Monday, October 29, 2007


if women ruled the world

perfect creation of a skeleton

PERFECT CREATION OF SKELETON - Episode 2 - These bloopers are hilarious
Boulevard of Broken Songs. Mash up of Green Day and Oasis.

Boulevard of Broken Songs Mash up of Green Day and Oasis.


Toothpicks in the microwave. A mini fireworks display in your own kitchen.

Toothpicks in a Microwave A mini fireworks display right in your own kitchen.

computer abbreviations

Computer Abbreviations Save yourself time, and typing finger, by using these abbreviations.

the human genome

The human genome is the genome of Homo sapiens, which is composed of 24 distinct chromosomes (22 autosomal + X + Y) with a total of approximately 3 billion DNA base pairs containing an estimated 20,000�25,000 genes. The Human Genome Project has produced a reference sequence of the euchromatic human genome, which is used worldwide in biomedical sciences. The human genome is much more gene-sparse than was initially predicted at the outset of the Human Genome Project, with only about 1.5% of the total length serving as protein-coding exons, with the rest of the genome comprised by RNA genes, regulatory sequences, introns and controversely so-called junk DNA.

The Human Genome Project (HGP) is a project undertaken in 1990. The goal of the HGP was to understand the genetic makeup of the human species by identifying all the genes in the human genome and mapping how individual genes are sequenced. By some definitions the HGP was completed in 2005.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

aladdin was chinese

In the original text of The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, the story of Aladdin was set in China.

In fact, Aladdin was a little Chinese boy.

stories from tech support

Tech support guys have to deal with lot of silly people. Following are some true conversation recorded .

Customer: I have problems printing in red…
Helpdesk: Do you have a color printer?
Customer: No.


Helpdesk: What’s on your monitor now ma’am?
Customer: A teddy bear my boyfriend bought for me in the supermarket.


Helpdesk: And now hit F8.
Customer: It’s not working.
Helpdesk: What did you do, exactly?
Customer: I hit the F-key 8-times as you told me, but nothing’s happening…


Customer: My keyboard is not working anymore.
Helpdesk: Are you sure it’s plugged into the computer?
Customer: No. I can’t get behind the computer.
Helpdesk: Pick up your keyboard and walk 10 paces back.
Customer: OK
Helpdesk: Did the keyboard come with you?
Customer: Yes
Helpdesk: That means the keyboard is not plugged in. Is there another keyboard?
Customer: Yes, there’s another one here. Ah…that one does work!


Helpdesk: Your password is the small letter a as in apple, a capital letter V as in! Victor, the number 7.
Customer: Is that 7 in capital letters?


A customer couldn’t get on the internet.
Helpdesk: Are you sure you used the right password?
Customer: Yes I’m sure. I saw my colleague do it.
Helpdesk: Can you tell me what the password was?
Customer: Five stars.


Helpdesk: What antivirus program do you use?
Customer: Netscape.
Helpdesk: That’s not an antivirus program.
Customer: Oh, sorry…Internet Explorer.


Customer: I have a huge problem. A friend has placed a screensaver on my computer, but every time I move the mouse, it disappears!


Helpdesk: Microsoft Tech. Support, may I help you?
Customer: Good afternoon! I have waited over ! 4 hours for you. Can you please tell me how long it will take before you can help me?
Helpdesk: Uhh..? Pardon, I don’t understand your problem?
Customer: I was working in Word and clicked the help button more than 4 hours ago. Can you tell me when you will finally be helping me?



Secret Images Of Google Earth - Awesome video clips here

shadow puppets

What a Wonderful World Performed by shadow puppets.


LASIK is the acronym for Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis, a type of refractive laser eye surgery performed by ophthalmologists for correcting myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The procedure is preferred to photorefractive keratectomy, PRK, because it requires less time for the patient's full recovery, and the patient feels less pain, overall. Many patients choose LASIK as an alternative to wearing corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

like my new rat slippers ?

nature's great survivor : the water bear

Freeze them, boil them, dry them, expose them to open space and radiation - after 200 years they'll still be alive!

Tardigrades (known as water bears or moss piglets) are some of the most interesting animals in the world, simply because they can survive so well in the most extreme conditions.

say it ain's so, watson !

Uh oh. Nobel Prize winner James Watson - yes, the Watson from the Watson and Crick DNA double helix structure discovery fame - has just stirred a controversy for claiming that black people are less intelligent than white people in an interview with The Times Online:

The 79-year-old geneticist said he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really.". He said he hoped that everyone was equal, but countered that “people who have to deal with black employees find this not true”.

He says that you should not discriminate on the basis of colour, because “there are many people of colour who are very talented, but don’t promote them when they haven’t succeeded at the lower level”. He writes that “there is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so”.

Seems like Watson has a penchant for saying controversial things, like when he suggested that stupidity is a disease and that we should genetically engineer girls to be pretty!

But in a documentary series to be screened in the UK on Channel 4, Watson says that low intelligence is an inherited disorder and that molecular biologists have a duty to devise gene therapies or screening tests to tackle stupidity.

"If you are really stupid, I would call that a disease," says Watson, now president of the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, New York. "The lower 10 per cent who really have difficulty, even in elementary school, what’s the cause of it? A lot of people would like to say, ‘Well, poverty, things like that.’ It probably isn’t. So I’d like to get rid of that, to help the lower 10 per cent."

Watson, no stranger to controversy, also suggests that genes influencing beauty could also be engineered. "People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would be great."

a cheap way to whiten your teeth

The best way yet to get whiter teeth using cheap house hold items. The preparation and time to do this is less than 5 minutes. Amazing results!

Whiter Teeth Really Cheap ! - video powered by Metacafe


Pica, an eating disorder in which sufferers feel compelled to eat nonfood items, is usually seen in children. At least 10% of kids enjoy eating dirt or paste or plaster, but adults suffering from pica often develop unusual tastes.

Strangely, the same such cravings pop up so often they have their own names. Pagophagia is the compulsive eating of ice; coprophagia describes eating (often animal) feces; coniophagia involves - get this - the pathological consumption of dust from Venetian blinds.

And pica can be fatal. Too much plaster might lead to fatal lead poisoning, for instance, and consuming clay can lead to a potentially deadly intestinal blockage. (Image: Baobao, an 18-year-old Mongolian girl eating dirt)

papercut typography

Annie Vought elevates "writing" into a new artform: she painstakingly cut out letters and words out of paper to create a gorgeous typographic display of words and their shadows.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

how to become a famous blogger


It’s a vocabulary test. For every word you get right, FreeRice donates 10 grains of rice to a hungry persons around the world. The rice is distributed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

FreeRice automatically adjusts to your level of vocabulary. It starts by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a word wrong, you go to an easier level.

There are 50 levels in all, but it is rare for people to get above level 48.


it takes fewer muscles to frown than to smile

What you know is wrong: it actually takes fewer muscles to frown than to smile.

It takes 12 muscles to smile and 11 muscles to frown.

Muscles involved in a "zygomatic" (i.e., genuine) smile:

Zygomaticus major and minor. These muscles pull up the corners of the mouth. They're bilateral (one set on either side of the face). Total number of muscles: 4.

Orbicularis oculi. One of these muscles encircles each eye and causes crinkling. Total: 2.

Levator labii superioris. Pulls up corner of lip and nose. Bilateral. Total: 2.

Levator anguli oris. Also helps elevate angle of mouth. Bilateral. Total: 2.

Risorius. Pulls corner of mouth to the side. Bilateral. Total: 2. Grand total for smiling: 12.

Principal muscles involved in a frown:

Orbicularis oculi (again). Total: 2.

Platysma. Pulls down lips and wrinkles skin of lower face. Bilateral (though joined at midline). Total: 2.

Corrugator supercilii (bilateral) and procerus (unilateral). Furrow brow. Total: 3.

Orbicularis oris. Encircles mouth; purses lips. Unilateral. Total: 1.

Mentalis. Depresses lower lip. Unilateral. Total: 1.

Depressor anguli oris. Pulls corner of mouth down. Bilateral. Total: 2. Grand total for frowning: 11.

wwf paper towel dispenser

This World Wildlife Foundation paper towel dispenser gives a graphic reminder of the effect paper use has on the environment.

gruesome bloodsuckers

Assassin bugs use a mouth tube to inject toxin into their prey. This toxin acts as an anaesthetic and also liquifies tissues, the easier to suck you dry with. There are thousands of assassin bug species; some eat only other insects and some attack reptiles, birds, and mammals. This assassin bug is turning the tables on a vampire bat. Notice how you can see the blood entering the young insect.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

the pink ribbon



A blessedly uncommon but life-threatening disorder, megacolon is characterized by the one-two punch of a massively inflated colon (one), and the accompanying abdominal distension (two). Although generally a complication of bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, megacolon occasionally develops from severe - and we mean severe - constipation.

One such example is on display at Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum, which collects all manner of medical oddities (from John Wilkes Booth’s thorax to a tumor removed from President Grover Cleveland’s jaw). The crown jewel of the Mütter Museum’s collection is a five-foot-long megacolon. Bearing a distinct resemblance to Jabba the Hutt, the monstrosity was removed from a man who, unable to move his bowels, died with 40 pounds of excrement in his gut. (Image: Colonic Association, warning: gruesome!)

hairless guinea pig

A bizarre breed of guinea pig that was created for laboratory testing more than 30 years ago has become the latest designer pet. The skinny-pig has no hair on its body except for tufts on its face and feet.

They eat three times the amount of a normal hairy pig and their dry skin requires moisturising. But animal lovers are willing to pay up to $300 for a Hairless Guinea Pig.

scan your brain

Brainscannr - free brain scans for everyone !

Where’s your head at? Brainscannr will tell you. Simply type in your name and it then constructs the emotional contents of your brain from a variety of symbols.

Japan Probe explains:

Ken Y-N of What Japan Thinks has just launched the website, which translates the idea of the wildly popular Japanese nounai me-ka website, using smileys to represent brain contents instead of kanji.

weird scientific paper : safe and painless manipulation of penile zipper entrapment

Oddee has a neat compilation of the top 10 Most Bizarre Scientific Papers, with gems like "Pressures Produced When Penguin Poo - Calculations on Avian Defecation," "Farting as a Defence Against Unspeakable Dread," and "The Effect of Country Music on Suicide."

Take for instance this particular paper, written in 2005, which could be very useful one day. It is titled "Safe and Painless Manipulation of Penile Zipper Entrapment":

Author Satish Chandra Mishra, about his enlightening paper: "Entrapment of penile foreskin is quite a distressing situation for the child and the parents and can be a frustrating management problem. Any overzealous intervention would simply worsen the situation. Also, attempts to cut open the zip fastener are time taking and may not be either helpful or feasible in all the situations. The approach to the zipper manipulation should be quick, simple, non-traumatic and reproducible irrespective of the age of the child, mechanism and site of entrapment, presence of the local edema and zipper size or design." The paper can be found HERE.

Friday, October 19, 2007

gorillas can talk....and 24 other QI facts

Koko, a female gorilla born in 1971, has mastered up to 1,000 words in sign language. She describes herself as 'fine animal person gorilla'.


happy sunset

art on leaves


Thursday, October 18, 2007

endangered species chocolate

Now you can save endangered species and eat ‘em too! With the Endangered Species Chocolate, that is. Made for Walteria Living by Kathleen Walsh and anita Mothersbaugh (portion of the proceeds will go to World Society for the Protection of Animals).

Each box of chocolate contains a pygmy hippopotamus, mountain gorilla and koala.


About 25% of the world’s population is infected with roundworms (that’s Ascaris lumbricoides

to the Latin scholars), which is even more disconcerting when you consider that one generally contracts roundworms by swallowing egg-ridden human feces. Once infected, the eggs hatch in the stomach and intestines, then migrate throughout the body.

Although completely disgusting, roundworms are only occasionally deadly - they can cause edema in the lungs; and the female worms, which can grow 18 inches long, sometimes perforate the intestines, leading to peritonitis.

But the most terrifying wormy complication involves anesthesia. Because worms find anesthesia irritating, they sometimes migrate up the trachea and nasal passages or down the intestines during surgery. It’s been reported, for instance, that one pregnant woman had several of the nematodes worm out of her nose and mouth while she was giving birth.

pass the head


scientist claimed he created artificial life via chromosomal transfer

Craig Venter, the controversial DNA researcher who once tried to map the human genome for commercial purpose, is back at it again. This time, he claimed that he has created artificial life by constructing a man-made chromosome:

The Guardian can reveal that a team of 20 top scientists assembled by Mr Venter, led by the Nobel laureate Hamilton Smith, has already constructed a synthetic chromosome, a feat of virtuoso bio-engineering never previously achieved. Using lab-made chemicals, they have painstakingly stitched together a chromosome that is 381 genes long and contains 580,000 base pairs of genetic code.

The DNA sequence is based on the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium which the team pared down to the bare essentials needed to support life, removing a fifth of its genetic make-up. The wholly synthetically reconstructed chromosome, which the team have christened Mycoplasma laboratorium, has been watermarked with inks for easy recognition.

It is then transplanted into a living bacterial cell and in the final stage of the process it is expected to take control of the cell and in effect become a new life form. The team of scientists has already successfully transplanted the genome of one type of bacterium into the cell of another, effectively changing the cell’s species. Mr Venter said he was "100% confident" the same technique would work for the artificially created chromosome.


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

optical illusion

Einstein or Harry Potter ?


Scare someone this Halloween by making blood appear without cutting yourself! This is real science -the main ingredients are potassium thiocyanate and Ferric Nitrate.

quote : asimov on scientific discoveries

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny …’"

- Isaac Asimov, sci-fi author (1920-1992)

lettuce transport canine unit

How did lettuce get from the farm to your local supermarket? Well, in Fuzhou, China, lettuce is carried by dogs:

Here we get a glimpse into the secretive world of lettuce-transportation, as the lettuce-dogs of Fuzhou, China, go about their daily work.

While some parts of the world are shifting away from a dog-based model, and you will rarely see a lettuce-dog in the UK outside of Cumbria, China still transports over 99% of its lettuce by dog.

Note that the dog on the left is transporting what appears to be a courgette. This is normal for dogs who are still in their training period - ‘pale fronds’, in the jargon of lettucewrangling - or who have been demoted as a punishment for dumb insolence.

random giraffe facts

When giraffes were first brought to Rome in 46 B.C., they were thought to be as big as a camel, with spots like a leopard. Although we've long since learned the giraffe is not a combination of these animals, the scientific name camelopardalis stuck.

Read more HERE.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

ant power

moses fishing prank

bible spoiler

amazing lifelike origami


Lucanus maculifemaratus vs Japanese rhinoceros beetle

woodlouse on a hydrangea leaf


stag beetle

ants vs oriental longheaded locust

Stag beetle
Kiri-origami creature

Kiri-origami artist Taketori cuts and folds paper to make realistic-looking insects. Each critter is crafted from a single sheet, without glue, and paint is often used to add to the realism.

huge crabs


microchip to restore some sight

German researchers have created a microchip that shows promise to restore limited sight for some forms of inherited blindness. The device contains 1,540 photodiodes (similar to pixels in a camera) that connect directly to the optic nerve to provide some sight.

The technology still has a long way to go - the resolution is approximately 100,000 times worse than normal eyesight (and 300 times worse than a poor cell phone camera), but it’s still a big step towards restoring sight and interfacing with other nerve cells.

Monday, October 15, 2007

spot the difference


confusing words

Confusing Words is a collection of 3,210 words that are troublesome to readers and writers. Words are grouped according to the way they are most often confused or misused. Some of these words are homonyms (words that sound alike but are spelled differently) and some are just commonly confused.

Examples of confusing words: affect and effect, there, their, and they're, capital and capitol, affluent and effluent, atheist and agnostic, and over 3,000 more.

science facts ???

Gravity was discovered by Sir Isaac Newton. It is chiefly noticeable in the autumn, when the apples are falling off the trees.

You can listen to thunder after lightning and tell how close you came to getting hit. If you don't hear it, you got hit, so never mind.

When people run around and around in circles, we say they are crazy. When planets do it, we say they are orbitting.

The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water in the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum.

The moon is more useful than the sun, because the moon shines at night when you want the light, whereas the sun shines during the day when you don't need it.

To remove air from a flask, fill it with water, tip the water out, and put the cork in quick before the air can get back in.

Isn't it meaningless to speak of a 45 degrees angle unless you specify Fahrenheit or Celcius?

An object at rest will always be in the wrong place. An object in motion will always be headed in the wrong direction.

For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

Doppler effect is the tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when you come at them rapidly.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

cephalopod awareness day

October 8th is (unofficially) International Cephalopod Awareness Day!

Ceph·a·lo·pods are marine mollusks like squid, octopus and cuttlefish, characterized by well-developed eyes and sucker-bearing tentacles. The word is from the combination of the Greek kefale and pous, roughly meaning head feet. Some folks pronouce it sefalopod, others say kefalopod.

Take this opportunity to hug an octopus.

flash !