Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Strange facts-The Mayan warning

According to the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar, made famous by the ancient Mayan people, December 2012 marks the ending of the current baktun cycle. This little bit of information has many archeologists spooked. Some believe the Mayans were warning of a coming apocalypse, while others insist it’s simply a mathematical misconception.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Interesting facts for kids-Difference between Football and Soccer

Difference Between Football and Soccer


Football is one of the most popular sports in the whole world. We know how enthralled the whole world is when the Football World Cup starts. But then what is soccer? Many say that both words refer to the same game, while some say that both are different games. The truth is that both the games are different while having some similarities.


Football is actually the common name of all those sport which involve the use of the foot and ball to score goals. This term can be applied to any form of football. Some of the different types of football games are association football, gridiron football, Australian football, rugby, and Gaelic football. The game association football is what is commonly known as soccer.


Usually in football, there are two teams of 11 to 18 players, who play within a specified area. To score points, each team has to move the ball over to the opponent team’s field end, either over a specific line or in to a goal area. In soccer, similar to most of the football games, it is played on a field with two teams. The ball has to be moved into the opponent team’s goal area by kicking it. Sometimes, in a game, the use of torso or head to move the ball is used. In this game, only the goalkeepers have the right to use the hands and arm to stop the ball.


For each game there is a certain conduct in which the ball is to be moved. It can be by carrying, kicking, using the whole body, or passing the ball. Soccer uses the method of kicking the ball into the goal area. It is not allowed in the game for the players to use their hands to move the ball.

The scoring nature of the different games in football is common. The team which scores the maximum goals at the end of a match is declared the winner. And if there is a tie, penalty shootouts can be given to the teams or declare the game a draw.


The shape of the ball also differs in the games. In soccer, the ball used is a sphere. This kind of ball is used in Gaelic football also. In other football games like rugby and American football, the ball has more rounded ends. The ball for Canadian and American Football has two pointed ends.


In the United Kingdom, the terms football and soccer refer to the same thing while in United States, soccer and football are two different games. The football there is more like the rugby and the players wear the armor to protect themselves from getting hurt. And in soccer, the teams use the feet to kick the ball around, and do not wear any armors.


Summary:
1. Football is the term used for many common games under the umbrella, while soccer is just one among them.
2. In different football games, the players can use the hands, feet, or whole body to move the ball, while in soccer only the feet can be used.
3. Soccer uses sphere balls, while other football games used rounded or pointed balls depending on the format of the game.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Animal world-The loyal dog

The loyal dog who refuses to leave his owner's muddy graveside as Brazil mudslides death toll tops 630.

After the deluge of photographs showing devastated landscapes, this scene is one which perhaps sums up the loss floods have brought to Brazil. As the mudslides death toll hits 630, a loyal dog refuses to leave the muddy graveside of its owner.

Leao cuts a pitiful figure beside the grave of Cristina Maria Cesario Santana, who died in Teresópolis, one of the areas hardest hit by last week's natural disaster.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Interesting facts for kids-Difference Between Duty and Responsibility

Difference Between Duty and Responsibility

Duty is a moral commitment to something or someone, whereas responsibility is a condition of being responsible.

According to Cicero, duties come from four sources. Duty is a result of human beings, one's particular place, one's character and one's own moral expectations. His philosophy of duty has been depicted in his famous work On duty.

As duty refers to moral commitment, it denotes an active feeling for doing something. Once a person engages himself with some duty or if he has been entrusted with a duty, then that person fully commits himself to it. In the case of duty, the person will be involved in activity without any self-interest. As a citizen of a country, a person has many duties to perform. It is his duty to adhere to the constitution.

Responsibility can be termed as an ability to act at one's own will, without any supervision. It is the obligation to successfully complete an assigned task. In responsibility, a person takes upon the duty to compete the task and to make the task a success.

In responsibility, a person is solely responsible for the entire task and its outcome. In case of responsibility, he takes the ownership of the entire task. Responsibility can also be explained as a set of instructions in life that one has to follow. It is the responsibility of the parents to give good education to their children.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bizarre facts-A cellphone that runs on Coca-Cola

A cellphone that runs on Coca-Cola!

Designer Daizi Zheng brings us an interesting concept: a Nokia phone that runs on Coca-Cola. Yes, you read right. It may sound incredible, but it seems this eco-friendly cellphone model really works.

The designer has called it Nokia‘green’phone and it works generating electricity through carbohydrates such as the sugar contained in this and other similar drinks. It does not pollute because the end-product of the process is water and oxygen. And to top it all off, Daizi herself assures us that this completely biodegradable battery can last up to 3 and 4 times the normal life of lithium batteries. We’ll just have to find out.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Amazing facts-Shortest man in the world

Junrey Balawing of Philippines, who is just 22 inches high, is the world's shortest man.

The 17-year-old, who is tinier than a one-year-old, has taken the title by smashing five inches off the previous record.Balawing has not grown since his first birthday, struggles to walk and cannot stand up for himself. “If I were the smallest man in the world, it would be very cool,” the tabloid quoted Balawing, as saying.

The previous titleholder is Nepal’s Khagendra Thapa Magar, who is 26.4 inches tall.


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Amazing pictures-Masters of disguise

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fascinating events-The world record for autogyro plane

Norman Surplus from Larne, Northern Ireland, waves to the media from his autogyro at Duxford, England, Thursday, March, 11, 2010. Surplus is to attempt a circumnavigation of the globe in the autogyro, starting from Larne on March 18, depending on the weather. With its open cockpit it will be flying through 26 countries, 27,000 miles including 4,300 miles over water, in an expedition that will raise awareness and money for bowel cancer. The specially adapted machine will have collapsible fuel tanks that will give it a range of some 900 miles.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Amazing facts-Ancient Pyramids in Giza, Egypt

Khafre (l.) and Khufu (r.) are two of the three ancient Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. Khufu is the biggest, consisting of more than 2 million stones with some weighing 9 tons. The Pyramids, built as elaborate tombs for divine kings, date back to 2,550 BC. Modern Egyptologists believe that the Pyramids are made from stones dragged from quarries and, despite ancient Greek testimony, were built predominantly by skilled craftsmen rather than slave labor.


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Interesting facts for kids-Difference Between Ice and Snow

Difference Between Ice and Snow

Though ice and snow are both made up of water, there is a difference between the two. Snow is nothing but the frozen atmospheric vapour which falls in winters on earth as light flakes whereas ice is simply frozen water. Another difference is that snow fall can be seen only in winters at areas of high altitudes and places near the Polar regions whereas ice can be seen in any season of the year in our refrigerator.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Amazing ideas-A bike in your rucksack

Bergmönch, a bike in your rucksack

When talking about the idea we are going to present you, maybe we should talk about a bike transforming into a rucksack.
In the last years it is very common to come across with novel and original bike designs, and even with contests trying to find the definite bike. All these designs use to share one common point: what is looked for is an urban bike.
It is true that bike are the most sustainable transport system known (unless you consider walking to be a transport system); for this reasons, bikes are more than necessary, and all ideas helping to alleviate the problems a bikers encounters in the big city are welcome, like how to park one´s vehicle.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Amazing pictures-Living statues around the world

Can you believe these are people posed as statues!!

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Bizarre facts-The Loch Ness Monster

According to Scottish folklore, a mystical creature called a water horse lures small children to a watery grave by tricking them to ride on its sticky back. The Loch Ness Monster became an English wonder in 1933, after witness accounts made newspaper headlines. No hard evidence of the creature has ever been recorded with several pictures, including the one above, being proven as hoaxes.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Did you know-The difference between Drug and Medicine

The Difference Between Drug and Medicine


From chemistry point of view, there is no distinction between the terms drugs and medicines, i.e., all drugs are medicines and all medicines are drugs. However, our society and law make a clear-cut distinction between these two terms as follow:
A medicine is a chemical substance which cures the disease, is safe to use, has negligible toxicity and does not addiction. In contrast, a drug is a chemical substance which also cures the disease but is habit forming, causes addiction and has serious side effects.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Amazing pictures-Maine man's collection of 1094 clocks

A Maine man and his collection of 1,094 clocks.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bizarre events-Man dies after ambulance stretcher rolls down

Man dies after his ambulance stretcher rolled down

In 1991, Edward Juchniewicz, a 76-year-old man, was killed when the ambulance stretcher he was strapped to rolled down a grade and overturned. The ambulance attendants, while speaking to a doctor's staff, had left the stretcher unattended. Juchniewicz suffered a head injury and died a short time later. He was being transported from a nursing home to a doctor's office for an appointment.



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Monday, November 14, 2011

Interesting facts for kids-Difference Between Wheel and Tyre

Difference Between Wheel and Tyre

A Wheel is a device that allows heavy objects to be moved easily through rotating on an axle through its center, facilitating movement or transportation while supporting a load (mass), or performing labor in machines.


While Tyre is the outer part of the Wheel made-up with Rubber and mostly use in vehicles for smooth movement.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Amazing facts-Milk carton that changes color before expiring

The milk carton that changes color before expiring

What a great idea designer Ko Yang has had with this milk carton that changes color telling us how fresh the milk is. The carton begins being white in color, and as the expiry date moves closer, it begins changing color to tell us we should drink the milk before it’s too late.

A brilliant way to help us consume our food without wasting any.


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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Interesting facts-Jersey devil

According to legend, 250 years ago a Jersey woman by the name of Mrs. Leeds cried out in despair during her 13th pregnancy, ‘Let it be the Devil!’ After childbirth, the baby was revealed to be a kangaroo-like creature with wings, and flew away to cause all sorts of Jersey Devil mischief. Today the Jersey Devil can be seen getting fans riled up during local hockey games.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Amazing facts-Ming Dynasty Mummy found in China

Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved, 700-year-old, body of a woman inside a stone coffin in China. The coffin was found on a building site in Taizhou, in eastern China's Jiangsu Province. The coffin was one of the three discovered in a tomb two metres underground on a construction site in the city.

Researchers from the Taizhou Museum carefully opened the coffins. In two they found skeletons, Ming Dynasty clothes and funerary objects. However, in the third they found the well
preserved body of a woman.

The 5-foot-long corpse was tightly wrapped in cerecloth (heavy wax-treated linen cloth used for burying the dead), quilt and clothes.

The corpse has complete skin and clearly recognizable facial features, hair and even eyelashes

During their investigations members of the Taizhou museum team found a number of funerary objects, including a gem ring, a silver hairpin and more than 20 pieces of cotton clothing from the time of the Ming.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Strange facts-Winter Park, Florida, Sinkhole

The sinkhole in Winter Park, Florida (map), opened up in 1981 underneath the city’s public swimming pool, Missouri State’s Gouzie said.

“I’ve never seen a final report as to whether the pool was leaking,” he said, adding that water can flow into the underlying soil through tiny cracks in the bottom of a pool. Even watering plants at the pool’s perimeter could have sent enough runoff through Florida’s sandy soil to erode the solid limestone underneath.

Gouzie said the U.S. Geological Survey has mapped the types of bedrock that exist across the country. But studies of the underground cracks and fissures—and the way water travels through them—are still needed to predict where sinkholes could occur.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Amazing facts-Cyclist finishes race with Splinter through leg

The Malaysian rider, Azizulhasni Awang, managed to get back on his bike after a high-speed crash in the Keirin final and stagger across the line, but it was only afterward that the full extent of his injury became clear. Pictures showed a large splinter of wood from the track had gone right through his left calf. Awang was given third, but missed his moment on the podium because he was on his way to hospital. Awang, who has won World Championship medals in the past two seasons, is set to go under general anesthetic for the removal of the splinter at Manchester's Royal Infirmary. A scan assessed the injury, but medics opted to wait until tackling the splinter, which was around 7.9in (20cm) long.


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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bizarre facts-Mothman

A humanoid with insect wings and crimson eyes, known as the Mothman, terrorized Point Pleasant, W.Va., during the late 1960s. No solid evidence exists of the creature, except for a handful of witness reports documented in paranormal-journalist John A Keel’s ‘Mothman Prophecies’.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Interesting facts-How famous names were created

MERCEDES

This was actually the financier's daughter's name.


ADOBE
This came from name of the river Adobe Creek that ran behind the house of founder John Warnock.


APPLE COMPUTERS
It was the favorite fruit of founder Steve Jobs. He was three months late in filing a name for the business, and he threatened to call his company Apple Computers if
the other colleagues didn't suggest a better name by 5 O'clock that evening.


CISCO
It is not an acronym as popularly believed.
It is short for San Francisco.


COMPAQ
This name was formed by using COMp, for computer, and PAQ to denote a small integral object.


COREL
The name was derived from the founder's name Dr. Michael Cowpland. It stands for COwpland REsearchLaboratory.


GOOGLE
The name started as a joke boasting about the amount of information the search-engine would be able to search. It was originally named 'Googol', a word for the number represented by 1 followed by 100 zeros. After founders- Stanford graduate students Sergey Brin and Larry Page presented their project to an angel investor, they received a cheque made out to 'Google' ...thus the name.


HOTMAIL
Founder Jack Smith got the idea of accessing e-mail via the web from a computer anywhere in the world. When Sabeer Bhatia came up with the business plan for the mail service, he tried all kinds of names ending in 'mail' and finally settled for hotmail as it included the letters "html" - the programming language used to write web pages. It was initially referred to as HoTMaiL with selective uppercasing.


HEWLETT PACKARD
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard tossed a coin to decide whether the company they founded would be called Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett.


INTEL
Bob Noyce and Gordon Moore wanted to name their new company 'Moore Noyce'but that was already trademarked by a hotel chain so they had to settle for an acronym of INTegrated ELectronics.


LOTUS (Notes)
Mitch Kapoor got the name for his company from 'The Lotus Position' or 'Padmasana'. Kapoor used to be a teacher of Transcendental Meditation of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.


MICROSOFT
Coined by Bill Gates to represent the company that was devoted to MICROcomputer SOFTware. Originally christened Micro-Soft, the '-' was removed later on.


MOTOROLA
Founder Paul Galvin came up with this name when his company started manufacturing radios for cars. The popular radio company at the time was called Victrola.


ORACLE
Larry Ellison and Bob Oats were working on a consulting project for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency). The code name for the project was called
Oracle (the CIA saw this as the system to give answers to all questions or something such). The project was designed to help use the newly written SQL code by IBM. The project eventually was terminated but Larry and Bob decided to finish what they started and bring it to the world. They kept the name Oracle and created the RDBMS engine. Later they kept the same name for the company.


SONY
It originated from the Latin word 'sonus' meaning sound, and 'sonny' a slang used by Americans to refer to a bright youngster.


SUN
Founded by four Stanford University buddies, SUN is the acronym for Stanford University Network. Andreas Bechtolsheim built a microcomputer; Vinod Khosla recruited him and Scott McNealy to manufacture computers based on it, and Bill Joy to develop a UNIX-based OS for the computer.


YAHOO!
The word was invented by Jonathan Swift and used in his book 'Gulliver's Travels'. It represents a person who is repulsive in appearance and action and is barely human. Yahoo! Founders Jerry Yang and David Filo selected the name because they considered themselves yahoos.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Strange happenings-The Tunguska Explosion of Russia

The Tunguska Explosion in Russia occurred around 7:14 a.m. on June 30, 1908. To this date, the exact cause of the explosion – which leveled 80 million trees over 830 square miles – remains a heated debate. Most believe it to be caused by a meteoroid fragment, others insist either a black hole or UFO origin.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Did you know-The Difference between Act and Ordinance

The Difference between Act and Ordinance

An "Act" is procedurally adopted and duly assented by the head of the state/nation and is placed on the statute as a permanent law.


Ordinance is a temporary law, promulgated by the President or Governor, when the legislature is not in session, It has to be ratified by the legislature within six months.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Fascinating events-The world record for sky lanterns

Indonesians take part in an attempt to break a world record for the most sky lanterns flown simultaneously in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2009. At least 10,000 lanterns were released into the sky to break the world record, organizers said.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Amazing facts-Push ups on 2 fingers

Egyptian Mohammed Ali Zinhom, 25, attempts a new Guinness World Record for doing push ups on the 2 fingers of his right hand only, in front of the historical site of the Giza Pyramids, Egypt, Monday, March 8, 2010. Zinhom recorded 46 push ups in 49 seconds.

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