Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Urine Trouble If You Don't Believe These 8 Crazy Facts About Pee

Urine Trouble If You Don't Believe These 8 Crazy Facts About Pee

It may not be pleasant, but everybody pees. I pee, you pee, we all pee. You could be peeing right now as you're reading this, and that's okay with me. I could even be peeing while I write this, which I would alsobe fine with, but my boss and co-workers — maybe not so much. You just can't please everybody. But here are eight crazy facts about pee that should please you! 

Who doesn't like their brain tickled while they tinkle? SHAREthese fun facts with your family and friends! If you don't, urinetrouble!

1. Up until the 11th century, people who were suspected of having diabetes had their urine drank by "water testers."

It was believed that the urine of diabetics was sweet tasting, so that's how they made the diagnosis!

2. Hennig Brand, a German alchemist in the 1660s, thought he could distill gold from urine. He instead ended up discovering phosphorus!

Accounts suggest Brand had stockpiled nearly 1,500 gallons of urine in his quest to get rich. While he obviously failed to conjure up any gold, he did make a strange white substance that glowed in the dark and that would later end up being used in explosives and synthetic fertilizers.

3. Astronauts traditionally urinate on the back right-hand tire of the vehicle taking them to their rocket.

This is a hat-tip to Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin who stopped to relieve himself against his shuttle bus on his way to the launchpad of his 1961 mission. Even female astronauts have participated in the tradition by bringing along a vial of urine to splash against the tire.

4. Some cities spray trees with fox urine to thwart thieves.

Starting in November, some cities will spray small pine and spruce trees with a mixture of fox urine, glycerin, water, and dye. While it might not smell any different outdoors, a grinch looking to save $10 by cutting down and stealing their Christmas tree from city property will be hit by an acrid, eye-watering odor once they drag it indoors.

5. The urine of drunk people is eroding the base of a famous German cathedral.

Ulm Minster actually boasts the highest church tower in the world. But its conservationists are concerned about the salts and acids from the urine and vomit of drunken revelers actually wearing away the church's sandstone base. The city recently doubled the fine for those caught urinating in public to 100 Euros in an effort to combat the problem.

6. Even the Ancient Egyptians used urine for pregnancy tests.

The ancient test was found written on papyrus and described how a suspected pregnant woman could urinate on wheat and barley seeds over several days. “If the barley grows, it means a male child. If the wheat grows, it means a female child. If both do not grow, she will not bear at all.” The surprising fact? This was tested in 1963 study and actually worked 70% of the time!

7. You can buy whiskey made from diabetics' urine. Really.

James Gilpin, himself a type 1 diabetic who works in the biomedical technology field, distills the sugar-rich urine of elderly diabetics into a premium single malt whiskey. The urine comes from elderly volunteers — including his own grandmother.

8. We once reused penicillin extracted from urine.

In the 1940s, producing usable penicillin to treat infections was not an easy task, and the demand far outweighed the supply. The solution? Extract the penicillin from the urine of one patient who was already administered the antibiotic... and simply give it to another patient. Which is entirely possible thanks to our kidneys, which keep 40-99% of the drug fully functional.

Who doesn't like their brain tickled while they tinkle? SHAREthese fun facts with your family and friends! If you don't, urinetrouble!

16 People Who Don't Quite Have This 'Cooking' Thing Down Yet

16 People Who Don't Quite Have This 'Cooking' Thing Down Yet

Some people have a knack for all things culinary, and others, well, they should be kept hundreds of feet away from a kitchen at all times. Look, I'm no Gordon Ramsey myself, unless you count my insane temper and ability to make my coworkers cry, so I'm not throwing shade at these wannabe chefs. However, by the time you're through this article, I'm sure you'll see how hilariously messed up some cooking fails can actually be. From food that's destroyed to creations that should never have been attempted, these are just a few people who definitely need a few more lessons before setting foot in a kitchen again...

1. This is gonna get worse before it gets better...

2. Her face says it all!

3. There may be a problem when your oven looks like a nuclear explosion!

Maybe just a slight problem...

4. And for dessert?

5. It's aliiiiive! ALIVE!!!

6. Hmm, I must've missed that episode of Top Chef...

7. But if we've learned anything from the Food Network, presentation is everything!

8. Cupcakes are boring, how about some cakecups???

9. And this creation, we call "The Heartburn Special"

Featuring everyone's favorite gourmet pizza topping: crunchy jalapeno Cheetos 

10. Not sure exactly what happened, but it's far from eggcellent

11. So maybe your husband isn't the greatest cook, but you can't deny that he followed directions exactly!

12. Not sure if this is a fail or a win? 

13. I'm pretty sure she said she wanted to meet Justin Beiber, not... this:

14. ♫ Stuck in the middle with you...

15. A whole new reason to cry when cutting onions

16. And at the end of the day, why am I not surprised to see the kitchen like this?

13 Brilliant Beauty Hacks To Simplify Your Life

13 Brilliant Beauty Hacks To Simplify Your Life

Do you ever have those mornings where you've overslept, are in a huge rush, but still want to look semi-presentable? Being a Monday, today was definitely one of those mornings for me. When it comes to our beauty routines, they don't always need to be lengthy and complicated. And fortunately, there are tons of easy, extremely useful beauty hacks out there to make rushed mornings a little less stressful. I definitely wish I had known about these earlier, as I could have totally used #5 today. 

This list includes a wide variety of hair and makeup tips, and I guarantee many of them will be completely new information to you. So if you're ready to master your early morning primping, read on for a list of 13 brilliant beauty hacks to simplify your life! 

1. #SmokeyEye

To achieve the perfect smokey eye, draw a hashtag on your outer eyelid with an eyeliner pencil. Next, use a small makeup sponge to blend the lines outwards.

2. Dark Circle Eliminator 

To conceal dark under-eye circles more effectively, apply your concealer in a triangular shape towards your cheekbones, then blend. This method will make your face appear far brighter and less tired than applying your concealer in a semicircle. 

3. Eye Opener 

To make your eyes appear bigger and brighter, use a white (or light) eyeliner pencil on lower lids! 

4. Conceal Correctly 

Instead of blending your concealer the second you apply it, wait about five minutes first. Concealers tend to darken over time, so waiting a few minutes before blending will ensure a more even, lasting coverage. 

5. Every Last Drop

When your mascara is reaching the end of its life, you can still prolong it! Simply add a few drops of contact solution into your mascara bottle and mix together using the wand. This will make your dry, clumpy mascara smooth again, at least for a few more uses! 

6. X Marks The Spot

To get a more defined Cupid's bow, simply follow this easy lip guide! Drawing an X pattern ahead of lipstick or gloss application will help to create a bolder lip shape. 

7. Lasting Lipstick  

For longer-lasting lipstick, hold a piece of tissue over your lips, then lightly dust some translucent powder over top. The powder will set your lip look in place, just as it does when applied to a finished makeup look! 

8. Brow Guide 

I don't know about you, but I've definitely over-plucked my brows over the years. Avoid this rookie mistake by following this simple eyebrow tweezing guide! 

9. Thicken Your Hairline 

To make your hair appear thicker, apply eyeshadow (in the same color as your hair of course!) to your roots using a medium-sized shadow brush.

10. Eyeliner Intensity 

To get a bolder, more intense liner look, simply follow this easy guide! Your eyeliner will go on smoother, thicker, and blend better to your lash line. 

11. Hair Hold 

Bobby pins are already amazing hair tools, but now you can make them even more amazing. Simply spritz them with a little hairspray first for stronger, long-lasting hair hold! 

12. Prime To Perfection 

To really make your eyeshadow pop, apply white eyeliner to your eyelids first. This creates an excellent base and is especially useful for shadows that aren't very bold.

13. Dry Shampoo

Two words: dry shampoo. For those mornings when you're in a rush and your hair is looking a little greasy, simply spritz this magical product onto your roots for instant oil absorption. Dry shampoo is also a great tool for creating volume! 

Make This Delicious And Refreshing Fruit Sorbet With Only Three

Make This Delicious And Refreshing Fruit Sorbet With Only Three Ingredients

Fruit can be so boring sometimes, don't you think? Well, it's time to switch it up! Instead of going out and buying sorbet, here's an easy way to make fruit sorbet with only three ingredients. It's a great way to get your daily fruit intake but with a fun twist. You'll want to start making this all the time as a snack or for your friends at a party!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:Your choice of frozen fruit, agave syrup and lemon juice. 

STEP 1: Get 2 cups of your favorite fruit and put it in the food processor. Make sure to pulse until the food is crushed. 

STEP 2: Add 1 tbsp of agave syrup at a time and pulse. 3 tbsp in total should be enough. 

STEP 3: Add in 1 tbsp of lemon juice to top it off. 

And now you can have a delicious and refreshing snack! Try it with a ton of different fruit. 

If you try it out, leave a COMMENTwith the photos of the final product.

16 Secrets From The Set Of 'Cruel Intentions'

16 Secrets From The Set Of 'Cruel Intentions'

I remember when I first watched Cruel Intentions. I totally just started watching it after I was flipping through some channels on the TV. And whoa. Does anyone else remember how intense this movie was?! There was revenge, blackmailing, sex, drama, tears and death. This movie has got it all! Why aren't teen drama movies like this anymore? And get this! The making of this movie is just as crazy. You won't believe what happened behind the scenes. Keep on reading to find out!

1. The producers were struggling to find an actor to play Annette and finally turned to Ryan Phillippe for help since he was already cast. He suggested that they hire his girlfriend at the time, Reese Witherspoon. 

2. Reese only accepted after the director took her out for dinner and they got drunk. He got on his knees and begged her: "Please, it'll be 15 days, you'll be great." 

3. Christina Baranski only accepted a part in the movie because her daughters were the biggest fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer

They couldn't believe that their mom would be working with Buffy herself!

Everybody loves Buffy!

4. When Reese slapped Ryan, it was completely unscripted! His reaction was 100% genuine though he stayed in character – but after the scene, he ran from set to throw up. 

It was such an emotionally draining scene that Ryan said he just had to throw up.

5. Because of the graphic sex scene between Cecile and Sebastian in the movie, the actors were all asked by the director how old they were when auditioning for the part of Cecile.

The director said they knew Selma Blair was the one for the part when he asked her "How old are you?" and she replied in Cecile's bratty voice, "How old are you?" 

Selma is awesome! She just got right into character and it won her the part. 

6. Sarah is actually an avid collector of antique books. She owns an early edition of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the book that the movie is based on.

7. When Sebastian hands Kathryn the Seventeen magazine to read, the actor on the cover is Jennifer Love Hewitt, who starred with Sarah and Ryan in I Know What You Did Last Summer!

Everything is always connected somehow!

8. According to the costume designer, Reese was always put in light colors to contrast with the dark colors that Ryan's character always wore. 

*Watches movie again just to make sure I notice this*

9. The costume designer also mentioned that the red hoodie that Selma's character wore was supposed to get the audience to make the connection to Little Red Riding Hood.

It was supposed to look like Red Riding Hood off to see the Big Bad Wolf aka Sebastian!

How cute was Cecile's outfit with the sweater tied around her shoulders?!

10. Apparently, the original title of the movie was going to be Cruel Inventions except that the test audience thought it sounded like a science fiction movie.

11. The spit string between Cecile and Kathryn was an accident! Initially, Selma and Sarah were going to reshoot the scene but then the director thought that it was beautiful, "like there's saliva connecting them."

12. Everything worked out because they did win the MTV Award for best kiss!

13. There were several reports that Reese was pregnant while filming the movie. That's false but she was pregnant with Ryan's child when she did press tours for the movie! She was pregnant with her first child, Ava. 

Ava grew up to look just like her mom!

14. Katie Holmes was initially tapped to play Annette! 

It's so weird to think of someone else playing Annette. Reese was perfect for the role!

15. It's crazy to think about the successful movie was only written in 12 days by the screenwriter! 

16. Reese, Selma and Michelle had a mini reunion at performance of the Cruel Intentionsmusical last year. They had such a good time filming the movie together that they've remained good friends over the years. 

Awww! I love mini cast reunions!

COMMENTand tell us your favorite scene from the movie!