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Talk about spin meisters with a sense of humour! Wonderful stuff!
No matter what side of the political fence you’re on, THIS is FUNNY and VERY telling! It just all depends on how you look at the same things.
Judy Rudd an amateur genealogy researcher in south east Queensland , was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that ex-Prime Minister Kevin Ruddآ’s great-great uncle, Remus Rudd, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Melbourne in 1889. Both Judy and Kevin Rudd share this common ancestor.
The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows at the Melbourne Gaol.
‘Remus Rudd horse thief, sent to Melbourne Gaol 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Melbourne-Geelong train six times. Caught by Victoria Police Force, convicted and hanged in 1889.’
So Judy recently e-mailed former Prime Minister Rudd for information about their great-great uncle, Remus Rudd.
Believe it or not, Kevin Rudd’s staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:
“Remus Rudd was famous in Victoria during the mid to late 1800s. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Melbourne-Geelong Railway.
Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the Railway.
In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the Victoria Police Force. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honour when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed..”
NOW Thatآ’s how it’s done, Folks!
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 19.03.2012)Talk about spin meisters with a sense of humour! Wonderful stuff! AUSTRALIAN WAY No matter what side of the political fence you’re on, THIS is FUNNY and VERY telling! It just all depends on how you look at the same things. Judy Rudd an amateur genealogy researcher in south east Queensland , was doing some personal work on ...
- The world’s tallest treehouse, located in Crossville, Tennessee, makes the Swiss Family Robinsons look like a bunch of amateurs – but that might be because it was commissioned by God.
The 1960 Disney film about a family shipwrecked on an island, features an impressive treehouse complete with its own water mill. But the Robinson’s home pales in significance next to this structure, which took builder Horace Burgess 11 years to build.
Horace, who lives in the 10 story wooden house, said he begun the build in 1993 after he received a vision from God, who said he would never run out of materials if he built it. The enormous treehouse is a whopping 10,000 square feet but only cost Horace a reasonable $12,000 thanks to his thrifty use of recycled materials. Inside there are spiral staircases, a sanctuary, a choir loft, a basketball court, and countless rooms, walkways and balconies.
Photographer Tom Whetton, who took pictures of the treehouse, said: ‘It is incredibly impressive. You can’t really appreciate the scale until you are standing next to it but it is absolutely huge. I was told that the whole thing is supported by just six trees and that Horace used 258,000 nails to put everything together.This house is every kids dream. Even I wanted to go inside and explore.’
(source : http://interesting-amazing-facts.blogspot.in/search/label/amazing%20pictures?updated-max=2012-06-19T22:00:00-07:00&max-results=20&start=11&by-date=false)The world’s tallest treehouse, located in Crossville, Tennessee, makes the Swiss Family Robinsons look like a bunch of amateurs – but that might be because it was commissioned by God. The 1960 Disney film about a family shipwrecked on an island, features an impressive treehouse complete with its own water mill. But the Robinson’s home pales ...
- Over a decade ago, there was one Ramar Pillai who pulled a similar fraud on the scientific community in Chennai, nay India and almost got away with it. What does this prove? Pakistan is over ten years behind India in scientific fraud and the tragedy is that the scientists in both countries were taken in by it. Either there is something fundamentally wrong with these scientists (one should check their credentials again) or these guys are so obsessed with announcing some scientific breakthrough even at the cost of their reputation but then this should stand a detailed scrutiny before these jokers approve the fraud. Just note that the founder of Pakistan Nuclear Bomb, AQ Khan, proudly proclaimed that he had checked it and satisfied himself that the claim was genuine. How did this self proclaimed nuclear scientist get his A-Bomb off the ground, one wonders.
The water car fraudPervez HoodbhoyAgha Waqar Ahmad deserves a medal from the people of Pakistan for his great service to the nation. In a few short days, he has exposed just how far Pakistan has fallen into the pit of ignorance and self-delusion. No practical joker could have demonstrated more dramatically the true nature of our country’s political leaders, popular TV anchors and famed scientists.At first, it sounded like a joke: a self-styled engineer, trained in Khairpur’s polytechnic institute, claims to have invented a ‘water kit’ enabling any car to run on water alone. It didn’t matter that the rest of world couldn’t extract energy from water; he had done it. He promised a new Pakistan with limitless energy, no need for petrol or gas, and no more load shedding. For an energy starved nation, it is a vision of paradise.Agha Waqar Ahmad is now a national celebrity thanks to Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Shah. Federal ministers Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani and Qamar Zaman Kaira have added their commendations. President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed his delight. The cabinet has met three times to discuss the water vehicle, and a fourth meeting is scheduled. Reports suggest millions may be spent on the ‘water fuel kit project’.The media has rushed in to celebrate the new national hero. For TV anchor Talat Husain, thanks to Agha Waqar Ahmad’s invention, Pakistan’s image can go from a country ravaged by terrorism to one of boundless possibilities. Anchor Hamid Mir and Senator Parvaiz Rasheed drove around Islamabad sitting next to the inventor, wondering how to protect the man’s life from Western oil companies. Anchor Arshad Sharif was euphoric about the $14 billion Pakistan would save on oil imports.Pakistan’s most celebrated scientists were not far behind. Asked by Anchor Sharif whether a car could run only on water, nuclear hero Dr Samar Mubarakmand replied without hesitation: “jee haan, bilkul ho sakta hai” (yes, absolutely possible). For his part, Hamid Mir asked Dr AQ Khan if there was any chance of this being a fraud. The response was clear: “Main nay apnay level per investigate kiya hai aur koi fraud waraud nahi kiya hai” (I have investigated the matter and there is no fraud involved). The head of the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Dr Shaukat Parvaiz, went further: “hum nay bhi iss pay kam karaya tha” (we had some work done on this too).So, what is the problem? It’s that the laws of physics, in particular a fundamental scientific principle known as the Second Law of Thermodynamics, impose inviolable constraints. Every machine constructed anywhere uses the Second Law. This is something that I learned in my first year as a student at MIT and have taught for 40 years. No serious scientist would dream of challenging the Second Law. Agha Waqar Ahmad’s ‘water kit’, if one believes science to be right, simply cannot work. What the inventor, the ministers, the anchors and scientists claim on TV is wrong.To his credit, the only person on TV that seemed to know this elementary principle was Dr Attaur Rahman, a chemist and a former HEC chairman. I have not agreed with all his actions and views in the past, but he alone rejected the claims about the new machine. Sadly, he was not able to hold back the tide of a nation desperate for any answer to its energy woes.The water fraud will be exposed soon enough and, like a bad posterior smell, will go away. A simple experiment will make this happen faster. Here’s how: take an emergency electricity generator, of which there are thousands in Islamabad. Its engine is similar to that in a car. Remove the fuel tank and make sure the ‘water kit’ contains only water. Then ask the inventor to connect it up and run the generator. Let there be enough sharp-eyed witnesses of intelligence and integrity.But this episode raises bigger questions. Scientific frauds exist in other countries, but what explains their spectacular success in Pakistan? Answer: our leaders are lost in the dark, fumbling desperately for a miracle; our media is chasing spectacle, not truth; and our great scientists care more about being important than about evidence. It is easy for them all to get away with this. As a nation, we have proven unwilling to do the hard work needed to learn to reason, to be skeptical, to demand proof, to understand even basic science. It is easier to believe the world is run by magic and conspiracies, to wish and wait for Aladin’s magic lamp. We live in the age of jahilliya.
(contributed by : SN on 04.08.2012Over a decade ago, there was one Ramar Pillai who pulled a similar fraud on the scientific community in Chennai, nay India and almost got away with it. What does this prove? Pakistan is over ten years behind India in scientific fraud and the tragedy is that the scientists in both countries were taken in ...
- Irony of life….
~ The lawyer hopes you get into trouble..
~ The Doctor hopes you fall ill..
~ The Police hopes you become a criminal..
~ The teacher hopes you are born stupid..
~ The coffin maker wants you dead..
Only A THEIF wishes you prosperity in life..
(contributed by : user kapilbamba on 19.04.2013)Irony of life…. ~ The lawyer hopes you get into trouble.. ~ The Doctor hopes you fall ill.. ~ The Police hopes you become a criminal.. ~ The teacher hopes you are born stupid.. ~ The coffin maker wants you dead.. Only A THEIF wishes you prosperity in life.. (contributed by : user kapilbamba on 19.04.2013)
In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras. One’s image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are “limbs,” therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the expression, “Okay, but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.”
As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October)! Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They couldn’t wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term “big wig.” Today we often use the term “here comes the Big Wig” because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.
In the late 1700s, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The “head of the household” always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge. They called the one sitting in the chair the “chair man.” Today in business, we use the expression or title “Chairman” or “Chairman of the Board.”
Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee’s wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman’s face she was told, “mind your own bee’s wax.” Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term “crack a smile.” In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt…therefore, the expression losing face.”
Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in “straight laced,” wore a tightly tied lace.
Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the “Ace of Spades.” To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead.
Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren’t “playing with a full deck.”
Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TV’s or radios the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars. They were told to “go sip some ale” and listen to people’s conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. You go sip here” and “You go sip there.” The two words “go sip” were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term “gossip.”
(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)In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras. One’s image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, ...