Every day something wonderful happens to you: you can see. And not just see, but see in color. You get used to seeing, to such an extent, that you don’t even ask yourself about how many colors you can actually see. Let me tell you, so that you can sleep well tonight: up to 1 million shades!
If you find this number impressively large, you should know that there are people – usually, women – that can distinguish 100 times more shades than a normal person. They are called tetrachromats – because, instead of three, they have four types of photoreceptor cells.
Nobody knows how many tetrachromats are in the world, but they do live among us. But how come we don’t hear much about them?! Because not even they know what they are. It’s hard to tell that you are actually perceiving more shades than others around you.
One more thing: the brain doesn’t pay attention to useless things. It has the tendency to simplify all that is of no interest. No matter how many shades of colors your eyes may record, the brain won’t analyze them unless it’s necessary.
Concetta Antico is a tetrachromat. Moreover, she is a visual artist since childhood and a long-experienced Art teacher. You got it: she works with color on a daily basis! In a nutshell, she enjoys the optimal conditions of perceiving as many colors as possible. Something that is truly rare to find.
Curious to find out more, we did some talking. A discussion which, of course, shall be presented to you in the following lines…
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Rio de Janeiro is one of the most famous cities in the world. Samba, beach, and beautiful women – in one word, fun. The association is so powerful, that you can find, in different parts of the world, hundreds of brands who were named after or inspired by Rio. The Rio Carnival is the epitome of this state of mind.
And here you have it: in 2016, Rio de Janeiro becomes the host city of the Olympics. It’s a much bigger premiere than you may realize: because it’s the first time the Olympic Games took place in South America. The choice is appropriate: sports are fun too – at least for the hundreds of thousands of spectators.
But laying aside the carnival and the Olympics, which remain two punctual events, it is a city that might have something else hidden in the cupboard. The “skeletons” will be revealed to you in the following lines…
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Let’s say that you are at a crossroads in your life. You feel like you could use the help of someone, who will clear your mind. You knock on an office door. You enter and sit down comfortably, waiting for your savior to come.
And here it comes. The one and only…
OK, you can wake up now. Was it a dream or was it a nightmare?
Probably, Jim Carrey is the last man on earth you would expect to get advice from. He’s such an oddball!
But, if you put your preconceptions aside and think about it for a while, you might find some arguments in his favour. This man has made more money out of nothing than you’ll ever do. He has worked together with big names in the field of arts. He has been with several hot chicks that you admire only from a distance… He sure knows something that you don’t, doesn’t he?!
On 24th May, 2014, Jim Carrey held a speech in front of the graduates of the Maharishi University of Iowa, United States. This is a special higher education establishment, founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the father of transcendental meditation. Those who study at this university learn, apart from the usual courses, ancient Hindu techniques of spiritual development.
Let’s find out what Jim Carrey told the young boys and girls who were at the beginning of their careers – plus some extra annotations that put you a little more into perspective…
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Resting is not just a pleasure. It is essential for our health and living a harmonious life.
Of course you sleep. Even if you didn’t want to, your body still gets its rest.
But sleeping is not enough for being actually rested. How many times have you awaken with fatigue in your bones? This is a major problem for the modern man.
The quality of the sleep makes all the difference. But that’s not an easy thing to get. Many researchers have beaten their brains out to find out the secrets of a more resting sleep. Don’t you think it’s about time you found them out, too?!
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Have you ever wondered how little you know about the songs you listen to? Of course, sometimes you know the singer’s name, but even that you can’t always remember. It’s not even worth the risk to ask you about who composed the music or wrote the lyrics. Producers, arrangers, instrumentalists, backing vocals – “Are you kidding me?”
Despite what it looks like, a song doesn’t just come from nowhere. Sometimes it takes months, during which all these people have to run with a bat in their hands, chasing after inspiration and trying to squeeze some more notes out of it. Or, in some cases, it takes years for a song to be reborn. Somehow, it manages to break through.
During all this time, the song gets a story. And I’m not referring to what the song says, but to the story that remains untold. The story about the song’s life.
Let me show you what you’ve been missing! Let’s take the example of “Smile” – a song which should steal a smile from you. But it would most likely leave you with your mouth wide open.
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