Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Animal world-Giraffe's baby

When a giraffe's baby is born it falls from a height of six feet, normally without being hurt.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Strange facts-America's most Haunted hotels

Myrtles Plantation

This plantation has been considered by most Americans as one of America’s most haunted Hotels. The plantation is said to be built over and ancient Indian burial a la poltergeist, and if you still need more reasons to satisfy you that it is a haunted hotel, well 10 murders have been committed in the rooms of this hotel, now where the guests stay every day.

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Queen Mary Hotel

There are several unexplained events that took place in this hotel. This hotel is actually a cruise ship on the long beach in California. Due to the supernatural experience on this cruise ship, it is also considered in the list of the most haunted hotels in the United States of America. Those who love to have some haunted experiences should definitely reserve a room in this hotel.

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Hotel De Coronado

More than 37 paranormal activities have been observed in one room of this hotel on the first day, by the investigators. The hotel is said to be haunted by the restless spirit of Kate Morgan, a young girl who died near the hotel more than 100 years ago.

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Crescent Hotel

The building of this hotel is really old, and numerous odd activities and abnormal experiences have been reported by the guests in several rooms, lobby ad dining hall. The hotel is in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Many investigators have visited this haunted hotel and you should definitely go for this one as well.


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Stanley Hotel

Another hotel in America that has shown certain ghostly activities in many years. This was the hotel which inspired Steven Kings to write his novel “The Shining”. Steven Kings stayed in room no. 217 but room no.418 has shown the most abnormal activities in the past years.

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Amazing pictures-City of Lights

City of Lights - Medellin, Colombia


Christmas time in Medellin, Colombia is a time of celebration and holiday spirit as the city begins to light up with amazing decorations. Citizens decorate their yards, balconies and homes with festive decor as everybody prepares for the month of December and its various celebrations. Another big highlight every December is when the city turns on the Christmas lights that they have been busy preparing the entire month of November. This event traditionally begins on the night of December 7th of every year, but varies from time to time depending on the weather, etc. These Christmas lights adorn the entire city and are setup along major thoroughfares, roads, parks and especially along the Medellin River. The concentration of Christmas lights along the Medellin River is truly a sight to be seen as millions of dollars are spent every year creating unique themes that are different from the previous season’s theme. Families come out to visit the Medellin River area as it comes alive with thousands of people who revel in the fantastic array of colors and designs that make up the area. There are vendors selling everything from cotton candy, fast foods, beverages of every sort and flavor as well as street performers who come out to entertain the crowds that include tourists who flock to the city to see the sites and more than 500 different activities and 80 events that take place throughout the entire month.


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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bizarre traditions-Geisha

The full traditions of the Geisha have now been replaced with a modern system. Once Geisha were plentiful in number.

In 1900s, there were over 25,000 geisha. In the early 1930s, there were 80,000 geisha. Most geisha were in Kyoto, the old capital city of Japan. Nowadays, there are less than 10,000 geisha left.

In Tokyo, there are only 100 geisha left. However, true geisha are much more rare. Modern geisha are not bought from poor families and brought into the geisha house as children.


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Becoming a geisha is now entirely voluntary, and women who are not the children of geisha can now become geisha. However the training remains as rigorous as before.

Young girls have to be very committed to learn the art of traditional Japanese dancing, singing, music, and much more.

Traditional Geisha did not offer the services of prostitution, though some modern ones are rumored to.

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Amazing facts-Miraculous escape

The driver of this lorry had a miraculous escape after his vehicle was left suspended over a 200ft drop... by a single punctured tyre. The man lost control of his vehicle along a major road, clipped the concrete wall of a bridge and the heavy lorry rolled over as it slid perilously close to the edge.

A passerby caught the moment on camera as the momentum of the lorry carried it into the barrier and flipped it over the top.

Rescuers line the sides of the bridge after the lorry flipped upside down and rolled over the barrier to end suspended upside down but thanks to the punctured tyre and pieces of torn sheet metal on the ground near the diesel tank, the lorry was somehow pinned in place suspended upside down over the deep gorge below.

Rescuers tentatively approached the vehicle and managed to pull the driver to safety, despite the fact the tyre could have given way at any time.

The barriers on the bridge are clearly too low to be an effective safety measure for lorries and it is unknown if the vehicle was recovered, or allowed to fall into the gorge.


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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Greatest historical myths-George Washington was America’s first President

George Washington was America’s first President

Everyone “knows” that Washington was the first of the (so far) 43 Presidents of the US. However, this isn’t strictly the case. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress (or the ‘United States in Congress Assembled’) chose Peyton Randolph as the first President. Under Randolph, one of their first moves was to create the Continental Army (in defence against Britain), appointing General Washington as its commander. Randolph was succeeded in 1781 by John Hancock, who presided over independence from Great Britain (see myth #6). After Washington defeated the British at the Battle of Yorktown, Hancock sent him a note of congratulations. Washington’s reply was addressed to “The President of the United States”. Eight years later, as a revered war hero, Washington himself became America’s first popularly elected President - but strictly speaking, the FIFTEENTH President!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Interesting facts-Abandoned castle

Abandoned French Style Castle in Ryazan, Russia

This amazing large castle can be found in Ryazan Region in Russia. This French-style castle has been built about hundred years ago for Earl Khrapovitski.Today, this once glorious building is abandoned and devastated, and, like many similar buildings all across the Russia, waiting for someone vise and brave enough to try to relive it and bring it back its forgotten shine.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Amazing facts-Youngest college graduate

Michael Kevin Kearney: Earned his first degree at age 10 and became a reality show Millionaire

24 year-old Michael Kearney became known as the world's youngest college graduate at the age of 10. In 2008, Kearney earned $1,000,000 on the television game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"

Kearny was born in 1984 and is was known for setting several world records and teaching college at the age of 17.

He spoke his first words at four months. At the age of six months, he said to his pediatrician that he had a left ear infection and learned to read at the age of ten months. When Michael was four, he was given diagnostic tests for the Johns Hopkins precocious math program and achieved a perfect score. He finished high school at age 6, enrolled at Santa Rosa Junior College graduating at 10 with an Associate of Science in Geology. He is listed in the Guinness Book as the world's youngest university graduate at the age of 10, receiving a bachelor's degree in anthropology. For a while, he also held the record for the world's youngest postgraduate.

But in 2006, he became worldwide famous after reaching the finals on the Mark Burnett/AOL quiz/puzzle game Gold Rush, and became the first $1 million winner in the online reality game.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Bizarre facts-Ancient tradition, Seppuku

Seppuku (Hara-Kiri) was a key part of bushido, the code of the samurai warriors; it was used by warriors to avoid falling into enemy hands, and to attenuate shame. Samurai could also be ordered by their daimyo (feudal lords) to commit seppuku. Later, disgraced warriors were sometimes allowed to commit seppuku rather than be executed in the normal manner.

Since the main point of the act was to restore or protect one’s honor as a warrior, those who did not belong to the samurai caste were never ordered or expected to commit seppuku. Samurai women could only commit the act with permission.

A Samurai was bathed, dressed in white robes, fed his favorite meal, and when he was finished, his instrument was placed on his plate. Dressed ceremonially, with his sword placed in front of him and sometimes seated on special cloths, the warrior would prepare for death by writing a death poem.

With his selected attendant (kaishakunin, his second) standing by, he would open his kimono (clothing), take up his tanto (knife) and plunge it into his abdomen, making a left-to-right cut.

The kaishakunin would then perform daki-kubi, a cut in which the warrior was all but decapitated (a slight band of flesh is left attaching the head to the body)


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Amazing facts-Electric eel

The most powerful electric eel is found in the rivers of Brazil, Columbia, Venezuela, and Peru, and produces a shock of 400-650 volts.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Amazing pictures-Graffiti covered Kelburn Castle

Beautiful Graffiti Covered Kelburn Castle in Scotland

Kelburn castle that is located on the west coast of Scotland. This castle is only 35 miles west of Glasgow and it’s one of the oldest castles, although we don’t know when it was actually built. This castle has survived into modern age, and it seems that this castle is modern itself because it is cover in graffiti. I don’t know about you but I’ve never seen a castle that is covered in graffiti, and I can say that Kelburn castle looks quite amazing thanks to those graffiti. Almost entire castle is covered in graffiti and there’s almost no single space that doesn’t have any graffiti on it. This castle has all sorts of graffiti on its walls and some of them are beautiful, while others are rather weird. Anyhow, artists did an amazing job, and we can only say that this castle looks impressive.To see it for yourself, check out these sweet pictures bellow.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Animal world-Amazing friendship

In Leningrad (St Petersburg) Zoo, the oldest zoo in Russia, an European Lynx had a frequent visitor who befriended the big wild cat and now they are practically living together. This visitor is a calico cat who has bonded with the Lynx ever since the day she entered the enclosure.

According to the local people, the calico was homeless and happened to find food in the lynx’s enclosure. The lynx did not reject her, rather she became her surrogate mother. It seems as if the calico needs the lynx as much as she needs the little cat. They spend every day together and never leave sight of each other.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Amazing facts-Bouncing cranberries

Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Interesting facts for kids-Difference between LCD and TFT

Difference Between LCD and TFT


Liquid Crystal Displays or LCDs were created as an alternative to big and bulky CRT displays. They were energy efficient, thin, and light. But problems plagued earlier LCD models and made them far too inferior to CRT displays. As a remedy, traditional LCD construction methods were adapted to improve the performance of these displays. TFT or Thin Film Transistor was the solution they found. Instead of the traditional method of producing silicon transistors in wafers, TFT elements are deposited directly to the glass substrate.

The new method of producing the screen had a few immediate improvements. TFT made it possible to reduce the crosstalk between individual pixels resulting in a significant improvement in image quality. Crosstalk is when the signal of adjacent pixels affect the operation of the pixel. This deviates the brightness of pixels, making it brighter or dimmer than it was intended to be. TFT also solved, or at least minimized, the inherent problem of LCD that made it unusable for a lot of applications. LCD screens used to have a very high response time and it was not capable of reproducing fast motion. This problem made gaming and watching movies on these displays pretty terrible. The small transistor elements in a TFT display requires a smaller amount of charge to change its state. The lower charge needed translates directly to a faster response time. As development continued on TFT displays, the response time became lower and lower until LCDs were almost competitive with CRTs with respect to response time.

TFT was so successful that it became the standard in producing LCD screens. Today, all the LCDs being made are built with TFT. Even the newer screens being developed that use LEDs still utilize a TFT layer to drive the display. TFT might be totally replaced in the future by a superior technology but for now, it is the dominant element in all LCDs.


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1.LCD is a class of displays that uses transistors to create an image while TFT is one of the methods of creating an LCD
2.Instead of the traditional semiconductor creation process, TFT elements are directly deposited into a substrate that is usually made of glass
3.Displays made with TFT produces better images and are less prone to crosstalk compared to traditional LCD
4.TFT elements require a smaller amount of charge to activate allowing faster screen redraws
5.All LCD displays being produced today are now made with TFT

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Bizarre facts-Dueling

As practiced from the 15th to 20th centuries in Western societies, a duel was a consensual fight between two people, with matched deadly weapons, in accordance with rules explicitly or implicitly agreed upon, over a point of honor, usually accompanied by a trusted representative (who might themselves fight), and in contravention of the law.

The duel usually developed out of the desire of one party (the challenger) to redress a perceived insult to his honor.


bizarre-factsThe goal of the duel was not so much to kill the opponent as to gain “satisfaction,” i.e., to restore one’s honor by demonstrating a willingness to risk one’s life for it.

Duels could be fought with some sort of sword or, from the 18th Century on, with pistols.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Strange facts-Haiti's dictator

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Amazing facts-Swimming in minus 36 degrees

If you’ve ever run through the snow and jumped into a hot tub you might be able to relate to what the people in these photos feel like… well, at least running in the snow wearing next to nothing. These people, however, aren’t jumping into warm hot tubs after their frosty frolic – they’re jumping into Siberia’s Yenisei River. Apparently these swim club members have made a tradition of it. Running around in Speedos and bikinis in -36 degrees?

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Funny facts-Divers in Korea

Divers in Korean traditional dresses 'Hanbok' and rabbit outfits give New Year greetings as they are surrounded by sardines during a 2011 New Year event at the Coex Aquarium in Seoul

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Did you know-David Bradley

Have you ever thought of the person who invented "CTRL + ALT + DEL " key combination.

It is David Bradley.

He is the one who spent 1 minute and 23 seconds in writing the source code that has rescued the world's PC users for decades.

This extraordinary IBM employee retired in March 2005 after a prolong service of 29 years.
His formula forces obstinate computers to restart when they no longer follow other commands.

Bradley says. "I did a lot of other things than Ctrl-Alt-Delete, but I'm famous for that one."

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Amazing animal-Finger monkey

The finger monkey is the tiniest living primate in the world. It’s so small that it can hold on to your finger. This cute little primate hugs and grips on to your finger so tight that it pulls your heartstrings and you wish you could take it home with you. Finger monkeys are, as a matter of fact, pygmy marmosets. They are also known by the names ‘pocket monkey’ and ‘tiny lion’. These primates belong to the family Callitrichidae, species Cebuella and genus C. pygmaea. They are native to rain-forests of Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Dark world-The 9/11 Conspiracy

The 9/11 Conspiracy

According to popular belief – even in the United States itself – the 9/11 incident was planned and executed or simply allowed to happen by the then government to engender support of the American public and the world for invasion of the Middle East, the war being a mere cover for the chief purpose – accessing Middle Eastern oil reserves and consequently, Pax Americana.

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bizarre facts-The ancient tradition of Sati

Sati was a Hindu funeral custom, now very rare and a serious criminal act in India, in which the dead man’s widow would throw herself on her husband’s funeral pyre in order to commit suicide.

The act of sati was supposed to take place voluntarily, and from the existing accounts, most of them were indeed voluntary. The act may have been expected of widows in some communities.

The extent to which any social pressures or expectations should be considered as compulsion has been the matter of much debate in modern times.


bizarre-factsIt is frequently stated that a widow could expect little of life after her husband’s death, especially if she was childless.

However, there were also instances where the wish of the widow to commit sati was not welcomed by others, and where efforts were made to prevent the death.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Did you know-Hair stretch

The hair of an adult man or woman can stretch 25 percent of its length without breaking.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Dark world-Most dangerous city

Mogadishu is regarded as the most lawless and dangerous city on Earth. It is not safe for leisure or tourism. If you are planning a visit for international aid work, etc, you will need expert advice and planning.

Mogadishu is the official capital of Somalia. However, the internationally-recognized Transitional Federal Government (TFN) only controls a few square blocks; the rest is in the hands of Islamist and/or clan or warlord-affiliated militias. In early 2006, the Union of Islamic courts removed a US-backed coalition of warlords from power and restored order to the volatile capital for some six months. On December 28, 2006, however, the Islamic regime fled the city to the south as Ethiopian-backed government troops re-took the capital without firing a shot in a surprising escalation of events.

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However, the Ethiopian occupiers were widely despised and began withdrawing in 2007. Since then, various militias have been vying for control and most are opposed to the legitimate government. The fighting has created tens of thousands of fleeing refugees, has forced many non-government organizations (NGOs) to cease operations (such as providing food, shelter and medicine) and has brought Somalia’s very existence as a country to breaking-point. The fact that even thousands of Somalis refuse to stay there should make the situation clear: the city is extremely dangerous.

The war film Black Hawk Down, in some ways, gives an understanding of the lawlessness and dangers that exist in Mogadishu and other parts of Somalia. However, the book Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden gives more detail and a very accurate description of what Mogadishu was like back in 1993.


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The Mogadishu airport was bombed in December 2006 by Ethiopia to keep the Islamic Fighters from receiving supplies.

Jubba Airways serves Mogadishu from Dubai, Jeddah, Nairobi, Djibouti, as well as domestically from Hargeisa and Galkayo.

It is possible to drive into the city by truck, but this is considered a risky activity, unless you employ a group of local militia which are readily available for hire. Roads link the city with many Somali locales and with Kenya and Ethiopia. Armed guards, hired security forces, and experienced guides are all mandatory for a safe entry, and even then the risk of your being injured, killed or captured is extremely high.

dark-worldMogadishu has had no effective government since 1991, which has left the transport network that was in place in disrepair. Roads are a muddy mess during rain, traffic lights do not work, and there are no enforced traffic laws or public transport. Roads may be blocked or closed with no notice by militiamen. Traffic drives on the right. Some reports say that to get through intersections near markets crowded with people, those wealthy enough to have vehicles fire machine guns into the air to clear a path. Safe travel through Mogadishu is only possible by convoy with heavily armed guides and guards, which actually can be hired quite easily. Even with guards, the likelihood of being injured, kidnapped, and/or killed is still very high, including potentially by said hirable guards.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Animal world-Pet Buffalo

Jim used to have a buffalo as a pet, but the animal named Bailey Sr. died when he was 8 years old because of an accident on the farm. So the man got a baby buffalo and named him Bailey Jr.

Well, he also loves to join them for dinner and evening television.

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Strange facts-Visiting a Bank in a Koteka

In Papua many people still wear Kotekas even today. Koteka is traditional penis sheaths for men from the Highlands area of Papua province. But for people outside of Papua, it is a unique sight to see a man dressed in koteka entering a bank (Photograph of Mandiri bank below).

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Greatest historical myths-Jesus was born on December 25

Jesus was born on December 25

Christmas is meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but there is no evidence whatsoever, biblical or otherwise, that He was actually born on that day. Nor is there anything to suggest that He was born in a manger, or that there were three wise men (although, as any nativity play will remind you, three gifts were mentioned). There are differing views as to why December 25 was chosen as Christmas day, but one of the most interesting is that the day was already celebrated by followers of Mithras, the central god of a Hellenistic cult that developed in the Eastern Mediterranean around 100 BC. The followers of this faith believed that Mithras was born of a virgin on 25 December, and that his birth was attended by shepherds…


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Friday, May 6, 2011

Fascinating events-Lawnmower Racing

Lawnmower racing was invented in 1973 in The Cricketers Arms pub in Wisborough Green in West Sussex, England, UK, by a group of young men bemoaning the prohibitive costs of getting involved in any kind of motorsport.

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