Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Did you know-Never frozen or canned

The only vegetable that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh is Lettuce.


Monday, July 30, 2012

Strange facts-The Musical Contortionist

The Musical Contortionist

Popularly known as "The Musical Contortionist", the person in the picture below could play his banjo while making his body go into wild and odd positions. He performed in the 1910s.



Sunday, July 29, 2012

Did you know-Pear brandy

In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

The pear grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the whole growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Amazing facts-Mohenjo daro

Some have suggested ancient technology glassified these Indus Valley ruins but electricity is a more plausible explanation. Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent region are thought to be the birthplac of civilization and the central focus for human culture dating back to the beginning of recorded history.

No one knows for sure just how old the generalized composite that we call a society really is both because of archeological deficiencies and because of radiometric dis-conformity but one of the oldest sites is located in the Indus Valley of Pakistan and appears to date from around 3000-2500 BCE.



Friday, July 27, 2012

Interesting facts-Smuggling Silkworms

In 550 AD, two Chinese monks smuggled silkworms out of China and started the western world's silk boom.


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Amazing facts-Two year old famous model

Ira Brown is only 2 years old, but she is already a well-known model in the USA. Her parents have signed contracts with a couple of famous brands in childrens clothing. The girl is a real cutie doll. According to her parents, she loves to pose for the camera and enjoys castings and childrens fashion shows.



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Did you know-Vegetables that don't need replanting

Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year.

These are Asparagus and Rhubarb.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Amazing facts-Armless archer

Matt Stutzman is an armless Archer, who will represent Team USA in archery at the upcoming 2012 London Paralympic Games in London. Matt was born without arms, but this did not prevent him in mastering the technique of shooting.

He has been practicing archery since the age of 16 and gets the bullseye every single time. He uses his toes to fix the arrow onto the bow and the strength of his legs to shoot it. He taught himself how to use his feet to do everything from eating, driving and to shoot a bow.



Monday, July 23, 2012

Interesting facts-Copyright to Happy Birthday

Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Amazing facts-Electronic coffee table

Coffee Table Made From Old Computer Parts

Have a few of old computers and you do not know what to do with them? Here’s a cool example on how you could get rid off your old computers in creative way. Most of us who love computers have owned a few of PCs and those who didn’t sell their old PC on time are incapable to do it now because no one wants to buy a Pentium II computer anymore. It is even hard to find a person who would accept it as a gift.

This amazingly geeky table has been created from dozens of motherboards and other parts which were taken from old PCs. Despite the fact that there is a plenty of technological junk inside it, the upper glass panel which is placed over those PC parts will guarantee that your table will be clean enough to be used for its purpose.



Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bizarre events-Fined for putting rubbish in bin

A man has been fined $50 for putting rubbish in a bin. Andy Tierney of Hinckley, Leicestershire was issued the fixed penalty notice for dumping two junk mail letters. Hinckley and Bosworth Council accused him of committing "an offense under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Domestic refuse from your property was dumped into a street litter bin the fixed penalty is $50."

The council classes letters as "domestic litter", which should not be dropped in public street bins. According to BBC Radio news and The Sun, Andy said, "How on earth can they fine me for being tidy? It's absolute madness. I could have easily chucked those letters on the ground, but I put them in the bin. What has happened is a joke. The council is barmy. I never thought you could be fined for putting rubbish in a bin - that's what they're there for."

Andy was walking from his house to his car when his postman handed him the junk mail. He opened both letters as he strolled - then dumped them in the bin on a lamppost. Council officials traced him from the addresses on the envelopes and issued the penalty. The letter threatens Andy with further action and a conviction if he does not pay within 14 days. Andy insisted, "There's absolutely no way I'm paying up. You get fined for chucking rubbish on the ground. You get fined for chucking rubbish in the bin. So what exactly are you supposed to do?"

A spokesman from the council said, "A fixed penalty notice is served to people who we believe have committed an offence. Our litter bins are there to keep streets tidy, as they enable the public to deposit small amounts of litter. They are not provided for household waste."

It gets worse - the council routinely search rubbish. (Reported in the Times)
Today I can reveal the other side to the story, the council抯 side. And the great thing is that it makes the council look even more fatuous than it did last Thursday when Tierney contacted his local newspaper to complain about the fine.

The council now alleges that Tierney did not deposit just two letters in the litter bin, but a whole sack of domestic rubbish. Tierney denies the imputation: They're just trying to save face. They have been made to look stupid, so they come up with this. Why didn't they say that on Thursday?

Quite; but more to the point, how did they know that this black bag full of domestic rubbish had been deposited by Tierney unless, that is, they pay someone to rifle through the garbage with the sole purpose of persecuting rubbish-placement transgressors? Well, of course, on cross-examination it transpires that this is exactly what they spend your council tax on. Rubbish placement transgressor inspectors.

If we find a black bin bag in a litter bin, we will sift through the rubbish and attempt to identify who put it there, a council employee told me, with great patience, as if this were a perfectly reasonable thing to do. The refuse disposal man will identify a black bag and then report it to his supervisor and a decision will be made to examine the contents of the bag and, upon identifying the miscreant, issue a fixed penalty notice. You couldn't make this up and, luckily, I didn't have to.

There are other eternally vigilant people employed by Hinckley and Bosworth borough council whose job it is to persecute the residents who pay their wages. These are called neighbourhood wardens the eyes and ears of the local community, according to the council spokeswoman.

It was one of these individuals who espied Tierney putting some litter in a bin and quickly filed a report. So they have people paid to walk the streets and make sure you don't put letters in a litter bin and other people employed to sift through your rubbish and fine you if you do. Possibly people like you and I, possibly weird people whom you would not wish to sit next to at dinner.

The average council tax charge in Hinckley and Bosworth is 1,242.97 a year. Council tax charges have risen by about 100% nationally over the past decade. This is a small price for such extraordinary vigilance, such devotion to the cause. Quite what the cause is remains a mystery.


Friday, July 20, 2012

Amazing facts-Ghost town, Craco


Back in the 19th century this was a bustling town, but poor farming conditions forced much of the population to relocate, before a punishing sequence of seismic activity did for the rest in the 60s and 70s.

It looks so battered nowadays it doubled as biblical Jerusalem in Mel Gibson's'The Passion of The Christ'.



Thursday, July 19, 2012

Did you know-Moving backward

Did you know that the Niagara Falls is constantly moving backward? The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Interesting facts-Highest paid actor says goodbye to TV drama

One of the highest paid actors on television, Hugh Laurie, says goodbye to "House", the Fox medical drama which concludes its eight-season run in May this year. And with that, Hugh Laurie will be done as the show's abrasive champion, Dr. Gregory House – unless, Laurie adds with a laugh, "someone comes up with an idea for a stage musical."

interesting-facts-highest-paid-actor-says-goodbye-to-tv-drama"I feel a huge satisfaction that we got to the end with our dignity intact," he declares. "I never felt that we did anything that wasn't true to the character or the show – like, `House gets a puppy.' I think that's quite an achievement."


Animal world-Sri Lankan leopard cubs

One of the two newly-born Sri Lankan leopard cubs is carried by her mother Sariska during presentation to the public for the first time at Bratislava's Zoo.



Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Did you know-All minerals

Most alcoholic beverages contain all 13 minerals necessary to sustain human life.


Monday, July 16, 2012

Strange facts-Alexandra "Kissie" Nilsson, a Swedish Star Of Facebook

Alexandra "Kissie" Nilsson is an Internet celebrity from Sweden. Alexandra "Kissie" Nilsson is 20 years old but she has already undergone 12 plastic surgeries, including breast, lip and butt enhancements, as well as nose and ear “corrections.” She considers herself the star of Swedish Facebook.



Sunday, July 15, 2012

Interesting facts-Lawyer

Washington, D.C. has one lawyer for every 19 residents!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Amazing pictures-Drainage system failure in Russia


Lately considerable sums have been appropriated for roads repair in many Russian cities. However it seems things haven't improved an inch. See the roads of the city of PSKOV, Russia after 20-minutes of rain.



Friday, July 13, 2012

Interesting facts-The end of evolution

The end of evolution?
Scientists say human brain may have reached full capacity

We've invented penicillin, space shuttles, computers and even artificial hearts, among many other wonders. So where will human intelligence go from here?

The answer, if certain scientists are correct, is nowhere.

Mankind’s brain power has reached its peak and it is physically impossible for us to become any smarter, they say.

They claim that in order to become any more intelligent the human brain would need vast amounts of extra energy and oxygen – and we simply cannot provide it. Cambridge University researchers have analysed the structure of the brain and worked out how much energy its cells use up.

Shrinking? Experts claim over time the brain could reduce in size, back towards our our Neanderthal ancestors, to reduce the energy it consumes.

Simon Laughlin, professor of neurobiology, said: ‘We have demonstrated that brains must consume energy to function and that these requirements are sufficiently demanding to limit our performance and determine design.

'Far-reaching powers of deduction demand a lot of energy because for the brain to search out new relationships it must constantly correlate information from different sources. ‘Such energy demands mean there is a limit to the information we can process.’

Other scientists claim that the brain’s ‘wiring’ or network of fibres linking different areas to one another cannot get any better.

They have found that the cleverest people have the best wiring, with messages carried very quickly between different parts of the brain.

But scientists claim that the wiring would need vast amounts of extra energy to become more efficient. As before, they say it is impossible for humans to provide this, therefore we cannot get cleverer.

Ed Bullmore, professor of psychiatry at Cambridge, where he specializes in brain imaging, measured the efficiency with which different parts of the brain communicated with each other.

He found impulses traveled fastest in smarter people and slower in those who were less intelligent.

He said: ‘High integration of brain networks seems to be associated with high IQ.

‘You pay a price for intelligence. Becoming smarter means improving connections between different brain areas but this runs into tight limits on energy, along with space for the wiring.’

Martijn van den Heuvel, assistant professor of psychiatry at Utrecht medical centre in Holland, who also studies how differences in the wiring of human brains affects IQ, said: ‘Increasing the power of the brain would take a disproportionate increase in energy consumption.

'It is risky to predict the distant future but it is clear there are tight constraints on intelligence.’


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Strange facts-House on Water tower

The House in the Clouds in Thorpeness, Suffolk, is a former water tower built in 1923. The house was added at the top of the tower to make it blend in with the area's properties.



Amazing animal-World's Oldest Living Animal

World's Oldest Living Animal is 178-year-old Tortoise Called Jonathan

As a photograph it looks fairly unremarkable - a tortoise nibbles at the grass in front of a Boer War prisoner and guard. But the pictures helps to mark the reptile as the oldest animal on the planet. This rare picture of a Boer war prisoner snapped on the remote island of St Helena, has shed light on one of the planet's oldest living inhabitants.

Jonathan, the tortoise, is believed to be 178-years-old and was about 70 at the time the black and white picture was taken. He was photographed during the Boer War around 1900, and his life has spanned eight British monarchs from George IV to Elizabeth II, and 50 prime ministers. It was taken on the South Atlantic island of St Helena, where Jonathan still lives today, along with five other tortoises David, Speedy, Emma, Fredricka and Myrtle, in a plantation. The previous oldest tortoise was widely thought to be Harriet, a giant Galapagos Land tortoise, who died in 2005 aged 175 in Australia.

Despite his old age, locals say he still has the energy to regularly mate with the three younger females. A spokesman for the island's tourist board said Jonathan is owned by the St Helena government and lives in the specially built plantation on the governor's land.

He said: "Jonathan is the sole survivor of three tortoises that arrived on St Helena Island in 1882. "He was already mature when he arrived and was at least 50-years-old. "Therefore his minimum age is 178-years-old. He is the oldest inhabitant on St Helena and is claimed to be the oldest living tortoise in the world.

"He lives in the grounds of Plantation House which is the governor's residence with five other tortoises who are much younger than him. "Apparently he remained nameless for the most part of his residence in St Helena until he was named by Governor Sir Spencer Davis in the 1930s.

"He feeds on the grass of the main paddock.

"Jonathan is still very active despite his age and adores attention, he is a real poser.

"He seems to be sightless in one eye, but does not let that slow him down."

It is thought Jonathan, from the species Testudinipae cytodira, was brought to St Helena from the Seychelles as a mature adult in 1882.

His remarkable existence has come to light after the photograph was discovered as part of a collection of Boer War images taken by a man named L.A. Innes who had a studio in the British overseas territory's capital Jamestown.

The pictures were recently sold at auction for £4,000 by Andrew Smith and Son auctioneers near Winchester, Hants.Further investigation by the auctioneers revealed the tortoise in the picture was Jonathan who was still alive.St Helena has a population of more than 4,200. Its greatest claim to fame came when Napoleon was exiled there in 1815.



Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Did you know-Only two countries where Coca-Cola is not sold

There are now only two countries in the World where Coca-Cola doesn't do business.

The Coca-Cola Co. plans to start selling its drinks in Myanmar for the first time in 60 years, following the U.S. government's decision to suspend investment sanctions on the country for its democratic reforms.

Myanmar is one of three countries where Coca-Cola doesn't do business. The other two are Cuba and North Korea.

The world's biggest soft drink maker said it will start doing business in the country as soon as the U.S. government issues a license allowing American companies to make such investments.

coca-colaThe U.S. announced last month that it was suspending restrictions on American investments in the Southeast Asian country, which is still easing toward democracy. Until last year, Myanmar had been led by an oppressive military junta.

Coca-Cola said its products will initially be imported from neighboring countries as it establishes local operations in Myanmar; the company notes that it is has a history of being the among the first to enter or re-enter markets.

In 1949, for instance, Coca-Cola and other foreign companies were expelled from China by the communist government. After full diplomatic relations were established with the country in 1979, Coca-Cola had 20,000 cases of its flagship drink trained into the country from Hong Kong, which was still a British territory at the time.

The Atlanta-based company also noted that Cuba was one of the first countries where it did business, opening operations in the nation in 1906. But after the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro's government began seizing private assets and the company liquidated and exited the country in 1960. The company has never operated in North Korea.

Any Coca-Cola products in those countries are obtained through independent third parties.

As part of its push in Myanmar, Coca-Cola said it is donating $3 million to support job creation for women in the country. The company will work with PACT, a non-governmental group that supports economic and health initiatives in developing nations.

Coca-Cola first entered Myanmar in 1927.


Interesting facts-Center of the world

The Mandarin word for China is Zhongguo which translates as "middle country", implying China is the center of the world.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Did you know-Acupuncture

Acupuncture was first used as a medical treatment in 2700 BC by Chinese emperor Shen-Nung.


The World's most amazing ruins-Ayutthaya, Thailand

Founded by King Ramathibodi I in 1350, Ayutthaya was once the countrys capital and an internationally renowned bustling metropolis, whose progress is said to have rivalled that of European capitals at the time. That was until the Burmese army burned down the city in 1767. In 1969 the Fine Arts Department began renovating the ruins, and today the debris of the empire's glory forming part of what is now known as the Ayutthaya Historical Park.



Monday, July 9, 2012

Amazing facts-Longest journey by skateboard

The longest journey by skateboard was 12159 kms (7555 miles) and was completed by Rob Thomson of (New Zealand) starting in Leysin, Switzerland on 24th June 2007 and finishing in Shanghai, China on 28th September, 2008.



Did you know-"Asthma" and "Isthmi"

"Asthma" and "Isthmi" are the only six letter words that begin and ends with a vowel and have no other vowels in between.


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Amazing animal-Heil Kitler

Heil Kitler! Staff at an animal charity have named an abandoned kitten "Kitler" - because she bears an uncanny resemblance to the Nazi leader. The six-week-old cat - which was abandoned at the roadside - earned the moniker because of her distinctive black moustache. Staff at Wood Green animal shelter in Godmanchester, Cambs., say they are struggling to find her a loving home because of her unusual markings.



Saturday, July 7, 2012

Haunted places in USA-San Francisco’s Golden Gate park

The San Francisco’s Golden Gate park is said to be home to two ghosts. One is a police officer who might try to give you a ticket. Locals claim they have received tickets, only to find the officer did not exist. The other ghost is apparently a mother who hid a pregnancy from her family. She supposedly killed her baby and herself and has been seen roaming Strawberry Hill by Stowe Lake where she drowned.



Amazing facts-The mighty American Corporate world


If Wal-Mart were a country, its revenues would make it on par with the GDP of the 25th largest economy in the world by, surpassing 157 smaller countries.

We've found 25 major American corporations whose 2010 revenues surpass the 2010 Gross Domestic Product of entire countries, often with a few billion to spare.

Even some major countries like Norway, Thailand, and New Zealand can be bested by certain U.S. firms.

Yahoo is bigger than Mongolia

Mongolia's GDP: $6.13 billion
Yahoo's Revenue: $6.32 billion
Yahoo would rank as the world's 138th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Visa is bigger than Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's GDP: $7.47 billion
Visa's Revenue: $8.07 billion
Zimbabwe would rank as the world's 133rd biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

eBay is bigger than Madagascar

Madagascar's GDP: $8.35 billion
eBay's Revenue: $9.16 billion
Ebay would rank as the world's 129th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Nike is bigger than Paraguay

Paraguay's GDP: $18.48 billion
Nike's Revenue: $19.16 billion
Nike would rank as the world's 102nd biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Consolidated Edison is bigger than the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo's GDP: $13.13 billion
ConEdison's Revenue: $13.33 billion
ConEdison would rank as the world's 112th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

McDonald's is bigger than Latvia

Latvia's GDP: $24.05 billion
McDonald's Revenue: $24.07 billion
McDonald's would rank as the world's 92nd biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Amazon.com is bigger than Kenya

Kenya's GDP: $32.16 billion
Amazon.com's Revenue: $34.2 billion
Amazon would rank as the world's 86th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Morgan Stanley is bigger than Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan's GDP: $38.99 billion
Morgan Stanley's Revenue: $39.32 billion
Morgan Stanley would rank as the world's 82nd biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Cisco is bigger than Lebanon

Lebanon's GDP: $39.25 billion
Cisco's Revenue: $40.04 billion
Cisco would rank as the world's 81st biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Pepsi is bigger than Oman

Oman's GDP: $55.62
Pepsi's Revenue: $57.83 billion
Pepsi would rank as the world's 69th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Apple is bigger than Ecuador

Ecuador's GDP: $58.91 billion
Apple's Revenue: $65.23 billion
Apple would rank as the world's 68th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Microsoft is bigger than Croatia

Croatia's GDP: $60.59 billion
Microsoft's Revenue: $62.48 billion
Microsoft would rank as the world's 66th biggest economy.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Costco is bigger than Sudan

Sudan's GDP: $68.44 billion
Costco's Revenue: $77.94 billion
Costco would rank as the world's 65th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Proctor and Gamble is bigger than Libya

Libya's GDP: $74.23 billion
Proctor and Gamble's Revenue: $79.69 billion
Proctor and Gamble would rank as the world's 64th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Wells Fargo is bigger than Angola

Angola's GDP: $86.26 billion
Wells Fargo's Revenue: $93.249 billion
Wells Fargo would rank as the world's 62nd biggest economy.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Ford is bigger than Morocco

Morocco's GDP: $103.48 billion
Ford's Revenue: $128.95 billion
Ford would rank as the world's 60th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Bank of America is bigger than Vietnam

Vietnam's GDP: $103.57 billion
Bank of America's Revenue: $134.19 billion
Bank of America would rank as the world's 59th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

General Motors is bigger than Bangladesh

Bangladesh's GDP: $104.92 billion
GM's Revenue: $135.59 billion
GM would rank as the world's 58th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Berkshire Hathaway is bigger than Hungary

Hungary's GDP: $128.96 billion
Berkshire Hathaway's Revenue: $136.19 billion
Berkshire Hathaway would rank as the world's 57th biggest economy.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

General Electric is bigger than New Zealand

New Zealand's GDP: $140.43 billion
GE's Revenue: $151.63 billion
GE would rank as the world's 52nd biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Fannie Mae is bigger than Peru

Peru's GDP: $152.83 billion
Fannie mae's Revenue: $153.83 billion
Fannie Mae would rank as the world's 51st biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Conoco Phillips is bigger than Pakistan

Pakistan's GDP: $174.87 billion
Conoco Phillip's Revenue: $184.97 billion
Conoco Phillips would rank as the world's 48th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Chevron is bigger than the Czech Republic

Czech Republic's GDP: $192.15 billion
Chevron's Revenue: $196.34 billion
Chevron would rank as the world's 46th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Exxon Mobil is bigger than Thailand

Thailand's GDP: $318.85 billion
Exxon Mobil's Revenue: $354.67 billion
Exxon Mobil would rank as the world's 30th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF

Walmart is bigger than Norway

Norway's GDP: $414.46 billion
Walmart's Revenue: $421.89 billion
Norway would rank as the world's 25th biggest country.
Source: Fortune/CNN Money, IMF


Friday, July 6, 2012

Amazing animal-Smallest cow

11 year old Swallow from Yorkshire has been named world's smallest cow, measuring just 33 inches. The tiny cow poses alongside Freddie the bull for the launch of Guinness World records 2011.



Bizarre facts-Railway Therapy

Railway Therapy Practiced In Indonesia

While it might look like they are protesting against something or staging a gruesome mass suicide, the people of Rawa Buaya are actually looking to cure their illnesses by laying on the train tracks.

In the Indonesian town of Rawa Buaya, people believe that electrical energy carried by the railroad tracks can cure disease.

From young children to old folk, they all lie on train tracks passing through their settlement, hoping the electric energy from them will cure their various sicknesses. Not even the potentially lethal trains passing on opposite tracks don’t seem to be scaring these Indonesians away.



Thursday, July 5, 2012

Fascinating facts-Pole dancing robots

Of all the weird and wacky futuristic gadgets and inventions at 2012's CeBIT, the world's biggest high-tech fair, few have turned heads like this pair of pole-dancing robots. The sleek, white, life-sized humanoids, with camera-shaped lights as heads, gyrate suggestively to the music, provided by a third "DJ" robot, with a megaphone in its head, and bop around the stage in time to the beat. The stand proved to be one of the most popular at the CeBIT.



How did Uncle Sam originate

The origin of Uncle Sam probably began in 1812, when Samuel Wilson was a meat packer who provided meat to the US Army. The meat shipments were stamped with the initials, U.S. Someone joked that the initials stood for “Uncle Sam”. This joke eventually led to the idea of Uncle Sam symbolizing the United States government.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Presidents who dies on 4th of July

Three American presidents have died on July 4th. Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the singing of the Declaration of Independence. Five years later, James Monroe died on July 4, 1831.


Did you know-Declaration of Independence

John Hancock was the only person to actually sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The other 55 signers did not sign it until August 2nd or even later.


Amazing facts-A modern day miracle

A Modern-Day Miracle: The Man Who Wears his Heart on his Back (packed safely in a rucksack)

When Matthew Green leaves hospital, the one thing he really mustn’t forget is his rucksack. The father of one will be carrying part of his new heart in it.

Mr Green, 40, will be the first Briton to be discharged from hospital with a completely artificial heart.

The device in his chest is slightly larger than the organ it replaces and weighs less than six ounces. It delivers blood to the body with the help of a pump that is carried in the rucksack, along with a battery.

Around 900 of the ‘bridge-to-transplant’ devices have been fitted around the world, although Mr Green is the first to receive one in the UK.

He had been in a critical condition after developing a chronic heart condition and no suitable donors could be found. With his health deteriorating fast, doctors at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire decided to fit him with the device in a £100,000 operation.

Some parts of the Total Artificial Heart have a 50-year working life, although patients are generally expected to use it for around three years – during which it will ‘beat’ more than 200 million times.

It is hoped the device will last until a real donor heart is found for Mr Green. The patient said he felt ‘fantastic’ yesterday as he spoke about the new lease of life he has been given.

Scary moment: Matthew Green was shocked when his heart machine started to emit a high-pitched squeal during a press conference

Panic flashed on Mr Green’s face before he said: ‘That’s just me getting a bit nervous. If I get a little stressed it doesn’t like it.’ Medics stepped in (above) and prescribed a few minutes of calm until Mr Green’s blood pressure returned to normal. The device monitors tiny changes in pressure but can also be triggered by activities such as sneezing or laughing.



Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Haunted places in USA-San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio is known as the home of the Alamo. Nearby Mission San Jose has a romantic ghost story – a stonemason fell in love with a maiden while constructing the mission. She fell ill and after dying, the stonemason built a rose window with a memorial in honor of her. If you are lucky, you can catch sight of her in the window.



Interesting facts-Hard working heart

In one hour, your heart works hard enough to produce the equivalent energy to raise almost 1 ton of weight 1 yard off the ground.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Did you know-Oxygen used by brain



Interesting facts for kids-The Falkirk Wheel

The Falkirk Wheel is a rotating boat lift located in Scotland, UK, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal, opened in 2002. It is named after the nearby town of Falkirk which is in central Scotland. The two canals were previously connected by a series of 11 locks, but by the 1930s these had fallen into disuse, were filled in and the land built upon. (Wikipedia)



Sunday, July 1, 2012

Did you know-Gun powder

China was the first country to invent gun powder and fireworks and also use gun powder for guns, rockets and other arms.


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