Macau often plays second fiddle to its better-known cousin, Hong Kong, but here are a few reasons why you should skip Hong Kong and head straight to Macau.
As the last Portuguese outpost in Asia, Macau was shaped by European influence for longer than any other city in the region. Portugal first began to lease the territory back in 1557, where they chose to assimilate it to their home country as much as possible. From architecture to food to general culture, the Portuguese influence is still strong.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Historic Center of Macau was officially added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 2005. Over 20 different attractions throughout the city are said to highlight the way Portuguese and Chinese culture were seamlessly blended together. To really exemplify this phenomenon, you can visit Catholic churches alongside Buddhist temples.
Visiting Macau doesn’t have to mean safe city walks. If you like to live on the wild side, you can try bungee jumping from the Macau Tower. At 764 feet above the ground, the tower offers the highest commercial bungee jump experience anywhere in the globe.
Richest City In Asia
Macau also holds the record of being the richest city in Asia and the fourth richest area in the world. With a GDP of $91,000 per capita, residents are paid $1,000 per year by the city. Their wealth is largely supported by its extensive gambling industry.
Citizens of Macau are said to have the fourth highest life expectancy, at least according to the 2017 edition of the CIA World Fact Book. At an average of 84.60, it sounds like their wealth is supporting their health!
For a can’t miss culinary experience in Macau, you have to try a local Portuguese egg tart. The best tarts are sold at Lord Stow’s Bakery on Coloane Island.
Five-star accommodations in Macau are relatively cheap when compared to the prices in neighboring Hong Kong.
Whether its fine-dining or street food, Macau’s culinary offerings are unique among its neighbors, making it one of the top foodie destinations.
40+ Weird and Wild Facts We’ve Never Really Thought About
Our mind cooks up some very weird and wild facts when left idle at times – facts that sound like they are too strange at first, but you will realize how true they are. You can call these shower thoughts, as our idle minds cook up some of these ideas in the shower. Here are some weird and wild facts we’ve never really thought about!
Internet Unavailable, Except When Loading Ads!
If you are reading this, you are likely to be a frequent internet user. So, you probably know how frustrating it is when the internet is slow or lagging. Most likely, it may be a problem on the ISP’s end.
What is more frustrating is that content on the web pages will not load for you, but the adverts will! Few things can be as frustrating as slow internet, but it is worsened by the presence of what are otherwise irrelevant ads!
ASAP: A Threat in an Acronym
The term ASAP is quite common in today’s lingo, especially in classrooms and offices. Saying “as soon as possible” is a rather mild way of getting a message. However, when used as an acronym, it sounds a lot more intimidating.
Imagine your boss sends you an email asking you to submit a report “ASAP.” This drives home a sense of urgency and possibly puts you in panic mode to get the task done. It is ironic when you think about what the acronym actually stands for.
The First Influencer: Spider-Man
We are all aware of how often social media influencers are using their front-cam everywhere. However, has it ever occurred to you that a certain arachnid-like hero has been doing it for far longer?
Peter Parker’s job as a photographer for the tabloid newspaper, where he would take photos mostly of Spider-man. Now, most of you probably know that Peter Parker is Spider-man, and this makes his job the same as taking selfies. Easy work, easy paychecks!
I Was Younger Then, or Was I?
Here is an obvious one. How often have you heard a friend say, “I was younger then” in response to a stupid decision they made in the past, but it was actually not that long ago. Also, you probably realize then that they are just trying to play this off as an excuse for poor decision-making.
While it is very sensible to say that time changes people, “I was younger then” is completely illogical in most contexts it is used today.
Anti-Balding Kits Are a Myth in Practice
Think of a corporate billionaire from today’s time. There is a good chance that they have gone bald or have been bald for years. So, it is quite weird how Anti-Balding Kits advertise themselves as guaranteed to work.
If they were so effective, then wouldn’t such billionaires without a hair on their head use them? Might seem like a reach, but there seems to be a good reason why Lex Luthor from the Superman comics is always portrayed as a bald individual. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that!
Think of the Children!
Picture the last time someone from the last generation is using “Think of the children” as an argument. More likely than not, it’s not a very logical argument. This is caused by the lack of reality in their train of thought.
Many wrongs in this world would have never happened if these same people actually thought of the children. Yet, this point is used very frequently and actively by just about anyone elderly today for the most ill-placed discussions.
Mind Reading? Useless Without Multilingualism
How often is it that a superhero with mind-reading abilities is able to read the minds of someone who does not speak English? The chances are, quite a lot! In reality, it does not make much sense, as the mind reader would need to know the language their target speaks.
We think our thoughts in one language or another, according to human psychological studies. So, it feels strange when a mind-reading wizard is able to decrypt what their adversary is thinking, despite them not knowing the target’s language.
Colors? No Time for That!
Most of us used to be very meticulous about choosing the candy or ice pops. Never did we realize that the signs of adulthood started to show when we stopped caring about the colors and just relished the treat we had or were given.
This is a sign of maturity when you think about it – when we stop caring about how the things we want to look like and just like them for being able to serve their purpose.
Rick Astley’s Most Unique Ability
Rick Rolling seems to have become a sensational meme over the last decade or so. The song “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley has gained such popularity because of a meme – it is truly astounding.
So, imagine this, Rick Astley sends a video to one of his friends. They start watching it, only to realize it is also a Rick Roll! The fact that the singer himself can pull off his own meme really shows a lot about the reach of this meme in today’s time.
Notice Me, OP
It is a special feeling when someone sees your comment on a post amongst the thousand others that are already there. It may be on Reddit, Twitter, or Facebook. What makes the moment a lot more treasurable is when the person who made the post notices your comment and not everyone else.
It makes you feel like your response was special amongst the many others who wrote something. Truly, an excellent example of wholesomeness on the internet!
Love: Proven Through Boredom
Have you been in a committed relationship for a while now? It is quite likely, then, that you are beyond the “butterflies” phase. You do not feel excited at every point of your interaction with them. However, this is a great way to judge your feelings towards your partner.
You understand that you truly love them when you admire your partner, even at moments considered “boring” otherwise. This might just be an easy hack to understand your true feelings towards the person you claim to love at any given point.
A Watermelon is one of the most delicious fruits we eat in the summer. What makes it so special for the summer is that it’s 90% water in terms of composition. Now, imagine how you could obtain pure melon.
By heating up a watermelon in water, you would remove what is essentially mostly water and be left with the smallest amount of watermelon regardless of how big the actual fruit was.
Please, Smoke Detector Makers!
Learning how to cook can be a very fun or negative experience depending on your luck and efforts. It is very infuriating when your smoke detector goes off whenever you might have burnt something in the kitchen.
You know you are not careless enough to start an actual fire and do not like a reminder for your lack of culinary skills. Stop judging us, smoke detectors – we’re trying our best, you know!
The Employee Battery
You just got back home from work, and you are annoyed that you have to put your phone in charge. Let us assume that your phone has a normally functioning battery and you started the day off on a full charge.
This means that you used up your battery at work by doing something other than what you should have been doing – working! Your battery is a weird way to judge how much time you spent actually working, strange as it may be.
The Smartness Paradox
“I am not as smart as I think I am” – Has this thought ever occurred to you? Considering how important it is, it probably has. Thinking that you are as smart as you think usually means that you are not that smart.
True smartness is achieved in knowing about how little is known by you. In reality, those who have this thought in their mind constantly are the actual smart ones.
From – You Know Who
It is a common trend in many movies and TV series, to leave a note saying “From- You Know Who” at the end. In most cases, this might be a cute gesture by a secret admirer or a lover. Now take this into the context of Harry Potter.
That is an alarming event, when you know “you know who” is usually how people refer to Voldemort, the main antagonist of the lore. A note saying that at the end would probably have the entire wizard world panicking after it.
The Grocery Store Fitness Tracker
Trips to the grocery store are exciting for some, a necessity for others, and terrifying for a few. The number of times you have to circle a particular aisle looking for a specific product is a lot.
Also, if you were someone with anxiety, you probably would rather not ask anyone about its whereabouts. If you accumulate all the times you did this, it is likely that you walked a few kilometers inside stores over the last decade.
You Won’t Believe How Green Greenland Is!
Contrary to the name, Greenland is actually not that green. You might as well consider it as the first-ever clickbait on the map! Greenland is actually mostly covered in ice and snow most of the year, and the foliage that is able to stay alive in such weather is not one of much greenery.
It really makes you wonder what kind of thoughts were going on when the country was named. Never judge Greenland by its greenery!
Can You Keep a Secret?
It’s a wonder why so many people do this. Have you been asked, “Can you keep a secret?” any time recently? This is a strange question because of the unlikeliness of anyone actually responding with a “no.”
Besides, responding to this question negatively to someone who asked this to you is also not doable since the person who asked you this is probably someone who trusts you. Strange question or not, the default answer is always “Yes.”
Naps as a Child and Naps as an Adult
This one is a classic. People often think about this, especially in their hectic adult lives. It’s amazing how, as children, most of us hated the idea of taking a nap. The reality is actually very logical, however.
As children, most of us had enough energy to not actually need a nap every day, so it was natural to want to do just about anything else. As adults, however, a nap sounds like bliss in order to remove all the stress amidst a working day.
Elephants, Snorkels of Nature
Elephants are quite unique creatures – their gargantuan size and their extremely hard tusks just to name two things that make them so. However, the most unique trait they have is their nose. The long tube that they have for noses is actually amazing.
Additionally, if you think about it, they have natural snorkeling abilities due to this. They can stay underwater for as long as they wish, just as long as the end of their nose stays above water!
Gummy Worms: Less Worm, More Bones
Soft, delicious, and chewy are just some of the terms that come to mind when thinking about gummy worms. “Bones” are never among them, however. This is weird because gummy worms are actually made from animal bones and hard tendons.
That is how they get the chewy texture – Probably not a fact you needed to know if you enjoy your gummy worms, but it is what it is. Animal bones are very much important in gummy worm production.
The Eternal Struggle of College Students
Are you a college student? Then you are probably in one of two boats unless you are a master of the utilization of time. Either, you are ridiculed for sleeping far too much than you should. Or else, you are scolded consistently for not getting or not being able to get enough sleep.
This is super frustrating, as for those who sleep too much, they are just giving their body what it needs, and those who don’t are just trying to keep up with their studies.
Trust the Number of Reviews, Not the Ratings
When looking up the feedback for a video game or movie, we often tend to make the mistake of noticing the numbered rating. In reality, we should be doing this against the number of reviews.
If there is a large number of people who have given poor ratings to some media, chances are it is review-bombed. However, if a movie has very few ratings overall, it’s likely that it’s not worth a watch if the ratings are negative.
No matter how old we get, some things remain constant. Our bodies will always need water in order for us to survive. We will always need sleep to function well. Adding to that, we will also never get over the horrible feeling of a rude awakening.
You know that moment when you are woken up without any warning or necessity, and you cannot go back to sleep. Few feelings beat the frustration of waking up without warning by an external cause.
The Eternal Ancestors
It may be obvious to think this, but it’s still quite fascinating. At any point in time since the dawn of humanity, you have had an individual who is related to you through blood ties.
That is essentially how you exist today, thanks to that person. Imagining all the possibilities that your ancestor was taking part in 500 years ago is astounding and overwhelming, given how wide that can be as a train of thought.
The Reality of Reality Shows
Reality shows have some of the most unrealistic content in any form of media. It’s weird how they are still referred to as “reality” shows when so much of it is artificial. The camera angles to whatever is being said are all scripted.
Strange as it is, this idea still works. It would probably be better to refer to them as shows, instead of reality shows. No, watching a reality show is not necessarily a bad thing. However, one should be aware of how staged everything on screen is!
‘Either’ or ‘Either’?
How do you pronounce the word “either”? There are two ways to do it, and both are perfectly alright. The strangeness in this lies with how different they both are. One has the focus of the “I” in the word. It’s pronounced with the same effect as “Sky.”
The “ther” part is pronounced the same in both cases, more or less. The other pronunciation is “ee” with a “ther” at the end – kind of like “ski.”
The Priority of the First Job
The first job often ends up being one of the most important elements in the entirety of our professional lives. Once we have landed a job for the first time, it’s likely we will be using that experience for future job pursuing.
The best and worst part of this lies in how our academic history ends up not really meaning much afterward. Whether this is good or bad mostly depends on your results. One thing is for sure, though – having fun at one’s work is probably the most important element of a job.
There Is No Association Between Shadows and Darkness
Shadows are used to associate with darkness, especially in creative writing. Contrary to this, shadows actually are anything but associated with darkness and only exist because of light. Being a literal product of light, it can be weird when you think about how often shadows and darkness are put together.
If no light existed, there would be no shadows! Shadows only exist when light is present. So maybe, shadows should not be associated with the antagonists as much as they are in the next story we write?
College: Boomers and Millennials
This is another classic in our society. The majority of boomers who did not have a good life think that going to college would have solved this issue. On the other hand, many millennials actually regret the fact that they did go to college.
The difference is mostly caused by time. Education, the economy, everything is drastically different now from the time boomers were younger. Education was also not really as pricey then as it is today!
Thanks to Our Favorite Ogre
“All-Star” is a hit song from recent decades, but what made it so popular? Well, most likely, the answer is Shrek! It’s amazing how popular this song got after its inclusion in the classic Shrek movie.
Even today, the Smash Mouth song is used in many parts of the internet as a meme or just for enjoyment. It’s highly unlikely for this song to have become as popular as it is now without it being featured in the movie.
Retro Electric Cars in Reality
The day when electric cars are normalized, the world is going to be considered a better place mainly because of how electric cars do not have harmful carbon emissions from burning fuel. However, it’s not really all good.
Imagine what car companies would end up doing with this idea. It’s evident electric cars are on the pricier side, and car companies building retro, vintage models with electrical functionalities would cost you a fortune! However, this will eventually happen sooner or later.
The Feeling of Falling Without Having Ever Done So
Even if you have never actually fallen from a significant height, you probably have had dreams of doing this. Doing so would also give you the sensation of falling. This means that you now have experienced the sensation of falling down without actually falling down.
It’s amazing when you think how our brain is able to conjure up a feeling from sheer dreams without us actually going through it physically. Human psychology is a mystery.
Is Mario Really Superior to Luigi?
When thinking of the Mario brothers, you all know who is the more popular among the two. So, why is it that Mario is considered to be superior among the two? When putting it into context, it really should not be.
Given the fact that Luigi was able to have his own mansion while Mario was not. Next time when you think the younger brother is inferior, think about this. Maybe Luigi is secretly far more capable than Mario, and he just doesn’t want to embarrass his older sibling!
The Hidden Potential of Elsa
How powerful do you consider Elsa to be? If you think the answer is “a lot,” then you’d be right. The extent of the Disney character’s powers is still not really discovered. However, given that she was able to construct an entire castle without much effort, she could probably cause a lot of problems if she wanted to.
Imagine if she ended up freezing all the water in the world at any single point. It would require people to find alternatives instantly, which might be rather difficult!
Homer Simpson Is Frighteningly Lucky
The Simpsons is successful and Homer Simpson’s antics are a primary reason behind it. You don’t have to think very hard to understand why Homer Simpson is so lucky. The man works at a nuclear power plant as a safety inspector.
It’s unbelievable, therefore, that he has survived all this time without any terrifying accident. There’s no doubt that there are risks involved in working at a nuclear power plant, and the luck of Homer Simpson seems to stay eternally ongoing due to him not being in some terrible accident so far.
Romanticizing the Past
“Born in the wrong generation” is quite popularly said by a lot of us, both ironically and not. However, going just a few decades back would mean that you’d have to live life without many facilities you have today.
Just as an example, you would not have access to this article, nor any of the things you have ever found using Google. Next time you hear someone saying this, keep in mind that the further you go back in time, the harder life gets in many ways.
The X-Men Would Most Likely Be Sports Stars in Reality
If you are familiar with the X-Men, you know their powers – Beast with his animal-like reflexes and strength, Jean Grey with her telekinesis, and so on. What’s wild about this is how if these guys actually existed in our reality, they would probably make great use of their abilities in sports.
Imagine if Beast was to take part in a javelin-throwing contest, where the distance the javelin is thrown is the main point. Beast would probably make a fortune off this!
Money as Turtles and Rabbits
The last time you got your salary and spent all of it on necessities, you were probably gutted. It is very frustrating when money seems to come to us at the pace of a turtle and zips away like a rabbit when we spend it.
If the reverse could happen, it would be great. Imagine if we were getting money running to us while leaving us very slowly – Quite a delightful thought. Unfortunately, it is just a thought and not at all the way reality works.
We All Shine in Life – No, Really!
As kids, many of us are told to shine in life as motivation for the future. Maybe your parents are telling you this to try to convince you to pursue higher studies. What is weird is that, when you take this saying literally, it opens up a world of strangeness.
People actually shine in life, every single one of us! Most likely, at least half of the day. You are visible to others because of light reflecting against you, i.e. – shining!
The Rarity of Common Sense
Common sense is quite uncommon; most of us have learned this over time and experience. What is it then that makes us rage at the lack of common sense from others? Quite a strange fact when you think about it. If it is common sense, then they should know it.
However, if common sense is actually very uncommon, then it is not surprising that it is present in very few people. Conflicting ideas as they may be, this is just another fact of our reality today.
Control and No Control
A very liberating approach to life is to realize that there are things you can control and you cannot control. This sounds simple in context and when saying it, but, in reality, it can be rather difficult.
To not overthink things you cannot control is a true sign of your mind grasping reality. When we worry about what is in our control and stop worrying about what is not, it is a true moment of peacefulness and liberation.
Contrary to what it says, “no bait” is actually found to be the most actively used form of baiting people. Social media baiting refers to stirring up controversy amongst others unnecessarily.
This can be done by giving unpopular opinions on something or just by being mean in general. Regardless of saying “no bait” or not, baiting is actually one of the more negative aspects of social media – as it tends to attract a lot of negative attention unnecessarily.
The world as it is shows the importance of digital reunions. High school and university reunions have reduced over time in terms of being physically held. It is great to catch up with your peers from your past life, assuming you want to.
Digitization of this process has made us aware of how easily it can be done from home, without needing to find a time frame when everyone is available to travel to a single meeting point!