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Good Things to Know

Shilpa Jul 3, 2011
  1. If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth.
  2. To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowers
  3. Heroin is the brand name of morphine once marketed by 'Bayer'.
  4. Communications giant Nokia was founded in 1865 as a wood-pulp mill by Fredrik Idestam.
  5. Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult! In America tipping is forced upon customer at 15 to 18%.

Get Drunk Faster: 15 of the Strongest Alcoholic Drinks

Rekha Jun 28, 2011

In every country, as we speak, people are drinking alcohol in order to intoxicate themselves. Certain types of liquor are notorious for the way they affect the drinker. Brandy has a reputation for inducing painful hangovers, while specific liquors, such as Jagermeister, are known as digestives liquor and are meant to be consumed after meals to aid digestion. However, some of the most famous types of liquor are known primarily for their extremely high alcohol content. Some of the world's strongest alcohols are chemically engineered and produced to severely alter your state of consciousness.

Nihonshu a.k.a. Sake

Sake is Japanese liquor produced from rice, water, and mold. This alcoholic beverage was first documented in 712 A.D. as it was found in the Kojiki, or Japan's first written history. Sake is unique because of its multiple parallel fermentation process. This is where starch is converted to sugar, and sugar into alcohol by way of yeast simultaneously; whereas many other alcohols complete one process at a time. While Japanese demand for sake decreases, the worldwide popularity and demand for sake increases. Sake is almost always 30-40 proof, and since alcohol content is exactly half the proof, sake weighs in at 15-20% alcohol per volume.

Top 10 Fascinating Facts About Albert Einstein

lovely Jun 27, 2011

Albert Einstein, a genius, an icon, a man in desperate need of a comb! Most people know a lot about the famous physicist without even trying to. To begin with it’s easy to see that he never owned a comb in his entire adult life, and it is also common knowledge that never wore socks because he disliked the way holes developed around his big toe.

He was born on March 14th 1879 and ended his life in America in 1955 where his last words were lost to use because the nurse at his bed side didn’t understand German. He is a man who has had a periodic element, (einsteinium), named in his honor and one whose social and political rhetoric is studied as avidly as Machiavelli and Gandhi. But let’s see if there aren’t some more fascinating facts about one of the most fascinating people of the 20th century. Here is a list of top 10 fascinating facts about Albert Einstein.

The 10 Most Puzzling ancient ArtiFacts

Shilpa Jun 22, 2011

God created Adam and Eve just a few thousand years ago, by some fundamentalist interpretations. Science informs us that this is mere fiction and that man is a few million years old, and that civilization just tens of thousands of years old. Could it be, however, that conventional science is just as mistaken as the Bible stories? There is a great deal ofآ archeologicalآ evidence that the history of life on earth might be far different than what current geological and anthropological texts tell us. Consider these astonishing finds:

The Grooved Spheres

Number of India's Super Rich to Treble in 5 Years

Sunny Jun 16, 2011

Businessmen turn affluent, but forecasting affluence is becoming a business. Kotak Wealth-Crisil joined the big league of Capgemini-Merrill Lynch, Northbridge Asia, Credit Suisse and Barclays Wealth in their own way, launching their first volume of "wealthy Indians" that forecasts wealth in India. According to the report affluent individuals with assets of at least Rs 25 crore ( Approx U.S. Dollars 5 Million )will triple by 2016 to 2,19,000. Their assets may grow five-fold to Rs 235 lakh crore, it said.

Each institution sets its own definition of affluence, parameters and chooses its sample to conclude how the growth would pan out. But statisticians and economists that none of them are probably accurate, or closer to truth. "We live in a country which has a large shadow economy," says Maneesh Kumar, MD at Burgeon Advisors, New Delhi.

"Putting a finger on the exact net worth of an individual or family is a difficult task. This makes assessing the metrics of net worth a challenging task. Many of these assets such as real estate, art and commodities can be accumulated today in a large part with cash. While calculating net asset, one also has to see their liabilities, which most of the time is shadowed."

Views on Hindu wedding ceremonies

Sunny Jun 16, 2011

A new insight on the development of our culture and the emerging generations' views on Hindu wedding ceremonies.
This article is copyright to Rajubhai Pandya. Are our Gujarati weddings heading towards a new approach?
Gujarati wedding have now taken a new approach. Young people want their marriages to be performed in complete silence with a proper explanation in English from the priest, during the ceremony.

Young couples who get married according to the Gujarati ceremony with their partners of Hindu origin or of another denomination wish to understand their wedding ceremony. They feel that if they are asked to participate in a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony they deserve a full English explanation. Sometimes even their parents are not able to offer a reasonable explanation on the ceremony.

The 25 Most Common Dream Symbols

Sunny Jun 13, 2011

1.Animals - Instinctive part of self attuned to nature and survival (survival in the social world). Animals sometimes represents one's parents, especially their relationship to a parent (love, hate, etc.). Being chased by an animal may represent some repressed emotion or aggression. Look at the particular animal to determine the symbol it may represent.

2.Baby - may symbolize vulnerability, or your need for love. Also your pure, innocent, true self (other than the ego). It may represent some new development in your life. A baby commonly appears in the dreams of pregnant women and may be a straightforward expression of pregnancy.

3.Clothes - Clothes may represent your persona, how you look at yourself and how you feel others may see you. Old and worn out clothes mat symbolize anxiety about your attractiveness or you need to discard some habitual way of thinking.
Changing your clothes may indicate a change in your lifestyle (past, present or future). Clothes in a dream being worn by someone else may suggests that there is some part of you that you relate to in that particular person.

Top Ten Most Expensive Accidents in History

Cute Girl Jun 5, 2011

Throughout history, humans have always been prone to accidents. Some, such as the exotic car crashes seen on this page, can be very expensive. But that's trivial compared to the truly expensive accidents. An accident is defined as "an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss". Our aim is to list the top 10 most expensive accidents in the history of the world as measured in dollars.

This includes property damage and expenses incurred related to the accident such as cleanup and industry losses. Many of these accidents involve casualties which obviously cannot be measured in dollar terms. Each life lost is priceless and is not factored into the equation. Deliberate actions such as war or terrorism and natural disasters do not qualify as accidents and therefore are not included in this list.

#10. Titanic - $150 Million
The sinking of the Titanic is possibly the most famous accident in the world. But it barely makes our list of top 10 most expensive. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage and was considered to be the most luxurious ocean liner ever built. Over 1,500 people lost their lives when the ship ran into an iceberg and sunk in frigid waters. The ship cost $7 million to build ($150 million in today's dollars).

Some Facts about Blood Donation

Shilpa Jun 2, 2011

1. Red blood cells must be used within 42 days.
2. Blood makes up about 7 percent of your body's weight.
3. The average adult has 10 pints of blood in his or her body.
4. Blood fights against infection and helps heal wounds, keeping you healthy.
5. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body's organs and tissue.

6. There are about one billion red blood cells in two to three drops of blood.
7. Red blood cells live about 120 days in the circulatory system.
8. Platelets must be used within five days of collection, hence blood donations are especially needed around 3-day weekends.
9. Plasma can be frozen and used for up to a year.
10. Healthy bone marrow makes a constant supply of red cells, plasma and platelets.

100 Cool Things About Being A Guy

Cute Girl May 30, 2011

1. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
2. Movie nudity is virtually always female.
3. You know stuff about tanks.
4. A 5 day vacation requires only one suitcase.
5. Monday Night Football.

6. You don't have to monitor your friends' sex lives.
7. Your bathroom lines are 80% shorter.
8. You can open all of your own jars.
9. Old friends don't give a crap whether you've lost or gained weight.
10. Dry cleaners and haircutters don't rob you blind.

White Europeans 'only evolved 5,500 years ago after food habits changed'

Vijaya May 29, 2011

People with pale skin like model Lily Cole may be descended from Europeans who dramatically changed their diets. People in England may have only developed pale skin within the last 5,500 years, according to new research. Scientists believe that a sudden change in the diet around that time from hunter-gathering to farming may have led to a dramatic change in skin tone to make up for a lack of vitamin D.

Farmed food is lacking in vitamin D and while humans can produce it when exposed to the ultraviolet light in sunlight darker skin is far less efficient at it. Scientists at the University of Oslo believe this change in diet may have led to our dark-skinned ancestors evolving paler skin to overcome this problem.

The link between skin colour and Vitamin D from sunlight has been suggested before. It had previously been believed that our ancestors' skin had gradually lightened to generate more Vitamin D the further north they moved away from the equator to places where there was less sunlight.

Dogs Are as Smart as Humans

Rekha May 29, 2011

Dogs Are as Smart as Humans -- Albeit Young Humans

Studies Indicate that Dogs Have the Average Intelligence of a 2-Year-Old Child Ever wonder why your dog seems to be a bit smarter than your child? Stanley Coren, a canine expert and professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, says that, according to a study he has conducted with various breeds of dogs, the average dog is as developmentally intelligent as the average 2-year-old human child. Studies that include modified tests for children have been used to gauge the relative intelligence of dogs of later and the animals may actually be a little more intelligent than many people have thought.

According to the article in Live Science, Coren collected data from 200 dog obedience schools in Canada and the United States and found that the smartest canines averaged in intelligence with a 2-and-a-half-year-old child. On average dogs can learn approximately 165 words. The more intelligent dogs can acquire a vocabulary awareness of around 250 words. In math skills, dogs are aware of numerical differences up to five digits and can calculate the difference. The word and math skills are equivalent to that of a child of 2 to 2.5 years of age.

Folks! End of World Moved to October 21, 2011

Shilpa May 25, 2011

Just a Slight Delay, Folks! End of World Moved to October 21, 2011

So, obviously the world didn't end on May 21, 2011 - but don't you worry. Harold Camping, the Family Radio preacher who was behind the (most recent) doomsday movement said that Armageddon is still coming.

The new date? October 21. So mark that on your calendar for the next End of the World Party (I'll bring chips):

Harold Camping, who predicted that 200 million Christians would be taken to heaven Saturday before catastrophe struck the planet, apologized Monday evening for not having the dates "worked out as accurately as I could have."

He spoke to the media at the Oakland headquarters of his Family Radio International, which spent millions of dollars_ some of it from donations made by followers - on more than 5,000 billboards and 20 RVs plastered with the Judgment Day message.

Embryo Frozen for 20 Years Is Now a Bouncing Baby Boy

Sunny May 24, 2011

A frozen embryo like this one was created in 1990, but brought to term by a different woman in 2010.

Imagine being born at the age of 20. Doctors at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Virginia have made history by implanting a 20 year old frozen embryo and having it successfully brought to term. An unnamed 42 year old woman gave birth to the healthy baby boy in May, and the work was recently discussed in the Journal of Fertility and Sterility. The embryo was donated by a couple that had used in vitro fertilization (IVF) back in 1990. Amazingly, that means the new baby boy has at least one 20 year old sibling out in the world that was conceived at the same time.

According to The Telegraph, the 19 year 7 month old frozen embryo beat the previous record of 13 years, but theoretically they could be preserved much longer - perhaps indefinitely. The long term storage and use of reproductive materials is enabling a strange sort of genetic immortality, as well as generating a new era of conflict as frozen eggs, sperm, and embryos are fought over in divorces and disputed between donors and recipients. IVF has been changing reproduction in the world for decades, but it's only now, with the long term viability of these materials becoming more relevant, that we are beginning to understand some of its implications.

5 things you should never share on Facebook

Sunny May 22, 2011

Almost every user likes to share everything on their Facebook page but certain updates can lead to criticism, embarrassment and even job termination.

So here's a shortlist of what you shouldn't share on the social networking site, reports CBS news.

1.That your job sucks.

If you say this, you could be fired.

2.That you hate your ex.

In the event that you and your boyfriend get back together, or you and that friend you had a falling out with start talking again, you'll look like a total sucker. It's okay to let your emotions govern your thoughts but keep your feelings off your Facebook until you've started to think clearly about said ex.

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