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    This is also true with the mustaches of Kournikova and Kirilenko. When their floors are carpeted, their carpets match their mustaches, not their drapes.
     
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    Kournikova is a tennis legend, a supermodel, and does not have a mustache.

    Can we look at the oil consumption percentages weighted by GDP per capita?
     
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    I just got my first thread deletion.
     
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    my condolences, what thread was that ?

    (I had started a silly thread some while back, praps it was a parody of the digrace, scandal thread, which vanished the next day). Now i cant even remember what it was, except that it was silly.
     
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    Well mine wasn't silly but it seems everything slightly politic and serious is zapped nowadays.:roll:


    ANYWAYS..

    look at this:2 year old smoking 40 cigarettes a day

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/wor...di-Rizal-40-cigarettes-day.html#ixzz0pEcZeKmK
     
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    ^^ Makes me feel sick!

    Let it slide, malakas. Let me check the news -- I never read the papers or see TV, so i have no idea of the outside world unless someone here posts!
     
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    I missed you guys lol. All of you.
     
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    It's June 1, what a crazy day. The summer is on, the biggest ATP hypejob is out, a TTW legend is back in, what's gonna happen next? My nerves are all shot.
     
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    This is ridiculous. Excessive smoking at a young age can be potentially hazardous to health. He should really keep it to a pack a day until he can at least afford to pay for them himself. £3.78 a day could be a significant extraneous expense for a fishmonger family in Indonesia. What are they smoking there anyways that costs so much? Kids are just being spoiled these days like there's no tomorrow.:neutral:
     
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    Hello, my good friend. Great to see you back. Well, I haven't been here in awhile either for that matter. Send me an email; I have many experiences I wish to share.
     
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    Fantastic to see you back from sabbatical dearest Vermil. I must have sent about 50 emails to 10 different email addresses already, but I guess that didn't quite do the trick. I'll keep at it, but maybe it won't kill you to email sobad2006@gmail:neutral:
     
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    In the process of composing one at the moment. I was all this time operating under the assumption that attempts to reach you at your email addresses were futile for some unknown reason. Forgive me.

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    Well please find the generosity of soul to forgive my psychotic self who did scoot out of moscow in a bit of distress last year and was offline for a bit. It’s so bad, but I’ll make it up to you. And I did send those 50 emails so…:neutral: How is the big state, I hope they have a decent italian place by now.
     
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    Ah, I see. I found one email in a certain farmer's account from April, but that was all. :(

    Have you heard of Maggiano's before? That place offers the most exquisite dish I had chanced to eat so far. A simple Veal Parmesan perfectly prepared. Quite a delight, truly. I'm sorry, I must log off now. Must rest early for AM tennis awaits me after an extended peace treaty. My visit to TTU might be intermittent due to a writing project, but I shall dutifully check my inbox for any future replies if you wish to find me.
     
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    I have never heard of Maggiano’s. I’ll be sure to check it out when I’m in the area, which will probably be, like, never.:neutral: j/k I just want tons of scallops, is that too much to ask…:( The farmers, the tones, the tunes, the zesty whatever…:( Hmmm so…:( Hmm OK…
     
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    ESTIMATES of the size and composition of Indonesia's booming population may remain just that despite an ongoing census, if the "discovery" of a 157-year-old woman is anything to go by. Census officials have said they believe the woman's claims to have been born in 1853, when Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata debuted in Venice, the Crimean War erupted and San Francisco got its first street signs at intersections.

    "There's no authentic data to prove her age but judging from her statements and the age of her adopted daughter, who's now 108 years old, it's difficult to doubt it," statistics bureau official Jhonny Sardjono said.

    The only person verified to have lived past 120 years of age was Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122.


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    http://www.news.com.au/breaking-new...7-year-old-woman/story-e6frfku0-1225876664378
     
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    Eat up or else ....

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100604/od_nm/us_restaurant_rules_odd

    An Australian restaurateur fed up with the waste left by diners has ordered her customers to eat everything on their plates for their sake of the earth or pay a penalty and not return. Chef Yukako Ichikawa has introduced a 30 percent discount for diners who eat all the food they have ordered at Wafu, her 30-seat restaurant in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills, that describes itself as "guilty free Japanese cuisine."
    "To contribute toward creating a sustainable future we request a little more of our guests than most other restaurants," she says in a list of her restaurant's policies that is pinned on the door to the eatery.
    This list includes finishing all dishes ordered which are organic and free of gluten, dairy, sugar and eggs and the chef and her staff tell people who don't clear their plates to choose another restaurant next time.
    "Finishing your meal requires that everything is eaten except lemon slices, gari (sushi ginger) and wasabi," says the menu.
    "Please also note that vegetables and salad on the side are NOT decorations; they are part of the meal too."
     
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    since when does leftover food hurt the earth. :shock: sounds more like an offended cook to me :? :)
     
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    i have a movie question for movie fans.

    whats the name of the movie where these 3 teens have special power and soon later they know they're the son of the greek gods zues, poseidon and hades. it's pretty new too.
     
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    Freshly squeezed orange juice goes well with breakfast.
     
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    Maybe s/he hates putting out the garbage, or washing dishes.:)
     
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    Astronomers Perplexed by Jupiter Collisions



    The huge, burning object that slammed into Jupiter last week still remains a mystery to scientists who are currently examining this latest impact on the gas giant.



    The newest Jupiter collision was spotted Friday by amateur astronomers Anthony Wesley in Australia and Christopher Go in the Philippines. It occurred less than a year after another object whacked Jupiter last summer.
    Wesley posted photos of the blazing fireball that signaled the collision to his website. They were taken from Broken Hill, Australia. [Video of the Jupiter fireball.]
    Scientists are now analyzing the impact, in hopes of being able to identify the cosmic object that crashed into the largest planet in our solar system.
    For the time being, however, there is no consensus on what it was, said Heidi Hammel of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.
     
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    Saturn's rings gave birth to mini-moons



    [​IMG] The odd shape of the moon Janus is attributed to its relatively recent formation



    Ever since the Voyager missions, it has been obvious that Saturn's rings are a dynamic system, with tiny shepherd moons and orbital resonances producing a complex structure. Thanks to the arrival of Cassini, we've now gotten a much closer look at some of the tiny moons that reside just outside Saturn's outermost dense ring, the A Ring. And, apparently to the surprise of some scientists, they look much younger than the solar system's 4.5 billion years. Low density, recent surfaces, and somewhat oblong shapes all hint that some of these moons are likely to be less than 100 million years old.



    Researchers suspected that the moons might have originated through some sort of interactions within the A Ring, but the number of bodies involved made modeling the system too computationally challenging. Fortunately, Moore's Law caught up with Cassini, and today's issue of Nature contains a paper that describes a model that successfully reproduces the pattern of moons we now observe.
     
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    Two Belarussian hammer throwers who tested positive for excessive levels of testosterone and were stripped of their medals at the Beijing Olympics won them back on appeal on Thursday.
    The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan, who won silver and bronze respectively at the 2008 Games, should have their medals returned.
    The CAS emphasised however that the decision "should not be interpreted as an exoneration of the athletes and has not declared that the athletes did not, prior to the competition, administer exogenous testosterone."


    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/10062010/2/doping-belarussian-hammer-throwers-beijing-medals.html
     
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    Maria Sharapova's grunt has increased in volume and duration over the years.
     
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    Goodbye and farewell, Malakas. You will be missed.
     
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    Destroying the Earth completely - a technical guide.

    http://qntm.org/destroy

    (Humble request: please allow Roger to retire before doing the needful)
     
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    The prevalent theory is that "fortune cookies" were introduced to Chinese restaurants in early 20th century California (some say L.A. and some say San Francisco), and were produced by a Japanese bakery in California. It is also believed that the Portuguese introduced tempura to Japan in the 16th century.
     
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    There is a popular myth that sinks and toilets in the Southern Hemisphere drain in an opposite direction than they do in the Northern Hemisphere. The bodies of water involved are too small to be noticeably influenced by the Coriolis effect, so the water swirl is determined by mundane factors such as direction of water inflow, bowl shape, and friction.
     
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    Any chance that the Japanese pickd up tempura from India at some time. They have a presence in the coastal city Goa.
     
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    The History of Tempura:

    In middle of the sixteenth century, the Portuguese landed on Japanese shores. In addition to establishing trade, trying to convert the Japanese to Catholicism, the Portuguese introduced tempura, the technique of dipping fish and vegetables into a batter and frying them. This is one example of Japanese food evolution by incorporating foreign influences.

    Tempura comes from the Latin word tempora, which refers to Ember Days or quattuor tempora. Ember Days refer to the days when Catholics avoid meat and instead eat fish or vegetables.
    http://foodportraits.com/food-culture/history-tempura-japan

    The idea of frying fish and seafood in a light batter came to Japan with Jesuit missionaries in the 16th century.

    In the book Japan: Its History and Culture, historian W Scott Morton writes that by 1569, there were about 300,000 Christian converts in Japan and that linguistic borrowings from this period include the Portuguese words for bread ("pan," from the Portuguese "pao") and tempura "for fried shrimp in batter, derived from the fact that on Ember Days, "quattour tempora" days of fasting and abstinence, the Jesuit fathers ate only seafood."

    Japanese rulers began issuing edicts banning Christianity as early as 1587, and soon the Jesuits, along with all the Portuguese, were expelled, effectively closing Japan to the outside world until the 1850s. Nonetheless, Portuguese culinary borrowings like tempura became embedded in Japanese popular cooking.
    http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/culture/tempura--or-is-it-tapas-20090518-b88u.html

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    TRAVELLING AND I WILL MISS TALK TENNIS...
    RANDOM THEORIZING ABOUT THE ORIGINS AND HISTORY OF THE BIRTHDAY CAKE:

    The Birthday Cake can be traced back to the ancient Greeks who made round or moon shaped honey cakes or bread and took it to the temple of Artemis -- the Goddess of Moon. Some scholars, however, believe that the tradition of Birthday cake started in Germany in Middle Ages. Sweetened bread dough was given the shape of baby Jesus in swaddling cloth and was used to commemorate his birthday. This special birthday cake later reemerged in Germany as a Kinderfest or the birthday celebrations of a young child. Germans also baked another special kind of a cake called Geburtstagorten as it was baked in layers. This was sweeter that the coarse and bread like cake that were usually made at that time.
    http://www.tokenz.com/history-of-birthday-cake.html


    Cakes were initially called by the name ‘plakous’ by the Greeks, which is a similar word to ‘flat.’ These were a combination of nuts and honey. Besides, they also made a cake called "satura," which was a flat heavy cake. It is also believed that the Greeks offered round shaped cake to the Goddess of Moon called Artemis. It is this for reason that even candles were placed on the cake to make it glow like the moon. The Romans followed the suite, with a slight change in the name of the cake, which became "placenta" as derived from the Greek term.
     
    They were even called "libum" by the Romans and were primarily used as an offering to their gods. Placenta was sort of a cheesecake, baked on a pastry base, or sometimes inside a pastry case. Moreover, there were three types of birthdays celebrated by Romans, including private celebrations with family and friends, city and temple birthdays and the birthdays of past and present emperors or members of the imperial family. It is even said that the 50th year was celebrated with a honey cake made of wheat flour, grated cheese, honey, and olive oil.
     
    Nevertheless, the cakes of that era bore little resemblance to the modern day birthday cakes. They were primarily made up of cereal grain meal, moistened with water or wine. They were possibly leavened with some form of yeast and sweetened with honey. The cakes were usually shaped into flattened rounds and baked by being turned over on a griddle. Even the word ‘cake’ is said to have been coined in early 13th century. It is derived from an Old Norse word, ‘kaka’. Ancient Greeks referred their cakes as breads as there was little distinction between the two.
     
    Both were leavened with yeast, while their sweetness was not an important characteristic. People in England used to call their cakes as Pastries. As per another tradition, sweetened bread dough was made in the form of a baby Jesus in swaddling clothes in Germany. Apart from this, in England birthday cakes were baked carrying some symbolic objects such as coins and thimbles. These objects were mixed with the batter of the cake and different prophecies were associated with them.  
     
    For instance, it was said that the one who would get coin in his piece will become wealthy, while the one who would find the thimble would remain unmarried. In the 14th century in Europe, professional cooks learnt the art of making cakes and breads for special occasions. They made cakes, heavily leavened with yeast and contained dried fruits as per the occasion. During the 16th century, cooks in Italian and French pastry shops started making items which used batters based on egg-and-sugar foam instead of yeast.
    http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/history-of-birthday-cake-2041.html

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    AN UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN WITHOUT A BIRTHDAY CAKE
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    oop, perhaps I meant Portuguese may have picked it up from India ... but i guess this kind of thing, would have evolved in many old cultures independently.
     
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    you didn't need a separate thread for this. the forum itself would suffice just fine.
     
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    Why am i seeing Maria Kirilenko whereever I go ? Not that I am complaining ! :D
     
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    Ginginha is a typical Cherry liqourice drink from Portugal. it is slightly less agressive than Kirsch.
     
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    "Forest Bathing"

    The NY Times reports that although allergies and the promise of air-conditioning tend to drive people indoors at this time of year, when people spend time in more natural surroundings — forests, parks, and other places with plenty of trees — they experience increased immune function. A study of 280 healthy people in Japan, where visiting nature parks for therapeutic effect has become a popular practice called 'Shinrin-yoku,' or 'forest bathing,' found that being among plants produced 'lower concentrations of cortisol, lower pulse rate, and lower blood pressure,' among other things. Another study in 2007 showed that men who took two-hour walks in a forest over two days had a 50-percent spike in levels of natural killer cells, and a third study found an increase in white blood cells that lasted for a week in women exposed to phytoncides in forest air."
     
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    Funny dialogue from Everybody Hates Chris

    Julius: So, what can Santa give you for Christmas?
    Little Girl: A Malibu Barbie with the pink remote-controlled Corvette, the Barbie townhouse and the Barbie swimming pool.
    Julius: Ooh. Do you know how much all that stuff costs?
    Little Girl: No.
    Julius: Well, Santa's gonna tell you. It costs $137.16. Do you have that kind of money?
    Little Girl: No.
    Julius: Well, neither does Santa
     
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    lol funny show. this post cost .0005 cents in electricity!
     
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