Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Sunni and Shi’ite

After the death of the prophet Muhammad in 632 CE some of his followers believed in electing caliphs (successors), while others thought the line of succession should be through Muhammad’s relative.
The pro-election faction became known as the Sunnis and the bloodline adherents formed the Shi’ites. Today, it’s estimated that about 85 percent of the world’s 1.3 billion Muslims are Sunni. Most of the rest are Shi’ites.


Robert Wood Johnson introduced the first ready to use antiseptic bandage in 1886.

Procter and Gamble

Do you know that William Procter and James Gamble went to business making soaps and candles? They created Ivory soap in 1879, Crisco, the first all-vegetable shortening in 1911 ad Dreft, the first synthetic detergents or home use in 1933.

Maneki Neko

According to Japanese legend, during the Edo Period (1603-1867), a Japanese nobleman was riding by a rundown temple outside Tokyo. While passing, he happened to notice the temple master’s cat, which seems to call out to him. Intrigued, he approached the cat, and at that exact moment, a lightning bolt struck the spot of the road he’d just left. Believing that the humble cat had save him, the nobleman endowed the cat’s temple home with land and money. Years later, when the cat died, the nobleman had created a figurine for its honor.

Today the Maneki Neko, the cat with one paw raised in a welcoming gesture, is welcoming guests in most Japanese shops, restaurants and bars. This “beckoning cat” also attracts wealth and good fortune to anyone who displays it.

Mr. Clean

Mister Clean is not a genie; he is a sailor and was introduced in 1958. He is known in most European country as Mr. Proper and in the UK he goes by the name Flash.