Monday, September 3, 2012

23 Most Insane Things The U.S. Government Spends Money On

Though U.S. government is facing trillions of dollars in debt, like a runaway shopaholic, still manages to find ridiculous things to spend their dollar bills at. The United States of America have accumulated the biggest debt in the history of the world and are adding to it at a rate of about 150 million dollars an hour.

Just remember though, that relative to how much is spent annually on defense and social security, even the costliest of these expenses would make barely a dent in the national budget. So, Here we have compiled 23 stupid and craziest things the U.S. government spends money on. Take a look...

23. $3 million - To study World of Warcraft

Since 2008 the federal government has allocated almost $3 million towards researching how gamers engage in “creative collaboration online”. How do they do this? By paying people to play video games.

22. $442,340 - To study male prostitutes in Vietnam

Over the past several years the government, through the University of Puerto Rico, has spent almost half a million dollars annually to study and document the social habits and behaviors of male prostitutes in Vietnam.

21. $765,828 - For pancakes

In 2011, nearly $800,000 of taxpayer money went towards subsidizing an IHOP restaurant in an allegedly under-served neighborhood of Washinton DC. Apparently Colombia Heights falls into that category, but hey, rich people need pancakes too.

20. $2.2 million - On wasted energy

Every year, the Department of energy of all places, manages to waste over $2 million simply by failing to turn off the lights. Thats enough to power 3200 homes for an entire year.

19. $2.6 million - Worth of budget oversight training for legislators in Eastern Europe

As good as the United States is at handling its own budget, in 2011 roughly $2.6 million went towards “parliamentary strengthening” in Eastern Europe.

18. $862,000 - On unused furniture

Every year the IRS spends nearly $1 million to store unused furniture, and the last time we checked they had over 20,000 items in their inventory.

17. $5 million - For an FAA party

In 2009 the Federal Aviation Administration spent $5 million to send 3600 employees to a 3 week long conference in Atlanta. Supposedly it was necessary in order to promote harmony in the workplace.

16. $997,766 - On poetry in zoos

Last year the government spent just under $1 million posting snippets of poetry in zoos around the country.

15. $930 million - On unnecessary printing costs

Each year government agencies rack up close to a billion dollars in unnecessary printing expenses.

14. $900,000 - For settling sex scandals

Last year the Philadelphia Housing Authority, an office funded almost completely by the federal government, used about $1 million of its budget to pay off four female plaintiffs who filed suits against its director for sexual harassment.

13. $90,000 - For promoting Vidalia onions

In 2010 taxpayers forked over $90,000 to help promote the Vidalia Onion Brand in conjunction with the new Shrek movie.

12. $216,000 - To study why politicians make vague statements

Last year year the National Science Foundation spent a quarter of a million dollars studying the reasons why political candidates make vague statements.

11. $1.8 million - On neon sign museum

In 2010 almost $2 million were allocated towards building a neon sign graveyard just outside Las Vegas.

10. $96,000 - To buy iPads for kindergardeners

Last year almost $100,000 went towards purchasing iPads for kindergardeners in Maine.

9. $700,000 - To study cow burps

In 2011 upwards of $700,000 was spent studying the greenhouse gas emissions of dairy farms.

8. $440,955 - On an office

Each year the government spends almost half a million dollars maintaining the office of the former speaker of the house in spite of the fact that he is almost never there. This covers his phone bill, cable, and even payments on a leased car.

7. $1.49 million - For toilets

In 2010 the government spent nearly 1.5 million dollars renovating 36 toilets in Denali National Park, Alaska. That translates to over $40,000 per toilet.

6. $100,000 - For a “celebrity chef fruit promotion road show in Indonesia”

In one of the stranger acts of budget allocation history the federal government set aside $100,000 for a “celebrity chef fruit promotion road show in Indonesia”.

5. $168,766 - To study monkey Waste

As you’ve already seen, the government spends a good amount of money doing research and over the past few years at least a portion of that has gone towards observing monkeys as they throw their waste at each other.

4. $4.2 million - On duplicate shuttle services for federal employees

Every year government agencies spend over $4 million shuttling federal employees on near-empty busses running along overlapping routes through the streets of Washington DC. A recent report found that half of the existing routes could be eliminated with no change in service but unfortunately none of the agencies are willing to share.

3. $492,000 - To determine whether or not tweets can be trusted

In yet another groundbreaking study the government spent almost half a million dollars trying to determine the trustworthiness of tweets.

2. $17.8 million - In foreign aid to China

In 2011 the United States spent nearly $18 million on foreign aid programs to its biggest sovereign lender. This included 2.5 million for social services and 4.4 million to help improve its environment.

1. $120 million - In benefit checks to deceased federal employees

Every year the government delivers over $120 million worth of benefit checks to deceased federal employees. It’s literally sending money to dead people.

Top 10 Reasons - Why We Should Eat Chocolate...

Chocolate is a raw or processed food produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. We love to eat chocolate, but we think that it will cause high cholesterol levels as well as obesity. Even though chocolate is regularly eaten for pleasure, there are potentially many health effects, both negative and positive.

Chocolates are, however, not people’s foes, as many think they are. There are benefits of eating chocolate. However, one must realize that they must eat the chocolate in smaller portions without overdoing it. Now, Let's take a look at some useful reason - why we should have chocolate...

1. Scientists have found that people who eat chocolate have a 37% lower risk of getting cardiovascular diseases. This is only true for dark chocolates and people should only eat one a day.

2. People who eat chocolate may also have a lower risk of getting diabetes by 31%.

3. There is also a 29% chance of having fewer strokes when eating dark chocolate. The food item lowers the blood pressure which is a major source of strokes and heart attacks.

4. You can still eat chocolates and not gain substantial weight. You can for example eat lighter lunches which cause you to consume 250 calories less.

5. It stimulates endorphin production which gives you pleasure at the same time.

6. Chocolate does have serotonin. Serotonin is a natural anti-depressant. If you are under stress and worried, go for one chocolate bar. Do not overdo it!

7. It is delicious. It fills your stomach. If you do eat a chocolate balance it with something good and something that is nutritional without sugar or exercise.

8. Stress relief! As it lowers your blood pressure, it relieves the stress that brought you to the boiling point of eating. Remember do not eat too much.

9. It is a friend when you run out of ideas on presents. Having and bringing chocolate is always thankful. Do not have a habit of bringing a box of chocolates every time as you may find yourself becoming cheap.

10. Stimulants are present. Many chocolates have caffeine inside. Having one bar of chocolate could keep you up for studying or school purposes.

Top 10 Tallest Man Alive - 2012

Being taller is not always an easy job. Being tall has many advantage in most of the aspects of life and if you look it from a professional point of view then tall people have many more plus points then a normal heighted person because this being a tall ability enhances their personality and impression as well. Especially when it comes to military or army, then tall people with good physique are preferred the most.

But that's not the case always, people with enormous height too face some problem in their life since they are not like the rest of the people with normal height. It's to be noted that the tallest man in the history confirmed by Guinness World Records was Robert Wadlow with the height of 8 feet and 11.1 inches who died in 1940. There are many people who have crossed the height of 8 feet but most of them passed away except a few. Here we bring you the list of top ten tallest man who are still alive as of 2012. Take a look...

10. Yasutaka Okayama

Yasutaka Okayama, who was born on November 29, 1954 in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan was the tallest basketball player drafted in National Basketball Association history. This 7'8" center was selected by the Golden State Warriors as the 10th pick of the eighth round of the 1981 Draft, although he did not sign with them.

Okayama practiced Judo at junior high school and high school, and obtained a second degree black belt. He started playing basketball when he was eighteen at Osaka University of Commerce. He attended the University of Portland but never played for their basketball program as he was a project. After graduation, he joined the basketball club of Sumitomo Metal Industries. He represented Japan between 1979 and 1986 before he retired in 1990. He still works for Sumitomo Metal and is very active as a basketball coach. He has also written a book for young basketball players. He is known popularly as the tallest Japanese as well tallest to be drafted into the NBA at 2.34 meters ( 7 ft 8 in ).

9. George Bell

George Bell is currently the tallest living American in United States. George Bell was born in 1957 and has an honor of getting his name listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the tallest man alive right now. George Bell is a patriotic natured person who loves to serve his country in any aspect and that reflects his profession as well. George Bell is a deputy sheriff in Virginia and leading a life serving his country. Along with that George Bell used to be a very good Basketball player in his golden days and has played among very famous teams. The measured height of George Bell is 7 feet and 8 inches which makes him the 9th tallest man alive right now.

8. Igor Vovkovinskiy

Igor Vovkovinskiy basically belong Ukraine and moved to Rochester, Minnesota for his treatment. One of the most astonishing things which you will come to know is this that Igor Vovkovinskiy was more than 6 feet tall at the age of only 7 and weighed 200 pounds. This huge giant also has the honor of being called one of the biggest supporters of Barrack Obama. According to Igor it sometimes gets very difficult to manage the things because of his huge height. The measured height of this tall guy is 7 feet and 8.33 inches which makes him the 8th tallest living person of the world.

7. Radhouane Charbib

Radhouane Charbib belongs to Tunisia and was born on 27th October 1968. Radhouane Charbib used to be the tallest man of the world once and got his name listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. Radhouane Charbib realized this at the age of 15 that he is growing in his height pretty fast then a normal human being and at that time at the age of 15 he was already 5 feet and 7.4 inches tall. According to Radhouane Charbib he is very much happy from his height and says that it’s a special gift and he feels very happy at that time when walking along the street and people always keep on looking at him with eyes wide open. The measured height of Radhouane Charbib is 7 feet and 8.4 inches which makes him the 7th tallest man alive on earth now.

6. Ri Myung Hun

Ri Myung Hun belongs to North Korea and was born on 14th September 1967. Due to the tall height of Ri Myung Hun he was selected in the National Korean Basketball team and was one of the leading scorer and backbone player of his team. Ri Myung Hun is living in capital city of Pyongyang along with his wife and son and due the tall height of the father his son is also becoming a minor celebrity day by day. Ri Myung Hun biggest dream is to play in NBA (National Basketball Association) but due to the the cold war between North Korea and United states this dream is fading day by day. The measured height of this tall Basketball player is 7 feet and 8.5 inches which makes him the 6th tallest man alive on the planet now.

5. Sun Ming Ming

Sun Ming Ming belongs to China and was born on 23rd August 1983. Sun Ming Ming is a professional Basketball player and is considered as one of the tallest man who played Basket ball ever professionally for a long period of time. Sun Ming Ming is living a life like a celebrity and sometimes on special requests he make guest appearances at various occasions and TV shows. Sun Ming Ming moved to USA in 2005 and tried hard to get selected in NBA and start a career but was unable to succeed. He returned back home and now is playing Basketball professionally in China. The measured height of Sun Ming Ming is 7 feet and 9 inches which makes him the 5th tallest man alive in the world.

4. Bao Xishun

Bao Xishun Belongs to China and was born in 1951. Until the age of 16 Bao Xishun used to think that he was an average person of normal height but after that he gradually kept on growing taller. Bao Xishun used to work in a Local hospital in a city named Chifeng. Along with the plus point of height Bao Xishun was a good Basketball player and has played in the army Basketball team of China for 3 years. Bao Xishun was married to Xia Shujuan who was a sales girl. The marriage took place on 24th March 2007 and now Bao Xishun is a father of a cute son. Bao Xishun used to be the tallest man on earth according to Guinness Book of World Records. The measured height of Bao Xishun is 7 feet and 9.5 inches which makes him the 4th tallest man alive on the earth.

3. Zhang Juncai

Zhang Juncai is the 2nd tallest man alive right now. Zhang Juncai was born in 1983 and he belongs to china and most of the time he has been seen involved in social activities like as a special guest in tv shows and performances. Zhang Juncai has a nice nature and is friendly at heart. Zhang Juncai also visited the hospital meet the sick giant lady Yao Defen who ranks 3rd in the list of Top 10 tallest females of the world. Along with that, Zhang Juncai also met the fattest man of china named Liang Yong weighing 200 Kgs. Zhang Juncai has been seen walking in streets of china sometimes with Bao Xishun who is 7 feet 9 inches tall. According to Zhang Juncai this whole world is their home and they have to rule in it. The latest measurement of Zhang Juncai height is 7 feet and 11.3 inches and he is the 3rd tallest man of the world alive right now.

2. Brahim Takioullah

Takioullah was born in Guelmim, Morocco, in 1982. At the age of 18, he had been asked by his school doctor to get a blood test, for his "unusual" size. Diagnosed with acromegaly, Takioullah, in a single year had a metre high growth spurt. After obtaining his university degree in geography, a French doctor brought Takioullah to Paris in 2006, for treatment. A team of doctors in France are currently working on reducing his tumor which is affecting his pituitary gland. His orthopedic podiatrist, Jerome Liegeon, fitted him with a specially made pair of shoes, specifically designed to support his weight.

Takioullah became the Guinness World Record-holder for world's largest feet on a living person, on 24 May 2011. His left foot measures 38.1 centimetres, and his right 37.5 centimetres. With a height of 2.46 metres (8 ft 1 in), Takioullah is the second tallest living person in the world according to the Guinness World Records, behind Sultan K√∂sen.

1. Sultan Kosen

Sultan Kosen is tallest man alive on earth in the present age because he has been given this title by Guinness Book of World Records. Sultan Kosen was born on 10th December 1982 and he basically belongs to Turkey. Sultan Kosen loves to play video games with his friends. From his point of view, being taller is a good thing because wherever a ladder is required, he just does the task standing on the ground. Sultan Kosen loves to walk around with his hand sticks and in reality he is a very friendly natured person and loves to communicate with people on most of the topics. One of his biggest dreams of life is to get married and have children. Sultan Kosen loves to attend different occasions and charity based parties. The recorded height of Sultan Kosen is 8 feet and 3 inches and he stands at the first place in our list of top 10 tallest man alive.

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Interesting Facts About Fast Food - An Infographic

Fast food is the term given to food that can be prepared and served very quickly. While any meal with low preparation time can be considered to be fast food, typically the term refers to food sold in a restaurant or store with preheated or precooked ingredients, and served to the customer in a packaged form for take-out / take-away.

Though Fast food chains have come under criticism such as negative health effects, alleged animal cruelty, cases of worker exploitation and much more. But the intake of fast food is increasing worldwide. It's to be noted that, in the United States alone, consumers spent about US$110 billion on fast food in 2000. Now, let's take a look at some more interesting facts that you need to know about fast food and some famous fast food restaurants. Take a look...

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