Hannah's Headlines- 3/12/18

Church Of Scientology Launches Its Own TV Channel - The Church of Scientology is launching its own TV network.

The Church announced on Twitter yesterday that Scientology Network will debut tonight at 8 o'clock Eastern. The controversial Church says you can catch the network's programming on DirecTV, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, iTunes, Google Play, and Scientology.tv.

It seemed this is the logical next step since the organization opened Scientology Media Productions back in 2016. It’s unclear if any of its famous members will be used in the programming.

Scientology is popular with many celebrities and has been heavily criticized by former members like actress Leah Remini.Source: Hollywood Reporter

Dying Is Banned on Norwegian Island

On the freezing cold Norwegian island of Longyearbyen it’s legal to live, but illegal to die. The law has been instated since 1950 all because it’s just way too cold. Around that time, bodies that were buried in the local cemetery weren’t decomposing due to the freezing temps.

In the 2000’s, scientists investigated further and found that those buried there that died of the 1917 influenza still carried live samples of the virus. The virus literally froze alive. Thanks to those findings, no one else can be buried there for fear of it spreading to its 2,000 inhabitants.

So what happens if someone is to die? The island doesn’t even have elderly care facilities, so anyone on the brink of kicking the bucket gets transferred to the main land. Usually they’ll spend their remaining days in Oslo. Longyearbyen does allow cremated urns to be buried in its graveyard, but no one bothers to risk it. Other things that are banned on the island include giving birth and cats to protect the Arctic bird population.

Source: The Sun

How To Stay Close To Your Family Even While Adulting - Even though it may get challenging, nothing’s as important as being close with your family.

No matter what the dynamic, you can still remain close in your own way. Even if you’re super busy, it’s possible. Here’s the game plan:

  • Set up a regular phone call.
  • Ask about your family’s history. That’s always a safe topic.
  • Send them short “thinking of you” messages.
  • Have a virtual family game night.
  • Ask them for advice.

Source: Bustle


Stress Really is Contagious: Study

A new animal study published in Nature Neuroscience found that someone else’s stress could mess with your brain as badly as your own stress.

“Recent studies indicate that stress and emotions can be ‘contagious,’ ” Jaideep Bains, a physiology professor at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, writes in a press release. “Whether this has lasting consequences for the brain is not known.”

Though their research was conducted on mice, the study authors believe their findings may apply to humans, too.

“We readily communicate our stress to others, sometimes without even knowing it,” Bain says. “There is even evidence that some symptoms of stress can persist in family and loved ones of individuals who suffer from PTSD.”

But a little stress-sharing is OK. “On the flip side, the ability to sense another’s emotional state is a key part of creating and building social bonds,” he says.

Link: https://nypost.com/2018/03/09/stress-really-is-contagious-study/

What’s The Strangest Way You’ve Been Greeted By A Stranger?

I’m always uncomfortable if I’m introduced to someone for the first time and they give me a kiss on the cheek because they think they know me already through our other acquaintance. Well this is nothing according to the book “One Kiss or Two?: The Art and Science of Saying Hello” (Overlook Press). Author Andy Scott explores the unbearable awkwardness of greeting people around the world. Scott, a Brit who identifies as a single-kisser, notes that one of the most unbearable greetings is the “cross-kiss” — when each person goes for the other cheek and nearly smooch. And as recently as the 1950s, Scott writes, it wasn’t uncommon for an aboriginal tribe in Australia to say hello via genital grabbing.

  • Have you ever been in a different country and they gave you a strange and awkward greeting you weren’t ready for?

Link: https://nypost.com/2018/03/10/genital-grabbing-used-to-be-a-way-to-say-hello-in-australia/

Genital Grabbing Use To Be Customary in Australia

In many parts of the world like Paris and Italy, kisses on the cheek are proper ways to greet someone. In the book “One Kiss or Two?: The Art and Science of Saying Hello,” author Andy Scott reveals some of the more interesting ways to greet someone in the last few decades…like genital grabbing in Australia.

Don’t get bent out of shape just yet. The practice was more common among Australia’s aboriginal tribe, Walbiri. Upon visiting each other, men would place their penises in their host’s hand. God forbid one refuses a penis. It would be considered a “sign of hostility.” The act was documented as early as the 1950’s.

The book also mentions a custom in Papua New Guinea where the leader made new comers suckle his wife's breast. Has anyone heard of the handshake?

Source: NY Post

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