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  • Kashi Vishwanath

    Kashi Vishwanath temple is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located in Benaras, the holiest existing place of Hindus, where at least once in a life a Hindu is expected to do pilgrimage, and if possible, also pour the remains (ashes) of cremated ancestors here on the river […]

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  • Too much Aspartame is Unhealthy

    Aspartame is the most used artificial sweetener even though the controversy about its safety still persists. Dr. Russell Blaylock, neurosurgeon and clinical assistant professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Centre in his book ‘Excitotoxins – the Taste That Kills’  writes that aspartame contains excitotixins toxic materials that excite or stimulate neurons in the brain and spinal chord and lead to their death. The very young and the very old appear to be most susceptible to the deleterious effects of these toxins. Symptoms include headaches, joint, pain, remors, spasms, swollen glands, anxiety, insomnia, breathing problems, diarrhoea and constipation. Certain chronic illnesses that can be triggered or worsened by consuming aspartame include brain tumours, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s, disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, birth defects and fibromyalgia.

    “Despite the research still being ambiguous, the fact that it is approved by the FDA gives it a safety stamp. Existing evidence says that the safe consumption limit is 50 mg/kg body weight, set by WHO,” says Dr. Anoop Mishra, HoD, diabetes and metabolic diseases, Fortis Hospital.

    Certain quarters of the Western scientific community believe that the green signalgiven to Aspartame by health organisations and regulatory bodies is the job of lobbyists in favour of the sweetener.

    Closer to home, experts have varying opinions about artificial sweeteners. “They are chemical products which may harm the body in the long run,” says dietician Shikha Sharma.

    Research also indicates that aspartame can be deadly to diabetes because formicacid a by product, of aspartame decomposition — worsens their condition. But Dr. Ambrish Mithal, senior consultant endocrinologist, Apollo Hospital says there is no absolute proof of this. “Studies have been conducted on rats which show there are no adverse effects even with daily consumption of about six to eight tablets of low cal sweeteners.” Views may vary but there is a general consensus that up to 10 tablets/day is safe for most people.

    (source: Mail Today newspaper)

  • Flims Rockslide.


     Flims Rockslide

    410Px-Rhine Cutting Through Flims Rockslide Debris

    The Flims Rockslide is the biggest landslide known to have occurred in the Alps. The effect of the slide is still widely visible today. It moved some 12 km3 (2.9 cu mi) of rock. The top of the slide can be found at 2,700 meters (8,858 ft) above sea level north of Flims at Mount Fil de Cassons. The fallen rock is limestone dating from the Mesozoic, including Mergel. The angle of slide is only 20-25 degrees. The falling debris formed a dam on the Vorderrhein River and created a lake in the Ilanz area. The river Rhine eventually crossed the debris field in an area named Ruinaulta.

    A geologist named Clemens Augenstein performed a collection of tests at the site. He studied sediment found embedded in the limestone dust. Using carbon dating, the limestone dust was found to be 10,055 years old (plus/minus 195 years). This puts the slide around 8000 BCE. A second source of identification was found in the wood discovered inside the debris, some 2 miles (3.2 km) upstream of the mouth of river Rabiusa. The wood was identified as coming from the Fil de Cassons area. Tests confirmed a carbon date of approximately 10,000 years.

    After the Flims Rockslide, most of the water escaped through the upper section of the debris. The event created rivers and lakes that have been gradually disappearing. One example is a lake named Caumasee, which is near Flims, in the Grisons, Switzerland. The lake is located in a huge forest and the water level varies according to underground flow. The landslide forced the river Rhine to create the Ruinaulta canyon and shaped the huge forest land surrounding Flims. The area is a haven for wildlife and is protected by cliffs several hundred meters high. The structures are beautiful and accessible by Rhaetian Railways. The destination is a popular place for rafting.

    Debris area seen from the south


    Flims lies behind the hill


    (source: http://listverse.com/2011/08/21/top-10-recent-geological-discoveries-and-hypothesis/)


  • Education.




    A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago but I don’t know where I am.”The woman below replied, “You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”

    “You must be in Information Technology,” said the balloonist.

    “I am,” replied the woman, “how did you know?”

    “Well,” answered the balloonist, “everything you told me is probably technically correct, but I’ve no idea what to make of your information and the fact is, I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything, you’ve delayed my trip.”

    The woman below responded, “You must be in Management.”

    “I am,” replied the balloonist, “but how did you know?”

    “Well,” said the woman, “you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You have risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you’ve no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my fault.”

    A little boy got on the bus, sat next to a man reading a book, and noticed he had his collar on backwards.The little boy asked why he wore his collar backwards.

    The man, who was a priest, said, ‘I am a Father..’

    The little boy replied, ‘My Daddy doesn’t wear his collar like that.’

    The priest looked up from his book and answered, ”I am the Father of many.’

    The boy said, ”My Dad has 4 boys, 4 girls and two grandchildren and he doesn’t wear his collar that way!’

    The priest, getting impatient, said. ‘I am the Father of hundreds’, and went back to reading his book.

    The little boy sat quietly thinking for a while, then leaned over and said, “May be you should wear a condom, and put your pants on backwards instead of your collar.”


    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 25.07.2011)


  • The Space Station.


    Look at what happened from 1998 until 2008. In just ten years  it has grown and grown.

    Watch the pieces come together as they are sent up from Earth.

    This is the International   Space Station (ISS) Assembly diagram,  piece by piece.

    No idea the Space Station had grown to this size.

    Video – Enjoy Video of Space Station



    (contributed by A Mohan Rao on 08.03.2011)


  • Politician mind in Cartoonist Vision

    Deccan Chronicle CartOOns






    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 20.03.2012)

  • Sarkari Nai (Barber)

    Sarkari Nai (Barber) ne baal kaat-te waqt Kapil Sibal se poochha – Saab ye Swiss bank wala kya lafda hai ?
    Kapil Sibal shouted – Abey tu baal kaat raha hai ya inquiry kar raha hai ?
    Nai ( Barber)- Sorry saab aise hi poochh liya.

    Agle din Pranab Mukerji se bal Kaat-ke waqt poochha – Saab ye kala dhan kya hota hai ?
    Pranab shouted – Tum humse ye sawaal q poochha ?
    Nai – Sorry saab bas aise hi poochh liya.

    Next day CBI interrogated the Nai – Are u an agent of Baba Ramdev ?
    Nai – Nahi saab ji.
    CBI – Kya tum Anna ke agent ho ?
    Nai – Nahi saab ji.
    CBI – To tum baal kat-te waqt Congressi netaon se faltu ke sawaal q karte ho ?
    Naayi – Saab na jane q Swiss bank aur kale dhan k naam par her Congress waley ke baal khade ho jate hain aur mujhko baal kaatne me aasani ho jati hai isliye poochhta rehta hoon.

    (contributed by: Mohan Rao on 29.07.2011)



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