Aug 31, 2008

World's Largest Digging Machine Photos

Take a look at the machine in the picture above. This is the World's Largest Digging Machine (or trencher or rotating shovel). It's height is 95 meters and it's total length is 215 meters. This giant machine was built by a German company named "Krupp". It took about 5 years to design the machine and the manufacture cost was more than $100 million.

The weight of this giant Digging machine is about 45,500 tons. It is used in digging coal, rock and earth. It's maximum digging speed is 10 meters per minute. It can move more than 76,000 cubic meters of coal, rock, and earth per day. Take a look at the following pictures of this giant digging machine.

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Aug 30, 2008

5,922-piece Lego Taj Mahal

Famous toy manufacturer Lego has just launched their biggest model, a 5,922-piece replica of the Taj Mahal. Priced at £200, this model will be on sale from September, 2008. When finished this model measures 3ft wide and 2ft tall. Take a look at the picture above.

The Lego Taj Mahal uses a whopping 800 more Lego bricks than the company's next biggest model - the Star Wars Millennium Falcon. So, it is considered to be tricky and only those over the age of 14 are recommended to tackle it. A lego fan? I am sure that this piece will keep you engaging for hours! via Ananova

The real Taj Mahal at Agra, India

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Aug 29, 2008

Gorilla went to Dentist!

A gorilla in UK has just got his sore tooth removed by the densists! Don't believe me? Take a look at the photograph above. It shows the root removal operation performed by specialist veterinary dentists at Paignton Zoo, Devon.

Pertinax, a silverback Western gorilla, is the leader of the zoo's bachelor group of gorillas in Paignton Zoo. He had a broken canine. So, Dr Peter Kertesz had to remove the root, that was three inches long. For this operation, the primate had to be sedated for about two hours. Link

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Aquarium for your Toilet!

Love aquariums? I am sure that this new aquarium will catch your attention. This is called Fish 'n Flush, a patented, two-piece aquarium toilet tank, designed by AquaOne Technologies, Inc. Yes, this is an aquarium for your toilet! You can use it to keep smaller fish in order to make your bathroom a center of attraction.

Fish 'n Flush has a 2.2 gallon capacity and fits most two-piece toilets. It also provides two nine-inch plastic plants, a fill valve, and a complete flushing system. All you need are water, fish and food, to turn your bathroom an exciting place! For more information visit

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Aug 28, 2008

Rat meat price soars in Cambodia

In Cambodia, the demand of rat meat is increasing day by day. According to Reuters, rising inflation has put other meat beyond the reach of poor Cambodian people and that's why demand for rat meat is increasing.

With 37 percent inflation rate, beef costs 20,000 riel a kg. So, spicy field rat dishes with garlic thrown in have become particularly popular among Cambodian people. The increasing demand has pushed a kilogram of rat meat up to around 5,000 riel (69 pence) from 1,200 riel last year.

The situation is also favorable for the villagers. Due to flood, rat are fleeing to higher ground and villagers are catching them very easily. A Cambodian agriculture official said that the demand of rat meat is also increasing among the Vietnamese living on the border with Cambodia. He estimated that Cambodia supplied more than a tonne of live rats a day to Vietnam.

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World's Biggest Tomato Fight!

On Wednesday, tens of thousands of people from around the world participated in an weird tomato fight called "Tomatina", in the eastern Spanish town of Bunol. In this annual event people cover each other with pulp and juice of over-ripe tomatoes

The "Tomatina" is supposed to have started in the 1940s when some friends had a food fight. It is held each year on the last Wednesday in August. This year, about 40,000 people took part in the event making it the World's Biggest Tomato Fight! The local authorities provided 120 tonnes of tomatoes for the fight.

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Postcard goes 3,500 miles off target!

A holiday postcard sent by a 11-year-old girl to her grandparents ended up 3,500 miles off target in the New York City! How? According to Daily Mirror, Jessica Webber, the girl, was on a holiday with her mum, dad and sister in Majorca, Spain, when she sent the card. She addressed the card to Mr and Mrs P. Jones and sent it to their home in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. But due to some kind of mix-up in the sorting office in Spain, the card was sent to Harold Jones in Staten Island, New York.

After sensing that the card was not meant for him, Mr Jones, 60, contacted his local newspaper. With the help of the newspaper, Mr Jones collected the phone number of the couple and called them.

Peter Jones, 68, a retired postman, said: "I got a strange call from a man with an American accent to say he had my postcard. It was a bit confusing at first. But we had a lovely chat. That postcard's seen some sights."

So, the card sent by little Jessica, of Baldock, will have travelled 7,000 miles when it gets to her grandparents in St Neots. Lucky postcard!

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Aug 26, 2008

Eating Chicken Nuggets for 18 Years

Carla Laban, a 20-year-old British girl, is now enjoying the taste of fresh fruit and other delicious foods, after spending 18 years of her life eating chicken nuggets and chips. Sounds strange, but it is true. She was suffering from a food phobia, which left her unable to swallow any food but chicken nuggets and chips. Now with the help of a hypnotherapist, she is learning to eat other foods!

"I can remember having chicken nuggets and chips for the first and thinking, 'I can eat this without being sick,'" the Mirror quoted her, as saying.

Carla, who lives with her mum, dad Mark and 18-year-old brother Connor in Wyken, Coventry, was only 2 years old, when her family discovered that chicken nuggets was the only meal that did not make her feel badly sick. She couldn't even stand the smell of other food. From then on, she skipped breakfast each day then had nuggets for lunch and dinner, eating around 30 a day. That unbalanced diet affected her health and she used to get ill quite a lot. Exercise and vitamins even failed to improve her health.

Then, Carla visited Russell Hemmings at the Bridge Clinic and discovered that she had a phobia which stemmed back to her childhood when she had a dairy intolerance. Now with the help of a hypnotherapist she can eat most things including chunky chips and roast chicken.

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Cows can Sense North and South?

A team of German and Czech scientists recently found that cows can sense north and south directions. After study of numerous satellite photographs of cow herds all over the world, the scientists came to this conclusion. Their findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

As many as 8,510 in 308 pasture plains were observed through Google Earth images and the research team noted the fact that, when grazing or resting, cows have the tendency to align their bodies in a north-south direction. Scientists involved in this research thinks that the magnetic field of the Earth is responsible for this behavior.

But the question is why cows do it? It seems that they do it for comfort! Their body temperature is about 102 and the leather doesn’t make it any easier for them to resist high temperatures. So, they rests in the north-south alignment that seems to help them keep cool!

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Aug 25, 2008

Beijing Olympic Closing Ceremony Photos

The Beijing Olympic Games ended with an amazing closing ceremony. The closing ceremony began in the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in northern Beijing at 8 p.m. on Sunday. The grand event began amid a display of fireworks that form a huge circle in the sky which symbolizes the complete success of the Beijing Games.

The countdown to the closing ceremony started from the number 29, indicating the 29th Olympic Games. All the audience joined the countdown from 10, while the numbers were displayed by firework explosions in the sky. About 7000 individuals took part in the closing ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games. If you missed it on the television, then this post is just for you. Take a look at these pictures from the closing ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games. Enjoy!

*Note: These photos are copyrighted by the respective agencies like Getty Images and AP. We are using them just for information purpose.

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Aug 24, 2008

Strongest Pensioner in Britain

This is Ged Mullane, a 75-year-old pensioner from Waterhead, who has been named the "Strongest Pensioner in Britain". He got the title after winning the British Bench Press Championships in the over-60 category by beating competitors up to 15 years younger than himself. Ged will now represent Britain in the European Bench Press Championships in the Czech Republic on 23 October.

Ged is a father of four children and have nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Before he took up weight lifting, the powerful pensioner was a member of the athletics team based at Salford Harriers. In 1983, he was in second position at the World Masters Power Lifting Championship in Canada. Now Ged hopes to win the European Bench Press Championships by lifting at least 105 kilos, which is around 16-and-a-half stone!

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Won a contest, Kiss a Horse!

Think twice before making a bet or getting into a contest! Otherwise, who knows when you will have to kiss a horse like Davis County Commissioner Alan Hansen did! Take a look at the photograph. It is real.

How all these started? A weight loss contest was the reason behind this horse smooch! The contest was between employees at Davis County and the Davis Hospital and Medical Center. As per the rules of the contest, members of the team that lost the most weight got to watch their boss kiss a farm animal.

This year, the county employees won and as a prize, their bosses, the county commissioners, kissed a cow during the County fair last week. But, Hansen missed out last week's lip lock with the cow. So, the employees brought Reno, a 3 -year-old horse and Hansel completed his task!

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2,500 years old Modern Gold Earings!

Take a look at the picture above. Looks like modern gold jewelry? Actually these earnings are 2,500 years old! Bulgarian archeologist Georgi Kitov discovered these gold earrings along with a ring and other funeral gifts dating back to the 5th century B.C. while excavating an ancient Thracian tomb near the village of Kushare, about 280km from Sofia, Bulgaria. Can you believe it?

Bulgaria and it's Black Sea coast is considered the birthplace of the world's metal production. Last year archeologist Georgi Kitov's team unearthed a gold mask belonging to a fourth century B.C. Thracian King in southeastern Bulgaria.

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Aug 23, 2008

Dog saves abandoned Baby

A dog has touched the hearts of Argentines by saving the life of an abandoned baby by placing him safely alongside her own new-born puppies. The baby is now fine and being looked after by local authorities. Can you believe this? Read on.

The baby was born prematurely to a 14-year-old girl in a town outside the capital, Buenos Aires. The girl is said to have panicked and abandoned the baby in a field, surrounded by wooden boxes and rubbish. Then La China, the eight-year-old dog, somehow spotted the baby in the rubbish and carried him about 50 meters to place alongside her own puppies.

According to news reports, the dog's owner discovered the baby after hearing the child crying. Interestingly, he found the child covered with a rag and there was no marks of dog bite. The 4kg (8lb 13oz) baby is now being looked after by the authorities.

This incident again proves that animals also have feelings like human beings. What you say? Link

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Big Catfish caught on Toy fishing rod

Can you catch a real and big fish with a toy fishing rod? Surely chances are very less. Well, it is not impossible also! A man in US has actually caught a record-breaking catfish with the help of a Barbie fishing rod.

How it happened? David Hayes and his 3-year-old granddaughter Alyssa were angling in the pond behind his Wilkes County home. Alyssa asked him to hold her 2-and-a-half feet long rod while she nipped to the loo and then the catfish hit the cricket. Hayes struggled for 25 minutes with the pink plastic toy and ultimately caught the 21 lbs, 1oz catfish.

Can you imagine this? A 32 inches long catfish caught with the help of a 30 inch long toy fishing rod! Later, a state fisheries biologist from North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has certified the big catch as a record. via Ananova

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Aug 22, 2008

Elvis and Priscilla Presley Barbie Dolls

Last week, a new set of Elvis and Priscilla Presley Barbie dolls were unveiled at the souvenir shop in Graceland. Take a look at the picture above. The beautiful dolls sport replicas of the outfits the couple wore on their wedding day in Las Vegas in 1967. The Elvis doll sports a black paisley-print tuxedo, while Priscilla's doll is wearing a white chiffon gown with a tiara and veil.

The dolls were unveiled to mark the anniversary of Presley's death on August 16, 1977. Each of the dolls costs $65 and currently they are available in limited numbers. Well, there are reports that they will be available in greater amounts later this year. So, if you are a fan of Elvis, don't miss it!

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New Insect Species discovered on eBay

A scientist in UK has discovered a new species of insect on eBay! How? Dr Richard Harrington of UK's Royal Entomological Society spotted a sample of fossilised insect encased in amber on eBay. Out of curiosity he ordered it by paying £20 to the Lithuanian seller and found that the fossilised insect is actually a long, extinct and previously unknown species of aphid.

The 3-4 mm long insect is encased in a 40-50 million year old piece of amber, about the size of a small pill. For proper identification, Dr Harrington sent it to fossil aphid expert Professor Ole Heie in Denmark. Heie confirmed that it was from a previously unknown species and named it Mindarus harringtoni after the name of Dr Harrington.

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Aug 16, 2008

Moisturizers linked to Skin Cancer!

A new study by Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J., has found a link between several popular moisturizers and non-melanoma skin cancer in mice. Researchers tested skin moisturizing creams on mice to determine whether their use is linked to cancer. They exposed hairless mice to UV radiation to mimic sun exposure, and afterward treated the mice with one of four popular moisturizers - Dermabase, Dermavan, Eucerin or Vanicream.

They found that the mice treated with moisturizers after the exposure to UV light grew more skin tumors and that these tumors were larger than those on untreated mice. The tumor formation increased 69% in the mice that had been moisturized once a day, five days a week for 17 weeks.

Does it mean that moisturizers are harmful for human also? Well, the authors of the study, which was published online today in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, say they can't conclude that moisturizers cause skin cancers in humans and further research needs to be done. But, the results of this study definitely raises some important questions regarding the increase in skin cancer cases over the last few years.

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Aug 15, 2008

Orion spacecraft launch delayed

NASA has announced that the launch of the Orion, the spacecraft designed to replace the space shuttle fleet, has been pushed back by one year. Now, NASA hopes that the Constellation Program will make its first flight to the International Space Station on or before 2014. Earlier the first flight of Orion was scheduled for September 2013.

The Orion is a part of the ambitious Constellation program, a NASA program that includes new launch vehicles and a lunar lander. As the present space shuttle fleet will be decommissioned in late September 2010, the new space crafts will re-supply the International Space Station and carry out other special missions such as landing on the moon. Until the Orion space crafts enters into service, NASA will have to depend on Russian Soyuz spacecrafts for supplying astronauts aboard the ISS.

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