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, caf├ęs, 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.
Via: Seuthopolis
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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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