Fifty Shades Of… Grey (as Big as a Book, but Online and Free)

I know you’re probably thinking here is the novel “Fifty Shades of Grey”. Or the movie. Online! Free!

Sorry to disappoint you. I did not even read the book. Nor seen the film. (Not that you believe me.)

I am talking about another Grey. It’s even more famous. I challenge you to discover the 50 shades presented here. It might be surprisingly exciting!

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Rio Carnival – the Biggest Party of the World

Your neighbors make you a scandal for having a party with 20 decently dressed people.

In the meantime, somewhere in the world there is a party that lasts four days, gathers millions of people, the life and souls of the party are almost naked, and yet no one bangs on the pipe, nor the door. What is it? The Grand Carnival in Rio de Janeiro – this party is held annually.

What happens to those neighbours who want to sleep? In this case, they leave the city. (Really!)

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Switzerland – A Small Country with Big Oddities (as Big as a Mountain)

Perhaps you have wondered, as a joke, or more seriously, why you should learn something about Switzerland. Or more: what would arouse interest? Well, I want you to see this country differently, perhaps through eyes of a child. (By the way, are you among those who saw “Heidi”?)

Sure, “the cantons country” is famous for many things, from watches (mechanical gems) to cheese (about 450 varieties). It is full of beautiful landscapes, especially mountains, which are reflected in the numerous lakes (more than 1500). The picturesque and modern intertwine. To conclude, the dream of every tourist! And when you hear “chocolate”, the Swiss ones certainly come to mind – tons are produced every year. My mouth is already watering!

But there are many other things about this country that are not known. And some will make you open your eyes, mouth, and… mind!

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Wim Hof – How Long Can You Resist the Cold? (Longer Than You Think)

When I was little, I competed with friends in holding our breath underwater. One of us, who had an underwater clock – the envy of all – was timing us. Because fatigue interfered, it was almost impossible to beat your record on the spot, especially in the same day. Then winter came and we could not improve our records.

So one of us invented a competition to see who could keep their finger in a glass of ice water longer. I took out ice cubes from the freezer, filled up a glass with water, and we placed our fingers in the water, watching one another intently. I do not know how we escaped without frostbite, but I do not advise anyone to do such a thing! The games children invent when their parents aren’t home! Those were the days!

And here, over decades, I found Wim Hof, aptly nicknamed Iceman, the man who can stand for hours in water filled with ice cubes. And that’s nothing. Read on and let us marvel at the performance of this truly extraordinary man!

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50 Animals Who Have Not Found Their Color (with Surprise Bonus)

Nature has endowed beings with a variety of colors. Sometimes it simply happens that a specimen appears into the world after “after they have forgotten the paints at home.” It is simply because the body has not what it takes to catch the color.

Genetic anomaly that prevents pigmentation is called albinism. Genetic mutation causes melanin (the fundamental contributing factor that determines how the skin, hair/feathers and eyes look like) to be missing completely or mostly 1)Albino Animals” by Kelly Milner Halls, book published by Millbrook Press in 2004. The result is often spectacular. Of course, rarity (sometimes extreme) can make an albino animal a star. But it is something beyond that: Colorless, that body can reveal an unexpected beauty.

A similar genetic abnormality is leucism, which consists of a reduction in all pigments, not just melanin 2)”Macropod Husbandry, Healthcare and Medicinals” by Lynda Staker, book published in 2014. Even though in such cases one can see a hint of color or a surface that is only very close to white, the result can be just as spectacular.

The difference between albinism and leucism is not always obvious. Sometimes there are signs such as redness around the eyes which can be observed in some animals with albinism. Sometimes even experts have difficulty telling what it is without examining closely. But it may not matter so much; at least for us, ordinary viewers.

Prepare for a journey like you have never seen. Here two “worlds” become parallel: animals with and without color!

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References   [ + ]

1. Albino Animals” by Kelly Milner Halls, book published by Millbrook Press in 2004
2. ”Macropod Husbandry, Healthcare and Medicinals” by Lynda Staker, book published in 2014

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