Students Fasting During Ramadan Are Already Dreading Their Exams

Growing up Muslim I started fasting at an early age because I thought it would make God answer my prayers more quickly.

“If I deprive myself of food and pray maybe I’ll finally get Wolverine’s healing factor!”

Decades of worship and food deprivation yet no superpowers later, turned the whole religion thing sour for me, but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten what it’s like to fast and the struggles a lot of my Muslim friends and community members endure during the holy month. Specifically, during exam time.

Swearing off food and water for a set amount of time always came easy to me (in fact I was a good Muslim boy and even fasted extra days during the year) but I knew tons of students who found it difficult to concentrate on studying for exams/tests during Ramadan because they needed the sweet energy provided by food to help their brain function properly.

And since we’re now in the holy month for Muslims, people are already stressing about how they’re going to get through studying for their exams while fulfilling their religious obligations.

If you grew up in a religious household, regardless of the religion, you may have found it difficult to reconcile your modern day existence with the expectations demanded by your faith. I know I’ve dined on my fair share of unhealthy guilt as a result of missing a prayer or not reading enough Quran or going to the Mosque enough.

And in my frame of mind right now, I could probably provide a million and one reasons why one shouldn’t fast if they have an exam.

I could say that, hey, look, first off, fasting doesn’t really accomplish much at the end of the day. If the goal is to “feel” how those who are less fortunate than you, then the entire charade of fasting is a bit of a farce the way that most people do it.

You wake up well before the sun breaks night so you can stuff yourself with food. Then you don’t drink or eat for hours, but you know the second the sun drops again, you’ll be able to engorge yourself on whatever you want. It’s not like poor people know that once the day is over, they’ve got Taco Bell, or whatever delicious food their family spent all day preparing for them. So it’s not like you really understand the plight of a poor person – you’re just getting tired and hungry for no reason.

But on a more practical note, if God does exist then he probably wants you to do the best you can in life, right? And if you know that not eating is going to mess you up so much that it’ll affect your ability to score well on an exam or be productive during the day, then you’re doing not only a disservice to yourself, but also to God.

An almighty creator of the universe doesn’t need you to deprive yourself of food as a sacrifice to him, it’s not like he gets anything out of it. So if it’s that big of a hindrance, then don’t do it. Simple.

Of course there are going to be people who want to shame you for your choice, but if you wanna get all religious about it, only God can judge someone, right? And it’s not like not fasting is illegal or anything, so drink your water, have your tuna salad, drink your espresso if you want – it’s OK, I don’t think you’re going to burn forever while standing on hot coals until your brains boil for valuing your future over feeling some sort of shame from a religious community.

But, on the other hand, there are some individuals who dealt with a lot more strenuous stuff than studying while fasting. Take ’90s NBA star Hakeem Olajuwon.

Because he was such a great player, his teammates didn’t mind re-arranging their practice times to better suit his schedule so he could perform optimally. Hakeem was willing to make it work, and there are a lot of Muslims who are worried about their exams who’ve come up with ways to do the same thing.

It just involves rearranging all of your priorities to make fasting work for you. So if you really want to do it, then I guess you can, or at least put an honest effort to.

This Twitter user seems to have it all figured out and a lot of my friends who had difficulty studying during Ramadan employed tricks just like this in order to get through it.

The one thing I can promise fasters is that praying for something has no proven effect on the outcome. So if not eating is having serious implications on your ability to study, asking God to hook you up simply won’t work.

I mean if it did, I’d already have Wolverine’s powers by now and I’d be preaching about how crazy you’d have to be to not be fasting.

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People Are Already Dropping Their iPhone X's And We Can't Look Away

We’ve all heard horror stories about the iPhone breaking. Whether it’s because it’s so bendy…

…or scarily easy to shatter…

Surely, the new $ 1,000+ iPhone X would be a more stalwart handset that won’t shatter after slipping from your fingertips?

Well, actually, that’s not the case. There are some unfortunate souls who’ve purchased the phone, on launch day, and have been simultaneously let down by its break-tastic design and their own clumsiness.

And if you thought that fixing an iPhone’s screen was expensive before, just wait till you hear how much it costs to replace the X’s, Essential Phones-esque screen

$ 275, (or $ 25 less than price of a brand-new Moto G5 Plus) is what it costs to replace your iPhone X’s screen. Which makes watching these videos of people dropping them all the more painful to watch.

This guy drops the iPhone on purpose, but it doesn’t make it any easier to see.

Regardless of the phones’ well-documented fragility, people are still flocking to buy them. Will you save up to purchase an iPhone X? Or are you happy enough with your current phone?

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Pizza Hut Debuts Mac 'N' Cheese Pizza And People's Mouths Are Already Watering

If there are two foods that even the pickiest eaters will absolutely love, no matter their age, it’s macaroni and cheese and pizza.

I knew kids in elementary school who would almost exclusively eat one or the other, and how can you blame them? They’re friggin’ delicious.

And although your neighborhood pizzeria has probably featured penne vodka and baked ziti slices, most mainstream pizza chains haven’t gotten too crazy with their ‘za offerings when it comes to combining slices with noodles. That is, until now.

That’s because Pizza Hut UK has debuted a Mac ‘N’ Cheese stuffed crust pizza and it looks decadent as hell. Seriously, this thing isn’t even offered in a non-stuffed crust version, otherwise its structural integrity would probably be compromised. Check out their press release for the masterpiece below:

The pie comes in two flavors: one plain macaroni and cheese pizza with a béchamel base, macaroni, cheese sauce, three cheese blend, and crispy onions. There’s also a BBQ one that’s almost the same but with a BBQ sauce base instead of béchamel and a BBQ drizzle. You know, just in case there weren’t enough calories packed into the thing.

Pizza Hut’s head of communications, Gareth Hopley, is calling the pizza a “match made in heaven.” Twitter seems to agree.

Even if some people didn’t seem like they’re that excited for it.

For now it seems like the pizza’s only available in the UK. Would you want this bad boy to come stateside?

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2016 Will Last An Extra Second Because We Haven't Suffered Enough Already

Every four years, we add a leap day to compensate for the fact that the Earth takes a little longer than a calendar year to make a complete orbit around the sun. Without them, we’d eventually have snow in the middle of June. 

Well, to compensate for an unexpected slowdown in the Earth’s rotation this year, scientists have decided to add an extra second to 2016 to help keep us in sync. 

The National Physical Laboratory in the United Kingdom uses an atomic clock to provide a stable and continuous timescale for the world’s less accurate clocks to follow. And they need to add the extra second to the New Year’s countdown because standard time is currently lagging behind atomic clocks.

So as the clocks strike midnight tomorrow, they’ll show a time of 23:59:60 at the very end, delaying 2017 for a second. 

NPL senior research scientist Peter Whibberley explained:

“Atomic clocks are more than a million times better at keeping time than the rotation of the Earth, which fluctuates unpredictably.”

“Leap seconds are needed to prevent civil time drifting away from Earth time.”

“Although the drift is small – taking around 1,000 years to accumulate a one-hour difference – if not corrected it would eventually result in clocks showing midday before sunrise.”

The problem? 2016 has been kind of a terrible year, so people aren’t too happy about having to sit through another second it.

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These Christmas Tree Baubles Are Already Selling Out And You Can Probably Guess Why

If you can believe it, 2016 is nearly over and there’s only a few more holidays before we start what will hopefully be a slightly more calm year. And with Halloween just around the corner, it might seem odd to you that a certain Christmas decoration is already flying off the shelve.Nothing says Christmas like a vulva. That’s why one genius on Etsy has decided to start selling

What is it? Well, as we all know, nothing says Christmas like a vulva. That’s why one genius on Etsy has decided to start selling Christmas tree decorations shaped like vaginas

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 is selling the baubles, which come in a wide variety of vibrant colors. And yes, they’re all handcrafted with love.

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And yes, they come complete with a jingling Christmas clitoris. There are also different sizes available if you don’t think that having a massive vagina on your tree is appropriate. 

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Believe it or not, they’ve been selling hundreds of these things from as early as August. And customers are very satisfied with their purchases. One customer even went as far as to call them “vagtastic.”

If you want to oblige, you can find them here

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