6 weird Facebook groups that actually exists

Social media, the place where we can come across like-minded people and those not so. If there’s a subject that interests you, there’s a chance that someone else feels the same way too. 

With 620 million groups out there on Facebook, the average user creates just under 2 Facebook groups; but out of all these group, some may be informative and some may be downright weird or comedic.

We did our research and found some of the wonderfully abnormal Facebook groups, pages and interests that shows just how broad the demographic on Facebook is. Here are 10 of the weirdest Facebook groups, yet.

1) Previously Unsaid Sentences in Human History

A group that shares bizarre statements, headlines, comments, videos, or really anything you believe has probably never been said before, this Facebook group contains some of the most absurd and unsaid statements ever in human history. One of the most notable facts would be that out of 212.8K members, Facebook’s very own Mark Zuckerberg is a member of the group and that said has even dedicated its cover page to an image of Zuckerberg “claiming” that “Previously Unsaid Sentences In Human History has completely and irreversibly reinvigorated my passion for all things Facebook!!!”. 

2) “a group that makes small decisions for you

Yes, you did in fact read that right. Decisions related to dying one’s hair, what to do with that last piece of bread, naming one’s cat and many more, members of the group ask for help with deciding pretty much anything you could think of. 

3) A Different Picture of Chicken Rice Every Day

Where do we even start with this Facebook page? An image of chicken rice for literally every day, this page is categorised under “Art” and shares an image of a different pack of chicken rice every day without stop since its creation back in January 2018. The page doesn’t have a confirmed page owner but it seems to be managed by one or two individuals in Canada and Singapore.

4) Did this work? Are they married?

We’ve all been there some way or another, being on the receiving end of a weird pick-up line or even being the one to use said “moves”. The group focuses on all the awkward moments that one may experience when being pursued by another and this group lightens up those moments sharing mostly about the “don’ts” of flirting giving members an insight of the world of flirting.

5) Masak Apa Tak Jadi Hari Ini

With over one million members and counting, the group translates loosely into “What you cooked that didn’t turn out well today”, referring to cooking mishaps and fails. Gaining popularity ever since the movement control order (MCO) period, this group features burnt baking goods, burnt fries and absurd cooking methods that eventually “tak jadi”.

6) “those are certainly all words

Have you ever seen one of those signs or article titles that don’t make sense? You’d look at the words and question your understanding of a language and so on. Well this is the place for you to share them put for members to have a good laugh. Weird word combinations to downright abuse of language vocabulary, this group is no way short of fun as accidents happen with language and those accidents and typos can be highly amusingly at times.                                                                                                                                                                    

Trump praises doctor who claims sex with demons makes you sick

A Houston doctor who frequented around the talks of alien DNA, demon sperm and Hydroxychloroquine has received support from two unlikely sources in Donald Trump himself retweeting her video and Donald Trump Jr. declaring her a “must watch”.

Stella Immanuel who had garnered tens of millions of views on YouTube had also gained a reputation of becoming a viral right-wing internet star. 

Immanuel is a paediatrician and religious minister. However, she has had a history against her due to her claims about various medical topics and issues. The internet icon who has an active Twitter following of 177,000 users, has had infamously meddled into talks of alien DNA and the physical effects of having sex with witches and demons in your dreams.

In one of her claims, she alleged that alien DNA is currently used in medical treatments, and that scientists are cooking up a vaccine to prevent people from being religious. Despite appearing in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress, she has said that the government is run in part not by humans but by “reptilians” and other aliens.

Stella Immanuel has caught the US president’s attention for claiming hydroxychloroquine cures Covid-19

On the steps of the Supreme Court at the “White Coat Summit”, Immanuel has also claimed to successfully treated hundreds of patients using hydroxychloroquine, in which unfortunately plays to Trump’s highly disputable promotion of him using the drug when studies have failed to find proof to be beneficial in treating COVID-19.

“Nobody needs to get sick,” Immanuel said. “This virus has a cure.”

She also said that the due to the supposed hydroxychloride’s potency, protective face masks aren’t necessary; she then claimed that she and her staff had avoided contracting COVID-19 despite wearing medical masks instead of the more secure N95 masks.

At a White House press conference, Trump expressed confusion over why “American Frontline Doctors” video had been removed from social media. 

“I don’t know why,” he told reporters. “I think they’re very respected doctors. There was a woman who was spectacular in her statements about it and she’s had tremendous success with it.”

Facebook and Twitter cited rules against COVID-19 disinformation being the reason behind the removal of the videos. Immanuel responded by declaring Jesus Christ would destroy Facebook’s servers if her videos weren’t restored to the platform.

Kaitlan Collins, White House correspondent for CNN, challenged the president during a White House conference on the 29th of July.

CNN White House correspondent, Kaitlan Collins

“The woman that you said was a ‘great doctor’ in that video that you retweeted last night said that masks don’t work and there is a cure for Covid-19, both of which health experts say is not true,” she said.

“She’s also made videos saying that doctors make medicine using DNA from aliens and that they’re trying to create a vaccine to make you immune from becoming religious.”

Becoming increasingly agitated, Trump replied: “Maybe it’s the same [person], maybe it’s not, but I can tell you this. She was on air along with many other doctors. They were big fans of hydroxychloroquine and I thought she was very impressive in the sense that, from where she came – I don’t know which country she comes from – but she said that she’s had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients.“And I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”

6 of the best museums in Kuala Lumpur

Now that the country is phasing into to a Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), museums locations are slowly opening their doors again to the public.

Art galleries and museums offer a valuable insight into our heritage and culture that may be lesser known to the locals. So why not bring a date or the family, and check out one of these galleries and museums in Kuala Lumpur that can offer culture, arts and aesthetics all under one roof.

It also should be mentioned that the following museums are still open to the public unless noted otherwise under said “operating hours”. Visitors are still strongly advised to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) guidelines set by museum authorities.


1) National Art Gallery

Located between the National Theatre and the National Library, the National Art Gallery also known as “Balai Seni Visual Negara” has a collection of over 2,500 local and foreign art pieces that includes photography work as well. Spreading out over three floors, seven galleries, an outdoor exhibition and café, it serves as the official venue for various art workshops for both adults and kids to try their hand at creating their own art pieces.

Address: No. 2, Jalan Temerloh, Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 10am – 4pm daily, closed on Mondays.

2) The Royal Museum (Old Istana Negara)

Formerly called the home for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) and the Queen, the old Istana Negara was a RM150,000, 13 acre (50,000 m²) bungalow built in 1928 by Chan Wing, a millionaire from China. It was used by a Japanese Governor until the time of their surrender in 1945. The palace has since been renovated and converted into a museum and showcases 22 of the interior palace spaces.

Address: Jalan Istana, Istana Negara, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 9am -5pm daily

3) Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) 

Opened in 1998, IAMM is located near the National Mosque and has about 12 galleries highlighting architecture, the Quran and manuscripts older than any other book you’ve read. Other than that, it tracks the spread of Islamic culture and Art throughout India, China and other parts of the world. The museum building itself features the very aesthetically pleasing designs that one would turn their eye towards in a mosque and also has multiple domes donning various designs as seen in mosques around the world. Did we mention that it also has a dining area filled with vibrant Islamic décor and silverware for visitors to dine in?

Address: Perdana, Jalan Lembah, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 9:30am – 6pm daily

4) National Textile Museum

A Mughal-Islamic inspired building located along Jalan Sultan Hishammuddin, the National Textile Museum features the diversity in Malaysian culture through different clothing and fabrics. Other than that, the museum also shows the development of textiles from the pre-historic times and guided tours in Bahasa Malaysia.

Address: 26, Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 9am – 6pm daily

5) Royal Malaysian Police Museum

Previously an archive of criminal evidence for police trainees’ references, the museum showcases changes that the Malaysian police forces went through from the days of Federated and Unfederated Malay States. Three galleries in a small but highly informative museum takes you back in time with its different areas and focuses; its definitely a worthy visit for anyone who finds fascination in history.

Address: 5, Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Operating hours: 10am – 6pm from Saturday to Thursday.

10am -12:30pm and 2:30pm – 6pm on Fridays. Closed on Mondays.

6) Bank Negara Museum and Art Gallery

Highlighting economics, financial planning, Islamic banking and many more in eight galleries, the four story structure is a good visit for any even if you’re not a coin enthusiasts or collector. Who isn’t interested in money anyway?

Address: Sasana Kijang, 2, Jalan Dato Onn, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

BNM Museum and Art Gallery (BNM MAG) will still be temporarily closed until further notice as of August 1st 2020. Stay tuned to any announcements on its social media channels about reopening of Museum. Meanwhile, the museum remains accessible through its social media channels.

Which museum would you plan to visit? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Comparing e-wallets in Malaysia

E-wallets are starting to become one of the fastest trending payment methods in Malaysia amid the release of e-wallets such as Boost, GrabPay, Maybank E-wallet (MAE) and Touch ‘n Go eWallet just to name a few. With all these e-wallet platforms to choose from, which one should you use and which is the best? We’ve taken all the e-wallets in Malaysia into comparison so that you don’t have to, here is a verdict of the best e-wallets in Malaysia.

1) Maybank E-wallet (MAE)

– The Maybank payment platform serves both Maybank and non-Maybank customers; once registered on either the MAE or Maybank 2U app, users will have their own virtual Visa debit card along with a Maybank account number. 

– The e-wallet is pretty much usable anywhere that supports QR pay and can be topped up using any bank account. 

– MAE has a maximum wallet size of RM4,999.99 and a transaction limit of RM2,999.99.

– One of the more notable features is being able to split bills; just split it in the app and notify your friends via the app of how much they owe. It’s as simple as that!


2) GrabPay

– GrabPay integrates with GrabRewards to ensure points for every Ringgit spent. 

– Users go through the usual registration and can pay for cashless rides, food or shopping and also transfer GrabPay credits as part of its ecosystem. 

– The Grab app also helps wih topping up mobile phone credits for Celcom, Maxis and U Mobile. 

– GrabPay’s partnership with Maybank also allows cross-plaform use between users. 


3) Touch ‘n Go eWallet

– The first of it’s kind in Malaysia, the Touch n’ Go eWallet can be used to pay tolls at participating highways, thus reduced traffic congestion in the central region by 48.2% in 2019. 

– Other than tolls, users can pay for Apple Store and iTunes purchases, street parking, taxi rides and food delivery services.

– KLIA Express and KLIA Transit Tickets can also be purchased through the platform.

– Users can send up to RM5,000 per month to other Touch ‘n Go wallet holders.


4) Wechat Pay

– Malaysia holds the title of being the first foreign country outside of China to have WeChat enabled in a local currency.

– WeChat Pay allows payment through Quick Pay, QR Code, In-App Web-Based, or Native In-App Payments.

– It deals with the issue of cross-border foreign currencies. Users can pay in Chinese yuan but with the transaction being settled in a foreign currency.

– A fun party trick would be also to be able to send virtual money packets to family and friends during holidays such as Chinese New Year and Hari Raya.


5) Boost

– Launched in 2017, it boasts up to 7 million Boosties and is still growing as we speak. – Accepted at over 140,000 physical and online stores, it is recognize as one of the more widely notable competitors as it has partnerships with 17 banks across the country such as CIMB, Hong Leong Bank, RHB Bank and so on. 

– Users can pay for petrol at 800 Shell station countrywide and also pay for parking at Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) parking spots. 

– On top of that users can also pay bills for Astro, Syabas and Telekom.


6) Razer Pay

– Debuted in 2018, Razer Pay can be used at over 1,000 online stores.

– Participating banks include AmBank, Bank Islam, CIMB, Maybank and Public Bank,

– It benefits gamers and app streaming services through services such as being able to purchase zGold, MOLPoints, Steam Wallet, Garena, Sony PlayStation, Spotify, iFlix and more.

– Verified accounts are entitled to a transaction limit of RM3,000, and RM48,000 for annual transactions.


What is the difference between an e-wallet, credits cards and debit cards?

With the future seemingly more and more cashless, we have a vast number of options to pay for our dinner, ride to work and also online purchases. So, with all these payment methods in hand, we decided to break it down in this section.


Credit cards

With credit cards, you pay for a service via a borrow now and pay later method. Once you reach the end of every month, you’ll be required to pay the bank at least a partial of the money spent. It’s also important to know to not over use a credit card as it’ll show up on your credit score, which in turn affects you in the long run when renting a room or requesting a loan of any kind.


Debit cards

The way debit cards work is with the direct opposite of credit cards. Instead of paying with borrowed money, purchases are made with money that is in already present in your bank account.


E-wallets

If you have a mobile device, you’re already halfway through the steps of owning an e-wallet. In other words, a digital wallet requires you to add money in it first whether with an actual debit or credit card. It may seem that they functions intertwine at times, but the way they operate is completely different.

All in all, the e-wallet industry is a growing industry and one wouldn’t want to get left behind do they? With the world emphasizing social distancing at times like this, why not try your hand at e-wallets today!

BBC host’s attempt at cooking rice backfires

Rice is pretty much a norm in every Asian household as it can be seen on the dining tables of various family meals at any time of the day.

Majority of Asians grew up watching their Mums preparing rice in the ever so timeless rice cooker and it plays an important role in a family meal.

However, a recent reaction video from Malaysian comedian Nigel Ng, better known as Uncle Roger, has made us realize that growing up at different parts of the world does bring differences.

Titled “Hersha’s Easiest Ever Egg Fried Rice”, BBC cooking show host, Hersha Patel was attempting to prepare the staple southeast Asian dish. 

“Don’t be afraid, this is going to be really simple,” Patel said.

Little did Ng know, he was going to be very afraid as Patel started off by demonstrating her rice cooking method by putting water and unwashed rice into a pan then boiling it, this did not sit well with Ng’s persona – Uncle Roger.

With just two minutes into the eight minute YouTube video, Ng mumbled in his comedic accent, “I am not confident that this video is not going to be good.”

At the moment the rice was put through a strainer, “Uncle Roger” wasn’t ready to hold back.

“You killing me, woman!” he exaggerated with his comedic accent when the rice went through the sift and eventually being washed thoroughly with tap water.

“Who cooks rice like this!”, “Uncle Roger sad now,” he continued exclaiming.

In other news, Ng met with Patel a few days ago and a collaboration between the two is seem to be in the plans.


We at Newswav figured to leave a step-by-step guide on how to cook rice amid this mayhem.


What to prepare?

1) A rice-cooker that could be found easily at stores or a large saucepan if you couldn’t find one.

2) A type of long grain or short grain rice (obviously).

3) Optional aromatics such as garlic, coriander, ginger etc.


Steps (Using a rice-cooker)

1) Measure the amount of rice you are about to prepare.

2) Wash the pre-measured rice by swirling it in cold water at least two times.

3) Measure the amount of water, generally a set amount of rice and slightly more water than rice (example: 2 cups raw rice with 2 1/2 cups water).

or 

Pour the rice into the pan you’re going to cook it in. Level it out and place your index finger so that it is touching the surface of the rice. Add enough water so that it comes up to your first knuckle.

4) Drain the rice and place it in the rice cooker.

5) Use the settings on the rice cooker to cook the rice.

6) Once done, stir the rice with a spoon or chopsticks to fluff it up.


Steps (Using a stove-top and large saucepan)

1) Drain the rice well and put it the saucepan. Add 1 1/2 cups of water.

2) Reduce the heat to low, put the saucepan on a cooking stove, then let it cook for 20 minutes. Avoid removing the lid during that time. Turn off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes with the lid on.

3) Remove the lid and stir the rice with a spoon or chopsticks to fluff it up.


What are your tips for cooking perfect rice? Feel free to leave your ideas in the comment section!

The Unsolved Death of Mark Ruffalo’s Brother

The Unsolved Death of Scott Ruffalo | Of Misdeeds and Mysteries

It’s no surprise that celebrities have been committing crimes and (mostly) getting away with it since the dawn of Hollywood. Whether it be from murder, hate crime hoaxes or college admissions scandals, it can sometimes be hard to remember that they, like us regular folk, can also suffer from a tragedy and be left with unanswered questions.


Family’s background

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A young Mark Ruffalo

Mark Ruffalo was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Marie Rose (née Hébert), a hairdresser and stylist and Frank Lawrence Ruffalo, who worked as a construction painter, who also had two daughters and another son, Mark’s sisters, Tania and Nicole, and his brother Scott. Growing up, Ruffalo attended both Catholic and progressive schools through his education and had described himself as a “happy kid” during those years, despite struggling with undiagnosed dyslexia and ADD both as a child and a young adult. Having spent his teen years in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where his father worked; Mark competed in wrestling in junior high and high school in both Wisconsin and Virginia. Ruffalo first got into acting when he acted for the Patriot Playhouse taught by Nancy P. Curtis, from where he graduated from First Colonial High School. His family later moved to San Diego, California, and then to Los Angeles with his brother, Scott, where Ruffalo took classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory and co-founded the Orpheus Theatre Company. Through the theatre company, he wrote, directed and starred in many plays and worked as a bartender for close to a decade.

While in their late teens, Mark and his brother Scott, moved to Los Angeles, where they scraped by in a $600-a-month apartment by MacArthur Park, sharing a full-size bed.

Mark Ruffalo China on Twitter: "Mark & Scott 💚… "

At one point, Mark recalled how he and his brother got by during those times while he auditioned for roles and Scott just getting started as a hairdresser.

“He’d make a f–king giant bowl of tuna pasta, and we’d eat off that all week long,” he said. “The best of times, the worst of times.” — Mark on how he and his brother got by early on into their careers.

No matter the situation, Mark and his brother always knew had to make the best of every situation, no matter how bad and, like with the rest of their family, still had each other’s back


Unexpected Tragedy

However, tragedy eventually befell Ruffalo and the family, of which unanswered questions remain and are unlikely ever to get answers. On December 1, 2008, Scott, a married hairdresser, was found with a shot to his head, and a gun in his left hand, at his Beverly Hills condominium and immediately rushed to a hospital. A week later he died. He was 39.

The investigation into his death led police to two “persons of interest,” both of whom were with Ruffalo at the time of the shooting, Shaha Adham, 26, a wealthy Saudi businesswoman, and her boyfriend, Brian B. Scofield, 29. The detectives knew Adham had been at Ruffalo’s because his home surveillance caught her at his condominium.

Both she and Scofield were taken in for questioning. Afterward, they were released but later booked on suspicion of attempted murder before ultimately being released again. As stated by one law enforcement source, “I know there was more than one set of prints on the gun. One was Ruffalo’s.”
According to Adham, a descendant of the Saudi royal family and the granddaughter of Sheikh Kamal Adham, Ruffalo was shot during a game of Russian Roulette, gone wrong.

A Deadly Game Of Russian Roulette???? - Perez Hilton
Shaha Adham and her boyfriend Scofield

As to what her version of events leading up to the shooting was, according to Adham’s lawyer, Ronald Richard, his client was there to pick up some keys when he (Ruffalo) decided to play a game of Russian Roulette. He further added that the gun used in the shooting belonged to Ruffalo and that he was a known cocaine user with a history of using and playing with firearms in front of witnesses. Indeed, Ruffalo did have one brush with the law in April of 2002 where he was convicted of a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance for sale. A second charge, possession of a controlled narcotic substance, was dismissed.

That said, the Beverly Hills Police Department eventually proclaimed Ruffalo’s death a result of suicide by Russian Roulette, but then later backtracked after the coroner’s report came out showing that the angle of the entry of the bullet proved he could not possibly have shot himself (specifically, it was to the back of his head). Consequently, they relabeled the death as a homicide.

With no other leads in the case, and the only two known witnesses to his death now “off the hook,” his death remains unsolved to this day, and since been closed by the Beverly Hills Police Department. Years later, Adham died of an apparent drug overdose in January of 2012, which did not get reported until the following month.

Ruffalo might have had his flaws and vices, as we all do, he, described as a well-known and well-liked guy, was a successful hairdresser, who held a license in cosmetology since 1991, set up his corporation in 2001 — Ruff Inc. — and who worked at salons in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and the Giuseppe Franco Salon in the latter location.

While it is sad to think that it appears that Ruffalo’s death may never get fully resolved, Mark and his family decided to carry on by keeping in mind the best memories of Scott. At the time of his brother’s passing, Mark was set to star in Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg, a 2010 comedy-drama, but dropped out to deal with his grief (the film ultimately bombed at the box office). After taking a hiatus, Mark returned to acting and went on to star as Bruce Banner/The Hulk in the widely-successful film Marvel film, The Avengers and its sequels in the MCU.

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Scott Ruffalo, pictured in the middle

Scott Ruffalo may be gone, but his memory lives on through those who loved him most.

What Mr. Miyagi Can Teach Us About Dealing With Stress

Celebrating the Return of 'The Karate Kid' with Ralph Macchio

The Karate Kid, starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue and William Zabka and directed by John G. Avildsen (who also just happened to direct another little fight film called Rocky) hit theaters the week of June 22nd, 1984. It tells a story as old as time itself. A kid (Ralph Macchio) and his mother move to a new town across the country, where he has trouble fitting into the culture and his new school. He’s picked on and bullied for the crimes of being new in town and for his accent (he’s from Jersey and now lives in Cali) and then unbeknownst to him he hits on the ex-girlfriend (Elisabeth Shue) of Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), the leader of the kids trained at the brutal and unforgiving Cobra Kai karate dojo.

Daniel eventually ends up in a fight with the Cobra Kai crew, and it is during his second beatdown where he meets Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita). As he is on the verge of passing out, Mr. Miyagi jumps in and “handles” the gang from the Cobra Kai dojo all by himself, thus saving Daniel from a substantially long stint in a hospital bed.

Mr. Miyagi ultimately agrees to train Daniel-san in the art of karate but not until an exchange that makes it clear where he stands on the true reason for training to fight:

Daniel: “So, karate’s fighting. You train to fight.”

Miyagi: “That’s what you think?”

Daniel: “No.”

Miyagi: “Then, why train?”

Daniel: (Pondering) “So I won’t have to fight.”

Miyagi: “Miyagi have hope for you.”

So, what did our karate master and his protégé teach us about today’s workplace:

“Stress really is like dehydration. By the time you realize you have it, it’s too late.”

Ah, the great Mr. Miyagi and his Zen approach to all things life and living through his delicate work on his banzai tree and his philosophically crafted sayings like “Don’t forget to breathe. Very important.” I remind myself to do this at least 17,000 to 30,000 times a day, which is the average breaths a person takes in a day, and because I’m not that smart, it’s imperative that I have a constant reminder. But seriously, think about that for a minute, and during that minute you will breathe roughly 12–20 times without giving it a second thought. Pretty remarkable, actually.

Now, let’s do a little test. Take a deep breath and think about the work deliverables you have today, tomorrow, next week or next month. Do you think you will breathe 12–20 times in the next minute or will you unconsciously hold your breath and grind your teeth just a little bit? If you experience any kind of stress at your job, then I’m betting on the latter. Whether it’s a few long, deep sustained breaths when you receive an email with a passive aggressive tone or it’s the hold-your-breath-for-fear-of-stringing-multiple-f-bombs-togetherin a voice loud enough for those around you to hear when you’ve just been selected as the “hurry up and get this unreasonable task done in an unreasonable timeframe” person, we will all forget to breathe at some point during our workday. Now, can breathe after that super-duper run-on sentence, but I think it made the point (or I hope it did).

Take a deep breath and think about the work deliverables you have today, tomorrow, next week or next month. Do you think you will breathe 12–20 times in the next minute or will you unconsciously hold your breath and grind your teeth just a little bit?

When Mr. Miyagi is training him in the basics of self-defense, Daniel becomes frustrated at the pace and the types of exercises he is being asked to do, such as wash Mr. Miyagi’s car:

“First, wash all car. Then wax … Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on. Wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on. Wax off. Don’t forget to breathe. Very important.”

But because Daniel is young and impatient, he really misses the whole point of the “wax on, wax off” exercise. Rather than the exercise in futility that he thinks it is, Mr. Miyagi is actually teaching him the value of repetition in the training of your muscle and mental memory. When confronted in the future, Daniel will now react quicker and without thinking. The piece of breathing advice was intended to teach Daniel patience, consistency, form and mental relaxation. Beyond the memory training, the car washing was also likely a little lesson in hierarchy and respect for your elders, which I am beginning to appreciate as I got older.

Why is that we allow certain people or tasks at work to affect us in such an unhealthy way?

The workplace stress signs are there as both mentally and physically, but we rarely heed the warnings … thinking that if we just plow through, it will alleviate itself. But stress really is like dehydration, and by the time you realize you have it, it’s too late. As a place to start, when we feel stress at work, we would all be very wise to embrace the words of the great Mr. Miyagi when he said:

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“Don’t forget to breathe. Very important.”

How to Ace Your Online Interview in 5 Minutes

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Virtual interviewing has become a common but challenging process to navigate for students and young professionals. Our entire education is built around reaching the pivotal in-person interview where you sit in a room with someone who may change your life forever. That physical moment no longer exists.

When I decided to start pursuing a marketing agency job last Winter, every interview was done over the phone or through Zoom. I quickly learned that virtual interviews are a completely different ballgame; your ability to grab attention now depends entirely on how well you can connect through a screen.

I’m not going to tell you to “prep your tech” or “look professional”. Everyone should know that. Instead, I will provide you with a few of the smaller details that can make any candidate command attention and radiate confidence during a virtual interview.


Establish A Speaking Style Early

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You no longer have the advantage of body posture, eye contact, or hand gestures. If you’re an animated speaker such as myself, this can make virtual interviews difficult.

However, you can still inject an interview with some style by establishing a speaking rhythm. The person interviewing you has probably spoken to dozens of individuals before you and may speak to dozens more after. Everyone is going to be nervous, and this often leads to a lot of “um’s” and quick or awkward speaking patterns.

Focus on taking control of the conversation pace by including thoughtful pauses when answering questions. The ultimate goal is to display a compelling, calm, and confident tone that will remain throughout the entire interview. You want it to feel more like an evaluation of a potential employer than your audition.

In virtual or phone interviews, speaking style is a subtle but crucial way for employers to make instinctive judgments about your personality and fit within their culture.


Be Strategic About Your Setting

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Quarantine has made living spaces equal parts office, fitness studio, and leisure area. While you may feel that this is a disadvantage when interviewing I think you can leverage it as your “home court”.

I conducted phone interviews in my car, in my old office during lunch, and in my disorganized room — most of them were pretty average. The best interviews I had were done in spaces that I felt comfortable in. This included my living room, home office, and kitchen table. Call it a coincidence, but these locations were also where I had done all of my writing.

It’s important to find a space that is disconnected from the stress or anxieties of your life to solely focus on the task at hand. Instead of sitting at your cluttered desk where you have spent hours applying to jobs and reaching out to recruiters who aren’t responding, try going somewhere that evokes a sense of accomplishment.


Do Something You Excel At Before Interviewing

Brushes, Painter, Work Shop, Bowl, Lights, Work

This was a practice one of my professors once talked about, and it was wildly beneficial for remote interviews.

If you’re a great artist, paint before picking up the phone.

If you’re an athlete, go on a run in the morning.

If you love to write, complete a mindflow session in your journal.

Essentially, you are prepping your mind to be in a state of controlled positive energy. Completing an activity or task that you’re really good at before interviewing will raise self-awareness, relax nerves, and help you develop a confident demeanor. Before completing an interview for the job I eventually accepted, I spent about 45 minutes working on a Medium article instead of anxiously prepping. This put me in the right headspace to articulate my experiences and background through a creative lens.

Trust me, it works.


Focus On Skills, Not Titles

Training, Businesswoman, Suit, Manager, Skills

So, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Que education, list of jobs, and a few tasks for each position.

Guess what? They already know all of that.

Did you do anything to further your position? Probably not.

Honestly, employers are vetting your resume more than usual as they can’t meet you in person. Instead of giving the classic carbon copy answer, discuss a set of skills that will be beneficial to the role. Everyone has a few flashy titles or internships in their back pocket. But how many are willing to talk about the obstacles they have faced or failures they endured?

For example, I could say “In 2019 I was the Content Marketing Supervisor and I helped launch our companies healthcare division through branding, marketing, and communications efforts”.

Or I could say, “As the Content Marketing Supervisor in 2019, I faced the biggest challenge of my career; I was asked to help launch our companies healthcare division in an industry I had never worked in before. This opportunity came with plenty of hard lessons, but it taught me how to work on extremely tight deadlines, conduct in-depth research, and engage with partners and clients.”

Which person would you rather have on your team?

The second answer says nothing about my marketing prowess. It shows that I am willing to take on big tasks under pressure, can learn on the fly, and will work through problems rather than around them.


Be Yourself

Asian Girl, Black Hair, Laugh, Girl, Smile, Human

Just remember, everyone is adjusting to our increasingly virtual world.

Recruiters feel Zoom fatigue just like you.

Managers are worried about their jobs just like you.

To make an impression that lasts, you need to showcase an honest, transparent, authentic personality. Speak in facts, not fiction.

Human beings are attracted to others who exude passion. Prove why you deserve this job more than anyone else by commanding attention with your transparency. The world needs real people now more than ever, and businesses are starting to focus on good corporate citizenship and building a respectable brand from the inside out.

Give them a reason to add you to their culture by being yourself — everyone else is already taken.

By Jonah Malin

The Most Succesful Plane Ditch in History

Don't-Miss Video: Incredible Look at U.S. Airways Flight 1549 | WIRED

This is the story of US Airways Flight 1549 and the daring landing by  Captain Chesley Sullenberger and his co-pilot, Jeffrey Skiles in 2009.

It was just like any other day, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his co-pilot Jeffrey Skiles exchange pleasantries, it was the first time either of the pilots had flown with each other. They were the first to board the plane, they then followed the standard procedure of doing internal and external checks on the plane they were about to fly, which was an Airbus A320. At the time, 57 year-old Sully had 19,663 total flight hours, including 4,765 in an A320; he was also a glider pilot and expert on aviation safety. First officer Jeffrey Skiles, 49, had accrued 20,727 career flight hours with 37 in an A320, but this was his first A320 assignment as pilot flying.

As there were no complications on the plane before takeoff, passengers were allowed to board, the plane was headed from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Charlotte Douglas (CLT). There were a total of 150 passengers and three flight attendants on board.

After conducting all checks on the plane and with them coming back clean, the plane was ready for takeoff. Initial takeoff was smooth and saw no issues.

At 3:25:51: The crew made its first report after becoming airborne as being at 700 feet (210 m) and climbing.

At 3:26:37: Sullenberger remarked to Skiles: “What a view of the Hudson today.”

Commuter Helicopter Crashes into the Hudson River in NYC

At 3:27:11: The plane struck a flock of Canadian geese at an altitude of 2,818 feet (859 m) about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north-northwest of LaGuardia. The pilots’ view was filled with the large birds, passengers and crew heard very loud bangs and saw flames from the engines, followed by silence and an odor of fuel.

Realizing that they had lost power in not 1, but 2 engines, Sullenberger took control while Skiles worked the checklist for engine restart. The plane reached a maximum height of 930m before beginning a glide descent.

At 3:27:33: Sullenberger radioed in a mayday call to Air Traffic Control, informing them that they had lost thrust in both engines and requested for permission to return to LaGuardia Airport.

Air traffic controller Patrick Harten told LaGuardia’s tower to hold all departures, and directed Sullenberger back to Runway 13. Sullenberger responded, “Unable”. Followed by the harrowing words “We may end up in the Hudson”. Silence followed over the radio.

Sullenberger asked controllers for landing options in New Jersey, mentioning Teterboro Airport. Permission was given for Teterboro’s Runway 1, Sullenberger initially responded “Yes”, but then: “We can’t do it  … We’re gonna be in the Hudson”.

From Sully (2016)

Sullenberger then came over the intercom for the cabin, with the now infamous words “Brace for impact.” The cabin crew then started instructing passengers on safety procedures. Sullenberger then looked over at his co-pilot, they had both been operating the past few minutes almost in silence. He asked, “You got any ideas”? Jeffrey replied, “Actually none”.

Sully (2016)

The plane touched down on the Hudson River, in the middle of New York City. Boats came to the rescue and aid in the evacuation of the 155 people who were onboard.

Sully: the story of a hero or a fraud?

Some climbed out onto the wings, some got onto inflatable rafts, and others, fearing an explosion, swam away from the plane. The temperature of the water was about 5°C, as the plane was quickly submerged as the doors were opened.

Captain Sullenberger remained in the aircraft and double-checked the entire aircraft for any remaining passengers, before being the last person off the aircraft.

Captain Sullenberger, his co-pilot Jeffrey Skiles, and the cabin crew’s quick and noble actions saved every single life on the aircraft that day, all 155 passengers were saved, most of them only suffering minor injury.

Ever since that crash, pilots were then trained to perform water landings in the event that such a situation ever arises again.

The landing was rightfully nicknamed “The Miracle On the Hudson”.

Crew of US Airways Flight 1549
Captain Sullenberger pictured on the left, with his co-pilot Jeffrey Skiles on the far-right

Watch Captain Sullenberger describe the plane landing here:

Watch a reenactment of the landing from the movie Sully (2016)

3 Important Skills For People Who Value Intelligence

After 100 years, Einstein's theory stands test of time

We all differ in our abilities to solve problems, learn, think rationally, acquire new knowledge and integrate existing and new ideas.

But you can improve your ability to function at your cognitive best in all areas of your life — you can significantly improve how you think — given the right tools, methods and mental models.

Intelligence is always work in progress.

Andrea Kuszewski, a Cog scientist, behaviour therapist, science writer, artist says intelligence is, “…about being able to approach a new problem, recognize its important components, and solve it — then take that knowledge gained and put it towards solving the next, more complex problem.”

The good news is, you don’t have to learn everything in hours, days or even months. The focus should always be on progress.

Getting smarter takes genuine commitment. You need to work hard at it. Knowledge builds up, like compound interest says Warren Buffett.

If you value intelligence, some of these skills can help you improve your capacity to learn new information, retain it, then use that new knowledge to solve your next problem, or learn the next new skill, and so on.

The ability to challenge received knowledge

The smartest people never stop challenging received wisdom, no matter how many years they’ve been passed down from history. They don’t stop questioning the obvious.

“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” Albert Einstein said that.

Scientists are great at asking questions, verifying “truth” and building on received theories. Newton discovered a lot of scientific knowledge but Einstein still questioned his discoveries and came up with new theories. Today scientists are still building on what they already know.

Conventional wisdom can breed a fear of change. Sometimes it fosters an over-reliance on old knowledge, tools, principles that may not be as relevant as they once were. People who value improved knowledge don’t stop questioning the obvious.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning,” says Einstein.

We’re human, and we see the world with our strong bias — our own experiences and curiosities. We see only patterns that fit with our existing knowledge and strong beliefs.

It pays to challenge ‘assumed truths’ — it’s one of the best ways to think more broadly about topics you care about their impact on your life and career.

Intelligent people constantly think of and ask better questions, and they tolerate their own mistakes as they move up the learning curve.

Learning how to learn well

Arie de Geus, a business theorist once said, “The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage.”

An important step in learning and improving our perspectives is knowing how to learn. Most people’s ability to learn better shuts down when they become good at what they do — precisely at the moment they need it the most.

Many professionals tend to behave defensively when it becomes to improving their knowledge — they tend to defend their own reasoning and styles of learning without making room for new approaches.

There is no single method of learning — smart people know that. They apply different methods and tools to retain more of what they learn.

“The ability to acquire new skills and knowledge quickly and continually is crucial to success in a world of rapid change,” writes Erika Andersen, the author of Growing Great EmployeesBeing StrategicLeading So People Will Follow.

Learning how to learn is also a great way to resist the bias against doing new things or improving our mental models.

Success in any field depends on better learning — yet most people don’t know how to learn. To improve our retention rate, we need to reflect on your personality and know what works better for you.

The ability to consider problems from multiple perspectives

Smart people see value in all types of knowledge.

“…intelligent people are “willing to accept and consider other views with value and broad-mindedness,” and that they are “open to alternative solutions, ” writes Donna Hammett, former librarian, newspaper editor.

Many people often feel threatened when their ideas are opposed.

While smart people adopt new beliefs when presented with evidence of their blindspots, others reject different perceptions that challenge what they’ve been taught to be the conventional wisdom.

An openness to new ideas can help you understand things better and have a better chance to find multiple valid solutions.

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, a writer and best known for The Great Gatsby said that. You can use this philosophy to gain a fresh perspective on ideas and existing problems and to power breakthrough thinking.

Whatever your position, opinion or belief about specific issues or ideas in life and career, ask yourself “What if” I consider another perspective.

“You’re acting mindfully when you don’t simply dismiss activities and thoughts because they seem unappealing or even silly at first,” says Ellen Langer, Ph.D., a Harvard psychologist.

You don’t even have to immediately change your perception. You are just opening yourself up for new experiences before jumping to conclusions.

“When two people believe opposite things, chances are that one of them is wrong. It pays to find out if that someone is you. That’s why I believe you must appreciate and develop the art of thoughtful disagreement…”writes Ray Dalio, a self-made billionaire, in his book Principles.

The smartest people analyze what they’re told, what they read, or hear (either immediately or over time) and assemble a raft of truth that they can justify intellectually.


You are constantly changing, for better or worse — you won’t be the same person tomorrow, so why try to shove yourself in a single box. Improve your ability to reason at your highest human potential every day.

Give yourself the chance to become a better version of yourself — challenge your brain every day to achieve your full cognitive potential.

By Thomas Oppong