Why do we say “Goodnight, sleep tight”?

Sometime during the sixteenth century, British farmers moved from sleeping on the ground to sleeping in beds. These beds were little more than straw-filled mattress tied to wooden frames with ropes.

To secure the mattress before sleeping, you pulled on the ropes to tighten them, and that’s when they began saying, “Goodnight, sleep tight.”

What is a disability?

The word “disabled” usually refers to a person who has a physical or mental handicap that keeps him or her from doing certain tasks—or makes performing them unusually difficult. Most physical disabilities, like blindness or paralysis, are easily noticed, but many mental disabilities are harder to detect. Mental disabilities can include diseases like schizophrenia, which causes severe disturbances in people’s thoughts and emotions.

Another type of disability is a learning disability, such as dyslexia, which is a learning disorder that makes reading very difficult because the brain reverses the order of letters and words. Many disabled people prefer the term “differently abled,” a description that doesn’t divide people into categories like “normal” and “disabled” but addresses the idea that every person has different abilities.

What are the origins of April Fool’s Day?

Up until 1564, the French celebrated New Year’s between March 25 and April 1, but with the introduction of the new Gregorian calendar the festival was moved to January 1.

Those who resisted became the victims of pranks including invitations to nonexistent New Year’s parties on April 1. Soon the April 1 celebration of a non-occasion became an annual festival of hoaxes.

I Love Doing Things Alone & People Should Stop Worrying About It

Recently, I told a colleague that I was going to have dinner alone. She looked at me like I told her I was going to go indulge in a sacrifice to Satan. She then proceeded to tell me that she is there if I need company. But I didn’t need company to begin with.

Another time, I was telling my friends about how I want to travel alone over the weekend. Once again, there was judgement but more than that there was pity. “Don’t travel alone. No one should have to do it. That is just sad,” is what a friend said.

These instances forced me to ponder over questions that I have been troubled by for quite some time:

Why is spending time alone still a stigma? Why are people who like doing things alone considered lonely?

The problem here is that spending time all by yourself is considered to be socially unacceptable. It is understandable, really. Over the centuries, we’ve accepted that man is a social animal. We need people around us for love and support. It is only after interacting and conversing with our fellow homo sapiens that we build friendships that last a lifetime and meet people who help us grow into the best version of ourselves.

But we often underestimate how much we can do for ourselves. 

Spending time alone will give you the opportunity to gather your thoughts, analyze your own life and change things that need to be changed. All of which will only take us closer to being self-sufficient people.

Yet, it baffles me how negatively spending time by yourself is perceived to be. Going out alone for a drink is one nightmare for me. The staff keeps asking me if I’m waiting for someone, people listen to my order and imagine the story of my heartbreak and I can see their faces painted with pity for me. However, here’s something I want to clarify; going solo does not mean I am lonely or I lack friends.

In fact, I feel I’m perfectly entitled to simply not be in the mood to entertain someone through an activity or indulge in small talk.

Nowadays, social media makes it so tough to not be in touch. We keep staring into screens of all shapes and sizes just to see where people are going, what they’re eating, what they’re wearing and even how they’ve decorated their rooms. Half the reason for these uploads is social validation through likes and comments. I would be lying if I say I don’t like it but it gets exhausting after a point. I reach a point where I start craving some ‘me’ time.

I find that spending time alone is the best thing for the soul. It is in this solitary time that I learn to enjoy my own company. It gives me a chance to think about things, to tell myself where I’m going wrong in life and to compliment myself on little achievements. It helps me take things one step at a time.

And well, mostly it is not even as romantic as it sounds. At times, it’s just me, sitting at my favorite burger joint and reading a book. And if I’m completely comfortable with it, why does it make other people uncomfortable?

Honestly, I highly recommend spending time by yourself. Do all the things you’ve been missing out on just because you don’t have company. Go for that movie none of your friends want to watch, take the vacation you’ve been planning, go for the art exhibition your friends find boring and just go grab a cup of coffee on your own when no one is free to do it with you.

Just do it if you want to! Realize that you are enough for yourself. Don’t be scared of judgement but most of all, don’t be scared of yourself.

Go ahead and give your soul what it needs. Give some of your time to yourself.

What it the largest flower in the world?

The flower with the world’s largest bloom is the rafflesia, which grows in the rain forests of Indonesia. It can grow to be 3 feet (0.91 meters) across and weigh up to 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms). It is a parasitic plant, with no visible leaves, roots, or stem. It attaches itself to a host plant to obtain water and nutrients.

When in bloom, the rafflesia gives off a repulsive odor, similar to that of rotting meat. Although people do not want to come near it, the strange odor attracts insects that pollinate the plant.

Why are there wars?

Wars have taken place since the beginning of recorded history, and they surely occurred before that as well. A war begins when one group of people (the aggressors) tries to force its will on another group of people, and those people fight back. War frequently springs from the differences between people, or from the desire of one group to increase its power or wealth by taking control of another group’s land. Often the aggressors feel that they are superior to the group they want to dominate: they believe that their religion, culture, or even race is better than that of the people they wish to defeat. This sense of superiority makes them feel that it is acceptable to fight to take the land, possessions, and even lives of the “inferior” group, or to force their ways on the dominated people.

Because countries can be very different from one another in government, religion, customs, and ideology (ways of thinking), it is not surprising that nations disagree on many things. But great efforts are usually made to settle the disagreements through discussion and negotiation—a process called diplomacy—before they result in anything as destructive as a war. War usually occurs when diplomacy fails. Because science and technology have allowed us to create such powerful and destructive weapons that can result in such devastating wars, we now have international organizations that work all the time to try to keep peace among nations.

How did we start celebrating Mother’s Day?

In 1907 Miss Anna Jarvis of West Virginia asked guests to wear a white carnation to the church service on the anniversary of her mother’s death. But Mother’s Day became increasingly commercial, and Miss Jarvis spent the rest of her life trying to restore its simplicity.

The strain of her efforts to stop Mother’s Day and what it had become led her to an insane asylum, where she died alone in 1948.

Why are some mushrooms called toadstools?

The word “toadstool” dates to the Middle Ages when it was associated with the toad, Which was thought to be poisonous. Toadstools, with their stool-like shape, are really mushrooms that are poisonous or inedible.

For example, the bright red “fly agaric” toadstool’s juice was once used to make a remedy for killing bugs. It is a very poisonous mushroom that still lives today and should be avoided.

Why do we use the word glitch to define an unknown computer problem?

Along with space exploration came new expressions that are now everyday language. Astronauts said “affirmative” for yes, “check” to confirm a completed task, and “copy” to indicate that an instruction was understood. “Glitch,” an unexplained computer malfunction, was first used to describe the Mercury space capsule’s frustrating tendency to signal an emergency when none existed.

Which U.S. city has the most public landmarks?

New York City has the most landmarks in the United States. Landmarks are permanent structures, such as trees, bridges, buildings, and statues that contribute to the historic, cultural, or architectural heritage of a city. In New York, there are 1,116 designated landmarks, 104 interior landmarks, 9 scenic landmarks, and 84 historic districts, resulting in the largest number of designated landmarks and the most valuable real estate in any city in the United States.

Some of the most famous landmarks include the Empire State Building, which is 1,250 feet (381 meters) high from the ground to its tip. There is an observatory on the 86th floor of the building that overlooks the city, but you have to either take the elevator or climb more than 1,000 steps to reach it. Another famous New York City landmark is the Statue of Liberty, which was built by French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, with the help of many laborers working ten hour days, seven days a week for nine years! The statue was finally finished in July 1884, and shipped to America in 350 individual pieces that were finally assembled many months later.