Cool Websites

Hello everyone! It’s finally fall!! Yay! In this cold weather what better thing is there to do besides wrapping yourself in a blanket, sitting on the bed, and surfing the web? I thought this month I would share with you a compilation of websites that are weird, cool, and/or useful. Enjoy and be sure to check out the websites you find interesting!

    1. Brain Pickings

This is a blog run by an MIT Fellow student named Maria Popova. She basically amasses thought-provoking content in pretty much any subject you can think of including philosophy, art, history, politics, anthropology and more! She recently wrote about how the tale of Big Wolf & Little Wolf  teaches us about the importance of friendship and having a sense of belonging. If you would like delve into topics and love to ponder upon things in the world, then this is the site for you!

2. TED


I am sure, or at least I hope, most if not all of you have heard of TED. TED hosts many talks that are truly inspirational and amazing. From the newest breakthroughs in science to how to start a good habit, TED talks will keep you updated on the most innovative and enriching discoveries happening around the world. My personal favorite would be there inspirational videos. In particular, I loved “How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over” talk given by Mel Robbins, “Why 30 is not the new 20” by Dr. Meg Jay, and “10 Ways to Have a Better Conversation” given by Celeste Headlee.

3. The Useless Web

Okay, so this is when you are so terribly bored that you don’t really care about what website you want to go to. The Useless Web will take you to pointless, but somehow entertaining websites that might just cure your boredom. All you do is click the “Please” button and, voila, you’re directed to a unique site each time. Oh the places you’ll go. You’ll never know where you’ll be directed! Have fun. I definitely thought this site was perfect for when you have just taken a brutal midterm and don’t really want to start that episode of your show you’re obsessed with because you know you’ll end up watching for at least 3 hours

4. Giphy

Please embrace yourself for this one. This is a website filled with GIFs of every possible thing you can imagine. Not only can you search for endless GIFs, but also make one of your own!

5. Unplug the TV!

Even if no one might still watch TV, here is a website that gives you random, but informative videos to watch. The best part is you never know what video you’ll get! If you don’t want to watch something, then you can always skip to next random video. Just to show you the randomness: my first time I got a video about three moons that could be planets, then I got a video about the end of the Arctic, and just now I got one about what Cannabis does to your brain!

6. The Oatmeal

If you are looking to laugh, and who isn’t, then this comic website is your best choice. Matthew Inman’s illustrations are so funny, humorous, and will surely lighten your mood.  Most of the comics are relatively short and sweet, so you don’t have to worry about finishing pages of comics in the little free time you do manage to have. Do check this one out!

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Conspiracy Theories!

Hello! I can not believe that summer is already over. Nevertheless, before we all know it, the year will whiz past us, and we will be taking the finals in spring and it’ll be summer all over again.

This semester I have taken an Honors seminar that I think is pretty cool. It is called “Conspiracies in a Global Context.” Professor Koerber teaches the class. I have only joined the class recently, and attended only one session, and I am already in love with it! We amassed a list of enigmatic conspiracies of all time and tried to categorize them. It was so fascinating. As a result, I have prepared for you a very brief list of some of the world’s most sought after conspiracies of all times. Now, keep in mind, I am not saying these are necessarily true; this is just for pure entertainment.  Feel free to comment on any other ones you know below. Enjoy 😀 !

    1. Codex Alimentarius

The Codex Alimentarius is a guidebook developed by the World Health Organization that delineates rules and regulations concerning food labeling safety.  The conspiracy goes that this codex might just end humankind. Apparently, there are peculiar titles in their agenda, which is available to the public through a simple Google search.  Some of these titles include “Population Control Under the Guise of Consumer Protection”, and “An Introduction to Soft Kill Eugenics.”

2.  Project Blue Beam

This is apparently a conspiracy involving NASA. It goes that NASA is trying to enforce New Age religion. This religion is centered around the belief of spirituality with great emphasis on individualism. It is also heavily influenced by Eastern cultures. In addition, the conspiracy theory states that NASA is working with the AntiChrist, an opponent of Jesus Christ who is supposedly to appear when it is the end of the world, to gain control of and run the world.

3. Aurora Aircraft

Aurora was said to be a reconnaissance aircraft. Reconnaissance aircraft is designed for various intelligence purposes including spying and intercepting communication via signal intelligence. However, the US government insists that Aurora was never built or flown.

4.  Project MKULTRA

This was allegedly a secret CIA project researching the role of drugs such as LSD, MDMA (ecstasy), barbiturates, and psilocybin (mushrooms) on mind control, interrogation methods, and psychological torture. The project went on from 1953 to about 1973. Also, a man named Frank Olson, who used to work for the CIA at the time of the project, died mysteriously. His death was believed to be staged by the CIA to look like a suicide when , in fact, the CIA might have assassinated him.

5.  ACORN


ACORN stands for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. This organization aimed to tackle issues such as voter registration, affordable housing, and other economic and social issues that the poor might be facing in neighborhoods. The conspiracy theory associated with this organization goes that Obama was working with this organization and it helped Obama win the election in 2008. The conspiracy theory also states that ACORN was hiding the fact that Obama was actually born in Kenya.

A Summer-Suspense-Must-Read!

Hi there everyone! Summer has officially (I mean the actual season) kick-started. For some of us that means days of contemplating  what to do, while for others it means research, volunteering, internships, etc. Either way, I think it is very important to consecrate a little bit of your time each day for reading. Therefore, I thought I would encourage you to read this really awesome book I have read this past month!

The book is titled Memory Man and is written by David Baldacci. If you are a sleuth and love unraveling mysteries, then this is definitely a book for you. The story is about an extraordinary man named Amos Decker who, after a gruesome concussion on the football field, suffers from a peculiar brain condition called hyperthemia and synesthesia. Hyperthemia is the ability to never, and this is no exaggeration, forget a single thing that has happened to the person. Synesthesia is the ability to use one sense of the body with another seemingly unconnected sense. For example, Amos is able to see everything in colors and numbers.

The story commences with Amos walking right into the murder of his entire family one night. Horrified and absolutely devestated, he doesn’t know what to do. The grisly murder scene leaves him abashed and grieving. He thinks about killing himself, but the police come just in time and talk him out of shooting himself. He later vows to find the killers and avenge his family and himself. Amos’ journey is one filled with countless shocks and surprises that will leave you ardent to find out what happens on the next page.

Amos, a retired detective, definitely has the brains to solve this case, and this is evident in every step of the story. With a little more help from a former partner named Lancaster, a journalist named Jamison, and an FBI agent named Bogart, Amos sets out to catch the merciless killer. To everyone’s, but Amos of course, surprise, the killer is no less intelligent than Amos himself.

A huge twist in the story comes when a shooting at Mansfield High School leaves few students and adults dead. At first, you may think that this may be an entire new mystery in itself, however, it turns out that the shooter was no other than the one who had shot Amos’ wife, strangled his daughter, and slit the throat of Amos’ brother-in-law.  These two interconnected cases elucidate that the killer has no boundaries. Why? Why is the killer is doing all of this? What did the shooting have to do with Amos and his family?

You will discover that each clue that Amos uncovers is carefully crafted to fit into the final puzzle. In the beginning, it may seem that the pieces are all random, but believe me, you will be awestruck as to how the entire mystery unfolds itself at the end.

I really hope you all take time this summer to definitely give this book a go. I promise you that it will not be a disappointment at all. Baldacci is an impeccable author who is meticulous in his vivid imagery; don’t be surprised if you get so engulfed in the words that you soon find yourself alongside Amos, deciphering the murder’s clever clues.

Commuting….

Hi everyone! I can’t believe summer is already here (even though the past few days have been a bit rainy and muggy). I thought I would share my past academic year’s commuting experience with you all because next year I will be back to living on-campus!

To be honest, the first few days, and even weeks, were very tough. Because getting to the train station was a problem, my dad would drop me off on his way to work in the morning. This meant that even though my earliest classes were around 11 a.m., I had to wake up at 8 a.m. to be dropped off at the train station. In addition, the past few weeks NJ Transit has not been in its best shape with the derailments and power outages. As a result, there have been at least two or three days on which I was so ecstatic to be coming home on time, but the trains were delayed by a good 30 minutes to over an hour. I remember such an instance, specifically the Friday before winter break, when everyone at the New Brunswick station were carrying suitcases back to their homes. We were all covered in jackets and hats because it was quite windy and chilly. I was fervent to go home to a semi-relaxing break (I had midterms coming up after break as usual). The lady on the speaker came up, and I was hoping she would say in her monotonous voice “The next train to stop on track 4 is the 5:29 train to Trenton stopping at..” blah, blah, and blah. Unfortunately, she started to say the one thing all commuters feared the most: “The 5:29 train is now operating 65 minutes late.” My heart dropped. Everyone sighed. They opened their apps and starting tracking the train down. There were several times when the train would just “disappear”, which indicated that it would not hit all of its designated stops on the app. Nonetheless, I didn’t lose hope. After almost an hour and a half, the bright lights of the train nearing the curve of the track 4 (my track) was visible. I shouted to my friend “Look! It’s here” and I saw her eyes gleam with joy.  I saw the happiness in everyone’s eyes. We were all just glad to be on our way home. I realized how peculiar it was that a train coming on time felt so precious and was capable of bringing so much happiness. I had never experienced this before in my life prior to commuting. This holds true to the platitude of being grateful for those little things you take for granted each day because you never know how much they mean to you until they are gone.

Another important thing I learned from commuting is time management. The days on which I was waiting for the bus (I took a bus home from the station after college) or the train, I was trying to make up the studying time I would lose to commuting. Whether it was just looking over organic chemistry notes or re-reading my essay, I would try to get some work done to save some time. Commuting took nearly three to fours hours out of my day every week, so these “in-between-studying” times were kind of important for me.

For those of you planning to commute or are commuting right now, here are some tips I would like to share with you.

  1. Be at least 10 minutes early before your planned train/bus time.
  2. Always carry work with you (notes, laptop, a book, etc…)
  3. Pack lots of snacks (you never can be 100% sure of when the train/bus will arrive or depart)!
  4. Double check for your tickets and headphones (especially your headphones because who doesn’t want to listen to songs while traveling?)

I hope you have a great summer!

SAS Core: Why, Why, Why??

Hi everyone! Summer is around the corner. The sun is finally coming out and it is beginning to look a lot like spring! This also means that a new semester will soon befall us. Class registrations have begun, and everyone is out to fulfill those beloved SAS core requirements. Am I right or am I right? We are looking for the classes that hit two birds with one stone, and by that, I mean classes that can fulfill two SAS core requirements in one go! I have been looking for some classes too, and so I thought, why not compile a list and share with you all as well? So here is a list of classes that might seem interesting and fulfill those SAS core requirements! Enjoy!

  1. Looking at 21st Century World History (01:082:118) (3 credits) (21C, HST)

In this class, you will take examine the history of Western Art from antiquity to medieval period. If you like to travel and look at art, then this might be the class for you because you will be seeing a wide array of artwork spanning from Egypt to Rome. This course has two hourly exams, a final, and three to five page paper on a topic chosen by the professor.

2. Global East Asia (01:098:250) (4 credits) (21C, HST, SCL)

This course is about the world’s most influential East Asian nations including China, Korea, and Japan. You will learn about each of the nation’s economy, culture, war, gender, politics, etc. You will have clicker questions and recitation for this class.

3. Soul Beliefs: Causes and Consequences (01:830:123) (3 credits) (21C, HST)

This is an interesting course about what the consequences of believing in souls are. You will get to explore topics such as self, mind and body dualism, culture, evolution, death, etc. You will have weekly readings. Your grade comprises of two midterms, a take-home final, assignments, and discussion posts.

4. Latino and Caribbean Cultural Studies (01:050:295) (3 credits) (Wcr, AHp)

In this class, you will analyze the culture, politics, society, and more about the Latino and Caribbean cultures. You will examine how these two cultures connect in various aspects such as gender, ethnicity, and populism.

5. Women and Contemporary Chinese Society (01:170:245) (3 credits) (21C, HST, WCr or WCd)

You will unravel the role of Chinese women after 1949 in Chinese economy, politics, entrepreneurship, education, science, social movements, religious revival, and much more! This course is offered in the Fall semesters. Your grade will constitute two term papers (five pages each), a final paper (eight to nine pages), an oral presentation, active attendance, participation, and homework assignments.

6. Introduction to Korean Culture, History and Society (01:574:210)  (3 credits) (HST, AHo, Wcr)

I believe the title speaks for itself. Nonetheless, this course will introduce you to Korean culture and society in a historical perspective. Your grade in this class will encompass quizzes, homework, a presentation, and class participation. You will have two midterms and a final paper.

7. Development of the Labor Movement I (37:575:201) (3 credits) (HST or SCL, WCr or WCd)

This is a course that delves into labor movements throughout the history of Americas. You will see what shaped the American concepts of slavery, work, free labor, industrialization, etc. The class will require two papers, a midterm, a final and also attendance.

Well, I hope that gives you some choices to think about! Good luck on your midterms and finals!

 

March New Book Releases!

Here are few books that just got released and you should take time to read them over break!

  1. The Night Ocean

This is a fictional story of Marina Willett’s husband named Charlie. He becomes obsessed with a famous 20th century horror writer named H.P. Lovecraft. Charlie is caught in one particular story of Lovecraft. This story is about a gay teenage fan named Robert Barlow who lives with an “old gent” for two months. No one knows whether they were just friends or something more. Charlie think he solves this puzzle but something terrible happens and Charlie disappears. The police keep saying that he committed suicide, but Marina, a psychiatrist, doesn’t believe this. This story is filled with suspense, scandals, and much more.

2. One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter

This is a nonfictional story of an author named Saachi Koul. She is the daughter of two Indian immigrant parents who move to Canada. This is a compilation of satiric and fierce short stories of her growing up in Canada. She talks about the challenges of being an “outsider.” Not only this, but she also addresses other crucial issues faced by a woman of color. These issues include gender stereotypes of Western and Indian culture and racial tensions. This is book is a mixture of jokes and serious content.

3. Strange the Dreamer

This an epic fantasy novel about how a dream chooses the dreamer. The dreamer in this case is an orphan a junior librarian named Lazlo Strange. He has always wanted to be part of a dream about a mythical, lost city of Weep. However, this dream wants someone much braver than Strange. Fortunately, an opportunity comes knocking on Strange’s door: a hero with the name Godslayer and group of warriors are after the land of Weep. Strange must uncover the mystery behind how Weep even got into this deep trouble.

4. The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit 

This is a true story of a twenty-year-old man named Christopher Knight. Knight leaves his home in Massachusetts and disappears into a forest. The shocking part is that Knight actually lives in the forest for 27 years! Knight uses his wits and courage to survive the brutal winter. Discover how he manages to arrange food, clothing, and other provisions as he struggles to keep himself alive for nearly three decades. It is a riveting story of solitude, tenacity, and self-exploration.

5. The Illusionist’s Apprentice 

You must have heard of the great magician Harry Houdini, but did you know about his one-time apprentice? It was a woman full of marvelous secrets. She was named Jenny “Wren” Lockhart. She gets entangled into the murder of Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini for his phony and treacherous tricks. When one of Stapleton’s acts goes wrong and a man is murdered,  Wren must do the unthinkable: defend Stapleton by forming an alliance with the FBI to prove Stapleton’s innocence. If you like magic, mystery, and illusions, then this is the story for you!

What if I can’t get an internship?

Hi there! Spring semester is swooshing by, and before we know it, summer will be here! Many of you, including me, probably are looking for an internship. Many of the internships are very competitive. What happens when one doesn’t get an internship? Does that mean they have their whole summer free? Does it mean boredom will be their only company for four whole months? Fear not. Here are a few other things to keep you busy and your summer productive.

  1. Study Abroad

This is a great opportunity to travel and learn while earning college credit at the same time! Rutgers has amazing study abroad options that you can explore! From studying art history in Rome to wildlife ecology in Kenya, there is something for everyone! Granted, these trips can be quite expensive, but there are various National Study Abroad Scholarships students can apply to! For funding information or more financial aid options, the Office of Financial Aid is always happy to help. Now go out there and explore! Do be aware that the deadlines for most summer study abroad options are around March 3rd.

Here is the website with all the study abroad information:

http://globaleducation.rutgers.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Abroad.ViewLink&Parent_ID=0&Link_ID=D35DF441-5056-9B67-E4B89064D3BDB3A4&pID=1&lID=1

2. Undergraduate Research

Instead of applying for a formal summer research internship, maybe it will be more fun and unique if you went out and looked for research that fits just what your interests are. For example, if you are someone who has always wondered about how stem cells play a role in spinal cord injuries, then you can find a couple of professors who are conducting research in that very field. Rutgers is an excellent research hub. I am sure you will find exactly what you want! A good way to look for professors who are doing research in the area of your choosing is to go to the specific department (i.e. Life Sciences) and examine the tab they have just for research. Find a few professors whose work interests you, and then write thoughtful emails to them showing your genuine interests. It really helps if you read their research and mention points from it that really stood out and intrigued you. Be sure to ask them if they are available to meet with you to further discuss their research. Good Luck!

3. Learn New Skills

There are a plethora of useful skills that one can master over the summer! From learning how to code to learning how to sew, there are many life skills that everyone can try to learn. Here is a list of few skills that you can get started on if you’d like:

  • Writing a book
  • Sewing
  • Knitting
  • Cooking
  • Keeping a Daily Journal
  • Fixing a Leaky Faucet
  • Inventing an app
  • Reading a Map
  • Fixing a Flat Tire
  • Performing CPR and Heimlich Maneuver

Learning new skills exercises the brain. Plus, it is so much fun! What will you learn this summer?

Well, I hope these give you few ideas on how to be busy this summer. Make this summer memorable and fun! Four months is a lot of time! Have fun!

The Weirdest and Most Fascinating Disease and Disorders!

WARNING: THERE ARE IMAGES OF THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS BELOW.
VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

Hey there folks! This post can bring about paradoxical emotions such as disgust and mesmerization. It will be about some of the weirdest and yet most interesting diseases and disorders that you cannot even fathom. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Epidermolysis 

This condition is known to be a rare birth defect in the epidermis. It is also known as the Butterfly Disease. People with this condition have extremely sensitive and fragile skin. As a result, even the slightest irritation, such as temperature change, can trigger painful blisters and open wounds. The cause of this is the body’s inability to produce collagen. This disease does not just affect the epidermis of the skin but it also could occur with the epidermis of the mouth, esophagus, and stomach. Yikes! What’s worse is the fact that there is absolutely no cure for it.

 

Ectopia Cordis

You won’t believe this one! One in every 100,000 babies is born with this condition in which the heart is actually outside the rib cage! Unfortunately, this presents numerous risks for the heart, so many babies do not live long. However, there was this one miracle case in which a man named Christopher Wall was born with Ectopia Cordis and survived until the age of 33! Surgery is not really possible because the heart is such a delicate organ.

 

Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome

This rare condition is when there is a build-up of uric acid in all bodily fluids. The behavior of those who are victims of this disease are quite surprising. Those with this condition have a strange proclivity to purposefully hurt themselves. They sometimes bang their heads on objects, excessively bite their fingers, nails, or lips, and even try gouging their own eyes out!

 

Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia

Vampire lovers, pay close attention to this one! This disorder is also known as the Vampire Disorder because people who suffer from this condition develop pointy vampire-like teeth. This disorder also affects their hair, skin and nails. Signs of premature aging is also prevalent. Furthermore, people with this disorder must also stay out of the sun due to their lack of sweat glands.

 

Lamellar Ichthyosis 

This condition is another rare bare defect where the baby sheds its skin like a reptile. The baby is first born with shiny smooth skin that is known to be called the “collodion membrane”. This membrane sheds and gives way to the actual skin which is scaly and cracked. The baby is in high risk for infection, dehydration, and hypothermia. They also lack the protective outer layer which has the sweat glands. The scales amass near armpits or the groins and the babies usually don’t feel any pain. Unfortunately, the bright red scales are quite visible. This condition can also lead to ectropion, which is inversion of lips and eyelids.

 

Well I hope you enjoyed these few rarities. If you would like to check out rest of the article that intrigued me, feel free to visit the following link:
http://listverse.com/2014/01/30/10-more-fascinatingly-rare-disorders-revised/!

I hope you learned something! Enjoy the rest of break even though it is sadly almost over 😦 .

Christmas Fun Facts!

Merry Christmas! Ahh finally it is winter break! I hope you all are enjoying your break so far! I have amassed some fun Christmas festive facts for you all that I thought you might enjoy as a quick, fun read. Have fun and stay warm 🙂

1. December 25th is assumed to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. However, there is apparently no mention of this date in the Bible. In fact, most historians claim that Christ was actually a spring baby! As a result, it might be that December 25th was chosen because it coincides with the ancient pagan festival called “Saturnalia.” This festival celebrated the agricultural god Saturn with parties, gambling, and exchanging of gifts.

2. What about the tradition of the pine trees that we decorate and consecrate as Christmas trees? Well, actually this tradition is also rooted in the Saturnalia festival. The pagans used the branches of the evergreen trees during winter solstices to symbolize the strength of the Sun gods during the spring season.

3. Germans are considered to be the first to bring the concept of “Christmas trees” into their homes in the holiday season.

4. Even though Christmas trees did prevail in America in the 1830’s, it wasn’t until 1846 when Queen Victoria and Germany’s Prince Albert were sketched in front of a Christmas tree that the real hype for Christmas trees started!

5. A War on Christmas? Five months into World War I, the troops took a “Christmas break” to sing carols to each other on the battlefield. German and British troops started wishing each other “Merry Christmas” and even exchanging cigarettes as gifts. This event was later known as the “Christmas Truce of 1914.”

6. Christmas in the Colonies! Did you know that Christmas was not even a big deal in the mid to late 1600’s? In fact, if you showed any Christmas spirit in Boston, you would be fined five shillings!  That’s right! Christmas used to be illegal! Congress did not even bother to give a day off! They even decided to hold their first session on Christmas in 1789!

7. The first American batch of eggnog was made in Captain John Smith’s 1607 Jamestown settlement. The word “nog” comes from “grog” which means any drink made from rum!

8. Did you know that the famous myth of Santa travelling across the skies in his reindeer sleigh was actually first inspired by Washington Irving? Yes, this is the same Irving who authored the “Headless Horseman.” In The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Irving described a dream about St.Nicholas soaring in the skies in a weightless wagon.

9. How did Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer come about? Both these festive characters were the advertising industry’s gimmicks! Rudolph was used to lure shoppers to Montgomery Ward Department store. Frosty the Snowman was used in alcohol ads!

10. NASA’s enigmatic Christmas sighting? In 1965, two astronauts spotted an unidentified object in space and frantically called Mission Control. It was actually a prank by the two astronauts who later began playing Jingle Bells on the harmonica, which is now on display at the National Museum.

11. Kissing under the mistletoe originated in the Celtic and Teutonic legend in which mistletoe is believed to have magical powers that can heal wounds, increase fertility, bring good luck, and keep away the evil spirits.

12. Christmas around the world is quite different! The Portuguese hold a feast for the living and the dead on Christmas. Meanwhile, people in Greece believe that goblins called kallikantzeri roam around during the 12 days before Christmas. Also, the Greeks don’t exchange gifts until January 1st, St. Basil’s Day.

Well I hope you enjoyed this post! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Symbology

Hey there everyone! I hope the exams aren’t hitting you too hard! This month I thought I would write about something I have always been fascinated by throughout my life: Symbols. Sometimes, we may easily overlook symbols that are prevalent in our daily lives. Some of the symbols we use in professional settings today are derived from the ancient eras.  I have gathered a few symbols which I thought are rather interesting. I hope you learn something new, and the next time you see any of these symbols, you’ll know  what they mean and where they came from! Enjoy 🙂

  1. Caduceus

You may have seen this many times in a medical context. However, its origin is actually a symbol of the Greek god Hermes who possesses this staff with two coiled snakes. Hermes is the Greek god of merchants and tradesmen, and the messenger between the gods and the humans. To Greeks, it represents commerce, eloquence, and negotiation.  Another interesting thing is that this symbol was originally used by the US Army Medical Corps, and since then it has been used as a motif in medical settings today.

2. All Seeing Eye

This symbol has been misconstrued to mean control and surveillance by the upper class. However, this symbol actually represents spiritual insight and occult knowledge. This symbols appears on the Great Seal of the United States! Look out for it!

3. Peace Sign

This symbol has been used in countless instances and has many meanings. Did you know that the peace sign was actually created by a man named Gerald Holtom to encourage British nuclear disarmament? It is actually supposed to represent a man outstretched in despair. Do you see it?

4. Swastika

This is actually another misrepresented symbol. In Sanskrit, this symbol means good fortune and well being. However, as many of you may know, Adolf Hitler misused this symbol by making it represent hatred, which is quite the antithesis of its original meaning.

5. Yin Yang

This is a Chinese symbol which represents the balance between the dark and the light forces. In Taoism, it is commonly used to depict how two halves complete to make a whole. Everything in the universe has a complementary force to it.

6. Pentagram

This is an ancient symbol of Witchcraft. It is made of five points, and the topmost point represents the spirit of Gaia, or Mother Earth, amidst the four other points which represent fire, earth, water, and air. This symbol actually has a positive connotation: it is deemed to protect you against the evil.

7. Fleur de Lis

This is known as the Lily of France. This symbol is a modified version of the Gaulish Lily which represents the Roman Virgin Goddess  Juno. This has come to represent perfection, light, and life.

8. Trinity Knots

This is known as the Celtic Trinity Knot (or “triquetra”). It showcases faith, devotion, and the belief in God. The symbol comprises of three segments representing the Holy Trinity. Today, the Celtics use this at weddings and engagement rings. They look at it as symbolizing a lifetime of devotion for God.

I hope you enjoyed this! Good luck on your exams!