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Naming a Baby In Iceland Is a Major Production

Iceland has a few peculiarities when it comes to names. First of all, Icelanders don't have family names. Secondly, one cannot take up their spouse's last name upon marriage. Thirdly, when naming a child, one has to stick to a limited list of names. So, how do they go about naming their babies? Let’s say a man named Egil Jónsson marries a woman named Selma Traustadóttir. Once they're married they’re names won't change. They will both keep their own names. Now, let’s say that Egill and Selma have a baby boy and they name him Gunnar. His last name then will follow his father’s first name, making him Gunnar Egilsson. Then, a few years later, they have a baby girl and name her Helga. Her name will follow her mother’s first name, becoming Helga Egilsdóttir. The reason for the change in the last name is their gender. The ending -son is for boys and -dóttir for girls. Icelanders are given six months to name their child, after which they are fined for not registering a name.
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Why Britain Lost 11 Days in September 1752

Do you know how many British people were born between September 3 and September 13 in the year 1752? None. Absolutely no one was born, nobody died, and no marriages took place during that period. No wars were fought, no bets were made, no trade deals were signed. As a matter of fact, these 11 days didn’t even exist on the British calendar. People went to bed on the night of September 2, 1752, and woke up on September 14, 1752. The loss of 11 days was the expected consequence of changing calendars. Before September 2, 1752, Britain was using the Julian calendar, while most of its neighbors had already moved to the more accurate Gregorian calendar. Nearly 70 years after it was proposed, Britain found itself slowly falling out of sync with the rest of the world. To fix that, the parliament passed the Calendar Act 1750. Despite persisting rumors, there was very little backlash from the community, and life went on as normal.
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Shelter Pit Bull Thinks He’s a Cat, and His New Family Keeps Posting Photos That Prove It

Not only are dogs social creatures that like being part of a pack, they’re also quick learners and can adapt quickly to new environments. Mako the pit bull is a perfect example of that…..in kind of an unusual way. When Mako was adopted from a shelter, his new owners wondered if the 2-year-old pit bull would get along with their cats. What they soon found out is that not only did Mako adjust to the cats, he became one of them. The cats would jump on the counter, and so did Mako. Whatever the cats did, Mako did. What’s really strange is, he doesn’t bark, eats cat treats, and naps just as much as the cats. Now, the owners think Mako really believes he IS a cat. How else could they explain a pit bull on top of the refrigerator?

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How To Protect Your Skin Against “Maskne”

People are facing a new dermatological problem: “maskne” — acne caused by wearing a face mask frequently. Dr. Sandra Lee — better known as “Dr. Pimple Popper” — has shared a expert tip for preventing maskne. She explained that you can prevent blemishes caused by protective masks by spraying the inside with a salicylic acid-based product. Some of these products include Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel, CeraVe Renewing SA Cleaner, and Biore Blemish Fighting Cleanser. Salicylic acid cleans out the oil and debris within your pores. Dr. Lee also recommends avoiding wearing makeup under your mask, especially if your job requires that you wear your mask all day. Needless to say, her final advice is to make sure that you wash your mask as often as possible, which will prevent oil and dirt from being reintroduced onto the skin.
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