Sunday, October 9, 2011

50 Awesome facts to be Shared with all...

  • The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man
  • Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.
  • If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth.
  • To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowers
  • Heroin is the brand name of morphine once marketed by 'Bayer'.
  • Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult!
  • People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport.
  • Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.
  • Astronauts can't belch - there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs.
  • Ancient Roman, Chinese and German societies often used urine as mouthwash.
  • The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, it was fashion to shave them off!
  • Because of the speed at which Earth moves around the Sun, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.
  • The night of January 20 is "Saint Agnes's Eve", which is regarded as a time when a young woman dreams of her future husband.
  • Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros
  • It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
  • Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years
  • Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end
  • If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. That is, when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
  • Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related diseases.
  • Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals
  • Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
  • The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.
  • Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent
  • Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above 450F
  • The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.
  • Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean
  • The University of Alaska spans four time zones.
  • The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself..
  • In ancient Greece , tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant she accepted.
  • Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.
  • Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
  • A comet's tail always points away from the sun
  • The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent
  • Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.
  • The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.
  • If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.
  • When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight
  • In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed
  • Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside
  • Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams
  • The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year
  • The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust
  • Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters
  • Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.
  • Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down
  • Everything weighs one percent less at the equator
  • For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off
  • The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.
  • In 2011, July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays, and 5 Sundays. This apparently happens once every 823 years! This is called 'money bags'.

Collection of Beautiful Flower Vases

The vase is an open container, often used to hold cut flowers. It can be made from a number of materials including ceramics and glass. The vase is often decorated and thus used to extend the beauty of its contents. The vase has also developed as an art medium unto itself. The ancient Greeks famously used vases to depict scenes. It has since been developed and in 2003 the winner of the Turner Prize was Grayson Perry, for vase art.

Top 5 Heart-breaking Moments in Indian Cricket History

Indian Cricket team is not a dream-team and comprises human beings who can never achieve perfection.
India has gone through its fair share of heartbreaks in the various matches that the team has played over the years. We take a look at 5 such moments which proved to be heartbreaking for the Indian cricket team as well as the fanatic followers of the game.

1. Javed Miandad's six against India: Sharjah Cup 1986

Perhaps the most famous six of all time, was the one hit by Javed Miandad off Chetan Sharma in the last ball of the final over at the Sharjah Cup in 1986. In this India-Pakistan match, Miandad's six led the Pakistani team to a thrilling victory. Prior to Sharjah, Pakistan had lost six of their nine ODI matches against India. Miandad's thundering six probably had a crushing effect on the Indian bowlers which is why India lost the next eight out of nine matches to Pakistan.

2. India vs Australia: World Cup 1987

The first match of the 1987 World Cup was totally heartbreaking for the followers of the Indian team. Riding on their '83 World Cup win, India came across as a confident team. Australia posted a score of 270 for India to chase. Following an aggressive 70 and 73 by Srikkanth and Sidhu, India looked set for a win at 207-3.
Suddenly India's batting order collapsed like a house of cards and India was reduced to 256-8. The last over saw India needing just 2 runs to win with 1 wicket in hand. Maninder was bowled and India lost the match by 1 run.

3. India Vs Sri Lanka: World Cup Semi-final 1996

After putting up a score of 251, Sri Lanka sought to defend it under the captaincy of Sanath Jayasuriya.
Sachin, like usual, led the Indian team's attack before he was stumped at 65 from 88 balls. After his dismissal, India dramatically slumped to 120-8 owing to the brilliance of Jayasuriya. It was then that the match turned controversial after the crowd vented their frustration by burning paper and throwing bottles and stones at the fielders. The match was called of by the match referee and was awarded to Sri Lanka by default.

4. India vs England: 1987 World Cup

Kapil Dev won the toss and decided to let England bat. However, he became clueless when Graham Gooch repeatedly smacked the spinners towards the boundary. England posted a competitive score of 254.
Sunil Gavaskar fell cheaply and a similar tale of collapse followed. Kapil Dev got out to what people still remember as a reckless shot after scoring a brisk 30 leaving India at 204-6. The last 4 wickets were wrapped up for just 19 runs which left the nation stunned. India's dream of lifting a consecutive World Cup were crushed and so were a million hopes.

5. India vs Pakistan: Chennai Test 1999

This was one of the most heart-breaking moments for Sachin Tendulkar fans i.e cricket fans in general. Sachin played brilliantly on a pitch that was not meant to favour the batsmen.Sachin was determined to steady the rocky Indian ship and steer them to victory against the Pakistani team. He put up a brave score of 136 before falling prey to Saqlain Mushtaq. Moin Khan stated, in a press conference, that he had never seen shots like that in his career before. India needed just 17 runs to win in 95 overs with 3 wickets remaining. India, however, lost 3 wickets for 4 runs in 4 overs and India lost the match by a 12 run victory. Sachin, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, was so upset that he never turned up to collect the award.

Funny Caricatures of Obama

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