Thursday, May 31, 2012

Did you know-Varieties of Rice

There are more than 15,000 different varieties of rice.


Spooky ghost town-Kadykchan


This creepy coal mining town went into swift decline after the collapse of the USSR. A drop in demand for the fuel, plus a horrific mining accident in 1996 saw authorities abandon the area, leaving it without schools, doctors and even running water.

Thousands of residents moved to places that still had access to these luxuries, and by 2008 the 10,000-strong population had dwindled to just 200.

Described as ‘Chernobyl without the radiation by one travel blogger, this is a dangerous place made even spookier by the fact it was apparently built by Gulag prisoners during World War 2.



Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Amazing facts-Country with the most overweight population

The country with the most overweight population is Nauru.

With over 95% of its population being overweight, the small island nation of Nauru is by far the fattest country on Earth. Its obesity epidemic is primarily attributed to the importation of western fast food that coincided with an increased standard of living in the 20th century due to the global popularity of its phosphate exports.



Interesting facts-A Jiffy

A 'jiffy' is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Did you know-Command of the Union Army

During the Civil War, Robert E. Lee was offered command of the Union Army before he accepted his post with the Confederacy.


Bizarre facts-Man with four arms and three legs

Rudy Santos

Rudy has four arms and three legs. He was born in 1953 and is still alive. He was in freakshows in the 79’s and 80’s.



Monday, May 28, 2012

Longest legs in the world

The longets legs in the world belong to Svetlana Pankratova of Russia, measuring 132 cm (51.9 in) as certified by the Guinness World Records.



Did you know-The three wise monkeys

Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil) and Mazaru (Speak no evil).


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Bizarre facts-IRS employees tax manual

The IRS employees tax manual has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war.


Amazing facts-Spook ghost town, Kolmanskop

This small desert town in Southern Namibia was built with diamond money in the early 20th century and was noted for its debauchery. But when the nearby mine stopped producing sparklers after World War 1, the folks moved out and by the 1950s the town was deserted. Sand and lots of it moved in. One needs a permit from the nearby town of Luderitz to visit it. Nonetheless the towns eerie buildings, now half-buried in the desert, proved popular with tourists.



Saturday, May 26, 2012

Fascinating events-World Trade Center reaches 100 floors

The new World Trade Center has reached a milestone - the skyscraper being built to replace the terror-stricken twin towers is now 100 stories high - on its way to becoming New York's tallest building. Another four feet, and it will surpass the Empire State Building.



Interesting facts-Kites in war

Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.


Friday, May 25, 2012

Strange facts-Lifespan of a Frog

The longest life span of a frog was 40 years.


Amazing pictures-Restaurant in the mountains

Restaurant Tusen - project by Murman Arkitekter, is located in the ski resort Ramundberget, Sweden. This amazing restaurant is designed for 125 persons. It is made of birch wood, among other trees.



Thursday, May 24, 2012

Interesting facts-The shortest living man in the World

Edward Nino Hernández is in many ways a typical 24-year-old Colombian man. He loves to dance reggae-ton, dreams of owning a car – preferably a Mercedes-Benz – and wants to see the world. What sets him apart is his size. He is slightly taller than a piece of carry-on luggage and weighs just 10kg (22lbs). Nino Hernández has just been officially certified as the world's shortest living man by Guinness World Records, measuring 70 cm (27 in). "He hasn't grown since he was two years old," his mother, Noemi Hernández, said of the oldest of her five children.

The previous titleholder was He Pingping of China, who was 4cm taller and died on 13 March. They say Nino Hernández 's reign is not likely to last long, however. Khagendra Thapa Magar of Nepal is expected to take over after he turns 18. He measures about 56 cm and is currently recognised by Guinness as the shortest living teenager. Doctors never could explain why Ninõ is so small, his parents say.

"They never gave us a diagnosis," says his mother, during an interview in the family's sparely furnished apartment in Bosa, a district of southern Bogotá.

Hernández, 43, said her son weighed 1.5kg at birth and was 38cm long.

interesting-facts-shortest-living-man1She said doctors at the National University studied him until he was three, then lost interest. She and her husband, a security guard, lost a daughter who was similarly small in 1992 when she was nearly a year old.

The couple's youngest child, 11-year-old Miguel Angel, stands 93cm tall and has facial features similar to his older silbling. The other three boys are of average height and appearance.

interesting-facts-shortest-living-man2"I feel happy because I'm unique," Nino Hernández said in an interview.

He does, however, have his problems: cataracts in both of his eyes that blur his vision and, says his mother, require urgent surgery that the family can't afford.

Other than his eyes, he has no medical complaints.

Nino Hernández has earned some cash dancing at department stores and is now acting in a film in which he plays a drug dealer.

interesting-facts-shortest-living-manHe adds that he's got used to all the picture-taking. But being the world's smallest man does have its drawbacks.

"It bothers me that people are touching me and picking me up," he said.


Interesting facts-Heat of peppers

The heat of peppers is rated on the Scoville scale.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Did you know-Aglet

The small plastic at the end of a shoelace is called an aglet.


Amazing facts-Japanese road repaired six days after quake

The Japanese road repaired SIX days after it was destroyed by quake

The picture of gaping chasms in a Japanese highway demonstrated the power of the March 11, 2011 earthquake. The astonishing speed of reconstruction was used to highlight the nation’s ability to get back on its feet. Work began on March 17 and six days later the cratered section of the Great Kanto Highway in Naka was as good as new. It was ready to re-open to traffic last night. Many workers returned to their jobs the day after the quake and subsequent tsunami and some businesses in the worst-hit regions have already reopened.

The Japanese recovery has prompted some investors, including American Warren Buffett, one of the world’s richest men, to declare that the disaster which has left 23,000 dead or missing represents a ‘buying opportunity’ in the money markets.



Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Did you know-Yawn



Funny facts-Curious Name Places located in the UK

Curious Name Places Located in the UK

Ugley in Essex
Pratts Bottom in Kent
Great Snoring in Norfolk
Little Snoring in Norfolk
Beer in Devon
Giggleswick in Yorkshire
Maggots End in Hertfordshire
Great Cockup in Cumbria
World's End can be found in Berkshire and again near Birmingham
Blubberhouses in Yorkshire
Catbrain near Bristol
Crank in Merseyside
Hole in the Wall near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Idle near Bradford, Yorkshire
Lilliput near Bournemouth, Dorset
Mumps in the Greater Manchester area
Piddlehinton in Dorset
There is also a Wyre Piddle in Worcestershire.
Pity Me in Durham


Monday, May 21, 2012

Strange houses-Thinnest



Amazing paper stencils

Ask anyone and they'll agree, paper stencils are an art in and of themselves. Belgium native Kris Trappeniers accurately describes himself as more than just a paper stencil artist, he's a paper sculptor. His delicately cut stencils are extremely complicated and almost magical, to say the least. The detail to each is astounding. The finished result is spray painted, but the art lies more in the process he takes in reaching his desired result.



Sunday, May 20, 2012

Did you know how Skype got it's name



Funny facts-Curious Name Places Located in the USA

The study of unusual place names is called Toponymy. Have you ever lived in a place with a strange name? What happens is that everyone who lives there becomes oblivious of the names amusing connotation. Another common occurrence is that people in the area refer to the place with a strange pronunciation. For example, I stayed for a while in charming village in Cornwall called Mousehole. Did people pronounce it Mouse Hole? No, they refer to it as Mousle, the aitch is silent.

Here are some examples :

Curious Name Places Located in the USA

Paradox, strange as it may seem, is in New York
Crapo, unfortunately for them is in Maryland
Boogertown, is happily in North Carolina
Hellhole, is depressingly to be found in Idaho
Purgatory, is sadly in Maine
Volcano, an explosive place in Hawaii
Needmore, is in the greedy state of Arkansas
Hardup, is in the poor state of Utah
Rudeville, surprisingly perhaps is in New Jersey
Boring, can be found in Oregon
Hell, is in Michigan
Hooker, can be found in California
Virgin, is a place in Utah
Dulls Corner, is in Maryland
Bowlegs, is amusingly in Oklahoma
Beersville, is a fine town in Pennsylvania
Fleatown, is an itchy place in Ohio
Burnt Corn, can be seen in Alabama
Two Guns, famously in Arizona
Toad Suck, is a found in Arkansas
A Monkey's Eyebrow, is based in Arizona


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Did you know-7-UP

The citrus soda 7-UP was created in 1929.
"7" was selected because the original containers were 7 ounces.
"UP" indicated the direction of the bubbles.


Fascinating events-Scuplture of Marilyn Monroe

A 26-foot-tall (8 m) sculpture of Marilyn Monroe in her most famous pose was unveiled on Chicago's Magnificent Mile. It is made of stainless steel and aluminum, and weighs 15.5 tons. Sculptor in charge is Seward Johnson.

Passers-by wasted little time positioning themselves under her billowing skirt to get a subway-grate view of Monroe in the same stance as she appeared in the 1955 film "The Seven Year Itch."



Friday, May 18, 2012

Amazing Sand sculpture of the Simpson family



Interesting facts-The word "UP"

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is 'UP.' It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].

It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.

At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it soaks UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP. One could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP, for now . . . my time is UP!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Did you know-Hitler's mother

Adolf Hitler's mother seriously considered having an abortion but was talked out of it by her doctor.


Tragic happenings-Escalator tragedy in China

An escalator tragedy in Beijing, China took the life of a 13-year-old boy.

Two bolts within the escalator's engine failed, causing the accident. One of the bolts fell off while the other broke, making the driving engine shift position and fall off the chain belt. With the escalator effectively without power, it reversed direction because of gravity.

The accident THAT killed one and injured 30 happened at Beijing Zoo Station Exit A on Line 4, said Yang Ling, a representative from the line's operator, Beijing MTR Corporation.



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Did you know how Sharp got it's name



Interesting facts-Fish and chip

Fish and Chip selling officially remained an offensive trade until 1940 due to the smell it produces.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Did you know-Bar code

The first product to have a bar code was a packet of Wrigley's gum.


Amazing facts-Sleeping beauty

In the fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty is a princess sent into a 100-year slumber by an evil witch. A kiss from a handsome prince breaks the spell, and they live happily ever after.

The present-day "Sleeping Beauty," as the media calls her, is a 17-year-old woman in Worthing, England, named Louisa Ball. Instead of the fairy tale's poisoned splinter, her curse began with flu-like symptoms two years ago.

"Bad cold, temperature ... and from then on that's when I started to sleep," she said. She wouldn't stop for 10 to 14 days. Her parents would rouse her for bathroom breaks and ravenous feedings.

"She'd go through a whole packet of biscuits, or ... five or six packets of crisps -- anything that she could get her hands on," said her father, Rick Ball. "It was a case of almost like a hamster hibernating, and the food would get stuffed in. And you'd have to step in and say, 'Whoa, that's enough.'"

Her mother, Lottie Ball, added, "I asked to see a dietician ... because I was concerned when Louisa was in an episode that, you know, she is missing out on all the goodness." The advice she got was to give Louisa smoothies, which gave her food and fluid at the same time.

Even so, Louisa would lose as much as 10 pounds during a sleep episode. Even odder than her eating habits was her behavior, which featured offensive, almost primal, mood swings.

"They're horrible. They're scary, it's like a different child," said Lottie Ball.

The parents knew a sleep episode was coming when their otherwise sweet-natured daughter would snap at others inappropriately. "When she's up and she's confrontational, those were the scarier moments," Rick Ball said.

The year before college, Louisa slept for a solid week every month. She missed weeks of school and fell behind in her beloved dance classes.

"I missed my end-of-school exams, obviously, because I was in an episode," she said. "I've missed, like, family holidays, birthdays and parties."

The doctors were as baffled as Louisa's parents.

"To see all the various medical professionals and not get any answers ... it was pretty frustrating," said Rick Ball. "Everything goes through your mind, and you wonder whether or not she has taken a drug."

Then came a breakthrough, courtesy of a consultant in London to whom the family was referred.
"I always refer to it as the 'Champagne and hangover' moment," said Rick Ball, "because we went in there and the good news was, 'I think I know what's wrong with your daughter.' And the bad news was, 'There's no cure.'"

Louisa was diagnosed with Kleine-Levi n Syndrome, an incurable autoimmune disorder that some researchers say disrupts the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates appetite, sleep and libido.

KLS more often afflicts males, usually beginning with a virus during adolescence that seems to trigger the sleep and aggressiveness, along with hyper sexuality.

Mood stabilizers like lithium and hormone therapies help those with KLS around the edges, but they don't ward off the extreme sleep.

"[When I wake up] I'm always confused as to what day it is, because I don't know how long I've slept for," Louisa said. "And then when I realize, I'm like, 'Wow, that's a long time!'"

How does she feel when she wakes up?

"Refreshed," she said.

Her sleep episodes have become less frequent. She recently went five months without one. According to experts, KLS sufferers can grow out of it after 10 to 12 years.

As Louisa's story grew in the media, headlines called her "Sleeping Beauty," and KLS is known as Sleeping Beauty syndrome.

If someone cast a spell on Louisa, there must be a handsome prince coming in some form. Romantically speaking, she said there was no prince in her life, at the moment.

The prince could take the form of a cure, and Louisa's family contributes to the KSL Foundation in California to help speed his arrival.

In either case, Lottie Ball said, "We're waiting for the handsome prince."


Monday, May 14, 2012

Titanic director makes solo dive to Earth's deepest point

Film director and ocean explorer James Cameron makes a record breaking dive to the deepest point of the Earth's oceans. The Titanic director spent three hours at the bottom of Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench, off the coast of the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.



Interesting facts-Christmas tree harvested

For every real Christmas tree harvested, two to three seedlings are planted in its place.


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Animal world-Ugliest dog contest!

Held as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair, the World's Ugliest Dog Contest event bestowed a $ 1000 prize for top honors. In this photo, Yoda greets fans following her victory at the 2011 World's Ugliest Dog Contest on Friday, June 24, 2011, in Petaluma.

Handsome Hector, right, waits backstage. At left, fellow contender Icky eyes Hector, a pure bred Chinese Crested who won his division at the Sonoma-Marin Fair event.

Hercules, a blind one-eyed 15-year-old pug, competes in the contest.

Ratdog, a 14-year-old Chihuahua mix, was born deaf and toothless, but did not win the Sonoma-Marin Fair competition.

A judge evaluates Yoda during the 2011 contest.



Saturday, May 12, 2012

Strange facts-Crazy benches in Belgium

The below pictures of awkward benches in De Haan Wenduine, Belgium, is not the crazy idea of the municipal council. These are Social benches created by Danish artist Jeppe Hein as a project for a contemporary art event.




Did you know-Zero

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Facts about David Letterman



Amazing facts-Images using Rubik's cubes

An artist has given some of the most iconic portraits of celebrities a unique twist - by recreating them using thousands of Rubik's cubes.

From Michael Jackson to Madonna, the mind-boggling creations are the exact replica of their real life famous faces. But the colourful portraits are more than just a mirror image, because they appear to jump off the wall thanks to clever subtleties in shading and depth.



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