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30 Persistent Trees That Show Us Just How Badass They Are!

We can all learn a thing or two from these perennial plants!

It was American poet Joyce Kilmer who originally penned the now-immortal words, “I think I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.” Judging by the photos below, we can see that trees aren’t only lovely – they’re also sturdy and very persistent!

It’s really as if these trees are teaching us, humans, that old adage that says “if there’s a will”, then there is indeed “a way”. Yes, we all can learn a thing or two about resilience and survival from these determined perennial plants.

Check out this photo compilation below and see how nature proved it’s strength and power:

#1. This is just simply fascinating.

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#2. Palm tree fell down but still managed to curve right up.

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#3. Four new trees spring out of one fallen tree.

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#4. The sole survivor in the tsunami that destroyed about 70,000 trees in Japan. It’s now being protected and restored.

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#5. The Tree of Life as found in Washington’s Olympic National Park.

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Stunning Photographs Reveal Sunken Luxurious Roman City Lost for 1,700 Years

The sunken city of Baiae is like Las Vegas in ancient times.

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The ancient city of Baiae in Rome is being compared to Las Vegas, in which it was a blooming area frequented by the nation’s rich and famous personalities. Baiae was once a popular resort where the elites and emperors expend their wealth and enjoy lavish parties. But 1,700 years ago, this grand city lost its vibrancy after nature took a lash at it and made it disappear beneath the waves.

Fast forward to many thousand years later, the site was rediscovered by an expedition team and it was found that most of the statues and mosaics have been beautifully preserved. Italian photographer Antonio Busiello captured stunning images of the old prosperous city, giving people a glimpse of what the luxurious playground was like in ancient Rome.

The sunken city of Baiae is found in the Gulf of Naples, Italy.

Baiae was once a spot frequented by the rich and famous of Ancient Rome.

Personalities like Julius Caesar, Nero, Pompey the Great, Marius, and Hadrian used to visit the city…

Before volcanic activity caused it to retreat below the waters.

Scientists have discovered that the villas in the area were made from the finest white marble.

Much of Baiae was lost to the waves as volcanic activity resulted in the entire city being submerged underwater into the Gulf of Naples of today. In 2014, the south of Naples experienced heavy flooding that caused landslides, which then exposed portions of the old Baiae.

Continuous landslides in 2014 exposed the hidden sunken city.

Recently, divers were allowed to explore the sunken site to take photos.

A team of divers discovered numerous ruins and Roman monuments.

Busiello said diving here is like "a dive into history."

Busiello, who lives in Naples, managed to photograph Baiae and found that mosaics and statues remain well-preserved across centuries. The 45-year-old said that the city was considered as one of Rome’s most important cities.

“The beautiful mosaics, and the villas and temples that have reemerged or are still underwater show the opulence and wealth of this area.It was considered one of the most important Roman cities for centuries. Pliny the Younger used to live here and from here, across the gulf, he witnessed and described the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum.”

The gorgeous town once had cobbled streets, statues, mosaics, and spas. Julius Caesar and Emperor Nero’s luxurious villas were found here as well. The site was also a place where temples dedicated to Venus, Diana and Mercury were erected.

Baiae was left untouched for centuries and because of that, it has become a sanctuary for sea creatures.

Pisoni and Protiro villas are visible on site.

Intricate mosaic designs and residential rooms can also be seen.

Divers have also found many treasures still intact.

Historians claim that the city is synonymous to wickedness and luxury.

Following the discovery of the drowned city, scientists from Italy’s University of Calabria and Spanish researcher, Mónica Alvarez de Buergo, worked together to analyze one of Baiae villa’s most valuable elements: the white marble. The team took the plunge to determine the type of material used for the construction of the beautiful villas that remain intact today.

The analyses were published in Applied Surface Science journal and it confirmed that the marble came from quarries in Italy, Turkey, and Greece.

Watch the video below to see the team’s exploration of the sunken city of Baiae.

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Busting The Myth About Female Virginity – Can You Tell A Virgin From A Non-Virgin?

Virginity is said to be a state of mind.

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Being a female virgin can be a huge turn-on for some men that they would want their future partners to be someone who hasn’t done the deed yet. For some, ending up with someone who’s still a virgin feels like winning a lottery ticket. But the thing is, no one can really tell if a woman is still a virgin or not just by looking at her.

They say the only way to know if you’re dating a virgin is to see if she bleeds the first time you have sex. That has been the mindset of people for many years but one doctor wants to bust the myth about female virginity.

Bleeding after having sex for the first time doesn’t determine a woman’s virginity.

There is a need to understand about the female hymen to bust the myth.

The hymen is a membrane that covers the vaginal opening.

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Relationship and marriage therapist Dr. Oyebade Obalola Jerry writes in a lengthy Facebook post, hoping to provide some education about female virginity, particularly involving the hymen. According to Dr. Jerry, a good understanding of the hymen should put an end to the myth that virgin girls bleed after their first-time sex.

The state of a woman’s hymen doesn’t say anything about her sexual activity.

The hymen wears away with age.

Activities like biking, exercising and horseback riding can also wear away the hymen.

Some women don’t bleed after doing the deed for the first time but that doesn’t mean she’s instantly no longer a virgin. Not all women have hymen as some are born without it. For those who do, the case can vary. The types of hymen can differ from one woman to another, in which some can have thick hymens while others have thin ones.

In 1998, an informal study published in the British Medical Journal and led by Dr. Sara Patterson-Brown found that 63% of women who had sex for the first time reported the absence of bleeding. As Dr. Jerry continued to explain, women who bleed during sex are those that had rough sex partners.

For instance, if the guy forces the girl to have sex with him and penetrates her when she’s not ready, it would likely cause injury to the girl. Bleeding after sex the first time is most likely the result of an injury and not because of a “broken” hymen.

That said, Dr. Jerry intends to let people know the importance of learming more about the hymen because women are being hurt or criticized for not bleeding after sex the first time. There are cases in which women are being divorced or even physically abused because their spouses think they are a disgrace just because they didn’t have “virgin bleeding.” The most important takeaway is that you can’t be “virgin detectives” since there is no way one can assess if a woman is still a virgin or not.

Take these wise words from Scarleteen:

There is NO physical way to determine if someone is a virgin, because virginity is an idea, not a medical or physical condition.

Do you agree that virginity is just a state of mind? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Local Climate Influences Your Personality, Study Says

Acting a bit weird? Blame it on the bad weather!

As much as it is hard to admit, we are all guilty of stereotyping people from different countries by their personality. Brits are classy. Canadians are polite. Chinese are business-minded. The French are romantic. We could not help it. As humans, stereotyping is deeply embedded in our veins whether we like it or not.

However, in all fairness, despite the simplicity and tastelessness of stereotyping, it’s not completely baseless. Recent studies have shown that the differences in personality scores of each country are actually real.

A paper in Natural Human Behavior stated that our personalities vary based on the local climate conditions.

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Further studies are being conducted to find out whether the impending threat of global warming could potentially impact us psychologically.

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According to the paper, personality is connected in some ways with the local climate conditions of the country you live in. The team from the Columbia University and Peking University in China that wrote the paper stated:

Humans constantly experience and react to ambient temperature. Because temperature varies markedly across the world, it is conceivable that temperature shapes the fundamental dimensions of personality by affecting the habitual behaviors that underlie personality traits.

Surprisingly, the idea of tying the behavior to the climate condition is actually not completely new.

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Upon looking back, findings have shown that some people from the northern latitude have actually linked pleasant personality to the cold weather. For instance, they believe that engagement to intellectual endeavors can be linked to the rainy days. This is partially due to the fact that sunny days tend to encourage people into doing other more tempting stuff while the rain forces you to stay at home and do something tamer like reading books.

Additionally, the experts also hypothesized that nice weather tend to encourage people to be more proactive and more outgoing as opposed to the gloomy climate. This impact could be linked to the mental state of a person, especially his or her emotional stability and agreeableness.

Well, the next time someone acts a bit differently, we can finally blame it on the weather.

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