Thursday, February 28, 2013

Interesting facts-The Largest Roundabout in the World

The World's Largest Roundabout (Putrajaya - Malaysia) Putrajaya is in the south of Kuala Lumpur. It is a new political center, the loop length of it is 3.4 km. The roundabout is situated around a beautiful hill and green parks.

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Did you know-Misconception about Banknotes

Misconception: Banknotes are made out of paper

Despite being known as “paper money”, the billion or so British banknotes that are printed every year are in fact made from cotton. The fabric is beaten to form the very thin, tightly-bonded fibres of our durable "paper" notes. This explains why money can survive an accidental whizz in the washing-machine, whereas plain paper cannot.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Amazing facts-Longest human nose

The longest human nose in the world belongs to Mehmet Ozyurek of Turkey. The picture below will amaze you.

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Amazing pictures-Ghost Town, Epecuen

Epecuen was a beautiful tourist town in Argentina. Epecuen was destroyed by the flood on November 10, 1985. Since then it stayed abandoned and has become a ghost town.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Disgusting food dishes from around the world-Kopi Luwak

Kopi Luwak, Indonesia

This is the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world, but still you might want to reconsider it, when someone politely invites you to sip from a mug full of it. Why? Because it is made out of the excrement of a creature that resembles a cat, called the Luwak.

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Did you know-Misconceptions about Dieting

Misconception: If you eat less food, your stomach will shrink.

Dieters are often advised to decrease their intake of food in order to shrink the size of their stomach. However, while smaller portions will obviously help with weight-loss, the size of your stomach has nothing to do with the process. On average, the organ will maintain a constant volume throughout life, regardless of the amount of food that passes through it.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Amazing pictures-illusion of disappearing

Seamlessly Blending Into Backgrounds

Peru-born artist Cecilia Paredes, creates phenomenal photo performance based works that have her seamlessly blended into backgrounds. Acting as both the photographer and the subject, she uses make-up, body paint and any costume she needs to make her virtually disappear.

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"The illusion of 'disappearing' into the landscape that surrounds her, is in reality a blending, she is now 'part of the landscape' in her quest of belonging," Paredes explains to us. "The theme behind all is re-location after displacement and migration and how one has to adjust in order to belong. Tough it is, but it has to be done, without forgetting our origin."

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The intricate backgrounds add an interesting and complicated dynamic to these pieces. While in some cases the photographer is turned away from the camera, her carefully chosen pose adding drama to the piece, in still others we can see the whites of her eyes, giving us that haunting feeling of discovering something we shouldn't.

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Interesting facts-Misnomers

Following are some interesting examples of 'Misnomers'

1) Arabic numerals originated in India.

2) Tin cans and tin foil are constructed from aluminium, not tin.

3) Madison Square Garden, USA is not square (nor is it a garden).

4) Danish pastries were invented in Austria.

5) Dry cleaning uses a fluid called naphtha.

6) Pencil lead - pencils use graphite and not lead.

7) The Koala bear is a marsupial and not a bear.

8) Panama hats originate from Ecuador, not Panama.

9) The word Asteroid means 'star-like' and they are small planets.

10) The Peanut is a legume, [i.e. fruit/vegetable] not a nut.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Hollywood's unsolved murder mysteries-George Reeves

In 1951, George Reeves became Superman on television. It was the biggest role of his career, and the one that sank it as well: Reeves could never escape the shadow of playing Superman - he was reportedly cut out of ‘From Here to Eternity’ after test audiences shouted, “There’s Superman!” at the screen — and, on June 16, 1959, killed himself because of depression over his career.

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Or maybe he didn’t. While the official cause of death is suicide — Reeves was found laying naked on his bed, face up, with a gun between his feet on the floor — many believe Reeves was the victim of an accidental shooting or murder. It was rumored that George’s former girlfriend, Toni Mannix, ordered a hit on Reeves’s life after he broke up with her. Mannix died from Alzheimer’s disease in 1983, but in 1999, Los Angeles publicist Edward Lozzi said that Mannix confessed to him that she told a priest she was responsible for Reeves’s murder.

In 2006, a film about Reeves life and death called ‘Hollywoodland’ was released. Ben Affleck played the doomed Superman.

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Bizarre facts-Mother rapes own daughter

A mother of four who raped her 11-year-old daughter and filmed it as a form of "sex education" has been jailed for four years in Australia.

The 37-year-old woman from Queensland's Sunshine Coast made three films using her mobile phone showing her raping her youngest child and exposed her to other sexual activity "in response to repeated questions," The Sunshine Daily reported.

Judge John Robertson said sexual offenses against children by their own mothers were "rare," describing the relationship between mother and child as "seminal in our society."

He told the woman she had "no psychological or intellectual reason to explain this shocking behavior," as she had "a normal loving upbringing with parents and family who still support you."

The court heard that the woman started seeing the father of her four children — 16 years her senior — when she was "virtually a child" at age 14. She had her first child at 16.

She later began a cyber-sex relationship with a man and "became obsessed with sex." She would allow her daughter to view sexual videos the two sent to each other.

"From the start you characterized your behavior as some form of bizarre sex education with the child which did not involve sexual gratification from you... You were obsessed with sex and your life was in chaos," Robertson reportedly said.

He also said the mother, through her "selfish criminal conduct," had deprived her daughter of the right to "a wholesome and loving relationship with her mother."

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Amazing pictures-Tardigrades

Tardigrades or water bears are the most amazing micro organism known to the human race. They can survive pretty much everything. -271°C,+100°C and they still live. 1000 times more of lethal to human radiation dose they still live. Open space, they still survive.



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Animal world-Dog adopts kittens

A female dog is nursing a litter of kittens which were orphaned when their mother died.

Their owner, Cai, of Jiangmen, China said he has been raising cats and dogs together for more than 10 years, and they all got along together well, however, this was the first time he had ever seen kittens being nursed by a dog.


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The four kittens seemed happy and content with their new mother's milk, while the dog was tending to its adopted family with love and care. 'Several days ago, the kittens' mother died after eating a poisoned rat, leaving behind a litter of kittens without a source of milk,' Cai volunteered. 'The kittens' cries may have stirred the dog's maternal nature, since it too had recently given birth. It volunteered to take over and feed the kittens of its old friend.'

The dog's own puppies had been taken away by one of its grown-up offspring. Cai mused, 'That's perhaps another reason why the dog adopted the kittens. She lost all of her own children.'

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Amazing facts-The Shortest Street in the World

Ebenezer Place, in Wick, Caithness, Scotland, is credited by the Guinness Book of Records as being the world's shortest street at 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in). In 2006 it surpassed the previous record (5.2 m, 17 ft) set by Elgin Street, Bacup, Lancashire. The street has only one address: the front door of No. 1 Bistro, which is part of Mackays Hotel.


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The street originated in 1883, when Ebenezer Place was constructed; the owner of the building, a hotel at the time, was instructed to paint a name on the shortest side of the hotel. It was officially declared a street in 1887.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Disgusting food dishes from around the world-Casu Marzu

Casu Marzu, Sardinia

This is a type of cheese that few people would try, as it is stuffed with insect larva. Often referred to as “maggot cheese”, it is consumed while the living beings inside it are still alive, otherwise it is said to be toxic.

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Amazing facts-Space jump

This story gives the term Test Pilot a whole new meaning.

Joe Kittinger is not a household aviation name like Neil Armstrong or Chuck Yeager. But what he did for the U. S. space program is comparable. On Aug. 16, 1960, as research for the then-fledgling U. S. space program, Air Force Captain Joseph Kittinger rode a helium balloon to the edge of space, 102,800 feet above the earth, a feat in itself. Then, wearing just a thin pressure suit and breathing supplemental oxygen, he leaned over the cramped confines of his gondola and jumped--into the 110-degree-below-zero, near-vacuum of space. Within seconds his body accelerated to 714mph in the thin air, breaking the sound barrier.

After free-falling for more than four and a half minutes, slowed finally by friction from the heavier air below, he felt his parachute open at 14,000 feet, and he coasted gently down to the New Mexicodesert floor.

Kittinger's feat showed scientists that astronauts could survive the harshness of space with just a pressure suit and that man could eject from aircraft at extreme altitudes and survive. Upon Kittinger's return to base, a congratulatory telegram was waiting from the Mercury seven astronauts-including Alan Shepard and John Glenn. More than four decades later Kittinger's two world records-the highest parachute jump, and the only man to break the sound barrier without an aircraft and live-still stand. FORBES GLOBAL decided to visit the retired colonel and Aviation Hall of Famer, now 75, at his home in Altamonte Springs, Florida, to recall his historic jump.

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FORBES GLOBAL: Take us back to New Mexico and Aug. 16, 1960.

Joe Kittinger: We got up at 2 a. m. to start filling the helium balloon. At sea level, it was 35 to 40 feet wide and 200 feet high; at altitude, due to the low air pressure, it expanded to 25 stories in width, and still was 20 stories high! At 4 a. m. I began breathing pure oxygen for two hours. That's how long it takes to remove all the nitrogen from your blood so you don't get the bends going so high so fast. Then it was a lengthy dress procedure layering warm clothing under my pressure suit. They kept me in air-conditioning until it was time to launch because we were in the desert and I wasn't supposed to sweat. If I did, my clothes would freeze on the way up.

How was your ascent?

It took an hour and a half to get to altitude. It was cold. At 40,000 feet, the glove on my right hand hadn't inflated. I knew that if I radioed my doctor, he would abort the flight. If that happened, I knew I might never get another chance because there were lots of people who didn't want this test to happen. I took a calculated risk, that I might lose use of my right hand. It quickly swelled up, and I did lose use for the duration of the flight. But the rest of the pressure suit worked. When I reached 102,800 feet, maximum altitude, I wasn't quite over the target. So I drifted for 11 minutes. The winds were out of the east.

What's it look like from so high up?

You can see about 400 miles in every direction. The formula is 1.25 x the sq. root of the altitude in thousands of feet. (The square root of 102,000 ft is 319 X 1.25 = 399 miles). The most fascinating thing is that it's just black overhead-the transition from normal blue to black is very stark. You can't see stars because there's a lot of glare from the sun, so your pupils are too small. I was struck with the beauty of it. But I was also struck by how hostile it is: more than 100 degrees below zero, no air. If my protection suit failed, I would be dead in a few seconds. Blood actually boils above 62, 000 feet.

I went through my 46-step checklist, disconnected from the balloon's power supply and lost all communication with the ground. I was totally under power from the kit on my back. When everything was done, I stood up, turned around to the door, took one final look out and said a silent prayer: "Lord, take care of me now." Then I just jumped over the side.

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It's the beginning of a test. I had gone through simulations many times--more than 100. I rolled over and looked up, and there was the balloon just roaring into space. I realized that the balloon wasn't roaring into space; I was going down at a fantastic rate! At about 90,000 feet, I reached 714mph. The altimeter on my wrist was unwinding very rapidly. But there was no sense of speed. Where you determine speed is visual--if you see something go flashing by. But nothing flashes by 20 miles up--there are no signposts there, and you are way above any clouds. When the chute opened, the rest of the jump was anticlimactic because everything had worked perfectly. I landed 12 or 13 minutes later, and there was my crew waiting. We were elated.

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How about your right hand?

It hurt-there was quite a bit of swelling and the blood pressure in my arm was high. But that went away in a few days, and I regained full use of my hand. What about attempts to break your record? We did it for air crews and astronauts--for the learning, not to set a record.They will be going up as skydivers. Somebody will beat it someday. Records are made to be broken. And I'll be elated. But I'll also be concerned that they're properly trained. If they're not, they're taking a heck of a risk.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hollywood's unsolved murder mysteries-Elizabeth Short

Elizabeth Short (The Black Dahlia)

On Jan. 15, 1947, Elizabeth Short, a Los Angeles waitress, was found brutally murdered in an empty lot in the Leimert Park district of Los Angeles. Her wounds were ghastly and the media sensationalized the case, saying Short was a promiscuous woman and giving her the nickname ‘Black Dahlia.’ The crime was never solved.


Short’s death has been depicted onscreen many times, including the Brian De Palma film, ‘The Black Dahlia.’

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Interesting facts-Dentist Tools

These are some tools used by dentists, starting from 7000 B.C. to recent times. These tools could be the reason of people’s fears of dentists. Luckily for us in the modern world, we have simpler and almost painless dentist’s instruments.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Animal world-Coyote and Wolf hybrid

Coywolf

The Coywolf is essentially a Coyote and a wolf hybrid, that regularly occurs in nature. So regular, in fact, that all known red wolves have been found to have coyote genes in their lineage. It is not clear whether this inbreeding has occurred as a result of Human development limiting their natural habitat, or if the Red wolf has just always been a hybrid. This animal has caused a lot of problems in the Canid taxonomy, as hybrids are not usually referred to as a different species, though convention would call the red wolf a sub species of the wolf, leaving its Latin name without a mention of its coyote genes.


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The Roller Coaster Walkway

The Roller Coaster Walkway

It has taken eight weeks of intensive assembly work but the newest feature of the German landscape has been unveiled. The city of Duisberg is now home to Crouching Tiger and Turtle, which could easily be described as a roller coaster without a roller coaster.


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Monday, February 18, 2013

Interesting facts-Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?

Answer : 21 steps. It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.

2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

Answer : 21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1

3. Why are his gloves wet?

Answer : His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time And, if not, why not?

Answer: He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.


5. How often are the guards changed?

Answer : Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.


6. What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?

Answer : For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10' and 6' 2' tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.

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They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way.

After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their
Lives or give up the wreath pin.

The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.

There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are:

President Taft,
Joe Lewis {the boxer}
Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most decorated soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame.

Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.

In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington, DC, the US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the Hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined the offer. Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding The Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be awarded to a serviceperson. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.

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Bizarre facts-Cyclop baby

In 2006, this baby was born with only one eye in India. Medical staff who helped deliver the child believe that the child's condition was caused by an experimental anti-cancer drug. Another cause written in the report by the hospital was that it could also be the result of a chromosomal disorder. The child was diagnosed with a rare chromosomal disorder, known as cyclopia. She was born with a single eye in the center of her forehead, no nose and her brain fused into a single hemisphere. With such severe deformities, it was a miracle that the girl survived even a few minutes after delivery. The baby died days later.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Amazing pictures-Ice Hotel in Sweden

When you travel to Lapland you can't escape the magic of the Ice Hotel. Set deep inside the Arctic Circle, in the small village of JukkasjÀrvi, on the banks of the powerful Torne River, Ice hotel is an artistic dream born from the colorful imagination of the talented artists who are carefully selected by Ice Hotel to create their ICE masterpieces.

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The entire Ice Hotel is carefully carved and constructed from the natural materials provided by mother nature during the winter months. Crystal clear ICE is harvested from the metre thick layer of ICE on the surface of the Torne River and is the basic building material for stunning architectural ICE structures decorating the ICE church, reception, main hall and your beautiful room of ICE.
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As summer approaches the entire ICE HOTEL slowly melts into the Torne River. Fortunately, the imagination never dies and Ice Hotel is reborn the following year as yet another impressive hotel of ICE takes shape.

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