26 Worst, Most Feared, Biggest Gangsters in The World

Dangerous gangs are everywhere, and they commit countless crimes every day all around the world. Some of these dangerous groups are local while others that are well organized become international and spread everywhere. According to an FBI report, criminal gangs are responsible for about 48 % of violent crime in most jurisdictions while the numbers reach 90% in rest. 
America's cities are filled with dangerous gangs ready to do anything for money. Some of the names in the gangster world are so familiar that anyone knows them such Pablo Escobar or Al Capone. But they are not the only gangster the world will remember. In 26 Worst, Most Feared, Biggest Gangsters in The World, there is an entire list of them and they are all almost equally cruel and ruthless. Take a look at the article to find out what these names are. 
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16 Best Most Active Cities For Easiest Tinder Hookups

If you haven't had any luck on Tinder lately, you have probably blamed yourself at least a little bit. On Tinder, you only have a second to decide whether you like someone or not and if you get a match, it doesn't necessarily mean you will get anything beyond that. Not even a date. But according to a research, it is not yours or anyone's fault. It turns out that some places are simply better for hooking up compared to others. How exactly? Well, not all cities have the same number of people and the same number of single people interested in casual sex. The bigger the city, the better the chances that you will get a match and get laid. In smaller places though, things aren't so great and it's much more difficult to get a match that will actually lead to casual hookup.
Tinder also allows Tinder Plus users to use a special feature called Passport which means that you may get a match from New York for example, even if you live far away from that city. This is useful to those who plan to travel as they can check out the market before they arrive and save some time. If you want to learn what cities offer the best possibilities for a hookup, check out 16 Best Most Active Cities For Easiest Tinder Hookup.
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15 Most Sexually Open Countries in The World

Even though the society changed so much over the past 60 years or so, in some countries and cultures, sex is still taboo. Not all countries and parts of the world are equally open and sexually liberal, and so there are some differences between how different cultures perceive casual sex and sex in general.
While in some places, younger generations are encouraged to start having sex early and they are even taught on techniques on how to satisfy their partners, in others such behavior would be regarded as immoral. These differences are very interesting though. In 15 Most Sexually Open Countries in The World, I discovered what the most sexually liberal places are and how people there perceive casual sex. There are some very interesting facts about different countries and cultures, such as Mangaia Island which teaches their teenagers how to be good at sex. I suggest you take a look if you would like to learn more about this topic. 
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10 Biggest Illegal Industries and Black Markets in The World

People want to earn money and they want it fast. That's the way the world has always been functioning and nothing is changed nowadays. Black markets are flourishing and crime rates are increasing. A black market is characterized by non-compliant behavior with an institutional set of rules or in this case, production and distribution of goods prohibited by law. Anyone who engages in the production and distribution of these goods is a member of the illegal economy such as prostitution, drug trade, etc. There are entire industries that make money buying and selling illegal things and some of these industries generate more money that we can possibly imagine. 
Human trafficking is one of these unfortunate industries that we are often unaware of. Many people are victims of modern slavery and yet somehow we remain blind to their pain and suffering and we don't do enough to save them. I was interested in learning just how much big these black economies and industries are, and how much money they generate. I was shocked to read 10 Biggest Illegal Industries and Black Markets in The World but on the other hand, it opened my eyes. If you are curious too, I suggest you take a look at this article and realize how big these criminal industries are. 

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11 Strongest Kids in The World

To be honest, I think I am not very strong physically. And yet again, not many girls are. We are used to thinking of boys being the strongest ones physically. But what I told you that some kids are probably stronger than adult we've met? Perhaps you wouldn't believe me but there indeed, are kids that can beat up an adult any day. How? Well, all these kids start training very early and you'd be surprised to learn that some of them started training when they were 2. As shocking as that may sound to you, it is true, and these kids grow up to be so strong that they can lift 4 times their weight.
While reading about these kids, I decided I had to share this article I found with you. It's about 11 Strongest Kids in The World, and while some of them are young adults today, others are still kids. Very strong kids. Take a look at it and be prepared to be shocked as I was when I read it. 
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7 Least Expensive Countries to Adopt From

Many couples wish to expand their family through adoption but it is not easy for everyone. There are many requirements you must fulfill in order to get a child and the cost of adoption is a major obstacle for many. Some countries take longer to complete the adoption process and you are also required to travel and reside there for a certain period of time, which also requires money. Adopting is expensive and you must prepare at around $40,000 at least.
Many couples who would like to adopt a child cannot do so because they lack money which is completely unfair. They would love to provide a loving home for a child but don't know how.
Fortunately, some countries do offer slightly better conditions for adoptive parents with the smoother adoption processes and fewer adoption fees. To find out what these countries are, you should read this article discussing 7 Least Expensive Countries to Adopt From.  I am sure all potential adoptive parents could benefit from reading this list. 
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13 Mysterious Photos That Science Cannot Explain

There often appears a photograph that is controversial or terrifying and that raises discussion worldwide. Such photographs became famous and people everywhere talk about them. Some believe these to be true while others disregard them as mere coincidence.
A great number of these mysterious photos show some kind of supernatural appearance and even though, some of them turn out to have pretty simple answers and are not mysterious at all, we somehow continue to believe at least a little bit. Perhaps we are gullible, and perhaps we are simply bored and need a little mystery in life.
While doing a research on such photos, I found this article that collected 13 of them in one list. They are all famous photos that caused disturbance among people at the time they were taken, and some of them even do so today. Warning, you may want to prepare before you click on 13 Mysterious Photos That Science Cannot Explain. Enjoy!
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12 Best Countries to Adopt from Internationally

Expanding your family through adoption is never easy. The adoption process can take a long time, plus, it can be quite expensive as well so you must be prepared for such a situation.
If you are thinking of adopting from another country, you should probably do a research to find something about that country as every country has different rules and requirements regarding adoption.
While some countries require you to travel and reside in their country for a certain period of time, others don't, and this can be a crucial factor when deciding which country you want to adopt from. In some countries, the adoption process is smooth and relatively short, while in others, it can get quite messy and complicated. No one wants that, and that is why you should read this useful article I came across the other day. These 12 Best Countries to Adopt From Internationally may lessen the time you need to wait in order to take your child home. 
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10 Gayest Countries in Europe

As there are many categories under which we can rank the gayest countries, Insider Monkey in its article about   10 Gayest Countries in Europe chose to mix two.
Firstly, they ranked the countries based on their respect for human rights of the LGBTI population. Then, they singled out those countries with full marriage equality, and by comparing it to the previous list, they calculated the average and ranked them in that manner. The concept of “gayest” is understood in this article as the gay-friendliest countries, and therefore the marital status is something that is not only important to gay people but to humankind in general: to love and to be loved.
We strongly encourage you to read the whole article. 
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15 Rudest Countries with Strong Nationalism in the World in 2017

We all had some unpleasant situations while visiting different countries. Either the waiter wasn’t polite enough, or people on the streets were glancing strangely at us. That’s why some countries or nations are seen as ruder than the others. For example, according to some sources, the rudest country in Africa is apparently Chad. When it comes to the rudest country in Asia, there are a few suggestions, and some of them are listed here. Europe also has its fair share in our rankings, but you can find the all in 15 Rudest Countries with Strong Nationalism in the World in 2017. So we strongly advise you to have a look at it before making a decision for the destination of the  next summer vacation. 
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15 Most Adulterous, Unfaithful Countries with Highest Cheating Rates in the World

Women have changed over years in order to gain same rights as men, which in a way made them act like men, as well. Not so long ago, women were shyer, and they waited for men to approach them. It was an unwritten rule. Today, this rarely exists. And in some societies, the roles got even reversed. Women are taking the leading role, and they can’t wait anymore to be seen or approached. Today, women are more courageous, determinant and aren’t afraid of getting embraced by simply approaching a man. So with those changes, changes in cheating of partners came as well.However, men still have that title of "cheating" partner. 

Insider Monkey did an interesting research on this topic - 15 Most Adulterous, Unfaithful Countries with Highest Cheating Rates in the World, so you can check it out.
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7 Best Private Equity Search Firms and Headhunters in America

It’s no wonder there are so many recruiting firms in the USA. After all, every company, no matter in which field, needs one of them! According to the Headhunters Recruiters, there is a total of 13 771 headhunters and recruiters in America. But, which ones are the most respected top private equity recruiting firms? While doing our research, most of the suggested private equity headhunters were found in London.

In order to find out which are the best ones in the USA, check out the research done by Insider Monkey on the issue - 7 Best Private Equity Search Firms and Headhunters in America.
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10 Best and Worst Nationalities of Women According to Microsoft Bing?

The nationality of a woman can influence its characteristics, and according to them, everybody else in the world can guess, or at least assume where she comes from. The same goes for men. It is so-called stereotyping. Even though that word has a negative meaning, it doesn’t have to be always the case.So, with the help of positive stereotypes, we can assume from which part of the world somebody comes according to their behavior, looks or even attitudes from what we experienced.

Microsoft Bing, Google and other research engines have their own stereotyping based on the comments put on the Internet. Are you interested to know which are the 10 Best and Worst Nationalities of Women According to Microsoft Bing? Check it out!
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8 Easiest Gangs to Join and Get Out Of

There are many types of gangs, such as prison gangs, motorcycle gangs, ethnic-based gangs, to name few. Today in the USA and Puerto Rico there is estimated to be around 33,000 violent street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs with around 1.4 million members, according to the FBI. So, how one can get in and get out of a gang?

To know more about it from personal angle, read 8 stories about it in 8 Easiest Gangs to Join and Get Out Of.
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11 Best Alcohol to Drink on a Low Carb Diet

The world doesn't stop when you are on a diet. Sure, you have to give up a lot of food you actually enjoy and eat veggies instead. But even though it may be difficult to snack on veggies while you're watching TV in the evenings, it still doesn't mean you can't live a little.
On many occasions, alcohol can be that one good thing that happens at the end of a day, but what about the carbs and calories, and the sugar?
Yes, certain alcoholic drinks do contain a lot of sugar and are high in carbs, but we will simply avoid them. Fortunately, the good old classic contain zero carbs so you can relax and have a few drinks without worrying about your weight. If not in food, you can indulge in these low-carb drinks and soon you'll forget about the struggles of dieting. But do drink in moderation though, that is the best kind of drinking. Check out 11 Best Alcohol to Drink on a Low Carb Diet, it will change your life. 
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15 Best Places to Travel in June in Europe, Asia and Tropical Destinations

When summer approaches, all we can think about is traveling. Probably most of us dream of a beach vacation, relaxing in the sun and swimming all day, then sipping a cocktail in the evening. It's a dream come true after a long working year and that summer holiday means everything. Of course, if you are like me, then you probably like to take several shorter trips to visit more than one place. I enjoy exploring new destinations, meeting people, and tasting their popular food. That is why I strive towards visiting both exciting vibrant cities as well as the beach resorts. Luckily, I found an article which helped me a lot to plan my next year's summer trips. Now I can't wait for June because I have so many ideas.
If you are planning a trip in June as well and you haven't decided where to go yet. you could use some good suggestions such as 15 Best Places to Travel in June in Europe, Asia, and Tropical Destinations. Hurry up and read it because it's awesome. 
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15 Best Places to Travel in May in Europe, Asia and Tropical Destinations

If you love spring then you probably can't wait for it so you can go on a trip and explore a city. Traveling in may is very rewarding because most of the popular tourist destinations aren't crowded yet such as European destinations. The crowds arrive in June and July when it's really hot in Europe and everyone wants to take a vacation.
If you don't like crowds, May is the ideal time to go on a vacation whether it is an adventure that you seek or a relaxing beach holiday. I was searching for some good suggestions on where to go this May when I came across this article discussing 15 great destinations. All of them are so appealing that I would plan a trip to each of these lovely places. If you take a look at it, I am sure you will find a destination you've never been to that you want to explore. I suggest you read these 15 Best Places to Travel in May in Europe, Asia and Tropical Destinations
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12 Countries with the Dirtiest Air in the World

Insider Monkey staff compiled a list of 12 countries with the dirtiest air in the world and these countries have very, very high levels of PM2.5 particles which have been linked with lung cancer, chronic obstructive lung disease, bronchitis, asthma and many other health issues. Most of us are aware of pollution caused by vehicles, industry and oil drilling but very few know about dangers of so-called "household" pollution. There are two types of pollution: indoor and outdoor pollution. Outdoor air pollution is caused by harmful gases produced by factories, power plants and of course, vehicles. Heavy metals and other pollutants area easily spread by a wind which means that no country is safe as long as global changes do not happen. This explains why dirties air is concentrated in specific areas/countries. Countries with the dirtiest air often include developing countries which are close to each other. 

Industrial growth and urbanization aggravate the problem even more, especially in countries which are not economically stable and have no means to implement eco-friendly solutions and reduce air pollution.Problems with indoor pollution are much more frequent in developing countries because people are not educated about air pollution and ecology and first of all because they do not have resources to use eco-friendly fuels. Instead, they use whatever they have, including, wood, cow dung, coal, charcoal and even trash and old tires. These practices produce high levels of pollutants such as fine particles and carbon monoxide. Exposure is higher in women and children because they tend to spend more time indoors. Insider Monkey's list also shows that a lot of countries whose economy depends on oil industry have very polluted air. Reason for this is, of course, the very process of oil production which pollutes the air to large extent. Anyhow, it is crucial to raise awareness of air pollution on a global level. After all, the air we breath is crucial for our existence and well being.

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15 Best Places to Travel in April in Europe, Asia and Tropical Destinations

Are you thiking you need a break from winter too? When spring finally arrives, we wake up and start thinking about all the things we could do. It is as if we woke up from a long nap and we now want to be alive and experience new things. At least that's how many people feel. Indeed, during winter we don't get to do much except staying inside because it's too cold outside. But spring changes everything.
I was planning my spring trip the other day and I found this great article which helped me decide where to go this April. If you don't like to do the research yourself and see what the weather is like in different parts of the world or what is there to see, then you can rely on this article too. I am sure you will find a destination you like so why don't you read the 15 Best Places to Travel in April in Europe, Asia, And Tropical Destinations?
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15 Cheapest Countries to Study Medicine in English

Are you considering starting medical studies, or you want to continue and specialise in some field of medicine? And adding to that you also want to study abroad and learn in English, and the conditions are that you want to live relatively cheap in the country you chose to go. Well, you have come to the right place to get answers and suggestions on these questions and conditions.
The solutions we have found are the Insider Monkey’s article on 15 Cheapest Countries to Study Medicine in English. Let’s see their criteria:

Our research began with Student World Online, Medical Study Guide, Study Medicine Europe and Times Higher Education where we looked for cheapest countries with ranked universities to study medicine in English. After that we have researched suggested countries in particular to see which the universities where you can study medicine in English are. We have taken into account any level of college education, whether it was bachelor or master’s program. We have then ranked countries by the average cost of living index, as taken from the Numbeo. The number (or the index) is showing the % of living cost compared to the average living cost in the New York City, for which the cost of living index is 100.

If you like the way the way they have conducted their research, you might find reading this article helpful if you are considering finding a suitable country to study medicine in English.
Since you are looking for the cheapest, do not expect to find Norway, UK, Germany or countries alike on the list. But being cheap does not imply worse education. You will not get the Cambridge and Oxford degree of course, but many of the universities in cheapest countries that teach medicine in English are actually very good and highly ranked and their diplomas recognized throughout the world.

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16 Biggest Animals in the World Found Alive

Have you ever wondered which the biggest animals alive are? What is the biggest land animal, what is the biggest animal in the sea? These questions awake imagination, since we know many stories about horrors and unseen creatures dwelling in the deep deep ocean.

We all know Nessie, the Loch Ness monster, or the mighty Kraken, but are they real? Well, it seems they are not, but their origin might not be just a fairy-tale. Some of the biggest creatures living today might clear the origins of the Kraken for example. Yes, you have guessed, it is the Giant Squid. Scientists have recently caught on camera the largest specimen ever recorded, in the waters near Japan in 2006.

But how do we measure the biggest of the biggest? What is the criteria: length, mass, volume? How about all of that?

In case we focused on the length as the primary criterion, we would have gotten the bootlace worm (Lineus longissimus) ahead of everyone on the list of biggest animals in the world found alive. This animal is a part of a huge family of ribbon worms and lives in the waters of North Sea. It can reach up to 197 feet in length, but, as their name says, they are around an inch thick. It is surely not the largest sea animal but surely is the longest.

Well, this worm surely is long. But, if you want to find out which those biggest animals in the world are check out the Insider Monkey’s article 16 Biggest Animals in the World Found Alive. You will also get to see which is the biggest animal ever to live on the Earth, and you might be surprised that it is not a dinosaur, or megalodon, or any such creature, but our contemporary mammal.
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15 Gayest Countries in the World Per Capita

Let’s see what is there to be said about being gay in 21st century. Since homosexuality is still not being accepted in many countries:

…  not everyone will admit they are gay. But that is the matter of social issues in particular countries and regions in the world. For example, research has shown that views on homosexuality depend on several factors. It seems that tolerance toward homosexuality is greatly influenced by religious impact in the country, the wealth of the country and freedom of speech. So, the most opened regions towards homosexuality and most gay-friendly countries are Europe and North America, while the least gay-friendly are the Middle East and African countries. In some of those, homosexuality is even punished by death.

That is why is getting out of closet still serious matter and problem for many gay people. While the gay population worldwide is 3-5% (and some researchers claim that the figure might be up to 10%), it should be expected that the figures are the same for each country in the world, since it is a universal thing. But that is obviously not the case, as you will see in the article on 15 Gayest Countries in the World Per Capita. As noted in this article, the data we have on the issue of being gay in different countries relies on some independent various surveys that were conducted throughout countries. SO, even though this data might not be a 100% reliable, that is the closet thing to real situation that we have. But if you are interested in this issue, you will read more about it on the article we mentioned above.

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15 Best Places to Travel in March in Europe, Asia and Tropical Destinations

March is such a good months to travel somewhere warm and forget all about winter. While it's still cold where you live, there are places all over the world where you can actually swim in the sea and relax at a beach. Doesn't it sound magical?
Traveling is always a good answer. Whenever you feel stressed out and simply bored, exploring a new destination can make you feel alive. While searching for ideas for my March vacation, I found countless suggestions that are not only beautiful and war but also quite affordable. Indeed there are places that are not expensive and can provide you with everything you need. If you read this article I read, you will find 15 great suggestions so you can start planning your next trip. There are warm tropical destinations as well as culturally rich ones in the slightly colder Europe. You can choose what suits you best. I suggest you start reading the 15 Best Places to Travel in March in Europe, Asia and Tropical Destinations
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5 Easiest FM Transmitters to Make at Home

Have you ever tried to make your own FM transmitter at home? If not, you probably think it is something very difficult to do but it's not. In fact, if you look on the Internet, there are countless articles and video tutorials saying that it is easy that anyone can do it. Or almost anyone.
Nevermind, I was curious about how to make an FM transmitter so I looked it up. I found some very clear instructions on how to do it including an article containing not one but 5 different types of FM transmitters you can make at home.
It's fun to do at home as a weekend project alone or with your kids and it doesn't take a lot of time. The article I found contains instructions on how to build both a short-range transmitter as well as a long-range one. I suggest you read 5 Easiest Simple FM Transmitters to Make at Home and choose one for your next weekend project. 
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15 Best Places to Travel in January in Europe, Asia and Tropical Destinations

If you are already sick of winter like me, you are probably thinking of going on a vacation soon. If it is possible, you would like to go to a warm place with lots of sunshine where you can sip your drink by the beach and don't worry about anything.
Many people decide they need a break in January and with a good reason too. We are cold all the time, we are stressed out about work, and we spend a lot of energy into buying the perfect holiday gifts etc.
But there are more reasons why you should consider a trip in January. You can find many cheap deals and see places that are usually quite expensive. I have found a list of suggestions on where you should go in January. Some of these places are very popular and some are less known but they are all great. As most people seek warm places to spend their January holidays, plenty of these suggestions are actually tropical destinations with lots of sunshine. But there is something for everyone. If you are more of an adventurer, you may visit some of the colder places with a rich history. Anyway, take a look at 15 Best Places to Travel in January in Europe, Asia, and Tropical Destinations and see for yourself.
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17 Countries with the Biggest Drug Problems in the World

Drug use is one of the biggest problems in the world but it is also a source of income for many people around the world. Countries that are known as drug trafficking countries have numerous issues closely connected with drug trade and violence is much higher. According to the United Nations Drug Office on Drugs and Crime report for 2017, 29.5 million people around the world suffer from drug use disorders. Beware that this number refers only to those people who suffer from drug-related disorders and not the number of drug users. Opioids are the most harmful type of drug, accounted for 70% of negative health impact associated with drugs. “Opioids” is a term used for the entire family of opiates including synthetic and natural opioids. Opiates cover a large range of drugs, some of which can be legally acquired. Examples of opiate include heroin, morphine, oxycodone, codeine, etc.

Usage of illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin is on the increase. Even more problematic is the fact that millions of people are addicted to painkillers and other drugs that are medically prescribed and legal. Data shows that even doctors make mistakes and prescribe highly addictive painkillers to treat chronic pain or some conditions that can be treated without a regular usage of painkillers. For this reason, addiction and drug problems are high in many developed countries. Insider Monkey staff compiled a list of 17 countries with the biggest drug problems in the world and it is very interesting how some of these countries deal with drug-related problems. The very familiar way of dealing with drug issues is to give strict punishments to drug offenders (both dealers and users) in order to emphasize that drug use is not acceptable. However, countries like Portugal that decided to decriminalize use of drugs show better results in reducing drug abuse. 
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15 Cities with the Cleanest Tap Water in the US in 2017

Each year in US there is a competition in water tasting in Berkeley Springs, the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, which is also one of the largest competitions in the world of that kind. There are several categories in this competition, and among them is the best municipal water. Anyone can participate in this water tasting, though it seems it is the most attractive to US competitors.

But that is all about water taste. What is more important for this matter are the chemicals and contaminants in water that, if contained in larger amounts can cause serious health issues, such as cancer for example. There is an interesting research being done on issue of cleanest tap water in the US, actually on 15 US cities where you can get the cleanest tap water for 2017, and it was published on Insider Monkey.

In order to make a trustworthy ranking of the cities with the cleanest tap water in the US, their methodology included the information from the Environmental Working Group, which has updated info on the environmental issues in the US:

…After we have gone through the cities proposed on these resources, we have double checked information using the EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) Water Database. We have also used the database to rank the cities with cleanest tap water in the US in 2017. So, the ranking was done by comparing cities according to the number of contaminants detected above health guidelines provided by EWG. Also, we have taken into our research only cities with 20 + thousand residents. That is because in case we started looking for cleanest water utilities in the country we would have ended up with showing up results such as that of Boise (ID) utility, which is one of the cleanest in the country, but only serves 36 people (according to EWG).

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25 Countries with Largest Private and Public Gold Reserves

Gold reserves, as most of you are well aware, was the gold held by the national central banks (NCBs) intended to guarantee some kind of promises to pay depositors, note holders, etc., during the time of the gold standard. Today, gold reserves are used as a store of value or as a support to the value of the national currency. The World Gold Council is one of the main organizations of the market development for the gold industry. 

By using their statistics, Insider Monkey wrote amazing article about 25 Countries with Largest Private and Public Gold Reserves. Check it out!
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21 Countries with the Purest Tap Water in the World

Clean water is always an important topic and probably the most important of the environmental issues. Each day our planet is getting more and more polluted, and there are less areas that are untouched by human activities and unpolluted. Pollution in general reflects the most on water, and natural water purity is directly connected to our home taps, of course. Some countries care more than others about the environment, and therefore have better quality of drinking tap water. But, sometimes things do not go that way. Let’s take the example of Chile:

According to some scientific researches, Chile has one of the purest natural water in the world. Scientists doing the research have been using instruments which can detect bad chemical compounds that are two parts per million, and they literally found nothing in Chilean waters of Puerto Williams. But, South American countries are far from having the cleanest drinking water in the world. Actually, drinking tap water in South America isn’t recommended at all.

So, the issue is not always easy to resolve. It seems that more is needed than simply clean natural resources. Many countries nowadays have a great problem with the drinking water. But sometime it seems that even drinking tap water is better and cleaner than bottled water, which is something many people aren’t aware of. But that is probably also the problem of the poor knowledge on drinking tap water people have. On the other side, advertising is obviously so good that consumers are sure that bottled water they are buying is the best option. Anyhow, there are some countries in the world where tap water is way cleaner than in others. If you are interested in this important issue, make sure to check out the 21 Countries with the Purest Tap Water in the World article recently published on Insider Monkey.

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15 Cities with the Cleanest Air in the World

According to the list of 16 Cleanest Countries in the World, cleanest air in the world in 2016 and 2017 was recorded in Iceland. Countries with vast territory, like the USA, often have both cities with the cleanest air and cities with most polluted air which depends mostly on the geographic position of the city. For example, Visalia-Porterville-Hanford metro area in California’s San Joaquin Valley, is the most polluted area in the US, while Hawaii is among the cleanest. The proximity of industrial plants will contribute to higher pollution levels while cities that are more isolated often tend to have better air quality. Studies have shown that air pollution has been connected with increased risks of developing kidney, bladder, colorectal and lung cancer. Connections are made between cancer and long-term exposures to three pollutants, namely, PM 2.5, ozone (O3) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). This is a huge issue since levels of pollution are not coming down and millions of people are exposed to various pollutants.

Insider Monkey compiled a new list, this time focusing on 15 cities with the cleanest air in the world. It is interesting that a lot of people decide to move away from large cities because they believe that living away from the city will guarantee access to clean air and fewer pollutants. Technically, this is true, since cities usually tend to have higher levels of dangerous pollutants such as PM 2.5, O3 and NO2, because of increased use of cars and less green areas. However, many cities on the above-mentioned list are large cities (even capital cities) have very clean air. How is this possible? The answer is simple: These respective cities/countries invest A LOT in raising awareness of pollution and they offer eco-friendly options for their residents. For example, well developed public transportation allows people to opt for more eco-friendly option while moving around the city and it will directly influence air quality. These cities should be used as examples all around the world since they show that it is possible to reduce air pollution in urban areas with planning and implementing eco-friendly solutions. 
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18 Best Tinder Pick Up Lines That Work

On Tinder, everything works pretty fast. You either like someone or you don't, you swipe left or right and that's it. There no philosophy about it. But if things are so simple, then how come you haven't been getting any responses lately? You get a match, you message the girl/boy but no reply? Usually, the problem is with girls more than with guys and there is some belief that the more beautiful a woman is on Tinder, the less likely she is to respond to your message. This can be extremely frustrating and annoying. If you haven't done it so far, you should check out some websites with guidelines for creating the ideal opening line. This should help, provided that the girl(or guy) hasn't already heard that line somewhere of course.

If you are having troubles getting a date on Tinder, then you should take a look at this article I found the other day which includes great examples of pick up lines you could use. Just pick out the ones you like and try them the next time you get a match. Take a look at 18 Best Tinder Pick Up Lines That Work
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15 Countries with the Most Militarized, Heavily Guarded and Secure Borders in the World

Are you up to date with current political situation around the globe? Do you know which the most militarized area in the world nowadays is? Which are the countries that are in eternal conflict? Which are the most heavily guarded and most secure borders in the world?
Let’s get it one by one. You probably already have some regions in your mind. There are regions in the world with constant military presence for decades. Here is just one of the examples:

One of the most militarized zones in the world today appears to be Kashmir. Even though being an autonomous state, the question of “ownership” of Jammu and Kashmir area of India has been going on since after the WW2 and it is still a burning issue between China, India, and Pakistan concerning territorial division. Since almost 30 years ago, when the question of ‘azadi,’ or independence of Kashmir arose, the area of Jammu and Kashmir has been under the continual presence of Indian military troops. Apart from being the highest militarized zone nowadays, Kashmir is also the world’s largest militarized zone with the longest pending issue going on in the world right now.

You are probably asking now where the North Korea here is, and also Middle Eastern countries? On that matter, what’s going on with the US-Mexico border? What are Somali pirates doing now? Well, in order to find out about that, make sure to go through the 15 Countries with the Most Militarized, Heavily Guarded and Secure Borders in the World. And apart from the heavy issues on national conflicts and hatred you will also get to see some interesting facts about some unusual borders in the world, for example Vatican – Italy border and so on. 
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6 Best Wines For Acid Reflux and Heartburn

Do you enjoy an occasional glass of wine or two? If there is one thing that can spoil the moment that is acid reflux that you experience after drinking it. Many people struggle with heartburn after drinking alcohol, especially wine, and they eventually stop drinking it altogether because they can't think of another solution.
Acid reflux is not only caused by wine or alcohol. Some people experience acid reflux after having a large meal or eating citrus fruit, but not all people are affected equally. While some people may eat citrus fruit carelessly, other will regret it as soon as they eat it.
So the question is whether you need to stop drinking wine if you frequently experience heartburn after drinking it? The answer is no. You should drink in moderation and you should select different wines but you do not have to give up wine altogether. Trying to find the answer to this question, I stumbled across an article that addressed this very problem. It is about acid reflux and how wine affects this reaction, as well as which wines you can drink in order to avoid this unpleasant sensation. I suggest you read 6 Best Wines For Acid Reflux and Heartburn and find out. 
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11 Countries with the Worst Music in the World

In general, people nowadays started hating pop music claiming its boring and that it’s the “music for the masses.” Instead, techno music started being cool and most of the young people begin to listen to it and to visit festivals all around the world as well as the underground parties.

In any case, music is an important part of every culture and it is a mean of representation of one country as well. However, with globalization and accessibility to almost everything, music started being mixed. We cannot really say that for example, Korean music is bad, while the US’ is the best one, as it depends on the artists, bands, and musicians. But, what we can do is see what people think about it. That's exactly how Insider Monkey ranked their  11 Countries with the Worst Music in the World.
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18 Countries with the Lowest Individual Tax Rates in the World

I bet you would love to know which are the countries with the lowest individual tax rates in the world. Well, get ready as by reading the following you are about to find out!

There are many countries with very high taxation systems. Some countries such as Sweden, for example, have very high income tax rates. Moreover, according to some sources, the highest taxed countries in the world in 2017 is Aruba with 58.95% income tax rate. So, we realized that most of the countries with high taxation are Europe based.

So we wondered, which are the low tax countries in Europe? And we found amazing article about it by Insider Monkey: 18 Countries with the Lowest Individual Tax Rates in the World!
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25 Most Polluted Cities in the US in 2017

If we look at the pollution in the United States in 2016, we can see that more than one in two people had unhealthy air quality in their communities, according to the report of American Lung Association for that precise year. Moreover, if we think on the level of states, many suggestions show that California is the most in harm. So, we wondered why is California so polluted

Then we realize it is not just the problem of California, but other states in America as well. In order to find out more about it, we strongly advise you to read about 25 Most Polluted Cities in the US in 2017!
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16 Most Profitable Jobs For College Students

If you are a college student struggling to meet ends then you are certainly not alone. With high tuition fees, many can't even afford to go to college and choose trade schools which guarantee a decent salary and a steady future. Our parents struggle to save money for our tuition and many of us end up with huge debts upon graduating. Naturally, you have to find a job to support yourself.
But where to find a job that pays well and offers flexible hours?

I found an article that deals with this problem and lists 16 profitable jobs you can consider if you are a college student. These jobs offer flexible hours and a great hourly pay. You can even take a look at the median hourly pay for each position and compare the jobs. They are ranked according to hourly pay and I was surprised to learn that some jobs pay that much! Anyway, if you are in need of a job then I suggest you read this article right away. It has something for everyone so I am sure you will find a job that suits you. Check out these amazing 16 Most Profitable Jobs For College Students.
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11 Highest Paying Countries for Information Technology Professionals

“Technology is what makes the world go round these days, and what’s done is done – I guess no one can imagine spending a day without using a computer, phone, or any kind of gadgets, which existence could not be possible without IT professionals. It is why IT jobs – such as IT specialist, systems administrator, systems engineer, computer programmer, software developer, information technology manager, director of information technology, and many others are highest paying jobs in the world. Nevertheless, it is important to know that different countries, depending on their standards, offer different salaries. It is why the United States is among top 10 countries for software engineers, offering an average annual salary of $70,000 to $90,000. Additionally, it is also interesting to look at a programmer salary by country, having Switzerland on the top when it comes to this profession. We should not forget to mention that being an applications development manager is among highest paid technology jobs in software, and if you plan to become one of them, you should be aware that the average annual salary is around $112,045.”

So, besides striving to find a job in a good IT company, it would also be a really great idea to read the list of highest paying countries for information technology professionals and decide for yourself which country suits you best. This may not always be an easy decision, especially if you take into consideration that, when you move to a foreign country, there are so many things that you need to get used to: new language, new people, new customs – everything new. However, if the country offers much more in terms of employment and salaries than your native country, you will easily overcome all of the obstacles and learn how to live in a completely new environment. Don’t forget to check out the list and see – maybe one of these 11 countries is a perfect choice for you! 
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12 Controversial Medical Topics For Research Paper

So for your next assignment, you need to write on a controversial topic but you are not even sure what that is? A controversial topic is a topic that raises opposing views from different parties. Such topics are not very popular among students, as many have difficulties just choosing a topic, not to mention taking an individual stand on the matter. Most students prefer writing on a topic that has already been chosen for them by their professors so they don't have to go through the trouble of searching for a good topic for their research paper. 
Luckily, there are so many websites that can help you find a good topic to write on that you just need to look for suggestions and then pick the one that suits you. I was reading an article like that the other day and I was amazed by every single topic that was presented in that article. I'm talking about 12 Controversial Medical Topics For Research Paper. It's everything a young, confused students needs. Just take a look and pick one of these 12 amazing topics that spark discussion. 
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18 Best Tinder Pick Up Lines That Work

Tinder is a great place for some people but frustrating for others. Why? Because when finally you get a match, you think that's it, you message the person, and then nothing. They never reply. This can be so annoying. We hear you. I was thinking the same thing the other day. 

When you get a match, you merely get an opportunity to get a date with someone who found you physically attractive. However, so many people can blow this chance with the wrong approach. A great number of girls won’t ever respond to your opening line, simply because they didn’t like the way you started the conversation and they don’t want to waste their time. Don't blow your opportunity by sending a boring text. Be creative and funny instead and I'm sure you'll get yourself a date in no time. When it comes to Tinder that opening line means everything.  I found a great article for this purpose that you should definitely check out if you need some guidance regarding picking up girls/guys on Tinder. The article contains funny, creative, smooth pick up lines that guarantee success. Try one of the 18 Best Tinder Pick Up Lines That Work and get yourself a date with your match. 
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15 Countries with the Worst Jails and Prisons in the World

Human rights activists have their hands full with violation of rights of inmates who live in, to say the least, inhumane conditions. It is a very sensitive topic since one side believes that they get what they deserve while the other believes that everyone should have their rights, regardless of what they did. Insider Monkey experts compiled a list of 15 countries with the worst jails and prisons in the world and they definitely made extra efforts to dig out some very disgusting details. "Getting what they deserve" becomes even more questionable once you read that some people ended up in one of this horrible prisons by mistake, for disagreeing with a dominant political system or for practicing spiritual meditation. Many of them do not make it alive, but those who do make sure to try and expose the brutality of the worst prisons and jails in the world. 

Safe prisons do not really exist, but those with better security and proper infrastructure are definitely safer than overcrowded prison which will be described on this list. The problem actually arises with the very purpose of prisons and jails which is to rehabilitate persons who have gone astray. Of course, a lot depends on the crime he/she committed, but for those who had minor offenses on their record, the goal is to send them back to the society as productive members rather than culprits.Unfortunately, many prisons around the world are overcrowded which results in very poor living conditions and increased violence among the inmates as well as between the guards and inmates. Besides that torture, corruption and staying for a prolonged amount of time in a solitary is often a common trait of worst prisons in the world. As much as we think that that we can grasp the horrors of life inside of the prison, we are probably wrong and we realize this after reading this horrific list of countries with worst jails and prisons in the world. 

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18 Small Businesses in High Demand in 2017

Are you thinking of starting a business? You have probably thought of it at least once and you may have dismissed that idea immediately because you lack the necessary capital. But not all great business ideas require so much money. 
When planning your future business venture, you should focus on high-demand businesses with high potential for industry growth in the future. The destiny of your small business largely depends on how detailed your business plan is. Unfortunately, many of them end up failing after a short time, so make sure that yours is not going to be one of them. 
Looking for great business ideas in high demand, I came across an article that contains exactly what I needed. These interesting business ideas are very popular and profitable so the chances of not succeeding are very small. If you are thinking of starting your business anytime soon, I suggest you read 18 Small Businesses in High Demand in 2017
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10 Easy One Year Certificate Programs That Pay Well

We all want a well-paying job that allows us to afford a thing or two and have that dream life we always talked about. But the harsh reality is different. The majority of us are having a hard time just finding any kind of a job, even those low-paying ones. That is what makes many high school graduates choose not to go to college and spend a fortune their parents probably don't have. They choose not to end up in huge debts that they will be paying off for a long time, and they go to a trade school or something.
I was thinking about this the other day when I came across this article about one-year programs that you can complete and land a well-paying job. This article provides a great list of short certificate programs that you can complete easily and find a great job afterward, without having to end up in debts. If you are having a hard time deciding what to do next now that you have graduated from high school, I highly suggest that you read it. Maybe you will find something for yourself on the list and if not, at least it will inspire you to keep looking. Take a look at 10 Easy One Year Certificate Programs That Pay Well
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11 Countries with the Worst Justice System in the World

The whole world is striving to create a society where justice will be served, regardless of who you are. As the civilization advanced more and more, people gave up on "eye for an eye" approach to breaking the law and faith was put in the justice system. Unfortunately, corruption is everpresent in the justice system of many countries around the world. If you wish to live in a society with the best justice system in the world, some of the best choices include Scandinavian countries. According to the Rule of Law index, top five countries in 2016 were Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Netherlands. On the other hand, a lot of countries with the worst justice systems are located in Africa and Asia. It is interesting that the U.S. take 18th place in the world ranking list below Australia, Canada, UK and even China. 

Insider Monkey experts created a list of 11 countries with the worst justice system in the world which locates the countries which are at the bottom of the list when it comes to effectiveness and reliability of justice systems. The primary role of the justice system is to reduce crime by punishing those who committed them. Their punishment is supposed to serve as a lesson to other people not to commit a crime. However, it is becoming more common that those in power or with better financial background escape justice, regardless of the crime they committed. Because of this, people lose their faith in the justice system and corruption and criminal continuosuly grow.  In some countries on this list of countries with the worst justice system in the world, corruption reached endemic level. Corruption touches every part of the legal system and those who are meant to keep law and order intact, are easily bribed. Hopefully, things will change and justice systems around the world will improve and deliver justice to everyone equally. 
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Top 13 Best, Most Expensive Apps for iPhone in 2017

“Technology lovers and iPhone owners, this list may be of huge interest for you, since it will deal with top 13 best, most expensive apps for iPhone in 2017.

I am definitely one of those iPhone owners who has never ever bought an app in their life, but I had the luck that all of those apps I need are free. In short, I am not a demanding user, so I have lived in ignorance for all these years, not knowing that there are some apps that can cost you a fortune and that you really need to be rich to get them. Or simply, a good hacker, but maybe we can skip that for now. However, while working on this list, I found out so many interesting things, and I was amazed how much money can app developers earn. That made me repent my profession, seriously!”

The list of top 13 best, most expensive apps for iPhone in 2017 brings some of the most expensive apps for this year, and you would definitely be astonished by the prices you see on the list.  Among them, there are apps such as games, some productivity apps, and even some (if I may say so) useless apps that are not worth paying for, let alone giving the whole fortune in order to have them on your iPhone. However, it seems that people also show their financial power by buying such expensive apps, and app developers are obviously aware of it. Make sure to check out the list, and see whether there are some apps that you would not mind paying for! 
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Top 15 Countries that Get the Most Foreign Aid from US

Believe it or not, the first U.S. aid program developed long time ago. After the World War II, George Marshall sent a significant amount of financial aid to Europe in order to help it rebuild after the war. The U.S. foreign aid is always a hot topic with many wondering if America should be involved in the aid-giving business at all and what is the overall effect of its assistance. The common belief is that U.S. spends around 25% of the Federal budget on foreign aid. However, this is not true and the amount is actually only 1%, although the sums of money seem pretty large. Data for U.S. foreign aid by country in 2016 shows that the largest amount went to Israel ($3.10 billion) just as it was the case in 2015. 

Insider Monkey experts combined a list of top 15 countries that get the most foreign aid from the US. The list itself is very comprehensive and explains in what ways the US provides aid for the countries on the list. Foreign aid is not only financial, although it is the most common way of offering aid to countries in need. Sometimes, countries offer military aid and this is often the most controversial form. Military aid technically means enabling US allies to acquire American military equipment and training. A lot of conspiracy theories stem from this fact because there are people who believe that the US is actually arming the opposing side. However, according to the data published in the Insider Monkey's article, countries that receive most foreign aid from the US in form of military aid are those countries that need extra help in fighting terrorism. They are the common allies in fighting terrorism and foreign aid is very welcomed in strategically important and endangered areas. In any case, America is on the top of the list of countries that give most foreign aid to other countries. 

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25 Most Profitable Small Businesses to Start in 2017

Have you ever thought of starting a small business?- I have. 
It seems like many people have succeeded and are now running their small business which brings a decent profit and a freedom to have a more flexible lifestyle. It became clear that the future lies in small businesses and everyone’s been talking about it. But it is important to mentioned that starting a small business is not a way to get rich very fast. In fact, it will probably take you years to start earning a decent amount of money and have a steady profit. It takes dedication, patience as well as hard work to survive in the small business world.  so unless you have reasonable expectations, you should probably consider a different business idea. 

Running a small business is all what this era is about apparently, and I wanted to join other small entrepreneurs so I searched for best ideas for a small business. I found them in this article discussing 25 profitable business ideas that you can start this year. I found lots of useful information and links to sources that can help you learn more about how to start a certain business You can also read stories about other small entrepreneurs just like you and me, who made it and wanted to share their stories with us. If you are thinking of starting a small business, you should definitely read 25 Most Profitable Small Businesses to Start in 2017
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15 Best Japanese Souvenirs You Should Buy in Tokyo

Whenever I'm traveling somewhere, I like to be prepared. I like knowing what places to visit and what souvenirs to buy. This can often be a hassle as when you travel to a distant country you often have no idea of their tradition and culture. Having a sort of a guide to help you along the way is very useful. 
While searching for tips on what souvenirs to buy when I visit Tokyo soon, I came across this article that really narrowed things down for me. Not only did I find suggestions for perfect gifts and souvenirs to bring home to my family and friends, but I also learned where to go and get that stuff. I wanted some more creative gifts to get instead of the one that everyone mentions as soon as you say "Japan". Sure, chopsticks are a great gift, but I like having more options. The 15 Best Japanese Souvenirs You Should Buy in Tokyo has created the perfect list for very shopper traveling to Tokyo soon so check it out. 
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10 Countries Accepting Indian Medical Degrees

Best countries for Indian doctors to migrate to depend on their preferences as well as how easily they can get working permit and visa for the target country. This means that you need to be ready to put a lot of effort into getting licensed to practice medicine in your target country. You are probably wondering how is that possible since doctors around the world have the same job - to help people. While this is certainly true, each country has different curricula and different standards which means that foreigners need to adjust.  And let's be realistic, there has to be a way to check the competence of foreign applicants since people's lives will be in their hands. Although doctors around the world have the same job, medical degrees vary significantly in different countries. In addition to that, language can be a barrier to finding your dream job elsewhere. However, sometimes competence in English can be the only requirement, although you are applying for a job in the country whose mother tongue is not English. Insider Monkey staff compiled a list of 10 countries accepting Indian medical degrees and ranked them according to median annual salary for general practitioners.  

Of course, salaries are often the most important factor when choosing where to migrate in search for better job offerings. However, a lot depends on your qualifications and your previous experience. General practitioners have lower salaries than specialists and consultants. On the other hand, if you want to advance in your career you will always have a choice to do so and your salary will increase accordingly. This part is usually not the problem, once you get all the documentation ready. One friendly advice is to broaden your horizons because there are many countries willing to employ those with Indian medical degrees. If you focus only on countries like the USA, UK, Australia etc. you might be disappointed because the competition is very high in these countries. Less "popular" countries can provide you equally good salaries and good living conditions as well, just open your mind. 

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Top 10 Countries that Have the Most Blondes and Blue Eyes as a Percentage of Population

How do people inherit hair and eye color? How much is the percentage of blond and blue eyed people in the world? How, where and why did blue eyes and blonde hair appear? Why do lighter-skinned babies have blue eyes during the first several months of life?
This is an interesting topic, on which science has answers to. Since the majority of world’s population is dark- haired and eyed, where do the blue and blonde come from? According to the researches in the fields of genetics, in order to inherit blue eyes and blonde hair, a person must get the combination of both genes which are responsible for blue eyes and blond hair, which are known in science as recessive genes. Long story short, only if two recessive genes combine you can get a blonde blue eyed person, since combination of recessive and dominant genes always brings darker colors (hence the majority of the world’s population is dark haired and eyed).
… it is not a surprise that percentage of blue eyes worldwide is just around 8%, and, for example, in the US, only 1 in 6 people have light eye color. As we have noted, blonde hair and light eyes depend on the amount of melanin extracted. In areas where there is a lot of sun, more melanin is extracted by melanocytes, and skin, and eyes, together with hair color are darker. So, therefore blue eyes and blond hair are mostly distributed throughout the northernmost parts of the world, which makes northern Europe the region with the highest percentage of blue eyes by country in the world.

Further explanations and other fun facts about blue eyes and blond hair can be found on Insider Monkey’s article where this quote came from, the Top 10 Countries that Have the Most Blondes and Blue Eyes as a Percentage of Population. Give it a look and see if your country is among the most blonde ones.

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16 Cosmopolitan Most Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Countries in the World In 2017

When we talk about cosmopolitanism, we think of openness and sharing of the values, regardless of the territory or nationality, among every person on the planet Earth. Some say this is utophian perspective, while others argue that it is the only proper way to look at. In any case, one thing is for sure — there are many countries that are diverse in many senses, and in many cases, those diversities could cause great problems. 

However, not many of articles argue both on ethnic and cultural diversities, and those are two main parameters of diversity measures. Therefore, in order to find out about it more we strongly advise you to check out 16 Cosmopolitan Most Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Countries in the World In 2017!
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15 Highest Paying Vocational Careers With Least Amount of Schooling

We all go through that dilemma after graduating from high school where we wonder what to do next. If we opt for a college education, we are likely to be left with a huge debt while prospects of finding employment are slim or we can go to a trade school and learn a skill that we can use to make money. 
A college degree does not guarantee a profitable future and an amazing job, and millions of students left with huge debts can confirm that. They can't find employment, they are struggling to meet ends, and they don't know how to pay the debt. 
On the other hand, getting an associate's degree will get you a well-paying job and secure your future as skilled trades are always in demand. The field is expected to grow in the near future so learning a skill seems as the most reasonable safe decision.  
I came across this clever article discussing vocational careers and how much they pay. I was surprised to learn how much you can earn with so little schooling. Take a look at 15 highest paying vocational careers with least amount of schooling

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21 Signs Your Online Boyfriend/Girlfriend is Cheating on You

We all know the issues a relationship may bring. Especially a long distance relationship which affects the trust that exists between two people as we can't be with the person and now what they are doing at certain times.  Long distance relationships are also complex because you can hardly tell if you are being lied to as you can't see the person's body language to help you decipher their words.

I came across a great article which deals with this specific problem and helps those who are suspecting that their online boyfriends or girlfriends are cheating on them.  As electronic communication does not reveal any emotion you may have unless you want to, it can be almost impossible to tell if your long distance lover is faithful or not. But luckily, Believe it or not, there are some common mistakes that cheaters make even if we can’t see them so you can detect a lie. They may not be always accurate, as each situation and relationship are specific, but they can certainly help you if you think his or her behavior is suspicious. I suggest you read 21 signs your online boyfriend /girlfriend is cheating on you to learn more. 
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