Friday, April 24, 2015

First YouTube video

On April 23, 2005, at 8:27 p.m., YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first YouTube video “Me at the zoo.”

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Titanic Trivia

It was 103 years ago ( April 12, 1912)  that RMS Titanic sunk together with 1500 souls at the depth of the Atlantic.

The Titanic was traveling between 21-23 knots (approx 26 miles an hour) when it struck the iceberg.

The cost of a first-class ticket on Titanic to New York was $2,500.

A third-class ticket at Titanic cost $40, which is approximately $900 in today’s currency. 

Number of Titanic's four smokestacks that were operational: 3 

Last message sent from Titanic: "We are sinking fast. Passengers being put into boats."

Number of passengers and crew who died: 1,503

Titanic was one of the first ships in distress to send out an “SOS” signal; the radio officer used
“SOS” after using the traditional code of “CQD” followed by the ship’s call letters.

Titanic’s superb master chef, Michel Louvain, steadfastly remained at his station, preparing snacks of pate and truffled pheasant so that first-class passengers would not have to drown on an empty stomach. When urged to save himself by his sous-chef, he replied, “Le fois gras, c’est moi,” Perhaps because the remark made little sense, it seldom has been repeated over the years.

The last tune the band was playing before the Titanic sank was believed to be Autumn by Louis Von Esch c.1810 a popular waltz of the time  and not "Nearer My God to Thee".

No members of the band survived but the Black Talent Agency who hired the musicians, sent the violinist's family a bill for $3.50 for the cost of the unpaid and unreturned uniform!

There were 9 dogs on board, three of which survived. Margaret Hay's Pomeranian (lifeboat #7), Elizabeth Rothchild's pooch (lifeboat # 6) and Henry Sleeper Harper's Pekinese, Sun Yat Sen (Lifeboat # 3) . Among the dogs that didn't make it was champion bulldog, Gamon de Pycombe and a St Bernard. It is rumored that a passenger had freed the dogs from the kennels when all hope was gone.

The Titanic carried a total of 20 lifeboats. 14 of these lifeboats were wooden and each one had a capacity of 65 persons, 2 were wood cutters with a capacity of 40 persons each Lifeboats on Boat deck. and 4 were collapsibles (wood bottoms and canvas sides) and each collapsible was capable of carrying 47 persons. The total capacity of all 20 lifeboats was 1,178 people.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Ever wonder why rabbits and eggs are connected with Easter?

Eoster (not Ishtar) has something to do with Easter. Ēostre or Ostara is a Germanic divinity who, by way of the Germanic month bearing her name (Northumbrian: Ēosturmōnaþ; West Saxon: Ēastermōnaþ; Old High German: Ôstarmânoth), is the namesake of the festival of Easter. 

Ēostre is attested solely by Bede in his 8th-century work The Reckoning of Time, where Bede states that during Ēosturmōnaþ (the equivalent of April), pagan Anglo-Saxons had held feasts in Eostre's honor, but that this tradition had died out by his time, replaced by the Christian Paschal month, a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Si Malakas at si Maganda

Legend has it that the first Filipino man and woman were born from a bamboo stalk. They both had brown skin and supple bodies. The man was named Malakas, or "Strong One"; the woman, Maganda, or the "Beautiful One."

In the beginning, there was only the sea, the sky and the air. The Goddess of the Sea and the God of the Sky were enemies and fought for centuries. The Sky God hurled thunder bolts, lightning and colossal boulders at the sea while the Sea Goddess fashioned pounding waves and swirling hurricanes that touched the sky.

The usually patient God of Air grew tired of the incessant fighting. He took the form of a beautiful bird and tried to get the Sea Goddess and the Sky God to reconcile with one another. Finally, the Gods made peace at the horizon- the place where the sea and the sky come together. Later they fell in love. A tiny seed born out of their love was planted on one of the magnificent boulders the Sky God had once thrown into the sea. From this seed a bamboo began to grow.

The bird who brought peace perched to rest on one of the thousands of boulders and saw the growing bamboo. Out of curiosity the bird pecked at it and the bamboo was split in two. A man and a woman sprang from the two pieces!

The man was named Malakas (meaning strong) and the woman was Maganda (meaning beautiful). Malakas and Maganda went on to have many children, grand children, great grandchildren and so on. The generations spread across the thousands of boulders that came to be known as the Philippines.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


Baphomet is really a Christian invention in the 14th century. Baphomet is supposed to be the Lord of the Flies that the Knights Templar worship (that was the accusation the Catholic Church so they can persecute the Knights Templar). 

Also, the name "Baphomet" was a deformation of Muhammad's name. 

It was the French Mystic Alphonse Louis Constant AKA Eliphas Levi who created Baphomet. It was he who created the present form of Baphomet who looks like a bearded horned figure with pendulous female breasts, wings and cloven feet. It sits in a crossed-legged position which resembles statues of the Celtic stag god, Cernnunnus or the Horned One, found in Gaul (France) before the Roman occupation.

[Ref: The Occult Conspiracy by Michael Howard]

Aspirin: More than just your average drug

So you take it as a pain reliever or you give it to your kids if they’re sick – something like a chewable form drug, but  do you know that aspirin has more benefits than you have imagined?  Other than your usual drug for a headache and backache, this new “wonder drug” was discovered to be a good medicine to prevent tougher ailments. 

Vitamin C – The Wonder Vitamins

You’re maybe too familiar with Vitamin C, but may have underestimated its full potential. The good thing about it is that it is almost available in the fruits and vegetables that we eat.

Its health benefits were first demonstrated  when in 1740’s,  Commodore George Anson used it to fight scurvy on his sailors by feeding them fruits containing Vitamin C. Now, thanks to modern medicine, we can take Vitamin C in tables and liquid form.

What is Vitamin C?
Vitamin C or L-ascorbic acid, or simply ascorbate (the anion of ascorbic acid) is a is a water-soluble vitamin found in almost all food. A vast majority of animals and plants are able to synthesize their own vitamin C, but unfortunately humans don’t have such ability. That is why we need to get our vitamin C on the food that we eat. 

Ascorbic acid structure

Vitamin C is known as an antioxidant. Now, an antioxidant is simply a molecule that prevents another molecule from oxidizing – that means it prevents your cells from oxygen damage. Exposure to oxygen can break the molecules and makes them unstable, which also affects your cells. That is why when you exposed a potato in the air after you peeled it, it becomes brown. These cells, which are damaged of oxidizing are what we call free radicals. 

The danger with free radicals is that they just don’t damage other cells, but they mutate them and then the damage cell grows abnormally and reproduces abnormally -- and quickly. These cause cancers and other serious ailments like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, and eye conditions like macular degeneration. It also causes premature ageing.
Antioxidants safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged.

Other Health Benefits
Though it cannot cure the common cold, Vitamin C can strengthen the immune system to avoid it from getting worst. 

There’s also some research that those people with the highest concentrations of vitamin C in their blood were associated with 42% lower stroke risk than those with the lowest concentrations. 
Vitamin C can also lower your chances to get cancer.

As an antioxidant, Vitamin C affects cells on the inside and outside of the body and it was discovered that higher vitamin C intakes were associated with a lower likelihood of a wrinkled appearance, dryness of the skin, and a better skin-aging appearance. 

Vitamin C can also prevent scurvy.

So, Where Do You Get Your Vitamin C?
The most obvious source of Vitamin C is the citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and calamansi, but you can also get them on the following vegetables and fruits: tomatoes, potatoes, papaya, melons and cantaloupe, mango, cabbage, red and green peppers, cauliflower, watermelons and those dark leafy, green vegetables.

Still the best source is a daily dosage of Vitamin C tablets. Don’t worry about getting over dose. Our body doesn’t store excess Vitamin C and at least 500 mg. is required, but still you have to remember that Vitamins are not to be considered as a wonder drug. They are just food supplements. The best is that you take a daily multivitamin, because most people don't get enough of several nutrients.