August 31

Theory on Conspiracy Theories

Underdogs, if you have ever followed any of my blog posts before, or have know me at all, you will realize that I am a conspiracy theorist. I have been one since I was a very small child.  For most of my life, I have been seen as strange and out there. I’m not 100% sure if that is due to my love of all things conspiracy theories, or if I am just kind of strange. What I have found rather odd in the last few years is the rise of the conspiracy.  Not so many years ago, conspiracy theories were out there in the world, however, it wasn’t mainstream. I couldn’t just go into any bookstore and find a book about conspiracy theories right next to the best sellers. I had to go search for them in the back of the store. I also love YouTube and watch more of it than I should. When I first started to watch YouTube, I hardly ever saw any videos that dealt with any sort of conspiracy theory. Now, all of a sudden, there is channel after channel and so many people doing blogs and videos on conspiracy theories. Me, being who I am, had to ask why? Let’s take a look at  3 reasons why conspiracy theories are so popular at the moment.

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1. Strange Stories Sell:

I heard that Taylor Swift is a cannibal. I am going to have to watch all of her videos and listen to her music for clues. I am sure it is there! The thing is, a story that brings a lot of attention can have the nice side effect of getting sales. The more outlandish a story, the more attention is paid to a star, or project like a movie or an album. It can be as simple as the whole Dark Side of the Moon and Wizard of Oz theory, to Katy Perry actually being a murdered beauty star. Conspiracy Theories have become so mainstream and known that Katy Perry even acknowledge this at the MTV Video Music Awards this past weekend and made a joke about it. Conspiracy theories are everywhere! (If you don’t know what I am talking about, please check out my previous blog on Katy Perry here:) http://www.andtheunderdogwins.com/way-wednesday-deal-katy-perry/

Have you noticed that some of these celebrities are feeding the masses with their conspiracy theory bait. For example, the whole Taylor Swift/Tom Hiddleston relationship. Who in the world wears an, “I love T.S.” shirt on a date with your girlfriend? Either a really sad bloke, or someone who is feeding a story to the masses in hopes that it will take off and gain results. This happens all of the time in the strange world of Hollywood. Let’s look some very fake relationships that had ups and downs just as movies were coming and their stars happened to be dating.  Did anyone actually believe that Kristen Stewart and Robert Patterson were actually a couple? Of course they weren’t, but how many tweens fell for it and spent their money on books, movies and Twilight products because they believed that it was all real. It was just another form of publicity. All the rumors of cheating and other things was just plain conspiracy to generate more money.

The reason people do this is simple, money! Many of these celebrities are finding that conspiracy theories that surround them are getting them attention and will keep their name in the news. This means that more likely, that will equal more sales of whatever they are promoting. The whole reason that the Kardisians are famous is because of a “leaked” sex tape of Kim and her then boyfriend. It was a conspiracy! Turns out it was just Kim’s own Mother who did the leaking, and took advantage of an opportunity. Which is pretty awful on many levels  when you think about it. People are now building their empires based off of a conspiracy theory and celebrities are eating it up!

2. Conspiracy Theories are fun.

Is any of the information about that I have addressed even real? Who knows, but did you have fun reading about it? Conspiracy theories are entertaining in themselves. It can be a lot of fun to see what some people have come up with, and then going about proving their point. I want to know what is going on and I am willing to put in the time and effort to research a really good conspiracy theory. The other thing is that believing in something, no matter what it is, can bring people together. It can be a sense of belonging to believe that mermaids are the monkeys of the sea, or that your phone knows your thoughts. A common belief can be very strong, and very powerful. It can bring people together like they never have before.

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3. The truth in the Lies:

Who can you trust anymore?You can’t trust the news because they are nowhere near biased. They have been known to make up their own stories. You can’t trust the internet because, well, the internet!  Who can you believe? Many people think that there is a small bit of truth in every lie. So, maybe there was a conspiracy to frame Lee Harvey Oswald. Maybe there is a Big Foot out there somewhere. Maybe the best way to handle awful or even scary things is to dress them up in a good story which is a modern day conspiracy theory. What is the best way to either hide or tell the truth than hiding it in plain sight. Their are so many stories about aliens, but right now, they are all stories. What if the truth is that all of it is real, and these conspiracy theories are a way to prepare us for the eventual truth?

We have also become a more split society than ever when it comes to the search of the truth. The internet has given us a lot of tools, yet either people take everything written on it as gospel. Or, instead they form their own opinion by doing a lot of research. The internet has given us the power to do both. It think many of us have fallen into the trap of just taking an article we see’s word of the events that took place. However, many of us have also seen through some of these stories and did the groundwork themselves. I call this urban journalism. This is where people with little to no formal training goes after the story, and not the opinions. Sometimes, what we think is a conspiracy theory is closer to the truth than anything ever reported.

Conspiracy theories are everywhere you look. People have caught on how much they can do for their business or for their personal promotion. It’s just another form of publicity that people are choosing to try out just like having an Instagram page. It is entertaining and even fun, but in some cases, these conspiracy theories may be the closest to the truth as we will ever get. Like all things that are popular, this too shall pass. A few more months, or even a year will go by and a conspiracy theorist will be back to being the butt of a joke. I’m still where I have always been. Looking at the world with both logic, a skeptical eye, and a writer’s imagination. Anything is possible, and sometimes, you need a good story to sell it. When this fad passes, I will still be wearing my tin foil hat and will be searching for the truth.

 

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August 29

Try it Tuesday: Black Mineral Mask

Hello Underdogs, today for Try it Tuesday,  I am trying out a pore mask called Black Mineral Mask. This is a product for Avon which is something that I sell. Yes, this is shameless self-promotion because Mama has got to eat! Please follow my link to my Avon page for this and other deals: https://ltebrinke.avonrepresentative.com/ I know that there is a huge charcoal craze going on at the moment. However, this is a mineral mask with iron and other minerals. The tube comes in one size which is a 2.5 oz squeeze bottle. The cost is $6.99 and based on the use from me and my roommate, I think you can get a between 6 to 10 uses in this bottle. With most face mask costing between 1 and 15 dollars, this isn’t a bad deal. I went ahead and gave this a try to see if it was worth the price, and if I would recommend it to anyone.

 

The directions state to spread an even, and thin layer over the skin. Leave the mask on your skin for between 10 to 15 minutes, or until your face is grey. The mask will go from black to grey, which is when you know it is time to go a head and take off the mask. You will need to use warm to hot water to remove this mask. Cold or room temp will work, however, it will take longer to get everything off. Because I have a nose ring, I always like to mention if I keep it on or take it off when I use face products. I decided to go ahead and keep it on to try and see if it would make much of a difference. I didn’t have an issue keeping it on, so if you have a facial piercing, you don’t need to remove it in order to use this mask. Remember that you will have a small piece of foil to remove before use.

 

I applied the Black Mineral Mask to a clean face. I smelled the product and I had a hard time pinning down how describe the scent. It is a strong scent, but I can’t say that it is chemical, just strong. It is not fruity or anything like that, so I just think it smells like the combination of the minerals. It isn’t so strong that I would not use this product. It was very light, and cool application process. It wasn’t runny or hard to apply at all. I smoothed around my entire face, avoiding my eyes and my lips,  and then went to hang out in the living room as I waited for the mask to turn colors.

 

 

It didn’t take long at all for the Black Mineral Mask to start to harden. In face, within about two minutes, I could feel my skin begin to tighten up. Before long, it had gone from feeling tight in a few places, to very tight and feeling like my skin was being pulled. I felt this the most in my cheeks, and the middle of my forehead. As the mask hardened, it became harder and harder to talk or smile. I had light itching, but since I have a skin condition, I knew that could be an issue. It wasn’t a lot, nor was it enough for me to stop the face mask. I think most people will not have any sort of an issue with your skin itching while using this mask, however, anything is possible.  As always, you know your situation better than anyone, if you don’t think you can use this product, then it’s not worth the risk!

 

 

 

I was going to set my alarm to for 10 minutes as the directions say, but decided that I would just wait to see how long it would take for my face to turn from all black to grey. It was pretty close to what the bottle says, so you don’t need to use an alarm, but just pay attention to what is going on with your face. By the time I washed it off, my face had become very tight, and I looked like a weeping angel. Again, you will need to use warm water to remove the mask. It wasn’t hard, but colder water takes a lot longer.

 

 

After removal, I patted my face dry and waited for about 10 minutes to even feel my face. I think it takes a bit of time for your face to calm down after doing any sort of treatment like a Black Mineral Mask. I also don’t like putting on any sort of lotion on my face directly after a mask, in order to give my skin some time to breathe. One thing to keep in mind is that your face may not feel smooth. In fact, your skin may feel dry. That is normal since the mask is taking away the black heads and gross stuff out of your face. I think to get the optimal experience, you will need to clean your face first, and then after about an hour use the Black Mineral Face Mask. My roommate did not wash her face first, and I did. Her face felt more filmy after, while mine felt a bit softer and I didn’t feel any. There was light itching for both of us, but again, nothing that wasn’t expected.

 

Final thoughts on Black Mineral Mask is that it worked as directed. It didn’t leave my face overly itchy, and it did dry out the gross stuff. I wish it was a peel off mask instead, but for a mask like this, I think it was a pretty good deal. I would get this again. I really felt my face and the skin tighten and even pull while I was waiting for it to dry. I would give the Black Mineral Mask a rating of 4 out of 5. The reason I didn’t give it a 5 is because I  personally would prefer a mask that I could just peel off. But this will be a nice mask to use a few times a week.

 

What do you think? Have you tried the Black Mineral Mask at all?  Leave your comments below.

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August 28

Top 10 Moments of Game of Thrones:Season 7

If you haven’t caught up with Game of Thrones, Underdogs, then please do not read any further! This post will contain events that happened on Game of Thrones Season 7, so proceed with caution. For those of you who are still with me, these are the top 10 moments from Game of Thrones from this season. We have at least a full year to wait until season 8, and there will be lots of talk, theories, and speculation until then. Season 7 just ended hours ago, and it has been one heck of a very fast paced ride. If you ignore the fact that there is some time travel going on in Westros, then you can enjoy the story going on. These are my personal favorites!

10: The Stark Children:

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Even though Bran is the Three-Eyed Raven now, and kind of nuts, all 3 children being back in Winterfield was an amazing site. It was just a quick moment, but Bran, Sansa, and Arya were together and walking through the courtyard with Brieene and Pod watching. It was a moment where Brieene was able to see the Stark children back at home and served as a stand in for Kat,who never got to witness this moment. This is something the whole audience also wanted to see as well. These children all went through vastly different and equally horrifying things that changed them. They are now all young adults who are nowhere near who they were as children, yet even more fiercely loyal to their family than ever before. It was a nice moment, but this is Game of Thrones, nice moments do not last.

9: Sam Cures Gray Scale:

Sam took a gamble trying to cure Jorah from his Gray Scale. Jorah was basically given one more night to either leave, or kill himself. Sam wouldn’t let that be an option and stole books and did an experimental surgery on Jorah without any help, and with a lot of risk. While it was truly a gross scene, it worked and Sam followed the directions and saved everyone’s favorite friend. I hope Jorah and Sam meet again. This showed how truly amazing Sam really is, even if this got him into some trouble. He was very selfless in this act, knowing that failure was not an option.

8. Dany landing at Dragonstone:

The whole scene was silent as Dany arrived at her birth place. There didn’t need to be any words as she took everything in and her dragons quickly became accustomed to the place, just as though they have belonged there. Dany walked around and took down banners belonging to Stanis. She ended her long walk in the war room where she only uttered, “Shall we begin” Nothing would ever be the same after this moment for Dany. She was finally home and she brought a fleet and army with her. She was moments away from meeting Jon Snow, and finding out who the real war is with.

7. Lady Olenna’s Death:

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No one has ever won their own death scene before until Olenna Tyrell. While we didn’t get to see the sack of High Garden, we did get to see Jamie bring her death. Even though she had no way out of the situation, she had plenty of time to assure herself a painless death and get in a few more jabs. Basically, right after the Lady of Thorns found out that her death was assured to be without pain she broke it down for Jamie and let him know that it was her, and not his brother, that killed Joffery. And it was the last moments of her life, so what reason would she have to lie. Jame knew it was true, and all he could do was walk away. Lady Olenna still won, and was a bad ass until the very end. Someone needed to kill Joffery!

6. Tormund and The Hound:

Two of my favorite characters shared a few moments of on screen talk while the tried to find whites to kidnap. It was all too short, but boy was it worth it! Tormund confronted The Hound about his fear of fire and professed his love about Brienne. This is the couple I would love to see happen! (If Tormund survived the wall, I wasn’t too clear on that part.) It was very funny to see how both Tormund and The Hound “bonded” over their awe and fear of the big lady with blonde hair, blue eyes, and looks at you like she wants to carve out your liver. Good times!

5. Sansa and Arya:

After the fall of Litterfinger, Sansa and Arya share a moment which we were all hoping to see since Arya arrived back in Winterfield. We finally see that their fighting had all been a ploy to get Littlefinger exactly where they wanted him. They worked together as a family to destroy those who betray them which lead to the deaths of their parents, brothers, and Aunt. It was nice to finally see jusctice being served, and the girls truly getting along and excepting the people they have become. Arya is happy Sansa is the Lady of Winterfield, and Sansa still thinks Arya is strange. They remember their father and express how much they miss him. They will need to band as a family now more than ever, and the pack will survive.

4. Dany and Jon:

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Incest is best. These two smolder on screen and it is very hard to not want them to get together. I shouted more than one time at the TV, “I will go down with this ship, I surrender!” Yes, I understand that Dany is Jon’s Aunt, but they don’t know that. Does that make it any less creepy? Well, when you have a show that you can say, “well, at least they aren’t brother and sister,” and mean it, then you  have your answers.  I also want to remind you that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip are cousins. Incest in royal bloodlines is not unusual.  I worry what this information is going to do to them once they find out, because Sam and Bran both know the truth. Jon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, and Dany is his Aunt. They are in love, but what will this information mean if they ever get the chance to find this out. I have a feeling there will already be a baby on the way when they find out this news.

3. East Watch:

Going beyond the wall to capture a white with 7 people was a stupid idea. It kind of worked, but the risk was far too great. At least we didn’t lose Gendry after getting him back! This was an epic battle and losing one of Dany’s Dragons was heartbreaking. It was nice to see Uncle Ben again for a few moments, knowing that he rather end it all after saving Jon, than be remain stuck in the state he was after so much time had gone by.. When the Night King brought the dragon back is when we all knew that this was a total game changer. Sh@t just got real, folks, and the war with the Undead just became a lot less even.

2. Field of Fire 2.0:

I don’t know what I loved more about this, Jamie and Bron just chatting or all the crazy! The Dothraki freaking surfed on the backs of their horses!! The Lannisters were literally no match for Dany and Drogon and they paid the price for what happened at the previous episode. I really liked seeing the army quivering in fear as Dany flew her Dragon in and how Jamie was stupid enough to charge a dragon! Drogon was like, “nope, not my Mommy you fool! I’m gonna burn you!” It was an epic battle and Dany proved that the losses won’t keep her down!

1. The Dragon Pit and The Wall:

It has been 7 years in the making, and it is strange to realize that this is the first time that all of these characters shared the same scene. How often can you say that about any TV show? Just Game of Thrones! These characters have had some interactions with one another, but not on this scale.  It was pretty cool to see The Hound and challenge what was left of The Mountain. We got to see Tyrion and Bron reunited, as well as Pod. Brieene and Jamie even shared a moment. The reaction of seeing the White was pretty cool, and Cersie didn’t disappoint in being truly evil. Jon, well, Jon is a honorable man that almost got them all killed. Even though their time together was brief, it was exciting to finally see everyone together.

Since this was such a huge moment, I couldn’t choose between it and the wall coming down. I picked both because they are both setting us up for the end. The Wall came down due to the blue fire coming from Dany’s dead dragon. The Night King rode him and burned a hole into the wall, bringing it down after it stood for thousands of years. This was what was keeping the Walkers out, but now they are coming in by the thousands. Did anyone else wonder if Bran was in the Ravens, or if he was in the Night King. Is Bran the Night King? Right now, that doesn’t matter. What does is that Winter has come, and so has the Long Night. The army of the dead is about to grow. I just hope Tormund somehow made it out alive.

So there are my top 10 moments from Season 7 of Game of Thrones. It was a very fast paced year, which is sad because we only got 7 episodes as opposed to 10. If they had all been long episodes, it would have been okay, but they were pretty normal in length. I know some of these moments that I picked were not super epic or even impressive. However, some of my favorite moments in this show are when people are just talking with one another. The small moments are sometimes the most profound. Now, we wait for at least one more year to find out what happens next. For now, these were my favorite moments of Game of Thrones, season 7.

7 Blessings to you all!

 

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August 27

Haunted Dolls

With all the hype surrounding Haunted Dolls, I thought I would investigate and see why people are so obsessed with them. When most of us picture dolls, we automatically think of smiling children dressing them up for a tea party, or playing with them in their rooms. It is an innocent and happy thought, but many people are very unnerved by dolls and believe that they are haunted. They think that dolls have somehow come alive, and have caused harm in their home and may be causing harm.  I know there are several movies out now that features haunted dolls, but dolls are their own can be very creepy without any sort of backstory or curse. Dolls have been around since humans, although the reason why the practice of making human replicas has been lost in time. They may have been used as a historic marker, an art project, a way to sooth children, for religious practice, or a varied amount of other reasons. Let’s explore the reasons behind why people believe in haunted dolls.

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Doll made from human bone.

Possibly dolls come across as haunted due to what was used to construct them. Dolls have been made with many different materials throughout the years such as mud, clay, wood, flowers, wax, plastic, and of course, human bone. For example, I have a doll that was my Grandma’s that has human teeth, and human hair. It doesn’t bother me in the least because using that materiel wasn’t sinister or evil. Dentist would make money selling teeth to various places, and many dolls had human teeth. Women sold their hair as well, so doll makers would use real human hair. Using human hair, teeth, and bones has been traced back as far as ancient Egypt and most likely has been going on further back than that. Not everyone uses the practice of making dolls out of human parts is due to using what material that was available. There are some rituals out there that require a doll made out of human bone. They may do this as a tribute to a recent loved one, and use their bones to create a doll. Or, in some practices, using bone and blood of a human to make a doll could be used in a curse, ill intent, or dark magic. If you ever come across any of these dolls in a family  home, or in a museum they could come off as haunted due to what was put into them.

 

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The real Annabel

This leads to the question of why people are so afraid of dolls and think they are haunted? Can a doll actually hold a curse or a human soul? Why does it feel as though some dolls are alive and looking right at you. Maybe they appear as though they are moving, blinking, or speaking, when none of those things are logically possible. Many of these things can easily explained away due to your own fear, a trick of the light, or your hearing was off. However, that doesn’t take away the feeling of knowing something else is around you. I am talking about that feeling that you can’t explain away. It’s like you are being watched when no one else is around. You know with everything in you that there is someone, or something in the room with you even though you can’t see it. Could it be coming from a doll? Could it actually be saying your name, or moving slightly in the dark? I believe that it is entirely possible.

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I have a belief that some works of art carry with them a part of the person who created them. You have heard over and over again, how many artists put their blood, sweat, and tears into a project. Some are so very personal, that it is like a child to them. For example, Da Vinci carried around the Mona Lisa with him everywhere he went. It was so precious to him that he needed it with him at all times. It was part of him, and I believe when he left this world, he left part of himself with he Mona Lisa. I also think that some of these artifacts that you see throughout the world have “recorded” what they have witnessed. The fact that some of these works are even existing today is amazing. But looking at the history of some of these pieces, then seeing the work of art can make you feel more than just awe. It can be off putting or even scary. What if they have recorded part of what happened and now it is part of the art, just as much as the name of the artist? There is a lot of debate about this, but there seems to be proof that granite and marble can record sound. Many statues, and even small dolls have been made out of this material, so what if they are just recording their past, and we are feeling or hearing it? This would truly make a person feel afraid, so what if this fear is just a natural occurrence?

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However, that will only explain a small portion of dolls since only a percentage is made out of stone. What about the rest of these dolls that seem to be evil? There is another logical reason as to why people may believe in haunted dolls. There is an actual fear of dolls called pediophobia. This fear is actually very common and you will hear many people saying how afraid they are of some dolls. This phobia does state that this is a fear of humanoid figures, so that means that the person may not be afraid of all dolls, but only dolls that look a certain way.  However, this is a very real problem and fear for some people. It is so serious that they need treatment for their fear. The depth of fear ranges from person to person, and should be considered very real, and taken seriously. While some people have a touch of this fear, others have a very hard time living with it. Since this is a common occurrence, this could be a reason why people believe in haunted dolls. In fact, people who make these movies and these stories could just be taking advantage of a very common fear.

While there are many reasons as to why a person is fearful of dolls, it doesn’t prove that there are haunted dolls. It doesn’t disproved it either. There are too many haunted doll stories out there to not take notice. However, people are also trying to make a buck, and are taking advantage of a collective fear. The amount of haunted dolls being sold on Ebay is crazy! There are thousands of them, but there is no way that all of these people have an actual haunted doll. The history of dolls is very creepy and even dark. They can be very innocent, but they can also be very scary! I believe that it is possible for a doll to be haunted but I also think that there is many logical reasons behind the fear. I will be looking into some haunted doll stories later, but I wanted to see the why behind the fear to try to understand what is going on. I am going to leave you with this parting thought from Ken Hoyt who works at Pollack Toy Museum. “Dolls can be made out of anything, and they can be made into anything.”

 

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August 22

Deep River Snacks

I am so excited to bring you a review with one of my affiliate programs from Deep River Snacks called Honchos. This is a brand new company that I am working with and I am excited to taste their products and give you my honest feelings. For full disclosure, yes this is a program where I can get paid. Like everyone else, I need to make money to live. Blogging is part of my income, but I would never partner with anyone that I wouldn’t personally use or trust. I will promise to give you my honest thoughts. If I don’t like it, I have no problem letting you know why. It could be a personal taste, or something that doesn’t work for me, but I can see the value in it for other people. For all the legal disclaimers, please take a look at my Shameless Self Promotion page:  http://www.andtheunderdogwins.com/shameless-self-promotion

 

There is a trial snack package of Honchos that you can try for free. I was given one by the company for my opinion on the chips. I will make sure to put links down below so you can get yours for free as well! The package came in a few days in a sturdy box, containing three, 1.5 oz bags of chips. Honchos are certified organic, contain no MSG and has no dye! As much as I love snacks, this is something that I should be eating instead of the other stuff. If you don’t know me, I love me some chips! They also give 10% of their proceeds to different charities. Their stories appear on the back of the bags so you can also check those out as you try out your free trial. The chip to air ratio is average. Meaning when you open the bag, you will get about the same amount of chips in the bag as you would expect in another other snack package of chips. The flavors that I got were Ranch, Peach habanero, and Nacho Cheese.  Let’s break down each of my reactions

 

Ranch Flavor Honchos :

 

I have not been known to be the biggest ranch flavor chip fan. I picked up the bag, which feels thicker than the average chip bag. I do the smell test right as I open the bag, and a deep breath. I was delightfully surprised by how pleasant the smell was that filled my nostrils. My first reaction was, fresh! The second was that there was a lot of flavor. If you read the bag, it says, “Exploding with Ranch Flavor.” It also smells like the fresh tortilla chips flavor so I was a bit excited to see what it tasted like. The taste was amazing! The Ranch flavor was rich and not overwhelming. I immediately starting planning to make this part of my taco salad later on. Although I am not a huge fan of the ranch flavor, this wasn’t bad at all. I would get this again. One a scale from 1 to 5, which is the highest, I will give this a 4 out of a 5. I was pretty surprised that the ranch tasted as good as it did!

 

 

Peach Habanero Honchos:

Now, I was pretty nervous about trying out these chips. I am not good with heat at all. I try to avoid it at most costs because I have acid reflex. The combination of the peach flavor really intrigued me so I decided to try one chip and see how it went. The smell was very peachy, and I couldn’t detect any spicy smell. This means that either it is going to be milder than I thought, or much worse. The package said it was medium heat which also scared me. But this is for you, Underdogs, and I am going to give you my honest review! After staring at the chip for several moments, I went ahead and took a tiny bite. First, I was hit with a wonderful peach flavor. It actually didn’t taste fake or chemical at all. It wasn’t overly sweet either. Then, the heat came! It snuck up on me and I thought I had somehow gotten to avoid it. I ate the rest of the chip to see what would happen. I felt the heat on my tongue and on the inside of my cheeks. The peach flavor did help tame it down, but that heat was still there! I give this a 3.5 out of 5. The reason is because I don’t like the heat. If you do enjoy heat, you will like this chip. I really, really enjoyed the peach flavor and hope that it might be in another flavor combo.

 

Nacho Cheese Honchos:

 

The last bag of Honchos chips in the package was Nacho Cheese. I was super excited and nervous to try these. My favorite flavors have to do with cheese so the stakes here high with this chip! The smell was very light. I took a bite and my immediate reaction was, “YUMMY!” This was so good! It tasted so good, and I wanted more! The taste seemed like there was more than one type of cheese at work. It was very fresh, and very good. This, by far, is my favorite out of the three flavors that I was able to try. I give it a 5 out of 5!

 

 

 

 

All in all, I think these chips are pretty good. I would get them again. I know what you are thinking, Underdogs, aren’t you getting paid to say this? No, I am not. I got the chance to get paid for this, but these thoughts of mine are given in an honest fashion. I won’t steer you wrong, and I don’t like the product, I will let you know. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Peach Habanero chips. If I came across them in a store, I wouldn’t get them because I have such a hard time with spicy things. Even though I enjoyed the peach flavor, it is not enough to make me want it again. I can see how many would enjoy this, especially if you like salsa with fruit. I loved the Nacho Cheese Honchos, and the Ranch was very good. I would make these part of my regular chip rotation. Because, I love chips a whole lot! I encourage you to try out the free trail.

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August 21

Myths about the Sun and Moon

In honor of the eclipse, I thought we would honor the Sun and Moon by telling some of their myths. The universe is an amazing place, Underdogs, and we understand very little about it. We don’t have the power and technology to really see into the deep depths of space, or be able to test the contents of the Sun and Moon. We can study them, and sometimes, if we are very lucky, we can observe some wonders of nature such as today’s eclipse. Many cultures still believe in the power of the Sun and the Moon and there isn’t anything wrong with that. Nature is awe inspiring and something that we can never replicate in a lab, or in a big budget movie. Here are some interesting myths about two of our sky favorites.

Sun and Moon kid myths:

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Who doesn’t love a good hunk of cheese once in awhile. If that means you are eating it by itself, or are putting it on a grilled cheese sandwich, cheese is out of this world! Why would someone think that the moon is made out of cheese? This is something that most of us have heard since we were children, and it makes many of us laugh. The simple explanation is that when  you look at the Moon, you will see dark spots which are craters. This resembles holes in a cheese wheel.  There has been references to the Moon being made out of cheese since the 16th century and continues up until present day, with many of these myths appearing in children’s story books. Many people say the Moon is made of green cheese which can be traced back to seeing the reflection of the moon in the water and the color appearing to be green. As far as a children’s sun myth, there are not many famous ones. However, many believed that the Sun and the Moon were married. When the Sun went to bed, the Moon would go to work. When the Moon went to bed, the Sun would go to work. That is how you can explain the differences between night and day.

 

The Sun and Moon and Behavior:

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Have you ever gone outside and howled at the Moon? What about feeling energized after spending some time in the Sun? Have you heard the tales of how Emergency Rooms are filled during the full Moon, or have heard of the term Moonstruck? People from all over believe that the cycles of the Sun and the Moon can cause human’s to act or behave in a certain fashion. In fact, the female menstrual cycle has been refereed to as her moon for years. There have even been Presidents, such as Ronald Reagan, who have looked to the skies to plan big events and speeches. We aren’t really sure why, but the Sun and the Moon seem to be related to how humans act. It can be tied to how animals act, so it’s not too far of to believe that humans might be enchanted as well. While it is hard to explain the why of this, you are far more likely to get into an accident when the Moon is full, and the Sun is at it’s greatest point in the sky. Researchers can connect a spike in crime during a Full Moon. Interestingly enough, there is an actual phenomena called Photic Sneeze which happens to a small percentage of people who sneeze after looking at the Sun.  The Sun and Moon make the world a more amazing place for more than one reason!

The Sun and Moon in the cards:

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In Tarot Cards, which many people are familiar with or have read them before, the Sun and the Moon have cards that are very meaningful. For instance, the Moon card can represent fear, anxiety, unhappiness, or confusion. It can represent the unconscious mind. There are some who say that if you draw a Moon card as your very first card, replace the cared and put it away for at least 24 hours. While this might seem like a negative thing, this of course, matters on the subject at hand, and the other cards that have been drawn. Getting a Moon card could mean that you need to dive deeper into your untapped self. The Sun is very opposite of the Moon card. It can mean warmth, fun, happiness, and brightness in the future. When you see the Sun, your are either getting a message of strength and encouragement, or you are being shown that the path you are on is a good one. If you get this card and have asked a yes and no question, the answer is saying yes! Tarot cards may be controversial to some, entertainment to others, and deeply meaningful to many. It is a way for some to get insight by using tools.

Those are just some fun myths about the Sun and the Moon. I am very grateful to be able to have been able to witness the solar eclipse. The world is amazing, and sometimes you take for granted the little gifts it gives us. Such as a bright and sunny day, or a night filled with light from the moon. We tend to get to the point where we ignore it, but deep down inside, we all hear the call from nature. That might mean we act a certain way when the Moon is full, or we feel our happiest when the Sun is shining over our heads. I hope you got to enjoy the eclipse today. If not, it is online for viewing!

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August 20

Supernatural Sunday: Solar Eclipse

The Solar Eclipse is coming, Underdogs! We need to be prepared either for the end of the world, or just seeing something really cool! While a solar eclipse is something that happens about every 18 months, the one coming up on August 21st, 2017, is rare for the Untied States because we will be in the direct path to see a total eclipse. It will depend on where you live in the country if you will be able to see the full or a partial eclipse. This makes the eclipse rare for many of us who may not get many chances to see this in our life time. If you are not sure what a solar eclipse, it is when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. This means that for a temporary time, the Sun will be blocked out by the Moon and it will be dark. The Sun will slowly reappear as they Moon goes on it’s merry way. There are many strange things that will happen during the eclipse, and there is a lot of amazing myths that are associated with them.  An eclipse can be very amazing or terrifying depending on what you believe.

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Of course, I want to take a moment to give a stern warning. I know this may be annoying to some, but you only have your eye sight to protect!  Do not look directly at the solar eclipse! It is always dangerous to look at the sun, and even more so during an eclipse. Regular sunglasses are not strong enough to help you out, so if you want to watch you will need NASA approved glasses.  You can also get wielder’s glasses, or use the pin hole method. You can’t use your cell phone to take a video because it will not only damage your eyes, but it could fry your phone as well! Here is a link to some ways that you can safely observe the eclipse. https://www.nytimes.com/guides/science/how-to-watch-a-solar-eclipse

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Now that is taken care of, let’s talk about the real life strange things that can happen during a total eclipse of the sun. First, since there will be total or very close to total darkness, animals will be confused. The temperature will drop slightly and it will be dark, which will make the animals believe that it is actually night time. This means that many animals will be agitated because they feel “off.” They could start acting like they do before night time including eating, chirping, and going to sleep. Don’t be surprised if you hear roosters crowing when the eclipse is over and the sun is visible again. This could also cause a lot of mass confusion for animals because it’s only been a short amount of time. They may act aggressive due to their confusion. One of the coolest things is like I stated above, that in some places it will be so dark that it will appear to be night. In those spots, you will be able to see the stars and other planets. This is very cool because how many times can you see such a wonderful things during the day? You may also be able to see rainbow spots due to so many natural prisms. There will be shadows going across the ground as the Moon moves and there might be a ring around the Sun.

Of course, when it comes to something as this event has many legends attached to it. Not that long ago, in 1995, a solar eclipse happened where Japan had the total darkness. Some soldiers grew very fearful, thinking that the blackout was due to a dragon. They then fired several rounds of gunfire into the air, killing several innocent people.  This goes back to several cultures believing that the sun is being eaten by a huge being such as a dragon. Other cultures believe that the Sun and the Moon are fighting and it’s result is the eclipse. People also believe that if they go outside and bang pots and pans, it will scare away all the monsters away who are trying to steal the sun. They have had a 100% success rate, and the sun has always come back.

Some of the more supernatural aspects of a solar eclipse are very different. There is a legend that women who are pregnant are in some danger. People are afraid that there is danger to the unborn child because of radiation spikes. (This is not true so don’t worry.) The flip side is that if you are born during a solar eclipse it is an Oman. You might be a very spiritual being, or even evil. The total darkness during the day can be very unnerving to many. This means that some will take this as a sign of unbalance. It can be taken as a message of impending doom or a warning of bad things to come. Other’s take a more positive approach such as Buddhist who believe that this is a very powerful time and you should do more good deeds. The sun and the moment of the planets are very powerful, so it is best to do good things because the ripple effect will be very powerful and positive.

From the astrology side of things, there are people who think that the effects of the solar eclipse happen a few weeks before, and up to a few weeks after. Some describe this time when people are feeling a lot of anxiety and they can’t pin point why. The anxiety may not be because of any impending doom or anything negative. However, it might be due to change. According to some in astrology, a solar eclipse brings new possibility, and change can cause anxiety. They also think that this is the time where the world of the living and the world of the dead are connected for a few moments. You should take this time to reach out to lost loved ones and let them know how much they are missed, or just  listen for the messages you might receive.

People think this is a very magical time that many possibilities are born. It might be good or bad, but you can take the chance and make it your own. These myths and legends are just a small example of many in the world. It is very interesting to read about and I encourage you to do your own research.  No matter what you think or you believe that will happen during an eclipse, it is truly amazing part of nature. We are lucky to be able to experience things in nature every single day, and we don’t always appreciate how awe inspiring it can be. We are so immersed in the wonders of technology that we fail to see the real wonders of the world that are right in front of us every single day. Take a moment every single day to observe the sun, the stars, the trees, and all of the animals. True wonder can never be matched with technology. Take time to smell the roses, or take a walk in nature

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August 17

Theory Thursday: Dream Man

Hello Underdogs, have you ever had a dream man? That one man that you find in the middle of your dream that sticks out to you. Can you describe him? Is he someone that you have seen in your real life? Would you be surprised that thousands of people may be dreaming of the the exact same person, yet they have no clue the identity of the man. For the last several years, people have been reporting a man that appears in their dreams. It has become so big that the world is taking notice. So, who is this man that is the star of so many people’s dreams? Is he real, or just imagined, or is the truth much more sinister?

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The background of the story is a psychiatrist was listening to one particular patient talk about a man that she had been having vivid dreams about. The Doctor decided to sketch the man, but didn’t do much more than leave it on her desk in a pile of papers. A separate patient told the Doctor after spying on the paper that he too, had seen this man in his dreams. He had also spoken to him on many occasions. It wasn’t an unpleasant experience, but it was unnerving that the Doctor had also seen this man, and so had others. The Doctor decided to show other patients and it snowballed  from there with many saying they have also seen this man. In fact, the person in the drawing started being referred to as This Man. (Insert this land joke from Firefly here) A website was set up with the original drawing to get feedback. http://www.thisman.org Strangely enough, people from all over the world have reported seeing This Man in their dreams. You can see many of these stories on a Facebook page and see for yourself how far this has gone, and the wide variety of dreams. https://www.facebook.com/thisman.org/

 

The most logical reason behind so many people having the dream about the same man is that the face is recognizable. This Man could be anyone. He has the features of a person that almost anyone has seen before in their life. They may have come across someone who looks very similar in their real life and had a dream about him. This Man may just be a compilation of many people seen on a daily basis. The flip side of this is pictures and new stories have been going around about This Man for awhile. People see his face in the background or even paid attention to what they were seeing and then had a dream about him later on. There is nothing sinister in this at all, but it’s like dreaming of a movie that you keep seeing advertisements for over and over again. Or it could be suddenly wanting a pizza and not knowing why when you have been bombarded with commercials all day that you were not really paying attention to.

Other people think that This Man is a lot more than just a recognizable face. They believe that This Man may actually be God, or some sort of protector, who comes to you in dreams to offer words of advice and wisdom. People have more of an open mind while they are dreaming and that may be the only way that a higher being can communicate with you. What an interesting way to get some advice and help than a strong presence in your dreams. Many people have said that This Man has come to them in dreams when they had a rough spot in their life, or were at points of great stress. He was able to offer advice, a smile, or just a general feeling of warmth and peace to the dreamer. There are several religions who have recorded stories of visions in dreams. A little more creepy notion is that This Man is actually a real person who can travel in dreams. That means that someone can enter into another person’s dreams and walk among them. This may be to be helpful, or it could be to manipulate the dreamer and get information that they may want. While this might be creepy to some, this is actually called Dream Walking which is something many traditions believe in, and it’s not evil at all. If This Man is a dream walker, then he is most likely trying to heal and communicate with others.

The other theories about This Man includes a real person who is using his abilities to spy on people for the government and get information. There are people out there who believe that This Man has something to do with the Mandela Effect. He is proof that this world is just a simulation and his presence is actually a glitch in the matrix. I have read dreams where people dream about This Man and soon after something very tragic happens to them. They aren’t sure if he appearing to warn the dreamer, or if he is causing the havoc. Or, This Man could be something that governments are testing out as a form of mind control and the whole thing is an experiment.

What is the truth? No one knows for sure, but it is hard to not question the origins of this story. The whole thing is actually pretty vague. This could easily be anyone making this story up and using a Doctor as a point of reference to make the story look more legit. There is little other information out there about this Doctor besides what is posted on their own website. Why would someone make this up? For starters it could all be a product campaign for something like a new movie or TV show. This has been done many times in the past, such as The Blair Witch Project and The Charlie Charlie game which seemed like real things, but were just hype for movies. Another reason is to profit form this hoax. How many books and papers could be written about This Man if it’s real at all? This could lead to the potential of lots of money. It could a be a story that someone has made up just for their own entertainment.

Dreams are a mystery, and Doctors and Researchers can’t agree on why we dream, or even how we dream. There is a lot of unknown which leave a lot of room for theories. We have studied dreams, but we have little to no results except what happens to the body while a dream is going on. Could there be a person out there visiting us all in our dreams? It is possible. I have never seen him in my dreams, but maybe some of you have. I like to try to keep an open mind about these things because the dream world may be like the ocean, undiscovered gems that we can’t begin to process.  We don’t know much, as humans. We understand so little of the world and how it works so I think anything is possible. I just find this a little hard for me to swallow, but if I dream of This Man, I may change my tune.

 

 

What about you, Underdogs? Have you dreamed of This Man before? If so, post a comment below and tell us about it!

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August 15

Try it Tuesday: German Village

Hello Underdogs! Have you ever been to German Village before? It is located in Columbus, Ohio. German Village is a  neighborhood that is filled with cobble streets, and several German eateries, bakeries, and lore. Most of these places are run by people who with German heritage, many times they are people who are third or forth generations. German Village is located just south of the downtown area of Columbus, Ohio.  It started sometime in the 19th century due to the large influx of German immigrants settling in the area. They made this place a slice of home which is wonderful for them to keep their traditions, and wonderful for everyone else to get a taste of their heritage and learn more about their way of life.

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One thing that you need to keep in mind when making your travel plans, is this is a historic area. This means that many of these locations withing German Village are as close to their original structure as possible with very little updates. They may not have air conditioning and no wheelchair ramps. This is not true for all locations, but if you need to worry about this like I do, you definitely need to do your research first. I don’t have an issue with keeping things as they were, but it can be difficult for those who have certain needs. For example, there is one place I went into that had a bathroom in the basement. There were many stairs so it was rather difficult to get there when you have a bad leg. They do have a website for German Village with lots of helpful information. I would suggest going there and maybe even calling some of these places ahead of the time if you need to find out this type of information. https://germanvillage.com/

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The first place we stopped was a cute little place called Juergens German Village Restaurant and Kaffee. http://www.juergensbakery.com/ When you walk in, there is a case filled with breads and pastries. This includes pretzels, cakes, and so much more. There is also a few shelves full of German food for sale like mustard, teas,and yogurt. There are several tables, a small bar and a wonderful smell of baking bread! The menu was very simple with a good amount of choices. We all ended up ordering the same thing, however, which was pretty funny! We ordered the bratwursts platter which came with 2 brats, German potato salad, and sauerkraut. They also provided us with a bread basket. If you like to get soda with your dinner, it is available in cans.

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It was very busy, and there was only one girl who was working. We are pretty laid back, so that wasn’t an issue for us. My group can entertain themselves, and we were not in a hurry. However, this did bother other people there who had less patients. I did see that you can get orders to go, or you can come in and just buy items in the bakery case. The brats were wonderful. I have spent time in Germany before, and this food was authentic! I loved the potato salad and even enjoyed the sauerkraut. I am not a big fan of sauerkraut, so if I didn’t mind it, then that means it must be really good for those who enjoy it. We all cleaned our plates because the brats were mild, yet flavorful. They had a nice snap when you cut into them. The potato salad was light and had a cherry tomato severed on top. I cut up that tomato and mixed it into the potato salad which made a great combination. The bread basket had several choices of bread but I wasn’t sure which was which. They served it with as side of German butter, which is amazing and rich! I loved this place, and would go back again! If you ever have a chance to get there, I would definitely take it!

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After walking around for awhile, we decided to try out a place for desert. We came across a place called Katzinger’s Delicatessen. http://www.katzingers.com/  When you walk in, there is an entire section filled with bread. Most of it is self serve, so you can grab your bread and then go pick out more items. Next to that is a full deli with several different kinds of meats. It smelled really, really good!  Next to that is where you can order food ranging from several different kinds of salads to sandwiches and other items. They also have a huge selection of deserts, and coffee. Besides all of these things, they have a wine selection where you can purchase bottles to take home, as well as many other items that you can buy to take home. They also have a big barrel of pickles that are free to people who are dining in who ordered a sandwich. We ordered slices of cherry cheesecake, and two orders of potato latka severed with applesauce and sour cream.  I have never had latka before, but it is like a potato pancake. This was very thickly cut and had hints of onion flavor. I was told these are abnormally thick compared to what most are used to. I really liked using applesauce as the dip, and the sour cream was just okay. The cheesecake was amazing! It was creamy, rich and fresh! I loved the cherry taste mixed with the creamy cheesecake. It was so good! I wish that I would have brought a cooler so I could have bought some of the deli items back home with me. When I go back, I will make sure to keep that in mind!

I would highly suggest going to visit the German Village. We went on a Saturday and I see that many of the places are closed on Sunday, and even on Monday. I urge you to check out the websites posted above before you make your plans to go, because it would be very sad to miss out on these wonderful places. I would love to go for October fest and spend more time in the area when I didn’t have so many other things going on over the weekend. I love seeing other cultures. When you can’t travel overseas, you can travel to a place like German Village to get a taste of the experience. It is important for us to learn from other cultures and traditions. The world is an amazing place and we all have so much that we can learn from one another. This is a great way to start, and I encourage you to go to your local Villages in your area, and travel when you can! There is so much to learn and so many things to try. Might as well get started!

 

 

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August 14

Mystery Monday: Outback Steakhouse

Hello Underdogs, have you ever eaten at Outback Steakhouse? It’s the restaurant that has the famous Blooming Onion that is out of this world. (Outback is not a sponsor, I just really like the Blooming Onion. But if you want to partner, I will talk. ltebrinke@andtheunderdogwins.com) Recently, a very interesting conspiracy theory has popped up involving this restaurant. I know what you are thinking. You are asking why I didn’t save this for Theory Thursday. This is because it is kind of far and it’s more a mystery than a conspiracy.  Earlier this year, someone decided to connect the locations of Outback Steakhouses in their city. It formed a pentagram. It wasn’t just one city. City after city had their Outback Steakhouses located in the shape of a pentagram.

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So what exactly is a pentagram? It is a symbol that has been used for many years. It is a star with five points which has been associated with the devil, or witchcraft. While it is greatly debated, the pentagram is not a symbol of evil, but a symbol representing the elements. Those are Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit.  It is a protection against evil and has origins going back to Greek and Roman life. Since there is so much confusion about this symbol, people are taking this whole Outback thing as evil. This whole conspiracy started from a guy on Twitter called @eatmyaesthetics who connected the dots and let people come up with their own thoughts on the matter.

 

My attempt at making a pentagram.

Why in the world would a chain steakhouse go so far to set up their restaurants like this? The most obvious answer is that they didn’t. It’s all just a coincidence. I am guessing that you can pretty much do this with anything, and make up any sort of shape if you really want to. In fact, you could probably make a cat face, or if you are like me, you can’t make anything out of it. I tried to connected the dots going from location number one, to location number 4 and got the photo on the side. I guess if you work it, you can come up with a pentagram. However, there are 4 locations, not 5, and that really wouldn’t make up the shape without some creative art work.

Another reason that Outback may actually have a pact with the devil is because of the Illuminati. It’s always the Illuminati or the Freemasons that get blamed for all the strange things in the world. That’s right, Outback Steakhouse was a struggling business once upon a time. The heads of the company decided to sell their soul in exchange of bringing affordable steaks, terrible Australian stereotypes, and fried onions to the masses. In order to make this happen, Outback had to obey what the Illuminati wants, including building their locations in the shape of a pentagram. That very settle truth will get into the minds of people who frequent their restaurants. It’s so simple that it’s maddening! It’s mind control at the most basic. You are controlling people in such a settle way that they don’t even know it! I know they are using mind control by making that Blooming Onion so tasty that I am willing to go spend way too much money on it, so this isn’t far fetched at all.

I honestly don’t know any other reason that Outback would make their locations in the shape of a pentagram. The whole thing is a mystery, not a conspiracy. I think it’s just plain funny! You can make up almost any shape if you are artistic. You could also do this is you are bored. I am not trying to be really rude, but this whole thing just seems so far fetched that even me, a known conspiracy theorist, is not impressed by this. It is kind of a mystery in a way because I can see why people think that there is a pentagram. I can also see some very creative people who decided to see how far this could go. Obviously it got my attention several months later, so it worked! I wouldn’t keep away from Outback out of fear that you will lose your soul to the devil. I would stay away if you aren’t willing to pay their prices without a coupon. ( or a sponsorship, right Outback?) Go at your own risk, but don’t forget the Blooming Onions!

 

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