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  • Faith in Islam.

     

  • How to Choose the Best Hotel in New Orleans?

    Before reserving a hotel for your family, you generally go through some routine check of different hotels and then choose the best for your family. In New Orleans, there are many luxurious hotels and choosing the best among them is really a tough task. Below are some important points that you should consider while selecting the best hotel in New Orleans/New Orleans luxury hotel.

    • Geographical center: Your hotel should be close to the center of all the destinations you have decided to visit. In New Orleans, it should be equally close to the Downtown area and the Central Business District. So search for Downtown New Orleans hotels/hotels in Downtown New Orleans as well as Central Business District hotels and then choose a hotel that is located somewhere between both locations. This way you will be able to save some time on your travelling.
    • Cultural relevance: The hotel you choose should be situated in a place where you can experience and enjoy the culture of the area. The Garden District is the perfect place in New Orleans where you can experience cultural events and practices, for example, the Mardi Gras celebration. You should also look for Mardi Gras hotels/New Orleans Garden District hotels and choose the best from them.
    • Events and Functions: Locations like the Superdome, Magazine Street, the French Quarter and such should be near your hotel. Go through the list of Hotels near Superdome/Arts District hotel/New Orleans Downtown hotel and make your choice.
    • Luxury and comfort: Luxury and comfort is your family
  • Sleeping beauty.

     

    Sleeping Beauty

     

    In the fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty is a princess sent into a 100-year slumber by an evil witch. A kiss from a handsome prince breaks the spell, and they live happily ever after.The present-day “Sleeping Beauty,” as the media calls her, is a 17-year-old woman in Worthing, England, named Louisa Ball. Instead of the fairy tale’s poisoned splinter, her curse began with flu-like symptoms two years ago.

    “Bad cold, temperature … and from then on that’s when I started to sleep,” she said. She wouldn’t stop for 10 to 14 days. Her parents would rouse her for bathroom breaks and ravenous feedings.

    “She’d go through a whole packet of biscuits, or … five or six packets of crisps — anything that she could get her hands on,” said her father, Rick Ball. “It was a case of almost like a hamster hibernating, and the food would get stuffed in. And you’d have to step in and say, ‘Whoa, that’s enough.'”

    Her mother, Lottie Ball, added, “I asked to see a dietician … because I was concerned when Louisa was in an episode that, you know, she is missing out on all the goodness.” The advice she got was to give Louisa smoothies, which gave her food and fluid at the same time.

    Even so, Louisa would lose as much as 10 pounds during a sleep episode. Even odder than her eating habits was her behavior, which featured offensive, almost primal, mood swings.

    “They’re horrible. They’re scary, it’s like a different child,” said Lottie Ball.

    The parents knew a sleep episode was coming when their otherwise sweet-natured daughter would snap at others inappropriately. “When she’s up and she’s confrontational, those were the scarier moments,” Rick Ball said.

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    The year before college, Louisa slept for a solid week every month. She missed weeks of school and fell behind in her beloved dance classes.”I missed my end-of-school exams, obviously, because I was in an episode,” she said. “I’ve missed, like, family holidays, birthdays and parties.”

    The doctors were as baffled as Louisa’s parents.

    “To see all the various medical professionals and not get any answers … it was pretty frustrating,” said Rick Ball. “Everything goes through your mind, and you wonder whether or not she has taken a drug.”

    Then came a breakthrough, courtesy of a consultant in London to whom the family was referred.
    “I always refer to it as the ‘Champagne and hangover’ moment,” said Rick Ball, “because we went in there and the good news was, ‘I think I know what’s wrong with your daughter.’ And the bad news was, ‘There’s no cure.'”

    Louisa was diagnosed with Kleine-Levi n Syndrome, an incurable autoimmune disorder that some researchers say disrupts the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that regulates appetite, sleep and libido.

    KLS more often afflicts males, usually beginning with a virus during adolescence that seems to trigger the sleep and aggressiveness, along with hyper sexuality.

    Mood stabilizers like lithium and hormone therapies help those with KLS around the edges, but they don’t ward off the extreme sleep.

    “[When I wake up] I’m always confused as to what day it is, because I don’t know how long I’ve slept for,” Louisa said. “And then when I realize, I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s a long time!'”

    How does she feel when she wakes up?

    “Refreshed,” she said.

    Her sleep episodes have become less frequent. She recently went five months without one. According to experts, KLS sufferers can grow out of it after 10 to 12 years.

    As Louisa’s story grew in the media, headlines called her “Sleeping Beauty,” and KLS is known as Sleeping Beauty syndrome.

    If someone cast a spell on Louisa, there must be a handsome prince coming in some form. Romantically speaking, she said there was no prince in her life, at the moment.

    The prince could take the form of a cure, and Louisa’s family contributes to the KSL Foundation in California to help speed his arrival.

    In either case, Lottie Ball said, “We’re waiting for the handsome prince.”

    (source : http://interesting-amazing-facts.blogspot.in/search/label/strange%20facts?updated-max=2012-06-14T00:01:00-07:00&max-results=20&start=20&by-date=false)
  • Remember This Guy

    “Socialism only works
    in two places:
    Heaven where they don’t
    need it and hell where they already have it.”
    -Ronald Reagan’Here’s my strategy on
    the Cold War:
    We win, they lose.’
    – Ronald Reagan 

    ‘The most terrifying words
    In the English language are:
    I’m from the government
    and I’m here to help.’
    -Ronald Reagan

    ‘The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.’
    -Ronald Reagan 

    ‘Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong.
    – Ronald Reagan

    ‘I have wondered at
    times about what the
    Ten Commandments would
    have looked like if Moses
    had run them through
    the U.S. Congress..
    -Ronald Reagan 

    ‘The taxpayer:
    That’s someone who works
    For the federal government
    but doesn’t have to take the
    civil service examination.’
    – Ronald Reagan 

    ‘Government is like a baby:
    An alimentary canal with a
    big appetite at one end and
    no sense of responsibility
    at the other’
    – Ronald Reagan 

    ‘The nearest thing to eternal
    life we will ever see on
    this earth is a
    government program.’
    – Ronald Reagan

    ‘It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession.
    I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first’
    – Ronald Reagan
    ‘Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
    If it moves, tax it.
    If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving,
    subsidize it’
    – Ronald Reagan 

    ‘Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed,
    there are many rewards;
    if you disgrace yourself,
    you can always write a book.’
    – Ronald Reagan
    ‘No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.’
    – Ronald Reagan 

    ‘If we ever forget that we’re one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.’
    -Ronald Reagan
    (contributed by :  Amr on 09.08.2012)

     

  • Agra.

     

    Agra

    Agra (English pronunciation: /ˈɑːɡrə/; Hindi: आगरा, Urdu: آ گرہ) is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is located at the banks of river Yamuna, 363 kilometres (226 mi) west of state capital, Lucknow and 200 kilometres (124 mi) south from national capital New Delhi. With a population of 1,686,976 (2010 est.), it is one of the most populous cities in Uttar Pradesh and the 19th most populous in India. Because 80 percent of the city’s sewage flows into Yamuna River, it is 20th most polluted city in India. Agra can also refer to the administrative district that has its headquarters in Agra city.

    The city finds mention in the epic Mahābhārata where it was called Agrevaṇa, or ‘the border of the forest’. Legend ascribes the founding of the city to Rājā Badal Singh a Sikarwar Rajput king (around 1475), whose fort, Badalgarh, stood on or near the site of the present Fort. However, the 11th century Persian poet Mas’ūd Sa’d Salmān writes of a desperate assault on the fortress of Agra, then held by the Shāhī King Jayapala, by Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni. Sultan Sikandar Lodī was the first to move his capital from Delhi to Agra in the year 1506; he died in 1517 and his son Ibrāhīm Lodī remained in power there for nine more years, finally being defeated at the Battle of Panipat in 1526. It achieved fame as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and remains a major tourist destination because of its many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Tāj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpūr Sikrī, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

     

    (source by:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agra)

  • Landing at the Secret US Air Base

    United State Air Force has a high security, super secret base in Nevada, known simply as “Area 51?” One afternoon, a Cessna landed at this “secret” base. The aircraft was immediately impounded and the pilot was interrogated.

     

    The pilot’s story was that he took off from Vegas, got lost, and spotted the Base just as he was about to run out of fuel. The Air Force started a full FBI background check on the pilot and held him overnight during the investigation .

    By the next day, they were finally convinced that the pilot really was lost and wasn’t a spy. They re fueled his airplane, threatened him that if he lands again he would spend the rest of his life in prison, and let him go.


     

    The next day, to the total disbelief of the Air Force personnel, the same Cessna landed there again. Once again, the MP’s surrounded the plane…only this time there were two people in the plane. The same pilot jumped out and said, “Do anything you want to me, but my wife is in the plane and you have to tell her where I was last night!”

     

    (contributed by A Mohan Rao on 14.12.2010)

     

  • Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

     

    Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple

    Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple (Malayalam: ശ്രീ പദ്മനാഭസ്വാമി ക്ഷേത്രം, śṟī padmaṉābhasvāmi kṣētṟaṁ ?) is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu located in Thiruvananthapuram, India. The shrine is currently run by a trust headed by the royal family of Travancore.[1] The temple is one of 108 Divya Desams (Holy Abodes of Vishnu) – principal centres of worship of the deity in Vaishnavism. The temple, constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil literature canon of the Tamil Alvar saints (6th-9th centuries CE), with structural additions to it made throughout the 16th century CE, when its ornate Gopuram was constructed.[2][3] The most recent renovations to the temple occurred in the 18th century CE. The temple features heavily in Akilam five series of the Akilathirattu Ammanai corpus, the holy text of the Ayyavazhi belief system. Services were provided to the local community with the temple’s revenue. The temple gave its name to Kerala’s state capital Thiruvananthapuram. ‘Thiru’ ‘Anantha’ ‘Puram’ means Sacred Abode of Lord Anantha Padmanabha.

    The principal deity, Padmanabhaswamy, is enshrined in the “Anantha-sayanam” posture (in the eternal sleep of Yoga-nidra on the serpent Ananta).[4] The Travancore Kings regarded themselves as ‘Padmanabha-dasa’ (Servant of Lord Padmanabha).
     

    (source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padmanabhaswamy_Temple )




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