Sunday, August 19, 2012

10 Famous Pregnant Celebrities of 2012

The glamour world is a buzz with pregnant celebrities who are busy flaunting away their cute baby bumps! We not only noticed a heavily pregnant Twinkle Khanna making hospital visits for her late father Rajesh Khanna in the past few days, but also feel thrilled to hear about Penelope Cruz’s pregnancy news. Take a look at some other celebrities who are due in 2012. Take a look...

Twinkle Khanna

Twinkle Khanna is reportedly due in September and apparently suffered a huge setback due to her dad, the late actor Rajesh Khanna’s demise on Wednesday. We just hope the family stays strong to welcome the new member.

Amrita Arora

Amrita Arora is expecting her second baby by the end of this year. The actress who was spotted with a baby bump at Shilpa Shetty’s baby shower a few months ago wants a daughter this time.

Penelope Cruz

38-year-old Penelope Cruz already has a 17-month-old son Leonardo with husband Javier Bardem. The beautiful actress is now second time pregnant and is due anytime in December or early January next year.

Megan Fox

Transformers actress Megan Fox was spotted with a baby bump at her second anniversary outing with husband Brian Austin in Hawaii last month.


Grammy Award winner Adele is expecting her first baby with partner Simon Konecki anytime in September. The 24-year-old singer is on a high as far as a successful career and personal life are concerned.

Reese Witherspoon

Cute Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon is 6 months pregnant with her third child. This will be Witherspoon’s first child with husband Jim Toth.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Sarah Michelle Gellar is pregnant with her second child. News has it that husband and Hollywood actor Freddie Prinze Jr. is thrilled to become a father again!

Drew Barrymore

Actress Drew Barrymore is pregnant with her first baby. The Charlie's Angels actress wed Will Kopelman and featured on the cover of the People magazine with a baby bump!

Neve Campbell

Scream actress Neve Campbell is pregnant with her beau actor JJ Field. The actress is due later this year.

Adriana Lima

Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima is pregnant with former NBA star Marko Jaric’s second child. Reports have it that the Brazilian model will be posing for the Pirelli calendar with her baby bump!

52 Most Popular Myths Dispelled

We all have many little beliefs from our childhood and we completely believe that these beliefs are completely true. However, often we discover that these little facts we thought were true since childhood are actually nothing more than just a myth. So, here we have complied 52 popular myth which helps you to really re-evaluate what you think you know! Take a look...

1. Contrary to the phrase "blind as a bat," bats are actually not blind, it's just that their eyes aren't as functional as their amazing hearing and smell.

2. Most meteorites are actually very cold when they hit the Earth.

3. The amount of tryptophan in turkey doesn't make you sleepy. Huge meals of meats and starches (with way too much wine) make you sleepy.

4. Cracking your knuckles doesn't cause arthritis. It does however make you look like a total badass.

5. The red juice that comes out of raw meat isn't blood, it's a mixture of a protein called myoglobin and water.

6. The Great Chicago Fire was not caused by a cow kicking over a lantern, which was actually made up by a newspaper because it was a better story.

7. Humans actually have 5 kinds of tastebuds, the 5th is used for detecting savory flavors, like soy sauce or mushrooms.

8.The sun isn't yellow, it's actually white, but the light gets scattered in our atmosphere and becomes yellow.

9.You don't lose more body heat through your head than anywhere else on your body, it works out to about 10% leaving through your head.

10. Lemmings don't walk off cliffs on purpose. They are adorable though.

11. Men don't think about sex every 7 seconds, because that varies greatly from person to person and is almost impossible to measure.

12. The phrase "I could care less" is grammatically incorrect, if you could care less, it means you care about it.

13. Sugar doesn't make you hyperactive.

14. Alcohol doesn't make you warmer.

15. The idea of being left or right brained making you artistic or good at math is a total myth.

16. The Bible actually never specifies what kind of fruit Adam and Eve eat from the tree.

17. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never had Sherlock Holmes say "Elementary, my dear Watson." The catchphrase comes from a 1929 film adaptation.

18. Einstein did drop out of school, but he also had amazing grades.

19. Your hair and fingernails don't keep growing after you die.

20. According to the Red Cross, it's not that big of a deal if you eat right before swimming.

21. Watching too much TV doesn't affect your eyesight. It does however make you fat, depressed, and aggressive.

22. There are more than 3 primary colors because scientifically primary colors don't exist.

23. You can't see the Great Wall Of China from space. No Astronaut, according to NASA, and now also a Chinese astronaut himself, has ever seen it.

24. Touching someone who has poison ivy can't give you poison ivy. It has to come from the leaves.

25. Johannes Gutenberg didn't invent the world's first printing press. Printing presses in China have existed since around 593 AD.

26. "Dog years" aren't a set thing and actually vary by breed.

27. You have way more than 5 senses. Scientists put the total somewhere between 14-20, depending on your definition of "sense."

28. The word "jihad" does not always mean "holy war"; literally, the word in Arabic means "struggle". While there is such a thing as "jihad bil saif", or jihad "by the sword", many modern Islamic scholars usually say that it implies an effort or struggle of a spiritual kind.

29. Sharks can actually suffer from cancer. The misconception that sharks do not get cancer was spread by the 1992 book Sharks Don't Get Cancer by I. William Lane and used to sell extracts of shark cartilage as cancer prevention treatments. Reports of carcinomas in sharks exist, and current data do not allow any speculation about the incidence of tumors in sharks.

30. Henry Ford did not invent either the automobile or the assembly line. He did improve the assembly line process substantially, sometimes through his own engineering but more often through sponsoring the work of his employees. Karl Benz ( co-founder of Mercedes-Benz ) is credited with the invention of the first modern automobile, and the assembly line has existed throughout history.

31. Sushi does not mean "raw fish", and not all sushi includes raw fish. The name sushi means "sour rice", and refers to the vinegared rice used in it.

32. Houseflies do not have an average lifespan of 24 hours. The average lifespan of a housefly is 20 to 30 days. However, a housefly maggot will hatch within 24 hours of being laid.

33. "Golf" did not originate as an acronym of "Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden". The word's true origin is unknown, but it existed in the Middle Scots period.

34. It has been widely believed that Macintosh computers are immune to malware, such as viruses, though recent developments are correcting this belief. Although much less frequently than computers running Microsoft Windows, they can and do get malware.

35. Drinking normal levels of caffeinated beverages does not cause a net dehydration effect. The mild diuretic effect of caffeine is offset by the large amount of water in the caffeinated beverage.

36. The notion that goldfish have a memory span of just a few seconds is false.

37. Eating nuts, popcorn, or seeds does not increase the risk of diverticulitis. These foods may actually have a protective effect.

38. Hair care products cannot actually "repair" split ends and damaged hair. They can prevent damage from occurring in the first place, and they can also smooth down the cuticle in a glue-like fashion so that it appears repaired, and generally make hair appear in better condition.

39. A common misconception about chameleons and anoles is that they change color primarily for camouflage. In reality, they usually change color to regulate temperature or as a form of communication. Some species, such as the Smith's Dwarf Chameleon, do use color change as an effective form of camouflage.

40. Islam does not breed terrorism. In fact, terrorists tend to be non-faithful individuals, who are drawn to radical peer groups for political or personal but not religious reasons, according to the British intelligence agency M15.

41. Eating less than an hour before swimming does not increase the risk of experiencing muscle cramps or drowning. One study shows a correlation between alcohol consumption and drowning, but there is no evidence cited regarding stomach cramps or the consumption of food.

42. The Big Bang theory does not provide an explanation for the origin of the universe; rather, it explains its early evolution.

43. There is no evidence that coffee stunts a child's growth.

44. Swallowed chewing gum does not take seven years to digest. In fact, chewing gum is mostly indigestible, and passes through the digestive system at the same rate as other matter.

45. There is no physiological basis for the belief that having sex in the days leading up to a sporting event or contest is detrimental to performance.

46. Abner Doubleday did not invent baseball.

47. Due to media images of the effects of AIDS, many people believe that individuals infected with HIV will always appear a certain way, or at least appear different than an uninfected, healthy person. In fact, disease progression can occur over a long period of time before the onset of symptoms, and as such, HIV infections cannot be detected based on appearance.

48. Edelweiss is not the national anthem of Austria, but is in fact an original composition created for the musical The Sound of Music.

49. George Washington Carver did not invent peanut butter, though he reputedly discovered three hundred uses for peanuts and hundreds more for soybeans, pecans, and sweet potatoes.

50. Al Gore Invented the Internet. This one's actually a myth within a myth. The first myth is that former vice president Al Gore invented the Internet. The second myth is that Al Gore ever claimed to have "invented" anything.

51. Osteoporosis only affects women is a myth. Osteoporosis affects men and women, both. The only reason why men are considered safe from osteoporosis is because they have larger skeletons and they are not physically affected by menopause. This means that bone health detiorates at a slower pace in men, than in women.

52. The fruit eaten by Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden was an apple Suppose the entire story is true, but nowhere is the type of fruit mentioned.

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Gardens by the Bay - A Stunning Park in Central Singapore

Gardens by the Bay is a park spanning 101 hectares ( 250 acres ) of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir. The park consists of three waterfront gardens: Bay South Garden, Bay East Garden and Bay Central Garden. Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a "Garden City" to a "City in a Garden". The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.

The sprawling 250-acre Gardens by the Bay is an incredible public space with gardens, bridges, skywalks, parks and plants. The green development has been proclaimed a " horticultural heaven". The attractions of this grand park is the two massive climate-controlled biomes or conservatories called Cloud Forest and Flower Dome and of course the massive man-made supertrees. The conservatories are intended to be an energy efficient showcase of sustainable building technologies and to provide an all-weather edutainment space within the Gardens.

The Flower Dome is the larger of the two, at 1.2 hectares ( 3.0 acres ). It replicates cool dry conditions and will feature permanent displays of plants found in the Mediterranean and semi-arid tropical regions. A changing display field has also been incorporated to enable flower shows and displays to be held within the conservatory. The Cloud Forest is slightly smaller at 0.8 hectares ( 2.0 acres ). It replicates the cool moist conditions found in tropical mountain regions between 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) and 3,000 metres ( 9,800 ft ) above sea level. It features a "Cloud Mountain", accessible by an elevator, and visitors will be able to descend the mountain via a circular path where a 35-metre ( 115 ft ) waterfall provides visitors with refreshing cool air.

Supertrees are tree-like structures that dominate the Gardens' landscape with heights that range between 25 metres ( 82 ft ) and 50 metres ( 160 ft ). They are vertical gardens that perform a multitude of functions, which include planting, shading and working as environmental engines for the gardens.

The Supertrees are home to enclaves of unique and exotic ferns, vines, orchids and also a vast collection of bromeliads such as Tillandsia, amongst other plants. They are fitted with environmental technologies that mimic the ecological function of trees – photovoltaic cells that harness solar energy which can be used for some of the functions of the Supertrees, such as lighting, just like how trees photosynthesize; and collection of rainwater for use in irrigation and fountain displays, just like how trees absorb rainwater for growth. The Supertrees also serve air intake and exhaust functions as part of the conservatories' cooling systems.

There is an elevated walkway, the OCBC Skyway, between two of the larger Supertrees for visitors to enjoy a breathtaking aerial view of the Gardens. A food and beverage outlet is planned atop the 50-metre ( 160 ft ) Supertree. At night, the Supertrees come alive with a light and music show called the OCBC Garden Rhapsody. Now take a look at some more photos of this unique garden...

20 Alternative Uses of Vodka That You Hardly Know...

Vodka has been enjoyed since at least the early Middle Ages, and is well known as one of the world's most popular spirits. Its versatility in mixing and high alcohol content have made it extremely popular in cocktails. But do you know that vodka also has a long history of use as medicine, having been sold by druggists to cure everything from infertility to colic and the plague.

Since vodka is one of the world's most popular drinks, many of us have a bottle handy in the home. And since its typically filtered and pure, it makes a handy liquid to have around. Aside from being a fantastic drink, vodka has many uses which you may not have known about. So, here we have complied 20 best uses of vodka. Take a look...

1. To remove a bandage painlessly, saturate the bandage with vodka. The stuff dissolves adhesive.

2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers, fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking, let set five minutes and wash clean. The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.

3. To clean your eyeglasses, simply wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka. The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.

4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka and letting your safety razor blade soak in the alcohol after shaving. The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.

5. Spray vodka on wine stains, scrub with a brush, and then blot dry.

6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.

7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo. The alcohol cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair, and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.

8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle with vodka and spray bees or wasps to kill them.

9. Pour one-half cup vodka and one-half cup water into a Ziploc freezer bag and freeze for a slushy, refreshing ice pack for aches, pain or black eyes.

10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar with freshly packed lavender flowers, fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly and set in the sun for three days. Strain liquid through a coffee filter, then apply the tincture to aches and pains.

11. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.

12. To cure foot odor, wash your feet with vodka.

13. Vodka will disinfect and alleviate a jellyfish sting.

14. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy to remove the urushiol oil from your skin.

15. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth. Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.

16. Soothe a sore throat. Add a tablespoon of vodka to glass of warm water and gargle. The alcohol helps numb the sore throat.

17. Eliminate swimer's ear. If you don't have rubbing alcohol, fill an eardropper with vodka, and squeeze it into the affected ear, then let it drain out

18. Keep cut flowers fresh. Several drops of vodka and a large pinch of sugar added to the water in your flower vase, changed daily, stunts ethylene production and will extend the vitality of bouquet.

19. With help from the sun's heat, the alcohol content in vodka destroys unwanted broad-leaf weeds - such as dandelions, chickweed and wild onion. By breaking down their waxy-cuticle coverings. This action dehydrates and dries plants out. Remove weeds by filling a spray bottle with an ounce of vodka, several drops of liquid dish soap, and two cups of water. On a sunny day, spritz weeds with the solution until dripping wet.

20. As vodka kills odor-causing bacteria, but doesn't leave a scent when dry. You can keep your clothes smelling fresher with vodka. Just spritz your duds with the stuff, then hang to dry in a well-ventilated area. But do a spot-test first to be safe.