What is “Molly”?

Music Festivals & MollyIf you have ever heard people talking about something called “Molly”, you certainly may wonder “what is Molly?”

I have just returned from the Electric Forest Music Festival where the question was not “what is Molly?” but rather “do you know where I can get some Molly?”

Why would people be asking this at a music festival, you ask. Well, it’s because Molly is a drug and Molly is slang for pure ecstasy, also known as MDMA. And, at an Electronic Music Festival, nearly everybody, certainly all of the 30,000 people at the Electric Forest Festival, are taking “Molly”. On the wikipedia Molly-MDMA page, one of the reported subjective side effects is an “uncontrollable urge to dance.” And, definitely, people are dancing all day and night at the Electronic Forest Festival.

Is Molly Dangerous? Should You Try Molly?

I am not a scientist but there is certainly a lot of information out there about Molly. Here are some Google searches that you can just click and see many different perspectives:

Is Molly Dangerous?
Is Molly Bad For You?
Is Molly Addictive?

These are all searches that you might want to take a look at. It’s always important to know what you are putting into your body.

However, I will say two things and, mind you, this is my subjective assessment but based on real experiences.

One, I have always shied away from all heavy drugs and initially I thought Molly was in this category and so I stayed away from it. However, after doing lots of reading, my opinion on that has changed. Molly is not in that category of heavy drugs; it simply makes you happy and loving with a strong desire to dance, love life, and be intrigued by colors of all variety :)

Update, December 2014: I have just watched a a Drugs, Inc National Geographic special called “Manic Molly”. The reality nowadays is that most of the “Molly” that people are getting is not real MDMA. Thus, the immediate and lasting effects will not be the true “Molly” experience and you should take immense caution because these drugs are manufactured under very shady and dubious scenarios. Here is the episode of “Manic Molly”.

And, two, I did see several people at the music festival who mix Molly with other drugs. When you start doing this, you have changed the game and better be very careful.

Some Videos About Molly That You May Enjoy

It’s always nice to see some videos about the topics at hand. So, I have a couple videos here about Molly that you may enjoy.

Molly: Why Do People Use It?

Molly: A First Time Experience

Any thoughts? Comment below!

Richard CummingsWhat is “Molly”?

Why Does The Leaning Tower Of Pisa Lean

Why Does the Leaning Tower of Pisa LeanMany of you want to know “why does the Leaning Tower of Pisa Lean?”.  In this article, we’ll take a look at why you want to know and why the Leaning Tower of Pisa actually leans.

This is a question of great importance as it may someday allow you to answer that final question in Trivial Pursuit and defeat your friend Ernest who has always beaten you.  He’s downright annoying, isn’t he?

Or, you may find yourself with Regis, and be faced with the final question:  Why Does The Leaning Tower Of Pisa Lean?  You’ve bet it all and cannot go back.  If you miss, you’ll lose almost everything.  Can you just hear Regis now (A), “the Tower Leans because of the earthquake in 1721…” The music plays…and you know the answer because you read this article!

Where is the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Where is the Leaning Tower of Pisa

If you guessed Italy, you are right.

Where? Well, it is after all the Leaning Tower of …yes, Pisa. We are smart today!!!

But where in the heck is Pisa? I’ve been to Italy but Pisa was not on my “Let’s Blow Through Europe in 2 Weeks Book”. Perhaps it was because I could not leave the twins I met in Lake Como (what a 9 days that was…leaving me only 2 days to blow through Europe…you wouldn’t have left either…I promise.)

Anyhow, check out the map to your left. Pisa is situated on the west coast of Italy. I could have done the trip from Lake Como in one day were it not for the twins. But why do they have this famous Tower and why does it lean? Ok, I’m getting to that!

What is the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Well, technically, if you want to get technical, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a “campanile”. Envision an Italian saying that with flair and a cup of Italian espresso and it sounds much better. ”

Campanile” means freestanding bell tower. This is interesting because most people build their bell tower as part of the Cathedral. Perhaps the Italians, after much red wine, did not know that they could actually add the bell to their Cathedral and thus built a free-standing bell tower. Thus, The Tower of Pisa is a “bell tower” situated next to the Cathedral. (Pisa built a Cathedral because this was “cool” back then and plus, every other town had a cathedral.

What ‘chu gonna do? You gots to have a Cathedral!”

(direct translation from Georgio on January 8, 1172)

So, Why Does the Leaning Tower of Pisa Lean

Well, Italians have never been known for their precision outside of the bedroom. Of course, they intended for the Tower to stand upright, erect if you will. But, “Cose che succedono”, or “sh*t happens”.

Upon construction of the tower, after some foundation was laid, the Tower of Pisa began to lean to the southeast. This is the most interesting part. The Tower was leaning while it was being built.

Now, I know you think that most architects would cease construction at that point. Looking at each other saying, “hey, we better rethink this, the building is leaning.” That is so un-Italian of you. The Italians said, “Let’s keep this thing going and see what happens.” It only took 177 years to build which is nothing in the big scheme of things, right?

So, what did happen? Though the Tower of Pisa initially leaned to the Southeast, it now leans to the Southwest. Since is resides on bed of poorly laid foundation and loose “substrate” (you’ll enjoy that link–NOT), the lean predictability factor (LPF) is quite difficult to figure out.

Thus, the Italians enjoyed looking at it each day for 100’s of years and asking two questions: (1) Is the Tower still there? (2) If so, which way is it leaning?

An interesting side story about this. In the 1500’s, a gentlemen named Antonio was married to his wife Giulietta. He created a daily ritual whereby he convinced his wife that the Tower would fall any day now. Thus, when they looked out each morning to see the Tower, if it was still standing, Antonio would get to have sex with Giuletta. And, if it was leaning to the Southwest, he would have a nice oral treat that evening. The Tower stood for the length of their marriage. Antonio’s gravestone simply says: “un uomo soddisfatto”. “A satisfied man.”

Will The Leaning Tower of Pisa Fall Down: The Future of the Leaning Tower of Pisa

Those who wonder “Why Does The Leaning Tower Of Pisa Lean?” may also ask the question “Will The Leaning Tower of Pisa Fall Down?”. That’s the question I would ask if I am going to visit. If I am going to be inside the thing, I need to know if it will stay up for the time that I am in it. Yeah, I know, it’s stood for about 900 years, but what if?

If you did not visit Lake Como and meet twins, you might find yourself at the foot of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In fact, that may be the only reason that you visited Pisa at all, to see its Leaning Tower.

The government of Italy requested some assistance in 1964 (900 years later) to make this thing stay up. However, they mandated that the Leaning Tower of Pisa must stay leaning. Otherwise, they declared, “nobody will visit Pisa.” And they’re probably right…what else do you know about Pisa?

It only took the reconstruction committee, comprised of a mathematicians, engineers, and historians 26 years to come up with a solution. Those on the initial team had a big party when the designs were complete and laughed, “we made a career out of this!” The two Americans in the group, high on Chianti, were heard to say simply, “I love Italy.”

The reconstruction plans called for the closing of the Tower while work was being done. Every building within reach of a potential “falling Tower” was evacuated. The first thing that the reconstruction team did was remove the bells as they caused excessive weight shifts. The bells would eventually be returned because you cannot have a bell tower without any bells. Then, you simply have a leaning tower with no bells and how interesting is that?

In the end, it took 11 years for the reconstruction of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and now the tower is said “to be stable for the next 300 years.”

So, let’s see.

The Tower had stood for about 1000 years. Then, a team of engineers meets for 26 years to come up with a plan for “tower stability” and they can only come up with a plan that will guarantee 300 years.

I’d want my money back!

Why Does The Leaning Tower Of Pisa Lean: Summary

The Leaning Tower of Pisa Leans because it’s built on faulty soil. It shifts as the soil shifts. Though it has stood for 900 years, it has been re-engineered to last for 300 more years.

If you plan to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa in the year 2300, be careful. Otherwise, visit Pisa to check out…or just stay with the twins in Lake Como and look at pictures of the Tower…and take pictures with the twins!

Richard CummingsWhy Does The Leaning Tower Of Pisa Lean

How Many People Are In The World?

Question: I am wondering how many people that there are in the world? I keep seeing statistics like “There are 1.5 billion Catholics in the world” or “If Facebook were a country, it would be the third largest country”. But these stats mean nothing if I don’t know how many total people are in the world! Val — Tampa, Fl

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How Many People Inhabit the Globe?

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Teacher of the Year Sex Scandal

Teacher of the Year Sex Scandal!

Teacher of the Year Sex Scandal

Erica DePalo, Teacher of the Year, Accused of Rape

A former “teacher of the year”, Erica DePalo, has been accused of having sex with one of her students.  DePalo, who won the New Jersey Teacher of the Year Award, is now faced with charges of first-degree aggravated assault. But, is this assault?

To any mothers out there, this story certainly is offensive.  “Someone has violated my little boy,” would certainly be their pervasive sentiment.  And, to make matters worse, this teacher is in a trusted position of authority.  She has abused this trust and physically assaulted a little boy.

For men, the first question that comes to mind is:  “Is she hot?”  So, let’s take a look at photos of the teacher, Erica DePalo, to determine just how abused the child was.

Photos of Erica DePalo:  The Teacher Accused of Having Sex With Her Student

Here are several photos of Erica DePalo, in good times, receiving her teacher of the year award, and bad times, posing for a mugshot.

Eric Depalo Teacher Of The Year

Eric Depalo Receiving Her Teacher of the Year Award

Erica DePalo Speaking

Erica DePalo Speaking

Erica DePalo Smiling

A Once Happy Erica DePalo Smiling

Erica DePalo Mugshot

Erica DePalo Mugshot

Is This Really Abuse By A Teacher?

Certainly, when an older male teacher has relations with a young female student, we consider this abuse.  However, men and women age differently.  While a 15 year old girl is light years away from her true peak, a 15 year old boy is in the midst of transformation.  If men peak at 18, a 15 year old is well within the sphere of his sexual peak.

So, when a female teacher has sex with a 15 year old male student, is it abuse?

I remember my high school days, when I was a boy of 15.  I had a few female teachers and I spent nearly the whole class fantasizing about them, even the not-so-attractive ones.

So, what if these teachers would have approached me?  Would I have accepted?  Are you kidding?

I remember the “teacher abuse” involving Debra Lafave, seen in the photos below:

Photos of Debra Lafave

Debra Lafave Posing

Debra Lafave Posing

Debra Lafave Bikini

Debra Lafave Bikini

Debra Lafave In Court

Debra Lafave In Court

So, this is abuse?  Or, are we confusing abuse with good fortune?  While married men certainly would not admit this to their spouses, they see photos of Debra Lafave and think “that lucky little…”.

Sadly, not all teens, or teachers for that matter, are created equal.

If I would have been blessed with Debra Lafave advances at 15, I would have kept silent, enjoyed every moment of it, walked about school with a knowing grin from ear-to-ear, and been imbued with a sexual confidence not found in many 15 year olds.  However, other students might have mistaken her advances for love and ended up confused and feeling, in the end, abused.

The teacher, as well, may take a relationship out of context.  While one may want a romp in the hay with 15 year old boy, the other may want a lasting relationship, and heaven forbid, get pregnant, like in the case of Mary Kay Letourneau.

I suppose this is why we have laws–to protect the minority sentiment.  However, one of my favorite philosophers when speaking of laws, says “for every foot a different shoe”, meaning that we should look at each case independently.

I think lawyers and judges should interview the students.  Perhaps, they should ask them:  “How do you feel about Debra Lafave?”

When they see the ear-to-ear grin, they have their answer:  case dismissed!


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James Holmes on Adult FriendFinder

James Holmes: Massacre Suspect Sought Women On Adult Website

James Holmes on Adult FriendFinder

James Holmes Profile on Adult FriendFinder

New details are emerging about Colorado massacre suspect James Holmes’ life. Among them, he was not near as smart as some say and he unsuccessfully sought the company of women via adult websites.

With any tragedy such as this, news sources quickly provide us as much information as they can. With James Holmes, the portrayal that surfaced was one of a polite, intelligent, loner who’s friends could never imagine how this happened. However, as time passes, we are seeing a different James Holmes, one who was not quite as intelligent as first reported and one who frequented adult web sites in the hope of female companionship.

James Holmes on Adult Friend Finder

Above in the photo, we see the profile of Colorado massacre suspect James Holmes on Adult Friend Finder, a site that reportedly connects adults who are looking for physical encounters. By all reports, James Holmes was not successful in pursuit of women via this site.

Holmes’ profile on the website has reportedly already been taken down but his profile is reportedly real. In a TMZ report, we read of the authenticity of the profile and that the byline on the profile eerily read: “Will you visit me in prison?”

His account was accessed just days before the massacre.

James Holmes: Not The Brilliant Student

While it has been continulously reported that James Holmes was nearly brilliant, new reports are certainly contrasting that report.

A gentlemen named John Jacobson, who led the internship program at the University of California’s prestigious Salk Institute in San Diego, called Holmes “thickheaded, uncommunicative and irresponsible.”

Jacobson added that Holmes should not have been accepted into the program in the first place because his grades were not worthy. His erroneous acceptance into the program was based on supposed computer programmings skills he had acquired.

In the end, Jacobson summarized his times with Holmes simply: “My experience with him was quite bad”.

James Holmes Video: A Brief Profile of James Holmes

James Holmes: Articles on Adult Website Profile

Here is some further reading that you may wish to do about James Holmes and his adult dating escapades:

Colorado Shooter James Holmes — Rejected By 3 Women Before Massacre
James Holmes struck out with three different women on an adult sex website in the days before he shot 70 people in Colorado … TMZ has learned. We broke the story … Holmes was an active member on … and now we’ve learned he… (read more)

‘Will you visit me in prison?’ Asks James Holmes on Adult Sex Profile
While an online search for mass-murder suspect James Holmes across the usual social networks such as Facebook and Twitter has come up empty, TMZ is reporting Holmes’s identity on a different kind of social network — AdultFriendFinder. (read more)

James Holmes Wanted Casual Sex, Hinted At Crime
(CBS News) CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Alleged Colorado theater gunman James Holmes was in solitary confinement in the Arapahoe County Jail awaiting his first court appearance Monday. (read more)

Sex website probed in Colorado shooting probe
Law enforcement authorities are investigating a sex website, Adult Friend Finder, which had an account of a person who resembled Colorado movie-theater shooting suspect James E. Holmes. (read more)


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What Does YOLO Mean?

The Meaning of YOLO

YOLO is one of the newest acronyms to hit the scene.  If you don’t know what it means, you’re still embracing the YOLO concept, as we all are.  We’ll tell you what YOLO means and how it got popular!

You all have probably heard the expression that someone is “like a cat with 9 lives”.  But that is just an expression.

In life, there is one thing that we all have in common.  Well, unless you believe in past and future lives.

YOLO is that essential ingredient that motivates some and puts the fear of God–quite literally, in many others.

Why?  What is the common element we all share?  Life!

YOLO stands for You Only Live Once!

How Did YOLO Get Started?

You only live once is not a new expression.  I am sure that you have used it many times in the past before you did something daring or took a chance that you may have perceived as risky.

However, it’s acronym form–YOLO–is still relatively new.  Since  people are all about abbreviating things and making life way faster than it needs to be, YOLO hit the scene.

In fact, shortening the expression to YOLO may just be another small example of the concept in action.  Since life moves fast and you must make use of all of your time, you can now just say YOLO instead of using more breaths to say the whole expression You Only Live Once.

So, when did YOLO become part of the scene?

Related:  See How To BE Scene!

Drake:  Making YOLO Mainstream

YOLO first hit the scene a while back on Twitter.  However, a young, popular rapper made the phrase common among young hipsters.  His name is Drake and the song is titled The Motto.  Watch it here. 

Zac Efron YOLO Tatoo

YOLO tatoo Zac Efron

For those who do not listen to Drake, another young star entered the fray and exposed all of his fans–young girls the world over–to the concept of YOLO.  As you see in the photo above, Zac Efron has YOLO tattooed on his hand.

The YOLO Parodies

Of course, when a term gets very popular as YOLO has it generates some folly.  The whole concept of You Only Live Once can not only drive people to do extraordinary things but also very stupid things.  We all know…one’s man’s dream may be another’s foolishness.  Thus, many parodies have evolved on YOLO, one of which stands for You Only Lose Once.

Check out the many Google results for YOLO Parody and you will find many text and video results which mock the whole YOLO concept.

What Does YOLO Mean:  Conclusion

By now, we’ve answered your question and given you ample examples of YOLO in pop culture.

Now, the question you need to ask yourself is:  what does YOLO mean to you?

When you think, “Well, you only live once“, how does that inspire you?

Does it make you want to pursue that dream of starting a business or becoming a professional singer?  Then, that’s great and you understand the concept.

Or, does it inspire you to light up one of your farts just to see what happens?

If so, perhaps you’d be best to remember YOLO the other way:  You Only Lose Once!

Cheers Everyone!  You only live once so go do what you love and love what you do!

Richard CummingsWhat Does YOLO Mean?