When John Waite’s wife died in 1982, he left his home in Melbourne and decided to adopt the entire world. Almost 30 years later, he’s still roaming. Every night, he stays in hotels with people generations younger than him.
“I went into a hostel in Dubai one time,” he remembers, “The woman at the reception said ‘this is a hostel for young people and they make a lot of noise’ and I said ‘well if I can’t sleep when I go to bed then you’ll probably be find me in the middle making the noise with them.’”
Originally from England, John moved to Australia when a pound could buy a boat ticket half way across the world. He’s trekked with monks in the snow of Pakistan, worked with the United Nations in Sudan and even parasailed in India.
I apologize in advance for polluting your childhood. Paper?
Do you remember that scene from Willy Wonka with the lickable wallpaper and the famous line “strawberries taste like strawberries, the snozzberries taste like snozzberies.” Apparently a snozzleberry is not a nonsensical, meaningless word. Apparently it is slang for male genatalia.
That’s right, author Roald Dahl put that in his beloved children’s book. Due to the obscure nature of the word, adults and children have been using the phrase for years without knowing what exactly it means. In retrospect however, what do you expect from a book called Willy Wonka.
How can that little dear do any harm? Well, some things can be small and deadly. These deceptively cute creatures hang out in leaf litters and sheltered tree stumps. They carry a deadly infectious agent known as the Hantavirus, which is capable of killing up to 40% of those who are exposed to it. The virus can be found in the White-footed Deermouse’s poop.
Often, deaths occur when campers sweep a cabin floor where the mice have done their business which causes fine dust carrying the virus to become airborne. The virus is then able to attack a person’s lungs. In one instance, 4 campers died in Yosemite National Park after exposure to Hantavirus from the rodent’s droppings.
You know that sensation you get in your stomach when the person you are completely in love with looks in your general direction or when there’s only one more muffin left and you’re afraid the person in front of you in line is going to ask for it (other than hunger) or when your being hunted by a lion in the African savanna? Those “butterflies in your stomach” are a response to stress.
When people are stressed, they experience a “fight-or-flight” response. Brain signals are transmitted to the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which are parts of the brain responsible for controlling bodily functions. The pituitary gland instantly signals the adrenal glands which sit on top of each kidney. Those glands release adrenaline and other chemicals into your blood stream.
The adrenaline causes rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, and improved circulation of muscle so that you deal with or flee from the source of the stress (whether it be your beloved, the person in front of you in line, or a vicious lion in the African savanna).
Since blood is flowing to your lungs and muscles, less of it is reaching other organs including the stomach. This causes the light, nauseating sensation we all know and hate.
The magnificent Cinderella’s castle was meant to be Walt Disney’s castle. Inside it's upper level s is an apartment that Disney intended to use when him and his family were in Florida. By the time he passed away, it still wasn’t finished.
However, Disney announced in 2006 that it would be turned into a deluxe suit which is awarded randomly to a family every day. The deluxe suit is going to come with 24-karat gold tile floors and a “magic mirror” that turns into a television. That’s not all Disney World is working on. Even though it is already about the size of San Francisco, 65% of it's 27,000 acres are still in development.