There Is A Hidden Meaning In The Division Sign You've Probably Never Noticed

On Monday, Twitter user Abdul Dremali tweeted an observation about the division symbol that quickly went viral for making everyone see their childhood math lessons differently.

According to BuzzFeed, there’s some anecdotal truth to this idea. While the symbol, known as an obelus, was once used to signify uncertainty in a quotation or even subtraction, it isn’t clear why it was eventually adopted as a division symbol in 1659. But math teachers have used it ever since to help teach students that division is just making two numbers into a simplified fraction—and it isn’t the only symbol in which Twitter users have noted a clever design.

And guess what—‰ is called the permille and ‱ is called the permyriad. You can see how they get their names—per cent means per hundred and per mille means per thousand, derived from Latin. A “myriad” is an outdated way to say ten thousand.

That one’s not technically math, but I bet you never realized that (or, at least I didn’t). For many of these, I just wish I knew the meanings of the symbols when I was struggling in elementary school math.

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You've Probably Been Using Lemon Juicers Wrong This Whole Time

Juicing lemons with a handheld manual juice press can seem like an obvious process, but you might be missing a step that makes all the difference!

The common squeezing technique might look a bit like this:

The more practical and efficient way is to cut the bottom end of the citrus and let the convex part of the press flush out the juices by mashing the pulp.

This type of juicing technique fits in with other ways of juicing where the pulp is being pressed on by a convex structure and twisted.

If this comes as a shock to you, you are not alone!

It’s never too late to learn something new! Take this tip and make the most out of your citrus juicing adventures.

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Guy Gets Temporary Henna Tattoo He Will Probably Regret For Years To Come

Henna tattoos may seem like a good idea while you’re on vacation, but as Twitter user James Colley from Cardiff, Wales, recently learned, it’s still important to do your research first. During a trip to Zakynthos Island, Greece, he decided to get a Mike Tyson henna tattoo that he’ll probably be regretting for a while… 

While the Henna used by most professionals is a natural coloring that will fade in a few days, some less reputable tattooists simply use cheap black hair dye. Black hair dye contains paraphenylenediamine (PPD), a chemical that is banned from use on skin in the European Union because it can lead to severe burns on some people. 

In 2015, Mary Bates of the United Kingdom, then 16, got a tattoo on her leg that led to similar scarring while in Turkey. She was told by doctors from St. Albans Hospital, Hertfordshire, that the scarring could stay with her for the rest of her life. 

Dr. Christopher Flower, Director-General of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association, warned those who seek Henna tattoos to go to reputable artists. 

Most people on Twitter didn’t seem to have much sympathy, though. 

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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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