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  • Nine Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime


    “Nine Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime


    1. The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.


    2. The Cheque. Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with cheques by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process cheques. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the cheque. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.


    3. The Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper. They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.


    4. The Book. You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music fromiTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book.


    5. The Land Line Telephone. Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes

    6. Music. This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalog items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite for Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, “Before the Music Dies.”


    7. Television. Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they’re playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It’s time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery.. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

    8. The “Things” That You Own. Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in “the cloud.” Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest “cloud services.” That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That’s the good news. But, will you actually own any of this “stuff” or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof?” Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

    9. Privacy. If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That’s gone. It’s been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, “They” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And “They” will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.




    (source : http://interesting-amazing-facts.blogspot.in/search/label/strange%20facts?updated-max=2012-04-06T00:01:00-07:00&max-results=20&start=40&by-date=false)



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  • Law Of The Wild says kill only when you are hungry

    Law Of The Wild says kill only when you are hungry

    Photographer Michel Denis-Huot, who captured these amazing pictures on safari in Kenya ‘s Masai Mara in October last year, said he was astounded by what he saw. “These three brothers (cheetahs) have been living together since they left their mother at about 18 months old,’ he said. ‘On the morning we saw them, they seemed not to be hungry, walking quickly but stopping sometimes to play together. ‘At one point, they met a group of impala who ran away. But one youngster was not quick enough and the brothers caught it easily’.”  These extraordinary scenes followed:


    and then they just walked away without hurting him……….

    Life is short… forgive quickly, love truly, live honestly…and never regret anything
    that made you smile!


    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 06.10.2011)

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  • Festivals In India.


     Festivals In India


    There are quite a number of important festivals in Northern India. One of the significant festivals is Baisakhi or Vaisakhi. It is even more so important in the state of Punjab. One can witness vivid celebrations during the festival and can go back collecting the best memories of the joyous occasion. This festival is associated with the harvest of Rabi crop. Considered as very important in the rural India, this festival has one more significant factor attached to it. Yes, we are referring to the birth anniversary of Khalsa Panth (Sect). Held on the first day of the Vaisakh month, this festival heralds atmosphere of enjoyment, lots of jubilance and fun. Vaisakh Month is usually referred as month of April and May. This festival is important for both Sikh and Hindus but for the former one, it is even more special.

    Karwa Chauth

    Karwa Chauth is a world renowned tradition, representing India as a country full of love and traditions. This event has not been just in vogue in current soaps, but has played a big part in almost any other movie made in Hindi cinema. This festival is observed by Hindu married women belonging mainly from Northern and Western India. Few states which extensively participate in the event are Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat and many more.

    Every married Hindu woman is supposed to establish a fast on this very day from the break of dawn till they see the moon at night. Women pray for their husbands all day long apart from not eating and drinking. The biggest feature of the prayers is the asking God for long life and wellbeing of their husbands. This ritual has its basis on strengthening bonds between husbands and their wives. This also shows the importance of family and relationships in India. Indian culture mostly believes in monogamy, and that signifies the importance of a partner in a person’s life. The preparations begin with women getting dressed up for the day, and adorning themselves with henna and jewellery. The day progresses as they pray to Lord Shiva, Ganesha, Parvati and Kartikeya, as well the pot of clay called Karwa. In some traditions, women begin their fast by having their last meal sent by their mother-in-laws called Sargi.

    Similarly, women receive Baya,a gift of clothes and sweets from the mother-in-law as well. The whole day is passed by listening to the legend of Karwa Chauth. Finally after seeing the moon through the sieve and worshipping it, women take their first sip of water and first bite of food, by their husband’s hands, after seeing them through the sieve. This is how the day of Karwa Chauth culminates as being one of the most important days in the relationship of a Hindu couple.

    Good Friday


    Every religion has its own significant celebrations. Most of these celebrations have certain anecdotes or historical reasons associated with them. Primarily rooted in the canals of history, such celebrations have been rejoiced since centuries. When we think of Christianity, we often remember Christmas as the basic celebration. But apart from Xmas, there is one very important festival, Good Friday that has its roots in the journey of Jesus Christ.

    The birth occasion of Christ is celebrated with fanfare. It is vividly rejoiced by the devotees. But once this period of exultation is over, his followers pursue a time of fasting and penance. This period starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday. Known as Lent, this period of fasting is celebrated more as following the example of Jesus Christ. It is believed that Jesus fasted for forty days in harsh dessert before he began his preaching. It was his way of overcoming evil power. By following the rituals of prayer and fasting, Jesus set the precedent of austerities.


    Teachers Day

    Teachers are one of the most important people, after our families that influence our lives. From the moment we step into school, to the point when we quit education and become self sufficient, there is a teacher to guide us in everyday of our life. Teaching is not just restricted to academics. We do and we will always find teachers in every walk of life. A famous man said, that anyone who made me even learn a single word, it’s worth serving him for the rest of my life. From the time that we are vulnerable minds, teachers start guiding us and help us in moulding our personalities. As kids, we all have our teachers as ideals, the images that we wanted to be, the guidance and sensibility that we wanted to achieve. How many times we thought of thanking our teachers and could never get a chance to actually do it. Teacher’s day is all about that, and a lot more.

    Budda Purnima

    Buddhism was originated some 2500 years ago. It is widely accepted as one of the universal religion that is in existence in many countries. It has a strong presence in many Asian countries and now even western countries like USA and Australia are accepting this on a wide scale. Buddhism is not only a religion but also a philosophy. Based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama also known as the “Buddha”, Buddhism preaches peace and tolerance.  The literal meaning of Buddha means ‘Enlightened one’. Going by the history books, Siddhartha Gautama was the prince of Lombini and in a moment of despair or enlightment he found himself totally non-aligned from worldly desires. He wanted to get rid of sorrows of human existence. At the young age of 29, he renounced all attachments to worldly pleasures and forayed into a voyage to seek answers for the misery of human condition. His next six years consisted of self-mortification and frequent fasting. He managed to achieve the supreme enlightment beneath the Bodhi tree while he was mediating. He died at the age of 80 in a small place called Kusinara. He spent his life in establishing Buddhist monastic order of monks.



    Moharram is considered one of the most sacred months of Islamic calendar. It is the first month, so marks the start of every Islamic New Year. According to Hadith and Quran, Muslims are advised to respect the month and not commit any wrongdoing. The sigficance of this month further increased after Imam Hussein P.B.U.H was martyred on the 10th of Moharram. This day is called an Ashura. This completely changed the significance of Islamic history related to Moharram. After the death of the Prophet, Muslims were divided into two sects, one believed that Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H were the last messenger of God, and there were no successors as he never announced anyone to be his successor.



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  • Shark Rescues Man Adrift in Pacific Ocean

    Toakai Teitoi of Kiribati credits a shark with his dramatic rescue at sea after 105 days adrift.

    Toakai Teitoi of Kiribati, a Micronesian island nation 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii, did not think calamity was awaiting him when he agreed to get a lift on his brother-in-law’s boat. A two-hour sea journey turned into a 105-day odyssey, filled with death and despair, that ended with a miracle.

    On May 28 Teitoi, 41, and his brother-in-law Ielu Falaile, 52, got into a 15-foot wooden boat that would take them back to Teitoi’s hometown of Maiana from the capital of Tarawa, where Teitoi had flown to be sworn in as a policeman.


    Halfway through their journey the two men came upon a school of fish and decided to stop for a while to catch some. But engrossed in the fishing, the two soon lost track of time — and worse, their reserves of water and gas, Teitoi told the newspaper Marianas Variety.

    For the next five weeks, Teitoi and Falaile drifted on the central Pacific Ocean, beset by dehydration. On July 4, roughly 38 days after they set out, Teitoi woke up to find his brother-in-law dead.

    “I left him there overnight and slept next to him like at a funeral,” Teitoi told the newspaper. He gave the body a burial at sea the next day.


    A few days later, a storm hit after five weeks of drought. Teitoi, revitalized with fresh water, felt he had narrowly escaped death, at least for now.

    “There were two choices in my mind at the time. Either someone would find me or I would follow my brother-in-law,” the father of six said. “It was out of my control.”

    A Catholic, Teitoi said he prayed often during those long and hopeless days. Besides praying, he spent much of his time shielding from the sun by hiding under a small cover in the bow.

    On the morning of September 11, he faced yet another setback when a ship some distance away seemed to have passed him by. With nothing else to do, he took a nap in the bow after eating fish for breakfast.


    What happened next baffled Teitoi: A six-foot shark banged on the hull with the intention, he said, to wake him up. The shark circled around the boat, and then suddenly swam off. When Teitoi raised his head, he saw the stern of the ship that he thought had missed him earlier. The crew was looking at him through their binoculars, he said.

    “He was guiding me to a fishing boat,” Teitoi said of the shark, whom he now credits with his rescue. After a few more days at sea, Teitoi was scheduled to be reunited with his family on Sept. 16, and would finally be able to start his duty as a policeman in Maiana. Asked how he would like to return home, he answered resolutely.

    “I’m taking a plane,” he told the newspaper.

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