefs deny the use of morning pills, but largely parents have been observed to support the use of contraceptive pills only as they do not trust or are misled with the use of condoms from the risk of pregnancy and the transfer of sexual diseases.

3. The new intravaginal ring

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Scientists have developed a new intravaginal ring which is form of conception soon to be tested in women. It delivers controlled doses of two drugs, namely tenofovir and antiretroviral that protects the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and herpes, along with controlling and terminating unwanted pregnancy. The ring is 5.5 cms in diameter and is inserted in the vagina for three months which could control the spread of STDs and risk of pregnancy.

4. Pill for Men

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Scientists have been trying to create and develop and contraceptive pill for men which will stop the release of sperms, at the same time letting the sexual function of testosterone work properly. It basically means that the sperm will be there but scientists are trying to block the two proteins in the muscle cells which are responsible for the release of sperms during ejaculation in men. So only the release of sperms will be blocked which will avoid and stop the woman from getting pregnant.

5. No knowledge about morning after pill

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The morning after pill is basically a single tablet used in case of birth control failure and to protect pregnancy after unprotected sex. Yet, youngsters and teenagers around the world receive and have very misleading information about this morning after pill. Studies have shown the pharmacies at times give misleading advice to teenagers, and some deny giving and selling the morning after pill due to some ethnic and religious beliefs. Many pharmacy employees don’t have the correct information about the usage of the pill and the age requirements of the pill, and some had problems with the medication because they weren’t advised the correct ingredient and dosage of the pill.

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Top 10 Infamous UFO Sightings with Unbelievably Simple Explanations http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/02/top-10-infamous-ufo-sightings-with-unbelievably-simple-explanations/ http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/02/top-10-infamous-ufo-sightings-with-unbelievably-simple-explanations/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 06:35:33 +0000 http://top-10-list.org/?p=49335

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Many people across the globe claim to have seen or spotted Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFO’s, but no substantial scientific reason has still paid it off. Our universe is extremely vast, so there are undoubtedly high chances that there are other life forms other than ours existing in other galaxies or parts of universe. The way we live and our life exists in the White Galaxy, there could be a possibility of alien forces staying outside this galaxy, who now or then keep paying a visit to our planet. A lot of people along with scientists have at times justified their observance of a UFO flying around in the sky with lights gleaming down on earth, yet there have been some mysterious UFO sightings which were later identified that they were not UFOs but other things with simple and stupid exp0lanations. There were many instances where people felt that they spotted a UFO flying in the sky but the truth and the reason behind it was actually lot simpler and not even scientific in a lot of cases. Just to believe that UFO sightings are very rare and not every person down on earth comes across to witness such incidents, that still wouldn’t stop us or a lot of people around the world from believing the fact that UFO do exist and that an alien force does live by in this vast universe of ours. Here is a list of the top 10 infamous UFO sightings but which actually gave out some simple explanations for their existence.

1. The Washington Invasion

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In 1952, Washington D.C. became the first city to be invaded by aliens when city air traffic controllers noticed some weird blips on their radar screens, which were confirmed by a pilot who claimed to have seen six bright lights streaking across the sky. A week later, the weird blips again made appearances and the pilot reported that the streaking lights flew away from them. But the belief was thrown out of the window by many as the truth most possible was temperature inversions where a layer of cold air trapped under a layer of warm air turned up on radar screens causing disturbances. The layers can also create illusions as the moisture trapped in between these layers are capable of reflecting ground lights back to the pilots, thus explaining and stating that it was not an alien invasion but some moisture trapped temperature inversion seen by the pilots.

2. The World War II Foo Fighters

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During the World War II, pilots who went bombing over Europe noticed strange glowing balls in the skies, and were given the name of Foo Fighters and assumed that they were some sort of a new Nazi weapon. But in reality, the streaking balls could possible and mostly be a form of lightning that appears as a small glowing ball in the sky. This type of lightning was even spotted earlier going back and forth at bizarre and strange altitudes in the sky.

3. The Nuremberg Battle

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In 1561, the Nuremberg residents became witness to a recording on a woodcut where strange balls and rods of the colour of blood were seen battling it out in the sky, as if some kind of alien invasion or battle were to take place. Hans Glaser recorded in an infamous woodcut, but woodcuts are not the same as photographs. Woodcuts added things to photographs based on medieval and religious inferences, which made the whole scene, look very different from what it was in reality. If one would focus only in the test of woodcut, one would notice that the battle sounded like someone describing a sun dog which was caused by ice crystals reflecting the sun in the upper atmosphere, spicing up the photograph a bit in the hope that Glaser could sell more woodcuts.

4. The Gray Aliens

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In 1964, a person named Barney Hill, under hypnosis, claimed to have encountered aliens termed as the Grays during a journey in 1961. The Grays apparently communicated with him through their eyes. Yet, a reporter of Skeptical Inquiry stated that the hypnosis was done exactly 12 days after the broadcast of the Outer Limits episode, ‘Bellero Shield’, which telecasted aliens looking very similar to what Hill described during his hypnosis. Barney Hill had also claimed that the aliens communicated with him in dialogues, one of which was exactly the same as in Bellero Shield, thus portraying the fact that it was not aliens but Hill’s own mind running on something he had seen on the television through those weeks.

5. NASA’s Mysterious Lights

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NASA has been producing various videos with the mysterious lights orbiting various NASA aircrafts in low Earth orbit. Thought the NASA scientists try and portray it out to be something very normal yet believing that the mysterious lights were given out by some spacecraft filled with aliens, there was nothing that mysterious about those lights in reality. In one such case, it was found out that those lights were nothing but the government satellite catching the sunlight at a particular angle, and another case it was just ice crystals propelled into space by shuttlers or distant stars.

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Top 10 Magical Traditions around the World http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/02/top-10-magical-traditions-around-the-world/ http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/02/top-10-magical-traditions-around-the-world/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 06:06:17 +0000 http://top-10-list.org/?p=49310

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Magic as an art has been the most exquisite form of tricks that are performed by and on various people and objects. This art has always been fascinating and exciting to many, and in many ways is also mysterious as one does not know the trick behind it or the origination and history behind that particular magic. Some magic and witchcraft practices could never be understood than any other person than the magicians or the withes performing them. There are many magic traditions which will never be understood by people as common as us, but they are said to work when performed by some great and experienced magicians, and even worse, some practices performed by witches. There are some magical traditions which are followed greatly and popularly in various parts of the globe, yet hardly people known and are aware of the tradition, base and the purpose behind such practices. Yet, these magical traditions are performed by magicians and only in some countries. Every culture in the world is said to have consisted and comprised of magical traditions and practices, and some of them continue even today without us knowing or realizing it, be it the magicians or the witches. Here is a list of the top 10 magical traditions still performed around the world, which are strange in nature but fascinating on the other side of it.

1.Reiki

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Reiki originated from Japan, but believe it or not, it is the most popular form of magical tradition followed and believed by people even today. It is based on the belief that a certain kind of life energy flows through our bodies, in the form of ki. A Reiki practitioner puts his palms near the person to be healed, and thus transports this ki to flow in the body of the other person in the form of a healing and positive energy. It is also known as distant healing because of its power to heal people without actually doing anything to them physically or mentally, just allowing your body energy to flow into theirs.

2. Seidhr and Galdr

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Seidhr and Galdr are two branches of magic in the Norse traditions. Galdr deals with improving your luck whereas Seidhr deals with divination. To practice this form of magic, one needs to first enter into a trance like state through the use of drugs, fasting and torture, and once the person enters the altered and different state, then only would the person be able to perform this magical practice. This magic deals with fighting with a spirit animal whereas your body is transported elsewhere or sometimes bodies even transforming into animals.

3. Ku

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Ku is a magical tradition from China, which is used and practiced to obtain wealth and inflicting pain or remorse on enemies. It is an evil form of magic where the practitioner puts a handful of venomous creatures in a container, until they fight it out amongst themselves and only one remains at the last. Because the remaining last one is believed to have the most poisonous venom in it, the evil practitioner uses this venom to inflict pain on his enemies.

4. Onmyodo

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This is another old form of magical tradition originated in Japan, which incorporated beliefs and ideas from religions such as Buddhism, Taoism and Shinto, and mostly derived the magic system used by the Chinese during that time. Onmyodo practitioners believed in the power of Yin and Yang,        the five classic Chinese elements and a tome called the I Ching(Book of Changes). This practice involved the usage of symbols, numbers and calculations which were mostly used in the high court’s to influence decisions.

5. Biodynamic Agriculture

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As simple as the name sounds, Biodynamic Agriculture has surely got to do with organic farming and harvesting, but there is more to it. This idea first initiated in 1900’s by Rudolf Steiner believed in some strange practices to be able to make the soil fertile and good for organic growth. Some of these weird practices include that farmers need to kill a cow annually and stuff its guts with flowers, as they believe it’s a magical treatment to improve the fertility of the soil. Some also bury cow horns in the soil and retrieve eh contents later which believably adds magical benefits to the soil and increases the fertility.

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Top 10 More Extremely Bizarre Phobias http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/02/top-10-more-extremely-bizarre-phobias/ http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/02/top-10-more-extremely-bizarre-phobias/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 06:06:04 +0000 http://top-10-list.org/?p=49309

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Phobias have become a common and an usual affair these days among people. People have a fear of many things and this fear of a particular thing is known as a phobia. It is important to realize the difference between being scared and suffering with a phobia. Many people are scared and terrified of a lot of things, yet suffering with a phobia is a completely different story altogether. People who are phobic to certain things have a strong and inbuilt fear for the subject, which they may or may not have the capability of overcoming. When a person suffers from a phobia, he is gripped with a strong deep rooted fear due to which the person becomes very reluctant to indulge himself or even go near or stay around with the thing or subject he has a phobia of. In the recent days, apart from the other usual phobias, there has also been an introduction of other kinds and types of phobias among people, which you might actually find strange and bizarre. The phobias are associated with the things which could be defined as a phobia towards weird things, which makes the phobia all the more quirkier and weirder. Here is a list of the top 10 extremely bizarre phobias that people suffer from these days around the world.

1. Automatonophobia

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Automatonophobia is the fear of a ventriloquist’s dummy. Ventriloquism, which basically has got to do with a man putting his hands inside a dummy doll and talking and communicating with him, and making the dummy react and communicate as if it is a living being. This act of ventriloquism has instilled a deep fear within people who get scared and fear when they see or come across a ventriloquist’s dummy.

2. Cathisophobia

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Cathisophobia is the fear of sitting down. Another strange kind of a phobia in people, this disorder could probably be related and caused due to physical abuse by sitting on sharp or painful objects, or by receiving punishment during the school days. This phobia also arises in relation to people who also have a fear of sitting in front of elite and influential people. Cathisophobic patients deal with sweating, heavy and short breaths and anxiety when they are trapped in this fear of sitting.

3. Arachibutyrophobia

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This is probably the most strangest and bizarre type of a phobia which gets instilled among people, the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth, known as Arachibutyrophobia. This specific phobia has got nothing to do with the taste or the likeness towards peanut butter, or even the looks of it, but revolves around a strange feeling people have when they see peanut butter. Many start sweating and their body starts convulsing on consuming peanut butter, and they are gripped with the fear of the butter sticking to the inner parts of their mouth.

4. Pentheraphobia

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Pentheraphobia is another yet common type of phobia wherein the person suffering fears one’s mother in law. It is very commonly and usually seen depicted in movies and entertainment serials, but yes it does occur in the real life as well where some people are extremely and strongly gripped with this fear of mother in laws. There are treatments for this kind of a phobia, with divorce being one of the most popular solutions.

 5. Demonophobia

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Demonophobia is the fear of demons or evil supernatural beings. People who feel and believe that such evil spirits and supernatural beings exist in this world; they are mostly the ones suffering with this kind of phobia who feel that these beings or demons are lurking around to cause them harm. They become extremely terrified of discussing about demons, and get scared when they are alone in a room in the dark, and get extremely horrified while watching movies on demonic possession and exorcism.

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Top 10 People Immortalized as Foods http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/02/top-10-people-immortalized-as-foods/ http://top-10-list.org/2014/08/02/top-10-people-immortalized-as-foods/#comments Sat, 02 Aug 2014 05:34:48 +0000 http://top-10-list.org/?p=49286

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Food is one thing which makes its way not only into a person’s stomach but his heart and mind as well. People say that food is one way you can impress people the most, and the most effective way to impress at that. Food holds an essence which is greater and more affectionate than what we can think of, because there is no person in this world who can stay with an empty stomach. Yes, people obviously just love eating, not to forgot those who eat excessively, the foodies. Food is one way to gain and acquire a person’s love and taste, and therefore there have been a lot of places which have been immortalized as foods, and given names to particular food dishes, such as the Hamburger which has got its name from the place Hamburg, but there is also surpsiingly as list of people who have been immortalized as foods in today’s culinary world. Food is an easy way to remember, and a lot of people wpuld love to remember this names of food dishes and items, and thus people’s names getting associated with certain kind of food items and dishes and thus immortalizing them as foods for us to remember and cherish, and also appreciate. Here is a list of the top 10 people immortalized as foods today, and which are eaten and consumed by many across the globe.
1. Ruth Cleveland or Baby Ruth

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The Baby Ruth is a chocolate candy bar very similar to Oh Henry!, made with caramel, peanuts and nougat, produced by the Curtiss Candy Company in 1921. Many people assumed that this candy was named after the famous baseball player Baby Ruth, but Curtiss claimed that this bar was named after Ruth Cleveland who was the daughter of President Grover Cleveland. No one really knows the truth behind the name of this delicious candy, but the Baby Ruth today is owned by Nestle.
2. John McIntosh

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John McIntosh was a farmer in Canada. Once while clearing his land, he and his son found some apple seedlings which he then planted. The seeds grew into a fine quality and gave rare red and green coloured apples. John then learnt grafting and cloned this fine quality apple tree to produce more varieties of the same. His brother Sandy promoted these apples with the name of ‘McIntosh Red’, which still remains popular among other different kinds of delicious apples.
3. Luisa Tetrazzini

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Luisa Tetrazzini was an internationally acclaimed and loved Italian soprano known for her strong and high notes. During that time when she was actually famous, one of the chefs named one of his dishes as Tetrazzini, which includes seafood, mushrooms, almonds, vegetables and white cheese sauce, but the name of the chef remains unknown till date.
4. Clara Tootsie Hirshfield

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The tasty and chocolaty Tootsie Rolls was made and created by the Tootsie Rolls Industries Inc. which was founded in 1896 by Leo Hirshfield, with these rolls being their first made product, which went on to being a big hit of course. These rolls got their name from the 1800’s slang for ‘girl’ or ‘sweetheart’. Hirshfield named the Tootsie rolls after his daughter Clara went by the nickname ‘Tootsie’.
5. Reuben Kulakofsky or Arnold Reuben

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The famous Reuben sandwich is made of rye bread, corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. One story goes that it was named after Reuben Kulakofsky, a grocer from Nebraska who made this sandwich for the late night poker players at the Blackstone Hotel. Another story claims that Reuben sandwich originated at the Reuben’s Restaurant, a deli in New York and named after its founder, Arnold Reuben, but no one knows what the actual story behind the Reuben sandwich is.

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Top 10 Countries with Most Advanced Technology http://top-10-list.org/2014/07/22/top-10-countries-with-most-advanced-technology/ http://top-10-list.org/2014/07/22/top-10-countries-with-most-advanced-technology/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:07:44 +0000 http://top-10-list.org/?p=49258

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Many countries in the world have been making attempts in order to sustain and acquire the position of a world class technological country, simply because the technological stand of a country shows the country’s power and status at the global level. A technologically advanced country would be capable of achieving and mastering almost anything, be it peaceful relations with other countries and as bad as beginning a war. Some countries are trying to make efforts to become technologically advanced for the good reasons, such as increasing and expanding their IT development sectors and other technological equipments, whereas there are some other countries who wish to be technologically advanced for the sole purpose of ruling the world and producing harmful nuclear weapons. As we all known and infer, technology is one of the greatest weapons a nation can possess, because it could help the country to construct and create anything, or destroy everything. In this process, there are  many countries in the world who have already attained this staged of being called as one of the most technologically advanced nations as a result of their skilful knowledge and expertise. Here is a list of the top 10 most advanced technological countries in the world, which remain unbeatable in competition from other various countries struggling to be technologically empowered.

1. Japan

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Japan is known and considered to be the Superior country in the field of technology among al, other nations because this is one country which comes up with some kind of technological and scientific invention every now and then. Recently, this country has been on the talks for their technological invention of the Dimensional Elevator, which could transport you from one floor to the other in the blink of an eye, almost making the experience similar to that of travelling in a time machine. Their new laser gun device is capable of firing lasers in the air, thus making Japan the country with the best technology in the world, along with developing their scientific field.

2. Finland

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Finland is the country which tops almost every sector such as politics, health, education, economy and standard of living. This has all been made possible due to their high technology projects which are aimed to make this country the best and the most advanced country in the field of technology. The per capita output if this country equals to many other European countries taken together, which explains their massive developments made in technology over the years.

3. United States of America

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The home to some of the best global companies such as Google, Dell, Intel and AMT, United States of America is one of the fastest growing technological countries in the world. This country is known to possess the finest and most developed intelligence system in the world, the credit of which goes to its advanced technological equipments and advancements. This country is also not far behind when it comes to space technology, seeing the fact that the first person to land on the moon was as American.

4. South Korea

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South Korea is another countries which has done exceptionally well in the field of science and technology. We are talking about the country which has given the world the robots, air conditioners and has some of the best made cars, trains and planes. The technological field in this country has been moving and growing rapidly, making this country pretty close to become the top most advanced technological country in the world.

5. Germany

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Since World War 2, Germany has been the country known for producing some of the best army and military tanks, and therefore traces its technological advancements back in the early 1900’s. Germany today is known as the most advanced technological country in the world because of its immense capacity and capability to grow and expand their scientific fields, which has shown one of its best examples to the world, the Olympic Stadium of Berlin. This stadium would astonish people through its high class technology and infrastructure.

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