One wrestling match in the 1912 Olympic lasted 11 hours, and was fought by two middle weight wrestlers, Martin Klein from Estonia and Alfred Asikainen from Finland. There is an interesting fact between Russia and Finland that they must know, Russia ruled over Finland for a long time. On the day of fight, Klein Wore the dress of tsarist Russia. The final winner in this fight was Martin Klein, this was the semifinal match. However, Klein was so exhausted that he could not take part in the final match next day with Claes Johansson from Sweden. Thus, the fight of 11 hours proved Costly for Klein, as he won the silver and Johansson the gold.Read More......
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Japanese farmers, after removing the Hulls from their rice crop and sorting out the white kernels, take the Hulls from the leftover rice, mix them into a kind of paste, mold the substance into brick-shaped blocks, and build houses with them. Such buildings are known in Japan as "houses of rice skin"Read More......
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The sex of a crocodile is determined on the basis of its temperature. Males are produced at around 31.6 deg C and females, at slightly lower or higher temperature.
It often happens that one year bore more females than males, which depends on whether the year was wet and warm or cold and dry. That whether allowing leaves from which the nest was made
to be fast or slow separation, and thus achieves a higher or lower temperature in the nest, which directly determines the sex of crocodiles.
Friday, September 25, 2009
The single largest flower in the world is the Rafflesia or "Corpse Flower".Rafflesia is a huge speckled five-petaled flower with a diameter up to 106 cm ( 3 feet ), and weighing up to 10 kg. Rafflesia flower has a small life of 5-7 days. Rafflesia, a native of rainforests of Sumatra and Borneo in the Indonesian Archipelago, is the largest flower in the world. Interestingly, Rafflesia is a parasitic plant without any leaves, stems and roots (It has only nutrient-absorbing threads to absorb nutrients from the host on which it lives) but for the largest flower.
It is believed that this plant has one of the most unpleasant smell in the world, because its flower has a smell of rotten meat.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
The first German serviceman killed in World War II was killed by the Japanese (China, 1937), the first American serviceman killed was killed by the Russians (Finland 1940), the highest-ranking American killed was Lt. Gen. Lesley McNair, killed by the U.S. Army Air Corps – so much for allies.Read More......
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Did you know that a nuclear powered ship or submarine actually is STEAM POWERED. The nuclear energy is used to heat water, and those ships and subs actually function on engines that work exactly like a steam trains engine works, except - there's no smoke! So those engines are actually powered by STEAM, which is merely WATER... and that is as eco-friendly as you can get!Read More......
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The Asian movie Audition had a rather severe effect on some of its viewers. One woman confronted the director at a film festival and accused him of being evil, while showings at the Irish Film Institute in Dublin caused viewers to pass out from shock (with one audience member being admitted to the hospital).Read More......
Monday, September 21, 2009
A bridge built in Lima, Peru around 1610 was made of Mortar that was mixed not with water but with the whites of eggs 10.000. The bridge, appropriately called the Bridge of Eggs, is still standing today.Read More......
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The main innovation in terms of military technology in the early middle ages was the stirrup. From 100 to 500, there was a seemingly never-ending wave of nomad Horsemen armed with swords, spears, and bows coming out of the Central Asian steppe. The Archers would fire volley after volley into the foot troops. Then, when the Defenders seemed suitably weakened, mounted lancers would charge in. With the aid of the stirrup, the shock effect of these horse lancers was nearly irresistible. Germanic and other European Tribes adopted these Oriental techniques, and out of this came not only the destruction of the Western Roman Empire, but also the development of a mounted, armored "man-at-arms." This included the legendary "knight in shining armor," but most of these men were simply well-trained and experienced swords for hire.Read More......
Friday, September 18, 2009
The lowest lake is the Dead Sea (it's considered a lake but called a sea), which is in the Jordan Valley of Israel. The surface of the water is 1.340 ft (408 m) below sea level. The Dead Sea is also the saltiest lake in the world. Almost nothing can survive in it besides simple organisms like green algae. Salt concentration is so great that you can not sink.Read More......
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Jaws is considered the father of all summer blockbusters. Due to its success in advance screenings, studio execs decided to give it a greater-than-normal release. When it proved a major hit films such as Star Wars and The Omen would follow suit. This led to the tradition of big-budget action and adventure films being released in the summer months.Read More......
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Did you know that we are moving through space at the rate of 530km a second.
Our Galaxy – the Milky Way is spinning at a rate of 225 kilometers (306 miles) per second. In addition, the galaxy is travelling through space at the rate of 305 kilometers per second. This means that we are traveling at a total speed of 530 kilometers (330 miles) per second. That means that in one minute you are about 19 thousand kilometers away from where you were. Scientists do not all agree on the speed with which the Milky Way is travelling – estimates range from 130 – 1,000 km/s. It should be said that Einstein’s theory of relativity, the velocity of any object through space is not meaningful.
Monday, September 14, 2009
When the famous explorer Marco Polo returned to his homeland of Italy, from China in 1295, I brought back a recipe (among other things). The recipe, was a Chinese recipe for a desert called "Milk Ice." However, Europeans substituted cream for the milk, and voila ... "Ice Cream." Ice cream has been a hit ever since!Read More......
Saturday, September 12, 2009
The world's deadliest and poisonous mushrooms is the Amanita phalloides, the death cap. The five different Poisons contained by the mushroom cause diarrhea and vomiting within 6 to 12 hours of ingestion. This is followed by damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system - and, in the majority of cases, coma and death.Read More......
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Google’s index now stands at 8 billion pages. Roughly 812 million surfers and growing. Using email (67%) and doing research (45%) are the main activities, followed by getting info about products/services (41%), and checking news, weather, etc. (40%).Read More......
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Long known that genes are to "blame" for behavioral disorders.
What is so far only assumed was recently officially confirmed-that is a thin line between Genius and Insanity, as originating from the same gene, neuregulin 1. Sabolt Carey from the University in Budapest tests measure the creativity of people, and then studied their genetics and noted that most are creative which mutate the genes that is associated with schizophrenia and other personality disorders.
In the Prologue that tells the fact that many scientists, Composers, Designers and writers had a vision and on the basis of them realized their projects.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Europeans have had dark skin, until a 5500 years ago, claim Norwegian scientists. Our ancestors got the light skin when they change diet and from hunters became mostly farmers. The lack of meat and less sunlight in the northern parts caused shortage vitamuna D in the body, and dark skin pigments block UV rays, which allow his creation in body.
Scientists from the University of Oslo believe that a change in diet caused skin become whiter, to improve the creation of vitamin D. This thesis was confirmed studies by British Joanne Moen.
Recently, a study in the USA showed that half of African American hawe too low levels of vitamin D in the body.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
The density of Saturn is so low that if you were to put it in a giant glass of water it would float. The actual density of Saturn is 0.687 g/cm3 while the density of water is 0.998 g/cm3. At the equator Saturn has a radius of 60,268 ± 4 km – which means you would need an extremely large glass of water to test this out.Read More......
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country. Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica. This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world. As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert. The average yearly total precipitation is about two inches. Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, i.e), Antarctica is the driest place on the planet - with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.Read More......
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Did you know that O.K really mean zero killed. During the American civil war the troops returning from battle, they report to their superiors that was 0 (zero) killed in the battle... which eventually became overused OK to indicate all is alright.Read More......