5 AMAZING MYTHS OF OUR WORLD
Many amazing and mysterious things happen around us undetected, many of which are considered surprising and worth being mentioned and discussed. Among the most common amazing things that happen around us are;
 MALE DEPRESSION
One of the oldest things about depression is the lingering myth that it is mostly a female disorder from which real men are genetically protected. Specialists say depression remains hidden in men because men visit health professionals less often than women, with less opportunity to talk about their problems and they are less able to articulate emotional distress. So doctors are more familiar with symptoms that are common in female victims of depression. In women depression has a notably different constellation of symptoms than in men. What are some of the symptoms common in male depression? Anger, fatigue, irritability, aggression, a drop in work performance, and a tendency for the sufferer to isolate himself from loved ones and friends. Sadness does always accompany depression –especially for men.
 THE DEAD SEA IS DYING
The Dead Sea is dying and only a major engineering effort can save it. The Dead Sea –so called because its high salt content makes it impossible for aquatic creatures to live in it –is the earth’s lowest body of water, 400 meters below sea level. For millennia, the balance between high evaporation and incoming water was maintained by Dead Sea’s only water source, the Jordan River. In recent decades, however, both Israel and Jordan have been tapping in to irrigate large swaths of agricultural land along the narrow river that divides the two countries, robbing the Dead Sea of its replacement water. If nothing is done, the water level will continue to drop by up to one meter a year, with devastating consequences to the surrounding land, including its wildlife and vegetation.
 MELTING GLACIER ARCHAEOLOGY
Retreating glaciers expose many remains that are of great interest to historians, such a glacier revealed an Indian male who had died 550 years ago. Most remains, however, have been found in the Alps. For example, the remains of a man who was thought to have left his girlfriend and illegitimate child in the lurch in 1949 were recently found. He had actually fallen into a crevasse, and the engagement rings were in his bag. According to Herald Stadler, head of glacier archaeology at Austria’s Innsbruck University, the historian’s dream is to find items relating to Hannibal, the famous Carthaginian commander who crossed the Alps with 37 elephants. “An elephant bone would be a sensation,” he said.
 PROBLEMS CONNECTED WITH OBESITY
Obesity is increasing in America. According to estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of obese American adults has increased from 12.5 percent of the population in 1991 to 20 percent in 2016. This increase has affected a number of businesses. Like the airline industry, which was warned in May 2013 that passengers were heavier than they used to be, and was asked to adjust weight estimates accordingly, the funeral industry is retooling to make room for ever-larger Americans. While the standard coffin is 61 centimeters wide, coffins are now available up to 124 centimeters in width and suitably reinforced. Vaults, graves, hearses and even the standardized scoop on the front-end loaders that cemeteries use for grave-digging have also had to be increased in size. People are living larger and dying larger, and industries have to adapt to that situation.
 TEEN GAMBLING
ACCORDING to the International Center for Youth Gambling at McGill University, more than half of Canadian youngsters aged 12 to 17 are considered recreational gamblers, 10 percent to 15 percent are at risk for developing a severe problem and 4 percent to 6 percent are considered ‘pathological gamblers.’ The allure often begins in early childhood when some children receive lottery tickets as gifts or use the internet to bet on-line. The result, say researchers, is that more Canadian teenagers now engage in gambling than in other additive behaviors, such as smoking or drug abuse. Educators hope that teen gambling-prevention programs at Canadian high schools will be effective in curbing the problem.