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  • The Underground Village of Matmata-Tunis

    As society advances people seem more and more drawn to the sky and build their homes higher and higher, but you’ll be surprised to know somewhere in Africa some people choose to live underground.

    In Tunisia, 450 km south of the capital of Tunis, lies the small but impressive village of Matmata, the largest community of troglodytes (people who live in caves) in the world. The name Matmata comes from the Berber tribe that lives in this area of the country.

    The history of how and why this place was first built is unknown but instead there are many stories regarding its beginnings. The most popular one says Matmata was born a long time ago, shortly after the Punic Wars, when the Romans sent two Egyptian tribes to the region and gave them permission to slaughter the locals and make the land their own. The original inhabitants left their homes and fled to the desert where they built new ones into the ground. They would leave their well disguised homes at night and attack the invaders until they managed to drive them away.

    Other stories say this ancient settlement was born 700 hundred years ago when the people just couldn’t handle the burning sun. The whole village turned into an underground labyrinth where the homes were linked through intricate tunnels. The temperature inside one of these troglodyte homes remains constantly between 20-22 degrees Celcius during both summer and winter.

    One of the most amazing things about Matmata is that although it has been around for at least 1000 years, no one even knew it existed until 1967 when heavy rain flooded the troglodytes’ homes and they were forced to send a delegation to ask the authorities for help. Many underground houses collapsed but with the help of the state, new surface residences were built. Now there are only around 100 dug-homes but they are enough to draw in hundreds of tourists from all around the world, every day.

    Now you might say to your self: “this place looks familiar”, and if you are a Star Wars fan, you would be right. This is the place where George Lucas shot the scenes set on planet Tatooine where Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru used to live. In fact if you’re interested in experiencing the troglodyte way of life you can rent a room at the Sidi Driss hotel, it’s surprisingly comfortable and it has served as a set in the science-fiction blockbuster.

    If you’re interested in troglodyte settlements you might want to read about the underground city of Cobber Peddy, in the Australian outback.




    (source : http://www.worldsamazings.com/search/label/Amazing%20Village)

  • Holiday Places

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    Climbing Mt. Wellington

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    A death-defying act by Eskil Rønningsbakken in Norway

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    Now imagine if you dropped your phone down there

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    Bike trail on the Cliffs of Moher

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    Vintage climbing photo taken from Gaston Rébuffat’s book

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    Extreme kayaking at Victoria Falls

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    Blake Aldridge dives 29 metres from the rock monolith during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Portugal

    [Contributed by: User – Chetan Bhatt on 03/06/2013]

  • Moon Base Built from Lunar Soil

    One small hut for man:

    European Space Agency unveils plans for mankind’s first habitable MOON BASE

    … built almost entirely out of lunar soil by robots

    • 3D printing technology will transform raw lunar soil into livable domes
    • Will house four people and protect them from meteorites and gamma radiation
    • Could be ready for humans to move in within the next 40 years

    Blueprints for mankind’s

  • Bihar Farmer sets New World Record, harvests 108.8 tonnes of Potato per Hectare.


    Bihar farmer sets World Record of Potato harvest


    Bihar farmer sets new world record, harvests 108.8 tonnes of potato per hectare


    Patna: Bihar’s farmers have done it again. A farmer from Sohdih village of Bihar’s Nalanda district has set a new world record in potato production through organic farming this year. The potato farmer, Rakesh Kumar, has harvested 108.8 tonnes of potato per hecrtare and set a new world record in potato production, Nalanda district magistrate Sanjay Kumar Agrawal said on February 18, 2013.



    Last year, a farmer of Darveshpura village in Nalanda had set a world record in potato production through organic farming.

    “Rakesh Kumar has created a new world record in potato production through organic farming. It was verified by experts, scientists and officials,” Agrawal said.

    He said several officials and agricultural experts were present in the field at harvest time to verify the claim and record it. According to him, last March, a potato farmer, Nitish Kumar, harvested 72.9 tonnes of potato per hectare and set a world record.

    Till then, the world record was 45 tonnes per hectare, held by farmers in the Netherlands. Earlier, farmers of the village in Nalanda had created a world record by producing 224 quintals of paddy per hectare.



    [Contributed by: User – Ravi Narasimhan on 07/06/2013]

  • Mexican Lion

    A true story of a Garage Owner in New Mexico who gave his dog a haircut.

    He was sick and tired of thugs breaking into his garage shop to steal  tools, etc.   So he came up with this idea to give his mutt a haircut.

    He put the word out that he had a new Mexican  Lion that would attack anyone that tried to break in or climb his fence.

    Would-be thieves saw the “Lion” from a distance and fled the  scene.


    (contributed by : V. J. Prakash on 19.04.2011)

  • Funny Photos – Pakistan




    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 21.10.2011)

  • Thank you for shopping at Walmart

    One day, in line at the company cafeteria, Joe says to Mike behind him, “My elbow hurts like hell. I guess I’d better see a doctor.”

    “Listen, you don’t have to spend that kind of money,” Mike replies.

    “There’s a diagnostic computer down at Wal-Mart. Just give it a urine sample and the computer will tell you what’s wrong and what to do about it.

    It takes ten seconds and costs ten dollars . . . A lot cheaper than a doctor.”

    So, Joe deposits a urine sample in a small jar and takes it to Wal-Mart.

    He deposits ten dollars, and the computer lights up and asks for the urine sample. He pours the sample into the slot and waits.

    Ten seconds later, the computer ejects a printout:

    “You have tennis elbow. Soak your arm in warm water and avoid heavy activity. It will improve in two weeks if you rest it. Thank you for shopping @ Wal-Mart.”

    That evening, while thinking how amazing this new technology was, Joe began wondering if the computer could be fooled.

    He mixed some tap water, a stool sample from his dog, urine samples from his wife and daughter, and a sperm sample for good measure.

    Joe hurries back to Wal-Mart, eager to check the results. He deposits ten dollars, pours in his concoction, and awaits the results.

    The computer prints the following:

    1. Your tap water is too hard. Get a water softener. (Aisle 9)
    2. Your dog has ringworm. Bathe him with anti-fungal shampoo. (Aisle 7)
    3. Your daughter has a cocaine habit. Get her into rehab.
    4. Your wife is pregnant. Twins. They aren’t yours. Get a lawyer.
    5. If you don’t stop playing with yourself, your elbow will never get better!

    Thank you for shopping @ Wal-Mart”

    (contributed by:Mohan Rao 29.07.2011)




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