Sunday, December 30, 2012
Key Gompa is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located on picturesque hilltop at an altitude of 4,166 metres above sea level, close to the Spiti River, in the Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. The monastery has the distinction of being the oldest and the biggest in the Lahaul and Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh and a religious training centre for Lamas. It is home to around 300 lamas who receive their religious education here.
Key Gompa is said to have been founded by Dromtön (Brom-ston, 1008-1064 CE), a pupil of the famous teacher, Atisha, in the 11th century. This may however, refer to a now destroyed Kadampa monastery at the nearby village of Rangrik, which was probably destroyed in the 14th century when the Sakya sect rose to power with Mongol assistance. Nevertheless, it is believed that the monastery is at least a thousand years old. There was even a celebration of its millennium in 2000 in the presence of the Dalai Lama.
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (57 letters) is a large village and community on the island of Anglesey in Wales, situated on the Menai Strait next to the Britannia Bridge and across the strait from Bangor. This village has the longest place name in Europe and one of the longest place names in the world. The short form of the village's name is Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, also spelled Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll. It is commonly known as Llanfair PG or Llanfairpwll.
Mega-Art of the Day: A Face the Size of 2 Football Fields — In Amsterdam, Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada has created a piece of urban land art the size of two football fields -- the Netherlands' largest-ever portrait -- and you could walk past without even noticing. But from the air, you could not miss the fragment of a face, crafted from soil, of an anonymous Meso-American human rights activist. Rodriguez-Gerada created the piece to raise awareness for Mama Cash, the world's oldest international women's rights foundation, and their campaign "Vogelvrije Vrouwen - Defend women who defend human rights!"
Venus, a fine and strikingly beautiful feline, has grabbed many headlines as of late and become the latest Internet cat sensation. That's because this cat has a very unique look to her; Venus, a chimera cat, has what appear to be two different faces with two distinctly different colored eyes on either side. Truly, the cat, whose face on one side is black and completely calico on the other, is something to behold. Venus first made headlines when her photo appeared on the popular social sharing site Reddit about a month ago. From there, the feline quickly rose to recognition after the photo went viral. A newly created Facebook page in mid-August has already garnered over 27,000 likes, as the cat's appearance has piqued the curiosity of the cat-loving masses.
It’s in everything we touch, taste, smell, and feel. It evokes emotion without asking for prior thought. It can be the focus of our careers, the way we live, the choices we make, and the fun we have. We are all familiar with color and its basic concepts, but did you know…??
10. Men and women see the color red very differently
While those of us who are estrogen producers tend to see maroon, cardinal, and crimson, men typically just see red. No varying tones, hues, or shades–just color-crayon, fire engine red. The explanation is actually quite simple and all falls back on basic DNA. Researchers from Arizona State University found that there’s a specific gene that allows us to see and interpret the color red. Women have two X chromosomes, while men only possess one. Because the particular “red-seeing gene” sits on the X chromosome, it only makes sense that women would have a full understanding of the red spectrum, while our counterparts only have half the pieces to the racy red puzzle. Therefore, ladies, if you’re one of those gals who just cannot make a decision when picking out a shade of lipstick, don’t put so much pressure on yourself. It’s really of very little importance.
Yemen. North of Sana'a is a beautiful array of two Sahhar mountain (2306 m) and Mafluk (2215 m), and around - the green land of Wadi Vaara, famous for its mild subtropical climate. It also houses one of the main attractions of the northern part of the country - a village-fortress Shikhar (163 km north of Sanaa), located on top of the mountain height of 2160 meters, and therefore practically impregnable. Over its long history of this place was the headquarters of the resistance forces and the Turks during the XVI-XVII centuries, and the headquarters of the Royalists during the Civil War of 60s. The village is actually made up of two parts, each of which is crowned with its own mountain peak.
Thanks to the talent of designers, architects, and amazing inspiring place to visit a man indifferent to the beautiful and thirsty for new experiences.
The world is huge and amazingly beautiful. It seems the whole life is not enough to live to see all of its beauty. It will not hurt to sketch a rough plan of inspiring trips and excursions, committing to boil head with new ideas and thoughts. Start with the most beautiful places on the planet . And watch review unusual hotels, shocking rides, historical wonders and other good works of creative hands and minds of men.
Hotel Conrad Maldives Rangali Island offers underwater apartments and a restaurant.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Here’s some of the most mind boggling did you know facts about Space!
Yeah, space right ? Who cares about that ? Well, surprisingly, two-thirds of NASA’s $17 Billion annual budget is dedicated to the extraterrestrial space exploration! I know right, mind boggled! Anyways here’s 10 more did you know facts about space:
1.) We know more about space than we know about our Earth’s oceans! That’s right! We know more about the other planets out there than we know about the %71 of earth’s waters that we live on!
2.) The first person to orbit in space was Yuri Gagarin in Vostok 1 on April 12th, 1961.
3.) Did You Know over one million Earths can fit into the sun ?
4.) Did you know that The Moon is moving away from the Earth by around 3.8cm a year ?
5.) Did you know that it takes the sun about 225 to about 250 million years to orbit the center of the milky way ?
6.) Did You Know if you put Saturn into water, it would float ? That’s a fact my the way!
7.) Did You Know that we are moving space at the rate of about 330 miles per second ?
8.) Did You Know Uranus was originally called “George’s Star” ?
9.) Did You Know, if you move to Mars, You will weight about %68 less that you do on Earth ?
10.) The Moon is only visited by robots and vehicles, man hasn’t been there since 1972.
Here are 15 interesting did you know facts about possibly the most ambitious internet venue ever. An internet encyclopedia constantly updated by an anonymous crowd of users; over the years it’s gone from internet inside joke to invaluable resource for trusted information. Most of the time, anyway. Here are 15 did you know facts about Wikipedia:
1.) Wikipedia was founded by Jimmy Wales & Larry Sanger in 2001.
2.) The name is the combination of the words “wiki,” which means ‘shared website’ and “pedia,” a shorten form of the word ‘encyclopedia.’
3.) Wikipedia currently supports over 260 different languages.
4.) Sex is one of the most popular wikipedia articles in every language except French and Spanish.
5.) Wikipedia generates approximately 684 million page views each year.
6.) Bad Weather leads to more wikipedia updates, that’s why the Dutch wikipedia has more pages than Spain’s wikipedia.
7.) The English wikipedia has more than 3 million articles. The German has around 1.10 million, French has around 1 million, Italian has around 700,00 and the Spanish wikipedia has around 610,000.
8.) Wikipedia is ad-free.
9.) Members of the wikipedia community is referred to as the ‘Wikipedians‘.
10.) Anybody can edit wikipedia’s articles.
11.) There is no censorship in wikipedia but articles must follow some guidelines.
12.) Wikipedia’s mission is to make all of the information in the world available in every language.
13.) A study in 2008, compared the accuracy of Wikipedia’s articles to similar encyclopedia such as Encyclopedia Britannica, The Dictionary of American History, etc. The results were as follows:
- Wikipedia – 80% Accurate
- Others – 95 – 96 % accurate.
14.) Just 31% of wikipedia’s are women.
15.) A sampling of wikipedia’s articles in August 2002 showed that only 0.2% were victims of vandalization. By May, 2009, those number had increased to about 7.7%.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Towering at 116 meters, with 29 levels and 3 basements, MCB tower is the tallest building in Pakistan. It is a sound representation of MCB’s leadership position in the banking sector, testified by four “best bank in Pakistan” Euro money Awards in five years.
Specialized secant piling works to protect adjacent buildings during construction of the 3 basement levels & foundation.
One of the most integrated safety and security features with 24 x 7 surveillance system including smart card access to prevent unauthorized entry at any level.
From furniture design to signages, MCB tower has been designed with exquisite attention to detail.
The bank produces its own power by 1.2 MW gas turbine backed-up by two separate diesel generating sets. The heat recovery system insured that the heat produced thus is used to operate the chillers for the central air conditioning system thereby achieving an unprecedented level of power / energy consumption.
State of the art Fire / Smoke detection Alarm and sprinklised suppression system backed-up by a central fire fighting system. Rooftop garden and gymnasium with unparalleled views of the city skyline
6 high speed Elevators with a unique call system which identifies, allocates and assigns each passenger to a particular elevator to optimize their wait and travel time.
Double insulated glazing to reduce heat loss by upto 30 % and reduce noise level significantly. The glass used is specially tempered to increase strength 5 times, eliminating the risk of damage.
Construction of the helipad for helicopter access and egress in case of fire.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
1) Gorillas can catch human colds and other illnesses.
2) A newborn Chinese water deer is so small it can almost be held in the palm of the hand.
3) Ostriches can run faster than horses, and the males can roar like lions.
4) A lion in the wild usually makes no more than twenty kills a year.
5) The female lion does ninety percent of the hunting.
6) The only dog that doesn't have a pink tongue is the chow.
7) Turtles, water snakes, crocodiles, alligators, dolphins, whales, and other water going creatures will drown if kept underwater too long.
8) Almost half the pigs in the world are kept by farmers in China.
9) On average, dogs have better eyesight than humans, although not as colourful.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Splendid Ice Hotel in Sweden — Ice Hotel is the world’s largest inn made entirely of ice and snow. Each year artists and architects rebuild it from the ice of the local river in the town Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland, 200 km north from the Arctic Circle. The cheapest room in Ice Hotel will cost you about $185 per night and the deluxe suite will cost you more than $1000.
Singapore Airlines Luxury Private Suites — This airline has gone above and beyond by creating these unique completely private cabins with sliding doors. Lounge in the reclining leather seat with drink in hand while watching the 23-inch TV. However, you will have to save up for this expensive treat, as a round trip flight from Singapore to NYC will cost around $15,750 per person.
20 Interesting Facts About Twins - These days, it seems every time you turn around there's another double stroller rolling down the street. Think about it - how many sets of twins do you know? Multiple births are on the rise, and two babies means double the fun but also twice the worry! Here are some fun and interesting facts about twins:
1. In 1980, one in every 53 babies born in the United States was a twin. By 2009, that number had risen to one in 30, according to new research released by the National Center for Health Statistics. Over those three decades, the twin birth rate (number of twins per 1,000 births) rose 76%.
A House in the Sewer - Twenty-two years ago, a former drug addict Miguel Restrepo (Miguel Restrepo) and his wife, Maria Garcia (Maria Garcia) from the Colombian town of Medellin were left homeless. They had no where to wait for help, but they are not desperate. Over time, they will have their homes ... under sewer hatch. In their small home has a bed, a chair, a fan, a TV and even had room for Blackie - a small friendly dog. Happy couple and felt that they were lucky compared to other homeless people.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
According to Wikipedia the Dubai Fountain is a record-setting choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was designed by WET Design, the California-based company responsible for the fountains at the Bellagio Hotel Lake in Las Vegas. Illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors, it is 275 m (902 ft) long and shoots water 240 feet into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. It was built at a cost of AED 800 million (USD 218 million).
The territory is located in the prefecture Lyuoping Kudzhing, China. The place is known for its beautiful scenery in the spring when in full bloom in a field of rape flowers, and the mountains are surrounded by natural golden sea. A similar pattern has a spectacular effect. Tourists come here to enjoy nature and make some interesting bright images. Flowering fields continues until the end of June. This period is the most popular season for travelers in the county Lyuoping. For their convenience, the state is developing special bus routes to help people see the terrain, to be alone with nature, learn for themselves they previously unknown natural wonders.
These giant redwood trees grow to an average height of 60 meters but can actually reach heights of over 100 meters. “Hyperion”, the tallest redwood, is 115.5 meters tall and can be found in the Redwood National Park near San Francisco. Interestingly, a subspecies of this group does not grow as tall but instead expands in width, growing very large diameter shafts. “General Sherman” is the widest of this subspecies with a diameter or 11.1 meters.
Spangles the cross-eyed kitty who is quite a charmer. “He was born on July 4. So i came up with his name, Spangles! Spangles loves to take photos. He will pose for me, and let me know when he’s in a glamorous mood. He has one cross eye, and he was born that way. He can see perfectly fine. He loves to go on walks wearing his harness, watch birds, and play with our 2 small dogs, and other 2 kitties.
A 7-year-old boy, Devon Carrow-Sperduti, has potentially fatal allergies and must spent most of his life at home. Even one day in school can kill him. But now Devon has a special VGo robot that is linked to his home computer. The face of the boy appears via webcam on the robot and the boy can see the class, the teachers and his classmate via robot's frontal camera. The robot has its own desk in the classroom and can volunteer to answer the teacher's questions with a flashing light, rather than Devon raising his hand.
This unusual sight can be seen in the San Francisco Bay where artificial pond water evaporates and leaves only crystallized salt, coloured algae and micro-organisms. Ponds with low or medium salinity have a green or pink colour and as the salinity increases, the water takes on a more reddish pigment. In addition, the weather also influences the colour of the body of water as more rain makes the water more transparent.
We bet every one of you reading this has one weird thing about your body you'd change if you could -- maybe you have an eye that's slightly lower than the other, or a nasty little scar on your lower back where your tail used to be. We all want to be perfect. But not so fast. As a whole bunch of famous celebrities can tell you, a horrible deformity and/or physical mutilation can be the difference between failure and stardom.