Even if decking yourself in green on St. Patrick’s Day isn’t your thing, odds are you can get down with some traditional Irish foods. These hearty dishes are so good, we don’t wait around for St. Paddy’s Day to dig in — but we’re so glad to have another excuse.
Tyler Florence treats brisket to a flavor-packed brine, before slow-cooking it in a Dutch oven for hours on end. In the end, he achieves fall-apart Corned Beef and Cabbage you’ll want St. Patrick’s Day or any day.
For a comforting main dish that is the stick-to-your-ribs cure on any cold winter night, Melissa d’Arabian’s recipe for the meat-and-veg classic, Shepherd’s Pie, is a go-to. Pile a garlicky mashed potato topping, plus a good sprinkling of cheddar, over a meaty base fortified with dark beer for super-rich flavor.
Bread baking is notoriously a whole to-do, but Ina’s easy-to-make Irish Soda Bread doesn’t call for any kneading, rising or waiting. Simply throw the ingredients in the mixer to bake a loaf that gains a subtle sweetness from orange zest and currants.
Serve up a traditional Irish side that one-ups mashed potatoes. Tyler Florence’s Colcannon recipe is made with mashed potatoes and cabbage, and it’s killer against that corned beef you already have in the works.
Throughout history, plentiful and nutrient-rich cabbage has been a mainstay in Ireland. Ina Garten’s Sauteed Cabbage celebrates this sturdy vegetable, by sauteing it simply with butter, salt and pepper.
Archaeologists are not always faced with ordinary discoveries. Sometimes, they stumble upon things that are quite perplexing and baffling. Here are seven of the most sensational discoveries that are still to be properly explored.
Rather than being named for the author, the Voynich manuscript is called after Wilfrid Voynich, a book dealer who purchased the mysterious codex back in 1912. Still, nobody can identify the person behind the hand-written artifact that’s written in an unknown language. In addition to the unreadable text, it is adorned with illustrations of unidentifiable plants and objects. Naturally, the manuscript has become a source of constantly evolving conspiracy theories. The last one claims that it was created as a sophisticated practical joke. However, writing 240 pages of text using an elaborate sign system might be too much even for a prankster with ADHD.
Discovered by a scuba diving instructor Kihachiro Aratake after he plunged into the water off the coast of the Japanese island of Yonaguni in 1986, the unsolved underwater mystery became known as ‘Japan’s Atlantis.’ A series of monoliths terraced into the side of a mountain lay six meters below the surface of the ocean. The gigantic rectangular formations with strikingly perfect 90 degree angles, straight walls, steps and columns are believed to be the remains of an ancient city that sunk due to seismic events thousands of years ago. Still, no one knows for sure.
In 1986, a group of archaeologists discovered an enormous, dinosaur-like claw when they were digging in a large cave system on Mount Owen in New Zealand. The claw was still intact with muscles and scaly skin attached to it. Later, the experts confirmed that it is a foot of now extinct wingless bird moa. The species disappeared about 2000 years ago. Moas were huge birds measuring up to 12 feet in height and up to 250 kg in weight. Unfortunately, they got hunted to extinction by our early ancestors.
The unusual formation of white lines that can be seen and appreciated only from the sky remains one of the world’s biggest enigmas. The purpose of trapezoid elements, strange symbols, plant structures, pictures of birds and unrecognizable beasts etched on a giant scale is still unknown. Scientists estimated that the lines were created by Nazca Indians between 500 B.C and 700 A.D. Meaning that these ancient drawings remain intact for more than 2500 years. The fans of conspiracy theories believe that the lines in the Nazca desert were created as an enormous airfield for aliens.
Still considered one of the world’s unsolved archaeological mysteries, nearly flawless spherical stones were first found in the Diquis Delta of Costa Rica during the 1930s. Hundreds more have been discovered all over the country. Ranging in size from a few centimeters to over 2 meters in diameter, the spheres sparked numerous myths and speculations. Scientists still don’t know for sure what the purpose of these mysterious polished orbs might be.
The ancient site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey has rewritten the early history of civilization. Since the excavations started there in 1995, the discovery has changed the way archaeologists think about the Neolithic era and the origins of humanity. Scientists dug out circular structures with elaborately carved stones and distinctive pillars that are more than 12,000 years old. It was believed that in the Neolithic period pottery and agriculture hadn’t been invented. Today, the Göbekli Tepe site possesses the most ancient cathedral developed by humankind. This significant discovery is still to be explored thoroughly explored and explained.
Taller than any known obelisk ever raised, the ‘Unfinished’ Obelisk is one of the most famous stones ever excavated. It could become the largest known Egyptian obelisk if it was erected. Once semi-carved from the solid bedrock, this gigantic stone block was intended to be 36m tall. It’s estimated that its weight would be between 1100 and 1150 tons.
· Do Not Interfere In Others Business Unless Asked : Most of us create our own problems by interfering too often in others affairs. We think that our way is the best way, our logic is the perfect logic. No two human beings can think or act in exactly the same way. Mind your own business and you will keep your peace.
· Forgive And Forget : This is the most powerful aid to peace of mind. We often develop ill feelings inside our heart for the person who insults us or harms us. This insult or injury was done once, but that feelings goes on forever by constantly remembering it. Get over this bad habit. Life is too short to waste in such trifles. Forgive, Forget, and march on. Love flourishes in giving and forgiving.
· Do Not Crave For Recognition : This world is full of selfish people. They seldom praise anybody without selfish motives. They may praise you today because you are in power, but no sooner than you are powerless; they will forget your achievement and will start finding faults in you. This people recognition is not worth. Do your duties ethically and sincerely.
· Do Not Be Jealous : Jealousy can disturb our peace of mind. Somebody got promotions; you do not. You are not as successful as your neighbor business. There are several examples like these in everyday life. Should you be jealous? No. If you are destined to be rich, nothing in the world can stop you. Nothing will be gained by blaming others for your misfortune. Jealousy will not get you anywhere; it will only take away your peace of mind.
· Change Yourself According To The Environment : Do not change the environment, the chances are you will fail. Instead, change yourself to suit your environment. As you do this, even the environment, which has been unfriendly to you, will become harmonious.
· Accept What Cannot Be Cured : Every day we have numerous inconveniences, ailments, irritations, and accidents that are beyond our control.. We must learn to accept them. Believe in yourself and you will patience, inner strength and will power.
· Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew : We often tend to take more responsibilities than we are capable of carrying out. This is done to satisfy our ego. Know your limitations. . You cannot gain peace of mind by expanding your external activities. This will reduce thoughts in your mind that is restless. Clearing mind will produce greater peace.
· Practice Relaxation - Mindfulness : Relaxation - Mindfulness, calms the mind and gets rid of disturbing thoughts. This is the highest state of peace of mind. for half an hour every day, your mind will tend to become peaceful during the remaining twenty-three and half-hours. this will increase your efficiency and you will be able to produce better results in less time.
· Never Leave The Mind Vacant : An empty mind is the devil's workshop. Actively follow a hobby. Do something that holds your interest. Your hobby may not always earn you money, but you will have a sense of fulfillment and achievement.
· Do Not Procrastinate And Never Regret : Do not waste time in - Should I or shouldn't I? Days, weeks, months, and years may be wasted in that thinking. Value your time and do the things that need to be done. You can learn from your mistakes and succeed the next time. Learn from your mistakes. DO NOT REGRET. Whatever happened was destined to happen only that way.
We love living in denial, don't we? We find comfort in sticking to the basics, going by the things we know and turning a blind eye to the things we don't. Take a country, for instance. We know what it is, but in reality, the concept of a country is a little more complex than just that. The globe, or the atlas for that matter, is full of little regions that should ideally be recognised as a country, yet for various reasons they are not recognised by the United Nations and are ignored on most world maps.
It is really like entering a parallel universe, actually. These nations have a history not known to many, a rich culture, a clear set of beliefs apart from having a fixed population, a flag, their own set of rules and regulations, and a currency. Some of them can even issue a legit passport. Yet, they aren't recognised as a separate nation by the United Nations, often considered the final seal of recognition.
The empire of Atlantium recognises itself as a 'unique parallel sovereign state' based in New South Wales, Australia. They believe that in a world where people are more unified based on their common interests and purpose in life, they provide an alternative to the "discriminatory" practice of assigning nationality to an individual on the basis of their birth or other circumstances. They follow the decimal calendar and are quite a liberal bunch, actually. They support the unrestricted right to freedom of movement across the borders, the right to an abortion, and the right to assisted suicide, among other things.
First established by three teenagers on the 27th of November 1981, the country does not have any diplomatic relations with any country. However, it does have "unaccredited diplomatic representatives" called "Imperial Legates" in a number of countries including the USA, Brazil, Singapore, Switzerland, Pakistan and India.
The Empire of Atlantium has approximately 3000 "citizens" from over 100 countries, most of whom have signed up online. In fact, a large percentage of the 3000 have never actually been to Atlantium.
Also known as Freetown Christiania, this country hosts about 850 residents across 34 hectares of land in a small part of Denmark's capital, Copenhagen. Christiania was temporarily closed by its residents back in April 2011, while they were having a dialogue with the Danish government regarding their future, but is open to everyone now. There have been differences leading to conflicts between its people and the Danish government since its creation back in 1971, but off late, things have become more relaxed. The Danish government has also been more tolerant with Christiana's cannabis trade which has led to riots, damage to property and even murder in the past. If you ever end up travelling here, make sure you're not seen clicking pictures. Determined to keep their city away from Danish intervention, they will make sure you don't see your camera again.
Other than that, the country is pretty liberal. One of the famous places to visit there is the Gay House - a centre for gay activism, parties and theatre. Such is the fame of the gay house that homosexuals from all across Denmark come to Christiania to attend the high-acclaimed shows.
Covering a comparatively large area of 27,000 square km, Crimea is located on the northern coast of the Black Sea. The only land border it shares is with Ukraine from the North. Crimea has always been a land we hear about in fables. In the past, they have been colonised by the ancient Greeks, the ancient Persians, the Romans, the Byzantine empire, the Goths, the Genoese, even the Ottoman empire. In the recent past, Crimea was annexed by the Russians in 1783 and became a republic as a part of USSR. It was downgraded to Crimean Oblast during the second World War. It got transferred to Ukranian Soviet Socialist Republic and became a part of Ukraine in 1991. If you think you're having it difficult in life, know this, Crimea got annexed by the Russians again in 2014.
In spite of all the political unrest, Crimea has been a hotspot for tourists since the 90s with Nat Geo naming it in the top 20 destinations to travel to in the world in 2014.
The Republic of Lakotah is a sizeable area of land within the United States and boasts of a population of more than 100,000 people. Located bang in the middle of America, Lakotah's story of struggle began in the 18th century when they signed a deal with the American government that promised them the right to live in the Black Hills. The Black Hills, however, turned out to be sacred to many others, thanks to the land's ability to produce gold.
For more than a century, the American government forgot about the plight of the locals before issuing an apology in 1998. The court decided to compensate the Lakotah Sioux for nearly $600 million, but they refused their money. They believed if they had taken the money, it would've come across as if the atrocities committed on them were alright. In 2007, they declared a formal withdrawal from the US. The Republic of Lakotah continues to fight for their independence.
With a population of around 3.5 million and located in a region between Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Angola and Zambia, Barotseland is humungous if we were to compare it with the other countries on this list. Forming a unified group of over 20 individual tribes from around the region, the Barotse speak Silozi, a complex language derived from several tribal languages.
It is said that the Barotse nation was founded by Queen Mbuywamwambwa, the Lozi matriarch, over 500 years ago, with people migrating from all over Africa, mainly Congo. Around 1889, King Lewanika signed a treaty to provide the kingdom recognition as a state. This was also around the time when the King had just begun trading the diamonds found in the state with Europe. He signed a trade concession and in return, his kingdom was to be protected. Later, seeking better military protection, King Lewanika signed another treaty with the British South African Company in 1890. This put Barotseland as another unit of Northern Rhodesia. Lewanika protested to the Queen but that didn't make any difference. In 1900, United Kingdom proclaimed and governed the land as part of Barotziland-North-Western Rhodesia.
The Murrawarri Republic is a micronation that declared its independence from Australia very recently in 2013. They are located in a small area on the borders of New South Wales and Queensland. Interestingly, the Murrawarri Republic released an independence declaration to the Queen of England and the Prime Minister of Australia. In the letter sent, they asked Queen Elizabeth II to prove her legitimacy over their land. They gave 30 days to Australia and the Queen to respond. Not getting a response, they formally became a nation. Their declaration of independence, however, is still unrecognised by the Australian government.
Australia has a number of rebels, it seems. Previously known as the Hutt River Province, it is known to be the oldest micronation of Australia. Hutt River is a principality set up by farmers to escape the stringent grain quotas set up by the Australian government. After decades of struggle, the people of the province no longer have to pay Australian taxes. They even have their own currency now. So cute.