Yokai Wednesdays

Konichiwa, everyone! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more fascinating Yokai. Now, let’s go on a journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”!

  • Gumyocho is a gorgeous creature of Japanese mythology. It resembles a multi-colored, two-headed bird. It is said to have an absolutely beautiful voice. Those who hear the bird sing, will achieve enlightenment. 

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  • Kazenbo are grotesque creatures of Japanese folklore. They’re depicted as a monks being burned alive. They live on a mountain in Kyoto called Toribeyama. While they aren’t necessary harmful, their appearance is pretty unsettling.

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The Schmidt Sting Pain Index (Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow Entomologists! It’s Tuesday, and it’s time for a brand new post! I have talked in detail about Justin Schmidt. He is a famous Entomologist that invented the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. The index categorizes insect stings on a 1 to 4 scale with 4 being the most painful. He wrote a fantastic book called The Sting Of The Wild, which highlights his experiences with these dangerous insects. The Brave Wilderness Youtube channel also goes in depth about these insects, and I highly recommend subscribing to the channel because Coyote Peterson is god! This post will cover 2 different insects from the index and a quick description of them. I also will be covering an insect that has yet to be recorded on the index. Be warned! Some of these entries are quite scary! Each entry will have a link to the Brave Wilderness Channel where Coyote gets bitten/stung by these insects.

  • Giant Desert Centipede (Scolopendra heros) Schmidt Index Rating: ??? (Probably a 4) Size: Up to 8 in Habitat: Northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States Diet: rodents, amphibians, insects

The Giant Desert Centipede is one freaky critter with a bright red head and greenish black body. It primarily hunts at night, and has a highly potent venom. It has savage pincers which deliver an excruciating bite. Coyote admitted that it was more painful than a Bullet Ant, which is the highest ranked insect on the index. People who are bitten usually suffer headaches, nausea, lesions, and in worst cases, death. Don’t mess with this insect!

 

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  • Warrior Wasp (Synoeca septentrionalis) Schmidt Index Rating: 4 Size: 0.79 in Habitat: Central and South America Diet: Nectar and pollen  

The incredibly creepy Warrior Wasp is one of the most infamous creatures on the Schmidt Pain Index. These insects are dark blue in color and have dangerously sharp stingers. This species of Paper Wasp is extremely aggressive and will sting if threatened. The stinger will fall off if this happens, and the insect will die. Schmidt described the pain of the sting as “pure torture, like being chained to the flow of an active volcano”. Coyote was in immense pain when stung, and his arm was paralyzed for 5 minutes. It’s terrifying that such a small creature can deliver such a painful sting. Be warned! This video will make you scared of bees!

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More Fascinating Food and Drinks From Around The World (Fridays)

Hello fellow foodies! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more delicious foods and drinks. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Bandrek is a warm beverage that comes from Indonesia. It’s made from palm sugar, ginger essence, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, black pepper, lemongrass, coriander, and cardamom seeds. It’s usually drunk on cold nights.

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Food and Drinks From Around The World (Fridays)

Hello fellow foodies! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more unique foods and drinks. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Injeolmi is a cracker that comes from Korea. It’s made from gluttonous rice flour, dried beans, and sesame seeds. It’s extremely popular as a paryt food in Korea. 

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  • Sikhye is a traditional drink that comes from Korea. It’s made from malt water, pine nuts, and cooked rice. It’s usually drunk after a meal.

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I, Tonya Movie Review

Hello fellow viewers, and a Happy New Year! I hope that you all are doing well. I have decided to review one of my favorite films of 2017. Now, grab some popcorn, and let’s begin!

I, Tonya  Rated: R (Released October 19, 2017 in USA)

 Directed by: Craig Gillespie 

Written by: Steven Rogers

Starring: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, and Allison Janney

 Genre: Sports, Drama, Dark Comedy, Biography

Running Time: 1hr 59 min

I,Tonya is a shockingly raw true story of the infamous ice skater, Tonya Harding (played by Margot Robbie). It also describes the controversy behind the Nancy Kerrigan incident. The film switches between documentary style and scripted lines. It begins with Tonya’s childhood, and the tumultuous relationship with her mother. Her father left her at a young age, and Tonya got along extremely well with him. From the very start, LaVona Golden, (played by Allison Janney), is portrayed as an oppressive and “rage- inducing” tyrant, with little to no respect of her daughter. She also is a very heavy drinker, and has a major chain smoking problem. She gives off such an amazing performance that the hatred towards her seems legit. Tonya is obsessed with ice skating, and is forced to a class at age 4. Ice Skating comes naturally to Tonya, and she becomes her captain’s best student.  As a teenager, Tonya meets her soon to be husband, Jeff, (played by Sebastian Stan). Stan is not well known as an actor, but puts on an absolutely fantastic performance. Jeff starts out as a seemingly normal guy, until he starts to verbally and physically abuse her. Tonya gets into a brutal confrontation with her mother which ends with Tonya getting a knife at her arm. She moves in with Jeff, and this is when things start going south. When Tonya starts to go to competitions, she develops a major ego, and this eventually leads to her downfall. After a bad stint with the judges, Tonya fires her coach and stupidly marries Jeff. During the wedding, Tonya gets badmouthed by her mother, who criticizes her for marrying young. She performs a triple Axel, a never before done skating move and becomes known as the best figure skater in the world. Next, Jeff and Tonya’s already fractured marriage reaches a terrifying crescendo when he smashes her head into a glass door. She leaves him, and hangs out with her friend and fellow competitor, Nancy Kerrigan. She soon reconciles with Jeff, and begins skating poorly. Life gets even worse with Jeff, who, surprisingly becomes even more abusive, threatening her with guns and verbal bashing. She finally does the right thing, and divorces the monster, and files a restraining order on him. The “Incident” comes up next, but I will leave it at that as not to spoil anything else. In conclusion, I, Tonya is a fantastic Black Comedy that dives into the dark and controversial life of one of the most infamous figure skaters that ever lived. It also shows the murky underbelly of competition and sports in general.

        Final Verdict: 9.0-10 (Excellent)

More Obscure Music Genres

Hello everyone! It’s time for me to bring back an old favorite! About a year ago, I jumped into the fascinating world of obscure music genres. I have always found this topic to be quite interesting with new genres added almost daily. Now, let’s dive into the most unique and weird genres that music has to offer!

  • Noise Rock Created: 1968 Prominent Bands: Melt-Banana, Metz, Big Black

Noise Rock is a Punk-inspired genre with large distortion levels,  occasionally unintelligible vocals, sharp and intense sounds, and blindingly fast guitar riffs and strange lyrics. Many Japanese bands of this genre also started to rise in the early 60’s. While most of it is very painful to the ears, some is quite enjoyable like Sonic Youth and Velvet Underground.

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  • Glitch Hop Created: 1997 Prominent Producers: Virtual Riot, Mr. Bill, GRiZ 

Glitch Hop is a subgenre of Glitch that uses malfunctioning electronics and fusion of Hip Hop to create incredibly catchy, video game-inspired pieces. It’s also influenced by Dubstep and drum and bass. The pieces are usually played at 110 BPM.

 

More Delicious Foods From Around The World (Fridays)

Hello fellow food lovers! It’s Friday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more tasty foods. Now, let’s dig in!

  • Clafoutis is a sweet pastry that comes from France. It’s made with black cherries, powered sugar, and a flan-like batter. 

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