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What Happens If We Blur Gender Lines For Children – Feminine Boys, Masculine Girls


These days, gender roles are challenged constantly. With the rise of virtual relations and social media, what hope is there to define what’s normal behavior anymore?

Let’s try to grasp what’s the meaning behind masculine and feminine, first – in the general sense of the words.

We impose roles upon ourselves based on our gender, therefore a masculine person would be someone with leadership skills, a courageous individual who can become defensive and self-reliant if need be. See how this could apply to any gender? It’s not stated that these traits should only belong to men. But generally speaking, men with these qualities will appeal to women with the characteristically feminine qualities.

Speaking of which, we are taught to associate femininity with a desire to care for someone, a gentle, motherlike attitude. Expressing emotions and being sensitive is not looked down upon. There seems to be a conception that a feminine personality requires a masculine personality to balance each other out.

But what happens if we turn it around? Will masculine women find feminine men appealing in the long run? There must be a line we have to draw when it comes to this, and it is best to pick up and teach an equal amount of qualities from both genders for children, if possible.

Are there any disadvantages to raising our children with these thoughts in mind?

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It seems obvious that nowadays people picked up on encouraging their children to behave in a more empathetic way towards one another – learning characteristics of sensitivity and helpfulness. These positive behavioral traits are not dependent on gender, but are they beneficial in the long run?

There is a fine line between letting children express themselves and learning things that would make their life harder later on. By picking whatever clothes they feel like wearing – whether it’s a boy wearing a pink t-shirt or a girl wearing a hoodie with cars on it, we encourage neutrality in them regards to gender. Problems arise when they enter environments where this is not widely accepted yet, as in peer-pressure to behave stereotypically in schools.

Masculinity is still associated with a high level of self-esteem and a greater chance to succeed in life. But it seems more likely that it’s better to border on the line of androgyny when it comes to blending both masculine and feminine traits! Empathy is a very valuable skill to have in life as well, both professionally and relationships-wise.

While women find it more and more useful to ease into masculine behaviors, such as studying leadership skills and taking up professions previously dominated by men, it might be a bit more complicated for men to accept and use feminine qualities in life. For children, this dilemma will start very early on, when first thoughts arise about what hobbies they would like to try and what professions they would like to have.

How to encourage children to follow their dreams, even if it means challenging gender rules?

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What’s stopping a boy from becoming a ballet dancer? Or a girl becoming a fighter pilot? Societal norms. If we try our best to provide children with a safe background to rely on, there shouldn’t be anything standing in their way of self-expression.

The most important thing, in this case, is to lead by example. We don’t need to raise our daughters to be aggressive, self-centered or pushy as much as we don’t want our sons to be over-emotional or naive. Society needs to be challenged in a way that it becomes natural to think of qualities as what they are – simple personality traits that you don’t have to have just because you were born male or female. Cultivating the natural qualities in children can lead to some amazing life paths. There is no need to suppress traits that can take a positive turn at the moment someone chooses the way that feels right for them.

Imagine a flight that has an all-female crew, for example! It is more and more likely these days, but people still feel a bit shocked that women can handle such important and responsible jobs. They still had to advance the same way as men do in the same profession and therefore they have become just as qualified. The same applies to men, they should be free to pick up stereotypically female-dominated professions, too. No need to push them into corporate jobs, if they never had any interest in them in the first place.

Leading European countries such as Sweden, for example, are well on their way of implementing gender-neutral pre-shools. That time period for children is crucial to experiment with their role in a community, and not just in the case of genders. And parents are just as important in observing their children’s wants and needs, gently guiding them in a way that will let them become who they were meant to be. Getting rid of toxic masculinity and overzealous feminism begins with finding this stability. It will certainly be easier once schools adopt this philosophy as well, putting a stop to senseless bullying and harassment if a child is a bit different than what is thought of as ordinary these days.

Celebrities, such as Angelina Jolie are leading an example of letting their kids express themselves in a way that is fulfilling to them, and not forcing them to adapt personas just because they were the norm for as long as we know it!

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The Most Heartwarming Story Of How 12-Year-Old Helps Shelter Pets Find A Home With Custom Bow Ties


Darius Brown is not your average 12-year-old. He was inspired to help out those in need from an early age, as he always had a warm, compassionate heart. He learned how to sew at the age of 8 and got an idea of making bow ties for pets, who are waiting to find a forever home!

There are so many animals waiting endlessly in their small shelter kennels, hoping that someday someone would pick them to become their four-legged family members. Surely these pets can benefit from all the help they can get by getting their picture taken to attract attention!

This everyday hero of a young man donates his fun, colorful creations to animal shelters. The stylish bow ties help attract potential owners and they are a great addition to a cute photoshoot of cats and dogs eagerly awaiting their future owners. Darius also has a GoFundMe page to help his cause, he puts these earnings toward his mission.

Keep reading for more details about this inspiring life!

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Darius Brown had some struggles to face early on in his life. At the young age of 2, doctors discovered that he had speech impediment issues and fine motor skills delay. This didn’t affect him in becoming a kind and loving person in any way, though. He was adamant in learning how to assist people (or in his case, pets) and he did so when he started helping his older sister with fabrics. He quickly discovered his talent and started putting it to good use!

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Could you imagine that he ended up founding a company? Because that’s what Darius Brown did when he was just 11 years old! His label “Beaux & Paws” creates matching bow ties for pets and their owners. A large portion of his company is focused on donations and giving back to the community, making Darius a very successful entrepreneur with more than 40.000 followers on Instagram.

Experience The Archaic Honey Hunter Profession Of Nepal Through These Stunning Pictures

The renowned travel photography expert, Andrew Newey takes us on a journey of discovery through his beautiful pictures of the Gurung tribe, captured during one of their bi-annual honey hunting ceremonies.

The courageous and skillful hunters brave the cliffs for the sweet nectar twice a year, employing only ancestral tools of simple ladders and stick-like tools. The honeycombs must be cut by the sharp bamboo poles, only to drop down into baskets awaiting to collect them. The bees themselves are not harmed – smoke is used to drive them out of the cliff during the hunt itself.

The dangers of this profession are not negligible. Fewer and fewer people are interested to learn it, especially from the younger generation and it is a struggle for the Gurung tribe to uphold this cultural routine. However, the way it is preserved now is also helpful for the honeybees – the tribe keeps them safe and in return, the bees help to pollinate the surrounding area.

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The collection of honey only happens two times per year in this region of Nepal. These dates in Spring and Autumn are carefully selected by local community leaders and it is a ceremony in itself.

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The seemingly crude tools used by the honey hunters are ancestral. From the carefully crafted ‘prang’ rope ladders to their bamboo sticks called ‘tangos’, they fearlessly climb up to great heights to reach the prized ingredient.

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Collecting honey is one of humanity’s oldest gathering professions. This activity is even portrayed in cave paintings that are thousands of years old! The liquid gold these hardworking bees produce has been a source of nutrition and even medicine to us for a vast amount of time, it seems.

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This profession certainly requires highly skilled and careful individuals. Aside from the fact that the hives are located on a steep hillside, the honeybees themselves are one of the largest of their kind. The Apis Dorsata Laboriosa – the Himalayan honeybee, can measure up to 3 centimeters in dimension.

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The bees have a very peculiar diet that consists mainly of white rhododendrons. These flowers contain certain toxins that get transferred to the honey itself, which causes it to become highly stimulating. This unique product is in high demand in East Asia, the so-called ‘mad honey’ sells for a large sum of money.

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Wonderfully Easy Tricks To Help You Understand Children’s Drawings

Drawing is one of the easiest ways children can communicate with the outside world, in the early days of development. Lacking sophisticated vocabulary to tell you about their complex emotions, kids will stick to drawing exactly what they have going on in their minds! From the moment they can grab onto a crayon, the activity of drawing becomes an instant source of enjoyment for children. For visual and expressive purposes alike, they can spend hours on end scribbling, coloring and just putting whatever they are thinking or feeling on a piece of paper. Pay attention to even the most abstract artworks, as they can be a good indicator of hopes, fears or even how they view themselves in a family relationship.
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Once you know how to understand this complex method of self-expression, you will be able to use this skill to further the bond between you and your kids!      Understanding what goes on in the mind of their little ones is every parent’s goal. Of course, not every drawing has to have any sort of meaning. sometimes it’s just colors and happy scribbling. But in other cases, if you look deep enough – much like how you would at a painting in a gallery, you can find layers and layers of hidden messages and emotions. Be mindful of allowing children to express themselves about what they were trying to draw, though. You don’t need to guess out loud, you will be able to decipher much more if you give space to them in this case. It’s ok to ask questions about the drawings. Even if you get an abstract answer, you’ll certainly see the thought process behind it!
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Phases of Drawing

We can differentiate between three stages of drawing skills for children. This useful article details them even more.
  1. Scribbling stage – between the ages of 18 months and 3 years
This is the stage when the drawings are little more than abstract lines and shapes – the first occasions of picking up a tool to play with. These doodles are not lifelike at this point, but sometimes children can create full pages of seemingly random shapes that end up resembling something recognizable. This is called “fortuitous realism”.
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  1. Pre-Schematic stage  – between the ages of 2 and 4 years
Children start constructing recognizable shapes at this stage via drawing. They try to replicate what they see, in a simple form. They accentuate objects and people with colors (not necessarily in a lifelike way). At the end of this stage, they add details that make the drawings more and more personal, such as clothing for people or detailed background scenery.
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  1. Schematic stage – between the ages of 5 to 8 years
Actual concepts start to appear behind drawings in this stage. Objects and people will appear to have more depth to them, they will be anchored to certain parts of the landscape or background and the drawing will have a much more realistic quality to it. If people are pictured, the drawings might include important details to look out for, such as facial expressions. Children’s personalities will start to shine and reflect in their drawings during this time.
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The Importance Of Picking Colors And Gender

This might seem stereotypical, but children tend to prefer drawing their gender. There might be exceptions, of course, but generally, this is the observation. Girls characteristically use warmer colors and rounder shapes when picturing something. Flowers, balls, feminine clothing, rainbows and animals might appear more often than anything else. They also tend to use more colors in general! Boys, on the other hand, gravitate towards straight lines and orderly shapes. Buildings, cars, geometrical objects are the go-to subject for them to draw. They seem to enjoy cooler color tones more, and utilize them less than girls, preferring to detail out their drawing by simple colors.
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There can be a hidden meaning behind the choice of color in the drawings:

  • Dark, deep colors – these might be favored by children who tend to have a dominant personality (especially the color black). They can be a bit headstrong and demanding.
  • Blue – children who prefer this color are generally thought to be more extroverted and open to show affection.
  • Red – hands down the most preferred color of children. This color shows excitement and an eagerness to express and explore.
  • Pink – girls gravitate towards this color, especially those who need a bit of extra attention and care.
  • Green  – the color preferred by imaginative children who have an artistic streak and who like to spend time on their own.
  • Yellow – this color is used by children who have a positive outlook on life and are generally intelligent.
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Positions On Paper

Children place figures on paper based on their subconscious thoughts. But that doesn’t mean they don’t share some form of information about their state of mind! Left side – drawings placed here are usually connected to the past. Things that have happened already, things that remind the child of a time of nurture. The left side can be linked to the motherly figure in their lives. Right side – drawings on this side are about expectations of the future, things the child wants to say out loud or otherwise communicate. This side is related to the father figure. Big drawing – a confidently placed drawing in the middle of the paper is a good sign of a happy, balanced child. Small drawing – drawing on the corners of a paper in small scribbles is a serious sign of an insecure child who might feel incomplete emotionally.

Emotional Art, Revealing Thoughts

There are obvious and obscure meanings to any drawing a child can make. Don’t be too quick to deduct anything from these, before the children themselves can explain what they had in mind, though! If they are afraid of opening up, don’t press the matter. Instead, we will explain some pointers to help you understand and communicate with them, if necessary.
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  • Overdoing details on drawings can be a sign of children who feel pressured to do more.
  • Thick, bold lines, are a sign of anxiety and stress, especially if they are filling up the whole space on the paper. Even if there is no evident concern, these suggest a determined, heated state of mind.
  • The way lines are drawn – light strokes, unsure lines hint at a child who is insecure and has trouble thinking ahead.  A strong, confidently drawn line is the sign of contentment.
Sizing matters a lot when it comes to objects and even more so for people appearing on drawings. As you might have guessed, dominant personalities in children’s drawings might appear much larger than everyone else on the artwork. Arm and feet position – or lack thereof, is something important to look out for. Not drawing arms suggest a peaceful person, while outstretched, exaggerated arms can be a sign of aggression if the drawing is a self-portrait. Small feet signify a precarious foundation, an unsureness.
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  • Hasty and spontaneous: Asymmetry, overdrawn figures, irregular features
  • Troubled and unsure: Grotesque figures, disproportionate heads, missing hands
  • Introverted and timid: Arms are drawn close to the body, no facial expression for figures, short characters
  • Distressed: Moody background and weather, missing eyes on figures, somber colors
  • Resentful: Big limbs, teeth exposed, aggressive-looking eyes

Encourage The Creative Mindset Through Drawing

It’s one thing for you to understand your children’s drawings. At the same time, it is useful for them to express themselves this way, too! Art is limitless and for this reason, it is crucial to include it during children’s developmental stages. Some can struggle with saying what they mean, drawing is a valuable tool to help ease them into self-expression. Learning creativity this early on will be indispensable later in life as well. Did we mention that it’s fun for adults to participate in, too? Let us explain to you how!
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Tips and tricks to help encourage children to draw:
  • Art should be fun, and a part of playtime.  Always keep the tools of the trade on hand. It doesn’t matter if its crayons, watercolor paint or chalk, just keep offering multiple options to choose from! Keep a big sheet of paper handy, keep it fixed to the drawing table if necessary.
  • Let the creativity flow.  No need to explain to them how it’s done – just let them get creative and artsy! This will encourage an independent, artistic personality to develop.
  • Compliment them the whole way. Be attentive while they are drawing, too, not just when they’re finished. Ask to be a part of choosing colors or offer to pose for a portrait!
  • Let them express their strong emotions through drawing.  If your child is in a state of anger or distress, let them know that they can make themselves feel better by portraying their feelings on a piece of paper. Just be there, that’s all that matters.
  • Honor your child by displaying their artwork around the house.  This is sure to motivate them to create more. You can even host an art gallery together – they will feel appreciated!

The Shocking Truth About Why Social Media Is Addictive


It’s pretty certain that the majority of the population is using some form of social media to communicate. But to what extent and what cost?

It’s worth mentioning Twitter’s trending hashtag #DeleteFacebook. It’s not all fun and games for everyone, being open with their daily lives and in return being exposed to all kinds of negative news and comments.

Would you consider removing yourself from social media altogether? No, we guess not.

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Studies this year show that we have more than 3 billion social media users all over the world. That’s a daunting number! Thankfully, we all know that it can be used to further good causes, as evidenced by the well-known ALS ice bucket challenge, for example. Facebook is also a useful tool in promoting important nonprofit organizations, such as WWF and Unicef, to name a few.

The problem is not with businesses and charities, however – individuals are affected negatively by online bullying or triggering content. Social media is still not regulated enough when it comes to protecting one’s privacy – that much is evident.

It’s not a secret that when we create a profile online, even with all sorts of privacy settings we might have at hand, we have little to no protection against misuse of personal data, online harassment or even just general misinformation. You would think people would be put off by this, but that’s not the case.

Oddly enough, if we look at the American use of social media, it’s still on the rise despite all the negative connotations. Facebook is used by almost 3/4 of the population while Instagram is getting more and more popular. Twitter is the third most used social media app.

In general, people are aware of the negative effects that come with sharing their personal lives online. At the same time, they also know that managing their own content is their responsibility and the user experience will depend almost solely on them. But since social media use is such an integral part of our lives nowadays, someone might inevitably have a harder time staying on top of all the negativity – say, someone who’s underage. For this reason, it’s crucial to reformulate regulations related to online privacy.

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It seems impossible to just stop – but why?

It’s contradictory how forming virtual relationships can draw us away from real ones. We tend to place more emphasis on texting or sharing pictures than real-life experiences nowadays. The way relationships and connections develop between people have changed tremendously due to social media. Teens grow up thinking that it’s completely normal to collect friends and ‘likes’ online, as a form of social life.

As long as you can stay on top of all the influx of new people, news and all sorts of content, your online presence shouldn’t be dangerous to you, personally. In fact, techniques for managing social media accounts can be found all over the internet. Our recommendation to read from this topic would be Media Effects: Advances in Theory and Research.

Once you get over the initial shock of building any sort of presence online, you can start using it to form useful connections, whether it’s work or leisure related. Being conscious of filtering negative content can be beneficial psychologically and personally, too. After all, it’s great to network and be able to reach people you’d have a hard time meeting in person because of time or distance!

The biggest issue seems to be the way these sites handle personal data. It’s an obscure thing, even with ‘end-user agreements’, how these sites can register, use and even sell your personal information online or simply just track your browser history to display relevant ads for you to encounter.

Even though this form of surveillance can be scary, people still seem to be very attached to their Facebook accounts, to say the least. It’s understandable – this day and age are all about easy contact. Once you remove yourself from that, new or superficial connections you’ve made might think it’s too bothersome or lengthy to contact you by means other than the Messenger app.

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Each and every one of us has a good reason why we keep using our social media accounts. Whether it’s an online business or a networking tool, it’s reasonable to become attached to it. After all, it takes time and effort to collect and maintain friendships, work relationships and to present all sorts of online content. Who would want to close that door on themselves? Surely 70% of Americans agree with this statement.

Once companies start putting more emphasis on protecting users from misinformation and misuse of personal data, there will be no reason to be suspicious about this. It is only fair, considering how many businesses out there are basing their success almost entirely on the users who follow their content and products. Think Instagram influencer or a massive tech company even!

Laws are already in place regarding usage of personal data, creative content and even listening in on calls or observing online movement. When it comes to sharing information online, this does not make things a hundred percent trustworthy yet, but it certainly helps. Labeling is also important when dealing with social media companies – the more transparent it is for users, the better.

The conclusion is that people who contemplate deleting themselves off the map of these intricate social websites are not afraid of getting rid of the account itself, rather than losing meaningful connections they have made so far!

Amazing Stories of 15 Feral Children Who Were Raised by Animals


What happens when children are left out in the wild, without any human care or nurturing?

There were more than a hundred occasions registered of so-called feral children in the world. The expression refers to the fact that these children are essentially left to fend for themselves, more often than not, in the wild. The exact reasons for their abandonment are unclear, some of them suffered from mental deficiencies, others were separated from their parents by accident or ran away on their own accord.

Who would abandon a small child like that, what are the chances of them surviving on their own?

These feral children ended up coming into contact with animals out in the wild, looking for companionship they never received from people and ended up being accustomed to their habits, much like a young animal would. It’s a chilling thought, looking at their lives, how we develop as humans when we are taken out of our safe social background.

Join us in learning more about these young fighter’s haunting stories!

1. Oxana Malaya From Ukraine

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This picture is a re-imagined scene about young Oxana, created by Julia Fullerton-Batten.  The little Ukrainian girl was abused and neglected by her parents from a very early age until one night they locked her out of the house. She was only three years old – she ended up in the dog’s kennel by instinct, looking for comfort and warmth. The dogs took her in and she learned their behavior as if it was her own, communicating by barking and running around on all fours. She was taken from the parents at the age of 8, at this point she could only understand basic words.

2. The Russian Bird Boy

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The chilling story of a 7-year-old boy from Russia is about an extreme case of child abuse. Bird boy’s mother had an aviary in their tiny apartment and took to caring more about the birds than her son. She kept the little boy fed and his basic needs tended to – except for human speech. The innate need to express ourselves led him to start mimicking the way the birds communicate with each other: chirping and flapping their wings. When he was taken from his abusive mother, this was the only way he could communicate.

3. The Wolf Girls Kamala and Amala

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Indian wolf girls Amala and Kamala were not biological sisters, but have been found together amongst wolves in 1920. Displaying barely any human behavior, they were fond of raw meat and ran on all fours. A reverend and his wife took them in, trying to get them accustomed to human life. Sadly, Amala, the younger of the two died shortly after. Her wolf-sister Kamala recovered somewhat and managed to learn how to adapt to human life in the end.

4. Daniel, Goat Boy From Peru

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The Andes goat boy, nicknamed Daniel, spent 8 years living amongst goats in the wilderness. He walked on all fours, his hands and feet calloused and acting like hoofs. Since he was practically feral and living off of goat milk an berries, he could never learn the human language even after they found him. The only communication he was capable of was related to his hircine companions.

5. Gazelle Boy From Syria

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Syrian gazelle-boy was nicknamed after his incredible speed – he was captured around the 1950s, with the help of a jeep. He was thought to have been abandoned in the Syrian desert, where he lived with gazelles and other animals. Incredibly thin but muscular, the boy attempted to escape his captors many times.

6. Shamdeo, India

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Julia Fullerton-Batten created a vision of photography for the story of Indian feral child, Shamdeo. Found in 1972, around 4 years of age, Shamdeo was mostly fond of wolves and behaved like one, too. He hunted chickens, competing with the wolves for food and he had a taste for blood. He could only learn sign language but sadly died in 1985.

7. Marina Chapman, Colombia, 1959

Marina Chapman, Colombia, 1959 (Credit: Credit: Julia Fullerton-Batten)
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Marina Chapman was kidnapped at a young age and ended up living in the jungle with a tribe of monkeys. She had to fend for herself by learning their behaviors and the monkeys eventually started treating her as one of their own, even grooming her like they do each other. Julia Fullerton-Batten created this image in honor of her story. Thankfully, Chapman was found and leads a normal life now.

8. Romanian Dog Boy Traian Caldarar

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Traian Caldarar spent 3 years living in a feral state on the streets. He is thought to be a victim of domestic abuse, he possibly ran away from family conflicts at the age of four. He was found alongside a dead dog and displayed animalistic behaviors. Thankfully, he was reunited with his mother in the end.

9. Cambodian Jungle Girl Rochom P’ngieng

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Rochom P’ngieng spent almost 20 years in the jungle, fending for herself. She went missing at the age of 8 – she was found and recognized by her father due to a scar she had on her back. She remembered a few words but was completely feral otherwise. They tried to get her accustomed to human life for three years, but she fled her family in 2010 and ran back to the jungle, never to be found again.

10. John Ssebunya From Uganda

John Ssebunya, Uganda, 1991 (Credit: Credit: Julia Fullerton-Batten)
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Photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten’s next subject is Ugandan domestic abuse victim, John Ssebunya. He ran away from his murderous father and spent three years in the jungle amongst monkeys. He was found in 1991, displaying classic simian behaviors upon meeting people. Thankfully managed to recover his human nature, with the help of rehabilitation efforts.

11. Madina From Russia

Madina, Russia, 2013 (Credit: Credit: Julia Fullerton-Batten)
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Madina had a tough life from the moment she was born. Abandoned by her father and stuck with her alcoholic mother, she was left to look for comfort amongst dogs in the household. She was 3 years old when social workers finally found her and took her to safety.  Miraculously, Madina was found to be mentally and physically stable and managed to recover from her horrific childhood. Julia Fullerton-Batten captured her story in the picture below.

12. Sujit Kumar From Fiji

Sujit Kumar, Fiji, 1978 (Credit: Credit: Julia Fullerton-Batten)
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Julia Fullerton-Batten commemorates the story of Sujit, who was confined to a chicken coop for years during his young life. He was 8 years old when he wandered out from the barn, which allowed him to be rescued. When they discovered him, he was exhibiting bird-like behaviors, clucking and flapping like chickens. His parents died and his grandfather locked him in with the birds, where he had to fend for himself.

13. Ivan Mishukov From Russia

Ivan Mishukov, Russia, 1998 (Credit: Credit: Julia Fullerton-Batten)
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Ivan left his family when he was only four years old. He was much like a stray dog on the street and became a pack leader. He was in a symbiotic relationship with wild dogs, helping them get food and in return they let him sleep amongst the pack. He lived this life for two years until a children’s home found him and took him. in. Julia Fullerton-Batten comments, that through her pictures, she is able to raise awareness of child abuse.

14. Bello, Chimp Boy From Nigeria

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Bello was born with a serious mental and physical disability. His parents were part of the Fulani tribe, where it was common practice to abandon disabled children to the wilderness. The child ended up being adopted by chimpanzees, he managed to live with the tribe for a year. He was eventually taken by rescuers but he never really adapted to human life. He died young, in 2005.

15. Dina Sanichar, Wolf Boy From India

Dina Sanichar
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Dina Sanichar’s story is one of the oldest recorded cases of feral children. He spent most of his life in an orphanage and he was plucked from a wolf’s den at the age of 6 by rescuers. He was taught to live as a human, but he never managed to learn how to speak – he was considered to be mentally handicapped. He bonded with other feral children in the orphanage, teaching them how to use tools.

These Girls from Harry Potter are all Grown up and Their Pictures Show it


The popularity of Harry Potter movies was a great opportunity for the child actresses and the emerging adult actresses to build a successful career. We’ve collected a list, of Harry Potter movies’ young actresses and not so young actresses’ achievements so far. Some of them were only for a few minutes in the spotlight but they still impressed us, and certainly are recognizable. Let’s have a look at their fascinating transformation.

Clemence Poesy (Fleur Delacour)

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In the fantasy world of Harry Potter, the girl’s school students are full of fairy-tale beauties. Our first impression of Fleur Delacour was a beautiful and sophisticated French fairy, that was highlighted several times in the movie. Clemence Poesy proved to be perfect for this role. The French actress is 37 now and looks surprisingly youthful to her age. Fleur played a decisive role in her career, but she had plenty of success since then such as 127 hours or TENER, which will be shown in 2020.

15 Foods You Should Never Eat If You Have High Blood Pressure


A considerable amount of people today are suffering from a condition known as high blood pressure or hypertension. It is the condition where the speed of the blood inside the blood vessels increases to an alarming level. This weakens the walls of the vessels and also causes the heart to pump at a faster pace. This fast pumping of the heart results in the over-exertion of the heart, and that can cause many heart diseases. However, this condition can be lessened by eating a specific food. It can also be aggravated and made worse by the use of certain foodstuff. Here is a list of 15 food items that a person with high blood pressure should keep at arm’s length.

1. Salt

15 Foods You Should Never Eat If You Have High Blood Pressure
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Salt is the prime criminal when it comes to high blood pressure. When the sodium content in our diet is increased, it disturbs the delicate ionic balance of the human body. This results in the kidneys being unable to filter the blood properly as the blood has a high level of sodium content. When the kidneys do not produce proper urine, the water content of blood increases which increases blood pressure. According to nutritionists, the daily intake of sodium for a healthy individual, so that he/she does not suffer from hypertension, should not exceed 1500 milligrams.

Be Wary Of Toxoplasmosis – It Can Even Alter Brain Chemistry


Toxoplasmosis might be even scarier than it seems at first. Studies show that even after getting rid of the parasite, it might cause lasting damage to the brain’s metabolism and can cause serious personality changes.

The organism itself can be responsible for altering its host’s brain chemistry in such a way that they might experience symptoms like depression, mild schizophrenia and even a loss of common judgment, resulting in erratic behavior.

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The first clue to this was found in mice. Upon infecting them with the parasite, the rodents have seemingly lost their fear of their number one enemy: cats. Toxoplasmosis-carrying mice ended up getting strangely attracted to cat urine, even. But would this mean that it could cause such severe reactions in the human brain, too?

Toxoplasma gondii is a common parasite that’s easy to find in all types of environment, but it only reproduces in the digestive tract of felines. It can affect all kinds of lifeforms, most of us come into contact with it at one point or another during our lifetime.

Can cat poop cause car accidents?

As we discussed, cats are the main carriers of this pathogen. It makes sense that upon excretion, the parasite can come into contact with basically anything. You might just clean the litterbox or even do a bit of gardening and end up getting infected. We are also susceptible to picking it up by eating rare meat or game meat.

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Who would think that a purring kitten could be the carrier of such a dangerous parasite?

Since many people either own cats or eat meat, it comes as no surprise that almost 50% of the population harbors this pathogen, at least as a hidden infection.

It is especially dangerous to pregnant women, children and generally people who suffer from a weakened immune system. for an average healthy adult, the symptoms might just consist of diarrhea, fatigue, and fever.

Seems like it’s easily curable, but the parasite can linger in the brain tissue during your whole life. It’s frightening to think that it can even be transferred to an unborn child and cause you to behave like you had an actual psychological illness.

Observing mice had scientists think about how this pathogen could increase the same risks and mental distortions in humans – it is certainly something to think about and avoid if possible. There is brief research available for the public to read here, albeit the disease is not fully understood yet.

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If you are already susceptible to depression, be very mindful of Toxoplasmosis!

Attacking neurons, the messengers of our brain

The Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology and the Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg can be credited with the discovery of the metabolism-altering activity of Toxoplasma gondii. Their research was published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation.

The parasite enters the body through digestion and can reside in nerve cells for an indefinite amount of time. This, of course, can alter the signaling capacity of said cells, it can affect more than 300 synaptic proteins in the brain.

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Is this parasite capable of rewiring basic instincts in rodents?

Immunology expert Ildiko Rita Dunay draws a parallel between certain malfunctions in synapses, stating that they can indeed increase the risk of certain mental illnesses. These enzyme levels were observed before and recognized in the case of Toxoplasmosis as well, and an immune reaction might be triggering.

The good news is, that scientists can readily use these studies both for finding an actual cure and to research other illnesses that are not well understood yet!

The cure exists

Thankfully there is an antibiotic compound called sulfadiazine that was capable of restoring normal metabolic functions in the brain of mice.

The team in Magdeburg added that the malfunctioning protein levels went back to normal after the admission of the antibiotic, and the inflammation associated with the pathogen decreased.

Let’s hope the mice returned to their original state of avoiding cats, as well!

Celebrities – Can Mental Illness be the Key to Their Creativity?


Celebrities around the world may often feel over-pressured, lacking privacy, and judged by their performance in public. We know a lot of  of stars who has been mentally ill and has had to seek psychiatric help – or their goodwill has been referred them to a closed institution for a while. We introduce some unstable, confused, addicted people from the star world.

1. Sinéad O’Connor

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Her friends and fans  had to worry for her a lot as she attempted to commit suicide in 2015 and then disappeared for a short time in 2016 – in between she had been hospitalized because of  bipolar disorder.  In September 2017, on dr. Phil McGraws show she said that after her uterus-removal surgery, her psychological troubles began, and that’s when her first suicidal thoughts first appeared.