Cyberbullying and school

       I have noticed that cyberbullying is becoming a popular topic. At least in my class. But this is NOT supposed to be a real concern. Now, people that got cyberbullied might be thinking (*mockingly)”But I got cyberbullied!”. Yes, you were cyberbullied but that is not a real problem. Why? Because you can log out of your Instagram or whatever platform you were bullied on, you can block the bully, you can NOT accept friend requests from strangers. Besides, the bully’s account will be closed if you report him, so they will not harm your weak feelings again.

       But I did not mention school yet! What I hate the most is when online arguments between classmates become a subject to discuss in class. This is worthless, since you can also reply and roast the bully so hard that you ruin their life or you can simply do what I said above. Moreover, the argument was not a bloody fight and did not happen because of school, so why is this evolving to waste *precious* class time when kids can deal with it themselves.

However, there are ways you can be harmed on social media, usually when someone publicly shares rumors about you. Then you can do nothing but strike back. And I will give you some tips in another post.

       This video

                                                         

       Basically, this boy made a popular video about cyberbullying.  I am unsure about the reason. School project or personal experience? Anyways, I will shortly describe the video. This boy keeps getting hate messages online. After every hate message is received, he gets hit, out of nowhere. In the end he hangs himself. While analyzing this video, I could see that mistakes were made. First off, the messages where the “Your mom gay.” kind. Instead, the boy did not reply with “No U!”. He just let a random person call him fat or gay, without blocking them or replying.

       The difference

Now, I expressed my opinion about cyberbullying. Now, what is the difference between bullying and cyberbullying? The first difference is which one you can avoid. Bullying happens at school. We can say that it happens in society. And you can’t live outside a society and not develop mental problems. So if you are bullied, you have more options. Either you take the bullying in face, you exile yourself from society or you take action. I remember when I was in fifth grade, a classmate bullied me and after two weeks I hit his head on the whiteboard. No one saw that and he left me alone. This is what you do in real life. And what you can do online is what you read.

 

 

Wolves day

The people of my country is a mix between romans and dacics. Now I will talk about dacics. They were involved, but it is said that they were willing to fight for freedom and defeated the romans many times. The reason why they chose as their emblem the wolf because it is one of the few animals that will refuse to befriend a human even if it is fed, meaning it is independent. However, in the end, dacics got conquered by romans, but the romanization lasted only 100 years, which tells us that dacics actually had a lot in common with romans. Back to the wolf, one of the most popular tradition was that a newborn to be fed with milk only from a recipient made out of wolf skin. After the romanization, the christian church wanted to make dacics get rid of pagan traditions and symbols (they believed in more gods). So they came up with St. Andrews, which got set on the same date as the wolf’s day, on 30 November. On St. Andrews garlic is out around the house to “get rid of evil spirits”. This might also be a trace of connection between vampires and garlic. One of the country’s leaders was said to be so evil, he was a vampire.

Misbeliefs

       A misbelief is same as a myth, but it is usually made by people around you. A myth is something you heard and took it for a fact, while a misconception is slowly induced.

      The 24-hour rule

Maybe you have seen in many movies that you have to wait 24 hours before being able to report a person as missing. But this is not true! You can report it any time, as long as the absence is an unusual one, not being late for lunch ten minutes after school. This is more like missing from home or your bike is found lying by the side of the road but you are nowhere to be found, not answering phone calls.

       Origins of fortune cookies

Fortune cookies are associated with China, but in fact, the initial concept is Japanese. They are associated with China for us, Europeans because China is closer to us than Japan is. See here how I compare more things like these.                                 

 

       420

420 is a popular number, which is related to marijuana. In Los Angeles, 420 is the penal code for marijuana use. But this number did not originate from the penal code. It is originated from the Californian police code 420, which prohibits public disturbance. Its use started after 4:20 P.M, when a group of students got caught smoking weed. The reason why this is where the number originates from is that this happened around 1970, much earlier than the appearance of L.A penal code 420.

       Waking a sleepwalker

It is said that waking up a sleepwalking person might cause them brain damage or worse. Actually, this is not real. In fact, if a sleepwalker suddenly wakes up, he might be confused or scared and might try to hit you, but will not become violent, faint or die. I also sleepwalked once and woke up because my alarm clock rang, which is sudden, and nothing happened.

       Aircraft toilet waste

There are mentions saying that plane toilet waste is thrown outside the plane, while it is flying. No! It is actually stored in a tank and disposed on the ground. Old trains also dumped waste on tracks, but modern ones have tanks.

More myths

There we go, debunked myths, part 2

       Food before swimming

Maybe your parents tell you to not eat before going for a swim. If you ate too much, the effort will truly give you stomach aches, but if you eat normally, you should not drown. Not because of the food.

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       Alcohol warms your body

It does not. It only dilates the blood vessels, stimulating more nerves at once, giving you a feeling of warmth.

       Rust causes tetanus

Rust may cause other infections, but not tetanus. I scratched myself deeply many times in rusty metal and I am fine.il_340x270.896170227_379b

 

       The 5-second rule

If food falls on the floor, you have 5 seconds to eat it and nothing will happen, right?  This was definitely made as a joke and this is NOT a fact. Bacteria contaminate food on the ground within milliseconds.

 

       Ice cream and colds

I bet you wanted to eat ice cream but your parents will tell you that you shouldn’t because it’s cold outside. Well, your inner body temperature will be the same as always, so eating ice cream on cold weather does not affect you in any way. You will not get a cold. Just if you eat it too fast, it might irritate your throat, but the same thing happens during summer, too!

       Tearing apart moles causes cancer

Many of us have heard that if e try to remove a mole we have, we will get skin cancer. But this is NOT a fact. Actually, you can get the mole tested to see if it contains cancerous cells, and if it doesn’t it can be surgically removed with ease. If it is cancerous, it can still be removed but the surgery is going to cost more.

       Emo people hate life

This is more of a stereotype, but a stereotype is, in the end, a myth. Many people say that being emo means that you hate life. But this is not true! Emo is short from emotion, and being emo means that you overreact over a specific emotion. This means that as much and as fast as you start hating life, you can also start loving it. The only thing is that emo people look for attention, and they gain it only when they show their sad thoughts.

My country’s urban legends

       Urban legends are creepy stories, definitely NOT based on facts. I don’t know what are the most popular urban legends in other countries, but in mine are the following:

       The Black Ambulance

There is a popular myth only mindless people believe, which actually started in other balcanic countries, about an ambulance that is black and kidnaps people to take their organs. Organ trafficking is an issue around the world, in general, but in my country, it got for no apparent reason the name of Black Ambulance.

      The Hoiabaciu Forest

In my country, there is a forest which is said to be haunted. The whole thing about this forest did not start recently, it started before 1995, when the internet access in my country was extremely limited, so it had no influence on this legend. There are many people that claim to have seen ghosts, or had hallucinations. Personally, I won’t believe those rumors until I go there and see myself. Too bad I live far away from that place.

        Transilvania

In this region, many fights during WW2 took place, and one of the country’s leaders is said to have been extremely cruel. By this means that many castles in this area are said to be haunted and people can hear screams from inside.

 

       Bezid lake

 

There are more than eight whole villages that were completely flooded. But in this lake, there is also a church. People could flee the place, so there were no reported casualties. However, priests still claim that there was a woman which drowned in there during the flood. She attempts to strangle anyone who has tight connections with the church, because no one helped her.

 

       The killer lake
 

Many years ago, there was a village by a lake. One day, the people woke up in the morning, sensing a rotten egg smell. The next morning, pigs, cows, horses, were all dead, lying on the ground. Older people also died. There was a research team sailing on the lake. The explanation for the deaths was that underneath the lake there was gas stuck under the ground and it was slowly leaking, reaching the surface and filling the village. Of course, there are legends that say that old people chocking can still be heard in the village and horses, too.