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Reminders of the past rest across most landscapes providing a fantastic insight to the way people once lived. Bridges can be used as a perfect example only that instead of linking the past to the future, it links communities or cities to each other. Many Bridges have crumbled while some still welcome tourists to this day.

1. Dezful Bridge

It was commissioned in 260 A.D and has stood the test of time. The bridge was designed with 14 arcs spanning over 1,148 feet. Legend says the bridge was constructed by prisoners of war after the fall of the Roman Empire. It has issues with flooding in the past so it’s now used as a pedestrian bridge only.

2. Pons Fabricius, Italy

Pons Fabricius bridge

This is the oldest bridge that is still in use within Rome. It was built in 62 B.C and stretches over 200 feet in length. The pedestrian bridge welcomes travelers and showsno signs of abandoning it’s taskany time soon.

3. Shaharah Bridge, Yemen

Shaharah Bridge

This bridge may not be as old as the others that were earlier mentioned, but it still stands to be as impressive as any of them. It is heavily trafficked by locals and tourists.

4. Alcantara Bridge, Spain

Alcantara Bridge

Not many Bridges contain predictions etched into their design, but this one does. It was completed in 106 A.D reaching a total of 630 feet. It has played it’s role in history at the same time standing tall through centuries and wars that have already taken chunks of the bridge.

5. Qiancheng Bridge, China

Qiancheng Bridge

Qiancheng deserves a special mention because it was entirely made of wood, constructed since 1127 A.D. Its fragile state has meant that repairs have been required from time to time. The method for the construction was such that didn’t involve nails or adhesives. It is simply wondrous to have survived from its point of construction till date.

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Everyone at some point loves mysteries and enjoys the effort in trying to solve them. The planet is dotted with places of such mysteries some having a logical explanation while others just remain unsolved.

Read along as we consider some of the worlds strangest sites.

1. Bermuda Triangle

It covers around 500,000sq miles between Bermuda, Miami in Florida and San Juan in Puerto Rico. The spot has seen more than 20 plane crashes and about 50 ship wrecks without an obvious explanation, some just “vanish” completely. Theories have ranged from supernatural activities to a logical hypothesis pointing to a magnetic compass variation or rougue waves.

2. Stonehenge, England

The circle of rocks has been one of UK’s well known alongside mysterious sites leaving historians baffled as to how it’s builders were able to transport the monoliths 5,000 yers ago. Students of the New Castle University in 2019 attempted to solve the riddle saying humans may have dragged the rocks using sledges lubricated with pig fat.

3. Eternal Flame Falls, New York USA

The bewitching orange-red glow flickers behind a waterfall in New York’s Chestnut Ridge Park. The flame is most times estinguished by splashes from the waterfall but tourists bring it back to life with a lighter.

4. Magnetic Hill , New Brunswick Canada.

This is one of several hills around the globe where what looks like an uphill incline is. Cars roll backwards and upwards after driving to the bottom of this hill. Research shows that it isn’t actually defying the laws of gravity.

5. DevilsD Bridge, Germany

The actual name of the bridge: Rakatzbrücke derives it’s name from supernatural associations. It is a looping structure in the German town of Kromlau that forms a perfect circle with it’s reflection in the water. It is so pretty it could be reffered to as a fairy tale bridge.

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Insomnia is a common sleep disorder where one struggles to fall asleep or stay asleep. Over time, this lack of sleep can lead to various health problems like diabetes, weight gain and hypertension. Here are few tips that can help you beat insomnia recommend by NHS.

1. Keep Regular Sleep Hours.

Going to bed and getting up roughly at the same time will program your body to sleep better.

2. Create a Restful Sleeping Environment.

This will require your bedroom being peaceful, temperature being moderate, lighting and noise should also be controlled. The idea is to eliminate every form of disturance.

3. Make Sure Your Bed is Comfortable.

It is difficult to get restful sleep on a mattress that is too soft or too hard or a bed that is too old or small.

4. Exercise Regularly.

Moderate exercise on a regular basis like swimming or walking can help relieve some of the tension built up over the day. Vigorous exercise however is not advised close to bed time.

5. Try to Relax Before Going to Bed.

Have a warm bath, listen to quiet music or try some gentle yoga to relax your mind and body.

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Divorce is a messy process for all those involved. These individuals are suddenly thrust into complex situations and are still expected to remain ‘professional’ about it. Below are some cases of divorce that some people may consider as funny.

1. A Couple in their late 60’s spent close to 2 hours 30 mins in a fight. After the fight, the aged couple divided their assets because of two hurricane glasses from Pat O’Brien’s and a pitch fork.

Funny enough the couple remarried three months after the divorce.

2. A couple Decided to Forgo Having Children and as a replacement adopted numerous cats and dogs. The main dispute was not over the cats, but over the dogs. This was because the husband was seeking visitation terms for their dogs on the basis of child support. The judge which was in charge of the case eventually decided that the dogs stay with the wife and urged both parties to use common sense to uphold the agreement.

3. In 2016, a farmer and his wife argued over the amount of spousal support that was to be paid to the farmer’s former wife. The couple required 60 court dates in Toronto before being able to settle their disputes.

4. Adebisi Jadesimi a Nigerian, divorced her husband after two years of marriage because he was fond of wearing female undergarments. She found it unbearable and unbelievable that a man will find it comfortable sharing a females undergarments.

5. Ejembi Tony and Rachel in Lagos ended their 5 year marriage because of shoe odour. She filed for the divorce because she felt the smell was unusual and too much to be endured. Rachel opted out of the marriage after having 3 children with her husband.

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Many celebrities go from being rich and famous to being involved in various scandals or lawsuits.

The lives of rich and famous people often seem glamorous, but even the biggest celebrities have  issues. Despite the many inspiring stories of Celebrities who rose from nothing and worked their way out of financial hardships, many have risen only to fall again.

In this article we will be seeing eight celebrities who lost all their money at some point in their careers. Some of them managed to bounce back while others never did.

1. MICHAEL JACKSON

He was said to be in about 400 million dollar debt before he died unexpectedly in 2009. His money problems got intense when he got involved in numerous expensive law suits and the interest rate on his debt increased.

2. NICHOLAS CAGE

He was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in 2009 earning about 40 million dollars. Alongside earning large, the actor was known to spend large too. Nicholas purchased many houses, automobiles, rare artefacts among many others. In 2015, reports began to emerge about how he blew his $150 million fortune from 1996-2011.

3. 50 CENT

50 Cent started his major career as a rapper in the late 90s. Reports say that the musical industry was not his only source of income since he had other businesses. In 2015 he was said to be in a $32.5 million debt while caught up in lawsuits and unpaid child support.

4. KIM BASINGER

The actress in 1989 paid $20 million for the town of Brasetton, Georgia. She intended to create tourist attraction with the purchased property, unfortunately she declared bankruptcy in 1993and had to sell it off.

5. LARRY KING

He was a famous face the American media in the 1950s and 60s. He was charged with grand larceny at the same time accused of stealing $5,000 from his business partner then. In 1978, King fell into deep debt and was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1978.

6. TERESA GIUDICE

She was among the stars of the movie “Real Housewives of New Jersey” alongside her husband Joe filed for bankruptcy in 2009. After the couple claimed to be in $10 million debt, their creditors alleged that they were hiding assets, charging them with bankruptcy fraud.

7. T-PAIN

The famous musician went from having $40 million in the bank to having to borrow money to get his kids Burger King. The rapper opened up about his financial ups and downs in an interview with the radio show “The Breakfast club.” The rapper said the bankruptcy was caused by series of bad investments and bad spending habits.

8. ISAAC HAYES

He was one of the most influential artist of his time filed for bankruptcy in 1976 saying he owed $6 million in taxes.

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The hit reality Television show annually hosts contestants that compete for tens of millions of Naira in winning prizes. The current 2021 season has a 90 million Naira grand prize. The sixth season of the BBNija Multichoice Nigeria sponsored reality television show recently premiered with 22 competitors comprising of 11 female and 11 male contestants.

The show which has clicked ‘favorite’ in the minds of many viewers over the years is said to have been able to give enormous success to past housemates. The presumed success therefore makes a lot of people wonder where these previous housemates and winners are and what has become of their lives after the House. Here’s a quick view on a few of the past BBNaija winners and where they are/what they are currently doing.

1. Katung Aduwak

Katung was the winner of the first season in 2006 winning the $100,000 grand prize.

The one time up-start still has fans and supporters and can be said to have since then branched into digital journalism, scriptwriting, film production and storytelling which he uses to promote human rights and equality. He has been able to direct two films, “Unwanted Guests” and “Heavens Hell”. He is currently aged 41.

2. Michael Efe Ejeba

Michael Ejeba popularly known as Efe, won the second edition of the Big Brother Naija show.

He is a songwriter, singer and rapper. Since winning the show the graduate of University of Jos has released a few EPs and single tracks. Granted he has not really lit up the music scene as would have been expected after winning Big Brother Naija he has at least tried to remain on stream as a musician and media personality.

3. Miracle Igbokwe

Of all the past winners of the Big Brother Naija show Miracle is clearly the most enigmatic. He is the only one of the past winners to have successfully hidden away from the public eye – no show premieres, very little social media presence/activity etc. A look at his Instagram page at the time of this writing shows he last posted over 91 weeks ago.

Miracle trained as a pilot and not much has been heard of him after collecting his N25 million cheque and a Hyundai SUV on 30th May 2018.

On June 26 2019, more than a year after his BBNaija win, Miracle graduated from an aviation school in the United States. He posted the update on his Instagram page.

4. Mercy Eke

Mercy Eke won the 2019 season 4 with the theme “Pepper Dem” and become the first woman to do so. Born in Imo state and a graduate of the Imo State University Mercy appeared in a few music videos as a vixen prior to getting into the Big Brother show.

Since wining the show she has been very visible and recorded significant success – endorsment deals and a few acting roles has come her way. She has also launched her line of fashion clothing.

3. Bringing this down to the most recent, Olamilekan  Agbeleshebiola popularly known as Laycon o the 2020 season 5 is also making uptimum waves in the musical industry. He has engaged in a number of collaborations with major personalities such as his song “Verified” with Mayorkun.

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5. Olamilekan Mashood

Olamilekan, known as Laycon, became the fifth winner of the Big Brother Naija show. He is a singer, rapper and songwriter.

Before getting into the Big brother house he released a single called ‘Fierce’ with Chinko Edun and Reminisce from his second EP – Who is Laycon? He signed onto the Fierce Nation record label in 2019.

After winning the show Laycon is pushing on with his music, releasing a single ‘Senseless’ in August 2020and two further singles – Wagwan and Fall for Me – in 2021. He has also released his first album – Shall We Begin.

Although marriage has its ancient roots, recently love has little or nothing to do with it. Let’s have a look at 7 strange and unequal marriages in history.

1. The Man That Married Himself

In 2007, Liu Ye of China decided that it would be better if he marries himself than to be single. In his words ” There are many reasons for marrying myself, but mainly to express my dissatisfaction with reality”

2. The Hindu Woman That Married a Snake

In 2006, a Hindu woman in India claimed to have fallen in love with a snake and she went ahead to marry according to the Hindu marriage rituals. Shockingly, more than 2000 people participated in the celebratory procession. The snake on its part was absent but was represented by a brass likeness of himself.

3. Soldier Falling in Love with the Eiffel Tower

A former soldier from San-Fransisco claimed that she had fallen in love with the Eiffel tower. She went ahead to make it official in 2018 by changing her name to Erika La Tour Effiel.

4. The Dude that Married His Doll

In 2000, Davecat presumed that having a wife will make him spend all his money, so he decided to marry his doll saying “She provides me with a lot of things that I can’t get out of an organic partner.

5. Indian Woman Married to a Clay Pot

An Indian woman, Salvita in 2005 married a clay pot when her fianceé, Chaman Shingh an officer with the Tibetan Police didn’t show up for the wedding giving reasons that he got stranded on the job. Instead of waiting, the bride’s family went on with the ceremony as planned.

6. British Woman Married Dolphin After a 15 Year Courtship

After courting for 15 years, Cindy, a British woman married a dolphin in Isreal. Cindy claimed that her case was love at first sight as she often referred to the male dolphin as the love of her life.

7. Marrying a Character in a Video Game

What do you do when you fall in love with a character in a dating video game. A certain Sal9000 fell in love with a character he met while playing “Love Plus” and surprisingly married her in 2009.

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Africa, the second largest continent in the world, is packed with breath taking places, ancient treasures, vibration cultures, amazing wildlife and amazing scenery. There are certainly lots of interesting countries and places to visit in Africa.

With 54 unique countries to explore in this ‘Garden of Eden’, deciding where to go in Africa can prove to be overwhelming. In this article, we have been able to pick seven amazing countries, each with their distinctive features as to why you should pack up your bags for the next vacation.

1. South Africa

South Africa is surely among the best places to visit in Africa, located right at the tip. It is famous for its beautiful scenery, amazing wildlife and fascinating cultures. It harbours places like the Kruger National Park which is one of the largest game reserves.

The country has some of the worlds best wineries located along the Cape Winelands. The best time to visit South Africa is during the warmer months, November to April.

2. Botswana

Botswana is another special country if you are a person who enjoys wildlife and the great outdoors.

The main entry part is through the capital, Gabarone that actually lies on a border with South Africa. In Botswana, you will be able to explore some of the worlds best national parks. The Okavango Delta is a premier Safari destination of 15,000 square kilometers with exclusive out of the way lodges for game drives, Safari walks and boat trips.

The best time to visit Botswana is from May to August when the days are often times cool but still sunny.

3. Namibia

Namibia, a beautiful country located in Africa’s southern corners. It is characterized for its dramatic scenery, wildlife wealth and a home of local African culture.

One of Namibia’s tourist highlights is the Safari at Etosha National Park. A visit to the ghost town Kolmaskop and driving the stunning skeleton coasts are considered as ‘must-dos’. May to October are the best times for a visit because the weather will be sunny and virtually no rain.

4. Zambia is known overtime for its adventurous scenery and stunning landscapes. The Victoria falls and Mammoth set of water falls leave good impression on many tourists who have visited before.

Victoria falls is among the seven wonders of the world named after Queen Victoria. Interestingly, the falls are neither the tallest nor the widest but they hold the world’s largest single sheet waterfall record. It is best advised to visit from November to April, during the rains so as the witness the falls in its greatest capacity.

5. Ethiopia

An amazing fact is that it is the only African country that was not colonized leaving it to have absolute control over it’s undiluted African culture. It is a very affordable country that can be visited all year round.

A capturing site is the Hara’s walled old town known as one of Islam’s holiest places. Lalibela in the highlands harbours eleven Churches hewn from the Rock and sometimes referred to as Africa’s New Jerusalem. The country will give food lovers an authentic food and culture tour.

6. Kenya

If you’re a lover of Safari, then Maasai Mara National Reserve is the place to go in Kenya. The government has made it a priority to ensure that the national parks and other facilities are accessible, safe and well maintained for tourists.

Some highlights of the country include watching the Great Migration in Maasai Mara, relaxing at Diani Beach, seeing pink flamingos at lake Nakuru, having breakfast with giraffes at Giraffe Manor and many more.

7. Mauritius

Located off East Africa’s coast in the Indian ocean, Mauritius is thought of as the honeymoon destination. It has a subtropical climate with sunny weather alongside a warm temperature experienced all year round. There is a range of immersive experiences that shine a light on Mauritian culture.

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The world is full of affordable December holidays destinations, and it doesn’t require much effort to find them. No matter what continent, there are always places you can visit with an affordable budget, even countries we think of as expensive are quite budget-friendly if you know certain tips and tricks.

No destination is really ever “too expensive.”If you’re looking to travel on a low budget and wondering where you should go, here are 3 considerable places to travel internationally:

1. Fiji

Most of us imagine Pacific Island destinations as expensive destinations filled with high priced resorts, food, and services. However, that’s not always the case. Fiji, unlike its expensive island neighbors and sharp marketing by Fiji water, is actually relatively cheap to visit. While there are many $1,000-a-night resorts in the country, you can manage to enjoy pristine beaches, world-class diving, tasty seafood, and friendly locals without having to mortgage your home.

Since Fiji is a stopover on Fiji Airlines, you’ll find a lot of flight deals to the country. Many backpackers take advantage of that and a small backpacker community has emerged. That means cheap guesthouses, transportation, and activities, especially in the popular Yasawa Islands.

Even if you’re not a backpacker, you can take advantage of all these deals and save money. Fiji is one of the best budget destinations in the region and not to be missed.

2. Central America

Want to roam ancient ruins, trek through the jungle, surf, and eat delicious food with few tourists around? Visit the smaller countries in Central America for your December holidays destinations — think El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. Here you will find most budget hotels for around $15 per night, meals for $3, most bus journeys for the same price, and beer for less than a dollar.

Belize, Panama, Costa Rica – these are expensive destinations by regional standards. If you visit the central Central American countries, you can get by on $40 a day as a backpacker or splash up to $60 a day and live large. Your money goes really far in this part of the world.

3. Cambodia

While you could put all of Southeast Asia on the list, Cambodia is one of my favorite countries in the region — it’s affordable, beautiful, and the locals are incredibly hospitable. You can get a private, air-conditioned room for $20 USD, street food for $2, and transportation across the country for $20. If you are spending close to $50 a day, you are living large. It’s way cheaper than all its neighbors, just as beautiful, and filled with some of the nicest people in the world. It’s one of the cheapest backpacking destinations in the world.

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