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My Mother-in-Law Suggested She Move In With Us for a Year, and My Husband Thinks It’s a Great Idea

My Mother-in-Law Suggested She Move In With Us for a Year, and My Husband Thinks It’s a Great Idea
Family & kids
4 days ago

Let me paint you a picture: Daniel and I are in the midst of a quiet evening at home when he drops a bombshell that rattles me to the core. “Hey, babe,” he starts, sounding all unsure. “What if my mom lived with us for a year?”I nearly spit out my drink, I swear. His mom? Under our roof? For a whole year?I take a deep breath, trying to keep my cool as I shoot back, “No way, absolutely no way.”Daniel’s face falls, disappointment written all over it. “But she’s feeling kinda lonely, you know?” he says. I shake my head, firm as ever. “Sorry, babe, but that’s a hard pass from me.”

My Brother’s Wife Made Him Cut Ties With Me and Our Parents

My Brother’s Wife Made Him Cut Ties With Me and Our Parents
Family & kids
month ago

“Hey, I’m Alex. The past year has been a rollercoaster, and not the fun kind. I’m 32, the responsible big brother, and Jake, my younger brother at 28, was always the carefree spirit. Our parents, Robert and Susan, made our house a home with laughter and warmth. Then Monica came into the picture,” Alex shared with us.

10+ Real Stories of People Who Interrupted a Wedding

10+ Real Stories of People Who Interrupted a Wedding
Curiosities
2 months ago

In the world of weddings, a lot can happen. However, when the officiant says “Speak now, or forever hold your peace,” everyone hopes there’s nothing but silence. That isn’t always the case though. Whether to confess serious mistakes or to try to be funny, there are plenty of stories about people interrupting weddings. Some of real-life dramas and comedies were shared online and they’re fascinating to read.

18 Travel Secrets From a Frequent Flyer Few People Know

18 Travel Secrets From a Frequent Flyer Few People Know
Curiosities
8 months ago

Are the letters SSSS on your boarding pass a reason to worry? What is much more dangerous than turbulence? Should you really try to be the first to board the plane? You’re about to figure it out! You might have noticed that most planes have blue seats. There’s no mystery here: airlines opt for this color because it’s considered to have a calming effect. This color supposedly puts passengers at ease and helps even the most nervous flyers relax. But there’s also another, more practical reason. Stains, dirt, and scrapes are less visible on dark blue fabric.

A Man Who Stuck for 3 Days at the Bottom of the Ocean

A Man Who Stuck for 3 Days at the Bottom of the Ocean
People
9 months ago

We’ve heard stories about people surviving in the desert, Amazon forest, and uninhabited islands for weeks. Such stories show how tough and resilient people can be. But among these many cases, there is one that can really amaze you. It’s the story about a guy who spent three days inside a sunken ship at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. He didn’t have oxygen tanks, electricity, communications, or food, but he survived. So, it all happened in 2013 on a tugboat that was moving through the Atlantic waters along the coast of Nigeria. That day, early in the morning, there was a small storm. The tug was pulling a vessel with oil tanks. Then, all of a sudden, a huge wave formed. It crashed into the ship and broke the cable. At 4:30 a.m., the tugboat turned upside down. Its entire deck was underwater, and the ship’s hull stuck out from the surface. The boat began to sink slowly. The crew of 12 people were trapped as they all were in their locked rooms.

The Bennington Triangle: The Gateway to Another World?

The Bennington Triangle: The Gateway to Another World?
Curiosities
3 months ago

Imagine taking a hike on Glastenbury Mountain in Vermont. Sounds like a dream, right? Don’t get too excited, though, there’s a catch. If you decide to tackle the Long Trail, don’t go alone. Why? Well, let’s just say that if you wear red, you might end up being the star of a real-life vanishing act.

They Found a Boeing-Sized Tree on Shore. How Did It Get There?

They Found a Boeing-Sized Tree on Shore. How Did It Get There?
Curiosities
4 months ago

On January 10, 1992, a huge cargo ship sailed somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It got caught in a strong storm, its waves battered the ship frightfully, and some of its containers fell into the water. One of them opened and released some 29,000 rubber toys. They were yellow ducks, frogs, and blue turtles.From that moment, their journey of almost 20,000 miles across the world’s oceans began. This enormous number of toys survived many years of storms, salt water, encounters with marine animals, and countless days under the scorching sun. The ducks even ventured into the icy waters of the Arctic and swam through the spot where the Titanic sank. Some of the toys settled in Hawaii and some went to the shores of England.

The Statue of Liberty Wasn’t Always Green

The Statue of Liberty Wasn’t Always Green
Curiosities
4 months ago

The Statue of Liberty wasn’t always the iconic green color that we know today. The statue originally consisted of copper skin over the iron framework, making Lady Liberty appear a bright bronze color. Over the years, the copper began to oxidize, forming a protective layer called patina and creating a bright green hue. It took 30 years for Lady Liberty to turn fully green.

What Would You See Inside of Tornado

What Would You See Inside of Tornado
Curiosities
4 months ago

Oh my, check this out, there’s a giant tornado heading toward you! And it’s so fast! These twisters can move at crazy speeds of more than 250 mph. Plus, they can carve a pathway 50 miles long and a mile wide. Sometimes you see them coming clearly while in some cases low-hanging clouds or rain can hide them — so they sneak up on you, and you don’t even see them. And in most cases, a tornado can develop so fast that no one can even warn you in time if it’s already too close.

Why Travelers Avoid Sailing From West to East

Why Travelers Avoid Sailing From West to East
Curiosities
5 months ago

Next time you jump into a yacht, you should worry not about the wind but about the waves. An average storm can’t cause enough damage on its own, as the wind is unlikely to tilt the boat over. A wind-driven wave, however, might destroy a lot of equipment and even sink the yacht altogether. Don’t worry, though; it’s not that common to come across a bad storm — or worse, a hurricane — while at sea. You’d really have to be looking for it. Most people with over 20 years’ worth of experience at sea have never encountered extreme weather.

Could Jupiter Become a Star?

Could Jupiter Become a Star?
Curiosities
5 months ago

Imagine leaving your house one morning and seeing not one but 2 stars shining in the sky! The first one is our good old Sun, and the other is... Jupiter! But how has a PLANET turned into a star? And what will now happen to Earth and its inhabitants? Before we find the answer to these urgent questions, we need to revise some things we know about Jupiter. The largest planet in the Solar System is a gas giant, which means it’s made up mostly of gases. Due to the pressure and temperature differences, these gases separate into layers. This creates those red and white bands that can be clearly seen from Earth.

Ball Lightning Can Pass Through Closed Windows But How?

Ball Lightning Can Pass Through Closed Windows But How?
Curiosities
5 months ago

A strong wind is blowing, black clouds cover the sky, thunder is rumbling, and it’s pouring down with rain. A storm is coming. But you don’t care. You’re sitting in your apartment, listening to music and typing something on your computer. You hear thunderclap, look out the window, and see a heavy downpour, a hurricane, and lightning flashes. You close all the windows and go back to the computer. And then BAM!

Nobody Comes to This Brazilian Island, Here’s Why

Nobody Comes to This Brazilian Island, Here’s Why
Places
5 months ago

No one expected such a strong storm. It’s too dangerous to sail back to the land because of high waves and winds. But suddenly, you notice a small green island nearby. You and your friend are about 25 miles [40 km] off the coast of Brazil. You were fishing and didn’t notice black clouds obscuring the blue sky. You’re approaching the unknown island and see a coast guard boat behind you. People from there are screaming something to you, but you can’t make out the words because of the thunder. “They tell us we should stay away from that island,” your friend says.

The Loneliest Whale in the World (You Might Cry After Watching This)

The Loneliest Whale in the World (You Might Cry After Watching This)
Animals
6 months ago

Imagine crying out to someone not knowing that they can’t hear you. This is the story of the loneliest whale swimming in the oceans. Scientists can only refer to the whale as a 52-Hertz whale or 52 whale for short. They call it that because they picked up its sound pitch similar to a Blue whale’s frequency which is between 10 and 39 Hertz. Whales, like many animals, communicate with frequencies that only they can understand. This whale in particular is known as the only one of its kind since no other whale produces the same frequency.

A Man Who Nearly Drowned in the Sky

A Man Who Nearly Drowned in the Sky
People
6 months ago

Not many survival stories can rival the miracle that happened to Marine Lt. Col. William Henry Rankin in 1959. See for yourself: one bad day, this man nearly drowned — falling from the sky! Um, are you saying that it sounds too paradoxical to be true? Then, take a seat, I’ll tell you a story...

Eerie Sounds from Mount Everest: What’s Really Happening?

Eerie Sounds from Mount Everest: What’s Really Happening?
Curiosities
4 months ago

Have you ever wondered why mountains seem so still and silent? Well, prepare to be amazed, because these majestic landforms have some hidden talents. You see, mountains are actually quite the performers! They have their own unique songs and dance routines. What does it mean and how does it work? Well, let’s see.

What If You Lived One Day in the Ice Age

What If You Lived One Day in the Ice Age
Curiosities
7 months ago

Yep. There’s ice. All around. As far as the eye can see. A white desert covers the entrance to your cave, the one where you and a bunch of other settlers live.Everyone’s gathered around a fire pit trying to keep warm, telling each other stories about how much snow they saw the other day. Some are running around playing tag, throwing sticks... whatever people used to do for fun 300,000 years ago. You’re one of the earliest Homo Sapiens to ever walk the Earth!Others are sleeping or just resting their eyes. All around the cave, all you can hear are stomachs rumbling, sounds like a wild animal lurking around. You look out the mouth of the cave and see that the storm has cleared. Time to grab some tools and head out as a group!

The Mysterious Dark Day of 1938 — No Sun, No Radio Signals

The Mysterious Dark Day of 1938 — No Sun, No Radio Signals
Curiosities
4 months ago

The “dark days” are mysterious natural phenomena that have occurred only a few times in the history of humankind. We can write them off as eclipses or “just some weather events.” But in reality, they’re very creepy, and we have no idea why they happen. So, what are these “dark days” anyway? What’s so strange about them? Let’s try to find out. “The Sun is off. What are we gonna do?” That’s what the residents of Yamal, Siberia, asked meteorologists on September 18, 1938. In the morning, instead of going to work, they all gathered at the weather station. They were waiting for answers. All because on that day, they observed something inexplicable. An “eclipse,” which they later nicknamed “the black day.” And neither astronomers nor meteorologists can explain what happened back then.

The Danger of a Purple Sky: Don’t Wait, Run!

The Danger of a Purple Sky: Don’t Wait, Run!
Curiosities
5 months ago

A purple sunset... You must have seen one of those at least once in your life. Normally, it’s nothing ominous and has to do with the way light travels. The light that the Sun produces is white. When it goes through a prism, you see light waves of different colors: from red and orange to blue, green, and indigo. Light normally travels in a straight line if there’s no obstacle in its way. The shorter light waves, including blues and purples, are scattered easier when they meet with those obstacles, like molecules and aerosols in the atmosphere. Because the Sun is low on the horizon at sunset and sunrise, its light has to pass through more molecules that scatter the violet and blue light. The colors that your eyes pick up then are yellow, orange, and red. But with the right conditions, you can see the gorgeous purple sky.

Reddit Users Reveal How the Small Decisions They Made Resulted in Some Pretty Epic Butterfly Effects

Reddit Users Reveal How the Small Decisions They Made Resulted in Some Pretty Epic Butterfly Effects
Psychology
year ago

The butterfly effect is a term meaning that small actions in one sphere can lead to much bigger consequences in the same or another sphere. For example, a tiny tornado formed by small perturbations in one place can lead to a huge storm in another one. Butterfly effects take place in our lives as well — changing a light bulb can result in marrying someone, getting a kitten can lead to getting a dream job.

14 Users Tell Us About the Worst Wedding They Have Ever Been To (Some Are Movie-Worthy)

14 Users Tell Us About the Worst Wedding They Have Ever Been To (Some Are Movie-Worthy)
People
3 years ago

When we are invited to a wedding, some of these things immediately come to mind: cake, guests, music, and food. In general, we attend weddings with certain expectations: we will eat more exquisite and abundant food than usual and we will dance a lot. It is normal that we expect to have fun. But it just so happens that, at times something fails or simply does not fit at all with what we were expecting.

11 Warning Signs of Natural Phenomena Each of Us Should Know

11 Warning Signs of Natural Phenomena Each of Us Should Know
Curiosities
3 years ago

Every natural phenomenon has its tell — its signature calling card. It can be an unusual sky color, a weird sound, or even strangely behaving wildlife — something always precedes the event. And, well, it’s easier to deal with something when you know what to expect.

The Himalayas Appear for the First Time in 30 Years, and 14 More Events We Don’t Hear About Everyday

The Himalayas Appear for the First Time in 30 Years, and 14 More Events We Don’t Hear About Everyday
Curiosities
3 years ago

Sometimes nature offers us special effects that are worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. And when this happens, we can consider ourselves lucky, as a number of conditions have to be in place for certain rare phenomena to occur. These events, like a rainbow waterfall, can even make us wonder if we are on a different planet or living inside the plot of a fairytale.

7 Unexpected Things Dogs Can Smell

7 Unexpected Things Dogs Can Smell
Animals
5 months ago

The sense of smell is called olfactory. Humans don’t have a very strong sense of smell, while dogs’ noses are more than 10,000 times more “professional” than ours. Nowadays, trained sniffer dogs work in different fields, but even a regular pet can save your life with their strong nose.

13 Epic Houses Anyone Would Want to Live in

13 Epic Houses Anyone Would Want to Live in
Home
5 months ago

Nearly everyone wants to live in their own dream house, but not everyone has enough money or a suitable place to make their dreams come true. However, you can always find an alternative. Bright Side advises you to have a closer look at these tiny houses. The whole world is inside!

7 Unusual Animal Stories That Will Melt Your Heart

7 Unusual Animal Stories That Will Melt Your Heart
Animals
5 months ago

We live in a world where good news is often outshone by bad. Nevertheless, we at Bright Side do our best to make sure kind and heroic acts don’t go unnoticed. Every day, thousands of people try to make this world a better place, and our goal is to acquaint you with at least some of them.