Chewbacca Mom – A Gold Medal candidate

Chewbacca Mom – A Gold Medal candidate

A long held belief in the minds of people is that laughter is the best cure for any depressive sickness. Mrs. Candace Payne, a mother who hails from Dallas, had her recorded video went viral when she unleashed a hysterical laughter. She did that all while putting on Chewbacca mask sold at Kohl's. She shared her journey of ending up being acquainted with the mask originated from the famed Star Wars character Chewbacca with popular TV slot Good Morning Americas. It was an interview aired on May 23rd, Monday morning.

Mrs. Candace had totally no intention to purchase the mask, as mentioned to the talk show host. Her original objective was shopping for a few pairs of yoga pants as she wanted to have a more rigorous workout routine. It was not working well for her initial plan, and one thing led to another and she drifted to the toys section after being discouraged about yoga pants. She switched her focus on buying some toys for her small kids. She had been a longtime superfan for Star Wars movie series. As she strolled along the toys section, she bumped into one box, coincidentally a box containing a creepy, hairy yet hilarious purring mask of Chewbacca features. The mask was common to all, but one feature stood out which surprised her. The mask has a sound feature which emits Chewbacca's growl. She accidentally unleashed the sound feature which let out a growl, and wanted the mask badly for herself but not for her kids.

She duly purchased the mask and left Kohl's. The mask was seemed to be calling her to try on right at her car in the carpark. She had some spare time, about 30 minutes before having to fetch her children back from school. The mask will be their precious belongings once they spotted the purchase. She then tried the mask on and shared to her Facebook friends and family members via video recording. Anybody can view it if they feel like doing so and it was for all to share.

The video broke viewing records and currently stands as the highest amount of views for a Facebook Live category video. It smashed through 136million views from the first day the video was uploaded on May 19. Mrs. Candace felt herself deserving one huge gold plated medal for the record breaking stint. A podium should be awaiting her coupled with flower presentation and national anthem singing to mark the historical moment. She jokingly remarked on her thoughts on fame and stardom via the viral video.

The mother of 2 kids continued on with a serious tone on the video clip's high acceptance rate and resonance with viewers. She truly believes in laughter as a universal cure for citizens and populations from all over the globe. We should have a supportive friend or friends lifting our backs whenever we are down and be open minded and less serious. This attitude can break the cynicism virus that has infected million worldwide. Somebody and everybody needs a good laugh and laughter is contagious and rightfully to be enjoyed by all. She had that joyous moment during the scene in the clip.

Ever since Mrs. Payne shared the birthday present "gifting" ceremony to herself on Facebook, her family had been showered with many toys. Kohl's sales representatives made an unannounced surprise visit to her home on May 20 and brought along many toys along with the main prop Chewbacca mask. The mask had tremendous sale volume online after the short hilarious clip went viral. Hasbro, the mask manufacturer also sent a basket of figurines to Mrs. Payne together with a myriad of Star Wars merchandise.

X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse

Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men : Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-Men: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel's X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

Beware, X-Men Fans all around the world, X-Men: Apocalypse, came out in theaters on May 27th, 2016. The cheer applause and smile draws at the fans face all over the theater. This was the 6th movie of X-Men, not included the two series of Wolverine. The five movies before the series (the first to the last) are X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: First Class, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The Wolverine two series are X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine. This series joining a sequel with another two X-Men movies before, which is X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past. A few years ago, the X-Men: First Class has introduced two unforgettable stars in the movies, Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique. Lawrence is a talented artist with a lot of awards, but she's been reviewed badly for her act for this movie.

The plot introduced us to a new villain which is worse than magneto did. This villain character of En Sabah Nur starring by Oscar Isaac is a meaningful character which wants to take over the world and change it into a mutant-only world. As an ancient mutant, he was just awakening from a long and deep slumber, and he seems unpleased about this. He's charged four other mutants to join up his team. On the other team, under the Professor X order, a bunch of mutants lines up in the row. They tried to stop the wickedness of En Sabah Nur and his four horsemen. From En Sabah side it is Psylocke, Storm, Angel, and Magneto. From the Xavier school under the Professor X is Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Mystique, Quicksilver and the last, Moira McTaggert, trying to save all of the mankind.

This movie has made us a little confused about where the mutants located, as the scenes take in many places like Berlin, Cairo, Poland, and some other places you need to track of. But the interesting piece also comes from Magneto the villain which worked under a company under a different name. It is shown that he had the ability to control magnet, but he didn't remain as a villain before. After the incident happened which involved his family until their death, he becomes this truly villain. Fassbender has got into a character nicely to reveal the ins and outs of Magneto. Round the plots here and there, this movie ended with some mutants practicing to enhance their abilities in togetherness to become more powerful to fight back the enemies.

Nonetheless, this movie with director Bryan Singer is being reviewed badly for the dialogue, the plot, the effects, and the actress. It is said to be the biggest and the empties X-Men Movies. The movie cannot satisfy the fans which waiting forward to this new film. Though so, the time will always go by, and we'll see the next exertion of The X-Men Series to regain the good plot and better effects, like the successful series of X-Men: Days of Future Past which reaping a great applause, and raised Singer's name and be worshiped.

The Receding Hairline of the Worlds Economy

The Receding Hairline of the Worlds Economy

Steelworks, Oil or China! What do they have in common?

Nail biting, gut clenching and worried faces from around the world is what they have in common. Words like Global Recession are not what you want to hear when you're about to take to the ski slopes at your favorite Swiss ski resort. And especially, when you are a banking mogul, who has come to de-stress from a hectic week juggling other people's money.

Other people, who more than likely, are watching their hard earned money plummet on the stock exchange as you put down your hot cup of cocoa and bite your lip in earnest. The world watched as popular stocks fell by about 20% and then tried to make their way back up again when the European Central Bank advised they were trying to make a plan with the eurozone's collapsing market. While a light at the end of a dark and damp tunnel, a light nonetheless.

What with China announcing that their GDP only grew by a simpering 6.9% in 2015, their lowest in 25 years, the world leaders are speculating that this will affect more than we can imagine.

Besides this shattering hit to the economy's gut, the know-it-all's of the world are stating that even the smallest, normally insignificant changes will have catastrophic effects on the rest of the world. The word on the street is that there will be very serious and compelling challenges to tackle in the near future, which will involve a mix of short and long-term trials. The journey to lifting our financial heads above this turbulent water will be a hard and grueling one.

When it comes down to tankers, waiting in the mist, filled to the brim with over 50 million barrels of oil, and all they need is the go ahead as to where they are taking their prized possessions, one must ask the burning question.

What is going on in the world?

What is going on in the world?aWell, simply, all tankers from one of the biggest oil producers were sanctioned and they only had those heavy and debilitating sanctions lifted just last weekend. Brokers have been waiting in the wings, with bated, stale breath for the thumbs up to send their tankers to oil starved countries.

Ironically, it has been hypothesized that there will be less of a demand for fuel in the next few months. What with the fracking industry on the up and up, this means that the world's leaders are not so reliant on Middle Eastern oil. So when the demand is less, the price drops. And when the price drops, it affects so many other avenues in the economy.

And it is not just the oil market that is affecting the worlds stocks and shares, the mining industry, that massive giant, is also having trouble keeping up. The problem with the likes of South Africa, Russia and Brazil mining share prices dropping, means that other commodity industries will follow the same path shortly.

Another word one doesn't want to hear is Armageddon and some big financial puppets are being pulled this way and that, struggling to keep up with the ever-slipping stock prices.

A recovery is expected but when one looks at the recovery from 2008, it is clear to see it will not be easy. If you look very closely, you will see the tiny cracks, which have never been filled since 2008. 8 years may seem like enough time to have pulled through cleanly from a crash, but in fact, the signs are showing that all is not well with the economy yet and another recession may just cripple an already limping leg.

So, is there any good news?

Yes. A little! An increase in the world's economy should be around 3.1% but having said that the China crisis, the delicate baby economy of Brazil and Russia as well as the impending increase of interest rates from the US Federal Reserve Bank will be big mountains to jump over before we can breathe easier.

Some more good news for the UK is that analysts are insisting that an interest rate hike isn't the best route right now.

However, good news is followed by more bad news. If anyone remembers the trade war of the 1930's they will know that events like China's falling currency strength will have a domino effect on how the US handles certain tariffs, namely China's steel imports, which affected 750 workers at Tata.

The one statement that had been repeated a few times over the world is ‘not to panic".

This is easier said that done, when your retirement money is hanging in the rafters, pending a lift of the Chinese economy and a possible global recession.

10 Ingenious Ways to Win a Pay Raise

10 Ingenious Ways to Win a Pay Raise

In this era of tight economy, with the threat of recession looming larger than life in the horizon, people tend to adopt a rather stoic and placid attitude towards life in general and jobs in particular, especially when the job market seemingly dull. Forget about pay hike, holding on to the present job itself is considered as an achievement. In such a scenario, one might even assume that requesting a raise could jeopardise the job itself. But that does not resolve the never ending monetary issues. The fact remains that if you want more money in the saving, more money should come in. No amount of penny pinching can ever help in saving money like a hike in the salary can.

So how can one go about earning a bigger pay check without being awkward or risking humiliation? Here is how. Understand and follow these golden guidelines.

1. Know your worth. Websites like can give fairly good idea about this and based on that information, go for the most reasonable figure you deserve as a raise.

2. Find out how stable and healthy the company is financially. The raise is possible only if the company has the actual means to provide it.

3. Request a meeting with the boss to understand what targets you re expected to achieve.

4. Document all your accomplishments especially those that have added value to the company.

Now ascertain that circumstances are favourable generally before going for it.

If they are not particularly favourable and the budget appears tight, there is another strategy that can be employed as long as there is a positive feedback regarding your work.

5. Tactfully point out the extra work done on top of the expected target along with the accomplishments. Request for a stipend towards the extra work alone till the normal raise if any is due.

6. If not a raise, try for a bonus that is one off pay and therefore practically more feasible.

7. Request for an overtime pay. Working overtime is the most effective way to achieve a bigger salary minus the raise. But unfortunately most of the companies seldom pay for overtime. In such cases try pushing for an overload payment for work overload done within your own timings of work.

8. Referral bonus if applicable can be claimed by referring new talents who are cultural as well as organisational fit to the company, for new recruitment. Here as the company saves time man power and money that could have been otherwise spent on training the recruit. So a known referee in the company makes a world of difference and therefore deserves a bonus.

9. Request for paid time off instead of cash. Earn money doing seasonal work or any part time work during that period. In effect it brings home more cash.

10. Here, the raise is yours without even asking. Care to know how? Be an expert in some area, do twice your normal and outperform yourself. Show your strong commitment towards the company. This is bound to get you noticed by the management. This will automatically ensure your place as the first choice in case the company is considering someone for a raise.

Even though these are really clever tips, nothing is guaranteed. A promotion, a raise or a bonus is something over which you have no control of even if you are the most deserving candidate simply because it has to be offered by someone else. But these tips surely do increase your chance for a raise tremendously.