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Miniature Horses and Ponies

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History

In the year 1600s and 1700s, miniature horses were developed in Europe. These small horses were usually seen as pets of the noble people. Some of these horses were used by miners to transport coal in mines in England and other parts of Europe. The use of ponies in mines was popularized in the 1800s after an act was passed and approved which prohibits the use of children in mines. Ponies were brought to the US in the 1800s and were used as helpers in the mines.

Ponies are very strong. There are several stories about where the strength of ponies comes from. For their miniature sizes, they are comparatively very strong. The Shetland ponies has cultivated the land in England for several centuries, they have also carried peat and seaweed for the farm fields and also are used as transportation for people.

Some controversies

As for the miniature horses, there is an ongoing controversy whether its characteristics will be that of a horse or pony. There are breeders that prefer the characteristics of a pony. The short, big legs and elongated torsos are preferred than other breeders. The name of the miniature dispute is also a topic hot with controversy. There are those that use midget pony, pygmy horse and miniature horse.

There is also a debate if miniature horses are appropriate to be used as assistant for people with disabilities. Those who are in favor of using horses to assist people reason out that miniature horses are much stronger, live longer and could be trained better than dogs. Another reason to point out is that there are some cultures that consider the dogs unclean which would not make them suitable for the job. Those who are not in favor of this view are concerned of the nature of the miniature horses to be prey animals. These animals have an instinct to either fight or go away which will greatly reduce their usefulness.

Businesses

Some business minded people take the pony as their brand trademark. Brony.com has been in the business of retailing my little pony stuffs for several years now. Their products range from toys to garments like my little pony pajamas.

The History Of Bubble Wrap And Its Relevance To Society

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he world has recently celebrated Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day in honor of this convenient packaging material. Bubble wraps are a very common material and it is almost impossible for people not to know of it. Once in every people’s life, they had probably got obsessed with the bubble wraps that come along inside certain packages. Unfortunately, although people enjoy popping bubble wraps, most of them know next to nothing about it other than it is irresistibly hard to refrain from popping them.

Have you ever wondered where this packaging material had come from or who were the people who first made them? Well, you are about to find out a whole lot more about them starting with their history.

The idea of bubble wraps was first conceived in the late 50s but not in the way you are thinking. Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes, who were both engineers, had come up with the idea of bubble wraps to be used as textured wallpaper. They first sealed two shower curtains together and trapped layers of bubbles between them. Unfortunately, bubble wraps did not work well as textured wallpaper. The good thing though, was that Chavannes had come up of a great way to use it while on board a flight where it seemed like the descending plane is being cushioned by the layers of clouds. Since then, bubble wraps have been used for a different purpose.

Bubble wraps, in today’s modern age, plays an important role in delivering packages. This material does not get to deliver the packages but they are used to cushion the valuable product inside. Most of the packages delivered to people owe their safety to these wonderful creations of Fielding and Chavannes.

The soft bubbles provides effective covering and cushioning to fragile materials such as glass, ceramics, plastics and other kinds of material products.

Though bubble wraps are mainly used in package and delivery, they also play a role in relieving stress and annoying people.

Studies show that when people pop the synthetic bubbles in the bubble wraps, their stress levels go down. Unfortunately, the sounds of popping and the friction between finger and plastic can be quite annoying for the people who get to hear them.

Then there is also the fact that bubble wraps are now being used to create many different forms of colorful artworks.
Whatever the case, bubble wraps have proven to be a convenient tool.

A Simple Guide To Movie Costumes: Should You Buy Or Rent?

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Movies are an important mode of entertainment for most people. Some would even prefer to watch movies to traditional television. The film industry has become a widely successful industry gaining billions and billions of income per year.

People would often say that the film industry benefits from the people but it is safe to say that it is a two-way process since the people get to enjoy the films being made. Most films that have made a significant impact on society often develop a huge following with fans and enthusiasts always wanting to express their love of the films. The best way for these people to express their admiration of the films they love is through cosplaying and role-playing.

Lots of movie costumes are being produced today so that many people would be able to play out the character they love the most even just for a short time. Although it may seem trivial, this would give them great satisfaction and fulfillment.

There are two ways for one to get a movie costume. You can either buy or rent.

When you are going to attend costume parties or go on role-playing events with your friends, it is best that you buy a costume instead of renting one. Renting could pose many problems. The first and most important of these problems is the fact that costumes that can be rented are often overused by others before you. Obviously it would be poorly taken care of.

Sometimes rented costumes can cost more than buying one. How? Well, the price for buying and renting are often the same. That is why it is recommended that you buy a costume because not only would you get to own it, you would also be given a brand new costume complete with all the accessories that comes with it.

Wouldn’t it be better if you attend costume events with a brand new costume? Chances are you’ll get invited to more costume events.

There are many places for you to look when buying movie costumes. You could either order from local shops or you can try going online which can provide you with a considerable amount of choices.

The Qualities Of Nontraditional Online Education That May Benefit You

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With technology now playing a big role in today’s modern society, many things had changed with the way people do things. More people are now straying from tradition, opting for new and modern ways that today’s society is now providing. One of the things that had changed is the way education is delivered. Traditionally, one would have to go to school so that he or she may be able to learn but the technological advances had given people a more modern approach when it comes to learning: “Online Education.”

Online education can be defined as receiving education by online means with the use of internet-ready devices such as Laptops, iPads or smartphones. It can be considered as a one on one tutoring but on a more advanced level. This approach is better suited for students who have a high level of independency. Students, children or even adults who are dependent are better off in schools or any educational institutions as they are more applicable to them.

If you are, or if you have a kid that is independent, then you can reap these benefits from online education.

1. Online education is cheaper. It can cost much lower than schools or colleges and would help you save up on transportation expenses such as gas and parking. You wouldn’t have to rent a room or a house because you are in the safety of your own home.

2.Flexibility, convenience and availability. The student is allowed control of their studies. He or she can decide on how fast the lesson should be going as well as having control on deadlines for assignments and readings. The student can choose what time of the day he or she wishes to learn as long as the student completes a daily session.

3. Technology. The technology of today allows the student to receive the lessons at any place as long as there is an internet-ready device and connection for use.

4. Student focus. The online student is given more focus because he or she would not have to deal with competition of classmates.

5. Creative and fun learning. Online education provides more fun and creative ways for students to learn and interact in the online world.

Product Review And Comparison Sites: Helping You Make The Right Choice

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Have you ever been in a situation when you want to buy an item but the abundance of choices makes it difficult for you? It can be quite frustrating right? You would have to choose between varieties of products who all offer the same thing. How ironic for people to want a wide selection of products only to frustrate themselves when making the purchase.

Luckily for you, there are a lot of ways for you to determine which product will be of more use to you. There are now many review and comparison websites that can help you decide on which product you should choose. Like what their names imply, these kinds of websites compare many different brands. They review products to help out consumers, providing expert advice and information on various items. All of the content in this type of website can be relied on because they are made by expert reviewers and by customers who have used and tested the products. There are many websites who offer this type of service, one such example is Babandoo.com.

If you are looking for a review site like Babandoo.com, then you need only search the internet. Unfortunately, not all of these sites are reliable. There also those who mislead users into buying products that are beneficial to their sponsors or clients. That is why before you follow these websites’ recommendation, you should make sure that they are authentic and to do so you would have to ask these questions:

  1. Who owns the site? – review sites will always have an authentic ‘About Us’ section.
  2. Do the website owners buy the products themselves? – This is important because asking this question would help you determine whether the website is biased or not.
  3. Do they review one product or a wide selection of products? – It is better if the website reviews a lot of products because that means they are mostly in a neutral stance when making reviews.
  4. Do they say positive and negative things about a product? – If they offer only good things to say about a product then it is highly likely that they are biased. Make sure that their reviews are balanced and believable.

Fabulous Carpets Along The Road To Les Gorges De Todra

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Photo courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo (October 17, 2014)

Carpets can be found in many places in Morocco and surprisingly, we passed by some carpets displayed on the road to Les Gorges De Todra. The gorge is popular among rock climbers due to its uneven surfaces but it is being used by the villagers for a different purpose – to showcase their magnificent carpets.

Majority of the carpets sold in Morocco are made in the Berber Villages where they are woven and embroidered. The design on the carpets is unique and you are guaranteed that you can’t find two that look alike. As we looked closely at the designs, most have geometric patterns with lustrous colors created from vegetable dyes, henna and other organic elements. One of my most unforgettable experiences in Morocco was the visit to a souk where there was a cornucopia of textiles, jewelries, carpets, leather products and spices. We spent hours haggling with merchants which was definitely a challenge because of the language difference.

Majority of the souks sell carpets and rugs for a more expensive price compared to those that are sold beside the roads. Prices vary according to the complexity of design but the merchants guarantee that the carpets are made from 100% wool and would last for generations. If you have had the experience of buying carpets in the USA, you will be thrilled because the price of a carpet in Morocco is almost half the price quoted in American stores. We asked the merchants to arrange for shipping because the carpets won’t certainly fit our bags. With shipping and delivery added to the price of the carpets, it looks like we got a bargain. On top of that, the carpet we got was reversible. If you want a cheaper alternative, those merchants along the roads are the better option.

Souks are some of the best features of Morocco to attract tourists. In the city of Fez, there are labyrinths of individual souks where I was overwhelmed with the great display. If you are one of those great shoppers, going to a souk in Fez will provide you with an entirely different experience.

Coron, Palawan – The Perfect Destination For Nature Lovers

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Photo courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo

My travelling companions and I travelled from Manila the capital city of the Philippines to Busuanga, Palawan. There was an option of taking the ferry boat but it meant having to stay overnight on the boat. When our excited group reached Busuanga Airport, there were rented vans plying the route to Coron, Palawan.

From what I understand, Coron is one of the popular destinations in the Philippines because of its pristine white sand and unbelievably calm waters. The view was breathtaking and it seems like this place is going to be worth the efforts. Surprisingly, most of the villagers spoke English and they cordially welcomed us to their island. We certainly do not need travel guides because people were only too willing to point to the best places of the island.

Tricycles were the best means of transportation if you want to easily get from one point to another. Tricycles in the Philippines are powered by the usual motorcycle with a sidecar that can accommodate 3 passengers, that is if you will consider the third narrow seat which must have been added as an afterthought. Drivers were accommodating and willing to wait to take us to our next destination. They are also best sources of information on restaurants that serve the best delicacies of Palawan.

On the other hand, hotels in Palawan offer guided tours as part of a package but we wanted to experience the freedom of being able to explore the island on our own. A 30-minute boat ride allowed us a dramatic view of the limestone cliffs amidst the beautiful lagoon.

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Photo courtesy of Angeli C. Picazo

Coron is one of the favorite spots of nature lovers because of the famous wreck diving destinations. According to the boatmen, there were 12 Japanese wrecks sunk by the American bombings during the Second World War in Coron Bay in 1944. There are also good reefs that are protected by environmentalists to allow the wealth of new corals to grow and thrive. If you are not fond of snorkeling or kayaking, just sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery.