Friday, February 11, 2011

World's Largest Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium, located in Atlanta, Georgia at Pemberton Place, is the "world's largest aquarium" with more than 8.1 million US gallons (31,000 m) of marine and fresh water housing more than 100,000 animals of 500 different species.The aquarium's notable specimens include four young whale sharks, three beluga whales and two manta rays.

Why One is 1 and Two is 2 ...?


India.... what a country? Think about it !


1. India is a nation where Rice is Rs.40/- per kg and Sim Card is free.

2. Pizza reaches home faster than Ambulance and Police.

3. Car loan @ 5% but education loan @ 12%.

4. Students with 45% get in elite institutions thru quota system and those with 90% get out because of merit.

5. Where a millionaire can buy a cricket team instead of donating the money to any charity. 2 IPL teams are auctioned at 3300 crores and we are still a poor country where people starve for 2 square meals per day.

6. Where the footwear, we wear, are sold in AC showrooms, but vegetables, that we eat, are sold on the footpath.

7. Where everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to follow the path to be famous.

8. Assembly complex buildings are getting ready within one year while public transport bridges alone take several years to be completed.

9. Where we make lemon juices with artificial flavors and dish wash liquids with real lemon.

Think about it !!!!!

Indian ingenuity... A Funny Story

An Indian, a German and a Pakistani got arrested consuming alcohol which is a severe offense in Saudi Arabia, so for the terrible crime they are all sentenced 20 lashes each of the whip.

As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheik announced:
"It's my first wife's birthday today, and she has asked me to allow each of you one wish before your whipping."

The German was first in line; he thought for a while and then said:
"Please tie a pillow to my back."

This was done, but the pillow only lasted 10 lashes & the German had to be carried away bleeding and crying with pain.

The Pakistani was next up. After watching the German in horror he said
smugly: "Please fix two pillows to my back."

But even two pillows could only take 15 lashes & the Pakistani was also led away whimpering loudly.

The Indian was the last one up, but before he could say anything, the Sheikh turned to him and said:

"You are from a most beautiful part of the world and your culture is one of the finest in the world. For this, you may have two wishes!"

"Thank you, your Most Royal and Merciful highness," Indian replied.

"In recognition of your kindness, my first wish is that you give me not 20, but 100 lashes."

"Not only are you an honorable, handsome and powerful man, you are also very brave." The Sheik said with an admiring look on his face.

"If 100 lashes is what you desire, then so be it." And what is your second wish?" the Sheik asked.
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The Indian said, "Tie the Pakistani to my back" !!!

10 Oldest Mosques in the World

The designation of the oldest mosque in the world requires careful use of definitions, and must be divided into two parts, the oldest in the sense of oldest surviving building, and the oldest in the sense of oldest mosque congregation. Even here, there is the distinction between old mosque buildings that have been in continuous use as mosques, and those that have been converted to other purposes; and between buildings that have been in continuous use as mosques and those that were shuttered for many decades. In terms of congregations, they are distinguished between early established congregations that have been in continuous existence, and early congregations that ceased to exist (wikipedia).

1. Quba Mosque, Saudi Arabia ( First Built: 622 )


2. Al-Masjid al-Nabawi, Saudi Arabia ( First Built: 622 )


3. Masjid al-Qiblatain, Saudi Arabia ( First Built: 623 )


4. Jawatha Mosque, Saudi Arabia ( First Built: 629 )


5. Masjid al-Haram, Saudi Arabia ( First Built: 638 )


6. Great Mosque of Kufa, Iraq ( First Built: 639 )


7. Mosque of Uqba, Tunisia ( First Built: 670 )


8. Imam Hussain Mosque, Iraq ( First Built: 680 )


9. Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem ( First Built: 705 )


10. Al-Zaytuna Mosque, Tunisia ( First Built: 709 )

Top 10 Modern health hazards

1. Time Poverty
With work, family, running a homeand trying to keep fit, we end up rushing from one facet of our life to another without ever pausing for breath. And the more we rush, the further behind we fall as we struggle to meet all the deadlines we have imposed on ourselves. The result is time poverty - the sense that we are always short of time as we try and cram far more into our daily lives than previous generations have ever contemplated. And the consequence of all this is our health. From stress, depression, insomnia and a poor diet leading to obesity, to overscheduled kids and under connected families, to simply doing too much, it's all taking its toll on our health.
 
2. Toasted Skin Syndrome
Balancing your laptop on your knees could leave you with discoloured or even burnt skin. Experts warn that the heat generated by your computer can cause a sponge-patterned rash similar to that of someone who has huddled too close to a heater or campfire to stay warm. In a recent case in Europe, a 12-year-old boy suffered a rash on his left thigh from resting his computer on one leg while he played computer games. US experts who investigated a similar case in the United States found the patient's computer heated up to 52 degrees when she worked with it on her legs. Several major computer manufacturers now warn against resting your laptop on your lap or against exposed skin because of this affliction.
 
3. 21st Century Syndrome
Tired, irritable, suffering from digestion problems or a constant cough or cold? Well you could be suffering from 21st Century Syndrome - an umbrella terms that covers a myriad of random ailments and relates to a little-known stress disorder called adrenal fatigue. Officially recognised by the World Health Organisation, the condition occurs because the adrenals, which produce the hormone cortisol to help us deal with short periods of stress, get overworked. The curse of modern lifestyles take their toll causing the glands, located just above the kidneys, to burnout and as cortisol levels drop, the human body can no longer respond to high pressure situations leading to a feeling of general malaise.
 
4. Moneysomnia
We have experienced the worst global financial crisis of our lifetime, the effects of which could be impacting on our health more than we realise. Recent research from the pharmacist Boots reveals that adults lose more than one hour sleep at night worrying about money.
Boots pharmacist Angela Chalmers explains,"Money worries are understandable, particularly during this time of financial uncertainty, but most adults need between six and eight hours of sleep a night for optimal health and mental wellbeing. Being kept awake at night worrying can be very emotionally draining and may have an impact on your health.
 
5. Thomas the Tank Engine World
Heard about the little boy who watches so much Thomas the Tank Engine he only speaks in phrases from the TV show and refuses to integrate with other children at nursery? Well, sadly this is a true story of a three-year-old American who watched up to five hours a day of the hit kids show and is now trapped in his own Thomas the Tank Engine world. But this story is by no means unique and the problem is becoming so widespread, including here in the UAE, that doctors warn watching too much television at a young age can lead to learning difficulties, can affect a child's ability to concentrate and can contribute to higher levels of obesity due to the lack of activity that comes with screen-based entertainment.
 
6. 21st Century Fear
With disease, crime, the threat of floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, terrorist attacks, toxic chemicals in our food, plane crashes, or even the fear of a collision on Shaikh Zayed Road on the way to work, we live in a world filled with fear. In fact we have all become so worried about what ‘might' happen that we have stopped enjoying life as it comes. Too much worry is never good for your health, and is the world really that dangerous? Clinical psychologist Daniel Freeman, author of Paranoia: The 21st Century Fear (OUP Oxford) says we are so worried about things that probably won't even happen that we have lost all perspective. An American study of 8,000 people found that communities with the highest levels of mistrust of others around them generally had lower social cohesion and higher death rates. So chill out and have some fun.
 
7. Gaming Addiction
Computer games can be so addictive that some people play for days. But psychologists maintain that the games contain powerful psychological devices that can make some fans play to the point of obsession causing damage to their mental health. The experts believe that by randomly rewarding players with extra lives or new features it keeps them coming back for more. The danger of this is that gamers withdraw from everyday life and immerse themselves in a world of fantasy. The World Health Organisation cites online games as one of the biggest threats to the mental health of young people.
 
8. Expat Stone
The transient nature of our world means that increasing numbers of the world's population are relocating to new habitats. But where you decide to live can have a dramatic impact on your health. Moving to Dubai, for example, may be beneficial for your bank balance but not so good for your waistline. A staggering 98 per cent of obese respondents to a poll on weight gain by VLCC, a Dubai-based slimming centre, all agreed their new life in the UAE had made them fat. Long working hours, the car culture, a passion for brunches and even having maids were all blamed for adding the Dubai stone. And many of those polled blamed the hot climate for their inability to lose the weight. According to the World Health Organisation, the UAE is ranked 18th on the list of countries with the highest rates of obesity.
 
9. Electrosensitivity
Imagine being allergic to electricity then imagine a life without televisions, computers, mobile phones, microwaves or even the Metro. Well, for some people this is a reality. Being electrosensitive means reacting to electromagnetic radiation or electro smog that exists all around us in today's world. Symptoms include aching muscles, pains in the head where you might hold a mobile phone, heart palpitations and stomach cramps and these can be magnified when they are in close proximity to mobile phone masts or wireless hotspots. While there is little scientific evidence to prove the existence of the condition or that radiation from wireless technology is a danger to our health, there is also little research into the effects of being exposed to so many electrical appliances on a daily basis.
 
10. DIY dangers
Adding a coat of paint to your villa or apartment or putting up some new shelves comes with its hazards. Paint contains harmful chemicals which can cause you to blackout if you paint in a unventilated room, wallpaper paste contains fungicides to prevent the mould that can trigger allergic reactions. Tackling mould in your bathroom with bleach could burn your eyes, nose and throat and let's not even begin on the hazard of handling DIY tools!

Ten health myths busted...

If you are reading this, chances are that you are definitely not under a stone cave. But despite your flashy degree, 21st century mental prowess and all the health information you have access to, the last decade has seen the buildup of some resistant health myths buried deep in your minds that simply refuse to go away! We’ve picked some of the choicest and busted them for you.

Myth: Cholesterol is always bad
Busted: There’s no need now to panic the moment your doctor mentions the word cholesterol. Cholesterol is a collective term for the two types of cholesterol, HDL (highdensity lipoprotein) and LDL (low-density lipoprotein). HDL is the good cholesterol and LDL, its bad counterpart. Certain foods like nuts, fish etc that contain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) can actually lower the LDL and increase the HDL content in your body. Healthy levels of cholesterol are essential for the normal function of your cells and membranes.



Myth: A flu that affects men will be tougher and more resilient compared to flu in women since it must have been a strong virus to have infected them in the first place (men are tougher!)
Busted: There is no difference in a flu affecting a man from that of flu in women. A survey conducted by Benenden Healthcare concluded that 2.5 million British men took time off work for a cold as opposed to only 1.5 million women who did the same. This was found to be only because women were more casual about their flu and considered it easier to get over with than their male counterparts who took their flu as a complicated new strain of virus.



Myth: A PSA of 4 or more means prostate cancer
Busted: Many think elevated PSA (prostatespecific antigen) indicate definitive prostate cancer but that isn’t true. Newer tests like complexed PSA (cPSA) and percentage free PSA other than a biopsy can be employed to find out if the elevated PSA is due to cancer or a benign condition. According to William Catalona, MD, a professor of Urology at Washington university at St Louis, “Any trauma or inflammation can cause PSA to leak into the surrounding tissue [of the prostate], where it is picked up in the bloodstream.” That literally means, anything from a throat infection to a bumpy bike ride can cause temporary peaks in PSA levels.


Myth: Viagra will cure erectile dysfuntion for all men
Busted: Although Viagra (Sildenafil citrate) has helped millions of men spice up their life in the bedroom, there is a select 20 per cent of men in whom it does not work. This is because Viagra cannot guarantee results for all the causes of erectile dysfunction. For example, erectile dysfunction due to a psychological cause has to be treated differently.


Myth: Men with bigger feet are better endowed
Busted: For a long time now the correlation between hands, feet, height, and for that matter even the nose have been rife, but none of this is based on any fact. A study published in the British Journal of Urology International in 2002 found out that there is no
correlation.


Myth: Wearing hats can cause balding
Busted: This myth was born long ago in the West where men who joined the military were expected to wear hats, after which their hair started thinning. In actuality, it was because men who entered the military were at an age where androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) set in. There is no scientific evidence to prove the link between balding and hats whatsoever. It, however, does not mean you should start wearing caps all the time since it is nice to give your hair some ‘breathing’ space.


Myth: Cracking your knuckles can cause arthritis
Busted: When you crack your knuckles, the gasses in your joint fluid (synovial fluid) are released under pressure, which creates the pop sound. Recent studies have concluded that cracking knuckles has no link to chances of developing osteoarthritis. So crack your knuckles, even drum your fingers on the table to pass time. None of it will give you arthritis. However excessive habitual cracking has been linked to tendon and ligament injury and reduced grip strength over a period of time.


Myth: Only women get breast cancer
Busted: Even though it is true that more women than men suffer from breast cancer – breast cancer can affect men too. In the United States alone 1,500 new cases are diagnosed every year out of which 400 cases end up in death. According to Men’s Health magazine, men are more likely to not understand the three main risk factors – obesity, family history and age (more than 60 years).



Myth: Men think about sex every 7 seconds
Busted: Do you really? We don’t think so. Here’s why: Dr Aaron Carroll of Indiana University and the co-author of the book Don’t Swallow your Gum!: Myths, Half Truths and Outright Lies about your body and health says that the sevensecond figure seems to be the approximate time we take between breaths. So it naturally seems preposterous to believe that men think about sex in every breath. A survey conducted in the US in 1994 on sexual behaviour by Edward Laumann and colleagues concluded that 43 per cent of men reported thinking about sex not even once a day. A bit extreme, we think.


Myth: Shaving can result in thicker hair growth
Busted: Shaving off hair, be it from the scalp or face, temporarily makes the new hair growth seem thicker and darker. Thicker, since the tapering tip of the hair is cut and the cross section of the emerging hair shaft looks larger in diameter and darker because the sun may not have got a chance to have bleached it yet. (Yes, sunrays can reduce the pigmentation of your hair to a small degree).

100 Benefits of Meditation

Physiological benefits:
1. It lowers oxygen consumption.
2. It decreases respiratory rate.
3. It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
4. Increases exercise tolerance.
5. Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.
6. Good for people with high blood pressure.
7. Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
8. Decreases muscle tension
9. Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
10. Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.
11. Helps in post-operative healing.
12. Enhances the immune system.
13. Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
14. Enhances energy, strength and vigour.
15. Helps with weight loss
16. Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage
17. Higher skin resistance
18. Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
19. Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.
20. Decreases the aging process.
21. Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
22. Prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases
23. Makes you sweat less
24. Cure headaches & migraines
25. Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning
26. Reduced Need for Medical Care
27. Less energy wasted
28. More inclined to sports, activities
29. Significant relief from asthma
30. Improved performance in athletic events
31. Normalizes to your ideal weight
32. Harmonizes our endocrine system
33. Relaxes our nervous system
34. Produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity
35. Helps cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).

Psychological benefits:
36. Builds self-confidence.
37. Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.
38. Resolve phobias & fears
39. Helps control own thoughts
40. Helps with focus & concentration
41. Increase creativity
42. Increased brain wave coherence.
43. Improved learning ability and memory.
44. Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.
45. Increased emotional stability.
46. improved relationships
47. Mind ages at slower rate
48. Easier to remove bad habits
49. Develops intuition
50. Increased Productivity
51. Improved relations at home & at work
52. Able to see the larger picture in a given situation
53. Helps ignore petty issues
54. Increased ability to solve complex problems
55. Purifies your character
56. Develop will power
57. Greater communication between the two brain hemispheres
58. Respond more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.
59. increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance
60. Higher intelligence growth rate
61. Increased job satisfaction
62. Increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones
63. Decrease in potential mental illness
64. Better, more sociable behaviour
65. Less aggressiveness
66. Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction
67. Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals
68. Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation
69. Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia
70. Increases sense of responsibility
71. Reduces road rage
72. Decrease in restless thinking
73. Decreased tendency to worry
74. Increases listening skills and empathy
75. Helps make more accurate judgments
76. Greater tolerance
77. Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways
78. Grows a stable, more balanced personality
79. Develops emotional maturity

Spiritual benefits:
80. Helps keep things in perspective
81. Provides peace of mind, happiness
82. Helps you discover your purpose in life
83. Increased self-actualization.
84. Increased compassion
85. Growing wisdom
86. Deeper understanding of yourself and others
87. Brings body, mind, and spirit in harmony
88. Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation
89. Increased acceptance of one self
90. Helps learn forgiveness
91. Changes attitude toward life
92. Creates a deeper relationship with your God
93. Increases the synchronicity in your life
94. Greater inner-directedness
95. Helps living in the present moment
96. Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
97. Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
98. Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”
99. Experience a sense of “Oneness”
100. Leads to enlightenment