Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Amazing facts-World's biggest Tabbouleh salad

Lebanese chefs gathered in Beirut, Lebannon, to set a new Guinness record for the world’s biggest tabbouleh salad.

In an attempt to declare proprietorship over the popular Middle-Eastern salad, Lebanese cooks prepared the largest Tabbouleh salad in history, on Sunday, October 25. The three tons dish contained massive amounts of chopped tomatoes and parsley, but the hungry audience made short work of it. The previous Guinness record for the biggest Tabbouleh was held by Israel.


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Animal world-Prehistoric turtles

Prehistoric turtles may have weighed as much as 5,000 pounds.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tragic happenings-Aokigahara, forest of suicides

Aokigahara-Forest of suicides

Now here would be the place to go for a bet. Spend a night in the suicide forest to win.
"The perfect place to die." That's how Aokigahara was described in Wataru Tsurumui's bestselling book The Complete Manual of Suicide. A dense, dark forest bordering Mt. Fuji, Aokigahara is infamous throughout Japan as a popular spot for those taking their final journey.

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tragic-happeningsIn 2002, 78 bodies were found within it, replacing the previous record of 73 in 1998. By May of 2006, at least 16 new suicides had already been found. More than a few of them were even carrying copies of Tsurumui's book. No one knows how many bodies go undiscovered.

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Signs emblazoned with messages such as "Please reconsider" and "Please consult the police before you decide to die!" are nailed to trees throughout the forest. However, the woods have such a reputation that these minor deterrents do little to stop the determined. Local residents say they can always tell who is going into the forest for its stunning natural beauty, who is hunting after the macabre and who is planning never to return.

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Part of the appeal is dying at the foot of the sacred Mt. Fuji. Part of it is the foreboding nature of Aokigahara, so dense and thick that from just a few kilometers inside it no sounds can be heard other than those produced by the forest itself. Legends surround the place; for instance, there are said to be massive underground iron deposits that cause compasses to go haywire, trapping innocents along with the purposely suicidal.


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Aokigahara is considered the most haunted location in all of Japan, a purgatory for yurei, the unsettled ghosts of Japan who have been torn unnaturally soon from their lives and who howl their suffering on the winds.

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However, even in these haunted woods, regular humans still have a job to do. Forestry workers rotate in and out of shifts at a station building in Aokigahara, and occasionally they will come upon unfortunate bodies in various states of decomposition, usually hanging from trees or partially eaten by animals.

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tragic-happeningsThe bodies are brought down to the station, where a spare room is kept especially for such occasions. In this room are two beds: one for the corpse and one for someone to sleep next to it. Yup, you read that correctly. It is thought that if the corpse is left alone, the lonely and unsettled yurei will scream the whole night through, and the body will move itself into the regular sleeping quarters.
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Bizarre facts-Five hearts

Earthworms have five hearts.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Interesting facts-Bamboo Taxis in Phillipines

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Strange facts-Sex craved male mice

According to Dr. David Gems, a British geneticist, sex-craved male mice, who spend 5 to 11 hours per day pursuing female mice, could live years longer if they abstained.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bizarre facts-Couple with the Same Full Name

Couple with the Same Full Name, Meet Mr and Ms Kelly Hildebrandt

It's not too unusual to hear stories of married couples who met online. But it IS unusual when that couple that meets online and marries also has the same name. In this case, it's a guy from Texas named Kelly Hildebrandt and a gal from Florida named Kelly Hildebrandt. They are about to get married. Kelly Hildebrandt met Kelly Hildebrandt when Kelly, the girl, looked up her own name on Facebook. “I was like, ‘I wonder if there's any other Kelly Hildebrandts on Facebook',” she explained. “So, I searched my own name and he's the only one that came up. And actually, in the picture, he didn't have his shirt on, and I'm like, ‘oh, he's cute!'”

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And the Kelly in Texas was also intrigued. “She started off, ‘Hey, I see we have the same name, and I thought it was kinda cool, so I wanted to say hi, I guess'. Lots of laughs,” he said… Eight months after that innocent Facebook message, Kelly proposed to Kelly, and pretty soon they'll become Kelly Hildebrandt squared.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Amazing pictures-Wierd shoes around the World

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Interesting facts-The Big Apple

The term 'The Big Apple' was coined by touring jazz musicians of the 1930's who used the slang expression 'apple' for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time - The Big Apple.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Strange happenings-81 year old driver lost on 600 km shops trip

81 year old driver lost on 600km shops trip
(BBC)

An 81-year-old Australian man became lost on an early morning drive to the shops and ended up almost 600km (370 miles) away from his starting point.

Eric Steward told police he failed to stop because he "liked to drive".

Visiting friends in Yass, a country town south of Sydney in New South Wales state, Mr Steward left to buy a newspaper on Monday morning. More than eight hours later, after taking a wrong turn on the highway, he asked Victoria state police for help.

"I just went out on the road to have a drive, a nice peaceful quiet drive.

"I didn't know where I was going but I knew it was somewhere, and with a bit of luck I would eventually find my wife again," he said.

Australians think nothing of getting into a car to drive to a local shop to get a newspaper or milk. But most manage to get back home within minutes.

With Mr Steward, it took almost nine hours.

His wife, Clare, had become increasingly worried about her spouse after reaching him on his mobile telephone. He has slight dementia.

"He's a good driver. Very focused, I knew that much," she said.

"We eventually knew where he was when I said 'Are there any signs around?' He said, 'uh, Westgate Bridge'," she said in reference to the famous Melbourne landmark.

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Victoria state policeman Clayton Smith said Mr Steward had come up to him at a service station and told him he was lost.

"Although we had to laugh. When we asked him why he hadn't stopped earlier he replied, 'I just like to drive'," he said.

Mr Steward was unconcerned about all the attention, citing age as a liberating factor in his escapade. "It's a lot of fuss isn't it?" he said.

"When you get to 80 and beyond it doesn't matter much. He's out there waiting for us and you just got to wait your turn."

He rejected a suggestion to get a satellite navigation system.

"Why would you want one of those? You can't get lost. There is no fun in that."
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Did you know-World's First Crossword

World's First Crossword (1913): Arthur Wynne's Invention

In 1913, Arthur Wynne had the job of devising the weekly puzzle page for Fun, the eight-page comic section of the New York World, a major newspaper of the time. When he devised what he called a Word-cross for the Christmas edition, published on 21 December, he could have no idea that he would be starting a worldwide craze.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dark world-Agonizing decision

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Amazing bikes-2010 Honda Fury

2010 HONDA FURY

FEATURES:
High-mount steering head complements the raked-out front end..
"Hard-tail" styling.
Long, slim 3.4 gallon seamless fuel tank mounts high on the frame for a true custom look.
Slim radiator is mounted unobtrusively to accent the Fury's clean lines..
Color-matched bodywork, frame and swingarm. (Matte Silver has a Black frame.)
Minimalist front and rear fenders complement the Fury's chopper styling.
Control lines and cables are specially routed for a clean, custom look.

amazing-picturesNew low-maintenance slim-profile driveshaft provides smooth operation with no need for chain or belt guards and covers.
Integrated handlebar-mounted chrome housing features a speedometer, an odometer/A&B tripmeter and indicator lights for the turn signals, high beam, neutral, oil pressure, coolant temperature and clock.
Electric speedometer with easy-to-read numerals uses an electronic transmission speed sensor, which eliminates the front-wheel- mounted speedometer cable. This contributes to a clean, uncluttered look.
Passenger seat and rear passenger pegs are easily removed to yield a clean, solo look.
Maintenance- free battery.
Transferable one-year unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
Engine/Drivetrain
amazing-pictures1312cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin delivers strong low-end and mid-range torque, with ample power for passing and relaxed cruising. Unique dual exhaust offers throaty exhaust note.
Powerplant features a single-pin crankshaft to accentuate the engine's character.
Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) incorporates a single 38mm-diameter throttle body (see 2009 Technology Section).
Three-Valve Dual-Plug Combustion Chamber (see 2009 Technology Section)..
Five-speed transmission for exciting roll-on performance.

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Chassis/Suspension
All-new rear suspension system gives a clean uncluttered appearance.
Single rear shock with adjustable rebound damping and five-position preload adjustment features an advanced internal valve system for a comfortable ride, and provides 3.7 inches of wheel travel.
Large-diameter 45mm extended front fork provides 4.0 inches of plush, responsive travel.
Honda Genuine Accessories
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Leather Accessories: Custom Rider Seat (multiple designs), Custom Passenger Seat (multiple designs), Leather Front Pouch (Fury logo).
Backrest: Low Sissy Bar, Passenger Backrest Pad.
Chrome Accessories: Rear Fender Panel, Chrome Allen Bolt Inserts (5, 6, 8mm).
Billet Accessories: Master Cylinder Cover, Oil Dipstick, Clutch Cover, Timing Cover, Upper Fork Bolt Cover, License Plate Frame.
Additional Accessories: Braided Steel Lines for Brakes, Throttle and Clutch, Front Spoiler (color matched), Front Spoiler LED Light Kit, Boulevard Screen, Outdoor Cover

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Interesting facts-World's First Web Server and Web Site

World's First Web Server and Web Site (1990)

Info.cern.ch was the address of the world's first-ever web site and web server, running on a NeXT computer at CERN. The first web page address was
http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html
made by Tim Berners-Lee.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Amazing happenings-Shipwreck dives

Amazing Shipwreck Dives

SS Thistlegorm
When a German bomb tore through her port side in 1941, the SS Thistlegorm sank to a watery grave in the Egyptian Red Sea—and into the annals of diving history. Discovered by nautical legend Jacques Cousteau in 1956, the Thistlegorm is a spectacular sunken museum of motorbikes, cargo trucks, tanks, artillery shells and other World War II relics. Few wrecks can match her for physical grandeur, or for tourist traffic. The Thistlegorm is such a busy dive that, in 2007, Egyptian officials were forced to restrict access as they worked to repair damage done by reckless divers. Still, she stands hull and mast above most of the world's wrecks.

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The Great Barrier Reef might be Australia's top natural attraction, but the historic wreck of the SS Yongala is one of the world's underwater wonders. Rocked by a cyclone whirling off the coast of Cape Bowling Green in 1911, the Yongala sank with more than 120 passengers onboard. It was nearly half a century before she was discovered, and by then the area's rich marine life had adapted to create a spectacular artificial reef. Because of the biodiversity in the region, the Yongala is inhabited by an astonishing array of sea creatures. Barracudas, tiger sharks, sea turtles and eagle rays are abundant; so are the massive Queensland groupers that locals affectionately refer to as VW's.


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amazing-happeningsUmbria, Sudan
Built as a freighter in 1912, the Umbria was transporting more than 300,000 bombs to Italian troops when she was stopped by British forces in 1940, just months before the outbreak of World War II. Anxious to see her fall in the hands of the enemy, the Italians sunk the Umbria and her impressive cargo to the bottom of the Red Sea. The wreck is superbly intact, small enough to explore on one dive but large enough to offer plenty of good penetration—from the holds to the engine room to the ship's bakery. Bombs litter the wreck; this being an Italian ship, so do wine bottles. Because it sits off the coast of Sudan, the Umbria sees just a fraction of the traffic of its northern neighbors in Egypt, and on a good day you'll have the site to yourself.

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Rainbow Warrior, New Zealand
Every wreck has a story behind it, but few are as loaded with intrigue as the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. In July 1985, Greenpeace demonstrators had been preparing the ship to sail to the Moruroa Atoll to protest French nuclear testing. Late one night, two explosions rocked the ship as she was docked in Auckland harbor. The French Secret Service was implicated in the bombing that left one dead. Though the Rainbow Warrior was briefly re-floated, extensive damage left her beyond repair, and she was re-sunk in December 1987 off the coast of Motutapere Island. Blue and pink anemones cover the hull with spectacular bursts of color. Dolphins and manta rays drift about the bow rails, and sharks have been known to circle the site—perhaps looking for a nibble.

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SS President Coolidge, Vanuatu
When she was christened by the widow of her namesake in 1931, the President Coolidge was as opulent as any pleasure ship plying the world's waters, with an elegant smoking lounge, a shopping arcade, even its own stock exchange. A decade later the Coolidge was converted to an Army transport ship to help with the war effort; she was bringing reinforcements to American troops in the South Pacific when she struck a mine and sank off the coast of Vanuatu. Penetration is superb, and skilled divers can explore the engine room and dining room, or drift along the promenade deck. The largest and most accessible wreck of the Second World War, the Coolidge is in a class of her own.


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Fujikawa Maru, Micronesia
While Micronesia isn't on most tourist hot lists, this Pacific archipelago might be the top dive spot on the planet. Truk Lagoon, in particular, draws divers to its legendary graveyard of sunken World War II ships. The Fujikawa is arguably the most famous of Truk's wrecks; sitting almost even keel at the bottom of the lagoon, she's remarkably well-preserved. Built as a passenger and cargo ship by the Mitsubishi Company, the Fujikawa was commandeered by the Japanese navy in 1940, and spent much of the war ferrying aircraft before a torpedo tore through her hull in 1944. Divers are greeted by a spectacular six-inch gun mounted to her bow, but it's the hold full of Zero fighter planes that's this ship's show-stopper. Wings and nose cones litter the wreck; there's even an intact cockpit—an eerie sight far beneath the surface.

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USS Saratoga, Marshall Islands
A casualty of American nuclear testing in the Bikini Atoll shortly after the Second World War, the spectacular Saratoga is a behemoth—close to 880-feet-long, with much of the ship well-preserved and ready for exploration. Intact planes sit on the hanger deck—and litter the seabed around it—while racks of torpedoes are stored below. Divers can penetrate deep into the galleys and the captain's quarters, where shaving kits, books and other personal belongings remain. Passing through the ship's workshops, you can still find hammers and screwdrivers lying about; there's even a fully stocked dentistry, complete with chair and drills!

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Zenobia, Cyprus
It was during her maiden voyage that the Zenobia—a ferry built to cruise the waters of the Mediterranean—was found to have a faulty computer system; despite extensive work, the ship couldn't be salvaged. Sunk to the bottom of the sea off the coast of Cyprus, she's a marvelously intact wreck, with more than 100 articulated lorries—and much of their cargo—still preserved onboard. Divers can drift through the ghostly passageways and inspect the canteen; a lorry full of eggs makes for an oddly arresting sight. Barracuda and grouper busy about the ship, but it's the abundant cargo that gives the Zenobia her well-deserved fame.

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IJN Akitsushima, Philippines
Coron Island is celebrated for its stunning collection of World War II relics, but it's the Akitsushima—perhaps the only warship among the island's many wrecks—that manages to steal the show. Fortunate to survive aerial bombardments by American planes over Truk Lagoon, the Akitsushima made it as far as the Philippines before fresh bombing sunk her to the bottom of Coron Bay. Penetration inside the ship is spectacular, and divers can wend their way through narrow corridors or explore the remains of the engine room. Anti-aircraft guns and shells are abundant, while a massive crane, used to pluck seaplanes from the water, lies in eerie repose on the ocean floor.

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RMS Rhone, British Virgin Islands
Hailed as the fastest ship of her time, the RMS Rhone was a marvel of 19th-century nautical engineering. Used to transport mail and passengers between England and the British Virgin Islands, the massive, steel-bellied steamship was rocked by a hurricane off the coast of Salt Island in 1867. She was dashed on the rocks and sunk to the seafloor, where she remains the finest of the Caribbean's wrecks. The ship's bow is largely intact and a giant, 15-foot propeller looms beneath the stern. Coral clings to the hull, and colorful schools of fish dart around the wreck. Keep your eyes peeled for the octopus and giant green moray that call the Rhone home—they're considered good luck for any divers fortunate enough to spot them.

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