Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Top 40 Fabulous Fountains of the World

A fountain is a piece of architecture which pours water into a basin or jets it into the air either to supply drinking water or for decorative or dramatic effect. Fountains were originally purely functional, connected to springs or aqueducts and used to provide drinking water and water for bathing and washing to the residents of cities, towns and villages. Until the late 19th century most fountains operated by gravity, and needed a source of water higher than the fountain, such as a reservoir or aqueduct, to make the water flow or jet into the air. But now a days fountains are run by motors to spray the water from the ground. In addition to that a lot of creative sculpture, lighting effects, etc... are give to make it look more attractive. Now, we bring you such 40 fabulous fountains from around the world.

[40] 71 Fountain, Ohio , United States

[39] Archibald Fountain, Sydney , Australia

[38] Banpo Bridge Fountain, Seoul , South Korea

[37] Bellagio Fountains, Nevada , United States

[36] Buckingham Fountain, Chicago , United States

[35] Cesar Chavez Fountain Park , San Jose , United States

[34] Chatsworth House & fountains, Derbyshire , England

[33] City Hall Fountains, Edmonton , Canada

[32] Crown Fountain, Chicago , United States

[31] Disney’s Fountain of Nations, Florida , United States

[30] El Alamein Fountain, Sydney , Australia

[29] Floating Fountains, Osaka , Japan

[28] Fonte do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo , Brazil

[27] Fountain of Rings, Georgia , United States

[26] Fountain of Wealth, Suntec City , Singapore

[25] Four Rivers Fountain, Rome , Italy

[24] Frisco Square fountain, Frisco Square, Texas

[23] Gardens of Versailles , Versailles , France

[22] Grand Haven Musical Fountain , Michigan, USA

[21] Grove Baths of Apollo, Chateau de Versailles, France

[20] Horace Dodge Fountain , Michigan , United States

[19] Jet d’eau Fountain, Geneva , Switzerland

[18] Kansas City Plaza Fountain , Missouri , United States

[17] King Fahd’s Fountain, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

[16] Magic Fountain, Montjuic, Barcelona

[15] Merlion Front , Singapore

[14] Multimedia fountain, Wroclaw , Poland

[13] Ovato fountain, Villa d’Este Park , Italy

[12] People's Friendship Fountain, Moscow , Russia

[11] Peterhof Fountains, St. Petersburg , Russia

[10] Pineapple Fountain , South Carolina , United States

[9] Scott Fountain , Michigan , United States

[8] Space Printer Fountain, Hakata , Japan

[7] Swarovski Fountain, Innsbruck , Austria

[6] Tap fountain, Santa Galdana, Menorca

[5] Tivoli Fountain fountain, Tivoli , Italy

[4] Trevi Fountain, Rome , Italy

[3] Vaillancourt Fountain , California , United States

[2] Villa d’Este Water Fountain, Tivoli , Italy

[1] Volcano Fountain, Abu Dhabi , United Arab Emirates

Santisuk - The Police Monkey in Thailand

Becoming a police officer demands agile dexterity, mammoth strength and big balls of steel, which is why it’s no wonder so few of us ever achieve such an esteemed status. And besides us humans, the only other mammal allowed to patrol the streets is the domesticated canine, aka the dog. This fact has recently changed, however, thanks to Santisuk the monkey.

Santisuk Phromdao is a pig-tailed macaque monkey from Sai Buri district, Patttani province, southern Thailand. Although only five years old, Santisuk patrols the streets of Thailand everyday dressed in a blazer with the words ‘Monkey Police’ laced across it.

According to Thailand’s Nation newspaper, Santisuk was adopted by Pol Col Yutthapol Phromdao Yutthapol, who, after discovering the injured monkey at a local clinic, recruited him into his squad, thereby turning the simple-minded primate into the first-ever monkey cop. Satisuk’s tour of duty began at a local checkpoint, where Yutthapol taught him how to collect coconuts and other fruits from locals by enticing him with bottles of delectable Vitamilk. Soon afterward, Satisuk’s duties grew from mundane tasks into full-fledged public relations.

For you see, the checkpoint, one of many installed by the Thai government in response to recent attacks by Islamic separatist insurgents, was angering motorists who sought only to reach their destination as quickly as possible. By introducing Satisuk to his checkpoint, Yutthapol inadvertently calmed tensions between local police and the public. The amusing diversion—the public could take pictures or play with the furry flatfoot, instead of sitting idly by and ranting/raving about the long wait—helped calm motorists, thereby serving as a public relations ploy, per se, although that certainly wasn’t Yutthapol’s original intent.

Satisuk hopefully is one of many future monkey cops to come, as the concept of improving public relations by putting a monkey police officer on the beat has inspired other departments to also try and follow suit. As for Satisuk, he’s having the time of life. According to Yutthapol, he can be found sitting in a nearby chair, nodding his head, winking, and even monkey-talking to passing motorists.