Dec 30, 2008

Gene linked to High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure
Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine have identified a gene variant that most likely contributes towards high blood pressure in human. The discovery is a result of a new technique called genome-wide association study and it could lead to formulation of new therapies to combat high blood pressure.

The gene, named as STK39, is located in chromosome 2. It produces a protein that most likely regulates how the kidneys process salt and plays a key role in determining blood pressure. During the study the researchers analyzed the genes of 542 people who were members of the Old Order Amish community in Pennsylvania, who were ideal for such studies, because its members are relatively isolated and share a similar rural lifestyle and diet.

Then, the researchers cross checked their findings with another group of Amish people as well as four other groups of white people in the United States as well as in Europe. They found about 20 % of the people studied carried either one or two copies of the gene and it is carried by about one of every five white Americans. The findings of the study was published in the recent edition of journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Although the gene STK39 played a key role there could be other factors that influenced blood pressure such as being overweight, lack of exercise, smoking and too much salt in the diet, the researchers said.

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Dec 28, 2008

Surgeon uses Human Fat to run Cars

Human fat runs cars
A surgeon in the U.S. has reportedly been taking fat from patients, and using that fat to help power several cars. According to reports, Dr. Craig Alan Bittner, a former Beverly Hills plastic surgeon used fat from his patients to not only power his girlfriend’s SUV, but his Ford SUV as well.

Bittner took the fat from patients during liposuction procedures which were carried out in Beverly Hills, California. Liposuction is a procedure that removes pockets of fat from areas such as the thighs, hips, abdomen, and upper arms. Under California law it’s illegal to use human medical waste to power vehicles.

Many of his patients have filed lawsuits against the U.S. surgeon. The lawsuits were due to claims that he allowed assistants and girlfriends to carry out surgeries without the proper medical licensing. 

According to reports the California Department of Health has opened an inquiry on the matter. Bittner has since ended his practice, but has stated on his web site that the majority of his patients asked that he "use their fat for fuel." He also claims that he has "more fat than I can use," and that it could actually save the Earth.

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Dec 26, 2008

Tigers skips meal one day a week

According to Reuters, tigers living in the Jawalakhel Zoo, Kathmandu, Nepal, are on a strict diet! They are not given anything to eat on Saturdays except water. Why? Because, recently they have started to gain weight in an alarming rate with the routine diet of buffalo meat.

The country's only zoo have three Royal Bengal tigers. One of the big cats now weighs in at about 220 kg (485 pounds), having gained 40 kg on a diet of buffalo meat in just eight months. This could create threat to the good health of the endangered animal. That's why zookeepers has stopped feeding the tigers for one day a week.

Normally, an adult tiger can weigh up to a 300 kg. So, the zookeepers thinks that feeding tigers for six days a week is good for their health.

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Dec 23, 2008

Strong Wind blows man up Tree

Take a look at the picture. No, this is not an attempt to suicide case! The man on top was actually blown onto the tree by a strong gust of wind and the firefighters below are trying to save him! Can you believe this?

Sound odd, but this is true. The 20 year-old man was working on the roof of his house in Shijingshan district of Beijing when the strong wind caught him. The poor man loose his control and the wind carried him away from the rooftop to a nearby tree. The man spent about 20 minutes above the 45 feet tall tree, before firefighters arrived and saved his life.

so, what you think about this? In my view, this can happen, specially when your body mass is low and you are working high above the ground. Just imagine what would happened to the man if the tree was not there near to the house. So, next time, when you climb to your rooftop, don't forget to wear some safety ropes!
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Dec 21, 2008

Pay Per Wink Advertising

Pay Per Wink Advertising
Now you can earn some extra bucks just for winking! How?, an online luxury boutique company is offering 10 pence per wink in return for displaying the company's logo on your eyelid space. Yes, your eyelid can also be used as an advertising space and you can earn up to £100 just for displaying the logo.

Now, the company is searching for people to offer their eyelids as advertising space. People who sign up for the campaign will have the logo temporarily transferred onto their eyelid and will be paid on a Pay Per Wink (PPW) basis. Interested? Contact them today and make some money!

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Dec 18, 2008

Eating a Live Snake with Beer!

Chinese Man eats live snake with beer
Can you dare to eat a live snake? I am sure that only a handful of people will dare to do so. But, Wen Xide, a 41-year-old man from Wangzhuang village, Zhumadian, China, actually enjoys eating live snakes! Don't believe me? Take a look at the image above. Not a safe diet. What you say?

Wen started his odd habit by eating one to win a bet with friends for a packet of cigarettes. Ever since he became addicted to eating live snakes over a bottle of beer. Wen says his son is now following his lead and has eaten eight live snakes this year. Recently Wen demonstrated his odd habit before a journalist from Oriental Today. Once again take a look at the image. Can you dare to risk your life by eating a live snake?

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Christmas Tree made from 1800 Bottles

Christmas Tree made from 1800 Bottles
Want a different kind of Christmas tree? What about a tree made of bottles? Take a look at this Christmas tree made of over 1,800 deserted bottles. Looks beautiful. Isn't it? The Christmas tree has been installed near the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium in Pudong District in Shanghai, China.

Photo Credit: (Xinhua Photo)
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Dec 17, 2008

The Cat with Contact Lens!

Cat with Contact Lens
Ernest, 15-year-old cat at the RSPCA rescue centre in Godshill, Isle of Wight, has got a pair of contact lenses. What contact lens and cat? Sounds odd, but it is true. The cat, who has lived at the centre for 13 years after he was injured in a car accident, recently suffers from entropion - an inward rolling of the eyelids, which causes inflammation and hinders sight.

Due to the complications, the cat had trouble seeing where he was going. And because of his old age, doctors avoided any operations. So, the ultimate solution to his problems was a pair of contact lenses. Recently a vet successfully fitted the contact lenses and Ernest is now doing well.

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Dec 14, 2008

Fake Taj Mahal found in Bangladesh!

Fake Taj Mahal
Travelers, beware of copycat monuments! A fake, life-size copy of Taj Mahal is being constructed in Bangladesh. Take a look at the picture. This £38m fake building, commissioned by wealthy film director Ahsanullah Moni, will be located about 20 miles north east of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

The construction of the fake Taj Mahal began five years ago and now India is showing it's displeasure over the exact copy. The Indian embassy in Bangladesh has voiced its displeasure and is hoping to sue for copyright infringement.

On the other hand, in support of the project, the Bangladeshi director said: "Everyone dreams about seeing the Taj Mahal but very few Bangladeshis can make the trip because it's too expensive for them." He came up with the idea in 1980 after first visiting the original "Monument to Love" in Agra, India. He has imported marble and granite from Italy, diamonds from Belgium and used 160kg of bronze for the dome.

Taj MahalWell, in our own view, we just can't compare the fake Bangladeshi one with this real one. Because Taj Mahal is the greatest gift one can give for love. It is one and only one. No one can recreate it. Just take a look at the fake again. It just looks like a film set or a building designed by a novice designer. Even there is no similarity in the proportion of the structure. So, there is no need to worry about it. What you say?

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Dec 8, 2008

Bear Grylls injured in Antarctica

Bear Grylls injured in Antarctica
Today morning, I got a bad news. Bear Grylls, the host of Discovery Channel's "Man vs. Wild", suffered a serious shoulder injury while he was climbing an ice mountain in Antarctica. I am a fan of Bear Grylls and I never miss his "Man vs. Wild" show. So, this is really a bad news for me. I wish him a speedy recovery.

The 34-year-old British adventurer was on an expedition for Ethanol Ventures to promote the potential of alternative energies like bioethanol. The expedition wa also raising money for the children charity Global Angels. The accident happened whilst Grylls was preparing to spend the Friday night in a bivoaucing suspended on a ice shelf.
Bear Grylls injured in Antarctica
Although he was in severe pain, his back up team took the decision to wait until until Saturday morning before evacuating him to their Antarctic basecamp. But high winds delayed his evacuation to South Africa and then on to the UK by air. On Sunday, Grylls was headed to the U.K. to get proper medical attention.

Grylls became popular all around the world with his "Man vs. Wild" show on Discovery channel. In every episode of the show, the former SAS soldier jumps into a different uninhabited territory without any food, maps and safety equipments. Then he spends some day in those deadly territories to find his was back to civilization. During his stay in the wild, Grylls demonstrates practically how to survive in such conditions and I love his tips.

Now, only one thing I can say: "Get well soon".

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Dec 5, 2008

Man finds £10,000 shredded notes

£10,000 shredded notes
A street cleaner who found shredded £10 and £20 notes has been told by the authorities that he can exchange them for new ones if he can piece the pieces together. Graham Hill, from Gainsborough, discovered an estimated £10,000 in two bin bags dumped in City Square in Lincoln. They are thought to have been thrown away on the night of May 7.

Lincolnshire Police held the money for six months while an investigation was carried out. But, now as there was no evidence that the money was stolen and no one has claimed the money, Police says that Mr Hill can keep the money. A spokesman for the Bank of England said that Mr Hill will get a reimbursement on the notes that he can put together.

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Nov 29, 2008

Vegetable Paintings! What?

Vegetable Paintings
Take a close look at the picture above. This is Mona Lisa, created by a different artist. But, can you believe that this Mona Lisa portrait (though not perfect as the original) was prepared from vegetables? What? I am sure that you wouldn't believe me. Read on.

This is one of the vegetable paintings prepared by Ju Duoqi, a 35-year-old Chinese artist. Ju Duoqi is currently showing an exhibition of her "Vegetable Museum" paintings in Beijing, China. Her vegetable paintings include Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, Picasso’s The Dream, and Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe.

Ju said she prepared those vegetable versions of world's greatest paintings to encourage people to see everyday objects in a different way. Because ordinary things can be classic and outstanding. She is right, but many of us have time to look at these things? Nowadays, our lifestyles are becoming very mechanical and artificial. Am I right?

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Nov 28, 2008

Thief receives free publicity on Billboard

Thief on Billboard
A thief in New Zealand got a big problem! He is now on a huge billboard and there is a $500 reward on his identity! Take a look at the picture above. The unidentified thief, who stole expensive fitting from billboards in New Zealand was photographed by a onlooker in October. The photographer took the picture out of suspicion, as the thief uncoupled 15 electrical transformers from a billboard of OTW Advertising, in Auckland, New Zealand.

When the photographer offered the photograph to the advertising company, Mark Venter, who runs OTW Advertising, came up with an idea to catch the thief. He mounted the photograph of the thief on four huge billboards in the city. The billboard says: "Who is this Thief? Reward $500."

The billboard company is already getting calls from different people. A police Sergent said that many people mentioned the same man as the possible thief and the police is now after him.

This is really an interesting way to catch a thief. What you say? We know what the thief is thinking now? He definitely wants to take the billboards away. But it is probably too heavy for him, as his figure is there in the billboard!

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Nov 25, 2008

TV station sued for filming Woman as Obese

woman sues tv station
A TV station in Croatia is facing a £10,000 lawsuit after filming a passer-by on the street for a television documentary about obese people. Gordana Knezic, the 40-years-old woman, as reported by Ananova, said that she had no idea when Croatian station HTV were filming her as she was busy in shopping in the capital Zagreb. She realized it only after she saw herself on the television.

The television program described the lady as an example of overweight person. This is really a serious matter, as every human begin has their own dignity and rights.

It is reported that HTV already apologized for the incident, after the woman took the matter to the court. But Ms Knezic is said she would still be taking them to court, as it is a matter of human dignity. In my view, she is right. What you say?

Ms Knezic said:

"It was terrible. An apology is not enough. I want to make a point with this legal case. I want to show that attacks on human dignity like this cannot be tolerated."

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Nov 24, 2008

Cute Dogs made from Flowers!

Cute Dogs made from Flowers!

Take a look at the picture above. At first look can you believe that these puppies are not real? Take a close look. Yes, these cute little dogs are actually made from flowers! So creative flower arrangement. Isn't it? I would love to get such a cute and beautiful flower bouquet. Enjoy more pictures below.

Cute Dogs made from Flowers!
Cute Dogs made from Flowers!
Cute Dogs made from Flowers!
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Pictures of Honda V4 Concept Bike

Honda V4 Concept Bike

Honda V4 Concept is the next generation bike from Honda. October this year, Honda Motor Europe Ltd. exhibited the World Premiere V4 concept Model at Intermot Cologne. It is one of the most stylish bike designs I have ever seen. What about you? Take a look at these pictures of Honda V4 Concept. via:

Honda V4 Concept Bike
Honda V4 Concept Bike
Honda V4 Concept Bike
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Nov 22, 2008

The Chinese Amphibious Car

Chinese Amphibious Car
After 13 years of hard work, a man in China is ready with his amphibious car! Yes, his car works both on roads and water. Wang Hongjun, who is an electrician by profession, often drives his odd car to the lake in Qian'an city, his hometown, to fish. Take a look at the picture.

He told the Beijing Times that his amphibious car cost him about £100,000 and 13 years of persistence to develop. After driving it to Beijing to find investors, he told the paper: "I'm looking for auto producers who are interested in my creation, since I don't want to keep it to myself."

The yellow sportscar can be sealed to make it waterproof by remote control. A column-shaped thruster and two propellers are installed in the car's boot. Wang said his car can float and drive in the water, but he refused to reveal exactly how it works. Wang claims that he has even taken his son for a 10-mile drive out to sea.

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Nov 19, 2008

The "Egg Light"

Creativity has no boundaries. For example, take a look at the "Egg Light" above. It is a concept design of Ukrainian designer Igor Pinigin. The eggs nicely illuminates! What you say? The prototype was presented at Ukrainian "Svitlo" competition in January 2006 and it was awarded a special prize by SALONE magazine Ukraine.

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Rs.10,000 for Four Samosas!

Rs.10,000 for Four Samosas!
Indian people often want to cheat the tourists coming from foreign countries. It is proved once again by a hawker in Bihar, who charged a Dutch couple $204 (about Rs. 10,000) for four Samosas, a popular Indian snack. Can you believe this? In India a samosa hardly costs more than $0.10 and the hawker demanded $51 per piece! This happens only in India.

How all this happened? The Dutch couple were roaming around the Sonepur cattle fair in India's Bihar state when they got hungry and ordered the four samosas from the hawker. But the local hawker wanted to earn some money and insisted in broken English that the samosas were specially made of Indian herbs and had aphrodisiac qualities. After a heated argument, the couple paid the money. Later, they sought help from the local police and the hawker returned Rs. 9,990 ($203.87).

This is India! If your are planning to visit India, beware of such people.

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Nov 15, 2008

Secret Santa donates Toys worth £9 million

Secret Santa donates Toys worth £9 million
This year, Christmas arrived early in some UK hospitals! A secret Santa had donated Christmas gifts worth £9 million to children in UK hospitals. Several truckloads of toys have arrived at Birmingham Children's Hospital and more were delivered to about 20 different hospitals.

Tracy Marsh, director of fund-raising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said the christmas presents created a wonderful atmosphere when they arrived at the hospital, in Steelhouse Lane.

According to Daily Mail, a publisher in the East Midlands is delivering the goods and the donor wants to remain anonymous. The organizer is not doing this for publicity but to 'give something back' to society. This will definitely bring some happiness to children in hospitals.
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Double-decker Graves necessary

Double-decker Graves
According to a report by the Daily Telegraph, there is a shortage of burial space in Britain and in 30 years, all burial space in England and Wales will be full. So, how to accommodate new burials? To tackle this problem, the authorities in Britain came up with an odd scheme - double-decker graves.

Yes, now human remains will be dug up and re-buried deeper to allow new coffins above. This decision was announced yesterday. This controversial move follows a Government research which found that cemeteries and graveyards will be full within 30 years.

Under the scheme, remains in old graves will be exhumed and re-buried at a deeper level in a smaller container or casket. A new coffin could then be lowered into the original space and the name of the newly-buried person could even be added to the headstone.

Tim Morris, the chief executive of the Institute of Cemeteries and Crematorium Management, says that only graves more than 100 years old that are no longer visited will be considered for the scheme.

Though it seems like inappropriate, we must admit that it is a necessary evil in the present scenario of industrialization and growing population.

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Nov 12, 2008

Two kids with a collection of 7,500 Conkers

7,500 conkers
Two brothers in Basingstoke, Hampshire, are busy in collecting lots and lots of conkers, in a hope to get a place in the Guiness Book of World Records. Mason and Jordan Latter, aged 10 and nine, have already collected 7,500 conkers and it took them only about two weeks. Take a look at the picture above.

According to Telegraph, the conkers were originally kept in bags of 500 inside the family home. But, as the numbers grew, the odd collection had to be moved into the garden. Some of their friends also helped the boys in collecting the conkers.

Matt, 39, the father of the boys said: "Every year the boys try and collect as many as they can but this year they decided to try and collect 1,000. Then when they had 1,000 they wanted 2,000 and it just went on like that. As the collection grew they looked at the Guiness World Records and saw that there was no record for the largest conker collection. That gave them the impetus to get more and more."

Well, according to Damian Field, a spokesman of Guiness World Records, currently there is no category for 'largest conker collection.' But, he encouraged the boys to apply through the website of Guiness World Records, so that the record management team can make a decision. We hope that the boys will get a name in the record book, for their hard work! What you think?


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Nov 10, 2008

Around the World on a Penny Farthing

Around the World on a Penny Farthing
On Sunday, a cyclist has completed a 22,000-mile cycling trip around the world on a penny farthing. Can you believe this? Cycling round the world on a penny-farthing? Is it possible? Yes, it is possible and Joff Summerfield, the cyclist, proved it by completing his world tour. On Sunday he returned to Greenwich Maket, the place from where he started the odd journey two-and-a-half year ago.

The 40-year-old, who used to work as a Formula 1 engineer, visited 23 countries in four continents after setting off from 0 degrees latitude at the Greenwich Observatory on his handmade replica of a Victorian bicycle or pennyfarthing. Cycling alone with water bottles strapped to his handlebars and with no back up, he travelled with just a change of clothes, stove, tent and sleeping bag and survived on a £5 a day.

Joff Summerfield cycled across Europe into Turkey. In India he crossed the Himalayas at 5,200m and even made it to Everest base camp. In Australia, he raced in the Penny Farthing World Championships. From China he went to Tibet, which according to Joff, was the hardest but most rewarding moments in his entire journey:

'It was so hard to travel there. There's no tarmac on the roads, There's no air to breathe. I spent six weeks in Tibet where I didn't speak English. In the villages, they aren't used to Westerners, They think you are an alien. But the people were great – super, super friendly,' he said.

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Nov 8, 2008

Project "Seuthopolis" to save an Ancient City

Heard about Seuthopolis? It was an ancient city founded by the Thracian king Seuthes III, and the capital of the Odrysian kingdom since 320 BC. It was a small city, built on the site of an earlier settlement. Its ruins were discovered and explored in 1948 – 1954 during the construction of the Koprinca dam, Bulgaria. But, it was too late, and after completion of the dam, the first and the best preserved Thracian city in modern Bulgaria was flooded by water of the artificial lake. Seuthopolis is now located at the bottom of the Koprinka Reservoir near Kazanlak, Stara Zagora Province, in central Bulgaria.

Then in 2005, half a century later it discovery, Bulgarian architect Zheko Tilev proposed a project to uncover, preserve and reconstruct the city of Seuthopolis by constructing a circular dam wall surrounding the ruins in the middle of the Koprinca dam. The round wall, 420 metres in diameter, would enable visitors to see the city from 20 metres above and would also feature "hanging gardens", glass lifts, a quay, restaurants, cafés, shops, ateliers, etc. It would be illuminated at night.

The project was donated by the architect to Kazanlak municipality and funds are being raised to begin construction. On the 1st of June 2008 National Union "Treasure the Bulgarian Heritage" started the petition "FOR" Seuthopolis, in support of the project for the restoration of the ancient Thracian city of Seuthopolis. People from all around the world supported it. According to architect Zheko Tilev, Seuthopolis project would cost minimum €50 million. Now, the initiators are in search for Bulgarian and foreign investor for the project "Seuthopolis".

Project_SeuthopolisImage Credit: TILEV ARCHITECTS LTD.
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Nov 6, 2008

Teenager with 81 letter long Name

World's Longest Name
A British teenager changed his name to "Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined" "for a bit of a laugh". Now with the 81 letter long name, George Garratt, the 19-year-old from Glastonbury, Somerset, claims that he have the World's Longest Name!

George Garratt changed his name through an online services called "Legal Deed Poll Service". Based in Islington, London, the site charged him £10 for issuing a legal name-change certificate which it claims is accepted by the British government.

The current record holder of is named Rhoshandiatellyneshiaunneveshenk Koyaanisquatsiuth Williams, with 57 letters. Captain Fantastic, a music student, now claims that his name beat the Guinness Book of Records' longest personal name registered on a birth certificate by 24 letters.

Well, according to The Independent, a spokesman for the Guinness Book of Records, said it did monitor a category for the longest personal name.
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World's Largest Acrylic Panel in the Dubai Mall

Dubai Aquarium & Discovery Centre
Dubai Aquarium & Discovery Centre in The Dubai Mall, has clinched the Guinness World Record for the "World's Largest Acrylic Panel". Measuring 32.88 meters wide x 8.3 meters high x 750 mm thick and weighing 245,614 kg, the acrylic viewing panel surpassed the previous Guinness World Record holder, Churaumi Aquarium in Okinawa, Japan, at 22.5 meters wide x 8.2 meters high and 600 mm thick.

The Dubai Mall is one of the world's largest shopping and entertainment destinations. Dubai Aquarium & Discovery Centre is one of the opening attractions and will feature over 33,000 aquatic animals in due course, representing more than 85 species including sharks and rays. The 750 mm thick acrylic viewing panel is built to withstand the enormous pressure of 10 million liters of water used in the aquarium, but transparent enough to give visitors clear views of the marine animals on display. The new record is expected to be featured in the upcoming edition of the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010.

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Nov 4, 2008

Saddam Hussein's Luxury Yacht for Sale

Saddam Hussein's Luxury Yacht Ocean Breeze
Iraqi government has decided to sell the Ocean Breeze, luxury yacht of Saddam Hussein. The 82 meter long super yacht was built in 1981 by Danish shipyard Helsingor Vaerft. It is fitted with swimming pools, salons, a secret passage and a rocket launching system. The yacht was seized by French authorities in January. Take a look at some pictures of Saddam Hussein's Ocean Breeze.

Saddam Hussein's Luxury Yacht Ocean Breeze
Saddam Hussein's Luxury Yacht Ocean Breeze
Saddam Hussein's Luxury Yacht Ocean Breeze
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Nov 2, 2008

An Egg inside an Egg!

An egg inside an egg!
A chicken at Yokaichi-Minami Senior High School in Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture, laid a giant egg in October. When the shell of the egg was removed, the teachers in the school found a medium-sized egg inside it. An egg inside an egg! Can you believe this?

The giant egg was reportedly 8.1 cm long and weighed 158 grams, which is about double the weight of an ordinary chicken egg. Due to it's size, soon it became the center attraction and the news appeared in local and national newspaper.

But, when teachers removed the shell, the real story of the giant egg began to unfold! The medium-sized egg appeared along with the yolk and white. Now, the hot topic in the school is whether another small egg is there inside the second one?

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Catching Fish on a Pipe, without Bait!

Balanced Angling
Angling is a popular hobby among people around the world. I am sure that you have seen various people using various techniques to catch fish. But, did you ever heard about people catching fish while balancing on a narrow pipe high above a river? I don't think that you have seen or heard about something like that before? Did you?

Take a look at the picture above. This man is not posing for any stunt movie scene, but catching fish while balancing on the narrow pipe. People who gathered around Tuoban Bridge, in Nanjing, were amazed to see the technique used by this man, reports Modern Express.

A daredevil angler who fishes without any bait. he just drops the hook into the water and catches fish. Within half an hour, he had already caught four fish, without using any bait. Responding to concerns about his safety, he added: "I have a good sense of balance. And anyway, I'm a good swimmer!"
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Nov 1, 2008

Divorce Photo Session!

Going for a divorce? What about making it special like your wedding day? What about a divorce album? Sounds odd, but it is true that an Italian photographer is offering to shoot freshly divorced couples! A photo session for a wedding-style album of your divorce. Not bad!

Gianni Fasolini, the 45-year-old photographer from Valeggio sul Mincio, came up with the idea after reading that the divorce rate was going through the roof. In fact, the demand was there.

"I advertised the offer and as soon as people found out about it they were queuing up at my shop for sessions", Fasolini said.

Thinking to do something different and to fulfill the demands of divorcing couples, Fasolini started to offer photo sessions for freshly divorced couples - them smiling or shaking hands or in some cases even kissing. Is it not a cool idea? What you think?

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Oct 29, 2008

Wife for Sale! What?

Wife for Sale!
Can you believe this? A Romanian man has put his wife up for sale on a website specializing in sale of used cars. Alex Cretu, 20, who lives in Bucharest, hoped to get around £4m but has lowered his price to £3,000 for a quick sale.

His ad on reads: "Wife for sale. Model 1983, good condition. Full option, nice suspensions, spacious boot, second owner. Price is negotiable, comes with three-year-old and five-year-old accessories. Seriousness demanded."

Alex says he placed his ad on the site partly because he had got fed up of his 25-years-old wife nagging him all of the time and partly as a joke. He waited until his wife left for a job in Spain so as she wouldn't know about the sale.

After the ad appeared on the website, he had received a number of offers but none were acceptable so far as almost all the potential purchasers either offered too low price or wanted to buy her in installments. I hope that Alex will fail in this weird attempt to sale his wife.

Via Ananova

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Oct 23, 2008

Blow out candles with Eyes!

Blow out candles with Eyes
This world is full of weird people and weird stuffs. For example, the Chinese man in this picture can blow out candles with his eyes! Can you believe it? Is it possible? How one can use his eyes to blow out candles? Read on.

Ling Chunjiang, the man, uses a specially made goggles and blows air from his eyes through a hose. This way, he can blow out 12 candles in one minute. Is it not weird?

Ling, 35, is a martial arts enthusiast and lives in Kaifeng, China. He started to practice kung fu with his grandfather when he was 8 years old. According to news reports, Ling also performs a different stunt, where he hit off the bottom of a beer bottle while keeping the rest of it intact. Weird people, weird interests. Well, for your own safety, don't try them at home.

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Oct 20, 2008

20 Super foods for a Long and Healthy Life

Healthy and YoungLooking for the secret of a long and healthy life? I think, now you can have it, as scientists have found the effective list of wonder foods! Professor Williamson, head of the Functional Foods department at Leeds University, found that diet based on 20 super foods could slow down the aging process and help to beat cancer and heart disease.

The list of wonder foods includes tea, coffee, chocolate, apples, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cereal bran, cherries, cherry tomatoes, cranberries, oranges, peaches, plums, raspberries, red grapes, red onions, spinach and strawberries.

According to the expert, the foodstuffs on the list, which is dominated by fruits and vegetables, are rich in naturally occurring chemicals known as polyphenols, which have been linked to a variety of health benefits including protection against heart disease. In the mean time, they can also help to slow down the ageing process by helping to protect cells from the natural damage that occurs over time.

Many experts welcomed the list of wonder foods but also urged that coffee, chocolate and orange juice must be taken in limited amount. Too much of chocolate may have a negative impact on your weight and cholesterol and excessive coffee and orange juice can make inflammatory conditions like arthritis worse. So, start taking more fruits and vegetables and enjoy a healthy life.

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