Jan 30, 2009

First Commercially Cloned Dog


A couple in Florida is now the proud owner of the World's first commercially cloned dog. The Boca Raton couple have had their pet dog cloned, after it died from cancer.  On Monday,  January 26th, Lancey was hand delivered to the Ottos by Lou Hawthorne, chairman of BioArts International, a California based biotechnology company.  It is reported that the couple paid  $155,000 to the California firm for the clone of their pet dog.

Edgar and Nina Otto thought about cloning Sir Lancelot, their pet dog, about five years ago. Sir Lancelot died from a type of cancer last year. So, it was a good time to get the clone. Sir Lancelot's DNA sample was sent to the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in Seoul, South Korea, which provides cloning services to BioArts. Researchers in Seoul put Sir Lancelot's DNA into an egg, and Lancey was born November 18, 2008.

The Ottos were one of five families to bid and win a BioArts auction for a chance to clone their pet dog, according to a BioArts press release. Lancey is the world's first commercially cloned dog and the Ottos are the first of six current clients to receive their clone from BioArts.

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Jan 21, 2009

Eva Mendes : Most Desirable Woman


AskMen.com, the largest online men's magazine, today announced its 9th annual list of the "Top 99 Most Desirable Women." AskMen.com readers cast more than ten million votes to rank the women who best represent the qualities of the ideal girlfriend or wife. Eva Mendes, the Cuban-American actress who appeared in two films over the past year, received the most votes and has been named the 2009 number one Most Desirable Woman. Mendes ranked 4th on last year’s list. Rounding out the top three for 2009 were actress Megan Fox and Victoria’s Secret model Marisa Miller.


You can view the full “Top 99 Most Desirable Women” list, as well as profiles and pictures of each honoree at http://www.AskMen.com. The top ten honorees, in order, include:

1. Eva Mendes, actress and model

2. Megan Fox, actress

3. Marisa Miller, Victoria’s Secret model

4. Keeley Hazell, British model

5. Anne Hathaway, Golden Globe® Awards nominee actress

6. Alessandra Ambrosio, Brazilian model

7. Scarlett Johansson, newlywed and actress

8. Rihanna, GRAMMY® winning singer actress

9. Kristen Bell, screen actress

10. Kate Beckinsale, screen actress

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Jan 20, 2009

Lowest Grossing Film of all Time

What is the name of the lowest-grossing film of all time? Do you have any idea about it's gross earning? Well, the name of the film is "Zyzzyx Road" and it grossed just $30. Can you believe this?


Zyzzyx Road is an independent thriller film. It stars Leo Grillo, Katherine Heigl, and Tom Sizemore. The screenplay was written by John Penney, who also directed the film. It was released on February 25, 2006 at Highland Park Village Theater in Dallas, Texas. The release was deliberately limited and it was shown once-a-day for six days, which ultimately resulted in gross income of $30 at the box office. Unofficially, its opening weekend netted $20 from exactly six patrons. The $10 difference is due to a personal refund by Grillo to makeup artist Sheila Moore, who had worked on the film, and her friend.

The total budget of the film was about $2 million and it earned just $30 in the box office. What a successful opening? Later, the film was released in 23 countries and by the end of 2006, had earned about $368,000. As of today, the film has not yet received the legitimate domestic distribution that was supposed to follow its foreign release.

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Jan 5, 2009

Two sets of Black and White Twins

Two sets of Black and White Twins
The amazing black and white family: Parents Alison and Dean with (from left) Hayleigh holding Leah, and Lauren holding Miya

A mixed-race British couple have defied the odds by giving birth to black and white twins, not once, but twice. In 2001, Dean Durrant and Alison Spoonder welcomed their first set of black and white twins, two healthy baby girls. Now, after 7 years, the 27-year-old mother has given birth to a second set of twins with different coloured skin. Both sets of twins are fraternal rather than identical. Which means they are the product of two separately fertilized eggs.

The twins were born prematurely in November in Frimley, southern England, and spent several weeks in the hospital. However, both girls were born healthy, with Miya weighing 4lb lloz and Leah 5lb 10oz.They are now at home with their parents in Fleet, 40 miles (60 kilometers) southwest of London.

It is rare enough for two sets of twins to be born to the same parents, but the chances of them inheriting different skin and hair colour from their mother and father are just two in a million.

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Read our previous posts on black and white twins here and here.
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Jan 3, 2009

Amazing Salar de Uyuni

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Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) is the world's largest salt desert or salt flat. It is located in the southwest of Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes, 3650 meters high. It's size is 10,582 km² (4,085 square miles). When covered with shallow water, the Salar de Uyuni reflects the sky and that's why it is also called as the 'World's Largest Mirror (Natural)". Take a look at these beautiful images of Salar de Uyuni.

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Salar de Uyuni from Space
Salar de Uyuni from above
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Fake Facebook Profile of Guyana President

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Bharrat Jagdeo, the president of Guyana has got an imposter on popular social networking site Facebook! The fake Bharrat Jagdeo Facebook profile has more than 170 supporters, and features images of the president as well as his biography. Now, the Guyana government has issued a statement to clarify that it was not the real president. And the real president of the South American nation has asked police to investigate the matter and find out who is actually impersonating him.

Bharrat Jagdeo
According to BBC, the Facebook profile of president Jagdeo has two photo albums, one of a well-known bridge in Guyana, the Berbice, and the other of international leaders, some with the president. Interestingly, the Guyana government also said that it's officials discovered that someone had impersonated the president on another social networking site. So, what's the matter? Why people are using Bharrat Jagdeo's name? Only time will tell, when investigators will be able to locate the imposter.

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Jan 2, 2009

£100 Billion Overdraft Error

As the whole world is being hit by credit crunch, a student in Ayrshire, UK, got hit by a £100billion overdraft shock! According to Donald Moffat, 38, his Barclays account was showing two separate withdrawals of £50 billion each. It was definitely an error, but was more than enough to give someone a severe headache!

According to BBC, the Barclays confirmed that it was "technical error" and apologized to Moffat. In a statement Barclays said: "A technical error caused some customer accounts to be incorrectly debited. The problem was immediately identified and corrected within less than an hour, and all affected customer accounts are now showing correct balances."

The bank also offered a compensation of £10, for the phone calls that Moffat had to make to resolve the issue. But, Moffat is not happy with the amount, as it is nothing compared to the stress that he went through trying to resolve the £100bn overdraft issue.

This is really not a perfect time for such errors. Someone may get heart attacks after looking at such horrible bank statements. What you say?
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