Friday, November 30, 2012

Did you know-Autoerotic Asphyxiation

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Most evil women in history-Beverley Allitt

Beverley Allitt (born: 1968)

Beverley Gail Allitt is a well-known serial killer who murdered four children and injured nine others that were in her care while working as a pediatric nurse. Her main method of murder was to inject the child with potassium chloride or insulin. Although convicted with death in nine cases, Allit attacked thirteen children over a sixty day period before being caught red-handed. She was sentenced to life imprisonment – to be served at Rampton Secure Hospital in Nottinghamshire. In 2005, the BBC made a dramatization of the story, “Angel of Death”, in which Charlie Brooks played the role of Allitt.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Amazing facts-The Incredible Magdeburg Water Bridge in Germany

The Magdeburg Water Bridge is a navigable aqueduct in Germany that connects the Elbe-Havel Canal to the Mittelland Canal , and allows ships to cross over the Elbe River At 918 meters, it is the longest navigable aqueduct in the world.

The Elbe-Havel and Mittelland canals had previously met near Magdeburg but on opposite sides of the Elbe . Ships moving between the two had to make a 12-kilometer detour, descending from the Mittelland Canal through the Rothensee boat lift into the Elbe, then sailing downstream on the river, before entering the Elbe-Havel Canal through Niegripp lock. Low water levels in the Elbe often prevented fully laden canal barges from making this crossing, requiring time-consuming off-loading of cargo.

Construction of the water link was started as early as in the 1930s but due to the World War 2 and subsequent division of Germany the work remained suspended till 1997. The aqueduct was finally completed and opened to the public in 2003.was finally completed and opened to the public in 2003.


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The world's longest living creatures-Bowhead whale

Bowhead whale: 211-years-old

Dubbed, the old men of the sea by a US reporter, bowhead whales are the oldest mammals on Earth living on average between 100-200 years. One individual whale is documented to have lived to the ripe old age of 211. By tracking changes in amino acids in the lenses of their eyes, scientists are able to determine the approximate ages of bowheads.

Biologist Craig George found the key to their long existence. He said: The bowhead's tough environment - cold water without abundant food available forces it to maintain a great body mass, an effective system for fat storage and an efficient mechanism to keep warm. The stress of living in arctic waters may nurture the whale's pattern of slow growth and long life.” In the past, bowheads have been hunted to near extinction.


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Tragic happenings-Eaten by Cannibals

A round-the-world sailor is feared to have been eaten by cannibals during a visit to a South Sea island. Remains found in the embers of a camp fire are believed to be those of 40-year-old business adviser Stefan Ramin. He apparently arranged to go on a traditional goat hunt in the forest after dropping anchor at Nuku Hiva in French Polynesia.

His girlfriend Heike Dorsch, 37, says she saw him depart with a local guide, named as Henri Haiti. Only the guide returned, she says, and he told her: ‘There’s been an accident. He needs help.’ Before she could rush into the forest, however, she claims Haiti chained her to a tree and sexually abused her. She managed to escape hours later to alert authorities and they began a seven-day search for Ramin.

Last week, the ashes were found in a valley by a squad of 22 police officers. Among the embers were bones including a jaw bone, teeth and melted metal – believed to be fillings. Investigators believe a ‘human body was hacked to pieces and burned’. Haiti is missing and soldiers from the French overseas territory have joined police in the hunt for him.

The remains were flown to a hospital in Papeete, the capital of French Polynesia, and from there to Paris for DNA analysis to prove whether they are all that is left of Mr Ramin. It was in 2008 that Mr Ramin, from Haselau in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany, set out to sail the world in a catamaran with Miss Dorsch.

On Facebook he listed his interests as ‘travelling, blue water sailing, kiting, kitesurfing, windsurfing, surfing, diving… actually everything which one can do on and under the water’. The couple used an online blog to report their progress to friends and relatives. Last month they dropped anchor in Nuku Hiva, largest of the Marquesas islands which over the centuries have featured in many reports of cannibalism.

French chief investigator José Thorel, based on Tahiti, did not rule out the possibility that the remains are of Mr Ramin but said the DNA evidence could take weeks to analyse. The German newspaper Bild said that Haiti was a ‘suspected cannibal’.

‘A prosecutor said that the probability is that he was murdered by a cannibal and parts of him were eaten.’

Outside of horror films, cannibalism is virtually unheard of in the modern world. The Korowai of Papua New Guinea are one of the last surviving tribes to eat humans as a cultural practice.

Numbering about 3,000, they live in an area so remote they were unaware of the existence of anyone besides themselves until 1970. Although the claims have not been verified, the Korowai reportedly eat the brain immediately, while it is still warm.


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Did you know-Bathtubs

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

The World's longest living creatures-410 year old Quahog

Another seafood delicacy sets a record in the animal kingdom. In 2007, a specimen of clam was plucked off the coast of Iceland. By drilling through its cockle shell and counting each ring, the Arctica Islandica was claimed to be the longest-living animal species ever recorded by researchers at Bangor University.

Nicknamed Ming after the Chinese dynasty that ruled when the clam was born and its Siamese-like appearance, the clam was estimated to be aged between 405 and 410-years-old. Unfortunately, poor Ming died as it was being assessed by researchers.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Most Evil Women in history-Mary Ann Cotton

Mary Ann Cotton (1832-1873)

Mary Ann Cotton was an English serial killer believed to have murdered 21 people, mainly by arsenic poisoning. It was discovered that Mary Ann had murdered three of her husbands, a lover, a friend, her mother, and a dozen children, all of whom had died of stomach fevers. Her poisoned them all and her motive was either to gain insurance money or to pave way for a new marriage. 21 people close to her died and, believe it or not, up to 15 of them were members of her family. And all that happened within twenty years. At the end, Mary Ann Cotton was found guilty and hanged at Durham County Gaol.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Amazing pictures-Charging antelope

Young cyclists are always warned to wear helmets when pedalling around on their bikes.
But a mountain biker taking part in a race near Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, had reason to be doubly thankful for his after he was sent flying... by a charging antelope.

Evan van der Spuy was taking part in the Time Freight MTB Express Mountain race in Albert Falls Resort and Game Reserve when he was hit by the male Red Hartebees at high speed.

Mr van der Spuy was thrown clear of his bike and landed in a crumpled heap as the buck ran off.

The amazing collision was captured by fellow mountain biker Travis Walker, who had a camera strapped to his bike as he was working for a marketing company sponsoring the event.

He told ABC News: 'It was freaky. I saw it coming closer so I braked, thought it would go in between the gap.

'It hit him, lifted him off the ground, landed in the grass - he started making weird noises and I didn't know what to do.'

Mr van der Spuy's helmet was destroyed in the impact with the animal, which can weigh up to 31 stone.

Mr Walker was able to help his friend to nearby medics and he was taken to hospital suffering from a minor concussion and whiplash.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The world's longest living creatures-George the lobster

George the lobster: 140-years-old

Activist Neil Robinson carries 20-lb lobster George onto the rocks in Kennebunkport, Maine.

A New York restaurant was lucky enough to offer the most mature crustacean ever caught on their menu. At a massive 20lbs and born in 1869 - the same year as leading men, such as British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and French painter Henri Matisse, giant lobster George was picked up from the icy waters of the Atlantic.

Manager of City Crab and Seafood restaurant, who bought George for $100 (£68) said that a lobsters age can be estimated by weight, with weight increasing by around a pound for every seven to ten years of life. Fortunately for George, after animal rights organisation PETA received a tip-off from punters about the tiny tank it had to live in, PETA managed to persuade the Park Avenue eatery to release George back into the wild.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Most Evil Women in history-Elizabeth Bathory

Elizabeth Bathory (1560-1614)

Elizabeth Bathory, a countess from the renowned Báthory family of Hungarian nobility, is considered to be the most prolific female serial killer in history. She is remembered as the Blood Countess or Blood Queen. After her husband’s death, she and her collaborators were accused of torturing and killing hundreds of girls and young women, though the number for which they were convicted was 80. But Elizabeth herself was neither tried nor convicted. It is known that Elizabeth used molten wax, branding irons and knives to shed their blood. During the winter, she would execute girls by having them strip, led out into the snow, and then would pour water over them until they were frozen. And during the summer she would kill victims by having them strip, covered with honey, and left to be bitten and stung to death by various insects. Some girls were cut with scissors, or pricked with pins, or even prodded with burning irons or sharp spikes in a cage hung from the ceiling to provide her with a “blood shower.” Four years before she died, she was imprisoned in the Csejte Castle, now in Slovakia, where she remained bricked in a set of rooms.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Did you know-Obesity kills

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Most Evil Women in history-Katherine Knight

Katherine Knight (born: 1955)

Known as Australia’s Hannibal, Katherine Knight was first Australian woman to be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. Her first marriage was so violent that she even tried to strangle her husband, hard drinking David Kellett, on their wedding night. She explained it was because he fell asleep after only having intercourse three times. In her next relationship with David Saunders, Knight became so jealous that she cut the throat of his two-month-old dingo pup in front of him, in order to show him what would happen if he ever had an affair before. And although Knight’s next ‘lover’ John Charles Thomas Price was well aware of her violent reputation, he allowed her move into his house and became her next victim. The relationship ended with Knight stabbing Price to death with a butcher’s knife. Price’s autopsy revealed that he had been stabbed at least 37 times, in both the back and front of his body with many of the wounds extending into vital organs. But that’s not all. Few hours after Price had died, she skinned him and hung the skin from a meat hook on the architrave of a door to the lounge room. Then she cut off his head and put it in the soup pot, baked his buttocks, and prepared vegetables and gravy to accompany the ‘roast’. The meal and a vindictive note were set out for the children, but luckily discovered by police before they arrived home.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Amazing facts-The Asphalt lake in Trinidad

The Pitch Lake located in Trinidad is one of the most unusual lakes in the world. People can walk on its surface because this lake is the world’s biggest natural deposit of asphalt.


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Friday, November 16, 2012

Did you know-Vending machines

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Strange facts-Steve Jobs's biological mother doesn't know he is dead

Steve Jobs's biological mother doesn't know he is dead as care home nurses believe dementia sufferer is too ill to be told. His death was one of the most widely publicized in recent history, filling newspapers and television schedules for days as fans worldwide united in grief.Among the few people in the Western world, however, who will not have heard of Steve Jobs's passing, is perhaps the most important - his own mother. Joanne Simpson, who reluctantly gave her son up for adoption after falling pregnant when she was a student, is seriously unwell in a nursing home in Los Angeles and has no idea her son has died, MailOnline can reveal.Sources close to the family said the Apple founder's biological mother, Joanne Simpson, 79, is tragically battling advanced dementia.She has very limited mental capacity and is said barely to know who she is, let alone what has become of the son she gave away.Jobs was adopted in 1955 after being born to Abdulfattah John Jandali, a Syrian man, and Joanne Schieble, who was a graduate student at the time. The couple were not married and keeping him would have been deemed shameful by their communities. Brought up by Paul and Clara Jobs, Steve is thought to have reconciled with his mother but never to have made contact with his biological father.

In his renowned 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Jobs described how his mother signed the adoption papers reluctantly, wanting to give him away to a well-educated couple. Paul Jobs was a high-school drop-out who became a machinist and his wife Clara never graduated from college.

Joanne Simpson eventually married Jandali and the couple had another child, Mona Simpson, who went on to become a famous novelist, before getting divorced. She later remarried.

'My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student,' Jobs said in his speech.

'She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates.'

When he grew up, Jobs found his mother and the two kept in touch. He also forged a relationship with his biological sister.

Despite the reconciliation, Simpson's dementia is so serious she has no idea about her son's death.

Her condition has so far deteriorated she is said briefly to have been admitted to a mental hospital after neighbours reported seeing her wandering the streets half naked.


A source said: 'Steve was one of the richest men in the world, but his wealth couldn’t save him and it couldn’t save his mother.'We used to find her wondering the streets wearing only a house coat with nothing underneath and sometimes we would find her wearing barely anything climbing trees in her bare feet.

'In the end someone dropped her at a mental hospital as they were so concerned for her wellbeing and then when her daughter found out they eventually moved her to a nursing home.

'She was a lovely woman so it was very hard to see her demise. Now she is locked in her own body and barely knows who she is let alone Steve anymore.'

Jobs knew about his birth mother's mental condition and is said secretly to have helped her financially. 'They had reconnected in later life and it must have been so sad for Steve watching his mum lose her mind , knowing there was nothing he could do about it,' the source added.

'It was like a double heartache as there was nothing he could do about his condition either in the end.


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Amazing facts-Big Ben's tilt

Big Ben's tilt can now be seen by the naked eye. Fears over the long-term stability of Big Ben have been raised because it is beginning to tilt to one side. The top of the clock tower is leaning one-and-a-half feet off a level position, according to surveyors, and getting worse each year. The tower in Westminster, which houses the giant bell is sinking into the banks of the Thames, partly as a result of decades of underground excavation. Its lurch of 0.26 degrees is said to be visible to the naked eye – and if it goes uncorrected could cause the tower to crash.

However at current rates, it would take 4,000 years before the tower is as slanted as the Leaning Tower of Pisa which leans by four degrees and is around 12ft off the vertical.

John Burland, emeritus professor at Imperial College London, said: ‘I’ve heard tourists saying “I don’t think it is quite vertical” and they are right. If it started greater acceleration we would have to look at doing something, but I don’t think we need to do anything for a few years yet.’

If Big Ben were to fall it would crash into MPs' offices over the road in Portcullis House. Currently, the clock tower is sinking more quickly on the north side of the 315ft-tall building.

Engineers cannot explain why the tower's clock face moved up to an eighth of an inch (3.3mm) away from the vertical between November 2002 and August 2003. Since 2003, monitoring instruments show the tilt has increased 0.04in (0.9mm) a year, compared to the long-term average rate of just 0.025in (0.65mm) a year.

Big Ben's movement has caused cracks in the walls of other parts of the House of Commons, including corridors where ministers and shadow ministers have their offices.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Funny facts-The kiss of Life

Marian Morris from Arkadelphia, Arkansas, resuscitated her brother's pet chicken Boo Boo, and saved it's life, after it was found floating face down in the family's pond.

Mrs Morris, a retired nurse, said, "I breathed into its beak, and its eyes popped open. I breathed into its beak again, and its eyes popped open again. "I said, 'I think this chicken's alive now. Keep it warm.'"

Boo Boo got her name because she is easily frightened. It is thought she flopped into the pond after being startled.

She made a fully recovery reports The Sun online.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Amazing pictures-Burning man Festival

Burning Man is an American Musical One Week Show which takes place in Nevada.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Bizarre facts-Crooked trees

With their trunks all bent the northward, these trees look like something straight out of one of the more uncomfortable fairy tales. Surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees near Gryfino, north-west Poland, this grove of curved trees - dubbed the 'Crooked Forest' - is a mystery. The curved pines, of which there are about 400, were planted around 1930. They were allowed to grow for seven to ten years before being held down in what is thought to have been some kind of human mechanical intervention. Speculation as to what the trees may have been intended for ranges from use in making bent-wood furniture, the ribs for boat hulls or yokes for ox-drawn plows. However, before they could be harvested, the outbreak of the Second World War interrupted the plans of whoever was growing and tending the grove, leaving their plans a mystery.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Amazing happenings-A mother's sacrifice

This is a true story of a Mother’s Sacrifice during the Japan Earthquake. After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman’s house, they saw her dead body through the cracks. But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two hands were supporting by an object. The collapsed house had crashed her back and her head.

With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescuer team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall to reach the woman’s body. He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure.

He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his hand through the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement, "A child! There is a child!"

The whole team worked together; carefully they removed the piles of ruined objects around the dead woman. There was a 3 months old little boy wrapped in a flowery blanket under his mother’s dead body. Obviously, the woman had made an ultimate sacrifice for saving her son. When her house was falling, she used her body to make a cover to protect her son. The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when the team leader picked him up.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Animal world-Hippo and Tortoise

A baby hippopotamus that survived the tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast has formed a strong bond with a giant male century-old tortoise in an animal facility in the port city of Mombasa, officials said

The hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen and weighing about 300 kilograms (650 pounds), was swept down Sabaki River into the Indian Ocean, then forced back to shore when tsunami waves struck the Kenyan coast on December 26, before wildlife rangers rescued him.

"It is incredible... a-less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, about a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a 'mother'," ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park , told AFP. "After it was swept away and lost its mother, the hippo was traumatized. It had to look for something to be a surrogate mother Fortunately , it landed on the tortoise and established a strong bond. They swim, eat and sleep together," the ecologist added.

"The hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it followed its mother. If somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive, as if protecting its biological mother," Kahumbu added.

"The hippo is a young baby, he was left at a very tender age and by nature, hippos are social animals that like to stay with their mothers for four years," he explained.


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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Funny facts-Beware of dung spraying buffalo

Locals in Hampshire, UK have been told not to approach six missing water buffalo as "they are able to spray dung across large distances".

The buffalo were last seen in a field in Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington earlier this week and police believe that the animals were stolen because there was no trail of tell-tale dung at the scene. According to BBC online a police spokesman said, "They should not be approached from behind, as the animals are able to spray dung across large distances."

The majority of water buffalo are to be found in Asia but have been increasingly used in the UK to produce speciality milk, cheese and yoghurts.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Amazing facts-Pregnant woman runs a Marathon

At 39 weeks pregnant most women would only be thinking of racing to hospital. But not Amber Miller, who - while expecting her second child any day - set off to run the Chicago Marathon. As she neared the final stages of the race, contractions kicked in. But the extraordinary mother-of-one from Illinois continued the race regardless, half running, half walking. The determined athlete managed to cross the finish line in 6 hours and 25 minutes. And just a few hours after completing the 26.2-mile race on Sunday the Chicago woman gave birth to her daughter, June Audra.

The new mother told the Daily Herald: 'It was the longest day of my life.'

Incredibly the Chicago race was not even baby June's first marathon — Miller ran the Wisconsin Marathon earlier this year, four moths pregnant. She also ran another marathon when she was about four months pregnant with her son, Caleb, 19 months. Despite the extra weight, the veteran runner's time was just three hours off her personal best.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Amazing pictures-Balancing bird

A bird perches precariously between two reeds to catch its prey. The Bearded Reedling is a master of balance and this one was spotted by Dutch photographer Edwin Kats using two stems to position itself over a shallow stream. He noticed the small bird - also know as a Bearded tit - looking out for a snack. When a tasty cranefly flitted by, the Reedling was able to dip down and catch it in one swift move.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Did you know-Fourteen punctuation marks

There are fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar.

These are :
Period (full stop), comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Amazing facts-Electric Plane wins biggest prize

Electric Plane Wins Biggest Prize in Aviation History

Nasa has awarded biggest prize in aviation history to an electric plane after its team designed a craft that flew 200miles in two hours. The $1.35million prize was handed to the crew behind the Taurus G4 plane designed by the Pipistrel-USA team. The Taurus G4 was in competition against two other craft as part of the CAFE Green Flight Challenge final, backed by Nasa, which aimed to make green air travel a realistic possibility.

'Two years ago the thought of flying 200 miles at 100 mph in an electric aircraft was pure science fiction,' said Jack W. Langelaan, team leader of Team Pipistrel-USA. 'Now, we are all looking forward to the future of electric aviation.'

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Animal world-Whale learns to blow halo shaped bubble

A Beluga whale has become a sensation at an aquarium after learning how to blow halo-shaped bubbles. The extraordinary sight was captured on camera by photographer Hiroya Minakuchi at the Shimane aquarium in Japan. He said: "This beluga started making bubble rings when she was seven. And a couple of years ago she developed her technique. Now she blows the water from her mouth to make a current, which is not visible for us underwater. She then blows air from her blow hole into the current and that makes a ring shape."

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Interesting facts about Australia

1. Each and every part of Australia is within a distance of 1000km from ocean or a beach.

2. 30,028 square km of land is under cattle ranch. This area size is almost the same as that of the whole Belgium.

3. People of Queensland in Australia are called "Banana Benders", and "Sand Gropers" is the name given to the people from Western Australia.

4. There are nearly 20,000,000 people in Australia, of which approximately 80% live in cities next to the sea.

5. Australia has, probably, the lowest population density of any country in the world, ie, 2 people per square km. Japan has 327 people/2km

6. The area of Australia that is covered by snow in winter is larger than the area of Switzerland.

7. 70% of the world's wool comes from Australia. We have over 126,000,000 sheep, which use fully half the continent for grazing.

8. The longest fence in the world is in Australia, and it runs for over 5,530 kms. It's designed to keep dingoes away from the sheep.

9. The wine cask, the ubiquitous plastic bag full of wine contained in a cardboard box, was invented in Australia in 1967.

10. Qantas stands for Queensland And Northern Territory Aerial Services.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fascinating events-Boryeong Mud Festival

Below are the photos from the 12th annual mud festival, which takes place in South Korea, on Daecheon Beach in Boryeong. Every year this event attracts thousands of tourists from around the world, where they can enjoy mud-bathing, mud games and contests.


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