Two hundred and fifty miles above the Earth puts you a long way from the nearest kitchen tap. And at $15,000 a pint, the cost of shipping fresh water aboard the space shuttle is, well, astronomical.
So astronauts on the International Space Station have to recapture every possible drop. That includes water evaporated from showers, shaving, tooth brushing and hand washing, plus perspiration and water vapor that collects within the astronauts’ space suits. They even transfer water from the fuel cells that provide electric power to the space shuttle.
Until now, however, NASA has not attempted to tap one major potential source of water: urine. That will soon change with the deployment of the new Water Recovery System.
It was taken up on the last shuttle launch on November 14th.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Two hundred and fifty miles above the Earth puts you a long way from the nearest kitchen tap. And at $15,000 a pint, the cost of shipping fresh water aboard the space shuttle is, well, astronomical.
Friday, November 21, 2008
The Church of Hallgrímur, Reykjavík, Iceland
The Church of Hallgrímur is very very unusual, never seen anything like that.
This Lutheran parish church is also a very tall one, reaching 74.5 metres (244 ft) height. It is the fourth tallest architectural structure in Iceland.
It took incredibly long to build it (38 years!) Construction work began in 1945 and ended in 1986. The Architect of this building is Guðjón Samúelssondesign.
Cathedral of Brasilia in Brasilia, Brazil
This is a very famous Cathedral of Brasília designed by Oscar Niemeyer. It looks really modern but somehow childish to me. These columns, having hyperbolic section and weighing 90 t, represent two hands moving upwards to heaven.
The construction was finished in 1970.
Paoay Church (St. Augustine Parish) in Philippines
Paoay Church reminds me of Aztec architecture. It looks very massive and strong. The walls of the church are 1.67 meters thick and are supported by 24 carved and massive buttresses.
Its construction started in 1704 and was completed in 1894 by the Augustinian friars led by Fr. Antonio Estavillo. It is said, that Its construction primarily was intended to withstand earthquakes. And it could test the strength of the walls very soon, because the church was damaged by an earthquake in 1706 and 1927.
The design of the church is a mixture of Gothic, Oriental and Baroque influence.
Duomo (Milan Cathedral) in Italy
Duomo looks incredibly tall and majestic. It even has an evil and scary look in this picture. After checking the Wikipedia for more info I found there were more photos of this cathedral, but they don’t look as cool as this photo here. Maybe its just an illusion made by a good photographer that this building is so amazing.
On the other hand, Mark Twain said the following of the Duomo in Milan in his work, Innocents Abroad:
"They say that the Cathedral of Milan is second only to St. Peter’s at Rome. I cannot understand how it can be second to anything made by human hands."
Church Ruins in Goreme, Turkey
The rock cut ruins of a church by persecuted Christians.
Not sure when it was built, but definitely look very ancient. How did those guys carved the inside of these rocks?
The Cappadocia valley, where this church stands, is very popular for its rocks that the people of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia Region carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries.
There are an estimated 150 churches and several monasteries in the canyon between the villages of Ihlara and Selime.
Those rocks are volcanic deposits, so that means they are soft rocks, making it possible to carve such structures.
Green church, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Don’t have info about this church, nevertheless it’s very unusual. I have never seen a church so green, have you?
Michael: “a parish church in Buenos Aires, Argentina known as the “Huerto de Olivos”, or “Garden of Olives,” most likely a reference Gethsemane, on the Mount of Olives”
Borgund Stave Church, Lærdal, Norway
Stave churches may have been very usual all over medieval northwestern Europe but now you can only find them in Norway. Well ok, there is one one in Sweden, but nowhere else.
Borgund stave church located in Borgund, Lærdal, Norway is the best preserved of Norway’s 28 extant stave churches. This wooden church, probably built in the end of the 12th century, has not changed structure or had a major reconstruction since the date it was built.
Interesting fact: the church is also featured as a Wonder for the Viking civilization in the video game Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings.
Paraportiani Church, Mykonos, Greece
I will just cite, what the author of this picture wrote about it:
"Paraportianí Church is one of the most famous architectural structures in Greece. Its name means secondary gate, because it was built on the site of one of the gates of the Medieval stone walls. Some parts of this beautiful church date from 1425 and the rest was built during the 16th and 17th centuries. "
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
I have never seen anything as incredible as this building! Never been to Spain, but if I ever happen to do so, I will definitely include Sangrada Família on the must-see list. I wonder, how does it look in reality?
Sagrada Família is a very massive Roman Catholic basilica under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Construction began in 1882 and continues to this day. A very famous architect Antoni Gaudí worked on the project for over 40 years, devoting the last 15 years of his life entirely to this endeavour.
In the center there is going to be a tower of Jesus Christ, surmounted by a giant cross; the tower’s total height will be 170 m (557,7ft).
There is so much info on this one, that you should check Wikipedia.
St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia
Cathedral of Saint Basil the Blessed , is a multi-tented church which stands on the Red Square in Moscow.
This church looks really cool, because It has very unusual onion domes which look playful and colorful. Sometimes people even say, that they remind them of lollypops.
The cathedral was built in 1555 -1561 by Ivan IV (a.k.a Ivan the Terrible) to celebrate the capture of the Khanate of Kazan.
A legend says that Ivan had the architect, Postnik Yakovlev, blinded to prevent him from building a more magnificent building for anyone else. In fact, Postnik Yakovlev built a number of churches after Saint Basil’s.
More info: Saint Basil’s Cathedral
Basilica de Higuey, Dominican Republic
Basilica de Higuey is located in the city of Higuey, Dominican Republic. Its unusual look reminds me of a basket.
The church is one of the most respected monuments of the Dominican Republic. The basilica was inaugurated on January 21, 1971, and was built by French architects.
Grace Fellowship Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD, USA
This strange building is actually a church. Once it was famous for being "Detroit’s most beautiful Chinese-American restaurant". Later it closed down and became the Omega Baptist Church and then the Grace Fellowship Baptist Church. Located at 265 Baltimore, MD, USA.
Las Lajas Cathedral in Columbia
Las Lajas Cathedral looks unusual to me because one side of it seems to be a part of a bridge across the river and the other side rests on the hill. The overall look is really fascinating.
Built in 1916 inside the canyon of the Guaitara river where, according to local legend, the Virgin Mary appeared.
You can find this church in southern Colombian Department of Nariño, municipality of Ipiales, near the border with Ecuador.
Jubilee Church in Rome, Italy
Jubilee Church has very distinctive curved walls which look like sails to me. Designed in 1996 by architect Richard Meier, the church has curved walls which serve the engineering purpose of minimizing thermal peak loads in the interior space.
The walls are made from a special cement, which contain titanium dioxide, so it destroys air pollution.
According to Borgarello "When the titanium dioxide absorbs ultraviolet light, it becomes powerfully reactive, breaking down pollutants that come in contact with the concrete."
St Joseph Ukrainian Catholic Church in Chicago, IL, USA
Maybe I’ll better don’t tell what those domes remind me (haha). Very very unusual looking building I must say. Its massiveness and gray color looks like Soviet architecture. I was amazed when I read that it was actually in USA and not somewhere In Soviet Union.
St. Joseph Ukrainian Catholic church is a is most known for its ultra-modern thirteen gold domed roof symbolizing the twelve apostles and Jesus Christ as the largest center dome.
It is celebrating its 52 years, so it was built in 1956 (if my calculations are right).
Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France
Someone told that the roof of this building looks like Elvis’ hair.
Informally known as Ronchamp, the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut was completed in 1954 and is considered one of the finest examples of architecture by the late French/Swiss architect Le Corbusier.
Most interesting fact to me is that, when it rains, water pours off the slanted roof onto a fountain, creating a dramatic waterfall.
Odd Church in Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Don’t have info on that one, only this photo and the location: Huntington Beach, CA, USA.
As far as I understand it must be sponsored by Shell, because it has a huge SHELL logo on it (this statement can be absolutely different from the reality). Looks terrible overall.
Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cathedral of Rio de Janeiro looks like a Pyramid of Egypt or Aztecs.
It was built between 1964 and 1979. Conical in form it has internal diameter of 96 metres (315 ft) and an overall height of 75 metres (246 ft). The church has a standing-room capacity of 20,000 people.
Four rectilinear stained glass windows soar 64 metres (210 ft) from floor to ceiling.
Monday, November 17, 2008
From a collection of advice from old people….
- People in power only hold that power because you allow them to. If they abuse that power, you can take it away from them. This applies to relationships, employers, landlords, councils and the Government.
- When you think “I’ll just have one more drink” - don’t have it.
- If there is something in your life you love doing - try to find a job where they will pay you to do it.
- “It’s easier to get a girlfriend when you already have a girlfriend”
- “Don’t be surprised when people are not pleased for your success and are happy when you fail”
- “Remember to fuck around a lot, when I was growing up we weren’t allowed to” (Granny – aged 89). She’s also advised me never to do cocaine, and also that marijuana brownies are great.
- My great uncle also once told me to never try shitting in a wicker waste paper bin.
- “Never look at your mom when she’s eating a banana.”
- “Son, now you are married, you must learn this important lesson on dealing with a Wife.. if you are going out for a night on the ale, tell her you are coming home an hour or two later than you actually intend to.. that way, when you arrive home ‘early’ she’ll be delighted that you’ve cut short your night out to be with her”
- “Never chase after a bus or a girl - another one’ll come along soon enough!”
- No one wins in a fight. If you hit him 20 times and he hits you once it still fucking hurts.
- Always kick a man when he is down because you probably won’t have the balls to hit him if he gets back up.
- Genuine good advice from my Grand dad - ‘Don’t listen to your mother, she never has known what she’s talking about’
- Never trust a man whose tie is lighter than his shirt.
- My nan tells me spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down… I’m a fucking diabetic.
- “Life is like riding a bike. If you look down or look back, you’ll fall off. The only way to get where you want to go is to look forward.”
- The best advice I ever received was written on the side of a box of matches, it said “Keep dry and away from children”
- Never trust a man with a beard, he’s hiding something.
- “If you take longer strides when you’re walking, your shoes will last longer”.
- Never sleep with a woman who’s problems are worse than your own.
- “Never skimp on spending money on a good pair of shoes and a decent bed. If you’re not in one, you’re in the other”.
- “Never get separated from your lunch”
- “life is like a shit sandwich, the more bread you got the better it tastes”
- “always leave a party while you’re still having fun, you’re a young lad now but later you’ll understand, never forget”
- Women are like cowpats, the older they are, the easier they are to pick up…
- “He who is scared and runs away, lives to run another day!”
- “Never trust a dog with a curly tail”
- Always take a dump when you’re at work, you’re getting paid for it
- Don’t eat gravy and ice-cream at the same time.
Labels: wise saying
At the 1994 annual awards dinner given by the American Association for Forensic Sciences, AAFS President Don Harper Mills astounded his audience in San Diego with the legal complications of a bizarre death. Here is the story...
On March 23 the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus and concluded that he died from a gunshot wound of the head caused by a shotgun. Investigation to that point had revealed that the decedent had jumped from the top of a ten story building with the intent to commit suicide. (He left a note indicating his despondency.) As he passed the 9th floor on the way down, his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast through a window, killing him instantly. Neither the shooter nor the decedent was aware that a safety net had been erected at the 8th floor level to protect some window washers, and that the decedent would not have been able to complete his intent to commit suicide because of this...
Ordinarily a person who starts into motion the events with a suicide intent ultimately commits suicide even though the mechanism might be not what he intended. That he was shot on the way to certain death nine stories below probably would not change his mode of death from suicide to homicide, but the fact that his suicide intent would not have been achieved under any circumstance caused the medical examiner to feel that he had homicide on his hands...
Further investigation led to the discovery that the room on the 9th floor from whence the shotgun blast emanated was occupied by an elderly man and his wife. He was threatening her with the shotgun because of an interspousal spat and became so upset that he could not hold the shotgun straight. Therefore, when he pulled the trigger, he completely missed his wife, and the pellets went through the window, striking the decedent.
When one intends to kill subject A, but kills subject B in the attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject B. The old man was confronted with this conclusion, but both he and his wife were adamant in stating that neither knew that the shotgun was loaded. It was the longtime habit of the old man to threaten his wife with an unloaded shotgun. He had no intent to murder her; therefore, the killing of the decedent appeared then to be accident. That is, the gun had been accidentally loaded...
But further investigation turned up a witness that their son was seen loading the shotgun approximately six weeks prior to the fatal accident. That investigation showed that the mother (the old lady) had cut off her son's financial support, and her son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly, loaded the gun with the expectation that the father would shoot his mother. The case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald Opus...
Further investigation revealed that the son became increasingly despondent over the failure of his attempt to get his mother murdered. This led him to jump off the ten story building on March 23, only to be killed by a shotgun blast through a 9th story window.
The medical examiner closed the case as a suicide.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
With so much advancement in science it is almost impossible to prove existence of god.
Monday, November 10, 2008
- A penny saved is a government oversight.
- The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
- The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.
- The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
- He who hesitates is probably right.
- Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are ‘ XL.’
- If you think there is good in everybody, you haven’t met everybody.
- If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
- The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble.
- There’s always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.
- Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words ‘The’ and ‘IRS’ together it spells ‘Theirs.’
- Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
- The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
- Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.
- When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
- You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
- One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.
- Ah, being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
- First you forget names, then you forget faces. Then you forget to pull up your zipper. It’s worse when you forget to pull it down.
- Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today, it’s called golf…
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
1)Failure is normal.
Everyone has faced failure. Some people talk about their failures. Some people don't talk about their failures, which makes it look like they never fail. Don't believe it.
2)Define or refine.
Failure can define you or refine you. If you quit, you have allowed failure to define you. If you keep going, learn from it and get stronger, you have used failure to refine you.
3)Learn from it.
Every failure has something to teach us, if we will only be teachable. To be teachable we need to ask good questions such as
"What contributed to this failure?"
"What can I do differently and/or better next time?"
"What's obvious now that I couldn't or wouldn't see before?"
4)Change your definition of failure.
We live in an either/or culture. Either you totally succeed or you completely fail. Many times it's neither. In baseball, you are considered very successful if you hit the ball one out of every three times you come up to bat.
5)Redefine what failure means to you.
A failure is simply evidence that you took a shot at accomplishing something, that you want to be a doer instead of just a talker. Most people are just talkers. They believe their own talk and then accomplish little, if anything. If you have failed, it can mean you are a doer instead of a talker.
6)Successful people fail often.
How can you be successful and fail often? You become successful by taking risks. Risk implies that you might fail. Otherwise it would not be called risk-taking; it would be called sure-thing taking. Babe Ruth was the strikeout king of baseball at the same time he was the home-run king of baseball.
7)Build on your failures.
Many of the great success stories are built on what was learned from failure or the motivation that can come from failure. Michael Jordan failed to make his high school basketball team. He seems to have built on that failure fairly well. You and I can, too.
8) Don't fear failure.
The fear of failure holds us back from doing many of the things we would like to do.
9) Give up your belief in failure.
A wise person once said
"Failure? I've never encountered it. I've just learned lots and lots of ways that don't work, and turned that into a few successes."
10) Never, ever give up.
An ancient Japanese proverb suggests that we are to
"fall down seven times, get up eight."
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Labels: weird stuff
There once was a woman who woke up one morning,
Looked in the mirror and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.
Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today?”
So she did and she had a wonderful day.
The next day she woke up,
Looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.
“H-M-M,” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today?”
So she did and she had a grand day.
The next day she woke up,
Looked in the mirror and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.
“Well,” she said, “today I’m going to wear my hair in a pony tail.”
So she did and she had a fun, fun day.
The next day she woke up,
Looked in the mirror and noticed that there wasn’t a single hair on her head.
“YEA!” she exclaimed, “I don’t have to fix my hair today!”
Attitude is everything.
- Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
- Live simply,
- Love generously,
- Care deeply,
- Speak kindly…….
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
1. Right Understanding of the following facts:
- the truth about suffering .
- everything is impermanent and changes;
- there is no separate individual self- this is an illusion. (We are one!)
2. Right Determination to:
- give up what is wrong and evil;
- undertake what is good;
- abandon thoughts that have to do with bringing suffering to any conscious being; cultivate thoughts that are of loving kindness, that are based on caring for others' suffering, and sympathetic joy in others' happiness.
3. Right Speech:
- Abstain from telling lies.
- Abstain from talk that brings harm or discredit to others (such as backbiting or slander) or talk that creates hatred or disharmony between individuals and groups.
- Abstain from harsh, rude, impolite, malicious, or abusive language.
- Abstain from idle, useless, and foolish babble and gossip. Abstain from recrimination and negative statements.
- Abstain from harsh speech—practice kindly speech.
- Abstain from frivolous speech—practice meaningful speech.
- Abstain from slanderous speech—practice harmonious speech.
- Speak the truth if it is useful and timely. Practice only necessary speech. Let your speech be filled with loving kindness. Speak that which alleviates suffering.
4. Right Action:
- Peaceful, honorable conduct; abstain from dishonest dealings; take concrete steps necessary to foster what is good.
- Do things that are moral, honest, and alleviate suffering. Do not do things that will bring suffering to others or yourself.
5. Right Livelihood:
- Abstain from making your living from an occupation that brings harm and suffering to humans or animals, or diminish their well being. This includes: activities that directly harm conscious beings, and activities that indirectly harm sentient beings, e.g., making weapons or poisons.
6. Right Effort:
- Foster good and prevent evil;
- Work on yourself—be engaged in appropriate self-improvement. The essence of right effort is that everything must be done with a sense of proper balance that fits the situation. Effort should be properly balanced between trying too hard and not trying hard enough. For example, strike the balance between excessive fasting and over-indulgence in food. Trying hard to progress too rapidly gets poor results, as does not trying hard enough.
7. Right Mindfulness or wakefulness:
- Foster right attention.
- Avoid whatever clouds our mental awareness (e.g., drugs).
- Systematically and intentionally develop awareness.
8. Right Concentration:
- Developed by practicing meditation and/or mental focusing. Proper meditation must be done continuously while awake, and should include work on awareness of body, emotions, thought, and mind objects.
Monday, November 3, 2008
The human body is a machine that is full of wonder This collection of human body facts will leave you wondering why in the heck we were designed the way we were.
- Scientists say the higher your I.Q. the more you dream.
- The largest cell in the human body is the female egg.
- The smallest is the male sperm.
- You use 200 muscles to take one step.
- The average woman is 5 inches shorter than the average man.
- Your big toes have two bones each while the rest have three. Same goes for your thumbs.
- A pair of human feet contain 250,000 sweat glands.
- A full bladder is roughly the size of a soft ball.
- The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.
- The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannic.
- It takes the food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach.
- The average human dream lasts 2-3 seconds.
- Men without hair on their chests are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver than men with hair.
- At the moment of conception, you spent about half an hour as a single cell.
- There is about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.
- Your body gives off enough heat in 30 minutes to bring half a gallon of water to a boil.
- The enamel in your teeth is the hardest substance in your body.
- Your teeth start developing (in your gums)6 months before you are born.
- When you are looking at someone you love, your pupils dilate, they do the same when you are looking at someone you hate.
- Blondes have more hair than dark-haired people.
Labels: Amazing Facts
- Sharpening a pencil with a knife makes you feel really manly.
- Triangle sandwiches taste better than square ones.
- One of the most awkward things that can happen at a bar is when your beer-to-toilet cycle become synchronized with a complete stranger.
- You’re never quite sure whether it’s okay to eat green potato chips.
- Everyone who grew up in the 80’s has entered the digits 55378008 into a calculator.
- Reading when you’re drunk is difficult.
- Nobody ever makes Cup-O-Soup in a bowl.
- You never know where to look when eating an apple.
- It’s impossible to describe the smell of a wet cat.
- There’s something manly about poking a fire with a stick.
- Rummaging in an overgrown garden will always turn up some sort of ball.
- You always feel a bit nervous when stroking horses.
- The smaller the monkey, the more it looks like it would kill you at the first given opportunity.
- Every man has, at some stage while taking a pee, flushed half way through and then raced against the flush.
- It’s impossible to look cool while riding in the back of a pickup truck.
- Everybody has honked their horn while driving though a tunnel.
- There’s no panic like the panic you momentarily feel when you’ve got your hand or head stuck in something.
- No one seems to know the origin of metal coat hangers.
- Despite constant warnings, no one has ever had their face frozen while sticking out their tongue.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
NASA has released some pictures taken from a spacecraft traveling 31 million miles from Earth. That’s the moon orbiting Earth.
Labels: amazing pictures
Saturday, November 1, 2008
- I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don’t know what to feed it.
- All I ask is a chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.
- What is a “free” gift? Aren’t all gifts free?
- They told me I was gullible … and I believed them.
- Teach a child to be polite and courteous in the home and, when he grows up, he’ll never be able to merge his car onto a freeway.
- Two can live as cheaply as one, for half as long.
- Experience is the thing you have left when everything else is gone.
- What if there were no hypothetical questions?
- One nice thing about egotists: They don’t talk about other people.
- When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to look like a nail.
- A flashlight is a case for holding dead batteries.
- My weight is perfect for my height — which varies.
- I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not sure.
- The cost of living hasn’t affected its popularity.
- How can there be self-help “groups”?
- Is there another word for synonym?
- The speed of time is one-second per second.
- Is it possible to be totally partial?
- What’s another word for thesaurus?
- If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?
- Show me a man with both feet firmly on the ground, and I’ll show you a man who can’t get his pants off.
- It’s not an optical illusion. It just like one.
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