Monday, December 31, 2012

Amazing animal-Elephant gives birth after two year pregnancy

Elephant gives birth after a two year pregnancy - the longest ever recorded at a British zoo.Link
Elephants are notorious for their long memories, but now they will be renowned for their lengthy pregnancies. Long-suffering Asian elephant Azizah was carrying her baby for 700 days - 84 longer than the average - and finally gave birth at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire.

It is believed to be the longest pregnancy ever recorded at the British zoo - nearly two extra months over the normal gestation period of 22 months. And the baby, at just 16 stone (104kg) at birth, is the smallest in Whipshade's history.


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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Did you know-High school football

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Interesting facts-Biggest public art in Britain

This huge tangle of metal is woth £22.7 million was designed by Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor. This controversial structure has now reached its full height of 376 ft.

It is not only the tallest sculpture in the UK, but also 72 ft taller than the Statue of Liberty and is intended to be a lasting monument to Britain's role in hosting the London 2012 Olympics. Visitors will be able to look down to the showpiece Olympic stadium from the latest landmark to London's skyline.

It will have two observation floors, a 455-step spiral staircase, lift and restaurant. The idea is to go up in the lift and walk down the staircase and take in the views and artistic tricks designed by Mr Kapoor.

Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, ArcelorMittal's chairman and chief executive who has invested £19.6 million into the project, described it as 'an ideal showcase for the versatility of steel'. ArcelorMittal, a London 2012 sponsor, is funding up to £19.6 million while the remaining £3.1 million is coming from the Greater London Authority.

When the designed was first unveiled in March last year, it was instantly nicknamed the Eyeful Tower - and likened enthusiastically by London Mayor Boris Johnson to a giant 'hubble-bubble' shisha pipe.

But contributors to Twitter and similar internet sites took only minutes to criticize the work. One described it as 'a rollercoaster that costs £19million a go'. Other early phrases included 'twisted spaghetti', 'horrific squiggles' and 'Meccano on crack'.

Mr Kapoor, 56, said it was 'thrilling' to be offered the chance to create for the capital something on a par with what Gustave Eiffel made in Paris. 'It would be terribly arrogant to compete with Eiffel who spent his entire life making that thing,' said Kapoor. 'What we're trying to make is the best thing we can do'.

The artist sees his looping, deep red-coloured tower as 'an eccentric structure that looks as if it's going to fall over'.


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Friday, December 28, 2012

Most evil women in history-Gertrude Baniszewski

Gertrude Baniszewski (1929-1990)

Gertrude Baniszewski was an Indiana divorcée who oversaw and facilitated the prolonged torture, mutilation, and eventual murder of Sylvia Likens, a 16-year-old girl she had taken into her home. Baniszewski was given $20.00 a week to watch the Likens children from their parents who were traveling with the Flordia circus. When the Likens girls parents were late with their first weeks payment for the babysitting, Baniszewski decided to give Sylvia and her sister Jenny a beating… and her brutality escalated over the next three months. She also recruited others to help her beat the children. But that wasn’t the worst. When Sylvia urinated on the mattress one night, the basement was made her prison. She was starved of any food and forced to eat and drink her own feces and urine. She died when she was knocked down onto the concrete floor when she was trying to get the attention of the neighbors. When police arrived, they found Sylvia lying on a mattress on a second-story bedroom. Her body was covered with scars, burns, and welts, and on her stomach was the words “i am a prostitute and proud of it” carved into her skin. When she was convicted of first-degree murder, the case was called “the single worst crime perpetrated against an individual in Indiana’s history”.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Amazing facts-Tourists attraction of Crocodile farm

This famous pond is filled with some of the biggest crocodiles in the world. According to history and some myth, one of the ancient crocodiles of this pond saved the life of the first man who settled in the area, by leading him to the pond to quench his thirst from a long journey.

After that incident, the man declared the pond to be sacred and the crocodiles be treated as royals. Up till now it's a taboo to harm or kill these crocs. It is believed that the oldest crocodile is about 85 years old.

Tourists can sit on the crocodiles & also hold their tails. There has never been any incident of the crocodiles harming the tourists.


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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Disgusting food dishes from around the world-Fried tarantulas

Road Trip Cambodia: Itsy Bitsy Spiders

In Cambodia the habit of eating fried tarantulas began during a period of starvation in history, but nowadays they are considered to be quite a delicacy.


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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Interesting facts-Flatmobile

This awesome Flatmobile has a jet engine and does 100 mph (160 km/h). Flatmobile was recognized by the Guinness World Records for being the lowest street legal car. It stands just 19 inch or 48 cm tall.


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Monday, December 24, 2012

Most evil women in history-Myra Hindley

Myra Hindley (1942-2002)

Myra Hindley, known as the ‘Moors Murderess,’ is responsible for murders occurring in the Manchester area of Britain in the mid 1960’s. She and Ian Brady are responsible for the kidnapping, torture, sexual abuse and murder of two teenagers and three children under the age of twelve. The murders are named ‘Moors murders’ because two of the victims were discovered in graves dug on Saddleworth Moor and third grave was discovered on the moor. Characterized as ‘the most evil woman in Britain,’ Hindley made several appeals against her life sentence, claiming she was a reformed woman and no longer a danger to society, but she was never released.

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Amazing animal-Laughing goat

This goat appears to be laughing for the camera. Wildlife photographer Dejan Smaic took this picture at Summit Lake at Mt. Evans in Colorado. Dejan had set up his equipment to capture the picturesque sunrise, but found himself rudely interrupted by a herd of mountain goats. "This particular goat was observing me, and appeared relaxed on top of a rock. In fact he appeared to start clowning around for the camera."


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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Bizarre facts-Fake eyelashes from fly legs

A British artist has made fake eyelashes out of fly legs.

Jessica Harrison has actually made a bunch of really odd and unsettling fashion innovations. She's also created "mouth eyes" which make eyelids look like lips. She's also taken a stab at furniture design, by making hairy chairs and a flesh-covered chest of drawers.


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Friday, December 21, 2012

Amazing facts-Glowing dog

South Korean scientists created a glowing dog using a cloning technique that could help find cures Linkfor human diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

In this picture released to Reuters on July 28, 2011, a genetically modified dog Tagon and her puppies are seen at Seoul National University (SNU)'s College of Veterinary Medicine in Seoul. A research team from Seoul National University (SNU) said the genetically modified female beagle, named Tegon and born in 2009, has been found to glow fluorescent green under ultraviolet light if given a doxycycline antibiotic, the report said.

The researchers, who completed a two-year test, said the ability to glow can be turned on or off by adding a drug to the dog's food.

The creation of Tegon opens new horizons since the gene injected to make the dog glow can be substituted with genes that trigger fatal human diseases.
The dog was created using the somatic cell nuclear transfer technology that the university team used to make the world's first cloned dog, Snuppy, in 2005.

The scientist said that because there are 268 illnesses that humans and dogs have in common, creating dogs that artificially show such symptoms could aid treatment methods for diseases that afflict humans.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Interesting facts-Most crooked street

The most crooked street in the World is located in the U.S. city of San Francisco's Russian Hill. Lombard Street - the name of this famous street, which has a 27 % slope, and the speed on it is limited to 8 kilometers per hour.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Most evil women in history-Irma Grese

Irma Grese (1923-1945)

Irma Ida Ilse Grese, an employee at the Nazi concentration camps of Ravensbrück, Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz, was convicted for crimes against humanity at the Belsen Trial and executed at 22 years of age. Although she was very young, Irma Greese, also known as the ‘B*tch of Belsen’ or ‘Beast of Auschwitz,’ was promoted to Senior Supervisor, which was the second highest ranking female in camp of Auschwitz. The accusations against Grese centred on her ill-treatment and murder of those imprisoned at the camps, including setting dogs on inmates, shootings and sadistic beatings with a whip. Witnesses testified that she used both physical and emotional methods to torture the camp’s inmates and enjoyed shooting prisoners in cold blood. They also testified to acts of sadism, beatings and arbitrary shootings of prisoners, savaging of prisoners by her trained and allegedly half-starved dogs, and to her selecting prisoners for the gas chambers. After a fifty-three day trial, she was sentenced to hang.


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The world's longest living creatures-Turriptosis Nutricula

Turriptosis Nutricula: Immortal

This remarkable jellyfish-like creature tops our list as the world’s oldest living creature in terms of having no natural limit to its life span. The unique species is considered to be the world’s only biologically immortal animal, according to marine biologists at the Smithsonian Tropical Marine Institute in Florida.

A native to the warm salt waters of the Caribbean seas, the animal has been spotted far from its home in Spain, Italy, Japan, and the Atlantic side of Panama in recent times as it is thought they are silently invading the oceans by attaching themselves to ballast water tanks of ships. So what is its secret to anti-aging?

The tiny transparent sea creature, which is about the size of a fingernail, can regenerate its entire body over and over again through a process called trans-differentiation as it is able to turn one type of cell into another.



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Monday, December 17, 2012

Amazing facts-Noodle museum

Noodle Museum
Yokohama, Japan saw the opening of the world's first noodle museum. People can go there to appreciate noodles and try noodles cooked by noodle experts.

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Animal world-New species of dolphin

A new species of dolphin is seen in Victoria's Port Phillip Bay, Australia. The new species, Tursiops Australis, which can also be found at Gippsland Lake, have a small population of 150 and were originally thought to be one of the two existing bottlenose dolphin species.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Interesting facts-Older does mean Wiser

Older does mean wiser: Brains of over-55s work more efficiently as experience of age beats speed of youth

It is the evidence parents have longed to arm themselves with in disputes with their children - getting older really does make you wiser.

The over-55s use their brains more efficiently than their younger counterparts, as they are much more likely to shrug off mistakes, say scientists.

And while they may take more time to come to a decision, they are simply conserving their energy.

Younger people, by contrast, give the impression of being sharper, simply by coming up with answers more quickly. But this, say the researchers, may be a sign of inexperience rather than wisdom.

The Canadian scientists set two groups of participants tasks that involved sorting words into pairs, and scanned their brains as they completed them.

The tasks included pairing words according to category or initial letter and picking out words that rhymed.

Initially, they were not told what sort of pair to look for. Instead, the game helped them work it out by telling them if they had made the right choice or not. Over time, the categories were changed.

Neuro-imaging scans revealed striking differences between the brains of the older and younger participants when they made a mistake.

In the younger ones, the error instantly activated several different parts of the brain to help them decide what to do next.

The older people, however, held their fire until the game restarted. Only then did they start thinking about what they were going to do.

Study author Dr Oury Monchi, of the Institute of Geriatrics at the University of Montreal, said: 'When the young participants made a mistake and had to plan and execute a new strategy to get the right answer, various parts of their brains were recruited even before the next task began.

'However, when the older participants learned that they had made a mistake, these regions were only recruited at the beginning of the next trial, indicating that with age, we decide to make adjustments only when absolutely necessary.'

He added: 'The older brain has experience and knows that nothing is gained by jumping the gun.

'We now have neurobiological evidence showing that with age comes wisdom and that as the brain gets older, it learns to better allocate its resources.'

Dr Monchi compared the results to Aesop's fable of the tortoise and the hare, saying: 'Being able to run fast does not always win the race - you have to know how to best use your abilities.

'This adage is a defining characteristic of ageing. It is as though the older brain is more impervious to criticism and more confident than the young brain.'

Overall, the older group, who were aged between 55 and 75, took longer to complete the game but did roughly as well as those aged 18 to 35, the journal Cerebral Cortex reported.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

The World's longest living creatures-1550 years old Antarctic sponge

Antarctic sponge: 1550-years-old

One specimen of this slow-growing Antarctic Ocean dweller is estimated to be over 1550 years old. To put it in perspective, the specimen could have been living in 461AD – the same year that on March 17th St Patrick died.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Interesting facts-Royal wedding in Bhutan

His majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, 31, holds his Raven crown as he and the Queen Jetsun Pema, 21, walk out after their marriage ceremony is completed on October 13, 2011 in Punakha, Bhutan. The Dzong is the same venue that hosted the King's historic coronation ceremony in 2008. The Oxford-educated king is popular in the country and the ceremony will be followed by celebration in the capital and countryside.



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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Did you know-Jellyfish

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Amazing facts-Libyan guitarist soldier

This fighter is clearly keeping calm amidst the fierce battle to take control of the Libyan town of Sirte. He stands surrounded by gunmen in front of a pock-marked wall, the area around his feet strewn with bullet casings.

amazing-factsNow that's a real guitar hero: Libyan soldier strums away as battle for Sirte rages around him

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Interesting facts-Kindergarten centered around a Legendary Tree

Kindergarten Centered Around a Legendary Tree.

At the Fuji Kindergarten in Japan, Tezuka Architects created a unique environment that, as a tool for learning, promotes freedom of movement. "Ring Around a Tree" is the extension of an existing kindergarten that consists of a wood and transparent glass volume spiraling upward, enveloping a Japanese Zelkova tree. The project creates spaces for play and foreign language instruction, while also providing a fun area for the children to wait for the school bus.

Though, to the average adult, the space appears to have just two floors, for the children it has six with some areas being just three feet (one meter) high. Elements like railings and handrails are very slender, while the interior floors are made of wood. All outdoor areas are covered with soft rubber mats to help cushion the children's inevitable falls.

Planted more than 50 years ago, the Zelkova tree has quite the storied past. It was hit by a typhoon and almost uprooted. The tree dried out completely but recovered despite general disbelief. Older residents of the area remember this Zelkova because it was the only tree to be used by children for climbing and games even before a kindergarten ever existed.

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Amazing pictures-Castle on Loreto Island

Amazing castle found on Loreto Island, North of Monte Isola in Italy.


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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Amazing facts-One eyed shark

A fisherman has discovered what appears to be a shark with a single eye in the centre of its face.
The albino ‘cyclops’ fetus was cut from the belly of a pregnant bull shark caught in the Gulf of California this summer.

The one-eyed shark has achieved cult status since Pisces Fleet Sportfishing published pictures of it in July, giving rise to rumours of Photoshopping or other hoaxes. Shark researchers say the creature is genuine, although it is unlikely to have survived after birth Shark expert Felipe Galvan Magana, of Mexico’s Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias del Mar, said: ‘This is extremely rare. As far as I know, less than 50 examples of an abnormality like this have been recorded.’

The shark’s condition is known as cyclopia, and is a rare congenital disorder characterised by the failure of the front portion of the brain to properly divide the orbits of the eye into two cavities. Cyclopia occurs within the spectrum of brain and face defects known as holoprosencephaly, which in severe cases can result in miscarriage or stillbirth.


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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Did you know-Icicles

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Most evil women in history-Belle Gunness

Belle Gunness (1859-1908)

Belle Sorenson Gunness was a Norwegian-American serial killer. The physically very strong woman killed most of her suitors and boyfriends, and her two daughters. She may also have killed all of her children and both of her husbands, on different occasions. Her motive was collecting life insurance benefits… and also, the assets stolen or swindled from her suitors became her source of income. Some reports estimate that Gunness killed over 40 people over several decades and most of them were poisoned. Gunness was never caught for the murders and what happened to her was never known. On the record, her death is listed as April 1908, the last time she was seen alive.


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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Amazing facts-Most expensive cars in the world

Bugatti Veyron Super Sports

The Super Sport version is the fastest road-legal car in the world, with a top speed of 431.07 km/h (267.85 mph). The original version has a top speed of 408.00 km/h (253.52 mph). It was named Car of the Decade (2000–2009) by the BBC television programmer Top Gear.

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Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

The Pagani roadcar model range would not be complete without a Roadster version of the Zonda Cinque. As the name implies it is created in the Modenese Atelier in a limited production run of merely five exclusive pieces like its coupé sister.

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Lamborghini Reventon

The Lamborghini Reventón is a mid-engine sports car that debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Koenigsegg Agera R

The Koenigsegg Agera is a supercar to be produced by Koenigsegg in 2011. It is a successor to the Koenigsegg CCX/CCXR. Estimated list price is $1.6M USD. There is a biofuel powered version of the Agera, known as the Agera R.

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