Normally, when life gives you lemons, what do you do? The general notion is that you make lemonade. Lemons, usually, suggest sourness and difficulty in life, and making lemonade suggests making them into something more desirable. Whether you actually do that or not, it is an age-old saying used to encourage optimism in the face of adversity. But given the wide-spread use of lemons in stuff like cakes, pastries, and whatnot, I’d say there are things far more desirable than lemonade, and having lemons aren’t really all that bad.
But, I just found out that Lemons aren’t naturally occurring. It’s a hybrid made by cross-breeding a bitter orange and a citron. Of course, many of you might have already known, and more others, it must be a “My whole life is a lie” moment. For me, it was the latter.
It was via some kind of a meme, that I found this out. And I had to check up on this, see the truth for myself. And so, I began researching this, which led me to find out that there are so many such fruits that are made from whole different types of fruits that have very less culinary usage!
Just like lemons, most of the citrus fruits are hybrids – almost all the common ones that we can name. For instance, oranges, limes, grapefruits, etc. are all hybrids of some other citrus fruits. And then, there are some others which aren’t very common, like tangerines and clementine (which we generally know as oranges, here, but are sweeter). Naturally occurring citrus fruits include citron, bitter orange, pomelo, and mandarin. And the other citrus fruits are a cross between these fruits.
As aforementioned, lemons are a cross of bitter orange and citron. Oranges come from pomelo and mandarin. Limes (Yes, there’s a difference, and limes are more common in our local markets than lemons, actually) come from crosses of various citruses. Grapefruits (bel) are hybrids of sweet orange (hybrid) and pomelo.
And as it turns out, there are whole varieties of common fruits that are hybrids. Bananas, that we see today, are hybrids, too. These ones, with the small grainy seeds, are inedible but infertile, so they have to cultivated by humans. The ones that grow naturally, have large seeds, due to which, they’re practically inedible.
Similar is the case with strawberries. The cute little red strawberries that we see today are hybrids, while the natural ones look a bit unusual.
Sure, many hybrids have been around for thousands of years, but can be found in the wild presently. In the case of lemons, they have been around for some 8000 years and can grow independently. And hence, the saying is also age-old – just like the fruit. It was only after a genomic study that it was found to be a hybrid.
In any case, even though the saying “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is ancient, it is worth knowing that lemons are not natural. Therefore, life didn’t give us lemons, we made them ourselves. And if we can do that, maybe, we can make something better out of lemons than just lemonade, too! And even if you decide not to make anything, well…now, you at least, know a bit more about lemons.
What is Plasma donation and what is it for ?
A simple explanation about plasma therapy for commoners
What is plasma
Our blood has plasma and blood cells. Plasma is liquid, blood cells are red blood cells, white blood cells (that produces antibodies) and platelets. Plasma is the liquid that has essential protein. The protein is extracted, collected and adjusted and used to treat people with immune deficiency disorder of same kind.
How does it work?
Antibodies developed against disease if completely recovered can be found in plasma, so it’s donated to any other person with same blood group affected with same disease to strengthen immune system and defeat the disease.
To put it in a perspective, blood donated by people who’ve recovered from COVID-19 has antibodies to the virus that causes it. The donated blood is processed to remove blood cells, leaving behind liquid (plasma) and antibodies. These can be given to people with COVID-19 with same blood group to boost their ability to fight the virus.
NOTE: Donating plasma is a bit more complicated than donating Blood, takes longer, blood is drawn out and cycled back to your body while plasma is extracted from it. Takes about 45 minutes to an hour unlike few minutes in case of blood donation.
In another words
When you are infected with any disease, your body produces antibodies to fight with the disease. So it is known that whenever you recover from a disease completely, your body will have developed some kind of antibodies from the experience that your immune system got attacked last time, so this time we know what it is so, even if it enters the body, we are already equipped to fight it. So in Covid-19 case, the recovered patients might have developed some kind of specific antibodies to stop the attack. So plasma donation is the process where the blood of a person who has already recover from lets say covid-19 is given to the current sick covid-19 patients in the hope that recovered person’s antibodies might help in the recovery of the sick person. Also, vaccines works on the same process. Our vaccines contains some type of similar virus like covid-19 which if injected should be harmless. But in the process, the body recognizes such type of new virus so it alerts the body to produce new antibodies that are capable of fighting them the next time. So when we are infected with covid-19 virus, the antibody kicks in because it’s similar to the last infection therefore stopping it before hand. So after vaccination, we are immune to that disease. Although, it isn’t sure that plasma donation in the case of covid-19 works. But still, it might.
The above answers are gathered from a KMAG Page on same title. We only have compiled them together to form this article.
Explained: Murder of John Lennon
On the evening of 8 December 1980, English musician John Lennon, was fatally shot in the archway of the Dakota, his residence in New York City by a 25-year-old Beatles fan, Mark David Champan, who had travelled from Hawaii to shot John Lennon. Chapman planned the killing over the course of several months and waited for Lennon at the Dakota on the morning of 8 December.
Chapman stated that he was angered by Lennon’s lifestyle and public statements, especially his much-publicized remark about the Beatles being “more popular than Jesus” and the lyrics of his later songs “God” and “Imagine”. Chapman also said he was inspired by the fictional character Holden Caulfield from J. D. Salinger’s 1951 novel The Catcher in the Rye.
I would listen to this music and I would get angry at him, for saying [in the song “God”] that he didn’t believe in God, that he just believed in him and Yoko, and that he didn’t believe in the Beatles. This was another thing that angered me, even though this record had been done at least ten years previously. I just wanted to scream out loud, “Who does he think he is, saying these things about God and heaven and the Beatles?” Saying that he doesn’t believe in Jesus and things like that. At that point, my mind was going through a total blackness of anger and rage. So I brought the Lennon book home, into this The Catcher in the Rye milieu where my mindset is Holden Caulfield and anti-phoniness.
According to Chapman’s wife ,Gloria, “He was angry that Lennon would preach love and peace but yet have millions”. Chapman later said: “He told us to imagine no possessions and there he was, with millions of dollars and yachts and farms and country estates, laughing at people like me who had believed the lies and bought the records and built a big part of their lives around his music.” He also recalled having listened to Lennon’s solo albums in the weeks before the murder.
Chapman now, however, states that, he was young then and was foolish and selfish and was seeking self glory by killing the famous man.
Murder Scene Explained
Chapman planned the killing over the course of several months and waited for Lennon at the Dakota on the morning of 8 December. During the evening, he met Lennon, who signed his copy of the album Double Fantasy. Lennon left with his wife, Yoko Ono, for a recording session at Record Plant Studio. Later that night, Lennon and Ono returned to the Dakota. As Lennon and Ono walked towards the archway entrance of the building, Chapman fired five hollow-point bullets from a .38 special revolver, four of which hit Lennon in the back. Chapman then removed his coat and hat in preparation for the arrival of police—to show he was not carrying any concealed weapons—and remained standing on West 72nd Street. Underneath his coat, he wore a promotional T-shirt for the musician Todd Rundgren’s album Hermit of Mink Hollow. Perdomo shouted at Chapman, “Do you know what you’ve done?”, to which Chapman calmly replied, “Yes, I just shot John Lennon.” Chapman remained at the scene reading “The Catcher in the Rye” until he was arrested by the police.
Lennon was rushed in a police cruiser to Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
About Mark David Chapman
Mark David Chapman, now a 65-year-old man, is an American criminal who murdered John Lennon. More than a dozen psychologists and psychiatrists interviewed Chapman in the six months prior to his trial—three for the prosecution, six for the defense, and several more on behalf of the court—and they conducted a battery of standard diagnostic procedures and more than 200 hours of clinical interviews. All six defense experts concluded that Chapman was psychotic; five diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia, while the sixth felt that his symptoms were more consistent with manic depression.
Chapman is in the Family Reunion Program and is allowed one conjugal visit a year with his wife, since he accepted solitary confinement. The program allows him to spend up to 48 hours alone with his wife in a specially built prison home. He also gets occasional visits from his sister, clergy, and a few friends.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)
Our human face is composed of various small functional and cosmetic units. One of them is our eyes. Eyes serve both as functional (a sensory organ of sight) and cosmetic (it is used to express emotions and do eye contact), so one can say that eyes play a vital role in both your functionality and beauty.
So, it’s not surprising that people get worried when the areas around their eyes face unwanted changes like drooping eyelids or saggy eye bags, since the area around the eyes play equal role in both aesthetic and functional value. To solve the woes of eyelids, there is a surgical option called Blepharoplasty, which is the surgery around the eyelid area, which might be helpful to those seeking to remedy it.
What is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty, simply explained, is the plastic surgery operation for correcting defects, deformities, and disfigurations of the eyelids; and for aesthetically modifying the eye region of the face. Medically, according to the Indian Journal of Opthamology, it is a surgical procedure in which the eyelid skin, orbicularis oculi muscle, and orbital fat are excised, redraped, or sculpted to rejuvenate the aesthetic look of the patient along with correction of any functional abnormality.
Why is Blepharoplasty done?
According to WebMD, as skin ages, it gradually loses its elasticity. A lack of elasticity plus the constant pull from gravity causes excess skin to collect on the upper and lower eyelids.
Excess skin on the lower eyelid causes wrinkles and bulges. On the upper eyelids, an extra fold of skin can hang over the eyelashes and get in the way of seeing.
So, Blepharoplasty is done to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids and reduce bagginess from the lower eyelids. It can be done for cosmetic reasons, i.e. to enhance the aesthetic look of an individual or it can to done to improve eyesight of people for whom the hanging eyelid causes partial visual impairment (usually on the elderly population)
Before and After
As you can see in the image below the visible difference from before and after comparison.
Should I get Blepharoplasty?
If baggy eyelids or droopy eyelids run in your family, or droopy eyelids are giving you trouble in your vision or you simply want to enhance your aesthetic appearance of the eyes, you may consult with a plastic surgeon to discuss your options. Usually, if you are in good health, you can go ahead with the procedure.
What are the risks?
Blepharoplasty, like all other surgeries, carry some risks, but due to the advancement of medical technology, all the risks are either temporary or easily mitigated. However, talk to your doctor to determine if any other factor increases the risk in your case.
Some of the risks include:
- Infection and bleeding
- Dry, irritated eyes
- Difficulty closing your eyes or other eyelid problems
- Noticeable scarring
- Injury to eye muscles
- Skin discoloration
- The need for a follow-up surgery
- Temporarily blurred vision or, rarely, loss of eyesight
- Risks associated with surgery in general, including reaction to anesthesia and blood clots
All these risks can be mitigated and Blepharoplasty is considered safe in general.
If you are thinking of getting Blepharoplasty done, you may book a consult at AAVARAN skin Clinic or use their app to move ahead with the process.
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