Saturday, March 31, 2012

Interesting facts-New Park in New York

Old, abandoned rail road in New York was scheduled for demolition. But after looking at the costs, the decision was taken not to demolish it. Local residents offered to build a park on an old rail road. And so it was built.

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Did you know-Peanut oil

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above 450°F.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Animal world-Heart-warming image of gorilla making friends with duckling

It was a scene that perhaps wouldn't have made the final cut of King Kong.

This lowland gorilla shares a moment of quiet reflection with a tiny mallard duckling, who seems fairly nonplussed about being in the presence of one of nature's most powerful beasts.

The heart-warming image is among Nature's Best Photography Magazine's wildlife photograph winners for 2010.


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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Amazing facts-Bottle of Champagne

There are over 25 million bubbles waiting to burst out of each bottle of Champagne.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Amazing pictures-Creative reel tape

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Amazing animal-Zonkey

Zonkeys, also known as Donkra or Zebroid, are extremely rare as zebras and donkeys rarely mate.

Seen below is Mona Lisa, a Zonkey, who is also a beloved family pet. She has been brought up by her doting owner, Mara Baygulova, an internationally renowned opera singer and cellist from Glendale, California. Mara took Mona Lisa in after rescuing her from a lonely and abused life on a ranch run by a horse trainer who had no idea she was so special.

Researchers say that most Zonkeys live in zoos and most of them, outside South Africa, were created through artificial insemination.


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Mona Lisa has the shape and the distinctive donkey ears - but has black and white ears, stripes on her legs and sports a striped, spiky zebra mane and tail.

Mara said: 'Mona Lisa is very smart just like a Zebra. In personality, she is 90 per cent zebra. She loves to run and gallop with horses. She's very competitive.'

She added: 'Her intelligence is that of a five year-old child. She retains information - she can see something done just once and then do it herself.

amazing-animal-zonkey'For example, when we first got her she watched me unlock the gate on the corral. A few minutes later she did it on her own, using her lips like fingers.

'She also loves affection and is generous in giving affection, but she can get bratty if she doesn't get it!'

Mara brought the zonkey home for her son's fifth birthday, who had grown up on the stories of her Mother's childhood pet, a donkey also named Mona Lisa.

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Interesting facts-Marching on bridge

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fascinating events-London Butterfly Museum

Exhibition "Amazing Butterflies (Sensational Butterflies)" at the London Museum.
This Exhibition opens April to September for visitors to the Natural History Museum in London show "Amazing Butterflies".

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Bizarre facts-Mouthwash

Ancient Roman, Chinese and German societies often used urine as mouthwash.

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Strange facts-Border

The border between Belgium and the Netherlands is a cafe.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Amazing animal-Dog balancing eggs

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Amazing facts about Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein, a genius, an icon, a man in desperate need of a comb! Most people know a lot about the famous physicist without even trying to. To begin with it’s easy to see that he never owned a comb in his entire adult life, and it is also common knowledge that never wore socks because he disliked the way holes developed around his big toe. He was born on March 14th 1879 and ended his life in America in 1955 where his last words were lost to use because the nurse at his bed side didn’t understand German. He is a man who has had a periodic element, (einsteinium), named in his honor and one whose social and political rhetoric is studied as avidly as Machiavelli and Gandhi. But let’s see if there aren’t some more fascinating facts about one of the most fascinating people of the 20th century. Here is a list of top 10 fascinating facts about Albert Einstein.

Did not Talk Till he was Three

Albert Einstein is called by many the smartest man to have ever lived, but he had a great deal of difficulty in his early childhood development. Some have wondered if he suffered from ‘Asperger’s syndrome’ a high function type of autism. But such speculation is exactly that, speculation. But we do know that he did not learn to speak until he was three years old and even at the age of nine he is said to have spoken hesitantly and with uncertainty. This later information could have been a result of his dislike of this school system, (he went through several and never seemed to enjoy any of them), and his tendency towards introspection and thoughtfulness. If nothing else Albert Einstein is a good example of why being a late bloomer isn’t such a bad thing.

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A Cottage in Norfolk Saved the World…Maybe

During the 1930’s while Hitler’s National Socialist Party, (the NSDAP), was gaining power and prominence Albert Einstein went to stay in a cottage in Norfolk, England. Einstein (a symptom of being of Jewish ancestry in the 1930’s) constantly had to be uprooted and moved as the political and geographical topography of the world shifted under the pressure of the Nazi’s. When Hitler was elected to power as Chancellor in 1933 it became impossible for him to stay in Nazi Germany and a British M.P, (Member of Parliament), Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson offered him a place to stay in Norfolk. While at the M.P’s cottage, located in the English countryside, Einstein was able to continue work on his scientific theories including developing the ideas behind the first atomic bomb. In many ways being able to retreat to the small cottage in Norfolk could be said to have helped end the war, (depending on your opinion on the atomic bomb), but certainly advanced scientific theory and progress. He left Norfolk to move to America.

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Grand Theft Cerebral

A lot of people know that Albert Einstein’s brain was removed and given to science for research several hours after his death in 1955, but not many know that he might not have given his consent. It has been said in the past by biographers and friends of the famous physicist that it was Albert’s wish that his mind should be used for scientific research but more recently evidence has come to light to suggest he might never have requested anything of the sort and that his brain was removed without his or his family’s permission. Although Hans Albert Einstein, his son, did agree to it after the brain had already been removed but insisted it only be utilized for serious scientific research in respected journals. After significant study it was discovered that among other thing’s Einstein’s mind contained more gilal cells then most people. These cells are responsible for synthesizing iinformation.

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He was Swiss

Einstein regained his Germany citizenship in 1914 during the changing political climate at the end of the First World War. He did so when he entered the Germany civil service, (the famous patent office), as well as being a member of the Prussian army and professor at the academy of sciences. But when he left the civil service in 1933, and Germany, he lost that citizenship. Before this happened he had already gained his Swiss citizenship in 1901. But unlike many of the bonds he made during this almost nomadic time in his life he retained his Swiss citizenship until the day he died, even after he became an American citizen in 1940. In fact between 1933 and 1940 he retained his Swiss citizenship only and you could argue that since he held it longer, and until he died, he was more Swiss than anything else.
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His Work Largely went Unnoticed After the War

While Einstein gained a lot of popular attention for his eccentricity and public image as a member of the scientific community behind the discovery of the atomic bomb, and while most people knew the sight of his unkempt hair style and that he did not own a pair of socks, his work in the later part of his life, went largely unexamined until recently. Einstein had been working on a Unified field theory, (it involved gravity and electromagnetism being solved by one set of equations), and would do so until he died, but from 1920 onwards he also began to concentrate on quantum theory. Most people will have heard of this area of theoretical physics by now, (if not in class then in any number of Hollywood movies that have exploited it), but the work was neglected until very recently and is now at the centre of the discipline being considered alongside such high sounding things as ‘superstring theory.’

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Married his Cousin

A number of famous people have married their cousins including Jesse James, Franklin Roosevelt, H.G Wells and Charles Darwin. But so did Einstein and he did so with gusto. His first wife, Melvia Maric, (married in January 1903), was a Serbian woman and has been described as having more of an intellectual partnership with Einstein. He had two sons by her. He married his second wife, Elsa Lowenthal, about four months after divorcing Maric who had been living separately for five years. Elsa had nursed Einstein through an illness and this might have led to his affection for her. In any case she was his first cousin on his mother’s side, but also his second cousin on his father’s side making him her cousin two times over on both sides of the family!

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Won the Nobel Prize for…

One of the more fascinating facts about Albert Einstein is that very few people know what he won a Nobel Prize for in 1922. (Coincidently Nobel was the inventor of dynamite.) Of course an award like the Nobel Prize is actual given for a life time of work, and no one specific thing, but for the purpose of naming a winner a single thing is generally named. In Einstein’s case it was his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect in 1905. (Let’s not go there, but the photoelectric effect has to do with electrons that are given out of a material after the absorption of energy, more to the point x-rays, and Einstein postulated that this absorption was caused by quanta’s of light, now called protons) He invested the prize money heavily in the United States and saw much of his investments wiped out in the Depression of 1929.

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President of Israel

Here’s a good one. It is largely believed that in 1952 Israel asked Albert Einstein to become Prime Minister. In fact Einstein was asked by the Prime Minister, Ben Gurion, to become Israel’s Second President since it’s foundation in 1948, asking him ‘whether you would accept the Presidency of Israel if it were offered you by a vote of the Knesset.’ Albert, a Jew but not an Israeli citizen, declined the offer saying that while he was honored he was also sad and ashamed to say he could not accept it. There are various reports as to why he turned it down, but by and large they come down to his disinterest at taking on such responsibility, or joining the stress of the political world. After all his entire life had been spent fascinated by physics and the pursuit of scientific answers, his causes and ideology were a necessity brought on by the urgency of his time for good men to say wise words.
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Funded WWII

In 1944 Albert Einstein decided to write out his 1905 paper, the one that won him the Nobel Prize in Physics, (see item 4 on this list), and auction it off. The papers earned six million dollars and the money was sent to help with the war effort of World War Two. A vocal pacifist and author of the book, ‘Why war?’ ironically Einstein actually helped fund World War Two.


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Naturally we have been interested in what one of the smartest men who ever lived has to say on nearly everything, not least because he seems to have had so much to say on social and moral issues. A pacifist and social thinker Einstein has undoubtedly been able to teach us a lot outside the world of science, so what did he think was the greatest hold up to human development and social advancement? That’s right, money! In 1934 he wrote that he was convinced wealth would never be an aid to the betterment of humanity, ‘even in the hands of the most devoted worker in this cause.’ He felt that money only caused greed and envy which brought on selfishness and an abuse of power. At the end of the day it is only one man’s opinion and he never said it would be absolutely detrimental or disastrous to have a currency, only that it was the single greatest thing holding us back.

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Strange facts-Longest female tongue

Longest tongue-Female

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Did you know-Tipping

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult! In America tipping is forced upon customer at 15 to 18%.

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Interesting facts-Tastebuds

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Animal world-Glass frog

The glass frog is an endangered species. And absolutely stunning, so it would be a shame if we let it die out. Note the visible organs in this beautiful specimen. Unfortunately, with tropical rain forests in Central and South America threatened, the glass frog may go extinct.

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Amazing pictures-Day and night

Day and night - The monument in Kaunas, Lithuania with amazing shadow effects at night.

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Did you know-Nose

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Interesting facts-Detroit

Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan carries the designation M-1, so named because it was the first paved road any where.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Bizarre facts-Schoolboy sold Kidney to buy iPhone and iPad

His name is Xiao Zheng and he is a student in Anhui Province from China. He sold his Kidney for around $3400 to an unknown man to buy iPhone and iPad. He could have sold it for around $50,000 in the USA. The hospital where the operation apparently took place claims to know nothing of the operation and a man to whom the kidney was sold vanished without a trace. But this dude's now got a new iPhone 4 and iPad 2 to play with, so good luck to him .

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Did you know-Jedi

'Jedi' is an official religion, with over 70,000 followers, in Australia.

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Strange facts-Falling in love

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Amazing pictures-Human flowers

Take a closer look and you will find these are not real flowers - These are human bodies! Here is an unbelievable and out of this world compilation of “human flowers”.

These stunning illusions are created through the use of cleverly laid out bodies painted in different colors. You’ll find it hard not to be amazed and inspired by these images…


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Strange facts-Spider invasion

Pictures below show a plague of spiders caused by severe floods in Australia. Thousands of spiders spin their webs around dry sticks on a bush near flood waters in Wagga Wagga, Australia.

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Amazing facts-Dragonfly's eye

A Dragonfly's eye contains 30,000 lenses, allowing them to zero in on the flying insects that are their daily meals.

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Amazing art with matchsticks

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Animal world-Goose who likes to wear sandals

This one's a cool goose. He likes to wear sandals because he walks on pavements and his webbed feet cant handle pavements.

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Leap Year Superstitions

Superstitions

Indeed, leap year also affects people who weren't born on February 29, and the superstitions vary from place to place.

For instance, people in Greece avoid getting married in a leap year, as they believe doing so will bring bad luck.

But in Ireland, a leap year is a window of opportunity for women to propose to men, as seen in the 2010 romantic comedy "Leap Year."

In the Chinese calendar, a leap year has 13 months. Every three years or so, a leap month is added, and its name is the same as the previous lunar month.

Similarly, the Jewish calendar also has 13 months in a leap year, which has 383, 384 or 385 days. In the Jewish leap year, the extra month called Adar I is believed to be a lucky month.

In the Islamic leap year, the additional day is found at the end of the last month, Dhu 'l-Hidjdja, which is also the month of the Hajj, when Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Interesting facts-First laptop

Pictured here is one of the first "portable" computers. It could be considered the first laptop. This is the Osborne 1, which came out in 1981. The computer cost $1,800, weighed 25 pounds, and had a 5 inch screen.

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