Now You Can Easily Donate Your Hair For Charitable Purposes !

“No Act of Kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted – Aesop”

It might not be a big deal for you to go and get a new hairdo, but for a few deprived people even dreaming the same could be impossible. Lots of people experience hair loss due to genetic problems or during their cancer treatment through chemotherapy. It will be more than bliss for them if someone from us go forward and donate them with our useless hair.

Donate Your Hair For Charitable Purposes Now In India too

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Hair donation can definitely brighten up their lives while adding to their aesthetic beauty. Hair donation, unlike wigs, doesn’t have anything artificial. Simply, when you go for hair cut next time, preserve the wasted hair and donate the same to cancer patients or people who might have experienced hair loss in recent times. It should be done purely on voluntary and charitable purposes. There are many charitable organizations that facilitate so.

Top 6 Global Charitable Organizations that Accept Hair Donations

Locks of Love, Florida (US)

Pantene Beautiful Lengths, Minnesota (US)

Children with Hair Loss, Michigan (US)

Hair Aid, India

Wigs for Kids, Ohio (US)

Angel Hair for Kids, Ontario (Canada)

Hair Donation in India: An Initiative by Hair Aid

Hair Aid, founded by Yatin Deshpande, is the leading NGO and social organization in India that promotes hair donation from the concerned people of the country. All the donated hair is used to create wigs for people suffering from hair loss – free of cost. The organization also spearheads the awareness campaign to make people more aware of this noble initiative in the Indian subcontinent.

Such organizations are already active in other developed countries such as the UK, US and Canada. As per the estimate, around 3% of the global populations suffer from hair loss in one way or another at some stage in their lives.

Hair Donation Guidelines for the Recipients

Minimum Hair that You can take: 6 to 10 inches.

Citizenship Status: You Should be a citizen of the country from where you wish to receive Hair.

Residential Status: You must be a resident of that country

Financial Condition: The Person should be from weaker economical background.

Quality of Living: Or should be of Below Poverty Line (BPL) Category.

Medical Issues: The beneficiary should have experienced hair loss in recent times through medical reasons such as the diseases like Cancer or lupus or other reasons such as burns, accidents and so on.

Documents to be provided: A copy of Birth Certificate and Medical certificate with relevant images of the patient with or without hair loss.

Guidelines to Follow for Hair Donors

Collected Hair should be of maximum a year old.

Such hair should have been stored in a ponytail or braid.

Bleached Hair is not permitted – ask your stylist – if you are not sure.

Sporadic hair collected from floor to form a bundle is not accepted.

Hair with dreadlock is not accepted.

Maximum length of the hair should be of 10 inches.

Hair: The Prized Possession of Every Woman

In the Indian subcontinent hair loss is too common but hair donation is a rare phenomenon due to lesser awareness of this subject. Women of these regions prefer to have long hair, but unfortunately while undergoing a serious medical treatment they might have to part ways with their most prized possession – Hair.

Donate Your Hair For Charitable Purposes Now In India too

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In such a situation, hair donation is something that could once again bring smiles to their faces while enhancing the level of their beauty quotient through using up the donated hair.

Evil Empires of History

Here are some of the most evil nations of the world

From worse to the worst, here are the 5 most evil empires in History.

  1. Imperial Japan

Today’s peaceful Japan hasn’t always been so. The Japanese regime was responsible for killing about eight million people so as to become the most powerful empire in Asia.

The biggest victim of the Japanese’s rise to power was China. In 1937, in then China’s capital Nanking, Japanese Imperial Army murdered 300,000 people, half of the entire population of the capital of 600,000. The women were raped and then murdered by the Japanese soldiers. The young soldiers were encouraged to inflict as much pain as possible.

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  1. The Spanish Empire – 1492 – 1892

The Spanish empire was rapidly expanding in the 15th and the 16th century. As as result of this expansion, the Spanish empire was also responsible for heartlessly killing about 5 million people. They were also responsible for bringing in the regions they overtook, small pox epidemic due to which about 300 million people died. They forced their interpretation of the Catholicism to be abided by all in their empire. They used the head crusher method to kill those who did not follow their rules.

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  1. Ottoman Empire – 1301 to 1922

Without a doubt, the Ottoman empire was one the most powerful empires in human history. Their reign lasted over six centuries over three continents. Towards the decline, the Ottoman empire was responsible for carrying our many atrocities. One of the known is the burning alive of 5000 people of Batak in Bulgaria. In three years between 1915 and 1918, the empire slaughtered about 2 million Armenians living in Turkey.

 

  1. The Mongol Empire – 1206 to 1368

The Mongol empire is known for killing about 11% of the world’s population. Their empire covered a quarter of the earth. Those killed included pregnant women and innocent civilians. After the Khwarezmid empire lost to the Mongols, they poured molten silver in their eyes.

The historians believe that the deadly black death pandemic took off at the siege of Kaffa. This points our to the possibility of bio warfare by the Mongols.

  1. The British Empire – 1783 to 1997

About 150 million people have died because of the British Empire, which carried tremendous atrocities in Asia, Africa and Europe. Their intrusive taxation system forced the people to bleed. As a result, about 29 million died in India due to widespread famines. This, even after they exported food products in India.

During the Bengal famine of 1943, he refused to take the matter seriously and infamously said “starvation of anyhow underfed Bengalis is less serious than that of sturdy Greeks”.

Top 6 Apps to Sleep Better

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A good 8-hour sleep is very hard to get these days. The use of various gadgets and apps from time to time keeps us distracted whole night and in the morning the daily work starts – hardly we get time to nap. However, not all apps are just for fun only. To begin with, there are a lot of high-quality sleeping apps that prompt people to sleep better, and feel refreshed in the following day.

The most common reasons why people stay awake in the night are; insomnia, excessive stress, late night works, watching TV, listening to songs and many more. The list is endless, but somehow one needs to sleep better to stay safe from various diseases while enhancing one’s immunity to fight diseases. Proper sleep is the cornerstone of a healthy mind, body and soul.

  • SleepBot for Android: This operating system is getting a lot of admirations from all across the globe for its effectiveness and user-friendly technology. The SleepBot for Android is such a magnificent app that can easily track sleep patterns and astutely measure whether you are having a good 8-hour sleep or not. It will also let you know whether you have snorted in the previous night or not. It supports waking alarm feature too which wakes you up just at the right time in the morning.
  • Jawbone UP: The Jawbone Up is another important sleeping app that helps users to track your sleep while ensuring whether you have a proper diet or not. It also has an intelligent sleep recognition feature that finds out whether you are sleeping lightly or deeply. Jawbone Up feature is available for both iOS and Android mobile apps.
  • Sleep Cycle: It is an iOS application that monitors your sleep habits and wakes you up at the break of the dawn. The app costs around $1 and you can avail it on your iphone smartphones and tablets. The app collects all data relating to your sleeping habits and informs you the same in the following morning.
  • Beddit: This app sends data from an ultra-thin film sensor under your bedsheet to an iOS mobile app installed in your iPhone. This works on the ballistocardiography (BCB) system, which measures cardiorespiratory functions from your respiration and heartbeats. It can measure sleep time, sleep latency and snorting as well.
  • eSleep: It is relatively a cheaper app costing just around $1. This app is invented by Vanke software. It plays various soothing tunes to let you sleep tension-free. Pink noise, white noise, nature noise and brown noise helps you to sleep peacefully because of their lower level of decibels.
  • Fitbit One: This is an extremely useful app for a good night sleep. You can easily fit it on your pocket. It keeps track of your physical activity and measures whether that is healthy for you or not. When you wish to sleep, simply fasten the fitbit app on your wristband and set it to sleep mode. It will record all your movements that you made in the previous night. Once you connect the app to its website, you will get the complete report on what kept you awake at night and for how much you slept last night. You can use both Android and iOS smartphone to collect FitBit data. This is currently available at $100 per piece.

These low-cost but high-quality sleeping apps help people to get the must-needed 8-hour sleep daily at the night time. So, what are you waiting for? Buy one such app today and sleep better – stay fit.

Head Transplant A Reality Now!

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If you think “Frankenstein” was merely a fictional character of Mary Shelley more than two hundred year back, then pause, and think again. In the world of science, nothing is impossible and if science wins then who knows you might see “head transplant” a reality.

The neurosurgeon who is on the verge of carrying out first human head transplant experiment is Dr Sergio Canavero. He is relentlessly trying to do something which the world perceives to be unethical, surreal and impractical. In fact, the experiment could take place anytime this year.

If he succeeds no matter how much controversial the world claims this HEAVEN (Head Anastomosis Venture) project to be – it can be life-giving for the neck-paralysed people to again return to normal life. One of the wheelchair users Valery Spiridonov, hailing from Russia, is ready to volunteer himself for this project.

The experiment will observe how a brain will be frozen to prevent brain cells from dying and then tubes would be attached to support veins and nerves. The spinal cord will be cut and repaired and then again stitched to the skin of the donor body.

Pre-Surgery Preparation

The Chicago-based Inventum Bioengineering Technologies (firm) has created a VR system that would help the patients prepare for the psychological reactions that they may encounter after a head transplant.

Inventum chief executive Alexander Pavlovick stated to media, ‘In preparing the patient of Heaven (Head Anastomosis Venture) to transition into a new body, virtual reality training will be used before the surgical procedure to prevent the occurrence of unexpected psychological reactions. We are combining the latest advancements in virtual reality to develop the world’s first protocol for preparing the patient for bodily freedom after the transplantation procedure.’

First Human Head Transplant in 2017

The sharpest knife will be used to cut the spinal cord to a millionth of meter size during the process. Then it will be again repaired before using electrical stimulation to functionalise the nerves. It can even bring movement in a fresh dead body too with electrical tests as it stimulates the entire nervous system.

In fact, Dr Canavero and his friends have carried similar experiment in dogs which stood semi-success. A neck-paralysed dog was about to walk free and wag its tail post this experiment. However, critics argued that even if the experiment was semi-successful in animals, there is no guarantee of its success in humans.

The Expected Procedure of Head Transplant

A new person would need a transplant donor – already declared brain dead.

Heads of both the patient and his donor would be cut simultaneously.

Patient’s head will be affixed to the brain-dead donor using Polythylene gylcol.

It will be injected between the two ends for a clean fusion.

The patient will be put in a coma to recover properly while his muscles and blood supply get stitched.

When patient will come out of medically-induced coma, it is expected that he will be able to behave normally.

 

 

Warning: An Armageddon in the Waiting?

The majority of the medical experts feel that such experiments would be futile in case of humans. All of them have echoed that such a surgery will result in sure death. In fact, many feel that “Head transplant” could be actually worse than death – it may bring the horrific scenes of half-dead people like Zombies walking down the streets to real.

The latest news said that the project code named “Heaven” (Head Anastomosis Venture) will be postponed due to non-availability of volunteers. The Russian man Valery Spiridonov might backtrack since his girlfriend is not agreeing to his participation in volunteering with the HEAVEN project.

Top 6 Reasons Why Weighted Blankets are Healthy for You

 

We are well aware of the utility of blankets in winter season. But people mostly use them to stay warm. However, in the last few years, the use of weighted blankets has become an essential part of our lives. Weighted blankets will not only keep you warm but also pacify your moods to a large extent.

What’s more special is the fact that weighted blankets are equally beneficial for every one of us. Whether you are a child, middle aged man or an old person, weighted blanket acts as a panacea to cure your psychological pains while protecting you from chilly winter too.

It has also proved to be extremely helpful to correct the mental imbalances in children who are affected due to autism, sensory disorders and other mental problems. These blankets actually provide deep pressure touch receptor from head to toe letting the body loose free. It makes a person feel secured, relaxed and tension free.

Benefits of using bulky and thick blankets at a glance

  1. It distributes weights evenly through the plastic poly pellets throughout the blanket prompting a good 8-hour sleep for the person using such a blanket.
  2. Thick blankets act as a boon for the Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) children to sleep well while enhancing their concentration levels.
  3. Thick blankets don’t have toxic Hypo–allergenic materials so it’s completely safe for everyone to use. It can be washed and air dry as well unlike other blankets.
  4. People with high level of anxiety and increased blood pressure find thick blankets as one of the easiest remedies to stay calm and cool. Once a person rests on the blanket, he tends to feel much relaxed and rejuvenated in the morning.
  5. The extra thickness on the blanket prompts the brain to release neurotransmitters such as Serotonin and Dopamine which correct a person’s mood and soothes his minds.
  6. The use of weighted blankets inserts a greater pressure to the joints, muscles and ligaments letting the central nervous system to function better. The therapeutic usage of such blankets is now recommended by doctors also across many places.

How It Works?

According to the latest research, a good sleep is essential to improve people’s productivity and duration of sleep. Therefore, weighted blankets help a person to cure his or her insomnia easily without any extra medicines.

The National Institute of Mental Health, has recently stated that more than 35 million adults in the US are suffering from anxiety disorder and other mental disturbances. Be it on the issue of a relationship, normal life, and ability to stay take things positively while keeping oneself calm and cool is the need of the hour. That’s when the role of thick blankets comes to play. You can use such blankets alongside meditation and yoga to derive greater advantages.

This winter, make thick blankets a part of your life. With constant use of Wi-Fi, modem and other digital gadgets we become an easy prey of stress, tension and enhanced level of anxiety. Therefore, a solid 8-hour slumber is necessary, and a use of thick blankets helps us in achieving the same.

Choose to Meditate

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So what is meditation? Well, it can be a lot of things.

The word meditation has its origin in the Latin word Meditari, which translates to deep thinking and concentration. In short, meditation has everything to do with concentration and focus.

There is no hard way or easy way to meditate. Anybody and everybody can do it. It does not require any set of skills, all you need is to do it. Is that all?

Not exactly!

Meditation, as mentioned before is the art of focusing, which can be really hard for us people who are mostly multitasking. To meditate, one needs to let it go.

Many a times people confuse meditation with postures. Meditation has nothing to do with postures, it has nothing to do with physical abilities. Meditation is all about focusing on what is going on in your head and understand why.

The most amazing part of meditation is that you don’t really need to understand or think about why you are thinking what you are thinking because your mind is already doing that, but you need to be aware of it, be conscious of it.

What are the benefits?

The first thing that one shouldn’t think before meditation is about its benefits. You must throw out all external ideas of what good or bad meditation can do to a person. You must leave it to the process itself. It will guide you to its positives which is not physical in nature, but mental.

It builds and improves your mental health. In simpler terms, people feel move lively and healthy after meditation. Just like doing yoga improves your physical performance, meditation improves the performance of your mind and your brain.

Meditation revives the energy that we often loose for the kind of lifestyle we have. Human mind is always occupied with thoughts of demand and success and getting happy, which in its own times takes a toll on our minds and creates a gap between what our mind in its naked form requires and what we on the other hand need for ‘satisfaction’.

Meditation gets you in touch with yourself again, but one should not take it for granted. Meditation is a responsibility of handling your true nature, of being truthful to yourself while you go through and see alive the thoughts that you are mostly unconscious about.

Our reaction to these thoughts must be frank and we should accept them in  their natural form, for only then we can reap the benefits of feeling light headed, energized and happy. Meditation should not be confused with a physical betterment, although it can be helpful there as well. It is a way of communicating with ourself and we must do that truthfully.

Postures?

One can lie down, stand, sit, or be in any position. All you need is to close your eyes in whichever position you feel comfortable and let your thoughts flow. Do not forget to stay conscious of what you are thinking, that’s where the meditation lies, so look at your thoughts, but don’t react to them. Just be conscious of them.

The most important thing to note is spend some time meditating. Spend at least 30 minutes everyday doing it and then only you shall feel the impact.

Ranting in Anger

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There’s a world out there where men and women have no choice of life and the also ones who do have no bloody idea that something this extreme exists. Although in India and other similar societies the latter case is more serious. There’s a world out there where discrimination starts from the very moment of a child’s birth. And then there is this world where discrimination is physical, situational and temporary and exists because we are unintentionally attracted towards it.

In techincal terms like choosing someone who looks more beautiful over someone who isn’t, like looking in the mirror 10 times more after the haircut, like buying clothes that are neither too cheap nor too costly, like sitting in the CCD for a tea worth 200 bucks over tea worth 5-7-10 bucks, like marrying someone for money, like being friends with someone who you feel proud of, like being crazy for filmstars, like looking down at those who beg, like feeling pity for a kid with no slippers, like shouting at someone because you are angry at yourself, like blaming someone for your fault and choice.

 

Aren’t all these examples of discrimination? Yea but who cares? I’m am just too comfortable to make changes in my comfortabilities, I mean who cares about what I do, I am free, I have freedom of choice! Although i prefer Gucci, Reebok, Swatch, Disco, SRK, Designers, iPhone, but I dont prefer a sitdown with someone I don’t like because I am just too full of myself and my confined freedom of thought.

I mean I am just so used to attaching myself to material and superficial things that I dont really THINK about it. And why should it bother you? Afterall its my freedom of choice and why does it matter to you if this hoice is driven by external factors and not me? Why should it matter to you?

Oh please dont let this insult you, stop thinking, it might seriously insult your comfort zone. You are right, you should be allowed to use laptop whenever you want, you should be allowed to use phone whenever you want, you should be allowed to watch tv whenever you want, you should allowed to do whatever you want, because you are different and you have the freedom, dont worry about the complexity of your material freedom because its never ending and probably too tiring and boring to THINK, rather just watch Sheldon Cooper and decipher one of his geeky jokes to make sure your brain is functioning properly.

There is a serious problem of what freedom has come down to. The problem is so serious that the word itself is defying the very logic of it if you can look at it intrinsically. We talk of freedom sipping a cup of tea purchased from a store which is provided with the product by a brand, the brand that buys it from a middleman who buys from the farmers who employ workers to do their jobs, workers who are paid as low as Rs. 50 per day, even lower than the cost of your tea packet. Coming back to our tea topic, we were talking about freedom and then the government that does nothing for the people WHO THEMSELVES DO NOTHING but pretend as if they are doing wonders. Mindless peace of shits!

Maybe one day, just one day we might be able to keep our FREEDOM aside and start believing that the world is not just a few billion people, but a few billion minds. That our world is not what i think it is, but rather how I choose to look at it and maybe that day we might realize that everybody is free to take decisions (good or bad), that we all are different and cannot be controlled, but need to know what we do. That being influenced is good, but not by sacrificing the very identity, that the world is more than just a word and exists beyond me and my FREEDOM and that my life is the biggest example of it and my brain is just an unsolved mystery and that I shall not lay down my life to waste by taking actions that limit me to a mere body which is only capable of thinking that I am FREE and nothing beyond which would make me do something with my FREEDOM.

Let us make a society of individuals who live and respect each others choice and freedom and not overshadowing the low voices. Let’s not make a society in which an individual can only enter, when they have become that the society wants them to be. Let’s inherit our differences, but at the same time, lets be aware how different we are.

Gender Inequality – Everyone Is A Culprit!

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India of today is relentlessly aspiring to make a solidified place for itself in world politics, economy, defense, science and space. On one hand, more than two decades of liberalization and globalization has redefined the concept of capital economy around the world at large and particularly in India; whereas, UN General Assembly still in 2015 lists ending poverty and hunger as their primary Sustainable Development Goals.

The paradox is nowhere more evident in its entirety than in India. Despite the grave income inequality, so much so, that one is forced to vividly notice the existence of two juxtaposed national entities surviving within the geographical boundaries of one India; there is something that unifies these contrasting national identities and it is not Hindutva! Whether one is rich or a pauper, educated or uneducated, urban or a rural resident, we are all bitten by the bug of a cultural male bias! It would be easier to shrug one’s shoulder on yet another feminist sermon. But, the declining Child Sex Ratio ever since the recorded data on population has been maintained is a horrifying and disturbing indicator for the country. Modernity, education and growth were supposed to end gender inequality but what we are witnessing is starkly opposite!

Society is the reflection of material development. The nation which is obsessed with consumerism, translating it as growth needs introspection on this disheartening trend that encompasses religious, ethnic, educational, economic, caste-based and geographical diversity. A society in which a woman is discriminated against from her mother’s womb and her modesty outraged either physically or psychologically has no right to call itself civilized or developed.

I had a long held prejudice against marriage in its arranged, moral, societal and family oriented format as the root cause for all social woes. It will be a different debate altogether and inconsequential too as anyway in our time while we walk the earth, there seems no plausible hope of this rouged institution of marriage waning. Weddings will continue to be negotiated between families and women will continue to be treated as objects in this widely accepted, sacred and lawful trade.

However, there is something which all of us can do to curb the persistent adverse sex ratio without much rigor at individual levels. It is by fighting against the menace of dowry and understanding its detrimental backlash on the country. We can play a crucial part towards a gender equitable world. Dowry is often downplayed but is one of the most vital empirical reasons for the tendency of not wanting a girl child. The practice of dowry continues unabated and in the present epoch of commercialization has become uglier than ever. Ironically, we have made women their own foes in this vicious arrangement of family affairs! Every one of us is a culprit in this abhorrent crime against women as either a directly involved party or a witness who preferred shutting their eyes, mouth and ears like Gandhi’s pseudo mystic apes!

I am aware of some obnoxious arguments in favour of dowry too. I suppose anybody who respects individuality, believes in liberty and values the dignity of human life could only laugh at such sugar-coated pretexts being offered, as I did! To rise against dowry will be our first formidable step towards empowering women and moving forward into a desired land where people irrespective of any biases and prejudice have freedom of choices and outcomes!

 

Is War and Hatred an Intelligent Solution to India Pakistan Crisis?

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The creators of Indian Constitution and the founding fathers of the Independent India knew that partition was not going to solve the problems of conflict that arose due to Hindu Muslim divide. Yet, they thought that it is the best step towards peace in the country. People will forever blame Gandhi for his decision of allowing this to happen, but can we really look beyond what has happened and see if war is the only intelligent solution to conflict between India and Pakistan and if not, then what else can bring peace to this ever growing problem of Kashmir and terrorism.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra during his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on September 25th, retaliated to Pakistan’s rhetoric of war for 1000 years with India by saying, “I accept this challenge. I want to tell you that India wants to fight with Pakistan. If you have the courage then why not fight to end poverty, unemployment, illiteracy. Let us see which country wins, India or Pakistan.” To be frank, people in the country have much stronger sentiment than these. There are many who feel India should go to war with Pakistan and take revenge for the loss our nation has borne. To those who actually feel so, might not really understand what a family goes through when a son, father, brother or any other member is fighting at the forefront of the war.
What happened in Uri (Jammu and Kashmir) has shocked the entire nation. Such acts should not be tolerated by any country, but who is to be blamed is a question that we all must ask. Is the entire country of Pakistan to be blamed? Are there people equally responsible for what’s happening across the border that they too should be hated equally as their army and politicians?
Banning Artists from Pakistan
Recently, Times Now news channel, under its editor Arnab Goswami was discussing the nonsensical remarks of MNS (Maharashtra Navanirman Sena) on Pakistani artists. MNS politicians asked for a ban on Bollywood artists from Pakistan and said that they would throw the ones who will not leave. Is this really logical to think of the people from across the border like this? Are we so dumb that we would actually believe in these words and start hating the people whose problems are similar to ours if not like ours.
In India, there educational institutions where students from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan come to study and only they know how much it means to them to get a good education to live a prosperous life. These are the students who will go on to share their experiences from India and tell their own people how different we are as compared to how we are portrayed. So its’ not about taking a stand for big Bollywood stars, but for the ones who are not so powerful and need immunity from political issues. It’s the only way forward when most of the so called ‘progressive world’ is under the impact of direct or indirect war/ terrorism.
People of India and Pakistan should be left alone. They should not be forced to take part in this business of enmity. They already have enough problems to deal with, being an imaginary enemy can wait for sometime.

Husband Eats Wife’s Nose For Not Answering His Calls

In a rare incident, a man in China ate his wife’s nose as she failed to answer his calls. This incident has been reported in China on September 08, 2015. Yes, you have read it right. A man bit and then swallowed his wife’s entire nose in anger as she failed to answer his phone calls at 2am! Continue reading