Sunday, April 29, 2012

Astonishing Cardboard Sculptures By Chris Gilmour

Instead of sending flat, leftover cardboard boxes to the recycling center, artist Chris Gilmour transforms them into life-sized sculptures. He created these amazing sculptures of all sizes using nothing but cardboard and glue, and no metal or wooden frames. But the artist’s sculptures are detailed and refined, as if made from a more sophisticated material. Gilmour renders everything from musical instruments to medical equipment, to cars and bikes, in chillingly realistic detail.

The British artist recycles packaging material into these painstakingly detailed sculptures without the use of any supporting frames, wood or metal. Each represents an object from everyday life, but rendered in cardboard it takes on a whole new presence. His pieces tap into our and memories of these objects and our relation to them while growing up — vintage typewriters and vacuum cleaners remind us of homework and domestic life, and a dentist chair is replicated in full detail, including examination light and spit sink. The material of cardboard – a childhood favorite for fort and playhouses – also beckons our memories of the objects Gilmour replicates, tying them in with the present.

The apparent functionality of Gilmour’s cardboard sculptures often seem so real that the viewer gets confused. He has sited visitors attempting to type on his typewriters and open car doors before they realize that the pieces are in fact art works and not the real thing.

Gilmour uses recycled cardboard and packaging material because of its accessibility — virtually all of his neighbors and family members throw away the material on a regular basis. Instead of traditional marble or bronze, Gilmour makes a modern and environmentally sensitive statement, while playing on our nostalgic memories. Now, check out some more photos of such a stunning  cardboard sculptures...

Top 10 Most Expensive Military Forces in the World - 2010

The 24/7 Wall Street put together a list of the most powerful armies in the world, and unsurprisingly, the US finished in the first spot. The United States spent close to $700 billion on its armed forces in 2010, more than $500 billion more than China. According to 24/7 Wall Street, the world spent $1.63 trillion on military spending last year. Here are the 10 most expensive military forces in the world.

1. United States – Spent $698 Billion

2. China – Spent $119 Billion

3. UK – Spent $59.6 Billion

4. France – Spent $59.3 Billion

5. Russia – Spent $58.7 Billion

6. Japan – Spent $54.5 Billion

7. Saudi Arabia – Spent $45.2 Billion

8. Germany – Spent $45.2 Billion

9. India – Spent $41.3 Billion

10. Italy – Spent $37 Billion

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dumb Vs Smart And Man Vs Women - Funny Comparison...

All human are not same, some are smart and some are stupid. Likewise, depending on their character their life changes. Here is a small, yet very funny comparison between dumb and smart man and women. I think you will agree with it...

Top 10 Most Optimistic Markets in the World

The latest fourth quarter 2011 global consumer confidence report by Nielsen, a global leader in providing information about what consumers buy and watch, reveals the ten most optimistic markets in the world. The findings released earlier this month show that consumer confidence globally increased one index point to 89 at the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011. The survey has found that India is the most optimistic market in the world, in consecutive two years in a row. The survey also show that, Asia dominated the top 10 most optimistic markets in the world. Now, take a look at rest of the countries who are in the top 10 optimistic markets in the world.

1. India

India’s one point consumer confidence index increased to 122 at the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011. It is the highest score of 56 countries surveyed. “The stabilization of India’s consumer confidence metric is encouraging and the retention of the top spot globally reminds us of the inherent strength of the Indian economy, the savings mindset of the Indian consumer, and the positivity of consumer sentiment which has likely been helped by the recent cooling of inflationary pressure,” said Justin Sargent, Managing Director, Nielsen India.

2. Indonesia

India is followed by Indonesia with three points consumer confidence index increase to 117.

3. Philippines

A Filipino farmer harvest rice stalks in a field at Gloria town in Mindoro island south of Manila July 31, 2005. Philippines, with five points consumer confidence index increase to 117, is the third most optimistic market in the world, according to Nielsen fourth quarter 2011 global consumer confidence report.

4. Saudi Arabia

The consumer confidence index decreased seven points to 113 in Saudi Arabia, making it the fourth most optimistic market in the world. “Political turmoil in the Middle East and doubts towards future oil demand, which is indispensable for the Saudi economy, and subsequent austerity measures has led to depressed consumer sentiments in Saudi Arabia,” said Arslan Ashraf, Managing Director, Nielsen Saudi Arabia

5. Brazil

In Latin America, Brazil recorded the highest consumer confidence in the region with an index of 112, the fifth highest score of 56 countries measured. “Brazil continues to experience gradual economic growth with a dip in unemployment, inflation control, an expansion of credit and political stability”, said Eduardo Ragasol, Managing Director, Nielsen Brazil. “More Brazilians today have the opportunity to buy products that were previously only accessible to the higher social classes, which is contributing to the optimism in the country.”

6. China

One of the biggest quarterly confidence gains last quarter came from China with four points consumer confidence index increase to 108. “In China, the easing of food inflation over the past five months has significantly driven food prices down and adjustments to macro-economic policies have re-energized growth, particularly through more loans, which partly resulted in the four point confidence climb to an index of 108,” said Yan Xuan, President, Nielsen Greater China.

7. United Arab Emirates

Consumer confidence remained flat in United Arab Emirates at 105 at he fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011.

8. Thailand

Bangkok's Victory Monument is seen lit as cars go past it's roundabout March 28, 2009. Thailand's consumer confidence decreased five index points last quarter to 104.

9. Australia

Australia's consumer confidence increased six index points last quarter to 103.

10. Malaysia

Consumer confidence last quarter in Malaysia remained flat at 101.

Tallest Water Slide in the World - Insano

Insano - The tallest water slide on Earth is located inside Beach Park, a tourist complex in Fortaleza, Brazil, this 14-story water slide was built in 1989 and still holds the record as the tallest water slide which is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. It only takes a few seconds to slide down, plenty of time for your heart to end up in your throat. The highest of this water slide is 41 meters high.

As a consequence of its height and slope, this water slide provides an extremely rapid descent - taking between four and five seconds - at a speed of 105 km/h. Because of these characteristics, the Insano is considered the most extreme of this type of equipment on the planet. At the end of the track, the Insano provides you with a relaxing dive into the swimming pool. If you are feeling bold and want to live life on the edge then give Insano a whirl...