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10 Pictures You Won’t Believe Are Real

In some cases when you see a photo online you simply know it is Photoshopped. Now and then they are super clear and inadequately done, while others are quite great fakes. At that point there are photographs that just look fake. Here are 10 of the best non-Photoshopped, fake-looking pictures you simply need to see.

1. Split Road

This really happened in Japan after a seismic tremor. Obviously it happened in light of the fact that the street was manufactured one path at once, making a characteristic fracture between the two paths.2


20 Healthy Meals You Can Make In 20 Minutes

1. Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

Sheet pan dinners = the ultimate weeknight MVP. And cubing the chicken first means that everything cooks through in about 15 minutes.

This Is What You Should Know When Paying With Your Credit Card

Lots of people become victims of criminals who scan their card information using special devices (skimming) and then steal their money. Today, even when you use your card at stores or restaurants, you can fall into a trap.

Ingenico, a credit card terminal manufacturer, recently issued a guide on how to identify a skimmer in a standard terminal (Ingenico iSC250). We at Bright Side agree that everyone should find such information useful.

A skimming terminal is significantly larger than normal


Consider Grad School in the U.K., Australia vs. U.S.

When deciding between studying in the United Kingdom, Australia and the U.S., Nigerian doctor Ugwoke Sunday Paul says the final decision came easy – he chose the U.K. Paul says he favored everything from the shorter degree time to few required standardized exams for graduate school admission.

Prospective international students weighing which of these three countries to pursue graduate studies in may find that the U.K. and Australia – rather than the U.S. – offer them a quicker, more affordable master’s degree without the required GRE or GMAT.

Here are three reasons to consider the U.K. and Australia over the U.S. for grad school.

1. Shorter, less expensive degree: In the U.S., a master’s degree typically requires two years of study; however, in the U.K. and Australia, students can complete the degree in as little as a year. This shorter time frame can help students spend less on tuition and living expenses.

“The shorter duration comparatively saves cost both in terms of physical cash and time cost,” says Paul, who attended the University of Nottingham.

Seeking to address global infertility, Paul chose Nottingham’s master’s in medical sciences program in assisted reproduction technology. He says it is the “U.K.’s longest running master’s course specializing in ART” and takes only a year. Paul also secured the Chevening Scholarship, which the U.K. government awards to international students with demonstrated leadership skills, to help cover his expenses.

[Prepare for the hidden costs of earning a degree overseas.]

Michael Peak, education adviser for the British Council, a U.K. organization focused on cultural and educational opportunities, says many U.K. graduate courses can be completed in under a year, “which can prove more affordable and allows students to enter or re-enter the job market earlier than students in other study locations.” He says international students can also work part time while studying in the U.K.

However, one disadvantage Paul notes is that international students can only remain for four months following graduation due to U.K. immigration policy. In Australia – where master’s programs vary between one year, 18 months and two years – the latter degree option allows students to work after graduation.

Laurie Pearcey, executive director, international, at the University of New South Wales in Australia, said via email that international master’s degree students can apply for a post-study work stream visa, “provided that the degree is at least two years of duration.” According to the Australian government’s website, this visa can be granted for up to four years.

[Learn the rules for working while studying in Europe.]

2. Lower tuition: Not only can the shorter degree duration provide international students with cost savings, but universities in the U.K. and Australia typically charge lower grad school tuition than programs in the U.S.

In the U.K., for example, a one-year Master in Science in Sustainability and Environmental Management at Middlesex University London costs 12,500 British pounds or roughly $15,200 for full-time international students.

In comparison, the first year of tuition for a Master of Science in Environmental Management at the University of San Francisco is $20,720 for all students. The second year of tuition is around $18,130.

[See global universities where tuition is low or free.]

Pearcey says the average postgraduate coursework fees in Australia for international students are around 29,000 Australian dollars or about $21,600, with average fees at the University of New South Wales around 34,000 Australian dollars or roughly $25,400.

Cameroon national Eric Ngang, a University of South Australia grad, says compared to the U.S., his tuition costs were lower. Ngang, who received a scholarship, completed his year-and-a-half master’s program in environmental management and sustainability in 2013.

At the time, his tuition costs were 22,500 Australian dollars or around $16,800. That same degree’s tuition was 30,000 Australian dollars for international students in 2016 or roughly $22,400.

Experts say even with lower tuition, universities in the U.K. and Australia can offer international students a quality education. Peak, of the British Council, says the U.K. has a range of internationally ranked universities, with many that “have close links to research, commerce and industry.”

Pearcey says that research opportunities and programs that integrate work experience at Australian universities, as well as the country’s global economy, resonate with career-focused students.

3. Few or no required standardized tests: Many U.S. graduate programs require students to take standardized tests like the GRE or GMAT. But in the U.K. and Australia, the requirements differ, with many universities only requiring international students to take English language proficiency exams.

“I only took the IELTS,” says Chinese national Cindy Zhao, referring to the International English Language Testing System. Zhao is pursuing a master’s in global media communication at the University of Melbourne in Australia. For the U.S., she would likely have had to also take the GRE, which she preferred not to do, saying the exam can be challenging and require significant preparation.

University of Nottingham grad Paul says he appreciated not having to take the GRE, which he felt allowed his application for admission to be evaluated on its own merit, rather than on how well he performed on the standardized exam.

However, a few U.K. schools, like the London School of Economics and Political Science, may require the GRE or GMAT to demonstrate an applicant’s quantitative skills.

Pearcey of the University of New South Wales said via email that in Australia standardized tests are used for MBA programs, but in general graduate admissions is based on “a quality bachelor’s degree with strong academic results and in many cases work experience, portfolios or other forms of evidence to meet requirements set by universities.”

Ngang, who took the GRE years earlier and was unable to secure admission to a U.S. university, says not having to take the exam again “was very helpful and informed my choice of Australia as a destination for my academic pursuit.”


Learn to Identify Tone for SAT Reading, Writing Success

Tone, or an author’s attitude toward his or her subject, is an important element of communication. Scientific texts are expected to be objective, while memoirs, opinion pieces, persuasive essays and the like may employ a wide range of tones, from deeply emotional to reflective to dispassionate.

Excelling on the SAT’s evidence-based reading and writing portion, as well as on the essay, requires that test-takers recognize the ways in which tone can affect a passage.

Is vocabulary important for interpreting tone? The redesigned SAT will emphasize vocabulary to a lesser degree than the prior exam. However, vocabulary mastery is still crucial to interpreting tone.

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Consider these two sentences: “Building a museum here is a mistake” and “Building a museum here is a travesty.”

Both sentences indicate that the speaker believes the museum’s location is a poor choice. But “mistake” has little emotional impact. It could reference a location too far from public transportation or a location too close to a competing attraction.

“Travesty,” on the other hand, indicates that the museum’s placement is so awful that it seems like a mockery. Cutting down a grove of ancient trees to build a nature museum would be a travesty.

In a multiple-choice portion that includes these sentences, you might be asked to identify a phrase that indicates disdain for the location. The sentence that includes “travesty” would be an excellent candidate because both words refer to strong, negative emotion.

Alternatively, you might be asked to modify the wording of a sentence to better reflect the tone of the overall passage. If the rest of the passage dryly cites facts, the sentence with “mistake” would be a better fit than the one with “travesty.”

On the SAT essay section, identify charged words like “travesty” to explain the use of emotion in supporting a persuasive argument. What are the words, their connotations and the context in which they are used? What emotions is the author attempting to evoke in the reader?

Consider this sentence from an official sample SAT essay prompt: “Ecological light pollution is like the bulldozer of the night, wrecking habitat and disrupting ecosystems  …  .” You could “demolish” a structure to create room for a new building or park, but there is no upside to “wrecking” something.

With this word choice, the author is not just clarifying his position but also trying to harness the reader’s expected revulsion for senseless destruction – his tone is one of disgust.

[Discover three steps for writing a strong SAT essay.]

Can a passage lack tone? Consider this official sample SAT essay prompt in which the author Dana Gioia discusses the importance of literature to an engaged and informed citizenry. Can you locate any words with strong emotional connotations?

There are very few. If tone involves emotion, is this passage toneless? In short, no.

Rather than an appeal to feelings, the author is focusing on reason. Note, for instance, the dispassionate language Gioia uses to discuss deeply important topics like the nature of citizenship and the importance of creativity in business leadership.

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If this passage appeared in the multiple-choice section of the reading portion, you might be expected to note that the tone is objective, meaning that the author is laying out cause and effect while citing evidence to support his statements.

Sometimes, lack of explicit emotion can also indicate a tone of indifference – the author simply does not care about the events being discussed. The key indicator for indifference is that events are examined, but the author seems to take no particular position toward them.

In this essay prompt, Gioia is clear about the negative consequences of a citizenry that is not engaged in politics and a workforce lacking creativity. He is not indifferent.

Is tone always obvious? The most difficult passages to analyze are those that lack both strong language and fact-based objectivity. This sentence from Chapter 11 of “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque is a perfect example: “Trenches, hospitals, the common grave – there are no other possibilities.”

The context is an account of the horrors of trench warfare during World War I. Instead of using words like “agony,” “atrocity” and “fear,” Remarque gives a plain list.

In this case, the emotions are implicit and more powerful for being unspoken. They are too strong to name. While the tone is not necessarily surface-level, it still exists.

As you approach the redesigned SAT, remember to look for strong words that can indicate tone. When they are absent, look for the reason. Focus on how the authors are using tone to communicate and you’re likely to get the right takeaways from the passage.


Be Honest, Genuine in Your MBA Applications

Competition is intense during the MBA admissions process, and some applicants feel intimidated by the impressive qualifications of their peers.

Insecure MBA applicants are occasionally tempted to puff up their resumes and exaggerate their credentials, experts say, but this critical mistake may lead to automatic rejection if it’s discovered.

Paul Bodine, a California-based MBA admissions consultant and founder of Paul Bodine Consulting/Admitify, says he has a cautionary tale for clients about the dangers of exaggeration – the story of a misguided customer whose fib about the length of time he spent working for a community organization resulted in a business school revoking its admissions offer.

“Dishonesty and exaggeration have very serious consequences, actually the worst possible consequences: loss of an admission offer,” Bodine said in an email. “So applicants need to be honest from the start.”

Carrie Marcinkevage, MBA managing director at the Smeal College of Business at Pennsylvania State University—University Park, says honesty is ultimately in the applicant’s best interest. “Authenticity allows you to find the right school and that school to find you,” she says. “Allow them the chance to find the real you.”

[Learn why authenticity matters for MBA applicants.]

Consequences for Cheaters

Rosemaria Martinelli, a former associate dean for full-time MBA admissions at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and director of MBA admissions and financial aid at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, says business schools often do background checks on applicants to verify their credentials.

Cheating is a perennial problem in MBA admissions, she says.

“It’s been a problem because the stakes are so high,” says Martinelli, who has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and who now serves as a senior director at the Huron Consulting Group, where she advises leaders of colleges, universities and academic medical centers on how to achieve their institutional goals.

Martinelli says during her career in MBA admissions, she encountered situations where students were expelled from business school due to lies on their application right before graduation.

Plagiarism in application essays is also severely punished, experts say. If it is exposed during the admissions process, plagiarism leads to a swift rejection.

[Discover ways to sharpen the focus of an MBA application.]

Stick to Facts

Very few applicants go so far as to plagiarize admissions essays, but exaggeration is a common problem, experts say. Sometimes the desire to make a good impression becomes a slippery slope that leads to deception, experts warn, so applicants should be vigilant about ensuring the accuracy of every single claim made in an MBA application.

“Application readers are savvy,” says Dan Bauer, CEO of The MBA Exchange admissions consulting firm. “By reviewing hundreds, if not thousands, of applications they get clear sense of what achievements, experiences and responsibilities are reasonable for applicants.”

Andrew Ainslie, dean of the Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, says he puts his guard up when he reads an MBA application that makes the applicant seem superhuman. Ainslie prefers an application that includes an admission of a weakness that the applicant is working to address, because that indicates the humility necessary to learn and grow.

“When I’m looking through essays, I want to see that I’m talking to a real person,” he says.

[Learn three ways to stand out in a competitive b-school applicant pool.]

Acknowledge Mistakes

Jesse Mejia, founder and CEO of the MBA Catalyst admissions consulting firm, says that failure can actually be a source of inspiration for powerful admissions essays.

“We all have blemishes in our past,” Mejia said in an email. “The way to explain these mistakes is to be upfront and candid.”

Mejia said applicants who made a significant mistake in the past, such as those with a criminal record from their teenage years or those who were once kicked out of school for having a low GPA, can describe how they have evolved since then and what they learned from a difficult experience.

“This is how you illustrate how you overcame adversity and describe your grit,” he says. “Be honest with yourself and know that your setbacks made you the successful person you are today.”

Show Personality

Ainslie, the Simon dean, warns against relying too much on the feedback of others when crafting an application, because the result is an impersonal application that feels inauthentic.1

Mejia says it is critical to ensure that your personality does not get edited out of your MBA application.

“Asking for support is a smart idea, however, feedback from friends and family that are not familiar with the application process can also hurt if they try to ‘change your voice,'” Mejia said in an email. “The way you write is the way you write. How you tell your story must be narrated in a way that the reader can hear you speak from the heart.”


Ten Most Disturbing Deaths During The Olympics

The Olympics is a time for the world to come together and celebrate athletics in a peaceful, civilized way.
However, and unfortunately, you will always have politics and third world peasantry getting in the way of even the most civilized and peaceful affairs.


Teenage girl scalped as her hair gets stuck while trying to take a selfie on a ferris wheel

Your attempt to click a ‘killer’ selfie might end up killing you. A girl believed to be 16 years old was riding a Ferris wheel and the idea of clicking a selfie struck her. She whipped out her smartphone and in an attempt to click a selfie, got too close to the mechanism of the ride, leading to the horrific accident.

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Supplement an On-Campus Education With Online Courses

Which on-campus student are you? Student A: The one who wants to complete college as quickly as possible to spearhead a career and save money. Student B: The student majoring in two, three or even four degree fields who is looking to add credits to his or her schooling. Student C: The student who would like to take more classes within his or her degree field to gain further specialization or skills to impress graduate schools.

No matter which type of on-campus student you are, supplementing your college classes with online courses is likely a great idea – even if that’s by adding an online course to an already full course load. In the long run, you’ll have more flexibility and the ability to accomplish your goals within a reasonable time frame with online courses.

Upon reflection, I should have done on-campus and online courses in tandem throughout my entire college career, not just because I needed to my senior year.

I was student B. My worst fear as a student was being told that I had to stay longer and complete more classes because I misunderstood the course load required. I was limited to finishing my degree within four years if my education was to be covered by my scholarship. Any longer meant I would have to scramble for financing.

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But once I got to senior year, I found I still needed six credits to complete my double major of politics and economics and would likely have to stay another semester. Nonetheless, there was a lot on the line: the cost of tuition and housing for another semester, and a lost opportunity to start my career.

Upon investigation, I found an online class that would meet my requirements and align with my interests: Introduction to Geology. At first, I was discouraged about adding this course to my already heavy course load, but over time, I realized there are many benefits to supplementing in-person learning with online education.

Based on my experience, here are three reasons to pursue both education pathways at once.

1. You can complete required general education courses on your own time. Taking online courses can allow you to manage a challenging course load a bit better because they are often self-paced and offer flexibility. You can focus on your heavy course load and complete general course requirements while delving deeper into your chosen field in person.

[Learn four time management tips for online students.]

2. You can stay on track to graduate with a double or triple major. While it’s true that graduating with multiple majors takes discipline and may require a few more classes, it also allows you to broaden your career prospects and explore more fields. In my case, the flexibility of an online course was the saving grace to finishing my double major on time so I didn’t have to spend another semester neglecting my career.

3. By completing your degree faster, you’ll save money. Think of all that goes into paying for college: tuition, fees, housing expenses and the opportunity cost of not launching a career. That’s thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars on the line. Sure, you’ll pay slightly more upfront for the additional online courses, but in the long run – when considering housing and career opportunity loss – the faster you complete your bachelor’s, the more money you save.


U.S. News Data: Graduation From Online MBA Programs

U.S. News released its 2017 Best Online MBA Programs today, offering prospective students insight into tuition and fees, admissions, class sizes and more for 239 ranked programs.

Experts say many online students want to progress quickly toward a credential. They often juggle their education with a full-time job, and an online degree becomes a convenient path to a promotion or career change.

[Discover how online learning can help adults switch careers.]

But how quickly students progress through online MBA programs varies. U.S. News has data on the online MBA programs with the highest three-year graduation rates and where students graduate in the shortest time.

The only program with at least 25 enrolled students to report a three-year graduation rate of 100 percent was the University of Nevada—Reno. Because online programs don’t typically operate around fall and spring semesters like traditional graduate schools, the data below refer to students who started between July 2012 and June 2013 and finished within three years.

The average graduation rate among the ranked online MBA programs with at least 25 students was 63 percent.#

Among online MBA programs that ranked in the top 50, the most common duration for students to graduate was two years, followed by 2.5, U.S. News data show. No schools that ranked in that range reported graduation times of less than 1.5 years.

The Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer University—Atlanta was the only online MBA program ranking in the top 100 to report a most frequent duration of just one year. And Stevens Institute of Technology, which tied with Mercer at No. 78, was the lone program with a typical student graduation time of 4.5 years or more.


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