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    Turn Your iPhone Into a Black Light.
     Turn Your iPhone Into a Black Light
    By Jeff Bertolucci
    eHow Contributor

    Turn on a black light in a dark room, and you'll see a dim, purplish glow. But, the bulb also produces ultraviolet light, which you can't see.

    As you know, certain things glow under black light -- white T-shirts, fluorescent posters, toothpaste, and petroleum jelly, just to name a few. Why? Phosphors in these objects emit visible light in response to UV radiation from the black light. (Interestingly, the phosphors in white T-shirts come from the detergents we use to wash them.)

    Here's an oldie-but-goodie phone hack that's fun for Halloween, takes only a few minutes, and probably won't cost you a dime. We're going to turn a smartphone's camera flash into a black light!

    OK, so maybe it's not the world's greatest black light -- call it Black Light Lite -- but it does work. Here's how to do it.
    Things You'll Need

        Transparent or "invisible" tape (e.g., Scotch tape)
        Blue Sharpie marker

        Purple Sharpie marker
        Smartphone with an LED flash (I used my iPhone 6)

    Step 1: Apply the Tape

    Cut off a small piece of tape and cover the flash.

    Step 2: Go Blue

    Color the first layer of tape -- just the part covering the flash --with blue Sharpie ink.



    Tip

        Some instructions for this hack -- and there are many online -- say to repeat this step twice, meaning a second layer of tape covered by a second layer of blue ink. I did this hack twice -- once with a single layer of blue-inked tape, and then with a second layer -- and didn't see a difference in the black light effect.

    Step 3: Create a Purple Haze
    Apply a second layer of tape. Use the purple Sharpie to draw over the blue-inked area



    Step 4: Shine the Light!

    Turn out the lights (if it's nighttime) or find a windowless room and shut the door. Turn on the phone's flashlight and enjoy the eerie, bluish-purple glow.
    Tip

        On the iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap the flashlight icon in the lower-left corner. If your Android phone needs a flashlight app, you'll find plenty of free choices, including Smart Flashlight and Flashlight HD LED.

    Let the glowing begin! Here's an example of neon-colored highlighter ink -- a yellow Sharpie, in fact -- glowing under my iPhone 6's black light.


    White paper glows too, so I created a paper airplane for the occasion



    Halloween supplies are often black-light friendly.


    The Skull of Doom glowed as well.
    What else glowed? A mouthful of toothpaste, but that photo (of me) was so disturbing that I chose not to upload it here.

    Again, don't expect the vibrant glow you'd get from a dedicated black light, but this simple hack is easy and fun, particularly with kids.
    Tip

        If young children are involved, do the taping and inking yourself while the youngsters watch. One slip of the Sharpie, and you'll cover the camera lens with blue or purple ink.


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    British Fashion House Alfred Dunhill Is Bringing a 621-Mile Road Rally to Japan.


    Viju Mathew
    From October 24 to 27, Japan’s roadways will resonate with the rumble of the Alfred Dunhill Rally Nippon—a 621-mile, scenic round-trip circuit from Kyoto to Shikoku, which tracks some of the country’s quintessential cultural sites. Participation is by invite only, and only the most qualified car collectors are considered.


    Limited to 70 entries, each classic car must predate 1975—no replicas allowed. Those competing this year range from a 1928 Bugatti Type 37 and a 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Blower to a Maserati Khamsin and Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, both from 1974. As with a concours, prizewinners are based off of a number of categories, including in this case, “Most Splendid Entry.”

    On Saturday the 24th, the motorists will roll out from To-ji Temple in Kyoto and meander around Mount Ishizuchi before ending the day at 17th-century Imabari Castle. The next day’s route includes Tensha-en Garden (a sanctuary for the seventh feudal lord of the Date clan, dating to 1866) and Kōchi Castle (one of the country’s few citadels that were left intact after WWII). On the 26th, drivers will depart for Tokushima Prefecture before crossing over to Awaji Island, home to some of Japan’s earliest inhabitants and epicenter of the Kobe Earthquake in 1995. For the final day, the course crosses the longest suspension bridge in the world on its way back to Kyoto, finishing at the Kamigamo Shrine, a Shinto center since 678 AD.


    Already in its seventh year, the rally was founded by a devotee of Dunhill, the London-based men’s clothing and accessories atelier. As the luxury label was launched selling Alfred Dunhill’s driving apparel in the 1890s, it became the sponsor as tribute. The goal of Rally Nippon is to bring awareness and support to the island nation’s natural beauty and rich heritage

    . (dunhill.com; rallynippon.asia)


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    13 Ways To Know You Are Well Dressed.

    13 Ways To Know You Are Well Dressed


    1) Compliments on your outfit are more weekly than bi-annually.
    2) You never have that feeling of being over, under or oddly dressed for any occasion.
    3) Your friends tend to ask you where you bought things, and then purchase the exact same thing.

    4) You can succinctly describe your style in 3 words.
    5) You've always had every item–trench coat, leopard pump, little black dress, etc—on every 'must-have clothing' list.
    6) You see your tailor more than some of your close friends.
    7) Your family and friends ask you to take them shopping or style them for major events.
    8) You're often stopped on the street by women asking where to get an item you're wearing.

    9) People look at your Instagram #OOTD posts for outfit inspiration.
    10) Even on days where you feel like you have nothing to wear you still manage to make something out of nothing.
    11) You can look at photos of yourself from three months ago or three years ago and still like your look.
    12) Your family thinks you're "impossible" to shop for because your taste is very particular, re: chic.
    13) You don't have to spend a lot of money to make a statement—your well-trained eye serves you just as well in a thrift shop as it does Barneys.




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    Fancy Feet: Brian Atwood's Shoe Designs for the VS Fashion Show
    Fancy Feet: Brian Atwood's Shoe Designs for the VS Fashion Show

    See exclusive sketches of the Angel's footwear for the lingerie extravaganza


    This year Brian Atwood, the Hollywood-approved shoe designer, will be the exclusive footwear designer for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. From fancy feathered heels, to star-spangled boots, Atwood's shoes are certifiably the sexiest in the business—so his partnership with the world's sexiest lingerie brand is a no-brainer. Atwood refers to the annual lingerie extravaganza as "the Super Bowl of fashion shows." On the collaboration process, Atwood said, "there were no limits on the creativity—glamorous, over the top, sexy was without a doubt the mood.  Dressing the feet of these Angles is a personal dream come true. The result is what I believe to be a true reflection of the DNA of Brian Atwood #thesexisintheheel."​​ We can't wait to see them hit the runway tomorrow night.



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    4 Financial Products People Now Trade Online.
    4 Financial Products People Now Trade Online

     

    Trading online is easier than you imagine and people from all over the world are constantly trading not just on E-Bay, but also on financial markets. Nowadays, this is a very popular online career, mainly because it’s so easy to learn. There are many different financial products to choose from, and here are just 4 surprising options:
    Commodities
    This is one of the most popular option for online traders, mainly because this niche is so familiar. It includes products such as gold, silver and oil and it is possible to make a profit of small changes in price. There is plenty of available data that can help traders stay ahead of the market.
    Shares
    Most of the people who trade shares online don’t actually buy the share, but invest in price, meaning they can make money regardless of whether a specific share is going up or down. There is a large variety of shares to choose from and it is easy to get information about them in media.
    Currencies
    The foreign exchange market is the largest trading market in the world. Traders can invest in the price of different currencies and there are certain trading tools that allow individuals to potentially generate profits with a relatively small investment.
    Indices
    These are economical tools which are used to evaluate specific financial markets. The S&P 500, NASDAQ, and Dow Jones are three examples of famous indices, but there are many more.

    One of the biggest advantages of online trading is that it is easy to master.
    With some training anyone can learn how to trade, and in a relatively short
    period of time.
    Want to see if you have what it takes to become a real trader?
    Register below and get an exclusive education package.

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    Why Are Those Viral Facebook Posts So Funny?.

    Why Are Those Viral Facebook Posts So Funny?

    Author Jenny Lawson recently compiled a list of social mishaps that a large online audience found hilarious.
    https://www.facebook.com/jennythebloggess/

    In a recent blog post, author Jenny Lawson compiled stories of social mishap – mostly harmless though often horrifying when they happened to people who stumbled over their own words.
    “I’ve told a coworker, ‘Love You,’ before the end of a phone call,” was one example, originally shared on Twitter. Another came from a commenter whose friend thanked him for coming to her husband’s funeral. “My reply?” he wrote. “Any time.”

    I chuckled at the first few. By the tenth, tears streamed down my cheeks. My stomach muscles ached from laughter. When I shared the link on Facebook, friends told me they, too, ended up in hysterics.
    Why are posts like these so funny to us?
    Humor researchers have conflicting opinions about why things make us laugh. But one idea is that humor can arise when something violates our ideas of identity and normalcy, while simultaneously seeming safe and playful. In the case of awkward social interactions, saying the wrong thing can represent a threat to cultural norms that ultimately, don’t hurt anybody.
    These harmless threats, or “benign violations,” often become even funnier when we share them with others.
    “Humor occurs when a person phrases something as a violation that threatens our sense of how things should be,” says Caleb Warren, a humor researcher at Texas A&M University in College Station. “Yet, we see that violation as benign, OK, acceptable, normal or correct.”
    “Laughing with someone shows you will probably get along with them,” he adds. “It can bond people together who share that humorous experience.”

    Laughter is a funny thing that has long perplexed researchers, in part because it unhinges us. Overtaken by a laughing spell, our hearts race. We breathe more quickly. Our muscles weaken. We make loud noises. And we become less aware of what’s happening around us. That makes it a potentially dangerous behavior from the perspective of evolution, turning us into convulsive prey, easy targets for hungry predators.
    Because laughter has persisted despite its costs, Flamson says, it must be important. “All laughter is a little disabling,” he says. “We have to assume there’s some functional benefit to having an involuntary, debilitating response to some other person putting ideas in your head.”
    In his view, the capacity to find things funny works as a social signal that facilitates alliances, connecting people by revealing that they share nuanced and meaningful knowledge. In order to “get” the joke embedded in Lawson’s blog post, for example, readers need to both share the experience of a public embarrassment and know what the people who blundered should have said instead.
    Another way to understand the post’s humor is through the lens of benign violations, Warren says, a theory that, he argues, can also explain why many different kinds of situations can be funny, but why specific things may be funny only sometimes or in some culture or to some people.
    Tickling may make a baby laugh, for example, because it resembles an attack but happens in a playful and loving way at the hands of a parent. But it won’t be funny if the tickler is a sinister stranger, making the situation no longer benign.

    Likewise, Warren and colleague Peter McGraw wrote in a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, telling a baker he has “nice buns” is funny because it can be perceived as both a taboo and as a reasonable thing to say. “Nice bread,” on the other hand, lacks the violation. And “nice butt” is missing the harmless part. “Nice buns,” in other words, is both wrong and okay at the same time.
    Humor researcher Gil Greengross remembers a potluck he went to after moving from Israel to the United States for graduate school. Everyone was supposed to bring a dish. “I was assuming they meant that we needed to bring dishes, so I brought plastic utensils and glasses,” says Greengross, of Aberystwyth University in Wales. “Well, as it happens, this was not the kind of dish I was suppose to bring. Imagine that!”
    Lawson’s blog post also illustrates the power of humor to help people cope with negative experiences. Even major tragedies and natural disasters can make people laugh, though research shows that it takes some time before people can laugh about the hardest stuff. Then, it can be cathartic. And it can bond us together.
    At a bar the other night, I sat with four people. I knew some better than others. We started discussing Lawson’s post and soon, we were sharing similar stories from our own lives. One friend described a time that he’d inadvertently hugged a new co-worker by mistake. Another said she’d once left a voicemail that she ended as if she were writing an e-mail, by saying, “Best, Michelle.”
    Laughter ensued. If the theorists are right, we’re better friends for it.





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    Volkswagen offers diesel owners $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers.
    Volkswagen offers diesel owners $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers
    Associated Press
    Volkswagen offers diesel owners $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers
    Greenpeace activists demonstrate at the entrance to the Volkswagen (VW) plant in Wolfsburg, central Germany, on November 9, 2015. (AFP Photo)

    Detroit: Volkswagen is offering $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers as a goodwill gesture to owners of small diesel-powered cars involved in an emissions cheating scandal.
    The offer announced Monday goes to owners of 482,000 cars in the U.S., many who are angry at the company because they paid extra for the cars to be environmentally sensitive without losing peppy acceleration.
    VW is working on a fix for the cars, which are equipped with software that turns on pollution controls during government tests and turns them off while on the road. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the cars, with 2-liter four-cylinder diesel engines, emit 10 to 40 times the allowable amount of harmful nitrogen oxide while being driven.


    The offer also includes free roadside assistance for the diesel vehicles for three years.
    "We are working tirelessly to develop an approved remedy for affected vehicles," said Michael Horn, VW's U.S. CEO, said in a statement. "In the meantime we are providing this goodwill package as a first step towards regaining our customers' trust."
    VW said that its Audi luxury brand would launch the same program on Friday.
    Meanwhile, Germany's Transport Ministry said Monday that of the 2. 4 million vehicles being recalled for fixes in Germany, regulators "currently expect that approximately 540,000 will also need hardware changes" as well as software changes. It says Volkswagen will inform owners of the details.
    The company is recalling 8.5 million 2009-2015 model year cars with the software across Europe, starting next year. It says about 11 million cars worldwide have the software.
    Also Monday, Fitch, the credit rating agency, downgraded Volkswagen's debt by two notches to reflect the potential financial costs of the scandal as well as the management problems that led to the crisis in the first place.


    The downgrade follows a similar move by Moody's last week. Fitch cited the "possibility of further problems still to be uncovered" by the company's internal investigation as well as "relatively weak corporate governance."
    To get the gift cards and vouchers in the U.S., owners will not be required to sign anything giving up their right to sue Volkswagen or forcing them into arbitration, spokeswoman Jeannine Ginivan. "There are no strings attached," she said.
    The fix of the 2-liter diesels in the U.S. could wind up hurting performance or perhaps fuel mileage, the two main reasons why people buy the diesels. More than 200 class-action lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. against VW alleging that the scandal caused the diesel cars to drop in value.
    Early in October, Kelley Blue Book said the average resale value of Volkswagens with two-liter diesel engines fell 13 percent since mid-September, when VW admitted it cheated on the tests.
    Used car values often drop in the fall, since demand for them is stronger in the summer. But VW's diesel decline is unusually large. The price of gas-powered Volkswagens dropped 2 percent in the same period.
    Volkswagen already is offering $2,000 to current VW owners to trade in their cars for new vehicles, and the gift cards and vouchers would add $1,000 to that.


    The scandal expanded last week, when the EPA accused VW of cheating with different software on larger six-cylinder diesels in about 10,000 vehicles. VW also acknowledged finding irregularities in carbon dioxide emissions in 800,000 other vehicles, all outside the U.S. Some of those were powered by gasoline engines.
    The scandal drew protests from the Greenpeace environmental group Monday outside the main entrance to VW's headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. Protesters unfurled a banner reading "Das Problem" — a play on the carmaker's marketing slogan "Das Auto."
    In addition to their banner, the Greenpeace protesters also held a "C'' and a "2'' on either side of the round VW logo at the factory entrance, spelling out "CO2."
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