Source: Have you Seen your Doppelganger?
Dopplegangers, simply put, are doubles. Often called a ghost or physical apparition, are ususally a source of phychological anxiety fro the person who sees it. there are many types of doppleganger in cultures around the world, some even call them your “evil twin”, because they cause michief by confusing friends and relatives. Most likely it is mearly a look-alike, a second individual who shares a strong likeness visually to another person.
According to wisegeek.org, in folklore, the doppelganger is sometimes said to have no shadow or reflection, much like vampires in some traditions. These doubles are often malicious, and they can haunt their more innocent counterparts. They may give bad advice or put thoughts in their victim’s heads. Seeing one’s own doppelganger or that of a friend or relative is usually considered very bad luck, often heralding death or serious illness. In some traditions, a doppelganger is considered a personification of death.
In Freudian psychoanalysis, the doppelganger is often viewed as an aspect of an individual’s self that he or she is struggling to control. The double usually has both similar and opposing characteristics to the original. In other words, the double will be recognizable as the individual but will act differently, often in an extreme manner. Often, the repressed aspect of the psyche that the double represents must be confronted and ultimately defeated in order for it to go away.
Doppelgangers appear often in various forms of fiction, from stories of mistaken identity to more supernatural phenomena in works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a famous example of the doppelganger in literature. Alfred Hitchcock’s movie Psycho features Norman Bates, whose image often appears in mirrors and windows, suggesting there is more to him than just a mild-mannered hotel manager.
There are many famous accounts of doppelgangers in history. Guy de Maupassant’s short story “Lui?” (called “The Terror” in English) tells of the writer’s own experience with a double. English poet John Donne claimed to have met his wife’s look-alike in Paris shortly before his daughter was stillborn. Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and American president Abraham Lincoln both reportedly saw doppelgangers shortly before their deaths; Shelley saw his in a dream and Lincoln as a second face in his mirror.
Well, now there is a way to find yours..(kinda) with the help of an organization called Twin Strangers. Who claim to help you find your lookalike from anywhere in the world. The process is actually quite simple and it’s FREE:
Twin Strangers has the latest AI face recognition software. It can compare your face to every face in TwinStrangers and show you who is the most similar. There is a charge for using the AI Search Service but you can choose how many profiles you want to compare your face with and decide how much you want to spend.
I couldn’t resist, so I went ahead with the process, I got 11 “matches” on my first try and to be honest none are really all that close BUT, I can return daily to check out new matches in the hopes of finding my Twin Stranger. Here’s a few:
The site gives you the option to save “twins”, “strangers” and even do the advances AI search and save them as well.
With all the buzz about finding your heritage on sites like ancestory.com, this is another fun way to see if there is a twin out there. I will say that when I was in my 20’s there was another woman who I am told was my doppleganger, living in my city. Her name was Stephanie, I know this because I was approached numerous times by strangers thinking I was her. We actually met one day at the mall by accident, and it was wierd! We knew eachothers names immediately and got a good laugh. Unfourtunatley this was before cell phones with cameras were around(yes I am showing my age), so we were unable to grab a photo.
My suggestion is to give Twin Strangers a try, it’s free after all, and who knows you might just find yours! Already found them? We’d love to hear your story and see some pics!
Ever try traveling with a hat? Where do you carry it? Like most, the answer is likely on your head, lap, or maybe just leave it behind before you end up losing it en route. BUT, the hat is an essential item for summer travelers, so here’s a great way to bring that accessory without hassle or worry.
Gather all the items you want to pack; The place the heavy items on the bottom including things like shoes, purses, and jeans, creating a flat surface.
Save one heavy item and roll it up.
Grab your hat and gently fill the space where your head goes with the rolled item, leaving no space.
Next, flip your hat over and place it on the heavier clothes already packed. Then you’re going to start adding the remaining items to be packed, all around the hat creating a barrier around it.
Continue to pack the remaining items around the hat, snugly so the hat can’t flop around. Once this is done, place any additional item on top so there is a nice flat surface, zip it and you’re off!
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So it happens, the catastrophic event that launches the world as we know it into an apocalyptic arena. Fear, loss, and destruction everywhere, and to make matters worse… we have new battle to fight…ZOMBIES! Pretty sure hiding in your closet with a baseball bat isn’t going to cut it for long term survival. So grab your bug out bag and head for one of these 15 spots to maximize your chances for a long-term new way of life!
We are not going to discuss if zombies are real or not, but only to share some good choices for survival in an apocalypse of any kind. Take note, comment and add your two cents…love to hear from you!
Great for the coming summer!
Hello again! Welcome to my first ever sip-able recipe.
Raspberries are one of my favourite ingredients to add both to desserts and drinks. I think that the sweet and light flavour works particularly well when married together with the tangy freshness of lemon, which is exactly what I have done with this raspberry lemonade fizz! I doubt that this recipe will need much of a sales pitch from me: it is crazy simple to make, refreshingly delicious and it only requires 4 ingredients (plus garnish). Sold? If not may I suggest topping this with prosecco for the perfect summer time cocktail.
One note to bear in mind with this recipe: lemonade tends to fall into two categories – it is either sweet or sharp and I am sure that everyone has their personal preference. I have tried to create a recipe that balances the two and is therefore not too saccharine…
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The Better Business Bureau said it received 8,486 complaints about movers in North America last year. Common complaints included final prices greater than original estimates, damaged or lost goods and, in the worst scenarios, movers who held belongings hostage until customers paid thousands of dollars. But consumers can avoid the same fate by following some simple guidelines for finding a mover. What to look for when researching potential movers: For interstate moves, make sure the mover is licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (you can double-check a mover’s license at www.protectyourmove.gov). You can also search for interstate movers and complaints about them here. For moves within states, check for similar resources in your state. In addition, regardless of the type of move, check to make sure the company has at least a satisfactory rating with the Better Business Bureau. According to the American Moving and Storage Association, the trade association for moving and storage companies, interstate movers must be rated at least satisfactory to display the association’s ProMover logo and be considered “a quality, professional” mover.
Get a written estimate from several movers: According to guidelines recently released from the Better Business Bureau and American Moving and Storage Association, “no legitimate mover will offer to give a firm estimate online or over the phone.” Instead, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s guidelines for “choosing a reputable mover,” the estimate should be based on actually looking at your belongings. In addition, remember that the lowest estimate you receive may be an unrealistically low offer just to rope you in and you’ll end up having to pay more in the end, warned the Better Business Bureau and American Moving and Storage Association. Also, keep in mind that movers are required by law to deliver your goods for no more than 10 percent above a “nonbinding estimate” of what your mover believes the cost will be.
Watch for other red flags: Other signs of a rogue mover to watch out for, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, include the requirement of a cash or a large deposit before the move; a rental truck arrives on moving day; the mover’s telephone line isn’t answered with the company’s name; the mover claims all goods are covered by its insurance and the company’s Web site has no local address nor information about licensing and insurance.
In addition, for an interstate move, movers are required by law to give you a copy of a booklet called “Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move” as you are planning the move (a book you should read before an interstate move to familiarize yourself with your rights).
What guidelines did we miss?
Share what you learned from your experiences with rogue movers in the comments below.
Over the last few months, I’ve got into the habit of spending a little bit of time on a Sunday night getting organized for the week ahead and it’s really helped me so I thought I’d share my Sunday night planning session with you all.
First of all, I print out a copy of my weekly planner and sit down and write down who needs to be where and when – this includes working hours, early finishes at school, after-school clubs and parties. Just doing this helped me massively as my guy works shifts and my hours at work can vary a little bit too so knowing in advance where there’s a clash is vital. Before I just used to try and remember in my head but I often forgot to make arrangements for the kids to be picked up from somewhere if neither of us could do it.
Once I’ve sorted that, I’ll have a look at what food we have in and plan our meals for the following week. I write myself a shopping list for the following day and also scribble down on the shopping list what meals I’m planning. I often change things about a bit when I’m shopping if I find a deal so having the meals written on there as well as what I need means that I can quickly cross things off my list that I don’t need if we’re not having a particular meal anymore. I don’t write the meals on the weekly planner until after I’ve been shopping on Monday.
Saturday is my laundry day (yes, I do it all on one day rather than throughout the week) so while I’m doing this, I usually persuade my guy into sorting the kid’s clothes for the week so I don’t need to worry about doing that either. He then hangs them up in their closets so they’re out of the way and ready to go.
With a 15-year-old and an 8-year-old, homework is a very regular thing in our house and I encourage them to do it as soon as possible so it’s done and out of the way. Any homework for the coming week needs to be done by the Sunday night though so if it’s not done by then, they sit with me at the Dining room table while I write the planner and they get it done. We’ve had the last minute homework rush in the past and it’s not good so this way I’m giving them a chance to do it in their own time but giving them a deadline to make sure we don’t have the stress that doing it at the last minute inevitably causes.
Once all of that’s done, I usually have a quick fridge clean out and make either a frittata or a quiche with anything that’s seen better days. This is a great way to use up food before I go shopping the next day and usually does me for Monday’s lunch too.
You’re more than welcome to use my weekly planner, just print out and use.
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