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Check out Halcyon! My vision for this magazine is geared towards helping the reader feel peaceful, tranquil, and inspired. I even have a message on the back cover!

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1-If I Were Batman: Someone decides to bring their love of comics into reality.

2-Stealing From Killers: A woman steals the wrong thing from the wrong person.

3-Beginner’s Luck: The story of a guy who makes a fortune off of his very first painting.

4-A Bit of Nudity: A nudist colony gets a visit from a very famous celebrity.

5-Letter From Heaven: A wife gets a lengthy letter from her deceased husband about his first month in Heaven.

6-Reasons Death Doesn’t Suck: A recently deceased teenager discovers that there is life after death and you can do a lot more when dead than when alive.

7-Dying Wishes: A family goes on a road trip with their cancer-stricken child to grant as many wishes as they can.

8-Lunatic Friends: A guy gets a crush on a wannabe serial killer.

9-Job Security: People learn of a possible downsizing and they all start competing to prove their worth to the company, often with hilarious results.

10-The Beauty of Ugliness: A very unattractive person is also the most popular because of their actions.

11-Good Story Ideas: A young author makes a wish to have better story ideas while blowing out a birthday candle. The wish comes true and after filling up over 1100 notebooks, he goes insane.

12-The Itch: A person hard up for money tries an experimental drug that has a very aggravating side effect. The itching eventually begins to impact his side hobby – vigilantism.

13-The Third Eye Recedes: A well known psychic begins to realize that her powers are fading away. She decides to help a small town police force track down a serial killer one last time in spite of this fact.

14-The Oddest Job: A person is hired as a bellhop in an extremely haunted hotel. Hilarity ensues.

15-The Rise of Madison Walker: A guy comes out of nowhere to become the leader of a very powerful country.

16-The Wishing Table: A toddler finds a very special table and causes everyone involved it her life to become a lot more interesting.17-Gumdrops: A child obsession with candy changes their world – literally.

18-Where Creatures Roam: A brother and sister find a secret doorway where the creatures of imagination roam free.

19-Wild Animals I Have Known: A boy recalls his trip to a national park.

20-10 Reasons I Believe In Santa: A self-explanatory short story idea.

21-When the Hen Attacks: Someone finds out that you shouldn’t try to pet baby chicks when mama is around.

22-My Blue Squirrel: A boy rescues a squirrel that has fallen into a bucket of blue paint.

23-Secrets of the Hive: A young girl is given the opportunity to visit a beehive.

24-Old Bugs: The oldest living praying mantis in existence visits a young boy to ask a favor.

25-The Twilight Creatures: A young child is playing in just the right place at just the right time and the unicorn visits.

26-Cotton Candy Christmas: Children wake up on Christmas to the ground covered in cotton candy. At first it seems like a dream come true, but it doesn’t take long for everyone to realize that there is something sinister happening.

27-Genius In The Making: A 12 year old genius takes a job at the local high school and finds out that she still has a lot to learn.

28-Outwitting The Witch Down The Road: Two siblings must use their wits to escape a witch that wants them for dinner.

29-Prank Call: Some kids find out the Easter Bunny’s phone number and decide to have some fun.

30-Big Spender: A child is given 10 million dollars just to see what they do with it. They surprise everybody.

31-Feeding Ground: Some campers decide to pitch their tents in the wrong spot.
32- Shaking Hands With Satan: A con man makes a deal with the Devil.

33-Young Sinners: A chemical spill causes a bunch of youngsters to go on a killing spree.

34-Dead Things That Aren’t Really Dead: Reluctant zombies descend on a small town.

35-Why Some Humans Prefer Berries: A woman retells the experience that caused her to go vegetarian.

36-The Contest: A new reality show is created in which contestants can really die. Lots of people want the part.

37-A Glimpse of Hell: A very mean person gets a visit from someone offering to show him where he’s going to end up if he doesn’t change his ways.

38-Hobbyists: Some people have the most terrifying hobbies.

39-John’s Demon: Someone calls forth a dark being and binds it in the form of his pet dog.

40-Proof: A skeptic demands proof from the universe that there is such a thing as ghosts – and gets it.

41-The Really Good Sale At Mr. Latt’s Store: Mr. Latt needs to get rid of some cursed items really quickly. The town quickly falls into chaos as almost everyone buys at least one of the bargains.

42-Pushpins: A new serial killer has popped up on the FBI’s radar. Can you guess the way he kills his victims?

43-The Wrong Kind of Exercise: A man is given set of weight lifing exercises that he has never seen before. They produce immediate results (good and bad).

44-Hold My Hand: A young woman asks a guy to follow her into Hell. He takes her hand and follows her into the adventure of a lifetime.

45-Hangman: Three children wander into some very strange beings that want to play a very dangerous game. Can they adapt, and in the end who will be the true monster?

 

 


 

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I felt so sorry for these women when I saw their pictures. Imagine the torment had they lived in today’s society where minor blemishes are cause for relentless bullying (but that’s another post). What about these afflictions?

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The Camel Girl

Ella Harper suffered from congenital genu recurvatum, which is a disorder that weakens the ligaments in the knees and causes them to bend backward, gradually or all the way.

The Camel Girl

and the Ohio Big Foot Girl

Fannie Mills suffered from Milroy disease, which turns the lower half of your body into a Ninja Turtle and the upper half into a low-wage carnival worker.

Check out 15 Mind-Blowing Old-Timey Photos to see more images about the above women.


 

Human ear

 

ITCHING SIGNIFICANCE OF BODY PARTS

 

Ear – longing to hear news or gossip

 

Palm – the imminent receipt of money

 

Thumb – the approach of danger or evil

 

Right eye – imminent laughter or jollity; arrival of a loved one

 

Left eye – imminent sadness or grief

 

Lips – imminent prospect of kissing

 

Nose – imminent arrival of a stranger; the risk of a fire; fighting

 

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HOT-WEATHER VOCABULARY

 

HORSES sweat     MEN perspire     LADIES glow

 

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NUMERICAL MORALITY

 

Keep 10 [Commandments]     Flee 7 [Sins]     Use well 5 [Senses]     Win Heaven

 

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SEASONAL GODS

 

Spring – Mercury     Summer – Apollo     Autumn – Bacchus     Winter – Hercules

 

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WILLS, WON’TS, & CANT’S

 

There are three kinds of men: the WILLS, the WONT’S, and the CANT’S. The first effect all, the second oppose all, and the third fail in all.

 

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GRAMMATICAL SMOKING

 

As smoking is an innocent indulgence, and as it is customary with people of all classes to relate the news of the day with cigars in their mouths; and as the generality of smokers make an awkward appearance, in consequence of their ignorance of the theory of punctuation in smoking, the following system is recommended:

 

A simple puff serves for a comma; Puff, puff, a semicolon; Puff, puff, puff, a colon; six puffs, a period. A pause, with a cigar kept in the mouth, represents a dash, longer or shorter in continuance. With the under the lip raise the cigar almost against the nose, for an exclamation. And to express great emotion, even to the shedding of tears, only raise, as before, the cigar to the end of the nose. For an interrogation, it is only necessary to open the lips and draw the cigar round the corner of the mouth. Taking the cigar from the mouth, and shaking the ashes from the end, is the conclusion of a paragraph. And throwing it in the fire is a final and stylish pause. Never begin a story with a half-smoked cigar; for to light another while conversing, is not only a breach of politeness, but interferes with the above system of punctuation, and destroys all harmony of expression.

 

— ‘From a New York Paper’ quoted in The Portfolio of Entertaining

 

& Instructive Varieties in History, Literature, Fine Arts, Etc., 1829

 

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STAGES OF BRANDY

 

1st……….Brandy and water!

 

2nd………Branny and warrer!

 

3rd……….Bran warr!

 

4th……….Brraorr!

 

5th………..Collapse!

 


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A place in the North East of Kunming , Capital city of Yunnan Province . Because of remoteness and lack of infrastructure and lodging etc.,this place is not listed in the tourist map of China .

The red land of the eastern river is a place where one almost cannot find it in China ‘s tourist maps. Even if there is, it has only a few words to introduce it.

It is located in the north western (?) part of KUNMING , 2600 ft. above sea level, a remote area. Because of its lack of infrastructure, transportation problem, inadequate lodging facilities, ordinary travel agency would not think of going there. Even the people living there are not so aware or familiar with its existing beauty. But for those who have seen the pictures of the Red land, no one can resist being attracted to its beautiful scenery! Just like a painting of a great magnificent landscape.


Because the soil contains such components as oxidized Iron, etc. kind of metallic minerals. After a long period of oxidation, gradually added and mixed in the soil that produced this extra-ordinary reddish brown soil.

Here in this place, mountains and hills, every inch of land is cultivated and planted to the maximum by the inhabitants, consequently causing unwanted damage to the place……… erosion.

Just like Taiwan , how long could this magnificent phenomenon exist? We do not know. That’s why there is an advocacy of returning to forestry.


Dongchuan Red Land represents Yunnan mountain valley most attractive colors. Excursion is the soul’s relaxation and banquet.

Multicolor Waves – five, six kinds of color mountains look like multicolor waves, so magnificent.

Crops on the Red Land – such as potatoes, oats, corn, oil flower vegetables, different color crops so arranged – when looking from afar, it seems like God painted them on a cloth so full of gorgeous colour.

Each family was distributed with different size and shape of land. Each has its own preference, kinds of crops. That caused and produced this beautiful pieces of colours. During harvest time, the soil is shoveled up and makes this unusually red colour.
 

The best time for sightseeing tour is middle of November.

The whole mountain is like covering with a beautiful colored cloth. 

Early in the morning, donkey-ridden cart full of harvest transporting to the town, while a few of the children walking toward the different direction to school.
A melody kind of view.
Different seasons, different time, different sunlight, produce different kind of colours.

Just like a mixing colours plate, so bright and splendid. “Sunset is so beautiful but it is almost dark.”  The most dazzling colour is before the sun sets.
The poorer farmer used horse to take the place of donkey.
Good kid helping to harvest vegetables to bring home before sunset.
Clear sky with a rainbow after the rain.
This hollowed place is the most distinct part of the land. Later, in order to promote tourism it was named Lexiaguo (meaning— the place where beautiful colors set).
A town in Lexiaguo.
Lexiaguo is full of crops that its curves and lines were made so beautiful by the sunlight.
The curve-like crops’ lines enhanced more clearly by the red soil.
The original author’s name was not included. The watermark belongs to the photographer or his studio. Remarkable!

Alaska

More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.

Amazon

The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen supply. The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean.  The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States.

Antarctica

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world’s ice covers Antarctica . This ice also represents seventy percentof all the fresh water in the world.  As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches. Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, ice.), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.

Brazil
Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.

Canada

Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning ‘ Big Village’.

Chicago

Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.

Detroit

Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1. So named because it was the first paved road anywhere.

Damascus, Syria

Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents.

Los Angeles

The full name of Los Angeles is: El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina deLos Angeles de Porciuncula–and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.

New York City

The term ‘The Big Apple’ was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930s who used the slang expression ‘apple’ for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time – The Big Apple.

There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy;
And more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Ohio

There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio . . . every one is man-made.

Pitcairn Island

The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq. Km.

Rome

The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy (in 133 B.C.). There is a city called Rome on every continent.

Siberia

Siberia contains more than 25% of the world’s forests.

S.M.O.M.

The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M). It is located in the city of Rome, Italy, and has an area of two tennis courts. And, as of 2001, has a population of 80–20 less people than the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity under international law, just as the Vatican is.

Sahara Desert

In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, Algeria, that did not receive a drop of rain for ten years. Technically, though, the driest place on Earth is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island. There has been no rainfall there for two million years.

Spain

Spain literally means ‘the land of rabbits’.

St. Paul, Minnesota

St. Paul, Minnesota, was originally called Pig’s Eye after a man named Pierre ‘Pig’s Eye’ Parrant who set up the first business there.

Roads

Chances that a road is unpaved: in the U.S.A = 1%; in Canada = 75%

Russia

The deepest hole ever drilled by man is the Kola Superdeep Borehole, in Russia. It reached a depth of 12,261 meters
(about 40,226 feet or 7.62 miles.) It was drilled for scientific research and gave up some unexpected discoveries,
one of which was a huge deposit of hydrogen – so massive that the mud coming from the hole was boiling with it.

United States

The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight. These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

Waterfalls

The water of Angel Falls (the world’s highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet (979 meters.) They are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.

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