Angkor Wat: The World’s Largest Religious Monument

Angkor Wat, located in Siem Reap Province in Cambodia, is the world’s largest religious monument. “Angkor” comes from Sanskrit and means “city” while Wat is Khmer for “temple.” Cambodians are usually referred to as Khmer people and Thai are referred to as Siem. So, the name Siem Reap means “Thai Defeat,” but that’s another story. Angkor Wat also appears on the national flag of Cambodia.

Angkor Wat was originally built in the 12th century by king Suryavarman II as a Hindu temple. It was a dedication to Vishnu. Later, in the 16th century, Buddhism took over and Angkor Wat was converted to a Buddhist temple. The Buddhists tried to paint the giant wall mural depicting several scenes from Hinduism and in some parts, you can actually touch the carved stone on the mural.

Angkor Wat lies on an island 1km x 1.5km with a 1 km wide moat on all sides. There are two entrances: the front in the west and the back in the east. Angkor Wat, unlike most temples, faces to the west instead of the east to signify that Suryavarman was intending to be buried there. Inside the temple, there is a central point where you can see in all four directions, many intricate and sometimes unfinished carvings, and a big central tower which was the king’s tomb. The central has really steep stairs that you could be afraid of going up and down.

Overall, Angkor Wat is a great place and has a lot of extra history and details to it, and it is also a great tourist destination.

Hehe, It’s a Lizard!

I took this picture of a really cool lizard in Cambodia.

Gods Versus Demons

This picture was taken by the wall mural in Angkor Wat. If you look closely, the ones facing to the right are different from the ones facing to the left. The gods are facing to the right and the demons … Continue reading

The History of Food: The Best of the Best: ICE CREAM!

The earliest known form of ice cream was in the Persian Empire when grape juice concentrate was poured on top of snow for a treat when it was hot outside. People have been doing this for centuries. Sorbet is said … Continue reading

The History of Food: Escargot

Ewwwww… escargot. These creatures are a treat for the French, but we think of it as being disgusting. These are snails that have gone through heliculture and have been stuffed back into their shells with garnishes. Years ago, in ancient … Continue reading

A Short History of American Football

Since the Superbowl is coming up, I felt that is was appropriate to write about football. Even though football is the most played sport in America, many people do not even know the history behind it. American football was invented … Continue reading

How to Survive in the Wild

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Photo credit: Al_HikesAZ

Have you ever gotten lost in the woods with no one with you with no tools? Probably not, and I commend you if you have. But if you answered no, you might want to read on.

The first thing you want to do if you get lost in the woods is to call for help. Hey, you never know if someone will hear you.

Next you will want to take care of three essential things that a human needs to survive: food, water, and shelter.

The first of those three things is shelter. Try to make at least a small covering out of sticks (if you have rope, that would greatly help) to protect you from the elements.

Second is water. Water is the number 1 thing you want to have if you are lost in the wild. To find water in the wilderness, you would want to head downhill, rain water will run downhill. If you can not find water, don’t give up, if you see any animal, they have to drink also. You could dig down deep to find water too. You will want to make a fire to purify your water, but more on that later. Heres a small tip, try not to drink from a still pond to avoid parasites.

The third essential thing that a human needs to survive is food. In order to know if a wild berry is poisonous, first, smell it. If it smells like peaches or almonds, it is probably poisonous. Next, test it on your skin, if it tingles or get’s a rash don’t eat it. After that, place it on your lips, if it starts to burn, it is most likely poisonous.

After you take care of those, you have to make a fire. Gather small sticks to get the fire started, then get bigger sticks, then get big logs to keep the fire going. Put the small sticks in a little pile. To light that pile faster, you can add highly flammable substances such as birch bark and orange peels. To light it, if you have an orange, peel it, then put a rock in the center of the peel and take a stick and rub it against the stick, the peel will catch on fire for a while. If you don’t have an orange, bend a stick and tie a shoelace around each end to make sort of a bow looking thing. Then twirl a stick in it and rub it, it will make friction, which will eventually make a spark.  Continue reading

The Top Five Dumbest Inventions

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Throughout history, there has been many groundbreaking inventions that would change the course of human history itself. But there has been far more dumb inventions that have never hit the market. So, without further ado, here are the top 5 dumbest inventions.

The fifth most dumb invention in the world is the baby mop. To lazy to mop the floor? No problem, just have the baby do it! With the baby mop, your baby will mop the floor while he crawls!

The fourth most dumb invention is the toilet paper hat. Have you ever needed to blow your nose, but didn’t have any tissues? Well, if you never want to get into that embarrassing situation again, you might want to get the toilet paper hat! The toilet paper hat is a hat with a roll of toilet paper attached to it, so you will never run out of toilet paper to blow your nose with!

Coming in at number three is the first of these inventions is the subway chinrest. The basic gist of this invention is that you lay your chin on a pillow attached to a stick. Hmmm, I guess this would be useful if you want to take a nap on the jolty subway?

The second dumbest invention is quite literally called “The Apparatus for Simulating a High Five”. This invention is a robotic upper arm that gives you a high five. With this invention, you will always feel like a winner!

Now, the moment you have all been waiting for, the dumbest invention is: eye drop funnels! The eye drop funnel is basically a small funnel that you put eyedrops in so you will never miss your eye with those pesky eye drops.  Continue reading

Tips for a Happy, Healthy Life

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Everyone wants to be happy, and you are happy if you are healthy, and you are healthy if you are happy!  So the question is, how do you stay healthy? Well here are 7 tips to have a healthy, happy life.

1. Get a good night’s sleep. Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to having a healthy life. A good night’s sleep can help you learn things, live longer, be more creative, and leading into the next tip, reduce your stress.

2. Reduce your stress. We all have stress, and we all know that stress can be, well, stressful. Stress can make you worried, sad, see only negatives, and have nausea. To avoid stress you can practice positive thinking, don’t procrastinate, and just take a breather.

3. Listen to music. Listening to music can really relax you. Music can also help you find your happy place where you are at peace with everything.

4. Read. Similar to music, reading can help you relax and figuratively transport you to another (hopefully stress-free) universe.

5. Eat dessert! Dessert is a small but very important part of being happy. If you think that you can’t eat that chocolate cake because you think you would look fat, then you’re wrong. When you eat dessert you’re happy. And trust me, you will be more fat when you aren’t happy then when you are.

6. Laugh. Laughter is the best medicine! Laughing can take your mind off of things and can let you have just a really fun time.

7. Relax.Sometimes, in this chaotic world of ours, we forget to just take a breather. Relaxing can just calm you down until you experience true happiness, which is the best feeling of all.

I hope this list will help you become a happier and healthier person. Continue reading

Call of Duty Parents Guide

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Photo credit: peteer01

As you might of heard of, the new Call of Duty video game just came out, so I decided to make a little guide to help you decide if you want to play it.

I researched the Black Ops and Black Ops 2 plot, and there seems to be a lot of very dark things going on, such as people committing suicide by burning themselves and blowing themselves up. There are MANY instances of very brutal torture including someone getting his head bashed in for refusing to partake in a game of Russian Roulette. And people constantly get shot in a very realistic looking way. I can see that if adults play these types of games, it would be fine, but five year olds are playing them! When I was five years old, I would have nightmares for months if I even saw a segment of any COD game! I was a little unnerved just reading about it! Also, isn’t that teaching young kids, whose minds are still developing, that violence is OK?

BUT! You can turn the blood and swearing off in the options.

The language in this game is pretty bad also. I am not talking about the campaign mode. As I said before, you can turn swearing in that off. I am talking about online multiplayer. Online multiplayer is a mode in which you go on a server and play against actual people. Let’s just say that some individuals get too worked up over a game. Trust me, I have seen online servers, and you hear some pretty nasty stuff.  Continue reading