Let’s get ready to rumble!

Michael Buffer’s catchphrase “Let’s get ready to rumble!” has generated $400 million in revenue through licensing as of 2009. Buffer started using the phrase in 1984 and trademarked it in 1992. He uses it in various forms in licensing deals, including Jock Jams, video games, advertisements, and other products. Variations of the phrase have been used in commercials, such as “Let’s get ready to Win Big!” for Mega Millions.

Nellie Bly’s Journey

Nellie Bly, a female reporter, successfully recreated Jules Verne’s famous novel “Around The World In 80 Days.”

In 1888, she proposed to her editor at the New York World to undertake a journey around the world, making Verne’s fictional story a reality. On November 14, 1889, with two days’ notice, Bly boarded the Augusta Victoria and began her 40,070 km trip. To generate interest, the World held a “Nellie Bly Guessing Match” where readers guessed her arrival time.

During her journey, Bly visited England, France (where she interviewed Verne in Amiens), Brindisi, the Suez Canal, Colombo, Penang and Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan. After 72 days, Bly returned to New York, having traveled solo for most of the journey and set a world record of completing the journey in 72 days, which stood for a few months until George Francis Train beat it in 67 days.

She not only finished the journey ahead of schedule with eight days to spare, but also took a detour to meet and interview Jules Verne, the author of the original novel.

Procrastination

Do you struggle with procrastination? You may find yourself avoiding tasks like composing an important message or writing a report, despite knowing you should start. Unfortunately, criticizing yourself won’t help. In fact, it’s detrimental. Research shows that procrastination is not just a waste of time, but it’s also linked to real problems.

Contrary to popular belief, procrastination is not due to laziness or poor time management, but rather to poor mood management. When we put off unpleasant tasks, we also avoid the negative emotions that come with them. This temporary mood boost conditions us to use procrastination as a way to repair our mood.

People with low self-esteem or high levels of perfectionism are more likely to procrastinate. They may worry about being judged harshly for their work. By not finishing a task, it can’t be evaluated, but the guilt and shame of procrastination often persist.

In the long run, procrastination is not an effective way to manage emotions. The temporary mood boost it provides is quickly followed by self-critical thoughts, which increase negative emotions and reinforce the tendency to procrastinate.

Discovering Saskatchewan: 5 Interesting Facts

Saskatchewan is a province located in the central part of Canada, known for its rich history and abundant natural resources. While it may not be as well-known as other Canadian provinces, Saskatchewan has a lot to offer, including a thriving economy and friendly communities. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at five interesting facts about this beautiful province that you may not have known. From its rich Indigenous heritage to its innovative economy, there’s something for everyone in Saskatchewan. So let’s dive in and discover what makes this province truly special.

Hoarfrost covers the trees on a cold winter day in Saskatoon, Canada
City of Saskatoon in Winter
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1. Saskatchewan, a province in Canada, holds the title of being the largest producer of lentils in the world. It accounts for over 95% of Canada’s total production, which is 33% of the global output. The next largest producer is India with 25% of the world’s lentil production.

2. During World War II, the Japanese launched a bombing attack on the province of Saskatchewan in Canada. Despite their efforts, the only impact was damage to a fence. From November 1944 to April 1945, Japan’s Special Balloon Regiment sent 9,000 high altitude balloons loaded with bombs across the Pacific Ocean, taking advantage of strong winds. Their intention was to cause panic and start fires, but the balloons were not very effective, with only about 300 reaching North America. Eight of these balloons were found in Saskatchewan, near Moose Jaw and in Minton. Balloons carried both explosive and incendiary bombs, as well as sand bags attached to the device.

3. In the 1950s, Saskatchewan was a hub of LSD research, with a success rate of 50% in treating alcoholism.

4. The Athabasca Sand Dunes, a mini “desert”, is located near the northern border of Saskatchewan. It is the northernmost active sand dune on the planet.

5. Adanac is a town in Saskatchewan that is the reverse spelling of “Canada”.

5 Interesting Facts about Jainism: Symbolism, Non-Violence, Fire, Diet, God

Jainism is a religion with a rich history and unique set of beliefs and practices. From its emphasis on non-violence and compassion to its symbolism and diet, Jainism offers a distinct perspective on the world and the meaning of life.

Marble statues in a Jain temple in Jaisalmer, India
Marble statues in a Jain temple in Jaisalmer, India. These statues were created more than 500 years ago.
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This article will explore 5 interesting facts about Jainism:

1. In Jainism, the swastika is a significant symbol. Its four arms represent the four realms of existence in which rebirth takes place according to Jain beliefs: humans, heavenly beings, hellish beings, and non-humans (plants and animals).
2. Jainism is a religion that places a strong emphasis on non-violence. Some Jains cover their mouths and sweep the ground in front of them to avoid harming smaller creatures. Jains who strictly adhere to non-violence would not harm even an insect like a fly.
3. In Jainism, starting or extinguishing fire, known as Agni, is considered a form of violence towards fire beings and is thus avoided by Jainist monks.
4. In Jainism, a religion in India, consumption of root vegetables like potatoes and garlic is avoided as it involves killing the plant as it cannot regrow once the root has been harvested.
5. Mahavir, also known as the Lord, was the 24th and final Tirthankara in the Jain religion. Jain philosophy holds that all Tirthankaras were born as humans and achieved a state of perfection or enlightenment through self-realization and meditation. Tirthankaras are considered gods in Jainism.