11 days are simply missing from the month.

Here is an interesting historical fact. Just have a look at the calendar for the month of September 1752.

11 days are simply missing from the month.

Here's the explanation: This was the month during which England shifted from the Roman Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar.

A Julian year was 11 days longer than a Gregorian year. So, the King of England ordered 11 days to be wiped off the face of that particular month. (A King could order anything, couldn't he?)
So, the workers worked for 11 days less that month, but got paid for the whole month. That's how the concept of "paid leave" was born. Hail the King!!!

In the Roman Julian Calendar, April used to be the first month of the year; but the Gregorian Calendar observed January as the first month. Even after shifting to the Gregorian Calendar, many people refused to give up old traditions and continued celebrating 1st April as the New Year's Day. When simple orders didn't work, the King finally issued a royal dictum; which stated that those who celebrated 1st April as the new year's day would be labelled as fools.

From then on, 1st April became April Fool's Day.

This Incredible Animation About Plastic Surgery Is Scary, But It Needs To Be Seen By More People.

The 515 Chemicals Women Put on Their Bodies Every Day (Infographic)

Organic Meat: Organic Murder.



When I took the first steps to becoming a Vegan I had no idea the adventures, controversies and backlash I was to encounter. 8 months ago, when I first started Veganism, I thought I was just going to omit the foods that dealt with torture. And go on otherwise normally. I am happy I was wrong.

Veganism has literally changed my entire mind set! I have a new appreciation for animals and food and life. As a result on this lifestyle, I have discovered this new driven force I never discovered in the past. Yet, although I am growing every moment and taking the steps to actually CHANGE our food culture, I still encounter those of the opposing view EVERY SINGLE DAY.

As a vegan, or anyone doing something social abnormal for that matter, you are going to face the majority. Oh the majority… Full of your delivered ideologies and after “I grew up eating food like this” have nothing much else to offer as an explanation or justification for eating death.



The picture of above is what slaughter houses don’t want you to see. But the finsihing product of what they DO want you to see. Your food goes through a process. This is the process.

Today, I want to talk about an issue I have been dicing in my head: eating ORGANIC animal products. Organic is defined as being naturally grown, excluding an artificial product usage. Organic can be “good” for you because they aim to avoid using herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and insecticides in fruits and vegetables. They are prominently grown outside, in dirt under the sun, just like God intended. Organic meat is feed a grass fed diet and is omitted from being pumped with steroids and antibiotics. My father recommended that I try eating Organic because it solves the unhealthy aspects of eating meat and animal products.

There’s a twist in that though that many still fail to fully understand: I don’t consume animal products and meat because I respect an animal’s life just as my own.

Organic or not, there is still bloodshed. An animal is still slaughtered. An animal is still being drained (blood), sliced and packaged in pretty plastic wrapped and sold off as “food.”

Of course vegans are just that because eating meat is linked to the growing cardiovascular diseases, weight problems and hundreds of other alignments that plague our society. But being a Vegan more than just health for you, it is health for another life.

Eating Organic meat and animal products cover only the health aspects, but what about the true underlying issue? The murder of another life in order to satisfy your taste buds?

This is when I bring in discipline. The melting in your mouth sensation is not worth harvesting life, slaughtering another life (whether inhumane or not) or seasoning it for a BBQ. It just simply doesn’t make that much sense to me. But that’s just me.

In a bigger sense, I do not condone eating organic meat and animal products because it is seemingly a cover up of the real thing; murder.

Yes, I know. Murder is a strong word. But it is the right word. Synonyms include inhuman and humane slaughter. But it is a fact. Murder is ending another life. And, coming from a Vegan, who’s to say an animal’s life is less than yours?

My family still eats meat. Some refuse looking at my blog because they just do not want to know. I have news for you: ignorance is bliss. Growth cannot come from just sweeping the truth under the rug and pretending that everything is fine.

Indeed, organic meat and animal products are “better,” but in comparison to what? Of course raising animals the right way is an improvement from extremely unsustainable factory farms! But our food should be better period. Not just a lesser of the two evils.

It depends on what you define as better. Organic farming is better because animals and plants are grown without the chemicals found in foods every day. Inhumane slaughter is better because an animal death is quick. If this is how you define better then you need to really start questioning your influences.

To me, better is eating food without the looming death. It is consuming GOOD food and clearing a plate without having to dance around bones. Yes bones. Animals have them. They also have a heart, lungs and offspring. So murder is a strong word, but it is the right word.

cow            Vs.        Human-Anatomy-Organs-283-707x1024

There is no difference!

So, to wrap up today, I always want herbivores and carnivores alike to ask themselves this question: WHY?!

Ask Why! Why am I eating meat? Because I grew up on it? Because it taste good? Is that a good enough reason to support the violent beating and torture many farm animals endure before being brutally slaughtered? Better yet, ask what… what am I even eating??

I will answer that question my own way: you are eating another life that just speaks in its own language and looks a little different. It’s like eating a foreigner.

Call me crazy, but I do not care! It is hard to start eating anything knowing that death was involved. My body is not a graveyard. I will not let it be. So, the organic argument is a pseudo relief from the reality: you are eating a once living thing. Repeat that sentence to yourself. Look at the chicken bones left piled on your plate and ask yourself: was it worth it?

Author: FreshVeggies

Vegan Love! Vegan Food!

Are you learning from your mistake?

The most popular talks of all time

Are schools killing creativity? What makes a great leader? How can I find happiness? These talks are the ones that you and your fellow TED fans just can't stop sharing.

How schools kill creativity

Watch More Talks

How to Detect Lies

Courtesy: Blifaloo

Become a Human Lie Detector (Part 1)
Warning: sometimes ignorance is bliss. After gaining this knowledge, you may be hurt when it is obvious that someone is lying to you. The following deception detection techniques are used by police, forensic psychologists, security experts and other investigators.

Introduction to Detecting Lies:

This knowledge is also useful for managers, employers, and for anyone to use in everyday situations where telling the truth from a lie can help prevent you from being a victim of fraud/scams and other deceptions.

This is just a basic run down of physical (body language) gestures and verbal cues that may indicate someone is being untruthful. Remember: these signs don't indicate someone is lying, just that they are more likely to be lying.

If you got here from somewhere else, be sure to check out our Lie Detection index page for more info including new research in the field of forensic psychology. Last update: April 10th, 2013.

Signs of Deception:

Body Language of Lies:

• Physical expression will be limited and stiff, with few arm and hand movements. Hand, arm and leg movement are toward their own body the liar takes up less space.

• A person who is lying to you will avoid making eye contact.

• Hands touching their face, throat & mouth. Touching or scratching the nose or behind their ear. Not likely to touch his chest/heart with an open hand.

Emotional Gestures & Contradiction

• Timing and duration of emotional gestures and emotions are off a normal pace. The display of emotion is delayed, stays longer it would naturally, then stops suddenly.

• Timing is off between emotions gestures/expressions and words. Example: Someone says "I love it!" when receiving a gift, and then smile after making that statement, rather then at the same time the statement is made.

• Gestures/expressions don’t match the verbal statement, such as frowning when saying “I love you.”

• Expressions are limited to mouth movements when someone is faking emotions (like happy, surprised, sad, awe, )instead of the whole face. For example; when someone smiles naturally their whole face is involved: jaw/cheek movement, eyes and forehead push down, etc.

Also see our article on micro expressions & lying.

Interactions and Reactions

• A guilty person gets defensive. An innocent person will often go on the offensive.

• A liar is uncomfortable facing his questioner/accuser and may turn his head or body away.

• A liar might unconsciously place objects (book, coffee cup, etc.) between themselves and you.

Verbal Context and Content

• A liar will use your words to make answer a question. When asked, “Did you eat the last cookie?” The liar answers, “No, I did not eat the last cookie.”

•A statement with a contraction is more likely to be truthful: “ I didn't do it” instead of “I did not do it”

• Liars sometimes avoid "lying" by not making direct statements. They imply answers instead of denying something directly.

• The guilty person may speak more than natural, adding unnecessary details to convince you... they are not comfortable with silence or pauses in the conversation.

• A liar may leave out pronouns and speak in a monotonous tone. When a truthful statement is made the pronoun is emphasized as much or more than the rest of the words in a statement.

• Words may be garbled and spoken softly, and syntax and grammar may be off. In other
words, his sentences will likely be muddled rather than emphasized.

• The use of distancing language. out to wikipedia

Also see our article on Statement Analysis for a more in-depth look at word analysis techniques used by interrogators.

Other signs of a lie:

• If you believe someone is lying, then change subject of a conversation quickly, a liar follows along willingly and becomes more relaxed. The guilty wants the subject changed; an innocent person may be confused by the sudden change in topics and will want to back to the previous subject.

• Using humor or sarcasm to avoid a subject.

Final Notes:

Obviously, just because someone exhibits one or more of these signs does not make them a liar. The above behaviors should be compared to a persons base (normal) behavior whenever possible.

Most lie detecting experts agree that a combination of body language and other cues must be used to make an educated guess on whether someone is telling the truth or a lie.

Continue Reading Part 2 - Eye Direction & Lies

Now, send money to your Facebook friends real time for free

Private sector lender Kotak Mahindra Bank (KMB) today launched a Facebook-based instant fund transfer service wherein one can send money to friends on the social media network real time, for free.

"This is a bank agnostic product, the sender and the receiver may not be our account holders. We have used the IMPS platform on the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) network to make this possible," KMB's executive vice president and head of digital initiatives, Deepak Sharma, told PTI over phone.

At present, a sender can initiate fund transfer to any person through mobile phone, courtesy the IMPS infrastructure.

The IMPS platform has 28 banks under it and account holders of any of these banks can use the newly launched service, Sharma said, adding that there will be no charges for either sending or receiving the money.

KMB has worked closely with the Reserve Bank and the National Payments Corporation of India for it, he said.

The sender will have to register on a dedicated website for the initiative called 'KayPay' wherein he will have to give bank account details and the bank's MMID, apart from personal credentials, Sharma said.

Once registered, the sender can initiate transactions and if the beneficiary is not registered on KayPay, he will be directed to a page to register for completed a transaction.

If the beneficiary is registered on KayPay, the transaction will be executed faster.
On the security front, Sharma claimed it is fully secure, even in the event of the Facebook account getting compromised as it uses two-factor authentication to complete a transaction. Additionally, there is also an expiry time for a transaction, he said.

KMB has set a limit of Rs 2,500 per transaction and a total of Rs 25,000 a month for sending, while a beneficiary may also not get more than Rs 25,000 a month, Sharma said.

"We wanted to make fund transfers for small amounts as less cumbersome as possible," Sharma said.

It can be noted that at present, some lenders like ICICI Bank allow fund transfers for their own account holders using Facebook.

Sharma declined to give any target of the transactions which the bank is targeting, but said that the scope is vast as there are at least 250 million Facebook users in the country having a bank account, who can benefit from it.

What Color is Your Personality?

Which of The Seven Deadly Sins Controls Your Life?

How Do Others See You?

Do You Think Like A Rich Person or a Poor Person?

What is Your Brain Actually Good At?