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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Interesting Facts About Vehicles

When airplanes were still a novel invention, seat belts for pilots were installed only after the consequence of their absence was observed to be fatal - several pilots fell to their deaths while flying upside down.

Interesting Facts About Vehicles

Interesting!No automobile made after 1924 should be designated as antique.

Facts is that If you drive a VW into water, with one person it floats; two people it sinks.

Henry Ford produced the model T only in black because the black paint available at the time was the fastest to dry.

During World War II, a German U-boat was sunk by a truck. The U-boat in question attacked a convoy in the Atlantic and then rose to see the effect. The merchant ship it sank had material strapped to its deck including a fleet of trucks, one of which was thrown in the air by the explosion, landing on the U-boat and breaking its back.

A German World War II submarine was sunk due to malfunction of the toilet.

SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below

Interesting Facts is that !The new 787 Boeing was revealed on July 8th, 07.

A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother's first flight.

The cruise liner, Queen Elizabeth II, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

Interesting ! Most Americans' car horns beep in the key of F.

Almost a quarter of the land area of Los Angeles is taken up by automobiles.

A jumbo jet uses 4,000 gallons of fuel to take off.

Interesting Facts About Time

Earth is gradually slowing down. Every few years, an extra second is added to make up for lost time.

Interesting !
Millions of years ago, a day on Earth will have been 20 hours long. It is believed that, in millions of years time, a day on Earth will be 27 hours long.

The length of time it takes for Earth to orbit the Sun is 365 and a quarter days. To make up this extra quarter which isn't counted at the end of a year, we have an extra day every four years on 29th February.
This year, 2008, is a Leap Year. The next Leap Year will be in 2012.

Facts is that A day on Mars is about half an hour longer than a day on Earth.

There is no time at the north/south pole as all time zones fall in to one place making it impossible to define the time !!!

Every day is about 55 billionths of a second longer than the day

First of All.

The first beer cans were produced in 1935.

The Chinese made the first wheelbarrow

The first steam powered train was invented by Robert Stephenson. It was called the Rocket.

The first pick-up truck in the world was made by Gottlieb Daimler in 1886. Gottlieb produced the world's
first motorcycle in 1885.

The first bicycle that was made in 1817 by Baron von Drais didn't have any pedals. People walked it along.

The Wright Brothers invented one of the first airplanes. It was called the Kitty Hawk.

The firt commercial text message was sent 1992.

The first Bowie knife was forged at Washington, Arkansas.

The first European to visit the Mississippi River was DeSoto.

In 1893, Chicago hired its first police woman. Her name was Marie Owens. While the city was progressive
in its hiring practices, Chicago's female police officers were not allowed to wear uniforms until 1956.

The first wooden shoe comes from the Netherlands. The Netherlands have many seas so people wanted a shoe that kept their feet dry while working outside. The shoes were called klompen and they had been cut of one single piece of wood. Today the klompen are the favorite souvenir for people who visit the Netherlands.

The first United States coast to coast airplane flight occurred in 1911 and took 49 days.

The first dictionary of American English was published on April 14th, 1828, by Noah Webster.

The first paperback book was printed - by Penguin Publishing in 1935.
In France - Captain Sarret made the first parachute jump from an airplane in 1918.

The first word spoken by an ape in the movie Planet of the Apes was "Smile".

The first man to distill bourbon whiskey in the United States was a Baptist preacher, in 1789.

The first ballpoint pens were made in 1945 and sold for $12.

The first Harley Davidson motorcycle built in 1903 used a tomato can for a carburetor.

The first Wimbledon Tennis Competition took place in 1877 solely as an amateur competition. Men's singles was the only event that took place. There were 22 competitors and the championship was won by Spencer Gore.

The first issue of People Magazine, in 1974, cost 35 cents and featured actress Mia Farrow on the cover.

The 1st personal computer, the Apple II, went on sale in 1977.

The first known heart medicine was discovered in an English garden. In 1799, physician John Ferriar noted the effect of dried leaves of the common foxglove plant, digitalis purpurea, on heart action. Still used in heart medications, digitalis slows the pulse and increases the force of heart contractions and the amount of b lood pumped per heartbeat.

First novel ever written on a typewriter: "Tom Sawyer."

The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time television was Fd and Wilma Flintstone.

Iceland was the first country to legalize abortion in 1935.

The first zoo in the USA was in Philadelphia.

The first Lifesaver flavor was peppermint.

The egg came first.

The first product to have a bar code scanned was Wrigley's gum.

The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

The first toilet ever seen on television was on "Leave It To Beaver."All

The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.

Pamela Anderson Lee is Canada's Centennial Baby, being the first baby born on the centennial anniversary of Canada's independence.

America's first nudist organization was founded in 1929, by 3 men.


Interesting Facts About Technology

A nanosecond (ns or nsec) is one billionth (10-9) of a second and is a common measurement of read or write access time to random access memory.

The first hard drive available for the Apple II had a capacity of 5megabytes.

90% of our technology, upon which we base so much of our modern lifestyle, was created within the last 150 years.

Interesting ! Iceland has the highest concentration of broadband users in the world.

The "save" icon on Microsoft Word shows a floppy disk, with the shutter on backwards.

Back in the mid to late 1980's, an IBM-compatible computer wasn't considered a hundred percent compatible unless it could run Microsoft's Flight Simulator.

1,525,000,000 miles of telephone wire a strung across the U.S.

Interesting isnt it ?

Strange Interesting Facts

Between the months of May-July it rains fish in Honduras.

Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave.

In 1995 a Japanese trawler sank because a Russian cargo plane dropped a living cow from 30,000 feet.
Streets in Japan do not have names.

Interesting ! The only cause of death is birth.

Some schizophrenic people will have periods of time when they drink too much water. No one knows why this happens.

Geller and Huchra have made three-dimensional maps of the distribution of galaxies. In each layer of the map some galaxies are grouped together in such a way that they resemble a human being.

After spending hours working at a computer display, look at a blank piece of white paper. It will probably appear pink.

Brazil last won the world cup in 1994. Before that they won it in 1970. Add 1970 and 1994, it equals 3964.
Germany last won in 1990. Before that they won in 1974. Add 1990 and 1974, it equals 3964. Argentina last won the world cup in 1986. Before that they won it in 1978. Add 1978 and 1986, it equals 3964. So going by this logic, The winner of the 2002 world cup is the same as the 3964 - 2002 = 1962 world cup.
The 1962 world cup was won by Brazil. It was really Brazil who won!!!

A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why. (This was challenged and proved wrong by the TV show "Mythbusters")

Interesting facts!

If you can see a rainbow you must have your back to the sun.

If you put a raisin in a glass of champagne, it will keep floating to the top and sinking to the bottom.

The largest living thing on the face of the Earth is a mushroom underground in Oregon, it measures three and a half miles in diameter.

Interesting Facts About Sports

The maximum weight for a golf ball is 1.62 Oz.

The only openly gay baseball player died at age 42.

Interesting !

Golf was banned in England in 1457 because it was considered a distraction from the serious pursuit of archery.

Before 1850 golf balls were made of leather and stuffed with feathers.

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

The only two days of the year in which there are no professional sports games (MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL) are the day before and the day after the Major League All-Star Game.

Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Games.

Bank robber John Dillinger played professional baseball.

56,000,000 people go to Major League baseball each year.

Interesting right?

Interesting Facts About Physics

A light year is 5,865,696,000,000 miles or about 9,460,800,000,000 kilometers.

The angle at which light reflects off of water to create a rainbow is 42 degrees.

Interesting fact is that Photons have zero mass.

The E. Coli bacterium propels itself with a 'motor' only one-millionth of an inch in diameter, a thousand times smaller than the tiniest motors built to date by man. The rotation of the bacterial motor comes from a current of protons. The efficiency of the motor approaches 100 per cent.

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

Physics is great with interesting facts right?

Interesting Facts About Names

Gabriel, Michael and Lucifer (more commonly known as Satan) are the only 3 angels to be named in the bible.

The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'.

Interesting Facts

Names of the three wise monkeys are: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).

Elton John's real name is Reginald Dwight. Elton comes from Elton Dean, a Bluesology sax player. John comes from Long John Baldry, founder of Blues Inc. They were the first electric white blues band ever seen in England- -1961.

The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.

ABBA got their name by taking the first letter from each of their first names (Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny, Anni- frid.)

Bingo is the name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box.

The Mongol emperor Genghis Khan's original name was Temujin.

The most popular boat name requested is "Obsession".

The Canary Islands were not named after a bird called the canary. They were named after a breed of dogs!

Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox, Unix is a registered trademark of AT&T.

Duddley DoRight's Horses name was "Horse."

The name of the legendary Lady Godiva's horse is Aethenoth.

Abe Silverstein, who headed NASA's Space Flight Development Program, proposed the name Apollo for the space exploration programs in the 1960's. He chose that legendary Greek name because the virile Apollo was a god who rode through the skies in a magnificent golden chariot. The precedent of naming manned spacecraft for mythological gods had been set earlier with Project Mercury, also named by Silverstein.

Trivia is the Roman goddess of sorcery, hounds and the crossroads.

The name "cappuccino" was given to the drink, because the froth peaks resembled the hoods of Capuchin Monks.

Sailor, Dead Leaf, Paper Kite, Blue Striped Crow, Julia and Great Egg Fly are all names of butterflies.

Interesting Facts

The name for insect poop is frass.

It is possible for any American citizen to give whatever name he or she chooses to any unnamed mountain or hill in the United States.

The ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2, should always be written as QE2. QEII is the actual queen.

Jack is the most common name in nursery rhymes.

"Jaws" is the most common name for a goldfish.

In some (maybe all) Asian countries, the family name is written first and the individual name written second.

Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.

Earth is the only planet not named after a pagan God.

The three best-known western names in China: Jesus Christ, Richard Nixon, and Elvis Presley.

Interesting facts About Music

The first CD pressed in the United States for commercial release was Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."

Interesting facts About Music

At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later, they were married, but the union only lasted seventeen months. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother, Mandy.

Shock Rocker, Alice Cooper was once elected Homecoming Queen for the University Of Houston.

Chuck Berry holds a degree in cosmetology.

Interesting Facts

Petula Clark's hit, "This Is My Song" was written by movie actor Charlie Chaplin.

Roy Orbison's trademark look came about when he misplaced his regular glasses and had to rely on a pair of prescription sun-glasses( Music ). His management liked the mysterious look it gave him and soon, they were the only ones he wore.

The piano player on Art Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" is Larry Knechtel of the group "Bread".

At the end of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life," an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his old English sheepdog "Martha".

Jimi Hendrix was thrown out of high school for holding the hand of a white girl in class.

Even though he has recorded some of the most memorable rock and roll classics, the only gold record that Chuck Berry ever received was for "My Ding-a-ling".

Interesting Facts

The original Eagles, Glen Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner and Bernie Leadon first met when they were members of Linda Ronstadt's backup band.

'Billie Jean' by Michael Jackson was the first video to air on MTV by a black artist.

When Pink Floyd's "Dark Side Of The Moon" finally fell off of Billboard's Hot 200 Album list in October 1988, it had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Interesting Facts About Movies

On the cartoon show 'The Jetsons', Jane is 33 years old and her daughter Judy is 15.

over 5000 gallons of oats was used in Jurasic park 3 to stimulate the dinosour's droppings

In the movie "Toy Story", the carpet designs in Sid's hallway is the same as the carpet designs in "The Shining."

The longest film ever released was "****" by Andy Warhol in 1967, which lasted 25 hours. After its utter failure, it was withdrawn and re-released in a 90-minute form as "The Loves of Ondine."

Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's movie, Psycho, which actually took 7 days to shoot.

Interesting Facts

The lion costume in the film Wizard of Oz was made from real lions.

Wilma Flintstone's maiden name was Wilma Slaghoopal, and Betty Rubble's Maiden name was Betty Jean Mcbricker.

Sherlock Holmes never said "Elementary, my dear Watson."

In the movie "Casablanca," Humphrey Bogart never said "Play it again, Sam."

In every episode of "Seinfeld" there is a Superman somewhere.

Interesting Facts

Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.

101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan (Wendy) are the only two Disney cartoon features with both parents that are present and don't die throughout the movie.

Interesting Facts About Money

The face of a penny can hold about thirty drops of water.

Pocahontas appeared on the back of the $20 bill in 1875.

In the United States, a pound of potato chips cost two hundred times more than a pound of potatoes.

On the new hundred-dollar bill the time on the clock tower of Independence Hall is 4:10.

$644 million was mislaid by the accounting firm Arthur Andersen during their 1999 audit of NASA.

Some people consider the $1 bill unlucky because there are so many 13's on it: 13 stars, 13 stripes, 13 steps, 13 arrows and even an olive branch with 13 leaves on it.

Cost of raising a medium size dog to the age of 11: $6,400.

The car in the foreground on the back of a $10 bill is a 1925 Hupmobile.

There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.

On an American one-dollar bill, there is an owl in the upper left-hand corner of the "1" encased in the "shield" and a spider hidden in the front upper right-hand corner.

On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament Building is an American flag.

Interesting Facts is that More Monopoly money is printed in a year, than real money printed throughout the world.

Money isn't made out of paper, it's made out of cotton.

Lee Harvey Oswald's cadaver tag sold at an auction for $6,600 in 1992.

In 75% of American households, women manage the money and pay the bills.

If you toss a penny 10,000 times, it will not be heads 5,000 times, but more like 4,950. The heads picture weighs more, so it ends up on the bottom.

If you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar.

Interesting Facts is that America once issued a 5-cent bill.

All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.

About 70% of Americans who go to college do it just to make more money.

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has one less groove.

A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.

Interesting Mistakes Facts

On July 28th, 1945, a US Army bomber crashed into the 79th floor of New York's Empire State Building, killing 14 people.

Interesting Facts is that Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it is Number 47. Until August 7, 1953, Congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit Ohio to the Union.

It's rumored that sucking on a copper penny will cause a breathalyzer to read 0. Myth Busters on the Discovery Channel proved this wrong.

2,500 lefties die each year using products designed for rightists.

Interesting Facts is that Ivory bar soap floating was a mistake. They had been overmixing the soap formula causing excess air bubbles that made it float. Customers wrote and told how much they loved that it floated, and it has floated ever since.

315 entries in Webster's Dictionary will be misspelled.

Interesting Facts About Mathematics or Maths

Interesting Facts is that What five digit number, when multiplied by the number 4, is the same number with the digits in reverse order? 21978; 21978 x 4 = 87912.

When PI is rounded to the third decimal place contains the number 42.

If you add up the numbers 1-100 consecutively (1+2+3+4+5 etc) the total is 5050.
111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321

Interesing Facts About Laws

During the eighteenth century, laws had to be brought in to curb the seemingly insatiable appetite for gin amongst the poor. Their annual intake was as much as five million gallons.

In France, it is illegal for a person to kiss another on railways.

Interesting Facts is that By law, employees do not have to wash hands after sneezing.

The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

It's against the law to catch fish with your bare hands in Kansas.

Interesting Facts is that It's against the law to burp, or sneeze in a certain church in Omaha, Nebraska.

It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland.

It was once against the law to have a pet dog in a city in Iceland.

According to a British law passed in 1845, attempting to commit suicide was a capital offense. Offenders could be hanged for trying.

Interesting Facts About Inventions

Before invention of the thermometer, brewers used to check the temperature by dipping their thumb, to find whether appropriate for adding Yeast. Too hot, the yeast would die. This is where we get the phrase " The Rule of the Thumb".

Sliced bread was patented by a jeweller, Otto Rohwedder, in 1928. He had been working on it for 16 years, having started in 1912.

Joseph Niepce developed the world's first photographic image in 1827. Thomas Edison and W K L Dickson introduced the film camera in 1894. But the first projection of an image on a screen was made by a German priest. In 1646, Athanasius Kircher used a candle or oil lamp to project hand-painted images onto a white screen.

Interesting Facts is that The Sumerians invented writing.

The Sumerians, who lived in the Middle East, invented the wheel in about 3450 BC.

Karl Benz invented the first gas powered car. The car had only three wheels. The first car with four wheels was made in France in 1901 by Panhard et LeVassor.

JOSEPH RECHENDORFER was the first person to think of putting a piece of rubber onto the top of a pencil which makes it real easy to rub out mistakes.

Chess (Shataranja or AshtaPada) was invented in India.

Interesting Facts is that India invented the Number System. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta.

Bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laserbprinters,all were invented by women.

In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden.... and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

The first rocket was invented by the Chinese in the 13th century.

False eyelashes were invented by the American film director D.W. Griffith while he was making his 1916 epic, "Intolerance". Griffith wanted actress Seena Owen to have lashes that brushed her cheeks, to make her eyes shine larger than life. A wigmaker wove human hair through fine gauze, which was then gummed to Owen's eyelids. "Intolerance" was critically acclaimed but flopped financially, leaving Griffith with huge debts that he might have been able to settle easily - had he only thought to patent the eyelashes.

Shakespeare invented the word "assassination" and "bump."

The fortune cookie was invented in 1916 by George Jung, a Los Angeles noodlemaker.

Mr. Peanut was invented in 1916 by a Suffolk, Virginia schoolchild who won $5 in a design contest sponsored by Planters Peanuts.

Everyone thinks it was Whitcomb Judson who invented the zipper but it was really Elias Howe. Elias was so busy inventing the sewing machine that he didn't get around to selling his zipper invention which he called a "clothing closure".

Interesting Facts is that The oiuja board was invented by Isaac and William Fuld, and was patented July 1, 1892.

The hamburger was invented in 1900 by Louis Lassen. He ground beef, broiled it, and served it between two pieces of toast.

In 2003, scientists managed to create a material dense enough to stop light mid-way through it, allowing them to observe static light.

The Can opener wasn't invented until 48 years after the can.

Nobel Prize resulted from a late change in the will of Alfred Nobel, who did not want to be remembered as a propagator of violence-he invented dynamite.

Diet Coke was only invented in 1982.

Dry cereal for breakfast was invented by John Henry Kellogg at the turn of the century Inventor Samuel Colt patented his revolver in 1836.

The bagpipe was originally made from the whole skin of a dead sheep.

Interesting Facts In the past...

Historians have called beer the national drink of ancient Egypt. The pharoahs appointed a "royal chief beer inspector" to protect its quality.

About 4000 years ago, it was the accepted practice in Babylonia that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer, and because their calender was lunar based, this period was called the "honey month" or what we know to day as the "Honey moon".

Interesting Facts is that In Ancient Peru, when a woman found an 'ugly' potato, it was the custom for her to push it into the face of the nearest man.

In 1647 the English Parliament abolished Christmas.

Ancient drinkers warded off the devil by clinking their cups.

The Toltecs, Seventh-century native Mexicans, went into battle with wooden swords so as not to kill their enemies.

Because they had no proper rubbish disposal system, the streets of ancient Mesopotamia became literally knee-deep in rubbish.

Interesting Facts is that Many sailors used to wear gold earrings so that they could afford a proper burial when they died.

The Chinese used silk to make their paper.

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

Human skulls had been used as drinking cups for hundreds of years. The muscles and flesh were scraped away, the bottom was hacked off and then they were suitable to hold any beverage.

Interesting Facts is that According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Egyptian men never became bald. The reason for this, Herodotus claimed, was that as children Egyptian males had their heads shaved, and their scalps were continually exposed to the health-giving rays of the sun.

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

The Chinese, in olden days, used marijuana only as a remedy for dysentery.

The ancient Egyptians recommended mixing half an onion with beer foam as a way of warding off death.

The pharaohs of ancient Egypt wore garments made with thin threads of beaten gold. Some fabrics had up to 500 gold threads per one inch of cloth.

More than 5,000 years ago, the Chinese discovered how to make silk from silkworm cocoons. For about 3,000 years, the Chinese kept this discovery a secret. Because poor people could not afford real silk, they tried to make other cloth look silky. Women would beat on cotton with sticks to soften the fibers. Then they rubbed it against a big stone to make it shiny. The shiny cotton was called "chintz." Because chintz was a cheaper copy of silk, calling something "chintzy" means it is cheap and not of good quality.

The Aztec Indians of Mexico believed turquoise would protect them from physical harm, and so warriors used these green and blue stones to decorate their battle shields.

Doors in London in the eighteenth century had up to ten keyholes to confuse burglars.

The British aristocracy suffered its greatest disaster on October 14th 1066 when 50% of its membership was killed at the Battle of Hastings.

For a very brief time in 1964, it seemed that the biggest challenger to the Beatles' phenomenon was the Dave Clark Five.

Ancient Egyptians shaved off their eyebrows to mourn the death of their cats.

Florida was a loyal British colony during the American Revolution.

Black death came to Europe when Mongols threw corpses into a city occupied by Italians that they wanted to get rid of.

Pennsylvania used to be part of Connecticut.

In Queen Victoria's time it was a crime to be a male homosexual. It was not a crime for women because Queen Victoria said "women would never do such a thing".

From 1942 until the end of World War II, Oscars were made out of plaster to conserve metal. After the war, the winners received "real" replacement statues.

The X's that people sometimes put at the end of letters or notes to mean a kiss, actually started back in the 1000's when Lords would sign their names at the end of documents to other important people. It was originally a cross that they would kiss after signing to signify that they were faithful to God and their King.

Over the years though, it slanted into the X.

In ancient Rome it was considered a sign of leadership to be born with a crooked nose.

During the time of Peter the Great, any Russian man who had a beard was required to pay a special tax.

Interesting Facts is that Clocks made before 1687 had only one hand, an hour hand.

In 1221 Genghis Khan killed 1,748,000 people at Nishapur in one hour.

In medieval Thailand, they had moveable type printing presses. The type was made from baked oxen dung.

The Ottoman Empire once had seven emperors in seven months. They died of (in order): burning, choking, drowning, stabbing, heart failure, poisoning and being thrown from a horse.

When Saigon fell, the signal for all Americans to evacuate was Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" being played on the radio.

Roman Emperor Caligula made his horse a senator.

There was once a town in West Virginia called "6."

Interesting Facts is that The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence to shave them off.

The Mona Lisa used to hang on the wall of Napoleon’s bedroom.

Interesting Facts about Human Body

The human body contains 60,000 miles of blood vessels.

The strongest muscle in the body is the TONGUE.

The human heart creates enough pressure while pumping to squirt blood 30 feet.

The brain of an average adult male weighs 1,375 gm (55 oz). The brain of Russian novelist Turgenev weighed 2021 gm (81 oz), Bismark's weighed 1807 gm (72 oz), while that of French statesman Gambetta was only 1294 gm (51 oz). Einstein's brain was of average size.

Interesting Facts is that Your muscles make up about one-half of your body weight.

About half of the bones in the human body are located in the hands and feet.

An adult human heart weighs about 10 ounces and beats over 100,000 times a day.

Your fingernail has the same ingredients as fly poop.

Your eye will focus on about 50 things per second.

The body has 93,000 miles of nerves in it.

Your eye expands up to 45% when looking at something pleasing.

Interesting Facts is that You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television.

The only bone in the human body not connected to another is the hyoid, a V-shaped bone located at the base of the tongue between the mandible and the voice box. Its function is to support the tongue and its muscles.

In an average lifetime, a person produces 10,000 gallons of saliva.

The human brain is about 85% water.

The human skin weights 6 lbs.

Cholesterol is used to make sex hormones.

Interesting Facts is that When you fart in a pool, it creates a chemical reaction.

Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body, second only to bone marrow.

It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.

About 8 million blood cells die in the human body every second, and the same number are born each second.

At - 40 degrees Centigrade a person loses about 14.4 calories per hour by breathing.

There are 35 million digestive glands in the stomach.

A newborn expels its own body weight in waste every 60 hours.

There is a rare condition called Exploding Head Syndrome which you have probably never heard of.

The brain is soft and gelatinous - its consistency is something between jelly and cooked pasta.

Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

Interesting Facts is that One quarter of the bones in your body, are in your feet.

Nutmeg is extremely poisonous if injected intravenously

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.

Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

Human teeth are almost as hard as rocks.

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails.

Every person has a unique tongue print.

During your lifetime, you'll eat about 60,000 pounds of food, that's the weight of about 6 elephants.

Interesting Facts is that Babies are born without knee caps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2-6 years of age.

An average person laughs about 15 times a day.

A sneeze travels out your mouth at over 100 m.p.h.

A hard working adult sweats up to 4 gallons per day. Most of the sweat evaporates before a person realizes it's there.

Interesting Facts about Food

A peanut is not a nut. It is a legume.

1 apple ads 5 minutes to a person's life.

Strawberries have more vitamin C in them than oranges.

The first ring donuts were produced in 1847 by a 15 year old baker's apprentice, Hanson Gregory, who knocked the soggy center out of a fried doughnut.

Coca-cola (or any other cola soda) is good for cleaning the poles on car batteries.
Twinkies have a shelf life of 100 years.

There are more than 1,00 chemicals in a cup of coffee.

The amount American Airlines saved in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class: $40,000.

Cacao, the main ingredient of chocolate is the most pest-ridden tree in the jungle.

You can make edible cheese from the milk of 24 different mammals.

Goldfish swallowing started at Harvard in 1939.

Interesting Facts is that The avocado has the most calories of any fruit.

The typical American eats 263 eggs a year.

America's best selling ice cream flavor is vanilla.

The green stuff on the occasional freak potato chip is chlorophyll.

Honey is the only food that does not spoil. Honey found in the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs has been tasted by archaeologists and found edible.

Eating a packet of crisps a day is equivalent to drinking five liters of cooking oil a year.

Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

Interesting Facts is that The Himalayan gogi berry contains, weight for weight, more iron than steak, more beta carotene than carrots, more vitamin C than oranges.

Non-dairy creamer is flammable.

It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot.

Eskimo ice cream is neither icy, or creamy.

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

Interesting Facts is that Bubble gum contains rubber.

Almonds are a member of the peach family.

Interesting Facts about Drinks

Beer is one of the least calorific drinks per 100ml. It is the volume in which it is drunk and over time that will add up.

Interesting Facts is that Beer contains no fat and no cholesterol.

Beer is a source of B vitamins and minerals, such as potassium and magnesium, which are good for nerve production, help you concentrate, increase blood circulation and stimulate metabolism.

Interesting Facts is that Drinking a bottle of beer a day helps to reduce the chance of kidney stones by 40%.
Until the middle of the 15th century the majority of brewing was done in the home.

Interesting facts about Countries

Canada has no president. Canada's govenment is a Parliamentary democracy (federal constitutional monarchy) whose Monarch is Queen Elizabeth II. Canada has a Prime Minister.

The smallest country is Nauru with 21,2 square km.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender used to yell at themto mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. From where we get "mind your own P's and Q's".

China banned the pigtail in 1911 as it was seen as a symbol of feudalism.
In Britain 70% mothers go to work.

Angel Falls in Venezuela is the worlds highest waterfall, The water of Falls drops 3,212 feet (979 meters).

California has issued at least 6 drivers licenses to people named Jesus Christ.

In India the number of motorized vehicles have increased from 0.2 million in 1947 to 36.3 million in 1997.

India never invaded any country in her last 10000 years of history.

Singapore is one of two cities in the world with a tropical rainforest.

Burma is the only country where the cars are right hand-driven and driven on the right side of the road.

Laos is the most bombed country in the world.

Norway is the world's third largest oil exporter.

Interesting Facts is that The Mini Moke used to be the official transport for the police in Macau.

England's first great industry was wool. Its export had become the nation's largest source of income by the late Middle Ages.

The Republic of San Marino is the world's smallest republic (24 sq. miles) and possibly the oldest state in Europe (founded 4th century AD, according to tradition.)

In Eastern Africa you can buy banana beer. This beer is brewed from bananas.
Colorado is one of only two states in the United States in which ALL the water the state has FLOWS OUT of the state; NONE Flows in! (the other is Hawaii).

In England up until the 1950s attempted suicide was a capital offense.

Tokyo has had 24 recorded instances of people either killed or receiving serious skull fractures while bowing to each other with the traditional Japanese greeting.

Interesting Facts is that Less than one per cent of the 500 Chinese cities have clean air, respiratory disease is China's leading cause of death.

State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work: Alaska.

City with the most Rolls Royces per capita: Hong Kong.

The principality of Monaco consists of 370 acres.

Florida's beaches lose 20 million cubic yards of sand annually.

Russia has the most movie theaters in the world.

The state of California raises the most turkeys out of all of the states.

Interesting Facts is that France has the highest per capita consumption of cheese.

Japan is the largest exporter of frog's legs.

New Jersey has a spoon museum with over 5,400 spoons from almost all the states.

Maine is the toothpick capital of the world.

Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is not considered an insult! Despite the expensive food, tipping is welcome as in any other country.

Washington State has the longest single beach in the United States.Long Beach, WA

The age limit for marriage in France was, until recently, 15 for girls, but 18 for boys. The age for girls was raised to 18 in 2006.

Interesting Facts is that In Bhutan government policy is based on Gross National Happiness; thus most street advertising is banned, as are tobacco and plastic bags.

Britain is still paying off debts that predate the Napoleonic wars because it's cheaper to do so than buy back the bonds on which they are based.

Until 1965, driving was done on the left-hand side on roads in Sweden. The conversion to right-hand was done on a weekday at 5pm. All traffic stopped as people switched sides. This time and day were chosen to prevent accidents where drivers would have gotten up in the morning and been too sleepy to realize that
this was the day of the changeover.

Until 1796, there was a state in the United States called Franklin. Today it is known as Tennessee.

There is a town in Newfoundland, Canada called Dildo.

Interersting Facts About Blood Donation

Person above 18 years of age and over 50 Kgs. in weight can donate blood once in three months.

Interesting Facts is that A normal adult has five to six liters of blood in his/her body of which only 300 ml is used during blood donation.

This blood is replaced by your body within 24 to 48 hours!

No special diet, rest or medicine is required after blood donation.

The donor should not have taken any medicine in the last 48 hours.

The donor should not have contacted jaundice in the previous three years.

Interesting Facts is that Every donor is given a medical checkup prior to donation to see if he/she is medically fit and doesn't suffer

from anemia, high blood pressure etc.,

The donor cannot contract AIDS or any other disease by donating blood.
Make Blood donation a habit . There are many persons

including females who has donated blood more than 10 -20 times in their life

Interesting Facts is that Start with your B'day or from just today. Your little contribution can save someone's life.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Interesting Facts About Pregnancy

Pregnancy thrills as well as frightens women. It is worthwhile to have a look at some of the crucial facts about this particular stage in a woman's life.


In medical jargon, pregnancy represents the nourishing of one or more embryos inside the bodies of female mammals. In human beings, it usually takes about 9 months for an embryo to develop fully into a baby.

What Are Trimester Periods:
For the sake of simplicity, the pregnancy period is divided into three trimesters. In the first trimester, the likelihood of miscarriage, which means the natural death of the embryo, is very high. In the second trimester, one can follow the progress made by the embryo in a right direction. During the third and the third trimester, the Fetus learns how to survive and also gets ready to face the external world.

How Does A Woman Get Pregnant:
Pregnancy is the result of fertilization or the union of the female egg (oocyte) with the male sperm. This merger of the two takes place when a male ejaculates, releases the sperms inside a female through sexual intercourse. Though conception begins right since implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterine lining, for the sake of convenience, the first day of the last menstrual cycle is used to determine the due date or delivery date of baby. Following the implantation, human chorionic gonadotropinhormone is released. This activates the corpus luteum in the ovary to shoot up the level of progesterone. As a result, the body undergoes changes and symptoms of pregnancy become visible.

What Is A Due Date:

Interesting Facts is that The date when the pregnant woman is expected to deliver her baby is known as due date. According to the Merck Medical Manual, human pregnancy lasts for 266 days, i.e, 38 weeks. However, if one counts from the first day of the last menstrual cycle, it comes to 40 weeks. But these are average figures. The real duration of the Gestation period depends on various factors. For example, the first pregnancy period is usually longer than the subsequent ones.

What Is A Premature Baby:
A baby born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, is considered a premature baby. And if the baby is born after 43 weeks, it is called the post-mature baby. About 90 per cent of babies are born within a couple of weeks after the due date. Only 10 per cent of babies are born exactly on the due date.

Interesting Facts is that The pregnant woman's body experiences a number of changes during pregnancy. These changes also have an emotional and psychological impact on her.


Below are interesting health facts that have been discussed in past issues of Smart Life News. Our readers remain on the cutting edge of health because we bring them research that is often left out of the standard "medical news" or ignored by the medical / pharmaceutical industry.

Ordinary B-vitamins can enhance human mental performance and even increase "happiness"

Interesting Facts is that There are safe pharmaceuticals referred to as smart drugs that can improve memory, enhance learning, increase focus, treat neurodegenerative diseases, and slow aging - with virtually no side effects

A simple test withheld by doctors could reveal why many people have symptoms of hypothyroidism, even though standard tests have shown "normal" blood thyroid hormone levels

"Food allergies" are sky high in patients with "undiagnosable" neurological problems

Interesting Facts is that Just this year, mercury toxicity was implicated as a cause of Alzheimer's Disease? Now, what exactly were those dental fillings made out of again


A mineral found in the diet and present in many multi-vitamin supplements is a potential risk factor for Parkinson's Disease

An inexpensive supplemental hormone, common in the average, healthy human, can help prevent cancer, fight obesity, slow down aging, and enhance brain function?

Taking iron pills for anemia can be very dangerous

Sex drive is positively correlated with longevity in males

Interesting Facts is that Female sex drive responds to a common over-the-counter supplement

Hangovers, skin wrinkles and organ damage from alcohol toxicity can be prevented with a few simple nutritional supplements

80% of mental retardation associated with Down's Syndrome can be prevented

The dose-response curve for melatonin, is larger than almost all other nutrients, so you have to get the dose, timing and form right for melatonin to work properly

3 out of 10 US school kids have nutritional deficiencies that impair IQ and that juvenile delinquency is associated with nutritional deficiencies


Secondary nutritional deficiencies may be as common as primary ones

Throughout the world, it is becoming increasingly harder to obtain dietary supplements like high dose Vitamin C without a prescription from a doctor

Friday, October 3, 2008

Top Most Firing IT Companies in India!

1) IBM --- Right now this is the most firing company for IT professionals. In the last 6 months, this company has fired nearly 20% of their employees because of BG check and performance issues. This is the most insecure company from an IT professional's point of view. They don't have any strategic plans at HR policies regarding employee security. No appraisals (maximum 10%).

2) TCS --- Previously its an government IT Company . Now a days TCS also becoming firing IT company. Recently they fired on 500 people.( the people below 2 years of experience) and TCS lost so many projects recently( especially British Telecom Projects).

3) Accenture --- This is second top most firing company. The firing rate is around 5%. This depends upon outsourced projects; they have a unique system where Accenture development centers around the world bid for a project coming into the company. Currently Philippines centre is taking the cake and the Indian centers are in a firing mode.

4) WIPRO --- Firing people with very frequent back ground checks and firing them with out even experience letters and relieving letters (will mention as terminated from services)but will promise the employees that they will retain them. After the project is over they will fire away. Will threaten of criminal cases against such employees if they oppose the move and has also filed against some.

6) Intel --- Recently joined the league. Running in heavy losses, hence firing 3000 employees in the Bangalore center in a phased out manner.

7) CTS --- Has a steady firing policy (checking the Educational background and previous employment and also employee performance in work). In a Recent HCL walk-in, around 50% attendees were from this company. Sadly the I-pods have not helped them.

CSC --- Excellent package but fires folks in Background check and those on bench regularly. Recently fired 400+ employees from its subsidiary Covansys.

9) Satyam --- Currently stopped firing. The Attrition rate is very high. No firing from 2005 until now when 1000 employees were fired in Hyderabad.

10) Patni ---- They fired so many employees that currently they are facing understaffing and deficiency with number of employees. Very high attrition rate.

11) Keane India ---- This USA based company is always involved in firing employees. Although they proudly say that they don't have hire and fire policy. Recently they fired Java and as400 professionals after which most of the employees have started to pack their bags. Employees change this company within 1 year.

So take care before accepting offers from these companies.

Secure IT companies in India

1) Microsoft --- Has projects till 2050.

2) EDS --- Most secure company in India. Not laid off any of its employees even during 2001. Has lots of projects in Defense and financial areas

3) HP --- Dream Company. In-house and outsourced projects

4) Infosys --- Dream Job. On a way to achieve the status of a secured, stable Govt. company.

5) AOL, Google and Yahoo - Best companies to work with, great job satisfaction as well as great salary and work environment. Rarely fires an employee. As they are internet based companies' they offer lots of opportunities to grow.

6) HCL -- A good company to be in. Called as a "retirement company."

7) HSBC--- This is the most secure company. It has never fired any employee, even when they know that the employee is showing fake experience.

Aricent--- a communication based software company, has never fired any employee and gives great perks & incentives, lot of projects in kitty. Minimal level of attrition.

9) KPIT Cummins Infosystems Limited ---- This is the most secure company not known to many. It has presently acquired CG Smith, Bangalore and has lots of projects in pipe line. Acquisitions plans will continue.

Note: The readers can rely or not upon their own risk.

Infosys Firing, IT Companies firing - An interesting observation in 2009

There has been a buzz in the IT industry about the firings in the top Indian IT Companies. I had an interesting observation to share with you.
Try the following search term in google.

tcs firing
wipro firing
satyam firing
infosys firing

As you can see from the last snapshot by searching Infosys firing in google, you can see a red circle in the snapshot, here google says Did you mean “Infosys Hiring”. ( From Google Help page - Google’s spell checking software automatically checks whether your query uses the most common spelling of a given word. If it thinks you’re likely to generate better results with an alternative spelling, it will ask “Did you mean: (more common spelling)?”. Click the suggested spelling to launch a Google search for that).

It has got very significant meaning that Infosys has never been a hire and fire company, and it is a great achievement for a company and it is not a true news that infy firing

Well infy is not in mood to fire;

And going completely against the tide is Infosys, which is actually planning to hire 25,000 people this year and is also contemplating recruiting about 1,000 more in China over the next two to three years. Infact insosys have lot of project and infy hyderabad is recruiting people like anything; check today times ascent also. Infy hyderabad is all to set its New campus at Uppal hyderabad.
Lets hope that the current situation of firing employees in top companies goes away fast.

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