Halloween Fun Facts

Do you want to learn some Halloween facts? Halloween is a yearly celebration that is observed in several countries every 31st of October. This is the eve of the Western Christian feast of Hallows’ Day. This celebration initiates the time of the year where the dead are remembered including hallowing the martyrs, saints and other faithful believers who have departed from this world.

Here are some fun facts regarding Halloween celebration:

  • In the movie Halloween which was released in 1978, the film was on a very tight budget in that they had to use very cheap mask for the lead character Michael Meyers. The mask turned out to be a mask from Star Trek. The actor who used the mask in Star Trek initially had no clue that the mask was in his likeness and was delighted by the idea when he found out years after.
  • The first ever jack O’Lanterns were made from turnips.
  • The second highest grossing holiday commercially after Christmas is actually Halloween.
  • A lot of people get into the costume of witches during the Halloween night. The word witch actually comes from an old English word wicce which means wise woman. According to history, wiccan were a group of highly respected people in a certain period of time. As upheld by popular belief, witches would hold one of two of their important meeting in a year during a Halloween night.
  • During their Halloween trick or treat, fifty percent of the kids prefer to receive chocolate candies while 24 percent prefer non-chocolate and about 10 percent like to receive gums.
  • According to a famous Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns is named after a mean and clever man named Jack who tricked the devil a couple of times. Because of his being cunning, he was loathed by the devil and was forbidden to enter into both hell and heaven. Jack was condemned to wander the earth for eternity occasionally waving his lantern in order to lure people into wandering away from their paths.
  • The largest pumpkin ever measured was recorded at 836 pounds and broke the world record in 1993.

Tips On How To Keep Your Ribbons From Fraying

If you are fond of arts and crafts, then you definitely know that even ribbons can add to the beauty of your work. But nothing can be more frustrating than having already put the ribbons in place then it begins to fray. Sometimes it cannot be avoided, though, because synthetic and fabric ribbons always tend to separate at the edges. This is inevitable but there is also a way for you to extend the life of the ribbon, thus allowing its edges to stay together so that your work is not ruined.

Below are three ways that you can use to keep your ribbons from fraying.

NAIL POLISH APPLICATION
If you think nail polish is only good for our nails, then you are mistaken. They can be useful in other things as well and in this particular situation, they are an effective adhesive that would help hold the ribbon edges together. The first thing to do is to find sharp scissors and then cut the edge of the ribbon 45 degrees or an inverted V.

You then would have to purchase a nail polish, preferably a colorless one. Afterwards, you dip the brush inside then gently sweep it off at the edges of the ribbon. Pick the edges up and make sure they don’t fray until the polish dries.
If you want to strengthen the nail polish’s hold, you can repeat the application a second time.

GLUE APPLICATION
This method is very similar to the previous one but instead of a nail polish, we will be using a true adhesive. The same procedures go. We cut the ribbon in 45 degrees but instead of using a brush, you apply a small amount of glue in a cotton swab and then gently apply it to the edges. Make sure you hold onto it until it dries.

CANDLE APPLICATION

This works most effectively on synthetic ribbons. You start by lighting a candle near a sink or water and then cut the edges by 45 degrees. Afterwards, you carefully hold and drag the edges to the flame. Make sure to only burn the edges and be careful with the fire.

The Uphill Battle For Real Estate Investment Companies

Marketing plans for HomeUnion real investing is more serious than retail because big money is involved in the transactions. Online marketing is one of the strategies I am thinking about because our goal is to increase our earning potential. Real estate investment is a very competitive business which you can see if you try to Google the word “real estate”. There are now more real estate agents that in the previous years and increasing the sales potential is an uphill battle.

For realtors, online marketing is the perfect way to gain exposure to the target audience. Majority of people today have become more involved in the internet than other media. Our real estate investment business already had a standard website that was doing pretty well in page rankings but we opted for an upgrade to responsive web design to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the mobile industry. It is no secret that almost all people today are using their smartphones for search and it makes sense to be accessible to these people.

Search engine optimization also plays a huge role in our online marketing campaign. Even if we are doing quite well in search results, we have to consistent in the first page of Google results. The first page is always the common choice of potential customers who are looking to invest in property. Content is extremely important for SEO as well as the right keywords and we made an effort to create relevant and useful content for our target audience. Relevant content in real estate industry means answering the most common questions and issues on the minds of our audience.

Content does not necessarily have to deal about houses for sale. The real estate industry has an audience that is also interested in how mortgages are taken and which financial institutions provide the lowest interests. It also makes sense to write about the communities where the properties are located because investors are always interested on the developments and improvements that can attract potential tenants. It is also critical to optimize the blog with popular keywords and phrases the target audience will likely use when they make a search for investment properties.

Brief Introduction About Laser Eye Surgery

Many have long wondered what the procedure called laser eye surgery Glasgow is and how and what it does to our vision. Some people have been to unsure of what laser eye surgery or LASIK does to their long-run eye health and so they would just rather wear corrective glasses or contact lenses. There have been negative connotations about it and there have also been positive ones as well. So, to make you informative of the procedure, we wrote down a brief introduction to what laser eye surgery is and what are the benefits as well as the drawbacks.

History
Professor John Marshall first used laser eye surgery in 1991. He patented the use of excimer laser to reshape the cornea. Greek doctor Ioannis Pilakaris and Italian doctor Lucio Burrato found out later on that the healing time from the surgery is much quicker when the laser is applied under a thin flip onto the cornea. In 1995, the US FDA approved the use of lasers for vision correction or LASIK.

Effectiveness
Surveys of patient satisfaction of laser eye surgery ranges from 92 to 98 percent. However, there have been a small number of patients were reported to have been required to undergo a second surgery due to over- or under-correction. A former FDA official Moris Waxler was even reported to say that the failure rate for the procedure could be as much as 50%. However, the FDA denied such statements and calling Waxler’s words as incorrect and false.

Process
A corneal suction ring is placed onto the eye to hold it in place. A flap is then created by cutting through the corneal epithelium. It is then folded back to reveal the middle section of the cornea. The tissue is then vaporized using the excimer laser. The flap is then repositioned over the area where it is held in place by natural adhesion. After the operation, patients are often given antibiotics or eye drops to stop the inflammation.

Risks
Undercorrection
Overcorrection
Temporary only vision correction
Infection induced vision loss
Higher-order aberrations
Irregular astigmatism
Epithelial ingrowth
Dry eyes
Glares

As you can see, a number of risks and complications are associated with the procedure. However, as what we previously wrote, only a very small population has been reported to suffer from the risks stated above. So, before deciding to undergo surgery, make sure you are aware of the procedure and the effects associated with it.

Pros And Cons Of Security Cameras

Security Cameras are almost essential when it comes to home and office security. It has become one of the more popular choices for effective security measures because of the many benefits provided.

However, like all kinds of technology, security cameras also have their disadvantages as well. So before deciding to buy a security camera, you may want to go over the list of pros and cons we provided for you.

Pros

1. Anti-theft

This is the most basic purpose of security cameras. Placing them in strategic locations will not only allow you to have a view of your secured location but it also has an effect on potential criminals. Just the presence of security cameras already has a deterring effect on thieves.

The mere thought of having cameras looking at them inside the office or at homes will have people second guessing of whether to commit a crime or not because the camera will always catch them red-handed.

2. Monitoring activities

Cameras not always used to scare criminals off or to catch thieves red-handed. Sometimes, they are also a good way of monitoring the activities of suspicious people in the vicinity. It cannot be avoided that there may be shady people within the neighborhood or in the office building. You cannot always trust that these kinds people will behave even with the presence security cameras. Therefore, monitoring their movements through cameras will help keep you at ease knowing that every step they make towards a potential crime is recorded and seen.

3. For records

You can’t always be at the helm of everything that your camera sees. Often times, some activity or crime is recorded by the camera but is unseen by the person at the helm of the camera. Or they may be instances where evidence of a crime or an activity is needed but you weren’t able to witness it personally. Here come the recording purposes of cameras. Whenever there’s a need to know what happened during a crime or whenever you are uneasy of what happened a night ago, looking up the security records of the camera can help get the evidence you need or help unnerve you of what happened last night.

Disadvantages

1. Privacy issues

This usually happens in the office setup. Employees may object to being under constant surveillance and monitoring as if they were being treated as prisoners or criminals. They may take this as an invasion of their privacy and may take it as an offense similar to being treated as criminals.

2. They are expensive

Security cameras cost hundreds or thousands of dollars depending on the model and security features they provide. Installation and maintenance adds up to the costs. And of course, when you’re in the office setup, you’d have to hire regular security employees to monitor the footage of the security cameras. Think about how much money you’ll have to spend on that. But of course, if security really is an issue in your home or in the office, then money may not be an issue to you.

From Silly To Trendy: The Tale Of Ugly Christmas Sweaters

When you talk about ugly Christmas sweaters, nothing is too much or too exaggerated. The silliest it looks, the better it is. The uglier it seems, the trendier you are. You can add more sparkles, pin more designs, light up things, and stitch on other holiday things you fancy. There is no limit when it comes to designing or choosing your ugly Christmas sweater. As the saying goes, ‘You are limited only by your imagination’.

There are now various events and parties where one can join and wear their most bespectacled ugly Christmas sweater and not be shy about it. It is the crowning glory of the participants in these celebrations. The uglier and sillier it gets, the more you fit in the crowd. Not just any other crowd but a hoard of hundreds and thousands of participants who are willing to don their most neglected (for some, newly bought) ugly Christmas sweaters.

Remember those Christmases years back when you dread the day your old Aunt will give you another one of those silly sweaters. You open the gift with fake enthusiasm and express your thanks with a promise to wear it soon only to be cheered on by cousins to try it on now. Then you wear your newest ugly Christmas sweater for the duration of the party while avoiding having too many photographs in it that will bite you back years from now. If you still remember then you know now that those sweaters are not silly but you are.

Wherever you are, thrift stores and bargain shops are now the targeted spots when looking for the perfect and ugliest Christmas sweater. It makes you long for those years when you still get one every holiday. Now you have to buy your own and it cost as much as your regular sweater, only uglier and brighter.

The trend of the ugly Christmas sweater is growing each day and now that the holiday season is coming fast, there is a renewed sense of urgency to look for the coolest sweater. Some enjoy the yearly ugly Christmas sweater events while some would love to jump into the bandwagon and try the latest craze.