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A family is…where the life begins and love never ends! But is the power of name and fame can make anyone leave their family? Don’t know about other but these Bollywood stars actually did that after they became famous. Check out the list:

1) Mandana Karimi

She accused her husband and in-laws of domestic violence and forcing her to quit acting after which she left them.

2) Krushna Abhishek

The nephew of Govinda made headlines earlier when a news of his spat with Govinda and his wife went viral. Govinda said that he lived with them for years and got work on his name and now he doesn’t bother to talk to them.

3) Arshad Warsi

The famous actor of Bollywood never talks about his step-cousin Anwar Hussain after getting famous and maintains a distance from him.

4) Ameesha Patel

She accused her family of mismanaging her finances and even filed a lawsuit against them. Now she lives alone.

5) Prateik Babbar

He is a son of Raj Babbar and Smita Patil. His mother died after delivering him. Prateik was furious at his father as he was giving more time to his other family.

6) Kangana Ranaut

As her family was against her will of making a Bollywood career, she left them and didn’t talk to them for long.

7) Surveen Chawla

She shot to fame with her skin show in the film Hate Story 2. After that, her father broke ties with her, since then they are not on talking terms.

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You are walking home from work when you pass the loveliest hydrangeas. At $6 for two stems at the local bodega they are a steal and impossible to pass up. You bring them home, plunk them in a vase with some water and forget about them for a couple of hours. Next thing you know, the perfect little blue petals are curling in, the whole thing is drooping and the perky flowers you bought just hours ago are rapidly dying.

Well, sort of dying. Whether or not your cut flowers are living or dead is a matter of debate. Since it is not clear which one they are, you can sort of see them as zombies, not really alive, but not dead either. Under the right conditions they can be kept in a sort of zombie state for a week or two, long enough to decorate the coffee table and make you smile.

Flowers wilt for a simple reason: there is not enough water getting to the plant. When newly purchased flowers start to wilt soon after you buy them, chances are water is not able to get into the stems. There are a few simple steps you can take to help the flower drink again and revive. You can’t keep them fresh forever, but if they wilt prematurely, you can bring them back from the brink, no mouth-to-mouth or midnight sacrifices at the cemetary required.

Reanimate Your Blooms

Step 1: Recut the stems. Most often what happens is the bottom of the stem gets dried out and is having a hard time absorbing water. So take a very sharp scissor or knife and cut at an angle, to provide as much surface area as you can for the flower to drink up. This will also allow the flower to stand on point in the vase, helping water enter the stem. To increase the surface area even more, split the stem an inch or two from the bottom with scissors or a knife.

Step 2: Use warm water. Another way to open up the stem and make sure water is getting absorbed is to use nice, lukewarm water in place of cold. There are certain types of flowers that can’t tolerate warm water well, like tulips, but most flowers can tolerate some warm water in the vase. Warm water moves up the stem faster and can help clear any blocks in the stem that might be stopping it from absorbing moisture. Just don’t make it scalding or hot, simply turning on both the cold and hot taps on the kitchen sink to get a pleasantly warm temperature will do it.

Step 3: Spike the water with a little life juice. If you live in a city peppered with bodega flower sellers like New York, you are probably familiar with the little black packets of flower food that they tape to the bouquet wrapper. That mystery powder is magic. It does wonders to extend the life of flowers and help starving flowers revive.

Fortunately for those of you who don’t live near a bodega, that mystery flower food is also really simple to make at home. It is a combination of three simple ingredients: sugar, an acid like lemon juice, and a drop of bleach. The sugar provides the flower with food. The acid lowers the PH of the water, which helps the water travel faster up the stem. The bleach, which sounds scary to put into flower water, is there to prevent bacterial growth that might form more quickly because the water has sugar in it. Since only one teaspoon of bleach goes into an entire quart of water, it is not concentrated enough to hurt the flowers. (The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has a great recipe on its website for a homemade version along with some additional flower-keeping tips.)

Step 4: Wait. It is going to take the flowers at least a few hours to drink in the water and turn back into their happy zombie selves.

Step 5: Repeat as necessary. Since the flowers wilted in the first place, keeping them alive through the week may necessitate recutting the stems every couple of days—cut about half an inch off the end to ensure the flower has an open pathway to drink. Change the water if you see it start to get a little dull or cloudy, making sure to put in fresh flower food each time. Try not to keep the flowers in the sun in a baking apartment during the summer. If you have them sitting on a sunny windowsill, move them somewhere shady and cool in the house when you’re not home enjoying them.

How long your flowers will last after you revive them will depend on a number of factors like the genetics of that flower, how long ago it was cut, and how warm it is in your house. There is a reason florists often keep the expensive flowers in a fridge—colder temperatures slow down the flowers’ deterioration. Think of it like suspended animation for your already zombified flowers.

In case of emergency: If your flowers are very dried out and look like they need immediate critical care, try submerging them in a big bowl or bucket of room temperature water for 30 minutes to an hour to jump-start their water drinking process. You can even leave them in water overnight, though they should perk right up after an hour. After you remove them from the water, follow steps 1 through 3 above.

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It was the rare ghost orchid that held the fascination of flora fanatic John Laroche, whose story of plant poaching and subsequent arrest were the topic of Susan Orlean’s famous book, "The Orchid Thief." While Laroche may be one of the better known contemporary plant collectors, the practice dates back to at least the 15th century BC, when Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut sent botanists to Somalia to bring back some incense trees. The fascination with plants and flowers has persisted throughout time, reaching a fever pitch in the early 1630s when tulip mania gripped the Netherlands, resulting in the crazed speculative buying of rare tulip bulbs. It was the first futures market in history, and like those that followed, it suffered a dramatic crash.

By the 1700s, formal flower production became established in the Netherlands with the development of greenhouses, and we’ve been lavishing our homes with potted flowers and posey-filled vases ever since. While roses and lilies may fill most florists' buckets, there’s a whole world of exotic flowers out there that might bring out the orchid thief in many a flower enthusiast.

The following list from The Richest (and annotated by us) enumerates the world’s most expensive blooms:

7. Gloriosa: $6 – $10 per stem

The fire lily is beautiful and poisonous. (Photo: Hafiz Issadeen/flickr)

Also known as flame lilies, fire lilies and glory lilies, gloriosa is as beautiful and unique as it is poisonous! Both very showy and delicate, the blooms command big bucks for their rarity.

6. 17th-century Semper Augustus: 10,000 guilders per bulb

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The price of one Semper Augusta tulip bulb could have purchased a grand home in Amsterdam. (Photo: Painter unknown/Wikimedia Commons)

For this one we’ll time travel back to the 17th century when buyers in the Netherlands were going bonkers for tulip bulbs, creating the first speculative market and subsequent crash, as mentioned above. Of all the coveted bulbs, the Semper Augustus, with its garnet flames vividly streaked on white petals, was extraordinary for its beauty, rarity and cost. Just before the tulipmania bubble burst, a price of 10,000 guilders (about $5,700) was asked for a single Semper Augustus bulb. At the time, that much money could have purchased a grand home on the most fashionable canal in Amsterdam, or dressed and fed an entire family for half a lifetime.

5. Saffron crocus: $1,200 – $1,500 per pound

The saffron flower gives saffron, the most expensive spice by weight. (Photo: HeiWu/Wikimedia Commons)

The saffron flower (Crocus sativus) gives us saffron, widely recognized as the world’s most expensive spice by weight. The pretty purple flower plays home to a deep golden orange stamen that is hand-picked and dried and then sold as saffron; it takes 80,000 flowers to harvest a mere 500 grams of saffron, thus the exorbitant cost.

4. Rotchschild's orchid: $5,000 per plant

Rotchschild's orchid nearly became extinct after it was discovered by orchid smugglers. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Rotchschild's orchid (Paphiopedilum rothschildianum), commonly known as the Gold of Kinabalu orchid, was discovered in 1987, after which it was ravaged by orchid smugglers and became nearly extinct. Notable for its imposing horizontal petals, it has been reintroduced by cultivated seedlings, but it remains elusive. It lives in the wild only at the Kinabalu National Park in Malaysia, and takes many years before a single bloom appears.

3. Shenzhen Nongke orchid: $202,000 per plant

The ordinary looking Shenzhen Nongke orchid was developed in a lab by a research corporation. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Orchid collectors crawling all the corners of the world would be unable to find this relatively plane Jane of a flower; it was developed in the lab by agricultural research corporation Shenzhen Nongke Group. The orchid took eight years to develop and in 2005, it was sold at auction to an anonymous bidder for a shocking 1.68 million Yuan (around $202,000), making it the most expensive flower ever bought.

2. Juliet rose: $5 million

The Juliet rose is the most expensive rose ever developed. (Photo: David Austin Roses)

Although the heavenly Juliet rose can be purchased for less than the $5 million price tag listed above, it is known as the “£3 million rose” because that’s how much it cost famed rose breeder David Austin to create the apricot-hued hybrid over the course of 15 years. It debuted in 2006 at the Chelsea Flower Show, and took the floral world by storm not only for its blushing beauty, but because it was the most expensive rose ever developed.

1. Kadupul flower: Priceless

The kadupul flower often blooms just once a year, and typically at night. (Photo: YouTube)

Few living things are both as poetic and ephemeral as the Kadupul flower, a fleeting beauty from Sri Lanka that blooms as infrequently as once a year. And when it does bloom, it does so in the dark of night and withers away before dawn ... so transient, it simply can't be purchased.

Music: check. Invitations: check. Costumes: check. What more is needed for throwing a good Halloween party? Lots! But the good news is, it’s super simple to throw a party that is festive and also stylish. Have your guests talking for years to come with these inspired Halloween party ideas.

Décor:

Halloween Party Decoration Ideas

If you want your bash to truly stand out, incorporate whimsical yet sophisticated décor elements and finishing touches. Use an understated tablecloth with a simple pattern, like black and white stripes or grey polka dots. Set out plain white serving dishes so you can add pops of orange and black—like striped straws, paper plates, napkins and funky drink glasses—elsewhere. String up some white twinkle lights to set a magical mood and hang pretty orange and black DIY tissue pom poms.

Halloween candy is a fantastic way to decorate the table, and gives guests some tasty treats to nibble. Fill clear glass containers with classics, like candy corn and candy pumpkins, and add embellishments, like spooky printable labels that say, “Boo” or “Happy Halloween!” Use several containers that vary in size and an assortment of Halloween candy to create dimension and interest on the table.

A must for every table setting is a floral centerpiece. For this particular occasion, go for something joyful and beautiful, like our pumpkin patch bouquet in a jack-o-lantern.  

Treats:

Halloween Party Treat and Dessert Ideas

Halloween and sweets are pretty much synonymous with one another. Along with the candy you are putting out on the table, include some Halloween treats like chocolate-covered Oreos—they are not only delicious, but are decorated with adorable Halloween characters your guests will love. Place them on one of your plain white platters so they’ll really stand out.

Cupcakes are also a Halloween essential, as they can easily be served and eaten while mingling with fellow partygoers. Make chocolate cakes with white frosting or white cake with chocolate frosting, and bake them in festive Halloween cupcake wrappers. Also, you can add orange and black sprinkles or some pumpkin or spider cupcake toppers to make them extra wickedly adorable.

Give your ghostly guests spine-chillingly delicious snacks during the party too. Put out a spread of appetizers with a spooky Halloween theme, like hot dog mummies or a big pumpkin-shaped cheese ball. Don’t forget to pair these treats with unique Halloween gifts.

Libations:

Halloween Party Drink Ideas

What’s a party without some liquid refreshments? A full bar—stocked with various liquor, beer and wine—is always a good idea. But also include a Halloween-themed specialty drink that is frightfully delicious, like blood-red sangria—a mixture of red wine, brandy, club soda and orange juice served over ice. Or, for the kiddos at your Halloween celebration, try this boo-nilla shake—a delicious vanilla milkshake complete with bone-chilling chocolate ghosts painted on the side of the glass.

Halloween is a night of fun and fantasy—and there is no better excuse to gather with friends on a cool autumn night. With this list of must-haves for throwing a great Halloween party, you’re sure to make it one to remember.

Flowers are one of mother nature’s most beautiful creations. For centuries, flowers have been idolized as objects of beauty by nearly every civilization in the world. To honor the beauty of flowers, we’ve picked the 20 most beautiful flowers from around the world. We also created visuals with interesting facts about each flower, including its native origin, botanical name and popular colors. From classic flowers such as roses and peonies to exotic blooms such as the king protea and lotus flower, you’re bound to fall in love with at least one of these stunning blooms.

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Sweet peas are best known for their sweet fragrance and delicate flowers. These flowers are native to the island of Sicily where they’ve been cultivated for the last 300 years. This ornamental pea species go by the botanical name Lathyrus odoratus, and are available in pink, red, purple, and white.

 

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Also known as the oriental lily, the stargazer lily (Lilium ‘Stargazer’) is known for its large star-shaped blooms that give off a sweet perfume. Their petals are colored in hot pink with textured freckles that decoratively dot each petal. Although they are beautiful, they are one of the most poisonous plants to have around pets. The stargazer lily is the most recent addition to the oriental lily family, which is native to Japan.

 

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Hydrangeas are one of summer’s most bountiful blooms. Known for their large globe-shaped flower heads, they are available in a variety of colors ranging from blue and purple to white and pink. There are many types of hydrangeas, the most common being the mophead hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla). Hydrangeas are native to Southern and Eastern Asia, particularly Japan, China, and Indonesia.

 

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Daffodils are a symbol of friendship and are one of spring’s most popular flowers. Known as Narcissus pseudonarcissus, their botanical name is derived from Narcissus, a figure in Greek mythology who was a hunter that fell in love with his own reflection. The downward bending shape of the daffodil represents him gazing down at his own reflection. Native to western Europe, the daffodil is known for its bright yellow colors that grow abundantly throughout the countryside.

 

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Begonias (Begonia tuberhybrida) have attractively large rose-like flowers and are popular amongst avid gardeners. The first documented discovery of the begonia was by Charles Plumier, a Franciscan monk, who found begonias in Brazil in 1690. They bloom in the summer and although they may not be the easiest plants to care for, their beautiful blooms and attractive foliage make them a great addition to any garden. They’ve been bred to include many colors, the most popular of which are red, yellow, and orange.

 

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One of the most popular flowers in the Southern United States, the camellia (Camellia japonica) is originally from eastern and southern Asia. There are more than 3,000 types of camellias which are available in white, pink, and red in varying hues. They have delicately layered petals and are commonly used as an ingredient in floral perfumes due to their sweet fragrance.

 

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Plumerias (Plumeria rubra) are native to the subtropical Americas, including Hawaii, and are a popular flower used in leis. They give off an intensely sweet fragrance and are also great as cut flowers to freshen up your home. Plumerias have gorgeous blooms with colors that include, pink, white, yellow, and red.

 

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The dahlia (Dahlia hortensis) is a flower that is known for its layered petals and showy blooms and are highly cultivated and hybridized by breeders to create the most beautiful flowers. It is an annual that begins to bloom from midsummer until the start of winter and is native to South America, Mexico, and Central America. Dahlias are available in almost every color in the rainbow, with the most popular colors including: fuchsia, pink, orange, and red.

 

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Tulips are popular due to their unique shape and wide variety of colors and are native to Africa, Asia, and Europe. From bright reds and yellows to nearly black purples, there seems to be a tulip for every color of the rainbow. They bloom from spring into early summer and are popular around Easter. Red tulips are great for weddings because they symbolize true love, and yellow tulips symbolize cheerfulness.

 

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Another popular springtime flower is the iris (Iris germanica). Known for its bright purple and violet flowers, these flowers symbolize wisdom, hope, and trust. The iris’ beauty has allowed them to be iconic subjects in fine art, as is evident in one of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous paintings, Irises. They are native the Eastern Mediterranean and their peak bloom time occurs in May.

 

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The lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) is an aquatic plant known for producing large flowers. Native to Asia, the flower grows abundantly from India to China. The lotus is considered a highly sacred flower in both Hinduism and Buddhism and carries several meanings including: harmony, enlightenment, and rebirth. They are available in many beautiful colors, including dark and light pink, white, and purple.

 

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There are many species of anemone, the most stunning of which are Anemone coronaria, a species that’s native to the Mediterranean region. Also known as windflowers, their name is derived from the Greek word “anemos” which means wind. The fall blooming varieties are taller with cup-shaped blossoms, while the spring blooming varieties grow lower to the ground. They grow in a variety of colors including pink, red, purple, and white.

 

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Cherry blossoms are one of the world’s most beautiful flowers. During the spring, the cherry blossom tree (Prunus serrulata) erupts into pink clouds composed of tiny blossoms. Every year, the Cherry Blossom Festival is held in Japan where tourists from all over the world come to marvel at the sight of these stunning trees. The United States has its own cherry blossom festival as well which is an annual celebration that takes place in Washington, DC. It commemorates the gifting of 3,000 cherry blossom trees which were given to the United States by the Mayor of Tokyo in 1912 as a gesture to strengthen ties between the two nations.

 

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Orchids are one of the most exotic flowers that you can grow in your own home. There are over 20,000 types of orchids, with the most popular domestic species being the moth orchid, or Orchidaceae phalaenopsis. These large orchid blooms are popular for the size of their blooms and are native to the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and America. Orchid meanings include: elegance, love, and fertility.

 

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Another popular southern flower is the magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora). This tree grows wild in the southern United States and is the official state flower of Mississippi. They produce large creamy white blooms that can reach impressive sizes, up to 15 inches wide. They are popular for attracting bees due to their sweet perfume, however, magnolia flowers have a short lifetime and can only last for a few days.

 

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Chrysanthemums (Chrysanthemum indicum) originated in China where they’ve been cultivated since 15th century BC. Not only are their flowers beautiful with their densely layered petals and wide array of colors, they have plenty of medicinal properties as well, and are used as an herbal remedy. Due to their long history, chrysanthemum meanings are deeply symbolic and are used to communicate: love and deep passion, loyalty, and a get well wish.

 

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Passion flowers are one of the most exotic flowers you can grow in your garden. There are over 400 species of passionfruit vines, but the most popular is Passiflora edulis which is the only one that can produce passionfruit. Native to the Americas, passion flowers are usually purple, lavender, or blue.

 

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Peonies are one of the most sought after flowers in the world due to their beauty and fragrance. They are native to China where they are highly valued, and are known as the “king of flowers.” Peonies are incredibly lush flowers that have densely packed petals that open up gradually over time layer by layer. They are available in a wide variety of colors ranging from light pastel pinks and whites to bright and bold reds and magentas, and are one of the most popular flowers used in wedding decor.

 

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As the national flower of South Africa, the king protea (Protea cynaroides) is one of the most spectacular species of protea. It is the largest protea species and has a massive bloom size that can reach almost 12 inches in width. With long pink petals that surround a furry center, it is typically the star of the show within a bouquet.

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The classic rose deserves the number one spot as the most beautiful flower due to its timeless beauty. An international symbol of love and romance, there are thousands of different types of roses that can be found in nearly every color. From the classic red rose, to the popular Juliet garden rose, there’s a rose that can suit anyone’s taste.

From the timeless rose to the exotic lily, it’s certainly difficult to ignore the sheer beauty of flowers. When you’re having a bad day, sometimes looking at something beautiful like a flower is just enough to perk you up. That’s why we created a wall art printable to remind you to see the beauty in all things.

Inspired by someone who definitely knows a thing or two about beautiful flowers, we included one of the most famous quotes by Matisse, the French Impressionist painter known for his colorful depictions of flowers. The quote says, “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

The photo that has shocked many people on social networks I've been tagged in the Volmart chain in Klivlend

Erika Burc photographed her father and daughter buying in "Volmart" with her father holding a girl's hair, pushing the wheelchair, and pulling her out of action.

"He wore his hair around his arm, pushing his stroller and dragged him all the way with him. She asked him to stop - Dad, please stop, I promise I will not do it anymore, "Erika wrote on social networks.

The woman who photographed the situation explained that she could not believe what she saw.

- I told him to leave the lady in peace. He replied that I was looking at my work. I told him I would not look at my job because the girl was jumping and asked her not to pull her hair, and he replied - and I grew up as well, what did I do to you - adds Erika.

Burc says the police officer did not want to intervene because there were no signs of injury.

How is this possible? She was a baby with only 5 years! (VIDEO)

After numerous appeals to the police in Klivlend, a statement was announced on the official page of the police department that the police station received a large number of complaints that the child in Volmart was physically abused and that the detectives would do their job and investigate the case.

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