Fairies should not have average, dull names that you would hear in any school yard. They need something special, something magical. Here are some of the most fitting fairy names out there:
Dede Phillips just wanted to photograph a new bumper sticker on the back of her truck. She never did get to snap a photo of thing, which read "Women who behave rarely make history," but the 46-year-old grandmother did wind up proving that message right earlier this month.
That's because a few weeks ago when Phillips walked outside hoping to take document her truck's new accessory, she unexpectedly came face to face with a rabid bobcat. After it watched her for a few moments in the front yard of her home in Georgia, the cat pounced on her, teeth flashing and claws out. Using only her bare hands, Phillips says she wrestled the creature to the ground, all while her five-year-old granddaughter slept inside, CBS reports.
"As soon as it took the first step, I was in trouble and I knew it," Phillips told CBS. "My first thought [was] Not today! I wasn’t dying today." The bobcat leapt, teeth aiming for her jugular, but Phillips managed to dodge the potentially fatal bite.
"It caught me slightly on my face, but I got him before he could do much damage there," she explained to OnlineAthens. "I took it straight to the ground and started inching my hands up to its throat. I knew that was the only way I was getting out of this."
She began strangling the animal, hands tight around its neck, as it twisted and bit her. Phillips said she wanted to scream for help, but...
Nobody ever listens to the safety demonstration. Have you noticed?
It’s a very strange thing to watch, if one is mindful enough. There you sit, in a packed airplane cabin with a hundred, two hundred other people. You’re all about to experience something that the human beings of centuries past couldn’t imagine in their most fantastic fantasies. This winged metal tube, in which you have a window seat, is about to take flight—at dizzying heights and dumbfounding speeds. Some of you aren’t scared. You’ve done this a thousand times before. Others of you are gripping your armrests with sweaty palms, over and over repeating in your mind the widely-spread platitude: you’re more likely to die in a car crash than a plane crash.
It’s true, of course, but not very helpful if your winged metal tube should malfunction.
And why shouldn’t it? The parts are made by humans, the safety checks are completed by humans, the plane is flown by a human, and we humans manage to fuck up a great many things. In fact, given the ineptitude of the average person, and the statistical likelihood that one of these average people is in some way responsible for the safety of your flight…well, it’s nothing short of a modern miracle that the planes don’t all go down.
And still we sit, muttering reassurances...
If you’re writing a fantasy story, you have to give your supernatural characters names that are as badass as they are. To make sure that happens, here are some of the coolest vampire names to sink your teeth into:
This article originally appeared on VICE Switzerland.
It was a cool July day in 1986 when Ma Anand Sheela strolled into a courthouse in Oregon to plead guilty to attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, wiretapping, and immigration fraud. Sheela was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and fined $470,000.
"My main aim was always to protect Bhagwan," she said then, of her spiritual leader Osho Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, still grinning as she was led away in handcuffs.
Today, Sheela runs two residential homes for disabled people, near Basel in Switzerland. One of the homes is Wohnheim Matrusaden. It is perched on a hill that's surrounded by a forest, looking over the small, 900-strong village of Maisprach. Sheela has lived and worked here for more than 20 years.Sheela squatting in the large field outside a residential home he runs in Basel.
When I arrive, Sheela is sitting at a table at the front of the house, chatting and drinking coffee with a small group of people. Though she's welcoming, there's something distant about her. As we head upstairs to her room to chat, she leads me past patients' rooms and down corridors that smell of disinfectant. At 70 years old, she moves fast and purposefully, as if she's late to an important appointment.
Aerglo — A natural glow of the night sky
Alya — Theta Serpentis star system’s first name
Alula — The first twin stars discovered
Andromeda — Princess of Ethiopia
Antlia — Air pump
Apollo — Greek god of fun and light
Apus — Bird of paradise
Aquarius — Water bearer
Aquila — Eagle
Ara — Altar
Archer — Half man, half sagittarius
Ariel — The shiniest moon in Uranus
Aries — Ram
Astrid — Gorgeous Goddess
Atlas — Greek Titan of Astronomy
Auriga — Charioteer
Aurora — The natural phenomenon of red and green lights in teh sky
Bianca — A small moon in Uranus
Bootes — Herdsman
Caelum — Graving tool
Callisto — The third largest moon in the universe
Calypso — A moon personified as a Queen Nymph in Greek mythology
Camelopardus — Giraffe
Cancer — Crab
Canes Venatici — Hunting dogs
Canis Major — Big dog
Canis Minor — Little dog
Capricornus — Sea goat
Carina — Keel of Argonauts’ ship
Cassiopeia — Queen of Ethiopia
Castor — The brightest star in the Gemini constellation
Centaurus — Centaur
Cephus — King of Ethiopia
Cetus — Sea monster
Chamaeleon — Chameleon
Circinus — Compasses
Columba — Dove
Coma Berenices — Berenice’s hair
Cordelia — An inner moon of Uranus
Corona Australis — Southern crown
Corona Borealis — Northern crown
Corvus — Crow
Cosmo — Of or relating to the univers
Crater — Cup
Crux — Cross
Delphinus — Porpoise
Dorado — Swordfish
Draco — Dragon
Elara — A moon of Jupiter
Equuleus — Little horse
Eridanus — River
Estella — Refers to the stars
Fornax — Furnace
Galexia — Galexy
Gemini — Twins
Grus — Crane
Halley — A comet visible from Earth with the naked eye
Hercules — Hercules, son of Zeus
Holmes — A comet, once thought to be the largest object in the solar system
Horologium — Clock
Hydra — Sea serpent
Hydrus — Water snake
Indus — Indian
Janus — A moon of Saturn
Jericho — City of the moon
Jupiter — A planet
Lacerta — Lizard
Leo — Lion
Leo Minor — Little lion
Lepus — Hare
Libra — Balance
Lupus — Wolf
Lynx — Lynx
Lyra — Lyre or harp
Mercury — A planet
Mars — A planet
Mensa — Table mountain
Miranda — One...
Your characters deserve names that make sense for them. Names that let your reader know exactly who they are before they even open their mouths to speak. In order to accomplish that, use these gnome names in your next story:
When you’re writing fantasy, the world might be fake, but you want your characters to come across as authentically as possible. That is why you should look through these dwarf names and choose one that fits your character perfectly:
Witches are clever. They are crafty. They are downright captivating. That is why you should consider using these witch names in your fiction — or even for your own bundle of joy.
Maybe you’re playing Dungeons & Dragons. Maybe you’re writing Game Of Thrones fan fiction. Maybe you’re creating a fantasy world of your very own. No matter what your intentions are, here are some fiery dragon names that you should steal:
Give your little girl (or that badass character in the screenplay you’re writing) a name that means ‘warrior’ so she grows up to become one. Here are some of the most fierce (and fabulous) female warrior names:
Late last month, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine sparked national coverage and outrage when it concluded that about 4,645 people may have died in Puerto Rico due to the effects of Hurricane Maria between its landfall on September 20 and the end of 2017.
This figure is hardly definitive, as it’s based on a limited household survey; the researchers note that the number of deaths, going by their data, could be anywhere from 793 to 8,498. But this study was just the latest of several that challenge the official death toll of 64. (Most estimate hurricane-linked deaths in the weeks after Maria to be around 1,000.) Even the government of Puerto Rico has acknowledged its initial figures were a joke and in December commissioned a new study, the most robust to date, that is expected to come out with a more definitive figure this summer.
It’s taken months, but this death toll reporting seems to be shifting public attention back to the island and the devastation it has suffered. Two weeks ago, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, among others, called for a commission to investigate the official and actual death toll numbers and whether early underreporting may have slowed the federal response to the crisis, perhaps causing more deaths. That is an important issue to explore. But experts...
(March 21st to April 19th)
For an Aries, the summer solstice will be a quiet, calm day. You will feel a higher level of inner peace than you have before, and it will benefit you in several ways. The summer solstice hits your solar fourth house, so it’s a great time to work on self-improvement and stay focused on your own personal needs. Take this time to reflect on the past and make new goals for the future ahead. You have all the power you’ll ever need to make positive changes in your life. So, go for it, Aries.Taurus
(April 20th to May 21st)
For Taurus, it’s not just the summer solstice that’s going to be eventful this year, but the entire month as well. If your birthday falls from April 20 to 23, you have exciting things on the horizon and change is certainly in the air. Your productivity levels are at an all-time high, and you’re spewing with positive vibrations.Gemini
(May 22nd to June 21st)
Gemini will be extremely practical during the summer solstice. It will bring you luck with your finances and career goals that you’ve been working hard towards. The summer solstice will impact Gemini positively, and give you incentive to buckle down and do what will be best for you in the long run. You may disperse your energy in giant heaps rather than spreading it out, so be aware in order to prevent spreading yourself too thin.Cancer
(June 22nd to July 22nd)
Cancer will take the stage during the summer...
Charles Darwin wrote in his 1872 book, The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals that “facial expressions of emotion are universal, not learned differently in each culture.” There have been arguments both in favor and against ever since.
The most notable research into the topic came from psychologist Paul Ekman, who pioneered research into emotion recognition in the 1960s. His team of researchers provided their test subjects with photos of faces showing different emotional expressions. The test subjects then had to define the emotional states they saw in each photo, based on a predetermined list of possible emotions they had seen prior.
Through these studies, Ekman found a high agreement across members of Western and Eastern cultures when it came to selecting emotional labels that corresponded with facial expressions. Expressions he found to be universal included those indicating happiness, disgust, anger, sadness, surprise and fear. Working with his long-time friend Wallace V. Friesen, Ekman found that the findings of the study correlated with Fore tribesmen in Papua New Guinea, whose members could not have learned the meaning of expressions from exposure to media. Instead, they inherently displayed the expressions without ever having been primed for them, leading Ekman and Friesen to determine that they were universal.
From this study, the six basic emotions were proposed.1. Facial Expression/Emotion: Happy
Turning 30 is a big milestone. Turning 31, by comparison, is rather unremarkable. You’re not old. You’re not young. You’re just a person. A person a few hundred days past whatever you were before. Yet there are certain expectations at this age, the most important of which is to get over the immature idea that your birthday matters very much. You’ve done this nearly three dozen times now, the world says, let’s not make such a big deal out of it, OK?
It is funny how much the perception other people have of you changes once you get past 30. I remember talking to a movie producer who was about my age now when I was in my early twenties. He was telling me how there is this arc. When you get successful early, everyone gives you way more credit that you deserve. They marvel at what you’ve managed to do and how mature you seem. But with time, this fades. Because everyone catches up. Your friends graduate from medical school, people in front of them retire and they get promoted, they finally get serious and move out of their parents house. Eventually, the mean evens out. Then you’re just yourself again, not special or better, just you.
So there is a kind of humbling that happens as you get into your thirties and...
People think the purpose of finding a partner is so that you can stop feeling so lonely, but this isn’t the right mindset if you want them to stay. It’s when you’re most independent that you’re able to really put in the effort to maintaining a successful relationship. You have to be able and willing to be alone before being in a partnership, because there will still be times that you are. Your significant other isn’t there to fill a void. They are there to add more when you’re already whole.2. Being the one that puts in more effort
There will always be times when your partner puts more effort into you than you into them, but the opposite is true as well. There will be times when you feel they are distant and you have to put in the work to pull them close again. The point is—you both put in the effort to bring each other back into that equilibrium. You put in half the work and so do they. You can’t have them always chasing you or they’ll get tired and you’ll start seeing them fall behind.3. Being attracted to others without acting on it
Okay, let’s be real. There will always be other people that you find attractive, intelligent, funny, charming—whatever the appeal is, we have to recognize that we can be drawn to others at times when we’re in a relationship. The point is, you have to be able to recognize that it’s just...
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Next month on a new VICELAND show the mysterious Mister Tachyon takes a journey beyond the bleeding edge of science. The masked host sorts fact from science fiction, exploring the possibility of telekinesis, telepathy, orgone energy, tornado tapping, and more.
The show is a new project from Director X, the mind behind some of hip-hop’s most visually stunning music videos. Over the course of ten episodes, Director X will bring his signature visual flair to fringe science, following Mister Tachyon as he tries to tap into tornadoes in Oregon, explores the power of bioluminescent algae in Rotterdam, and attempts to unlock some of the brain’s mysteries in Seattle.
Mister Tachyon premieres on VICELAND Wednesday, July 11.