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15 Crazy Facts You Probably Never Knew Were True

If these crazy facts were in a science fiction movie you probably wouldn’t blink an eye lid. But they are all true! Feel free to start scratching your head

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You know what they say, “fact is stranger than fiction.” You have to admit that we live in a mysterious world where crazy things happen.

There are endless facts that will leave you speechless and exploring some of them is what this article seeks to do.

Therefore, get ready for a mind-boggling session where you will discover that the world we live in is crazier than you thought.

Rest assured that many of the crazy facts below are fascinating; and will give you something to chew over.

1. There is a place earth where it has never rained

Can you even imagine a place that has never rained, ever? This is hard to wrap your mind around. The place is located in the Atacama Desert of Chile[1], and it is a town called Calama. This town has never received a single drop of rain.

2. There is no crying in space

Even if you wanted to cry in space, it is virtually impossible. This is because there is no gravity to allow tears to flow [2]. For this reason, astronauts in space have to contend with not crying; at least until they come back to earth.



3. Your tongue print is totally unique

It is not just fingerprints that make you stand out from the rest in the world. The print of your tongue is also unique only to you [3]. This goes to show how much our bodies are magnificent, to say the least.

4. Headphones increase bacteria in your ear dramatically

Just one hour of wearing your headphones will increase the bacteria in your ear by over 700 times.[4] If this is not scary, I do not know what is.

5. The biggest killer of the human race to date.

50% of all the human beings who ever lived died from one disease; which is Malaria[5]. Thankfully, the disease is preventable and curable, but many people still die from malaria today.

6. All strange… All true

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet?[6] This is not the only crazy fact about animals; you will discover that Crocodiles cannot stick their tongues out.[7] To add in a more surprising fact about animals; is that horses cannot vomit.[8]

7. The age of 30 was the life expectancy?

As a matter of fact, most Ancient Egyptians died just as they hit the age of 30.[9] This really makes you appreciate the modern day and the breakthroughs in medicine and technology.

8. The only food that never goes off and the original color of Coka Cola???

If you are a food lover, then you will be happy to know that there are equally crazy facts about food as well. John Stith Pemberton’s inspiration for Coca-Cola was a popular concoction called Vin Mariani. Angelo Mariani, a chemist from Corsica created Vin Mariani in 1863 and it consisted of red wine mixed with cocaine. Pemberton’s version was alcohol-free but still contained trace amounts of cocaine.[10] Yes, this is indeed hard to imagine. Another fact about food is that honey is the only food in the world that does not have an expiry date[11].

9. The youngest ever pope was only…

Another historical fact that will leave you wide-mouthed is the fact that the youngest pope to ever live was only 11 years old.[12]



10. The world’s youngest mother was how old?

Peruvian born Lina Medina is officially the youngest mother in history. Lina gave birth to a healthy baby boy in 1939 at the tender age of just 5 years old. Although it was confirmed that Lina had a rare condition that caused early sexual maturity, many questions still remain unanswered as to who abused her. [13].

11. Doesn’t every continent have volcanoes?

If you are fascinated by volcanoes, here is a crazy fact that you may not have known. There are no volcanoes in Australia. This is the only Continent in the world that does not have any.[14]

12. They have what in common with humans???

16 Crazy Facts You Probably Never Knew Were True

You cannot think about crazy facts and not talk about fish. Piranhas are related to Pacu fish and do you know what they have in common with us? They have human teeth.[15]

13. What really is the strongest muscle in your body?

Have you ever wondered which muscle in your body is the strongest? You will be amazed to hear that your tongue is. There is no other muscle in the body that is stronger than the tongue in the sense that it never gets tired.[16]

14. Life really is too short.

One of the craziest and most creepy fact that I came across is as follows. 54 million people who are alive right now will die within the next 12 months.[17]

15. Who needs a diamond ring anyway?

It is good to end the list of crazy facts on a romantic note. Penguins will propose to their mates by giving them a pebble.[18] 

 



References
[1] The Driest Desert On Earth: Atacama Desert of Chile
[2] No Tears In Space: TheAtlantic
[3] Unique Tongue Print: ScienceABC
[4] Bacteria Causing Headphones: NCBI
[5] Malaria; The Biggest Killer of Humans: Quora
[6] Butterflies Taste With Feet: Sandiego Zoo
[7] Crocodiles Can’t Stick Out Tongue: Reference.com
[8] Horses Can’t Vomit: Equus
[9] Ancient Egyptian Life Expectancy: UCL
[10] First Coca-Cola: Daily Mail
[11] Honey Never Goes Bad: Gizmodo
[12] Youngest Pope: Business Insider UK
[13] Youngest Parents In History: MotherHow
[14] No Volcanoes In Australia: ga.gov.au
[15] Fish With Human Teeth: Wikipedia
[16] The Tongue; Strongest Muscle: FactMyth
[17] 54 Million Will Die: Who.Int
[18] Penguin Pebble Proposal: The Guardian

 

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Achieve Long Term Goals With These 8 Savvy Tips

Many people set out to achieve long-term goals that sadly never materialize. Follow these 8 savvy steps and finally set yourself free of goal setting failure.

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For many of us, being able to achieve long term goals is crucial to our sense of happiness and well-being. These goals do not only direct our actions but also provide us with a sense of purpose. Long-term goals also shape our attitude towards people, objects, and circumstances around us.

Although all the goals require dedication and commitment, long-term goals are harder to realize, as they require you to work over several years in most cases. This makes it easy to for one to lose the motivation and let the goal slip away.

The following steps will help you set and achieve long-term goals in a much easier way

8 Savvy Steps To Set And Achieve Long Term Goals

1. To Achieve Long Term Goals You Must Create a Compelling Vision

Before you decide on the long-term goal you want to achieve, take some time and think what you want your life to look like after five years. Where do you want to be living? What kind of a car will you be driving? What about having a family?

These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself. When you have answers to these questions, you will have an idea of what your future will look like. With this, you can start formulating goals that will help you to get what you want.

2. Build a goal from the ideas of what you want your life to be

After realizing what kind of future you want to have, come up with a unique long-term goal that will help you to reach that future.

Look at the life you are living today and come up with a goal that can shape your life to that future. This way, you will make sure that your long-term goals will lead to a positive outcome.



3. Come up with a specific goal

You may have a clear picture of what you would want your life to be, however, if your goal is vague you cannot track your progress. If you do not have a specific goal, it is nearly impossible to realize what you want.

For instance, you can have a goal of going back to school and getting a degree. Yes, this is a great goal, but it is too vague.

You need to be specific on which school you want to enroll to, the specific time and what to major in. This will give you a concrete goal that will be much easier to work towards realizing it.

4. Assess your goal and make sure it’s are manageable

Although it is great to dream big when making your goals, being over ambitious often leads to frustrations that make you give up. Make sure that your goals are attainable.

5. To achive long term goals, Pick one goal at a time

Having a brighter future may require you to achieve several goals. However, it is almost impossible to achieve more than one long-term goal at a time.

Remember long-term goals require a lot of commitment and time. For this reason, you need to commit to one goal and concentrate fully before tackling the other one.

Committing yourself to more than one goal often results in frustrations that make it hard to complete them. However, this does not mean that you have to forget about the other long-term goals.



Some of them just have to wait so that you can complete them later. Prioritize your goals so that you can complete the most important ones first.

6. Break the long-term goals into sub-goals

8 Savvy Steps To Set And Achieve Long Term Goals

Trying to achieve long term goals can seem overwhelming especially when you look at it as a whole. However, you can make it more manageable if you break it into sub-goals.

In this way, you can focus on the smaller goals while working towards achieving your overall goal. For instance, if you have set a goal of becoming a model within the next few years your first short-term goal might be to create an awesome modeling portfolio.

7. Work on your self-discipline

As previously mentioned, long-term goals take several years of commitment. This requires you to remain disciplined and focused. You should also develop habits that will help you to accomplish your goals.

8. Review your progress regularly

Lastly, you need to track your progress carefully. This is crucial because you can easily lose track where you are in achieving your goal.

Develop a way that will assist you in keeping track of your progress so that you know when you need to improve. Additionally, this will help you to identify and deal with the hardships that you may encounter.



Conclusion

The task to achieve long term goals is not an easy one. It takes focus, descipline and a lot of determination but will always be worth it if you decide to see it through. You will be surprised how fast time flies. More so, you will be proud of yourself because of the success that you will reap from your efforts.

Jon Keskin
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Specializing in self-help and personal development without the excess incense or the irritating man-bun, this guru will push you to grow—even when it’s a little uncomfortable. Dig a bit deeper, and you’ll discover Jon's charmingly geeky scientific side as well as his astonishing talent for reciting rap lyrics.
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How To Become A Great Conversationalist – 17 Savvy Tips

The first thing you will learn when trying to become a great conversationalist is that it is more of an art than a skill. Many find face-to-face communication difficult, but in business, social and personal situation, this ‘Art’ is proving to be more and more of a valuable attribute to have. Follow these 17 savvy tips to get started.

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Being a great conversationalist is becoming a lost art, but face-to-face communication is still as important as ever in business, social and personal situations.

Having the ability to engage people in conversation effortlessly, allows others to see you as being approachable and personable. Also, it’s important to note that all highly successful people are great conversationalists.

become a great conversationalist

Here are 17 savvy tips to effortlessly become a great conversationalist.

1. Be ready with a witty introduction

When you meet someone new, the best way to strike a pleasant conversation is arming yourself with a catchy introduction. So, find ways to integrate clever tidbits related to your life, work or even hobbies that will disarm and intrigue the other party.

2. Be truly interested in the other party

Before talking with somebody, ask yourself questions like; Who are they? What is on their minds? What do they really like doing? Or what really motivates them? A true interest in the other person is critical in kicking off a conversation and keeping it going.



3. Concentrate on positive topics

Leave previous complaints behind, and settle for discussions, which focus on the future. For instance, you can relate a funny thing that occurred to you that morning or perhaps a film you intend to see in the evening. It is alright to talk about negative topics, but only when the other party won’t be offended, or it’s absolutely necessary.

4. Converse, don’t argue

Conversations are platforms in which opinions can be aired, but definitely not a battlefield. Be willing to chat, discuss issues and bring your opinions to light, but do so in an amicable manner. Let things be open ended if a common ground cannot be established.

5. Be respectful to the other party

Respect their perspective on things and never infringe on their privacy until a common ground has been achieved. Also, be mindful of their personal preferences and never criticize.

6. Place them in the best light possible

If you really want to become a great conversationalist, Always ensure you search for means of making the other party look good. Offer credit where it’s due. Acknowledge talent when you see it and put in a compliment when appropriate.

7. Embrace differences

We are all different from each other. Still, there are numerous commonalities between us. When it comes to differences, always try to embrace them as they make each of us distinctive.

Make it a point to agree to disagree whenever there is a conflict of ideas. As you converse, look for commonalities between you. Then build on them to spin off other conversations.

8. Always be yourself

Your most precious asset in any conversation is your actual personality. So, embrace it and never conceal it. Let it shine out. It’s verbose and trite to keep repeating others’ words in your conversations. Be willing to share your own ideas and opinions.



9. Conversations are a two-way traffic

The ideal conversation is a 2-way process between both parties. You ought to be sensitive enough to ask questions if you’ve been talking all through. Additionally, ensure you share your own insights if the other party has been rambling on for awhile.

10. Ask mindful questions

There are great questions which can steer the directions conversations take. To have a pleasant chat, ask meaningful questions.

11. Don’t judge the other party

People very often say weird things without thinking. So, don’t be judgmental.

12. Be an attentive listener

Nothing can destroy a conversation much faster than an absent-minded listener. Inattentiveness relays that what the other party says isn’t important or it even bores you.

13. Maintain eye contact

It’s important to keep good eye contact with the individual you are conversing with and use physical and vocal cues to encourage them to keep talking. Remember to keep in mind that balance is important here as too much or too little eye contact could verge on negative body language

14. Keep abreast with current affairs

Take the time and effort to read articles, newspapers, magazines and other publications on a regular basis. Doing this will conveniently furnish you with a treasure trove of interesting topics to bring up in your conversations.

15. Be ready for awkward questions

You will appear ignorant and off your guard if somebody asks you a question and you cannot find the right response to it.



16. Find ways to keep the other party well entertained

Keep the individual you are chatting with entertained using your sense of humor. Shower your conversations with good jokes and witty anecdotes.

17. Try to lend a sympathetic ear

In some circumstances, someone might wish to air out their pent-up frustrations to you. So, pay keen attention and only speak when it’s proper to do so. At all costs, never laugh off the predicament he or she is in by relating a similar one from your own experience.

Conclusion

Learning to become a great conversationalist is like learning a new language, but the difference here is that this is a language where the words to not take center stage. Like learning anything new, practice does indeed make perfect so get out there and get chatting.

Soon you will realize that you naturally find yourself in a place where you can effortlessly engage others in meaningful conversations and they will enjoy talking to you.

 

Sophia Nguyen
Communication Wizard & Writer at OverSavvy
There is something undeniably spellbinding about Sophia's way with words and how she always knows just what to say. Refreshingly, she also knows the value of silence—whether she’s listening to a friend, treating herself to one of her weekend rock-climbing adventures, or meditating over a quiet cup of tea.
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12 Amazing Science Experiments You Can Do Right Now

Science is always amazing, and now you can bring some of that awesomeness into your own home on a small scale, with a number of totally safe DIY experiments. Here are 12 amazing science experiments you can do right now in your own home.

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Science is always amazing, and now you can bring some of that awesomeness into your own home on a small scale, with a number of totally safe DIY science experiments.

Here are 12 amazing science experiments you can do right now in your own home.

1. Make objects disappear

Video credit: BBC Earth Lab

Refraction occurs once light alters its direction together with its velocity as it moves through one object to another one.

Only opaque objects are able to reflect light. In the event of 2 objects, possessing the same reflective characteristics making contact with each other, light will move through both at a similar velocity. This awesome phenomenon can render one of the objects completely invisible.

2. Freeze water instantaneously

Video credit: Grant Thompson – “The King of Random”

When purified water gets cooled to a temperature just beneath its freezing threshold, quickly placing an ice cube inside will prompt the water to solidify instantly.



3. How to make oobleck

Video credit: Babble Dabble Do

Oobleck happens to be a sticky substance that derives its name from a Dr. Seus children book. It is a non-Newtonian’ fluid, in that it can behave both as a solid and liquid under the right circumstances.

4. Make your own hybrid rocket engine

Video credit: NightHawkInLight

By combining a solid fuel energy and a liquefied oxidizer, a hybrid rocket engine can be able to propel itself. You too can perform this amazing scientific experience on your own by making use of commonplace household items. This includes pasta, mouthwash as well as yeast.

5. Make magic’ mud

Video credit: Grant Thompson – “The King of Random”

The starch found in ordinary potatoes is yet another non-Newtonian’ fluid. This substance remains in solid form when you touch it but immediately turns to liquid once you leave it on its own. With some sand and this potato starch, you will be able to make magic’ mud.

6. Make a Gallium masterpiece

Video credit: Mist8k



Gallium possesses a low melting threshold of 29.70C. By putting a lump of Gallium into a warm glass of water, you can make it take virtually any form you wish.

7. Make instantaneous ice sculpture

Video credit: Home Science

Sodium Acetate, commonly referred to as hot ice,’ and is present in hand warmers in a liquid form. However, you’ll find if you touch it, sodium acetate freezes instantaneously into hot ice.’

8. Make crystal bubbles

Video credit: Chris Ratzlaff

When the temperature drops to below 0C, it is possible to freeze bubbles and make them take the form of crystals. All you will ever need to perform this curious scientific experience is some bubble mix and, of course, very chilly weather.

9. Make mobile liquid art

Video credit: Amy Pearce

When you mix milk with dish soap, you’ll be able to trigger a chemical reaction, which will break the surface tension of the milk. Also, by adding different food coloring, you can create amazing graphic chemical reaction art.



10. Release the energy within candy without putting it in your mouth

Video credit: Vat19

When you drop a gummy bear into a test tube with heated potassium chlorate, you will cause the candy to release the energy within it, in an explosive’ chemical reaction. This, for your information, is exactly what takes place within your body when you chew candy or bubble gum.

11. Make water disappear’ in a mysterious manner

Video credit: Beals Science

Sodium polyacrylate happens to be an exceptional absorbent polymer, which can absorb as much as 300 times its weight when dropped in water.

It is important to note this chemical substance is used in the manufacture of disposable baby diapers. On the other hand, you too can make use of sodium polyacrylate to trigger water to disappear very mysteriously’ in just a matter of seconds.

12. Make a full rainbow within a glass jar

Video credit: IncredibleScience

Liquids are highly acclaimed for coming in varying masses as well as densities. For instance, oil is much less dense when it is contrasted with water, and it will always float above it when placed in the same container.

By relying on this scientific principle, you too can do wondrous’ things.

For example, by placing fluids of varying densities and including a number of different food colorings, you’ll be able to create a full rainbow all within a glass jar and amaze the naïve.

You can also create your rainbow using colored water of different densities by adding varying amounts of sugar to each.

Conclusion

If these cool experiments made your mind boggle, give them a try. They are great fun and super interesting at the same. 😀

Jon Keskin
Growth Guru & Writer at OverSavvy
Specializing in self-help and personal development without the excess incense or the irritating man-bun, this guru will push you to grow—even when it’s a little uncomfortable. Dig a bit deeper, and you’ll discover Jon's charmingly geeky scientific side as well as his astonishing talent for reciting rap lyrics.
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10 Negative Body Language Gestures That Cause Others To Dislike You

Most people are totally unaware that negative body language even exists and completely underestimate the amount of influence it has over how you are perceived by others. To avoid being disliked by others for things you may not even be aware of, stay clear of these negative body language gestures at all costs.

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Most people are totally unaware that negative body language even exists and completely underestimate the amount of influence it has over how you are perceived by others.

Most of our communication is actually non-verbal. This means that what you don’t say, speaks a lot about who you are and what you are thinking. Gestures that you use, whether conscious or subconsciously form your body language. As a result, through these body gestures, people can deduct positive attributes as well as negative tone.

Therefore, if you are looking to make a good impression when in conversation with others, negative body language gestures can really work against you and have people thinking you are something you are not.

This article compiles some negative body language gestures you may want to avoid.

1. Looking down and not making eye-contact

When in the presence of people you don’t know, lack of eye-contact is seen as a negative gesture. Some people may view this as rude; while others will take it as arrogance. It actually shows that you’re not interested in what others have to say. Therefore, make sure to always maintain good eye contact and avoid looking down.

2. A fake smile

10 Negative Body Language Gestures To Avoid

There is nothing more off-putting than a fake smile. This negative body language gesture is easy to spot. A genuine smile is one that will light up the whole face. A fake smile centers on the mouth and lips alone. If you feel like you have to force a smile, there is no need to pretend; keep your cool, and this will make you more credible.

3. Checking your watch and focusing on your fingernails

There is nothing that says you are bored more than checking the time and inspecting your fingernails. When you are having a conversation, be respectful and maintain focus; even if you are really bored. This is a sure way to create a good impression.



4. Narrowing of the eyes

Narrowing your eyes will be taken to mean that you do not like the ideas of another person. Also, it is an expression that has been seen to express anger and distrust. However, some people narrow their eyes while conversing as a reflex to deep thought. You do not want to send the wrong message and in this respect, avoid narrowing of the eyes.

5. Sitting or standing too close

Have you seen people who come too close to you and bother your personal space? This habit is more common than you think. You should keep your distance while talking to someone; unless you are intimate friends or lovers. Some people think that being too close will enhance the conversation; while in actual fact it is a rude thing to do.

6. Touching your face

People who touch their face during conversations definitely have a negative tone to them. Touching the nose and mouth could indicate that the person is not telling the truth. Some people show nervousness when they touch their face, and the key is to resist the urge. Your hands should not be close to your face when you are talking to people.

7. Crossing your arms

10 Negative Body Language Gestures To Avoid

This is a debatable negative body language gesture. Some people say that it is a sign of intelligence and depth. Others say it is an egoistic thing to do. Crossing your arms could mean that you are not open to the ideas of others. It shows defensiveness and resistance. It is wise to avoid it if you want to leave a lasting impression with others.

8. Blinking too fast

It goes without saying that when you are anxious or nervous, you might increase the rate of blinking. However, you do not have to announce it to the whole world. You can actually learn how to master your anxiety so that you can make a good impression at all times. Remember, you want to enhance your image and in this respect, learning how to take deep breaths and remain composed will go a long way.

9. Not sitting on your chair squarely

Some people have the habit of sitting on the edge of their chair. This is a sure sign of discomfort. Given a chance, the person would rather not be at that venue; at least this is the message that is passed across. When you find a seat, sit squarely and comfortably. Lean back and make yourself firm. This further enhances your confidence.

10. Tapping your finger or foot

Impatience and boredom are the messages that are sent out when you tap your finger and foot. It can also be an indicator of stress. This habit is highly conspicuous, and you want to avoid the negativity that it’s associated with. Practice resting your arms and legs and be aware of your body and feelings at all times.



Conclusion

Remember, a picture paints a thousand words and your body language is not far behind. Whether positive or negative, your body language can and will express thoughts and feelings way before your mouth ever will. Staying mindful of your body language in important situations is a very powerful attribute to have and is definitely worth practicing.

Sophia Nguyen
Communication Wizard & Writer at OverSavvy
There is something undeniably spellbinding about Sophia's way with words and how she always knows just what to say. Refreshingly, she also knows the value of silence—whether she’s listening to a friend, treating herself to one of her weekend rock-climbing adventures, or meditating over a quiet cup of tea.
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5 Self-Defence Tips For People With Zero Self-Defence Training

It is unfortunate that we live in a world that has its fair share of bad people. Criminals inflict harm on innocent members of society for various reasons. Theft is the top reason for violence; whereas some perpetrators may simply be sadistic or mentally unfit. In this reality, there is a great need for vigilance, and knowledge of even the basic self-defence tips could be life saving.

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It is unfortunate that we live in a world that has its fair share of bad people. Criminals inflict harm on innocent members of society for various reasons. Theft is the top reason for violence; whereas some perpetrators may simply be sadistic or mentally unfit. In this reality, there is a great need for vigilance and knowledge of even the basic self-defence tips could be life saving.

As an individual, you are not helpless. There is no need to surrender to any attempt on your safety; you can fight back.

If you do not have any self-defense training, don’t panic. Self-defense starts in the mind, and this article gives you self-defence tips that will sharpen you in this regard.

5 Self-Defence Tips For People with Zero Self-defence Training

1. Prevention is always the best defense

You do not have a crystal ball to predict what is going to happen to you. However, you do have the knowledge and foresight that can allow you to sense a dangerous situation.

A simple example is driving at night in secluded or even derelict locations. Walking along deserted streets can make you a target. Even in some of the nicest neighborhoods, you could be only a few wrong turns away from danger zones that are well-known by shady individuals.

You have to know which neighborhoods are notorious for crime in your area. Our instinct also plays a crucial role in giving us a feeling of imminent danger when things do not seem right.

If you notice people or a person following you, do not ignore this. Many security experts advise people to be aware of their surroundings especially in unfamiliar locations.

Do not be ignorant. You can even detect thugs just by their body language. You, however, need to be keen enough to get many of these clues.



If indeed you feel you are in danger, you can shout and run in the opposite direction. Ask for help immediately and raise the alarm to avoid an unwanted situation.

If you do get a flat tire, never slow down in a secluded place. Try to avoid traveling at night if alone and in unfamiliar territory

Remember, whether you are at home or in public, know that an attack is possible. This will help you think quickly in any eventuality. Also, if you notice a person in the street being robbed; take charge and alert the authorities. This way, you will help get one bad guy off the street.

2. If attacked in your home, use kitchen tools as weapons

If an attacker manages to enter your home, this is alarming, to say the least. The best place to head to is surprisingly the kitchen. This is because the items in your kitchen can easily be turned into lethal weapons and are often enough to scare away an unwanted guest.

From knives to plates and even spices, you will have a better chance to arm yourself. Lock the door and if you feel you have no time to think, raise the alarm by breaking the utensils, glasses, and plates.

In the dead of night, this will be more than enough to alert neighbors that you are under attack.

An attacker does not like noise or alarms; this will ensure that he leaves and flees for his life. If you do not have time to get to the kitchen, use your voice and scream as loud as possible.



3.Be street smart for street mugging

If somebody tries to rob you on the street, sometimes the first instinct is to surrender in fear, especially when the attacker is armed with a gun or a knife. But you will have an advantage if you can stay calm and think quickly.

This is not the time to play hero and try to disarm an attacker with a karate kick like Van Damme or Steven Segal. The first thing to do is observe. You’ll only have a split second to get away.

Do not just stand still because your attacker is banking on your submission. Rather, be clever and calculating.

While looking for an escape route, make as much noise as possible. An attacker will not want to raise the attention of any witnesses or people that can come to your aid. Anything other than a scared victim who is shocked into silence and submission is a nightmare for an attacker and is your best chance for an early escape.

The moment your attacker sees that you will not keep still and are making a lot of noise, they are more likely to second guess their initial plan, giving you a window of opportunity to make your escape.

Remember, not all attackers and muggers are hardened criminals; some are just really desperate people who, in that moment are just as scared of getting caught as you are of getting robbed.

These type of muggers will retreat at the first sign that their plan is not going to go as they intended.



4. Use defense tools like Mace or Pepper Spray effectively

5 Self-Defence Tips For People with Zero Self-defence Training

Many women and men have Mace or pepper spray in their purses or bags. In case of emergency, it’s imperative that you know how to use this effective deterrent at your first attempt properly.

The first thing is to remain composed as you find the right opportunity to spray right in the eyes of the attacker.

Some people will use sharp objects to defend themselves, so, whatever you grab, make sure you do it in a calculated manner. You will buy yourself a few seconds to escape. Just make sure that the tools you use do not harm you in the process.

5. Build your morale often

The self-defense battle must be won in the mind first. To this end, you must psych yourself up and affirm that you have what it takes to fight back. Do this by repeating positive affirmations to yourself.

For example, say things like ‘I’m not a pushover,’ and ‘I will not allow anyone to harm me’. Take self-defense classes and build your physical strength; this way, you will be well ‘armed’ and prepared.

Jon Keskin
Growth Guru & Writer at OverSavvy
Specializing in self-help and personal development without the excess incense or the irritating man-bun, this guru will push you to grow—even when it’s a little uncomfortable. Dig a bit deeper, and you’ll discover Jon's charmingly geeky scientific side as well as his astonishing talent for reciting rap lyrics.
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