Friday, April 29, 2011

Barack Obama - A life in pictures!

Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4 1961

His father, Barack Obama, Sr, came from Nyangoma-Kogelo, Kenya

His mother, Ann Dunham, hailed from Wichita, Kansas

His parents separated when he was two years old and later divorced

His mother remarried, and the family moved to Indonesia in 1967

Barack Obama attended schools in Jakarta until he was ten years old

Barack returned to Hawaii with his grandparents

This 1979 photo provided by The Oahuan, the yearbook of Punahou School, shows Barack Obama in his senior year

A photograph taken in 1987 of Barack Obama and his grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama hangs in her home in the village of Nyagoma-Kogelo, western Kenya

He studied at Columbia University in New York, where he majored in political science

He then studied law at Harvard, and graduated in 1991

After Harvard Law School, Obama returned to Chicago, joined a small civil rights firm, ran a voter registration drive, and lectured on constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School

He married Michelle Robinson in October 1992

heir daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha, were born in 1998 and 2001

He delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston

He entered the US Senate on January 4 2005

He announced his intention to run for the 2008 in February 2007. After a lengthy battle with Hillary Clinton, he seized the Democratic nomination in June 2008

He formally accepted his party's nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado, on August 23

Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States on 20 January 2009

Creative Arts from the Street artist Oakoak...

World's 10 Most Expensive Weddings

1. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum - Princess Salma ($100 million)
Listed in theGuinnessbook of world record as the most expensive wedding of the word. 34 private planes were used to pick 20,000 guests.

2. Vanisha Mittal - Amit Bhatia ($78 million)
Flight tickets were sent to the guests. 1000 guests attended 5 days program.

3.Aleksandra Nikolic - Andrey Melnichenko ($30 million)
Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, and Julio Iglesias entertained in the wedding of this Russian billionaire and model, with their performances, each of whom raked in an estimated $3.6 million for the gig.

4.Priya Sachdev - Vikram Chatwal ($20 million)
Take 600 guests for a 10-day wedding celebration and jet them from city to city in India. Chatwal owner of luxurious hotels such as Dream New York, managed to bring the event in at a tidy $20 million.

5.Coleen McLoughlin - Wayne Rooney ($15 million)
24 hours wedding celebration was held on $120 millionyat. Couple wore a dress worth of $3 million.

6.Delphine Arnault - Alessandro Vallarino Gancia ($7 million)
Won award "Wedding of the Year 2005".

7.Chelsea Clinton - Marc Mezvinsky ($5 million)
Wedding celebrated in an AC tent worth of $6 lac. Spent heavy amount on security.

8.Trista Rehn - Ryan Sutter ($4 million)
Rehn and Sutter, who met on the ABC show The Bachelorette, were married in front of 17 million viewers.

9.Liza Minnelli to David Gest ($3.5 million)
850 guests attended this wedding including Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Tailor. $7 lac spent on flower decoration.

10.Elizabeth Hurley -Arun Nayar ($2.5 million)
8 days wedding program ended in Jodhpur, India. $1 lac hotel bill. Wedding dress of Hurley was of $10,000.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

MARRIAGE JOKES ....more like facts

We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.

Love is blind but marriage is an eye-opener.

There are two times a man does'nt understand a woman, before marriage and after marriage!

A successful husband is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man!

A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about his future until he gets a wife!

A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

Before marriage, a man yearns for the woman he loves. After marriage, the "y" becomes silent.

To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all !

A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he does'nt.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change and she does.

She ran after the garbage truck, yelling, "Am I too late for the garbage?" Following her down the street the husband yelled, "No, jump in!"

Marriage is an institution in which a man loses his Bachelor's Degree and the woman gets her Masters.

A husband said to his wife, "No, I don't hate your relatives. In fact, I like your mother-in-law better than I like mine."

The honeymoon is over when the husband calls home to say he'll be late for dinner and the answering machine says it is in the microwave.

A little boy asked his father, "Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?" And the father replied, "I don't know, son, I'm still paying for it."

A man said his credit card was stolen but he decided not to report it because the thief was spending less than his wife did.

A man who muttered a few words in the church, found himself married. A year later he muttered something in his sleep and found himself divorced!

Marriage puts a ring on a woman's finger and two under the man's eyes.

A psychiatrist is a person who will give you expensive answers that your wife will give you for free.

10 Animals with Unique Skills...

10. Plumed Basilisk: Walking on Water
Coming in at No. 10 in our countdown of animal skills is a Central American lizard with an unusual habit. The plumed basilisk spends much of its time in streamside trees or shrubs waiting for an insect or small vertebrate to pass close enough so it can pounce and devour it. But when the lizard is threatened, it drops down into the stream and escapes by walking across the water on its hind feet, using its tail for added support. Aptly nicknames the “Jesus Christ lizard,” this beautiful turquoise-green reptile is also known for its running speed on land – up to 7 miles per hour – and for its ability to remain submerged underwater for up to 30 minutes.

9. Bloodhound: Olfaction
Under the sleepy eyes of the bloodhound sits the nose of a super-detective, with a sense of smell up to a million times more sensitive than that of humans. Because of the bloodhound’s fine-tuned olfactory system, it is commonly used by police officers to track down the scents of missing or fugitive people. Its nose has more than 200 million olfactory cells, which can lock onto an odor and follow it for several days, despite the presence of other scents along the way. This keen sense of smell, along with the bloodhound’s tenacity, makes it the ideal tracking dog.

8. Eagle: Eyesight
All birds of prey have very keen eyesight, which they rely on in order to find prey, but eagles are especially gifted in the visual department. By some estimates, eagles can see at least four times as much detail as humans. This is due to a few essential anatomical adaptations: large pupils that minimize diffraction, a ridge over each eye that shields sunlight and a higher concentration of cone cells in the eye. The result is incredible accuracy in locating prey, often at a distance of hundreds of yards. Hence we have the term “eagle eye” for people who display sharp vision.

7. Dung Beetle: Moonlight Navigation
Dung beetles are already world-renowned for their ability to roll a ball of excrement across great distances, but recent evidence suggests that a certain species of dung beetle (African Scarabaeus zambesianus) may be capable of another impressive skill: navigation using polarized light from the moon. These insects are often observed to travel in a straight line with their dung balls, despite whatever obstacles they may encounter. It seems that these insects rely on the patterns created when moonlight interacts with particles in the atmosphere (polarization) to navigate in a straight line. When no moonlight is available, the dung beetles tend to veer, curve or otherwise meander, making safe delivery of those poop packages much more difficult.

6. Puma: Jumping
Possessing incredible strength and speed, the puma is one of the most formidable predators on the planet. But it’s the puma’s skill at jumping that gives it the No. 6 spot on our countdown. Also known as a mountain lion, cougar or panther, this animal has muscular hind legs and large paws designed for powerful leaping. From a standing position, the puma has been known to jump 15 feet vertically. With a running start, the animal can easily clear 40 feet horizontally. Pumas use this incredible skill to hunt, quietly sneaking up on prey until they are within pouncing distance and then delivering a swift and fatal bite to the neck.

5. Bats: Echolocation
Bats have a lot of unique and interesting adaptations. For example, most bats spend the majority of their time upside down and some feed on the blood of other animals. They are also the only mammals that can fly. But perhaps the most impressive feature of bats is their ability to hunt using echolocation. With echolocation, bats send out high-frequency clicks as they fly. Then, they listen for the variations in the echoes that come back, which indicate the location of nearby insects. Using this system, they are able to feed on about 1,000 bugs per night, all caught on the wing.

4. Shark: Electroreception
Sharks are among the most evolutionarily successful animals on the planet, due in large part to a variety of adaptations that give them a competitive edge in the wild. One of those adaptations is electroreception, which is a keen sensitivity to electrical impulses. Here’s how it works: as fish swim around, their movement sends tiny electrical signals through the water. Sharks pick up on those signals as the water passes over a series of jelly-filled pores on their head. The pores, called ampullae de Lorenzini, are an extension of the lateral line system in sharks, which is a sensory organ that stretches down the sides of their bodies. Combined with the lateral line, electroreception allows sharks to snag prey with deadly accuracy, even in murky water.

3. Cephalopod: Jet Propulsion
Cephalopods, a group of animals that includes squids and octopuses, are the fastest invertebrates in the sea, in part because of their unusual ability to use jet propulsion. When water flows into the animal’s mantle cavity, it is held under pressure as long as its orifices are closed, except for an opening called the funnel. When the muscles of the mantle wall contract and squeeze the pressurized water back through the funnel, the animal is propelled through the water at a rate of up to 25 miles per hour. Cephalopods are also able to control the direction and speed of their movements, allowing them to move away from a threat or toward a prey animal as needed.

2. Hummingbird: Aerial Acrobatics
Not only are hummingbirds among the most beautiful birds on the planet, they are also the most impressive flyers. Within their wings the joint between the upper and lower arm is positioned very close to the body, giving them incredible leverage and flexibility in the air. They also beat their wings extremely fast – some species at 80 times per second, and do so in a figure eight pattern, which adds to their maneuverability. Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards and upside down. They are also the only bird with the ability to hover in the air, which is both captivating to look at and extremely advantageous for feeding on plant nectar.

1. Cheetah: Running
Reaching speeds of up to 68 miles per hour, the cheetah is the world’s fastest terrestrial animal. With its long legs, small head and slender body, this animal is literally built for speed. When the cheetah runs, its backbone coils and uncoils with every stride, which helps to propel the animal forward during a chase. By some estimates, this feature may increase the cheetah’s speed by up to 20 miles per hour. However, the cheetah’s impressive speed comes at a high price: the animal is unable to run for longer than 10 to 20 seconds before it overheats. Because it makes its home in the savannah and other open areas where there is little opportunity to hide, the cheetah must rely on its speed to capture prey and time its kills precisely in order to bring down prey swiftly.