Friday, August 31, 2012

Strange facts-Sinking boat

French artist Julien Berthier has designed a fully functional boat to look as if it is sinking. The 6.5m (21ft) yacht was cut in half with a new keel and motor added so it remains in the sinking position while being fully functional. He describes it as "the permanent and mobile image of a wrecked ship that has become a functional and safe leisure object."

Berthier has taken the boat (or should I say half-a-boat) across the English Channel to London and has toured it around Europe, getting plenty of offers of assistance from unwitting good Samaritans, who would presumably be either very annoyed or rather bemused by the contraption.

The designer and artist designed and built the floating installation in 2007. He named his creation Love Love.


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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Interesting facts-Oldest living thing

The oldest living thing on earth is 12,000 years old. It is the flowering shrubs called creosote bushes in the Mojave Desert.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Amazing facts-Tidal surge in China

Tidal bore engulfs hundreds of tourists on the banks of the Qiantang River in China

Thousands of tourists flock to the banks of the Qiantang River in Haining, Zhejiang Province in China to watch an annual natural phenomenon. Every year a tidal surge creates a huge wave that charges up the Qiantang River with the largest reaching a height of 29.5ft, according to local media

Despite warnings from the police to keep well back from the river bank, many ignored the advice and ended up being swept away by the wave


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Interesting facts-Limelight

Limelight was how we lit the stage before electricity was invented. Basically, illumination was produced by heating blocks of lime until they glowed.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Animal world-Kitten survives washing machine spin

An eight-week-old kitten, Princess, survived an hour-long cycle in a washing machine after she climbed inside. Adorable Princess has definitely used up one of her nine lives after her ordeal, which began when she started exploring her owner Susan Gordon's new home.Susan, 49, didn't see her sneak in - and promptly slammed the door and set the machine on a full wash cycle.

She was horrified when she spotted the little kitten emerging from the machine soaking wet and clinging onto a pair of jeans. The distraught animal lover rushed Princess to the Vets Now emergency clinic in Kingswells, Aberdeen, for emergency treatment.

Princess had suffered a nose bleed and sore eyes during her wash and spin but recovered just two days later.

'She is so quick and just crept in when I wasn't looking,' Mrs Gordon, from Aberdeen, said. 'I was upset at the time but I am just really pleased she has made a full recovery.'

Senior veterinary surgeon Judy Drysdale, of Vets Now, said: 'Princess arrived very shaken up and shivering with a nose bleed and sore eyes.'She was admitted to hospital for emergency care which included oxygen, IV fluids, diuretics to remove the water from her lungs, lubrication for soap damaged eyes and pain relief.'

Princess was also placed on heat pads to bring her temperature back up to normal levels.
Two days later, Princess was purring again and had regained her appetite

Vet Arlene Ortley of Vets Now added: 'Princess was very lucky to have survived her ordeal with no serious injuries.

'Thankfully she is safe and well, however I think she has certainly used up one of her nine lives.'


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Did you know-Patent for Automobile

George Seldon received a patent in 1895 - for the automobile. Four years later, George sold the rights for $200,000.

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Amazing happenings-Woman driver survives after car plunges 400 Feet

Woman driver trapped for 20 HOURS after car careers off road and plunges 400ft before stopping on cliff edge.

This is the moment a woman driver was pulled to safety after spending 20 hours trapped in her car balancing on a cliff edge. The car careered halfway down the 400 ft cliff face in St Agnes, Cornwall yesterday after 56-year-old driver Lyn Venton, lost control.But the Vauxhall Vectra was only spotted at 9.30am this morning after passing jogger Ben Stafford, who also became stranded when he went to her rescue, raised the alarm. Mrs Venton, who lives in Truro, Cornwall, with her husband John, told Mr Stafford she had 'missed the road' because of the poor visibility and careered out of control yesterday at 4pm.

Police and helicopter crews were drafted in to pull the pair to safety from the sloping cliff edge

The accident happened near a car park and access road to St Agnes Beacon, which rises 625ft above sea level on land owned by the National Trust. It is not yet known how the car lost control but it had come to rest sideways around 60ft from the top of the cliff. The airbag had deployed and the front and rear windscreens had both been smashed.The vehicle was very damaged and had come to rest on the steepest part of the cliff over a drop of a few hundred feet



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Friday, August 24, 2012

Strange facts about Antatctica

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica . This ice also represents seventy % of all the fresh water in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches. Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, i.e.), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet, with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Amazing happenings-Dog survives being stabbed in the head

This brave German Shepherd sits calmly with her owner - just minutes after burglars stabbed an eight inch blade into her skull. The six-year-old family pet, named Bella, needed emergency surgery to remove the protruding knife after the horrific incident on Saturday.

This shocking picture shows how the robbers narrowly missed the animal's eyes as they plunged the deadly blade into her forehead.Today Bella's owner Vernon Swart said he feared the worst when he saw the knife sticking out of her skull following the attack at his home in South Africa.

He said: 'I was in the house on Saturday morning when the neighbours called to say our dog was running around in the street with a massive knife in her head.

'I didn't believe them but when I went outside I saw it for myself.'The neighbours said they had caught intruders trying to enter their home and they must have then tried to get into my place when Bella attacked them in our garden.'

'One of them had stabbed her right in the head and the end of the knife was poking out between her eyes. I feared the worst and assumed she was going to die, but incredibly she was running around as if nothing had happened.'

Mr Swart, a professional artist from Stellenbosch near Cape Town, said he rushed Bella to the vet for surgery after the stabbing. He said: 'My wife was at work but she came home and we drove down to the vet.

'Stella was on the back seat and every time she turned her head the handle of the knife banged against the window.

'She obviously couldn't feel anything as she was acting normally, but it looked horrific.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Interesting facts-Damascus , Syria

Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tragic happenings-Shark Kills Honeymooner

A British honeymooner was killed by a shark in the Seychelles yesterday as his bride watched in horror from the beach.

Ian Redmond, 30, who had been snorkelling 20 yards off shore, suffered appalling injuries to his leg and arm in the second fatal attack in the area in two weeks.

The tragedy unfolded in Anse Lazio on the island of Praslin, regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and a favourite honeymoon destination for thousands of Britons every year.


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Mr Redmond and Gemma Houghton, 27, both from Lancashire, married ten days ago. She was sunbathing when his desperate cries for help echoed across the shore. Within moments a holidaymaker in a dinghy had dragged him on board and brought him ashore, where onlookers battled in vain to save him.

‘We heard screaming and people started running down the beach towards the water,’ one American tourist said.

‘Someone had seen a fin sticking out of the water, and then we saw a dinghy pulling a man from the water.

The wedding: The couple from Lancashire married just ten days ago, before Ian Redmond was tragically killed by the shark - which hasn't been found yet.

The witness continued: ‘The damage was too great. We kept his wife away from the body because it was too horrific for her to see.’

Jeanne Vargiolu, 56, owner of Le Chevalier restaurant on the beach, said she went to the beach after hearing ambulance sirens to find a French doctor treating Mr Redmond and ‘a lot of police officers’ surrounding him.
She said police told her he had lost one arm and had the flesh stripped off one leg and had holes in his chest and stomach from shark bites.

Savaged: It is not yet known what type of shark attacked the 30-year-old honeymooner, but it could possibly have been a great white.

Her family have lived on the beach for 36 years and she said the two shark attacks this month were the first she had seen.

‘It must be the same shark that attacked 16 days ago’, she said.

Chantal Andre, who works at the restaurant, also saw yesterday’s attack.

‘I went to the hospital with the man’s wife and it was just awful,’ she said. ‘She wasn’t crying at all, she just couldn’t believe he was dead. I suppose she was in total shock.’

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Tragedy: Ian Redmond and Gemma Houghton on their wedding day on the 7th August, before they flew to the Seychelles for their honeymoon

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Bizarre facts-Hermaphroditic mating session

he ten-inch Banana Slugs of the Northwest end their 30 hour hermaphroditic mating session by chewing off each other's male sex organs.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Amazing Wedding pictures

Julian Sunmi Park and Benjamin Jinsuk Lee got married and opted to take some of the coolest, dorkiest wedding photos possible. I like this because it’s a fun way to assert your nerdiness at your wedding without dressing up like a Klingon. It’s a perfect compromise!

The album, shot by Amanda Rynda, shows the couple having a simple picnic that goes terribly wrong. The idea came when Ben said he wanted a more masculine take on the wedding photo.



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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Amazing facts- Famous Fictional Characters Who Were Based On Real People

Famous Fictional Characters Who Were Based On Real People

Writers of all types draw inspiration from themselves, their friends and family or famous figures in order to create memorable, nuanced characters. It happens regularly in every form of media, oftentimes without the audience’s awareness. Here are ten famous characters you never knew were based on real life people.

Shrek
Shrek's appearence is based on that of pro-wrestler Maurice Tillet, a man born with a rare disease called acromegaly.


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Beavis & Butthead
Mike Judge based the look of Beavis & Butthead on two professors he had at UCSD.
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The Joker
Joker's signature look is derived from the 1928 film The Man Who Laughs. Of course, that movie is super creepy.

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Did you know-First base

There are seven ways a baseball player can legally reach first base without getting a hit.

Being designated a pinch-runner;
Batter hit by a pitch;
Passed ball;
Catcher interference;
Catcher drops third strike;
Fielder's choice;
Being 'Walked' by the pitcher.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Amazing animal-Munchkin cats

Munchkin cats are a relatively new breed created by a random mutation that produced a cat with extremely short legs. Munchkin cats have short or long coats in a wide variety of colors.

Because of this cat's short stature, munchkins are particularly adept at climbing and jumping. The Munchkin cat is usually raised as an indoor cat, although they are reported to be extremely active, agile and fast runners.



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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Interesting facts-Sea temperature

The White Sea, in Russia, has the lowest temperature, upto -2 degrees centigrade. The Persian Gulf is the warmest sea. In the summer its temperature reaches 35.6 degrees centigrade.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Strange facts- Rich Spanish Duchess of Alba to Wed at Age 85

One of Spain's richest nobles is to marry at the age of 85, wedding a man 25 years her junior despite initial opposition from her children. The Duchess of Alba whose full name is Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva, released a statement Tuesday saying she'll tie the knot with Alfonso Diez, 60, in early October. He is a civil servant in the government's social security administration, and this would be her third marriage.

The Duchess' offspring have been known to oppose the marriage. She said in a rare interview early this year she wanted to wed Diez but her children were against the idea. In July, however, she apparently placated them by dividing up much of her vast wealth among them, assigning castles, palaces and other property of the 500-year-old House of Alba which they will inherit upon her death. They are reported to be satisfied with the divvying up of her estate, and media have since been speculating as to when wedding bells might toll.


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Monday, August 13, 2012

Did you know-Seeds outside

What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

Strawberry.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Animal world-Elephant day in Thailand

Elephants are fed with banana trees, sugarcane and fruit during a feeding ceremony on the grounds at the Maesa elephant camp in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand.

The ceremony was held to mark the country's 'Elephant Day' participated by nearly 100 elephants. Elephant are recognized as the national animal of Thailand.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Amazing facts-Top Ten Totally Wrong Predictions

1) What looks like a permanently high plateau. - Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, USA, October 16, 1929.

2) King George 111 said in 1773, that the American colonies had little stomach for revolution. UK

3) Louis Pasteur’s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction. - Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, France 1872.

4) Airplanes are interesting toys, but they have no military value. - Marshal Ferdinand Foch, France, in 1911. [He may have been wrong in this case but at the Treaty of Versailles, 1919, which ended the 1st World War, he said accurately, ‘This is not a peace, it is only an armistice for the next 20 years.’ The 2nd World War broke out in 1939.

5) It will be years - not in my time - before a woman will become Prime Minister.- Margaret Thatcher, 1974 [Prime Minister, UK, 1979-1990]

6) It doesn't matter what he does, he will never amount to anything.- Albert Einstein’s teacher to his father, 1895.

7) Theoretically, television may be feasible, but I consider it an impossibility; a development which we should waste little time dreaming about. - Lee de Forest, 1926, inventor of the cathode ray tube.

8) In 1939, The New York Times said the problem of TV was that people had to glue their eyes to a screen, and that the average American wouldn’t have time for it.

9) I have travelled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year. - Editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957.

10) We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out. - Decca Recording Company. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Interesting facts-Life of Papuans

Papuan is a cover term for the various indigenous peoples of New Guinea and neighboring islands, speakers of so-called Papuan languages. Papua New Guinea occupies the eastern part of the world's second largest island and is prey to volcanic activity, earthquakes and tidal waves. Linguistically, it is the world's most diverse country, with more than 700 native tongues.

Some 80% of Papua New Guinea's people live in rural areas with few or no facilities of modern life. Many tribes in the isolated mountainous interior have little contact with one another, let alone with the outside world, and live within a non-monetarised economy dependent on subsistence agriculture.


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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Strange facts-Ghost town, Tyneham

Tyneham is a Ghost town in Dorset, the UK
It was abandoned because the Ministry of Defense stole it.

Back in 1943 the MoD commandeered this picturesque village for Our Boys to use as a firing range. The locals were promised their houses back after the war, but to this day its still owned by the army. Only a few crumbling and bullet-ridden buildings remain. Known as the village that Dorset lost.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Interesting facts-The 25-dollar incubator

A group of scientists at Embrace have created a baby incubator that costs only 25$ and is specifically intended for use in developing countries, where close to 20 million low birth rate and premature babies are born every year.

A traditional incubator we might find in any hospital costs over 20,000$, which is far too expensive for a developing economy.

Embrace has the appearance of a sleeping bag and is activated with boiling water, it requires no electricity and is covered with a special material that regulates temperature.

It can work for approximately four hours, after which it must be reheated. It can even be sterilized and reused.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Amazing animals-Rare breed of dogs, Puli

Puli is a cousin breed to the Komondor, and it sports the same signature dreadlocks, except usually in black.


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Monday, August 6, 2012

Amazing facts-“Man on Wire” Remembers Twin Towers

In August 1974, the still unfinished twin towers, at some 1,350 feet, were the tallest buildings in the world. The architectural monument inspired one daring young man, Philippe Petit, to commit what he called the "artistic crime of the century." The tightrope artist stepped out onto an illegally rigged wire 110 stories up, stretching 200 feet long between the two towers -- and essentially danced high above the street for almost an hour.

French tightrope walker Philippe Petit, 24, looks back at the photographer as he rests between walks across a cable stretched between New York’s World Trade Center towers high above the city on Wednesday, August 7, 1974. Petit crossed the cable twice and at one point, hung by his heels. The Frenchman and two assistants apparently hid in one of the towers and set the cable up before dawn, police said.

On Wednesday, August 7, 1974, French tightrope walker Philippe Petit accomplished the amazing feat of crossing a cable stretched between New York’s World Trade Center towers. His spectacular stunt was documented in the 2008 Academy Award winning film, "Man on Wire". Ten years after the towers came down in the Sept. 11 attacks, Petit still treasures the memory of his 1974 adventure as, "an intimate, romantic, poetic, joyful feeling that will continue...for the rest of my life."


After Petit finally came down from the tightrope (unharmed), he was arrested, jailed, taken for a psychological evaluation, and released. Journalists asked the performer why he did it. The then 24-year-old responded, "When I see three oranges, I juggle. When I see two towers, I walk."

Thanks to "Man on Wire," we can see the twin towers again, too.


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