All posts by Chantel JVR

What The Year 2000 Would Look Like According to Postcards From The 1900’s

We’ve heard of fortune tellers, scientists and philosophers. Many through history have tried to correctly predict what the future holds for us all. A certain candy company – Hildebrand’s, a then leading German chocolate company, depicted their ideas on a set of cards of what the year 2000 would look like.

This was dubbed “The Sweet Life”.


Capable of crossing the sea and then driving on land, transportation has never been easier.


It’s a bit embarrassing that personal flying machines have not yet become a thing. How easy would it have been for us to reach our destination if we could simply skip the traffic!


Craving a change of scenery? Simply move your house!

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Six Of The Best Female Scientists Who Were Never Recognized For Their Work

March the 8th – we’re all familiar with Women’s day. A day attributing marvelous women who made an impact on the world. Sadly, along the way, many records were either swept under the mat or snatched by others taking claim to fame. Quite often, men would take claim for a woman’s work, there was an era where this was clearly an acceptable thing to do.

There are six particularly notable women who made a change we cannot forget:

1. Jocelyn Bell Burnell 

Irish Astrophysicist, student of astronomy, architect and designer of the Planetarium in Northern Ireland. Receiving her PhD in Astronomy at Cambridge in 1969, assisting in the construction and design a telescope. One that would later on discover radio pulsars – the leftovers of massive stars.

On discovery, she noted that not only did these massive stars explode, but they left spinning stars behind them. She was also the first to observe and analyze them. Unfairly, her supervisor, Anthony Hewish and his colleague Martin Ryle received the 1974 Nobel Prize, even though her name along with her peers appeared in the academic publication which disclosed their discoveries.shutterstock_228747796

Turning into complete outrage when she snubbed Nobel, her response on the subject in 1977 was quite something:

“There are several comments that I would like to make on this: First, demarcation disputes between supervisor and student are always difficult, probably impossible to resolve. Secondly, it is the supervisor who has the final responsibility for the success or failure of the project. We hear of cases where a supervisor blames his student for a failure, but we know that it is largely the fault of the supervisor.

It seems only fair to me that he should benefit from the successes, too. Thirdly, I believe it would demean Nobel Prizes if they were awarded to research students, except in very exceptional cases, and I do not believe this is one of them. Finally, I am not myself upset about it — after all, I am in good company, am I not!”

2. Ada, the Countess of Lovelace

Fearing that her daughter would follow in her father’s footsteps, Anne Isabella Byron pressed her daughter Ada to devote her life to the decidedly unpoetic world of mathematics.

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This 15 Year Old Boy Discovered A Lost Mayan City By Using Google Maps

Using Google Earth and a simple star chart, 15 year old Canadian teen, William Gadoury has discovered what he believes to be the lost ruins of an ancient Mayan City. Based in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, he may just be right!

“The Mayans were extremely good builders, but they often built in places that made little practical sense — far from rivers, far from fertile areas,” – he explained to CBC News.


As many scientists and historians have discussed, he believes that the Mayans built their cities in correspondence with the stars.

This was compared to 22 Mayan constellations where ruins have already been found. As noted, 117 Mayan ruins do in fact match their ancient star charts.

This all started when he realized that out of all of these constellations, the 23rd didn’t seem to have a match. He decided that if all the previous findings were anything to go by, there must be a lost city out there! Continue reading

The Power of Oil Pulling: 7 Amazing Health Benefits

Originating as an Ayurvedic ritual dating back 3 000 plus years, oil pulling involves swishing a tablespoon of organic coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil around your mouth for between 5-20 minutes, pulling the oil between your teeth and then spitting it out. One should never swallow this as you are trying to cleanse your mouth of toxins.

Thereafter, you can brush your teeth with a fluoride free toothpaste and you’re on your way to improved health.

Able to transform your health, the oil acts as a cleanser, pulling out all the nasties your mouth can host before they get a chance to spread through your body. Reducing stress, inflammation and freeing up the immune system, it generally aids overall well being. There’s a whole book dedicated to oil pulling, but here are the top seven benefits:

1. WHITENS TEETHshutterstock_397508140

Avoid unhealthy chemical whitening strips and potions. possessing natural antiviral and antibiotic properties, it brightens teeth and keeps them white.

Gwyneth Paltrow is known to follow the practice every morning and you cannot miss her gorgeous smile!


Our immune system is well known for working very hard at keeping us in tip top shape. It clears out toxins, which in return can drain our energy levels. Preventing the cycle from happening by halting the spread of bacteria, viruses etc can assist our bodies in strengthening the immune system, allowing us to better utilize our energy.


oilPullingGerms are well known to cause inflammation and lead to illness and disease.

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What To Do When You Are Always An Option – Not A Priority

Nothing in this world can drain you like love does.

Woman crying.

When things are going well, you feel invincible. When things are leaning towards the opposite, you may feel like you’re losing the fight. Waking up may seem like a difficult task to accomplish, everything seems to take more effort.

There is something a lot worse than falling out of love. There is the feeling of being option B.  There is no easy way to say this – it hurts like hell.

When we truly love someone, we pour out our souls. We share in everything. What happens if that has faded? Where are you left? The feeling of a sword through your heart my come to mind. In love, the ultimate betrayal we may feel is being second best or nothing at all to that person.

Feeling embarrassed is completely normal. Remember, as far as you were aware, they were in love with you just as much as you are with them. There’s good reason as to why people are so afraid to express how they feel. The fear of imagining love is real. To be told you fathomed this whole thing. To hear friends saying things like “How did you not see that?” – it all hurts and breaks us down.Tunnel-Of-Love-In-Ukraine-449x304

Questioning your self worth follows suite, being made to feel amazing doesn’t feel so magical anymore. You start to doubt yourself and whether you did in fact imagine that this “love” thing was ever real. What you need to realize is, it’s not you. It’s the other person who doesn’t see your true worth. Continue reading

15 Struggles Every Over-Thinker Can Relate To

1. You seek meaning in everything, from crafting conspiracy theories to periodic placements in text.

2. You tend to escalate every daily struggle in your life, making things more difficult for yourself.


3. You tend to hold on to everything. By running over the details a few more times, you’re certain you will finally uncover some new understanding or change the outcome of a situation.

4. Unsure of almost everything. Choosing a school, the brand of bread you purchase to your outfit in the morning all come with equal amounts of angst.

5. Interpreting things could offer you a Master’s Degree!

6. Being critical usually sets you pretty much on point, there are times where you have to come to terms with the fact that not everything has a cryptic message or deeper meaning attached. Continue reading