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Iceland is a small country where only 358,780 people live. All the inhabitants know each other, so there is no need to lock your doors when you leave and you can easily leave your child without supervision in a park or outside a store. Besides, Iceland is one of the happiest countries in the world.

We at Bright Side are totally in love with this country and we want to share the facts with you that prove that there is a perfect place to live in this world.

1. Iceland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

This country can be proud that it has one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe, Dettifoss, the biggest bird colony located on a cliff, and one of the biggest glaciers. People in Iceland have always lived in perfect harmony with the wonderful nature in their country, respecting and protecting it. On the island, there is such an immense diversity of natural beauty that anyone who lives there or visits the country falls in love with it.

2. The Icelandic language almost hasn’t changed since the 12th century.

The people of Iceland are really proud of their language. In the old times, the social connections between the people were very close, which allowed the language to remain very stable. Almost any person from Iceland can read ancient texts without any trouble. Besides, Iceland is the leader in the international book market. It releases more books each year than any other country.

3. Iceland has one of the most advanced law systems in terms of human rights.

This country has some of the best laws in terms of gender equality, freedom of speech, the rights of sexual minorities, and its democracy level. So, in 1980, Iceland became the first country in Europe where a woman was elected president, and in 2010, it banned all strip-clubs in order to support the feminist movement. The guarantees of religious freedom and the laws that prohibit discrimination of any kind made Iceland a world leader in human rights.

4. Free education

Schools and colleges in the country are free and the payment for attending universities is very low, which makes education very easy for anyone to get. Besides, the level of literacy in Iceland is higher than in any other country.

5. There are no private medical facilities.

The Icelandic government pays a lot of attention to the development of its healthcare industry. Iceland has the highest standards of living and the government-controlled medical industry totally satisfies all the needs of the population, so private medical facilities are just unnecessary.

6. Central heating is free.

90% of houses in Iceland are heated thanks to hot water that comes from geothermal sources. The hot water is supplied by wells and the geothermal plants satisfy all the country’s needs for heating, so the inhabitants don’t have to pay for it.

7. Every inhabitant of Iceland has access to a genealogical database.

Íslendingabók is a website with a database that contains information about all the family ties of all the people in Iceland, starting from the 18th century. It was created because the population of the country is not very big (just over 300,000 people). Many people in Iceland use this website in order to check and see if their new love interest is a distant relative.

8. There is no army.

Aside from the fact that Iceland doesn’t have a regular army, the police and the coast guard don’t even have weapons. The crime rate is almost zero, so there are no weapons, because there is no need. If a citizen wants to join the military, they can join the Norwegian army according to the contract between these 2 countries.

9. Almost nobody drinks or smokes in Iceland.

In Iceland, scientists found out which biochemical processes cause addiction, which allowed them to decrease the number of smokers and drinkers to 3-5%. The different chemicals in alcohol and cigarettes trigger certain biochemical processes in the brain which make the body addicted to them. These scientists decided to try and find activities which activate the same processes in the brain, but in a natural way. For example, dancing, music, drawing, and sports.

10. In Iceland, people believe in trolls and elves.

According to local folklore, trolls live in round-shaped stones. If a person from Iceland sees such a stone on their way, they will never touch it and will try to go around it in order to not disturb it. And if it is necessary to transport a “troll’s house” to a different place, a special person is hired who can talk to the troll and ask them to leave. Even when there is a need to build a new highway, the designers always consult the folklore experts in order to avoid disturbing the trolls.

11. The mayor of Reykjavík was a stand-up comedian, a punk-rock musician, and a taxi driver

Before being elected for the post of the mayor, Jón Gnarr used to be a part of a punk-rock band, worked as a taxi driver, as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, at a Volvo plant in Sweden, and was a stand-up comedian. The results of his political work include a full-finance overhaul, the building of dozens of miles of bicycle lanes, the complete reorganization of schools, and an increase in tourism in Reykjavik.

12. It’s where many famous movies and shows were filmed.

The alien landscape of Iceland attracts not only travelers, but also directors. In the country, there is a special company that organizes film shootings in Iceland. The shows and TV series that were filmed there include Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Thor, and Interstellar.

13. There is a committee that decides how to name a baby.

The Icelandic Naming Committee consists of 6 people: 3 of them are assigned by the Minister of Justice and the other 3 are assigned by the educational institutions of the country. This is done because the country is fighting the loan words from other languages. New and approved names are added to the list quite often. For example, the names Geymar and Brimtour for boys, and Goodna, Iselin, and Lounei for girls have been accepted. But the name Andrei hasn’t, because the spelling is not in line with the rules of spelling in the Icelandic language.

Does this article make you want to pack your bags and go to Iceland right now? Or maybe, you’ve already been there or even live in this awesome country?

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s CEO ranking plummeted this year




Facebook employees have long been known for their fierce loyalty to the company and its founder Mark Zuckerberg. In the aftermath of numerous privacy debacles, including ones in which Facebook has exposed users’ personal information and facilitated attempts to undermine American democracy, that enthusiasm seems to have flagged.

The Facebook CEO saw his ranking among top US CEOs plummet this year, from No. 16 in 2018 to No. 55 this year, though he does have an approval rating of 94 percent, according to new data from Glassdoor, a site where employees can anonymously rate their jobs and their CEOs. His approval rating was 96 percent last year.

The average CEO approval rating among the 900,000 employers reviewed on Glassdoor is 69 percent — so Zuckerberg’s 94 percent approval is well above average, even if it’s not as high as it used to be.

Back in 2013, when Glassdoor first started ranking CEOs, Mark Zuckerberg was ranked as the No. 1 CEO in the US, with a 99 percent approval rating, and the company overall was considered the best place to work. This year it dropped to the seventh-best place to work, from No. 1 in 2018.

Last year, even after Facebook had undergone a brutal 18 months of scandals and reshuffling, Recode’s Kurt Wagner wrote that “no one in Facebook’s upper ranks ever seems to leave the company.” That changed this year when two of the company’s most important executives — both named Chris — left. The company has also seen defections from leaders of the companies it has acquired, including the founders of WhatsApp and Instagram.

Employees at tech companies including Google, Uber, and Amazon have become increasingly vocal in their criticism of their employers. Facebook largely has avoided such blowback, but increased employee dissatisfaction could portend protests among Facebook workers as well.

Why Zuckerberg — and Facebook — are only now losing favor with some employees is unclear, though recent comments on Glassdoor about the company’s leadership provide some clues:

“Start taking your morale issue seriously. Leadership needs to take several steps back, really listen, and show that you are serious by taking action.” —Lead Data Specialist

“Due to the recent scandals, the company has become cautious to an extreme and every privacy decision is taken with painstakingly slow speed because it’s been vetted by layers and layers of people. It’s also a very fast paced and competitive place, so some people find it hard to keep up.” —Product Manager

“Very competitive environment. No[t] possible to succeed if you don’t work 60+ hours. Focus on short term impact due to performance cycle every 6 months. No clarity on expectations of roles. Mix signals from leadership about culture.” —Data Scientist

General public sentiment toward Facebook has become more negative in the last few years as the company has struggled with a number of issues on its platform, including Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and several privacy mishaps related to storing passwords on unencrypted servers and buggy software.

As a result, Zuckerberg and his company have been under fire from the media and politicians alike. The Federal Trade Commission is also reportedly preparing for a potential antitrust investigation of Facebook.

Facebook did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story.

Other notable takeaways from the Glassdoor report: The CEO of enterprise software company VMware, Pat Gelsinger, has been buoyed by positive employee reviews and now ranks No. 1, a huge jump up from No. 78 last year. Salesforce CEOs Marc Benioff and Keith Block made the top 100 for the first time, ranking No. 17. Microsoft’s Satya Nadella jumped up from 20 to No. 6. The rank of Google CEO Sundar Pichai remained steady, dropping one to 46. Apple’s Tim Cook rose from 96 to 69.

Glassdoor’s large company CEO ratings were tabulated using reviews written by current and former employees between May 2, 2018, and May 1, 2019. Glassdoor uses a proprietary algorithm that considers quantity, quality, and consistency of reviews to calculate the exact approval rating. Only companies with at least 100 reviews each from both rank-and-file employees as well as senior management are considered in these rankings.

Recode and Vox have joined forces to uncover and explain how our digital world is changing — and changing us. Subscribe to Recode podcasts to hear Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka lead the tough conversations the technology industry needs today.

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20 People Whose Looks Smash Ordinary in the Face




A flawless body, big eyes, plump lips, a straight nose, thick hair, and perfect skin — all these so-called beauty standards are not only outdated and old-fashioned, but also a little boring and distorted. Freckles, unusual eye colors, and skin and body features — these are what truly fascinates and catches one’s eye.

Bright Side has collected 20 pictures of people with unique appearances that will definitely get your attention.

1. Sem Kobelyan has vitiligo that affects his hair and even his eyebrows — and it creates an even more unique look!

2. TK Wonder is not only a writer and a singer, but she is also the owner of unbelievably voluminous hair.

5. This blue-eyed child with vitiligo won our hearts.

6. Yulianna Yussef’s birthmark covers most of her back and she raises positive awareness of CMN through her Instagram.

8. Ia Östergren’s legs are extremely long — her height is 5’8″ and the length of her legs is 3’5″.

9. Mekhi Lucky gained people’s attention thanks to his striking eyes — one is blue and one is brown.

10. This beautiful baby girl with albinism is Nova Winter and her parents have their own blog — the Larson family.

11. Samuel Silva — a unique-looking kid model with vitiligo

12. Cassandra Naud, a professional dancer, says her big birthmark is exactly what distinguishes her from everyone else.

13. Russian illustrator, Maria Oz amazes everyone with her non-standard appearance and huge beautiful eyes.

15. James Stewart calls himself a “13-year-old kid with grey hair” and openly tells his audience what life with vitiligo is like.

16. Hamad Jaman has embraced his freckles and made a modeling career out of his unique appearance.

17. This textile-design student, Gao Qizhen, started her modeling career thanks to her non-standard look.

18. Daria Svertilova is a photographer who captures non-obvious beauty as she embraces her own.

19. This young makeup artist, Lauren Elyse, doesn’t let vitiligo stop her from showing the world her amazing skills.

20. Stef Sanjati is a video blogger who is famous for her non-standard appearance due to a rare genetic condition.

Which unusual traits are there in your appearance? We’d be happy to hear from you in the comment section below!

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Reddit Users Talk About the Awkward Situations They Will Remember for the Rest of Their Lives




We’re pretty sure that everyone has been in a situation when they were super embarrassed and just wanted to disappear forever. However, these otherwise awful situations prove to be quite interesting and unique which is why they’re enjoyed by hundreds and thousands of people online. The stories we’ve collected here are by far the best and we couldn’t help but share!

We at Bright Side think that if you can transform your unpleasant memories of an embarrassing situation that happened years ago into a funny story, you should. And that’s exactly what the people in this article managed to do.

  • I get into the elevator with some guy. We start going and he asks me, “Do you want to go to a cafe?” I smiled at him and said, “I do.” He looked at me in a weird way and pointed at his Bluetooth earpiece. So, have you ever wanted to jump into an elevator shaft?
  • The 2 things that our camp guides were most scared of were losing someone and someone getting pregnant. And so my friend Mary (we were 12 years old) told the camp guide that she seemed to have gotten pregnant (she just loved attention). The camp counselor was terrified and whispered, “From who?” Mary was scared and whispered back, “Does it have to be from someone?” The counselor yelled at her so loudly that I think half the camp woke up. -NikkiKi
  • I snapped this intriguing shot while driving. I captioned it with something like, “When you have a crazy day and a lot of work but you can’t forget about beauty because your skin won’t take care of itself”.
  • I was in the elevator area of my former job and wearing a skirt that was a little too big for me. Luckily, I had one of those long sweaters on over it because I was talking to the maintenance guy and the skirt just dropped to the floor like, “and we’re done here…” and the guy and I just stared at each other for a small eternity. — © sinicuichi
  • I’ll never forget how on one of my first days in college, I met a guy whose name was Chandler. When he asked me for my name, I told him I was Monica. My friend witnessed this conversation and later asked me why I lied. I said I wanted us to be like the characters from Friends. And he was like, “Are you nuts? Your name is Rachel, and there was a Rachel on the show!”
  • Once, I had this really weird conversation with a guy. I think he was too nervous:
  • I ran face first into a street light lamp post because I was staring (while walking) at a beautiful girl walking toward the direction where I was coming from. It was in front of the main gate of our university. Hundreds of students saw it. My friends laughed so hard. — © KiwiPin0
  • I’m a very responsible person. But once, after a crazy party, instead of setting my alarm clock, I entered “8:30” in my calculator.
  • Yesterday, after a bachelorette party, we went to a water park where I almost drowned. The next day I was very angry that the employees didn’t care about the safety of the visitors. But then my friends sent me this photo and it just turned out that it was me who was crazy and thought I was drowning in a pool for children.
  • A blind woman wanted to know where the front of the bank was and I pointed and said, “It’s over there.” — © Kirjath
  • My wife and I went out for a drink one night. We walk into a bar and I see someone I know with their back turned. I walk up behind them and tickle their sides. Turned out, I didn’t know this person, they just gave me a weird look and walked away. Got their spot at the bar though. — © buefordbaxter

  • My wife and daughter gave me an iPhone. I had never used one before and I decided to text a voice message. This is what I sent to my daughter:

  • I took my grandmother to Starbucks for the first time. A barista asked her a standard question: “What name should I put on the coffee?” Grandma was amazed, looked at him, then turned to me and said, “He wants to give my coffee a name. Is he a junkie? How was he even hired in the first place?”
  • It happened in my childhood. My mom was in the kitchen with her friend who was complaining that men don’t care about her at all. Then I said, “This is very bad. I also didn’t take care of my fish and now it’s dead. It’s sad, you are still so young.”
  • Before the prom, I went to a salon and asked to make the hairstyle like the one in the left photo to look like a princess. But I ended up looking like our principal:

Which of these stories did you like this most? Maybe you could tell us about some other similar situations from your own experience!

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