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About Trina McMillin

Trina McMillin is a freelance writer who enjoys researching topics and using her personal experiences to create fun, interesting content; in addition, Trina uses the knowledge she attained as a phlebotomist, laboratory assistant and medical transcriptionist to create informative, yet compelling medical and health-related content.

The Upside-Down Man

Claudio Viera de Oliveira Is “The Upside-Down Man”

Claudio Viera de Oliveira resides in Monte Santo, Brazil. As soon as he was born, it was evident that his life would be full of challenges. Oliveira has a condition called congenital arthrogryposis. Due to this condition, Oliveira has severely deformed limbs and a neck that is folded upon itself, which makes his head fall backwards and appear upside down. At the time of his birth, the doctors believed Oliveira would have a short lifespan, as such, they encouraged his mother to starve him, and just let him die: However, she ignored their advice and cared for her son as any mother would care for her child. Despite his condition, a short lifespan was not in the cards for Oliveira and at the age of 40, he decided to write his autobiography. read more

Black People With Blonde Hair: The Genes That Cause It

Although blonde hair has traditionally been considered a Caucasian trait, in Australia, some black people are actually born with the golden locks that many American women attain via a bottle. The golden strands of hair framing the dark skin of the face is truly a wonderful sight: These locks are reminiscent of sunbeams falling from the sky.

The People of the Islands of Melanesia

Melanesia consists of several islands that rest within a sub region of Oceania. Melanesia islands include: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. One theory stated that salt-water whitening, sun exposure, excess fish consumption, American or European heritage were responsible for the light hair color. However, a study conducted by Sean Myles contradicts these assumptions. read more

Indonesian Villagers Who Dig Up Their Ancestors And Dress Them

Indonesian Villagers Who Dig Up Their Ancestors And Dress Them

Acknowledging the dead is a common practice for many societies: From Mexico’s Día de los Muertos to America’s Memorial Day, remembering and honoring our lost loved ones allows us to consciously recognize their absence. However, some cultures take remembering and honoring their dead to another, much higher, level. For example, some of the residents in Toraja, Indonesia, practice a ritual that is referred to as Ma’nene (The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses). This ritual is performed on the dead every three years. These Torajans believe that the Ma’nene Ritual strengthens their bonds with their deceased relatives. read more

war in space

War In Space: No Longer Science Fiction

From the time that space exploration began, astronauts have enjoyed a rather peaceful experience as they ventured out to ‘go where no man has gone before;’ however, in the very near future, as adversaries of the U.S. deploy weapons beyond our atmosphere, that peaceful journey into space may become something of the past.

Although war in space is a frightening prospect, this possibility has led the U.S. military to begin preparing for a potential war in space. General John Hyten is the head of the U.S. Strategic Command. Gen. Hyten told CNN that every time humans physically move into any area, there is conflict: He references the Wild West and the world wars in Europe. And the possibility of conflict in space requires that we prepare for it. read more

Vinny Ohh

Vinny Ohh: A Man On A Mission To Become A “Genderless” Alien

When it comes to extraterrestrials, one of the most common questions asked has always been, “If aliens exist, what do they look like?” Well, a 22-year-old make-up artist/model from Los Angeles has a unique vision as to what physical characteristics an alien possesses. His name is Vinny Ohh, and he is in the process of transforming himself into his version of an extraterrestrial.

A Brief History

Vinny felt like an outcast during his childhood and when he was 16 years old he began wearing full body suits with eight-inch platform shoes, so being different feels normal to him. He began having cosmetic procedures to change is appearance at the age of 17: He states that with his large head and lack of eyebrows, he already resembled a Martian, and he is just embracing that. Vinny has wanted to be sexless and genderless since he was in his teens. Although he has been seeking assistance from physicians to make this dream a reality for quite some time, he is having difficulty finding a doctor willing to remove his genitals. read more