Can You Guess What These Unlabeled Maps Mean? [QUIZ}

Channel your inner cartographer to see how well you fare on this blank map quiz! I give you a map with all the information erased, and it’s your task to guess what the map is about. at the end, you’ll get to see how many you got right, along with some extra information to go with it.

This is the first quiz I’ve ever made for this website, so I’m pretty excited for it. I plan to release a lot more in the future; they’re fun to make, and I hope others have fun doing them as well. If you have any other suggestions for quizzes I can make, let me know!


You will be shown 10 maps, each depicting some sort of statistic. I've gone ahead and erased the information, and it's your job to see if you can guess what they're for, based on the 4 options given to you. See how many you can get right!

1. What does this map depict?
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What does this map depict?
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What does this map depict?
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What does this map depict?
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Which one of these describes the countries in red?
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What does this map depict?
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What does this map depict?
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What does this map depict?
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Which one of these describes the countries in green?
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What does this map depict?

 



6 Coronavirus Myths, Rumors, & Hearsay: What’s True And What’s Not?

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I’m coming out of the woodwork today, in the midst of this global crisis that has befallen us. My hiatus was good, but I’m coming back into the thick of it, because there are some things that need to be said.

COVID-19, colloquially known as Coronavirus, is the infectious respiratory disease caused by the recently-discovered SARS-CoV-2 virus. Mostly affecting the elderly and those with preexisting conditions (e.g. lung disease, diabetes), the virus causes symptoms which could easily be mistaken for an ordinary flu. Yet, the condition has completely changed our lives in a shockingly short time scale. The economy has gone into shock, the Olympics have been postponed for the first time in over 75 years, and you can fly round trip across the U.S. for less that $50.

There has been a lot of different reactions among the general population. For some people it’s been business as usual, and others have gone into full doomsday survival mode. But one thing that has remained constant is the amount of rumors and information ravaging the internet lately. I’ve personally heard so much hearsay, both plausible and absurd, and after browsing shared Facebook articles for a while, I realized that I had to do something. Misinformation is spreading like wildfire and I want to be part of the fire brigade that puts it out. So, here are the most common statements I’ve heard about Coronavirus, verified and fact-checked. Some are true and some are not; I’m just setting the record straight. Read on and see which ones you believed or didn’t believe.

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The Things That Have Happened, The Things That Occur

There’s a certain phenomenon that pretty much anyone who wants to do something experiences. What’ll happen is you’ll be experiencing something that you connect with. An artist will be at an art gallery, an athlete will be at a sports game, an actor will be watching a play. It’ll be the best of it’s kind, something top notch and undeniably appreciable. But you can’t stand it. But not because the product is bad, but because you understand it. It vibrates with you on a wavelength so perfectly in tune with your life goals and desires. You understand the content, and you understand the creator–and you realize that that person needs to be you. Your heart aches for greatness, to express your thoughts and to show people just what you’re capable of doing. But for whatever reason, you can’t. Maybe it’s needing to complete school, or waiting to make the team, or trying to score some more auditions or something. But something’s holding you back. You’re stuck there; you can’t move. And you resign yourself to persisting to try to progress while you watch someone else do whatever it is you love on a level you can only hope for.

I’ve been stuck in that zone for a while, a long while, and now I’m finally breaking through.

The past several weeks have been eventful for me, and insightful. Both in the way things have played out and the actual things that have happened. I’ve been tried and tested and had several firsts and learning experiences. And I’ve wanted nothing more than to divulge it all on here, to freely express my thoughts on one of the best platforms on the internet for doing so. But, running a website like this, you sort of become a curator at the same time. Your site is a museum and you decide the pieces, the exhibits and everything. You work so hard on it and you try so hard to please; you don’t want to muck it up. So you filter out a lot of the stuff that you wish so sincerely that you could show, because you think it’ll make it better for everyone. For me, it’s taken the form of filtering out a lot of the personal stuff I wish I could post, for the sake of quality control here on this blog, and the desire for it to be about more than myself. But I feel now that that makes the whole thing feel a bit too impersonal, and while I will maintain this quality control, I’ll keep you more informed about my life in the future. For now, here’s a quick rundown.

I’ve been super busy with life recently, focusing a lot on myself. Financial problems due to my parents’ divorce has caused a lot of personal changes that have had varying amounts of ramifications throughout my life. Especially starting late last summer, money for me has been tight, and I’ve had to save and improvise in areas that I haven’t before. Financial freedom is something that has been different for me. Without going into too much detail, a several different factors have caused these difficulties, and although I’m working hard to fix them, they’ve taken their toll.

The first eventful thing that happened was that I got a job at Target. It was okay, besides my shitty ableist coworkers. I got fired a few weeks afterwards, but it was deeply unjust, so I decided to sue the company. That’ll be a whole other post on it’s own, though; you can rest assured that the issue will get it’s own post once the issue is settled. I also rekindled relationships with several friends. I’ve started talking with those that I used to talk to a lot, those that I never thought I’d talk to, and those I never thought I’d talk to again. Both friends and enemies alike, old issues were brought up and settled. Some of these issues will be brought up again in the future, too.

This has also marked a huge era of progress and recovery for me. Record lows in depression, loneliness, and other things that I’d been known to suffer from. But one of the biggest things in my life these past few weeks has been my plans for this website. I plan to turn this into something much bigger and better than what I ever thought it could be. You’ll know exactly what I mean very soon in the future, but I’ve been investing large amounts of my time into it. I have to, in order to fulfill that burning desire mentioned at the beginning of this article. Ideas, thoughts, and all my hopes in life will all come together in one project–although calling it a “project” seems like an understatement.

Lastly, my birthday is happening on Monday. I will turn 20 years old. One thing I’m prone to is trying to scramble to do 1,000 things to prepare, because I feel like I have to commemorate the event. No longer a teenager, I feel like it’s especially important to do that now. What I want to do is this thing, a practice wherein you write a letter to yourself in the future, so your future self can read it and see how much you’ve changed. I want to do some form of that, but for varying lengths of time. Like one for 1 year from now, one for 5 years, and so on. I want to also start some sort of birthday tradition, too. As you can see, memories are one of my best friends.

More content and important information should be coming up soon, so watch out for that. And to clarify; I feel fine and all, I just definitely have to get some things in order. I’m sure you all have been itching to see more, and of course, I will deliver. Hang tight and stay sane, and just to let you know, your thoughts are real.

Frigid: Prologue

“Bundle up.”
That’s what he said to me.
I don’t know exactly what made me so fed up at that time, but I was. The discourse in my life, it had reached a level that was totally unbearable to me at the time. The shouting, the arguing, the fighting, crying, panicking. Logic eluded me at that time. All I wanted was an escape, and a solution. And I thought I knew how to get those.
I knew it was stupid, I knew that. But what else was a kid to do, being the victim of a narcissistic abuser like that, with no other options? CPS didn’t do anything. Cops didn’t do anything. Family didn’t do anything; they didn’t even believe me. And all the while I was suffering just about every day. You haven’t felt it. A house with the floor made of eggshells upon which I tread softly but still reap the hatred. I felt the cracking every day, especially of the recent days. And what do you do when there’s a house floored with hazardous materials? You leave.
My two accomplices were helping me. My friend and her friend, both of which I met online. You know, it’s shameful when two people you’ve never met in person are designated to save you from one person whose been with you for 16 out of 16 years. The blood was really thin.
Earlier, a fracas ensued. Such had been waiting to happen since the hellish chain of events late the passing summer. It was now November and this conflict had come to a head. It was the beginning of the end of my depressive phase and yet, I saw this as my only obstacle. But my family, they were a real obstacle. They were an immovable object, and I was a completely and utterly stoppable force. I had to break through. And I had a plan.
The first friend, Alys, was who I considered to be my best friend. We’d met online a few years prior and had kept in touch on and off ever since. The other friend, Yanni, was someone I met only about a month prior, and he was the “boyfriend” of Alys (don’t ask why I put that in quotes). Alys, she ended up telling Yanni everything, and he was very willing to help me. He lived far away, but he had room in his house. I could lodge with him until things got better, I just had to be able to get there. After the argument–I can’t even remember what triggered it– I called Yanni. He and I both agreed that it was time for me to bounce. We spent about 10 minutes planning the logistics of it. I would leave, walk out the back door in the dead of night, and arrive at the hospital. They would see my desperation, and there would be no way they’d have the heart to send me back to that house.
I only saw 1 problem: the bitter cold. It was around freezing those upcoming days, and I knew that the cold would bite my skin, almost as hard as I liked to bite myself in anger. So I brought that up to him. I said to him “it’s gonna be cold out. What should I do to at least prevent hypothermia or something?”
He just told me “Bundle up”.
And I listened to him.

Shaving My Head: About a Difficult Battle With An Unknown Hair Condition

 

Hello everyone; I must say I’m excited to be posting again.

Last Friday (May 25, 2018) was one of the more eventful days as of recently. Emotionally, I had (and still have) been feeling better than ever than in the past few weeks, even months. My emotional state on the positive side, I’ve been having much more motivation to do things and a lot more ideas, as well. Things are looking up, and I’m grateful. But there’s one issue that has been sort of an elephant in the room when talking about recent months. And that issue is: hair loss.

At 19 years old, that’s most certainly an unusual thing for me to be dealing with. But still, that’s the hand I’ve been dealt. The causes have been going on for probably about a year now, but it’s actually accelerated in the past 3 months or so. In fact, in early April, there was a point where I had lost more hair in 2 weeks than in the previous 2 or 3 months. Eventually, it got to the point where my hair was getting weird and patchy, and of course, a lot shorter than I would have liked. It soon got to the point where I was forced to make a decision: start all over again and take good care of my hair and the situations causing the hair loss, or force myself to deal with my uneven hair. I was hesitant at first, for I hadn’t had a haircut in over 2 years prior, but eventually I decided that the aesthetic benefits would be much more better if I chose the latter of those options. And that I did.

Now as I mentioned in the video, there are two reasons that this whole thing started. The first and the primary reason is a disorder known as trichotillomania. Now this can be difficult to talk about sometimes, but I’m gonna do this anyways. I feel like I should educate the public a little, and be more transparent with what’s going on. Trichotillomania is a condition that causes people to have an impulsive urge to pull out their own hair. It’s similar to OCD, given that the urges are sort of a tick, or an “addiction”, for a real lack of a better phrase. It’s not something you consciously do. It’s not like I think “Okay, haircut time!” and start pulling out my hair. It’s different than that. It’s unconscious. It’s comparable to how you can have a bowl of popcorn next to you while watching TV and the whole thing will be done before you know it. You don’t particularly desire the popcorn, but you just keep on eating it, just because. That’s basically the same feeling, really, but instead of popcorn it’s tugging on hairs or small clumps of hair until they come out. Shaving all hair is the best option for many trichotillomaniacs, because 1) you run out of stuff you can pull, and 2) it undoes much of the damage done by the condition.

That’s the main reason, but not the only one. Additionally, I’m on a medication known as Lithium Carbonate. It’s commonly and most often used to treat Bipolar Disorder, which I have regrettably been diagnosed with. Things were going well for the first few months I was taking it, things were pretty good. But then, after doing some more research on the effects of medications, and I read that lithium caused hair loss for a lot of people. I didn’t think about it a lot at first, but then I started being more observant. Whenever I’d wash or rub my hair, tons of it would just fall out without much effort at all. That scared me a lot, and I eventually consulted with my psychiatrist. She confirmed that it was a side effect, and that if the hair loss persisted–which it did–that she’d half the dosage and proceed from there. So although I’m taking a lot less of the medication, I still feel like that was a huge contribution to my decision to shave my head.

But things don’t just stop now that I’m almost bald. There’s a series of other things I will try to do in order to make sure my hair grows back better, stronger and longer, and that I don’t fall back and undo all of my progress. Here are what they are:

-Using a fidget toy, more specifically a fidget orb, in order to keep my hands busy and away from my head

-Using a multivitamin or a supplement such as biotin, as well as using a special shampoo, such as Jamaican Black Castor Oil, which I’ve heard highly of

-Not washing my hair every single day. Doing so would dry out the scalp, damaging hair and making it break easily. Only doing so every few days will preserve natural oils produced by the scalp, moisturizing and keeping things soft

-When it gets long, combing my hair regularly, and possibly keeping it braided. Not doing so would cause tangles that makes the hair less healthy and easier to pick.

After all this, I’m still very optimistic for the future. Besides this, I actually feel pretty good. I think the biggest issue with this will be dealing with self confidence/dysphoria issues. That’s just another in a long line of things I need to work on, though. Needless to say, I’m gonna keep on trying, and a year from now I’m most definitely going to make an update. Look out!

3/14 – a poem I’ve been working on

​Hello all! Here is a poem that I’m working on and will continue to update! I’ve been working really hard on this one, so I hope you like it! More info to come later.

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For a time, I hoped.

Magically to forget; those few, these emotions.


Happiness veiling isolation, fit to few, hardship ever waxing.


My spirit lays dim, but recovery? Now, my meaning satisfies

Happy Valentine’s Day from Likewise

Hello everyone! I hope this Valentine’s Day has been good for you all.

I was planning to release a short story today that had to do with love. Unfortunately, due to how life has been for me recently, that didn’t happen. It’s still a really good idea though, so I’ll continue working on it and post it here when I’m done.

I hope you have a great rest of your day though! Even if you don’t have a valentine, you’re still so beautiful and deserve the best! Don’t let one day define your entire self-worth. I hope you live happy and lovingly and find great things!

Petrarchan 21st – A poem I recently finished

Hello everyone! Here is a poem I’ve been working on for a few weeks, right before New Years on the 29th, and just finished right before midnight on Sunday.

Writing this poem was a roller coaster. I started it then planned to post it on New year’s Eve, then decided against it. Then I tried to finish it but it was a lot harder than I expected. I felt like I had to get everything right, and I ended up changing the rhyme words several times throughout. I kept changing little things until I decided to settle with myself, and say “no poem can be 100% perfect”. And after 2 weeks, there became what you see below.

I hope you enjoy as I worked really hard on it. I think this is a good one and it’s one that I’ll look back on a lot for the effort it took.

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Quiet world, wake up and give way to me

My quietness has done harm and shaken 

Asleep in that which yet hasn’t taken

Laying in a place where my mind’s set free
Whence is where my life’s work has come to be

A dream from which I shall not awaken

Lucid, a notion to be mistaken

For what’s in that place is a sight to see
Weary remains the feet across my path

Bramble-laden with a rose at the end

I, resilient and tenfold bettered

Shall still persist through pinnacle or strath

And shall all else become untimely rend

The dream rose will still remain unfettered

2018 Predictions 

Today’s the 1st of January, the first of the hundreds of days in the year 2018. A whole new year of brand new events, songs, movies, trends, and memes.

There’s often a lot of thought about how the next year is going to go. It’s something I think about every year around New Year’s. I also look back on the previous year and think about the ups and the downs, and all of the new things that happened.

So I’ve gotten an interesting idea. What I’m gonna do is make this post detailing a few things I think or want to happen in the rest of 2018. At the end of the year, I’m gonna look back at this post and look at what I got right and what I got wrong. 

Predictions

I was planning to do this last year, but unfortunately, I never got around to it. But looking back on 2017 and comparing it to what I thought 2017 would be like, they’re really quite different. I expected it to be stagnant, not expecting many interesting things to happen. That was probably just cause of the overwhelming year 2016 was, but I was really wrong. I sort of feel the same way for 2018, not knowing what the year will bring, but still being very curious.

It might be a big year in music. I feel like a big artist that hasn’t released anything in a while is going to come out with a really big hit that’ll be all over the radio, like what happened to Adele with “Hello”. I know a few popular artists are releasing new albums this year. Arctic Monkeys, Fallout Boy, Nicki Minaj, and Bastille are some of the ones I’m thinking about.

Movies won’t be too eventful, I don’t think. There’s the highly anticipated Incredibles 2, but besides that, I don’t expect much more than a bunch of sequels and add-ons to additional franchises, like the new Avengers movie due this Spring. But I’m hopeful, because recently I’ve been getting more into watching movies; I want another “Get Out”, one that I can get real excited about.

Celebrity deaths will happen, I’m sure, but I don’t know who exactly. My brother has made the prediction that Jerry Seinfeld will die, but I’m not sure about that one. I’m thinking it may still be an older celebrity though, someone like Bill Cosby or even Betty White. Whoever it is, I know it’s gonna make me upset.

Politics, at least in America, will be somewhat eventful. Although I like to avoid weighing in on political issue when I can, because this isn’t a political blog, and politics are generally something that people are really finnicky about who talks about politics. I think that Donald Trump will continue to dominate the headlines, as he has countless times since he took office. I think he might do something big that’ll cause a lot of controversy–a lot more than there normally is, that is. I don’t think he will get impeached, though; I’d say there’s a 20-30% chance of it happening. I do think though that Democrats have a good chance at taking Congress, or at the very least just the House. 

I’m thinking a lot about what might dominate 2018 when looking back on it. The Winter Olympics will obviously dominate a little bit, but other than that, I’m not sure. I have a feeling that stuff will happen at around March and/or June/July. I also have a feeling that something big will happen that none of us will be expecting, and it’ll be the defining moment of 2018 for sure. I’m sensing it will be with someone in the African American community for some reason, but I’m not certain at all about that. I also think that there will be some cool new memes, and that overall, some interesting things will happen in pop culture.

Personally, with my own life, I’m curious as well. What I think is gonna happen is usually confused with what I want to happen. But I predict that this year I’ll make some good progress. I think I’ll publish at least 1 new book by the end of the year. I’m still getting things straightened out with my medication, my depression, and my family, but I expect that to be solved by March/April. I hope to become financially sound enough to do my own thing. I don’t know if I’ll be living in the same place, but I’m getting a sense that I will still be living here by the time the year ends. New habits will be picked up, and I think I’ll be and look quite different. My transition might also begin, but I don’t think it’ll take a noticeable effect by year’s end. All in all, I’m sensing that I’ll actually like this year.

Lastly there’s two things. One, I’m doing the 365 day  selfie challenge, and we’ll see how that goes too. Second, there is my resolution, which I don’t usually make. I want to write more a d try to get myself financially sound, and overall just increase my life’s quality overall. I hope dearly that this happens, as it’s all I’ve ever wanted for myself. 

But, we’ll just have to wait till next January to reevaluate. The clock starts now.

Likewise.blog now back up

Hello all. Some of you probably already know this, but from Dec. 2, 2017 to Dec. 13, 2017 (that’s today), Likewise.blog was down and was unable to be accessed. I’m back up now, though, and again you’re able to access all of my delicious writing. If net neutrality is struck down then I’ll surely lose a lot of viewers, but for now, look out for more of my work to come soon! I actually have a few things planned, that I should be talking about more later.