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7 FACTS: Terrifying Things Nobody Told You About

When people are asked about the things that scare them the most, they will usually list the most common and the most predictable things. But, did you know that you never had a chance to make a list of the things you fear from the all the terrifying things in this world? Here is a list of those that everyone has kept from you.

Brain Eating Amoebas

There are amoebas that are capable of eating your brain and can only be detected on a microscopic level. However, that does not make them any less vicious. These Naegleria fowleri are contracted when you are swimming in lakes or are drinking tap water. If you are anywhere outside North America or Western Europe, you should be safe because evidence of these amoebas has only been discovered in the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

Too Much Water is Fatal

Even though it is not that likely, if you do drink too much, you can easily kill yourself because when the cells are full of H20, they can burst.

Australians Suffer from a Higher Risk of Skin Cancer

It is estimated that 2 out of 3 Aussies will be diagnosed with skin cancer once they reach the age of 70 years old. Now, you might be thinking that you can change those statistics by proper skin care and precaution but sadly, that is not the case. In fact, no amount of SPF is going to reverse this. The truth is that unlike other places, Australia is one continent that does not rely on the ozone to reflect the sun’s UV rays.

There is a Whole Planet of Bacteria in Your Belly Button

An average person has around 1,458 bacteria in their body. These bacteria have non-geographical restrictions and can be from places you may not have ever ventured to.

Tons of Bridges in the U.S. Are Unsafe

The term Fracture Critical given to bridges is scarier than you might think. It does not mean that a bridge has a single fault; it actually is a warning that the slightest break will result in the entire structure of the bridge falling down. If you want to be super safe about this, you should look up the bridges that fall under the Fracture Critical category. Now that you know this and if you live in the U.S., you might be a bit scared when travelling on overpasses.

There are More Dead People in the World

For every person, there are 15 dead people. So, in case of a zombie apocalypse, the odds are not in your favor.

Don’t Let the World Lose all of Its Wheat

You may not know it but you have a hand in this. There is a certain fungus, known as the Ug99, which is powerful enough to infect whole wheat crops. Right now, it is common in a lot of African countries and can easily spread out to different parts of the world fairly fast, that is if you carry the infected crop to other parts of the world. It’s just a mold but its impact is devastating on a large level.

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Advantages Of Early Morning Workout

In the morning, just when you wake up, testosterone hormone is highest at this time. It continues to depreciate as the day goes by. Therefore, morning exercise is the best time to work out since you will not get tired that fast.

However, this is not always the case. Many people want to work out in the morning, but they do not for a reason or another. We tend to work out more in the evening hours. The following benefits of working out I the morning might just make you be waking up a couple of minutes earlier than you usually do.

Your hormones are making it easy for you

As mentioned above, in the morning we have more levels of testosterone hormone whose work is to help build muscle mass. This hormone is common in both men and women, but it is very low in women compared to men. Do not wait until later hours of the day, when your energy levels have gone down, and you are likely to reduce the length of your workout or cancel it altogether .

A morning workout keeps you alerted and focused for the rest of the day

After a work out session, you will most likely head to work or school. Prepare yourself for a bright day since you will have one. Working out in the morning recharges your body and keeps all organs alert for the rest of the day.

There are slimmer chances of missing your workout

In the morning, there are fewer distractions to prevent you from working out. Unlike during later hours of the day, there is a bigger possibility other things coming up such as a late report or assignment, an evening out with your friends, fatigue, just to mention but a few.

Metabolism boost

Working out in the morning will kick start your metabolism. The degree at which your metabolism will be increased will naturally depend on the type of workout. Nevertheless, your metabolism rate will be higher than that of a person who did not wake up in the morning. That means you can burn fats faster helping you maintain a healthy body.

You will have improved mood

Workouts will make you feel good. This happens through the release of endorphins or better known as the feel good hormones. This will help you have a fabulous day ahead without having to try so hard.

Working out in the morning helps you sleep better

By getting up early, you will be able to go to bed early and get the most hours of sleep possible. By so doing, you will find a natural sleep cycle for optimal rest. Working out in the evening, on the other hand, creates an adrenaline rush that will keep you awake for longer and prevent you from sleeping for as long as you should and therefore waking up tired. This adrenaline rush is more beneficial in the morning than it is in the evening. You need the adrenaline rush in the morning since you have a whole day ahead of you.

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Lawrence Nomanyagbon Anini: Life, Exploits & Death

Have you ever wondered how some persons are described as famous while others infamous? It is simply a matter of what they are to be remembered for. In the history of infamy, the name Lawrence Anini goes down in Nigerian history as one of the leading names if not the number one in notoriety. In the 1980s, the name Lawrence Anini was the most notorious and the most dreaded criminals in the country.

One might think of him as the Nigerian version of the biblical Barabbas in terms of his notoriety, only the Jews may not have chosen him over Jesus, considering the number of lives lost during the period of his terrorism and robbery in Benin City and other communities in the defunct Bendel state. As far as criminals in Nigeria are concerned, one could be right to say there have only been two sort of criminals, Lawrence Anini and others. This is combining all other criminals into one and Anini one.

Just as Justice Omo-Agege had remarked while passing his lead judgment at the High Court of Justice off Sapele road in Benin City: “Anini will forever be remembered in the history of crime in this country, but it would be of unblessed memory. Few people, if ever, would give the name to their children .” This explains the level of atrocity committed by this criminal who held Bendel state ransom with terrorism. 

Lawrence Nomanyagbon Anini, was what one might be tempted to refer to as a five star celebrity of some sorts, whose gang singlehandedly caused fear and terror in the area now known as Edo state, formerly Bendel state. He was in fact the only criminal whose reign of terror was so bloody that he became a topic of discussion at the state security council meeting under the then military president, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida.

Being the only son among the three children of his mother, he had lost his father as a young boy, and barely managed to finish primary school as he had started showing signs of truancy at an early age, and dropped out of secondary school shortly after to become an apprentice with a mechanic in the last 70s. 

Habits die hard and so even as an apprentice, the truancy in him kept coming to the surface and in no time, he was fired by his boss and proceeded to become a driver conveying stolen goods for criminals. In no time, he became what one might describe as the ‘chief agbero’ of the motor park, controlling and commanding touts, and even settling issues among the various motor park factions and unions.

By the time he was 34, he had considered that armed robbery would be far more lucrative for him than merely being an errand boy conveying stolen goods for criminals, and proceeded to form his own five-man gang which included, Monday Osunbor, Friday Ofege, Henry Ekponwan, Eweka and Alhaji zed zed or Zegezege who was never captured. Initially, they were into hijacking of vehicles, robbing banks as well as travelers on the high way, and worked hand-in-hand with some corrupt seeds in the police force who helped to cover their tracks and share loots.

A betrayal of trust by his police counterparts in early 1986, led to the prosecution and execution of two members of his team, and sparked off a retaliatory move on his part and in the four-month reign of terror which lasted between August and December 1986, his gang sent no fewer than nine policemen to their graves, alongside countless other civilians. In August 1986, a fatal bank robbery linked to Anini was reported in which a police officer and many others were killed. That same month, two officers on duty were shot at a barricade while trying to stop Anini’s car.

On September 6, same year, the Anini gang snatched a Peugeot 504 car from Albert Otoe, the driver of an assistant inspector general of police, Christopher Omeben. In snatching the car, they killed the driver and went to hide his corpse somewhere, and the skeleton was only discovered about three months, 16 kilometers away from Benin, along the Benin-Agbor highway. The day after that, a Peugeot 504 car was snatched by the same gang near the former FEDECO office in Benin. With only a couple of days interval, they struck again, killing two policemen in Orhiowon local government area of the state.

There were also other robbery attacks that pointed to Anini’s involvement, took place. Notable among them were the murder of Frank Unoarumi, a former employee of the Nigerian Observer newspapers; the killing of Mrs. Remi Sobanjo, a chartered accountant, and the stealing of the Mercedes Benz car in Benin, of the then Ovie of Ughelli, Delta state.

Lawrence Anini and co on the execution ground

The Anini gang also struck at a gas station along Wire Road, Benin, where he stole a substantial part of the day’s sales. The highpoint of it all was when, after shooting the station’s attendant and joyfully started spraying money along the road for free pick by market men and women at a village near Benin as he drove away.

The height of Anini’s revenge against the police, however, took place on October 1, 1986, the Independence Day when the state’s commissioner of police, Casmir Igbokwe, was ambushed by the gang in Benin, and nearly yanked off his nose in a hail of bullets. The police boss survived the attacks with serious injuries. Prior to that attack, and still on the same day, the Anini men had gunned down a police man within the city. 

On October 21 of same year, a Benin-based medical doctor, A.O Emojeve met his end when they gunned him down along Textile Mill Road still in Benin. Still unsatisfied, the gang robbed the Agbor branch of African Continental Bank and carted away about N46, 000, a heart-palpitating sum in the 1980s.

” The Law”, as he was nicknamed, once escaped an operation that went bad, by driving in reverse from Agbor, Delta state, to Benin City, Edo state. His reign made dim the previous experiences under Ishola Oyenusi, who was tagged the king of robbers in the 1970s and Youpelle Dakuro, the army deserter who masterminded the most vicious daylight robbery in Lagos in 1978, in which two policemen were killed.

As expected, his news dominated the media, as it was even said that he wrote numerous letters to media houses using political tones of Robin Hood-like words, to describe his criminal acts. Nigerian newspapers and journals were also publishing various reports and editorials on the ‘Anini Challenge’, the ‘Anini Saga’, the ‘Anini Factor’, ‘Lawrence Anini – the Man, the Myth’, ‘Anini, Jack the Ripper’, and ‘Lawrence Anini: A Robin Hood in Bendel’. The Guardian asked, emphatically, in one of its reports: ‘Will they ever find Anini, “ The Law”?

Alarmed by his seeming invincibility and evasiveness, and sensing the fear that had gripped the whole country, the military President Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, then ordered a massive manhunt for the kingpin and his fellow robbers. This was to the extent that after a meeting of the then armed forces ruling council of Babangida, in October 1986, he turned to the inspector general of police, Etim Inyang and asked: “ My friend, where is Anini ”?

The police thus went after them, combing every part of Bendel state where they were reportedly operating and domiciled. However, the more the manhunt, the more intensive and cruel their attacks became and it began to seem like they would never get caught as it was rumored that he had charms that helped him disappear as soon as the police approached the robbery scenes. 

However, as fairy-tale fans like to believe, good must someday triumph over evil; and so the invincible Anini eventually got apprehended after four months of terror. His end was not as most would have pictured it considering the invincible image he had achieved in the public’s eye.

December 3, 1986, turned out to be the day he met his waterloo. His capture turned out to be only a little dramatic. It took the courage of superintendent of police, Kayode Uanreroro. Acting on a tip-off, he Uanreroro caught Anini at No 26, Oyemwosa Street, opposite Iguodala Primary School, Benin City, in company of six women.

Uanreroro led a crack 10-man team to the house, knocked on the door of the room, and Anini himself, clad in underpants, opened the door. “Where is Anini?”, the police officer quickly enquired.

Caught off guard and having no escape route, Anini tried to be smart in answering the questions as to his whereabout; “ Oh, Anini is under the bed in the inner room .” As he made the fatal error of trying to walk past Uanreroro and his team. Uanreroro promptly reached for his gun, stepped hard on Anini’s right toes and shot at his left ankle.

Before he was eventually taken away, he received several other shots in the same leg which was later amputated in a military hospital, and he sat in a wheel chair all through the period of his trial. When his hideout was searched, police recovered assorted charms, including the one he usually wore around his waist during operations. All charms were disposed after his arrest.

Contrary to how one might have pictured him remaining mute and stone-hearted to the end, Anini appeared remorseful and revealed a lot of information in pidgin since he had a poor command of English. What one might find hard to understand is, how the same person who wrote to the media in English language about his operations would have such a poor command of the language that he had to speak in pidgin?

In custody, Anini revealed their principal informant as senior police officer, George Iyamu, who also supplied them arms and ammunition and police movement intelligence. He even disclosed that Osunbor, who had been arrested earlier, was his deputy, saying that Osunbor, who had a remarkable dexterity with guns, actually shot and wounded the former police boss of the state, Akagbosu. He mentioned a few other people complicit in their operation, even though his deputy Monday Osunbor did not reveal a thing from the time of his capture till his execution. 

Despite Iyamu’s staunch denial during the court trial, he was sentenced to death alongside five other police officers who were implicated. The robbery suspects, including Iyamu, were sentenced to death.

For Prince Amen Oyakhire, the head of general investigation department at force CID, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi Lagos, who was deployed to Bendel by the then inspector general of police, Etim Inyang, the investigation and subsequent arrests had to be carefully done to ensure that they were captured alive. Speaking in an interview, more than 26 years after the execution, he stated that they worked according to the instructions they had been given.

“ We arrested them because we knew that if killed in the process and their dead bodies put on the TV, people might not be convinced that such dead bodies were those of Anini and his cohorts. When arrested, they didn’t hesitate to disclose their escapades during interrogation .They were allowed to speak and indeed they spoke to Nigerians ,” he said.

Chief Osaheni Uzamere, who was the defense counsel in the court trial, representing Lawrence Anini and other members of his gang recalled, in a recent interview that he had been the lawyer to Anini and his gang for four years before they were brought to book. Responding to how he felt about their execution, he stated that life was simply a matter of choice. “ I decided to be a lawyer. They decided to be criminals. So if they decided that quick money was what they wanted, they should bear the consequences. Besides, as soon as they were arrested, they confessed to a lot of things.”

Due to amputation of his leg, Anini was confined to a wheelchair throughout his trial. He was eventually sentenced to death by Justice James Omo-Agege and executed on March 29, 1987. 

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AMAZING: Twin Sisters In Brazil Celebrate 100 Years Birthday

Brazil’s oldest twin sisters yesterday celebrated their 100th birthday and to mark the momentous occasion, a photographer captured them in a whimsical photo shoot before their big day.

Camila Lima, of Cariacica, Brazil, told ABC News that she heard about Maria Pignaton Pontin and Paulina Pignaton Pandolfi after seeing a report on her local news.

     

The photographer said she regularly takes photos of older couples “as a way to inspire young couples.” She decided to reach out to the sisters, who live in Ibiraçu, Brazil, hoping they’d participate in a photo shoot to mark their milestone birthdays.

They immediately agreed.

     

Lima, 28, said the two-hour photo shoot on Monday included hair styling, makeup application and pink and blue matching dresses. She added that the two sisters “were all excited.”

“They did everything I asked and did not complain about tiredness,” the photographer said, noting that both were “very happy and satisfied” with the finished photo shoot.

It’s a great present for the twins and their big family.

Pandolfi has six children, 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, while Pontin has five children, 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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Checkout Real Madrid Manager, Zidane’s Remark Following La Liga Victory

Zinedine Zidane stunned journalists in Malaga when he declared  winning LaLiga is more important than winning the UEFA Champions League. As the coach of Madrid, since he replaced Rafa Benitez, he had won almost everything that needed to be won.

“This is my happiest day as a coach. I have won everything with this club and winning LaLiga is the best”, the Frenchman said.

Zidane had cause to prefer La Liga trophy more than any other. The Whites have not won it since 2011/2012, leaving Barcelona to dominate. Thus winning it and dethroning Barcelona became very special.

“We’ve achieved this by really working hard, over the course of 38 match days. The Spanish top flight is the toughest in the world. It is an important moment for me as a coach. The key of the success lies in the group. They have been united all season and that was the key for this LaLiga campaign. Everyone deserves praise, but above all the players deserve it. They believed in the message I told them,” he said.

“It is the players who are out there on the pitch, they play and suffer. There are 24 of them, it is difficult to give them all the same number of minutes, but they are key. The success is down to the work they put in and the belief in what they do. If you work hard, with this squad I was able to win LaLiga, and that is not an easy feat”.

Here are the other things Zidane said Sunday night:

Zinedine Zidane held aloft by his players

Happiness

“I am really happy and pleased. I’m happy to win LaLiga. We have played 38 match days and come out on top. This is the happiest day of my professional life, it feels different. We won the last games against Sevilla, Celta and Málaga. We struggled throughout the LaLiga campaign, but these three games were key”.

Mission accomplished

“As the Real Madrid coach, you know what the expectation levels are like. I like it. Now we’re going back to Madrid and to Cibeles to see the fans, who have to see their team. I dedicate this title to all the madridistas and to those who have been behind the team. On a personal level, this is for my family and my brother, the eldest. Although he will not understand what I’m saying in Spanish”.

“I’ve suffered every three days, every game. There’s a lot of tension. We live for this and I’m passionate about what I do. After nine months we’ve won the league and after four years it’s hard to put it into words”.

Málaga

“They played their game. They’re a good team and they’ve won a lot of games of late. We knew it would be difficult but we scored right away and that made things easier for us”.

The Champions League final

“I’m not going to think about Cardiff yet, I’m just going to enjoy what we’ve achieved. When you start the season you know that LaLiga is your bread and butter. I could get up and dance right now but I’m not going to, but I’m really happy inside”. 

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NBA AWARDS 2017: Lebron James Didn’t Make Finalist MVP. Checkout Who Did Instead

The nominees for NBA’s MVP have been announced, and a certain “best player on the planet” is noticeably absent.

The list, which was unveiled on Friday ahead of Game 2 of the Cavs-Celtics series, included Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard, but snubbed James.

Westbrook is far and away considered the favorite for the award after averaging a triple-double for the season, powering the Thunder to a 47-win season and pulling down 42 triple-doubles during the season. 
However, his team lost to Harden’s Rockets, who in turn lost to Leonard’s Spurs. Leonard, by the way, is listed as questionable for Game 3 against Golden State in the Western Conference finals.

James meanwhile is chugging along, scoring 38 points on 14-of-24 shooting in a Game 1 massacre against the Celtics in the East finals. He averaged 26.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.7 in the regular season.

Here is the full list of awards finalists:

Most Valuable Player

Russell Westbrook

James Harden

Kawhi Leonard

NBA Coach of the Year

Mike D’Pacers

Erik Spoelstra

Gregg Popovich

NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Eric Gordon

Andre Iguodala

Lou Williams

NBA Rookie of the Year

Malcolm Brogdon

Joel Embiid

Dario Saric

NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Draymond Green

Rudy Gobert

Kawhi Leonard

NBA Most Improved Player

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Rudy Gobert

Nikola Jokic

Best Style

Russell Westbrook

Dwyane Wade

Iman Shumpert

Block of the Year

Hassan Whiteside on Pascal Siakam

Kristaps Porzingis on Spencer Dinwiddie

Kawhi Leonard on James Harden

Game-Winner of the Year

Tyler Uulis vs. Boston Celtics

Kyrie Irving vs. Golden State Warriors

Russell Westbrook vs. Denver Nuggets

Assist of the Year

Draymond Green to Stephen Curry to Kevin Durant

Nikola Jokic to Wilson Chandler

Chris Paul to Brandon Bass

Dunk of the Year

Larry Nance Jr. on Brook Lopez

Zach LaVine on Alex Len

Victor Oladipo on Dwight Howard

Performance of the Year

James Harden vs. Knicks

Devin Booker vs. Celtics

Russell Westbrook vs. Magic

Klay Thompson vs. Pacers 

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Announces 2020 Presidential Run With Tom Hanks on SNL

Dwayne Johnson hosted SNL for the fifth time Saturday and announced a presidential run with none other than Tom Hanks . Were they kidding? Maybe. Maybe not.

During his monologue, he was joined onstage by Alec Baldwin , who has been parodying President Donald Trump this season, The actor, who has hosted SNL many times himself, welcomed The Rock into the five-timers club.

“A lot of people have been telling me lately that I should run for President of the United States,” Johnson said. “And I gotta tell you, it’s very flattering but tonight, I wanna put this for rest and just say once and for all—I’m in.”

“Starting tonight, I am running for the President of the United States,” he said. “Yeah.”

In a recent GQ interview and appearance on The Tonight Show , the actor did not rule out the idea of a presidential run .

The “Baywatch” star opens up in “GQ” magazine and says “I think that it’s a real possibility.”

“And I’ve gotta tell you, I’ve already chosen my running mate,” Johnson said on SNL . “He’s also in the five-timers club. And like me, he is very well-liked. He’s charming, universally adored by pretty much every human alive.”

“Dwayne, I would be honored to-” Baldwin began, before the actor cut him off and said, “Mr. Tom Hanks, ladies and gentlemen!”

The Oscar winner then appeared onstage.

“Dwayne, I could not possibly turn this down! I’ll do it! I’m in! Let’s go!” he said, as he and Johnson held and raised hands.

“I will be in the cabinet because all three of us are equally beloved, not a single black mark on any of our public personas,” Baldwin joked.

Johnson said that in the past, he “never would have considered running for president” because he did not think he was qualified.

“But now, I’m actually worried that I’m too qualified,” he said.

“The truth is, America needs us,” Hanks said. “No one can seem to agree on anything anymore except for two things.”

“Pizza and us!” Johnson said.

Tom Hanks

Hanks then summed up how most of America feels about him.

“I mean, I have been in two movies where a plane crashes and people are still excited to see me on their flight,” Hanks said.

The actor told Johnson they would get “100 percent of the vote,” and that he would get the senior vote because he “fought in World War II in like 10 different movies.”

“And I, of course would get the minority vote because everyone just assumes that I’m, well, whatever they are,” said Johnson, whose father is of Black Nova Scotian descent and mother is of Samoan heritage.

Hanks said the two would be able to handle any crisis, even war, then gave a pretend inspirational speech.

“When it comes to politics, we need more poise and less noise,” Johnson said, echoing comments he made on The Tonight Show . “Americans deserve strong, capable leaders, leaders who care about this country and care about its people.”

“Uh, Dwayne, that kind sounds like you and me,” Hanks said. “I guess we gotta do it!”

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