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14 Origins of Phrases You Probably Use Every Day but Had No Idea about

By |2019-06-20T17:15:53+03:00June 21st, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, History & Archaeology|Tags: , , , , , , |

Have you ever walked into a tiny room and thought ‘I couldn’t swing a cat in here?’ Have you ever ‘rubbed someone up the wrong way?’ These are examples of phrases we use all the time, but do you know their origins? I love words. I love metaphors, words that come from foreign languages, I [...]

What Is Primacy Effect and How It Messes with Your Memory & Perception

By |2019-06-12T18:04:49+03:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Human Brain, Psychology & Mental Health|Tags: , , , |

Ever wondered why you remember some things and other things are quickly forgotten? Well, this could be due to the primacy effect. The science behind the primacy effect is simple yet complicated to navigate. I’ve recognized the characteristics of this effect many times in my life. This curious state of mind works in a valuable [...]

13 Commonly Misused Words That May Belie Your Intelligence

By |2019-05-21T22:30:03+03:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Food for thought|Tags: , , , , , , |

Our language is a wonderful tool. We use it to communicate our innermost thoughts and feelings. Writers in particular love to seek out words that add nuance and layers to their work. But in doing so, they can sometimes pick commonly misused words. It can be tempting to pop that unusual word into your blog [...]

5 Types of Thoughts about Death and How to Handle Them

By |2019-05-06T17:49:49+03:00May 6th, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, Self-Improvement|Tags: , |

Have you ever pondered on thoughts about death? No, I don’t mean suicidal thoughts, I mean thoughts of this inevitable conclusion. If you’re having thoughts about death, congratulations. You’re a normal human being. We all think about death from time to time, wondering what it will be like and wondering how painful the process will [...]

27 Foreign Words You Didn’t Know You Were Using Every Day

By |2019-05-01T19:25:45+03:00May 5th, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, Weird & Unbelievable Facts|Tags: , , , , , |

Some words are so intrinsically embedded into our unconscious that we don’t even realise they are foreign words. Take the internationally-known distress call of ‘May Day!’ for example. It derives from the French verb for help – 'aider'. In the 1920s, people were getting used to new international radio communications. A senior air traffic control [...]

25 Aesthetic Words Every Book Lover Will Appreciate

By |2019-10-14T13:15:43+03:00May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Food for thought|Tags: , , , , |

The English language is full of beautiful sounding words that are a delight to hear. How many of these aesthetic words do you know? Some of the most beautiful words in the English language conjure up a sense of something magical. Finding the perfect words for a sensation or feeling is a joy. Sometimes even [...]

5 Remarkable Examples of Animal Intelligence That Will Leave You in Awe

By |2019-04-19T15:53:54+03:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: Physics & Natural Sciences, Uncommon Science|Tags: , , , , , |

Animal intelligence could stretch to more than just an elephant’s excellent memory! As these examples will reveal. The intelligence of animals surpasses what we realize. But the first question is, how is animal intelligence measured? There have been many experiments carried out that could prove animal intelligence really exists. We only have to look at [...]

Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations: 10 Lessons to Learn from This 2000-Year-Old Book

By |2019-04-03T15:28:13+03:00April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Food for thought, History & Archaeology, Literature, Self-Improvement, Thought-Provoking Quotes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations is a powerful book that has stood the test of time. It can provide deeply helpful and important lessons to us all. However, before we discuss these lessons, we should recognise who the author was. Marcus Aurelius (121-180AD), also known as ‘the Philosopher’, was Roman emperor from 161-180AD. He is a widely [...]