Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Day the Rebel Died.



James Dean was little more than a boy when he died, killed at twenty-four on the highway near Paso Robles, California, on September 30, 1955, while on his way to a sports car meet. At the time of his death, Dean had completed three movies, East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant, only the first of which had been released.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Pinoy Ako

Pinoy Ako
Orange & Lemons



Lahat tayo mayroon pagkakaiba madalang makikita na
Ibat ibang kagustuhan ngunit iisang patutunguhan
Gabay at pagmamahal ang hanap ko
Pagbibigay ng halaga sa iyo
Nais mong ipakilala kung sino ka man talaga?

Chorus:
Pinoy ikaw pinoy
Ipakita sa mundo
Kung ano ang kaya mundo
Ibang-iba pinoy
Wag kang matatakot
Ipagmalaki mo pinoy ako
Pinoy tayo


Ipakita mo ang tunay at sino ka?
Mayroon masasama at maganda
Wala naman perpekto
Basta magpakatotoo oohh...oohh..
Gabay at pagmamahal ang hanap mo
Pagbibigay ng halaga sa iyo
Nais mong ipakilala kung sino ka man talaga?

(repeat chorus)

Talagang ganyan ang buhay
Dapat ka nang masanay
Wala rin mangyayari
Kung laging nakikibagay
Ipakilala ang iyong sarili
Ano man sa iyo mangyayari
Ang lagi mong iisipin
Kayang kayang gawin

(repeat chorus)
SEE:
Pinoy Big Brother Theme a rip-off from The Cares?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Pazuzu

Cuzco


Note: Character is from the Disney Animated film "The Emperor's New Grove"

Templar Knights



Taj Mahal


The Taj Majal stands on a raised, square platform (186 x 186 feet) with its four corners truncated, forming an unequal octagon. The architectural design uses the interlocking arabesque concept, in which each element stands on its own and perfectly integrates with the main structure. It uses the principles of self-replicating geometry and symmetry of architectural elements.

Its central dome is fifty-eight feet in diameter and rises to a height of 213 feet. It is flanked by four subsidiary domed chambers. The four graceful, slender minarets are 162.5 feet each. The entire mausoleum (inside as well as outside) is decorated with inlaid design of flowers and calligraphy using precious gems such as agate and jasper. The main archways, chiseled with passages from the Holy Qur’an and the bold scroll work of flowery pattern, give a captivating charm to its beauty. The central domed chamber and four adjoining chambers include many walls and panels of Islamic decoration.

The mausoleum is a part of a vast complex comprising of a main gateway, an elaborate garden, a mosque (to the left), a guest house (to the right), and several other palatial buildings. The Taj is at the farthest end of this complex, with the river Jamuna behind it. The large garden contains four reflecting pools dividing it at the center. Each of these four sections is further subdivided into four sections and then each into yet another four sections. Like the Taj, the garden elements serve like Arabesque, standing on their own and also constituting the whole.
In 1612, Arjumand Banu Begam, better known by her other name , Mumtaz Mahal was married to Shah Jehan (then Prince Khurram), the fifth mughal emperor.

She bore him fourteen children, and died in childbed in 1630 (only three years after his accession to the throne) in Burhanpur in the Deccan where she had come with him on a military campaign. Overwhelmed by grief, Shah Jehan was determined to perpetuate her memory for immortality and decided to erect his beloved wife the finest sepulcher ever - a monument of eternal love.

It was Shah Jehan's everlasting love for Mumtaz that led to the beginning of the Taj Mahal. After twenty-two laborious years, and the combined endeavor of over twenty thousand workmen and master craftsmen, the complex was finally finished in 1648 on the banks on the river Yamuna in Agra, the capital of mughal monarchs.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

What's Your Funky Inner Hair Color?

Your Hair Should Be Purple

Intense, thoughtful, and unconventional.
You're always philosophizing and inspiring others with your insights.


Purple hair??? Will I look good with purple locks?

Thursday, September 29, 2005

What does "pezzonovante" mean?


pezzonavante means "the man who pulls the strings" or a "Big Shot."


Taken from the movie "The Godfather"

I never wanted this for you. ... I thought that when it was your time that you would be the one to hold the strings. Senator Corleone. Governor Corleone. Somethin'. - Vito Corleone

Monday, September 19, 2005

Taal Volcano



Taal Volcano is located on the island Luzon, about 60 km SSE of the Philippines' captial Manila. It has been selected as one of 15 Decade Volcanoes.
It has made thirty three eruptions since 1572 at Taal, mostly on Volcano Island. The impacts of these eruptions were largely confined to the intracaldera area. Occasional violent activity, however, such as the 1754 plinian eruption, affected the entire region, including what is now the Metro Manila area with fallout. Some activity, such as the 1749 eruption, were accompanied by crustal disturbance and strong earthquakes, which generated ground fissures and pronounced subsidence that extended across Taal lake.
PHYSICAL FEATURES
Elevation: 0.311 km
Type of Volcano: Tuff cone
Crater Lakes/Caldera/Maars:
MAIN CRATER LAKE - 1.9 km in diameter; blue-green in color, 4 m above sea level, deepest point: 76 m
Taal Volcano Island has 47 craters and 4 maars
TAAL CALDERA - 25 km across and formed between 140,000 to 5,380 BP
TAAL LAKE - inside the caldera; 267 sq. km and 2 m above sea level
Adjacent Volcanic Edifice: Makiling (NE) Malepunyo (E), Batulao (W) and Macolod (SE)


GEOLOGICAL FEATURES
Rock Type: Olivine basalt, Andesite
Tectonic Setting: Macolod Corridor
Age of Deposits: 5380+_ 170 ybp (Radiocarbon age, Listanco, 1994)


VOLCANIC ACTIVITY
Number of Historical Eruptions: 33
Latest Eruption/Activity: 1977 Oct. 3
Eruption Type:
1. Phreatic (e.g. 1878, 1911, 1970)
2. Phreatomagmatic (e.g. 1749, 1965, 1966)
3. Strombolian (e.g. 1968, 1969)
4. Plinian (e.g. 1754)

Sea Water


How many oceans are on Earth?


Earth is covered by one hydrosphere or one layer of connecting water. Even though the ocean is broken up into seven ocean parts, all the oceans are connected, one flowing into the other.

How many gallons of water are in the oceans?

There are 328 million cubic miles, or 3.612 x 10 20 gallons (361,200,000,000,000,000,000 gallons) of sea water in the ocean. If all that water were piled on top of the United States the land would be submerged under 88.2 miles of water. If the same amount of sea water was to be piled up onto all of the available land above sea level on this planet, the land would be 5.7 miles below the water's surface.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

New Filipino words

1. BAKTOL - ang ikatlong lebel ng mabahong amoy sa kili-kili. Ang baktol ay kapareho ng amoy ng nabubulok na bayabas. Ito'y dumidikit sa damit at humahalo sa pawis. Madalas itong naaamoy tuwing registration sa mga pamantasan at kolehiyo, sa elevator o sa FX taxi.
Ex. Put*&%$^#! Sinong nangangamoy BAKTOL sa inyo?!"


2. KUKURIKAPU - libag sa ilalim ng boobs. Madalas na namumuo dahil sa labis na baby powder na inilalagay sa katawan. Maaari ring mamuo kung hindi talaga naliligo o naghihilod ang isang babae. Ang KUKURIKAPU ay mas madalas mamuo sa mga babaeng malalaki ang s**o.
Ex. "Honey, maligo ka na para maalis 'yang KUKURIKAPU mo.

3. MULMUL - buhok sa gitna ng isang nunal. Mahirap ipaliwanag kung bakit nagkakaroon ng MULMUL ang isang nunal. Subalit hindi talaga ito naaalis, kahit na bunutin pa ito. Maliban na lamang kung ipapa-laser ito.
Ex. "How nice naman your MULMUL! Nakakakiliti.

4. BURNIK - taeng sumabit sa buhok sa puwet. Madalas itong nararanasan ng mga taong nagti-tissue lamang pagkatapos tumae. Ang BURNIK ay mahirap alisin, lalo na kapag natuyo na ito. Ipinapayo sa mga may BURNIK na maligo na lamang upang ito'y maalis.
Ex. "Labs, alam ko kung anong kinain mo kanina!

5. ALPOMBRA - kasuotan sa paa na kadalasang makikitang suot ng mga tindero ng yosi sa Quiapo at Divisoria. Ito'y may makipot na suotan ng paa at manipis na suwelas. Mistulang sandalyas ito ng babae pero kadalasang suot ng mga lalaki. Available in blue, red, green, etc.

6. BAKOKANG - higanteng peklat. Ito'y madalas na dulot ng mga sugat na malaki na hindi ginamitan ng sebo de macho habang natutuyo. Imbes na normal na balat ang nakatakip sa bakokang, ito'y mayroong makintab na takip.

7. AGIHAP - libag na dumikit sa panty o brief. Nabubuo ang AGIHAP kung ang panty o brief ay suot-suot na nang hindi bumababa sa tatlong araw.

8. DUKIT - ito ang amoy na nakukuha kung isinabit mo ang iyong daliri sa iyong puwit o sa puwit ng iba...try it to prove it. That's DUKIT.

9. SPONGKLONG - ito'y isang bagong wika na nangangahulugan sa isang estupidong tao.
Ex. "Buti naman at bumaba na sa puwesto ang spongklong nating Presidente."

10. LAPONGGA - ito'y kahintulad sa laplapan o kaya sa lamasan.
Ex. "Hoy Utoy, bakit ba ang hilig mo sa mga sineng puro lapongga lang ang palabas?"

11. WENEKLEK - ito ang buhok sa utong na kadalasang nakikita sa mga tambay sa kanto na laging nakahubad. Meron din ang babae nito.
Ex. "Inay! Si Itay, sinaksak yung kapitbahay natin kasi hinila 'yong weneklek niya!"

12. BAKTUNG - pinaikling salita ng BAKAT-UTONG.
Ex. "Uy Arnold, tingnan mo si Ma'am, baktung na naman!"

13. BAKTI - bakat panty.

14. ASOGUE - buhok sa kilikili.

15. BARNAKOL - maitim na libag sa batok na naipon sa matagal na panahon.

16. BULTOKACHI - tubig na tumatalsik sa puwet kapag nalalaglag ang isang malaking ebak.

17. BUTUYTUY - e**** ng bata.

18. JABARR - pawis ng katawan.

19. KALAMANTUTAY - mabahong pangalan.

20. McARTHUR - taeng bumabalik after mong i-flush.

Sana po ay nakatulong ng malaki sa inyo ang aking research. Tulad ng sinabi ko, mahabang panahon ang aking ginugol (mga 10 minutes nga!) sa pagsasaliksik ng mga nasabing impormasyon. Hanggang sa muli. Magandang araw po sa inyong lahat.


Interested of knowing what "baktol", "mulmul" and other new Filipino terms means? Visit triviero and learn more.

Enroll na!!!


Magdalena Institute of Science and Technology
Bachelor of Science Major in Prostitution (BSMP)

Syllabus and Object List
Daily lectures will consist of Part 1, 9:40-10:40; Part 2, 10:50 to 11:45; each week, the second hour on Thursday will usually be the required demonstration section.

First year
Subjects
I. Introduction to the art of Prostitution
II. Anatomy and Physiology of the Human reproductive system
II. Basic Negotiation (Client-Prostitute Centered)
I.V. Etiquette 101
V. history of Asian Prostitution

Second Year
Subjects
I. Sexual Psychology
II. Elective subjects (French, Spanish, Niponggo, Portuguese)
III. Political Science
IV. Physical Education ( Fencing, Squash, Yachting, Horse Backriding, Bingo Social)
v. Penal Law and police negotiation
VI. Scientific Perspectives on Sex and Gender*
* Course Description:This interdisciplinary course is intended to teach students how to evaluate critically the theoretical and methodological assumptions as well as the research claims advanced by various psychologists, anthropologists and biologists with respect to sex and gender. It satisfies part of the introductory requirements for the Specialist, Major and Minor programs in Women's Studies. Enrolment is open. The class will be divided for tutorials which are required.

Third Year
Subjects:
I. Kama Sutra w/ 4 Wks. RLE( Relatated Learning Experince)*
II. Advanced Negotiation ( Client-Prositute Centered)
III. Prostitution 105 (Theoeretical Constructs and Therapy Method)
IV. Psychology of Personality
V. Social Dance and Aesthetics

Fourth Year
Subjects
I. Sex Problems and Therapy w/ 4 wks. related learning experience (RLE)*
II. Holistic Sex Therapy
III. Yoga
IV. Advance Kama Sutra and Modern Sex Methods
V. Prostitution and organization
VI. Advertising
RLE: Students are exposed to different Red light Districts all over the Philippines
International red Light district immersions are also required.


For inquiries, visit my friend Alexi's blog for more information: @ where ends meet

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Blog For Hope


Yahoo! and the American Cancer Society are breaking new ground in an effort to connect individuals in the fight against cancer. In a 30-day Blog for Hope event on Yahoo! Health, celebrities from every walk of public life will share the triumphs, insights, and personal stories of how cancer has affected their lives. Join these bloggers and millions of blog readers around the world as we unite to raise awareness and bring an end to cancer.

Blog for Hope is the nation's first celebrity blogging initiative to dramatically raise awareness of cancer prevention and early detection. Celebrities and public figures from every walk of life share triumphs, insights, and personal stories of how cancer has affected their personal lives.

Join and be aware.

Visit:
  • Blog for Hope

  • American Cancer Society

  • Wag nyo ring kakalimutan ang



    ciao!

    Hollywood sign


    The famous Hollywood sign in Mount Lee originally read "Hollywoodland." It was erected in 1923 to advertise a new housing development in the hills above Hollywood.
    When it was new the Hollywoodland sign was lit up at night by thousands of light bulbs, taken care of by a man who lived in cabin behind one of the L's.


    For several years the sign was left to deteriorate. In 1949, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce stepped in and offered to remove the last four letters and repair the rest.


    The sign is now a registered trademark and cannot be used without the permission of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which also manages the venerable Walk of Fame.

    Tuesday, August 09, 2005

    Nagasaki



    The combat configuration for the implosion bomb (the Model 1561) basically consisted of the Gadget device encapsulated in a steel armor egg. The two steel half-ellipsoids were bolted to the dural equatorial band of the explosive assembly, with the necessary X-Unit, batteries, and fuzing and firing electronics located in the front and aft shell.
    For use in combat, each Fat Man bomb required assembly almost from scratch - a demanding and time consuming job. Assembly of a Fat Man bomb was (and may still be) the most complex field preparation operation for any weapon ever made.
    Like Little Boy, Fat Man was fuzed by four radar units called "Archies", the antennas for which were mounted on the tail of the bomb. Developed originally as fighter tail warning systems, these units measured the bomb's height above the ground and were set to detonate at a pre-calculated altitude (set to 1850 ft, +/- 100 ft). A barometric switch acted as a "fail-safe", preventing detonation until the bomb had fallen below 7000'.Fat Man
    Fat Man was 60 inches in diameter, was 12 feet long, and weighed 10,300 lb.
    The Fat Man plutonium core, and its initiator, left Kirtland Air Force Base, for Tinian Island on July 26, 1945 in a C-54 transport plane. It arrived on Tinian on July 28. Also on July 28, three specially-modified B-29s flew from Kirtland Field carrying three Fat Man bomb assemblies, including units F-31 and F-32, each encased in an outer ballistic shell. These arrived at Tinian on August 2, the first Fat Man units to do so. The bombing date was set for August 11 at this time, with Kokura as the target.
    Assembly of practice (non-nuclear) weapons began shortly afterward, with the first completed bomb (Fat Man unit F33) ready on Aug. 5.


    On August 7 a forecast of 5 days of bad weather around the 11th moved the bombing date up to August 10, then to August 9. This compressed the bomb assembly schedule so much that many check-out procedures had to be skipped during assembly. On August 8 the assembly of Fat Man unit F31, with the plutonium core, was completed in the early morning.
    At 2200, Fat Man was loaded on the B-29 "Bock's Car".August 9, 1945 -* 0347, Bock's Car takes off from Tinian, the target of choice is Kokura Arsenal. Charles Sweeney is pilot. [back row (L-R)] Captain Beahan, Captain Van Pelt, Jr., First Lt. Albury, Second Lt. Olivi, Major Sweeney

    Staff Sgt. Buckley, Master Sgt. Kuharek, Sgt. Gallagher, Staff Sgt. DeHart, Sgt. Spitzer

    Soon after takeoff he discovers that the fuel system will not pump from the 600 gallon reserve tank.* 1044, Bock's Car arrives at Kokura but finds it covered by haze, the aimpoint cannot be seen. Flak and fighters appear, forcing the plane to stop searching. Sweeney turns toward Nagasaki, the only secondary target in range.*
    Upon arriving at Nagasaki, Bock's Car has enough fuel for only one pass over the city even with an emergency landing at Okinawa. Nagasaki is covered with clouds, but one gap allows a drop several miles from the intended aimpoint.* 11:02 (Nagasaki time) Fat Man explodes at 1650 +/- 33 feet (503 m) near the perimeter of the city with a yield of 22+/-2 kt. Due to the hilly terrain around ground zero, five shock waves were felt in the aircraft (the initial shock, and four reflections).
    Although Fat Man fell on the border of an uninhabited area, the eventual casualties still exceeded 70,000. Also ground zero turned out to be the Mitsubishi Arms Manufacturing Plant, the major military target in Nagasaki. It was utterly destroyed.



    On 9 August 1945, the primary target for the second atomic bomb attack was the nearby city of Kokura, but the bomber pilot found it to be covered in cloud. The industrial areas outside Nagasaki were the secondary target and so, despite a far more powerful bomb, the devastation visited upon Nagasaki was less severe than that experienced by Hiroshima. At 11:02 a.m., the bomb exploded directly above the suburb of Urakami, the site of Urakami Cathedral, then the largest cathedral in East Asia. The fierce blast wind, heat rays reaching several thousand degrees, and deadly radiation generated by the explosion crushed, burned and killed everything in sight and reduced this entire area to a barren field of rubble.

    About one-third of Nagasaki City was destroyed and 150,000 people killed or injured, and it was said at the time that this area would be devoid of vegetation for 75 years.




    For more informations:
  • The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum
  • Saturday, August 06, 2005

    Hiroshima


    T oday at exactly 8:15 AM, the first used of the atomic bomb happened in Hiroshima 60 years ago.


    On August 6, 1945, an American B-29 bomber named the Enola Gay left the island of Tinian for Hiroshima, Japan. The Target Committee at Los Alamos on May 10-11, 1945, selected in order the following targets: Kyoto, Hiroshima, Yokohama, Kokura arsenal, Niigata, and possibly the Emperor's Palace. Hiroshima was chosen as the primary target since it had remained largely untouched by bombing raids, and the bomb's effects could be clearly measured. While President Truman had hoped for a purely military target, some advisers believed that bombing an urban area might break the fighting will of the Japanese people. Hiroshima was a major port and a military headquarters, and therefore a strategic target. Also, visual bombing, rather than radar, would be used so that photographs of the damage could be taken. Since Hiroshima had not been seriously harmed by bombing raids, these photographs could present a fairly clear picture of the bomb's damage. When the Japanese military ignored the Potsdam Declaration’s threat of "prompt and utter destruction," Groves drafted the orders to use the bomb and sent them to General Carl Spaatz, commander of air forces in the Pacific. Upon approval by Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall, Secretary of War Stimson and President Truman, the order to drop Little Boy on Hiroshima had officially been given.


    Navy Captain William Parsons armed the bomb during the flight. (It had been left unarmed to minimize the risks during takeoff.) In every detail, the attack was carried out exactly as planned, and the bomb, with a 60 kg core of uranium-235, performed precisely as expected.

    About an hour before the bombing, the Japanese early warning radar net detected the approach of some American aircraft headed for the southern part of Japan. The alert had been given and radio broadcasting stopped in many cities, among them Hiroshima. The planes approached the coast at a very high altitude. At nearly 08:00, the radar operator in Hiroshima determined that the number of planes coming in was very small—probably not more than three—and the air raid alert was lifted. The normal radio broadcast warning was given to the people that it might be advisable to go to shelter if B-29s were actually sighted, but no raid was expected beyond some sort of reconnaissance. At 08:15, the B-29 Enola Gay, piloted and commanded by Colonel Paul Tibbets, dropped the nuclear bomb called "Little Boy" over the central part of the city and it exploded about two thousand feet above the city with a blast equivalent to 13 thousand tons of TNT.


    The population of the city of Hiroshima had reached a peak of over 380,000 people earlier in the war but prior to the atomic bombing the population had steadily decreased due to a systematic evacuation ordered by the Japanese government. At the time of the atomic bombing attack the population of Hiroshima was approximately 255,000.


    The atomic bomb called "Little Boy" was dropped over the central part of the city and the bomb exploded with a blast equivalent to 12,000 tons of TNT, killing 80,000 people outright.
    By the end of 1945, an estimated 60,000 more people died due to nuclear fallout sickness. However, this total does not include longer term casualties from radiation exposure.


    "Little Boy" is the nick name given to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. It was Monday morning. Little Boy was dropped from the Enola Gay, one of the B-29 bombers that flew over Hiroshima on that day. After being released, it took about a minute for Little Boy to reach the point of explosion. Little Boy exploded at approximately 8:15 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) when it reached an altitude of 2,000 ft above the building that is today called the "A-Bomb Dome."


    CREW:Col. Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr., 509th Group CO and pilot
    Capt. Robert A. Lewis, co-pilot
    Lt. Jacob Beser, radar countermeasure officer


    Left to Right,
    Standing: Lt. Col. John Porter, ground maintenance officer; Capt. Theodore J. Van Kirk, navigator; Maj. Thomas W. Ferebee, bombardier; Col. Paul Tibbets, pilot and commander of 509th Group; Capt. Robert A. Lewis, copilot; and Lt. Jacob Beser, radar countermeasure officer.
    Kneeling:

    Sgt. Joseph Stiborik, radar operator; SSgt. George R Caron, tail gunner; Pfc. Richard H Nelson, radio operator; Sgt. Robert H. Shumard, assistant engineer; and SSgt Wyatt Duzenbury, flight engineer. Col. Porter was not on the aircraft during the flight.





    The ruins around the Industrial Promotion Hall, now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome.



    A frame of a streetcar, 885 feet (270 meters) east of the hypocenter. The buildings in the distance from left to right, are the Kirin beer hall, a construction company, and a bank.




    The watch that tells the time the world ended at Hiroshima.



    Akio Tsukuda (13 at the time) was engaged in fire prevention work about 800 meters from the hypocenter. His father found his school uniform hanging on a granch of a tree on August 8, 1945. His body was not found.


    For more info, see the following sites:
  • A-Bomb WWW Museum

  • Atomic Bomb Decision

  • The Official Homepage of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • Thursday, August 04, 2005

    How many island does the Philippines have?

    Teacher: How many island does the Philippines have?
    Carlo: High Tide or low tide?

    The Philippines is composed of 7,107 islands and islets (7,108 at low tide).

    What is... the capital of.... Zimbabwe? Yes Carlo?

    Teacher: What is... the capital of.... Zimbabwe? Yes Carlo?
    Carlo: Harare is the capital and largest city of Zimbabwe.

    The city is Zimbabwe's largest and its administrative, commercial, and communications center. It is a trade centre for tobacco, maize, cotton, and citrus fruits. Manufactures include textiles, steel, and chemicals. Gold is mined in the area. Harare is located at 17°51'50" South, 31°1'47" East (-17.863889, 31.029722).

    The city was founded in 1890 as a fort by the Pioneer Column, a mercenary force organized by Cecil Rhodes. The city was originally named Salisbury after the 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, then British prime minister. It became a city in 1935. Salisbury was the capital of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1953 to 1963.

    The name of the city was changed to Harare on April 18th, 1982, the second anniversary of Zimbabwean independence, taking its name from the Shona chieftain Neharawa. Some suburbs of the city have, however, retained their European names, such as Warren Park 'D', Borrowdale, Mount Pleasant, Tynwald, Rotten Row and Rietfontein.

    Harare is famous for its beautiful jacaranda-lined streets, especially in the low density "Avenues" suburbs to the immediate north of the city centre.

    The First British Paparazzo

    In 1964, Ray Bellisario became the first British paparazzo, and was dubbed The Peeping Tom by the press. He sold photographs of Princess Margaret in a swimsuit to the Sunday Express, which published them. The British monarchy instructed editors not to buy Bellisario's photos, and they agreed.

    Wednesday, August 03, 2005

    Plutonium

    Plutonium - first weighed on August 20th, 1942, by University of Chicago scientists Glenn Seaborg and his colleagues - was the first man-made element.

    Monday, August 01, 2005

    Broughton's Rule in Boxing

    The death of George Stevenson during a boxing fight against Jack Broughton in 1741 lead to the introduction of Broughton's Rule in 1743.

    Broughton's Boxing Rules of 1743


    1. That a square of a yard be chalked in the middle of the stage, and on every fresh set-to after a fall, or being parted from the rails, each Second is to bring his Man to the side of the square, and place him opposite to the other, and till they are fairly set-to at the Lines, it shall not be lawful for one to strike at the other.
    2. That, in order to prevent any Disputes, the time a Man lies after a fall, if the Second does not bring his Man to the side of the square, within the space of half a minute, he shall be deemed a beaten Man.
    1. That in every main Battle, no person whatever shall be upon the Stage, except the Principals and their Seconds, the same rule to be observed in bye-battles, except that in the latter, Mr. Broughton is allowed to be upon the Stage to keep decorum, and to assist Gentlemen in getting to their places, provided always he does not interfere in the Battle; and whoever pretends to infringe these Rules to be turned immediately out of the house. Every body is to quit the Stage as soon as the Champions are stripped, before the set-to.
    2. That no Champion be deemed beaten, unless he fails coming up to the line in the limited time, or that his own Second declares him beaten. No Second is to be allowed to ask his man's Adversary any questions, or advise him to give out.
    3. That in bye-battles, the winning man to have two-thirds of the Money given, which shall be publicly divided upon the Stage, notwithstanding any private agreements to the contrary.
    4. That to prevent Disputes, in every main Battle the Principals shall, on coming on the Stage, choose from among the gentlemen present two Umpires, who shall absolutely decide all Disputes that may arise about the Battle; and if the two Umpires cannot agree, the said Umpires to choose a third, who is to determine it.
    5. That no person is to hit his Adversary when he is down, or seize him by the ham, the breeches, or any part below the waist: a man on his knees to be reckoned down.
    As agreed by several Gentlemen at Broughton's Ampitheatre, Tottenham Court Road, August 16, 1743.

    Who invented the smiley face?


    Q: Who invented the smiley face?

    A: It was the handiwork of an American graphic artist, Harvey Ball. He created it as a morale-boosting button for the employee of State Mutual Insurance Company in 1963.

    Saturday, July 30, 2005

    Do you Yahoo???


    The two founders of Yahoo! are David Filo and Jerry Yang.

    Yahoo! first resided on Jerry Yang's student workstation, "Akebono," and the search engine was lodged on David Filo's computer "Konishiki." Just in case you do not know, these are the names of legendary Hawaiian sumo wrestlers.

    In early 1995 Marc Andressen, co-founder of Netscape Communications, invited Filo and Yang to move their files over to the larger computers housed at Netscape and "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web" was christened Yahoo!

    Yahoo! launched a highly-successful IPO in April 1996 with a total of 49 employees.

    Yahoo!!!!!!

    The word "Yahoo" was invented by Jonathan Swift for the Travels.
    He and his friends used the word among themselves while Swift was writing he book, appearing in their correspondence.

    In part IV of the Travels - Houyhnhnm Land, Gulliver initially mistakes the Yahoos for beasts, or cattle, since they are so repulsive in appearance and action. Eventually he concludes they are human, possibly descended from a pair shipwrecked long ago. Once Gulliver determines humans and Yahoos are the same, he begins to call all people "Yahoos."

    The First Smiley


    On September 10, 2002 Scott Fahlman introduce to the first time, the use of smiley on CMU CS general bboard and was retrieved by Jeff Baird from an October 1982 backup tape of the spice vax (cmu-750x).

    Here is Scott's original post:

    19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman :-)
    From: Scott E Fahlman
    I propose that the following character sequence for joke
    markers:
    :-)
    Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to
    mark
    things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use
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    Google


    Larry Page and Sergey Brin begin work on a search engine called BackRub, named for its unique ability to analyze the 'back links' pointing to a given website. The search engine was soon renamed 'Google', and Google Inc. opened its doors on September 7, 1998.

    Sunday, July 10, 2005

    Lapu-Lapu - The First Pilipino to challenge the Spaniards


    Lapu-Lapu (Caliph Pulaka) is the earliest known chieftain of Mactan Island in the Philippines. Being known as the first resident of the archipelago to have resisted colonization by the Spanish, he is now regarded as the first National hero of the Philippines.
    On the morning of April 27, 1521, Lapu-Lapu and the men of Mactan, armed with spears and cutlasses, faced 49 Spanish soldiers led by a Portuguese captain named Ferdinand Magellan. In what would later be known as the Battle of Mactan, Magellan and several of his men were killed.

    What type of gun did John Wilkes Booth use to assassinate U.S. President Abraham Lincoln?


    On April 14, 1865, during an evening performance of Our American Cousin, John Wilkes Booth entered the State Box where Abraham Lincoln and his wife were watching the play with Clara Harris and Henry Rathbone. Lincoln's bodyguard, a Metropolitan Police Officer named John Parker, had left his post. Booth placed a Derringer pistol in the back of Lincoln's head and fired at point-blank range.

    What is the earliest surviving system of laws?


    The Code of Hammurabi is the earliest known example of a ruler publicly proclaiming to his people an entire set of laws, in an orderly arrangement, so that all of men might read and known what was required of them. Hammurabi was a ruler of ancient Babylon, probably from around 1795 B.C. to about 1750 B.C. His code was carved on a black stone monument, in 3,600 lines of cuneiform, standing eight feet high, and obviously intended for public view. This monument was discovered in 1901, not in Babylon, but in the Persian mountains, where it had probably been carried by some triumphant conqueror. It begins and ends with addresses to the gods and curses for anyone who neglects or destroys the law. It then goes on to list an organized code of laws and regulations for society.

    What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane?


    A "Black Box" color is orange . Originally the name for the flight data recorder in aeroplanes, but now used to refer to onboard data logging systems in other vehicles, such as taxis and private vehicles.

    Dr. David Warren of Australia invented the famous "Black Box" flight data recorder in 1953 and was inproduction by 1957.

    Where are Chinese gooseberries from?


    It can be found in New Zealand. Chinese gooseberries (Actinidia deliciosa, Actinidia arguta
    Actinidiaceae) are fuzzy brown egg-shaped fruit with slightly tart green flesh.

    The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?


    The Latin name was Insularia Canaria——Island of the Dogs.

    The Canary Islands are an archipelago of seven islands of volcanic origin in the Atlantic Ocean, off the northwestern coast of Africa (Morocco and Western Sahara). The islands belong to Spain, and form an autonomous community of that country. The islands are also claimed by Morocco along with Ceuta and Melilla.

    What color is a purple finch?


    Crimson.

    A plump, sparrow-sized (5 1/4" to 6 1/4") bird with a deeply notched tail and short conical beak, Purple Finches (Carpodacus purpureus) are named for the raspberry-red color of the males. The raspberry color is deepest on the head, nape, face, throat, breast, flanks, and rump. The hindneck, back, and scapular feathers are deep red streaked with brown. Wings and tail are brown and the belly and undertail coverts are white.

    In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution?


    November - The Russian calendar was 13 days behind ours. In 1709 the calendar (the Julian calendar) was first printed in Russia, more than 127 years after the Gregorian calendar had been introduced in Europe.
    In the nineteenth century, because of the almost world-wide acceptance of the Gregorian calendar, the Department of Foreign Affairs used the Gregorian style in its relations with foreign countries; the commerical and naval fleets too were obliged to reckon time according to the Western calendar; and finally sciences, such as astronomy, meterology, etc., which had a world character, were compelled to follow the new system. All this caused considerable complication.

    In 1829 the Department of Public Instruction recommended a revision of the calendar to the Academy of Science. The Academy proceeded to petition the government to accept the Gregorian calendar. Prince Lieven, in submitting the plan to Tsar Nicholas I, denounced it as "premature, unnecessary, and likely to produce upheavals, and bewilderment of mind and conscience among the people." He further declared that "the advantage from a reform of this kind will be very small and immaterial, while the inconveniences and difficulties will be unavoidable and great." The Tsar, being apprehensive, wrote on the report: "The comments of Prince Lieven are accurate and just."

    From thence onward frequent attempts were made to remove the ban, but to no avail. In 1918, after the Revolution, Lenin raised the question of calendar reform and, after an investigation of the subject, published a decree directing the adoption of the Gregorian style "for the purpose of being in harmony with all the civilized countries of the world."

    The adoption of the Gregorian calendar necessitated a cancellation of 13 days, instead of ten days, because in the interval three centurial years had been counted as leap years. Although the government officially accepted the Gregorian calendar, the Russian Eastern Orthodox Church still clung to the earlier and more familiar Julian. This is the reason, for example, that the observance of Christmas, on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, comes in the Julian calendar on January 7.
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    The October Revolution, also known as the Bolshevik Revolution, was the second phase of the Russian Revolution, the first having been instigated by the events around the February Revolution. The October Revolution was led by Bolsheviks under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin and marked the first officially Communist revolution of the twentieth century, based upon the ideas of Karl Marx. The crucial revolutionary activities in Petrograd were under the command of the Petrograd Soviet's Military Revolutionary Committee.
    The revolution would culminate in a communist coup against the Russian provisional government, leading to the creation of the Soviet Union.
    The prominence to the event was ascribed later. Initially, the event was referred to as October uprising or Uprising of 25th, as seen, for example, in the first editions of Lenin's complete works. With time, the October Revolution was seen as a hugely important global event, the first in a series of events that lay the groundwork for an epic Cold War struggle between the Soviet Union and Western democracies, including the United States.
    The Great October Socialist Revolution was the official name for the October Revolution in the Soviet Union since the 10th anniversary celebration of the Revolution in 1927. Today this name is used mainly by Russian Communists.

    What is a camel's hair brush made of?


    Squirrel fur - Camel's hair brush is the trade name for brushes made of squirrel, goat, pony, bear, sheep or a blend of the above. They range greatly in softness, quality and cost. Actual camel hair is too woolly for brushes.

    Which country makes Panama hats?


    Ecuador - Panama hats are made exclusively in Ecuador and are woven by hand from a plant called the Toquilla. The Panama hat has been worn for centuries with its origins being traced back as far as the 16th Century when the Incas were the first to use the Toquilla plant to produce hats. The hat in fact only became known as the Panama when over a century ago the workers involved in the construction of the Panama Canal used the elegant fibre hats as protection against the burning sun.

    From which animal do we get catgut?


    Sheep and Horses - Catgut is the name applied to cord of great toughness and tenacity prepared from the intestines of sheep, or occasionally from those of the horse, mule and ass. Those of the cat are not employed, and therefore it is supposed that the word is properly kitgut ("violin string"), kit meaning "fiddle," and that the present form has arisen through confusion with kit = cat.

    The membrane is chemically treated, and slender strands are woven together into cords of great strength, which are used for stringing musical instruments such as the violin and the harp. Roman strings, imported from Italy, are considered the best for musical instruments. Catgut is also used for stringing tennis rackets and for some surgical sutures.

    How long did the Hundred Years War last?

    116 years - The Hundred Years' War, a conflict between England and France, actually lasted 116 years. It began in 1337 and ended in 1453, although there were long periods of truce or low-level fighting during that time.

    Thursday, July 07, 2005

    Brave Heart


    William Wallace (c1270 - 1305)

    Sir William Wallace of Elerslie is one of Scotland's greatest national heroes, undisputed leader of the Scottish resistance forces during the first years of the long and ultimately successful struggle to free Scotland from English rule at the end of the 13th Century.

    The first historical record of Wallace's activities concerns the burning of Lanark by Wallace and 30 men in May, 1297, and the slaying of the English sheriff, one of those whom Edward 'Longshanks' Plantagenet I of England. had installed in his attempt to make good his claim to overlordship of Scotland.

    After the burning of Lanark many joined Wallace's forces, and under his leadership a disciplined army was evolved. Wallace marched on Scone and met an English force of more than 50,000 before Stirling Castle in Sept., 1297. The English, trying to cross a narrow bridge over the Forth River, were killed as they crossed, and their army was routed. Wallace crossed the border and laid waste several counties in the North of England.

    In December he returned to Scotland and for a short time acted as guardian of the realm for the imprisoned king, John de Baliol. In July, 1298, Edward defeated Wallace and his army at Falkirk, and forced him to retreat northward. His prestige lost, Wallace went to France in 1299 to seek the aid of King Philip IV, and he possibly went on to Rome. He is heard of again fighting in Scotland in 1304, but there was a price on his head, and in 1305 he was captured by Sir John de Menteith. He was taken to London in Aug., 1305, declared guilty of treason, and executed.

    Mel Gibson as Wallace in the movie Brave Heart