Saturday, December 12, 2009
Question: Why the shape of a heart symbol, we are so used to seeing everywhere, differs from what the real heart looks like?
Answer: Nobody knows for sure.
Smart guys with thick glasses speculate that "The Shape of My Heart" © Sting resembles:
1) Body part that is located below belly button in female and male human species.
2) Body part that is located below lowermost part of the face and above the belly button in female human species.
3) Body part that is located at the end of spinal cord in female and male human species.
Smart guys with thicker glasses argue and suggest that the origin of the heart symbol is derived from Silphium plant seed, a plant, which folks who lived in Cyrene, (7th century BC) used as a birth control pill.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
So far only 4,000 Americans have died this year from H1N1.
On average 41,400 Americans died each year from influenza.
Around 630,000 Americans die of heart desease each year.
Approximately 562,340 Americans die from cancer yearly.
Year 2009 100% stock appreciation of companies providing H1N1 vaccine.
Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi-Aventis, AstraZeneca
Media & Politics - The Art of Diverting Attention.
Coincidentally, H1N1 flu hype surfaced at the same time as world submerged into recession.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
When homo sapients evolved from chimpanzees, initially they did not need to brush their teeth. Cavities evolved concurrently with dietary changes. Wild animals never brushed teeth and had no problems with cavities.
( Pets of course are a different story. We invented Whiskas and Pedigree Pal, which created demand for for the Pet Dentistries).
In early ages, people used rag with soot and salt, to do their occasional teeth maintenance.
An English guy named William Addis, while serving term in prison, had nothing else to do but think about teeth. The result tooth brush invention.
171 years later, an outfit named Frank bluntly stole this idea and patented it.
Colgate, Procter and Gamble and others monetized that invention later on.
Cool handle designs to compensate for less bristles.
The reason why every year we see less and less bristles on our brushes is the result of cost savings. Bristles are the most expensive part of the toothbrush.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Did you know?
... that McDonald brothers were not the original inventors of fast food? About 100 years, prior to hamburger, Hanaya Yohei came up with an idea on how to capitalize on food that could be prepared quickly - sushi.
He noticed that very popular Japanese sushi preparation was taking way too long, because of fermentation. The science behind the fermentation of fish packed in rice was that the vinegar produced from fermenting rice breaks the fish down into amino acids. Once the fish was fermented, rice was dumped ("what a waste" - Hanaya thought)
Sushi comes to America.
1970s "sushinization" of America started in the city of Los Angeles, where significant number of of Japanese settled down after the World War II. To add some Asian flavor, sushi eating experience was accompanied by chopsticks (which are/were rarely used to eat sushi in Japan).
Next challenge, which had to be addressed - was it safe to eat raw fish? Major health related PR outlets were fed with reports, indicating that raw fish = very good.
All of a sudden, health industry PR outlets "forgot" about raw fish having lots of health risks- high levels of mercury, parasite infection, soy sauce (high levels of sodium) disappeared from health studies.
How to eat sushi properly.
While many dip the rice side into the soy sauce, traditional etiquette insists instead that the sushi is turned over so that the topping is dipped, as proper loosely packed rice might fall apart. The practice of mixing wasabi and soy sauce together is also an American invention, and not a proper etiquette in Japan.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This movie snack was originally discovered by Indians thousands of years ago. Officially popcorn was introduced to white invaders during the first Thanksgiving celebration.
If you do not have microwave available, you can still pop it using your cell phone.
Medium sized box you buy at the theater has more popcorn than the the large one.
Each kernel of popcorn contains a small drop of water stored inside a circle of soft starch. When a popcorn kernel heats up, the moisture inside the kernel expands until the hard shell cannot withstand the pressure and explodes. In a fraction of a second, the over-heated starch inside the kernel puffs up by the moisture pressure, forming a white fluffy thingy we put in our mouth when we watch movies.
Popcorn business became a "pop corn bubble" (similar to dot com buble) during Great Depression. It was a cheap food, even a street bum could afford. One of the companies who promptly capitalized on pop corn bubble were folks at jollytime.com who are still popping.
You can make some tasty dishes out of popcorn.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Amazing creatures. Not only they are well known for the ability to promptly change their skin color, but they also come with quite the unique feature list:
- Very long tongue, sometimes as long as their body.
- No need for glasses to watch 3D movies, their eyes are already stereoscopic.
- Ability to stay still (freeze) for an extended period of time.
One of the mistaken perceptions chameleons change color only to camouflage. Yes and no! They also change their color to mingle and get laid. Color changing is based on very similar process we see at Home Depot. Yes, they do mix different paints (cells/RGB/PMS) to produce desired color.
Chameleons can be petted. There are places which breed them to be sold.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Toilet customs and facilities vary from country to country. The most advanced and cleanest facilities, can be found in Japan.
The worst can be experienced in India, Africa and other third world countries. World Toilet Organization makes sure that everyone gets decent toilets.
Some differences are noticed in the process of visiting "the facilities".While in some countries, like India, public urinating (as well as baking brownies) is an absolutely normal process, the others,are so embarrassed of their bodily natural processes, so that they even had to come up with devices to mute the sounds.
Most of Arabic countries oppose to using toilet paper. That of course, does not come from the desire to be environmentally friendly. How they do it? They just use their bare hand (always left one).
Lastly, how do space travelers do it without getting splashed in the face with digested waste? Answer →.
P.S sometimes space travelers quarrel about toilet usage.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Would you like to live on a desert island, enjoy ocean and sun while getting paid $100,000 a year? Click here to apply.
Would you like to be a banker in NY city?
If these jobs do not appeal to you, there are others that you might like. You can work, for example, in a lab and study feces.
How about a trash collector with a $15,000 bonus?
If you still can not make up your mind, here is some visuals to help you decide what does appeal to you.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Most religions require followers suffer through self inflicted hardship in order to achieve spiritual purity.
Food and sex deprivations are among the most widely practiced.
Quite an interesting spiritual purification comes from India.
Introducing - Standing Baba
Sunday, February 15, 2009
As Nature suggests, males are needed only for one thing. A fairly large percentage of female insects devours their one night stand during or right after the fling. Cannibalism, is one of the many things* God invented to take care of overpopulation.
*famine, incurable diseases, wars are among others
Imagine if we were all immortal, like Turritopsis Nutricula. Problems, such as prison life sentences, would need to be addressed immediately.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
© Double u double u double u
© Double u double u double u
Fact a lot of couples, who managed to stay together for a while, look alike.There are several theories. Some guys, who wear thick glasses, claim that shared emotions is what is making long marriages look like incest. Others, are swearing that shared diet and lifestyle is to be blamed. Another interesting claim states that couples exchange lots of bodily fluids
Some interesting articles in: New York Times, MSNBC and FOX News.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Increasing popularity of smoking in the last century, was largely
contributed to massive advertising. All means used to convince Joe Blow that a cigarette was nothing but panacea.
Smokes for men a symbol of a strong, confident and successful man. Smokes for women a symbol of an equal, tender and sexy woman.
Of course, those stupid kids needed to be educated on the preferred brands as well. Doctors were the last drop in the bucket...
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Ford is the oldest automaker in the world. Yet they have been making cars of poor quality for a long time. ( Stock market proof ).
How come they get 1040 bucks?
To top it all, their ads remain to be in the the losing territory when compared to the competition.
Friday, January 9, 2009
The obsession turned into the reality, when Mr. X finally got his hands on taxpayers money.
Years later, Mark and Bill borrowed the idea from the inefficient government agency to turn it into a cash cow.
Finally, a Russian immigrant Sergey, took over. Who is next?