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5 Tips For Instagram Supremacy

Instagram boasts more than two billion monthly users all over the world. This means that there are billions of potential followers for individuals and brands. If you’ve been struggling to boost your presence on this popular social media platform, you may not be going about it the right way.

Read on for a roundup of 5 tips for getting more followers, boosting engagement, and reigning supreme on Instagram.

1. Be consistent

If you’re using Instagram to share photos with friends and family at whim, garnering more followers may not be your primary agenda. However, if you’re looking to build an audience, conquering Instagram is about much more than merely posting a photo when you feel inspired.

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In order to gain people’s interest, trust, and loyalty—not to mention their likes and follows—consistency is key. Setting (and sticking to) a posting schedule lets people know exactly what to expect from you. 

2. Don’t buy followers

On the surface, purchasing followers looks like a quick and easy way to boost your profile. However, this tactic is likely to do more harm than good. 

Market research tells us over and over again that today’s consumers value authenticity over all else. Illegitimate followers hurt your account’s credibility by misrepresenting your audience. They also don’t generate ROI or buzz. 

Look at it this way. If you have 100,000 fake followers but you don’t have the comments, likes, and shares that would be generated by real followers, this lack of engagement will make your account look dead. (Or worse, fake.)

3. Promote, promote, promote

If you want people to find and follow your Instagram account, you have to get the word out. Make sure to include your account across all of your social networks as well as on your website and blog entries.

However, one of the best ways to promote your Instagram is by interacting with other people’s content. When you do so, they’re likely to interact with your content in return. 

Speaking of other people interacting with your content, be sure to respond to all comments on your posts. This is one of the easiest and more effective ways to nurture engagement. 

4. Post the right content (at the right time)

Anyone with any social media experience knows that some posts generate tons of engagement, while others hardly make a splash. While post performance may seem random, there’s usually some rhyme or reason to it. 

From filters and emojis in captions to post times and content types, seemingly small details can make a huge difference when it comes to post performance. Investing in Instagram analytics tools can help you drill down to understand what’s working and what’s not. 

This does take some degree of trial and error. The more content strategies you experiment with, the better data you’ll have to work with and learn from. 

Not sure where to begin when it comes to new content strategies? Keep up with the latest Instagram trends for ideas and inspiration.

5. Use hashtags wisely

Hashtags can be an excellent tool for finding followers. However, not all hashtags are created equally. Using the right ones can make or break a post. 

For starters, seek out hashtags that aren’t overpopulated to avoid your post getting lost in a sea of posts with the #love hashtag. Instead, utilize hashtags that relate to you, the post, your brand, and your target audience. The more relevant the connection, the more likely a user is to like and follow. 

While mastering hashtag use can seem overwhelming, there are many hashtag resources out there offering everything from best practices to tracking tools. 

 

Five Must-See Attractions In Saudi Arabia

Five Must-See Attractions In Saudi Arabia

“If there is a final frontier of tourism left, it’s Saudi Arabia,” Lonely Planet recently hailed. If you’re going to be spending time in the country soon, you’ll want to make sure you know the best places to check out. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back!

 

1. Kingdom Center Tower

Perhaps the most iconic symbol of Saudi Arabia, the city’s signature skyscraper soars a staggering 992 feet over Riyadh. 

Take the high-speed lift up 99 floors to Kingdom Center’s world-famous Sky Bridge observation deck. Here, you’ll gain an astonishing perspective of the glistening capital city below thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass panels and panoramic urban views.   

One tip to avoid lines and crowds at the popular tourist attraction? Go on a weekday. While you’re there, leave time to enjoy Kingdom Center’s other offerings, including luxury shopping, dining, entertainment, a five-star hotel, and more. 

2. King Abdulaziz Historical Center (National Museum)

Also known as the National Museum of Saudi Arabia, this grand complex in Riyadh was erected around the compound of the architecturally stunning Murabba Palace. 

This educational landmark plays host to more than eight exhibition halls, a mosque, library, conference hall, park, green fields, and fountain.   

3. Mecca and Medina

While two separate destinations, we’re combining these high holy places due to their shared significance to Islamic history as the birthplace and teaching place of the Prophet Muhammad. 

These sacred cities also share something else in common—especially if you’re hoping to experience them up close and personal: they’re both open only to Muslims. 

4. Elephant Rock

 Located in Al-‘Ula area of Mada’in Salih, Jabal AlFil, AKA “the elephant rock,” is one of the world’s most spellbinding geological marvels. 

Rising majestically over the golden sands surrounding it, this magnificent monolithic structure more than earns its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

5. Fakieh Aquarium

Traveling with kids? Fakieh Aquarium, the country’s only public aquarium, offers fun for the whole family.

Featuring more than 200 aquatic species sourced from the Red Sea as well as the world’s oceans and seas, this Jeddah destination is a truly wondrous setting for exploring underwater wonders.   

In addition to exhibits, Fakieh Aquarium also offers interactive fun in the form of daily dolphin and sea lion shows.

One last thing to keep in mind about this list? While we’ve narrowed it down to five, these attractions shared here are just an infinitesimal sampling of what Saudi Arabia has to offer.  

Other spellbinding things to see and do on your visit to Saudi Arabia include Abraj Al-Bait Towers, Al Balad, Al Baqi, Al Rahma Mosque, Masmak Fortress, Jebel Fihrayn, Diriyah, World Sights Park, Rijal Almaa, Makkah Museum, King Fahd’s Fountain, the Riyadh Zoo,  Jeddah Lighthouse, Red Sea Mall, Tabuk Castle, Wahbah Crater, and many other amazing and unforgettable attractions.

 

5 Awesome Birthday Party Treat Ideas

Birthday presents are fantastic, of course. But it’s the food that really gets the party going. As you roll out the snacks, entrees, and sweet treats, adults and kids alike hop up in excitement and start digging in. So, if you want to make someone’s birthday truly special, you need to use these five birthday treat ideas while planning their big bash.

Fruit Kabobs

Put out a fruit tray and people will dabble, for sure. A strawberry here. A few grapes there. But if you want people to go ham over nature’s sweets, bring out the fruit kabobs by the boatload.

All you have to do is slice up your fruit into fun shapes, and then thread them onto shish kabob sticks. Want to up the ante even more? Put out interesting dips, too, like chocolate sauce, caramel, and cream cheese frosting.

Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

A snack and dessert all-in-one, chocolate-covered pretzels easily satisfy cravings for sweets while taking the edge off hunger. You can buy these tasty snacks premade but it’s a lot more fun making your own.

You will just need pretzel rods, white chocolate, food coloring, and sprinkles. Then, melt your white chocolate in small bowls while mixing in your food coloring of choice.

Dip the pretzel rods in the colorful chocolate up to about halfway. Salt Bae the sprinkles over the dipped pretzels next – or roll the chocolate-covered rods in sprinkles for better coverage.

Ultra-Savory Snack Mix

Birthdays always get a little sweets heavy, so be sure to get ultra-savory snack mix in on the action. The sky is the limit in how you can make yours, too.

Start with a Chex Mix-esque base with:

  • 3 cups each type of Chex cereal
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup pretzels
  • 7 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

Mix it all together and bake for one hour at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Give it a stir every 15 minutes, and then cool. After that, add cheese crackers, pita chips, croutons, and whatever else you love to snack on.

Walking Tacos

With so many fun things to do at birthday parties, no one wants to sit down for a whole meal. So, you have to keep them moving by serving walking tacos as your main course.

All you need are taco fixings, like ground beef, black beans, shredded cheese, jalapenos, lettuce, salsa, and sour cream. Don’t forget the hot sauce as well.

Then, instead of serving them with regular taco shells, bring out the snack-sized bags of chips. Your guests just have to slice open the side of the chip bag and fill it up with their taco fixings. After that, they can move and groove while eating their tacos with a plastic fork.

Cupcake Cones  

Cake is great, but it’s even more fun when it looks like an ice cream cone. To do that, you just have to whip up your favorite cake mix, pour it into cake cones, and then bake as directed for cupcakes.

Once that’s done, let it all fully cool before making your frosting. Pipe on the frosting in a soft-serve-inspired swirl and then hit it with your sprinkles of choice.

Now that you’re well-versed on all the perfect treats for a special birthday bash, it’s time to get started in whipping up each one. Fortunately, you can make all but the walking tacos the day before, making it easy to roll out the best treats without breaking a sweat.

The 5 First Pop Songs You Should Learn To Play On Piano

You may love the piano chops of Elton John or Billy Joel, but if you’re just venturing into pop music on your keyboard you might find it hard to duplicate their adroit fingering. It’s better to begin with some easier tunes and build your confidence. Here are five first songs to learn when you’re starting out.

You can buy sheet music for these tunes, or you might prefer to watch an instructional video clip and imitate what you see and hear. As with any piece, you can add complexity and make it as difficult as you like, but they all have a straightforward structure that make them good starter songs.

1. Yesterday

This Beatles hit was written by Paul McCartney. The melody came to him in a dream, and he wrote it down when he woke up. It has a distinct and creative chord progression. It starts in G, then goes to F sharp minor seventh, then B, E minor and back to G. It’s best played arpeggio – chords played one note at a time.

Another way is to play each phrase of melody with the right hand and with transpositions of the chord progression with the left.

2. Imagine

A haunting tune by the other half of the great Beatles songwriting team, John Lennon, was penned after the Fab Four broke up. A big part of its appeal is that it’s beautiful but simple.

It’s not hard to learn. A tonic and fourth, C and F, anchor the song in the left hand. The right hand can follow the melody and optionally sneak in the little riff at the end of each line.

3. Unchained Melody

This was written by Alex North and Hy Zaret in 1955 and has been recorded repeatedly, but the most famous is the Righteous Brothers 1965 rendition. One way to play it is to follow the chord progression – D, B minor, G, A – with the left hand while arpeggiating the chords with the right. You can also do the arpeggios in the left hand and play chords that include the melody note on the right side.

4. A Thousand Miles

This Vanessa Carlton song begins with the famous and widely recognized riff. It might be a little tricky to master, but once you have it, you have it for the whole song. The harmonies are easier and they also repeat. There’s a bit of syncopation is this number, which may take some getting used to. However, the technique carries over to many songs, and once you start syncopating, you may want to do more of it.

5. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Tuneful melodies are nice, but every pianist ought to be able to crank our something with a little soul. This classic, recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell among others, has an easy melody and a rhythm that is essentially simple but begs for syncopation. In some arrangements, the left hand drives. It’s a good introduction to playing jazzy music.

5 Principles To Improve At Chess

Chess is a game of strategy. Whether you are a novice or a seasoned veteran at the game, there always seems to be some new principle to learn. Consider five principles that will improve your chess game. 

1. Understand the Harmony

Harmony is about things working together and in balance. Chess is a game where each piece works in concert with the others. They are a team.

To get the most out of your chess team, you must put them all to use. Your goal is to remove more pieces from their starting positions than your opponent. In this manner, you will outnumber the other squad when the real combat begins.

2. Don’t Block Your Pieces

Chess is a complex game, so it is easy to get to where you are blocking your pieces from moving. The key is to know how each piece can move. For example, the knight can only move in an L-shape while the bishop moves diagonally. 

Once you understand the directionality of each piece, you must look closely at the piece you are considering moving. What happens when you put it in a specific square? How does that move affect your other pieces?

Your goal is the beat the opponent. But, in Chess, it is just as easy to beat yourself if you don’t consider each move’s impact carefully, especially how it affects your pieces. 

3. Focus on the Center

Chess is also a game of real estate, and the most critical property on the board is the center, especially the four center squares:

  • E4
  • D4
  • E5
  • D5

Owning these four squares is a little like having the hill in a battle.

4. Safeguard Your King

It is common sense. If you lose your king, you lose the game. Still, when you get caught up in the game’s strategy, you can lose sight of its most important goal. Two key strategies for protecting the king is to castle it, which means moving it two spaces to the left or right. If you move it on top of the rook, the rook moves to the other side to protect the king. 

The other way to protect the board’s most important piece is to leave the pawns in front of it untouched. They sit there and guard the king. If you move them, your king is open to attack by one of the more mobile pieces, such as the queen, bishop, or rook. 

5. Develop Your Best Pieces

Develop is just a fancy way to move them from their starting spot. If you leave some of your best pieces like the queen sitting because you don’t want to lose her, she isn’t doing you much good. Ideally, you should develop your knights and bishops first because they can get you to the critical center squares. They also open space for other pieces to move. 

Chess is a game that helps you develop your higher-order thinking skills. Like all things, though, it takes practice to do well. 

 

5 Hardest Degree Subjects

Before we can dive into the hardest degrees to earn, it’s important to explore what it is that makes college hard. 

Of course, there are factors that are individual, like your natural strengths and challenges, your educational background, the resources available to you, and the support you have in other areas of life. Students who have to work full-time through college might fight all degree subjects more difficult than students who don’t have to work, for example, or full-time students who are also parents of young children might find school more difficult than those who aren’t. 

One factor that is comparable despite those individual differences is the amount of time spent studying. So we’ve come up with the five hardest degree subjects based on the number hours students spent preparing for their classes each week – and you might be surprised with the findings!

Engineering

Engineers are the least likely to hold a job while they’re in school. Once they’re done with their degree program, they apply science and math principles to develop smart solutions for incredibly complex problems, designing, building, and maintaining systems and structures. There are over a dozen engineering fields like Aerospace Engineering, Bioenvironmental Engineering (the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic), and Industrial Engineering to choose from and courses range from Chemistry to Analytical Physics and beyond. 

Engineering students spend more time studying than any other undergraduate student, making this the hardest degree on our list. 

Architecture 

Students who pursue a degree in architecture take classes like physics, calculus, structural systems, freehand architectural drawing, and more, all of which prepare them for a career designing new buildings and structures. Need a house plan that nobody’s ever seen before? You’ll hire an architect for that. Ready to build a new middle school that supports learning, social development, and creative expression? An architect’s got your back. 

Biology

Students who major in Biology can enter the workforce as biologists, researchers, or in other scientific roles, but some go on to seek graduate degrees, often becoming doctors or advanced practice providers. Biology students spend an average of 18.4 hours studying every week and only about 7% will drop out before they finish their degree. Surprising – in spite of the intense study time – most still participate in extracurricular activities. That means you can choose this hard degree without sacrificing the fun you hoped to experience during your college years. 

Mathematics

A hard-to-earn math degree can grant you access to a career as an actuary, mathematician, statistician, or information  analyst, to name a few. Math students spend an exorbitant amount of time studying and little time working or participating in extracurricular activities. You might say they eat, sleep, and breathe school. 

It might be because the program is hard (it is), but it may also be a combination of factors: perhaps those who seek degrees in math tend to enjoy their studies more than they enjoy extracurricular activities.

Computer Science

Computer Science majors, like math majors spend a lot of time studying and little time working and playing. Their hard work pays off when they graduate and are eligible for positions like Software Developer, Computer Programmer, and Computer Support Specialist – and when those of us who took easier different routes have to call on them for help. 

It goes without saying that hard is subjective, and you should choose the degree program that gives you access to the most rewarding careers for your interests and skill sets. We hope this list serves as an eye-opening challenge for you! 

5 Fundamentals Of Disaster Prep

From a 500-year flood to devastating tornadoes to a pandemic, disasters can take many forms. And in these instances, a little prep can be the difference between comfortably waiting it out or worrying about where your next meal will come from.

When it comes to prep, realize you’re not planning for the end of the world. In most disasters, having 1-2 weeks of emergency supplies is more than enough. Just make sure you have these 5 fundamentals covered.

1. Shelter

Your home will most likely be your shelter during a disaster. It’s where you store supplies and plan to stay until it’s safe to leave.

Here, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for living without electricity or running water. You’ll want to have items like charcoal, candles, flashlights, batteries, walkies, and some kind of generator. 

2. Safety & Hygiene

Safety is anything that allows you to keep your family safe. Whatever that means to you, you’ll want to take those steps.

Having good locks on your doors is a start. During a disaster, even desperate people won’t usually go into a locked home. This is for their own safety and because they don’t want to hurt anyone.

You’ll want windows you can open if it’s hot, and lots of blankets to keep people warm if it’s cold. 

Safety also includes hygiene to reduce the risk of spreading disease. Here, you’ll want to have items like toilet paper, sanitizing wipes, and water-disinfecting tablets.

3. Water

Experts recommend one gallon of water per person per day in your home. If that sounds like a lot, realize you may need this for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. Start by stocking up for 72 hours, which will cover most disasters. Then increase to a 1- to 2-week supply if you have the space. Remember to buy any supplies such as water slowly so that you don’t strain your budget or deprive other local people of these goods.

If you have pets, make sure you have food and water for them too!

4. Food

At the very least, you’ll want to have 3 days of non-perishable food in your home. Canned and dried foods work best here. Sardines, crackers, canned vegetables and soups, nuts, and dried fruit are great for this.

But only buy food you’ll actually eat. You’re going to eat this food eventually, either because it’s about to go bad or you have a disaster.

If it’s part of your emergency stores, make sure you have a way to cook it. Eating uncooked, dried beans will make you sick. Anything canned should be okay cold since the canning process cooks it.

Cycle through your stores periodically to reduce spoilage. Then replenish it.

5. First Aid

During a disaster you may not be able to fill your prescription or see a doctor. So as you continue to prep for a disaster, build out your first aid kit with items to disinfect, tourniquet, bandage, and stitch up. Always try to stay at least 2 weeks ahead of running out of a life-saving prescription like insulin, inhaler, or heart medicine. 

Consider taking an online first aid class and practicing these skills at home. Now, you’re ready to face most disasters comfortably, safely, and with peace of mind.

A final tip, which could be the most important, is to say hi to your neighbours and volunteer once a week at a local charity. Actually knowing, and looking out for, the people around you is the best way to have people you can count on in a tough situation. If the worst does happen, having a community of reliable people who trust you nearby will be the most important commodity of all.

5 Reasons Pickleball Is America’s Fastest Growing Sport

You’ve probably heard your neighbor or coworker talk about pickleball. You may have heard the distinctive “clop-clop” of the hard plastic ball in a neighborhood park. The sport is hard to ignore. There are now about five million players in the U.S., and the number has been growing at close to 15 percent a year.

The sport bears some resemblance to tennis. It’s played on a smaller court with a shorter net, using what look like oversize ping-pong paddles and a whiffleball. Recreational play is usually doubles, two players on each side. Here are five reasons for its astounding popularity.

1. It’s Easy To Get Started

Some sports require lessons, coaching and extensive practice before you can play well enough to enjoy them. Not so with pickleball. You can learn the basics in an hour and play against other beginners on your first day.

Also, its inexpensive. All you need is a paddle and shoes. Paddles are often provided for beginner lessons, and a good beginner/intermediate paddle can be had for $100 or less. Sure, you can spend money on instruction, pickleball camps and tournament fees, but none of that’s vital to enjoying the game.

2. Men and Women Compete on Nearly Equal Footing

Size, strength and speed offer some advantage, but not nearly what they do in many other sports. Tactics, technique and skillful placement of the ball are just as important. Genders are segregated in high-level tournament play, but in any recreational court it’s common to see a game where the “girls” beat up on the “boys.”

3. Open Play Makes It Simple To Participate

There are pickleball tournaments and leagues, but most courts reserve times for open play. You don’t need to call anybody or sign up; just show up with your paddle. Most open play courts have a system for rotating players, and you get to play with a variety of partners and opponents. USA Pickleball maintains a nationwide list of places to play. There are also apps for arranging games.

4. It’s (Relatively) Easy on the Body

Many pickleball players have come over from tennis because it doesn’t put as much strain on shoulders and elbows. It also doesn’t require as much running as tennis, especially if you play pickleball doubles. As with any physical activity, there is of course some risk of injury, and a couple hours of vigorous play can wear you out.

If you’re participating in open play, you can sit out for a rest break then jump back in. Most players find the sport provides enough exercise to help maintain a fitness level but not enough to bring on exhaustion.

5. It’s Amazingly Fun 

There might be drugs that are less addictive. Many people try it once and are hooked. The game doesn’t have the speed of tennis, and long rallies are common. There are few things more satisfying than hitting a great shot, having it come back at you then smacking it again for the putaway.

It’s a social activity, too. Pickleball players love to gather, chat and get to know one another on the sidelines almost as much as they love to play.

5 Traits You Can Probably Thank Your Parents for But Had No Idea

Think all you got from your folks is your button nose, height, or eye color? You may actually have your parents to thank for everything from your trust tendencies to your skills behind the wheel. The fact is, you can inherit a lot from your parents—some a total surprise. The combination of genetics and socialization your parents deliver heavily influences far more than physical traits. Check out five traits you can probably thank your parents for in your life. 

1. Your terror of the dentist’s chair

Does a visit to the dentist cause you more anxiety than you care to admit? If so, there is a chance that dear old dad did this to you sometime in early childhood through emotional transmission. Research published in 2011 found that dental fear among members of the same family is common, but fathers seem to have more of an influence than mothers.  

2. Being a never-ending procrastinator

The tendency to procrastinate is very real and possibly genetic, even though a lot of people chalk up this personality trait to just being hesitant to get started on things that have to get done. Scientists haven’t been able to make definitive statements that you definitely inherit procrastination from your parents, but they have linked the behavior to a certain gene. And, there may be a nurture component to consider as well. Identical twins seem to also be procrastinators if their parents were. 

3. Your trust in other people

Research covered by Science Daily in 2017 discussed the theory that certain genes influence how trusting people are towards others. Even though both distrust and trust can stem from the environment you’re exposed to and your experiences, trust seems to have some relation to genetics. Oddly enough, while trust and distrust are usually considered opposites, distrust doesn’t seem like a heritable predisposition. By contrast, trust was estimated to be about 30 percent related to genetics. 

4. You’re more inclined to take risks than others

How open are you to taking risks or seeking a thrilling adventure? Would people say you partake in risky behaviors? Both of these things may have some relation to certain genetic variances. Apparently, there are more than 100 genetic variants that appear to be associated with risky behaviors or risk tolerance. Nevertheless, researchers have also noted that non-genetic factors have more of n influence than genetics, but the fact that genes are involved at all is still an interesting concept. 

5. Being a bad driver

Ever been called a bad driver? Would you say one or both of your parents were bad drivers? If you answered yes to both questions, you may be surprised that certain genes could be to blame. According to studies, people who have a specific variant of a certain gene drive about 30 percent worse than others. People who have this gene variant tend to forget driving skills quickly and make a lot of errors when they’re behind the wheel.  

The Symbolism Of Birds

Birdwatching in itself is a beautiful hobby. Their grace and beauty in flight is endlessly fascinating to watch, and their songs are a pleasure to hear. From the most primitive cultures to the modern world, birds have come to be symbolic representations of particular attributes and even harbingers of the future. Here are some of the most commonly held symbolic beliefs about different types of birds.

Five Birds and Their Hidden Symbolism

Owls 

Throughout different cultures and countries, people have come to respect owls for their hunting skills and majestic appearance. The Greeks associated the owl with Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and Warfare, and over time the bird gained much reverence as a symbol of great wisdom and protection. However, in Britain, the owl’s hunting prowess meant people viewed the bird as a sign of death and destruction. Many Native American legends echoed such negative connotations. 

Doves

Doves have shown up as symbols of optimism connected explicitly with peace, purity, love, and safety in various societies and at multiple times in history. There are many instances that reinforce such connections: the dove returning to Noah with an olive branch in its beak, the bird’s association with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and the shared beliefs of both Native Americans and Chinese who came to see doves as a symbol of longevity, partnership, and purity

Black Swan

While most swans are white, black swans do exist. Although the term ‘black swan event’ has come to describe any rare occurrence with a strong and lasting effect, there are other, more profound meanings as well. While white swans often represent grace and beauty, black swans tend to have more negative symbolism. European legends of the 1700s claim that black swans were sent to Earth by the devil himself. Aboriginals believe that black swans received their black feathers from crows after eagles plucked the swans’ white feathers as punishment for stealing the knowledge of boomerang-making from women. Others see black swans as signs of preparation, rarity, and persistence. 

Cranes

Asian societies tend to revere cranes. In ancient Japan, people thought cranes could live for a thousand years, turning the birds into symbols of longevity, prosperity, and good luck. Many Asian cultures once believed that by folding 1000 origami cranes, a person would receive good luck or get their deepest desire. Chinese myths mention cranes as messengers of the gods, and while ancient Greeks may not have seen the birds as divine, they were representations of vigilance. 

Crows

Crows have a rather negative reputation for thieving and other annoyances. Many people tended to see them as a bit sinister, and multiple cultures view them as an omen of bad things to come and even symbols of death. Still, other societies, like the Vikings, recognized the crow’s natural intelligence and problem-solving skills and saw them as a symbol of creativity. Aboriginals also see crows as clever but with a rather naughty streak. Aboriginals have many stories of crows tricking other animals and even causing trouble by attacking the souls of the dead. 

It is fascinating to consider that people from very different places and times often share the same symbolism for a particular bird. Is it just a coincidence, or is there a real connection that is undeniable?