Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by forzainter, Oct 17, 2007.
A random post because I was bored!
lol *favorited* thx
A perplexing failure at the World Indoor Championships has left Russian pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva wondering if she should compete this season.
"I need to find the spark again mentally," the Olympic champion and world record holder said after failing to win a medal in a second consecutive global championship.
"To win at this level, you need to be fresh," said Isinbayeva after failing to clear 4.75 metres, well below her world indoor record of 5.00 metres.
I knew a girl who would eat spotted dick right out of a can.
Why ? Has she not heard of foreplay ?
Must mean something along the line of "Warning: drunks crawling on the road!"
^^ Haha. i remember Tokyo, lots of drunks staggering around at midnight, piddling and throwing up on the streets :-D
Oh my, just when i was about to settle down for my siesta, comes in this terrifying news flash:
Orange Dwarf Star Set to Smash into The Solar System
Looks like Federer will have to hurry up and win his Calendar Slam really fast !
TRAVELLING & ON HIATUS FROM TALK TENNIS
There seems to be some evidence that traveling west to east is more disruptive, or runs counter to the circadian rhythm. Different individuals may find one adjustment easier than the other. Note that the difference between the two directions decreases as the destination approaches the other side of the Earth (eg from India to USA or UK to New Zealand) which "reverses day and night". While there is a big difference between a -6 and a +6 hours jet lag, there is relatively small difference between -11 and +11 hours.
Treatment for Jet Lag
ONE CURE IS LIGHT THERAPY:
Sunlight or bright light therapy of 30 mins can help reduce jetlag.
If you travel on an east-bound flight:
- across <6 time zones, light in the morning is advised.
- across 6 to 10 time zones, avoid light in the morning and get light at midday.
If you travel on a west-bound flight:
- across <6 time zones, light in the late afternoon is advised.
- across 6 to 10 time zones, avoid light in the afternoon and get light at midday.
Welcome to our jellyfish overlords ...
The world's only immortal animal
The turritopsis nutricula species of jellyfish may be the only animal in the world to have truly discovered the fountain of youth.
Since it is capable of cycling from a mature adult stage to an immature polyp stage and back again, there may be no natural limit to its life span. Scientists say the hydrozoan jellyfish is the only known animal that can repeatedly turn back the hands of time and revert to its polyp state (its first stage of life).
The key lies in a process called transdifferentiation, where one type of cell is transformed into another type of cell. Some animals can undergo limited transdifferentiation and regenerate organs, such as salamanders, which can regrow limbs. Turritopsi nutricula, on the other hand, can regenerate its entire body over and over again. Researchers are studying the jellyfish to discover how it is able to reverse its aging process.
Because they are able to bypass death, the number of individuals is spiking. They're now found in oceans around the globe rather than just in their native Caribbean waters. "We are looking at a worldwide silent invasion," says Dr. Maria Miglietta of the Smithsonian Tropical Marine Institute.
Richard Branson's new "Submarine Airplane"
World No. 1 Roger Federer was honoured on court Sunday evening at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, receiving three ATP Awards following a 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1 win over Romanian Victor Hanescu in the second round of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament.
ATP Executive Chairman and President Adam Helfant presented the 28-year-old Swiss with trophies for 2009 Player of the Year, ATPWorldTour.com Fans’ Favourite Player of the Year presented by RICOH, and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award.
“I’d like to thank the fans for voting for me,” Federer said to the crowd after receiving the Fan Favourite Award for a seventh straight year. “You guys are amazing. Thank you. As you know, you guys make this even more worthwhile traveling around the globe from January to November. I love coming back here, so it’s very nice to get presented the awards here.”
A video tribute celebrating Federer’s career followed the presentation.
“Receiving those awards is always a nice thing,” he said at the post-match press conference. “Those are things that got voted for by other people, especially fellow players or fans, it's something that's very touching. Then on top of the that, the video was nice, sitting there, sharing the moment with the fans, watching it, as well at the same time. It's emotional.”
American John Isner also received his trophy Sunday as the Most Improved Player of the Year, following a 2009 season that saw him climb from No. 145 to a year-end best No. 34 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings.
When we started to hunt coopratively as opposed to gathering nuts & berries, we started ingesting more calories and since we weren't having to spend as much time gathering nuts & berries, we had more time to socialize which contributed to making us the h0mo sapians we are today.
..and if it weren't for good ol' grass, the herbivores wouldn't have their food source to graze from and the carnivores wouldn't have the herbivores to eat.
Grass, it's not just for smoking.
Thanks for the tip. I will start traveling next month.
I read that 3 times, and still read it wrong each time. My mind insists on reading it wrongly!!!
India's Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, told the Indian press that Dell chairman Michael Dell assured him that Dell was moving $25 billion in factories from China to India.
Original motives were cited for environmental concerns. But later details come up as to dell wanting a 'safer environment conductive to enterprise
Eating bacon hurts the penguins -
The favorite food of farm-raised pigs is small fish like sardines, herring, and anchovies - the type of fish raised of the coast of South America.
In fact, pig herders say that including small fish into a pig's diet makes it easy to grow the pig to the large sizes needed for bacon production. And, due to the low price of such fish, there is high demand for this particular type of pig feed from those who raise the pigs used in the production of bacon.
As such, these small fish are over-fished off the coast of South America and the levels of these fish are now extremely low (scientists predict that these fish will be gone in 50 years if nothing is done).
And who is affected the most by this? Well, it's the penguins who feed off of these small fish who are suffering the most.
So while we are eating Bacon, the penguins are struggling to find something to eat.
craziest youtube video EVER
Kenya sweeps World Cross Country !
Joseph Ebuya and Emily Chebet headed a Kenyan sweep of the individual and team medals at the world cross country championships in Bydgoszcz Sunday for the first time since 1994.
Ebuya became the first Kenyan to win the senior men's 12-kms title since Paul Tergat won his fifth and final race in Belfast in 1999. Chebet won the women's eight-kms title while Kenya also won both the individual and team junior titles.
Mike's favorite chair at the Bistro has a sign saying "Gone fishing".
However, the high levels of radiation and the crop circles nearby, suggest that there could be an alien abduction involved.
Wife selling was a traditional English practice for ending an unsatisfactory marriage. Instead of dealing with an expensive and dragged-out divorce, a husband would take his wife to market and parade her with a halter around her neck, arm, or waist, before publicly auctioning her to the highest bidder. Any children from the marriage might also be sold along with their mother. Prices paid for wives varied considerably, from a high of £100 (plus £25 each for her two children), to a low of a glass of ale, or even free.
From today's featured article on wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wife_selling
Funny/interesting way of resisting corruption in India.
Getting around the laws of passover
Useless information? (insert pro tennis player) uses (insert racket) strung with (insert strings and tension).
Welcome back Mike, and thanks for the caviar !!! Hopefully some threads will come back to life now !
Eduardo Schwank was fined $1,000 for his erratic and unusual play after losing 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-1 to fellow Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela in the second round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships. Schwank, the seventh seed, says a back problem caused him to use numerous drop shots and lobs in his Tuesday match.
Chela said it was difficult to play at such an inconsistent pace.
“It’s hard to keep concentration when two points are very well played and two points are poorly played,” Chela said through an interpreter. “He kept doing those drop shots so it was really hard to focus. I tried to stay on course and play my best tennis.”
Interesting .. Chela says Shwank shoudl have retired if he could not play 100% !
I **just** discovered that there was a movie called Bulworth and a Senator Bulworth in it. Phew !! -- how ignorant i was.
Now i get the recent Warren Beaty reference, too.
You have been posting some very useful "useless information," Sentinel. I hope you won't get banned for this.
Flying Reindeer and Santa Claus: Fact, Fiction and Myth
Skrive av Philip Burgess
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Reindeer and people have an ancient attachment. There are archaeological remains and cave paintings in France and Spain from the end of the Pleistocene, 11000-17000 years ago, that have led some to call that period the "Age of the Reindeer." In the North, the age of the reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) continues much as it has done for thousands of years. Reindeer are not endangered -- there are as many as 3 million wild and 2 million domesticated reindeer around the North, with most being in northern Russia. There are also large herds of wild reindeer/caribou both in Russia and North America. There are even reindeer on Greenland, Iceland, and the isolated islands of Svalbard.
In the 20th Century, "Santa Claus" became associated with his team of reindeer flying through the northern sky with a sledge laden with gifts. As with many contemporary myths, the story is a mixture of fact and fiction, with a heavy dose of commercialism.
Reindeer have actually been associated with flying for millennia. In the steppe and desert of Mongolia and into the Altai mountains, you can find "reindeer stones" that are at least 3000 years old. These standing stones are carvings placed above burial sites, with reindeer, flying with elongated antlers, being their most common motif. The Pazyryk people, an ancient nomadic peoples of the Altai mountains are best known for the elaborate tattoos that have been found on their mummified remains. Flying reindeer again are clearly visible.
NASA says a newly discovered asteroid will whiz past Earth on Thursday.
Dedans, keep your animal magnetism in check this week ;-)
Sentinel, The movie has Bulworth with one 'L', I have it with two L's (as in "bullsh*t) and in Spain/Latin America, it is with three (El Senator Bullworth).
Useless information: the word "f*ck* and its derivitives are used 111 times in the movie "Bulworth"
^^ Yes, Senator, I noted the extra "L" they added to your name, so perhaps they would not be taken to court by you for using a real person's name.
Who knows, they may next make a movie named "Cllinton" or "Blush".
I'm working on a treatment for the movie about out current president, Barack Obalma. My lit agent says there's a lot of buzz already...and that it's gonna be da balm.
^^ Oops, mistake. I meant they removed an "L" to avoid litigation or copyright/name infringement or whatever the legal term is.
I believe the movie did not do justice to you.
Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva has said she is to take an indefinite break from competition.
"I have been thinking over this very carefully the last three weeks and now come to the conclusion that a break from competing is absolutely necessary for me," the 27-year-old said in a statement released by her agent.
"After more than eight years of very hard training and competing at the highest levels both indoors and outdoors each year I need to step back in order for my body to properly recover."
Marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe is expecting her second child in September.
"As always when nature is involved it's hard to plan but the idea was we could get pregnant this year and have 2011 to comfortably come back to racing," the 36-year-old Briton told the BBC.
Scientists at the University of South Carolina recently transformed ordinary tee-shirts into bullet-proof armor. By splicing cotton with boron, the third hardest material on the planet, scientists created a shirt that was super elastic but also strong enough to deflect bullets
pretty shocking about junk food, happy meals
Imagine Nole drunk in this video.
If you don't drink or smoke, you will die a healthy man.
So Bad!!!!!! WTF have you been dude? oh I digress...sorry....in keeping with the theme...
Apparently, SoBad is back
An unknown object in the nearby galaxy M82 has started sending out radio waves, and the emission does not look like anything seen anywhere in the universe before.
Yet it does seem to be moving – and fast: its apparent sideways velocity is four times the speed of light. Such apparent "superluminal" motion has been seen before in high-speed jets of material squirted out by some black holes.
Hihihi ILC!@! I’ve been staying out of trouble haha. Or so I thought. How is life down in the beautiful district? The gorgeous blossoms of the cherry trees must have faded coming into this week, but the bloom of the spirit grows as the summer approaches in NW?
On-topic: the bloom of the spirit grows.
Biological cause of racial bias ?
The origins of salsa (combination of chilies, tomatoes and other spices) can be traced to the Ancient Aztecs, Mayans and Incas.
"...the Indians, tens of centuries ago, cultivated the tomato and the pepper plants and improved and developed them until the tiny hot and pungent berries of the latter had been transformed into a number of varieties of peppery fruits, and the little red sourish berries of the other had become big luscious scarlet tomatoes....Long centuries before Columbus landed on the shores of the New World, the tomato and the peppers had spread from the land of the Incas to Central America and Mexico where they were cultivated by the Mayas and the Aztecs who called the tomato "tomatl," which the Spaniards under Cortez corrupted to the name by which the fruit is know to us today...Very probably they [chilies] are of real value and aid in warding off fevers and other maladies, as the natives claim, for they stimulate the digestive organs, especially the liver."
---Foods America Gave the World, A Hyatt Verrill (p. 34-5; 37)
"...there was a consistent linkage in Aztec cuisine between the tomato and chilli peppers."
--- Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson [Oxford University Press:Oxford] 1999 (p. 800)
The Spanish first encountered the tomato after their conquest of Mexico in 1519-1521, yet few references to tomatoes have been located in Spanish colonial documents...Sahagun was the first European to make written note of "tomates." According to Sahagun, Aztec lords combined them with chile peppers and ground squash seeds and consumed them mainly as a condiment served on turkey, venison, lobster, and fish. This combination was subsequently called "salsa" by Alonso de Molina in 1571."
---Souper Tomatoes: The Story of America's Favorite Food, Andrew F.Smith (p. 26-7)
"Salsa is the Spanish word for sauce--an indication of this condiment's origin in Spanish-speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere, particularly Mexico and the countries of Central America. In these countries, the word "salsa" encompasses a wide range of culinary concoctions, from sauces that are smooth, cooked, and served warm or hot, to condiments that are chunky, raw, and served at room temperature. In the United States, the consumptino of condiment salsas began to expand beyond the local Hispanic communities during the 1940s, initially in those parts of the American Southwest where Mexican food was traditionally eaten. The most common type of salsa was--and still is--a version of Mexican salsa cruda (raw sauce), also known as salsa fresca (fresh sauce) or salsa Mexicana (Mexican sauce), made with chopped tomatoes, onions, and fresh green jalapeno or serrano peppers...Salsa's popularity nationwide is generally attributed to Americans' increasing consumption of hot-and-spicy foods during the second half of the twentieth century...Salsa are also perceived as healthy foods, because many of them are low in calories, high in fiber, and full of vitamins." ---Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, Andrew F. Smith editor [Oxford University Press:New York] 2004, Volume 2 (p. 389)
"In Texas, salsa manufacturing began in 1947. Dave and Margaret Pace operated a small food-packing operation in the back of their store in San Antonio. They were manufacturing syryps, salad dressings, and jellies and sold their products door-to-door. Dave, by trial and error, began to make picante sauce and test it on his friends. By 1992, the top eight salsa manufacturers were Pace, Old El Paso, Frito-Lay, Chi-Chi's, La Victoria, Ortego Herdez, and Newman's Own..." ---The Chile Pepper Encyclopedia, Dave DeWitt [William Morrow:New York] 1999 (p. 259-60)
Useless piece of American Reality TV Info: Survivor, which seems to have been on forever, now has 2 players that have played the game for 100 days, both are women, Parvati Shallow and Amanda Kimmel. Kimmel hit the mark first (she is also the only player to twice make it to the final vote and not win). Shallow hit it 2 days after Kimmel, Shallow is a former winner. Both are on the current Season of Survivor- Heroes vs Villains (starting on opposite tribes sort of ironically), and by the end of the season one will likely be the holder of the record of most days camping on an island, starving, getting eaten by bugs, and backstabbing each other for the enjoyment of the American Public. Shallow, along with 2 other current contestants on the current season, are also competing for the distinction to possibly be the first ever 2 time winner(another person vying for that has already been voted off). Even Survivor fans like myself find this a little insane, so I figured this would fit in perfectly here LOL.
I rather liked Mike's piece on Salsa actually. But is tomato really a fruit? Come on now...
An interesting piece called A World Without Planes
That was an interesting read, thanks for posting that. It definitely makes one think about how airplanes have truly impacted out lives, both positively and negatively, and what life would be like without them.
Whee, flying cars are here .. well, almost...
OMG am I hallucinating??Am I seeing dreams??Sobad is back!!!D: D: D:
Kenya's Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot smashed the course record to win the Boston Marathon men's race, while Ethiopia's Teyba Erkesso captured the women's title by a few steps in a sprint finish.
In favourably cool conditions with a light wind, Cheruiyot, clocked two hours, five minutes and 52 seconds as he crossed the finish line, holding off Ethiopians Tekeste Kebede and defending champion Deriba Merga.
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