Useless information thread

I would razz in but I wouldn't believe it until I saw the actual tweet (which I doubt would exist as it would be so unlike him).
The real tweets by the American Murray were made 7 years or so ago so somebody must have waited until the young man’s moment in the spotlight occurred Saturday night. Kyler apologized immediately but in this world today, “always think twice before hitting send” because that’s indelible ink being used on The Internetz.
 
Pet Rich List 2018 reveals the wealthiest pets in the world
Including some multi-millionaire dogs, cows and chickens!

BY KATIE AVIS-RIORDAN
AUG 12, 2018


Take a look at the top 10 of the 2018 Pet Rich List below...

1. Gunther IV, Dog – German Shepherd
Worth: $375,000,000 (£294,000,000)

Country: Germany

Source of earnings: Inheritance


2. Grumpy Cat – Mixed breed
Worth: $99,500,000 (£78,000,000)

Country: USA

Source of earnings: Merchandising, sponsorship, media appearances and film


3. Olivia Benson – Taylor Swift's cat
Worth: $97,000,000 (£75,900,000)

Country: USA

Source of earnings: Commercials – Diet Coke, Ked Shoes


4. Sadie, Sunny, Lauren, Layla and Luke – Oprah's dogs
Worth: $30,000,000 (£23,480,000)

Country: USA

Source of earnings: Trust Fund


5. Gigoo – Chicken
Worth: $15,000,000 (£11,750,000)

Country: UK

Source of earnings: Inheritance


6. Tommassino – Cat
Worth: $13,000,000 (£10,180,000)

Country: Italy

Source of earnings: Inheritance


7. Blackie – Cat
Worth: $12,500,000 (£9,780,000)

Country: UK

Source of earnings: Inheritance


8. Conchita – Chihuahua
Worth: $11,300,000 (£8,840,000)

Country: USA

Source of earnings: Inheritance, Real Estate


9. Boo – Pomeranian
Worth: $8,000,000 (£6,260,000)

Country: USA

Source of earnings: Sponsorship, media appearances, book sales and merchandising


10. Bart the Bear 2 – Alaskan Brown Bear
Worth: $6,000,000 (£4,700,000)

Country: USA

Source of earnings: Acting


https://www.countryliving.com/uk/wi.../pet-rich-list-2018-wealthiest-pets-in-world/
 
I didn't remember until I read about it today that John Lennon wasn't the only Beatles member physically attacked; George Harrison was brutally assaulted himself in 1999. More fortunate than Lennon though, he did live to tell about it.
December 8 came and passed last week and I for the first time in years didn’t pause and reflect on John’s murder. Sorry, John...I still miss you.
 
Source of earnings: Inheritance
How does a dog inherit wealth ?

I would love to leave my house and bank balance to my stray dogs (although they will not be alive in 30 years or so), but not sure how. I suppose would have to make a trust and have my lawyer take care of the needful.

Just imagine the shock when some cousins find out I left everything to a stray dog. LOL.
 
^^^
CIA eventually bought up the Sandoz LSD supply. Sandoz was the Swiss company where Hofmann worked.

Albert Hofmann, inventor of LSD, dies at 102
Tributes to Swiss pioneer of drug embraced by hippies and pop stars
Ed Pilkington
@edpilkington
Thu 1 May 2008 04.21 EDTFirst published on Thu 1 May 2008 04.21 EDT

Albert Hofmann, a Swiss chemist who died aged 102 on Tuesday, leaves a legacy that went far beyond his relatively narrow scientific interest in the medicinal uses of fungal plants. His work spawned an entire lexicon - from "hallucinogenic" to "psychedelia" - gave new purpose to sugar cubes and blotting paper, and helped inspire some of the most exotic cultural eruptions of the postwar period.

And it all so very nearly didn't happen. In 1938 Hofmann was researching lysergic acid, a chemical extracted from ergot, a fungus that grows on rye and other grains and grasses. In the hope of discovering new medical drugs, he created derivatives of the acid. The 25th compound he came up with was lysergic acid diethylamide. In short: LSD.

Something, though he never could explain what, drew him to the compound five years later. While making new batches of the chemical, he is thought to have spilt some of the solution on to his fingers, and the potent chemical was absorbed into his blood. So it was, on April 16 1943, quite by chance, that Albert Hofmann experienced the world's first acid trip.

"I was forced to interrupt my work in the laboratory and proceed home," he explained shortly afterwards. "I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant condition. In a dream-like state, with eyes closed, I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures."

Three days later he took the first consciously administered dose of LSD in an event that has entered drug lore as the "bicycle day". He imbibed 250mg of the chemical, a dose he thought was tiny but was, in fact, heavy. It induced in him another first - the first bad trip. He envisaged demons and witches, though went on to have a more happy experience.

When he told his managers at the lab what had happened, they were incredulous. Hofmann noted in his memoir, LSD - My Problem Child, that the doubts of his three senior professors were quickly eliminated when they repeated his experiment. "The effects were extremely impressive, and quite fantastic," he said.

As the title of his book indicated, what began for Hofmann as an intensely exciting voyage of scientific discovery turned unexpectedly into a social hysteria. At first there were high hopes that the new wonder drug would open doors in the understanding of the human psyche.

Sandoz produced quantities of the drug for scientific use, testing it for possible use on people with schizophrenia or alcoholism. Hofmann himself took the drug on hundreds of occasions, but his early ambitions failed to produce results and the tests were stopped in 1965.

That didn't prevent others jumping on the bandwagon. The US and British governments began secret trials in the 1950s and 60s, often on unsuspecting guinea pigs. In the UK, LSD was seen as a potential truth drug, while across the Atlantic the CIA wanted to use it for mind control. An army scientist, Frank Olson, died after falling out of a window in murky circumstances after he was unknowingly given the drug.

Then came the hippies. Timothy Leary heralded LSD as the path to spiritual enlightenment; Ken Kesey began his Merry Prankster parties; the Gathering of the tribes happened in San Francisco; and a whole generation of musicians and artists thrived on it. It may not have been the inspiration of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, but it was of countless other songs and books.

For Hofmann, this was all very bemusing. A dedicated and talented chemist had given birth to an entire social phenomenon. His reaction was mixed. He liked the creative use of LSD by artists such as Aldous Huxley. The author of Brave New World, an advocate of hallucinogens, visited him in Zurich, giving rise to the moment in which the writer advised Hofmann's wife to take LSD "in an alpine meadow and then look into the blue cup of a gentian flower, to behold the wonder of creation".

Hofmann was sceptical about the hippy movement, seeing it as the product of an alienated generation that had lost contact with nature. He wrote: "Instead of a wonder child, LSD suddenly became my problem child."

John Mann, of Queen's university Belfast, who is writing a book on psychedelic drugs, said the recreational use of LSD became his burden. "He was a great chemist, and yet he was saddled with the fact he made LSD. He didn't make it for the hippies."

Hofmann, though, held on to his belief in the value of his chemical baby to the end. He came in later life, in words that paradoxically echo those of Sixties hippies, to see it as a "sacred drug" that could, together with meditation, help attain "a deeper, comprehensive reality".
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/may/01/medicalresearch
 
Dang! I ordered Rafa's 2019 calendar from TW tonight, but apparently from the time I put it in the cart to the time I actually checked out, it sold out! TW sent an email saying the manufacturer is out. Why did I wait so long?! Maybe I can get it from Rafa's site, I'll look into it tomorrow.
 
Dang! I ordered Rafa's 2019 calendar from TW tonight, but apparently from the time I put it in the cart to the time I actually checked out, it sold out! TW sent an email saying the manufacturer is out. Why did I wait so long?! Maybe I can get it from Rafa's site, I'll look into it tomorrow.
Isn’t it a calendar that has no October through December???

Sorry, couldn’t resist.
 
^^ Ewww !!!

In some parts of the world, tey elongated the neck by putting bangles or rings around the neck.


In other useless info, I had a paper cut on my left thumb 3 days back, decided to put some J&J tape on it today. Everything was fine till i got onto the keyboard today and now the tape is getting in the way everywhere. this new keyboard is a small one with small keys and very little space between.
 
Was watching Roma (2018) last night which has a character named Fermin.
Was reminded of Fermin Cacho the Spanish middle distance runner who won the gold medal in the 1500m event in the Barcelona 1992 Olympics.

This is a coincidence. I called my sister, who's a doctor, last night with a question about my B12 and iron supplements, and she had just seen Roma and recommended it.
 

A tall order
It's painful and slow, but can make you five inches taller. Jonathan Watts on the surgical trend sweeping China - leg-lengthening
Jonathan Watts
Sun 14 Dec 2003 21.47 ESTFirst published on Sun 14 Dec 2003 21.47 EST

Kong-wen has paid £5,700 to have both of her legs broken and stretched on a rack. The pretty college graduate is now lying in bed, clearly still in considerable pain three days after a doctor sawed through the flesh and bone below her knee to insert what looks an awful lot like knitting needles through the length of her tibiae.These giant steel pins are connected by eight screws punched horizontally through her ankle and calf to a steel cage surrounding each leg. Once the bone starts to heal, these cages will act like a medieval torture device - each day over the next few months Kong will turn the screws a fraction and stretch her limbs more and more until she has grown by 8cm.

Despite the agony, the cost and the inconvenience, the 23-year-old says she does not regret a thing. "It hurts, but it will be worth it to be taller. I'll have more opportunities in life and a better chance of finding a good job and husband."

Her parents, who financed the operation and are now at her bedside, agree. "It's an investment in our daughter's future. Because she was short, she used to lack confidence, but this should change that."

Kong Jing-wen is one of a growing number of perfectly healthy Chinese young men and women who are willing to break a leg for beauty in order to rise up the ladder in height-conscious China. The complex and time-consuming procedure they are willing to endure was initially developed in Russia for people with stunted growth, mismatched legs or disfigurements. But these days the operation is increasingly used for cosmetic purposes.

In part, the popularity of such surgery can be explained by the surge of interest in fashion and beauty in a country where the rising middle classes are shaking off a dowdy Maoist cultural legacy and using the rewards of explosive economic growth to explore cosmetic possibilities. Shops and magazines in the cities show endless images of long-legged western models, inevitably putting pressure on young women.

Doctors have been able to pioneer new forms of this surgery because height is so socially important in China that it is often the first thing strangers will talk about. It is also listed among the criteria required on job advertisements. To get a post in the foreign ministry, for instance, male applicants need not bother applying unless they are at least 5ft 7in, while women must be at least 5ft 3in. Chinese diplomats are expected to be tall to match the height of their foreign counterparts.

For more glamorous positions the conditions are even tougher: air stewardesses have to be over 5ft 5in. But height discrimination is evident even at ground level: in some places, people under 5ft 3in are not even eligible to take a driving test. To get into many law schools, women students need to be over 5ft 1in and men over 5ft 5in. Height requirements are also frequently mentioned in the personal ads of newspapers and magazines.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/dec/15/gender.uk
 

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Professional
Any know if the Hopman cup 2019 will be televised on ESPN in the US? Can't find anything on their site. And no I don't have tennis channel or TC plus or TC everywhere, whatever their latest permutation of half-baked and expensive services are....
 
Any know if the Hopman cup 2019 will be televised on ESPN in the US? Can't find anything on their site. And no I don't have tennis channel or TC plus or TC everywhere, whatever their latest permutation of half-baked and expensive services are....
It hasn’t been on ESPN the last two years; sew sez a UUUGGGEEE fedr phan.
 
I was once fedresque and got double bageled. His baker was Reto Schmidli, now a Swiss policeman from Basel. My baker was a recently retired ATP player named Paul Kronk. A very young fedr cried. A 30’s stringytom took his medicine without a tear, even though the “match” wasn’t as close as the score. I had double bageled my 1R opponent earlier that day.
 
A tall order
It's painful and slow, but can make you five inches taller. Jonathan Watts on the surgical trend sweeping China - leg-lengthening
Jonathan Watts
Sun 14 Dec 2003 21.47 ESTFirst published on Sun 14 Dec 2003 21.47 EST

Kong-wen has paid £5,700 to have both of her legs broken and stretched on a rack. The pretty college graduate is now lying in bed, clearly still in considerable pain three days after a doctor sawed through the flesh and bone below her knee to insert what looks an awful lot like knitting needles through the length of her tibiae.These giant steel pins are connected by eight screws punched horizontally through her ankle and calf to a steel cage surrounding each leg. Once the bone starts to heal, these cages will act like a medieval torture device - each day over the next few months Kong will turn the screws a fraction and stretch her limbs more and more until she has grown by 8cm.

Despite the agony, the cost and the inconvenience, the 23-year-old says she does not regret a thing. "It hurts, but it will be worth it to be taller. I'll have more opportunities in life and a better chance of finding a good job and husband."

Her parents, who financed the operation and are now at her bedside, agree. "It's an investment in our daughter's future. Because she was short, she used to lack confidence, but this should change that."

Kong Jing-wen is one of a growing number of perfectly healthy Chinese young men and women who are willing to break a leg for beauty in order to rise up the ladder in height-conscious China. The complex and time-consuming procedure they are willing to endure was initially developed in Russia for people with stunted growth, mismatched legs or disfigurements. But these days the operation is increasingly used for cosmetic purposes.

In part, the popularity of such surgery can be explained by the surge of interest in fashion and beauty in a country where the rising middle classes are shaking off a dowdy Maoist cultural legacy and using the rewards of explosive economic growth to explore cosmetic possibilities. Shops and magazines in the cities show endless images of long-legged western models, inevitably putting pressure on young women.

Doctors have been able to pioneer new forms of this surgery because height is so socially important in China that it is often the first thing strangers will talk about. It is also listed among the criteria required on job advertisements. To get a post in the foreign ministry, for instance, male applicants need not bother applying unless they are at least 5ft 7in, while women must be at least 5ft 3in. Chinese diplomats are expected to be tall to match the height of their foreign counterparts.

For more glamorous positions the conditions are even tougher: air stewardesses have to be over 5ft 5in. But height discrimination is evident even at ground level: in some places, people under 5ft 3in are not even eligible to take a driving test. To get into many law schools, women students need to be over 5ft 1in and men over 5ft 5in. Height requirements are also frequently mentioned in the personal ads of newspapers and magazines.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/dec/15/gender.uk
This is unbelievable! Never heard this before!
 
Had a pleasant surprise yesterday.
A friend sent over a bouquet of flowers for Christmas. Roses and liies. But there was a large box of Ferrero Rocher along with it. And that's not all. There was a chocolate cake also.



I am not good at photography so this is the best pic I could take. Set it on the kitchen counter. It's a basic chocolate cake not like the designer one another friend sends me on my birthday. But good nevertheless. I had been thinking how nice it would be to have a cake for Christmas.

Someone up there listens :D
 
This list of countries does not allow dual citizenship: Andorra, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Botswana, Japan, China, Czech Republic, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Ecuador, Estonia, Iran, Papua New Guinea, Brunei, Peru, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Chile, Kiribati, Korea, Latvia, Singapore, Slovakia, Lithuania, Solomon Islands, Malaysia, Mauritius, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mexico, Nepal, Venezuela, Norway, Zimbabwe, Myanmar.
 
Had a pleasant surprise yesterday.
A friend sent over a bouquet of flowers for Christmas. Roses and liies. But there was a large box of Ferrero Rocher along with it. And that's not all. There was a chocolate cake also.



I am not good at photography so this is the best pic I could take. Set it on the kitchen counter. It's a basic chocolate cake not like the designer one another friend sends me on my birthday. But good nevertheless. I had been thinking how nice it would be to have a cake for Christmas.

Someone up there listens :D
Natalia Vodianova offers Sentinel more chocolate cake for Christmas.

 
I've been having a sliver of the chocolate cake everynight with a sliver of chocolate icecream.
It's an eggless cake I think, so it is not rich and satisfying. It's quite light.

The one you posted looks fantastic. Would certainly satisfy my cravings :D (The cake I mean off coarse).
I am downing coffee for my drive to Del Mar. I hope to beat traffic and make it in less than seven hours without getting pulled over. My dream is to get the Mira Mesa Maestro to sign a pair of balls for me. i would have him sign his third ball and send it too you, but the coach stole it.

Maria Kirilenko with a handful of the San Diego Bageler's balls
 
I am downing coffee for my drive to Del Mar. I hope to beat traffic and make it in less than seven hours without getting pulled over. My dream is to get the Mira Mesa Maestro to sign a pair of balls for me. i would have him sign his third ball and send it too you, but the coach stole it.

Maria Kirilenko with a handful of the San Diego Bageler's balls
Christmas with Srshs Clause! Eye am full of Willie Shake’s green-eyed monster. Will ewe somehow document the amount of belly wiggle going on under his big red tent when he laughs at one of Hiz own jokes.
 
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