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Climbing Mt. Wellington
A death-defying act by Eskil Rønningsbakken in Norway
Now imagine if you dropped your phone down there
Bike trail on the Cliffs of Moher
Vintage climbing photo taken from Gaston Rébuffat’s book
Extreme kayaking at Victoria Falls
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]Climbing Mt. Wellington A death-defying act by Eskil Rønningsbakken in Norway Now imagine if you dropped your phone down there Glacierboarding Bike trail on the Cliffs of Moher Vintage climbing photo taken from Gaston Rébuffat’s book Extreme kayaking at Victoria Falls Blake Aldridge dives 29 metres from the rock monolith during the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Portugal [Contributed by: User ...
[Contributed by: Ateeq Ahmed Siddiqui on 04/03/2013]
One of the most amazing Murder Stories!!!
A true and bizarre tale ..For those who have served on jury.. this one is something to think about…Just when you think you have heard everything!!Do you like to read a good murder mystery? Not even Law and Order would attempt to capture this mess.
This is an unbelievable twist of fate!!!!At the 1994 annual awards dinner given for Forensic Science, (AAFS)President Dr. Don Harper Mills astounded his audience with the legal complications of a bizarre death.
Here is the story:
On March 23, 1994……. the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus,and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the head. Mr. Opus had jumped from the top of a ten-story building intending to commit suicide.. He left a note to the effect indicating his despondency.
As he fell past the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast passing through a window, which killed him instantly. Neither the shooter nor the deceased was aware that a safety net had been installed just below the eighth floor level to protect some building workers and that Ronald Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide the way he had planned.
The room on the ninth floor, where the shotgun blast emanated, was occupied by an elderly man and his wife. They were arguing vigorously and he was threatening her with a shotgun! The man was so upset that when he pulled the trigger, he completely missed his wife, and the pellets went through the window, striking Mr. Opus.
When one intends to kill subject ‘A’ but kills subject ‘B’ in the attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject ‘B.’ When confronted with the murder charge, the old man and his wife were bothadamant, and both said that they thought the shotgun was not loaded. The old man said it was a long-standing habit to threaten his wife with the unloaded shotgun. He had no intention to murder her. Therefore, the killing of Mr.Opus appeared to be an accident; that is, assuming the gun had been accidentally loaded..
The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the old couple’s son loading the shotgun about six weeks prior to the fatal accident..
It transpired that the old lady had cut off her son’s financial support and the son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly, loaded the gun with the expectation that his father would shoot his mother. Since the loader of the gun was aware of this, he was guilty of the murder even though he didn’t actually pull the trigger. The case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald Opus.
Now comes the exquisite twist.. Further investigation revealed that the son was, in fact, Ronald Opus. He had become increasingly despondent over the failure of his attempt to engineer his mother’s murder. This led him to jump off the ten-story building on March 23rd, only to be killed by a shotgun blast passing through the ninth story window. The son, Ronald Opus, had actually murdered himself. So the medical examiner closed the case as a suicide.
(source: user skt on 25.11.2014)One of the most amazing Murder Stories!!! A true and bizarre tale ..For those who have served on jury.. this one is something to think about…Just when you think you have heard everything!!Do you like to read a good murder mystery? Not even Law and Order would attempt to capture this mess. This is an unbelievable twist of ...
NEW DELHI — For more than half a century, one aptitude test has determined the self-esteem, future and even the spouses of generations of Indian adolescents, chiefly boys. The Joint Entrance Exam of the Indian Institutes of Technology is a brooding cultural force that is visible across the nation, on signboards and newspaper advertisements, as “I.I.T.-J.E.E.,” the first abbreviation many Indian children learn. It is an ominous inevitability for millions of boys, a fate decided in their cradles, a certainty like death. Last year nearly half a million candidates took the test — one of the toughest exams in the world — to compete for about 5,000 seats in the best of the I.I.T.’s and nearly as many seats in the less sought-after institutes. Coaching for the J.E.E. is an industry valued at billions of rupees. There is so much demand that some coaching classes have their own entrance exams. But the J.E.E. is now on its way out.
It is not the only engineering entrance exam in India. Lower down the rungs, there are other colleges, which require other exams to qualify. Competition is fierce all the way. Disturbed by the number of entrance exams, the Human Resource Development Ministry has decided to devise a common exam that would govern the admission process of several engineering institutes, including the famed I.I.T.’s. The nature of the new aptitude test, which is expected to debut in 2014, would be different from the J.E.E. The selection procedure, too, would be very different from what the I.I.T.’s use today. So, the type of person who enters the I.I.T.’s in the future may be very different. Opinion is divided on whether the new I.I.T. graduate will be better or worse than current alumni.
The I.I.T.’s are nothing without the national perception of the “IITian.” And the perception is that he is primarily a he. And that he must be very smart. As some Indians point out with a hint of pride, in Scott Adams’s “Dilbert” comic strip, the brilliant Asok, who died on a Moon mission and reincarnated as part man and part Snickers bar, is from I.I.T. The fame of the institutes is an enduring relic from the years when socialism impoverished India and securing an elite engineering degree became the most elegant way for smart Indians to escape to America.
The I.I.T.’s were never great centers of learning by world standards.
Rather, they were museums that collected young Indians with excellent quantitative abilities. In the 1980s and ’90s, the migration of Indian scientific talent to the United States, deplored here as a “brain drain,” became a subject of intense debates in schools and colleges. Once, during the convocation ceremony at I.I.T.-Madras, the chief speaker received a standing ovation when he declared, “Brain drain is better than brain in the drain.” His words traveled with the speed of a rumor across Madras, also known as Chennai, through homes and schools, evoking laughter and applause, and delivering a bleak reminder to young boys that their lives depended on passing the J.E.E.
In Madras in the ’80s, many smart girls were not allowed by their families to take the J.E.E. for fear that it would then be hard to get them married. One girl I knew who cleared the exam was not allowed by her parents to attend the institute, probably for the same reason. But the boys who made it to the I.I.T.’s became the heroes of their neighborhoods. Other boys hated them, and pretty girls wanted to marry them. The adulation would follow them until the end of their time.
The glamour of the I.I.T.’s has always inspired parents to force their children to take the J.E.E. Increasingly, those parents are from modest educational and financial backgrounds. A few years ago, in Mumbai, I walked into a J.E.E. coaching class that conducted its own entrance exam to filter out 9 out of 10 applicants. An orientation program for parents was under way. A man who could not read English was sitting with brochures and study materials. He was disturbed that I was carrying a red book while he had not been given any such book. I told him that the book I was holding was a novel called “Love in the Time of Cholera.”
“Is it a guide?” he asked.
For a long time, the IITians were from urban, literate middle-class families, and it was inevitable that their success would inspire small-town Indians to prepare for the mother of all entrance exams.
Coaching colleges essentially dispensed with formal schooling and focused on the J.E.E. alone. As they became increasingly successful, it became evident that the J.E.E. was no longer an aptitude test but a giant goal that could be achieved through years of brute hard work and coaching.
I.I.T. professors and alumni have been mourning the falling quality of the students. Last October, Narayana Murthy, the co-founder of Infosys and an I.I.T. alumnus, told an audience in New York that the new IITians were substandard. “They somehow get through the Joint Entrance Examination. But their performance in I.I.T.’s, at jobs or when they come for higher education in institutes in the U.S. is not as good as it used to be.”
It is improbable that the I.I.T.’s will ever regain their old glory. The circumstances of the nation have changed, and the smartest Indians do not need an engineering degree to find a place in the world or to make a decent living. Also, the government has not invested enough in the I.I.T.’s, and the most talented scientific minds have the option to enroll in genuinely outstanding centers of learning in the West instead of being stuck in a place that has derived its prestige largely from the fact that only one in 50 cracks its entrance exam.
Manu Joseph is editor of the Indian newsweekly Open and author of the novel “Serious Men.”
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Laughter is key to your mental wellness. It can pick you up, keep you positive and bust stress, all within minutes. Laughter is an Instant Vacation is a book designed to do all of those. It is filled with 250 humorous quotes, paired with very funny photos. Need a sample? Enjoy!
Laughter is an Instant Vacation
“Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?”
“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas.”
“I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, ‘Where’s the self-help section?’ She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.”
“He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”
“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”
“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?”
“The best time to give advice to your children is while they’re still young enough to believe you know what you’re talking about.”
“I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.”
“It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.”
“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.”
“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”
“I can resist everything except temptation”
“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.”
“If you love something, set it free. Unless it’s chocolate. Never release chocolate.”
“Laughter is the best medicine for a long and happy life. He who laughs – lasts!”
-Wilford A. Peterson
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 04.02.2012)Find out how Laughter is key to your mental wellness. It can pick you up, keep you positive and bust stress, all within minutes. Laughter is an Instant Vacation is a book designed to do all of those. It is filled with 250 humorous quotes, paired with very funny photos. Need a sample? Enjoy! Laughter is an ...