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A Pakistani Ambassador to the UN just finished giving a speech,
and walks out into the lobby where he met President Obama.
They shook hands and walked together in the long verandah when
Suddenly the Pakistani said, ‘Sir, I have just one question about what I have seen in America.’
President Obama says ‘Well your Excellency, anything I can do to help you, I will do.’
The Pakistani whispers, ‘My son watches this show ‘Star Trek’ and in it there are Russians, and Blacks, Chinese, Japanese and even Indians but never any Pakistani, Afghani or Arabs. So my son is very upset. He doesn’t understand nor do I about why there aren’t any Arabs, Pakistanis, an Afghanis in the Star Trek show.’
President Obama laughs and leans towards the Pakistani, and whispers in his ear, ‘Because the show is all about the future.’
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 25.06.2011)A Pakistani Ambassador to the UN just finished giving a speech, and walks out into the lobby where he met President Obama. They shook hands and walked together in the long verandah when Suddenly the Pakistani said, ‘Sir, I have just one question about what I have seen in America.’ President Obama says ‘Well your Excellency, anything I can ...
50. Late-night dancing is illegal in Japan
49. Japan has more than 50,000 people that are over 100 years old
48. Japan has only 2 gun-related homicides a year
47. The worlds oldest company operated in Japan from 578 AD to 2006
46. Japan consists of over 6,800 islands
45. The average delay of a Japanese train is just 18 seconds
44. Square watermelons are grown in Japan
43. There are more pets than children in Japan
42. More adult diapers are sold in Japan than diapers for babies
41. 98% of all adoptions are of male men
If you thought those facts were crazy, wait until you see the remaining 40 crazy facts about Japan, with 40 to 31 on our countdown found on the next page.
40. There are over 5 million vending machines in the country
39. In Japan, sleeping on the job is acceptable
38. There is a highway that goes through a building in Japan
37. For the Japanese, black cats bring good luck
36. More paper is used for comics than for toilet paper in the country
35. Japanese Haiku poetry, which consists only of three lines, is the shortest in the world
34. 70% of Japans surface is covered in mountains, with over 200 volcanoes
33. Japans literacy rate is almost 100%
32. There are approximately 1,500 earthquakes yearly in Japan
31. Rice is eaten in every meal in Japan
30. Japanese people live an average of four years longer than Americans
29. Karaoke means empty orchestra in Japanese
28. Raised floors help indicate where to take off your shoes
27. There are almost 130 voice-acting schools in Japan, due to animes success
26. There are coffee shops in Japan where you can play with kittens
25. Japan has produced 18 Nobel Prize winners
24. The Japanese population is 98% Japanese; there are almost no immigrants
23. Japans unemployment rate is less than 4%
22. Going to KFC is a Christmas tradition in Japan
21. In Japan, it is rude to say no directly
20. In Japan, flower arranging is a form of art
19. For the Japanese, it is impolite to tear a gifts wrapping
18. Snowmen in Japan are made of two snowballs, not three
17. Japanese people carry around a small towel to wipe their sweat off
16. Most homes have extra shoes for guests
15. Drinking or eating while walking is considered to be rude
14. Bus drivers turn the vehicle off at red lights to reduce pollution
13. At Japanese train stations, there are staff workers whose job is to help shove passengers inside the train, as they are so crowded
12. If you are sick in Japan, you should wear a mask to prevent spreading your disease.
11. The most popular pizza topping is squid
10. There are lactation bars where you can get fresh human breast milk: a shot, or straight from the nipple even
9. The Japanese police have paintballs to shoot at fleeing vehicles so as to identify them easily
8. There is a sacred shrine in Japan that is rebuilt every 20 years
7. Yaeba, crooked teeth, is considered attractive; so much so that girls go to the dentist to get their teeth unstraightened
6. In 1949, India sent the Tokyo zoo two elephants to cheer the spirits of the defeated Japanese empire
5. Every year in Japan men compete to get the title of fastest shirt ironer
4. The Aokigahara forest at the base of Mount Fuji is a traditional suicide spot.
3. The ganguro Japanese fashion (literally black face) consists of dying your skin as dark as possible
2. In Japan you can find the worlds shortest escalator, it only has 5 steps
1. Slurping when eating noodles is polite and indicates that the food is delicious
(source : Ravishankar on 04.06.2015)
- In India, it is done with a great deal of ceremony. In our films, a large number of stories are based upon weddings.The amount of money spent sometimes constitutes the entire life’s savings of a person. It is an occasion where young boys get to meet young girls, old people talk of their ailments and women exhibit their finest jewellery and silk saris.Recently I was in Moscow, Russia. Moscow city has many war memorials. Russia has won three great wars in its history, which are a source of pride to them. They have built war memorials and erected many statues of the generals who were responsible for the victories. The first war was between Peter the Great and Sweden. The second war was between Tsar Alexander and Napoleon of France. The third one was against Hitler in World War-2 in 1945.There is a huge park in Moscow, known as Peace Park. In the middle of this Peace Park there is a large monument. There is a pillar, and on the pillar the different battles fought by Russia have been mentioned along with dates and places.The park has beautiful fountains. In the summer, flowers of many colours bloom and the place is a feast for the eyes. In the night it is decorated with lights. Every Russian is proud of this park and it is a spot visited by all tourists.The day I went to the park was Sunday. It was drizzling and cold, though it was summer. I was standing under an umbrella and enjoying the beauty. Suddenly, my eyes fell on a young couple. It was apparent that they had just got married.The girl was in her mid-twenties, slim and blond hair and blue eyes. She was very beautiful. The boy was almost the same age and very handsome. He was in a military uniform. The bride was wearing a white satin dress, decorated with pearls and pretty laces.It was very long so two young girls were standing behind her holding up the ends of the gown, so it should not be dirtied. One young boy was holding an umbrella over their heads so that they should not get drenched. The girl was holding a bouquet and the two were standing with their arms linked. It was a beautiful sight.I started wondering why they had come to this park in this rain soon after getting married. They could have surely gone to a merrier place. I watched as they walked together to the dias near the memorial, kept the bouquet,There was an old man standing with them. He looked at me, my sari and asked, ‘Are you Indian?’. I replied, ‘Yes, I am an Indian.’‘ Oh, that is the custom in Russia. The wedding takes place normally on a Saturday or a Sunday. Irrespective of the season, after signing the register at the marriage office, married couple must visit the important national monuments near by. Every boy in this country has to serve in the military for a couple of years at least. Regardless of his position, he must wear his service uniform for the wedding.’‘This is a mark of gratitude. Our forefathers have given their lives in various wars Russia has fought. Some of them we won, and some we lost, but their sacrifice was always for the country. The newly married couple needs to remember they are living in a peaceful, independent Russia because of their ancestors’ sacrifices.They must ask for their blessings. Love for the country is more important than wedding celebrations. We elders insist on continuing with this tradition whether it be in Moscow, St.Petersburg or any other part of Russia. On the wedding day they have to visit the nearest war memorial.’Do we Indians have the courtesy to remember our martyrs on the most important day of our lives? We are busy shopping for saris, buying jewellery and preparing elaborate menus and partying in discos.
(source: user amr on 18.12.2016)
Peel yourself an orange
The magic nutrient here is vitamin C. In a study in The Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, German researchers subjected 120 people to a public-speaking task plus a series of maths problems. Those who took 1000 milligrams of vitamin C reported that they felt less stressed, and their blood pressure and levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) returned to normal faster. “Vitamin C is also a well-known immune system booster,” says Amy Jamieson-Petonic, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. So don’t be bummed when you win a fruit tray at the raffle instead of the iPod nano – you’re going to need all those oranges and grapefruits.
(source : http://nz.lifestyle.yahoo.com/womens-health/nutrition/galleries/g/-/10445428/5/7-foods-you-should-eat-every-day/)Peel yourself an orange The magic nutrient here is vitamin C. In a study in The Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, German researchers subjected 120 people to a public-speaking task plus a series of maths problems. Those who took 1000 milligrams of vitamin C reported that they felt less stressed, and their blood pressure and levels of ...
- Fact Today
A man suffering from gallstones ran two miles through traffic to get to the starting line of an Olympic race in which he won gold. Kipchoge ‘Kip’ Keino from Kenya participated in 3 running events for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. For the first two events he was feeling sick and in one he even collapsed. He was urged not to run in the third event but his competitiveness took over. The day of the race he suited up and boarded the bus to the event. The traffic was bad and he knew he would be late for the race. The then 28 year old jumped off the bus and ran 2 miles straight to the starting line to make it in time for the 1,500 meter race. He then won Gold and set the then new Olympic record. Directly following the race a doctor took Kip back to Germany to remove his gallstones.Thought of the day
A lot of trouble would disappear if only people would learn to talk to one another instead of talking about one another.
Story of the day
A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautifully wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man’s name embossed in gold. Angry, he raised his voice to his father and said “With all your money, you give me a Bible?” and stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible.
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.
When he arrived at his father’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father’s important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. And as he did, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words PAID IN FULL.
How many times do we miss Spirit’s blessings and answers to our prayers because they do not arrive exactly as we have expected?
TODAY’S’s affirmation: “Today I look beyond the obvious and allow miracles to be created in my life.”
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 14.02.2012)Fact Today A man suffering from gallstones ran two miles through traffic to get to the starting line of an Olympic race in which he won gold. Kipchoge ‘Kip’ Keino from Kenya participated in 3 running events for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. For the first two events he was feeling sick and in one he ...