May 31, 2008

The $1 Million Persian Gold Cup

John Webber, 70, a man from England has discovered a precious gold cup out of his childhood toy. As a child, Webber used that cup for target practice with his air gun! Now, the worth of this Persian cup has beed estimated as about $1 million.

Webber's grandfather gave him the 14-centimetre high mug back in 1945. The cup is decorated with the heads of two women looking in opposite directions, and knotted snakes. But Webber long assumed that it was made from brass.

But he decided to get it valued when he was moving house last year and was told it was actually a rare piece of ancient Persian treasure, beaten out of a single sheet of gold hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus Christ.

The cup is believed to be from the third or fourth century B.C., as it is consistent with Achaemenid metallurgy. That empire was wiped out by Alexander the Great in 330 BC. The cup is currently up for auction in Duke's, Dorchester, south-west England, and on June 5th it is expected to fetch about 500,000 pounds (or $1 million approximately).

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Gangster Monkey Shot Dead in Cambodia

A male macaque monkey that attacked tourists at a temple in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia was shot dead. The monkey, which weighed 44lb (20kg), had bitten many people, and people called it as “a gangster” monkey. Just last week the macaque bit a 60-year-old woman on her head, hands and legs.

The gangster monkey was killed on Thursday, because "it had bitten many people and many people said the monkey was a gangster," said Chhim Dina, the deputy of Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district.

Authorities in the past tried to trap unruly monkeys in that area, by getting them to eat eggs laced with sleeping pills, but were unsuccessful.

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Apollinaris Patera Volcano of Mars

This is a picture of Apollinaris Patera, a shield volcano on Mars's surface. It is situated on the south hemisphere near the equator, southeast of the shield volcano Elysium Mons on the Elysium Planitia, and north of Gusev crater. It was named in 1973 after a mountain spring near Rome in Italy.

Apollinaris Patera is about 5 kilometres high with a base about 296 kilometres in diameter. On the top of this volcano is a small crater with an irregular border, which was probably made by an explosive, or pyroclastic, eruption. The volcano is approximately 3 billion years old or possibly 3.5 bilion years old.

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May 30, 2008

Lantern Floating Hawaii

Look at the photograph above. It shows, Japanese lanterns floating on the water during the Lantern Floating Hawaii Ceremony in Honolulu, Hawaii, May 26, 2008. These lanterns are carrying prayers for the dead and wishes for peace in the world. This year about 40,000 crowd attended the ceremony and 1600 lanterns were floated. The 10th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony at Ala Moana Beach Park was sponsored by Shinnyo-En Hawaii and its community service arm Na Lei Aloha Foundation.

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New Google Favicon

Now, Google has got a new favicon. A favicon is a small icon that is used by some browsers to identify a bookmarked Web site. Take a look at the image above. It looks nice. What you think?

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See Both Sides Of The Story : BBC World Ad

Take a look at the pictures. These shows a nice outdoor ad, that was done for BBC World. It says "See Both Sides Of The Story". Agency was BBDO New York. The masterminds : Bill Bruce (Chief Creative Officer), David Lubars (Chief Creative Officer), Eric Silver (Executive Creative Director), Ari Weiss (Creative Director), Jerome Marucci (Creative Director), Jamie Overkamp (Art Director), Jerome Marucci (Art Director) and Ari Weiss (Copywriter). These ads are really
appealing and I like the idea of showing them in the corners. What you think about them?

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Naomi Campbell charged over Police assult

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been charged with assaulting two police officers after she was removed from a flight at London's Heathrow Airport. The alleged incident occurred on a BA flight which was due to leave for Los Angeles from Terminal 5 on 3 April.

The 38-year-old supermodel was accused of six offences when she answered bail at Heathrow police station. Now she will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on 20 June.

Ms Campbell has been charged with three counts of assaulting a constable, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000. She also faces one count of disorderly conduct likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, which is punishable by a fine of up to £2,500, and two counts of using threatening, abusive words or behaviour towards cabin crew, which comes with a maximum penalty of £1,000.

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May 29, 2008

Lightning in Chaiten Volcano

Take a look at the photograph. This is not fake or photoshopped. This real photograph shows lightning bolts appearing above and around the Chaiten volcano in Chile. One more amazing photo from the volcano eruption.

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Sex And The City US premiere

Take a look at the stars of the film "Sex And The City", who attended its New York premiere at Radio City Music Hall. And the following photograph shows Candace Bushnell, who wrote the original columns on which the popular "Sex And The City" series was based.

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Aeroplane Splits in Half

Earlier this week, a Boeing 747 aeroplane split into two pieces while trying to take off from Belgium's Brussels Airport. Take a look at the picture above. Luckily the plane did not catch fire and the four crew members escaped without any major injuries.

The plane is owned by Kalitta Air, a cargo carrier based at Willow Run Airport near Ypsilanti, Michigan, and was on a scheduled flight to Bahrain. It was not yet clear what caused the crash.

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Shark Attack in Bedroom

The teenager in Dudley, West Midlands survived a terrifying shark attack in his own bedroom! Actually, the 'attack' happened when 14 year old Sam Hawthorne sleepwalked into a long-dead souvenir shark hanging on the wall of his nautical-themed bedroom.

The dead fish embedded in Sam's cheek for about 15 minutes. But he escaped the deadly attack with just a small scar. So funny! What you think?

'It was the most frightening experience of my life,' Sam said. Link

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View from Phoenix lander

This approximate color view of Mars was obtained on sol 2 by the Surface Stereo Imager (SSI) on board the Phoenix lander. The view is toward the northwest, showing polygonal terrain near the lander and out to the horizon of planet Mars.

The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver. NASA

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May 26, 2008

Phoenix landed on Mars

A good news for the community of space scientists and NASA enthusiasts. Ending a long journey from planet Earth, NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has successfully landed on Mars' north pole region. The Mars Phoenix Lander successfully deployed a parachute and then thrusters to manage a soft landing on its three legs. NASA scientists are very after this successful landing. The Phoenix spacecraft is on an important mission to search for signs of life in the red planet. It will perform various tests in coming days and scientists are eagerly waiting for the results of it's tests. Take a look at the images from Mars that Phoenix sent after landing. Images from NASA.

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Hand Paintings by Guido Daniele

Your hand is a great canvas! At least, artist Guido Daniele proves this with his special skills in body painting. Guido Daniele lives and works in Milan,Italy. In 1990 he developed a body painting technique, and his work has been used in advertising images and commercials, as well as fashion events and exhibitions. Take a look at these beautiful hand paintings, which he calls 'Handimals'.

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May 25, 2008

Great Balance with a Chair

Take a look at the picture above. Great display of balancing skills or just a nonsense act? What you think?
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Music and PC Speakers

I love music. That's why, while working on my laptop, I used to play some beautiful music in my media player. Music helps me to concentrate on my works. My favorite music genre includes instrumental, country, trans and a little bit of rock. What about you?

The quality of a speaker greatly affects the quality of music. A bad speaker may degrade the beauty of music. That's why I am very serious about the quality of speakers. I bought my 5.1 channel speaker from a local store, after lots of testing. I searched the internet for detailed information and user's reviews about the best pc speakers and tested them in the local store. And finally I decided to buy that one. I don't want to mention the brand name here. But it is really a nice speaker.

So, if you want to buy a pc speaker or a general speaker, I would suggest you to do some research about the product before you buy. You can search the internet or take advise from friends and family. But, if you really want to get some good information about the products that you want to buy, then you must visit Wize ( Wize is a free resource site for consumers who wants to buy the best products. Wize gathers millions of product reviews from different websites and uses a special technology to figure out the best products.

Want to know about the best pc speakers available in the market? Just tell and they will try to list out the best speakers by analyzing different reviews. You will also be able to know more about these products by seeing all the information, pictures, pros and cons, reviews, and stores to buy them.

The pc speakers section of shows the Top10 best products. Each of these products has detailed information about configuration, features and price. The product reviews are very very important and you must not avoid them. These reviews will help you to know about the pros and cons of these products. So, just browse through the pages of, decide on the right speaker and buy it.

From electronics to health & beauty, covers all types of products. To help the consumers they have divided all the products into some specific categories. Just browse through these categorizes and find the information that you have been looking for. You can also use their search feature to find the right product.

In my view, is a great service that every consumer must use before buying a product. Try it today and I am sure that it will help you to pick the best product!

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Parrot comes home after Reciting!

A parrot in Tokyo safely returns home after missing for two day, by reciting his name and address to a stranger willing to help. Yosuke, the African grey parrot flew out of his cage and got lost in the city. Later police resuced him from a roof-top in the city of Nagareyama, near Tokyo.

The police officers tried to find clues about the owner of Yosuke. But failed. Later the parrot started to recite his name and address in front of a veterinarian, after it was transferred to a nearby veterianry hospital. "I'm Mr. Yosuke Nakamura," the bird told the veterinarian. The parrot also provided his full home address, down to the street number, and even entertained the hospital staff by singing songs.

Police checked the address recited by the parrot and found that it was right. The Nakamura family told police they had been teaching the bird its name and address for about two years. Interestingly, the parrot was not keen to open his mouth before police!

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May 24, 2008

Single Pole River Crossing

Take a look at the photograph. This is an special event called as "Single Pole River Crossing", that is performed in China. During this performance, a person must stand or do the splits on a bamboo pole floating and constantly rolling on water surface while using another for propelling forward. These performers are also required to make the performance even move interesting by doing various stunts. Want to cross the river with a single bamboo pole? Give a look at the following images.

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May 23, 2008

I am with SocialSpark

I love blogging. I don't know why, but I love blogging. For me it is like an addiction and it gives me some kind of satisfaction. Blogging helps me to discover new blogs, new persons and new communities. It is an exciting World and I am proud to be a part of it!

This blog is now one year old. During this one year, I have learned that, the sense of community is very important for success in blogging. That's why I was very excited about the launch of SocialSpark, a social media marketing service. This service is different from others in terms of the community aspect. It not only helps bloggers to monetize their blogs, but also provides them tools and services to build a strong community and drive traffic to their blogs. That's why I have joined SocialSpark.

SocialSpark is the latest innovation of IZEA. It is a 100% transparent system, that connects bloggers with interested advertisers and helps them to create a good relationship among themselves. SocialSpark have a marketplace, where advertisers offers opportunities to bloggers. The opportunities are of three types - Sponsored Post, Blog Sponsorship and Spark. Sponsored Post means, you need to write an unique post on your blog, as per the requirements of the advertiser. For each unique post, the advertiser pays some amount of money to the blogger. Blog Sponsorship means the advertiser uses SocialSpark's unique technology to display a 'welcome mat' and persistent sponsorship banner on blogs. They pays the bloggers on per day basis. And Spark means free opportunites that serves as ideas for blog posts. Bloggers can use it to write some reciprocal reviews.

Unlike other similar services, SocialSpark requires 100% audit-able in-post disclosure. It helps bloggers to retain the faith of their readers, by clearly telling them that it was a sponsored post. They also takes proper care about the search engines and the risk of pagerank slap! All their links comes with a nofollow tag. It makes the sponsored posts 100% search engine friendly. This is a great reason to join SocialSpark.

As a memeber of SocialSpark, you will be able to discover new blogs, make new friends and drive traffic to your blogs. With the help of their in-built messaging system, you can contact your friends. You will also be able to rate other bloggers and blogs. So, the more you participate, the more benefit you will get from this system.

So, why I would recommend SocialSpark?
  • You will be able to monetize your blogs.
  • They have 100% transparency in transactions.
  • All sponsored posts carries 100% audit able in-post disclosure.
  • All links are search engine friendly.
  • You will be able to make new friends.
  • Accepts English and Spanish language blogs.
  • Your blogs will get better exposure.
  • And many more points, that you will discover after joining it!

So, what about you? Do you love blogging? If you do, then you must join this exciting social media marketing service. I am sure that it will help you to make some money, besides giving some good exposure to your blogs! Join SocialSpark today.

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